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ICPC 2011

I’m here in Orlando to coach the University of New South Wales team in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest world finals. A team of three uni students gets a computer and five hours to solve nine or ten really tough problems. (See last year’s set, for instance). The finals were going to be in…

John Mashey seminar live on web

Via Deep Climate, John Mashey’s seminar on “The Machinery of Climate Anti-Science” is being streamed live here. It starts two hours from now, 7:30 PDT. The battle of truth versus disinformation is nowhere better demonstrated than in the distortion of climate science. More than 97 percent of practicing climate scientists support the fact that global…

There are two climate related rallies in Sydney tomorrow. The rally for climate inaction (What do we want? Inaction! When do want it? Now!) has been heavily promoted on talkback radio and the facebook page has 709 people saying they are attending, while the rally for climate action has relied on new media and the…

Here’s the original story on March 4: An Israeli model has been hospitalised after being bitten on the breast by a snake during an ill-fated radio stunt. … She received a tetanus shot and stayed for observation, but has suffered no long-term damage from the incident. Here’s the Daily Mail version on Mar 15 after…

Flying Binghi

By popular request Flying Binghi has his/her own thread. This is the only thread that FB can post to, and all replies to any comment to FB should go here. I can’t move comments, so I will delete comments that do not follow these rules.

Shorter Clive James

Shorter Clive James on Queensland floods: I get my climate science from poems. ‘Shorter’ concept created by Daniel Davies and perfected by Elton Beard. We are aware of all Internet traditions.â„¢ Acknowledgement copied from Sadly, No!.

Eugene Volokh is taken in by a story in the Daily Mail: So reports the Daily Mail (UK) reports: Residents in Surrey and Kent villages have been ordered by police to remove wire mesh from their windows as burglars could be injured…. Locals had reinforced their windows with wire mesh after a series of shed…

Congratulations to the UNSW students in the Sunswift team who have broken the Guinness World Record for fastest Solar-Powered vehicle.

Hey, remember how Don Easterbrook deliberately falsified a baseline to make it look like past temperatures were warmer than current ones? Well, he’s at it again. He has taken a graph of temperature proxies for Greenland and used the value for 1855 as the “present”. Gareth Renowden comments 1855 — Easterbrook’s “present†— was not…

The detailed examination of the Wakefiled fraud is by Brian Deer: How the case against the MMR vaccine was fixed. The British Medical Journal editorial summarises: Who perpetrated this fraud? There is no doubt that it was Wakefield. Is it possible that he was wrong, but not dishonest: that he was so incompetent that he…