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Mystery "Warm Blob" In the Pacific Ocean Could Be Causing California's Drought 173

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-getting-hot-in-here dept.
Mr D from 63 writes A mysterious "warm blob" in the Pacific Ocean could be the reason why US West coast states like California are experiencing their worst ever drought, a new study says. From the article: "Nick Bond, a climate scientist at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington, began watching the blob a year and a half ago. 'In the fall of 2013 and early 2014, we started to notice a big, almost circular mass of water that just didn't cool off as much as it usually did, so by spring of 2014 it was warmer than we had ever seen it for that time of year,' Bond said in a news release about the studies appearing in Geophysical Research Letters."

Comment: Porting to Android is trivial (is it?) (Score 1) 316

by niw3 (#48009625) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?
Apportable lets you compile Objective-C to native ARM and x86, making porting trivial. I heard many success stories but did not actually use it myself. But having one code base is too good an opportunity to miss. I would like to hear downsides as well. Any developers using apportable to do Android ports, reading this, please share your experiences.

Comment: Why don't they (Score 1) 461

by niw3 (#46461867) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery
drop very small, cheap, floating beacons off planes if everything else goes wrong? They can place these things through out everywhere in the plane. They can even record data with these until the very last minute. One can even construct something like this with less than 100 bucks with rPi or similar stuff.

Comment: apples to apples please (Score 1) 716

by niw3 (#46226513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?
How can one compare a routine work like wall construction to a creative work like programming? One has proven technology used since maybe thousands of years now, while the other has unique problems which involve problem solving, trial and error, interfacing, compatibility... etc. Be sane for God's sake.

Comment: Identity? (Score 5, Interesting) 140

by niw3 (#46146937) Attached to: Facebook Estimates Around 10% of Accounts Are Fake
My wife's account with her real name closed arbitrarily by facebook together with her somewhat popular pages and groups. Reason: fake account. She scanned and sent her id and everything. Only response from facebook says this decision is final and cannot be reversed. So I am saying, fuck your policies Mark.

Comment: Re:No matter what the outcome actually is.... (Score 1) 1184

No, Apple's "objective" is to sue every other smart phone maker out of business so they can be the only player left in the market. Once Samsung is out of the way, they'll move on to HTC or some other Android based phone manufacturer.

Why? Because their legal department can't multitask?

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