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21) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1598585)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile ML1
Can someone please explain what is causing this in Siberia .....



If not Methane then what is doing this ?...

Thanks for a beautiful example. Excellent. And a worrying example of the progress of our climate warming...

Yep, from the surrounding debris I'll agree it looks like a Pingo that has met its demise.

Possibly also, it could be a collapse into a limestone void below, similar to that suffered by some parts of Florida for example. That's less likely but depends on where in Siberia for what's there.


Regardless of whether methane or permafrost ice, a very old large formation has melted where once it was stable for an awful long time...

And like selfish idiots we are still doing this to our atmosphere and planet...
Martin
22) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1598583)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile ML1
It's spelled deniers.

Is that the pathetic best you can do?

So... Ignore the entire subject, completely ignore the discussion, and instead try to ridicule over a minor typo. Amazed you deign to waste our time.


Sorry, your flatulent farts pass off as nothing more than unworthy noise and pollution. Please waste your noise on another thread.

Denial and to troll is your dream? Good luck elsewhere.


Meanwhile, on our only one planet,
Martin
23) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1598001)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
... As others have said, I have no doubt man can globally influence the climate of earth. I also have no doubt man has influenced the climate. However I have serious doubts as to how man did this or that there is a single overwhelming method that man did to influence it. Such statements are seen as heresy by the CO2 lobby a/k/a warmists.

What is this? You softening your stance?

As for the excess CO2 in our atmosphere, you just need to look at the isotope mix to see where it came from... And the isotope mix clearly shows the added CO2 to be from what our industry has burnt over the last two hundred years. Worryingly, the greater proportion is from merely since WWII.


And let me guess your next claim is that we are all too late to clean up our act and that we are already cooked?...

Well, we have time yet. The question becomes how soon vs how much extra-costly later.


Meanwhile, the methane hydrates are a very dangerous joker to gamble for our atmosphere and planet... Just one example is that a shift in the gulf stream could warm places not warmed for thousands of years to then melt and release those thousands of years of accumulated methane hydrates... Somewhat of a reckless gamble beyond the atmospheric gamble already being played onwards...



All on our only one planet,
Martin
24) Message boards : SETI@home Science : The French Search for UFOs Still (Message 1597921)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
Here's an interesting relic from the dawn of TV history that the French are keeping alive long after most other countries have given up the officially funded chases:


Why the French state has a team of UFO hunters

Thousands of UFO sightings are reported every year but not many countries are willing to spend money investigating them - there is just one dedicated state-run team left in Europe. Is France onto something?...



I really like the startling UFO ring and the down-to-earth explanation. Reminds me of the various long winded threads about UFO puzzles that turn out to be nothing more than out of focus bugs on or in or too near the camera lens...

And then there's the infamous blurred debris from one of the space shuttles that was captured by onboard cameras that set the UFO people abuzz for years...


Seek and ye shall see what you want? ;-)

Keep searchin',
Martin
25) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1597775)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
... What is driving you guys mad, and continuing your obsessive attacks, is: I TRULY understand you and your tactic's. They don't work :)

As always, you ignore the discussion and instead inanely attack the person.

You have nothing to discuss.

Hope you can have a good day.


Meanwhile, Mankind continues on our only one planet,
Martin
26) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1597747)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
That sounds like you quack like a troll.

Don't trolls grunt rather than quack?

Is that for post-old-age grumpy madness as opposed to my more flattering allusion to pre-old-age grumpiness nonsense?

:-P

Cheers,
Martin
27) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1597743)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile ML1
... Troll? By asking questions, and stating that a handful of Argument's are ridiculous?...

Yep.

By never agreeing regardless of the discussion. By never adding anything useful to a discussion other than negative noise. By usually goading and getting personal whilst ignoring the message or item under discussion...

That sounds like you quack like a troll.


Just as well that at least a few people care amongst the wider selfish short-sighted silliness.

Meanwhile, we still only have our only one planet,
Martin
28) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1597432)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile ML1
One non-tech solution that is becoming ever more significant:

... Apparently The Fossil Fuel Lobby...


What started as a trickle has grown into a stream, and by most accounts, is likely to turn into a flood. We are, of course, talking about fossil fuel divestments as an increasing number of investors and fund managers are pledging to cleanse their portfolios of dirty assets – whatever that means...



All our only one planet...
Martin
29) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1597213)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile ML1
Is this really for good or bad? Or just simply far too open to abuse?...


The petition to block the Samaritans' Twitter app

The Samaritans Radar app - created to tell you which of your Twitter followers might be feeling low...

... Once downloaded, the app tracks tweets from people you follow on Twitter, and emails you if any of them sound distressed. If one of them writes "help me", "hate myself", or any other phrase the organisation deems troublesome, you'll receive an email from the Samaritans nudging you to take a closer look. The tweets are already public, and you might have spotted them anyway, so the service simply highlights things you might've missed. Right?...




Note that the default is that you are "(co)opted in" whether or not you even know about such checks on your twitterings...

Does this also open up a whole new range of Marketing?...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
30) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1597211)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile ML1
Here is a good example of a clash of attitudes:


Manchester ... hotel's images condemned as sexist

Images surrounding building work at a Manchester hotel are "demeaning" to women, a construction body has said.

Kate Lloyd, from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), condemned the ... hoarding as "depressing and highly insulting".

It follows criticism from writer Jeanette Winterson, who compared pictures of a model holding tools to those of "soft-porn babes"...





Healthy or unhealthy?

Marketing and media and role models in stories are likely far more powerful than we realize...

Is this example yet another example of cynically successful headline grab for the sake of cheap advertising at other's expense/discomfort? Really just "a bit of fun"?... Myself, considering such a cynically uncouth manipulative industry, I doubt it...


All in our only one world,
Martin
31) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1597209)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile ML1
Why don't we simply build a 10m high 1m thick reinforced concrete wall ...

Throughout history, that has never worked.

And there is no reason for such fortress silliness to work now.


Better alternatives are education, communication, and trade...

The world is what we make it...
Martin
32) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1597206)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile ML1
And for some really slimy diabetic inducing Marketing stuff:


Tax on sugary drinks passed in first US city

The US city of Berkeley in California has voted in favour of a tax on sugary drinks, the first specifically targeting soda consumption in the US.

However, nearby San Francisco has not backed a similar measure.

Although final votes were still being counted, Berkeley - which required a simple 50% majority - backed the measure with the support of about two-thirds of voters. San Francisco failed to achieve the two-thirds majority needed.

The vote was being watched across the US, in large part because the drinks industry reportedly spent millions of dollars fighting the taxes...




Also, we are what we drink...
Martin
33) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1597201)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile ML1
You are what you eat and drink...


So that means I'm a beer! Cool! (kidding Martin;)

I'm sure there's a multitude of other good ingredients included :-P


You might say I'm somewhat more mixed with a semi-diurnal mix of coffee, orange juice, and beer!... :-)


Cheers,
Martin
34) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1596206)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile ML1
... Or just jail break the dam thing and you will be able to do what ever you wish with the fone

Can you do that in the USA without yourself being slammed into jail?

"DCMA" an' all those stripes... :-(


Really the land of 'freedom'?!

Only in the USA...
Martin
35) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1595845)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile ML1
Isn't that figure a bit questionable, not that wind was the greater for that period, but that several nuclear stations are off at the moment.

That is certainly a confluence of circumstances but significant none-the-less for being a first as the wind power generation develops yet further as our nuclear power generation ages and declines...

For example, at the moment (06:00 GMT, 02/11/2014), the UK is supplied by primarily:

    1. CC-Gas 23%
    2. Coal 24%
    3. Wind 19% (4.3 Giga Watts)
    4. Nuclear 20%


Hydro is surprisingly small at merely 2%

Just for a comparison for when the UK is pretty much on minimum load.


Expect continued (heightened and adverse?...) 'lobbying' from the old profiteers as the shift in profits and fortune progresses...


Where there is a will, there are many ways positively forwards yet...

All on our only one planet,
Martin

36) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1595645)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile ML1
Meanwhile, over here in the UK for the last few days, our wind generated power has outstripped the contribution from nuclear power. At the moment we have:


Wind farms outstrip nuclear power

... for a 24-hour period yesterday, spinning blades produced more energy than splitting atoms. Wind made up 14.2% of all generation and nuclear offered 13.2%.

It follows another milestone on Saturday, when wind generated a record amount of power - 6,372 MW, according to National Grid.

This formed nearly 20% of the the UK's electricity, albeit at a time at the weekend when demand is relatively low...



And the wind power has continued to vie neck-and-neck with nuclear since then for the week.

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Martin

Isn't that figure a bit questionable, not that wind was the greater for that period, but that several nuclear stations are off at the moment.

That is certainly a confluence of circumstances but significant none-the-less for being a first as the wind power generation develops yet further as our nuclear power generation ages and declines.

Nuclear is down to about 12% to 14% power generation from being previously up above 20% of our power mix.

The big recent gain has been for the use of combined-cycle gas powered generators ("the dash for gas"). Although still fossil fuels, at least they are drastically more efficient and less polluting than dirty old coal and oil.

For example, at the moment (18:15 GMT, 01/11/2014), the UK is supplied by primarily:

    1. CC-Gas 35%
    2. Coal 24%
    3. Wind 15% (5.6 Giga Watts)
    4. Nuclear 12%


Hydro is surprisingly small at merely 2%

Nuclear fission would be good to stay in the mix for base load but at what extravagant cost and safety/pollution risk?

Meanwhile, wind, solar and tidal power are rising. Backed by new pump storage schemes and rapidly developing large scale efficient new battery tech.

Across the UK, there is scope for a LOT of small scale hydro schemes at 100kW to 2MW which can be put in place with minimal disruption. However, as is too often the case, they are held back by the present grid and established power monopoly...

[edit] Also note that to me it looks like short-term it is the CC-Gas generators/companies that are the ones that directly lose out as wind power becomes more available... Longer term, dirty old coal will get ever more squeezed out also. Expect continued 'lobbying' for such a shift in profits and fortune... [/edit]


Where there is a will, there are many ways positively forwards yet...

All on our only one planet,
Martin

37) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1595293)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile ML1
Meanwhile, over here in the UK for the last few days, our wind generated power has outstripped the contribution from nuclear power. At the moment we have:


Wind farms outstrip nuclear power

... for a 24-hour period yesterday, spinning blades produced more energy than splitting atoms. Wind made up 14.2% of all generation and nuclear offered 13.2%.

It follows another milestone on Saturday, when wind generated a record amount of power - 6,372 MW, according to National Grid.

This formed nearly 20% of the the UK's electricity, albeit at a time at the weekend when demand is relatively low...



And the wind power has continued to vie neck-and-neck with nuclear since then for the week.

We also have seen recently announced:


M&S builds UK's 'largest solar panel array' at Castle Donington

Work to build what has been described as the biggest roof-mounted solar panel array in the UK has started at a Marks and Spencer distribution centre.

More than 24,000 panels will be spread across the Castle Donington building's roof - which is the same size as 11 football pitches...

"Importantly as well as reducing our carbon emissions, it will make our site almost self sufficient during the day," he said. "It will produce 5,000 MWh of electricity a year that's equivalent to the power of around 1,190 homes."

He said the building already had one of Europe's largest solar walls.

The solar array should be complete next year.



There are good positive clean ways to go...

All on our only one planet,
Martin
38) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1595287)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile ML1
Another Solution!
http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/06/warren-buffett-i-build-wind-turbines-to-lower-my-corporate-taxes/
The Oracle of Omaha wrote:
“I will do anything that is basically covered by the law to reduce Berkshire’s tax rate,” Buffett told an audience in Omaha, Nebraska this weekend. “For example, on wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.

You've got to hand it to him: That's a very good financing ploy!


It also suggests that the "fossil fuels curruptocracy" are far too subsidized and far too powerful for their lobbying... And the pollution to damned us all.


All on our only one planet,
Martin
39) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1595273)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile ML1
So...

We've had the near viral-seeded marketing campaign hyping up the 'manufactured' news and 'news leaks' of "It's not Win9... But behold Win10 instead"!

Also with that, there are seemingly a 1001 rumors as to why no Win9 and why the jump to a magical "10"...

All that after the wild confusions of:

Win8, Win8.1, Win8.1.1, Win8 Update, ...?

... and "Patch Tuesday" is now no more to be instead re-marketed as "Update Tuesday" which confusingly is to randomly add great changes and new features (and to add risk for adding new bugs) rather than just fix bugs...

Everyone keeping up?

Have I err-ed on any of the arcanery??


And NOW...

So one of my colleagues has taken a look at the Win10 preview, sold his soul and every key he types and every click he makes and all his bits to that great watching Microsoft eye in the cloud to monitor and note, all by your required extended EULA agreement:

Win10 in terms of what you see on the screen does look rather good for those still dreaming the ways of Win7.

One rather interesting note is that the start menu appears to include links into the Microsoft Cloud to download a cloud app to do whatever function... Is this where Microsoft finally gets to fulfill its IT dream of pay-per-click and of users only merely 'renting' access to cloud apps?... Even for the most mundane everyday tasks?...


And all this is to the backdrop of:




Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

Heart of Windows 8 lives on in Windows 10

... “For the first time, Windows has first-rate tablets in addition to desktops and notebooks,” said CEO Steve Ballmer. “All of these form factors will transform what you know and experience today into something quite new and quite wonderful.”

Surface RT, Microsoft’s first effort at an own-brand PC and tablet, was unveiled at the same event “It’s the ultimate expression of a Windows PC for us,” said Sinofsky. The device went on sale at midnight in Times Square, which Microsoft took over for the night. Ads were everywhere, enticing customers to “click in”.

They did not. Surface RT was a disaster, and the following year Microsoft wrote off $900m...

... Windows 8 has sold in large numbers, of course, but its reinvented Start screen has been sufficiently unpopular that Microsoft is restoring something more like the old Start menu in its successor, Windows 10.

Businesses buy PCs with odd descriptions like “Windows 7 Professional 64 pre-installed (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro 64)” as OEMs wrestle...




More Microsoft staffers shown the door in Round 3 of job cuts

Nadella creeps close to 18,000-layoff target

... some of the cuts have hit home. In the most recent round before Wednesday's cuts, Nadella broke up Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group and closed the company's Silicon Valley research lab...

... As distressing as it may be to see so many people at one company lose their jobs, however, the process hasn't been entirely painless for Microsoft, either. In its most recent earnings report, the software giant said it had already spent $1.14bn on restructuring costs. Expect more where that came from next quarter, once Redmond has issued a few thousand more severance packages.




Is Microsoft going to reinvent itself?

Good or bad for the users?...

"Where do you want to go next?" ? ;-)



IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
40) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1595253)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile ML1
And for yet more slime-ing...


How often is 'antifreeze' added to food and drink?

Bottles of a flavoured whisky brand have been removed from shops for containing high levels of an antifreeze ingredient. How often is propylene glycol used in food and drink...

... in North America - where 50g of propylene glycol per kilogram of food or drink is acceptable - made their way to Europe, where the limit on the substance is lower, at 3g per kilogram...

... The headlines have all made reference to antifreeze, but the Fireball situation is completely different to the Austrian wine scandal of 1985. Then diethylene glycol - which can easily kill - was used to improve the flavour of sweet wine.

In this instance the substance propylene glycol, while not without controversy, is a common food additive ... also used in e-cigarette manufacturing, says Chris Kinnserley, a food safety expert, though some users have raised concerns that it can cause an allergic reaction, causing throat irritation. As a result some e-cigarette manufacturers have swapped out propylene glycol for vegetable glycerine, a plant-based alternative also used in the food and drink industry...




You are what you eat and drink...

All in our only one world,
Martin


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