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1) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions (Message 1504672)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile The Simonator
A small step in the right direction. British Airways announces green fuel plant in Essex

BA will commit to buy 50,000 tonnes of jet fuel made from converted waste as part of GreenSky project

A good start, but since a 747 hold 165 tonnes of fuel, that's only enough to fill 303 747s.
Still, if it works other plants will probably spring up, so things are going the right way.
2) Message boards : Politics : NSA silences the web & newspapers! (Message 1504383)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Heartbeat reveals loophole for NSA spying

... & I'll bet that they are not the only ones to take advantage of that fact.

Heartbeat? Surely this is an unusual plot twist for them...
3) Message boards : Politics : Crimea 2 (Message 1504382)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Seen the Stanley Kubrick film Dr Strangelove?


"Gentleman, you can't fight in here, this is the war room!"
4) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1504353)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
But this is a Windows thread... A better question is why there is such widespread use still of the antique Windows XP?

Why have such Windows users never 'upgraded'?

Really? Can Windows offer nothing better from so long ago?!

Probably for the same reason i still have two computers in the lab running XP (one connected to the HPLC system, the other to the UV/Vis photometer) and one running 95 (the IR spectrometer).
The computers wouldn't be capable of running later versions of windows, thus requiring a hardware upgrade, which isn't necessary as they still work just as well as they always have.

Using my mother as an example, all she does with the PC is browse the internet, send email and type out the occasional letter. Now, she has an old computer which in this case runs Xubuntu, but it originally ran XP which for her purposes would be quite sufficient. What's her incentive to upgrade a perfectly functional machine in order to run a new operating system when she doesn't do anything to require it.

This is a point that a lot of the techies who bemoan people sticking with XP seem unable to comprehend. All these new features that Win8 boasts, many users don't want or need.
If i told my mother that her new operating system comes with 'Deep Cloud Integration' she'd set up a dehumidifier next to it!
5) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1504352)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
There is a lot to be said for decimalisation!
6) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions (Message 1504351)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Where next for Avaaz in 2014? ... Priorities...

One part of that list i'm dubious about is this:
"Safeguarding our health and food, including from GMOs"
Pretty well everything we eat is genetically modified, admittedly not always by specific gene manipulation, but selective breeding is still genetic modification, just at a slower rate.
7) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions (Message 1504349)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Yep, education is sorely needed...

...for spammers posting the same link on various threads.

To be fair, it was different parts of the link destination that were valid for both threads.
8) Message boards : Politics : Malayan Boeing B777-200 missing (Message 1504337)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
So, if it does end up being proved that it was a pilot induced crash in an attempt to create a hostage situation how would you feel then? I know it's not fair to all the law abiding peace loving muslims of the world but incidents of the recent past do not help their case. Everyone has the right to practice the religion of their choice until that practice starts violating the basic rights of others. It then goes beyond religion and becomes simple crime.

Once it's been proved, then such comment may be justified for this specific event. However, until it has been proved, it isn't.

Lynn is right, lets keep religion out of this.
9) Message boards : Politics : Double standard on violence (Message 1504336)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Back to weapon safety...

Oh Dear...

Definitely a sign of having too many guns if a person can forget where they left one.

My .22LR only comes out for specific activities or trips and stays locked in the cabinet at all other times. No way i'd be likely to leave it in the boot and forget about it.

(Yes i do own a gun, for which i have a license, and a secure cabinet. Before anyone accuses me of hypocrisy, i would point out that in my first post to this thread i said that guns need regulation, not banning.)
10) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1503956)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Or to give them several escape suggestions if they rob the place.

By the way, the answer to arithmetic question 2 is £667,990 14s 9d, took me a couple of minutes with a pen and paper, but not that hard in itself.

Question 3 (divide £739 11s 11d by 556) took me a little longer, but it's £1 6s 7d, remainder 11s 5d.


Skimming a couple of pennies?

No, i'm an honest teller! :)

If the 11s 5d should go missing though...
11) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, acceptance (Message 1503939)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile The Simonator
That is a bit chalk and cheese.
Humans are one species, insects are an entire class.

If all mammals disappeared from the Earth, i think that may have a larger effect.
12) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1503935)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I want to know why if Linux is so good, Why cant they even give it away. Youd figure that the PC makers would jump at the chance to not pay for an OS.

Dell offer some of their computers with Ubuntu pre-installed.
Some other manufacturers offer their products with no operating system installed, making it easy to install the OS of your choice.

The reason a lot of companies don't do this, or only supply computers with Windows and other bloatware pre-installed is because Microsoft ties them into contracts to force them.
13) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1503928)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Or to give them several escape suggestions if they rob the place.

By the way, the answer to arithmetic question 2 is £667,990 14s 9d, took me a couple of minutes with a pen and paper, but not that hard in itself.

Question 3 (divide £739 11s 11d by 556) took me a little longer, but it's £1 6s 7d, remainder 11s 5d.
14) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1503915)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Something like this would really throw modern kids a curve... :-)

What's lurking inside BoE's vaults?

Hint for Pounds(£) Shillings[s) & Pence[d), there were 240 pennies to the pound, 12 pennies to the shilling and 20 shillings to the pound for those curious enough to attempt the math.

One of those questions was "Trace the course of the following rivers, Loire, Mississippi, Rhine, Seine and Vistula."
Now i'm a great believer in knowledge for its own sake, but what use is the above to a bank teller?
15) Message boards : Politics : Malayan Boeing B777-200 missing (Message 1503912)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile The Simonator
At this stage of things I would be hesitant about riding in an airliner piloted by a muslim. They seem to be able to hide their true intentions right up to the time they are called on to make their ultimate sacrifice to Alla, making the whole muslim community suspect in the eyes of the rest of the world.

It's this kind of speculation that does much of the damage to Muslims and other groups. Better to stick to facts, fact is we don't know what happened, and until such time as we do know what happened, wild guessing doesn't help.
16) Message boards : Politics : Crimea 2 (Message 1502690)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I know that, i wasn't proposing that gas might forever supply our electricity needs.
But in the short term rather than just burning it off, providing no useful effect, why not use it to run generators?
Generators are great if they are in the building but that's it. It is like why not take the tons of food thrown away in the West every day and give it to the starving? The starving are not where the food is, it is a transportation problem. Setting up a buffet of leftovers in New York will not help the starving thousands of miles away.

I can see the problem of transporting natural gas from every oil/gas well but burning off 30% is shocking. It is the typical make a profit every quarter to keep the shareholders happy. It is and always was a common practice to "flare" gas one could not transport. In 2011 the world "flared" 140 billion cubic meters of NG. That is enough to supply the Ukraine for 2.4 years.

BTW in the Ukrainian domestic wells they "flare" 9% of what they pump.


It wouldn't be a great hardship to move the generator to where the gas is though.
17) Message boards : Politics : Double standard on violence (Message 1502687)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Possibly because knives and cars have other useful tasks to perform, chopping food and getting to work for example.

What other uses do guns have beside killing things? Bashing in nails perhaps?

The car crash was an accident, accidents will happen. 1 dead, 12 injured.

The stabbing rampage was deliberate, however there were no deaths, 14 injured.

The cinema shooting in Colorado in 2012, twelve dead, 70 injured.

Guns are far more dangerous objects and therefore need regulation.
18) Message boards : Politics : Crimea 2 (Message 1502622)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I know that, i wasn't proposing that gas might forever supply our electricity needs.
But in the short term rather than just burning it off, providing no useful effect, why not use it to run generators?
19) Message boards : Politics : Crimea 2 (Message 1502610)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Why not burn the gas to generate electricity, which can then be used to power the plant or exported to the grid?
Seems obvious to me.
20) Message boards : Politics : 6a: Setting Europe Ablaze - Part 2 (Message 1502608)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
So on the one hand you're critiscising the open of coal mines, and on the other you're critiscising the closing of them. Do make up your mind.

You're acting like Merkel has personally opened these new mines, she hasn't.
She's responsible for guiding Germany in the right direction, which if you look at the graph in the article, they're still heading in. This is just a blip.

And as for the Daily Mail story, my opinion on that comic has been stated many times before.


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