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Climate Change Is Altering Global Air Currents (independent.co.uk) 320

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: One of the scientists who demonstrated conclusively that global warming was an unnatural event with the famous "hockey stick" graph is now warning that giant jetstreams which circle the planet are being altered by climate change. Jetstreams are influenced by the difference in temperatures between the Arctic and the equator. But the Arctic has been warming much faster than tropical climates -- the island of Svalbard, for example was 6.5 degrees celsius warmer last year compared to the average between 1961 and 1990. The land has also been warming faster than the sea. Both of those factors were changing the flow of these major air currents to create "extreme meanders" which were helping to cause "extreme weather events", Professor Michael Mann said. In a paper in the journal Scientific Reports, Professor Mann and other researchers wrote that evidence of the effect of climate change on the jetstreams had "only recently emerged from the background noise of natural variability." They said that projections of the effect on the jetstreams in "state-of-the-art" climate models were "mirrored" in "multiple" actual temperature measurements. The jetstream normally flows reasonably consistently around the planet, but can develop loops extending north and south. The researchers, who studied temperature records going back to 1870 as well as satellite data, said these loops could grow "very large" or even "grind to a halt" rather than moving from west to east. The effect has been most pronounced during the past 40 years, they found.

Comment Re:Captured in public (Score 4, Insightful) 85

These images were captured in public where you have no right to privacy.

It's not that simple. Anything really important rarely is simple.

That standard, along with many other standards, laws, Acts, court precedents, etc etc, were created in the past under a different reality, where entire technologies did not exist and therefor could not have been accounted for in the drafting of those standards, laws, etc. All such make assumptions about how thoroughly enforced it can/will be along with how often it is broken which result in various levels of punishment.

Most traffic laws and their fines/punishments were drafted and codified into law with the assumption that 100% enforcement or close was impossible, but new technology is allowing law enforcement to achieve a much higher enforcement percentage than was originally understood possible. License plate scanning technology is another topic that is beginning to bring this phenomenon to public attention.

Considering the typical US citizen commits on average 3 felonies a day, 100% enforcement would result in much if not most of the population imprisoned.

There needs to be new limits set on the ability of the government to adopt new technology for domestic law enforcement and information gathering/analysis/investigation without thorough public review and oversight. Perhaps a topic for an Article-V Convention of States.

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Comment Re:deploy this, and you arent a state anymore. (Score 1) 195

Government the bigger and more remote it gets the more it looks upon the population as a herd to be managed, rather than as their friends and neighbors.

[US politician] "I agree! We need to take action immediately! We will create a new Cabinet-level post and an entire new Federal Department (complete with fully-auto rifles, grenade launchers, .50-cal heavy machine guns, MRAPs, and SWAT teams like the Social Security Administration and EPA) to address this injustice! We are currently in serious discussions with concerned citizen-group leaders, meeting in our new 'domestic negotiation center' located at Guantanamo." [/US politician]

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Comment Re: Given that Venezuela's economy is tanking (Score 2, Insightful) 90

Communism does not make the people the owners of the fruits of their labors, it makes the bureaucrats the owners of the fruits of people's labor.

You're thinking of a command economy, not communism.

Wow.

Communism/socialism demand a "command economy" as a basic tenant of their ideologies. They cannot function even as poorly as they do without control of the economy and the means of production and distribution.

Actually, it is quite the opposite. By laboring, you can produce value, and own it yourself, not have it confiscated by a rent-seeker. There is no need to yell, there is no need to take, you own what you make. And you get what you need, without stealing from others.

This is anathema to communism and socialism. The State determines all that. The State tells you what you will work at, where, how long, etc. It tells you where you'll live. It tells you how much compensation you'll receive and what you're allowed to buy/own.

OP was right. You missed 100+ years of history. If you actually did take a class, either the teacher/professor was incompetent or a good communist/socialist spreading false propaganda.

Or...*you* are the good communist/socialist spreading false propaganda.

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Comment Re: Liability (Score 2) 497

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) stipulates that a lot of what goes into modern engine firmware for emissions regulations.

Looks like the EPA isn't going to have the money to enforce much of anything according to the proposed federal budget.

This is a good thing. Don't get me wrong, I like clean air, water, etc, and at one time in the past, the EPA was at least passably effective and focused on actually protecting the environment in a reasonable and pragmatic manner. The EPA has since grown into an out-of-control federal bureaucratic monster. The EPA has jumped the shark and does far more harm to society than good. Time to start over.

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Comment Re:Wikileaks BAAD; CIA Goooood! (Score 0) 228

IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DETAILS OF VULNERABILITIES

No matter how much you scream & shout, it has everything to do with the details of the vulnerabilities. The whole debate is about whether WL should simply publish the details or should they try to somehow assure, to the best of their ability and within reason, that before the details are published that the vulnerabilities are patched.

The problem is that many of the various software makers in question have contracts and/or agreements with the government and are already quite aware of many of the vulnerabilities. In some cases it's likely they were the ones that put them and/or left them there deliberately at government request.

Trying to secure written and binding assurances that the vulnerabilities will be patched before publication is only rational and logical, and also demonstrably far more conscientious of the public's security and safety than the software makers and the US government.

If the software makers and/or the US government refuses to address the vulnerabilities in a reasonable time and manner, then WL will have no choice but to simply publish the vulnerabilities and their details. Any negative consequences from that point forward from the vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild are solely the responsibility of those software makers and the US government.

As for the rest of your post, you suffer from normalcy bias. It's quite common and encouraged in the current climate. Try being better-read and informed. It's the only way people can keep their privacy and freedom. Those things *can* go away far easier and faster than you might think if the people do not fulfill their responsibilities to stay informed and educate themselves in history as well as current events.

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Comment Re:Q: How many Austinites... (Score 1) 127

I drove through parts of the midwest to visit family in Texas two years ago and started spotting Armadillo roadkill in central Missouri. You can find armadillos in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, as well as extreme southern Illinois and Indiana. Prior to ~1850 armadillos were not found north of the Rio Grande.

Quite a few armadillos in Florida as well. You do NOT want to hit one in a vehicle!! Hitting one is like hitting a rock the same size. For those unfamiliar with the infamous " 'Dillo", Google some images for size perspective. Damage to the tires, rims, and suspension and undercarriage as well as the engine are common and often quite severe, requiring a tow and major repairs. Hitting one while driving relatively fast can easily cause a fatal accident. Hitting an armadillo at any decent speed on a motorcycle means a heavy date with the pavement and a rekt scooter at the very least. Happened to a few friends of mine over the course of years while living in FL.

Weird-looking animals, but normally quite non-aggressive and will typically curl up in an 'armored' ball when approached if they can't scurry off. Still, it's a bad idea to hurt one, or to corner a frightened 'dillo, as they have formidable digging claws that they will use if they feel truly threatened.

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Comment Re:Wikileaks BAAD; CIA Goooood! (Score 1) 228

If it is "industry standard" then why won't they publish it?

Reading comprehension, much?

From my post:

Seeing as this behavior (attempting to avoid damage from publicly releasing the vulnerability details before they're patched) regarding the WL proposed release aligns fairly closely with responsible vulnerability disclosure practices among network security experts...

*Not* releasing the vulnerabilities straight away without at least a good-faith attempt to allow those who can patch the vulnerabilities the opportunity to take action before the vulnerabilities are released is the standard.

Try reading *all* the way through a post you want to respond to. It will save you further embarrassment in the future.

Oh jesus, I feel like I am trapped in the middle of a fight between dueling conspiracy fantasists.

The old restrictions against US government use of propaganda domestically against US citizens no longer exists. That US TLAs use shills and sockpuppets on various social media platforms and forums is old news.

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Comment Re:Wikileaks BAAD; CIA Goooood! (Score 1) 228

And if there is a value in keeping them secret, then explain what the value is so randos on the internet don't have make up rationalizations for you.

I'll keep this simple.

An entity (WL, a security researcher, whatever) discovers major unpatched mainstream software/OS vulnerabilities. Should the entity simply release the details publicly and let the bad actors have a field day while the software makers scramble to push out a fix before more damage is done, or would it be more responsible to first try to get the software/OS makers to committing to patching the vulnerabilities before releasing the details publicly?

Seeing as this behavior (attempting to avoid damage from publicly releasing the vulnerability details before they're patched) regarding the WL proposed release aligns fairly closely with responsible vulnerability disclosure practices among network security experts, Occam's Razor would suggest this is the more likely explanation.

Don't pay attention to the flood of government psy-op posts. It's pretty well become SOP for any article involving news/data critical of and/or exposing overreaching US intelligence.

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Comment Re:Shotguns! (Score 0) 62

Firing shotguns into the air in cities - what could possibly go wrong?

Such a marvelous strawman! And, you built it all by yourself with nothing at all in the OP's post nor my own discussing appropriate-use scenarios on which to base your assumptions! Bravo! [golf clap]

The way to spot a gun nut...

In your world they must be jumping out from behind every rock and tree. What color is the sky there? Is hoplophobia as common there as you make it appear?

Maybe consider becoming one of those instead of the foaming at the mouth political types.

Hooboy! You can cut the irony here with a knife! That is, if a knife doesn't also trigger one of your various phobias/fixations/fetishes as well!

You are a silly, silly person!

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Comment Re:Shotguns! (Score 1) 62

More effective and cheaper!

Only within the limited effective altitude range of the shotgun. Effective horizontal range of a 12GA is around 200 yards maximum. Vertical (or near-vertical) range would be much less. A drone at 700 feet altitude should be safe from most regular shotguns, I would think. A large-bore goose gun could do better, but they still have limitations. Shotgun pellets lose velocity quickly when fired in the normal near-horizontal plane, fighting gravity on top of that...well...better hope the drone is trying for a relatively close-in video/photo-op.

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