310 posts • joined Thursday 8th May 2008 14:53 GMT
Re: solar power will be the limiting factor on what humans can do in the long run
"Todays nuclear reactors have outputs that reach the MW range"
For values of "Mega" that are more like "Giga".
Most power reactors being built today are in the 1.7GWe (EPR) to 1.1GWe (AP1000) range.
Twitter IQ test
"Twitter should require an IQ test to be completed before an account can be opened "
But then no accounts would ever be opened.
Maybe that is what you intended, if so, well done.
Edit: Hah, the AC above said it better than me.
Re: The US claimed Snowden's revelations damaged its ability to fight terrorism
"It is probably this type of loss of access that the NSA was whining about. Previously no one really thought about encrypting data traversing their intranet, now everyone will be doing it. "
Speak for yourself. I've been encrypting everything between our sites for years.
Re: Operationally, Snowden is a hero
"Heroes don't run and hide fromt he law. Sorry, but they just don't."
You do know there were NSA whistleblowers before Snowden. Oh, you don't, do you, almost noone has heard of them.
Snowden may or not be a "hero", but by running he made sure people would know what is going on. Staying in the States and trying to tell the world clearly didn't work.
":You'll find [Snowdens actions are] a pretty textbook definition of treason."
Sorry? Treason is "waging war on the US". What "war" did he wage?
publishes articles without checking facts.
Another target, a foreign citizen the NSA describes as a "respected academic," holds the offending view that "offensive jihad is justified," and his vulnerabilities are listed as "publishes articles without checking facts."
Does he work for El Reg? We should be told.
Oh, hang on a bit, it says "respected academic," - I guess he doesn't work here then.
Re: This used to be easy with SCSI
It's even easier with SAS - you don't need to worry about the SCSI ID and you don't need to worry about termination.
I have two servers plugged into two Promise JBOD's. mirror all data across the JBODS and voila, no single point of failure. You can even use multi-path to increase throughput.
(i'd put some ascii-art here if El Reg would let me select a monospace font).
For people too cheap to buy SAS disks there are even little multiplexors that let two initiators talk to the same SATA disk (but only two, so no multipath if you use SATA).
Re: Where did the scientific optimism go?
"Stop being afraid of science"
The people who are "afraid of science" are the people who are refusing to beleive what the scientists say, prefering the witterings of weathermen, accountants and young earth creationists.
Re: IPCC blaming heretics again?
"There has been no increase in temps in 17 years."
Positive trend with all but RSS
Re: Such scientific discussion ..
"Software that had undocumented fudge factors in place,"
Yeah, look at http://assassinationscience.com/climategate/1/FOIA/documents/cru-code/f77/mnew/sh2sp_m.for for example:
What's that all about then?
Re: I wonder
"example of the quality control involved in (one) climate model..."
That's not about a model. That's a complaint about how hard it is to merge the raw data from many sources together.
Re: Will CAGW alarmers step up?
But the FOI requests are not asking for data.
There is no data in the ZOD's.
The data is in the published papers referenced by the AR's.
Re: These climate researchers should publish everything, and be done with it.
"Genuine Science requires full disclosure, so that /all/ scientists, can check the raw and processed data, reasoning, and results for holes or other explanations, or to confirm the results."
So go read the papers cited in the AR's. Why are you interested in the preliminary drafts of the ARs that contain no data that's not in published papers?
Why do so many people get so excited about all this without even bothering to learn how the process works? The IPCC producess "Assesment Reports", summaries of what the current science shows. The data is in the papers that the ARs cite. If you want the data go to the papers.
Re: you can be
"pretty sure if the data backed global warming, or pointed to it or was in any way positive about it, the data would be released pretty damned quickly."
This isn't about "data". This is about the discussions about how to write the various IPCC AR's. If you want the data read the AR's.
Re: Will CAGW alarmers step up?
"And there was a strong repetition "NO DATA IS BEING WITHHELD" in flat out contradiction of the article but without sources."
Where in the article does it say the "data is being withheld"?
This guy has never been to China.
"As Dennis Woodside, CEO Motorola Mobility, said: “Most people in the world can’t afford a $500, $600 phone. In fact, the average price of a smartphone today, in the world, is close to $200. The problem is that experience that smartphones in this class provide is really, really bad… they’re slow, they’re buggy, their screens are too small.”"
Just a random example: http://www.fastcardtech.com/ZTE%20N986
$150 for a quad core phone with a 5 inch screen.
"I saw the code released in the Climategate stuff. It is not even up to beginner standards, let alone Newton's."
Newton wrote code?
Re: "pro-carbon fuels lobby"
"when I switch my toaster on I want it to heat and toast the bread, at night I want to be able to heat-up dinner in the oven. "
Yeah, me too.
Though what that has to do with "carbon fuels" I don't know. My electricity comes from a nuclear reactor.
Re: "Climate denial, creationists, anti vaxxers ...."
"In the climate debate, I don't think you can honestly bring up the techniques that people use without opening the Pandora's Box that is the UEA emails."
Open the box!
Take the Money!
Open the box!
Re: Oh dear
"A major volcanic eruption would vary atmosphere more than that."
No, it wouldn't.
Assuming by "major" you don't mean the equivalent of a Yellowstone eruption. in which case we'd have some rather larger problems to cope with.
Piles of floppies
We'll probably be installing games of huge piles of Blu-Ray disks soon.
Sounds like the very definition of "non-essential"
So prepare for it to be defunded the next time the tea party is pissed.
Re: What a load of British whingers.
Ah, "Le mouton Anglo-Francais".
What a load of British whingers.
About what you'd expect from a has-been dump that managed to put *ONE* satelite into orbit and promptly cancelled the program (*)
((*) Well, the tossers actually cancelled the program *before* the launch, but since the bugger was ready to go they launched it anyway).
So whan can civilisation do if, attempting to protect against that one man, it installs a panopticon state, vunerable to abuse by the people running it.
The Stasi is an existential threat to civilisation that we've seen. Some super McVeigh, less so.
The NSA is Bletchley Park!
What was important about the whole Bletchley park thing was the industrialisation of espionage.
*EVERY SINGLE ENIGMA TRANSMISSION WAS RECORDED*
*EVERY SINGLE ENIGMA TRANSMISSION WAS DECODED*
Thousands of people worked on the project.
Although it started in the UK, by the end of the war most of the effort was being run from the US.
The NSA is the direct descendant of this. The current mess is simply the natural outcome. Did anyone seriously think they'd just shut up shop in 1945?
Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
"That is not actually true. A foreign power cannot go to a US company and demand that a backdoor is placed in their software or that their private keys are handed over."
But, unfortunately it seems that a Foreign Power (the US) can go to French, German and UK companies and demand that backdoors are put in place.
Heads need to roll over this affair - British, French and German heads.
The NSA is getting away with this shit beacause the default has been "do what the Americans want".
Re: side note
" Germany isn't a [...] nor terrorist haven"
Re: I'm not an Elmer - help me!
The claim in the article is crazy. If Orange tried to get people to pay like that for data Free would slaughter them.
Their 2 EUR/month contract has a 0,99EUR data option - 20 megabytes and 0,05EUR/extra megabyte,
So that's 17EUR for your 300MB (2 hours phone calls, unlimited SMS included, and unlimited use of Free's WIFI network)
Their 20 EUR/month contract gives you up to 3 Gigabytes, with EDGE speeds over that. And unlimited calls in France, unlimited calls to EU landlines, and unlimited calls to the US, unlimited use of Free's Wifi network.
No, the difference is that the NSA were not spying on the French government. They were spying on the French people. 70 million calls in one month!
Re: Imagine if an EU nation had done that to the USA
Do you seriously imagine that any EU state has the means and will to bug 400 million US phone calls in a month?
(That''s the equivalent of what the NSA did - they bugged 70 million calls in a country with 68 million people!)
Re: French outrage!
"It's a bit hollow, isn't it, coming from one of the few "civilised" countries whose intelligent service actively supports it's (somewhat) private sector with industrial espionage."
One of the few?
Like the USA, the UK,....
Uh, just about everyone I guess.
"Like Dick Cheney discombobulating his pacemaker to foil 'terrorists'."
Oh come on, haven't you watched Homeland? It's a perfectly reasonable worry.
Re: I don't have a gripe against utf-8
"It's just that standard C doesn't have to tools to talk to it!"
The whole point of utf-8 is that you don't need special tools to talk to it.
Re: I saw on the news...
The average temperature drops all the time.
Look at a bloody graph:
Looks like your "human intuition" is broken.
But of course nobody ever said that.
What is said is that:
1. There is a trend in temperatures (they're rising)
2. There is a trend in CO2 (it's going up)
3. There is no trend in solar output, (or any other solar parameter.
So, yes the sun has an influence, but it isn't the source of the trend.
How's about this for a thouht experiement. Imagine that the Sun stayed the same but all the CO2 and water vapour disappeared from our atmosphere.
Would you expect the surface temperature to fall, or rise, or stay the same?
(Hint: you're lying in bed, someone steals your blankie. What happens?)
Dodgy, the best way to describe you is "a raving nutcase".
Which chapter of AR5 says "[the sun] as no effect on global climate at all"?
Which chapter says "[trhe sun] is responsible for the recent lack of warming"?
Which graph are you referring to?
Or are you just making all this shit up?
Headline, is, as usual bullshit.
No, "solar quiet spells" cannot cause ice ages.
"the coming solar minimum - and/or volcanic eruptions that may occur in coming centuries - though it might seem like a minor effect, could actually be quite capable of triggering another small Ice Age.."
No it couldn't.
Because the "Little Ice Age" wasn't an Ice Age. It was a cold period of the current Ice Age. Yes, we don't have to worry about the Earth entering an Ice Age because we're already in one and have been for about 2.6 million years.
Re: In other news - Turkeys don't vote for Christmas
Because Margaret Thatcher was a well known tax and spend lefty.
Re: Let's play Spot The Pause!
What, no trend you say?
Re: Climate is more than the surface temperature
"[temperatures] as fast between 1910 - 1940 as they did from 1970-2000!"
Why do some people find that amazing.
Was there no rise in atmosperic CO2 levels between 1910 and 1940?
Re: Funnily enough
"the BBC is packed with hard left tax & spend marxists"
Hello to our visitors from America!
Re: France and secure communication
France only restricts crypto for time travellers from the last century.
Re: Did anyone expect affordability?
"I understand the 64 bit architecture helps with translucency and blurs. "
Surely that's done by the graphics coprocessor, not the cpu.
my 64 bits
"All-new 64bit SoC - pretty damn amazing in a PHONE, FFS"
What's the point of 64 bit addressing in a device with less than 4Gb of memory?
All it does is reduce the amount of useful memory (addresses take twice the space).
No OTG? No memory card?
"One thing that hasn’t changed is the absence of a memory card slot, and the Micro USB port still doesn’t support On-The-Go USB hosting."
Was sounding like a must have 'till that - suddenly changed to a don't want.
My phone fits in my pocket.
If I need a bigger screen I plu it in.
Do I need to load special software for this?
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