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Comment Re:Questions require listening (Score 2) 331

I have a large interest in climate science instrumentation (at least relative to other laypeople).

There have been a few questions I've never been able to answer:
What is the precision of an ocean going thermometer?
what was the precision of a 1900s era thermometer?
What was the average uncertainty of a 1900s thermometer and how does it compare with current technology, also what are the known biases in temperature measurement of the time?

It would seem to me that any comparison of pre-modern temperatures to modern temperatures should include that information but I've never been able to find it. But back on the topic of reproducible scientific studies, can you show me a reproduction study for any study in the climate science field? I don't ask that to be facetious, I legitimately have no idea how to go about finding one.

Comment Re:Death To All Jews (Score 1) 920

Umm, yes? She did, and does still, work for them.

Sarah Kate Silverman is an American stand-up comedian, actress, producer, and writer who voiced Vanellope von Schweetz in the 2012 Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph and the 2013 video game Disney INFINITY and will reprise her role for Wreck-It Ralph 2. She also made a cameo as a waitress in the 2011 Disney film The Muppets.

Comment Re:Overpriced (Score 1) 101

I'm from Australia and I actually came to this article thinking the same thing. Unlimited AT&T plan with 365 days of international roaming under this deal would actually be cheaper than anything I can get locally. Caps these days for 4G max out at around 10GB with $10 per extra GB so as long as I'm using a GB per day, AT&T's option would actually be cheaper than anything local.

Not really keen to sign up for $300+ a month in mobile charges just so I can view youtube, but the option actually seems viable, given that my mobile+internet bill combined is half that right now.

Comment Re: He cheated OTHER players (Score 1) 406

"Hey Casino manager, I have this superstition where I think playing with the deck upside down will make me more likely to win, is it cool if we do that?"

"Sure, sounds like a superstition to me"

"Can I alter the position or appearance of the cards, I think it will make me win" should always be viewed with suspicion especially since inverting key cards known way of cheating at card games (at least in the TCG community, I don't know much about casinos.)

The casino decided a cheat move was a superstition and gave an unfair advantage to one player. They failed here but I can see why the money was taken back since it was cheating even if the casino was complicit.

Comment Re:Not paying taxes is theivery! (Score 1) 122

I wouldn't be surprised if the Irish politicians are secretly rubbing their hands in glee and hoping this doesn't get blocked. 13 billion is a hell of a one off injection into their economy but the precedent and possible follow up on other companies could make Ireland a huge tax income very rapidly.

Irish tax revenue in 2014 was around 55 billion euros by the way.

Comment Re: You know what? (Score 1) 588

From that very article: " FUD is generally a strategy to influence perception by disseminating negative and dubious or false information and a manifestation of the appeal to fear."

So saying "Global warming ain't so bad, calm down and breath a little" is actually the opposite of FUD. FUD would be "Global warming is probably going to kill your children and ruin your crops so we must ban coal everywhere immediately." or if you want the "denier" FUD option: "Banning coal will completely ruin the electric grid leading to nation wide blackouts and killing your children because they don't have heating to keep them warm in the winter"

Comment Re:And yet TPP extends copyright to life + 70 (Score 1) 48

This, so much this.

I have a desire and a limit. The desire is to be constantly entertained. The limit is how far my finances stretch. At the moment my finances stretch to a Netflix account, a Spotify account and the occasional Steam game. Piracy supplements variety in that scenario so:

I don't pirate music, spotify has more than enough variety and official youtube videos cover any gaps.
I don't pirate games - steam, despite it's pricing issues, more than provides the games I need and other services cover the gaps.
I do pirate TV. I started watching rick and Morty on Netflix, season 1 and 2. When season 3 comes out I will likely download it because it won't be available on Netflix. I also started watching the flash on Netflix but when the proxy crackdown came down I lost access to it. I have no idea how I can watch it legally so if I ever care enough to watch it again, piracy is my ONLY choice. That or DVDs but I don't have a DVD player any more.

The above is more about my thought process which, as an Australian consumer, is the whole point. I know there is likely a perfectly legal way for me to watch Flash and Rick and Morty in Australia but I don't care enough to find out what that is and to pay extra for it. So if I care enough, I'll pirate (rick and morty) otherwise, I'll forget about the show (flash) and go find something that is available (just started Black mirror, holy crap that show is interesting).

Comment Re:Right. (Score 1) 222

I'm from Australia and here the idea that a state can set laws like drug use or marriage age seems crazy though we do have somewhat of the same style, particularly when it comes to bureaucratic things like street signage.

I've always been confused by the idea that the US is some monolithic entity when it seems to my view to be structured more like the European Union - a group of separate entities with different overarching beliefs (compare California to Texas), different laws (Colorado) and probably many other differences an outsider isn't too aware of.

Comment Re:Completely wrong.... (Score 1) 618

A better argument for why this is a terrible idea is that UC likely (I have no idea) provides IT related degrees. They're almost literally saying those degree are worthless because any IT work should not be given to locally trained people.

I wonder if anyone has pointed this out to their marketing/admissions people?

Comment Re: Seems about right (Score 1) 186

"The catâ(TM)s owners have made millions thanks to their petâ(TM)s unique facial expression, which turned her into an overnight Internet star.

Part of this revenue comes from successful merchandise lines, including the Grumpy Cat âoeGrumppuccinoâ iced coffee beverage, sold by the California company Grenade Beverage.

It's their fucking cat. They've promoted it as a brand, legally licensed it out and then another company abused that license. This is one of those good uses of copyright/trademark that you hear spoken about.

Comment Re: Good (Score 2) 564

The difference is that the individual needs to comply with laws where the corporation controls those laws. If I an an individual go to the national tax collectors, I ask "how much should I pay", the trouble is that Apple mostly appear to have been going "we will pay this much" and being told it was OK.

I'm OK with retroactively changing the laws to adversely affect those that had a major influence in bringing them about in the first place. If it makes Apple start paying tax to the communities it is making money off Then it is a good thing. I'm from Australia, Apple apparently pays 0 tax here, if they are making no profit here then why do they even bother?

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