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  1. In France most most people think that climatgate is very american, some kind of conspiration plot , very Dan Brown ...

    "It's America's fault"! laugh.gif


    (But I thought it was Bush's fault ... unsure.gif )

    I fail to see how "Climatgate" is "American". The University of East Anglia is in the UK and the emails that started the current "Climategate" scandal were hacked to a server in Russia.

  2. Killer funnel-web spiders invade Sydney

    "We've had a long spell of very warm weather combined with rain," said Mary Rayner, general manager of the Australian Reptile Park. "They are starting to come in thick and fast." ... Rex Gilroy, who runs a dangerous spiders hotline in the area, told the Sydney Morning Herald: "I think climate change might have something to do with it. This season there's more moisture and coolness, and the spiders have been able to breed up..."


  3. I wouldn't call you a denier, nor would I call you a skeptic - it seems to me that you picked a side (which happens to be the "defending" side at the moment). I have no tools to judge (and to be honest, I doubt there's a single person on this planet who does have the tools to give proper answers to many of these questions), so I profess my ignorance.

    Like crelf said, the basic point of my last post was that you can't make a valid claim from one side while ignoring the fact that you can make the same claim from the other side.

    Both sides cannot be true. Either the earth is warming or it is not. Either man is causing GW or we are not.

    That is where the scientific method and debate comes in. The pro GW/"CC" advocates attempted to stop the debate, and called a (IMO premature) "victory" when they stated: "the science is settled." Those of us who are skeptical beg to differ. To claim "victory" when the science is far from settled while the welfare of our planet Earth is at stake is arrogant and dangerous. You cannot, as a scientist, claim "I WON!", pick up your marbles and go home and start influencing policy that costs trillions of dollars and will affect billions of people.

    Adults don't act that way. Science doesn't work that way. We need to be smarter than this.

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  4. If you wish, I'm sure we can find politicians who believe GW is a scam and metorologists and programmers who believe it's real and use that exact claim in reverse. Why don't you believe them?

    Those of us who believe GW/"CC" is a scam are labeled "deniers". The public at large has been told time and time again that the "science is settled". I am not a "denier". I am a skeptic. And thanks to the time I invested investigating this issue further I am even more skeptical.

    The "science" of GW/"CC" is far from settled.

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  5. Hi all,

    I'm seriously considering getting my wife a netbook. Anyone have any recommendations? Any models to avoid?



    I would shy away from Dell. They used to be great (I had two Dells in a row) but for a while I have heard nothing but complaints. Poor customer service. Poor warranty work. Rumor has it it happened shortly after Dell closed down their US-based customer service center and moved it overseas.

  6. I agree that our economy is disproportionally sensitive to world oil supply and I'd like to see that dependence reduced. At the same time, it doesn't make economic sense to replace oil with more expensive energy while the oil is available. I really don't think there is an easy solution to this. Mostly I just want there to be honest discussion about the impacts of various alternatives.

    Indeed. I hear the all this talk about Government Motors (GM) and the other auto manufacturers building electric/hybrid cars by next year but no real talk about how we are going to provide all of these cars with electricity.

    I must be missing something, but I can't, for the life of me figure out why we are not talking about the fastest and best solution to cure our dependency on fossil fuels NOW: nuclear power.

    We are so short-sighted. We have a nuclear plant in DETROIT, forcryinoutloud. And Detroit just got approval to put another reactor online.

    It takes 10 years (minimum) to get approvals for a nuclear plant in the US. And the 0bama administration (or anyone in Washington for that matter) is saying nothing about it.

    Where are the priorities? Really?

  7. Climategate.com. Wish I had thought of this. sad.gif

    I believe this whole global warming/"climate change" scam has already started to fade into the trash heap of history.

    Earthlings are better for it. A healthy amount of skepticism - towards anything - is a Good Thing when the amount of skepticism is proportional to the claims being made.

    But I'm afraid scientists (of any sort that might have global influence) and their sycophant "sheeple" have collectively taken a very painful, self-inflicted shot to the shorts. They have a way to go to clean up their collective reputations.

    I'll be making some final comments here soon and allow this thread die.

    Thanks to everyone who who had something encouraging, intelligent and/or challenging to contribute.thumbup1.gif

  8. Use an ultrasonic sensor (or are they radar?) like they use to open the door at the grocery store. Make it battery powered. Wear four sensors for 360 coverage. (I'm picturing someone with something on their head that resembles an air raid siren.) On top of that would be a can of mace mounted to a rotary actuator that would have a linear actuator attached in such a way that could activate the spray button.

    When someone approaches (you could even set the sensitivity) your software would triangulate direction, speed, etc., rotate the can of mace to the proper direction and spray the Whoop @ss.

    You would be more dangerous than a rabid skunk. smile.gif

  9. The temperature scales depicted are wrong. Antarctica's average temperatures are never around the freezing point.

    Forgive me but I don't have image editing software at home that allows me to crop an image so that I can illustrate this better.

    I reviewed the video again.

    Right around 1:47 is the bottom graph by itself and you can read the scale. The bottom graph (Antarctica) y scale is "temp difference from today in C" (emphasis mine) whereas the top graph is actual temp data from Greenland.

    I don't know why the author of the video would use one graph using one kind of data from one part of the world and then use another graph from another kind of data from another part of the world, and attempt to compare the two without more clarification. ????

  10. So what do you do when your QMH starts to get too big to manage? Stop and rebuild it with a different architecture? Is there another architecture you could have started with that is nearly as easy to implement and scales better or is easier to refactor when the need arises?

    That hasn't happened yet. But if it did, yes, I would probably switch over to a typedef enum state machine if I started creeping towards, say around 10 states or more.

    Whatsamatta? You never had to re-write your own code before? smile.gif

  11. ... I might consider it for prototyping something or a quick and dirty tool, but I wouldn't want to base an application on it.

    Indeed. Large applications built around the QMH can be nightmares, but there is nothing more useful when you need something quick and dirty. I most often use the QMH when my vi starts taking on too much room on my screen but it wouldn't make logical sense to create a subVI. I whip up a QMH then just start adding states.

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