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Mystery "Warm Blob" In the Pacific Ocean Could Be Causing California's Drought 173

Mr D from 63 writes A mysterious "warm blob" in the Pacific Ocean could be the reason why US West coast states like California are experiencing their worst ever drought, a new study says. From the article: "Nick Bond, a climate scientist at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington, began watching the blob a year and a half ago. 'In the fall of 2013 and early 2014, we started to notice a big, almost circular mass of water that just didn't cool off as much as it usually did, so by spring of 2014 it was warmer than we had ever seen it for that time of year,' Bond said in a news release about the studies appearing in Geophysical Research Letters."

Comment Porting to Android is trivial (is it?) (Score 1) 316

Apportable lets you compile Objective-C to native ARM and x86, making porting trivial. I heard many success stories but did not actually use it myself. But having one code base is too good an opportunity to miss. I would like to hear downsides as well. Any developers using apportable to do Android ports, reading this, please share your experiences.

Comment apples to apples please (Score 1) 716

How can one compare a routine work like wall construction to a creative work like programming? One has proven technology used since maybe thousands of years now, while the other has unique problems which involve problem solving, trial and error, interfacing, compatibility... etc. Be sane for God's sake.

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