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Submission + - Middle Stance Emerges in Debate Over Climate

proud american writes: According to this NY Times article ( free subscription required) "Amid the shouting lately about whether global warming is a human-caused catastrophe or a hoax, some usually staid climate scientists in the usually invisible middle are speaking up. ... They agree that accumulating carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping smokestack and tailpipe gases probably pose a momentous environmental challenge, but say the appropriate response is more akin to buying fire insurance and installing sprinklers and new wiring in an old, irreplaceable house (the home planet) than to fighting a fire already raging."

I for one would like to see more moderates enter this debate. I'm not optimistic though. Even the author of this article could not resist writing (emphasis mine) "Conservative politicians and a few scientists, many with ties to energy companies, have variously countered that human-driven warming is inconsequential, unproved or a manufactured crisis."

Submission + - Sergey Brin Gives Amazing Plug for Slashdot

ZekeDaniels writes: "Sergey Brin gives an amazing plug for Slashdot in a podcast posted at: turezone-lost-google-tapes-part-3-sergey-brin. The interview was recorded in January of 2000 as part of "The Lost Google Tapes" series, by John F. Ince who was then a reporter with the now defunct Upside Magazine. At approximately the 9 minute mark in Podcast #3 in the Lost Google Tapes, Sergey Brin says that Slashdot's first mention of Google back in 1999 melted the company's servers. In the interview Brin was talking about Google's frugal approach to advertising and he said, "The main way we've gotten traffic is through word of mouth. And actually I remember when we were just starting and had about 10,000 queries a day .... and then the first time we were mentioned in Slashdot ... you know Slashdot ... basically it's called 'News for Nerds.' They generate an awful lot of traffic for Websites. And so the first time they listed us, our computers melted. I don't know exactly how many queries, but it was like double what we'd been used to and we didn't handle it very gracefully. Of course, these days we get mentions in Slashdot pretty routinely and it's hardly a blip on our traffic graph.""

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