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Comment: Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 1) 667

by top_down (#47499657) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

And who decides the kind of legitimacy they deserve or don't deserve? You? Western media? Western governments? The same people, I suppose, who decide that "we" are saints and "they" are demons. The sort of black-and-white worldview many here seem to be advocating is exactly what leads to war.

Who decides? wtf? Legitimacy is of course a matter of opinion. How convincing that opinion is depends on your arguments and evidence.

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 1) 667

by top_down (#47498509) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Terrorist used to be an analytic term although it always had a negative connotation. Now it increasingly is a moral term which makes it useless for analysis. This happens with a lot of words that fall into the hands of activists and politicians.

As for the separatists in the Ukraine, I've seen the term "gangster-insurgents" being used which indeed seems to be a better way to describe them.

Comment: Re:As an actual, full-time chess coach... (Score 1) 128

by top_down (#47447399) Attached to: How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

Telling if a position is mate or not is easy.

The more challenging situations usually arise because young children are often playing without a clock, don't have to write down their moves and don't have the skills to remember even a few moves back. This means there are situations where you have two highly emotional kids and a position on the board that cannot be reconstructed. Cheating, parents and time pressure may also be involved.
 

Comment: Re:HUH? (Score 1) 215

However regarding penguin migrations its been largely speculative.

I like how you go from "never been observed" to "largely speculative" in such a short time. That's how science should work when faced with new evidence. The new evidence in this case are satellite images of guano trails. Sounds pretty convincing.

The press release doesn't mention climate change so I don't know why you keep going on about that. I'm sure these or other researchers will search for a link between these migrations and climate change but for now they are silent on the subject.

Comment: Re:HUH? (Score 2) 215

OK, and this is part of climate change how? They have done it for years, but now it's part of "climate change"?

Right. We do the anti-science thing in slashdot these days dont we. *sigh*

Instead of carefully reading the article you just make up your own convenient conclusions.

You say that 'Emperor penguins [...] have never been observed to change nesting location so the question is *why*' . The authors of the study challenge this notion. That is what the FINE article is about.

Relevant quote:
“Our research showing that colonies seem to appear and disappear throughout the years challenges behaviors we thought we understood about emperor penguins,” said LaRue. “If we assume that these birds come back to the same locations every year, without fail, these new colonies we see on satellite images wouldn’t make any sense. These birds didn’t just appear out of thin air—they had to have come from somewhere else. This suggests that emperor penguins move among colonies. That means we need to revisit how we interpret population changes and the causes of those changes.”

This means that earlier research that used an assumption about penguin behavior similar to yours might be wrong.

Do you feel these researchers are doing the anti-science thing too?

Comment: Re:Erosion (Score 1) 182

by top_down (#47193417) Attached to: Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

The funny part is that it was the other way around when the climate discussions first started here on Slashdot. Then the climate threads would be page after page of dumb skeptic comments. Now the new generation of braindead are alarmist it seems.

The reason I found the article in the Telegraph is because I am biased myself. I dislike any alarmist drama, not just of the climate variation. And since the BBC has a track record when it comes to alarmism I went looking for the other side of the story ;-)

Comment: Re:Open Source License (Score 1) 630

by top_down (#43487849) Attached to: Most Projects On GitHub Aren't Open Source Licensed

I read the part about Open Source and it reads like it's written by an FSF activist. Stallman and his activists my have felt that Linux/Open Source was hijacking their cause but the reality is that the Linux strategy was just much more successful than the FSF one. Open Source was a rebranding but no coup: it pretty much covered the general attitude in the Linux movement.

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing viability of FORTRAN. -- Alan Perlis

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