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21) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1779264)
Posted 15 Apr 2016 by Profile ML1
... have you ever painted a target on yourself? giving your name to the government while you protest and saying come get me?

And that is the danger and stifling oppression of unfettered surveillance and unfettered intrusion/coercion...

Note that we are victim to that from the very latest in the trickery of (intrusive) Marketing and business-with-no-morals. In some ways, in more pervasive ways than the often blunt actions of "police states" and dictators...


How soon for the next crusade or revolution from the preyed-upon revolting citizens?

IT is what we allow it to be and what we can make it...
Martin
22) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1779174)
Posted 14 Apr 2016 by Profile ML1
Why would he? That is not his concern.


More importantly, are you going to form or join a group to defend your freedoms?

IT is what YOU allow it to be...
Martin
23) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1778547)
Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Profile ML1
And for something of an unexpected development:


The truth comes out: Microsoft needs Linux

The rumors are true. Microsoft is bringing Ubuntu to Windows. Sort of...

... "The native availability of a full Ubuntu environment on Windows, without virtualization or emulation, is a milestone that defies convention and a gateway to fascinatingly unfamiliar territory. In our journey to bring free software to the widest possible audience, this is not a moment we could have predicted. Nevertheless we are delighted to stand behind Ubuntu for Windows, committed to addressing the needs of Windows developers exploring Linux in this amazing new way..."

... We've already seen the following happen:

Microsoft bringing MsSQL to Linux
Wim Coekaerts, the man who turned Oracle into a Linux powerhouse, moving to Microsoft
Microsoft embracing Linux on its Azure cloud
Microsoft investing in Linux projects

And now, Microsoft brings Bash to Windows. The juggernaut has finally realized where the future lies...and it is not in the desktop platform. The future is the cloud, SaaS, and virtualization. The future is big data, and massive databases.

The future is Linux and Microsoft knows this...




Steady FLOSS patience and continuing excellence...

IT is what we make it...
Martin
24) Message boards : Number crunching : Show and tell your machine. Here's mine. (Message 1778543)
Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Profile ML1
Good work there. Congratulations. Shame your case doesn't have space for all the cards!


And Linux looks to be taking a very healthy mix of the top positions.


Happy fast crunchin',
Martin
25) Message boards : Number crunching : Raspberry Pi results (Message 1778542)
Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Profile ML1
This calls for an fun project. I think I will purchase an pi.

Or two or four or more for your own cluster?...


;-)


Happy cool crunchin',
Martin
26) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1778541)
Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Profile ML1
Oh, Martin. Scan the QR code, infect your android phone.


Anyone using this exploit would ensure that their payload would affect as many platforms as possible.


Good to see that the Malware developers are striving for unfettered cross-platform compatibility! Why can not 'normal' software be so easily run on any OS and on any of your hardware?


Considering the Windows platform... Perhaps obscure and easily exploited QR-codes would not be needed in the first place if the Windows platform was more reliable in the first place and gave more Human meaningful error codes in any case...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
27) Message boards : Number crunching : Climateprediction project is hogging my computer (Message 1778540)
Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Profile ML1
Given long enough, everything will balance out to the proportions you've set for your project priorities. If you've not set anything, then each project should take an equal share of the RAC for your system.


However...

If your machine is not on all of the time, the long tasks for Climate Prediction could go into 'high priority' to ensure they complete by their deadline date...


Hope that helps explain.

Happy crunchin',
Martin
28) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1778537)
Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Profile ML1
... "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."
"They can have my guns when they can pry them from my cold dead fingers." ...

Not read your article but there are various articles that state that the guns held by the victims did nothing to help them against the criminals.

Hence you may as well remove the presently readily available dangerous 'toys' until your culture and education has a chance to catch up so that people feel no need to misuse whatever 'dangerous toys'.


Where would you prefer to live at present? Syria?...

And was the old American "Star Trek" TV series an example of what was hoped for with the portrayal of the warm enlightened cooperative and productive Federation way of life vs the reality of the continuing Klingon way of life?...


Only in the USA?

All in our only one world,
Martin
29) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1778536)
Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Profile ML1
No Whey

Thanks for that. Literally polluting waste instead is turned into carbon-neutral fuel:


... Some of the gas will be used to generate electricity on-site, while the remainder will be processed and fed into the local gas grid where it will be used by homes and business for their heating and cooking.

... the total amount of gas being fed into the gas grid each year would be equivalent to the annual gas needs of 4,000 homes.

About 60 per cent of that gas is expected to be taken back out of the grid for the creamery’s own use in steam-making, leaving the equivalent of 1,600 homes’ annual gas usage circulating to homes and businesses in rural Cumbria...



Where there is the interest, there is a whey... :-P

All on our only one planet,
Martin
30) Message boards : Politics : Windows 10? (Message 1778325)
Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Profile ML1
Pray tell... What new foolishness is this?

A new pan-dimensional Redmond Blue-Screen-of-Death and Malware?...


Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

Interesting idea but we can imagine the downside...

... We'll wait to see where Redmond's engineers take this. ®




The "QR" code is an interesting idea. The completely unguarded possibilities are bound to be exploited by others other than just Redmond...

In my meager humble opinion: Obvious BONKERS!


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

(So as not to bomb the number crunching thread, please direct any extravagant comments to this parallel thread here on Politics...!)
31) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1778323)
Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Profile ML1
Pray tell... What new foolishness is this?

A new pan-dimensional Redmond Blue-Screen-of-Death and Malware?...


Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

Interesting idea but we can imagine the downside...

... We'll wait to see where Redmond's engineers take this. ®




The "QR" code is an interesting idea. The completely unguarded possibilities are bound to be exploited by others other than just Redmond...

In my meager humble opinion: Obvious BONKERS!


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

(So as not to bomb this thread, please direct any extravagant comments to the parallel thread on Politics...!)
32) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1776996)
Posted 8 Apr 2016 by Profile ML1
If you run any version of Windows, you are completely vulnerable to whatever Microsoft and their "trusted 3rd parties" have programed 'your' computer to do.


Happy computing,
Martin
33) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1774755)
Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Profile ML1
... And the effects will be felt worldwide as has long been predicted...

Just one unsettling example of a steady litany:


Is India facing its worst-ever water crisis?

On 11 March, panic struck engineers at a giant power station on the banks of the Ganges river in West Bengal state.

Readings showed that the water level in the canal connecting the river to the plant was going down rapidly. Water is used to produce steam to run the turbines and for cooling vital equipment of coal-fired power stations.

By next day, authorities were forced to suspend generation at the 2,300-megawatt plant in Farakka town causing shortages in India's power grid. Next, the vast township on the river, where more than 1,000 families of plant workers live, ran out of water...

... "Never before have we shut down the plant because of a shortage of water," says Milan Kumar, a senior plant official.

"We are being told by the authorities that water levels in the river have receded, and that they can do very little."...

... Monsoon rains have been scanty in India for the second year in succession. The melting of snow in the Himalayas - the mountain holds the world's largest body of ice outside the polar caps and contributes up to 15% of the river flow - has been delayed this year...




We are long long past the arguments of denial. The questions now really are merely chasing the ever finer detail and ever sooner timing. We completely know we are cooking our planet with industrial and industrial farming CO2 and methane in a way this planet has never suffered before.

How soon before climate forced Revolution destroys our politicians and industries?...


Watch this planet, all within our one lifetime.

Incredible.


All on our only one planet,
Martin
34) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1774754)
Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Profile ML1
So it should, with its low population density and hours of sunshine per year, over twice the hours of the UK.

It can also be used with wind power . There are now several new estates being built that have community power stations (battery's storage off 1 megawatt or more )recharged with both solar and wind turbines .
So even the U.K will be able to go totally renewable with the use of battery's .
http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4398364.htm
The link is to Catalyst a A.B.C science program all about battery's and there use and why they will be a game changer

Sorry Glenn.
It doesn't work that easy in countries like Britain or Scandinavia as in Australia.
The battery's should be able to store energy (a lot of energy) for at least 6 months before winter season that I doubt that they are capable to do.

As already mentioned, no need for 'six months' of storage... Just 24 hours is enough.

Close to home, there is this interesting example where big batteries are more cost effective than ever bigger power stations and bigger cables:


‘Europe’s largest’ grid storage battery trial goes online in UK

... A 6MW [power] 10MWh [capacity] lithium-ion battery has been installed at a substation in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire as part of a two-year trial...

... predicted to provide an array of benefits to the wider electricity system by helping reduce capacity constraints and to balance the flexible energy generated by low carbon sources such as solar PV and wind...

... The introduction of energy storage in substations like the one at Leighton Buzzard can decrease the need and cost of traditional reinforcement, such as transformers and cabling...

... predicted that the grid storage project will negate the need for over £6 million of network reinforcement costs [for new grid cables for the town]...



Shame about the abstract grandiose PR waffle in that article. Briefly, that power substation was chosen to house a big battery to avoid the £6 million cost of installing cables to power the peak load for some new housing.

The project is also a good test-bed for the sort of thing that can be done to avoid the need for new cables for the grid to support a more widely distributed supply from widely spread renewables sources.


Engineering for intermittent peak load is rather expensive. Local energy storage is a good big win both for power supply and power demand.


There are good positive ways. How do we kill of the old fossils corruption sooner?...

All on our only one planet,
Martin
35) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1774745)
Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Profile ML1
Jan what about wind Turbines they still turn in winter and that is where they could be used so I don't think you need 6 months supply only a few days witch they can do with battery's .

A lot of the wind turbines used around these northern countries get turned off because the wind is too strong, or too variable (gusty). So in times of bad weather we don't green energy because there is no sun either. ...

Strangely enough, with our wild Easter weather downing trees and cranes and scattering aircraft to divert all around England... Bridges closed and trains delayed and all that and...

Looking at the charts, wind + solar look to have steadily powered about 1/3rd of the UK electricity demands for the last four days. Looks like most of the dirty old coal fired power stations were completely turned off for some periods.

Solar + Wind look to be far more robust than the fossilized FUDs might otherwise want you to believe...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
36) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1774613)
Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Profile ML1
On a very positive note for the UK at least, looking at the power generation over here and for the four days of Easter, we have:

Coal fired power stations running down to almost zero;

Wind + Solar producing more than nuclear and on occasion more than Gas Turbine;

Due to the contribution from solar + wind, Gas Turbine have been producing less than nuclear and renewables!


Way to go!

This should be able to move to whereby instead of our hydro pump-storage schemes using 'cheap' fossil power overnight, we instead have those schemes taking excess power AT NOON from renewables to then power the 6pm peak.


Indeed the way to go for less pollution!

We may yet save our planet...

And corruption be damned?...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
37) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1774612)
Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Profile ML1
http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20160316-questioning-electric-vehicles-green-cred
Electric-car drivers are saving the planet, right? Their vehicles produce none of the pollutants that dinosaur-burning, fossil-fuel-powered machines do. That is the standard view, and governments around the world provide incentives to encourage the uptake of this new technology.

That is why a Tesla owner got a rude shock when he went to import his vehicle into Singapore — the first person to do so. Instead of an expected rebate of around S$15,000 (US$10,800) he received a fine of the same amount for being a gross polluter. The Tesla Model S is a 100% electric vehicle. It does not have an exhaust to emit from. So what happened?

The Singapore authorities calculated the ‘carbon cost’ of generating the electricity that will be used to charge the car. This is the elephant in the trunk of electric vehicles. Where and how the power is produced is not often considered, but perhaps it should be.


Finally, someone smart! ;)

Were you smart enough to read the article?...


What that article actually indicates is that for the assumptions they have made, Singapore should get rid of their overly inefficient and polluting coal fire power stations!


Aside: Hydro-power has a good place for power generation when designed and implemented in an environmentally good way. There are some good examples. Unfortunately, there are also some ill conceived big bad examples. As always, there seems to be a very unfortunate game of corruption and ignorance and the planet be damned...


All in our only one world,
Martin
38) Message boards : Number crunching : How to decipher the graphic display? (Message 1773330)
Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Profile ML1
I would only mention that the ONLY reason I got into Seti@home and later other BOINC projects was because I seen this as a screensaver on another computer.

So, it may not serve a purpose, but for me it made all the difference.

Just sayin....

What we need is a pretty and low resource cost s@h 'screensaver' that is still pretty and enticing...


I compromised for some users by turning down the screen refresh rate...

(And times move on from the very old American "Star Trek" look... Long overdue for something new?...)

Keep searchin',
Martin
39) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1772821)
Posted 20 Mar 2016 by Profile ML1
... When it implements and standardizes Double Click to Install ALL programs THEN the Average Joe may consider switching to Linux.

...

Freedom is CHOICE! Thank God we have choice and freedom. MS would try to convince us there is no choice. I say go MAC! The rest of you here seem to be for Linux. We will agree to disagree, again CHOICE!


TL

The double-click install anything from anywhere (for good or for bad) is very much a Microsoft way of things. There are better ways. Why should the rest of the world be forever stifled to forevermore only do things the Microsoft way? Is that not a way of lock-in and stifled choice?...

Linux is thankfully not Microsoft. Just as the Macs and Android are different, so are the various Linux distro. All are as user friendly as far as those users are willing to see and use something new. They are all similar enough that any new ways are easily learnt. Try not to leave yourself trapped in old habits!

Your choice as to which you prefer.


Myself, I very much prefer the cool choice of Linux and the freedoms that I can enjoy with that choice.


(Part of that freedom is enjoying more of my time for myself rather than suffering silly malware!)


IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
40) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1771906)
Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Profile ML1
I asked it before. I'll ask again, in a somewhat naive phrasing this time: why do people LOVE what is supposed to be a TOOL for self-defense?

Sarge...

Just a particular Culture.

Try to explain the the 'Why' of any Culture.

Good luck.

Too many fanciful John Wayne spaghetti westerns repeatedly shown on the TV?...


Sheesh... For a few words born out of civil war for the second amendment, are you lot still at war with each other?...


All on our only one world,
Martin


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