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Climate-change scepticism must be 'treated', says enviro-sociologist

Ian Stephenson
Facepalm

So basically...

If you aren't a warmist then you must be mentally ill and your opinions can be safely ignored?

Sounds like just what the frothinggreenies ordered!

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Mobe hackathon contest spits out Wi-Fi-by-bonk app wonder

Ian Stephenson

Medical achievements on facebork?

I can see it now....

Fred has started his antibiotics for NSU!

Gina has completed her course of antifungals!

Dave wants to share his Preparation H with you!

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Oz regulator to Apple: Don’t call it 4G if you can’t connect

Ian Stephenson
Headmaster

Of course you can drive at 150mph

The fact that it is not legal does not prevent the car from physically reaching that speed.

It's more along the lines of stating pi=3 - only barely approximate in the loosest sense of the word.

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Medieval warming WAS global – new science contradicts IPCC

Ian Stephenson
Holmes

Re: Seriously

No.

Of course we have had an impact on global warming, it's a sealed system and everything effects everything else.

What this shows is that temperatures have been far higher (and lower) in the past before we started burning fossil fuels on a large scale.

Also that the "MWP doesn't exist" crowd did cherry pick the data to hide their "inconveient truth".

I'm not a denier, I am a climate cynic.

I would be interested to know who financed this research. I will lay bets it was not "big oil" but a government and I will also lay bets that this is the last we hear of it as it does not suppor t more taxes!

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Blizzard ponders World of Warcraft for iPad

Ian Stephenson
Mushroom

Re: Prediction

Don't you just love emoragequit?

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Ian Stephenson
Coat

Re: Class selection

On screen buttons are so last decade, why not guestures (spelling deliberate).

Mines the one with the unopened manual in the pocket.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

Ian Stephenson
Boffin

I would have said Dark City

as it is the only film I have ever mourned the loss of those 2 hours of my life.

However Human Centipede takes the cake as involuntary surgical torture porn.

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E.ON to flog stake in wind farms to private firms

Ian Stephenson
Thumb Up

You are cynical...

and most likely dead right.

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Atmospheric CO2 set to SOAR from 0.0004 to 0.0007 - OECD

Ian Stephenson
Mushroom

The solution is still nuclear.

Thorium by preference.

If renewables (wind/PV) are the answer it's a bloody stupid question.

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Newly discovered asteroid will not ANNIHILATE THE EARTH

Ian Stephenson
Coat

Research opportunity?

Now is the time for some uber-boffin to work out some way to slow the rock enough that it can be trapped in orbit.

Then we can start mining it.

Hopefully it's full of rare earths - we don't really need another 260kT of iron oxide.

Once we've done it once and if it's viable we can work out how to get rok's from the asteroid belt back here.

Mine's the one with "Earth first - we can strip mine the rest of Solar System later" across the back.

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Lego space shuttle hits 114,000ft

Ian Stephenson

Re: To bold Lego...

Poll? nah, just a list showing, in order the top 10/20/50/100 voted comments for both up and down.

As the holder of a +46 I would hope I make the top 10, but accept I am not in the same league as TRT.

Kudo's to you sir.

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Bloomin’ big: algae seen from space

Ian Stephenson

@ laird cummings

I assume you mean "In all fairness .... CO2"? as opposed to the dead in 50 years?

I base it on a rudimentary knowledge of biology from real O levels and observation of algae build up on aquaria.

So basically far better than most warmists.

Next!

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Ian Stephenson
Holmes

Re: multiple millenia

I was being generous with the century or so. Any politician involved is only interested in the next term of office and the climate so called "scientists" in the next funding round.

Me? If I last another half century it'll be a surprise (more so to some people than others) so century - tens of millenia? doesnt really matter that much.

Either way, planet Earth will manage, with or without us.

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Ian Stephenson
Boffin

Re: You forgot a life-form in the feeding frenzy food chain...

In all fairness it probably is caued by elevated CO2.

CO2 +sunlight ----algal photosynthesis--> O2 + more algae.

It., like climate change will balance out over the next century or so, with or without our interference.

But the facts never stopped the warmists before.

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Future car tech

Ian Stephenson
Facepalm

Re: 6m gap?

See what I mean?

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Ian Stephenson
WTF?

6m gap?

You'll have 2 idiots pulling in to there at 70 almost immediately.

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Brits trapped in confusing council website labyrinths - survey

Ian Stephenson
Facepalm

Re: Damned if they do ...

Part right -

High priced consultant? - check

consultant knows how to design websites? - not part of the requirements.

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Internet therapy speeds chronic fatigue recovery

Ian Stephenson

@ Jack 4 Re: Chronic Fatigue?

Just a thought,

Try cutting out all wheat and gluten for a couple of weeks - CFS like symptoms crop up in Coeliac Disease too.

Warning - you'll probably feel like shit for the first week!

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Belkin Power Pack 4000

Ian Stephenson
Alert

Re: Power...

Is that from personal experience?

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Apple 7.85in 'iPad Mini' on course for Q3 intro

Ian Stephenson
Holmes

Re: Re: Still having input?

Because it is more itunes vs amazon than ipad vs kindle.

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Melting Arctic leads to snowy winters

Ian Stephenson
Flame

"How do you tell Daily Mail readers that an...?"

Something along the lines of "Fire bad, tree pretty*" ?

* With apologies to Joss Wheedon.

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Molesworth and the New Latin

Ian Stephenson
Mushroom

Re: Re: Perfectly readable

Not really, but I don't really rate any of his non-Culture Sci-Fi, except "Against a Dark Background"

The Lazy Gun really caught my imagination

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Ian Stephenson
Facepalm

Perfectly readable

..but then I fought my way through Feersum Endjinn....

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Playboy, Virgin Galactic tout zero-grav nookie in spaaaaace!

Ian Stephenson
Trollface

Re: What?

No mention of coriolis force either.....

(ducks and runs).

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Nominet to launch .wales and .cymru

Ian Stephenson

Macedonia

Inaco.ma

Alcoholinducedco.ma

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Global DNS takedown plotters disowned by Anonymous

Ian Stephenson
Facepalm

Re: Doesn't matter

You are Morris D. and I claim my five pounds.

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Climate models need revising: Droughts, heat waves not such a big deal

Ian Stephenson
FAIL

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "So, the world's climate is changing.."

Umm no...

The MWP did not appear in the heavily cherry picked and massaged data used from Siberia/Urals (one area).

However there is evidence supporting the MWP for Europe, North America, Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific.......

So not global at all huh?

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Ian Stephenson
FAIL

Re: Re: Re: "So, the world's climate is changing.."

Medieval warm period?

Oh sorry , that was cut from the models as it doesn't fit with the warmists needs.

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Ian Stephenson

Re: Re: So...

We don't need to be resilient - only adaptable.

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Apple goes to European Commission with complaint about Motorola

Ian Stephenson
Facepalm

How in hell can "standards-essential patents" exist?

It's time that the standards system is overhauled.

If a standard requires the inclusion of something patented, that patent should immediately become null and void.

This will stop companies trying to game standards (Microsoft's OOXML anyone?).

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Sony 'fesses to Whitney Houston price hike 'error'

Ian Stephenson
Thumb Up

Re: $on¥

I $ee what you did there.

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Drew's Cookie Jar - psst. want a forum upgrade

Ian Stephenson
Boffin

Suggestion for a forum upgrade

How about a forum wide scoring table giving a list of posts that have scored particularly high - or low - in upvotes/downvotes as this will give an idea of what topics are interesting people.

Perhaps giving all time as well as in the past month.

Not that I am competitive in anyway shape or form honest (46 upvotes is the best I have managed on a single post)

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Mars, Europe losers in Obama's 2013 NASA budget

Ian Stephenson
Mushroom

Ever read any Heinlein?

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" if I recall correctly...

...they dropped a rock on Denver as part of the Lunar independence "negotiations".

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Microsoft probes IE8 dll AWOL hell

Ian Stephenson
WTF?

There's an IE8?

I wouldn't know I switched to an alternate browser so long ago......

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Drink diet pop all the time? Look forward to VASCULAR DEATH

Ian Stephenson
FAIL

@Jason Hall

Monsanto's excuse - "yes we know diet pop has formaldehyde in it but it's in such small amounts as to not be dangerous".

Guess you're too busy to actually read the post?

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Ian Stephenson

@Jason Hall

Oh really and your rebuttal is ?

A simple google of aspartame formaldehyde - discounting any wikibased entries to avoid being accused of "wikisalting" produces (amongst others):

http://suewidemark.freeservers.com/aspartame-formaldhyde.htm

This experiment was conducted in 1997. It has been repeated many times and yet, ignored by Monsanto and the FDA. The study proves that there are significant amounts of the chemical, formaldehyde in Diet Coke - more if the pop has been stored at room temperatures or higher (and it's often stored in hot warehouses in the South and Southwest). A 2000 JAMA study established that intaking even trace amounts of formaldehyde, can cause damage to several areas of the body, yet this is Monsanto's excuse - "yes we know diet pop has formaldehyde in it but it's in such small amounts as to not be dangerous". Aspartame/Nutrasweet is in some 6000 foods and OTC medications. Formaldehyde is on the FDA list of cancer causing chemicals. On some foods, nutrasweet is not listed however, all foods having nutrasweet in them must carry a warning about "phenoketinuria". If you see this warning, you might want to say "no" to the food or medication.

Now put up or shutup.

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Ian Stephenson
Flame

Which part of aspartame?

The fact it decays into formaldehyde if stored at room temperature or

the fact the other decay product is methanol?

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IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

Ian Stephenson
Headmaster

Forget the justified/overreacted argument for the moment...

I think he has given two valuable lessons to his daughter, hopefully she will take them to heart.

1. There is no such thing as privacy on the internet.

2. Never put anything on the net that will come back and bite you on the arse.

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Ian Stephenson
Flame

I would not have used a gun.

Thermite FTW!

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Greenpeace releases meaningless 'Cool IT' rankings

Ian Stephenson
FAIL

The Terrorism Act 2000 defines terrorism so as to include not only violent offences against persons and physical damage to property, but also acts "designed seriously to interfere with or to seriously disrupt an electronic system" if those acts are (a) designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, and (b)be done for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause.

Lets see :

"seriously disrupt an electronic system" - forcing us to power generation that will lead to rolling brownouts? I'd say that was serious disruption of the Grid let alone houseolders own ring main.

So by this, it would seem that anyone who is anti-nuclear and pro-renewables (such as Greenpeace) should be considered a terrorist.

And yes I do support the actions of the Met.

You only ever hear of the mistakes, not the successes in these situations.

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Ian Stephenson
Mushroom

We consider dinosaurs to be natures failures...

given they were only round for about 2 million years or so.

I'd be surprised if humanity survives the next millenium.

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Ian Stephenson
Pint

Saying this leaves a bad taste in my mouth but...

The French had the right idea.

DGSE1 Rainbow Warrior Nil.

Beer to wash the taste away.

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Printed jaw lets woman swallow again

Ian Stephenson
Thumb Up

Glad the comma was in the subtitle...

Lets eat Grandma is more soylent green.

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System Shock

Ian Stephenson
Go

Thanks, the CD is still in the desk drawer from last time i tried to run it under XP

I'll try it on the Win7 laptop tonight.

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Ian Stephenson
Gimp

Girl from Ipanema elevator music

Still can't get it out of my head!!!!!

Arghhh!

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Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi EcoDynamics

Ian Stephenson
Stop

Low friction tires?

Even the concept of these worry me, I mean the whole idea of a tire is to grip the road!

Can anyone explain how these are not a bad idea given British weather?

Stop sign because I'm not convinced it will......

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iPhone doc will detect cancer, diabetes - boffins

Ian Stephenson

Yes...but

an elevated T cell count is a pretty good indicator you need to get something investigated further.

Calling Agent Picolax!

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Climategate ruling: FOIA requests cover backup servers too

Ian Stephenson
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0% from renewables, with reduction in price as a result

I'd settle for a 100% nuclear tariff.

(Living in the prefect place to site a new reactor - 70m above sea level with no fault lines).

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Most EU states sign away internet rights, ratify ACTA treaty

Ian Stephenson
Holmes

I imagine it's just a guess.

Juist from the RIAA-sockpuppet-like(can I copyright this dual hypenated word?) posts of Morris D.

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Google plays the long game with Chrome OS

Ian Stephenson
Go

They would have more success if they targeted gamers

A low overhead (compared to windows) operating system with GPU support would make the perfect games platform.

Incidentally it might also wean developers from DirectX and windows....

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