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Comment: One non-political report. (Score 4, Informative) 396

by TapeCutter (#49367995) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient
All IPCC group reports are finalised via political negotiation except for one group. WG1 is the scientific group, all the others refer back to the WG1 report for factual information, the other groups argue about how to present those facts in their own working group(WG). In 25yrs of incredibly intense scrutiny, nobody has ever found a factual error in the final versions of a WG1 report. That really is a very robust outcome and a credit to the scientists involved.

Only nations that donate to the IPCC budget get a vote on the other reports, last I checked there were ~135 nations who together represent pretty much every political view in the rainbow, it takes a long time for them to agree. The IPCC budget is $5-6M/yr, nobody who actually works on the reports is paid a dime by the IPCC, all of the scientists involved DONATE their time. Their financial accounts are on their web site. Try finding the accounts for an anti-science no-think-tank such Senator Inhofe's barking dog - the heartland institute.

Comment: Re:Fuck those guys (Score 5, Insightful) 569

What I do wonder is why so many SWAT raids end in violence in the US when so many other countries just dont have that sort of problem. My guess is poor training.

Other countries don't have that problem because we don't send a swat team to investigate a routine 911 call, we send a patrol car and knock on the fucking door. Sure we have swat teams, we send them in to end confirmed sieges because that is what a swat team is trained for. Also the knowledge that everyone and his dog is armed to the teeth in the US encourages the cops shoot first and make up excuses later. If you ask me the cop who shot the kid in Ferguson was a coward, he panicked because he was alone and and could not control a black kid who was bigger than him. The last people you want waving a gun around like John Wayne, are fucking cowards.

Comment: Re:And the almond trees die. (Score 1) 417

by TapeCutter (#49315759) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

The next thing you know, we get a law banning incandescents in refrigerators passed alongside more subsidies for corn-based ethanol fuel.

Off course, but that doesn't mean a regulation telling fridge manufacturers and importers to stop using incandescents is a bad idea. The US is the largest market in the world, California is the 5th largest all by itself. Efficiency regulations for manufactured goods in the US, and in particular California, can and do have a significant impact on the world market.

Comment: Re:There's only three plants. (Score 2) 417

by TapeCutter (#49315575) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

You mean the "environmental impact" of lowering the sea level in the Pacific

The environmental impact of any desal plant itself is that it dramatically raises the salinity of the water near it's outflow, the water is not lost from the normal hydrological cycle. You can minimise the salinity problem by not placing your outflow in a shallow bay. Wind, wave, and tidal power are ideal for desal plants since they are normally built near the coast, those built in deserts can obviously use solar. Unfortunately the one they built here in Melbourne was accompanied by a new brown coal plant which will only accelerate the unwelcome feedback loop between the climate and our species.

Desalination from seawater costs about 8.5 kWH / m^2. That is a lot of power.

I think you mean cubic meters, not square meters.

waste heat from existing power plants via secondary heat exchangers

Usable heat is already converted to electricity, that's the one thing a coal plant does best.

Comment: Rationing takes money out of the equation (Score 3, Interesting) 417

by TapeCutter (#49315397) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought
And they will be scorned for creating a "white elephant" when the drought breaks.The last drought here in Victoria saw the states drinking water supplies down to 10% capacity (basically the mud at the bottom), which is why they built one of the world's largest desal plants (as did almost every state capital in Oz at the time). The drought broke before it was completed and everyone started bitching it was a waste of money. When PDO flips to el-nino, the rains will come to California and the drought will return to Australia's east coast. Why my fellow Victorians think we won't need the desal plant next time is a complete mystery to me?

Note that here in Oz we have strict water rationing during a severe drought, ration levels are based on dam levels with different rationing rules for residential, industrial, and agricultural. The rationing receives overwhelming support and "neighborhood watch" style policing from society. My brother lost his wholesale nursery business to the last drought, yet still supports the rationing. Maybe I'm wrong but I just can't see that level of political and economic cooperation happening in 'freedom loving' CA.

Comment: Re:This is one reason why IT doesn't get respect (Score 4, Informative) 764

I see this sort of stuff all the time,

Been a C/C++ developer for 25yrs, in my experience this stuff is very rare in working code.

Normal workplaces are a lot better in my opinion.

I can only assume you have never worked in a male dominated blue collar job, such as a mechanics workshop, garbage depot, or a building site. I did that sort of work for 15yrs before moving to a white collar job. The first thing I noticed about working in an office was how polite most people are, the boss even says please and thank you. The second thing I noticed, the walls aren't covered with posters of semi naked women.

Thing is, TFA isn't about workplace behaviour, it's just some junk someone posted on the internet with the express purpose of becoming (in)famous for 15 minutes.

Comment: Re:Ironic (Score 1) 110

by TapeCutter (#49311675) Attached to: A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute

the mechanism by which the mind optimizes information directly, rather than through simulation

Your entire nervous system is a continuous feedback simulation of body/environment interaction that predicts ~0.25 seconds into the future and adjusts the chemistry of your body to react accordingly. Your mind is the self referential part of that simulation. Everywhere we look in the universe we see systems of enormous complexity emerging from matter and the simple rules of physics, many are also self referential in the sense they display a fractal nature or feedback loops, the human mind is no more or less "miraculous" than those systems.

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.

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