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Comment: Re:Ecology vs archeology (Score 1) 463

by rtb61 (#48605411) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Basically yes, what do you not understand is that eventually they will fade away or via probability destroyed as a result of a storm extreme or geologic event. Even the people who originally made and used it had to walk all around the place, so never 'pristine' but right wing media could not resist the chance to grossly exaggerate and bash green peace. So a mistake but not 'OH MY GOD' the total destruction of a pristine thing that would otherwise last 'forever'. All this was really about was bashing green peace.

Comment: Re:It's difficult but (Score 1) 181

by rtb61 (#48605229) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

Not quite accurate. With climate change there is a definitive lead and lag, that of course being the difference between how quickly the atmosphere changes temperature and how quickly the oceans change temperature, that difference of course directly relates to hurricanes because they form over oceans. What we are really seeing now is not so much about climate change but more about the nature of our coastal cities and how bound they are to a stable climate and what current and future actions we will need to take in order to protect those locations from rising or even falling sea levels. No matter the cause of climate change, we are required to take actions to prevent any significant impact upon major areas of human habitation, END OF STORY.

Comment: Re:Ecology vs archeology (Score 1) 463

by rtb61 (#48599509) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Sounds altogether like a gross and extreme right wing exaggeration. Somehow I think it highly unlikely that people and animals avoided walking at that location for thousands of years as well as off course full exposure to weathering, wind and rain, which will obviously return the surface to uniform finish in short order. As for Luis Jaime Castillo, what is the difference between a grave robber and some archaeologists, apparently the number of years between when their targets are buried and when they are dug up, so a bit of don't throw stones if you live in glass house. As for green peace still far preferable to the corporations doing the real damage and I am sure that site is more at far more risk from acid rain and climate change than from a handful of people walking around it. Sounds very much like a purposeful media distortion to attack green peace with no sense of balance to the normal exposure the site receives from weather et al.

Comment: Re:And where are all the hurricanes? (Score 1) 174

by rtb61 (#48598633) Attached to: Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

Especially as tornadoes unlike say hurricanes are a very localised affect of a larger storm structure and as such a tied down to simple a matter of probability based upon a very complex set of variables, tied to overall weather, local weather, geographic structure, humidity etc. So really with regards to climate you are simple looking at how many days where weather conditions prime for the formation of tornadoes versus how days it was not and whether or not tornadoes form is simply just a roll of the probability die.

Comment: Re:Short sighted (Score 1) 228

by rtb61 (#48598513) Attached to: Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

When talking about Windows, mostly hibernate is the correct title because sometimes hibernate is not so much hibernate but crash on attempt to end hibernation and reboot. I would be fairly cautious about attempting to hibernate part way through an update. Better to go to Windows updates and change the configuration to download updates but ask before patching.

Comment: Re:Image Organization (Score 1) 257

by rtb61 (#48598477) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

OK simplest software solution. Place all photos in one directory, the create links/shortcuts to those photos in different appropriately titled directories. Now create the appropriate directory structure so as to best access those images and retitle those links/shortcuts as appropriate. It can all be done with a typical file manager even though it is a long, slow process, absolutely no lock in at all, no changes at all to original image, just be careful when you think you are copying images that you are not just copying links/shortcuts ;).

Comment: Re:Check your math. (Score 2) 860

by rtb61 (#48598421) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Just a warning about the quality of that survey data. Exactly how do you expect people to answer questions in a country with Sharia law about Sharia law, when for a Muslim under Sharia law, it is akin to blasphemy to critique that particular rather obnoxious book, not that it is obnoxious on it's own, other religious works also should face public criticism for their content, most well known being the bible and Torah. The biggest problems with Sharia law are of course once implemented it is a death penalty to attempt to remove or change them making it extreme undesirable and of course it's laws being subject to religious rather than literal interpretation and subject to extreme corruption.

Tony Abbott has a shocking history of attempting to manipulate circumstance for political advantage no matter how distasteful. So the first group of targets rather disturbing aligned with with rapidly collapsing political popularity and he wanted conflict to attempt to drive popularity. This second series of raid seems to be an identical effort. One wanders if the person wasn't a victim of the first set of raids and after being victimised that individuals likely unstable mental state was pushed over the edge. You can bet the slime is hoping for the exact opposite outcome of what he is publicly claiming. Just like he new found silence on the Ukraine incident when it is looking more and more like a false flag event that went totally out of control.

Comment: Re:This might alienate anti-ISI* Muslims. (Score 1) 225

by rtb61 (#48588563) Attached to: US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

Erm, yeah right because of depleted uranium rounds and agent orange and using personal as lab rats in nuclear bomb tests and, well, you get the gist, where there's a profit in it for the military industrial complex. Safety and security often take a back seat, so far back in fact, when the military bus takes off they often get left way behind but yeah keep believing the military industrial complex public relations double speak for which they are truly well known.

Comment: Re:class act (Score 1) 171

by rtb61 (#48579871) Attached to: Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

A statue on world tour of Manning, Assange and Snowden, should also likely include some random figures of 'Anonymous' as a greater indicator of behind the scenes efforts. The nature of the statue should of course be as irritating and annoying as possible for those who oppose the ideals of freedom of information and the need for the electorate to have full access to the truth when it comes to actions of it's government as well as those corporations and organisations who have a major influence upon the actions of that government. Size would likely work well is this regard, perhaps cast metal might not be the best choice. An inflatable printed display could be made quite large and attract considerably more attention as it could be located in far more opportune temporary locations and of course in more than one location at once, just a reminder that we not only know where they live, we also live where they live.

Comment: Re:Is SONY breaking the law with this "defense"? (Score 1) 185

by rtb61 (#48579843) Attached to: Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

Gotta be carefull there pardner, there's a huge difference between carrying arms and using arms. Just as you are not entitled to shoot your noisy neighbour, there are no laws that allow computer hacking except for policing agencies with warrants. Of course a denial of service attack is in this guise even worse, guilty until proven innocent based purely upon accusation based upon circumstantial evidence. Of course this really is about a specific level of public corruption where justice is blatant for sale to the highest campaign contributor and offshore account supplier, so major corporations are now actively publicly breaking laws because they know they can get away with it due to the current level of political corruption as lead by the US.

Comment: Re:Making him? (Score 1) 222

by rtb61 (#48569087) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

The way to 'force' a child to play the limited examples of games of the era in the order they came out is logically only offer the games to play in that order. The child carrying the genetics of the parent and as is the norm in humanity, will want to play the games and as a matter of historical record, children of early computer gaming eras did in fact enjoy playing the games. The big difference between earlier computer games and current computer games is the shift in focus from game play to graphics. So teaching early computer games focuses in on game play rather than being dazzled by graphics

Comment: Re:This might alienate anti-ISI* Muslims. (Score 1) 225

by rtb61 (#48568365) Attached to: US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

I have got the feeling that using high energy lasers on boats with the unpredictable reflective nature of the surface of the sea, waves and such, might not be the safest thing to do for anyone involved in those laser shenanigans. Perhaps a rethink might be in order or at least many damn good pairs of sunglasses for the crew of the vessel, crews of any nearby friendly vessels or planes or people on the shore. So what fraction of second for the partial reflection of a high energy laser is required to blind someone or in fact everybody looking in that general direction at the time.

Comment: Re:I guess Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking (Score 1) 414

by rtb61 (#48567727) Attached to: AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Speaking of rich, I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head there. The problem with AI is not artificial intelligence but the natural psychopathic intelligence of the rich greedy idiots and what they try to do with AI and how dangerously destructive, unfortunately, that 'will' become. Let's fire people with expertise because they are too expensive and automate it because it is cheaper and one computer can replace tens of thousands of skilled professionals. Keep in mind professionals can make mistakes but it is some of them some of the time, when a computer or more specifically an AI makes a mistake it will repeat it infinitely.

Comment: Re:Another "taking" by the California government.. (Score 2) 178

by rtb61 (#48567585) Attached to: LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

So, 'Genius', what exactly is the fair market value of an unsafe structure, not property of course, never property, as the land is not in question, just the structure itself. Which had an originally engineered designed life, which the structures have already gone well past, taking into account 'Tax Depreciation Laws', which allows investors to depreciate the value of the structure over it's designed life. Often properties (structure and land) will be dumped by developers on slum landlords when the structures have past the engineered designed life because that is more profitable than demolishing them and rebuilding a new structure with it new engineered design life. Slum landlords will of course sit on them, avoid all maintenance costs, insure the crap out of them and hope they fall down in an earthquake or go up in flames (when it comes to the residence, meh, as long as the paid their rent right up to the very second they died).

If entropy is increasing, where is it coming from?