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Comment No, it's the Operating System, silly! (Score 1) 148

Analogy time: Imagine homes with no Circuit Breakers. Any short circuit anywhere could burn down a house. Lawyers and lawmakers arrive on the scene and declare that everything you want to plug in needs to be short proof. Every product has to be certified not to burn down houses, no matter what failure happens. The designers of even a simple lamp can end up being charged with murder, and as a result nobody really wants to use electricity.

We have circuit breakers, which limit the amount of current to be supplied to an appliance. If you have a special big appliance, like an air conditioner, you have to use a special circuit to supply it with power. Circuit breakers serve to limit the side effects that are possible when you use electricity.

There is no analogous circuit breaker in our widely used operating systems. When you run an application as a user, ALL of your authority is given to the program, and you have to just hope that it does the right thing. There are systems which do place limits on the side effects of a program when you run them, and they are even user friendly and fairly easy to understand.

It's up to us to start to use operating systems that have the ability to limit the side-effects of programs. One example is the Genode project. There is also the perennially late GNU Hurd

Comment Re:Well, we need more water on land then (Score 1) 258

OR use that land to build large scale solar systems, and put 20 larger desalinators on the west coast.

Couple that with a fer million more acres of pulp forests we replace for paper and wood.

Stop recycling paper and instead bury it.

Now we have water, cleaner energy and a carbon sync.

Comment Re:OUR MODELS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT! (Score 1) 258

Yes, and people can't handle nuance. She is smarter, more experienced, pretty much invented modern ways how to minimize conflict with economics,

But all of that isn't a sound bite. And if one thing was proven during Gore run, is that the people on Slashdot are also mostly slow witted people who just believe headlines and not facts.

Comment Re:Headline VERY misleading (Score 1) 258

global warming (GW) is a fact.

In fact, it's so simply even you could devise a test.

1) Visible light strikes the earth Testable? Yes. Tested? Yes. Could anyone devise a test? Yes

2) Visible light has nothing for CO2 to absorb, so it passes right on through. Testable? Yes. Tested? Yes. Could anyone devise a test? Yes

3) When visible light strike an object, IR is generated. Testable? Yes. Tested? Yes. Could anyone devise a test? Yes

4) Green house gasses, such as CO2, absorb energy(heat) from IR. Testable? Yes. Tested? Yes. Could anyone devise a test? Yes

5) Humans produce more CO2(and other green house gasses) then can be absorbed through the cycle. Testable? Yes. Tested? Yes. Could anyone devise a test? Yes

Each one of those has been tested, a lot. You notice deniers don't actually address the facts of GW? Don't have a test that shows those facts to be false?

So now you have to answer:

Why do you think trapping more energy(heat) in the lower atmosphere does not impact the climate?

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