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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).

Transportation

Chinese Icebreaker Is Stuck In Ice After Antarctic Research Vessel Rescue 361

Posted by Soulskill
from the mother-nature-thinks-you-need-a-vacation dept.
New submitter Cochonou writes "In an unforeseen turn of events, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long is now stuck in heavy Antarctic pack ice, just a day after its helicopter was used for the rescue of the passengers onboard the ice-trapped MV Akademik Shokalskiy. The Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis, which is now carrying the passengers of the Shokalskiy, has been placed on standby to assist. The Chinese vessel is waiting for favorable tidal conditions on Saturday to make another attempt at freeing itself."

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.

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