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Comment Re:Define "Fully" automated (Score 1) 278

Can I perhaps guess you haven't worked on a real farm for a full week? Every single manual task is designed to be the limit for a healthy person, for example grain is hefted in 50 kg (112 lb) sacks. How many 50 kg sacks can you shift in a day? great cos that is your job. Those neat little straw bales are about 15 kg (33lb), you need to stack 40 of those so the hydraulic clamp can pick them up. Now there are some reasonably cruisy bits, sitting in a tractor listening to the radio while ploughing or whatever. That is of course the easiest job to automate.

Comment Exactly the reverse is true (Score 1, Interesting) 284

Lighting your hair on fire will hurt you today. Too much salt may (16% probability) increase your blood pressure which may be the thing that helps kill you, and will certainly put more stress on your kidneys etc, which again may be the thing that kills you eventually. Pollution (of various types) damages populations NOW, whereas global warming is actually beneficial for the first couple of degrees for humanity as a whole, according to the IPCC even (AR5) . So your example was a mirror image of the actual situation.

Incidentally, the alarmists as ever seem keen to confuse weather and climate. We are in the peak of an El Nino. They are hot. next year you'll see cooler temperatures, and who knows, we might even see another pause. That would be funny. None of this has to with climate, which I agree, is getting a little hotter on a decade by decade, on average. Nonetheless the CO2 based models are still getting it hopelessly wrong.

Comment Re:Professional organization and trade guild FTW (Score 1) 338

Yup, people who design and develop cars and aeroplanes and railway trains and weapons typically don't become PEs, and if they do, typically their employer will ask them not to put it on their business card. The reason is that PE is largely a jobs for the boys trade restriction act these days, although it is fair to say there was an element of usefulness way back when.

Specifically the PE exam requires fairly little intellectual effort, it is open book, and the codes are not impossible to understand even on a first reading. just for fun I did a practice paper on the design of wooden structures, a subject in which my life experience and learning has been limited to building a shed. I studied the code, answered the questions. And passed.

Comment El Nino (Score 1, Insightful) 412

Did they forget to mention this is quite a strong El Nino year? The last El Nino of similar strength was 1999, from memory, which kicked off the pause. El Nino is followed by la Nina, which cools the globe, so next year we won't have these tedious articles about short term spikes in weather masquerading as climate.

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