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21) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1507063)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile ML1
For those who have experienced Windows System Restore issues, [and other 'issues'...]

I've yesterday just done a dual-boot for a Win7 laptop for a user to add a Mageia 4 linux install dual boot:


And all works sweet and smooth and a far faster setup that trying to 'fix' the Win7... Looks like the Win7 is not going to get touched!

The only shame is that the user is on gmail for all email...! :-/


IT is what we know it to allow it to be...
Martin

22) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1507062)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile ML1
... Should we worry, well as you say Martin, "IT is what we allow it to be.." However do the masses actually care?

Very unfortunately, from my own experience, it is more a case of 'The Masses' being totally unaware to even know to care about that aspect of IT...


IT is what we know to allow it to be...
Martin
23) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Long term missions in space may cause permanent eye damage. (Message 1505783)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
Building space stations and/or spacecraft that have large centrifugal chambers where astronauts can spend time will be very expensive to construct requiring vast resources...

Sort of but not quite...


Large (high mass and/or rapidly) rotating structures are an engineering nightmare for anything that will need to be maneuvered!

Alternatively, stop/starting the rotation for maneuvers is also an expensive engineering problem...


However, for long duration space living, 2001-esq style rotating space stations are perhaps the best compromise...

Keep searchin',
Martin
24) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Big Bang or Big Blooper?? (Message 1505780)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
... One point that stands out very clearly, is that the earth is really an insignificant lump of rock that will disappear hundreds of trillions of years before the universe goes dark and evaporates.

OUCH!


Don't tell the (USA) Bible Belt!!!

All Science Funding and Science Learnin' will be BANNED! BANNED they'll tell ya all!


All on our only one planet,
Martin
25) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1505778)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
Is this the takeover of the known cyber-world by Google?


Major media publisher admits it is 'afraid of Google'

... one of Europe's largest media publishers, has said that his company is afraid of the power that Google has accumulated, and worries that the search giant is becoming a "superstate" immune from regulation...



IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
26) Message boards : Politics : Decrease of population growth (Message 1505776)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
You might say I've seen an example of population growth first hand across the spectrum of people I encountered during a 'typical' day this week:


Exhibit one at one end of the spectrum is a worker with a stereotypical beer girth greater than his height who can boast 3 generations of family behind him whilst he is yet to be at work for a long time yet. He already has 18 grand-children and at the present rate, there is time for one or two more generations yet!

Exhibit two is another who is happy with her twins with no plans for any more;

Exhibit three to five are well settled fellow workers with no plans for any children, ever.


All a question of environment and education?...


All in our only one world,
Martin
27) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1505772)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
And meanwhile, at a completely different level, we have:


Breastfeeding tweet burns Delta Airlines

When Lindsay Jaynes tweeted Delta Airlines's customer service account last Friday asking about its policy regarding breastfeeding her infant on an upcoming flight, the response sparked a social media firestorm...

... Despite the clarification from Delta, many breastfeeding advocates are still angry, calling for the airline to publish its official policy on breastfeeding and improve training of customer relations staff...

... Society has been sending this mixed message to mothers for generations. But to have it so demonstrated so clearly, on the social media feed of a major airline, is mind-blowing."...



Better education and better culture needed all round and all around the world!


All in our only one world,
Martin
28) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1505656)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
In a small part of the world physically not too far away, but a world away for education for all:


Nigeria abductions: Military admits girls still missing

Nigeria's military has admitted that most of the teenage girls abducted by suspected Islamist militants have not been freed...

There has been confusion about the number of girls missing after they were kidnapped from a boarding school in the north-east on Monday night. According to education authorities in Borno state, 99 girls are still missing...

... Militants from Boko Haram - which means "Western education is forbidden" in the local Hausa language - frequently target educational institutions.




All in our only one world,
Martin
29) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions (Message 1504356)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
Where next for Avaaz in 2014? ... Priorities...

One part of that list i'm dubious about is this:
"Safeguarding our health and food, including from GMOs"
Pretty well everything we eat is genetically modified, admittedly not always by specific gene manipulation, but selective breeding is still genetic modification, just at a slower rate.

A big difference is in the way of the manipulation and the business intent...

Selective breeding is usually done to breed something beneficial or desirable. The 'desirable' traits might not be beneficial for health (as is the case for "pedigree dogs" for example), but at least the 'natural breeding' aspect limits what harm can be done.

With artificial food-GM, you truly can introduce or take out almost anything you like and without care for whether the result is healthy and viable or not. Indeed, one of the first traits to be introduced was what came to be termed the "knockout gene" to ensure farmers could not sow any viable seeds for next year's crop!

Also note how nearly all food-GM is directed to allow ever higher levels of toxicity to be generated or tolerated and to tie that in with whatever pesticides and herbicides that company Markets... That is a double win for the agribusiness and an ecological disaster for everything else. We also eventually get to eat the (more highly toxic) stuff...

And once food-GM genetic traits escape into the wild, it stays out there for anything viable. As is now being suffered for various "super-weeds" in the US and Canada that are now additionally resistant to the same super-herbicides as the intended crops...


From my observations, food-GM is being cynically used as a patents abused Marketing tool to lock up our food chain. Meanwhile, in the name of no-morals business: Science, our environment, and all consumers be damned.


In very great stark contrast, note the great benefits being sown for medical-GM. However, also note how that is used and controlled in a very different way.

All on our only one planet,
Martin
30) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions (Message 1504346)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
And a noticeable part of the world are awake to climate change, land use, and the corruption behind all that:


Where next for Avaaz in 2014? ... Priorities...


Interstingly, the major group of people are in education... Perhaps we really do need a lot more of education to save our world from ourselves.

Also note the repeated meme that the more highly educated overall appear to feel a far lesser need/desire for "large families"...

A simple equation of:

Better education for EVERYONE = better awareness, better life, less corruption, and a stable population

?

This is our only one planet!


All on our only one planet,
Martin
31) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1504344)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
How women are viewed and treated is, no surprise, deservedly one of the hot topics here for doing something about it:


Where next for Avaaz in 2014? ... Priorities...



All in our only one world,
Martin
32) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1504343)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
No surprise that GM-food is one of the hot topics for a lot of people worldwide:


Where next for Avaaz in 2014? ... Priorities...



All on our only one planet,
Martin
33) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1504341)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
Martin as you run Linux why the hell do you care what happens to us Inferior Windows users?...

Special note: Windows users should not be considered 'inferior' in any way. If anything, it is more that they are victim to exploitation "for Marketing purposes".

And if you haven't already realized: I support multiple platforms/OSes as part of my IT support. Out of all of them, Windows uniquely continues to be by far the greatest pain all round for my support even though the Windows stuff is in effect only acting as an office app and web browsing platform...

And I've had to give up trying to support Windows FOC for various friends... Various others are on Linux (Kubuntu and more recently Mageia) and that lets us talk about more other things now in that their computers are no longer the butt of various stale jokes...


Windows truly is an astounding success of Marketing. Shame about that for the users...

IT is very much what we make it...
Martin

(All personal opinion from what I personally see and have found for myself... ;-) )
34) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1504145)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile ML1
And for yet more collateral noisome noise, just like flies around any dead and dying thing:


Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

Cybercriminals have already seized upon the end of support for Windows XP as a theme for numerous scams and fake software updates.

Microsoft pushed out its last ever patches for the 13-year-old operating system last Tuesday (8 April). Numerous YouTube videos "advertising programs and functionality related to Windows XP" that have appeared online over recent days are actually pushing adware and other undesirable apps...




Yet more silly cyber-pollution that is wasteful and annoying for all so inflicted, especially so for the victims and for anyone in any sort of IT support...


IT is what we make it...
Martin
35) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1504141)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile ML1
Is this presaging a Vista-like short life for Windows8?...


Microsoft: Windows version you probably haven't upgraded to yet is ALREADY OBSOLETE

[OLD] versions of Windows 8.1 will no longer support patches [will not be updated]

Microsoft is urging users running Windows 8.1 to update their systems soon, since the company plans to drop patch support for early versions of the operating system.

Redmond said that after May it would only issue updates for systems running the Windows 8.1 Update release and later. The move means that Windows 8.1 systems which have not installed the "Update" package will receive "not applicable" notifications when attempting to install future system updates...



INCREDIBLE!

I guess a monopoly can do anything it likes and the users be expensively damned?...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
36) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1504138)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile ML1
I want to know why if Linux is so good, Why cant they even give it away.

Note how Microsoft is now giving away its OS for supposedly free-of-cost in India...

Also note how despite the supposed incredible high tech of Microsoft for 'protection' and DRM (digital restrictions management), there are still a very great proportion in certain parts of the world where the user has not paid Microsoft for the use of the OS copy they use...


Youd figure that the PC makers would jump at the chance to not pay for an OS.

That is part of the story... But the question remains why there is not greater take-up of Linux for desktop use despite very good credentials...


But this is a Windows thread... A better question is why there is such widespread use still of the antique Windows XP?

Why have such Windows users never 'upgraded'?

Really? Can Windows offer nothing better from so long ago?!


Or are there other reasons why users have never upgraded from WinXP?...

IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
37) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1504093)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile ML1
While we continue to IGNORE the cost of pollution, coal and other dirty fossil burning will remain too cheap and instead they will cost us our doom:


Coal gasification: The clean energy of the future?

Dirty it may be, but coal is cheap.

For this simple reason, it remains the world's main source of power...

The challenge, then, is how to harness coal's energy more cleanly. While global attempts to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) have stalled, a number of countries are looking at different ways to exploit their abundant coal reserves.

Not all are motivated by environmental concerns, but are driven instead by economics...

[BUT]

... a study by Duke University in the US suggests synthetic natural gas emits seven times more greenhouse gases than natural gas, and almost twice as much carbon as a coal plant.

The second problem is water use. Coal gasification is one of the more water-intensive forms of energy production...

... The problem, of course, is that the process depends entirely on wider efforts to develop CCS, efforts that have, so far, singularly failed to find a solution. Until one is found, any attempts to gasify coal underground will either remain theoretical or will exacerbate the already grave problem of CO2 emissions...



All a game of the no morals and the world be damned economics of our own destruction by pollution!

Business as usual then?


All on our only one planet,
Martin
38) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1503423)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
The better question would be, why can't Linux get to 2% of the desktop/laptop market share of all OS's

Considering the good technical and user advantages, that is a very good question...

Especially so considering the rampant success (too much so) for Linux everywhere else...

(And note: We really do need at least another two system to add into the mix to avoid an unhealthy monopoly...)


IT is what we make it...
Martin
39) Message boards : Politics : Japanese Arctic Whaling JUDGED Criminal (Message 1503420)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
:(
Banned Japanese whalers expect Southern Ocean hunt to resume

Unfortunately so... The Japanese look to squirm further into crass dishonor...


Sea Shepherd themselves sum up nicely:

Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) Shames Themselves in Defiance of World Court Ruling

In a blatant show of defiance of the recent landmark ruling in The Hague by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) has today filed court briefs stating they intend to return to hunt whales in the Southern Ocean for the 2015-2016 season with a newly designed "research" program and will seek a permanent injunction against Sea Shepherd USA...

... Clearly, the ICR is unsettled not only by the favorable ICJ ruling but also by Commissioner Peter Shaw’s recent recommendation to the Ninth Circuit Court that Sea Shepherd USA not be held in contempt...

... A status conference will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16 in the United States District Court, ... to set the trial date for a permanent injunction case brought against Sea Shepherd USA from obstructing illegal whaling operations in the Southern Ocean. The meeting is open to the public.



Kidnapping, and ramming and sinking ships... Killing endangered whales in a whale sanctuary for the sake of producing pet food...

How corrupt can the Japanese whaling and the Japanese government go?...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
40) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1503413)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
Slowly, an end to the politics of Denial?


Fox News climate change coverage is now 28% accurate, up from 7%

An analysis of cable news climate coverage finds Fox News 28% accurate, CNN 70%, and MSNBC 92%

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has just published an analysis of 2013 climate coverage by the three major American cable news networks. The report and data are available online, and the results are summarized...

... "Sometimes, it's like the networks are covering different planets. Unfortunately, too many politicians, interest groups, and pundits continue to dispute established climate science and cable shows sometimes give them a platform to do so."

The UCS analysis found that Fox News Channel hosts and guests were the most likely to accuse scientists of manipulating or hiding climate data. Fox hosts and guests often conveyed misinformation about scientific findings, including many false claims...




Unfortunately, for too many people unthinkingly hooked to sound-bites, the Television is the Gospel Truth!... All for a propaganda medium at its best?...


All on our only one planet,
Martin


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