* Posts by Tom 13

7611 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Well done on the privacy lawsuit. Now NSA will keep your phone records INDEFINITELY

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Re: under investigation as to it's legality should be suspended

No. Until proven illegal the presumption is for innocence. At least that's what I hear every time they put a guy on trial for 20 counts of rape.

Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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Re: Models.

I think you stole that last paragraph from an old Page article.

The Warmists have been on him for years. They have manage to wear him down just a bit as that bit in this article shows. Still he's in good shape as one of the last hold outs for the facts.

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Re: Rumsfeld

Like Rummy, it's not the known unknowns that bother me so much. It's the unknown unknowns that do.

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Re: debunked so many times

The argument that the argument that the sun can't be the source has been bedunked so many times it's like trying to kill a lich.

And I do wish members of the Warmist Cult would listen to Moynihan instead of merely trying to use him as a cudgel.

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Re: If a model is 60% "good" why not take it as 60% good?

Well that's a new number coming from you.

If Warmist Cult were advertising a 60% good model I might have been interested. You didn't. You claimed it was "settled science" and that skeptics were "denialists". And that we need to divert Quadrillions of dollars RFN to avert the death of the earth as we know it within the foreseeable future.

So, no I don't have any interest in your new-found reasonableness. You blew up the bridge of goodwill a long, long time ago. The frog may have fallen for the scorpions sob story, but I'm not a frog.

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Re: Ergo, a computer model cannot be used to support a hypothesis.

Not exactly true, and the exactly true statement is the more damning.

A computer model can be used to support a hypothesis. If you have an equation or set of equations which interact in a subtle way to describe a slowly changing characteristic you can build a computer model using those equations. Then you input data about the current state of the system and run the model faster than the actual event. If when you arrive at the elapsed time the data match the prediction from the model, you have support for your hypothesis.

The problem for AWG is that so far:

model prediction =/= data

in real science this invalidates the hypothesis. In the Warmist Cult it means you try to convince the rest of the tribe to sacrifice the denialist to appease the Climate Gods before you throw the bones again.

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Re: it's total input/output is next to even.

minor nit: true so long as the rain forest remains in place. When you burn it you do transfer a fair portion of the previously cycle locked carbon into the atmosphere.

But I concur the Warmist Cult distorts the real facts in this case.

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Re: Physics, Chemistry, Biology

Which wouldn't be so bad except they don't even have the physics bit worked out properly yet.

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Re:Check my other posts

Don't need to. I follow Lewis's articles with some regularity and recognize your nom de plume.

I'd say he's spot on and quite justified. Now, I know you limeys have different standards about name calling, but I was quite under the impression that telling the truth was still more than sufficient to obtain dismissal of charges about impugning one's honor.

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Re: Even if it does it still won't make the deniers correct

Actually, it does. Our contention all along has been that the data (screaming and wailing and gnashing of teeth from the Warmist Cult not withstanding) don't match the models so the models are utter bollocks.

Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself

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Re: alf a dozen maintenance coders

Why aren't your maintenance coders required to update the comments when they change the functionality?

Elon Musk plans GIGAFACTORY to feed his thirsty Tesla motors

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Re: This, from Tesla's 10-K

To me that looks like the usual legal boilerplate to protect them from shareholder lawsuits if things don't go exactly as planned. You know, the sorts of things Ichan uses to ream out companies.

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Re: Unless of course, the manufacture of Lithium batteries

The manufacture of just about any commercial battery is a very environmentally unfriendly process. That's the bit here that surprised me the most: the site will be in the US where environmental regs stop all kinds of good ideas. So even though I doubt electric vehicles will be truly workable in my lifetime, I'll give Musk a big thumbs up for not taking the easy way out of dealing with those issues.

Candy Crush King stops trying to trademark CANDY in the US

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Re: You don't have to make something called "Candy Crusher" to trademark it.

Actually you do. You can apply for the trademark before you start making it, but pretty soon thereafter you need to be using it to differentiate yourself if the industry segment for which you applied to get the trademark. I'm not sure what the period of inactivity is before the trademark can be challenged for non-use.

MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Re: A shitload of profit?

Ponzi schemes all do that for those who were in on the ground floor. And they all leave even more misery in their wake for those who were left holding the bag at the end.

There's only one sure way to get rich: spend less than you make, invest the difference wisely, and do consistently over the entire span of your life.

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Re: I'm no Frontiersman

While the prospectors got most of the attention, they didn't get most of the money. That went to the people who provided supplies and processed the gold the prospectors found. IIRC Wells Fargo is one such entity arising from that time.

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Re: Perhaps a prosecution for data theft?

You should still be able to get them on property theft. Even if it isn't currency it is something they owned.

Of course that presents a different issue to the Bitcoin fanatics. The whole point of Bitcoin is to escape government involvement. If the government can track and prosecute for theft of Bitcoin, they can do a whole lot more to it as well.

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Re: it is business unfortunately.

And when you deal with rational investors with fully disclosed business details you don't get that.

But this was neither rational investors nor fully disclosed business details.

The non-criminal "investors" are mostly from the kook conspiracy fringe. Their rage is barely contained at the best of times and for them death threats over the internet are a sort of cathartic release. The business details weren't fully disclosed because the whole MtGox thing was catching lighting in a pan. The people starting it didn't have the first clue and were quickly in way over their heads. But hey it was all working and they were raking in the dosh, so they went all Alfred E Neuman. Besides, a significant part of their business was from people who don't exactly want fully disclosed business details, cause that might alert Interpol et al. to what's up.

Zynga dodges IPO lawsuit thanks to lack of 'basic factual details'

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I use to play a fair number of Zynga games.

I have no sympathy for anyone who got burned by their stock offering.

I'll grant the line workers probably got more screwed than most, would grant suite on the proper grounds, and would likely find in their favor in court. I would regard this as fair, and not such much beneficial to one group or the other, but increasing misery on them in aggregate.

Another climate change myth debunked by proper climate scientists

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And here we finally get to the elephant in the room:

Many of the strategies required to mitigate against possible A.G.W are beneficial in their own right reducing pollution and increasing efficiency, finding alternative energy sources to oil & gas.

AWG isn't really about saving the planet in 100 years. It's a Trojan horse to get through other ideological objectives which the general public have rejected.

You can tell they are ideological objectives because real people don't do things because they are good in this sense or that sense. They do them because weighed amongst a whole range or possibilities both good and bad, that person selects the thing he believes will do the most good for him. It may be that removing pollution is a good thing. It is likely that growing food to live is a better thing. Until you have sufficient food that you can live without considerable concern, removing pollution is a non-starter. Which is precisely the point raised in a post above: cleaning up the environment is a luxury good, and therefore any activity which harms the creation of real wealth harms cleaning up the environment. Current case in point: China.

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Re: the very definition of 'evidence'.

Science is also not about evidence.

Science is about accurately predicting something in the physical universe based on past experience. AWG completely fails this, which is the only test of science. When Einstein proposed his General Theory of Relativity, one of the things it predicted was the deflection of light due to the presence of a massive nearby object. It had never been thought of or tested before. During the next solar eclipse the position of Mercury was observed. We could calculate its actual position using Newtonian equations. If light didn't bend it would appear in that position. If it did bend according to it would be in another. If it were anywhere else, both theories would have been falsified. Mercury appeared exactly where Relativity predicted it should be. That is science.

Science seeks to isolate variables only so that it can more accurately predict future events.

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Re: explain what I take the word 'consensus' to mean in this context.

Science is NEVER about consensus. If you find yourself talking about consensus, it isn't science.

It really is just that simple.

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Re: Record profits

Those record profits are only records because the government has forced what use to be a lot of competing small companies to merge into ultramegacorps to deal with regulatory paperwork. Break them back into smaller companies and those numbers wouldn't even make the slush pile reports. Furthermore, if you calculate the percentage of profit per dollar invested I think the only worse stock market category in which to invest is airlines.

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Re: Risk

Wow, talk about rolling all of the classic risk assessment errors into one statement.

1) Assuming there is no risk with one action and risk with the other.

2) Assuming that something that is 10% probable but will kill everyone is more problematic than something which will always kill 10% of the population.

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Re: That's the problem with all this cool new NASA data

More accurately:

Now we have satellites we believe are measuring the whole planet's data 24/7.

Because all the measurements are done by proxies, and then mathematically massaged. We think we have good cause to trust the proxies, but we could find problems with them.

There are more problems processing the data than the data processors want to admit. Simple things like not having end of file markers on a data set during data storage and transmission from the satellite. Or questions about the reliability of the calibration technique the satellite uses to set its sensors. This is information I've gotten from an AWG agnostic who works directly in processing the data.

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Re: they have to present to an audience which struggles to think in long timescales

Which, objectively speaking is the longer time scale: 100 years or 10,000 years?

Because all the Warmist cult postings I see reference about 50 years of real data, and all the skeptics are looking at stuff that starts at the 10,000 year and goes through 100,000 years.

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Re: It's not saying that the pattern won't appear

And if that were the actual claim from the Warmist cult, you might have a point.

However the actual claim is that we have already seen strong evidence that this is happening. So yes, it is quite putting that claim through the shredder.

Winklevoss Twins' Bitcoin index provokes angry wails from rival

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"...uses a patent-pending mathematical to formula..." ? ? ? !

Has someone alerted the Bar that they have someone who needs to be immediately removed from their ranks?

Even the highly, highly disfunctional US Patent Office clearly states on their website:

...abstract ideas (such as mathematical algorithms), natural phenomena, and laws of nature are not eligible for patent protection.


Facebook ditches TOP SECRET email service. Did YOU know it had one?

Tom 13

Re: don't recall FB trying to promote its own email service

I do and in my case I knew it was falling on deaf ears. The only surprise here is the percentage of deaf ears on which it fell.

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Re: Much as I dislike Facebook, I wish...

There was never a ball there to begin with. To sign up for FB, you had to have an email account. It was completely redundant.

And that's before you get to people like me who wouldn't use an FB email account for the same reason I haven't adopted Google's FB equivalent: Both of them already have more than enough of my information. I'm not about to combine ALL of my stuff into one big searchable box. The bastages are going to have to search at least two of them dammit!

Ford to dump Microsoft's 'aggravating' in-car tech for ... BlackBerry?

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Re: really understand why MS's automotive offering has gone

It's MS. How was it ever going to go right?

Lucky, sure. Right, never.

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Re: How???

A Sith mind trick?

"This is the OS you are looking for."

Surveillance, that's a hot topic right now. We'll make some disk drives for that – WD, Seagate

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If the cameras and drives are there

the market can bloom. A comment I've often heard from my dad is "With the kind of video you can get on a pocket phone these days, why is it that whenever the news shows you a video clip of a criminal suspect, it is always gray and too blurry to see anything?"

And a friend of mine has another friend who runs a liquor store with decent surveillance equipment. He looks for cheap drives because he treats them as WORM drives. No, re-writes, just fills them up, replaces them, notes the dates covered and location and files them. He says about once a quarter the cops show up asking if he might have tape for such and such dates for alleged event y. So he pulls the drive, hands it to them and tells them to bring it back when they're done.

MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?

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Re: For an Technical IT site the level of ignorance here is shocking.

Let me simplify that and save you time:

Bit coin is unicorn farts.

See, that was easy.

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Re: As long as they don't do stupid things like sub-prime

As recent history proves, even then the banks are safe. It's all the rest of us wot get wolloped.

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Re: @Dr Dan: Calling 'Magic: The Gathering'

It's been a while since I played it so I looked it up. The BoardGame Geek description claims the actual company that sells it describes it as a "...game where you take on the role..."

While I concur it is a card trading game, I can also see where someone who hasn't played it and just looked it up on the interwebs might think it was an RPG. Heck, it wouldn't have surprised me if someone had turned it into one by now.

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Re: Would you trust a bank with your cash, without a government deposit guarantee?

Actually I would be more likely to, although I'd also be prone to do more checking about how the bank was managed. And if it was in business for a good period of time I wouldn't have a problem with it. In fact, part of the problem with the current government guarantee is precisely that it does remove the moral hazard of all the banks engaging in fiscally unsound but legal transactions.

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Re: does this anonymous source have to be a native English-speaker?

That question is less interesting than you might initially think. In a crisis situation a non-native speaker would draft in his native language and then either have someone translate it for him or use an online translator. In the first case you'd wind up with something decent. In the second case the grammar and spelling would be good, its just the word choices which would throw you. I'm not about to try to chase the link to the alleged document from work, but based on the descriptions here, neither of those sound like the case. They make it sound akin to an old Nigeria scam email (the new ones have at least discovered spell checkers).

Hey 4G bods: We need to make 'phonecalls' with our 'voices', too

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Re: guaranteed by law

Well there's theory and then there's practice. In theory you can do it. In practice, not so much.

Roomie tried when we moved. The additional costs associated with porting the number and the service made it unfeasible. A couple years later a friend's mom tried a VOIP plan on her DSL. It was crap and she asked to be changed back. Following two weeks of problems she gave up and accepted a new number. Mind you, she didn't physically move like we did, just switched carriers twice in less than a one month period.

Battle of Bletchley Park: TNMOC chief calls for review of museums' Mexican standoff

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Two ticketing offices? Oy vey! No wonder things are in their current state.

There should be one ticketing office. It should clearly display the cost and hours of operations for both museums. Maybe a special deal where 1 to 3 pounds gets knocked off the price of buying both tickets and the discount is fairly distributed based on the percentage of the price each museum/tour costs.

As for the tour guide who got shafted for giving "the long tour", somebody in management needs to buy a clue. Granted I'm not likely to be visiting Bletchley Park anytime soon (from this side of the pond the flight takes too long and costs too much for a Saturday trip), but I've had a similar experience. A friend was visiting from out of town. He wanted to see the Annex to the Smithsonian Air and Space museum and made all the arrangements. Our tour guide met us there. He was older than dirt. All of the planes were is some level of dis-assembly because it was the only way to stuff that much gear into the facility. It was hard to see anything clearly. And it was the best tour of my life. The old guy knew every detail about every plane that we could sort of see in the overstuffed storage area. And his eyes were alive as he told you why they were important and details about the restoration and reassembly of the planes. The Annex has moved to a nice new facility where all the planes are properly displayed. But I'll always remember that first tour more fondly.

OK, I get it. Some people don't care about all the tiny details. Fine. Sell a short tour ticket and a long tour ticket. Because some of us do appreciate all the tiny details.

'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the warmest Januaries recorded

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Re: you're referring to a single article

No, he's referring to a plehtora of "A new ice age is coming!" articles printed everywhere in the popular press back in the late 70s. And yes, I read it in the allegedly "conservationist" propaganda publications they made cheaply available to parents to give to their kids. Right up there with water pollution, air pollution, and DDT killing the California Condors.

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Re: It makes

I've got no problem with nuclear. It's those damnable eco-Warmists who oppose that too.

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Re: Sun

And yet all Warmist religions treat thermal output from the sun as constant. The ones who've looked at the variation are the skeptics who point out that the temperature changes we observe closely mirror exactly those small variations in solar output.

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Re: You gotta be kidding

No he's not kidding. Probably because he has some idea what radiative transfer is and how it works. I rather get the impression that for you lot the phrase is a good bit like "abracadbra" or "open sesame", a magic phrase intended to stifle debate.

And yes, I am familiar with the strawman of greenhouse gasses. Problem is, I think this is another one of those Known Facts like heavier things fall faster than light ones was until Galileo dropped to balls: a lot of handwaving without having conducted sufficiently controlled experiments to account for all variables.

As for the whole 100 year argument (which is actually more like 50, but what's half a century among friends?), its complete bollux on a 10,000 year baseline, and 10,000 itself might be bollux for a climate baseline.

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Re: It's not just the money and the funding

The IPCC has thoroughly discredited themselves and are no longer an authority outside of WARMIST circles.

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It's not? Then why is that the premise of this article (not this post, the article)?

Netflix coughs up to cruise on Comcast

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Re: It's all about balance of payments

If I were paying Netflix $200/month and Comcast $10/month you might have a point. Given they are reversed you don't.

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Re: It smells like monopoly protectionism

Technically that would be "oligopoly".

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Here's what I don't get.

other carriers have long been irked by “over the top” companies like Netflix that make mountains of cash without giving them a cut.

I drop $8.95/month (or thereabouts) to Netflix for the streaming part of my subscription. I drop closer to $200 a month to Verizon. How is it that Netflix is alleged to have mountains of cash? For a single month of Verizon I could pre-pay two years of Netflix.

Google's 1Gbps fiber 'not driving' Time Warner Cable's sudden Austin speed increase

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Re: Competition: Cox v. AT&T

When an installer for a cable company sees someone else's wires they usually cut them. I recall that being a problem when I was using Comcast for tv, Verizon for phone, and the ancestor to Starpower for my internet.

These days I'm with Verizon on FIOS, but their days may be numbered. Problems connecting to Netflix weren't as bad last night, but still there. You can tell they've got some complicated throttling going on. Finished watching an episode that clipped through cleanly from load to finish. Clicked to watch the very next episode in the queue while my roommate went to move laundry in the basement, refill her water bottle, grab a snack to eat, and settle down on the couch just as the red line reached the end of "buffering". At which point it was another 30 seconds before the episode actually started. Required bandwidth per Netflix: 1.5 to 3.5, available bandwidth according to speed testing: 13-19.

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