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4 posts • joined 6 Apr 2012

Ice core shows Antarctic Peninsula warming is nothing unusual

Tom Graham

Re: I'm not an expert

Er, yes we can.

If the current variation in temperature is within the bounds of historic natural variation, as recorded in the ice core, then of course it can be explained as being just natural variation. In fact this is the best explanation according to the principle of Occams razor.

What is so hard to understand?

They don't teach science good these days.

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Tom Graham

Re: I'm not an expert

If the current temperature variation is within the range of what has happened naturally in the past, then it is statistically insignificant.

If what is happening now is shown to be in line with what has happened in the past, then there is no reason to the that what is happening now is due to some new "unpleasantness".

Or put another way, if we can explain the current temperature variation we do see as being down to the natural historical tendency for temperatures on Earth to vary over time, why would we need to think up any other reason to explain it? Occam's razor.

The conclusion quoted above seems to be saying:

"The present variation we are seeing is nothing outside of historical norms, and does not indicate a threat to the stability of the ice sheets. But if there were to be more temperature change in the future at a rate that was faster than the current or historical norm, then this could be bad."

So what?

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The iPad 3 would make me so horny...

Tom Graham

Re: a tablet without it is not worth having

"If you never owned a previous model you're not really in a place to make the comparison"

Yeah right. The fact that I have spent hours looking at the screen of previous iPads owned by various people including my girlfriend, is irrelevant. I really can't possible compare without having owned an iPad 2 for a year. Plus the fact that they have the two versions on sale side-by-side in the shops.

No I can't possibly make a comparison, and my opinion is invalid.

" certainly I note not one jot of graininess compared to my PCs/laptops."

Yes, but it's still visibly pixellated, unlike a Kindle, and unlike the new model. Maybe for playing angry birds it makes no difference.

I am glad you are happy with your iPad2. There is no deed to be a dick about it.

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Tom Graham

Re: Blame your tools. not your ipad

There was an article about it somewhere, I forget, that explains it.

Down to two things:

Hardware limitations - at least in the first iPad, the performance of rendering text was actually slower than for graphics, so people just converted text to graphics.

Secondly, it is easier for designers to guarantee a fixed layout when they just effectively scan each page, rather than to get competent with using HTML5.

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