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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: In the 1970s...

The scandal of the climate emails
What scandal?

the destruction of the raw data used to construct the "hockey stick"
What data?

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Re: Europeans have no guns?

Yup. There are two countries that are insane about guns:

The USA

and the UK.

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Re: Bang bang!

"Europeans have no guns" is only true if "Europeans" are English, Welsh or Scottish.

Guns/capita:

USA: 97

Switzerland: 45

Sweden 31

Norway 31

France 31

Germany 30

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Nirland 21

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England & Wales 6

Scotland 5.5

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: a navalised Typhoon

From simulator studies, the thrust-to-weight of a Typhoon is enough to get off a ski-jump deck of this size without a cat
Loaded or empty?

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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Re: In the early 60's Labour cancelled the TSR2 in favour of the "customized" F111 variant.

Black night rocket program before that, built on a shoe string & successfully put a satellite in orbit then shut down!
No, it was worse than that.

Black Arrow was cancelled before launching Prospero. But it was on the launch pad, ready to go, so they just launched it anyway.

And so Britain got its status as a space power, having launched one and only one satelite on its own launch vehicle.

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Re: Lewis misses the point

Why not scrap the entire idea of launching 12 - 40 fighter aircraft and instead devote the ship to a fleet of 100 or more armed UAVs?
This would be a good idea, except that developing the UAVs would take another 20 years.

(Any solution to a military procurement problem that involves something "new" just makes things worse. Develop new stuff before you need it).

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Re: Chocolate Teapot

Re. Dauntless. It could only fire if fired upon.

Why?

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NASA: Satellite which will END man-made CO2 debate in orbit at last

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Re: On the gripping hand..

All the CO2 we are releasing from fossil fuels were in the atmosphere at one time right? A time when the Earth sustained numerous, enormous, and hungry dinosaurs for millions of years.
And very few human beings.

(Actually, to be less flippant, the carboniferous, when the coal beds were laid down, had amphibians, not dinosaurs).

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Re: Call me stupid, but...

I'll give you my theory. The sun is getting warmer and going to fry the earth in the coming years, and the people with the shiny lenses big enough to tell the difference are keeping mum about it.
The sun is getting warmer, this information is well known, nobody is hiding it. It will indead fry the earth.

The only thing is that it is getting warmer very very slowly from our point of view, over millions of years.

And the warming we're interested in is happening over a rather shorter timeframe.

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Re: now hope for some volcanoes

And that's one reason we can't agree. One side says the contribution is immense (over 50%) while the other says it's insignificant (only 5%), and BOTH sides cite evidence and claim their percentage as fact. How is this possible?
Neither of those figures is true.

Human emissions are miniscule compared to natural emissions, way less than 1%.

Human emissions are enormous as a percentage of the rise in atmospheric CO2 - about 200%.

How can this be? Because of the carbon cycle. Natural emissions, and about 50% of human emissions are taken up by various carbon sinks (photosynthesis, ocean acidification and so on). The left over 50% of human emissions goes into the atmosphere.

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Re: Well done NASA!

Who could "not agree with the mission parameters"? Is there anyone who doesn't want to know where the different CO2 sources and sinks are?

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Re: On the gripping hand..

I have to ask. Is it really, REALLY that huge compared to natural phenomenon such as spontaneous fires and animal respiration?

Yes, becase spontaneous fires and animal respiration add 0% CO2 to the atmosphere,

The CO2 emitted by burning wood all came from the atmosphere, fixed by photosynthesis.

The CO2 emitted by animal respiration all came from the plants that the animals ate, The plants got the CO2 from the atmosphere.

And what about counter-reactions like photosynthesis? Wouldn't increased CO2 be offset by increased plant activity? Why is the CO2 such that plants, diatoms, and such can't keep up?
Because there are other limiting factors. But we know our emissions are partly being taken up by natural sinks (unfortunately including ocean acidification) because we know how much CO2 we are releasing (there is a little known branch of mathematics called "accountancy" that tells us pretty exactly how much fossil fuel is being burnt) and we know how much the atmospheric CO2 is increasing. It turns out the atmospheric increase is about half of our emissions.

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Viv Reding quits justice commish role - heads for EU parliament

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Re: European justice commissioner Viviane Reding...

This was a power grab. A putsch. Don't mistake it for democracy.
Power grabs by democraticly elected bodies is how democracy advances - just look at British history for examples.

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Re: European justice commissioner Viviane Reding...

I had a choice to vote for Juncker, I didn't, I voted for Schulz

- unless you are an EU commissioner (also not elected!) this sentence makes no sense.

Nope. I voted in a country where candidates in EPP and S&D member parties were standing, and they made it clear in their election literature.

A vote for the French socialist party was a vote for the S&D and hence a vote for Juncker.

(By the way, you've confused commision and council - it was the EU council (composed of elected heads of state) who got to propose the candidate for President of the EU commision.)

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Re: European justice commissioner Viviane Reding...

"Don't like Cameron ? Vote against him. Don't like Junker ? Er..."

How can you vote against Cameron? Where is he on the ballot. (outside Walmington on sea).

You can't - you can only vote against the conservative party.

I had a choice to vote for Juncker, I didn't, I voted for Schulz. If you want to complain you should be complaining that because of Dave's stupidity you didn't have a chance to vote *for* Juncker. (Unless you were voting in London). You should also complain that because of the cowardice of Ed and Nick you didn't get a chance to vote for Schulz or Verhofstadt.

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

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Re: Climate Scientist. . . hahahahaha. . . good one!

"Until there is a decent swathe of double-blind research done every piece of information has been produced against someone's agenda.:"

That's where we get a whole bunch of planets, and on some of 'em we release CO2 while on others it's harmless N2 and we see what happens? (While not letting the planet or the reasearcher know which is which).

Clown.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: Tip of the hat to Lewis

"Here in Austria, there are no kangaroos btw"

I think you might be wrong.

http://austrianindependent.com/index.php?id=11510

"The baby kangaroos at Vienna’s Schönbrunn Zoo are enjoying the heatwave in Austria as these new pictures show."

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Re: And who will not be happy

"Look at bio-diesel. They were all for it initially. Now that it's been shown to be a pile of poo, they are against it."

I don't understand. You're complaining because they changed their policies to fit the facts?

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Re: Lower CO2 emissions maybe

"Given that the CO2 from the concrete is released at ground level it will be consumed rather expediently by the local plant life, methinks. It's a slow-release process, not a carbon bomb.."

And your research that supports this "interesting" theory is published where?

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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Re: Obama tells us

Spiked Online?

Seriously? The Revolutionary Communist Party?

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Re: That "pause"

What's a "pause"?

If we look at the period 1979-1997 we have a nice clear trend;

http://woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut4gl/mean:30/from:1979/to:1997/plot/hadcrut4gl/from:1979/to:1997/trend

If global warming "paused" in 1998 we'd expect that most years since 1998 would be below a projection of that trend, right?

Amazing. Every year since 1997 has been *above* the 1979-1997 trend.

What pause?

http://woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut4gl/mean:30/from:1979/to:1997/plot/hadcrut4gl/from:1979/to:1997/trend/plot/hadcrut4gl/mean:30/from:1997

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Re: That "pause"

Central England? That's your idea for a proxy for the global temperature?

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US citizens want stricter CO2 regulations by two to one – Yale poll

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Re: It is an outright lie.

"This "radiative forcing" furphy again. Please let me know when your computer models start producing results that match the real world."

Amazing, I didn't know that Svante Arrhenius used a computer.

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Re: Cut ALL sources!!

"There are lots of things that produce CO2. Among them are animals"

Idiot.

The carbon emitted into the atmosphere by animals comes from the plants they eat. Where do you think those plants got the carbon from?

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Re: Plant food

"One has to ask why they are so down on the best free plant food available, CO2, especially when water vapour is a better greenhouse gas."

Oceans. We happen to live on a planet that has these huge masses of water sloshing around. You can't increase the amount of water vapour in the atmosphere just by emitting it - whatever you emit will just fall out of the sky as rain and end up in the ocean.

If, however, you increase the average temperature, say by releasing greenhouse gasses that are not in equilibrium, then you can increase the amount of water vapour in the atmosphere, and, as you point out water vapour is a very strong GHG.

So now do you see why CO2 is more of a concern than H2O?

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Re: Yale Poll=Tainted Goods

"A modern coal plant produces very little pollution other than CO2 and H2O"

Atmospheric. You forgot to specify atmospheric pollution. A modern coal plant still produces megatonnes of filthy fly ash.

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Pirate Party runs aground in European Parliamentary elections

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Meanwhile, in France:

Ile de France: 0.49%

Massif central: 0.04%

North West: 0.22%

Overseas: 0.51%

South-East: 0.06%

South-West: 0.49%

No candidates were presented in the "East" or "West" regions.

Poor show.

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Latest Snowden leak claims NSA bugged ALL mobile calls in the Bahamas

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Abu Hamza

It's always easy to claim that "bad people" shouldn't be protected by the law.

Just hope they never decide you're a bad person.

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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Re: Note to self

Ready to welcome all your new neighbours I hope.

Abidjan, population over 2 million, is around 50cm above sea level.

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

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Re: BRAWNDO!! IT'S GOT ELECTROLYTES!

Yes, but it's pretty well established that reading Freakenomics reduces your IQ.

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Re: Breaking News!!

Ding! wrong again.

Earth warms -> CO2 rises -> Earth warms *more*.

Thank you for playing.

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Re: Breaking News!!

"Do you believe that global warming is real? Sure. We have evidence going back millions of years that there is a cycle."

Yup, and we're in the cooling phase of the cycle.

Odd that the temperature is going up.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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Re: The real problem is C

"Hey, I would love to chuck C as well but Heartbleed could have happened in any language. RFC6520 says return the bytes and the code returns the bytes."

No. RFC6520 (written by one Robin Seggelmann!) says to reject all requests with invalid length fields.

A language with array bound checking would have done that automatically.

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Re: @Gene Cash

"clever grep scripts." is static code analysis.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Re: Back to the basics, hurrah

And how much money have you given to the XFCE developpers?

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Re: Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?

Ah, you used to give money to the Gnome foundation and now you send it all to KDE?

No, you never gave a penny, so you not using their software has nothing to do with this story, but you just want to flap your mouth.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Re: Rust would help, but there's a reason it's not used there

So, we use C because it's fast.

And it's fast because it has no bounds checking.

And we need bounds checking.

So we add it to our C code, except when we forget.

Isn't there some problem here?

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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

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Re: 3.142

And, of course, the IBM S/360 was a part British design - a lot of the work on the smaller models was done at IBM Hursley, some people even claim that the first working S/360 was at Hursley:

"Endicott and Poughkeepsie were months later"

-- John Fairclough

IBM was sometimes described as the largest British computer company.

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Re: Plus ça change...

Well the 1900 had some disadvantages compared to the S/360:

1. It had a 6 bit byte, so you only got lowercase with a lot of faffing around (shift characters).

2. It had a 24 bit word, only 22 bits of which were available for addresses, so you couldn't address as much memory.

There were, however some major advantages:

The 1900 had limited virtual memory from day one - each program ran in its own address space, defined by a base and limit register. The S/360 ran all programs in the same address space (with protection against overwriting another programs memory). This made relocating programs on the fly impossible on a S/360, so having multiple programs in core was harder and needed fixed memory allocation.

IBM fixed that with the 360/67 and the 370 series which introduced real virtual memory.

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Re: English Electric Lightning

Well, the "land" part was optional.

In a real shooting war the Lightning would have nowhere to land on.

Take two Bears out with the missiles, one with the cannon and the last with the plane.

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ICT 1900

Before the S/360 announcement ICT was dawdling along, selling the ICT 1300 and wondering what new machine they were going to need somewhere around 1968, maybe something based on the FP6000, maybe something based on the machine RCA were planning to compete with the upcoming IBM 8000 range.

BLAM! 7/4/1964 - IBM announce the S/360.

ICT wake up, decide to drop cooperation with RCA (as RCA were redoing their machine as a 360 compatible and wouldn't be ready in time) and go all out on the FP6000.

ICT started development of 4 machines, the 1901, 1902 (new machines, much smaller than the FP6000), 1904 (more or less a FP6000) and 1906 (bigger than the FP6000). They announced the new range on 29/9/1964, demo'ed 2 working machines two weeks later, and delivered the first system to a customer in January 1965, *before* the first S/360 was delivered.

Tell that to the kids of today and they won't believe you.

"The initial 1900 range did not suffer from the many years of careful planning behind the IBM 360."

-- Virgilio Pasquali

(The EE System 4 was based on the RCA Spectra that ICT turned down - it was pretty good, but suffered from not being totaly compatible with S/360 - it was compatible at a user level, but couldn't rin the same operating systems.)

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: Odd timing

"KERNEL options are not supposed to be interpreted by ANY userspace application. Yet SYSTMD does."

Don't be ridiculous. Many programs look at /proc/cmdline

See "grep cmdline /etc/init.d/*" for some examples.

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Re: Odd timing

$ ls -l /dev/kmsg

crw-r--r-- 1 root root 1, 11 Mar 13 12:24 /dev/kmsg

Programs running as root can fuck your system up - what an amazing discovery. Better fix that right away.

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Re: coding

"My first language is English. In fact, my only language is English."

"I have no idea what "first-person pronoun" is"

There is some connection between these two sentences.

I was in school in the UK in the 60's and 70's and they never taught us the parts of speech, just some vague blather about verbs and nouns. Being unable to describe the construction of a sentence in ones own language makes it near fucking impossible to be gramatically correct in other languages.

Thank you, fucking British education system, crippling your clients just to make things "easier".

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India's GPS alternative launches second satellite

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More sour grapes

from a crappy little country that only ever managed to launch one satellite.

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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E-mail encrypytion should be user->user

Not server to server.

Use S/MIME or PGP, who gives a fuck whether the server handles encryption, it's done in the client.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Virtualisation

Came with the S/370, not the S/360, which didn't even have virtual memory.

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16 bit byte?

A typo for 6 bit? (E.G. ICT 1900)?

"The initial 1900 range did not suffer from the many years of careful planning behind the IBM 360."

-- Virgilio Pasquali

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

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Re: "The current trend is flat"

"HADCRUT4 Global says 2004 to 2014 was cooling."

No it doesn't. What it actualy says is: Trend: -0.021 ±0.216 °C/decade (2σ)

I.e. It has changed by something between +0.195 and -0.237degrees C/decade.

Because the period is so short we can't know what the actual change has been.

http://www.skepticalscience.com/trend.php

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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Homeless?

Because:

aptitude install task-gnome-desktop

Is hard?

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