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Comment Re:How can they tell... (Score 1) 746

The Mann "hockey stick" graph has been thoroughly debunked. This is old news, and I'm surprised it even has to be mentioned again. It was based on a poor subset of data, on flawed assumptions as to how trees respond to temperature in their growth patterns, and the data was subject to flawed use of statistical methods. The hockey stick is totally off the table as proof of any unusual recent warming. What else have you got?

Comment Re:How can they tell... (Score 0) 746

Why? Because the effect of CO2 in the atmosphere is already at saturation. Doesn't really matter how much you blacken the windows in a house - once they hit "black" you're not adding any more to the effect. Same with CO2 absorption and re-emission of specific infrared wavelengths - it's already at saturation, and adding any more CO2 will have no effect. What we have left is natural variation in the Earth's temperature budget - changes in incoming energy (solar irradiance, solar wind, effect on cosmic ray cloud nucleation, changes in Albedo) are showing up as a decrease in overall thermal budget. Don't worry, it'll warm up in a few years. And then get cooler again. And then warmer again. Some call it a cycle. ;)

Comment Re:How can they tell... (Score 5, Interesting) 746

Prove it. Since CO2 levels have been higher in the past, it stands to reason that sealife is already adapted to higher levels of dissolved CO2 in seawater. Experts on the subject see no damage being specifically caused by CO2 in seawater. This is not to say that there is no pressing need for action on what happens in the ocean - pollution and fishing practices (like dredging and drag nets) are causing uncountable damage.

Comment Re:Too Bad (Score 1) 262

Except, how do you know it's a steaming turd of a movie? I don't know if it's bad or good. If I listened to everyone who hated a movie for one reason or another, I'd have missed out on some of my favorite movies, ever. But to dismiss a movie based on nothing more than opinion, or what you thought of the trailer, or whatever silly prejudice you want to foster, well, that's just not rational.

Maybe it's the greatest graphic novel of all time (I found it a bit self-indulgent and repetitive at times) but dude, it's only a graphic novel. Just like this is only a movie.

Note to Alan Moore: get over yourself already. You write comic books.

Comment Re:Too Bad (Score 2, Informative) 262

I guess you know more than the artist who drew the graphic novel, and has, you know, SEEN the movie:
Gibbons: I am feeling very optimistic about the film. I have been pleased with everything I have seen, and every successive thing I see makes me feel better. I've seen parts of it now three or four times, and I can still watch them again very happily. Like a graphic novel, there are depths of detail and meaning in film that give themselves up on a first viewing, and I am really looking forward to getting the director's cut of the DVD so I can go through it frame by frame. Which itself is a similar experience some have the first time they read Watchmen, and which the film is cruelly denying me! [Laughs]

Comment Crap Movies (Score 4, Insightful) 1276

I have a reasonably nice TV (720p Sony Bravia) and a PS3 as a blu-ray player. I have a nice little collection of blu-ray movies. I LOVE the increased fidelity of the image. It isn't just the resolution - it is the lack of compression artifacts, increased color depth (no banding), etc. that makes watching a blu-ray movie so much more satisfying and enjoyable than watching the same movie on DVD.

Watch Dark City on DVD and on Blu-Ray -- the difference is startling. I am at the point now where I am getting increasingly reluctant to watch a movie on DVD - the image is just so soft and filled with distracting image artifacts.

Now, I would buy more blu-ray movies, but here is the problem for me: There have not been any really GOOD movies coming out this whole summer. What a long dry spell for the home movie enthusiast. Just about every new film released this summer has been awful dreck - insipid teen movies, bad comedies, crappy "paycheck" dramas, etc. I keep going every week, wanting to get a new movie, and I keep coming away empty handed because I just cannot bring myself to buy the junk that keeps getting released. The high point of this month is going to be "Iron Man". I bet the sales of that blu-ray release go through the roof.

Submission + - Microsoft "Stealth Update" not harmless at

DaMan writes: According to, the super-secret stealth Update that Microsoft released back in August isn't as harmless as Microsoft claims:

The trouble occurs when users reinstall XP's system files using the repair capability found on genuine XP CD-ROMs. (The feature is not present on "Restore CDs.") The repair option, which is typically employed when XP for some reason becomes unbootable, rolls many aspects of XP back to a pristine state. It wipes out many updates and patches and sets Internet Explorer back to the version that originally shipped with the operating system.

ZDNet's Hardware 2.0 has independently confirmed that this update adversely affects repaired XP installations:

This issue highlights why it is vitally important that Microsoft doesn't release undocumented updates on the sly. Even the best tested update can have unpleasant side-effects, but if patches are documented properly and released in such a way that users (especially IT professionals) know they exist, it offers a necessary starting point for troubleshooting.

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