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Comment Re:The carbon cycle (Score 1) 159

Correct. In fact, CO2 just crossed the 400/ppm threshold, meaning we're all DOOMED! except for the fact that CO2 concentration was higher than that in the Jurassic and Triassic Periods at about 2000/ppm and has been as high as 5000/ppm. The Jurassic and Triassic was the Age of the Dinosaurs and had features such as bracken ferns as tall as trees because, you know, plants like CO2, so vegans should be happy.

Even during several ice ages the CO2 content was higher than it is now BECAUSE CO2 isn't the real issue. That damned Sun is, so when you couple increased Sun output (by 4% compared to Way Back When (tm)) combined with CO2 the temp goes up. Imagine that--increased Sun output and the temp goes up. Who woulda thought?

So all we need to do is turn down the Sun! Problem solved. Wusses!

Comment increasing clickbait isn't journalism (Score 1) 87

And they want you to pay for online access. But increasing their rate does not ensure nor imply quality. Woodstein is not writing these articles. A tremendous number of them are short--about a paragraph long--and completely inconsequential. Look how many of then are "lists," for example. You may as well read what's on the back of cereal boxes. You might get more content. Another problem is all these sites repeating each other. I get a lot of the same news on Drudge and Above Top Secret (ATS: a cranky conspiracy site) as I do on Slashdot. Everyone is now a "news aggregator" so they just copy each other. It's especially bad on sites such as ATS and Slashdot because both rely on "user-provided content." There really isn't that much more hard news available; it's just that there are more places to click on the same lame stories.

Comment Why all the negativity? (Score 1) 474

Oh, it's Slashdot. That should explain it. But beyond that....

You don't have to go. You don't need to participate. You can come up with thousands of reasons why no one should go, but they matter only to you, personally, and not the slightest to people who DO want to go. Musk has a vision, and this is not Mars One, whose only claim to fame is hitting up its "selectees" for donations. Musk actually has a rocket ship. Call him a nutter if you want, but you'll be staying on shore so it's a moot point.

All I hope is that you will stay out of the way.

Comment Re:Self-sustaining civilization on Mars (Score 1) 474

The fact that we have not mastered it is reason enough to go. The basic idea is to increase our chances of surviving as a species when the next asteroid strikes or some idiot pushes the button. That's why sustainability is the key and why no one's talking about mining Martian gold to ship back home.

And after that we need to build an Ark before the sun blows up. Yes, a whole different order of magnitude, but that's the ultimate goal here. And no problem if you don't like the idea and can find a million reasons not to go. You don't have to. Just stay out of the way of those who do.

Comment I'm just guessing they won't study the fraud (Score 1, Interesting) 680

in scientific research. For example, what is this "hide the decline" all about? Why would scientists want to hide their data? Why wouldn't the CRU (Climate Research Unit at UEA) release their data sets as required by reputable journals such as "Nature." Why would they deny FOIA requests and conspire to find a way around them? Why would they seek to marginalize the "Climate Research" journal because some scientists had a contrary opinion, and why did they describe this as "plugging the gap" (their words)?

Why did a hockey stick emerge from their data no matter what "red noise" was input to the program? (White noise is random; red noise is random from the last iteration, like stock market quotes) And why did a hockey stick emerge only when the data was confined to the results of a single bristlecone pine tree? And why was the fact that contemporary tree-ring data showed a DECLINE in temperature in contrast to very accurate modern thermometers conveniently hidden? Was it because if they don't work accurately now there is no reason to suppose they were accurate thousands of years ago, thus putting the lie to the paleoclimate temperatures?

When you read about these shenanigans it reads like a political backroom dealing attempt to hide shoddy research. I implore you to read "Hiding the Decline; a history of the climategate affair" by A.W. Montford. isbn:978-1475293364, too avail yourselves of the degree of fraud perpetrated by these folks. Read the exposed emails sent back and forth which prove all this. Real the lamentations of the computer programmer assigned to try to make sense of all this as he says the data is a mess. One would think the members of slashdot could relate.

Why hasn't Al Gore been called to task for mixing up cause and effect on his giant graph showing correlation between CO2 and temperature? Turns out CO2 went up historically AFTER the temperature warmed. It's not a cause of warming temperatures, it's a result. But, as you may know, he won't debate anyone on the subject.

The climate may very well be warming. That happens when you are coming off an Ice Age, And it may be caused by us (or maybe not), but the degree to which these scientists sought to cook the data is unprecedented and one has to wonder why they went to such trouble to do it. They have made such a massive attempt to squelch opposing data that one wonders how they can look at themselves in the mirror and call themselves "scientists."

This is fraud on a massive scale, but who cares? The masses of people who aren't "scientists" won't be able to tell the difference anyway and we can just accuse them of being ignorant.

Comment Why would you want one again? (Score 1) 126

This computer is SO SECURE that if you make one tiny mistake, like walking away from it, it will be secure FROM YOU! You can't move it. You can't move from it. If you screw up just once a tiny bit, then you are definitely screwed. I'm all for a good dose of paranoia to keep you vigilant and all that, but I'd be scared to use this thing.

Comment Lacks a headphone jack? So what! (Score 0) 551

What's the big deal about lacking a headphone jack? Every phone comes with an adapter that plugs into lightning anyway. Or you can go wireless. Headphone jacks are old technology that you simply do not need. Your headphones still plug in just like they always did. It's like having a cow because your new car no longer comes with a spare tire. Get over yourselves.

Comment Re:Capitalism is meritocratic (Score 2) 205

That's a nice load of crap you're selling.

We voted for the last president because he was Black (sort of). We're voting for Hillary because she is a woman (sort of). Those are stupid reasons. Neither of these jerks has a "handicap." They have an advantage because of traits that don't qualify them for anything.

Comment Re:Misquoted (Score 1) 347

That would be Clarion, on the opposite side of the sun from us. Truman Bethrum met a captain from one of their ships, Aura Rhanes, who was small and latin-looking, who wore a tight black dress, a red blouse, and a red beret at a jaunty angle. The people on the planet Clarion are all Christians and can speak any language on Earth. Ms. Rhanes was named as a corespondent on Bethurum's divorce papers. See "Aboard a Flying Saucer" 1954.

Comment RTFA this time (Score 2) 264

Here's a sample:

"Just remember that the collective mood of society will change as the climate gets warmer and factions of billionaires compete over dwindling resources. The unenlightened self-interest of the global elite will compel the misery index ever upwards in their never-ending quest for economic efficiencies and infinite growth. Itâ(TM)s not a matter of âoeifâ an uprising will occur but rather âoewhen.â Ultimately people will mobilize as a matter of survival. And so your humble narrator, as he watches the baleful telescreens multiply, leaves this guidebook for future activists. Here are some tools. Get out there and use them. Good luck."

This guy belongs on Above Top Secret. Go off the grid? Riiiiight. I'm sure everyone will get right to it. Take an axe so you can chop your own firewood, too.

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