* Posts by nsld

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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What was the threat from the hackers?

Worst they could probably do was chuck some empty pizza boxes or squeeze some zits in the general direction of the cinema goers.

One swift wedgie would make them skulk back to mum

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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Rose tinted spectacles

If you want the best, well motivated people working for local authorities then the first step would probably be to sack around 90% of the long serving incumbents and replace them with competent, well trained people.

Once you see from the inside just how badly local authorities are run, the waste, the corruption and the inept nature of the people you will understand why so many council and local government projects fail dismally, go over budget or get quietly scrapped.

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Re: A Morons perspective

Barrie

The issue with data protection in the EU is one of proportionality and necessity,

When the data controller is collecting data for the purposes they are registered for and an employee has been signed off for a defined period by a Doctor then it would not be proportionate to spy on the employeee during that period without any direct evidence of wrongdoing, it would also not be meet any of the general tests within the DPA guidance.

The issue for this council was that they had no evidence of wrongdoing and therefore the collection of sensitive personal information was neither reasonable or proportionate.

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Hackney council leaked thousands of locals' data in FoI blunder

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Lessons will be learned.................

And the taxpayer will foot the bill for the fine in the classic Local Gov to ICO to Central Gov back to local gov circle jerk of money.

Its time the law was changed to make the individuals who screw up like this responsible so the fine is in fact loss of pension in its entirety and loss of job with the pension pot divided between the victims of these gaffes. Once a couple of senior uncivil servants get the shaft we would see a massive change in the way local authorities take privacy and data protection.

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easyGroup railroads easytrain.com owner

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Re: Easy Sleazy

Didn't they try this with Easynet way back in the day and fail dismally.

That should set the precedent for anyone else who is threatened by Easy Group.

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Car-crash IT: HUGE write-off for Universal Credit - PAC

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is this worse

Than the gang fuck that was CSA 1 and 2?

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'Why do Register commentards get so frothy-mouthed?' Thus started WW3

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Re: nsld lol glad he didn't mention anything SUN related as well

" Glad to see your grasp of anatomy extends further than that of your computing knowledge, nsld."

I still have some way to go to achieve your dizzying lows Matt. I am trying though, got an Apple device recently in my quest to dumb down to your level.

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Re: lol glad he didn't mention anything SUN related as well

They do say that opinions are like arseholes, everyone has one. Except for Matt who has clearly been blessed with a veritable plethora of said sphincters from which he spouts forth.

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

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Its an interesting one

The plod are bound under CPIA 1996 to retain any and all information they recieve in relation to an investigation for the purposes of both prosecution and defence disclosure, regardless of the source. That doesnt mean they wont do there best to try and hide it, deny its existence, or as in this case spend three months trawling through it before advising anyone of the error. Those rules on timely disclosure of a data breach that apply to the average man in the street are clearly being ignored by the Plod.

So Vodafone's cock up is an issue for Vodafone, once the plod have the excess information they have to process it and also they would be bound to disclose it on request to the defence. The danger of the extra data is that it may work against the prosecution.

What it also throws into the works is that the "witness" (Vodafone) have said the data is crap which is again useful to the defence and a problem for the prosecution, especially if the case against the journalist is heavily supported by this data. I do wonder if Vodafone's admission on the data quality is as a result of conversations with its customer as it clearly doesn't help the Plod.

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Google dodges 'costly' legal precedent, settles Daniel Hegglin case

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Using google.com

I googled him and the top result was an interesting facebook page.

Its not an easy read as the poster claims that English is not his native language.

Seems odd to put the resources into fighting one search engine in one part of the world when you can sit in that part of the world and just use the .com extension and the material seems to be all over the web.

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Re: It's not nesessary the evil

"But imagine that somebody killed your relative and you have an IP which might lead to a killer."

I can't ever recall reading about a murder where someone was beaten to death with a router on a static IP address!

UK police can request the connection data for any ISP currently and they will get something, the grim reality is that the something they get may not yield anything for a variety of reasons. This new law doesn't change that in the slightest.

What Treasonous May is moving towards is wholesale collection and retention for extended periods, something the European court declared illegal last year and led to the rushed emergency legislation for DRIP.

As for your opening comments many of us are old enough to remember the threats and attacks from the medieval terror bastards IRA long before the events of 11/9 and we didn't need our privacy and liberty destroyed to deal with them.

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All you need

Is an open wifi network of which you will find plenty and Tor running and you are good to go, use a dumb terminal with no hard drive and an OS on a stick and what will they have?

This is really aimed at the man/woman in the street so that the mission creep we saw with RIPA can be enhanced so they know what episode of strictly you watched when you put the wrong bin out.

And that's before we get people spoofing IP address details or cloning kit to make it look like someone else is up to no good.

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All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing

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Re: 10,000 passengers a month?

If the route has multiple stops and people alight and board for partial journeys it will increase the total number of "journeys"

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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i look forward to more real world barbie books

Such classics as:

Barbie the mumsnetter - an everyday tale of a toxic life in nappy valley punctuated with lattes and deep conversations with other barbies about how awful ken is.

Barbie the career women - nothing gets in the way of her flight to the top, so Ken ends up banging the nanny, his personal trainer and barbies best friend

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London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again

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It must be

Budget approval time

Wheel out the can of fear and feel the pounds/dollars roll in.

Given how totally incompetent our Police are at managing anything cyber related unless its dealing with copyright infringement why is anyone even giving these muppets airtime?

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

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Re: Facebook and Tor

Joe48 what you are missing is that we do have mass surveillance, its been ongoing for some considerable time and given its success in averting the attacks of the 7th of July and the murder of Lee Rigby it clearly works really well. </irony>

All that is currently happening is the home secretary and the new GCHQ bod are trying to put a positive spin on something they did illegaly for years that the public is now wise to and that consumer demand is making harder for them to do.

Its actually not a hard balance to get right, we have the necessary judicial checks and balances available but successive governments havent applied them as they know that an application for mass survelliance would never get through. Instead they opted to do it and hope they didnt get caught out, now they have been caught they are crying about it.

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Re: Facebook and Tor

So Joe48 when they ask you to decrypt the messages you have written in "code" and you can't they can simply imprison you until you do under RIPA.

Welcome to our brave new world

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Curious to know if the UK's Tory-led government is a MEGA SPY? Answer: Yes

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Re: I say good

Force feed them bacon?

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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I looked at the Telegraph news story

And apparently Hannah Thompson was in a relationship with someone who ran a blog of a sexual nature and discovered pictures from when she was 18 etc etc.

That doesnt sound like the traditional approach to revenge porn and reads to me more like regret porn.

And as we know the interwebs are forever so I guess the only solution is not to make porn if you dont want to risk others seeing it.

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Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods

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The principle is sound

but it relies too heavily on "encryption" without really defining what the acceptable minimums are or what it considers to be "encryption"

After all adding a password to an excel spreadsheet makes it harder to access but its not exactly secure or encrypted. To the average non IT savvy small business owner a password is about as far as they will go with "encryption".

Without a clear definition and some standards its going to fall at the first hurdle.

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NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

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Its ok

as they can always turn to Luxembourg for a little bit of light royalty transfer tax "management" if the double Irish isn't replaced in 6 years time.

Going to be a lot of happy accounting firms working out the next bit of tax planning wizardry.

If only the UK government would come up with some competitive tax rates they could bring in so much more money than the current mantra of higher taxes which bring in less.

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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FAIL

Re: Antactica is melting too

Antactica is melting too

Antactica is a continent. Water ice is draining off the land, and the salinity of the southern ocean is dropping.Water with lower salinity is quicker to freeze, hence the increase in sea ice.

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What a load of bollocks.

To have any significant effect on the salinity of the water you would have to add a massive volume of water which itself would need to contain no salt at all.

Exactly how much water is running off the land into the sea? and have you considered the issues with evaporation from the sea removing water?

So unless the land has just turned into an arid desert and you have no evaporation it sounds to me like you are looking for a job in climate science at UEA!

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

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Coat

Re: @Hargrove

I believe that's outsourced to "management consultants"

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Four caged in UK after cyber-heist swipes €7m in EU carbon credits

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Paris Hilton

i wonder

If they used real names to register companies? After all Patel isn't a common Polish name! He should have added ski on the end, that would have flummoxed the plod

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Coat

Indeed

"Autocarrot is the bane of my fucking life"

Indeed a switch to manual carrots is the answer........

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Mushroom

Equality in action

"I can only imagine that these trolls are blessed with the similar good looks and intelligence as other, recently convicted, internet trolls such as John Nimmo and Isabella Sorley.

http://www.itv.com/news/topic/caroline-criado-perez/

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Always nice to see equality in action with 50% of the people convicted of sending malicious communications to the feminist campaigner being women.

In fact this goes to the heart of the demands for equality when you have an equal gender distribution in the dock.

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Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say

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Re: This is nothing unusual

"Hey Apple, here is your royalty cheque, its for 0.15c, unfortunately no one seems to be using apple pay!"

And therein lies your first problem, do you really think Apple will just accept a payment with no audit trail?

There is also a world of difference between not handling the tokenisation and not tracking the activity, the two are not one and the same.

Given that iPhones track when the charger is plugged in they are already able to track when the NFC is used.

At the very least there will be aggregate data collection, which can be used to identify people through comparison with other collected data.

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Re: This is nothing unusual

Mike, sorry to burst the bubble but if Apple don't know the transaction values then they cannot audit for the 0.15% fee.

Applepay links back to which card? The one in the iTunes store? Plenty of tracking opportunities there.

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This is nothing unusual

Pretty much all closed systems take a cut of the transaction fee to increase ARPS. Its been common practice for years.

Of course apple won't track the actual payment but it will track the activity either side to analyse shopping habits and that data is valuable, again they have been doing that for years as does everyone else.

It will be interesting to see if acquirers place a per transaction limit as they do with contactless payments 0.15% of £20 is a lot less exciting than an open limit.

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Apple tells devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers

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Paris Hilton

Shame

I was hoping to get blood pressure readings of the various slebs after they found out that the Apples sieve like security had spaffed their norks all over the interwebs.

Its for medical research, honest guv......

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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Coat

Re: Apple school of marketing?

"You have 20 seconds to comply ... I am now authorised to use extreme suction."

Said no married women anywhere.........

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ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

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Mushroom

Why not

Flood this particular network with pictures of Beer, Fry ups and Bacon sarnies?

Thats one way to piss off that particular brand of sky fairy worshipping bacon dodger (as well as several others)

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Coat

For a moment

I thought you where talking about the Labour party......

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Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

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Re: Excessive damages

I believe they all share the same magic elephant and pull the numbers out of its arse.

You need to go north of the elbow to get the bigger numbers.

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UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco

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FAIL

Re: Are there ANY success stories?

The IRIS system worked really well, was apparently under budget and made travelling through airports a lot swifter.

Given its success it was canned as the unions feared it would replace the joyous individuals that are employed to sit in booths and welcome visitors to the UK with a smile and a wave.

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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Facepalm

Priceless

As the Home secretary is so keen to retain all our communications, and as the internet purely exists for the propogation of cat pictures perhaps we should all send emails to our elected representatives with those lovely, large HD pics of kittens as attachments to ensure they have all the data they need?

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Given the mission

"Ego ex officio" - "I am out of the office" according to the oompa loompas

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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Re: Get a grip

Of course it is because every mugger tweets about it first before they go and mug a granny!

And it was overwhelmingly successful in averting the bombings on the 7th of July and in stopping the murder of Lee RIgby, except it wasnt and it didnt despite the fact the people involved where all on the watch lists and well known to the security services and police.

Sucide bombers dont care if the data is retained, what are you to do with it? prosecute the crater they leave?

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What's your game, Google? Giant collared by UK civil lib minister on 'right to be forgotten'

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Facepalm

Strangely

I thought our elected representatives worked for us and not for Google?

Its also frightening that someone with as much power as Simon Hughes does not understand the basics of the data protection act or the obligations of Google as a data controller.

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Dating app Tinder faces sexual harassment suit from ex-exec co-founder

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Re: Who Said She Said @james

Because of course a woman scorned never has an axe to grind!

Your assumption that whatever is filed in the suit is true is the same mistake people made over the president of the Oxford union when he was accused of rape.

Will be interesting to see both sides of the story.

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Paris Hilton

Re: Who Said She Said

Problem is that they where in a relationship that went south at some point.

Whats the betting that the relationship ended and all was fine until one party started dating someone else?

The moral of the story is dont use your work email to tell your significant other that you want to butter her muffin!

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Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

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FAIL

Here we go again

We already have mass surveillance and it clearly doesnt work, all that Treasonous May wants to do is add a legal shine to what they have been doing for some time.

If she doesnt want the British public to be misled then she should resign to prevent that happening.

As for the Labour party and its plans for IMP, they can fuck off as well.

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Coulson GUILTY of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006

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Facepalm

I am confused

She sat in front of a parlimentary committee and admitted paying police officers for information, what more of a smoking gun do you need?

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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Black Helicopters

Well that's O2 subscribers fucked then

Given that O2 is owned by telefonica which is also a foreign company then if Charles "gone to" Farr is correct they can slurp all of that as well.

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Debunking Jimbo: Slippery Google tries to evade European privacy

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Paris Hilton

What did you expect

when you put together a "journalist" with poor research and understanding and someone who runs a site packed full of misinformation which will also be subject to this ruling?

Jimbo is shitting himself that he will have to correct a boat load of bad information and/or face legal actions and costs as he is now subject to EU DP laws.

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Europe's shock Google privacy ruling: The end of history? Don't be daft

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The real issue

is one of jurisdiction.

Google wanted the courts to accept it processed data in the US and only flogged ads in each country, this actually runs counter to what it told parliment in the UK when it claimed it sold everything out of Ireland.

Google and others will operate with impunity until jurisdiction is established in each area.

As for that Wales character his fear is being forced to take responsibility for the mountains of incorrect and irrelevent shit on wikipedia as he is in the same boat.

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Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

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Re: Won't someone please think of the trees?

Re: Won't someone please think of the trees?

"None of the evidence says that"

Yes it does:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Current_sea_level_rise

"projections assessed by the US National Research Council (2010) suggest possible sea level rise over the 21st century of between 56 and 200 cm (22 and 79 in)."

"Melting of the Greenland ice sheet or the Antarctic ice sheet would produce 7.2 m and 61.1 m of sea-level rise, respectively. The collapse of the grounded interior reservoir of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet would raise sea level by 5–6 m"

"sea level rose approximately 20 m over a 500-year period about 14,200 years ago."

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Selective quoting is only going to make you look like a twat Mr Anonymous.

In pulling the scary soundbites you missed this from the same section:

The melting of small glaciers and polar ice caps on the margins of Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula melt, would increase sea level around 0.5 m. Melting of the Greenland ice sheet or the Antarctic ice sheet would produce 7.2 m and 61.1 m of sea-level rise, respectively.[24] The collapse of the grounded interior reservoir of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet would raise sea level by 5–6 m.[25]

The interior of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, as of 2009, was sufficiently high (and therefore cold) that direct melt would require several millennia.[citation needed] They could do so through acceleration in flow and enhanced iceberg calving. Also, melt of the fringes of the ice caps could be significant, as could be sub-ice-shelf melting in Antarctica.[citation needed]

Climate changes during the 20th century were estimated from modelling studies to have led to contributions of between −0.2 and 0.0 mm/yr from Antarctica (the results of increasing precipitation) and 0.0 to 0.1 mm/yr from Greenland (from changes in both precipitation and runoff).[citation needed]

Estimates suggest that Greenland and Antarctica have contributed 0.0 to 0.5 mm/yr over the 20th century as a result of long-term adjustment to the end of the last ice age[citation needed].

The current rise in sea level observed from tide gauges, of about 1.8 mm/yr, is within the estimate range from the combination of factors above[26] but active research continues in this field.

In 1992, satellites began recording the change in sea level;[27][28] they display an acceleration in the rate of sea level change, but they have not been operating for long enough to work out whether this signals a permanent rate change, or an artifact of short-term variation.[citation needed]

So in highlighting your soundbites you conveniently ignored the important bits about "millenia" and the minor issue that Antarctica actually produced a sea level lowering in the 20th century.

No wonder you post anonymously!

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Re: Won't someone please think of the trees?

Re: Won't someone please think of the trees?

"I dont see a 20 metre sea rise"

That's the likely long term (several centuries) impact of the current level of CO2 as most of the ice will eventually melt. Expect a 1 Metre rise by 2100 though. Which alone is enough to flood significant populated areas globally.

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Bollocks!

None of the evidence says that, and to date every single doom and gloom prediction has been halved and halved again.

Have to wonder why you are posting anonymously, is it embarressment?

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Re: Won't someone please think of the trees?

"More CO2 = bigger, better, healthier and more apples for me! etc. etc. etc."

This is the highest level of CO2 in the last 20 million years. Do you think your apples will grow so well under 20+ metres of sea water?"

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As someone who plants trees for firewood for my log burner I am harvesting the Ash tress I planted a year early due to the phenomenal increase in growth rates.

I then burn that wood at high temperature to release the carbon back, rinse and repeat.

Whilst we have had a lot of rain in the past 12 months I dont see a 20 metre sea rise but thats probably because I am not a raging fuckwitt!

And therein lies the problem for the tree hugging, sandal wearing guardianista's, the hysteria simply highlights the fact that they have no real, rational argument.

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

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FAIL

Re: Eurotunnel

Thats what happens when you pay peanuts for the network, the kind of speeds that make a 56k modem look quick.

Combine that with a distinct lack of capacity and a government department so inept its laughable and hey presto, long queues and the kind of welcome that makes people go elsewhere.

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