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Submission + - Doctors and others reject UK 'Let's protect the children' moral panic (

Bruce66423 writes: The NSPCC, a large child protection charity in the UK, recently produced a report with the headline claim that 10% of 12-13 year olds reported themselves to be addicted to pornography. This prompted a Conservative Party pledge to block internet access to such material. This article is a letter challenging the moral panic and its scientific basis, going as far as to suggest that greater porn use is correlated with reduced sexual violence!

Comment I expect I'm still missing something basic (Score 1) 696

But I have to wonder if climate science is too. I wonder what effect pure heat has on temperature :D. Anthropogenic heat generation has probably increased along similar, or perhaps even greater lines to that of carbon dioxide.

Using figures pulled from wikipedia, average global temperature is 14C, current is 14.4, so from what I've found today, temperature is 5.6% above normal, and has increased 11.2% since 1880. Atmospheric carbon dioxide has gone from 280ppm to 400, so 0.012% increase...

The greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide is far from linear too. The more there is, the less you get.

Please only reply if you can shed some light on my observations. I've already tried to work it out for myself, and no, I don't want to trust the "scientific consensus".

Comment Re: Yawn (Score 1) 367

You're right about the decimal point. I've actually googled a "ppm to percent conversion calculator" today.

I expect I'm still missing something basic, but using figures pulled from wikipedia, average global temperature is 14C, current is 14.4, so from what I've found today, temperature is 5.6% above normal, and has increased 11.2% since 1880. Atmospheric carbon dioxide has gone from 280ppm to 400, so 0.012%.

Comment Re:Is it lazy to be prudent? (Score 1) 189

Did you find you hit a plateau? I lost 30 lbs over 3 months then stopped. For the past 3, I haven't moved up or down. I've started doing bodyweight strength exercises to supplement the walking I do, and I guess I should look at reducing carbs even more. A rough estimate of what I eat at the moment would be 30-80g a day. What amazed me about low carb was the effect it had on my blood pressure and cholesterol. In 3 months, both went from extremely high to the high side of average or slightly above.

Comment Majority != consensus. (Score 1) 339

I don't see a consensus. It's easy to find highly qualified people who disagree with the majority.
From: On the dangerous(?) naivete of uncritical acceptance of scientific consensus

"How do we non-experts decide when to take the pronouncements of the scientific consensus with a grain of salt? The reader may well find the following rules of thumb quite helpful. Be skeptical of scientific research, even that which supports, and is favored by apologists for, the scientific consensus, whenever:
1. the people paying for the research have a vested interest in the results.
2. vast concentrations of wealth and power hang in the balance on the results.
3. a prominent scientist's professional reputation and career is on the line.
4. the dominant paradigm is threatened."

Submission + - Diamonds Should get a bit cheaper i n the near future (

An anonymous reader writes: It looks like the diamond industry is going to get a bit of a shock as soon as the Russion government decides to start mining a new site. The site is estimated to contain "Trillions of Carats" which is (actual) orders of magnitude larger than the current largest diamond reserve.

These diamonds are also said to be harder than the average diamond since they formed in an asteroid impact some 35 million years ago.


Journal Journal: Linux: adoption by those who are fed up? 6

Today, I had the most peculiar experience. A (female, and pregnant, but that has no importance at all for this story) cousin of mine complained on Facebook about a virus infection on her Windows machine (I assume Vista, but I actually didn't bother to ask). Locked out by one of these ransom viruses. Worst part is that she did have an up-to-date antivirus sponsored by the Bank where here partner works.

Submission + - Study finds tumors in rats fed on Monsanto's GM corn (

An anonymous reader writes: A study recently presented by a group of french academics called into question the innocuity of GMOs. Its results concluded to the increased risk of tumor development in rats over their complete lifespan. Past GMOs studies were generally conducted over shorter periods of time.
Given that the complete details of the study are still to be disclosed, a number of experts not involved in the study remain quite skeptical about the findings

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