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21) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1585027)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
... Thanks for that reminder:

Oil is far far too valuable to burn.

Translation: DRILL BABY DRILL!...

You are truly deluded... And thus goes poof all your trolling in a puff of smoke.


Meanwhile, there is the only one world we have,
Martin
22) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1584893)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
Is this where Microsoft is buying into reinventing itself and into a new young "userbase"? All a new game?


Microsoft Has Acquired Minecraft For $2.5 Billion

... Mojang makes no assurances about the specific future plans in store for Minecraft, but says that for now it should be business as usual. Microsoft says it “respect[s] the brand and independent spirit” of Minecraft...


Minecraft sold: Microsoft buys Mojang for $2.5bn

... Mojang spokesman Owen Hill and Microsoft have separately sought to reassure fans of the multimillion selling building sim that work on the game will continue unaffected...

Comment:

... A very telling quote. Microsoft are only interested in something like this to "monetise" it, i.e. bleed as much money as possible out of the current user base. Get ready for more subscription based offerings, (maybe an expansion of the Minecraft Realms offering?), and a crackdown on the user built extensions, (unless they are for sale and MS get their cut).

My kids (rightly or wrongly) feel betrayed. They thought "Notch" and friends were a bit different. Sad to see their illusions shattered.



Why Microsoft bought Minecraft: To lure kids to science, Nadella says

... “At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people,” Spencer wrote. “Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms.”...

... Yes, Microsoft can use Minecraft as an envoy to other platforms. And Brad Chacos has some good ideas about how Microsoft can do that. But even with more than $85 billion in cash on hand, it’s just mind-boggling. $2.5 billion for Minecraft...




What next to be dug up?

IT is what we make it...
Martin
23) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1584864)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
... a form of voodoo!...

Since reading & learning from your "linux" threads for the past few years, I have been installing Openoffice on many of my customers systems as a cost effective way to save them money. Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, my time has been taken up with installing MSOffice on those systems because many of them are now attending university & want MSOffice on their systems. ...

Such is the overwhelming power of very clever and successful Marketing and 'giving away' that Marketed product for cheap or no-cost to schools and students?...

That's quite a clever 'viral' strategy to have the schools do your Marketing and products training for you!


... Oh, & none of them find any problems with Outlook 2013, for that matter, neither do I.

Well, we've got various users with 4GByte-busting ".ost/.pst" files for their Outlook profile, multiple thousands of emails in individual folders and multi-MByte attachments, all of which appear to conspire to bring Outlook and/or their laptops to a halt. Brief relief can be gained by forcing Outlook to do a "compact". The effect is worse for known "heavy"/"unsympathetic" users. (And we've long known that our email limits with the previous mail client software have been more generous than what 'rumor' suggests Outlook can work with...)

For company 'political reasons', we've bulldozed into Outlook on all new laptops. Looks like we now need to do an unusually early 'archiving' to archive most of the email off to an archive area and force everyone to be 'more tidy' with their mails...

We have our own "Cloud" and so there should be less reason for the big email attachments. However, old lazy habits are slow to die for most users...



IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
24) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1584848)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
... Perhaps positive change is possible?

Are they still buying their crude to make their plastic?

EXACTLY so!


Thanks for that reminder:

Oil is far far too valuable to burn.


All on our only one planet,
Martin
25) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1584681)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
Yet another example of how some of the dirty fossils are far more polluting and dirty than has previously been admitted... And this example is for BEFORE anything even gets burnt into pollution:


U.S. Methane 'Hot Spot' Bigger than Expected

One small “hot spot” in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States – more than triple the standard ground-based estimate...

... "The results are indicative that emissions from established fossil fuel harvesting techniques are greater than inventoried," Kort said. "There's been so much attention on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, but we need to consider the industry as a whole."

Coalbed methane is gas that lines pores and cracks within coal. ...

Frankenberg noted that the study demonstrates the unique role space-based measurements can play in monitoring greenhouse gases.

"Satellite data cannot be as accurate as ground-based estimates, but from space, there are no hiding places,"...




All on our only one planet...
Martin
26) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1584667)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
And so on to disinfecting one piece of what I consider to be poisonous advertising:


How LEGO got awesome to #SaveTheArctic

Today we got the awesome news: after a three-month campaign supported by more than a million people worldwide, LEGO has announced it will not renew its contract with Arctic destroyer Shell.

This is fantastic news for LEGO fans and Arctic defenders everywhere. And it’s a huge blow to Shell’s strategy of partnering with beloved brands to clean up its dirty image...




Perhaps positive change is possible?

All on our only one planet,
Martin
27) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1584661)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
Clyde i did find it funny , it's why i put lol laugh out loud . In fact it cracked me up and i thought it was a good reply .

Guess that goes with the thunderous crack of lightning!


Nothing unusual for the conditions then? Really?

Looks like Clyde is playing the part of the New King Canute but for different reasons...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
28) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1584646)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
On a shining positive note for once:


Malala and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize.

At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize.

The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls' education. She now lives in Birmingham in the UK.

The Nobel committee praised the pair's "struggle against the suppression of children and young people".

Mr Satyarthi has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protests, "focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain,"...




All in our only one world,
Martin
29) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1584046)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile ML1
Martin as the resident Linux Guru. Why havent you persauded your employer to just go with Linux staright up?
Show him the error of his ways. And tell him Linux will forever free him of such hassles.

Already done when we moved off the last Win2000 server well over a decade ago. We gained a x4 performance upgrade on the existing infrastructure. Our server rooms have been a Windows-free zone ever since.

Works very well and we gain extra savings in simply not having ANY Microsoft CALs to waste time with to suffer Voodoo costings! (We would also need to hire someone full time just to work out the licensing and EULAs!!)


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
30) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1584037)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile ML1
Meanwhile, Autumn has hit the UK with a "bang", and late:

[...]

UK weather: Stormy conditions hit power supplies

Hundreds of homes in parts of the UK have been left without electricity after severe gales. Power providers in north-west England and Northern Ireland have been working to reconnect those affected. ...

... "This is a very typical autumnal set up, but as we have had an exceptionally dry September and the trees are still in leaf, wind and rain events like this can, and have, caused some disruption."

Northern Ireland Electricity said 1,000 customers were without power as of 14:00 BST - down from more than 7,000 earlier. ...




And today we've had squalls and thunderstorms(!) despite the temperatures normally being way too low for such things and all too late in the year in this expected climate...

Perhaps we need a new measure for how disruptive our new weather is...

Really all just 'natural'?...

Looks like the thunder and lightning has been noticed:


Lightning damage 'worst in 20 years' - Western Power

... About 100 homes are still cut off after 12 hours of electrical storms over Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and the Swansea area. At its height 1,600 properties were hit. The company expects all homes will be reconnected by 19:00 BST.

Scottish Power said heavy rain was a factor in the loss of power to hundreds of homes, mostly in Gwynedd.

A fallen tree and landslip also blocked the A465...




All on our only increasingly industrially polluted planet,
Martin
31) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1583708)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile ML1
Meanwhile, Autumn has hit the UK with a "bang", and late:


UK set for driest September since records began

... The country received just 19.4mm of rain up to 28 September, about a fifth of the normal level.

It has also been one of the warmest Septembers in the past century.

But forecasters say the UK is set for a return to more normal conditions in early October - with cooler, wetter, and windier weather expected...



UK weather: Stormy conditions hit power supplies

Hundreds of homes in parts of the UK have been left without electricity after severe gales. Power providers in north-west England and Northern Ireland have been working to reconnect those affected. ...

... "This is a very typical autumnal set up, but as we have had an exceptionally dry September and the trees are still in leaf, wind and rain events like this can, and have, caused some disruption."

Northern Ireland Electricity said 1,000 customers were without power as of 14:00 BST - down from more than 7,000 earlier. ...




And today we've had squalls and thunderstorms(!) despite the temperatures normally being way too low for such things and all too late in the year in this expected climate...

Perhaps we need a new measure for how disruptive our new weather is...

Really all just 'natural'?...


All on our only increasingly industrially polluted planet,
Martin
32) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1583707)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile ML1
... This issue is too important than that.

What's that?

The World as We Know It, money, politics, or morals, Or?


All on our only one world,
Martin
33) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1583705)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile ML1
Are the Dirty Fossils seeing their demise and playing it dirty?...


Falling price of solar panels leads utilities to lobby for taxes

A year after Spain, the sunniest country in Europe, issued notice of a law forcing solar energy-equipped homes and offices to pay a punitive tax...

... “The utilities are in a death spiral,” he told Reuters by telephone while driving between a pub where he helped set up 120 solar panels...

... In Australia, he said, solar panels have shifted from being a heavily subsidized indulgence for environmentally conscious households to a pragmatic option for businesses wanting certainty about what their costs will be next year...

... Solar photovoltaic panels constitute the fastest growing renewable energy technology in the world since 2000. Global capacity has exploded from 1.5 gigawatts at the turn of the century to 136 gigawatts currently ... the price of solar panels has plummeted 80 percent since 2008...

... the surge in installations of rooftop solar panels is beginning to hit utilities and their business model of charging customers on the basis of consumption.

Joined by traditional energy companies, they are lobbying governments to reverse decades of subsidies to green, renewable energy such as solar and, in some cases, to tax them...

... The record for a country installing solar PV in a year was China, in 2013, with 11.3 gigawatts or nearly a third of global installations. China wants 35 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic capacity by 2015 and 100 gigawatts, nearly the entire current world total, by 2020...

... A 60 percent drop in wholesale power prices in six years has forced Germany’s utilities to book billions of euros in writedowns on their coal and gas plant portfolio.

“The low power prices are leaving a trail of blood...



Royalla solar farm opens as sector faces meltdown

... The irony of a group of foreign ­investors toasting such a significant investment in solar at a time when Australia’s renewable industry stares down its own demise...

... the uncertainty around support for the mandated 41,000 gigawatt hours of renewable output, which has until now enjoyed bipartisan backing, has already cost the industry dearly, executives say. With $15 billion of investment on hold and investors and lenders ­immobilised, the review has created significant sovereign risk for Australia...

... George at Infigen, which has ­frozen around $2.5 billion worth of ­investment while the 'review' is ongoing, has said he may have no option other than to consider legal action against the government...

... Pacific Hydro’s Lane Crockett says he is struggling to understand the rationale of the report which, on one hand, catalogues the benefits of the scheme in terms of long-term impacts on electricity prices, investment and regional job creation, then ­recommends “killing it” on the other.




Meanwhile, beyond the reach of the dirty politics, there are these Spanish projects blazing brightly ABROAD:


Morocco gets $519 million World Bank loan for solar power project

Morocco has secured a $519 million loan from the World Bank to partly finance two solar power plants with a combined capacity of up to 350 megawatts (MW), the second phase of the 500 MW Ouarzazate project...


Gestamp Solar signs $28 million contract with Kuwait Oil for 10 MW PV plant

Spain’s Gestamp Solar has signed a $28 million contract with Kuwait Oil Company to build the first utility-scale PV plant in Kuwait.

Gestamp Solar, the photovoltaic energy division of Gestamp Renewables, will engineer, construct, operate and oversee maintenance of the 10 MW Umm Gudair Field solar plant...



All just a few pieces of what a world-wide plan for clean energy could deliver:

Here’s how solar power could outshine all other electricity sources by 2050

Solar power could comprise the largest share of global electricity production by 2050 — and it wouldn’t be expensive to get there.

In a report released Monday, the International Energy Administration (IEA) lays out a roadmap to make electricity generation entirely zero-carbon within the next 35 years, with solar power leading the charge...




All on our only one planet,
Martin
34) Message boards : Politics : Stupid or Not Stupid? #2 (Message 1583455)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile ML1
Showing around the world:


Black Ice - the story of the Arctic 30

When the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise set sailto protest the first ever oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, none of the people on board could have known what was coming.

Seized at gunpoint by Russian special forces, the ‘Arctic 30’ were thrust into headlines all over the world, facing up to 15 years in prison and finding themselves at the centre of a bitter international dispute...



All a part of:

Russian authorities terminate investigation into "Arctic 30" protest after twelve months

Amsterdam, 1 October 2014 - Russia's Investigative Committee (IC) has ended a year-long investigation into a peaceful protest at an Arctic oil rig last year which led to the imprisonment of 28 activists and two freelance journalists who became known as the "Arctic 30"...

"Today's news brings great relief to the Arctic 30 and their families who have faced a year of uncertainty after an entirely peaceful protest. However, we cannot understand how it took the Investigative Committee a year to establish what was clear from the start: that these people are passionate activists, not pirates.

"In December the Arctic 30 received an amnesty when it became obvious that their treatment was unfair and disproportionate. Since this story began, the Investigative Committee has tried to bend the rule of law to persecute those who dare to oppose Arctic oil drilling. This persecution has had the opposite effect, and our movement is much stronger both in Russia and around the world.

"We will continue to take action in defence of the Arctic whether in Russia, the US or anywhere else. We have millions of people with us and the powerful wind of change in our sails."...




Stupid or Not Stupid?


It's a World-Wide event on our only one world.
Martin
35) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1583449)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile ML1
The world of Dirty Fossils Corruptocracy...


"It's the Devil's excrement" - Where fossil fuels lurk, corruption creeps

When it comes to resource extraction and the political process — the issue is a global one. Have a look at some of the recent coal-[cor]ruption stories that have been breaking all around the world. ...

Australia In the state of New South Wales, an independent corruption inquiry has revealed questionable dealings between the founder of the Australian coal mining giant Whitehaven Coal, the owner of the Maules Creek mine and the state government. The sheer volume of political figures involved...

India The 'Coalgate' corruption scandal finally culminated in the Supreme Court of India ruling the cancellation of almost all coal allocations made since 1993... "It is expected that the Government will not deal with the natural resources that belong to the country as if they belong to a few individuals who can fritter them away at their sweet will."...

Indonesia Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resource Minister has recently been named as a suspect in a graft case...

China The ongoing anti-corruption investigation in China has revealed strong ties between state officials and the coal industry ... charged with corruption offences - has said of the province: "It has coal; the coal brought money; that brought corruption."...

US Since January 1990, a US federal agency has been leasing coal tracts in auctions that have only one bidder, and accepted bids at rock bottom prices...

... Together, these stories reveal the persistent corruptive power of the coal industry, with some very real casualties...




All on our only one planet that is home to us all,
Martin
36) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1583440)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
And we continue to be slimed...


Just listen to what is said and described here:

[BBC iplayer] Michael Pollan on Food

What should we eat? Jo Fidgen talks to the influential American writer Michael Pollan about what food is - and what it isn't. In an interview before an audience at the London School of Economics and Political Science he criticises the way the food industry has promoted highly-processed products ... He believes that the plethora of accompanying health claims have left us more confused than ever about what food really is, ... and its impact on our health and the environment. His solution?...


For anyone who cares anything about themselves and everyone and everything around, that 30mins program is a must-listen-to...

Note how he has to euphemistically use a certain phrase for his very direct descriptions... Such are the high stakes in Marketing whilst the rest of us be slimed?

So how could we allow Marketing to get our food so wrong?...

Just one small part of the history and story:


Diet - Scurvy

... Vitamin C is destroyed by heat, and thus [is] not present in pasteurized and commercially processed foods. Children and teenagers who consume too many processed foods and few fresh fruits and vegetables may be getting inadequate amounts of vitamin C. (In 1914, an increased incidence of scurvy among infants was attributed to consumption of heated (pasteurized) milk and vitamin C–deficient commercially processed foods.)...


Processed vs. Unprocessed Food

In America, we are often so removed from the source of our food that we don't really know where it comes from, what it originally looked like, nor what has been done to it before it reaches us. In fact, we often don't even realize the variety of food that exists...

... As white flour became cheaper and more common, many people began falling ill due to diseases caused by lack of proper nutrition. Several vitamins and minerals had been removed from the flour and not replaced. (See "The Scoop on Wheat" below.) In the early 1900's, doctors were beginning take in patients with diverticular disease which they believed was caused by a low-fiber diet. This was the first time that such a disease had been noticed in the US and it coincided with the introduction of processed foods to the American diet. ... given a medical examination prior to military conscription. Forty-one percent of them turned out to be not only in poor health but unfit for service...



Nine reasons to never eat processed foods again

Resisting the urge to drink that soda pop or eat those chips can be tough, especially if you have grown accustomed to eating these highly addictive foods as part of your normal diet. But once you understand a little bit more about how these and other processed foods affect your mind, body, and even your soul, it becomes easier to make healthier food choices...



Just how have we allowed Marketing to go so wrong?!

All in our only one world,
Martin
37) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1583423)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
... Microsoft promised an OS that will be more intuitive...

The Microsoft Marketing must be slipping... From my view, I've noticed how usually such things are not even admitted or alluded to... There is an implicit assumption made that if you can't easily use Windows, then somehow it must be all your fault because "how could anyone not use something that is as easy as child's play?"...

Sooo... Microsoft admits that Windows is not as 'intuitive' as it could be?

For myself, I'm suffering far too many users completely befuddled by the latest incarnation of Outlook (2013) for the almost randomly arranged menues and contorted context conditional routes through to commonly used features. Some frustrated users really do see the thing as a form of voodoo!

(And we've had to employ a new IT Assistant just to help out with the extra calls from the latest 'upgrade'... The common document format ODF to break the .docx/ooxml hegemony can't come soon enough!!)


So what did happen to the clean and clear ideas from Xerox Palo Alto from way back in the 70's for how computers should be easily and reliably usable?...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
38) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1583415)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
Can this really be in the new Microsoft "EULA"?

And people agree to such silliness??!! Really?!!!


Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

Don't want Microsoft tracking you online and collecting data on your computing habits? Then you probably shouldn't install the Windows 10 Technical Preview...

... going as far as to claim that Windows 10 comes with a "built-in keylogger" to watch users' every move.

Turns out these Chicken Littles were right – sort of – but according to Microsoft they should have known about the data collection from the get-go, because they agreed to it...



Incredible for the arrogance meets gullibility!


IT is what we make it and what we allow it to be...
Martin
39) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1583413)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
& just what does that have to do with Windows?

Just a curiosity for where and how "Windows" is being funded or subsidized...

Also a stark example of some of the 'business practices' being employed.


From my view, it all certainly ain't for the good of the users/consumers.

(And are all the other big Corps all "just as bad"?...)

Marketing rules?... "Innovation" be damned!?...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
40) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1583404)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
Another success despite dirty coal playing foul and criminally dirty:


Dirty Coal shown red card by India’s Supreme Court

Greenpeace International and Greenpeace India today welcomed the Indian Supreme Court's landmark decision on the country's coal scam following the Court's cancellation of the licenses of 214 coal blocks...

... The verdict is a victory for the environment and the people of India against rampant corruption and crony capitalism rife in the resource extraction industry...

"... Today's ruling calls the bluff on coal's dirty secret and should signal the end of complicity between the state and corporate players. It’s a strong message from the highest court in the country to the government and industry that the laws of the land cannot be circumvented and disregarded. The government has a clear choice – whether to develop a pro-people, pro-green economic model, or stick with corrupt, expensive, dirty energy."...



That was achieved despite:

Greenpeace urges fair and transparent vote on protection of India’s Mahan forest

... This will be the second vote after Greenpeace India and the local community members exposed clear indications of corruption involving the forgery of votes at last year’s Gram Sabha. (1)

In the run-up to the vote, the forest community’s rights have been violated in a systematic clampdown including the intimidation of villagers. This has been accompanied by the seizure of Greenpeace India's communication equipment and the arrests of its activists...




Is there hope yet? Or do we really need to go to "war" against the entrenched rampant dirty fossils corruption?

All on our only one planet,
Martin


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