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Comment: Predictive Power (Score 4, Insightful) 560

by simonbp (#46295415) Attached to: How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

That's because you are looking at climate models calibrated against that data that you are comparing to. Circular logic.

If you look at the predictions from past IPCC reports, very few of their predicted temperature profiles match the later observed conditions. That is a failure of the models' predictive power. That doesn't mean there isn't warming, just that the Earth's climate is a more complex system than can be accurately simulated with modern computing hardware.

Comment: Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (Score 4, Insightful) 2219

by simonbp (#46183203) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

About their unemployment plans?

We all would love a backend update (that's what most of us do), but I think it's clear that there would be a substantial net loss of users by changing the user interface so radically. That benefits nobody (except maybe the design team).

Comment: Re:You mean, doomed like iPads? And ChromeBooks? (Score 1) 564

by simonbp (#45805331) Attached to: PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

I don't know good your adb-fu is is, but it's not that hard to package and sideload a console program on an unlocked device.

That said, the definition of Linux distribution is that it builds an operating system around the Linux kernel, which Android does. It just has its own peculiar user interface.

Comment: It's official (Score 1, Troll) 276

by simonbp (#45616277) Attached to: This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

Whelp, it's official. If Bank of America thinks it's a great investment, Bitcoin is going to expand rapidly to biggest bubble anyone has ever seen, and then murder several developed economies when it bursts. Look for the Countrywide Bitcoin Exchange coming soon!

Could be worse though, they haven't come out with a Beanie Baby Bitcoin yet...

Comment: Re:Asia is playing catch up (Score 3, Interesting) 101

by simonbp (#45570625) Attached to: Chinese Chang'e-3 Lunar Rover On Its Way After Successful Launch

Actually the Apollo missions did deploy a few UV telescopes on the lunar surface. They weren't much better than Earth-orbit telescopes, and so noone has bothered since. The radar is more interesting, but probably of limited utility given the power requirements to actually penetrate deep enough to see the layered mare deposits.

Where China is decades behind the US, Europe, and Japan is that they don't really release their science products. US missions legally must release all raw and processed data after a short proprietary period (typically a year). Europe and Japan take longer, but still do usually release all their raw data. China does not, and often waits until after the mission is over before releasing even highly processed versions of the data. The lack of raw data (and opacity of how it is processed) means that it is hard to compare to other sources, and belies any claim to actual scientific motivation.

Comment: Re:A link between DPR and an early Bitcoiner (Score 4, Insightful) 172

by simonbp (#45509985) Attached to: Study Suggests Link Between Dread Pirate Roberts and Satoshi Nakamoto

Regardless if there was an official link, it is probably true that Bitcoin really took off when illegal/quasi-legal enterprises like Silk Road started using them. That's not to say Silk Road created Bitcoin or that all Bitcoin commerce is illegal, just that it would never have grown to real prominence without it.

Comment: Re:Tempting... but no thanks. (Score 2) 93

by simonbp (#45439007) Attached to: FCC App Lets Android Users Measure Mobile Broadband Speed

What precisely are you afraid of? And I'm being serious, what could the app access that you find worrying? It does grab your location, but that is trivial for any law enforcement agency these days.

If this app helps the FCC ensure that wireless companies are honest, I'm all for it.

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