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WikiLeaks reveals new draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Re: Unrepresentative

US democracy has long since been broken and its judiciary politicised. It costs so much to get elected there that the politicians only represent the corporations that fund them. With TTIP, those corporations are now trying to take control of democracy in Europe as well.

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Cherry picking

Sigh! Lewis is as bad as the so-called educational charity fronted by Nigel Lawson in cherry picking research that fits his agenda.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Re: JavaScript performance

"The last 3 major releases of IE (9, 10, 11) have all been faster than the current version of Chrome at the time on the SunSpider JavaScript performance test..."

Here are the scores for the Octane benchmark on my 64-bit Windows 7 PC:

IE 11: 7,400

FF 32: 12,400

Chrome 38: 14,300

The V8 JavaScript engine makes Chrome nearly twice as fast as IE, but I'll stick with FF as I don't consider that to be spyware.

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JavaScript performance

Better than doing a deal to use Chrome would be one to use V8, its JavaScript engine. That's much faster than IE's.

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

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Connecting to a PC

My Nokia 925 looks like another disk drive in Explorer, when it's plugged into my Windows 7 PC, so photos and music can be dragged and dropped in both directions.

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You like jumping out of planes? Try the new GoPro 4. Short walks? There's a Hero instead

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Re: Windows control app support still missing?

"I am going to take a shot in the dark here and assume they mean Windows for tablets and phones."

GoPro do have an app for Windows Phone:

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/gopro/bca90c60-10c7-4009-b8b0-13df4ebcf9da

Haven't tried it so don't know if it's any good.

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Google grand fromage Eric Schmidt: Backing climate denier lobby a 'mistake'

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Re: I'm a little puzzled

"Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, told National Public Radio that the company had joined Alec, a lobby group that shares model legislation, for a campaign on an unrelated issue." Source.

This bears frequent repetition:

“The facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people — they’re just, they’re just literally lying.”

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Re: Crap rebuttal, as you would know if it had happened to you

"From the point of view of someone who has been accused of being an "AGW denier" ..."

The plural of anecdote is not data, but AGW deniers are not fond of data.

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Nice try

According to the OED, a denier is "one who denies" something. They cite a few examples of its usage, the first dating from c1475, none of which mention the Holocaust. Of course, AGW deniers have tried strenuously to make that association, in an attempt to discredit the use of such an apposite term against them. Well, if the cap fits ...

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This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...

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I may be out on a limb here, but ...

While I understand the need to recover costs through advertising, I would willingly pay for a useful app that didn't require access to features and data which are not needed for it to function.

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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

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Re: Is MS staffed by muppets ?

Not trying to promote Barclays, but they wrote a mobile banking app for WP which is very good. Try waving that at Nationwide's IT director.

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: Vested interest

"Then why do you insist on portraying anyone who questions the 'settled science' as such [sociopaths]? They're not all toadies owned by big oil."

Because, given a clear risk to the stable climate which sustains us all, you'd have to be a sociopath to think that your political ideology is more important.

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Vested interest

"you'll have to take into account the fact that those working in climate 'science' have a massively vested interest in not de-railing the funding bandwagon"

Did you ever consider that their "massive vested interest" might simply be to warn us that we are behaving like lemmings walking towards a cliff, because we'll take them with us, if we don't alter course?

We're not all sociopaths.

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Conflict of Interest

Just two climate committee MPs clash with IPCC - and at least one of them has a clear conflict of interest:

"Tethys Petroleum (TSE:TPL) (LON:TPL) announced Wednesday that its vice chairman, Peter Lilley, has been appointed as the co-chairman of the Uzbek-British Trade & Industry Council (UBTIC).

"I am very pleased that Peter has been appointed to this position which is instrumental in developing commercial and business relations between Britain and Uzbekistan,” said Tethys’ chairman, president and CEO, Dr. David Robson."

From proactiveinvestors.com.

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EU ministers respond sleepily to Viv Reding's 'Snowden wake-up call' on data protection

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Spooks and lobbyists will neuter this

EU legislation is now dominated by lobbyists (see their capitulation to demands that oil from tar sands not be discriminated against) rather than governments, but in this case it's both, so this data protection package stands no chance of being enacted.

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Microsoft lobs Files app at WinPhone users with lots of ... uh ... files

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Not so missing feature

Well, that'll upset the developers of Pocket File Manager! Maybe it'll survive due to not having the "modern" look.

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IETF plans to NSA-proof all future internet protocols

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Re: They'll never beat the spooks

"Something more like a supercomputer than a sniffer and data recorder."

or a warrant.

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Boffins say hot air makes Antarctica COLDER

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Re: Warming more slowly=getting colder.

Perhaps more apposite, in the context of AGW denial, is this quote from Mark Twain:

"Never argue with a fool. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience".

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ITU says IT industry must become 'resilient' in face of climate change

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Re: " ... short- and long-term climatic manifestations."

Didn't take long for the "it's always happened" meme to pop up.

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No problems here

At least we'll still be able to read about the disasters on El Reg, as Lewis will be fending them off by standing at the door asserting they can't be happening, because AGW is a scam.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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Re: The takeaway . . .

"The question then becomes - why do so many people who have not critically analysed the data with a trained and experienced eye decide that those who have are wrong?"

There's a good research paper on this here, by Stephan Lewandowsky et al from the University of Western Australia. It was originally published in Frontiers of Psychology, but they withdrew it when some of the anti-AGW propagandists cited in it threatened to sue. The University stands by the research and now hosts the paper online.

In summary: "much of science denial takes place in an epistemically closed system that is immune to falsifying evidence and counterarguments".

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

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Re: 1980-2010 was warmer than 1970-2000

Squander Two, my point is that references to "CAGW" are generally made by those in denial of the basic physics of AGW. I'm pleased to see that you agree that the planet is warming due to our emissions of greenhouse gases.

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Re: 1980-2010 was warmer than 1970-2000

· CO2 is a greenhouse gas the effect of which increases with its concentration in the atmosphere.

· The concentration of CO2 has increased from about 315ppm to 400ppm in the past 50 years.

· This has resulted in less heat being returned to space, ergo the planet is warming up.

I regard this stuff as very basic physics. What about you, Squander Two?

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You missed ocean acidity increasing as it absorbs CO2. Not good for coral reefs or shellfish from krill upwards.

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Re: Get your facts sorted!

"Ah, Sceptical Science, the noted purveyor of the green dream, so everything they say is true, I think not."

Ivan 4, why do you think not?

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Re: Blue sky thinking

Tricky, when it's slowly bubbling up out of a vast area.

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Re: Get your facts sorted!

Both statements are true: the rate of increase of atmospheric temperatures has declined while the excess heat retained by the greenhouse effect has gone into the oceans and latent heat to melt ice.

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New IPCC report: 8 ways climate change will throw world INTO PERIL

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"the average global temperature has not risen in seventeen years"

You can't have been paying attention when you were briefed with which memes to concentrate on in the build-up to the release of this IPCC report. Even ignoring the fact that the heat is not just going into the atmosphere, globally, the hottest 12-month period ever recorded was from June 2009 to May 2010.

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Re: It's the words: stupid.

"If these guys (or any of the other climate change bods) wants our attention - or even more: for someone, somewhere to actually DO something, they need much more than wishy-washy risks and dangers. They need numbers, dates, times and places. Who will die - specifically - their names please, when and what will the photos look like on the news reports. Who will have to pay. Which wars will break out and how much civil unrest will there be - and in which towns - and did they for for our party."

Therein lies the success of the propagandists denying AGW. They keep upping their demands for proof as the proof gets every more undeniable. I doubt they'd concede, even if they were having to paddle through floods to their charitable foundations and think tanks.

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Google, Microsoft tackle climate change as IBM seeks cancer cure

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Unsettling for some

Judging by the comments here and elsewhere, it's clearly unsettling for those with a certain agenda that major corporations are publicly accepting that global warming is a serious concern and are prepared to put their money where their mouths are. The CEO of Apple even told investors complaining about their policy of building and using renewable sources of energy that it was the right thing to do, and they should sell their stock-holding if they didn't like it. It would be far more sensible to get out of fossil fuels, because those corporations are going to have to leave much of their products in the ground.

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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Re: sooo.....

Just a thought, but we could try reducing greenhouse gas emissions to see if that helps.

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CIA hacked Senate PCs to delete torture reports. And Senator Feinstein is outraged

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Schadenfreude

Surely, if Feinstein's got nothing to hide, she's got nothing to fear.

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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Re: The Sun is the source.

As Senator Moynihan put it, "You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts". The argument that the sun is the source has been debunked so many times that it's like trying to kill a zombie.

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Agenda

I must have missed the day when Lewis wrote about known positive feedback mechanisms that really could make climate change a big problem.

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Microsoft courts mobe-makers, tweaks Windows 8 for WIMPs

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The odd one out?

I actually prefer my Nokia 925 to my previous Samsung with Android. The latest release of Windows Phone allows apps to be closed just like in Windows for PCs, but not much else has changed since I got it.

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'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the WARMEST Januaries EVER RECORDED

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Re: Doing the Warmist shuffle

Science isn't decided by the number of votes you get for posting your opinion on a blog. However, if you're talking about consequent political action, astroturfing is clearly part of the battle for public opinion.

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Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

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Boffin

Phew!

"Our findings reveal that Pine Island Glacier has experienced rapid thinning at least once in the past, and that, once set in motion, rapid ice sheet changes in this region can persist for centuries."

Good to have Lewis, with his deep understanding of climate science, reassure us that we haven't triggered an irreversible change that will result in sea levels rising by metres from all that melting ice.

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

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Lenovo experience

A couple of Lenovo PCs I bought recently to replace XP came with Windows 7 installed and Windows 8 on DVDs. Having tried Windows 8.1 with ClassicShell and seeing it was similar enough to using Windows 7, I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade the Lenovos. The process of installing Win 8 from Lenovo's DVDs, then using Windows Update to go to Win 8.1 took about 3 hours for each PC! However, the users, who've been on XP for years, have said they much prefer the new environment, so I'm glad I did it.

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Why IBM's server sell-off is a lightbulb moment

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Re: Chinese security risk

I'm still trying to understand why Edward Snowden was employed by Dell while he was working for the NSA, according to the Guardian ( http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/01/edward-snowden-intelligence-leak-nsa-contractor-extract ). This raises questions as to how closely Dell is working with the NSA.

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Chinese security risk

"The question may arise as to whether government clients may push back on having Chinese Lenovo kits in their data centres due to "national security" concerns."

That thought crossed my mind, before purchasing some Lenovo PCs and ThinkPads, but I dismissed it with the thought that if any back doors were discovered in their hardware they would be toast, so are unlikely to risk it.

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'Climate change' event dishes up sous vide supercomputers

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What the hell would you like us to do about it?

Well, the sensible approach would be to accept that what the overwhelming majority of climatologists are saying is right, then have a political debate about how to tackle it. The stupid approach is to deny the science because its implications are financially, politically and socially inconvenient.

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The argument that it will cost less to adapt to climate change than to try to prevent it is also looking increasingly unsupportable.

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Snowden leak journo leaks next leak: NSA, GCHQ dying to snoop on your gadgets mid-flight

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Re: Clinging to Orthodoxy

You'd have to come from Mars not to realise that clinging to orthodoxy is the essence of the problem that Snowden has unearthed. The intelligensia of East Germany didn't defeat the Stasi, because they could never create a mass movement from people who spied on each other. It might turn individual dissenters into terrorists (which would be twisted to legitimise the surveillance), but how on earth could opposition to an overbearing state grow under such intense monitoring?

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Want access to mobe users' location, camera, phone ID? EXPLAIN YOURSELVES - ICO

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Whenever I have a choice of apps to install, I choose the one that requires access to the fewest features of my phone, even if it's not the best. Why should a compass or torch app need access to my contacts?

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

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JavaScript performance

Well, one thing in its favour is that its score when running Google's Octane JavaScript benchmark is 8,200 compared with 4,500 for IE 10. However, I'll stick with FF for lots of reasons, including its score of 10,300.

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Alleged Peeping Tom claims First Amendment right to upskirt

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Look at these appallingly salacious pictures!

"For example, say a woman is breast feeding in public and someone who is morally opposed to this ... takes a picture."

Does Michelle Menken work for the Dail Wail?

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Microsoft buys all electricity from Texas wind farm

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Re: Nice PR, but...

You're making an argument for never starting to change anything - which is either ridiculous, or disingenuous.

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Blighty's laziness over IPv6 will cost us on the INTERNETS - study

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Re: I guess the issue is.....

Orange in France also charges a (high) monthly fee for a static address.

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'Modern warming trend can't be found' in new climate study

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Re: That should be, "hasn't happened THERE".

Thanks for the heads-up about that interview . Dr. Campbell makes a powerful, if obvious point, which is unfortunately irrelevant. No amount of scientific proof will convince politicians to take action while the AGW denial propaganda continues to make it a vote loser. As the stock market valuation of fossil fuel companies is based on their known reserves, and the science implies that most of those reserves must be left in the ground, the propaganda isn't going to let up any time soon. We're easy prey to it because, like Dr. Campbell, we don't want it to be true.

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US Republican enviro-vets: 'Climate change is real. DEAL WITH IT'

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Re: Whatever.

"Climate changes. That's a fact. We do not know why."

Rule #1 for astroturfers: get in first and sow the seeds of doubt. Check!

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