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Submission + - Draft IPCC report suggests that climate uncertainties have significantly grown (dailymail.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: The new IPCC draft admits that the climate has not warmed as predicted and that the climate field does not know why.

They recognize the global warming ‘pause’ first reported by The Mail on Sunday last year is real – and concede that their computer models did not predict it. But they cannot explain why world average temperatures have not shown any statistically significant increase since 1997.

They admit large parts of the world were as warm as they are now for decades at a time between 950 and 1250 AD – centuries before the Industrial Revolution, and when the population and CO2 levels were both much lower.

The IPCC admits that while computer models forecast a decline in Antarctic sea ice, it has actually grown to a new record high. Again, the IPCC cannot say why.

A forecast in the 2007 report that hurricanes would become more intense has simply been dropped, without mention. This year has been one of the quietest hurricane seasons in history and the US is currently enjoying its longest-ever period – almost eight years – without a single hurricane of Category 3 or above making landfall.

Submission + - Technology and Kansas City drivers (kansascityaccidentinjuryattorneys.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Kansas and Missouri have made texting while driving illegal, however it does not seem that this law is working. This article talks about reasons why. They give some great facts about new aps that may be able to help. Hoping that after reading this article people will become more mindful of what they are doing while driving.

Submission + - German Data Protection Expert Warns Against Using iPhone5S Fingerprint Function (spiegel.de)

dryriver writes: Translated from Der Spiegel: Hamburg Data-Protection Specialist Johannes Caspar warns against using iPhone 5S's new Fingerprint ID function. "The biometric features of your body, like your fingerprints, cannot be erased or deleted. They stay with you until the end of your life and stay constant — they cannot be changed. One should thus avoid using biometric ID technologies for non-vital or casual everyday uses like turning on a smartphone. This is especially true if a biometric ID, like your fingerprint, is stored in a data file on the electronic device you are using." Caspar finds Apple's argument that "your fingerprint is only stored on the iPhone, never transmitted over the network" weak and misleading. "The average iPhone user is not capable of checking, on a technical level, what happens to his or her fingerprint once it is on the iPhone. He or she cannot tell with any certainty or ease what kind of private data applications downloaded onto the iPhone can or cannot access. The recent disclosure of spying programs like Prism makes it riskier than ever before to share important personal data with electronic devices." Caspar adds: "As a matter of principle, one should never hand over any biometric data when it isn't strictly needed. Handing over a non-changeable biometric feature like a fingerprint for no better reason than that it provides 'some convenience' in everyday use, is ill advised and foolish. One must always be extremely cautious where and for what reasons one hands over biometric features."

Comment Re:"No, I don’t have a quick answer." (Score 1) 617

You're correct. The old business model the recording industry used for decades is already dead; it's just still twitching. It'll be gone by the wayside in another 10 years. Talentless so called "artists" who rely on Autotune and studio wizardry will not survive. Instead the ones with real ability will, and their main revenue will be from live performances.

Comment Nobody wants W8 (Score 1) 246

I know of no business-- not even a single one-- hankering & chomping at the bit to move to W8. Indeed, most of them are satisfied with XP and will have to be dragged kicking and screaming away from it come May 2014. The smart ones have already moved to W7, and they're perfectly happy with it. People point to Vista and Millenium Edition as being failures, but I don't think M$ has ever laid such a turd as W8/8.1.

Comment My own experience (Score 1) 512

Last year I bought a used 90GB Kingston V200 used off Craigslist. I am running my Linux installation right now off of it. At first I treated it with kid gloves and tweaked everything I knew how to tweak to reduce writes, including turned off swapping entirely-- with 16GB RAM I never touched the swapfile anyway-- reduced the swappiness system variable, etc. When I went from Mint 13 to 15 I only turned off the swapfile and it's still running like a champ, but a part of me still just doesn't trust the little darling. I decided to get a larger one to run my W7 installation on and bought an Intel 520-series 180GB one. It too has been rock solid reliable. I trust Intel more than Kingston and probably will take W7 off it and put on Linux the next time I upgrade my OS. Anyway, the gist of what I'm saying is, they've both done very well for me. I have no personal experience with OCZ but everything I've read says stay away. Samsung makes the drives that go in Macbooks, though I don't know if the 840 you can buy at retail is the exact same one as in the Apples. For anyone thinking of taking the SSD plunge, I say go ahead. I highly recommend Intel, but then I really don't boot to Windows that often these days so the the 520 gets *much* less use than my little Kingston. It's been a workhorse.

Comment It's the screen size, stupid (Score 1) 196

Even a screen that's roughly 4x4 cm covering a square roughly the width of a man's wrist is too small to really be useful. This has been tried before with the Palm OS. Another thing is, large watches are ugly, and people won't buy them for that reason either. Sure, geeks would lap them up in droves of a few thousand units. After that, crickets...

Comment Re:no ghettos pre-internet? (Score 1) 452

The effect of Hip Hop on a white or red person is just as bad as its effect on a black one, yes. Hip Hop is not a positive or beneficial thing. Now next you'll point to all the things whites have come up with that aren't positive or beneficial. The difference with thug/Hip Hop culture is that it's so pervasive. There's no comparable thing within the white community to compare with it.

Comment Re:no ghettos pre-internet? (Score 4, Insightful) 452

there is a problem, but it's cultural rather than racial.

Bingo. Nothing about being black means you must commit crime. The thug culture is the problem. And to get back to the original topic, a list of places to avoid would be just as useful to a black person who didn't want to be raped, robbed, and murdered as it would to a white.

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