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1) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1605057)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
Would you believe this?!

Religion and political affiliation beat boring old reality for the USA!

Americans would rather adapt to extreme weather than curb climate change

Only in the USA?

All on our only one planet,
2) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1605031)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
A sphere has angular momentum if it rotates. You are living on one right now. If not for what we call "Gravity" you would be flung off into space. Gravity would also tend to form a sphere out of any irregular or rough surfaces. As evidence of this consider that all of the celestial bodies of large size are spheres : not perfect spheres; but spherical in shape none the less.. I haven't yet found a torus out there in the Cosmos.

A torus of material can exist as an accretion ring.

More interestingly...

All that we see in our universe rotates and has angular momentum which is a form of energy...

Could it be that what we describe as 'dark energy' is actually an artefact of our entire universe rotating in or through one or multiple dimensions?...

Could the big bang have a rotational component?...

Unfortunately, one observation against the rotation idea is that for the visible galaxies so far surveyed, the sum of their rotations balance to zero.

Next idea?

Keep search in'
3) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1604894)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
... After Regulation/Laws hopefully deal with Deceitful Marketing:

Do you believe a Free People, when given the best information available (it always changes), have the Right to eat what they wish, without regulations, nor extra taxes?

Indeed so and indeed so for real freedoms.

Unfortunately, what we are seeing is the freedom for overly powerful corporations (and others) to use widespread Marketing coercion and market manipulation that denies freedom for the victims.

So, who's freedom?

For example:

We still have the stark example of how this killer is still being ruthlessly Marketed:

The battle for control of the cigarette packet

Governments and tobacco companies are engaged in a struggle over territory - a few square inches on the front and back of cigarette packets. But as health warnings grow ever bigger and gorier, the companies have been finding other ways to give their products a distinctive look and feel.

WARNING: some readers may find the images below disturbing...

(I'd relabel that warning to that all readers should find the article and images disturbing.)

Note that we have long known how the cigarette format has been manipulated and formulated to be especially addictive. It really does alter the victims minds, physically.

Is that the freedom for unwitting victims to continue to be abused? The Marketing coercion is clearly working, still.

Despite all that we know, how can anyone rationally choose such misery for themselves and for those around them?

A second example is the unbelievable volume of FUD sponsored by the Fossil Fuels industry that has polluted the issues about Global Warming and Climate Change into the oblivion of a quagmire... Again, for who's freedom?

All in our only one world,
4) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1604655)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile ML1
The recent posts have taken the thread very closely to some recent news for this hot topic.

All continued on:

Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4)

And this is still a very direct reminder of what we are doing to our very own atmosphere whereby the vastness of our industrial burning is continuing to overwhelm the vastness of nature:

... ...

Thanks for that one.

Rather a stark reminder.

For anyone who knows anything of our world and the wild assumptions made that somehow our atmosphere is too vast to change and that somehow Mankind cannot possibly pollute us to hell... Those charts are really scary to see what is really happening, now, right before our eyes. Inexorably, year-by-year...

Just look at the direct measurements of reality:

One Year

Two Years

Full Record (from Hawaii)

Note how vast natural life is for modulating the atmosphere CO2 across each year of seasons. And yet... Our industrial CO2 pollution is overwhelming all that natural life.

All on our only one planet,
5) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1604654)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile ML1
We have had much heated debate, denial, disbelief, trolling, and disfigured trees on the previous thread:

Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3)

The heat continues with some ever more stark realization of in-your-face reality as the Politics and political lobbying and Fossil Fuels industry corruptly linger on...

Some recent examples and news and comment:

Nasa animation shows stunning year in the life of carbon emissions

This is what your atmosphere looks like in carbon dioxide (CO2). And it’s not a pretty sight. Nasa provides a stark and stunning view of a year in the life of our planet as humans continue to emit greenhouse gases that warm the planet...

... Since the industrial revolution, CO2 has been rising in the atmosphere due to human activities. Seasonal cycles mean that CO2 rises progressively throughout autumn and winter before peaking in late spring. At that point, a flurry of plant growth in the northern hemisphere — where most land is located — draws CO2 levels down over the summer before the cycle begins again.

That process is made clear in the saw-toothed Keeling Curve, which shows ever rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. This past spring, it topped 400 parts per million for three months, a symbolic milestone.

But while the Keeling Curve is derived from atmospheric CO2 measurements in one location, a new dataset and visual from Nasa makes clear that CO2 isn’t uniformly distributed across the world...

... Long tails of CO2 extend from the US, China and Europe, the world’s three largest emitters. The deep reds and purples show the highest concentrations of emissions coming from these locations as well as the pooling of CO2 in the Arctic throughout the spring.

Emissions from rainforests in central Africa and South America also show up due to forest fires of both natural and human causes. But ultimately, it’s human emissions that have thrown a pretty finely-tuned system out of whack...

Canada pledges $265m to Green Climate Fund

The Canadian government has revealed it will give $265m to a UN fund aimed at helping the world’s poorest countries invest in clean energy technologies and cope with the effects of climate change...

... the offer is significantly lower than other major developed countries, but will be seen as significant given the government’s recent hostility to climate change talks...

What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change

Today’s renewable energy technologies won’t save us. So what will?...

... We felt that with steady improvements to today’s renewable energy technologies, our society could stave off catastrophic climate change. We now know that to be a false hope—but that doesn’t mean the planet is doomed...

... Trying to combat climate change exclusively with today’s renewable energy technologies simply won’t work; we need a fundamentally different approach. So we’re issuing a call to action. There’s hope to avert disaster if our society takes a hard look at the true scale of the problem and uses that reckoning to shape its priorities.

Climate scientists have definitively shown that the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere poses a looming danger. Whether measured in dollars or human suffering, climate change threatens to take a terrible toll...

... the obvious first target is the energy sector, the largest single source of global emissions...

... Our study’s best-case scenario modeled our most optimistic assumptions... Even if every renewable energy technology advanced as quickly as imagined and they were all applied globally, atmospheric CO2 levels wouldn’t just remain above 350 ppm; they would continue to rise exponentially due to continued fossil fuel use. So our best-case scenario, which was based on our most optimistic forecasts for renewable energy, would still result in severe climate change...

...reversing the trend would require both radical technological advances in cheap zero-carbon energy, as well as a method of extracting CO2 from the atmosphere and sequestering the carbon...

... So rather than depend on politicians’ high ideals to drive change, it’s a safer bet to rely on businesses’ self interest: in other words, the bottom line...

... Incremental improvements to existing technologies aren’t enough; we need something truly disruptive to reverse climate change. What, then, is the energy technology that can meet the challenging cost targets? How will we remove CO2 from the air? We don’t have the answers. Those technologies haven’t been invented yet. However, we have a suggestion for how to foster innovation in the energy sector and allow for those breakthrough inventions...

Climate change is not just about science – it’s about the future we want to create

... My hope lies with the engineers. But the right conditions need to be in place for innovation to occur. Progress is hard when other economic drivers inhibit the transformation. Fossil fuels are estimated by the International Energy Agency to receive subsidies of $500bn per year, six times the incentives to develop renewables.

Suppose we fail
to take the action needed to stay below the 2C guardrail. The IPCC working group I predicts that by the end of the century, if measures to mitigate emissions are weak, we could have committed to more than a 4C rise.

No nation would be immune to the impacts of that level of climate change. Our infrastructure was built for the climate system we inherited and is not designed to cope with the climate system we are provoking...

... Science can inform, but it cannot arbitrate, it cannot decide. Science can say that if we burn another half-trillion tons of carbon the atmospheric content of carbon dioxide will go up by another 100 ppm and that will almost certainly lead to a warming of the planet greater than 2C, with major disruption of the climate system and huge risks for the natural world and human wellbeing. But it can’t answer moral questions.

Do we care about the poor? Do we care about future generations? Do we see the environment as part of the economy, or the economy as part of the environment? The whole point about climate change is that, despite having been revealed by science, it is not really about science. It is about what sort of world we want to live in and what kind of future we want to create.

Canada ofcourse is infamous for what must be the dirtiest supply of oil on earth for vastly expansive pollution with their Alberta tar sands... Even so, we are ALL complicit.

We are not doomed yet but something has to give...

Can you deny that?

All on our only one planet,
6) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1604335)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile ML1
We are getting ever more restricted for new "landfill" sites to dump refuse and so burning it in whatever way is now the favored alternative.

So the favored alternative is the release the carbon in the trash in the form of CO2 into the atmosphere. And ML1 is promoting this as a solution to the emission of GHG's.

Sheeesh... Can you can never read the words whilst blinded by your inane desperation to troll anything and anyone? Are you really so old and grumpy that you can no longer discuss anything? Troll vitriol all the way to your grave is it?...

Now try reading the words... I said nothing there about what I might favor...

My preferred way would be to not produce the refuse in the first place... And yes, that can be done and is workable. All that is needed is for all products to be designed to be recycled...

As for the incineration: The numbers might add up to that being better than losing refuse methane that would then heat up our atmosphere yet faster.

And for one bright example where going solar becomes art?...

'Solar tree' to replace real tree in Bristol city centre

A 4m (13ft) tall "solar tree" is set to be installed in the centre of Bristol.

The steel tree, covered in 36 solar panel "leaves", will replace a real tree due to be removed due to old age in Millennium Square. Embedded with solar-powered phone charging points, the "wind blown" sculpture will also offer free wi-fi.

Dan Quiggin, from Demand Energy Equality which came up with the idea, said the "large spectacular object" was to increase awareness of energy issues...

Slightly ironic to replace natural carbon capture with a man-made structure. But hey! At least the art form thought is in there... :-)

All on our only one planet,
7) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1604097)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile ML1
Such a plant should be kept at negative pressure to avoid odors. Also they will find that in certain times of the year they will have to add significant amounts of gas to drive off the moisture from wet garbage and lawn waste. If there is any positive revenue it will come from tipping fees. Other operators have found that trash haulers will drive many miles to a cheaper landfill to avoid high tipping fees so they are often left with little fuel for the boilers. In a government run operation this may not be a problem.

Financial viability is also enhanced if there is a steam district serving downtown businesses for heat, hot water and steam absorption air conditioning for the waste heat to be gainfully employed.

Big Players in incineration equipment are Von Roll and Wheelabrator Frye.

As always seems to be the case, it is likely a game of what the operators can "get away with" to minimize their costs and the environment and everyone around be damned.

For that site, at least it is reasonably remote and cleans up and makes green what was previously a polluted colliery.

We are getting ever more restricted for new "landfill" sites to dump refuse and so burning it in whatever way is now the favored alternative. At least for this scheme, it can only be better than exporting the rubbish over to Holland to be burnt there! And some power is generated by the power plant attached to the incinerator.

Which then comes to as ever, ensuring there is no fallout...

At least there is a slow move with examples such as that towards "doing things better"...

However, we still have a long way to go yet to put a price on the costs to everyone else for the cost and disruption of pollution.

All on our only one planet,
8) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1603621)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
... ...

Thanks for that one.

Rather a stark reminder.

For anyone who knows anything of our world and the wild assumptions made that somehow our atmosphere is too vast to change and that somehow Mankind cannot possibly pollute us to hell... Those charts are really scary to see what is really happening, now, right before our eyes. Inexorably, year-by-year...

Just look at the direct measurements of reality:

One Year

Two Years

Full Record (from Hawaii)

Note how vast natural life is for modulating the atmosphere CO2 across each year of seasons. And yet... Our industrial CO2 pollution is overwhelming all that natural life.

All on our only one planet,
9) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1603238)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
... Tell people what may be bad (even if it changes constantly). Then....

Leave them alone.

People are FREE to do what Other's believe are bad for them. Who are the 'Other's?...

And what of the continually repeated deliberately deceitful Marketing that is carefully crafted to be ever more persuasive?

And the target people abstracted as "marks" to be exploited and damned?...

You care nothing for how the following example has come about?

Obesity 'costing same as smoking'

The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research has suggested.

The McKinsey Global Institute said it cost £1.3tn, or 2.8% of annual economic activity - it cost the UK £47bn. ...

That might be the monetary cost. What costs for the misery?

We are what we see and eat and drink and breathe...

All in our only one world,
10) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1603237)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
Slowly, we're seeing how to use what were previously considered as waste gasses that went up the chimney to pollute:

UK's first 'poo bus' goes into service between Bristol and Bath

The UK's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste has gone into service between Bristol and Bath.

The 40-seat "Bio-Bus" runs on biomethane gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste. The eco-friendly vehicle can travel up to 300km (186 miles) on one tank of gas, which takes the annual waste of about five people to produce...

... Bristol sewage treatment works processes around 75 million cubic metres of sewage waste and 35,000 tonnes of food waste each year. A total of 17 million cubic metres of biomethane, enough to power 8,300 homes, is generated annually at the plant...

Bilsthorpe power station plans approved

Plans for a £70m power station on the site of a former colliery in Nottinghamshire have been approved. The plant, to be built on the Bilsthorpe Colliery site, would use waste to generate electricity.

... However, Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood, said he has written to the Communities Secretary to review the decision. ... "A lot of people are concerned about this new technology," he said...

... the site would handle around 120,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste each year and create enough power to meet the needs of about 23,000 homes.

However, a campaign group has claimed the plant is just another incinerator...

Smelly stuff or the good and green way to go?

All on our only one planet,
11) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1602257)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
Huge solar plant lags in early production

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned.

One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected.

Sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal desert near the California-Nevada border, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened in February, with operators saying it would produce enough electricity to power a city of 140,000 homes.

So far, however, the plant is producing about half of its expected annual output for 2014, according to calculations by the California Energy Commission.

And more of the story is:

... Plants owners said they are learning on the fly to some extent.

"For some aspects of operation, the only way to fully understand how the systems work has been through the experience of operating," plant owners wrote in the request to increase gas use.

Holland said the company always expected a ramp-up period of four years to reach maximum output. That extended period was not publicly disclosed, however. Holland said it is outlined in confidential agreements with two California utilities buying the power, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Brightsource said on its website that the weather has generally been substantially worse than historical averages - in other words, cloudy - resulting in reduced output in certain months.

"We remain confident that over time the sun at Ivanpah will be more than sufficient for the plant to meet its expected performance targets," the statement said.

Thanks for that one. Interesting to see how it develops.

Also rather interesting in how the weather has been so unusually cloudy!

All on our on one planet,
12) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1601809)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
A few hundred years late, at least one religion slowly moves up with more recent times:

Church of England to finalise plans for women bishops

The Church of England is poised ... its first female bishops could be ordained next year.

The general synod voted to back plans for female bishops in July.

The first women priests were ordained in 1994, but to date they have not been able to take on the Church's most senior roles...

... Dean Hedges predicted it "will be a slow process", but added: "The fact it is on its way is very exciting and good news for the Church and our mission to the world."

... As a lay synod member, [Hilary Cotton] has been campaigning for women in the church for more than a decade. She said: "It is not just about having women wearing purple, it is about changing the culture of the Church to be more equal."...

All for the good at long last for a more even and balanced shining light... But why such a 2000 year long hiatus?!

All in our only one world,
13) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1601597)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
So... What does this little ditty say about the caliber behind those "MSCE" qualifications?...

Five-year-old passes Microsoft exam

A boy from Coventry has become the youngest computer specialist in the world.

Ayan Qureshi is now a Microsoft Certified Professional after passing the tech giant's exam when he was just five years old...

All just "child's play"?...

IT is what you make it...
14) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1601595)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
Will the American Republicans vote to destroy our planet for the sake of perpetrating a little political vandalism?...

Yes. Next question...

And so they have, and so soon:

Keystone XL pipeline approval passes House

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline...

... The 875-mile (1,408km) pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the US state of Nebraska...

... President Barack Obama is said to take a "dim view" of the legislation, but has not directly threatened a veto...

Wrong thread for this but perhaps we need to get the American politics to get more real about the world and the environment above and beyond their self-serving selfish ridiculous childish petty politics corruption fiasco. Who paid them off so quickly?!...

All on our only one world,
15) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1601117)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
There must be a better solution.

One small glacial step forward, one giant political leap:

US and China leaders in 'historic' greenhouse gas emissions pledge

China and the US have unveiled new pledges on greenhouse gas emissions, as the leaders of the two countries met for talks in Beijing.

US President Barack Obama said the move was "historic", as he set a new goal of reducing US levels between 26%-28% by 2025, compared with 2005 levels.

China did not set a specific target, but said emissions would peak by 2030...

... The two countries together produce about 45% of the world's carbon dioxide...

... Republican leaders in the US reacted strongly to what they called an "unrealistic plan" proposed by Mr Obama...

Will the American Republicans vote to destroy our planet for the sake of perpetrating a little political vandalism?...

All on our only one planet,
16) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1601114)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
...The federal Bureau of Land Management describes the Silurian Valley as an "undisturbed, irreplaceable, historic scenic landscape."

Now, a Spanish energy firm is proposing a wind and solar project that would cover 24 square miles of the Mojave Desert oasis...

All indeed good and important to consider as for anything that is going to have an impact on our environment.

So in contrast...

How did the vast open cast destruction working through "oil sand deposits lie under 141,000 square kilometres (54,000 sq mi) of boreal forest and muskeg" be allowed to get underway? With the implication that almost ALL that area is to be 'developed'... 141,000 square kilometres?

And then there are the big open cast mines in America and Australia where large areas and all wildlife are simply destroyed.

And the combustion results in poisoning our atmosphere and oceans...

There must be a better solution.

All on our only one planet,
17) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1601110)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
And here are a few ongoing examples that we can expect to increase for the ongoing fall-out and collateral damage from our pollution of our atmosphere.

Note that there is yet another yet more detailed good piece of reliable science now published adding up just how more extreme our weather will be pushed as we pollute further. In brief, expect lots more heavy rain for heavier deluges, more often, and with more lightning. Add in high winds to give you more storms also.

And then there is the now repeating "Polar Vortex" that is oncemore being pushed down across Canada and America... Unusual? Or now the new usual?

Waves close Dawlish railway station in Devon

Dawlish train station on the Devon coast has been closed as waves and gales batter the South West.

The line remains open to trains but a 30mph speed restriction imposed earlier this week remains in place. ...

... The disruption and damage comes after £35m of repairs following last winter's storms. When an 80m stretch of the wall was destroyed last winter, Cornwall and much of Devon were left without train services to the rest of the UK from February to April...

Trees block roads as strong winds hit Wales

Strong winds have felled trees and caused damage to buildings in south Wales as gusts of up 75mph are expected.

Speed restrictions are in place on parts of the motorway network and the A470 is blocked by a fallen tree near Builth Wells. The Met Office has upgraded its weather warning for Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Ceredigion, Gwynedd, and Pembrokeshire...

Arctic blast hits Canada and US

Parts of Canada and the US have been getting their first blast of winter, sending temperatures plummeting by as much as 22C (40F) in days.

The sharply cooler temperatures are a result of frigid air pushed in by a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds.

There have been more than two feet of snow in parts of Michigan. And more than 150 flights were cancelled at the Minneapolis airport.

The chill is now spreading into the Pacific Northwest. ...

Meanwhile, here is yet another continuing example of how the fossil fuels producers care nothing for the environment:

Shell 'warned Nigeria pipeline could leak before spills'

Oil firm Royal Dutch Shell was told a pipeline had reached the end of its life years before it spilled up to 500,000 barrels of oil, according to court documents seen by the BBC.

Two spills in 2008 affected about 35 sq miles (90 sq km) in southern Nigeria...

And yet 'exploration' continues even though we cannot afford to burn what fossil fuels we have already! This following example would require extraction that looks to be even more painful and costly to us all than the Canadian abomination:

'Major' coal find under Firth of Forth

... plans to build the UK's first deep offshore underground coal gasification (UGC) plant...

... environmental group WWF Scotland said the move was "irresponsible" and should be "a complete non-starter"...

... WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: "We need to see Scotland and the rest of the UK move toward an electricity system that is largely free of polluting fossil fuels.

"Plans to 'burn' coal under the Firth of Forth will not deliver that aim and should therefore be a complete non-starter. "In a worst case scenario, proposals such as this one could even extend our use of fossil fuels, locking us into a high carbon world.

"Just over a week ago, scientists from the United Nations issued their latest predictions of the growing threat from global climate change and the need to be rapidly phasing out our use of fossil fuels.

"Since the developers themselves have admitted that carbon dioxide will be emitted by their plans, from a climate change perspective, this scheme is nothing short of irresponsible."

... So, too difficult to dig it up, so what the hell, go and burn it anyhow for hell both above and below our earth... Is that a good one for the Stupid or Not Stupid thread?...

All of that is all connected. Deny that is all recklessly insane?...

All on the only one planet we live on,
18) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1601101)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
The real story of US coal: inside the world's biggest coalmine

America gets about 40% of its electricity from coal - and by far the biggest share of that coal comes from Powder River. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), its use of coal for energy rose 4.8% last year, in part because of the Arctic blasts of the polar vortex. Carbon dioxide emissions from energy registered one of their steepest rises in the last quarter century.

Australia, where Peabody has three mines and which has the world’s second largest reserves of coal, has ramped up production 37% since 2000, helped by up to $3.5bn in government subsidies to the entire fossil fuel industry...

That is quite an OUCH for the environment.

I wonder how cleanly renewable we could go for that $3.5bn in government subsidies? I'm sure a lot further than the get-rich-quick and pollution-be-damned short term polluted view...

The other biggie of fossil fuels inflicted destruction is ofcourse the poisonous mining ongoing in what was pristine arctic forest in Canada. Their Alberta tar sands cover what is now a vast toxic wasteland larger than the size of some countries...

As Sarah Palin is notoriously famed for: BURN BABY BURN!...

Can that be denied?...

How soon before the whole world view turns to mark those large scale atrocities as insane and criminal and worse still, all stupidly unnecessary?...

All on the only one planet we live on,
19) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1600660)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
... The reason we don't hear about it is the reporters for MSM have Windows boxes on their desk, not *nix boxes. Ergo *nix doesn't matter.

Or it could be that with over 50 years of development and experience and the widespread use of *nix running high value infrastructure, it could be all a question of "better by design"?...

But that is for another thread.

One thing I have been reminded of recently in this day and age where users have no idea of how their car engine works or for what might be "under the hood", they really are easy prey to be victim to some powerful Marketing...

I've just had the example of one user who was utterly convinced that everything he saw on his desktop screen was somehow all "Microsoft Exchange", just like on TV. He was completely disbelieving that we have no Microsoft servers at all, none whatsoever in any of our server rooms.

And yet it all works, and works well. Even though he has no idea of the software is that paints pretty pictures and hieroglyphs on his screen every day.

(And no, we are not Google!)

IT is what you make it...

ps: Quite amusing in some ways. But also very sad for how people are such victims to Marketing and put their complete trust in 'strange voodoo'...
20) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1600425)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
... And you thought that the "secure" setting for your email meant that your email would be sent secure and encrypted?...

Not if you're connecting via some internet providers:

ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Recently, Verizon was caught tampering with its customer's web requests to inject a tracking super-cookie. Another network-tampering threat to user safety has come to light from other providers: email encryption downgrade attacks. In recent months, researchers have reported ISPs in the US and Thailand intercepting their customers' data to strip a security flag called STARTTLS from email traffic. The STARTTLS flag is an essential security and privacy protection used by an email server to request encryption...

By stripping out this flag, these ISPs prevent the email servers from successfully encrypting their conversation, and by default the servers will [then] proceed to send email unencrypted...

And yet eavesdropping on a telephone conversation is supposedly illegal?...

IT is what we allow it to be...

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