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Comment Re:That's a known issue (Score 2, Insightful) 145

Rushing off and blaming every adverse environmental outcome on climate change is in itself a religious belief system.

All sorts of stressors on environment such as polluation from agricultural/catchment runoff. Land surface temp increase of around 0.7c over last 60 years or so + recent El Nino, may or many not be a contributor but no shortage of people falling over each other to lay blame principally at the feet of AGW

Comment Re:Australia is breaching international treaty (Score 4, Insightful) 117

What treaty precisely hmmm? Australia is a soverign nation and we will make our own gorram civil laws thankyou very much. We have strong consumer protection laws, unlike the dsytopian hellhole where I assume you reside. One such law is the restrictive trade practices act. Restrictions on who trades with who are not permitted and it has far reaching implications in terms of preventing monopolistic and predatory retail practices. For example it prevents restricting franchisee holders from being compelled to source from a restricted list of 3rd parties. Geolocking is arguably a violation of this law and I would personally hope that this law will generally override any attempts to justify such practices under guise of copyright, though I imagine that is for lawyers and judges to sort out on a case by case basis.

Comment Geolocking shakedown (Score 3, Interesting) 98

Step 1: try to acquire content via one of my PAYG preferred streaming services legally
Step 2 : torrent (or wait for physical distribution and borrow the discs off someone else)

I don't mind paying for content and 90% of content I do consume is paid for. I don't even mind too much if rights holders try and charge me significantly more than what they charge other regions as long as it is accessible and the price points are reasonable. What fkn shits me is having to deal with and enrich elusive rights digital arbitragers although they provide little value add in the supply chain. Also tracking down an old film that is 20+ years old, finding it is digitally accessible elsewhere but not where I live. I feel no ethical qualms about opening torrent under those circumstances.

Music is rarely geolocked. Why is film/TV treated differently?

Comment Re:Meta study? (Score 1) 795

Thanks, yeah I meant ECS. My understanding is that IPCC pegs it between 2 and 4.5 with likely value of around 3? Observational papers are biased low (likely less than 2), while model ones are generally above 3. My understanding is that discussions around policy heuristic of mitigate or adapt blur significantly when value is 2.

Comment Re:Meta study? (Score 2) 795

All for phasing out fossil fuels: many good reasons for doing so beyond any AGW impacts that can actually be mitigated by any sort of realistic and achieveable migration pathway. But cannot just phase them out, we have to replace them with an alternative that actually works. Renewables capacity to scale to meet global need is dubious, poor EROEI, excessive land use requirements, no storage solution to provide base load. If people are truly serious about the dire need to phase out FF ASAP then nuclear needs to be on the table.

Comment Re:Meta study? (Score 3, Informative) 795

As much as I hate rewarding lazinness. Plenty of papers out there that argue TCR is well south of 2deg per doubling of CO2: a position that surely will get you labelled as a filthy denier. What value TCR/ECR actually is is the ultimate 64 trillion dollar question that heavily influences what is a sensible policy response to CO2 caused global warming (mitigate, adapt or do SFA)?. Be careful handling subversive materials not sanctioned by your tribal elders...

http://link.springer.com/artic...

Comment Re:time to add a new one (Score -1) 123

Maybe because it is actually fucking informative? A comprehensive list of things in media attributed to global warming is: information. Just because the collators clear intent is to diffuse/mock climate alarmism in the media doesn't change the accuracy of the information captured.

At least as far as science media reporting is concerned, climate change is essentially a modern variant of God of the Gaps : oh noes some sort of weather/climatic environmental event occurred that has caused adverse human and/or environmental calamity, find someone fast who is willing to lay blame on it at the feet of climate change so can we can some quick copy on that action.

Comment Re:Hipster software is the real problem. (Score 4, Interesting) 86

At least the hipsters successfully buried all the needlessly complex crap the prior (my) generation of engineers inflicted upon the world, the whole horrible XML ediface for one: XML, SOAP, XSLT etc. My hats off to them. Fuck I hated XML, and I dance on it's grave. Good also to see insanely heavy weight app frameworks like J2EE slowly slide away too, great stuff hipsters: it's a terrible legacy you are painstakingly superceding, my apologies for my part in creating it.

Maybe it is in our blood, to channel our energies into at least one needlessly complex endeavour. Their baby is HTML apps (which we foisted upon them BTW so not entirely their fault), and the 'web-scale' cloud.

YMMV but I've found unless you are processing volumes that require rows upon rows of servers, not a couple of slots in a rack, bare metal dedicated gear from a decent 'cloud' provider works just fine. Still simple, and from my personal experience performance and reliability smashes my competitors who use shared cloud based gear. Tried Amazon a while back for a non-profit high volume site I helped migrate. Pricing and complexity of amazon did my head in, nice to hear it has only gotten worse since then. Finally got it running and the thing just crashed into the mountain no matter how many resources and elastic ips and other inscrutable voodoo we threw it at, did some benchmarks and figured DB IO was absolutely abyssmal. Switched to a simpler visualized single host (volumes high enough to justify bare metal but incredibly cost conscious so needed to make virtual work), running years without a hitch.

Comment Re:Climate trolls consistently misleading (Score 0) 370

The cost of mitigating climate change are insignificant next to the costs of ignoring it.

That is your point of view. There is no consensus on this point of view. There possibly might be a majority, but there certainly isn't a consensus.

Record storms, droughts, floods, forest fires, and heat waves are costing hundreds of billions and tens of thousands of lives right now.

Oft repeated memes full of hyperbole and nonsense. Also funny how CC has become a modern 'God of the Gaps'. A notable natural disaster occurs, A storm, a flood, a forest fire, and instant response is it must be climate change.

IOW: "we don't really knooooow, so lets not do anything!" Standard climate troll approach, going back decades.

Reading comprehension fail. My original point is that alot of narrative lacks logical consistency or rigor yet demands to be taken seriously. Happily measure one thing and then try to palm it of as a measure of something else, (i.e. my original comment), then get upset because 'deniers' are running amok instead of paying their requisite tithes to the CC doomsday cult.

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