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Comment: Some thoughts (Score 4, Insightful) 617

by wbr1 (#47909727) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels
IANACS (I am not a climate scientist). However, some things to think about. Much of the Antarctic ice is on land. I can think of three reasons why there would be more sea ice.

1.The land Ice is moving to the sea (due to warming, increasing sea level).
2. Fresh water run off and/or higher precip cause the sea to be slightly fresher, causing it to freeze at higher temperatures (still warming caused, and if from runoff still increasing sea level).
3. It is colder, causing more sea ice.

We know for a fact that on average it is not colder ( ), so my money is on some combination of the first two.

More sea ice does increase albedo and thus reduce infrared absorption, which is a negative feedback, but is it enough to reverse the trend locally or globally? That is beyond my ability to predict.

Comment: Disney has no respect for copyright-except theirs (Score 5, Interesting) 137

by wbr1 (#47842849) Attached to: Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music
My uncle move to Orlando in the 80s, Still lives there. He is a professional musician, and submitted many songs to the Disny megalith (a few were purchased, I think for the Gummy Bears show).

At any rate, he rarely goes TOO the parks, but was taking family visiting one time and what does he hear playing in Epcot, but one of his -unpurchased- songs. To my knowledge he is still fighting them. While not as big as Deadmau5, it makes it blatantly obvious that as a corporation Disney wants copyright control and DRM to protect itself but cares nothing for anyone else they drop a mouse turd on.

Comment: Le sigh.... (Score 5, Interesting) 167

by wbr1 (#47833725) Attached to: Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification
I am not some anti-GMO freak, although I think it is hubris to assume that we can tinker with genomes without unintended consequences. This quote:

Without a genome, we couldn't do any real advanced research on coffee that would allow us to improve it — not in this day and age.

Is pure shite. It is called selective breeding, and it has been done for centuries. While that may not be advanced enough for you tastes, it works, and it improves plant varietals. You do not have to splice DNA to make improvements.

One day we may just go to far and drop like honeybees in a Monsanto cornfield.

Comment: CS2 (Score 4, Informative) 163

by wbr1 (#47808717) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?
Unless you have an aversion to closed source or need some features it does not provide, adobe has made CS2 versions of their products available for free for some time. You do need to register and login if you do not have an Adobe account, but presumably that could be done with fake info for the paranoid.

Comment: Re:Other strange update issues.. (Score 1) 140

by wbr1 (#47784221) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs
Yes there are. This shop mostly supports our business IT techs by setting up and rebuilding stuff that goes out to businesses. But the shop also picks up plenty of residential infections and failed hardware.

I can go to Chicago to install your GPU, however, it will cost about $900-$1500 in travel expenses.

Comment: Other strange update issues.. (Score 5, Informative) 140

by wbr1 (#47783459) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs
Yesterday in my repair shop I started getting a 0x80246002 error when checking for updates. Only on Win 7, (8 and vista were unaffected). This first occurred on a customer box that had a malware infection. The KB for this error simply states:

This problem may occur if Windows Update or Microsoft Update determines there is a file hash mismatch when you try to search for available updates from the Windows Update Web site or from the Microsoft Update Web site.

I spent a couple hours down the rabbit hole, thinking malware had broken updates on this box. Not unusual, and normally fixable by one of several means. When all attempts failed, and then another box presented the same error, I checked, every single windows 7 box would not check for updates.

I found that it was not something strange in our router or firewall, and it even occurred on other building tenants computers using a separate internet connection. Everyone in the building is on Comcast. Even more interesting, if I connected a computer to another ISP (tethering on my phone in this instance), the update check would succeed. You could then reconnect to comcast and download and install the updates.

Further all of these computers were running Windows Update Agent 7.6.7600.320, which is a recent (KB less and not able to be skipped) update to Windows update, that you cannot roll back easily. However, by going to a restore point prior to this update, checking for updates magically worked again, until this Agent updated itself and it was broken again.

So somehow, for whatever reason, the way Windows Update on Win 7 with this version of the agent checks for updates was being blocked by Comcast (Business class). Try explaining that to a comcast support rep. Fortunately today it seems to be working again.

Comment: No device necessary (Score 2, Insightful) 167

Pretty interesting idea and a nice slashvertisement. How about instead, using an emulator,pushing a resolution that looks good onyour panel, and even possibly applying AA and other filters till it looks how YOU like, You have far more options for less cash that way. This reeks of monster cableitis to me.

Federal grants are offered for... research into the recreation potential of interplanetary space travel for the culturally disadvantaged.