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21) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1609478)
Posted 13 days 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?



Really, people freely choose this?


Obese lose up to eight years of life

Being severely obese can knock up to eight years off your life and cause decades of ill health, a report says.

The analysis showed being obese at a young age was more damaging to health and life expectancy...




And we see far too much of that in CHILDREN...

... Again, for who's freedom?


All in our only one world,
Martin
22) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1609474)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
Is this where some dirty IT laundry is still yet to be hidden away, even from the grave?!


Apple's $1bn anti-competition trial might collapse

... The case is considering whether the hardware giant abused its dominant position in the digital music market.

The lawsuit covers iPods purchased between September 2006 and March 2009. During that period Apple used software that meant only music purchased from its iTunes store could be played on its devices...

... By 2007 Apple's software had got more sophisticated and restrictive.

In the trial it emerged that, between 2007 and 2009, if an iPod owner tried to sync their device with iTunes and had music from another digital store on the device, they would receive an error message telling them to restore their iPod to factory settings. This effectively wiped all non-iTunes music from the device...

... If the case continues it will hear video testimony from Steve Jobs, filmed shortly before his death...




IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
23) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1609473)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
I see Martin that you missed the "desktop/laptop OS market share"...

There is an awful lot more to IT than just the old desktop...

And even there that is being overhauled by mobile devices and the cloud and even Google with their Chromebooks.


I think that we can all agree that your one world of Microsoft is rather good at Marketing and proprietary lock-in...


IT is what we make it...
Martin
24) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Asteroids (Message 1609284)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
Please gather your thoughts and post more coherently.

HEY! It's good to have thoughts!!

Positive and creative thoughts even better!! ;-)

(70 posts vs 32425... Keep thinkin'? ;-) ;-) )


Keep searchin',
Martin
25) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1609278)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
In the latest desktop/laptop OS market share stats Win7 is still the big winner gaining 56.41% of the total market.

Even those horrible Win 8/8.1 OS's have made it up to 18.65% now.

XP is now finally on a big slide, down to just 13.57%.

But still, M$ OS's dominates 91.46% of this market.

Apple's OS's hold steady at 7.13% (they should be well and truly use to their "7%" tag).

The big hit was again Linux, which saw its market share in this area drop again for the 3rd consecutive month, down to just 1.25% penetration (from a lofty 1.76% months ago).

Add to that:

Wikipedia: Linux Market share and uptake

... The Linux market is growing rapidly, and the revenue of servers, desktops, and packaged software running Linux was expected to exceed $35.7 billion by 2008. Analysts and proponents attribute the relative success of Linux to its security, reliability, low cost, and freedom from vendor lock-in....


Linux Journal: Linux Market Share

... I think the main reason that Linux has not penetrated the desktop market more than it has is because people tend to stick with what they are used to. So, I guess I’ll just have to get used to being depressed, because people are what they are, and learning a new OS is just is not that high on most folks’ “things to do” list.



Tom's Hardware: Linux Now Has "Double" the Market Share of Windows

If you consider NetApplications' data set, then Linux owns only about 1 percent of the desktop OS market and Windows has almost 92 percent. But if you consider all computing platforms, including mobile, than Windows has only 20 percent and Linux has 42 percent...



And very depressingly, Linux has near 100% of the top 500 supercomputer market share. Linux also runs most of the internet and internet infrastructure including home modem/routers.

(And yes, that really is depressing! WHY is there nothing better than Linux for the extremes of supercomputers and embedded devices?!)


IT is what we make it,
Martin
26) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Skunkworks breakthrough (Message 1608371)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile ML1
Another view of the original story.

http://aviationweek.com/technology/skunk-works-reveals-compact-fusion-reactor-details

That sounds like a revisit to old ideas that were superseded by the present day tokomak designs such as JET and ITER. Fantastic if they can leverage modern day materials and control to get their more compact format to work with today's tech.

Always good to have another team in the race!

Keep search in
Martin
27) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1607676)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile ML1
Can I make a few observations here please, which are IMHO.

How do you measure the "elapse"?

By deciding what units you want to measure the elapse in, then using a recording device to measure the number of units between the two events. If it was seconds you could use a clock, it it was more accuracy you wanted you could use a radiation period instrument. The result is the number of units recorded which we refer to as time.

You are using some device that "experiences" time to try to measure its own experience.

The best that we can do is note that there has been a change from one event to a second event. We can call the interval between those two events "some unit of time". However, we may as well note passing two waypoints on a road whilst having no concept of 'speed' or the route taken between those two waypoints.

So far, "time" is an abstract concept for which we cannot make any direct measurement.

The best we can do is to create physical devices that note movement between local events.


Time and distance are somehow connected.

Time and distance are connected by velocity...

And in that there is a curious clue...


Keep searchin',
Martin
28) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Rosetta Mission (Message 1606214)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile ML1
Is there a way to "softly land" Rosetta spacecraft on the asteroid?

Come the end of the mission, that may well be attempted, as was done for a probe that was orbiting an asteroid.


See: NEAR Shoemaker

Keep search in
Martin
29) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Rosetta Mission (Message 1606141)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile ML1
Is there a way to "softly land" Rosetta spacecraft on the asteroid?

Come the end of the mission, that may well be attempted, as was done for a probe that was orbiting an asteroid.

Keep search in
Martin
30) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1605057)
Posted 23 days 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,
Martin
31) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1605031)
Posted 23 days 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'
Martin
32) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1604894)
Posted 24 days 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,
Martin
33) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1604655)
Posted 24 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:


... https://scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/keelingcurve/ ...

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,
Martin
34) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1604654)
Posted 24 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,
Martin
35) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1604335)
Posted 25 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,
Martin
36) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1604097)
Posted 26 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,
Martin
37) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1603621)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile ML1
... https://scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/keelingcurve/ ...

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,
Martin
38) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1603238)
Posted 28 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,
Martin
39) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1603237)
Posted 28 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,
Martin
40) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1602257)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile ML1
Huge solar plant lags in early production

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD
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.


http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_WORLDS_LARGEST_SOLAR_PLANT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-11-17-14-33-47


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,
Martin


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