Tech at Night: Don’t Break the Net

Tech at Night

Don’t break the net by imposing a new, radical regulatory scheme. Internet access should not be a public utility. It has nothing to do with Net Neutrality. It would kill investment and expansion of high speed services to more people. More regulations hurt the little guy more than the big guy. Regulations hinder competition. Fast lanes become more likely. Netflix is just playing games to get a competitive advantage just like every other lobbying business. And once this gets in, FCC will go all out, the same way it always does.

This is a good site, covering a number of myths about the proposed Title II Reclassification, a dramatic step the radicals are pushing for the FCC to do, basically overturning a key concept of the bipartisan Telecommunications Act, and re-regulating the Internet as a phone service. It’s a terrible idea.

Here are some current events that illustrate why we shouldn’t trust the FCC with more power: Unions and other entrenched interests will try to keep it around even when it’s blatantly an anti-consumer subsidy like mandatory blackouts.

When an effort fails, such as Net Neutrality, they’ll just rename it and use whatever means necessary to keep arguing it, forever, independent of any previous arguments.

Federalism is often at risk, as in the case of FCC threatening arbitrarily to overturn state laws banning city-wide socialized Internet.

And naturally whenever FCC does get power, FCC will expand it, as in this case of the COPPA child privacy bill.

Prediction: Amazon does high bandwidth video and kills it, proving Netflix to be dishonest.

The Google-Obama ties continue to exist.

Cybersecurity is too important for government dominate, and also too fast moving for regulation to control.

Your words have consequences, even online. This is a case of a parent, but this is why kids don’t belong online unsupervised.

FCC is really bad at fairness.

Tor and Bitcoin remain the favorite tools of child abusers, and your tax dollars are likely helping fund Tor.

I don’t think Americans realize how much they’re spending on local channels on their Cable bills, in the form of “Retransmission Consent” fees. They just blame the cable companies even though it’s not their fault. And guess what? These fees are caused by regulation. That’s why I support the Local Choice bill, which lets individual customers decide which fees they want to pay, and which local channels they want.

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Oil Simulation, Climate Modeling and the Scientific Method

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Part I concerned a WSJ essay by Robert J. Caprara, “Confessions of a Computer Modeler”. In Part II I will share what I know about computer modeling in oil and gas applications, and raise questions about climate modeling.

This is a long post, offered for your reading enjoyment this holiday weekend. I’ll start with the conclusions so we can see where we’re going…

Conclusions

As an oil company engineer, I’ve got a life-sized picture what would have happened if I had:

  • Put a significant dent in the corporateô budget studying and modeling a reservoir system;
  • Spent years convincing management of the model’s validity and the dire consequences of ignoring its warnings;
  • Proposed millions of dollars of new drilling and facilities upgrades based on the model’s conclusions.

Then, when observations deviate significantly from the model’s forecasts, I:

  • Failed to update the model to match observations;
  • Fabricated novel and unprovable explanations of why it was wrong;
  • Told my bosses that I didn’t understand why everyone put so much stock in these models — after all, we understand the “basic physics” –

– I would have been out of a job, that’s what.

As we shall see, there are significant parallels between the type of models used in the petroleum industry and in climate science. A big difference is the money involved: while we’re talking millions to hundreds of millions of dollars in private funds in oil and gas, tens to hundreds of billions of public funds may be required to enact climate “solutions”.

Image from International Reservoir Technologies, Inc.

Modeling Oil and Gas Reservoirs

Disclaimer: No one would hire me to design a model: it’s not my area of expertise. But as a technical manager for an oil company, models have been prepared by others under my direction and supervision. My role requires enough understanding of the process to know its limitations, to ask intelligent questions of the experts, and to make business judgments based on the results.

The goal of modeling is accurate forecasts of future behavior. Reservoir simulations may be built to understand how many wells may be required to efficiently drain a reservoir, or how to enhance recovery with oil with water injection. Without a means of modeling different scenarios, the engineer must resort to guesswork; with sometimes hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, guesswork is “sub-optimal”.

Here’s a concise description of the process [We’ll discover the source of this description when we change the subject to climate modeling, in due time. – Ed.]:

Reservoir models are systems of differential equations based on the basic laws of physics, fluid motion, and chemistry. To “run” a model, scientists divide the reservoir into a 3-dimensional grid, apply the basic equations, and evaluate the results. Fluid flow models calculate pressure, fluid movement, hydrocarbon phase behavior, fluid saturations, and mass balance within each grid and evaluate interactions with neighboring points.

(In the interest of readability, I’m going to move a discussion of what goes on in a reservoir simulation to the *Appendix below…)

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A Game of “Top This” With Democrat Amanda Curtis

Unintentionally Hilarious

Unintentionally Hilarious

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“I think she’s a lovely young lady and very courageous, and I think she [Curtis] is, you know, a fine character and all that,” said Paul Edwards, a former member of the Montana Democratic Party’s executive board. “I don’t think she has a chance in hell.” – (HT:Townhall)

The Montana Democratic Party has a genuine asset* in Amanda Curtis. I mean she’s way funnier than Sarah Silverman or Amy Schumer. It’s unintentional you say? Well, darn! Here I thought I’d found the Chris Rock of Atheistkult. That’s OK. I still like the woman. She reminds me of a recent funny incident that I enjoyed helping to cause while at work.

So it was last Friday and I went to lunch with three of my co-workers. One of them complained about an impending stint of jury duty. As we dug into the chips and salsa, we commiserated and joked about how he could freak out the attorneys and get stricken before he ever gets to the trial. By the time our main course had arrived; we were engaged in a game of “Top This.” The object was to invent the best simple answer to the question “So, tell me something about yourself” that positively nukes our poor, beleaguered coworker from any further consideration as a potential juror.

The guy from a cube down the hall started. “On those rare and solemn occasions,” He began. “When I’m called upon to dispense justice, I choose the Metallica Method – kill ‘em all!” This wasn’t a bad start. The gentleman sitting next to me went next. “That is good, very good, but Conan, what is best in life?” He then attempted his best Ahnold imitation and replied. “Crush your enemies! See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.” If this was all they had, I knew victory was mine. “I’d like to share with you my most special hobby.” I started. “Every weekend I go to a different city park. I put pantyhose on over my head, run around and scare people. It really helps me blow off steam and concentrate better at work.” Yep, that would be worth using a challenge on to keep off a jury of your peers.

My friend was only at the courthouse one day. He also never got far enough to get interviewed by anyone’s attorney. But if he had…. Oh, he probably wouldn’t have used any of the three. However, he wouldn’t have even needed the three of us for material. We have to try too hard to come up with anything serviceable. With Amanda Curtis, it’s just stream-of-(un) consciousness Hipster irony. Sure, I should stop being so mean. The woman is obviously three beers short of a twelve-pack and her speech patterns give …read more

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Will Jews turn on Obama, Dems in 2014 and turn out for GOP?

This year, as in every election year since Barack Obama has been in the White House, we are hearing the cry of the hopeful Republican: This is the year that Jewish voters and donors and activists are going to turn on the president and his party and turn out for the GOP.

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What’s in your summer burger? Why your government doesn’t want you to know

Even if they are not the hippest foodies, most people who buy hamburger for a late summer cookout want to know the source of their ground beef. If not the specific farm or state or even region, whether the meat is American-raised or has traveled across the globe from who knows where matters to a lot of Americans. That insistence on our right to know about our food is why federal law requires that meat be labeled with the country of origin. Or it used to do that.

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David Cameron stands up to Islamists: A lesson for Barack Obama

While British Prime Minister David Cameron appeared self-assured and determined in his approach to ISIS on Friday, President Obama came across as a deer in the headlights, unable to outline a coherent U.S. response to a rapidly growing crisis in the Middle East.

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ISIS crisis: Will next terror attack on American soil come from a British jihadist?

The threat of radical Islam, on display so brutally in the bloody beheading of American journalist James Foley, is a war of ideas – something politicians both in America and Great Britain don’t seem to understand.

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Prayer for injured teen sparks atheist outrage

A simple act of compassion and humanity in Sanford, Florida sparked outrage from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. An FFRF attorney fired off a letter to the superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools – accusing them of having an adult lead the prayer for the injured child.

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