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"I almost wonder why The Bastard and his PFY don't just shop the agency"
Then what would they do for fun?
Just what do you think you're doing, DAV?
Re: Vociferous @ 14:55 GMT
Don't take my word for it, look up where you're own 90%+ number comes from beyond the mere headline.
People asked those publishing papers on climate what their political opinion was. The majority refused to give one, 90%+ of the minority shared the same opinion. Since that was the narrative the people asking the question wanted to push, that's the number they lead the publication of their results with and what the public media headline writers followed.
Further, not all those publishing papers are in any meaningful way scientists. There's been more than trace amounts of fraud, mostly (but not all) from the believers. Think CRU, Mann's hockey stick, Pachauri's glaciers, Greenpeace and Sierra club as IPCC contributors and on and on.
Less than 30% of total authors of papers (including those such disreputable groups and individuals) is decidedly not 98% of legitimate scientists.
Climate always has and always will change. Whether we can/are influencing that (including whether reversal of any change is possible regardless of whether the original change is man made) is intriguing and worthy of study.
That terms like 'settled science', or 'climate denier' equating temperature swings with mass executions, would even be invented, much less used publicly should be a source of shame. Such Alinskyite terms make it very obvious that the most extreme radical Malthusian left wing of the environmental movement is making a concerted effort to hijack that process of study.
Anyone, therefore, who actually cares even the slightest about scientific process, levels of taxation, state control of individuals or any combination of those, will view such hijacking of science by leftist political interests (and less frequently economic interests on the other side) with greatly hightened suspicion and raise their threshold for the level of evidence they need to support political action on a massively disruptive scale.
This is why the number of agnostics on this issue is growing. Trying to beat people into submission with over-the-top rhetoric and blatantly disingenuous numbers like your 98% is counter-productive as it only arouses their suspicions.
Funny thing about agnostics though. If you stop trying to beat them over the head, and shouting down your opposition, and instead stick to reason and science (not contaminated by being built on the work of the aforementioned charlatans) we can be persuaded.
The more you uncritically bleat regurgitated nonsense like your 98% number, though, the harder that will be. I say that as someone who used to believe AGW was likely rather than merely slightly possible.
Quite so. The sheer number of over-the-top shriekers and conspiracy theorists on both sides of the debate, but particularly among the AGW believers, only serve to move ever more of the sane people into the agnostic camp. Which is probably an acceptable result for the skeptics, but definitely counter-productive for the believers.
Like the homeless guy on the street corner downtown alternately screaming about religion and 'get these giant spiders off me' probably doesn't convince many to show up to church on Sunday.
Of course he's also hard to distinguish from Greenpeace protesters by appearance or smell.
Re: SteveB299 Why on Earth...?
This is the case for climate science, where 98% of scientists feel that the preponderance of evidence shows that anthropogenic global warming is real.
90%+ of those with a political opinion who call themselves scientists share the same political opinion.
70%+ of the scientists who've written papers on the matter have not expressed a political opinion either way, because, well, they're actually scientists. That includes the majority of scientists whose papers are used by the political activist organizations like the IPCC.
Since you're obviously math-challenged, that means less than 30% of those claiming to be climate scientists (after all this includes many papers from nut jobs like Greenpeace and engineers for the Indian national railway) are actually part of your 'overwhelming majority'
"Apple's hottest (sorry)"
No you're not.
Re: It's 6:15am PST
Not sure why M$ would bother paying a forum troll when The Register is already doing bi-weekly DO0OOm!!1! pieces on XP as it is?
A brief monthly update on migration numbers would arguably be newsworthy. The constant stream of Chicken Little BS that the world will end when people can't get updates that El Reg is putting out is ridiculous.
People still use an email client by choice?
Same thing with Opera. What idiot still writes web interfaces that are browser dependent? The only other place I've seen that in the last 10 years is Windows Update. There's a company who's client experience you want to emulate...
Two screens between clicking to open email and actually getting to see email is just stupid.
"car widths have increased 16 per cent in the last decade"
Nonsense, and in '91 my first car was the 1977 Ford LTD to prove it!
That beast was always over the line on both sides and hung out the back a foot and half. Heck, I had a 2-door and it was bigger than my grandparents 1980 LTD wagon.
Re: Ferrari should also make a bargain basement car
What kind of growth are investors pricing in for Ferrari vs Apple?
The article isn't saying Apple is doomed if they don't broaden their market, it's saying they won't be able to maintain their recent growth rate. Growth failing to meet inflated expectations may well doom their share price, and thus the board/senior management's jobs, but not the company itself.
The low-end market will eventually saturate as well, after all. It's a question of whether they want to be bigger and broader or remain (relatively) niche as they have in the desk/laptop market, and as Ferrari has done with cars. Either way, the choice has consequences.
No you're not.
DSM-5 is a load of crap. So was most of the previous 4 for that matter. The author has been mis/over diagnosed. He is not at one end of an 'autism spectrum' as there is no such thing. He is at one end of the normal spectrum.
That said, I'm glad his over diagnosis helped him realize that his old boss was a douchebag and he should move on,. Also that it made him more self-aware about how he differs from those at the other end of the normal spectrum.
It is unfortunate (but typical) that the Type-As at the extreme other end of the normal spectrum suffer from the delusion that they're actually in the middle. Unfortunate because they gravitate to positions where the other 75% of people at various points across the normal spectrum have to work around their expectations, rather than everyone cutting everyone else some slack because we're all different. Heck, even spectrum isn't really an accurate term unless in terms of colours resulting from an obscenely complicated 3D Venn diagram.
Re: There is an interesting question here
What are you talking about?
They contacted him about finding a buyer for coke
He contacted them about the assault and again to upgrade the assault to murder, no enticement from law enforcement about that whatsoever.
They may also choose not to charge him relating to the coke buy. Instead just use it as evidence that he definitely was well aware of how his website was being used and charge him for facilitating every other deal that went through the site.
Why go to Japan for this story?
Odd a NY paper would look to the other side of the world to write about an employer dealing this way with unwanted employees. This is what the NYC school board does. They've got an office that holds about 100 teachers that have been disciplined for various reasons and are no longer permitted in the classroom but can't be fired.
Re: I'm sure that there'l be a variety of amusing commentary here ...
"66.4% of abstracts expressed no position on AGW...0.3% were uncertain about the cause of global warming."
The most surprising part of that survey of papers was that, (despite all the vitriol, fraud and grandstanding on both sides) a majority of 66.7% are still possibly interested in science rather than one political agenda or another.
Re: Only the KGB?
Of course not! PRC got their copy first remember, and I wouldn't be surprised if they shared with DPRK. Frankly, I'm a little surprised Snowden isn't sipping an umbrella drink on a beach right outside the wire of Guantanamo.
Re: Wait a minute
I would not be at all surprised if many of the junior folks at a number of government agencies very much disagree with what's been coming out as much as the rest of us. However, they can't do anything about it without throwing their entire lives away as Snowden has. After all, everything from themselves and all their friends and families has been caught in the net too.
So, when the higher-ups order you to go out and do something that you know will draw even more negative publicity to themselves and what they've been doing,you don't point out that they're making a PR disaster worse, you happily comply.
I'm sure those HDDs contained the only copies in existence other than on Snowden's personal laptop. None of the data is stored a dozen different places on the internet...
Here's a hint for the cops. The only likely reasons the entire trove isn't all publicly available, are that releasing a bit at a time A) keeps Snowden in the public mind so he feels safer and B) it sells a LOT more papers. If the US feds don't work out something with Snowden before the effectiveness of that strategy inevitably wanes due to the public going SQUIRREL!, it will all be available via wikileaks/torrent/etc.
A) They were fired because they weren't competent in their job, not as punishment. This incident merely brought the incompetence to light.
B) Such externalities shouldn't be considered in sentencing At all.
C) Even if the judge did consider it, not harsh enough. In this case, the maximum isn't harsh enough anyway.
If you don't think 90% of Chinese output is crap...
...then obviously you've never been to Walmart. Or pretty much any other big retail chain for that matter. It's worth every penny to find something made elsewhere (even elsewhere in the 3rd world) and pay double or triple for it. Unfortunately that's becoming harder and harder to do.
Re: Are you telling me...
Baseball is also as Canadian as apple pie. Just don't tell the yankees as they so desperately want to believe they were first to invent something. Anything really.
The discussion was of adults using the service to stalk school children.
If that doesn't qualify as appropriate use of 'pervert', what do you think does?
Charlatan denigrates other charlatans, film at 11
First off, who are these people that still watch TV and why have they never heard of the internet?
Second, a business prof is the LAST person to refer to as an authority on business related matters.
Third, stopped clock, twice a day, and all that, this time he's right.
Fourth, the internet would be an exceedingly dangerous place for any that need to be told that reality shows bear no resemblance to reality. So it's probably for the best that they're still watching TV after all.
The scope of this problem came to my attention a few months back:
Having young daughters myself, I decided to do a little further investigation on my own to verify. While not ubiquitous, it's certainly more widespread than I expected, or Mr. Dabbs seems willing to believe. Both in terms of the number of pwned devices the trading and selling of control of same. I've already removed such software from the computer of a female acquaintance last month.
Suffice to say any integrated cameras in my home get disabled and the external ones get unplugged when not in use. A simple enough precaution, no new laws required.
@ AC 12:11 GMT
I hope you don't have any plans of running for office with that attitude.
How do you see where a black hole is?
To me the story wasn't that they served one carrier to deliver call records.
It's that they got the call records from all the other carriers without even being asked for the paperwork.
Where it gets really weird is...
...as a divorcee now dating women* in their 30s and 40s how many are obsessed with getting tatoos and piercings and pink hair because they still think they're rebelling against...something? Kinda? Maybe?
'Youth culture' is becoming the culture.
*I'm sure there's just as many 40 year old men trying to be 14 again, but I'm not meeting them to be able to say how it's manifesting.
Re: Orwell vs Huxley
I unreservedly recommend to all Neil Postman's book Amusing Ourselves To Death. Written in the TV era but all the more relevant in the age of the internet and smart phones.
Also a letter from Huxley to his former pupil, Orwell, after the publication of 1984:
Bread and circuses people, bread and circuses.
Re: Somewhere in the depths of Prism
"Every person who clicks on "http://regmedia.co.uk/2013/06/11/gpg_public_key.txt" is having a flag switched."
NSA ,might be a bit swamped today, I wouldn't worry about it...
Speaking of misrepresented...PoF isn't dinky, it's larger than all the other sites combined. However, there is some self-selection when using marriage as a yardstick in that sites with a fee (match/eHarmony/Lavalife) tend to be perceived as having a higher concentration of 'serious' members than free sites (PoF/OKCupid).
Sites also vary greatly depending where you're located. I gather Match is very popular and thus useful in some large metropolitan areas, but in my region w/ total population ~500k, it has less than 20 active women in my age range vs 200+ that PoF does. So not worth paying for here, but could be in NYC or London. I wouldn't be surprised if which site is best in a given area varies by age as well.
Both meeting and dating women were very different when I started again. In terms of being 2011 vs 1995 and 38 vs 22 years old. So for anyone that really wants to geek-out on the topic, I refer you to http://blog.okcupid.com where they get into all kinds of data and analysis. Some of it's Captain Obvious stuff, some of it's US-centric, most of it's interesting but unimportant, but for someone like me that was married and out of circulation for 16 years there were some real eye-openers.
Re: Yeah but....
"Yeah but who watches 18,000 hours of television a day?"
"Sorry wrong department, I'll just transfer you over"
There's a reason that's so common.
Departments/3rd parties that deal with customers track a number of different stats about the calls they get. NONE of the other stats matter unless the Average Handle Time (AHT) target is being met.
I was in a place with an 8 minute target.
Overall AHT for tier 1s that made it through 3 month probation (including 2 months classroom training so only 1 on the phones)? Varied week to week from 6:45 to 7:57 minutes with transfer rate of 33%
AHT for tier 1s in 4th and final probation week on the phones? 10 minutes with transfer rate of 10%.
New class of trainees every month representing 20% of tier 1 staff total. Why so many? 90% of those that complete training not kept on because they don't meet AHT, even though the low transfer rate actually means less time on the phone for the customer.
So keep in mind it's not that they don't want to help you if they can. Doesn't matter if you're the tier 1 drone, department manager or CEO of a 3rd party call center. Beat the AHT target you're getting a bonus, blow it and you're fired.
Re: Yep, it does seem feasible
Quite, and looking at the map, if he's in Sydney local court, he may well have a personal connection with the town. A hacker is also more likely to make mistakes when they're emotionally invested in the target.
Or, if he did work for them, using a password or other information he knew from the job, rather than obtaining access as an outsider would have to, could also narrow the list of suspects.
Australian law has more in common with us here in Canada than US. People here have gotten house arrest for manslaughter, I wouldn't bet on him getting anywhere near the max. Such possible sentences exist as deterrents and for, a broad law such as this, for the rare infraction that would justify such a sentence (major hacks on targets causing loss of life or massive financial losses).
State not ATF/DHS/FBI
Nothing illegal disseminating weapon manufacturing information to his fellow yanks.
Making it available internationally however is apparently an issue that they can go after him on. Haven't verified this part myself, but I gather that even then it's not so much a violation of law within the US, but of US adhering to international treaties and him not having the requisite permit(s).
Either way, it's just an excuse to make an example out of him. If he'd got the permits and blocked IP ranges of embargoed countries, they'd have found something else. With millions of laws and regulations on the books and 100's of thousands more being added every year, everyone's probably in violation of something or other. Just most of us don't deliberately draw a great deal of public attention for the purpose of thumbing our noses.
I'm sure that's why, after all the build up, he complied with the take down order so quickly. He didn't do it because he believes the Predator is useful or necessary as a device. He did it to get the US 2nd amendment reaffirmed (or not) by their supreme court 5 or 6 years from now.
Dogs in IT
Offhand foot in front, and don't lock your elbow or you'll hurt your wrist.
Re: Battlefield 3/4 - Star Wars ???
You mean like this?
Also, they already did the re-skinned Battlefield thing and called it Battlefront.
Re: (... for some values of ordinary)
Yes, like diesel, and, you know, completely unlike ordinary jet fuel...
Re: Ah, the memories....
My cousin still uses AOL. Haven't talked to him in years.
Re: Punic? This war is MASSIVE
So you're just waving your E-poeni then?
Re: But surely?
"over-promoted and over-rewarded sales regardless of the sense of the sale"
Do you know of some line of business that doesn't get snookered by their own sales department?
Re: "There is no mainstream party [...] which offers to dismantle these crippling stealth taxes"
Conservatives have been firmly left of center since Thatcher left. The others are further enough left they can't even see the center. There is no right wing any more. Use your own judgment as to whether that's good or bad.
Knives I can see happening...
Re: They can't retrain as storage technology engineers.
I've had a few employers go out of business in recent years. In between, rather than collect unemployment, I've opted to do temp work, mostly industrial labour. Believe me, the bulk of people I've worked with doing these kinds of jobs cannot be trained for jobs that require a capacity to think, never mind work with technology.
Good people mind you, but they're operating on a whole different level that I've never seen even among those I work with in telecom who have no responsibility beyond stringing cables.
Re: the perfectly average
Tell me more about this ground beef shake of which you speak and where I might purchase one. Or are you just floating ideas for next week's episode of Epic Meal Time?
Just because a con man claims to have noble goals as he spends donations on international travel doesn't make it either plausible, or any less a criminal act of fraud. This clown belongs in prison, not plotting his next fleecing of the gullible. More than a few of whom seem to be lurking around here. If something seems to good to be true, that's because it is folks.
Re: Obligatory XKCD cartoon...
386 has long been one of my favourites :) For this article though I think another is a perfect fit:
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