"Then it is dark; a night where kings in golden suits ride elephants over the mountains." - John Cheever

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Climate Change Experiment

The BBC and the Met office are doing one of those things where they use the idle power of your computer to run climate models and simulations - BBC Climate Change Experiment.

Are there any IT issues we should know about with such things, John and Seamus?

On a related matter, I heard a thing on the radio the other day that I thought was clever. Environmentalists in the US have come up with the phrase 'What would Jesus drive?', therby getting the message through to vast swathes of the population who might not have given it much thought before. Let's face it, it wouldn't be a Hummer, would it?

Finally, saw an article about 'off-grid' living in a copy of The Times I found on the tube yesterday. It included reference to site called www.off-grid.net, and an off-grid holiday cottage you can rent in Argyll.


john said...

I can see it now. You get home from work and there's a message on the PC saying "Probability of environmental catastrophe: 100%. Please restart your civilisation and try again."

More seriously, I saw the climate change thing on the bbc news at 10 last night. The computing side was explained in overly simplistic terms I thought (mind you, I think the climate change aspect of it probably was as well). Not as exciting as seti@home I guess as it's only calculating (or trying to calculate) probabilities.

phaemon said...

Well, seti@home was only trying to find odd patterns. ;-) I like the idea of running thousands of models and seeing where the come together. If the scientists think it's useful, go for it, I say. Issues wise: no, not really. Just another distributed computing thing. Leave it as a screensaver.

Tom said...

Yes, I've heard about the "What would Jesus drive?" campaign. Apparently, there's the potential to mobilize America's religious nutters for the green movement. Although predictably the leaders of conservative churches are saying that "there's no scientific basis for global warming" which is hilarious if you consider what the scientific basis is for their particular brand of madness.

The offgrid stuff looks good, though again - depressingly amateurish and proliferal when you consider the enormous scale of the problem.

Colin said...

Can I just congratulate John belatedly on the quality of his joke?