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Comment Re:SJW crapola (Score 1) 188

    I have to go further than that and agree with her absolutely. Math and Science must pass a sufficient threshold to get things done. Knowing PI to the 125th digit is more mathy, but will probably not particularly help solving any problem. Knowing Partial Differential Equations probably would help in many instances, but when was the last time they came to use for you in programming? Many of us learn more and more about math and science because we love it; we love knowledge.

    Engineers have to solve problems first and foremost. It's critical that an engineer have the skills to realize what the problems actually are. Perceiving the problems takes more than math and science.

    Computer programmers are not paid to write computer programs; computer programmers are paid to solve problems. Many confuse the medium with the purpose. It just happens to be that computer programs are good at solving problems.

Comment Re:Nomination Blocked! (Score 1) 188

Of course, Obama has every right to make a recess appointment if those chuckleheads can't get their act together. Looks like the next recess long enough may be in April ( ). If they don't hold any hearings, they might not get a say at all as to the next Justice.

Submission + - Small asteroid burns up over Atlantic Ocean

The Bad Astronomer writes: On Feb. 6, an asteroid roughly 6 meters across burned up over the Atlantic Ocean, exploding like a 10 kiloton bomb. Although this was the largest event since the Chelyabinsk superbolide in 2013 (which injured 1000+ people), there were no witnesses. It happened 1000 km off the coast of Brazil, and was reported by the military, though it's unclear how they detected it.

Comment Re:amazed (Score 2) 507

And even if you do, you are bringing up a raft of unfounded assertions.

You are taking it on ~faith~ that the ecological systems are self correcting and very very stable against all shocks. You are taking it on ~faith~ that older temperature measurements are somehow inaccurate, and if they are inaccurate, you are going to assume they are merasuring cooler rather than hotter ( a rash assumption ).

The fossil records show that when huge events unfold, there is usually a mass dying off of old species and the introduction of new ones. So this will not be the end of life on earth, but it will likely be the end of the environment as we know it and a huge threat to the human species in general.

You have the following evidence against you :

    * physical properties of gasses
    * temperature measurements over time
    * theoretical models are being tested that agree with available data and have harsh predictions

What you need in order to make your case :

    * you have to show that old measurements are inaccurate and present a case more solid than "because they are old"
    * you must develop theories to show how ecological systems reverse the effects of large changes.
    * you have to explain away recent data as well, and explain away recent shifts in weather patterns.

Comment automatic updates (Score 1) 374

My wife's laptop got hosed when the automatic update started and the battery was very low. I do hope they learn to check on things like unplugged in laptops. Sometimes you need to get some information from a laptop and don't have an outlet handy. I think she might finally join the penguin side after that annoyance.

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