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21) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1555937)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
... Exactly what is the REAL increase in 'Freak' Weather incidents?...

How would ANYONE know, without any Accurate Long Term Records?

They wouldn't. It is just a guess (really propaganda), based upon their Agenda.

Usual trolling then so as to ask the impossible for impossibly long ago to impossible detail to then claim we can't possibly know, etc, etc, etc... All without any finger work or any reliable sources from yourself.


We do have good weather records for enough of the world to compare across our industrial period.

We have written records going a few hundred years earlier that would record anything freakish if anything freakish happened.

And we have simulations that can simulate various scenarios for whatever time period you might have of interest so that we can gain an understanding of what parameters the weather is sensitive to.


Can you take the trouble to move from your armchair to read and understand:


Current Extreme Weather & Climate Change

... Recent weather events such as deadly heat waves and devastating floods have sparked popular interest in understanding the role of global warming in driving extreme weather. These events are part of a new pattern of more extreme weather across the globe, shaped in part by human-induced climate change.

As the climate has warmed, some types of extreme weather have become more frequent and severe in recent decades, with increases in extreme heat, intense precipitation, and drought. Heat waves are longer and hotter. Heavy rains and flooding are more frequent. In a wide swing between extremes, drought, too, is more intense and more widespread...

... While natural variability continues to play a key role in extreme weather, climate change has shifted the odds and changed the natural limits...



Extreme weather becoming more common, study says

Rise in blocking-patterns – hot or wet weather remaining stuck over regions for weeks – causing frequent heatwaves or floods...

... the link between blocking patterns and extreme weather was very well established. He added that the increasing frequency shown in the new work indicated climate change could bring rapid and dramatic changes to weather, on top of a gradual heating of the planet. “Circulation changes can have much more non-linear effects. They may do nothing for a while, then there might be some kind of regime change.”

Shepherd said linking the rise in blocking events to Arctic warming remained “a bit speculative” at this stage, in particular because the difference between temperatures at the poles and equator is most pronounced in winter, not summer. But he noted that the succession of storms that caused England’s wettest winter in 250 years was a “very good example” of blocking patterns causing extreme weather during the coldest season. “The jet stream was stuck in one position for a long period, so a whole series of storms passed over England,”...




As a reminder, our industrial revolution and pollution ramped up apace about 200 years ago. It is only since the modern technology and Marketing practices of the last 50 years that we are now seeing the unavoidably obvious effects of the ever increasing magnitude of our modern industrial CO2 pollution...


And there are the additional direct environmental costs of that denial. For just one example in recent news:


Illegal coal mine encroaching on nature reserve in north-west China

Coalfield 14 times the size of the City of London turns alpine meadows into craters in Qinghai...


Time to come clean?

All a game of denial?...

All on our only one planet,
Martin
22) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1555665)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
... preparing payroll is the sacred cow of accounting. If the software can't do it, no matter what other features it has, no matter how bullet proof, then by definition it is a FAIL.

You are very absolute and blind to reality... Game of trolls?...


... Since the IRS publishes essentially all forms in .pdf format, any .pdf reader would satisfy that to some level.

And there are multiple PDF readers that run natively on Linux. Why would such things need to be sold as some sort of accountancy package?!


I included PAID programs in the search and came up empty.

I know this is a real world problem, so there will be a charge for the solution, but what is it about Linux that prevents this universal issue being addressed by Linux software?

Quite possibly there is no need in that WINE on Linux can be used to run the existing packages unmodified from their lock-in to the Windows way of doing things.

Also, quite possibly the old-school accounts software work very well on WINE precisely because they are old-school and are not locked-in to the new Windows ways.

Hence no need for anything special for Linux being as they already run fine on Linux on WINE.


That is a very serious question. Intuit has written that software for UNIX(R), so why no port to Linux? There must be some reason.

Indeed so.

We have various proprietary commercial software running on our Linux servers that is dedicated to and tied to controlling certain hardware. The only pain we have is license renewals for those apps. They are a sharp reminder of the bureaucratic overhead and artificial restrictions for how they are to be run.

Myself, I have no qualms about paying a fair price. However, the arbitrary restrictions imposed can be irksome and even more costly than the license!


BTW: Note that at least the one big accounts package is run and supported on Linux... (Albeit with the requirement for the proprietary version of a database even though that also runs directly on Linux.)


All a game of business practices...

IT is what we make it and what we allow it to be...
Martin
23) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1555652)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
We really are getting unusual repeated deluges with such as this latest:


Clean-up under way after Cambridgeshire flash flooding

The clean-up operation is under way across Cambridgeshire, after torrential storms sparked power cuts and major disruption on the roads.

Electricity was restored by 22:40 BST on Friday to more than 1,400 homes, after about 2in (50mm) of rain fell across the county in an hour...


Sure enough, Scotland got hit also:

Parts of Scotland affected by ex-hurricane Bertha

Parts of Scotland have been badly hit by high winds and heavy rain in the wake of what was Hurricane Bertha.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has almost 40 flood warnings in place, covering Aberdeenshire, Speyside, Moray, Caithness and Sutherland, and Tayside. Moray Council said it was going to evacuate about 200 homes at risk of flooding in Elgin.

And ScotRail said train travel was being severely impacted by flooding...

... By early Monday morning, Lossiemouth had recorded almost a month's rainfall in 12 hours...

Has this ever happened before? Let's confine the answer to the last 1000 years.

What was the cause of the above?

[Good strong squealy Scottish drawn out drawl:]

Weeeeeeeeellllllll... Ya seeeeeee...


Emergency funding for Scottish flood damage

... Elgin's £86m flood alleviation scheme was put to the test on Monday when the area was hit by the remnants of Hurricane Bertha. But 200 homes were evacuated over fears the River Lossie would burst its banks where the project is not completed.

Properties in parts of Aberdeenshire were also evacuated as the water level rose...

... One of the most photographed landmarks during the height of Monday's flooding was the Old Bridge of Carr at Carrbridge, a village near Aviemore.

Kumaran Krishnan photographed the crossing two days earlier and said the scene at that time was "serene"... [And later there looks to be a 4metres high raging torrent]...

Torrential rain brought by ex-Hurricane Bertha caused the wettest day of the year so far, with Fair Isle in Shetland seeing 132.6mm of rain between 10:00 on Saturday and 10:00 on Monday - almost double the 70.3mm full-month average for August.

Lossiemouth in Moray was deluged with 100mm of rain during the same time, despite a full-month average of 61.9mm...



So... That's nearly twice the monthly average in a series of heavy downpours over just two days.

The source for this example is the remnants of a hurricane whipped across the Atlantic by an unusually persistently placed jet stream. Add to that the storm intensified rather than dissipated. That doesn't happen for our more usual conditions...


As always, a one off event like this cannot lay blame for anything regarding climate. However, note that if our climate was steady, over your 1000 year period you would expect to have all the freak weather records broken early on to then see the records hold untouched thereafter. (All the typical weather extremes will have already been noted early on if the weather is not getting any more extreme.)

Instead, in recent years we are getting the records for "freak/extreme/unusual weather" steadily repeatedly broken into ever greater extremes.


Something is clearly changing...

And the physics clearly show that a higher concentration of CO2 in our atmosphere leads to warming of the lower atmosphere and from that a greater uptake of water vapour can be expected and from that extra water going up, you get extra water being rained out over a few days cycle.


And the isotope mark of most of that extra proportion of CO2 in our atmosphere is all man-made industrial pollution. Yet more of the extra CO2 is from our farming and environmental destruction.


The pattern looks that we might not be getting any additional storms, but the ones we do get are ever more intense and because of that they are more often noteworthy.

All on our only one planet,
Martin
24) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1555325)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
Here are a few recent Linux articles out there on the web:


10 reasons to try Zorin OS 9, the Linux OS that looks like Windows

A familiar face

The Linux world has long offered virtually innumerable alternatives to Windows and Mac OS, including several options designed specifically to ease the transition for those making the switch. Born back in 2009, Zorin OS may well be the best-known example.

Zorin OS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution designed especially for newcomers to Linux. With a Windows-like interface and many programs similar to those found in Microsoft’s proprietary OS, it aims to make it easy for Windows users to get the most out of Linux.

Zorin OS 9 just made its debut with a familiar, Windows 7-like interface by default. In the wake of XP’s demise, there may be no better time to check it out...



Best Linux Desktop: Top 10 Candidates

The best Linux desktops for both newbie and advanced users, focusing on desktop ease of use and Linux tool set...


Six Clicks: The best Linux desktop environments

Unlike Windows or Mac OS X, Linux offers a wide variety of desktop environments. Here are my picks of the most important of these PC interfaces...


Can Linux Speed In-Car Systems?

... Most in-vehicle infotainment systems sold today use proprietary software, with the underlying code tightly controlled by automakers and by a few major software providers...

... Now the auto industry is exploring open-source operating systems such as Linux more seriously than ever, hoping that sharing the work and making code available to all will lead to more rapid development cycles, lower costs and happier drivers...



Seagate rolls out NAS range with its own Linux-based operating system

... All aspects of the new products are created in-house including the new Linux based NAS OS 4, ... aimed at giving customers "a premium experience without the need for the knowledge of a specialist IT department".

The simple, flat interface minimises jargon but contains all the functionality of rival offerings including iSCiSi interfacing, RAID array and data encryption. In addition, a dedicated "SDrive" offers instant mapping of the NAS within a terminal's Windows environment.

SDrive is also available for Windows, iOS and Blackberry from launch...



Nine Reasons Linux Rules the Supercomputing Space

The latest TOP500 List of the fastest supercomputers in the world helped many in the technology community understand what open-source aficionados have known for years: Linux has quickly become the operating system of choice in the high-performance computing (HPC) market, growing from relative obscurity 15 years ago to powering 97 percent of the fastest computers in the world. But its appeal is found in more than cost or choice. Here are a few of the main reasons Linux has grown to own the lion's share of the fastest supercomputers in the world...


Microsoft versus Linux: Through the eyes of Microsoft

... Microsoft's "Why Microsoft" site is fun reading for Linux users. Plus: Is Microsoft ready to embrace open source? And when should software not be open source?

Microsoft has never been a...er...fan of Linux, to say the least. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer even likened Linux to cancer back in 2001. Now Microsoft has an unintentionally hilarious comparison of its server products and Linux on a site called Why Microsoft. Check it out, I think you'll get a few chuckles from it...




Which all adds up to a surprisingly strong message... :-)


IT is very much what we make it...
Martin
25) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1555155)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
... You would think with all the potential users that a simple query to Google "linux software for W-2 form" would come up with a program. It gives a a few hits to windows programs that run under wine, but nary a single native linux program on page 1.

... since you wouldn't know what a W-2 form is, every employer in the USA is required to generate this form for every employee. ... Ask yourself why there isn't one?

Good question and a good example.


So for the USA tax there are such as:

Open-source Tax Solver (OTS)


HOWEVER... Note the thread:


(Dated 2007) Open Source Federal Income Tax Software

"There is finally a usable US federal income tax program for Linux users who don't wish to file online..."

...

ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEES ARE OFFERED. If you have a ton of money riding on finding all the right loopholes and getting everything 100% perfect, buy a tax program or use an accountant...



Which covers important aspects for that very bureaucratic specialist area...


FLOSS works extremely well for some areas, and for example if there was a good need, general accounting packages are a good area if there is the interest there.

However, the tax system is arbitrary and changes each year which is where responsibility is very much in the strong vested interests of that government department and the industry of accountants and tax advisers that has been created. Such vested interests are not going to do themselves out of their business by being helpful to the community...

Really, this is an example where you need to lobby your government to either have a system simple enough that anyone can stay legal, or provide accessible tools for free to stay legal. Or both?!


Sorry, FLOSS is not the best tool to use for expanding or perpetuating bureaucratic entrapment!

IT is what we make it and allow it to be...
Martin
26) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1555147)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
We really are getting unusual repeated deluges with such as this latest:


Clean-up under way after Cambridgeshire flash flooding

The clean-up operation is under way across Cambridgeshire, after torrential storms sparked power cuts and major disruption on the roads.

Electricity was restored by 22:40 BST on Friday to more than 1,400 homes, after about 2in (50mm) of rain fell across the county in an hour...


Sure enough, Scotland got hit also:

Parts of Scotland affected by ex-hurricane Bertha

Parts of Scotland have been badly hit by high winds and heavy rain in the wake of what was Hurricane Bertha.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has almost 40 flood warnings in place, covering Aberdeenshire, Speyside, Moray, Caithness and Sutherland, and Tayside. Moray Council said it was going to evacuate about 200 homes at risk of flooding in Elgin.

And ScotRail said train travel was being severely impacted by flooding...

... By early Monday morning, Lossiemouth had recorded almost a month's rainfall in 12 hours...



And still the pollution greed continues:

Canada launches mission to map Arctic seabed

Canada has launched a mission to map the Arctic seabed to support its bid to extend its territory up to the North Pole.

The six-week mission comes in the face of competing claims from other countries, including Russia. Two ice-breakers are setting out from Newfoundland to collect data from an undersea ridge that starts near Ellesmere Island and runs to the Pole.

The region is believed to include large oil and gas reserves...




Been unusually heavily damp here also but not quite enough to hit the headlines.


There is a connection and it certainly ain't Biblical in nature... And the Deniers can say nothing useful other than to cling onto their convenience and profits...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
27) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1554755)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile ML1
To my eyes, indeed it does look like people are not liking what they see:


Clock ticking for Surface as Microsoft preps for gen-3 globo-launch

Losses hit $1.7bn since launch, sales a drop in tablet ocean

Given the losses Microsoft has racked up with the Surface "design point", the firm could be forgiven for drawing a line under the project rather than sending a third generation product to Britain.

In a blog post, Microsoft this week confirmed the Pro 3 model will hit the streets in 25 countries including the UK on 28 August...

... The newest Surface will have to leap off the shelves into the arms of more consumer faster than previous versions to turn a profit and carve out a market for Windows slabs, he added.

“So far it’s [Surface] not profitable or making the market, so something has to change for Microsoft to justify continued investment, especially since there’s a strategic cost...



Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer

Come 2016, if you're not up to date you're on your own – enjoy your security bugs

... giving you just shy of 18 months to get up to date...

... As of today, that means IE9 on Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2, IE10 on Windows Server 2012, and IE11 on any later version of Windows (including Windows Server 2012 R2). In fact, the only reason IE9 is still being supported on Vista is because no later versions will run on that little-loved OS...

... Microsoft is a late convert to web-standards religion, having spent the better part of 20 years releasing browsers that rendered sites in ways that were incompatible with rivals like Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.

These days, the software giant markets standards compliance as a key feature of IE11...

... Redmond even seems to want to atone for its own past bad behavior. It's now encouraging commercial customers who have built their bespoke web apps for older, patently terrible versions of IE to upgrade to IE11 and use its "Enterprise Mode" to maintain backward compatibility...




Is that throwing out of the old IE support a sensible move for better maintenance or merely a cynical Marketing push of people onto newer platforms regardless of cost?...

Or will the expense show people the light of other better ways?...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
28) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1554313)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
There is a connection and it certainly ain't Biblical in nature... And the Deniers can say nothing useful other than to cling onto their convenience and profits...

And Big Corrupt Green Profits?

If so, at least that will not be at the yet greater additional expense of polluting our planet to hell.


Market corruption and political corruption is blatantly rife and one for another thread. Any solution possible there?!


All on our only one planet,
Martin
29) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1554291)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
Thanks Byron, the vanadium battery story gets ever better.

I wonder if the Musk battery factory is going to include that tech?... One really neat trick is if you could fill up with charged-up vanadium liquid juice just like you can now with petroleum fuels or gas...


Tech quickly moves on... To cleaner better more efficient ways?


All on our only one planet,
Martin
30) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1554290)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
Is this the beginning of a change of power tech?


Who will kill power companies?...

With Tesla and Panasonic prepping the giant ... GigaFactory, Morgan Stanley has penned an investor note predicting that Elon Musk's big battery footprint will become a major disruptor to power utilities.

It's hardly disinterested, since the financiers were underwriters for a Tesla fundraising round in the past, but it remains an interesting notion: could Tesla also flog batteries to punters wanting storage for their off-grid solar kit, and if so, how would that impact the electricity generation, distribution and retail market...



All a change of power forcing a change of power in the Marketplace?...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
31) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1554287)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
We really are getting unusual repeated deluges with such as this latest:


Clean-up under way after Cambridgeshire flash flooding

The clean-up operation is under way across Cambridgeshire, after torrential storms sparked power cuts and major disruption on the roads.

Electricity was restored by 22:40 BST on Friday to more than 1,400 homes, after about 2in (50mm) of rain fell across the county in an hour...



And still the pollution greed continues:

Canada launches mission to map Arctic seabed

Canada has launched a mission to map the Arctic seabed to support its bid to extend its territory up to the North Pole.

The six-week mission comes in the face of competing claims from other countries, including Russia. Two ice-breakers are setting out from Newfoundland to collect data from an undersea ridge that starts near Ellesmere Island and runs to the Pole.

The region is believed to include large oil and gas reserves...




Been unusually heavily damp here also but not quite enough to hit the headlines.

There is a connection and it certainly ain't Biblical in nature... And the Deniers can say nothing useful other than to cling onto their convenience and profits...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
32) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1554284)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
Such is the power of the tobacco industry addiction right through onto an explosive deathbed exit:


Man killed as e-cigarette 'explodes'

A man was killed when a charging e-cigarette exploded and ignited oxygen equipment he is believed to have been using...


So, to piece together that one:

  • Oxygen being used due to lungs destroyed by smoking;
  • Have fag whilst still on oxygen;
  • Pure oxygen comes too near to hot element and kaboom...



Oxygen is extremely reactive.


Smokers really are a dying breed. Shame about the advertising still trying to kill off yet more...


All in our only one world,
Martin

33) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Does radar affect rainfall patterns? (Message 1554278)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
Several times a day I check the local NWS radar to see what's brewing in the rainfall...

... the bands are radial to the source of the radar. There will be several small narrow bands over an arc that are the same distance from the radar station. It's probably just the way the radar is presented on the computer screen but it has made me wonder if the radar can induce certain clouds types to drop their load.

Not seeing your specific example, your description for a radar sounds to be typical of:

Interference for that direction;

A nearby obstruction;

Or (unlikely but possible,) a particularly intense rain/hail cell obscuring the view beyond.

All combined by how the data is displayed or visualised.


The radar itself is far far to weak to have any discernible physical effects afar.

At worst, you might very slowly toast the feet of any bird that sat on it for any length of time...


Keep searchin',
Martin
34) Message boards : Politics : The Israel and Palestine conflict (Message 1554237)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
Just thought I'd slip this in here somewhere. Pertains to "us and them".

othering-101: what is "othering"?

Considering the two posts that followed this, I am guessing that no one is reading it.

Just finishing reading & totally agree. It can be reduced even further than the tribe grouping...

...it starts with the family unit. I've experienced that within my own family for close to 50 years & in that time, have seen it happen to other families.

So, to repeat what others have stated, where will it all end?

Or will it ever?

For one group close to home, it has taken a long time but people are perhaps now starting to look to the future rather than perpetuating the battles and persecution of the past:



Apprentice Boys of Derry: Thousands attending Londonderry parade

Up to 35,000 people are in Londonderry for the annual Relief of the City commemorations, organised by the Apprentice Boys of Derry.

The event commemorates the ending of the 17th century siege of the city and is the largest single parade in Northern Ireland each year.

The governor of the Apprentice Boys, Jim Brownlee, said he expected the march to be "peaceful".

The event passed off without incident in August 2012 and 2013.

...



Note the description as a "parade" rather than a posturing "march"...

There are times to celebrate and there are times which are good to forget.


All in our only one world,
Martin
35) Message boards : Politics : The Israel and Palestine conflict (Message 1554235)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
One small hope? Can that be applied to overcome the indoctrination to kill?


Syria: Can UK learn from deradicalisation scheme?


The Hayat programme in Germany says it has prevented 12 individuals from fighting in Syria...

... In 2012 Hayat - which means "life" in Arabic and Turkish - established a national counselling hotline for families, colleagues and friends who were worried someone they knew was on the path to violent jihadist radicalisation. ...




All in our only one world,
Martin
36) Message boards : Politics : The Israel and Palestine conflict (Message 1554233)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
Are Hamas playing a cynical game of numbers and politics where the people of Palestine are mere cannon fodder and pawns to be paraded in playing deadly games?


Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures

... Its recent report said that as of 6 August, 1,843 Palestinians had been killed and 66 Israelis and one Thai national since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on 8 July.

Of those Palestinians, the status of 279 could not be identified, at least 1,354 were civilians, including 415 children and 214 women, the UN body reported. So there were 216 members of armed groups killed, and another 725 men who were civilians. Among civilians, more than three times as many men were killed as women, while three times as many civilian men were killed as fighters...

[Yet...]

... looked at the names of 1,431 casualties and found that "the population most likely to be militants, men ages 20 to 29, is also the most ...

... "when militants are brought to hospitals, they are brought in civilian clothing, obscuring terrorist affiliations". "Hamas also has given local residents directives to obscure militant identities," ...

... "It's important to bear in mind that in Operation Cast Lead [the last Israeli ground offensive in December 2008-January 2009], Hamas and Gaza-based organisations claimed that only 50 combatants were killed, admitting years later the number was between 600-700...




At last some good investigative journalism offering some small truth.

How to get out of that?

After the decades of the same or similar story, what practical options does Israel have other than to diminish the Gaza Strip until there is nothing left or allow their own self destruction?


All in our only one world,
Martin
37) Message boards : Politics : The Israel and Palestine conflict (Message 1554232)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile ML1
Again, my posts show my views so how you see that as Euro-centric is beyond me.

In that part of the world a woman is property, like cattle or camels. Don't assume the European view that a woman is a human being with rights like a man. If you don't understand how they view the world, you will never understand how they make the decisions they do.

Unfortunately, that does seem to be so.

How can you drag stubborn old proponents hanging onto the bad old days under the excuse of culture and tradition to persuade them or even educate them into better enlightened times for all?

Those cultures mistreating women really do miss out on a lot of positive life. To the detriment of everyone there, not only women. All very sad...


So how to promote positive change?...

All in our own one world,
Martin
38) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1553793)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
Is this where the only way is a Marketing trip downwards?...


Microsoft blasts sueball at Samsung in Android patent royalty spat

... The two companies sealed their licensing deal in 2011, back in the days when Microsoft was threatening to sue all and sundry over patents covering aspects of Android smartphones.

Redmond has since inked similar deals with dozens of Android device vendors, all without revealing any dollar amounts or even which patents it's actually asserting – although it says it has around 200 that apply.

But if Samsung was a licensing cash cow for Microsoft for a couple of years, the software giant says those royalty payments began drying up once the companies' business relationship took a dramatic turn in 2013...



Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

Antivirus doesn't stand a chance becuase there's nothing for it to scan

... code reaches machines through a malicious Microsoft Word document before creating a hidden encoded autostart registry key, ... It then creates and executes shellcode and a payload Windows binary.

"All activities are stored in the registry. No file is ever created,"... "So, attackers are able to circumvent classic anti-malware file scan techniques with such an approach and are able to carry out any desired action when they reach the innermost layer of [a machine] even after a system re-boot...

... Windows Regedit cannot read or open the non-ASCII key entry. ...

The non-ASCII trick is a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied, but the feature was later cracked...

... "This trick prevents a lot of tools from processing this malicious entry at all and it could generate a lot of trouble for incident response teams during the analysis. The mechanism can be used to start any program on the infected system and this makes it very powerful,"...



Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

Another month of nasty numbers for Microsoft

... While the two traffic-counters come up with different numbers, the trend lines are very similar.

That Windows XP has fallen below 25 per cent of the market on Netmarketshare's count, and holds just 15.15 per cent of the market according to StatCounter, is good news for all as it means fewer compromised-immune-system boxes are out there to use as platforms to attack the rest of us.

Yet both surveys show that Windows 8 has failed to launch, with its two versions failing to get to even half of Windows 7's market share.

Whatever Satya Nadella says about OneWindows, unified apps, or productivity being Microsoft's great strength, the fact remains that its most recent major launch failed to capture the planet's imagination...



Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has at last revealed the date when its second major update to Windows 8.1 will ship to customers: never...

... That's right, it's "Patch Tuesday" no more. As surely as if those two words were never spoken, LeBlanc has changed the name of Microsoft's monthly dump of security fixes to "Update Tuesday," meaning we can expect new features to show up along with our critical patches from now on...




Ouch!

So... All "bugs" are now in Microsoft-speak called "features"?!...

So... The Microsoft way is that you must forever always "update" regardless of whether you want new ways imposed upon you?...

What happened to "positive innovation" for the users?

What I see as Mafia-style extortion by leveraging the threat of patents litigation is more profitable than real world device innovation?

What happened to the rallying cry of Developers DEVELOPERS Developers to fortunately make the Microsoft fortunes?

Are people really so resistant to change?

Or is it that they just don't like what they see in the new offerings?...


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


All just my own personal humble observations and opinion as always.
39) Message boards : Number crunching : A few Watts for *** 5 TFLOPS *** onna PC! (Message 1553104)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile ML1
Cool crunchin' or what?!


High five from AMD: New supercomputer GPU maxes out at 5.07 TFLOPS

AMD has upped the ante in its battle with Nvidia for the data center and high-performance computing (HPC) markets, with the launch of two new GPU cards ... the FirePro S9150 card, which maxes out at a blistering 5.07 TFLOPS peak single-precision floating-point performance and 2.53 TFLOPS peak double-precision performance.

... making the S9150, to hear AMD tell it, the most powerful GPU ever built...

... 235W...

... expected to go on sale in the third quarter of 2014. AMD has yet to disclose pricing, but expect to shell out a healthy four-digit sum...



Any takers?...

Happy super-fast crunchin' soon-ish,
Martin
40) Message boards : Politics : The Israel and Palestine conflict (Message 1553097)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile ML1
Why the West will never be able to "tame" the Muslim world & the sole reason why Israel is a "scab on the map of the Middle East (as seen by that Muslim world)"...

A pernicious threat
What does the combat death of General Harold Greene have to do with Israel? He was the unlucky one as German and Afghan generals were also wounded

Is that trying to tie in the predilection for a certain religion to promote "martyrdom" to convince their ignorant stooges to commit suicide to then supposedly enjoy some sort of promise of raping "Vestal Virgins"?...

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Ooops: Wrong ones! The Vestals were a Roman idea and cult!!

Note: Are Vestigial Virgins of Ancient Rome proof of evolving religions?

... sort of like celibate celestial coelocanths?...


In very sharp contrast, note the martyrdom to some sort of paradise idea:

72 Virgins of Terrorism

Suicide is clearly forbidden in Islam, but the permissibility of martyrdom operations (Istishhad) is an altogether different topic, with scholars being split on the issue...


Houri

... Islam also has a strong mystical tradition which places these heavenly delights in the context of the ecstatic awareness of God...


Virgins? What virgins?

It is widely believed that Muslim 'martyrs' enjoy rich sensual rewards on reaching paradise. A new study suggests they may be disappointed...


Crazy!... And stupid.

So, one hell of a way to create and get rid of rapists. Shame about the surrounding death and destruction...

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Amazing how the stooges can be so convinced to remove their brains:

So, they are not going to enjoy anything being as they themselves are or will be dead.

And in any case, if noone knows what they are doing, what good is that? Adding into that 70 or 72 or whatever the number is, only just adds to the confusion and multiplies up the misery of the expected embarrassment!


We really do need to improve unbiased inclusive education for all.

The extremist idiots would die their own death within just one or two years due to lack of supporters...

And then mutual respect and cooperation and peace?


All in our only one world,
Martin


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