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Comment Re:Some things I know - or have come to understand (Score 5, Informative) 757

Yet not a one climate model (to my knowledge) takes into account the biggest heat source and the biggest driver of that heat source.

First hit is:

most up-to-date climate models—including those used by the United Nations’ prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—incorporate the effects of the sun’s variable degree of brightness in their overall calculations.

This wasn't difficult. Are you being willfully ignorant?


Submission + - Congress' Gulf oil spill response given a 'D' by commissioners ( 1

ananyo writes: Many of the problems that led to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill have not been addressed, say the members of a commission set up by US President Barack Obama to study the disaster. The group releases a report today on progress towards its 2011 recommendations for preventing future disasters and improving spill response.

The US Congress fares worst in the new report, earning a 'D' rating for its failure to enact any meaningful legislation in response to the disaster. The Restore Act would allocate 80% of any fines that BP pays for the spill under the Clean Water Act to restoring the environment and economies of the states in the Gulf of Mexico, but the act has stalled in the House of Representatives. The Obama administration did better, with a B, thanks in part to new drilling regulations, while the oil industry's efforts to improve safety saw it awarded a C+.


Submission + - NOAA Releases New Views of Earth's Ocean Floor (

fishmike writes: "NOAA has made sea floor maps and other data on the world's coasts, continental shelves and deep ocean available for easy viewing online. Anyone with Internet access can now explore undersea features and obtain detailed depictions of the sea floor and coasts, including deep canyons, ripples, landslides and likely fish habitat.

The new online data viewer compiles sea floor data from the near shore to the deep blue, including the latest high-resolution bathymetric (sea bottom) data collected by NOAA's Office of Coast Survey primarily to support nautical charting."

Comment Re:This is one area we've regressed. (Score 1) 252

Army Intelligence personnel were photographed engaging in the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib along with the grunts that were convicted. Those officers have never been identified or charged. Probably because they were also following orders, but had the good sense to get those orders in writing.

Here's your citation. Can you name the personnel in the photograph?

Comment Directional Antenna (Score 1) 4

You can plug your address into this website and it'll give you the azimuths to all the transmitters within range.

From Felbers most of them are at about 80 degrees;.

A directional antenna in your loft or on your roof is going to provide the best reception. I have a crappy old one in my loft that came with my house and I get near-perfect reception. But, I live in a big city with a relatively nearby transmitter cluster.

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