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Comment Earth Size, and 60% Larger? (Score 1) 133 133

I'm willing to give Venus the title of Earth Sized. It's 80% the mass of the Earth, and roughly the same diameter. Plus or minus 20 percent of the earths mass and size sure. 60% is not in the right ball park yet. It would be ok to say this is the closest to earth sized but not earth sized.

Comment Surprised China Lost (Score 1) 280 280

China has a much larger advantage by using a large team. I'm surprised the Math Olympiad doesn't have a restriction for max size and minimum size. If one member of the China team feels a little off there's a fair number of competent alternates. The US team only has 6, and that's the primary reason the US looses. I'd qualify it as a form of cheating, but we won even with the disadvantage.

Comment Re:Datasets Please (Score 1) 382 382

The NOAA data which I believe already has the USCRN in it works just fine if you know what you're doing. A simple graph of all the stations that existed form 1900 to present shows exactly what's going on. I'd doubt any dataset that didn't show some warming since 1980 to present. Most of it is due to the Atlantic Multi-decade Oscillation cycle, but knowing exactly what the cycle is going to do next would require an accurate dataset of 600 to 1000 years which doesn't exist, and probably can't exist since one major volcano could seriously mess with it on that time scale.

Comment Re:Datasets Please (Score 1) 382 382

The explanation removing the global warming pause was in utter contradiction with the rational explanation given just a few years earlier. In the unweighted data-set from NOAA I can actually see the effect of a volcano going off so I'll buy that the Pause was more than likely volcano's altering the temperature. But in the statistical black magic weighted dataset those effect are magically gone. However, it still doesn't change they said they used 4 datasets and even in their appendix on 233 there isn't a link the the direct data just summary 14 different summarys of data.

Comment Re:raw data (Score 1, Troll) 382 382

Sorry but the GHCN data doesn't cover a large enough time frame to make the claim that 2014 was the hottest. Of the station data between 1900 and 2014 only North America is really accounted for. To cover a larger area you have to shrink the time frame down, and if it's that 2014 is the hottest on record since 1970 I don't really care.

Comment Re:Shocker... (Score 1) 278 278

I don't quite get the point of the survey. There have always been gaps between scientists and the general public and always will be just as there are gaps between any sub group and the whole and ALWAYS will be.

It's an ad populum argument, and appeal to authority in survey form. Rather than waist time trying to construct a valid argument just state a majority of experts believe different than you. You should change to match these experts. Useful of backing up bad arguments, and to inform politicians how to pander to the largest group.

Comment Re:Pre-ordering (Score 1) 223 223

My Disgea games without DLC have just about the same unlocks on the PS3 as they did on the PS2. They do have lots of meaningless DLC that is easily ignored. I've never once felt I needed to buy any of it. As for Gust they were Merged with their Parent company, and they have continued to do work on their existing franchises, and their latest release Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book has yet to be canceled, and didn't stop Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea which was released after that merger announcement last year so you're doom and gloom is probably just an american misunderstanding Japans weird business structure.

Comment Re:Pre-ordering (Score 1) 223 223

Cheaper, and the digital version of the Atleir series is spotty at best. I also like the Music tracks on the limited editions when they are available. Also I believe in the Right of First Sale, and like to lend my brothers the games when I'm done if they're interested. Can't really do that with digital legally, but with the physical copy I can legally sell, lend, or give away if I don't like it. Kinda stuck with it if the game is shown to be utter nonsense if it takes over two hours on steam to figure that out. I refuse to buy digital if I'm not absolutely sure I will like it.

Comment Re:Pre-ordering (Score 1) 223 223

Winners? Pre-Ordering is almost always bad, but the one case where I view it as usually necessary is when I want a physical copy of a game that is in limited release. Nearly all NIS and Gust games are in limited release. Which isn't surprising because they have a small but dedicated fan base. If I wait and don't show up and get one of those limited copies I'll end up having to travel 100 miles to get a copy because I waited for the price drops. Buy digital will be your next claim, but the last time I missed set of 3 titles the first Title was no longer available for digital purchase. Luckily I was able to find that one close by, the second one was still available for digital sale, or I could go 100 miles to go get it so I did go digital in that case because the cost saving of the physical copy was canceled out by the trip. The 3rd title I just got at full new release price because I'm not going to go on a quest for finding a limited release game again just to save a few bucks. Stupid Atelier Fetch Quests suck. Your method only works on Triple A titles that are over produced to kill the used market value.

Comment Can't Process? (Score 1) 637 637

Sorry, but we seem to be able to get together and panic about the most absurd gravest threats that I don't buy it. You want a large group of humans to work together, and blindly correct everyone else around us look no further than religion. A contrived threat to the whole of humanity can convince many people to get up and do something about it. Maybe it's that your side rejected Religion as a part of social evolution, and can't figure out how it motivates people to leverage it in your arguments.

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