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Greenland glacier QUADRUPLES speed, swells seas

Doug Bostrom

"Who keeps posting this kneepad-style AGW bilge? "

Funny to watch some of the folks here flailing around, trying to punch their own shadow. Didja notice? The article didn't actually mention C02 or anthropogenic climate change at all.

Chill out. :-)

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

Doug Bostrom

Re: Needs Microsoft account to use

Yup. The multiple hassles around satisfying the elaborate artificial-scarcity engineering requirements make it a non-starter.

From all the captivity efforts built into the machine and OS, this sounds like MS is trying to reboot the '90s, via a slightly different path. No thanks.

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Doug Bostrom

Quick question: what's the difference between extended battery life during standby, and extended battery life during "off?"

Presumably it's down to boot versus no boot?

Point is, touting how long the battery lasts when not using a device seems a bit of a desperate reach for exciting features to tout.

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Boffins find MEXICAN WAVE pattern in random climate wobbles

Doug Bostrom

Pass the hammer

Only the latest final nail in the coffin of global warming.

With so many final nails, one would think the monster dead already. Perhaps we're hammering on the wrong coffin?

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Brazil's anti-NSA prez urged to SNATCH keys to the internet from America

Doug Bostrom

Issue is metaphor for larger problem

Leaving aside the exact details here, we're coming to a point where sovereign state borders are becoming quite anachronistic for some purposes.

The message of commercial globalization is that borders should ideally be porous to resources. Resources of course include information.

The sole remaining legitimate purpose of borders is to containerize and lend shape to cultures, probably most importantly the cultural feature of local systems of law.

The question Brazil is asking is, how do we preserve our preferred systems of law in the face of the ad hoc, unagreed power-sharing arrangement of the Internet?

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'Modern warming trend can't be found' in new climate study

Doug Bostrom

Just to help the discussion, here's the abstract:

"In the eastern Mediterranean in general and in Turkey in particular, temperature reconstructions based on tree rings have not been achieved so far. Furthermore, centennial-long chronologies of stable isotopes are generally also missing. Recent studies have identified the tree species Juniperus excelsa as one of the most promising tree species in Turkey for developing long climate sensitive stable carbon isotope chronologies because this species is long-living and thus has the ability to capture low-frequency climate signals. We were able to develop a statistically robust, precisely dated and annually resolved chronology back to AD 1125. We proved that variability of δ13C in tree rings of J. excelsa is mainly dependent on winter-to-spring temperatures (January–May). Low-frequency trends, which were associated with the medieval warm period and the little ice age, were identified in the winter-to-spring temperature reconstruction, however, the twentieth century warming trend found elsewhere could not be identified in our proxy record, nor was it found in the corresponding meteorological data used for our study. Comparisons with other northern-hemispherical proxy data showed that similar low-frequency signals are present until the beginning of the twentieth century when the other proxies derived from further north indicate a significant warming while the winter-to-spring temperature proxy from SW-Turkey does not. Correlation analyses including our temperature reconstruction and seven well-known climate indices suggest that various atmospheric oscillation patterns are capable of influencing the temperature variations in SW-Turkey."

Read carefully. Be careful what you wish for.

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WET SPOT found on MARS: NASA rover says 'high percentage'

Doug Bostrom

Is it real?

This is intriguing but considering that I'm reading in the same venue where Andrew Orlowski is published, I guess I'll have to verify it elsewhere.

Thanks anyway.

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Rare gold iPhone 5s goes up against 50 caliber high precision rifle

Doug Bostrom

How about if he shoots his own camera? That would be fun.

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

Doug Bostrom

Opportunity costs?

EasyJet paying money for reputation management that could instead be diverted into actual logistical improvements thereby avoiding the necessity for reputation management?

I suppose it's more likely that the queue were tittering about the twitter enough to catch the ear of the local mis-manager.

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WHY do phone cams turn me into a clumsy twat with dexterity of an elephant?

Doug Bostrom

Re: It's in da nose, stoopid!

Forcing everyone into dork-mode is way less expensive for manufacturing. Short of a DSLR a coupled, optical rangefinder is ok and can be made very tiny but purchase options for those have gone into the stratospheric, boutique price range, another mode of dork.

Lugging a DSLR is ok in some circumstances but for something to put in a shirt pocket we have few reasonable choices. Even though in some ways it was pretty mediocre I still miss the nice rangefinder of my Fuji E510, the lamented victim of salt water. New camera is compact, waterproof, shockproof, dust proof and Doug-proof but waaaaah-- no rangefinder.

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ATTACK of the ROBOT BANKERS brings stock market to its knees

Doug Bostrom

And this relates to financing and managing a publicly traded company -how-?

Perhaps it's time to create another market, one designed to be used by people/machines with no interest in the world inhabited by people who provide tangible goods and services?

The trading described here bears no relationship to the organic rationale for public offerings. Mixing abstractions such as high-speed trading with fundamental requirements such as producing foodstuffs is risky.

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NIST denies it weakened its encryption standard to please the NSA

Doug Bostrom

"...NIST said that working with the NSA was standard operating procedure; indeed it was required by law to consult with the NSA on security matters. "

We're supposed to understand the legal mandate to have Daddy NSA "consult" as a feature, not a bug.

NSA generously helping us keep our secrets: if it seems too good to be true then it probably isn't true. I love my dog but she's not allowed to guard my bacon.

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Swiss space plane to launch robotic orbital debris destroyer

Doug Bostrom

Stay up on the latest debris

It's all covered in "Orbital Debris Quarterly."

http://orbitaldebris.jsc.nasa.gov/newsletter/newsletter.html

A seriously bad problem, another "WTF were they thinking" legacy for our descendants.

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Torvalds shoots down call to yank 'backdoored' Intel RdRand in Linux crypto

Doug Bostrom

Back to the crib

"...conspiracy theorists are terrified that RdRand is compromised. "

Only days later and we're back to "terrified conspiracy theorists."

How we do love a comforting story (or insult) instead of facts, eh?

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BAN THIS SICK FILCH: Which? demands end to £1.50-per-min 'help' lines

Doug Bostrom

Diagnostic of monopoly

When you don't need to worry about hearing any complaints and thus can safely deter them with a fee you're enjoying being a monopoly. Woe betide you if any cracks appear in the dam of your control, once you've built up enough resentment in your victims.

In the case of firms and other organizations still having competitors, surely it's a stupid idea to charge complainers for offering what are often useful suggestions in the form of a raspberry. Complainers should be paid.

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US intelligence: Snowden's latest leaks 'road map' for adversaries

Doug Bostrom

Re: NSA - National Socialist Agency

They both need to be working from a larger dictionary.

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Doug Bostrom

NSA please look in the mirror

Nothing more pathetic than seeing somebody who can't keep a secret blaming somebody else for their own failings.

Secrecy begins and ends in the hands of the secret.

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Microsoft gives TechNet a one-off reprieve

Doug Bostrom

Just imagine: there's some poor drone deep in the bowels of Microsoft who has been assigned to fulfill the technical requirements of giving the shaft to TechNet subscribers who fail to match the exacting requirements of continued existence for 90 more days.

What a great job!

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

Doug Bostrom

Ah, new twist on the Manchurian Candidate

Crash the value, buy the company. Nifty!

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Hitch climate tax to the ACTUAL CLIMATE, says top economist

Doug Bostrom

Similarly to slowly increasing the amount of water delivered to firefighters attempting to extinguishing a blaze, McKittrick's idea would deliver too little, too late.

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Our new top Android ten-incher

Doug Bostrom

Re: Well Done Sony

Yes, thumbs up on the water-resistance. Tablets are akin to wristwatches; what accompanies a person as a ubiquitous accessory should hopefully be at least as water-resistant as that person. As one example, it's worth noting that for better or worse tablets are finding a receptive audience with professional and amateur mariners because a plethora of expensive hardware can be replaced with marine-oriented software combined with tablets. The same tablets are used ashore for more prosaic activities. Tablets with inherent durability not requiring an awkward case will find a ready market.

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

Doug Bostrom

Shrinkage

The circle of illumination shed by these articles continues to diminish. I suppose it's inevitable; if Lewis is to retain any slight resemblance to coherency then he's doomed always to ignore more.

Jennifer Francis et al, much?

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House bill: 'Hey NASA, that asteroid retrieval plan? Fuggedaboutit'

Doug Bostrom

What about incidental data?

Presumably if satellites incidentally collects data that might be used for climate research they too will be for the chopping block? Do these morons understand the overlap in data collection? Why do I bother asking?

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Doug Bostrom

Stasis guaranteed

Whipsawing NASA on an annual basis will ensure that we go exactly nowhere.

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Confidence in US Congress sinks to lowest level ever recorded

Doug Bostrom

Will our memory be long enough?

In 3-4 years we'll have no polar orbiting weather satellites and our forecasting ability will be thrown back to the 1960s era because of absurd stunts such as "sequestration." There are loads of other time-delayed disasters being planted today by our ideological romantics, mostly noticeable only later. Will anybody remember to connect the dots?

"We couldn't afford new satellites" won't sound very convincing, if folks ask why we no longer can predict whether a hurricane will make landfall or not. But will we remember that we used to have that ability?

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Microsoft splashes big bucks to blast Google Apps

Doug Bostrom

Microsoft: Innovator of Problems

Microsoft's main development vector still seems to hinge on making sure that user data is securely locked into their "experience ecosystem" or whatever they're calling their magic spectacles these days.

It's possible that customers will eventually figure out that when Microsoft says "the other guy's software won't read your data," they really mean "we scrambled your data and you paid us for it, suckers."

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Microsoft hosts bar mitzvah for mature Azure

Doug Bostrom

SSL certificate renewal automated=mature?

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Boeing outlines fix for 787 batteries

Doug Bostrom

Re: Hindenberg

Years ago I was the lucky person with our firm who took the (Christmas week) phone call announcing that a device which we'd just installed had exploded and reduced itself to small fragments and a cloud of black smoke in a shopping mall in the NE US, prompting an evacuation and demand that we immediately remove the approximately 1,800 other copies deployed around the mall's local community (this was in 2001 and in general emergency responders were quite jumpy, to say the least).

Reversing this setback was quite an education. Although their battery had exploded for a reason that was never satisfactorily explained, luckily our vendor (a very large French battery firm) appeared well-versed in the art of euphemisms as they apply to badly behaving batteries. We were instructed to never use the words "explode" or "detonate" or "burst" in the technical reports demanded of us by regulatory authorities; the proper words to use were "spontaneous disassembly."

And lo, the magic words worked. We never removed a single device. :-)

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World+Dog don't care about climate change, never have done

Doug Bostrom

Nice to see that Lewis has finally given up on understanding the sciency part of climate change.

I suspect that prior to 1950 few would have rated wearing seat belts among the things they could do to improve their safety while riding in automobiles. Happily we're not solidly rooted in ignorance.

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Microsoft brings Azure back online

Doug Bostrom

A day passes, and then another year

"We will continue monitoring the health of the Storage service and SSL traffic for the next 24 hours..."

...and then we will ignore the situation for 364 days, until our cert once again expires.

Only for 24 hours? Surely not, but surely they'd also be a little more careful in their phrasing, one would think.

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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

Doug Bostrom

Re: I'd look at the Battery Power Conditioning Circuits

Individual cell-reversal will cause destructive failure as well. Possible a cell died, began trying to conduct "backwards?"

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Doug Bostrom

" Initial tests at a facility in Arizona show no problems, while Japanese investigators report that their APU circuit boards are too badly burnt to provide meaningful data at this time."

Hopefully the entire facility will not burn to the ground --again-- when testing becomes spontaneously and spectacularly exothermic, as happened earlier in the 787 program. That would slow down the investigation.

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Next IPCC climate assessment due 2014 now everywhere online

Doug Bostrom

Rawls surely could have done better than getting it backwards?

http://skepticalscience.com/ipcc-draft-leak-global-warming-not-solar.html

Needs coffin nails and nothing to hand but a bag of hammers. Tsk.

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Windows Phone 8 must be Microsoft's priority one, two AND three

Doug Bostrom

Re: I just bought a Windows phone

Not called "the Borg" for nothing.

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Doug Bostrom

Re: Fewer apps == fewer crap apps

It's too hard; how do I tap and swipe that? Or can I just pinch it? I've forgotten how to use 3 out of 5 fingers. Plus I'm having difficulty writing this with only an index finger; isn't there some useful way to use all these extra digits draping from my hand?

Also can somebody help me open my jar of jam?

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Asteroid miners hunt for platinum, leave all common sense in glovebox

Doug Bostrom

So it's kind of like a recession, or depression: by tacit consensus to remain enslaved to notions of economics that have lost their roots in the physical world we all agree to be miserable. It's a sad day when the physics hand we're dealt has nothing to do with our quality of life.

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The Sinofsky Letters: Defenestrated Windows overlord corresponds

Doug Bostrom

Re: Dinosaurs

And if Faber-Castell decides your pencil will henceforth be in the shape of a pretzel, be a Marine, suck it up, go with the flow. By all means, don't look for another pencil vendor.

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Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 3

Doug Bostrom

Great story, well researched, engagingly written. "Where are they today" bit was also intriguing. Thanks!

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Facebook beats the heat in North Carolina data center

Doug Bostrom

Wouldn't it be even more intelligent and savvy not to locate data centers in places where it becomes very warm for many weeks of the year? Let alone NC, how about the weird fascination of Las Vegas and other places in the SW US for operators of data centers?

What about right next door to HydroQuebec's dams in northern Canada? Rail leads to the rest of the world, meaning fiber connection is a snap. Granted the operators would have to be pretty strange people but how is that any different than somebody locking themselves in windowless fortress in Las Vegas, really?

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Microsoft aims Windows Embedded 8 at $1.4 trillion market

Doug Bostrom

More useless noise.

Late to the party, as usual, bringing nothing but friction and unnecessary expense. Look for just enough success in the market to make a pointless mess for customers, like Silverlight.

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Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

Doug Bostrom

"But the really cool thing about all of this is that Microsoft is 90,000 people or so, so the fact that we're all behind this and we're all pushing down these design principles is something that's tremendously exciting."

Pretty much sums up everything wrong with the picture. Spend more time outside of the campus and don't waste those precious moments at hermetic MS events; perhaps this disastrous self-hypnosis wouldn't happen so often.

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US trounces UK in climate scepticism jibber-jabber

Doug Bostrom

Taxes!=science. It's helpful to keep them separate in your mind.

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Microsoft offers workarounds for IE bug

Doug Bostrom

Everything is an Experience at Microsoft

"Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)." AKA "EMETic"

At Microsoft, you do not use the toilet, you have a "Metabolic Experience." If you have dysentery, you have a "Enhanced Metabolic Experience."

When you and your spouse get that special spark of an evening, you have a "Conjugal Experience." If it's extra-marital and stolen in the back seat of the car, it's an "Enhanced Interoperability Experience."

When you're being retained as CEO after a dismal job performance, you're having an "Enhanced Retention Experience."

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Arctic ICE PANIC sparked by half-baked sat data

Doug Bostrom

More information

See here:

http://neven1.typepad.com/blog/2012/08/more-news-on-cryosat-2.html

"1) The numbers are PROVISIONAL but are our best estimates right now. We are working hard to finalise (i.e. check the details of) the numbers at which point a paper will be submitted which will hopefully be published in due course. At that point everyone will have access to the whole story/figures etc.

2) The trends are from the period 2004 to 2012 and are obtained by combining CryoSat ice volume with ice volume from NASA's ICESat mission for years 2003-2008 (see Kwok et al, JGR, 2009).

3) The trends are for the two campaign periods which ICESat operated in each year that overlap with the times of year when CryoSat-2's provides data. That is a month during October/November (ON) and February/March (FM).

4) The numbers refer only to the central Arctic (the ICESat domain) and cannot always be compared with the PIOMAS "whole arctic domain" available on the PIOMAS website (i.e. there are times of year when some ice lies outside the central Arctic).

5) Both ICESat and CryoSat-2 measurements have been validated (checked) against data gathered by aircraft and undersea moorings."

Etc.

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Windows 8: Download it, then speak YOUR brains

Doug Bostrom

Re: Windows 8 isn't that bad...

"...change is what IT is all about, good or bad, or how are we supposed to progress?"

Not change for the sake of change, and progress is supposed to be an arrow pointing in the "better" direction. The "Modern Metro Monkey" interface is absurd for anything but a phone, diagonally-challenged display or food pellet motivational experiments with lower primates and the alternate desktop looks almost exactly like Mandrake ca 1999.

But the world needs optimists, so good on you.

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Doug Bostrom

Re: Yeh right........

Or, more precisely, you'll eat the dogfood that is put in your dish by your master, once you're sufficiently famished.

"It's only a big start button..."

Put another way, "it's only a big turd you didn't want, need or ask for, in the middle of your screen. Get used to it!"

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Doug Bostrom

Re: how I see it panning out....

"MS have already stated that enterprise versions of Win8 will have the ability to "side load" apps so that inhouse apps can be written and deployed."

And there's no problem with the notion that MS is moving the window of "normal" OS behavior to "here are the new, tighter caveats under which you may create or obtain software to be installed on your computer, restrictions you did not ask for but rather we are imposing you, unasked."

Amazing how people's concept of what's normal and acceptable can be slowly and subtly shifted beyond any recognition.

Do a mental exercise, imagine it's 10 years ago and Microsoft was launching whatever it was they launched back then. With that announcement, they drastically restrict how you may obtain software, where you may obtain, dictating even that you'll pay for the "privilege" of loading "unapproved' software at all. Would you have been ok with that?

Apple is author of the real-world implementation of this evil, of course. Goes to show that "think different" doesn't always mean "think well."

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McIntyre: Climate policy crippled by pointless feel-good gestures

Doug Bostrom

Oh, so tired...

It's summer in England. Tomorrow is likely to be warmer than a day in January. Can you say >exactly< what the temperature tomorrow will be? Because you can't, does that mean you also can't make a reasonable case it'll likely be colder in January?

Please, come up with something more original.

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Doug Bostrom

Simple is best

"Simple methods are all that is required to extract signals. If you have to use methods that are trickier than that - then in the hands of inexperienced or opportunistic scientists you can get results don't make a whole lot of sense."

Yeah. If you happen to have a bird's-eye view of the Arctic and you see that year-on-year ice in the Arctic is diminishing, you simply conclude that ice there is melting because the Arctic is getting warmer. No need to resort to tortured cycles of ice expansion, retreat, etc.

Ice melts when it warms above 0. Doesn't get any simpler.

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Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

Doug Bostrom

"Took me about 5 mins to get my bearings and after that no problems. "

Begging the question, "why?" Why are you dropped into a foreign landscape with your mental map crumpled?

Praise be that Microsoft is not in charge of the pencil. One day they'd be shipped in the form of pretzels, and we'd then be listening to optimists telling us "once you figure out how to push your fingers through the loop, no problem!"

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