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21) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (95) Server Problems? (Message 1644911)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
OK... So a question for those more closely on the wu pulse than myself at the moment...

Is there a WU supply shortage at the moment?

Or is there a limit/slowdown for how many WUs a single host can simultaneously gobble through?


(OK, so this is part of some systems tests...)

Happy fast crunchin'!
Martin
22) Message boards : Politics : DEAD. Murder? usa internet LAW REFORM REQUIRED! #2 (Message 1643465)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
Revisiting the amazing hounding that lead to death before justice:


Aaron Swartz stood up for freedom and fairness – and was hounded to his death

On Monday [02/02/2015?], BBC Four screened a remarkable film in its Storyville series. The Internet’s Own Boy told the story of the life and tragic death of Aaron Swartz, the leading geek wunderkind of his generation who was hounded to suicide at the age of 26 by a vindictive US administration. ... it’s the most revealing source of insights about how the state approaches the internet since Edward Snowden first broke cover.

To say Swartz was a prodigy is an understatement...

... A well-constructed telling of the life, prosecution and death of US hacktivist Aaron Swartz, writes Mark Kermode...




This follows on from the original thread.


Only in the USA?

All in our only one world,
Martin
23) Message boards : Politics : Exploitation of Humans (Message 1643460)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
Might there be limits when "the word gets out"?...


Big firms face crisis of trust, business lobby group says

Big UK firms face a "crisis of trust" and the next government must prioritise better ethics...



All in our only one world,
Martin
24) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1643452)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
On a more positive level:


High flyers: Why aren't there more women airline pilots?

"It's a career I absolutely love. There's nothing else I'd rather do for my job."

Helen McNamara is a senior first officer flying the Boeing 767 for British Airways. She's been flying for 14 years. But despite it being nearly five decades since the first woman became a commercial pilot, she's still very much in a minority.

Globally only about 5% of pilots are women...



All in our only one world,
Martin
25) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1643451)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
Two amazing bits of spookiness from greatly contrasting games of spooks and lazy development:


Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

The US National Security Agency (NSA) infected hard disk firmware with spyware in a campaign valued as highly as Stuxnet that dates back at least 14 years and possibly up to two decades...

... The campaign infected possibly tens of thousands of computers in telecommunications providers, governments, militaries, utilities, and mass media organisations among others in more than 30 countries...



Samsung's spying smart TVs don't encrypt voice recordings sent over the internet

Not only is your Samsung smart TV snooping on what you say, it sends recordings of your voice over the internet unencrypted – leaving it open to eavesdropping and mischief...



All hidden behind the proprietary cloak until eventually openly scrutinized...


IT is what we allow it to be...

Martin

& it took the Linux guru's 20 years to actually scrutinise this? Whatever happened to open eyeballs then?

That's the whole point... All not open and so not seen until a group interested in anti-virus for Microsoft products took a closer look at the spooks stuff. Note the malware is for Windows systems.

And yes FLOSS was used to expose Samsung... Note that Samsung themselves are using FLOSS in their products although that may well not include the applications they use.


So... All a game of secrecy or should we all be allowed to openly know?...

IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
26) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1643427)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
Two amazing bits of spookiness from greatly contrasting games of spooks and lazy development:


Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

The US National Security Agency (NSA) infected hard disk firmware with spyware in a campaign valued as highly as Stuxnet that dates back at least 14 years and possibly up to two decades...

... The campaign infected possibly tens of thousands of computers in telecommunications providers, governments, militaries, utilities, and mass media organisations among others in more than 30 countries...



Samsung's spying smart TVs don't encrypt voice recordings sent over the internet

Not only is your Samsung smart TV snooping on what you say, it sends recordings of your voice over the internet unencrypted – leaving it open to eavesdropping and mischief...



All hidden behind the proprietary cloak until eventually openly scrutinized...


IT is what we allow it to be...

Martin
27) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1643109)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
And for the Canadian example, I'm sure there's still no chance for snow to form on the oil polluted mess that has replaced the thousands of years of forest recently ripped up for polluting short term profit.

Cite.
Both of your assertions.
1) That most of Canada is an oil polluted mess
2) That snow will not fall or stay on oil polluted soil

And so in your world of denial, black is now white?

And the Canadian "Burn Baby Burn" is supposedly of no significance?...

Can you cite anywhere honestly claiming that the Canadian boreal forest was somehow warming our planet by a greater extent than the vast Canadian lust for burning and selling oil and the pollution and desolation be damned?...

(Ooops, and their toxic dams do burst to poison their rivers and the Great Lakes...)


All on our only one planet,
Martin
28) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1643051)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
... The Canadian destruction of their forests to my mind is beyond recklessly criminal. ...

Even though deforestation of boreal regions is proven effective in reducing global warming?...

Care to try to explain that one somehow? Reliably even??...

Already posted a few posts ago...

And the post/ref is please?...

(Note there is one of you to be helpful to directly give a link and to avoid lots of wasted time for everyone else trying to guess what you might mean...)


All on our only one planet,
Martin

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=76156&postid=1642010#1642010

Thanks for that. So... Just the usual Charpentier cherry picking games.

So from that you have the example:

... In nontropical areas, Caldeira explains, "the real significant factor is whether there's snow on the ground in the winter." If a forest covers a snowy expanse, "that has a strong warming influence,"...

And for the Canadian example, I'm sure there's still no chance for snow to form on the oil polluted mess that has replaced the thousands of years of forest recently ripped up for polluting short term profit.


That narrow article is interesting for the overall carbon and temperature balance. What is completely ignored is the contribution to weather and habitat and the richness of our planet. Really, instead burn all the trees?!

Only on our only one planet,
Martin
29) Message boards : Politics : Exploitation of Humans (Message 1642850)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
All a question of business and profit without morals?...


Nicaraguans demand action over illness killing thousands of sugar cane workers

Families say government failing to address concerns that harsh working conditions are behind chronic kidney disease epidemic

... At least 20,000 people are estimated to have died of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Central America in the past two decades – most of them sugar cane workers...

... Critics say Ortega has ignored the plight of rural folk because he needs the sugar barons’ support to stay in power... “We have a dramatic situation with people dying at a very fast rate from a disease clearly linked to harsh working conditions, yet they’ve been virtually abandoned...




All in our only one world,
Martin
30) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1642847)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
... The Canadian destruction of their forests to my mind is beyond recklessly criminal. ...

Even though deforestation of boreal regions is proven effective in reducing global warming?...

Care to try to explain that one somehow? Reliably even??...

Already posted a few posts ago...

And the post/ref is please?...

(Note there is one of you to be helpful to directly give a link and to avoid lots of wasted time for everyone else trying to guess what you might mean...)


All on our only one planet,
Martin
31) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1642682)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
... The Canadian destruction of their forests to my mind is beyond recklessly criminal. ...

Even though deforestation of boreal regions is proven effective in reducing global warming?...

Care to try to explain that one somehow? Reliably even??...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
32) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1642659)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
Gary that is a very silly post and you know damn well it is, without me needing to tell you.

I'm so glad you should understand your previous post now.

If you look at the history, they have had major operational problems with it from day 1. How would you have done it better?

I'd keep my mouth shut about minor issues involving R&D into the unknown. As to the mis-manufactured part, which is what seems to have rankled you, when you build custom items by hand the failure rate is going to be higher and they did not have to build it to maned spaceflight specifications. I'm sure you would have willingly ponied up the additional tax monies to upgrade to those specifications!

Look at NASA. They lost 40% of the shuttles and none of the shuttles made it to their design lifespan of 100 launches.

I think you actually have your expectations set too high.

Now this is a rarity: To give a positive acknowledgement to a Charpentier post...


Further:

Note for such first-of-a-kind extreme engineering and extreme design... That the LHC works at all is phenomenal! All the more so for needing to be synchronized to the world's previously only-one-in-the-world most powerful accelerators that are now used as the start-up generators!

Can you blink with sub-nanosecond precision, billions of times a second, for years?


Chris: I'm very sure you would suffer a very bad mess if you tried to run your pipework and wiring at liquid helium temperatures and extremes of power whilst still requiring superconducting conditions and all despite extreme radiation.

And all with no maintenance possible for a year or few years at a time...


Makes all the silliness of IT and Marketing look pathetically trivial.

All in our only one planet,
Martin
33) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Voyager 1 (Message 1642648)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
... Have to agree with one of the comments though...

"I get so frustrated when I think what is done with so little...just imagine what we could do (as a species) with the staggering amounts of money spent on killing and protection against killing each other."

...does make one wonder we really could do!

Positive cooperation is vastly more productive than destructive competition...

We can enjoy positive competition whilst still enjoying the benefits of cooperation. However, capitalism-without-morals right through to tribalism-without-morals look to ruin that for all...

There has to be a better way?


All on our only one planet,
Martin
34) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1642644)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
I'll see your doubt, and raise you 4000
cords of hard wood.


I quit splitting firewood over 30 years ago.

The Canadian destruction of their forests to my mind is beyond recklessly criminal. It is the sort of action that will help to cause or accelerate wars.


On a completely smaller scale on another part of our planet:

We now have very efficient wood burning 'stoves' that pretty much convert wood entirely into heat, CO2, and fine ash.

Our local pub has added some wood burning stoves to heat the rooms when there is not enough hot air from the regulars. They are still burning their own wood from some trees felled in the open area behind the pub, from TWO YEARS AGO. They still look to have enough for another two or three winters.

All very pleasantly rustic and a small help towards 'going green'. Certainly good for their business.


Even so, not really sustainable in that those trees likely took 50 years to grow to heat the pub for just five winters. They have no plans to grow any trees to replace those cleared. (They were cleared to allow more sunshine for their customers...)


There are better ways yet...

All on our only one planet,
Martin
35) Message boards : Politics : Should be in science, but better in politics (Message 1639723)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile ML1
Yep, "just be yourself" usually is the best advice. :~)

I'd prefer to rephrase that to:

"just positively be yourself" :-P


Also, find better viewing than the depressing TV soaps/serials of strife and personal conflicts...

Are some of those serials actually teaching people to be negative and unhappy?...


All in our only one world,
Martin
36) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1639722)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile ML1
Flash and Zero Day...

... So nice to see that the companies that offer free content carefully select and screen their advertising. Perhaps they should be financially responsible for those links!

How should any abuse of your PC even be possible from a web page merely colouring a few pixels in a defined area of your screen...?

Perhaps the architect of that OS should be an awful lot more responsible to the people paying and using their wares rather than leaving non-secure silliness for the warez people to so easily run mischief...


Wherever you go today, would you leave the windows and doors open for your home?

IT is what we make it...
Martin
37) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Visiting new planetary systems... (Message 1639485)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile ML1
We are able to calculate these positions as to where a cosmic object will be in the future. Think about it. It's quite a trick to reach Mars and the outer planets--these latter with gravitational fly-bys

We see the objects in our solar system where they were just mere minutes and hours in the past (due to the delay due to time needed for the light/radiation to reach us). That time delay can be computed out without too much error.

Trying that on the scale and time for a galaxy doesn't work so well... All our star positions are distorted by time... And so far for most stars, we have too few observations for good determination of individual galactic orbits.

And all that is distorted again by the expansion of our universe...


... Which is where simulations come to our aid...


Keep searchin'
Martin
38) Message boards : Politics : Should be in science, but better in politics (Message 1639479)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile ML1
"So communicate positively, openly and honestly"

That is a fantastic observation that many need to yet master. It really is a state of mind and approach...

There is the aphorism about those that see a glass of drink as "half empty" as opposed to being a more positive "half full"... Is which way you see that all a question of how you are blinded by upbringing and those around you?...

Another example I still have ringing in my ears as a shining example is from a certain 'burst a blood vessel' high stressed boss of mine from a while ago who screamed across the meeting and the rest of the entire floor:

" DO NOT GIVE ME EXCUSES AND PROBLEMS! I WANT SOLUTIONS. "

That beautifully sums up those that seem to see everything as a problem and focus only on how difficult things are as opposed to those who look to see ways around problems to enjoy making things work.

Just as with IT, life is what you make it!

And life is too short and too long not to enjoy it!
Martin
39) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1637324)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile ML1
https://scontent-1.11404.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10270432_10153094699184255_6846821599102908656_n.jpg?oh=756301b4c58e32ad5cd54e5dd006711e&oe=555BEA4E

Silly and unimaginative Post regarding this very important issue.

Tsk, tsk, tsk...

Guess that is too much in accord with how some might think in America?...!


Mmmm... Perhaps we should add Jeremy Clarkson onto the case for supposed 'balance'... (Then again, dare he ever again set foot in the USA?...)


All on our only one planet,
Martin
40) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1636954)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile ML1
Janne, Martin likes scaremongering, it is what he does .....

I'm merely listing some of the things going on around you.

Your choice as to whether to be scared, concerned, ambivalent, or deliberately unaware. It is all up to you as to how you might like to be abused...


For example:

'Innocent people' on police photos database

Police forces in England and Wales have uploaded up to 18 million "mugshots" to a facial recognition database - despite a court ruling it could be unlawful.

They include photos of people never charged, or others cleared of an offence...



That is a significant proportion of the population... All a game of "false positives" and of being guilty by association or by merely having been seen?...


And note that a certain supermarket chain is 'experimenting' with similar tech for 'advertising purposes'...


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


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