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Comment Re:More science (Score 1) 184

Over the time scale of the next century, only one input signal will dominate: the amount of added greenhouse gases. All of that other stuff either oscillates too fast or has an insignificant effect. Other signals that would have a big impact, such as changes in the earth's orbit that drive ice ages, or movement of mountain ranges due to continental drift, are too slow to have an impact over the next couple of centuries.

Relative to the greenhouse gas signal, the climate *was* very close to an equilibrium on a human timescale. It certainly isn't any longer; it's being strongly driven into ranges hotter than it's been for millions of years.

Comment Re:More science (Score 2) 184

The final color of mixing two buckets of paint is the integrated effect of chaotic stirring (and all of the world's supercomputers probably couldn't predict the exact pattern of those swirls). However, the final color can easily be calculated with high precision using a hand calculator. Integration has smaller error bars than you think it does.

Comment Re:Its pretty important... (Score 3, Informative) 302

So ironically, transporting the oil and gas out of the region is putting oil and gas production in jeopardy.

That would seem to be yet another reason to transition this country away from fossil fuels altogether. That would address both the erosion issue and the fossil fuel dependence at the same time.

As far as seafood goes, there's going to be a coastline somewhere, no matter how far it moves into the current state of Louisiana. The seafood will still come from wherever that is.

Comment Re:Its pretty important... (Score 3, Insightful) 302

No. No it won't. The people who work these jobs live on the coast and since the Gulf of Mexico has a rather long coast that stretches from, well "Mexico" all the way to the tip of Florida I'm sure somebody in this world is going to work these jobs and continue to live on the coast. For that matter if the coast moves inland how is that supposed to prevent people from living near the coast (You don't actually think all of these people live on the beach do you?). Yes, the existing coastline changes. It continues to change and will keep changing. Nothing is going to stop that from happening entirely but lots of people live near the coast in Louisiana and will never be affected by this to any great degree. Seafood doesn't even factor into this. "More" ocean is supposed to translate into less seafood? Seriously?

Comment Re:TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP! (Score 1) 252

I voted for him. I got what I wanted too. I got a SC Justice appointed, maybe one or two more on the way, and Hillary Clinton isn't appointing any of those. I have to admit that I thought we'd have sent Trump packing for Pence by now but otherwise I'm great with it. This is hilarious and I'm starting to think that I hope this show gets renewed for another 4 seasons. Funniest 91 days on TV I can remember in a long time.

Comment Re:apple needs to take a stand and say we will do (Score 1) 31

Absolutely. That's a big market and if you want to play in it you have to do as you're told which I kind of find amusing since inside Apple's walled garden "you have to do as you're told". The alternative is to cede the sales to your rivals. I'm kind of an Apple fan but I'm also a realist and don't buy their bullshit either (or hold it against them). It's not Apple's (or Samsung's, or Google's, or anyone else's) job to fix what's wrong with China. That's on the Chinese people. Just like here in the US with our current political situation we all tend to end up with the government we choose to tolerate and deserve.

Comment Re:Wondering about IMDB. (Score 5, Insightful) 144

Couldn't happen to a nicer site. They stole that data and took it private anyway - I was contributing to that in good faith when it was still a community project driven from Cardiff University. An early lesson for me, and one I've not forgotten.

See also Gracenotes for CD track listings.

Comment BASIC cartridge on a Bally Astrocade (Score 1) 856

The Astrocade game console only had a numeric input keypad. Coding programs was like texting on a feature phone, but without any text prediction, and especially without switch debouncing logic.

The cartridge itself did have a 1/8" jack so you could possibly save the fruits of your labor onto a cassette tape, with some luck.

The game console had almost no memory, so BASIC programs were stored in every other bit of the video frame buffer, and palette tricks were used to make the raw program data invisible on the display.

Comment Re:Not exactly direct evidence (Score 1) 156

not that the images actually show us Dark Matter.

Most people are "electromagnetic chauvinists", because all of their senses depend on an electromagnetic field in some way. If a physical phenomenon doesn't create an electromagnetic field, many people refuse to believe that it could exist. However, nothing in physics says that everything in the universe has to be able to create an electromagnetic effect.

In fact, dark matter does slightly alter electromagnetic fields by bending it over cosmic distances (as well as moving normal matter around). This isn't too much less tangible than neutrinos, about which few people currently doubt.

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