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Comment Re:Yeah... (Score 1) 1105

You're confusing the carbon that's already in the carbon cycle and the carbon that humans are adding to the carbon cycle by digging up coal and drilling oil and burning them. Humans are responsible for nearly all of the excess carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere in the past 200 years. We don't want to stop the carbon cycle -- that would destroy life as we know it. We just need to slow the pace at which we add carbon to the carbon cycle so the system can have time to absorb and deal with the excess. We're not only causing warming, but also acidifying the oceans.

Comment Re:Yeah... (Score 1) 1105

If you look carefully, there is an IF in the sentence. IF we burn all fossil fuel [it would lead to] a runaway greenhouse effect that would destroy all life on the planet, perhaps permanently" Similarly, IF I put a loaded gun to my head and pull the trigger I will die. That doesn't mean I'm saying it will happen. It would be quite difficult to burn ALL the fossil fuel, and I don't think we'd keep doing it after the effects became undeniable to the most ardent "skeptic".

Comment Re:I do believe it because it based on sound scien (Score 2) 1105

I haven't heard of any solid data suggesting what the actual cost and benefits are, beyond the "sky is falling" arguments

I don't think you've been listening hard if you haven't heard of the Sterm Review. It's 700 pages long and doesn't refer to the sky falling at all. I keep seeing references to "sky is falling" arguments, but I haven't heard of any. Could you point me to one?

Comment Re:BUYING SLASHDOT ACCOUNTS (Score 1) 1105

That absolutely is a classic denier position, because it sounds sensible on the surface (just give me some more proof), but in practice the goalposts move, so that there is never enough proof. The whole argument is set up that way -- science can never "prove it irrefutably" because that wouldn't be science.

Comment Re:BUYING SLASHDOT ACCOUNTS (Score 2, Informative) 1105

Let's start with Arrhenius over 100 years ago. The falsifiable claim is that burning fossil fuels will raise the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and cause warming. We have observed the warming. Had we not, it would have falsified the hypothesis. Surely you've been following this over the years and this is all old news.

Comment Re:I do believe it because it based on sound scien (Score 5, Insightful) 1105

Right, you can never validate a hypothesis in science. You can only fail to falsify it. In other words, no one can seem to come up with another good explanation for the warming we've observed, so we've failed to falsify the idea that it's due to carbon dioxide emissions, a hypothesis first proposed in 1896. That doesn't mean it's the truth, but I sure know which way I'd bet!

Comment Re:Cool! All we have to do is create code to math. (Score 1) 215

I'm not confusing patents and copyrights. A computer can process computer code, literature, or a photograph. They are all copyrightable, not patentable. Interestingly enough, a computer can also process a patent, which certainly is patentable. The idea that anything a computer can process is not patentable is obviously absurd.

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