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Comment: Re:Straight to the pointless debate (Score 5, Interesting) 136

by nadaou (#47821489) Attached to: Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images

I happen to live near one of the main weather stations which was caught up in that FOX News brouhaha and happen to know about the local history. tl;dr as usual, the whole story was all a load of vaporous bullshit. And apparently it worked since you took the bait.

One hundred years ago the local weather station was established outside the harbor master's office down by the docks (and the water). The city grew up and forty years ago or so the weather station was moved 500 feet up a hill to outside the local observatory, which is surrounded by forest.

Moving a temperature sensor away from a large body of water, out of a "heat island" of now-paved urban roads, out of a canyon of concrete and glass buildings, and to a higher elevation will all change the readings of the sensor. If you want to keep a continuous record before and after moving, before and after various construction projects and re-roofing nearby, and before and after population changes, you're going to have to figure out and apply a correction factor for each of these things.

There is nothing particularly unusual about our local weather station's story which hasn't been repeated in most cities around the world. So it is not surprising that noisy long term time series need to be cleaned up before being fed into sensitive predictive models. It would be dishonest not to if you know there was a change in the sampling history which required it.

Comment: Re:info (Score 1) 174

by nadaou (#47803485) Attached to: Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

It's really not that hard at all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-the-Record_Messaging#Authentication

and it comes with a very good implementation and pedigree,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZRTP

Here's a video demo of ZRTP in use:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udBBDHT-_UA

So as far as the user is concerned, there's not reason it can't be dead simple.

Comment: Re:Binoculars (Score 1) 187

by nadaou (#47740597) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

Don't buy a telescope. Instead, get a good pair of 10x50
binoculars and an intro astronomy book with pictures.

Specifically, buy them The Stars: A New Way to See Them by Hans A. Rey, the creator of Curious George.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Star...

The reviews on the back cover are worth the trouble of reading, if you can make them out in the Amazon image. Hell, just the names of the authors of the reviews on the back cover are worth the trouble of reading.

It is quite simply the best popular book on observational astronomy ever written.

Comment: Re:Ha ha! (Score 2) 579

by nadaou (#47701233) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

One politician said it failed... all other reports of the project
(even very recently) have said it's been a success. The actual article
says they are convening a panel of experts to consider whether to go
back to Microsoft, so despite the misleading summary here, nothing has
been decided.

When has there ever been a "panel of experts" assembled by a politician
which was not stacked with "experts" guaranteed to deliver a predetermined
result? They're the consultants of the public service world.

Hell, one of the famous Microsoft Halloween Documents even discusses this
exact scenario: stack the speakers in a public panel with ones known to
favor your side and to the public the discussion and conclusion looks "fair
and balanced".

Comment: Re:Millionare panhandlers (Score 4, Insightful) 200

by nadaou (#47536745) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Reminds me of the stories of panhandlers begging at intersections
who get picked up by their chauffeurs at the end of the day to go back
to their mansions.

You mean complete imaginary bullshit made up by and propagated by greedy
sociopaths eager to rationalize their abandonment of their fellow man?

Yeah, something reminiscent in it.

Comment: fusing relitivity to orders of magnitude (Score -1, Flamebait) 225

by nadaou (#47375279) Attached to: Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

compare and contrast, the US's war in Iraq, 1 ea. at $2.29 trillion, up to $6T if you act now.

http://www.reuters.com/article...

pick your technological investment, rinse and repeat and hope to have something to show for it at the end of the day.

Something to think about on the 4th.

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."

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