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Comment Re:If Only (Score 1) 118

Only every experiment that gets readings from instruments with known biases? What the fuck do you think scientific instruments are, oracles? You think they're made of unobtainium and starshine, wishes and wands? Lab instruments can be expensive and delicate and uniform.

Weather stations can't. Lab instruments can be operated in temperature- and humidity- and everyotherfuckingthingelse-controlled environments. Weather stations can't. They degrade, making the instruments behave differently. Conditions change, making the instruments behave differently.

But then, people do tend to judge others' characters by their own.

Comment Re:If Only (Score 2) 118

because the "global warming" predicted by their models failed to happen

Just for kicks, look at this set of organizations that disagree with you.

For what you're saying to be true, not only every one of those organizations would have to be concealing data or faking models, every single organization on the planet would have to be in on it - - because science is science.

So the claim is that the entire global scientific community is suddenly full of shit, but only on this one subject (although of course the implication is that nothing affiliated with any university or mainstream research institute can be trusted, because scientist == liar in that world).

Comment Re:Change Is Life (Score 1) 149

Most users I know were happy to see that icon pop up to find out they would get the next upgrade at no cost.

If the Win10 upgrade notifier is the only thing the stories are about then that's my fault for not digging deeper. Yeah. The upgrade offer is good-guy stuff, I was glad to have it too.

Comment Re:Change Is Life (Score 1) 149

I'm out of the loop on this one. What $80 are you talking about?

Win10 Home: $119. Win10 Pro: $199. On Pro you get the delay/select. capability.

It's their declared intent to force that choice. Grandma ponies up or some morning she'll be cut off and understand only that it's apparently okay for corporations to lock people out of their computers and demand $80 (or she could wait whatever number of days MS think they can get away with) to unlock them again.. That's literally, as in in concrete and exact detail, the situation Microsoft have openly declared their intent to force on their customers.

Comment Re:Change Is Life (Score 1, Troll) 149

Switching to unrefusable automatic updates in the face of unavoidable (but forgivable, it's generally acknowledged that no one is immune to at least some of those) system-breaking bugs is pretty awful. As it stands with just a little research you can restore to before the last batch and selectively apply the good ones; unless I'm misreading something there will now be no way you can restore usability at all. It's just a matter of time before some driver incompatibility makes anything beyond safe mode unbootable.

Maybe GP's got a history of overreacting, but being forced to suffer the inevitable system-breaking bug -- taking the downtime from hours to days or for anything that falls through the fissure to finger-pointing hell, weeks -- just because you don't want to pay an extra $80 for the privilege of a system you don't have to let them break -- is pretty clearly unethical. And this from a company that has recently stooped to pushing adware. This deal Microsoft's pushing is laced with shit, no matter how good (and I'm betting they're very good) the good parts are.

Comment Re:100 million quest to waste 100 million (Score 1) 208

There may be millions if you look far enough, but you have to start with BILLIONS of solar systems to get to that number

You are aware, aren't you, that there are about a hundred billion solar systems in this galaxy? Also,

what I'm discussing the impossibility of

runs up straight against one of Arthur Clarke's more famous quotes,

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

. . . and it isn't the impossibility part I think you're up against, it's Stephen Hawking putting $100,000,000 into a SETI effort. I think that qualifies as stating it's possible, and I think he's probably got a decent idea what's involved.

Comment Re:100 million quest to waste 100 million (Score 1) 208

Proof of what, non-uniqueness? Water is ubiquitous. Planetary formation is ubiquitous.Look at the damn universe crosseyed and you get biological-building-block soup. Just the life forms we we've seen made with that stuff _here_ can live on anything from water superheated by volcanic vents, in the complete absence of oxygen and light, to straight gamma radiation to sulfuric acid.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?