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Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 673

by tbannist (#49114727) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

Consider the way Anthony Watts was savaged for blatant idiocy by Media Matters in Climate Skeptic Proves Conclusively That He Knows How To Waste Time, Money, his opinion doesn't carry much weight. If you're going to tell us we should listen to someone, at least find somebody with more chops than this "Hey, they used video editing in a video!" moron.

Honestly, reading that made my opinion of Anthony Watts fall to a new low. It's really pathetic when someone claims "Fraud!" because video editing was used to make the thermometer readings actually legible.

Comment: Re:Good question, not answered: (Score 1) 116

by tbannist (#49089421) Attached to: The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Bill

Given the recent history of the Conservative Party of Canada and it's various flunkies it's probably safer to draw the opposite conclusion, namely that Harper clearly intends to abuse this to persecute his political enemies. After all, his political flunkies have already declared that environmentalists are essentially the same as terrorists on more than one occasion.

Comment: Re:In other news (Score 1) 264

by tbannist (#49056981) Attached to: NASA: Increasing Carbon Emissions Risk Megadroughts

You seem to be missing his point. The M.M. Hockey stick is largely based on one tree. Yet he and the rest of the activists would have us believe that that represents all or the world.

That's a new one, I hadn't read that lie before. This one isn't even believable at first glance. the hockey strick graph was a multi-proxy graph so it can't be based on one tree because if it was, it would be a single proxy graph. Furthermore there are now 14 (or more) different reconstructions that confirm the shape and conclusions of the first hockey stick graph using different methods and different proxies.

When you're going to lie to people, at least try to make it believable, ok?

Comment: Re:Later (Score 1) 297

by tbannist (#49056689) Attached to: Canadian Climate Scientist Wins Defamation Suit Against National Post

Ad Hominem attack topped by an association fallacy.

I'm not attacking your character, because you really do believe in a paranoid fantasy. Also, I'm not trying to associate you with anti-vaxxers, you do that with your words and your behaviour.

Because I believe the state of mainstream climate science is suffering from strong confirmation bias and also from bad science, which has been demonstrated over and over, as well as a peer review process that has been hijacked, you seek to discredit me by associating me with a group that based their information on 1 bad paper.

The primary problem with what you've written is that none of it is true. If climate change research is based on "bad science" it should be trivial to discredit it, but it's not. Every time someone show some so-called "bad science" in climate change, it turns out they've greatly exaggerated what they've found. The real criticism of the hockey stick graph, for example, put a practically unnoticeable bump in the "handle" part of the graph, yet the statistician who found the error continues to claim he "disproved" the graph because he found that there was a better statistical regression method that should have been used instead that had no real impact on the graph on the conclusion drawn from it.

It's like trying to prove in a court of law that you shouldn't get a speeding ticket because you were going 100 mph over the speed limit, because in reality you were only doing 99.7 mph over the speed limit. Inconsequential.

It is easy to pigeon whole all dissenting voices and paint us all like ignorant hicks, however it only shows how worried the alarmists are of engaging in debates. Much easier to smear than it is to actually win with arguments.

You seem to have mistaken pity for fear. I think you're delusional. You think that thousands of scientists have been studying a subject for 30 years and yet not one of them have realized the truth that you know without ever having studied it at all. You're a text book case of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Contrary to what you believe, even the so-called skeptical scientists admit that global warming is true, that it's happening and that's it's man-made. They mostly disagree on how fast it will progress but personally, I don't think the evidence even supports their positions on that issue. They clutch at faint hopes (clouds or other mysterious negative feedbacks that have yet to be discovered) that things will not be as bad they likely will be. They cling to these hopes for many different reasons, such as money, faith, or publicity, but as the evidence accumulates the fringe theories are slowly being disproved one after another.

Enjoy the air up there on your high horse.

Pull your head out of your ass and you could enjoy the air too.

Comment: Re: A talented man (Score 0) 297

by tbannist (#49017011) Attached to: Canadian Climate Scientist Wins Defamation Suit Against National Post

To be fair and accurate, under the "novel" approach of counting every ballot accurately, Al Gore would have won. It certainly appears that the majority of the supreme court deliberately ran out the clock to allow their favoured candidate to the win the election by denying one of the basic tenets of most democratic voting systems: when the totals are close you recount the ballots to make sure the count is correct.

So it's actually the opposite of the situation you imagine, the voters actually awarded Al Gore the presidency but the supreme court appears to have deliberately thwarted the will of the electorate.

Comment: Re:Please no more censorship. (Score 1) 467

by tbannist (#48990065) Attached to: Twitter CEO: "We Suck" At Dealing With Trolls, Vows To Kick Them Out
A better system might be to give you some type of "unlimited" rating system where you could rate other users (maybe as simple as Slashdot's friend/neutral/foe system, maybe more complicated), and to make those ratings shareable so that other people could add your ratings to their own, then anything from users below a certain threshold would be blocked (possibly also per-user configurable). This would allow different communities to band together to mass block the people they don't like (because of trolling, or whatever) without globally silencing anyone.

Comment: Re:Please no more censorship. (Score 2) 467

by tbannist (#48990017) Attached to: Twitter CEO: "We Suck" At Dealing With Trolls, Vows To Kick Them Out

then stop using it.

That's an incredibly moronic thing to say. This is about how Twitter can prevent people from doing that very thing. They don't like the fact that trolls are driving other users away. Particularly when it's the good users who post things other people want to read. Without those users, twitter literally has nothing but trolls and terrorists. So the very last thing they want is for people to "stop using it". Every time someone does it costs Twitter some of their future profits.

Comment: Re:A question for all the"deniers". (Score 1) 497

by tbannist (#48876587) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

It's important to understand that the primary determinant of the amount of water vapour in the atmosphere is temperature, which means that other GHG gases impact the amount of water vapour and thus amplify their own effect. That's why water vapour doesn't get much consideration: it has a short cycle, it acts primarily as a feedback system, and have no feasible ways to directly increase or decrease it, unlike the other GHGs like CO2 and methane.

Comment: Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (Score 1) 497

by tbannist (#48876407) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

It should be named anthropogenically accelerated global climate change, as there is no question whether the climate is changing---one cannot expect that the actual climate will last forever, it has changed before and will change again. The question is whether climate change is (a) global, (b) faster than it would be natural, and therefore (c) caused by the man.

I guess, they should have named it anthropogenically inverted global climate change, then. The natural trend is about -0.03C degrees C per century, when you add in the anthropogenic impact the current trend is around +2.00 degrees C per century.


Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade 570

Posted by samzenpus
from the try-it-free dept.
mpicpp was one of many to point out this bit of news about Windows 10."Microsoft just took another big step toward the release of Windows 10 and revealed it will be free for many current Windows users. The company unveiled the Windows 10 consumer preview on Wednesday, showcasing some of the new features in the latest version of the operating system that powers the vast majority of the world's desktop PCs. The developer preview has been available since Microsoft first announced Windows 10 in the fall, but it was buggy, limited in scope and very light on new features. Importantly, Windows 10 will be free for existing Windows users running versions of Windows back to Windows 7. That includes Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows Phone. Microsoft specified it would only be free for the first year, indicating Windows would be software that users subscribe to, rather than buy outright. Microsoft Corporate Vice President of the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore showed off some of the new features in Windows 10. While Microsoft had already announced it would bring back the much-missed Start Menu, Belfiore revealed it would also have a full-screen mode that includes more of the Windows 8 Start screen. He said Windows machines would go back and forth between to two menus in a way that wouldn't confuse people. Belfiore also showed a new notification center for Windows, which puts a user's notifications in an Action Center menu that can appear along the right side, similar to how notifications work in Apple OS X. Microsoft Executive Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson revealed that 1.7 million people had downloaded the Windows 10 developer preview, giving Microsoft over 800,000 individual piece of feedback. Myerson explained that Windows 10 has several main intents: the give users a mobility of experience from device to device, instill a sense of trust in users, and provide the most natural ways to interact with devices." More details are available directly from Microsoft.

I am more bored than you could ever possibly be. Go back to work.