What exactly is the purpose of driverless cars?
They'll be ideal for keeping the security services aware of your whereabouts, when there's no signal for your mobile!
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They'll be ideal for keeping the security services aware of your whereabouts, when there's no signal for your mobile!
Have you no sympathy for the devastation that would cause to the fossil fuel industries? To protect their meagre profits, they might have to start a propaganda campaign against the need for renewable sources of energy ... oh, wait!
"The APGW scam must be really important to somebody."
While all attempts to prevent controls on greenhouse gas emissions must be really important to the fossil fuel industries.
No wonder they've employed the best propagandists, who honed their skills in denying any connection between tobacco and cancer, to spread FUD about AGW, and made massive political contributions to James Inhofe, chair of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, who is very obliging about blocking any action.
"the idea seemed to come from nowhere"
Just because you don't know (or can't be arsed to find out) where an idea comes from doesn't mean it comes from nowhere. The basic physics of greenhouse gases was first proposed by Joseph Fourier in 1824 and has not been disputed by reputable scientists since. Without Fourier, we might still be struggling to solve partial differential equations and the signal processing problems in mobile phones, so I wouldn't like to argue with him about the greenhouse effect!
"I'm quite capable of changing my mind in the climate change debate should a suitable argument be presented."
Well, you didn't say what state your mind is currently in, and posting as an AC doesn't allow previous comments to be taken into account, but I'd guess that the mountain of scientific evidence that current climate changes are due to our emissions of greenhouse gases doesn't count as a "suitable argument" to you.
The kind of people who engage in the debate about climate change below the line in comment sections are never going to convert each other, so the conclusion of this research is correct. Note though that “Strategies for building support for mitigation policies should go beyond attempts to improve the public’s understanding of science, to include approaches that will change the relationship between the two groups ...” states the obvious: AGW climate change is real and must be tackled.
I know it won't help Microsoft's sales figures, but if you've got a great phone, why do you need to replace it when the contract expires?
I suppose that'll apply to hire cars as well. Time for a startup making Faraday shields.
"In the future, supervisory authorities are expected to increasingly pay special attention to vehicle IT, including investigating whether the scope for attacks could be reduced by suitable encryption"
Won't encryption make it more likely that the vehicles could be used for terrorist attacks?
Having found out the hard way that the version of Android on my old Samsung Galaxy was never going to be updated, when the contract expired I switched to a Lumia 925 which prompts me when OS updates are available. It's a great phone/camera/GPS/radio/communications device which also doubles as a torch/timer/translator etc. I daresay there are loads of apps not available for it, but I haven't missed them.
What's up with GiffGaff? I can only get a decent signal from O2 where I live, and GiffGaff are part of O2, so I was thinking of switching to them.
Why bother? Well, if it works for 12 hours a day, that could work out at a 50% reduction in fossil fuel use. Of course, if you're denying that the consequent CO2 emissions are having a damaging effect on the climate, I can see why that question might cross your mind. Otherwise, the answer is obvious!
From Firefox help:
"If you don't see the Hello button in the Additional Tools and Features drawer, please check back in a few weeks. The feature is being made available to users on a gradual basis to ensure that our server infrastructure is able to keep up with the load."
"rouge base stations"
He probably wrote the heading, though. Note the emphasis of the word "THICKER".
"I would be more than happy to pay for access to 'journalism' sites, (hereafter called 'deadstream' media), if they accurately reported the news, rather that exercises in how many ways to lie and how to help fellow liars get elected."
Are you insinuating that Fox News is not "Fair and Balanced", and when they say "We report, you decide", they only report stuff that fits their agenda? I'm shocked!
I think you've put your finger on the solution there, Gray. We've been sold all these intrusions into other people's countries and our privacy as necessary to keep us safe, but all it's done is to reduce our safety and cause death and destruction elsewhere. If the US sorted out its own internal problems, starting with its totally corrupt government, the rest of us might feel a lot safer.
We're getting to the state where if you've got nothing to hide, the security services will want to know why!
The EC have been talking about a Single European Sky for 14 years, and actually adopted the regulation in 2008, so don't hold your breath for any progress. Air traffic controllers currently work within national boundaries, so there's a lot of turf fighting to be overcome before Governments agree to this. It probably doesn't help that we privatised ours, so can't tell them to share their duties with the rest of Europe, and UKIP and their like minded colleagues in the Tory party are hardly likely to agree to Johnny Foreigner controlling our airspace. Sensible idea though.
I wonder what language they've written it in that makes it difficult to implement on WinPhone?
"In his article I find no instance of global warming and climate change is only mentioned in the title of bob ward making the comments"
Indeed, but his choice of topic is a dog whistle to those who deny climate change is due to our emissions of greenhouse gases. Do you know that the fossil fuel industries are spending $500,000 a day to obfuscate the truth? No? Well don't expect Lewis to report on it!
codejunky, you'll never see an article by Lewis reporting on the overwhelming evidence that global warming is due to our emissions of greenhouse gases, because that doesn't suit the agenda of him and his mates at the GWPF. His choice to write about the British summer, in the context of global warming, is cherry picking!
"I have a question to the article author: Which part of "global" in global warming don't you understand?"
Indeed! Lewis is a past master at cherry picking climate data to suit his agenda.
Thankfully, having access to all our digital data means that the security services can really narrow down the threats:
Good to know that it's not for nothing that we've lost all our rights to privacy!
Similarly, having the guts to speak out about climate change:
"Starting in about 2006, we observed the longest solar minimum and weakest solar activity observed in the space age."
Lewis, please ask your pals at the GWPF to mention that fact, every time they go on about "no global warming for 18 years".
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.
Sigh! Lewis is as bad as the so-called educational charity fronted by Nigel Lawson in cherry picking research that fits his agenda.
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
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.
"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:
Haven't tried it so don't know if it's any good.
"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.”
"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.
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 ...
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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."
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.
Well, that'll upset the developers of Pocket File Manager! Maybe it'll survive due to not having the "modern" look.
"Something more like a supercomputer than a sniffer and data recorder."
or a warrant.
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".
Didn't take long for the "it's always happened" meme to pop up.
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.
"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".
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.
· 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?