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Comment 28 websites? (Score 5, Insightful) 137

Being a tech site, I'm curious: When did a registered domain become referred to as a single website. Having looked at the articles, I see plenty of reference to 28 domains, but no mention of how many sub-domains each has, nor how many sites (blogs/static page/wiki/whatever) are hosted on each domain, and so I was wondering why it is being categorically stated here that there are only 28 websites. My understanding has always been that there can be multiple websites on a single domain, but Slashdot seems to be equating 1 domain=1 website here (and on looking at the links, even some inaccessible domains are being categorised as websites, when it is equally possible they are registered purely for email and have no webpages attached).

Comment Any chance of clarification... (Score -1, Troll) 192

I'm curious why it is that on a site where people seem to defend downloading movies\TV shows as not being "theft"\"stealing" (not necessarily condoning or otherwise the practice), the "unauthorized duplication" of encryption keys by the government is considered theft. I would have thought either both are theft, or neither is, and would like to know how both forms of "unauthorized duplication of data" differ so much that only one is considered as theft here.

Comment And now for the latest... (Score 1) 517

Looks like the source of the release has identified himself:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-h-gleick/-the-origin-of-the-heartl_b_1289669.html

It would appear from this that there is a high likelyhood that all except one of the documents is genuine.

Of course, there's no indication (as yet) that the "Climate strategy" is not a part of the original documents, but given that one document was received from an anonomous source, and Heartland deny that this specific item originated from them, it'd be interesting to know where it originated from.

Looks like the rest of the documents are probably authentic, though.
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The Sun's Odd Behavior 285

gyrogeerloose writes "Most of us know about the sun's eleven-year activity cycle. However, relatively few other than scientists (and amateur radio operators) are aware that the current solar minimum has lasted much longer than expected. The last solar cycle, Cycle 24, bottomed out in 2008, and Cycle 25 should be well on its way towards maximum by now, but the sun has remained unusually quiescent with very few sunspots. While solar physicists agree that this is odd, the explanation remains elusive."

Comment Re:No mention (Score 1) 1046

You do realise the papers talked about in the climategate emails were published and did make it into the IPCC reports, right?

There's still the sticky matter of intent. Those emails make the intent clear. Now, maybe the people in question cooled down after the heat of the moment and didn't carry through on their threats. Or maybe they did, but failed due to obstacles in their path. We don't know from the emails, but it's showing more of that blatant and emotional anti-scientific bias that colored their thinking and probably their research.

Comment Re:Sadly... (Score 1) 764

When you talk about the AR4's "devastating" projections are you taking into account the time frame?

Well, I'm sure you've heard of GlacierGate (2035, and all the glaciers in the himalayas were supposed to disappear). Yes, I know these errors have been already admitted, but they're sort of what IPCC AR4 ended up representing as highlights...which the sensationalist press took on as gospel truth, which when debunked got trumpeted from the rooftops by every right wing kook that thinks evolution is wrong, so on and so on.

When it comes to the rate of change, I'm not convinced that we're looking at accelerating changes from 2000 years to 200 years -> my bet is that climate sensitivity is actually low enough and filled with enough negative feedback effects that our contribution is negligible. Of course, I could be wrong, but from what I can gather of the poor proxies that we have to look at in the past, we've already seen historical abrupt changes before.

On top of that, I'm of the firm belief that if global warming was real, and was happening due to CO2 emissions of man, we should encourage it -> a warm world is a better world for humanity in general, and since even though we might see a dramatic shift in 200 years, the upper bounds for any positive feedback effect will stop it from being a runaway situation. If we could re-enter the medieval warm period tomorrow, and stay there for thousands of years, it would be beneficial to humanity, especially considering the poles end up doing most of the warming -> we're not talking about los angeles become 120C year round, we're talking about the upper latitudes going from 40C to 60C...further, I think there's a pretty good argument that our increased global average isn't because of higher maximums, but more from higher minimums (that is to say, our winter months are getting hotter, not our summer months).

Anyway, in 20 years, you can buy dinner, and I'll buy the drinks :) Thanks for the interesting conversation :)

Comment Re:Like the Flat Earth Society (Score 1) 1046

Evolution, for example, was crafted with a complete lack of data in its time

This claim has always been wrong. Read Darwin's original works and that of pro-evolutionary contemporaries like Thomas Henry Huxley or Alfred Russel Wallace. They back their claims with copious evidence. Much of it is obsolete with better supporting evidence nowadays or wrong due to mistakes of the time, but this old work doesn't deserve the libel you heap upon it.

Comment Re:Two Stupid People (Score 1) 291

This is one of the things I try to get across to so many people, but most just don't realize what a security threat their reminders are. I generally tell everyone "unless you have to put your credit card in, never use your real name." Anymore usually confuses them and they start defending their actions.

Avoiding names and dates etc will keep the majority of people out of your things. Of course, someone who has experience and knowledge of gaining access to unauthorized systems will of course still be able to do so, but the random kid won't be able to.

Submission + - Vatican funds adult stem-cell research (www.cbc.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: "The Vatican will fund research into the potential use of adult stem cells to treat disease, a field where Canadian researchers are hard at work. Cardinal Renato Martino said Friday the Vatican fully supports the project because it does not involve embryonic stem cells, which the church opposes because it involves destruction of embryos. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI said adult stem-cell research respects human life. Canadian researchers are also sidestepping the thorny issue of using clones or embryos, instead exploring the potential of reprogramming adult stem cells to trigger the body to heal itself."
Australia

Submission + - iiNet Releases Discussion Paper on P2P (iinet.net.au)

mattjpwns writes: iiNet has released a 17 page discussion paper entitled "Hollywood Dreams" on AFACT's proposed "Three Strikes" laws in regards to dealing with repeat copyright infringers on an ISP's network. iiNet has been in the news in recent months for their victory over AFACT in the Australian Federal Court, with an appeal by AFACT still being considered.

From the article:

"We do not believe that switching the internet off will have any material impact on the incidence of content piracy. It is, at best, a clumsy shotgun approach to halting infringements. [...] Prosecutors such as AFACT will continue to say “that’s not good enough” but until rights holders abandon the ‘Charlie Chaplin’ era business model and embrace digital distribution techniques that exploit the power if the internet (rather than demanding it be switched off), the gap between ISPs and rights holders will continue to create tension."


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