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Comment Re:News Flash! Civil Servants Corrupt! News @ 11:0 (Score 2, Insightful) 1057

This is pretty much how it works in every discipline

Yes and no. There is this idear of "competing theories" and the evidence used to be the arbiter. Science is supposed to be about more than belonging to the right clique. Skepticism is a prerequisite to good science - I don't give a flying hyena what you think, I care about what you can prove. Research "Null Hypothesis".

You've never heard of anyone having trouble publishing something that goes against current thinking?

Why yes I have but in general when a competing theory explains the observables as well or better than the current theory it's published. That's the way it's supposed to work, I'm sorry you missed the point.

-cluge

Comment Re:News Flash! Civil Servants Corrupt! News @ 11:0 (Score 3, Insightful) 1057

"The guy had a physics degree, and an economics degree. Neither which fully qualifies him to report on Global Warming."

I call paskahousut.

ANYONE with a physics degree can certainly comment on the physics of AGW theory.

[flame thrower on]An ecology degree or a degree in meteorology is what you you get when you can't do the math for your physics.[flame thrower off]

The problem with current AGW theory is that the data doesn't always match the theory as well as would be expected. Generally for people trained in the basic sciences this means that one needs to re-examine the original hypothesis or perhaps the models. Not for people that truly believe in AGW. These folks, scientists or not, can be pretty dogmatic. In today's climate that means that work is either censored, ignored, or the researchers attacked. I find it odd that people who publish works that don't follow the prevailing wisdom that writes the pay checks for AGW researchers are called skeptics or crackpots or are accused of being paid off by "Big Oil" (While money in the form of government grants and/or "green" organizations isn't tainted, ever)

The laws of physics change for no person. They just get occasionally refined (hat tip Einstein). If the basic physics upon which the theory is based doesn't work, then the theory is wrong. Period.

I suspect he was speaking more from his economics degree. If one is to make a decision as to what is better for the world, with a limited supply of resources (ie money) wouldn't having someone with an economics background help do the cost benefit analysis? -cluge

Comment Censorship NE WireTapping (Score 1) 197

They highlight the roles of the two biggest carriers: Great Britain, which actively censors internet traffic, and the US, which allows warrantless wiretapping of international traffic

Wire tapping isn't censorship last I checked. Censorship requires active suppression. Perhaps wiretapping may cause self censorship because one could think that they shouldn't say something?

That being said - the fact that traffic is monitored should be a given. Thus the raison detre for encryption. Anyone that worked in the ISP world in the early 90's will know that several of their upstream providers had rogue sniffers on their network. Why do you think telnet died and SSH came to be?

My reaction - use encryption as often as possible, assume everything is "wiretapped". Fight unwarranted active suppression wherever you find it. (FYI - I often black hole IP's that I see scan my network. I guess I'm censoring it ;)

-cluge

Security

Submission + - Congress hacked - again, botnets on the rise

cluge writes: Once again the computers used by the US congress have been compromised. This has happened before, and the attacks are thought to come from either China or Russia. Some industries aren't much better, 60% of the computers at multiservice businesses that serve the immigrant community in the United States are actively infected with malware according to one study. The shadowserver foundation says the number of machines that are part of botnets has quadrupled in 2008. Is 2009 going to be the year of the compromised PC?

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