Bad Code Offsets And in case you are not up to speed on Climategate, here are a couple of recent items worth a read.Climategate reveals ‘the most influential tree in the world’Understanding Climategate’s Hidden Decline A related note on Google’s treatment of Climategate: Googlegate? Or maybe you’re just a person doing something Google’s CEO thinks… Continue reading The offsets East Anglia CRU SHOULD have purchased
–Never comment your code. It was hard to write, it should be hard to understand.–At least we know why the NYT didn’t publish any of the emails.–And I want one of these.From the comments: This illegal act of cyber-terrorism against a climate scientist (and I don’t think that’s too strong a word) is ominous and… Continue reading East Anglia AGW, the heat goes on
In a post describing social media propaganda techniques Corey Doctorow says the following: “We’re not living through a crisis about what is true, we’re living through a crisis about how we know whether something is true. We’re not disagreeing about facts, we’re disagreeing about epistemology. The “establishment” version of epistemology is, “We use evidence to… Continue reading Properly skeptical?
Britain’s University of East Anglia hired some experts to examine possible scientific misconduct by scientists employed at Britain’s University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit. The investigation was mounted when a slew of internal emails cast doubt on the scientists’ theories and characters. What is not in question: The University of East Anglia CRU scientists… Continue reading A Circle of Wagons
The word sublimation has different meanings. One is from physics: Sublimation is when a substance passes directly from a solid to a gaseous state. Dry ice is one example. Another meaning is in psychology, where sublimation is an unconscious defense mechanism, diverting instinct into personally and socially acceptable channels. Defense mechanisms may be healthy or… Continue reading Sublimation
On Tuesday, TOC mentioned Prometheus and his punishment by Zeus for giving the secret of fire to Man. The post included a link to a painting of Prometheus having his liver ripped out by a bird of prey. Since Prometheus was a Titan, and immortal, his liver regenerated daily. It was ripped out over and… Continue reading Boxing with Prometheus
The HARRY_READ_ME.txt file leaked from East Anglia CRU is a combination of FORTRAN and comments by the programmer who inherited the maintenance and “enhancement” of some of the world’s premier climate modeling software. The file is intended to help others understand how the climate modeling software works and to help the programmer remember why he… Continue reading Prometheus unbound
Director of the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, Doctor Phil Jones, has apologized for the content of emails leaked last week. My colleagues and I accept that some of the published emails do not read well. I regret any upset or confusion caused as a result. Some were clearly written in the heat… Continue reading Inconvenient results
I see the term “Piltdown Man” being raised in relation to the leak of information from the East Anglia AGW proponents’ web servers. I agree that what’s been revealed thus far strongly suggests a similar hoax, and that the revelation similarly damages the reputation of science. It is a violation of a social contract. There… Continue reading Piltdown Man
Even the New York Times finds the leak of emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit impossible to ignore. I do not think this rises fully to being “coverage,” however, and I note some of the reasons below. I have included the full text of the Times article below because it usually… Continue reading Who’s a "denier" now?