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

Geoff Campbell
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Re: The heat is on?

The temperatures are going up. Anyone claiming they are not does not understand how to draw a trend on a graph, or, worse, is deliberately choosing to draw the trend onto a small subset of the graph to prove their point.

However, the increase has slowed somewhat, probably because more heat energy is going into the oceans, which are (as I understand it) warming faster than was expected. This is not a good thing.

http://www.skepticalscience.com/no-warming-in-16-years.htm

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Geoff Campbell
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Re: A Physicist and a Chemist

I'm not sure I care much for the implicit assumption that a person's skills and views begin and end with their degree, to be honest. Personally, I try and learn and develop throughout life, and even if I had gone to university, it would now be two and a half decades in my past.

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"So we can see..."

Erm, no, we can see no such thing, from the facts presented. You'll have to try harder than that.

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Amazon's Spotify-for-books: THE TRUTH

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Re: Heavy readers

That was my first thought, but then I factored in the audio books, which I consume at a prodigious rate whilst commuting. That might swing it, for me.

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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Re: Priceless

I have just instigated a campaign to get the use of the word "metadata" back on track. The heinous misuse to mean "bits of data stored in the header of other data" has been irking me for a while, and I just recently realised that this re-definition of a technical term is at the heart of the recent surveillance unpleasantness.

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<Peers over glasses>

That word "Emergency". You keep using it. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

Geoff Campbell
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Re: Alien Overlords

Obxkcd:

http://xkcd.com/1377/

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: Well, well.

Goodness. Three downvotes for two of the most innocuous, content-free posts I have ever posted anywhere. Strange ol' game, this...

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Re: Well, well.

The filters at my office.

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Well, well.

It's amazing what one can get through the content filters here...

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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Re: Perhaps people do not like porn

How veeeery interestink.

I think we are making some real progress here. Now, tell me about your mother?

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HGST's tiny whopper: Just 2.5 inches, but we've packed in 1.8TB

Geoff Campbell
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Re: Am I the only one...

I wasn't thinking of using them in arrays, just as a simple standalone bulk storage to replace things like mid-range NAS boxes. My Thecus currently has 16TB usable space, you could easily get 2-3 times that on a single 5.25" half height device using modern platters and control mechanisms.

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Am I the only one...

...who would like to see what they could build in a 5.25" full height device using modern technologies? Or even half height, for ease of fitting to modern cases?

OK, it'd be slow, but for things like bulk video storage it would be hard to beat.

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Apple OS X Yosemite 4 TIMES more popular than Mavericks

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Re: "Snowy, Mounty and Mavy"?

C'mon, dude! Have you no self-respect?

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

Geoff Campbell
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In-car wireless charging

Plenty of generic dashboard or windscreen phone holders with Qi coils built in on eBay.

I modified the phone tray in my car by gluing the guts of a Qi charging pad underneath instead. Very pleasing, I hate having wires trailing all over the place.

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It's finally happened: Bloke builds BOFH-style goofing-off cattle prod

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Re: Tracker

Failure of Imagination Error in Line 1 - ReDo from start.

You should be able to program it to encourage you to masterbate more often. It's a motivational device, right?

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Re: "If, big if, the oil starts to run low"

Um, "If"? It's a finite resource, which we're burning through at a quite astonishing rate. How are you proposing to re-stock the reserves?

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

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Re: I hate...

Rubbish.

They may *think* they have done so, but the really, really nice thing about the Internet is that it is supremely good at bypassing the middle-man. Sure, the sheep will continue to use YouTube without questioning any changes to the content, but the rest of us can do what we like, discovering excellent new music direct from the bands, and from our friends and family by personal recommendation.

GJC

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US Marshals seek buyer for Silk Road's Bitcoin

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WTF?

Um, what?

Perhaps I'm missing something fundamental here, but why don't the US authorities simply convert the bitcoins to dollars via the normal route?

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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

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"more relevant to their interests"

Absolutely. And I'm insterested in a future fantasy world in which I never have to see another advert. Be a dear and make it so, would you, Facebook?

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

Geoff Campbell
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Re: I want a high speed version of 10base2

The whole CSMA/CD system that 10base2 uses starts to break down quite badly at very low traffic speeds. This was why 4Mbps Token Ring would piss all over 10Mbps Ethernet back in the day, as soon as you got a few systems using the network in a spirited fashion.

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Wedding tackle started out as PROTO-SHARKS' LEGS, boffins say

Geoff Campbell
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Childcatcher

It's the detail of that copulation that the researchers....have drilled into.

Oh, I say! Well played, Sir, well played!

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

Geoff Campbell
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Re: Wasted IP ranges

Here you go:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assigned_/8_IPv4_address_blocks

Some stand-out figures there. HP have not one, but two /8 ranges. Lots owned by the US military, too. And Haliburton - why on earth would a medium sized civil engineering firm need their own /8?

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Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins

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Re: someone's got to say it

Damn, beat me to it.

ObBond: "What, from over here?"

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Flying cars, submarine cars – Elon Musk says NOTHING is beyond him

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Re: Yayy !!

"Pull!"

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Re: Challenge

Homer? Is that you?

Sound ghastly. Who the hell would buy it? All those compromises to solve problems that only exist in your mind, but which would significantly reduce its usability as a vehicle.

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Kim Dotcom: You give me proof of govt corruption in my case, I give you MEELLIONS

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Clever move.

You can say what you like about the guy, but he has a certain style.

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The Strippers, Unicorn Computers and Martian Watches of Computex

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Re: Doomed?

Absolutely. Wireless charging is now a non-negotiable requirement for any phone I buy, having had it for a year or so now. A pad by the bed, one by the desk, and a 20 minute modification to my car to add Qi charging hardware under the phone-holding tray in the centre console, and in combination with Bluetooth I need never plug in another cable.

Which isn't just laziness. The one and only phone hardware failure I've suffered in recent memory was a USB port falling apart, so only using them when I absolutely have to makes a lot of sense.

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

Geoff Campbell
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Irony

"Irony: Sarcasm for toffs" (c) Billy Connolly

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Re: It begins!

Ah, a student of the classics, I see. I salute your eminent refined good taste, Sir!

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Unions mull appetite for HP strike action over 16k job cull

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"Make It Better"

Just how mind-buggeringly, bone-headedly, *stupidly* insensitive do you have to be to give the title of "Make It Better" to a massive programme of sacking people?

I despair, really I do.

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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PET

Given themselves a hernia, I suspect. Man, but those things were heavy - I've owned cars made from thinner steel. I sold one on eBay a couple of years ago, shipping it wasn't that expensive, but it was difficult to arrange, as it was above the weight limit of most of the headline courier companies.

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

Geoff Campbell
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Re: Evidence

Go on, then, post your links.

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Former Azzurri project manager who stole £1.3m ordered to pay back £146k

Geoff Campbell
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Re: Crime doesn't pay...

Well, yes and no.

There is more to the prison sentence than just time off the streets - I doubt he'll get a significant job ever again, so that's 20-30 years of minimum wage rather than professional work once he gets out.

However, he's effectively just been offered the chance to earn himself £146k for two years of sitting in a cell, with no additional extra problems over and above the original sentence and criminal record. Which seems to me to be rather a lucrative offer, especially in light of the above-mentioned job prospects once he does get out.

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Autodesk CEO: '3D printing has been way overhyped'

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Did he just say "I think there is a world market for maybe five 3D printers"?

I mean, he does have sort of a fairly valid point, in that current consumer 3D printers are interesting curiousities, which have yet to find their feet as really solid, indespensible devices. But it would take a brave or foolish man to predict that they will never do so, as he appears to be doing.

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

Geoff Campbell
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Re: "eucalyptus trees"

Oh, I'm sure they are, I was just noting that this not an entirely new idea. For burning oil, I'm guessing that there isn't much heat energy in the oil itself, so removing the oxygen supply for a short period is enough to interrupt the burning?

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Hang on...

Didn't Red Adair and the other big-ticket oil well fire fighters use exactly this technique back in ancient history?

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IANA starts handing out recovered IPv4 addresses

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Meanwhile...

...I sit here in A Certain Large UK Government Organisation on a desktop PC with a publicly addressible IP address, courtesy of A Certain Large IT Outsourcing Organisation, whose collective heads would obviously explode if they had to implement NAT.

<*Sigh*>

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Son of ACTA pours fuel on IP trade fire

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Ah, interesting indeed.

Phase two of the resource wars appears to be getting under way. Keep your heads down, people, this one is going to get nasty.

GJC

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No such luck: Apple, Samsung say peace talks are off – way off

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Re: Legalese

You know how in American TV cartoons you sometimes get a bully taking a smaller kid's hand and forcing them to slap themselves, whilst repeating "Stop slapping yourself" over and over? That was the image I got from that statement.

Not that either side is whiter than white in this area, but I do wish Apple would just STFU and get back to making products and writing software.

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Cisco reboots PC with $1500 'Scandafornian' Android fondleslab

Geoff Campbell
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Re: Well, I guess that about wraps it up for Cisco.

A fair comment.

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FAIL

Well, I guess that about wraps it up for Cisco.

Shame, they produce some good networking kit.

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Toot-toot. Intel pulls up in the connected car of the FU-TURE-TURE

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Alert

Hmmmm.

Seems to me that somewhere along the line, someone forgot to look up the definition of "Passenger".

Sit down, strap in, shut up, and I'll tell you when we get to where I'm going. Don't like my terms? You can walk.

Perhaps I'm getting too old and grumpy...

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Deflation hits Tim Cook – date with him now costs only half as much

Geoff Campbell
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Re: Lunch with Tim Cook or other Tech Execs??

I wasn't aware there was a comparative league table.

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Re: Lunch with Tim Cook or other Tech Execs??

Presumably just for the chance to casually drop "As I was saying to Tim Cook the other day..." into the conversation at the Golf Club. Hateful, isn't it?

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

Geoff Campbell
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Re: So I should...

Ah, this'll be why the Tories are so keen on keeping Scotland? So they have somewhere to retreat to when England has sunk?

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Re: Wait, Wait! AGW is COLLING the Antarctic!

Actually, you very much can have it both ways. The cooling effect is in the atmosphere. The warming effect reported here is in sea temperatures, which is causing thinning of the sea ice, reducing the barriers that are holding back the flow of the glaciers off of the land and into the sea. Two separate (but connected) systems.

This also, by the way, could easily explain how melting and reduced ice *volume* can go hand in hand with increasing ice *extent*.

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Re: So I should...

Oh, talking about land - I recall an article in New Scientist a while ago, postulating that as the huge weight of ice was removed from Antarctica and other land masses, they would rise somewhat. And that this might lead to other land masses sinking somewhat. Which might make the local effects of sea level rises in some areas rather more dramatic than just a few feet.

Interesting times ahead...

GJC

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Mae Microsoft yn addysgu Swyddfa, Bing, siarad Cymraeg*

Geoff Campbell
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Re: They got agreement on this?

You, Sir, fail.

Rhyl to Cardiff by a reasonably direct road route is 180 miles. How much do English dialects vary over that sort of distance? (Hint: The answer is "Fucking loads").

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again:

"Episode VII: Ja Ja Binks, The Musical."

It would fit the Disney ethos perfectly, and open up a whole new audience. Perfect!

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