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Comment: Because ... (Score 1) 177

If adware is malware, why wait until July?

Because if they just popped it on the unsuspecting world with neither prior notification nor opportunity for users and IT professionals to react and inform, pundits would be caught unaware and unprepared and spend the next weeks complaining. Loudly. Vociferously. Obnoxiously. And users would be more pissed off than they will be in any case.

Comment: Except ... (Score 1) 323

According to industry experts ... we aren't anywhere close to getting a service that allows customers to pay a single monthly fee for access to a wide range of top-notch movies and TV shows.

Just like one service can't provide customers with a wide range of top-notch retail products. Except for Amazon.

Comment: How much is enough? (Score 4, Informative) 279

by jamesl (#46497927) Attached to: The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

The poster asserts, "Government-funded science is struggling in the United States."

The Federal Government spends more than $130 billion on research and development (R&D) each year, conducted primarily at universities and Federal laboratories.

How much should the taxpayers spend on research? Show your work.

Comment: Re:Big Models (Score 1) 64

by jamesl (#46478591) Attached to: Google Flu Trends Gets It Wrong Three Years Running

I'll respond to you and hope that your friends below manage to find it.

On all data sets below, the different times for a slope that is at least very slightly negative ranges from 8 years and 7 months to 16 years and 8 months.
1. For GISS, the slope is flat since February 2001 or 12 years, 6 months. (goes to July)
2. For Hadcrut3, the slope is flat since April 1997 or 16 years, 4 months. (goes to July)
3. For a combination of GISS, Hadcrut3, UAH and RSS, the slope is flat since December 2000 or 12 years, 8 months. (goes to July)
4. For Hadcrut4, the slope is flat since December 2000 or 12 years, 8 months. (goes to July)
5. For Hadsst2, the slope is flat since March 1997 or 16 years, 4 months. (goes to June) (The July anomaly is out, but it is not on WFT yet.)
6. For UAH, the slope is flat since January 2005 or 8 years, 7 months. (goes to July using version 5.5)
7. For RSS, the slope is flat since December 1996 or 16 years and 8 months. (goes to July)

There is an embarrassing (for you) graph at the link in case you have trouble with numbers.

I've shown you my data now you can show me yours and we'll see who is the moron, you moron.

Comment: That old joke ... (Score 1) 712

You know that old joke ... Will the last one out turn off the lights.

How do these bozos plan to power the lives 300+ million Americans who like to read at night, watch TV and have electric appliances do their laundry and wash their dishes.

And don't just say, "solar" or "wind" without including the cost (in $Gazillions) and time (in decades) to build out an entirely new infrastructure while inventing some way to store power for calm nights.

Nuclear? Great. Better start changing regulations and lining up money. Lots and lots of money.

You can tell how far we have to go, when FORTRAN is the language of supercomputers. -- Steven Feiner