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Comment: Re:Climate damage is never irreversible (Score 1) 492

by jandrese (#47765723) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report
The "irreversible" part is talking about Ice Sheets that can't reform unless we have another ice age. Even if we got the average yearly global temperature back down to pre-industrial levels the ice sheet won't reform because the winter snow would be falling at a lower altitude where it will melt in the summer. So either we get this climate change situation under control in a hurry, or we start building a whole lot of seawalls around our coastal cities and just learn to deal with flooding.

Comment: Is it going anywhere? (Score 5, Insightful) 518

by jandrese (#47765465) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio
I see stories about bills like this all of the time, but they usually die in committee after fulfilling their purpose of giving the guy a bullet point for his next campaign poster. Is this one expected to actually have a shot in hell at passing? Sometimes they do slip through the cracks, especially in the bible belt.

Comment: Re:not so fast (Score 2) 128

by jandrese (#47753827) Attached to: Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain
This doesn't really follow. Animals that suddenly find themselves an abudance of food don't grow massive, rather they reproduce in greater numbers. If food were always highly available then we might select for large size and big brains over time, but any one person with too much food is not going to suddenly become superman.

I'm not an expert in this, but my guess is that our energy hungry brains are one of the factors in the relatively long development period for our offspring, but it's not the only factor.

Comment: Re:Seems to be working really well... (Score 1) 391

by jandrese (#47750179) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime
There was a report about an operation to rescue the hostages that failed because the hostages were not where the intelligence said they would be. Several of the ISIS folks were supposedly killed in the fight however.

But no, special forces don't get called out on a daily basis, and it causes political trouble if they're discovered in foreign countries. Pakistan's government is still mad that we didn't give them a heads up before we went after Osama Bin Laden. Plus, they're extremely valuable and no matter how good they are, if you keep sending them into combat eventually someone is going to get lucky and kill them. They have to be used sparingly.

Comment: Re:Seems to be working really well... (Score 1) 391

by jandrese (#47729037) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime
Propaganda for ISIS? Pretty much everybody I know has thought the exact opposite. That this sort of thing is a disaster for them, and is going to hasten their demise.

"ISIS: Hey Western Governments that are largely keeping their hands off of the situation: We're going to kill your citizens now."
"Obama: Get me Seal Team 6"

Comment: Bullshit (Score 5, Insightful) 441

by jandrese (#47728965) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
Of course they want to hire the "very best", where "bestness" is measured by how little money they are willing to work for.

I don't disagree that there are some really smart people around the world who want to work for Google, but really valuable people don't need special programs to come over to work. The existing system is already set up to admit them. This is a smoke screen to hide the true purpose of the program: finding more people who don't know the value of their skills, preferably ones without many existing relationships that are easier to overwork.

You can not win the game, and you are not allowed to stop playing. -- The Third Law Of Thermodynamics