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Comment: Re:Complete article (Score 2) 360

by sg_oneill (#49368705) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

You can't, however, use the change as proof of AGW, because that would be circular reasoning.

No, it would be called science.

(A) We've known the mechanism since the 1800s when Fourier et al first raised warnings about CO2s spectral absorbsion lines and the implication the coal spewing industrial revolution might have on atmosphere. This is validated science and underwrites so much physics that we'd have to turn the clock back on at least a century of scientific understanding in multiple fields if it wasn't true.

(B) We have a solid graps of how much CO2 is being put into the atmosphere from both economic modelling and satelite and terrestrial telemetry.

(C) This permits us to do a back of the napkin calculation as to how much energy (thermal and kinetic) is being added to the climate system from human intervention (its a lot).

(D) This in turn gives rise to more complicated modelling that can tell us how much of that energy goes to warming, how much to increased kinetic activity (cyclones/etc), how much gets absorbed by the ocean and how much radiates back out.

(E) The end result both matches up with observation (And *n o* natural process can account for what we are seeing. Volcanic activity is incredibly insubstantial. Even krakatoa hardly put a dent in it. And solar activity is also quite minor).

Occams razor says we *must* conclude humans are causing substantial climate change, because if they are not we have to find a mechanism that (A) Prevents physics from working as it is known, and (B) Makes it look like physics is working as it is known. Should this be found, it would be Nobel prize level monumental. However, as they say, big claims require big proof, and that proof is not remotely forthcoming.

Comment: Re:Complete article (Score 1) 360

by sg_oneill (#49368679) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

The fact that it's getting warmer isn't proof that AGW is correct

Yes, but the fact that the data matches the theory, and if it didn't we'd be rewriting nearly a century of physics indicates that suggesting something is magically making it only appear that physics is correct is some seriously magical violations of occams razor.

Comment: Re:"Drama of mental illness" (Score 0) 343

Not SJW-ism at all. Somebody is finally saying what many of us already knew.

You can pretty much just replace "SJW" for "Opinion I disagree with" or "City slicker opinions I dont understand" whenever you see it appear. Helps if you picture the poster chewing tobacco and cussing at "Them commie professors" when its used in relationship to academics. Its a pretty damn meaningless term, and it seems to get thrown at scientists and academics a lot on this board. I'd expect it out of the fox news comment section, but I honestly thought that sort of anti intellectualism didn't have a home on slashdot. Apparently I'm wrong.

Comment: Re:Great for nvidia but, (Score 1) 178

by sg_oneill (#49318333) Attached to: Gaming On Linux With Newest AMD Catalyst Driver Remains Slow

You can probably thank apple for this, to some extent. The growing popularity of the Mac has meant that porting there has become viable and this means fairly generic C++ with Open GL and unixy OS expectations. From there to linux is really just a change of compiler flags.

Well, that and steam.

Comment: Re:Fuck those guys (Score 2) 569

How about the cops doing some time for shooting a random innocent?

Theres definately an argument to be made for that.

With all that said, I sort of understand how it happens. If they get a phonecall saying someones berking out with a machine gun or whatever , they *have* to respond, and unfortunately this seems to be the consequences.

What I do wonder is why so many SWAT raids end in violence in the US when so many other countries just dont have that sort of problem. My guess is poor training.

Comment: I'm Torn. (Score 4, Interesting) 117

Whilst I support what Spotify do on principle (I havent pirated a single song since spotify came out, although I had already started buying my most loved stuff on iTunes) it does represent a pretty bad deal for artists. I've had a fair few thousand listens on spotify, not bad for a small band, but haven't seen more than a few measly cents off this.If this translated to, say, a hundred sales on iTunes, well it'd be somethng. There has to be a middle ground where artists can get paid (I'd love to write you guys music for a living), but lets music be free.

I ended up putting my stuff on torrents, beause screw it, if I'm not going to be paid, I might as well at least get some exposure out of it. But it'd be nice to sell a few albums.

Comment: Re: Convenience (Score 1) 214

by sg_oneill (#49298889) Attached to: The GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty

nothing says meritocracy like generalizing, shaming, and stereotyping men with logical fallacies either.

What logical fallacy? The guy was booted out of forum after forum for being a total psychopath, and then he races around going on about how its "SJWs" at fault and the death of open source blah blah blah. No, he was booted out of everywhere he went for acting like a complete asshole and frightening people with his threats.

Comment: Re:USSR Law (Score 3, Insightful) 1089

by sg_oneill (#49298871) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

The "turnout requirement" where an election had to be done over if voters failed to show up originated in the USSR. There was only one candidate on the ballot, but if you failed to turn out and vote for him you could get yourself and your neighbors in hot water.

Pretty sure ancient athens was not in the soviet block. Pretty sure 1700s era Georgia (US) was not in the soviet block.

The only thing that was in the Soviet block was the Soviet block, and guess what? They didn't have compulsary voting. Yes they had a turnout requirement, aka a Quorum. B

Don't just [i]make shit up[/i] if you want to make apoint dude. Its a very dishonest way to argue.

Comment: Re:Convenience (Score 3, Interesting) 214

by sg_oneill (#49281833) Attached to: The GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty

You mean MineeUSA? Thats who we're talking about right? The guy who publically stated that he wants those who "harm" pedophiles killed? The guy who rants on about how women should be raped and then forced to marry their rapist? The guy who constantly sent death threats to members of the debian womens group?

This is your evidence that SJWs have killed open source? The face that an open rape advocate got banned from a womens group.

Good work retard!

Comment: Re:"Publish or die" killed the science star (Score 1) 112

by sg_oneill (#49263935) Attached to: Scientific Study Finds There Are Too Many Scientific Studies

Or maybe the fact that there are more scientists publishing today than there were 20 years ago.

The article not the study, completely ignores one fact. The world population has tripled in 70 years. More papers being published is a result of more people existing. While not the sole reason, it is something to remember.

It does make me wonder if we're hitting some sort of plateau where its just too hard to be a generalist in any field anymore. Like, is physics too specialized now that we won't see another Einstein who mastered multiple fields of physics?

Keep in mind, the early thinkers where often philosophers who where expert in ALL the fields of science, mathematics AND humanities, and would write wide ranging books covering all the fields and innovating in all the fields. This, I suggest is now completely impossible for one person to achieve.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton