* Posts by MondoMan

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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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WTF?

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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Pint

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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Trollface

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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Alien

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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Terminator

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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Facepalm

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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Boffins train robots to pull apart LCD screens – without breaking them

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Re: not so hazardous IMHO

Again, mythic images wouldn't seem to be evidence. I didn't see any chemicals or burning used by the robots here; in any case, hanging out over a smoky old tire fire is likely to be by far worse for third world child recyclers than the small amounts of not-so-toxic stuff in the electronic components. Do you have any evidence that the electronic components themselves are causing any health problems (as opposed to the tire/dung fires and so forth)?

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not so hazardous IMHO

Is there any actual evidence that "disassemblers" are being exposed to dangerous levels of substances through their activities? Just about all of it should be harmless unless you breath it in as fumes, use it to flavor your happy hour beverage, or ingest it as part of snack time.

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Billionaire's pet DRAGON SPLASHES DOWN off Pacific Coast

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Reilly

(Ace of Spies)

:)

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Hardened Hydrazine the source of Galileo satnav FAIL

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Joke

Black Eye Peas in spaaaaaace?

Fergat = Fergie + Fregat?

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U2? 81 million Apple iThing-strokers know a place where the Beats have no shame

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Where's the "there" here?

So, did anyone else have trouble finding an actual story here?

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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Re: About recording calls.

@AC - actually, the laws (and thus the notification requirements) vary from state to state inside the US, and it gets even more complicated when the two parties to the call are physically in different states!

In some cases, no notification is necessary; in some cases, just one party has to consent, and in others, both parties have to consent.

As for the story author's suggestion that one record one's calls, from what I understand in this case, it's the alleged calls between Comcast and PWC about the accountant's job that are at issue, and the lawsuit against Comcast is intended to gain access to recordings of such calls via the discovery process.

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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FAIL

@hemidude - Review your math before trying physics again

Currently, atmospheric CO2 is very close to 400 ppm = 400 parts per million = 0.4 parts per thousand = 0.04 parts per hundred = 0.04 percent.

Yet, you claim CO2 is 0.4% of the atmosphere. Since you're off by 10x on this easily-checked fact, readers will be unlikely to take your other claims seriously.

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Estonia to offer 'e-resident' status to world+dog

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Re: Estonian "ultra" nationalism

As you appear to be poorly informed about ethnic Estonians and the 20th-century history of the Baltics, you may wish to consider some additional sources of information.

"The Singing Revolution" (a movie) is an evocative history from the Estonian perspective of the events leading to the fall of the Soviet empire.

"Controversial History" is a Latvian film telling of WWII-era events in Latvia in the words of three inhabitants of Latvia at the time -- an ethnic Latvian, a Jew, and an ethnic Russian.

"The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence" by Anatol Lieven, the descendent of exiled Baltic Germans who reported from Russia and the Baltics during the last years of the Soviet Union.

I'd also caution against interpreting symbols of the past without asking about them or doing your own research (for example, Baltic "Waffen" SS military units were frontline units fighting the communists, unlike what we in the West think of as the common image of "SS" soldiers).

Finally, I'll note that some of the largest, most secure culture in Europe seem to have many "post-nationalistic" members, especially among the young. Perhaps what you consider "ultra" nationalism is only "ultra" in comparison to the lack of significant nationalism among many today?

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Re: Beneficial tax laws

Re: President Ilves

I recently had the pleasure of attending a talk by President Ilves -- if you hear him in a more natural smaller group setting (not a press conference!), it quickly becomes clear that he's got an impish personality. That's certainly refreshing when compared with the typical politician (especially those from larger countries). BTW, he was born in Sweden after the war as the child of refugees from Stalin's takeover of Estonia, and later grew up in the US.

Those who hear only the history told by the Soviet colonists and their descendents are sadly likely to have only as good an understanding of Estonia as would visitors to India in the late 1960s listening only to the history told by British colonists and their descendents.

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Re: Some confusion?

Just checked a Latvian registrar, and they've got .ee at about 50 euros w/VAT, while .lv is going for about 12 euros; other non-.ee domains are similarly low-priced. There does seem to be something going on there; not sure what.

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Re: Some confusion?

As the article notes, the Estonians are hoping to make the application process available at their diplomatic outposts by the end of 2015.

For those who haven't been paying much attention to Estonia, it's one of the most e-friendly countries in the (pretty much) developed world. From the time of the restoration of its independence in 1991, its development has been surprisingly non-corrupt, competent, forward-thinking and welcoming the outside world. Of course, you must like a flat landscape covered with forests and bogs to live there!

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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Re: I wonder...

I seem to remember something about "up to the high tide line", so wait until low tide.

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Google grand fromage Eric Schmidt: Backing climate denier lobby a 'mistake'

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Re: Rik's request for rebuttal

Thanks for your (IHMO!) better-reasoned response, Rik. You make some good points.

Perhaps our biggest difference is in the sense of urgency necessary, for example in making the energy-source transition that you mention. I look at the IPCC literature review and see "maybe something bad will happen, maybe it won't, but either way significant bad stuff won't happen until the end of the century or later". I also look at the current state of the health and lifestyle of the world's population (not just the developed world) and see that cutting their access to cheap energy will lead to substantial mortality and morbidity among people *alive today*. That is, switching to more expensive energy today in poorly- to partially-developed countries (including China, India, etc) will lead to more illness and death today.

Given that, I'd rather help the people alive today and invest in more research to (a) figure out how current trends in emissions will affect the world 4 generations from now, within a factor of 2, and to (b) figure out how to provide the developing world with lower-carbon-emitting energy as cheap as gas and coal.

As a relevant side note, my informed guess at "waiting too long" is in the 50-75 year range; presumably yours is closer to 5-10 years?

Also, regarding "climate disruption" currently being underway (presumably you are referring to hurricane counts, droughts, and other damaging conditions), check out the IPCC AR5. IIRC, there's yet no scientific evidence that such are increasing in number or intensity. Certainly, for e.g. waterfront damage the dollar values have been rising over recent decades, but that's due to more and more-expensive things being built close to the water, not to more frequent or intense weather conditions.

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Re: Rik's request for rebuttal

Rik, you claim " Even climate skeptics/deniers/whatever admit that the majority of climate scientists agree that global warming is real, human-caused, and a reason to take strong action – and yet they demand absolute certainty from the science before taking any effective action."

However, your premises are flawed. Here's one example: the IPCC AR5 uses climate expert judgment to conclude that "Equilibrium climate sensitivity is likely in the range 1.5°C to 4.5°C (high confidence),..." The ECS value is roughly the expected increase in global surface temps once we have doubled the pre-industrial atmospheric CO2 level, likely sometime in the the 22nd century. We are already about 40% of the way to this doubling, and so have already experienced some human-caused warming. The IPCC experts are highly confident that additional warming over the next 100-150 years will be roughly 0.6C (ECS at 1.5C) or 1.8C(ECS at 4.5C), or somewhere in between.

You claim that's a "reason to take strong action". I agree that if the ECS is 4.5C, then having roughly 2C extra warming over the next 100-150 years is reason to take substantial action. However, if the ECS is 1.5C, and we can expect 0.6C of extra warming over the next 100-150 years, we likely won't notice anything amiss. So that's reason *not* to take substantial action.

Thus, the IPCC AR5 itself gives such a broad range of "likely" outcomes, from essentially nothing noticeable to substantial effects, that it's useless for making policy decisions. Skeptics such as myself aren't asking for absolute certainty -- we're asking for the range of substantiated predictions to be narrowed from the current unhelpful "zero to big" range. If climate science had its act together, it would have focused its funding and research effort to narrow down key policy-relevant values such as the ECS. As it is, the likely ECS range doesn't seem to have been narrowed much in the past 30 years(!) and there seems to be a growing divergence between ECS values calculated from real-world observations and those inferred from GCM models.

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Re: the OED and dictionary sophistry

Your argument that not everyone who uses the 'denier' epithet for their political opponents means to evoke Holocaust denial is true, but it also applies to use of the n-word (which also has a dictionary definition that seems quite innocuous).

My point is simply that educated audiences associate Holocaust denial with the word "denier", as they associate racist insult with the n-word. Those who respect the Holocaust (or abhor racism) will make the small effort to select an alternate epithet rather than using "denier" or the n-word.

Examples abound of climate policy activists using the "denier" term and explicitly acknowledging and welcoming its association with Holocaust denial. If you're interested, I can provide examples. Suggestions for alternate epithets are also available upon request. :)

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A tabloid, yes, but still a shameful title

Using the term "denier" instead of any of a variety of equally pejorative terms just cheapens the Holocaust.

(I realize RC likely had no role in this poor choice of words)

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Yahoo! Made! $8bn! In! One! Day! And! You'll! Easily! Guess! How!

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"Shares in Yahoo! are trading at $40.93, well less than half the price of Alibaba"

Which is meaningless without also mentioning the total number of shares of each...

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