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Comment: Re:Climate Change on Slashdot? Bring on the fun! (Score 1) 287

by phantomfive (#47421403) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis
Well, you know it's not going to happen when they say, "Up to 60 percent of power might come from nuclear sources." I don't think either major party in America would support that, and other countries are actively hostile to nuclear.

However, more interesting is the idea that every new car sold in America will be electric. For that to happen, it would mean electric cars are cost competitive with gasoline cars. I can't see from the paper why they think it will happen within that timeframe.

Comment: Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (Score 2) 315

by phantomfive (#47416121) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

Basically the survey found that the experts in the field have 97% consensus

Problem is that skeptical scientists such as Richard Lindzen agree with that 'consensus', because the question is too narrow. Ask something more interesting like, "should we replace all our coal power with renewables because to prevent AGW?" or "is AGW going to be catastrophic?" and you will find that there is no consensus.

But I think they can be constructed to be close enough to determine a reasonable outcome.

You didn't clarify what you mean by 'reasonable outcome,' but this paper in Nature demonstrates that the climate models have serious errors.

Comment: Re:Apparently dedication = autism (Score 1) 478

by phantomfive (#47415287) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BUT, these kind of things do require a very unusual amount of dedication to learning a thing

If only we had a system where people could go for four years, and focus primarily on learning something. Maybe that's too much focus? We could add these things called 'dorms' where you can stay and have fun with other people.

Comment: Re:You not understand does not equal faith (Score 1) 94

by phantomfive (#47412765) Attached to: Mapping a Monster Volcano
So, I really like what you wrote here, because reproducibility is such an important part of science, and a lot of people miss it. At the same time, I'd like to quibble with one point:

Really? Prove to me that Jesus actually rose from the dead. Prove to me that there was a garden of Eden. Prove to me that Jesus or Mohammed actually said any of the things they are reputed to have said. Prove to me that there is a diety of any sort. The bible, the koran, etc upon which the major religions are based are based on nothing testable at all.

Verifying what happened in history is tough, but earlier I made a list of testable claims from various religions. I don't know if they're worth going to the effort of testing, but there they are.

To be awake is to be alive. -- Henry David Thoreau, in "Walden"