Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mark Steyn's Compliment Defense

Re: Competitive Enterprise Institute and National Review vs. Michael E. Mann DC court case.

When Mark Steyn made his comment about Michael Mann at the National Review,
Michael Mann was the man behind the fraudulent climate-change "hockey-stick" graph
It was clear he was making a compliment of how skilled Mann is at making Hockey Sticks.

fraudulent - "using or inclined to use trickery" (Wordsmith)

trickery - "an act or instance of using a trick or tricks." (Wordsmith)

trick - "a particular craft or skill in doing something." (Wordsmith)

As the group that Michael Mann is a part of at RealClimate once said,
Scientists often use the term "trick" to refer to "a good way to deal with a problem"

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Impact of Popular

Popular is an impartial, highly cited website referenced over 225 times in books and scholarly peer-reviewed journals, by major and regional news media, public policy organizations and think tanks, political institutions, on radio and by the technology community. The following is a sample of these references, which does not include the tens of thousands of comments made on blogs, forums, news articles and social media throughout the Internet.

International coverage includes: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Book Coverage:

Climate: The Counter-consensus (Robert M. Carter Ph.D., 2010) - Climat, Mensonges et Propagande [Climate Lies and Propaganda] (Hacène Arezki, 2010) - L'Innocence du Carbone: L'effet de serre remis en question [The Innocence of Carbon: Greenhouse effect questioned] (Francois Gervais Ph.D., 2013) - The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels (Alex Epstein, 2014) - Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future (James Delingpole, 2012)

Journal Coverage:

Earth System Dynamics - Energy & Environment - Energy Policy - International Journal of Modern Physics B - La Météorologie - Australian Nursing Journal (Trade Journal) - The General Science Journal (E-print Journal)

Media Coverage:

American Thinker - Atlantico (France) - BarbWire - Breitbart - Breitbart London - Canada Free Press (Canada) - Daily Kos - Daily Maverick (South Africa) - Die Weltwoche (Switzerland) - eigentümlich frei (Germany) - Forbes - Fox News - GOOD Magazine - Grist Magazine - Herald Sun (Australia) - Hot Air - Hufvudstadsbladet (Finland) - Human Events - Jewish Journal - NewsBusters - Newsmax - NOS (Netherlands) - Power Line - PJ Media - Quadrant Magazine (Australia) - Right Side News - Right Wing News - Swissinfo (Switzerland) - The Daily Telegraph (UK) - The Guardian (UK) - The New American - The Patriot Post - The Philadelphia Inquirer - The Register (UK) - The Washington Times - TruthRevolt - Uday India (India)

Regional: 24.UNT (Uppsala, Sweden) - Athens Patch (Georgia) - Boston Environmental Policy Examiner (Massachusetts) - California Political Review (California) - Carolina Journal (North Carolina) - Cleveland Photography Examiner (Ohio) - Coastal Point (Delaware) - Hastings & St. Leonards Observer (Hastings, UK) - Hawaii Reporter (Hawaii) - Idaho Press-Tribune (Idaho) - Kansas State Collegian (Kansas) - Laramie Boomerang (Wyoming) - Manassas Environmental News Examiner (Virginia) - Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) - Mountain News (California) - NewsOK (Oklahoma) - Northridge-Chatsworth Patch (California) - Policy & Issues Examiner (Florida) - The Border Mail (Albury–Wodonga, Australia) - The Columbian (Washington) - The Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand) - The Gisborne Herald (Gisborne, New Zealand) - The Lakeland Times (Wisconsin) - The Landmark (Missouri) - The News & Observer (North Carolina) - The Roanoke Times (Virginia) - The Valley Breeze (Rhode Island)

Alternative: David Icke - Global Research - Infowars - Nature News - Prison Planet - RINF Alternative News - Sovereign Independent UK

Organization Coverage:

American Enterprise Institute - American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Anglesey Against Wind Turbines (UK) - Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (France) - Australian Environment Foundation (Australia) - Capital Research Center - Carbon Sense Coalition (Australia) - Center for Chinese & Global Affairs (Peking University, China) - Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow - Competitive Enterprise Institute - European Institute for Climate and Energy (Germany) - Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity - Friends of Science (Canada) - Frontier Centre for Public Policy (Canada) - Global Warming Policy Foundation (UK) - Heartland Institute - Institute for Energy Research - Institute for Population Studies - John Birch Society - John Locke Foundation - Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands) - Media Research Center - National Center for Policy Analysis - New Zealand Climate Science Coalition (New Zealand) - Principia Scientific International - Raptor Education Foundation - Science & Environmental Policy Project - Science & Public Policy Institute - SINTEF (Norway) - Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts - The Boat Owners Association of New South Wales (Australia) - Turn 180 (Ireland) - World Federation Against Drugs (Sweden)

Political Coverage:

Idaho Legislature Federal Lands Interim Committee - Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Spain) - Montana Supreme Court - UK Parliament Energy and Climate Change Committee - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation - U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works - U.S. Senator Roger Wicker

Radio Coverage:

Agenda 21 Radio (Paul Preston) - No Agenda (Adam Curry & John C. Dvorak) - Rick Jensen (WDEL-AM) - Rush Limbaugh - The Corbett Report (James Corbett) - The Marty O Radio Show (Martin O'Sullivan) - WeatherBrains (James Spann)

Resource Coverage:

Internet Public Library (IPL) - The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)

Tech Coverage:

Beaconfire - Blue's News - CHIP Magazine - Gameguru Mania - Icrontic - - Linux Today - MajorGeeks - - NT Compatible - - OSNews - - Spread Firefox - Switched (Aol Tech) - Tennessee College of Applied Technology - The Tech Report - Ubuntucat

Weblog Coverage:

Acting Man - Alerta em Rede [Alert Network] (Brazil) - Australian Climate Madness - Bishop Hill (Andrew Montford) - C3 Headlines - Canadian Liberty - Claes Johnson (Ph.D.) - Climate Audit (Steve McIntyre) - Climate Change Dispatch - Climate Depot (Marc Morano) - Climate Guy (Denis Rancourt Ph.D.) - Climate Lessons - Climate Observations (Bob Tisdale) - Climate Realists - Climate Science - Climategate česky [Climategate Czech] (Czech Republic) - Climatism - Common American Journal - Critical Thinking - Deft News - Die Kalte Sonne [The Cold Sun] (Germany) - DougRoss@Journal - (Doug Cotton) - EU Referendum - Every Kinda People (Hungary) - Fabius Maximus - Facts & Arts (Kenneth Rundt Ph.D.) - Flopping Aces - Global Warming is Unfactual - Greenie Watch (John Ray Ph.D.) - Green World Trust - Greg Laden - Hide the decline - Icecap (Joseph D'Aleo M.S.) - Impact of Climate Change - Independent Sentinel - Ingemar Nordin (Ph.D.) - iOwnTheWorld - Jennifer Marohasy (Ph.D.) - John Lott (Ph.D.) - JoNova (Joanne Nova) - Junk Science (Steve Milloy M.S.) - Lauri Gröhn (M.S.) - Liberty Unyielding - Luis Nassif Online (Brazil) - Mehr Freiheit [More Freedom] (Austria) - Moonbattery - NoTricksZone (Pierre Gosselin) - Ockhams Scheermes [Occam's Razor] (Belgium) - Oregon Magazine - PA Pundits - Patterico's Pontifications - Rabett Run (Joshua Halpern Ph.D.) - Real Science (Tony Heller M.S.) - Richard Tol (Ph.D.) - Science et politique [Science and politics] (France) - Science Skeptical Blog - Skeptical Science (John Cook) - Skeptical Swedish Scientists - Small Dead Animals (Kate McMillan) - Speak Up America - SPPI Blog - Stoat (William Connolley) - Stockholms Initiativet [Stockholm Initiative] (Sweden) - Sustainable Oregon - Suyts Space - Tallbloke's Talkshop (Roger Tattersall) - Terri Jackson (M.Sc.) - The Air Vent (Jeff Condon) - The Art of Weather (Art Horn) - The Australian Climate Sceptics - The Berean Call - The Blackboard (Lucia Lundgren Ph.D.) - The Gateway Pundit - The Hockey Schtick - The Lid (Jeff Dunetz) - The Reference Frame (Lubos Motl Ph.D.) - The Resilient Earth (Al Simmons and Doug Hoffman Ph.D.) - The Universal Spectator - Tom Nelson - Triple Pundit - Ronald S. Strange (Ph.D.) - Vetenskaps Bloggen [Science Blog] (Sweden) - Watts Up With That? (Anthony Watts) - Weasel Zippers - Zebra Fact Check

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Scientists at NASA and the USGS do not know the difference between Windows ME and Windows 2000

As another example of scientists not understanding the computer technology they are using, NASA's Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center and the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) Earth Resources Observation and Science Center are apparently ignorant of elementary knowledge about Microsoft Windows operating systems. In their User Manual for their MODIS Reprojection Tool Swath they confuse Windows ME (Millennium) with Windows 2000.
The second section is relevant to Windows systems and includes specifics for 95/98/2000 and NT/ME/XP. [...]  
Windows 95/98/2000 users must edit the AUTOEXEC.BAT file to add the path information and set the MRTSWATH_DATA_DIR variable. [...] 
Windows NT/ME/XP users must edit their user keys to add the MRTSwath PATH, MRTSWATH_HOME, and MRTSWATH_DATA_DIR to the system variables.
Windows ME and Windows 2000 are two very different operating systems built off different code bases and confusing them like this is a sign of an amateur programmer who was never professionally trained. Windows ME (Millennium) was the last of the Windows 9x line of operating systems following Windows 98. While Windows 2000 is an NT-based operating system originally called Windows NT 5.0.

The proper way to list these operating systems would be,
Windows 95/98/ME 
Windows NT/2000/XP
These are not just typos in their documentation but are actually errors in their installation file (install.bat) included in their MRT Tool Swath archive file (
REM Processing Windows 2000.
REM Modify the user's AUTOEXEC.BAT file.
echo Windows 2000 installation ...
echo Updating C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT.
echo Updating C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT (old version saved as AUTOEXEC.MRTSWATH).
copy c:\autoexec.bat c:\autoexec.mrtswath 
echo set MRTSWATH_HOME="%MRTSWATHDIRECTORY%">> c:/autoexec.bat
echo set Path="%MRTSWATHDIRECTORY%\bin;%%Path%%">> c:/autoexec.bat
echo set MRT_DATA_DIR="%MRTSWATHDIRECTORY%\data">> c:/autoexec.bat
This matters because the fundamental requirements of the specifications for applications to run properly on Microsoft Windows 2000 is quite clear,
Chapter 1. Windows Fundamentals

Summary of Windows Fundamental Requirements

Passing these requirements will help ensure that your application runs in a stable, reliable manner on Windows operating systems.
Customer benefits 
Customers can be confident that a compliant product will not adversely affect the reliability of the operating system.


5. Do not read from or write to Win.ini, System.ini, Autoexec.bat or Config.sys 
Your application must not read from or write to Win.ini, System.ini, Autoexec.bat, or Config.sys. These file are not used by Windows 2000 systems
To properly set the Path in Windows 2000 you do so using the Desktop GUI or the registry.

Hacks who were never professionally trained in computer science like Mr. Mosher do not know these very basic things and instead ignorantly spread this misinformation.
Unless you are in fact running Win2000 or NT then #1 will be the choice you want to make. If you are running Windows2000 then the install is going to make a change to autoexec.bat. If you are running NT, XP or anything later than XP ( Vista, 7 etc) Then there is no autoexec.bat to change and the installer will be modifying other files to do the install.
Any competent and professionally trained programmer would have noticed this elementary error. The problem is most of the people creating and using these scientific data tools have no formal computer science training and do not know how bad they really are. This was confirmed in an article in the journal Nature.
[A]s computers and programming tools have grown more complex, scientists have hit a "steep learning curve", says James Hack, director of the US National Center for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. "The level of effort and skills needed to keep up aren't in the wheelhouse of the average scientist."

Greg Wilson, a computer scientist in Toronto, Canada, who heads Software Carpentry — an online course aimed at improving the computing skills of scientists — says that he woke up to the problem in the 1980s, when he was working at a physics supercomputing facility at the University of Edinburgh, UK. After a series of small mishaps, he realized that, without formal training in programming, it was easy for scientists trying to address some of the Universe's biggest questions to inadvertently introduce errors into their codes, potentially "doing more harm than good". [...]

"There are terrifying statistics showing that almost all of what scientists know about coding is self-taught," says Wilson. "They just don't know how bad they are."

As a result, codes may be riddled with tiny errors that do not cause the program to break down, but may drastically change the scientific results that it spits out.
The lack of basic computer science knowledge like this is so prevalent in the scientific community that this misinformation apparently made it into a scientific publication.

Addendum: Despite being updated in December of 2010, the MRT Tool Swath User Manual fails to mention that no one should be using Windows NT (Support ended in 2004), Windows Millennium (Support ended in 2006) or Windows 2000 (Support ended in July of 2010) since they are all obsolete operating systems that do not receive support or security updates from Microsoft anymore.