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'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the WARMEST Januaries EVER RECORDED

Michael M

Re: The BBC tells us what's really happening

Well done Prof Francis. Two clear sentences.

What kind of point do you think you're scoring by noting that scientists don't know everything about a polar vortex in February 2014? We're posing questions about the effect of increased amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere over decades. Where do you actually want your information from? If not from "the experts" then who?

To date, 9 of the 10 warmest years on record (since 1880) have occurred during the 21st century. Only one year during the 20th century—1998—was warmer than 2013. I bet Prof Francis wouldn't have a difficult job teasing out a climate change signal from that.

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Study: Arctic warming at 'stunning' rate – highest temps in 44,000 years

Michael M

Re: LarsG

You're using the local weather and they're comparing the climate. Yes. Chicago and Washington have different local weather and average temperatures but do you have any reason to believe that the relationship in average temperatures between the two places has changed over the centuries. 44,000 years ago Chicago wasn't tropical while Washington was ice-bound. It's highly probable that both were equally colder/warmer.

If the two places are at the same latitudes and similar sites eg both large islands it increases the validity of comparing climates. So, you compare sites on Baffin Island and Greenland now and use that difference when comparing data from the past.

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Michael M

Re: Surfs up!

The trick will be in deciding how many miles inland the beach will be.

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Michael M

If a climate scientist wrote a paper that the sun was coming up tomorrow Watts would find "problems" with it.

Let me know if the American Geophysical Union have any problems with it.

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Google menaces Apple's 3-year-old toddler with its cheap stream tech

Michael M

"...and Google is offering three months of Netflix free with the device."

It stopped that before the weekend.

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

Michael M

Linux 95?

Will the fact that this will occur after the sun becomes a red giant preclude the naming of Linux 95 being equally snappy.

I'm assuming, in the above, that the entity known as 'Linus' is by then a loadable module, as are the rest of the kernel writers.

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Wind farms make you sick … with worry and envy

Michael M

> Strangely many older people in the village seem to develop cancer,

Who says the Germans don't have a sense of humour. It's too subtle for some readers here.

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

Michael M

Re: BEST - warmist?

You seem to be under some illusion that Climatologists are the only group putting forward AGW when in fact I am not aware of a single professional body of scientists or engineers who dispute AGW.

An example from the Institute of Civil Engineers: "The science is clear: Climate Change is a reality. Engineers must now be in engaged in responding to the challenges and threats which Climate Change poses to our built environment."

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Permafrost melt to boost atmospheric CO2 faster than thought

Michael M

Re: What about plant cover?

"Just how is the sun supposed to get to that deep permafrost layer anyway?" It says in the article, google thermokarst failure.

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Cisco unwraps Unified Access boxes in East London

Michael M

Re: "Now you can get plugged in to the wireless revolution"

I believe this is what is known, in the technical jargon that is all too common these days, as a "joke".

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Frenchmen's sperm plunges by a third in quality and quantity since '89

Michael M
Megaphone

Re: Old news

At some hospital, somewhere in the UK, a klaxon has gone off and they are doing a roll call.

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John McAfee blogs from Guatemalan jail, says coffee excellent

Michael M
Unhappy

Re: Joke alert

This illustrates the sad decline of journalism - why is a free trial gag not in the story.

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Steady Antarctic ice growth 'limits confidence in climate predictions'

Michael M

Expertise?

If the Register is going to continue posting these climate trolling articles should they not think of employing an actual scientist to write them who can actually speak about the subject instead of people who write about the climate because they, you know, use umbrellas and have been skiing and stuff.

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Revealed! Prime Minister's iPad 'dashboard' for controlling Britain

Michael M

Re: "Controlling Britain"

So you faked your death, Mr Saville.

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Businessweek: 'It's Global Warming, Stupid'

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Pandora boss urges 85% pay cut for musicians

Michael M
Thumb Down

Value for money

Reading this I see El Reg also "price their valuable product or service at what it's worth".

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DON'T PANIC: Arctic methane emissions have been going on for ages

Michael M

Re: The Life Of Brian

So this storm, is it a new thing or do storms occur every year? If they occur every year it doesn't really affect the record. If it is a new thing is it one more thing to worry about that new storms increase sea ice melt?

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Climate sceptic? You're probably a 'Birther', don't vaccinate your kids

Michael M

Re: climate sceptic

"We simply don't know." Which 'we' is this? The 'we' I'm concerned about is myself and climate scientists and that 'we' does know.

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New hottest-ever extreme temperature records now easier to achieve

Michael M
Mushroom

Watts Up

I imagine Anthony Watts will be most pleased. He is forever going on about incorrectly made temperature readings that are too high. This one's for you, Tony.

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Error found in climate modelling: Too many droughts predicted

Michael M
Headmaster

Rate of change

..."climate change is occurring: and indeed that it always has been."

I'd dismiss car-crashes by saying decelerations happen on the time.

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Ice core shows Antarctic Peninsula warming is nothing unusual

Michael M

Climate news at El Reg?

It's like getting your IT information from Horse and Hound.

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Arctic ice shrinks to ‘smallest in satellite era’ - NASA

Michael M

Re: Percent

Given that the record in 2007 did not happen for a few weeks, todays ice extent, according to IARC-JAXA, is 16.5% below the same day in 2007.

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Michael M

Re: BREAKING NEWS! Ice is melting in the summer!

Reconstructed changes in Arctic sea ice over the past 1,450 years

Christophe Kinnard, Christian M. Zdanowicz, David A. Fisher, Elisabeth Isaksson, Anne de Vernal & Lonnie G. Thompson

Nature 479, 509–512 (24 November 2011)

or googling "Kinnard arctic" gives it as the top hit.

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Michael M

Re: BREAKING NEWS! Ice is melting in the summer!

For the last 1400 years summer ice levels have never before dropped below 8 million square km (Kinnard et al, 2011) and now, in the last 30 years they have dropped below 5 million. So, what's this natural process that has just occurred in recent times then?

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

Michael M

As William Goldman said...

...of people in Hollywood - "Nobody Knows Anything". I admire how Mr O is bringing this ethos to The Register.

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1930s photos show Greenland glaciers retreating faster than today

Michael M
WTF?

Industrial Revolution

I was taught it started in the mid-18th century and was virtually over by the 1840s. All that coal being burnt in steam engines for 100 years might have begun to have an effect.

I note that in figure 2 of the article you can see how much more melting is going on in the 2000-2010 decade.

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Foxconn to create workers' paradise?

Michael M

100 Years Behind

Foxconn may have been converted to the benefits of Fordism by deciding to providing a wage which makes it more likely that its employees can actually afford the products they make.

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Study finds water cycle accelerating with warming

Michael M

Re: Not a global effect...

It's almost as if "changes in the water cycle are running faster".

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Gaia scientist Lovelock: 'I was WRONG and alarmist on climate'

Michael M

Retirement:

It does seem to affect scientists badly. Since they are no longer generating data they do tend to grasp for relevance by going for the soundbite. This seems to apply no matter the belief. They all end up more like columnists.

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Arctic Ocean may be releasing its methane

Michael M

Re: Missing heat

Decisions decisions - shall I wait for the paper to come out or analyse the readings from 3500 over the last 10 years and then integrate it into the other readings from the last 50 years... That's a toughie.

I might even trust that the American Association for the Advancement of Science have provided an accurate precis of the paper.

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Michael M
Alert

Re: PPM

For an 80Kg man, a 500mg paracetamol pill is 1 part in 160,000. At 4 parts in 10,000 he would be taking 64 pills.

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Michael M
FAIL

Re: So, how much gas per day ?

There are 1,000,000 sq metres in a sq km so your figures should be 28.1 million tons per day.

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Educating Rory: Are BBC reporters unteachable?

Michael M

Coding at school

I'd rather some form of coding was introduced in Primary school and then in year 1 and 2 as a small part of Maths and parts of other subjects (scripting in Excel or Photoshop type apps). I would advise students that a qualification in computing was a waste of the chance to study another subject especially at A-Level.

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Hold on, Booker prize judges - Stob's penned a steampunk hit

Michael M
Happy

Much anticipated novel.

I'm waiting for Andrew Orlowski's erotic novel about the furry community.

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Himalayan glaciers actually GAINING ice, space scans show

Michael M
FAIL

Re: Do we need new scientists?

"History shows not. In the 70s, 99% of scientists reckoned we were entering an ice age!!"

Lewis presents the facts in a manner best suited to forward his own views - you however seem content to out-and-out make stuff up. 99%?

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Climate change linked to EXTREME weather surge

Michael M
Alien

Re: Stefan Rahmstorf

I think this comes under the heading 'playing the man not the ball'. What's the german equivalent of that english idiom?

Disinterested? I imagine only those scientists not from this planet are disinterested.

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Charge of the Metro brigade: Did Microsoft execs plan to take a hit?

Michael M
Happy

Good stuff

An excellent analysis. Slight error - the 2nd and 3rd punctuation marks of the user's quote have been transposed.

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Powerful, wallet-sized Raspberry Pi computer sells out in SECONDS

Michael M

On sale at 6am.

Story about it nearly 12 hours later?

I'll wait 'till May when the supply might match demand.

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Global warming COULD SHRINK THE HUMAN RACE

Michael M

Re: Re "You can either adapt, or you go extinct"

If there was a competition for 'Last Species Standing' we would probably win our Mammal class. Hurrah for us.

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Toy Story: Mystic Met needs swanky new kit, swoon MPs

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Met's email hack probe turns spotlight on The Times - MP

Michael M

Who are they batting away?

My reading is that they are not prepared to give the Register a running commentary but may well be doing so to the MP.

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40,000 Apple fanbois demand ethical iPhone 5

Michael M

What about the rest?

As Apple are only 6% of the worldwide mobile phone market who do we petition about the other 94%?

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Saudi oil minister praises renewable energy

Michael M

It's a daily figure

7kWhr/m2/day, but this is a maximum figure during June.

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Michael M

For Riyadh you will get about 6 kWhr/m2/day of energy from the sun. At its highest in June it goes up to 6.89, down to 4.41 in December. This is raw energy but at 15% collection efficiency it is about 1kWhr/m2/day.

The June figure of 6.89 is an average over the whole month at the centre of the country. So given that, there may be a point in the south where on Summer Solstice the energy received is 7kWhr/m2/day or pretty damn close.

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Apple's iPod: ten years old

Michael M

" [Appealed to] wealthy folk with large CD collections" - if you define wealthy as 'can afford £300' and 'large collection' as 100 albums (if you put them in Apple Lossless then only 25 albums).

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It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

Michael M

Slow to change

"Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative. "

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Explosion in iPad factory kills two, injures more

Michael M

American workplaces

Which recent report detailed a dust explosion where 29 American lives were "paid with their lives for the corporate risk taking."

“Man, they got us up there mining, and we ain’t got no air,” the miner, Gary Wayne Quarles, told a friend, who talked to investigators. “I’m just scared to death to go to work because I’m just scared to death something bad is going to happen.” NYTimes May 19 2011

The Upper Big Branch Mine, West Virginia, explosion kills 29 but so so what, they only produce coal which powers the fondleslabs and everything else.

Instead of pointing the finger at China why not help stop the workers local to you being killed due to "corporate risk taking".

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Arkansas governor spanks arse cleavage

Michael M
Headmaster

Solution

Once your jeans are at half-mast you sew them to your boxers, then wear a second pair of boxers under that.

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Megaquake cuts Japan phone lines

Michael M
Headmaster

Vaguely heard of it

"Tokyo, ... , is home to a number of large data centers run by government, universities, banks, and web hosts."

Thanks for that info. Who knew?

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