* Posts by MondoMan

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Were the FIRST AMERICANS really FIRST? MYSTERY of vanished 'Population Y'

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Re: Dan's "really old genetic marker" theory

Dan, your "lemur theory" implies that the two groups of humans would have had to evolve independently from the primitive ancestors (that is, two or more evolutionary origins for the human species). The DNA evidence is strongly against this, so I'm afraid your hypothesis IS in fact much less valid.

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Re: "unique genetic code lineage"

Re: "about 25% of one's unique genetic code lineage is lost each generation"

Not sure what you're trying to refer to here (perhaps independent assortment?), but the statement is clearly wrong.

The more kids you have, the more of your DNA in the next generation (albeit somewhat re-arranged).

"Displaced" usually means you and your same-genetic-population spouse produce all the kids, or you and your same-genetic-population buddies father all the kids. "Absorbed" usually means you don't mess with the procreation too much and just force all the kids to speak your language and take on your culture (examples might be "displaced" - us/Neanderthals; "absorbed" - "Romans/Etruscans).

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Arctic ice EMBIGGENS, returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

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Re: perhaps election observers are the answer?

Since psest is worried about "sites" regarding "polls", surely election observers could provide an impartial report on the issue?

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Typical Vogon exaggeration :)

@vogon: you worry "even if we stopped emitting CO2 tomorrow will likely already cause an eventual rise in sea level of several metres."

In this case, "eventual" means "thousands of years from now", so not really something we need to worry about in the 21st century. Now you know.

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Re: Did El Reg get bought by Murdoch?

@chivo

Come visit the western United States. Our cars emit pretty much only H2O and CO2, so no nasty fumes to breath while cycling. Perhaps your own country's government might want to emulate our regulations?

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Re: Did El Reg get bought by Murdoch?

psest worries: "I don't want my kids hacking and coughing because every time they take a deep breath, half of what they take in is fuel exhaust in the future. "

No worries, then. Modern engines do a great job of fully combusting gas with only H20 and CO2 as "fuel exhaust". No hacking, no coughing, no problem.

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Re: Did El Reg get bought by Murdoch?

@Hollerith

None of those, just naive. Just as anthropogenic climate change alarmism isn't a conspiracy, just well-meaning groupthink by folks who are inclined to believe in human-caused giant environmental disasters.

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Re: No

veti, what does " may be more resilient than has been previously considered" even mean wrt Arctic sea ice? That it bends more easily without breaking? That the climate scientists who study it must now bend over backwards to fit the new observations into their alarmist predictions?

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Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

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Re: medical coverups

It's important to realize that while the "medical field routinely covers up as much as possible to avoid ambulance chasers", that's aimed at the *external* world. Hospitals also run (monthly?) morbidity and mortality review sessions for internal staff only, without recording names, where staffers review morbidity/mortality caused by preventable errors/circumstances. The purpose is for all to learn and to prevent repeats or similar errors in the future. These frank discussions are not made available to patients/lawyers/regulators.

An article on a version of the process: http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/may09/research8.asp

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Mathematician: SUNSPOT DROUGHT will mean mini ICE AGE from 2030

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Re: "Solar output"

The sun "outputs" many things; not all are reflected in the "solar output" value. Describing a person's output with a single number doesn't work too well, either.

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Poison?

Without some CO2 in the atmosphere you'd starve to death. It's not a poison, it's just (effectively) insulation.

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

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Re: "rapid changes in an environment"

You clearly misunderstood my post -- I didn't (and don't) claim that "global warming" isn't happening, just that it's happening so slowly that we have decades yet to sort out the science so we can figure out what policies make sense. Your anecdotes about current weather events have no bearing on global warming or its speed, as you acknowledged before seemingly arguing the opposite. Check out the IPCC AR5 report -- no increases in numbers of big storms, sea level rise still as slow as it was 100 years ago, and so forth; I think it was fair for me to write "won't start to be evident to the average person until hundreds or thousands of years from now."

You also wrongly claimed that I engaged in "cherry picking" -- perhaps you were thinking of a different poster here?

I am curious -- do you actually believe the computer climate models can predict global surface temps to within 1C a hundred or more years from now, given a specific GHG emissions scenario? If so, do you then think that clouds have no significant effect on global surface temps?

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Re: the evidence?

@AB: Your info about the Trap eruptions is interesting, but what evidence is there that the CO2 spike, and not, say SO2 or other effects, where what caused the extinction? My understanding is that it's all just an exercise in correlation, without good evidence for CO2 causation.

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Re: Couldn't Lewis Page write on something he understands?

Come on, Rik, even you write poorly-argued alarmist climate posts without understanding the science (your other articles were generally quite good, though). Lewis' military-related articles have been quite informative, particularly the series on the UK's aircraft carrier boondoggle.

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Re: corals are already dead?

@DerekCurrie: You write that "Darn, we've acidified the oceans so incredibly badly that coral can no longer survive..."

This is news to me -- do you have a reference you could share to any actual science that shows this is true today, much less "decades old" as you claim?

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Re: "rapid changes in an environment"

The issue, of course, is that the changes are not rapid at all on a human timescale, so the alarmists are left trying to spur drastic changes today for changes that won't start to be evident to the average person until hundreds or thousands of years from now.

The reasonable person will conclude that we can wait at least a few more decades to properly sort out the science. For example, climate scientists acknowledge that even the sign (warming or cooling) of clouds' effect on global surface temps is unknown. Such gaping holes in the understanding of the climate system naturally lessen one's confidence in the computer climate models that are the only basis for predicting significant warming in a few hundred years' time.

(then there's the name-calling: "denialists", really?)

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Re: Cenomanian-Turonian boundary extinction

Presumably, just as with volcanoes today, the massive Cretaceous volcanism emitted gases other than CO2, such as SO2 and nitrogen nasties. It's quite hard to pin down the specific effects of CO2 when you've got a multifaceted global disruption going on.

In any case, because of the massive volume of the oceans, changes there (including pH and temperature) occur quite slowly on a human scale, and so are not something we need to worry about for some centuries/millennia to come.

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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Surely there's some Ellen Pao connection here...

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Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

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Re: How BIG ???

Surely we should also have been informed about whether or not those spikes carried lasers of death?

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Robo-car wars: Delphi's near crash, prang, wallop with Google DENIED!

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Hidden trans agenda?

I find it amusing that the original typo rendering San Antonio Road as "San Atonio Road" has now undergone a transition to "San Atonia Road" in the followup article.

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Science teacher jammed his school kids' phones, gets week suspension

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Re: Just give them an 'F'

The problem of course is that it's often the students who are already earning an "F" who are the ones using cellphones in class. In "progressive" schools such as those in Seattle, where the district cares more about fashionable social theories than actual learning, that just means the student will be moved to an activity in the school where he/she will take up even more staff time.

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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Re:how scientific discourse should be

JS notes "Dawkins relates an anecdote about a conference where, after one presentation, a respected scientist stood up and, to paraphrase, thanked the presenter for showing how he had been wrong all these years. So everyone applauded mightily. That's how scientific discourse should be, but I suspect that it doesn't happen very often..."

In fact, in real scientific disciplines, that IS how it works. For example, biologists didn't try to shout down Warren and Marshall when they showed that H. pylori bacteria, not the previous consensus "stress", caused most stomach ulcers. They didn't try to get them fired from their positions. They didn't concoct new, poorly-understood statistical techniques whose only virtue was to put a fancy gloss on poor-quality anti-H. pylori data.

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slowing change

To be fair, you got so caught up in denialism that you forgot about all the Democratic leaders and President paid by Big Alarmism to slow down/stop new oil and gas exploration, put restrictions or bans on fracking, pay big subsidies to wind and solar power equipment and power producers, and so forth.

I always thought de Nile was driven by Isis' tears of sorrow over the loss of her husband, Osiris.

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Re: Sigh...

What exactly are "these things"? Pro-alarmist climate "science" gets funded just fine and seemingly needs no proper statistical evaluation to reach publication in even formerly respected journals such as Science and Nature. Most authors still genuflect to climate alarmism, at least in the abstract -- the only part of the paper most non-scientists even look at.

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Re: Echo chambers

I wouldn't feel too sad for climate scientists -- they brought much of this upon themselves by not standing up for full data disclosure, proper statistics vetting, and by trying to retroactively justify the childish actions of some scientists in e.g. Climategate. Any field in which one prominent scientist publicly calls another prominent scientist a "denier" is bound to have major problems...

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

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The bee colony numbers are quite gooey

IIRC:

1) The colony yearly survival counts have only been run since 2010, so the story's "past decade" is somewhat misleading.

2) The "counts" rely on beekeeper self-reporting rather than a scientific survey and so are of questionable scientific value.

(That's mead in my glass, and mud in your eye)

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Eco-loons hack Thirty Meter Telescope website to help the 'natives'

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Re: building on the Temple Mount

If there were a dozen newish-technology telescopes there already, I don't see that adding another would be an enormous deal. The protesters here would have a better argument if the site weren't already chock full of telescopes/vehicles and so forth. Adding another telescope here would mean you wouldn't have to build a new access road and as much new infrastructure, so it should lessen the overall environmental impact vs building in a greenfield site.

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US hospitals to treat medical device malware with AC power probes

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"...told El Reg they have build a machine-learning feed for system infomration and even management (SIEM) systems..." was presumably meant to have been "built", "information" and "event".

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

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Re: new process nodes not scaling; 28nm

Process nodes at different companies are often quite different in their capabilities, even if they share the same nominal scale. Intel's are generally acknowledged to be the best, usually by implementing new technologies not directly related to a simple "shrink" -- e.g. Hi-k metal gate and 3D tri-gate transistors. It's also important to remember that other aspects of the chip, such as interconnect technology, are also important in achieving expected density increases.

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Re: die, process!

Bigger wafers just mean that the costs of per-wafer processing steps get amortized over more dies per wafer -- they don't directly allow for bigger dies. Intel premium CPU die sizes hit the square cm size range by the first Pentium 4 fifteen years ago (217 mm^2) and have zigzagged up and down in size since then (see http://www.anandtech.com/show/7003/the-haswell-review-intel-core-i74770k-i54560k-tested/5 ).

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die, process!

Presumably 14nm, 10nm and so forth represent the process size rather than the "die-size". It would be quite entertaining to watch someone attempt to package a 14nm-sized die!

It's also worth noting that as one of the "traitorous eight" who left Shockley to found Fairchild, and then by leaving Fairchild to found Intel, Moore helped establish the Silicon Valley startup ethos.

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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You're all wrong!

It's obviously a memristor.

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

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Re: Analogy

Real men used 25-pin D connectors for their serial connections!

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Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

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Mine DID get faster...

In the Seattle area, the local effective monopoly Comcast is finally getting some competition from gigabit installers. Coincidentally (not!), Comcast just rolled out doubled speeds at the previous prices (subject, of course, to the usual Comcast nickel and dime fee increases from year to year). My (standard level) service is now about 55M down/6M up.

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Watch out Wizard, Bezos wants the Emerald City for himself

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Rents ARE high and rapidly rising in Seattle

especially in the Ballard neighborhood where all the Amazons are settling.

Companies are expanding in Seattle because of the local cloud tech expertise, not because of mythical cheap housing.

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TOP500 Supers make boffins more prolific

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Purpose of paper entirely misunderstood!

The paper has nothing to do with supposed "research efficiency" increases due to Top 500 supercomputers -- it's really a well-disguised stupidity test. Anyone not realizing that the paper's experimental design of "correlation must imply cause" is silly will score quite high on any Dumbotron testing device.

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A day may come when flash memory is USELESS. But today is not that day

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Rapid cooling that leads to amorphous (glassy) structure

In phase-change memory, it's rapid cooling of the chalcogenide that "traps" it in an amorphous (high-resistivity) structure -- slow cooling gives it time to form crystalline domains.

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SoftLayer doubles its bit barns in large, climatically-extreme, resource-rich nations

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Living down under not good for map reading skillz?

Location of Montreal: 45.5000° N, 73.5670° W

Location of Toronto: 43.6303° N, 79.3060° W

Those would seem to be well south of the 49th parallel...

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

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leak <> instant complete decompression

Even a large leak (but one that still allowed the capsule to retain structural integrity) would likely take some time to equilibrate the capsule with the tube. It doesn't take a lot of residual pressure to prevent the inflated goatskin bag.

Perhaps one might include shaped-charge explosives in the capsule so as to blow air inlets/escape routes through the tube wall in an emergency.

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

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Re: Kraftwerk

I, for one, would welcome editorial meetings that were thinly-disguised retro Kraftwerk concerts!

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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Re: "you can come in from such garden spots as Colma..."

Given the nature of the vast majority of the "population" of Colma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colma,_California ), would that not rather unwisely encourage the Reg's sometime zombie apocalypse fetish?

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Re: How they going to fund it?

Governance is the true issue, not the ruble. Nigeria is also big with a lot of resources, and they couldn't even figure out if their citizens had been kidnapped en masse by boko haram!

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war -- it's the motivation issue

The prospect of you and/or your tribe facing enslavement or death is a powerful motivating force toward rapid progress. For most, creating a business empire, getting a Nobel prize, or naming a future great university -- not so much.

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Interstellar sci-fi WORMS its way into spinning black hole science FACT

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The black hole took a bite out of the text...

Typo: In " ...show the effects of gravitational lensing – a simulated camera method...", the missing words -- perhaps "by using" -- should be restored in place of the "– ", as gravitational lensing itself is not a simulated camera method.

Of course, if our universe itself is in fact just a giant simulation, no change is necessary. :)

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Let freedom RING! Americans can now legally liberate phones from axis of network evil

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'Our AI systems must do what we want them to do'

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Headmaster

typo in Cameron's quote

He actually said "in extremis", not "in extremism". You'd think the auto-correct feature had never heard of Greek or Latin!

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EU net neutrality: Don’t worry, we’re now safely in the hands of … Latvia

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There's still time to become an e-resident of Estonia!

(until Putin/////independent Russian volunteers on vacation take it over)

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Magnifico! Galileo satellite nudged back into correct orbit

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Re: Whose boosters?

Actually, it was the *last* (fourth) stage that was Russian-built. The "Fregat" transfer stage/vehicle is apparently a generic "space tug" with a restartable engine that is intended to carry attached satellites to individual final orbits before releasing them.

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Gangnam Style BREAKS YouTube

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Everyone knows that F5 makes better parodies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jo12LH5NqI

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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

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Apollo recollections a bit off...

[fuel cells] "even provided some fizzy drinking water as a by-product of powering the Apollo landers"

Actually, the landers (LEMs or LMs) themselves were all-battery. The fuel cells in the Apollo Service Module (the big cylindrical engine-bearing stage beneath the conical Command Module) did provide potable water, but this being an American spacecraft, the water was still, without any carbonation added to make it "fizzy".

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