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1) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1721313)
Posted 15 hours ago by Profile ML1
Still industrially all in our environment and still very much like a game of smoking cigarettes...


How do you want to live in our only one world?...

All on our only one planet,
Martin
2) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1721064)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
Everything we consume is genetically modified by selective breeding.

Largely yes.

However, there is a vast difference and a great difference in health and nutrition between natural selection and artificial breeding selection to boost positive natural traits...

As compared to the deliberately toxic artificial stuff and outright market manipulation perpetrated in the name of GM.

Deliberately toxic? Got any evidence for that?
Why would any company produce deliberately toxic foodstuffs? What would they have to gain? Killing off the customers by poisoning them is not good business practice.

Lets see?...

Just for a small list:


The 10 Most Toxic Fruits and Vegetables

... When it comes to pesticides, fungicides, and other chemicals, all crops are by no means equal. Here are the 10 nonorganic fruits and veggies that top the Environmental Working Group's 2014 list of worst offenders:...


Pesticides on Food

... The overwhelming majority of pesticides used on U.S. farms do not show up on our food. And yet,

93% of Americans tested by the CDC had metabolites of chlorpyrifos — a neurotoxic insecticide — in their urine. Banned from home use because of its risks to children, chlorpyrifos is part of a family of pesticides (organophosphates) linked to ADHD.

99% of Americans tested positive for DDT degradants, even though DDT hasn't been used in the U.S. since 1972. Women who were exposed to DDT as girls are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer.

How is it that these two pesticides are found in over 90% of Americans? Through the food we eat...



The Problem with Pesticides

... Since the publication of Rachel Carson’s landmark 1962 book Silent Spring, the impacts of pesticides on the environment have been well known. Pesticides are toxic to living organisms. Some can accumulate in water systems, pollute the air, and in some cases have other dramatic environmental effects. Scientists are discovering new threats to the environment that are equally disturbing.

Pesticide use can damage agricultural land by harming beneficial insect species, soil microorganisms, and worms which naturally limit pest populations and maintain soil health;

Weakening plant root systems and immune systems;

Reducing concentrations of essential plant nutrients in the soil such nitrogen and phosphorous.

The Myth of Safety: A Failed Regulatory System

Despite what government agencies and corporations tell you, pesticide products currently on the market are not safe, even when they are used legally. There are many flaws in the way that pesticides are registered and in our political process that allows corporations to influence pesticide policy to allow the continued use of their poisonous products.

Even if we know that a pesticide causes severe health and environmental impacts, including cancer and genetic damage, it may still be allowed for use...



EWG's 2015 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Nearly two-thirds of the 3,015 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013 contained pesticide residues - a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without agricultural chemicals...

... Pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables tested by USDA, even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled...



Pesticide poisoning

A pesticide poisoning occurs when chemicals intended to control a pest affect non-target organisms such as humans, wildlife, or bees. There are three types of pesticide poisoning ... The third type of poisoning is a long-term low-level exposure, which individuals are exposed to from sources such as pesticide residues in food as well as contact with pesticide residues in the air, water, soil, sediment, food materials, plants and animals.


Silent Spring

Silent Spring is an environmental science book written by Rachel Carson and published in 1962. The book documented the detrimental effects on the environment—particularly on birds—of the indiscriminate use of pesticides. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation and public officials of accepting industry claims unquestioningly...



... And more recently, we now have ever more bees being silenced...

FUD from the agribusiness giants? Are there parallels with the FUD campaigns from such as the Big Tobacco giants and the Dirty Fossil Fuels industries?...



So far as I know, there have been no positive examples of GM-food.
Norman Borlaug, a.k.a. the man who saved a billion lives, might disagree with you there!

I'm surprised that noone has picked up on that blackening of some fantastic Nobel winning work! All completely without any artificial GM.

See: Norman Borlaug: Wheat research in Mexico

All just a question of determination, good ideas, and good breeding!


Lets make our world better through science rather than destroy the world by the rape of agribusiness gone economically and agribusiness MAD.


Our world is what we make it...
Martin
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1721058)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
Just wanted to go ahead and add to my previous post with this Arstechnica article which explains the data-collecting regimes being added to 7/8 a bit more clearly.

Some of the Microsoft data-gathering backporting to Win7/8 is reported newly in The Register:


Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

We recently mused, half seriously, whether the entire point of the Windows 10 upgrade was to harvest your personal information. ...

Now Microsoft is revamping the user-tracking tools in Windows 7 and 8 to harvest more data, via some new patches...




Really "patches" or should those 'patches' really be described as whole new functionality?...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
4) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1720893)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
So... Really?... All your personal data 'belongs' to Marketing?


This is just one example of the abuse of personal data:


Information watchdog investigates 'charity data sales'

The Information Commissioner's Office is looking into claims that an 87-year-old man's personal details were sold or passed on by charities up to 200 times.

... lost £35,000 after his information ended up with scammers.

... Former army colonel Mr Rae is said to have been contacted by and asked for money by charities more than 730 times after his data was repeatedly sold...




Unfortunately, various charities have bought into the hard sell... As personally witnessed for the carefully planned speech to leverage all the key words and heart strings to get to your direct debit...

All a cruel game? Or just cruel?

A window into a whole new world?...


All in our only one world,
Martin
5) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1720887)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
Current situation of the glaciers in Alaska:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86168&linkId=16062127


Thanks for that.


... They determined that the region lost about 75 billion tons of ice per year over a 19-year period. That’s about 30 percent of the amount of ice thought to be lost each year from the Greenland ice sheet...



And story continues ever more into the red of ever more ice loss. Thousands of millions of tons every year. For how long more can we go?...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
6) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1720886)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
A rather unexpected world leader:


Electric vehicles boost climate 'nirvana' in the Himalayas

Happiness? What's that? ...

... The index is built on the idea that wellbeing, and the physical, spiritual and environmental health of the nation is a better measure of wealth than bog-standard GDP. To many, including the UN, the idea seems a more sophisticated, grown up, and dare I use the word, holistic, approach.

Bhutan is taking a similarly advanced approach to dealing with climate change. ...

... The law mandates that 60% of the territory must be covered in forest. Right now over 70% is under trees, the Prime Minister tells me. So great are the forests, according to that Tshering Tobgay, that the country absorbs far more carbon than its 750,000 population can produce.

Even on a business-as-usual approach the country will still be carbon negative in 2040.

As well as inhaling all that CO2, the Bhutanese are pushing out large amounts of electricity to India, generated by hydropower from their fast flowing rivers. The Prime Minister says that their waters hold the potential to offset 100 million tonnes of Indian emissions every year...

... But the rush to improve the country's economy is unlikely to disrupt the silent practices of meditative monks - Bhutan is abuzz with electric cars, a form of transport that the government is keen to encourage.

"In Bhutan the distances are short, electricity is very cheap and because of the mountains you can't drive exceedingly fast, so all these combined to provide us with the opportunity for the investment,"...

... the modest Bhutanese PM rejects the idea that his country is the leader of the climate pack.

"I feel that calling Bhutan a role model is not appropriate, every country has their own sets of challenges and their own sets opportunities - Paris has to be about individual countries balancing their opportunities and constraints."

With the latest round of UN negotiations underway this week, let's hope this self-effacing, zen-like approach prevails as the serious political horse trading begins - but I won't be holding my breath.





World leading in all ways indeed!

Our world could be a far better place for all life if we displaced some of the present world politics and trade with instead a better appreciation and sympathy for Buddhism...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
7) Message boards : Politics : MH370 Missing (Message 1720501)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile ML1
There is an awful lot of politics surrounding the search and investigation... Especially so for the hours delayed action from when air traffic control radio contact was lost, through to the military not intercepting an unknown radar blip and then greatly delaying help with the initial search...

There is also the still big questions of whether everything unfolded from some air emergency or from deliberate premeditated suicide or some form of vengeance.


The flight path followed was so abrupt and unusual that the aircrew must have realised the flight was far from normal.

Also, there are far easier ways to commit suicide...

However, the unexpected does happen...


There are past air losses that suggest various possible scenarios. Here's hoping this one can be elucidated without too much meddlesome and cruel interference from the politics and lawyers to add to the anguish.


All in our only one world,
Martin
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1719959)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
Very good summary there.

The bigger problem and risk is with how all that gathered constant monitoring of our daily lives is used. And by whom...

Just for the one example of what I've seen for Windows... To me looks like what once was a graphics shell running on top of DOS now looks more like an advertising and user monitoring portal for Microsoft to profit from directed Marketing on their user base. All very definitely not for the good experience for the users. You have become the product for Microsoft and others to exploit...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1719360)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
That`s why i never do automatic updates.

Data collection are coming on Win 7 and 8 too.

http://winaero.com/blog/telemetry-and-data-collection-are-coming-to-windows-7-and-windows-8-too/

OUCH!:

... Another thing that's out of your control is that the operating system ignores any lines you may have added to the HOSTS file, so you cannot block the IP addresses of those servers in the usual way. They are hardcoded into system files and cannot be turned off easily...


To me, looks like Microsoft is very determined to have everything about you pawned for their profit and your loss.

Incredible.


IT is only what we allow it to be...
Martin
10) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1718541)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
Is this the first of many climate change imposed regime changes?...


Robert Mugabe booed in Zimbabwe's parliament over economic crisis

Zimbabwe’s veteran president Robert Mugabe was booed and heckled by opposition politicians over the deteriorating economy as he gave his state of the nation address to parliament on Tuesday...

... He spoke as the UN confirmed earlier estimates that around 1.5 million Zimbabweans or 16% of the country’s population will face hunger later this year and need food aid...

... The government has cut its growth forecasts for 2015 to 1.5% from 3.2%, mainly due to slow growth in the agricultural sector.

Zimbabwe’s harvest of the staple corn has shrunk by half due to erratic rains and abnormally high temperatures. The country will need to import 700,000 tonnes of corn to feed those facing hunger in the coming months...




All on our only one planet,
Martin
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1718098)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
Going beyond 1984, it is now 2015:


... Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

Switzerland's top data cop says Microsoft has “gone too far” in abusing people’s privacy.

The Federal Commissioner for Data Protection, ... was prepared to take Microsoft to court if it does not alter its privacy policy for Windows 10.

... In France, the data protection authority CNIL issued public advice on how to set up privacy controls for Windows 10 earlier this month, but CNIL's Swiss counterpart is feeling more combative.

“If necessary, we will issue a recommendation,” he warned – a recommendation which could be for the authorities to ban the sale of Windows 10 in Switzerland.

But it’s not just Microsoft. ... “We cannot let citizens become completely enslaved to big companies such as Google and Facebook,”...




To my mind, we really do need some good alternatives that do not sacrifice our freedoms...

IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1716601)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
From my observations of various aspects of the "Microsoft Embrace, E, E..."...


Looks like that has just happened to a once large proud world leading Finnish company and employees:


Microsoft Confirms Finnish Phone Site Closure and Job Cuts

Microsoft Corp on Friday confirmed it will close Nokia Oyj's former handset product development unit in Salo, Finland, and will cut a total of up to 2,300 jobs in the Nordic country...


In other news amongst the amazing amount of Win10 "PR" material gushing forth:


Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

... In a statement sent by a spokesperson to us, Microsoft said: “As we have done in the past, we post KB articles relevant to most updates which we’ll deliver with Windows as a service. Depending on the significance of the update and if it is bringing new functionality to Windows customers, we may choose to do additional promotion of new features as we deploy them.”

The Register asked Microsoft for clarification on the policy after the company issued a new cumulative update for Windows 10 and refused to say what it does other than to say it offered “improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10.”...

... suspicion of Microsoft is justified because Windows 10 is a data-slurper par excellence. An “enhancement” to Windows 10 that benefits Microsoft might therefore be to the detriment of your privacy. If Microsoft had nothing to hide, surely it would let us know what it's up to with each update? Or is it hiding behind the fig leaf of the permissions assigned when Windows 10 was installed?

... Redmond has form charging more when it thinks it's done enough to deserve it, as it did for Office 365. If hiking prices because of enhanced functionality is Microsoft's policy, surely it owes users an explanation about just what enhancements it has bestowed upon them...



Senior Russian lawmaker seeks ban on Windows 10 in state agencies

The State Duma’s vice speaker has asked the Russian government to ban the use of the Windows 10 OS among Russian civil servants over fears the American software may give access to classified information and Russian officials’ personal data...


And we seem to have recent generations growing up to 'expect' no privacy and to carelessly default to accept all intrusions. Until Marketing or worse bites them with extortion or worse?...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1716414)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
... Then suddenly HD-DVD threw in the towel a few months later and Blu-Ray won.

In addition Sony paid Warner not to release any more movies on HD-DVD.


From my observations of various aspects of the "Microsoft Embrace, E, E..."

Just as well that "Linux" cannot be similarly paid off or bought out...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
14) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1716166)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
... Bugs are the environment. ... An item intended to kill bugs works, so it changes the environment ...

Misapplication or not following the directions on the label, that might be an issue. ...

And so how are humans so magically immune from a chemically toxic changed environment?

Do you really trust the labels given by big agribusiness for the food you eat and the environment their chemicals have wrought?


Note how farming and the environment works very well without such chemicals...



Are our bees being poisoned to an early death?...

"Oh yes they are...", "Oh no they are not...". Depending on who you can believe:



Pesticides linked to bee decline for first time in a countrywide field study

A new study provides the first evidence of a link between neonicotinoid pesticides and escalating honeybee colony losses on a landscape level.

The study found the increased use of a pesticide, which is linked to causing serious harm in bees worldwide, as a seed treatment on oilseed rape in England and Wales over an 11 year period correlated with higher bee mortality during that time.

The research, published in Nature scientific reports on Thursday, combined large-scale pesticide usage and yield observations from oilseed rape with data on honeybee loses between 2000 and 2010. ...

... The study, also found that famers who used seed pesticide treatments reduced the number of applications of other insecticides, but that the long-term benefits of treating oil seed rape seeds with imidacloprid on crop yields were negligible.

The honeybee is the most important commercial pollinator, globally responsible for pollinating at least 90% of commercial crops...

... "The pesticide industry can’t continue to maintain that there is no effect of their products on honey bees ..." he said.

But Julian Little, a spokesman for Bayer Cropscience, manufacturer of imidacloprid, said the study’s findings were "at odds with several other field studies..."



Also for that seed treatment at least, long term useless in any case!

Who are you going to believe?


All in our only one world,
Martin
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1716037)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
So... If the Win10 non-privacy does not get all your data, why not just give it away for free in the first place?...


Microsoft turns on Windows 10 file backup to Azure

... Windows has included basic backup utilities for many years. That Microsoft's now giving those tools the cloud treatment should come as no surprise...


Do you trust enough to have all your data on someone else's cloud 'for free'?

IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1715856)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
Well, after I re-installed... Win 10 has not forced me to update ... after all the action I took to prevent it, so I am pleased about that. My available time to mess with things has been very limited lately, so I am glad I seem to have some control... If things change, I will post about it.

Phew!

All this just for an OS "upgrade"...?

I'll admit I've never seen so much heat about any OS, and never anything stretching to 1046 posts!

All a game of viral Marketing by design, or something else unbelievable?

Entertaining even?...


Gee whizz... Is Linux far to quiet and 'boring' in comparison?!

IT is what we make it.

;-)


Happy easy crunchin',
Martin
17) Message boards : Number crunching : CMS@Home needs about fifty good volunteers... (Message 1715836)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1

@Raistmer - see? That's how you ask for a reason and you get a rational answer.

1) Honestly, I don't really interesting in the reasons of your preferenses. You voiced some perceived issues with VM I answered on them.


I didn't voice "perceived issues" with VM. I stated preference from the start...

This all sounds like a clash of "user view" vs "engineering view".


[Lecture mode ;-) ]

There is a user view which only sees what is on the screen, with no care for what magic or good design or not goes on behind the screen. The only concern is for what looks good on the screen.

And then there is the view to appreciate what it is and what is happening to make the entire system work that then gives the user view/experience.


For a silly example, you might have two similar systems:

One does the job and gives the correct result in 15 seconds. The screen displays "Working..." whilst doing fantastic cleverness.

A second system does the job and gives the same correct result in 60 seconds. The screen displays psychedelic swirling pictures of pink bunny rabbits that gobbles up all resources. The fantastic cleverness is done only in the spare time between bunny rabbit steps.


Myself, I would seriously begrudge the waste of rabbit resource and prefer the clean minimalist code 15 seconds result. But then I describe myself as an Engineer.

Meanwhile, "users" may well prefer (and even demand "their") the extra 45 seconds of psychedelics...

[/Lecture mode :-) ]



IT is what we make it...
Martin
18) Message boards : Number crunching : CMS@Home needs about fifty good volunteers... (Message 1715831)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
I still have in my library The TeXbook by Donald Knuth. Although much of his works is way above my head, I like the title of his books "The Art of Computer Programming". Computer programming is an art, taught by masters to students, like painting or sculpture in the Rinascimento.

Indeed so and indeed there are some very good code masters. Good examples are a real pleasure.


In stark contrast:

Unfortunately in the deadlines driven commercial world, any old crap that superficially appears to be 'ok' enough will do and then that is followed up be "hope and pray" that there are not too many complaints...

It seems that for anything market driven, to get to market early overrules good working...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
19) Message boards : Number crunching : CMS@Home needs about fifty good volunteers... (Message 1715627)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile ML1
... a concern about...

... Or Linux?

Yes.

Care to say why not Linux? (Or reserve that for another thread?!)


However, does that not then exclude all of CERN for you?


Happy cool crunchin',
Martin
20) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1715618)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile ML1
For a parallel thread:


How can our food Marketing have got it so badly wrong for our good health?


We need to learn what 2,000 calories a day looks like to prevent diabetes

Diabetes is threatening to bankrupt the NHS after a 60% rise in cases in the past 10 years...

... Diabetes is a killer and a major cause of significant health problems: kidney failure, stroke, heart attacks and blindness. And it’s expensive. Diabetes treatment accounts for 10% of the annual NHS budget ... And the devil is that it is often – though not always – a preventable disease. The single biggest preventable factor is obesity....

... And we’re going to have to stop eating all the time. It’s not just what we eat (although clearly sugary drinks and calorie laden muffins are not helpful). It’s the way we have become a nation of constant grazers. Schools need to teach pupils what 2,000 calories a day looks and feels like. It means a breakfast of toast or cereal, a sandwich and zero calorie drink (like water) at lunch and a supper of protein, veg and a portion of carbohydrate like some boiled potatoes. Some fruit and a yoghurt, and you’re basically done for the day. Who eats like that nowadays?

The messages need to be clear and unambiguous. Public health policies and political intervention are all very well. But individuals need to know how to say no to the constant offers of food and sugary drinks that surround us.




We are what we eat...

All in our only one world,
Martin


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