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Comment: Re: Grasping at Straws (Score 1) 552

by rhubarb42 (#45778941) Attached to: Sun Not a Significant Driver of Climate Change
come on! agw predicts extreme variability in weather as the climate heats up. that is why there is extreme cold in places unaccustomed to that, and vice versa, more or less heat, rain, snow, wind, whatever. this has been recorded in enough places over the last few decades to be empirical evidence of the prediction. the logic makes sense too since more energy in the system means weather systmes have more power to do what they do. one weather system does not work in isolation of other neighboring systems.
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment: Re:They're going to frack a Volcano? (Score 1) 321

by rhubarb42 (#38705762) Attached to: Pouring Water Into a Volcano To Generate Power
precisely. Even though it's only water (no 10% special additional chemicals), I can imagine this having similar effects of increasing the toxicity of the drinkable ground table due to leaching. Unless they can demonstrate that X million gallons of water will remain contained in a closed loop this will have similar effect.

Comment: file ex parte to the patent examiner (Score 1) 187

by rhubarb42 (#34350228) Attached to: Tandberg Attempts To Patent Open Source Code
This sounds pretty convincing that it's a copy. You can tell the patent examiner about the prior art. You don't have to sue or be sued. The only defense Tandberg could claim is they actually told you about the idea, and you "stole" it when you committed the code. They would have to show evidence to the examiner to rebut his rejection based on your ex parte evidence.
Cellphones

iOS Update May Tackle iPhone 4's Antenna Problems 282

Posted by Soulskill
from the this-is-your-apple-a-day dept.
DJRumpy was one of several readers to point out rumors that Apple will soon be deploying an update to iOS 4 to combat the iPhone 4 antenna problems we discussed last week. This could be good news for users of the 1.7 million iPhone 4s purchased during the first three days of its release. (And no, Daily Mail, Steve didn't announce a recall, though there's speculation that this problem could be a boon for Android.) An anonymous reader notes an analysis of a teardown of the phone, which found that its parts collectively cost about $188, with the most expensive part — the LCD screen — costing $28.50 by itself. In other Apple news, Germany has demanded that the company "immediately make clear" what data it collects from customers, and what use it makes of that data (perhaps spurred by Google's Wi-Fi sniffing debacle).
Google

Google Bringing HTML5 To Gmail 112

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the oh-goody-more-animation dept.
angry tapir writes "In keeping with Google's enthusiasm for the emerging HTML5 standard, many upcoming features of the company's Gmail Web-based e-mail service will be rendered in HTML5. One feature that the Gmail design team is now working on is the ability to drag files from the desktop into the browser. Gmail will also make use of HTML5's database standards. Currently the e-mail service uses Google Gears to store mail for offline reading, but over time that will migrate to the HTML5 standards."

Comment: Re:Charging can't work, so what are the other opti (Score 1) 354

by rhubarb42 (#32703194) Attached to: High Depreciation May Slow Electric Car Acceptance
>> Aside from that, I don't see any way for there to be a 5 minute or less charge of a car with a 400+ mile range, like we do with gasoline. If anyone else has an idea, I'd like to hear it. hmm... if you have a filling station full of already charged batteries, and the cars can easily swap, it probably would take a few minutes.
Music

Student Orchestra Performs Music With iPhones 65

Posted by samzenpus
from the there's-a-symphonic-app-for-that dept.
A course at the University of Michigan ends with a live concert featuring students using iPhones as instruments. “Building a Mobile Phone Ensemble“ teaches students to code musical instruments for the iPhone, using the Apple-provided software-development kit. Georg Essl, assistant professor of computer science and music, says, "What’s interesting is we blend the whole process. We start from nothing. We teach the programming of iPhones for multimedia stuff, and then we teach students to build their own instruments.”

Comment: Re:Sounds like a bad idea (Score 1) 458

by rhubarb42 (#26317039) Attached to: More Climate Scientists Now Support Geoengineering
ok, read this excerpt from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080116114150.htm The eight warmest years in the GISS record have all occurred since 1998, and the 14 warmest years in the record have all occurred since 1990. so i guess most of your hypothesis about gw being bogus because the earth is cooling is suspect...

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