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Comment Re:El nino would cool Great Barrier (Score 4, Interesting) 108

At the end of an El Nino the warm pool of water drifts across the Pacific just below the equator. El Nino usually breaks down during the southern hemisphere summer.

There are times when the warmer surface water, ex El-Nino arrives at the back half of the Australian summer. The reef itself slows water movement from the north/south directions but it is fairly open to surface waters arriving from the east. This allows the warmer El Nino to start pooling inside the outer barrier.
If the timing is right, this water is further heated and can trigger conditions where many coral species will "bleach". They eject their symbiotic algae. This does not kill the polyps. Usually the water cools enough so that the algae re-colonises and all continues as it was. Surface water temperature above 30 deg C is not uncommon in this area during summer in any normal year.

Cooling usually happens through tidal flow and storm (including tropical revolving storms) activity. The end of December, start of January, brings spring tides that also effectively mix the water. The tides a month later are also effective. The main cooling effect comes from the south east trade winds that cool that surface waters and bring them over the reef. They also have a strong influence in reversing the East Australia Current. In El Nino conditions the trade winds are greatly reduced exacerbating the conditions.

Making shinier clouds looks like complete and utter hokum. More chance of a benefit arising from having Trump building a wall across the equatorial pacific and having Hawaii pay for it.

Comment Re:Oh hey GEMSA, you want this taken down? (Score 4, Interesting) 68

There may be something else interesting here too. I'm not clear on it and may have it wrong, but the Trans Pacific Partnership was touted as allowing for the enforcement of cross jurisdiction ruling for things like this.

Did Trump just save the world from another round of vexatious patent trolling that uses cross-border court rulings as a weapon?

Ummmm....Yay Trump....Yaaayyy....ummm.

Comment Re:Unimaginable crisis (Score 1) 333

Hmm. Nobody who speaks German could be evil.

OTOH 30 million people displaced as unimaginable? I don't have to even go far back in time. 55 million people killed in WW2 and many more displaced not that long ago. If that migration becomes the only problem then it's a soft landing. Probably more people than that take an annual vacation in the U.S.

I like the shift away from blaming callous bloodthirsty dictators and Islamic fundamentalism openly clashing for the Arab Spring. Spring is climate right? Bad outcome for lots of people ergo climate change is to blame somehow. Seriously, all this alarmist stuff ever does is magnify an emotional dimension to the problem that will make it increasingly difficult to solve it. It is pissing off a lot more than 30 million people and they are sneering through the internet and the ballot box.

Wish the drama queens and alarmists would just piss off now. They have nothing to offer.

Comment Re:How much is the fine for false information? (Score 2) 129


You can put anything on the ballot paper you like. The requirement is that you attend a polling station and have your name recorded as having receiving the ballot papers. You don't even have to do this on election day. There are a number of pre-poll options and absent voting provisions. They make it so easy that it isn't a drama.

Election days are more like a giant picnic barbeque these days anyway. There's more live broadcasting of what food is available at the polling stations than political comment. Every local charity sets up a stall outside the boundary and it's more like a street market than a serious national plebiscite.

Comment Re:no surprises here (Score 1) 288

They make a phone that runs an interface that looks like shit and it doesn't sell? How can it be so?

I wonder how much they spent on spin doctors trying to convince everybody that "Live Tiles" were so much better than widgets?
An interface that looks like its made for Sesame Street watchers.
Win8 was hated (and deservedly so). Make something that looks like Win8 and don't understand that it will also be hated? Just dumb.

Can't wait for Nokia to actually resurrect their phone business sans Windows. I will ditch this Samsung into the nearest toilet.

Comment Re:True Crime (Score 1) 194

Ladies and Gentlemen this elevator has been halted deliberately. I have been eating chocolate, boiled eggs and cabbage for 24 hours. Place your wallets and valuables in the paper bag. Refusal to do so and I will fart in this elevator. Just in case some hero decides to pursue me, I will be farting into the bag itself when I leave.

Ok ante-up, thank you sir, madam those rings, no sir not yours, just your wallet, thankyou ....

Comment Re:Makes perfect sense.. (Score 1) 201

This world wide takeover - after that will we be allowed to fire Ak-47s into the air at weddings and football and stuff? I think that looks like fun. That could be ok. If we can do that and they get rid of all the crap about aliens on the History channel then the Caliphate might be bearable, at least for a while.

Comment Re:short circuit's number 5 could waltz (Score 1) 168

"When its dancing skills were called into question, the robot responded by showing off its Gangnam Style moves."

Yeah but then the crowd started to diss its ability get the upper hand in a physical contest. It said "I'll be back" and left the room.
(Sound of truck revving up outside.)

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