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Comment: NYTimes wouldn't write this about... (Score 0) 448

by supercell (#49103473) Attached to: How One Climate-Change Skeptic Has Profited From Corporate Interests
You can be sure scientist on the side of Climate Change have been cashing in on all the research/corporate money and federal $$ available on the side that supports Climate Change You can also be sure the isn't going to report on this either. They have one view and if you are of another opinion or have reached a different scientific conclusion you must be a crook.

How much money as Al Gore made of the whole Global Warming theory?

Oh by the way, I an atmospheric scientist and I work with computer models every day. I have serious doubts about how well we can simulate the future climate of earth in 10 years, let alone 100 years into the future. We just recently began incorporating micro-biology into the climate models. They are very crude and in my opinion, it's these very organisms that over the long term, will play an ultimate role in the carbon/oxygen balance. Until we have these features much better modeled, we cannot say with any sort of certainty what the earth's temperature will look like in the long term. At this point, there is still a lot of variability in the outcome, by make very minute changes to the model initial assumptions.

Comment: Linux does not mix well with USB Drives (Score 1) 472

by supercell (#33999902) Attached to: The State of Linux IO Scheduling For the Desktop?
I tried using a USB hard drive to back up about 30 gigs of data from my CentOS 4.8 server. The IO wait on the system shot up to 80% and I had to kill the process since it brought the machine to a crawl and the other processes were taking forever to complete. Something as simple as copying a file to a USB drive should not cause the system to slow to a crawl and become no long functional.

Comment: I can't belive it... (Score 1) 799

by supercell (#32203152) Attached to: Gulf Gusher Worst Case Scenario
As a Earth Science major and having worked in the Geo-sciences arena for 20 years, I can say this article is so far off base, I can't believe it was elevated to being posted on Slashdot. There is no way possible for a Yellowstone type eruption. That is just straight up bullshit. Sure there is a significant amount of pressure, but not of volcanic proportions. This article should be redacted from the Slashdot site!

Comment: Not impressed... (Score 3, Interesting) 791

by supercell (#28847465) Attached to: Formerly Classified Global Warming Spy Photos Released
I thought I was going to see a significant movement in the ice sheets, on the order of 10's or 100's of miles. From what I saw, the rate of decline was statistically meaningless, measured in mere feet. My guess is the previous administration was more concerned with releasing something that would show or capabilities of our spy satellites and not trying to conceal this.

Comment: Atmospheric Denisity Problem (Score 1) 263

by supercell (#28344497) Attached to: Jet Stream Kites Could Power New York City
The atmospheric pressure at 30-40K feet is around 200 millibars, basically the air is only 20% as dense as it is at the surface (~1000 millibars). So the kinetic energy available in a 120 mph wind at 30K feet is only a small fraction of what that kind of wind is at the surface. Point being, a 100+ mph wind sounds impressive, but at that altitude the kinetic energy is much less than it is at the surface.

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