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1) Message boards : Politics : UK terror threat level increased to severe (Message 1565521)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
A little collateral damage and fallout from the game of terrorist states?...


To really combat terror, end support for Saudi Arabia

... some reflection after 13 years of disaster is surely needed. One element has been missing, and that is the west’s relationship with Middle Eastern dictatorships that have played a pernicious role in the rise of Islamist fundamentalist terrorism. And no wonder: the west is militarily, economically and diplomatically allied with these often brutal regimes, and our media all too often reflects the foreign policy objectives of our governments...

... Qatar... Kuwait... the dictatorship in Saudi Arabia...



We need to tell the truth about what Russia is doing in Ukraine

As the Ukraine crisis has intensified over the past six months, Russia has been developing a new form of warfare – inserting special forces, provoking, and slowly, deliberately escalating the conflict...

... True, there is no “military” solution to Ukraine. The only solution is diplomatic: Putin must be persuaded to cease and desist. ...

Information, training, military advice and hardware provided now will likely save thousands of lives and billions of dollars in the future. This is the time to speak the truth about Russian aggression and to act resolutely in aiding Ukraine to halt it.




All a strange game of politics while the pawns on the ground are cast asunder...

All in our only one world,
Martin
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Show and tell your machine. Here's mine. (Message 1565181)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
... I turned hyperthreading off to see what the difference might amount to.

Let us know for what you find for the 'hyperthreading'.

For my own applications, I've been very underwhelmed with the throughput and I'm left wondering if the whole idea is a x2 Marketing ploy for a meagre x1.1 performance...


Happy fast crunchin',
Martin
3) Message boards : Politics : If we could remove ... (Message 1565177)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
Is the real problem that of psychopaths gaining power and as part of that, it is the psychopaths who are most likely to seek power...?


From that, the rest of us are just a cursory aside to be dealt with without concern or feeling as whatever circumstances can be taken advantage of.

... Just like "business without morals".

Otherwise seen as the game of Kings?...


All in our only one world,
Martin
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : RasPi-Farm and SETI@Home, please donate. (Message 1565073)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile ML1
Who is this Phillips Brown?

An Indie entrepreneur?... ;-)


Keep searchin',
Martin
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : RasPi-Farm and SETI@Home, please donate. (Message 1565071)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile ML1
Hi,

here is an project from Indiegogo from someone how wanna build an ecology RasPi-Farm, to compute for SETI@Home.
So, if you´ll spent some money, use this link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/eco-friendly-seti-with-raspberry-pi-s

Sorry to pull the fuse on that one but the RasPi is far better suited to other things.

Far better for "eco-crunching" for s@h is to fund a GPU farm with heat-recovery equipment to do something useful with the heat from the GPUs.

Cue "Perpetual Power" computing? :-)


You will get far far more numbers crunched for your Watts using GPUs than you can ever hope to achieve with any number of a RasPi cluster. The RasPi cluster will also be badly power hungry for the network switches...


Happy fast GPU crunchin',
Martin
6) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Sun (Message 1565069)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile ML1
AS I have said. Is the data valid, is it biased by one's beliefs, is it relevant to the question at hand. ...

So... Now avoiding the question and discussion. Too inconvenient a message again?

You do not need grand physics or satellites to realize that world average temperature is increasing when you can see all around you how the ice is thinning and receding to cling to an ever smaller range around the poles or at ever higher mountain ranges. As it gets warmer, more of the ice melts.


... It is far from reasonableness that Made Made CO-2 is a factor.

Although you cannot see CO2 pollution with your unaided eye, the CO2 is very definitely there. You can still in effect see it if you can appreciate that all the dirty smoke pollution as very visibly seen in China indicates CO2 pollution also. It's just that in our 'more advanced' industrialized areas, we now insist that the worst of the smoke is cleaned up so as to not kill people too quickly.

CO2 is the next industrial pollutant that we must clean up if we are not to poison our air and our water and weather systems and the favourable climate that has allowed us to prosper.


The way that CO2 keeps our planet warm is well understood and well documented and now 200 years-old well established science. No denial possible there.

Over those 200 years, the sun's output has varied by such a small amount of fractions of a percent, that the variation was not measurable until recent times. In very stark contrast, we are well on the way to changing the atmospheric effect of CO2 to well over 200%...


That 200% very definitely ain't natural and of no significance.

Keep searchin',
Martin
7) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Sun (Message 1564932)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile ML1
So... What link/reference please?

The AR4 WG1 SPM claims (table SPM.1, page 7) that sea level is rising at 0.21 mm/yr over the period 1993-2003, due to melting of the Greenland ice sheet. But several published papers have found that in fact the Greenland ice is increasing or static:

H.J. Zwally et al, Growth of the Southern Greenland Ice Sheet, Science 281, 1251 (1998). They found an ice sheet thickening rate of about 5 cm/year...

Looks like you're playing the old game of selective quoting to find what you want to show and obscure abbreviations to confuse anyone trying to follow the real detail... Also noted that you do not care to give direct links to allow us to see easily for ourselves...

So, you're basing your claims on just the one ice sheet increasing in some way?

For one or a few ice sheets, that can be expected. The important story is what is happening on a wider scale whereby you will find the story stubbonly stays the same that we are melting our planet, and ever more quickly, and that our pollution is directly the most significantly to blame.


H.J. Zwally is respected for remote sensing from satellites and more recently for the NASA ICE-Sat missions. So, for just one already old publication but a little more recent than your unlinked 1998 vintage quote:

2002: ICESat’s laser measurements of polar ice, atmosphere, ocean, and land (PDF)

... Based on very recent results, the Greenland ice sheet has a negative net balance, contributing almost 10% to the total observed sea-level rise (Krabill et al., 2000). Taken as a whole, the higher-elevation parts of the ice sheet are close to balance (Thomas et al., 2000a; Davis et al, H.J. Zwally et al. / Journal of Geodynamics 34 (2002) 405–445 411 2000), but there is significant near-coastal thinning (Krabill et al., 2000; Abdalati et al., in press), at rates up to 10 m/yr on one major outlet glacier (Thomas et al., 2000b). ...

... for 2 locations in West Antarctica showing a near-zero elevation change near Byrd Station (top) and a thinning of 17.6 cm/year inland of Thwaites Glacier...



That now old paper gives a good summary of ice sheet cover, change, and how we are measuring all that. Note that is all from over 10 years ago. We have raced on from there and the story remains the same but ever more detailed...


All a game of denial of the real (and inconvenient) science around you?...

Keep searchin',
Martin
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Sun (Message 1564782)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile ML1
it sems to prove the sun has not increased it's output in 100 million years




Not so fast. Do we have an inability to interpret data??

From the Robert Goddard Spaceflight Center...

So... What link/reference please?

(What context...)


Note that our sun gives remarkably constant output. So constant and unchanging that it is only recently that we've been able to measure any variation. Meanwhile, the significance from our pollution and change of landscape is greatly more significant and immediate...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
9) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1564146)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile ML1
On the subject of costs --After the discussion and the perusal of lists of European costs per kilo-watt hour I conclude that even with partial conversion to renewables --wind and solar are 2 to 3 times more expensive as coal and nuclear.

Sadly that's a true fact for the future. Due to the upcome of renewables green energy will make your invoice 30% more expensive than grey energy. That means the consumer will have to pay 180 euros more on a year base in 2016 compared to 2015. It even increases to 233 euros, depending on your distribution manager and your tariff.

However for just one example, you get payback BIG TIME for the reduced CO2 pollution reducing the landfall by just one hurricane...

We also get a more general payback for suffering less from the presently ever increasing deluges of rain and ensuing flash floods...


As for the supposed x2 or x3 costs: Care to share your present day figures for that?...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
10) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1563675)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
One way to avoid dirty lock-in continuing the dirty old ways?...


Get rid of dirty coal

Energy companies are on the verge of spending millions to keep coal plants open for decades. But if Cameron, Miliband and Clegg all take a stand, and state that dirty coal has no future here, it could be enough to deter investors – finally getting the UK off this climate-wrecking fuel for good.

Sign the petition:...



We certainly should not be investing in replacing old old-dirty power with the same old dirty stuff! And certainly not to be trapped for another few decades!

Can public opinion override corporate greed and corruption?... Take a look?


(The stereotypical picture on that petition page is that of some cooling towers. Note that they are not directly polluting in that they merely release steam/heat into the environment. They do however show the profligate wasted energy from steam generator plants which makes dirty coal even more dirty polluting!)


All on our only one planet,
Martin
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1563641)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
Julie do you know what they are trying to acctually do in that wake experiment ? I don't understand what it's going to achive

Good question.

My guess is that they wish to harness the newly developed "acceleration gradient" so that a particle accelerator many miles long can be greatly reduced in size to something faster that is also not yet more many miles long...

It is experimenting to accelerate particles more quickly in a much shorter distance.

In a way, a bit like using new materials for making a taller and steeper roller-coaster!


Keep searchin',
Martin
12) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1563637)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
In stark contrast to the gruesome abuse listed in recent posts, but something that is still life disturbing and unequal in their community:


Push to ordain Mormon women leads to excommunication

... "You know, normally excommunication in our Church is for really grave sins like murder and child abuse," she says. "I was excommunicated for stating a fact, which is that men and women are not equal in our Church."...



All a game of power vs educating for a better world?

All in our one world,
Martin
13) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1563629)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
I'm surprised we have so little hydro-electric power

http://www.internationalrivers.org/blogs/227/large-dams-are-uneconomic-scientific-study-finds

Thanks for that rare piece of clarity:


“We find that even before accounting for negative impacts on human society and environment, the actual construction costs of large dams are too high to yield a positive return,” a new report states. “Large dams also take inordinately long periods of time to get built, making them ineffective in resolving urgent energy crises.”

Simply put, dams don’t just destroy the environment and impoverish local communities. They also don’t make economic sense...

... vested interests in building dams and may try to disregard the findings of the new study. Disinterested government officials and investors should take the facts and figures of the Oxford study seriously. The empirical evidence demonstrates that even on economic terms, large dams are usually not the best energy solution.



... Which also usually goes for whatever other "big project" often becoming not the 'best solution'...

Is that more a problem of a project becoming so big that the scope for corruption becomes too great?

Two similar projects here in the UK come to mind of how there was a very big push and self-fulfilling publicity for how the Severn Barrage would solve all our energy needs with the worlds greatest 'dam' across the Severn estuary. That all got very suspicious when the costings came out to be about £50 billion and included all manner of other projects including a motorway bridge and "executive housing" that had nothing to do with energy...

Strangely, we now instead have the new "HS2" rail project that is supposedly about £50 billion and is somehow 'green' and eco-friendly.


Is the real motivation that of megalomania and so the big civil engineering companies get an easy and profitable ride to pour vast amounts of concrete all at our expense?

And with any benefits that are nothing more than an expensive happy aside against corrupt or vague decisions made?...



Small hydro-electric schemes look to work very well:

A community at Machynlleth get near continuous power from two water turbines. They have a pelton turbine running and on display that is about the size of a car wheel and the generator is about the size of large rucksack giving 4kW power at 240v.

There are various river turbines around the country across existing weirs running up to MW output that are unobtrusive and very successful. Importantly, they are big enough to be significant yet small enough to not need expensive reworking of the surrounding infrastructrue.


The small successful distributed projects are in stark contrast to the unwieldy mega-projects...

Perhaps many small projects are more effective and more friendly and come with less scope for corruption than "the big stuff"...


Every little helps!

All on our only one planet,
Martin
14) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1563329)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
... And is all so known as 'MAD MONK ABBOTT"...

All a part of an English-speaking Marketing phenomenon?...

Or is it that the industrially sponsored FUD-polluters have not though to hire translators?...

Or just a side-effect of the American sponsored FUD people in their arrogance being unaware that the rest of the world even exists?



Global warming denial rears its ugly head around the world, in English

In Australia, USA, UK, and Canada, politicians are rejecting evidence and expert opinion about climate change

... There is a pattern among these examples of politicians rejecting the full body of available scientific evidence and the consensus among climate experts – each is in an English-speaking country...

... Rejection of human-caused global warming was most prevalent in the USA, UK, and Australia, with Canada not far behind in 7th. These four countries also share the commonality of highly influential fossil fuel industries, and the wide reach of the Murdoch media empire, known for its global warming denial.

The rejection of inconvenient scientific evidence also originates from conservative political parties in each country...

... Global warming denial remains a tenable position for politicians in English-speaking countries because voters in those regions don’t yet view the issue as urgent or a high priority, in large part due to the false balance in media coverage of the subject. However, as people continue to directly experience more intense and frequent extreme weather events, this will inevitably change.

We’re in the midst of a critically important race. Will the political climate in these countries change quickly enough for them to take action to prevent the most damaging global climate changes?




All on our only one planet,
Martin
15) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1563315)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
Current U.K. National Grid Status, updates every five minutes and you can download the data from as far back as 22:30 13th May 2009 :)

Thanks for that. Highly illuminating...

I'm surprised we have so little hydro-electric power. Also, solar is not listed.

And the claim for wind power out-producing coal-fired power is very good but also there looks to be a market quirk there whereby gas turbines look to have been in greater use for that period...


So, still good progress but we still have a long way to go yet...

Can we have the Markets damned rather than our world?...

All on our only one planet,
Martin

Aside: That web page display is very well crafted and makes good use of some well known distinctive FLOSS for the charts... ("RRD")
16) Message boards : Politics : The Israel and Palestine conflict - Part 2 (Message 1562964)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
Until the next time..........

Indefinite Gaza Ceasefire



Finally, some good news! Thanx for the update Hev:)

However... Despite the good news of the 'breathing space' for everyone for better talking rather than bombing, note the due caution with:


Hamas ... claims to have won respect among Palestinians for putting up strong resistance against Israel's military onslaught.

Israeli leaders are expected to claim to have severely weakened Hamas over the past seven weeks, and restored "quiet" to areas within rocket range...


... And Hamas is estimated to still have available about a third of the amazing stockpile of rockets and mortars from before the 'conflict'...


Peace until Hamas feels insignificant again?...

Here's hoping for lasting change for the better, but I suspect there also needs to be a change of Hamas and their supposed Jihads and somehow a stop forced for war-by-proxy of surrounding 'political' 'interests'...

A change of Putin and Assad may well be needed also...


All in our only one world,
Martin
17) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1562654)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
All going forwards for clean electricity:


Renewables produce record high electricity for UK in 2014

Renewable energy technologies contributed nearly one fifth [20%] of the UK’s power mix in the first quarter of the year...

... By the end of quarter one, the UK had installed 20.8GW of renewable energy...

... the renewables industry, which was already celebrating this week after the wind industry broke its summer performance record as a result of high winds over the weekend, outstripping generation from coal in the process...

... The data comes in the same week as Germany also confirmed that it enjoyed record output from renewables in the first half of this year, with renewable energy meeting 28% of power demand...





All on our only one planet,
Martin
18) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1562574)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
Another example of "business-without-morals" greedily and selfishly destroying all around?

Or an ongoing brazen case of crass corruption?...



We need to call out Abbott's climate nihilism

... Abbott made this sneering reference to climate science and global climate change mitigation efforts one day after becoming the leader of the Liberal party...

... The events that precipitated Abbott's comments are important, because they reveal the character of the man who is now prime minister...

... Abbott was hedging. The polls showed that most Australians supported climate action, so he could not, like Minchin, come out directly and deny it was real. Instead, he used talking points imported from the USA designed to cast uncertainty and doubt on the reality of climate change, without denying it outright...

... Possibly the most revealing statement made by Abbott is his infamous climate change is "crap" line. He said to a small audience with a local reporter present in October 2009: "The argument [on climate change] is absolute crap... however, the politics of this are tough for us. 80 per cent of people believe climate change is a real and present danger."

Here, perhaps, we glimpse the truth behind Abbott's changing position on climate change action. It comes down, not values or morality, but "the politics"...

... Substantial donations are made to the Liberal party by the fossil fuel industry, almost $13 million according to Charles Sturt University academic Clive Hamilton. Major donors to the LNP since 2010 include Hancock Coal (owned by Gina Rinehart), Minerology (owned by former LNP Queensland president and life-member Clive Palmer), Caltex, Chevron, QCoal, Santos and Woodside. Also contributing to the LNP were energy retailers AGL, Origin Energy and Energy Australia.

Since becoming prime minister, Abbott has been very focused on delivering for this key business constituency... after his election victory in 2013 he has set about dismantling Australia's carbon pricing and climate mitigation policy framework.




And our world be damned!

All on our only one planet,
Martin
19) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1560905)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile ML1
And here is an irreverent summary of what getting involved developing and using Linux is all about...

Grab your beer and nibbles and enjoy the irreverent but thoughtful fun:


Youtube: "Linux Sucks" - 2014

Bryan Lunduke
Recorded live at LinuxFest Northwest on April 26th, 2014


(Note, also includes irreverent language.)



Is that really how the world of GNU/Linux is put together?!

Amazin' it all works as well as it does! ;-)



Can also simply be used for free of cost and freedom of use.

IT is very much what we make it!
Martin


The "Bazaar" reference is to:

esr's The Cathedral and the Bazaar
20) Message boards : Politics : The Israel and Palestine conflict - Part 2 (Message 1560886)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile ML1
Tit for tat - will it ever end?

Far worse than that are these arbitrary killings in Gaza:


Hamas sources in Gaza said 18 people accused of collaborating with Israel had been executed.

... Hamas officials told Reuters news agency that the first 11 executions were carried out at an abandoned police station. Witnesses said another seven people were shot dead by men in Hamas uniforms outside the al-Umari mosque in central Gaza.

After the first 11 executions, Hamas warned that "the same punishment will be imposed soon on others".




What next?

Another 80 missiles plus additional mortars to be lobbed over into Israel each day henceforth?

Where/how has Gaza got such an incredible arsenal of such big weapons?!...

Don't forget that Gaza is mainly just one city! All a very small area...


All in our only one world,
Martin


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