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Comment Fun Fact: Solar and Wind cheaper than Fossil Fuel (Score 2) 641

Without the 90 percent massive subsidies that fossil fuels get, in depreciation, cheap federal and state lands (mining regs), escaping penalties for pollution by bankruptcy, and literal cash infusions for fossil fuel industries, they would be bankrupt today.

Let's help them along and get rid of all fossil fuel vehicle and business tax exemptions, tax deductions, regulatory escapes, and all the other things that subsidize these inefficient fossil fuel dinosaurs.

Literally.

Comment Re:Can you handle the truth? I didn't think so. (Score 1) 641

Why do we care?

Because humans have been around only a fraction of the time that dinosaurs existed (a very very very small fraction), and we've already survived at least three extinction level events. Our track record is pretty bad.

We don't need more things pushing us to extinction, no matter how convenient they are for you as an individual.

Comment The best solution for Lousiana and Gulf aid (Score 1) 422

The best solution for Louisiana and Gulf coast aid for storms is simple.

Rezone all new buildings for solar and wind power only.

And build them on stilts.

Don't accept excuses.

This will both help the locals - as solar gets more efficient due to global warming and revitalize American construction industries, since construction labor is local for the most part.

Anything else is a total and utter waste of time.

Oh, and cancel all flood insurance over $1 million for any residential property.

Let the market fix the problem, not the tax subsidized fossil fuel No Change communism.

Comment Re:None of this solves real world problems (Score 1) 82

The discussion was the appropriate use of game sims in training. Game sims are very useful in expensive training to get basic operations skills and certain techniques down, but they tend to have certain flaws, due to the nature of how we design the sims.

If, for example, we expect to be continuing operations in certain desert and mountain terrains, which we will (unless something happens), we need to account for the actual extremes in actual operations in those climates.

We can do those in sims, to a certain extent, or we can realize those work better in actual physical training exercises supplemented by sims to teach basic operations, basic faults, highly likely combat impacts (stoppages and immediate actions), and highly likely environmental impacts (excessive heat, visibility and temperature control failure).

And, I served. Carp happens. Sims only work so far. Failure to train for that leaves one vulnerable, or like the stupid movies and commercials walking on a ridge so that everyone in the world can pick up your exact location from heat IR UV and basic line of sight silhouette optics. Or driving an armored vehicle into a bad situation you could have avoided.

Who do you think was in Afghanistan when the US Army bugged out off mission to Iraq? It wasn't unicorns, that's for sure.

Comment Re: None of this solves real world problems (Score 1) 82

I see you failed to read the post. I specifically referred to a number of environmental conditions most sims fail to accurately record.

Excessive heat. Inversion layers from heat. Rock stress from operations. Depends on the rock type or soil type. Some of these are partially simulated, but most aren't, even today.

It's wicked hot in a damaged MBT when the outside temp is 114 F and you're coated in black dust that's increased the sun's effect.

Could you simulate them?

Sure.

But not very well.

Comment None of this solves real world problems (Score 2) 82

When we would send up Canadian reserve units against US active units, we found they had no idea their people would pass out inside the combat vehicles and tanks from extreme heat and dust, or deal with optical illusions from heated air, making it easy to trick them into going into tank traps that were covered by snipers with heavy and light mines. Or what happens when rocks crush your tank in a mountain pass because you fired your main gun next to an unstable rock face.

Sims only work so much.

You have to train for the bad things that happen, like your tank getting stuck in loose soil with water, and people who are actively trying to make you do the wrong thing. That requires actually taking vehicles into those actual types of terrain and obstacles.

Game that.

Comment Real scientists use R and S and C on Linux (Score 1) 343

Seriously, we have Terabytes of data storage, even in collapsed form, So we use shell scripts written by code in Perl and CGI to run against massive data files spit out by large databases.

Just do the Math.

Now, if you want to say small labs doing biological research have occasional false hits, due to open access searches against common repositories, I might believe you. To be frank, though, you should have read all the notes yourself.

I'm far more worried about a tired research assistant or grad student doing stuff like this and it not being caught before publication.

Submission + - SPAM: Atomic bombs and oil addiction herald Earth's new epoch: The Anthropocene

sciencehabit writes: Although the Anthropocene is already a widely popular shorthand for humanity's global environmental reach, for the past 7 years a small group of scientists has been mulling whether to propose the term as a formal span of geologic time. This month, the group voted to propose the Anthropocene as the Holocene's successor, with its start at the industrial boom that followed World War II. Before a formal submission can go to the International Commission on Stratigraphy, the bureaucracy that governs geologic time, researchers must still identify a stratigraphic section rich in geochemical markers of this postwar transition. They have a high bar to clear: Many stratigraphers are skeptical of their initiative and fear being drawn into a political statement.
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