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More plant food in atmosphere leads to more plant growth which puts plant food back into soil.
perhaps the current levels of Co 2 at 400 ppm might improve crop yields and help feed the starving.
And they can eat lizards as well. ......
We should be thankful
The data wasnt prepared at UEA's department of bistromaths otherwise it would have been 101% and not 97%.
You have to wonder what the 3% who published papers in support of AGW now believe!
Re: Another lost sale
One of my clients was a high priest of Apple for years, he got fed up with the lack of development and cleaned out and went totally Samsung last year. I was really shocked but his rational was that he was left behind the curve by apples stagnation.
When did Apple patent "being better than Apple"?
Thanks to my work I have both a Galaxy S4 and an iPhone5.
Its not even close the S4 is light years ahead of the iPhone5 unless being better than Apple has been patented!
Paris, even she knows when to stop
EE and Data Protection
Given they store client records in plain text and export them to India protecting data is not exactly the highest priority for Nothing NoWhere.
Re: "Sticky" customer base?
I suspect it's more down to a spot of Mary Chipperfield action than an issue with condiments. .....
That once you deploy the rectal daisy cutter the UN will take an interest. Whatever you do don't discover oil as the Americans love a mix of wmd and oil.
So telling someone to make a browser less clunky, more user friendly and simple is in some way the intellectual property of Opera?
UX simplification is exactly what it says on the tin, if as a UX person you are a fan of simplification then ultimately all the work in one area (browsers) will distil down to the same basic end result, a simple way to manage web browsing.
To qualify for damages you have to wonder what damage has actually been done given that opera has a market share of 2 odd percent and seems to be going nowhere in the overall grand scheme of things.
If Mozilla have used the ideas they are claiming have been infringed then how come Opera are not suing them? Or is it simply easier to go after the individual than it would be to go after someone with significantly more market share?
"The chief executive was confused as to why more companies were not embarking on a social network strategy for their connected products. "If I'm on Facebook, why is my car not my friend?" he said.*"
That would be because its a machine and doesnt yet have the capability to tell you its having a crap day in a status update, or that its having a relationship with a parking meter!
Re: Good! @daggersedge
"I'm a woman and one of the reasons I wouldn't hire a woman is because some of them find everything to be sexist. They should grow up or stay out of the work place. They should also learn that if they want to have a baby, they should do it on their own time and not expect anyone else to pay them or hold a job open for them."
On the one hand I don't disagree with you, but equally, as a male with kids, why does the law not afford me the same protections it affords to women over maternity/paternity leave?
In this age of equality we still have many inequalities to contend with.
Interestingly, the femonazi's bang on about equal rights in the workplace but I have never once heard them say that men should have the same rights afforded to women over maternity/paternity.
This kind of thing is pretty common
In both the UK and Australia there is a legal term called a "Calderbank offer" which very basically means you make an offer, and if its not accepted and ultimately the court award is lower then costs are apportioned from the date of the offer to the party which continued the fight.
The problem with this arises when the party, despite the legal advice to take the offer opts to continue and then in victory finds the award is much lower.
All legal cases are ultimately a bit of a lottery, even more so when the damages are speculative, and as is the case here, her case clearly had legs but those legs where not long enough.
It could have been worse, had she lost the bill would be even bigger.
Paris as she makes bad decisions and gets shafted all the time
If he paid market rates for the item he can claim a good faith argument on receiving stolen goods, but if he bought it for £50 or similar crack head price then the law takes the stance that he must know the item was stolen.
Additionally if he paid for his plumpy subscription with a stolen card from the laptop owner as well then you can add card fraud to the list.
Not sure how you defame or libel someone who clearly does like webcamming with sweaty ham beasts by telling the world they do as the truth is an absolute defence to libel.
Causing harassment, alarm and distress has some legs assuming the scumbag is in the UK and he might get a harassment warning from the plod but only if the "victim" makes a complaint. I can see that working out well when he goes to the local police station to complain that the bloke who owns the stolen laptop is telling the world about his fetishes.
If the plod do go after the original victim it has all the makings of a front page for the Daily Mail!
Last March I was cycling into and out of work in shorts and a short sleeve top on my mountain bike in dry, warm conditions.
Today, six weeks later than last year was the first ride into work in shorts with a reasonably dry route (its all off road)
In short, year on year we see climate variation but anyone who claims this is "warming" is talking bollocks.
If we want to lessen our impact on the planet we need to live a simpler life, use less fossil fuels, own less shiny gadgets etc etc. The only problem with this is that despite all the bleating of the tree hugging, sandal wearing liberals they are not going to give up all that modern consumer lifestyles can deliver.
The French went Nuclear and Hydro and electricity is dirt cheap compared to the prices we pay in the UK its an example we should follow.
We dont really need more research to know that pollution in general is bad for the planet and that we need to reduce it but we need to take significant action and not keep arsing around with expensive and ultimately pointless renewables like wind.
I thought a Norkoshop was a place to purchase ladies undergarments.........
Horses for courses
Public cloud may well be a great way to develop, test and grow a fledgling product but the grim reality in the world of SaaS or any other business criticial application or data storage is that you live or die by your ability to deliver the service/app/data and the only way you can have a hope of making that happen is with your own kit managed by your own people.
Business critical applications with e commerce or critical data have to be reliable and leaving that in the hands of a third party in the hope they will do it properly is a risk I would not take.
Equally, any business critical data should be under your own control and not in the hands of a third party who has no real concern if you are ok as by its very nature public cloud is volume business, pile it high, sell it cheap and hope the majority are happy.
Pongmasters Ball Brixton Academy
Early hours I was wandering past the speaker stack as one of the many bands kicked off and then I was lying on the floor, literally floored by the bass.
I was struggling toi hear properly for a couple of days afterwards.
Re: Is no on else struck by the irony
"I would hardly class leaving your kids asleep while you're a few meters away in a hotel bar in a closed resort as neglect."
I doubt anyone would describe that as neglect, however, the reality of what hapened is very different.
Try in an unlocked apartment, on a road, behind a wall and with a line of trees and a swimming pool between it and the bar with a walk of some 70 metres to get to.
The bar was inside the complex, the apartment was on a public road outside of it!
Is no on else struck by the irony
That the McCanns with book serialisations, a spin doctor and the ability to spin stories to the press are complaining when the press publish stories they do not like?
You cannot really complain about intrusion when you are on the front page of the Sun telling the world your sex life is not great.
Personally I cannot take seriously two people who neglected the kids every night to go on the lash rather than pay for a baby sitter.
Even more so as they have not been hacked in any way.
Its getting better then.......
Re: The elephant in the room @NSLD
I am not suggesting anything of the sort!
The Met has had a long and cosy relationship with the press and police officers where and are routinely paid for information by the press, very few of those who have been paid have or will be prosecuted. The fact Rebekah Wade openly admitted to this in a parlimentary enquiry tells you just how widespread this is.
As for the phone hacking, highly illegal and should have been properly prosecuted at the time, however, it was swept under the carpet and only a few journo's where sacrificed, It was only with the overall outcry that something has finally happened and people are being arrested and prosecuted.
We have plenty of existing laws to deal with these issues and the area of libel reform is a seperate issue. Whilst we do need something stronger than the PCC we don't need a statutory body with powers to fine to deal with arguments over stuff that is not defamatory. After all, if a celebrity gets caught with his penis in the wrong womans mouth do you want her described accurately as a "crack whore" or inaccurately as a "service provider"?
The elephant in the room
Is that "hacked off" have managed to completely divert from the core underlying problem that we have a corrupt police force which point blank refused to do anything until forced to do so.
The real criminals in this sorry saga are the Metropolitan Police and the press workers who actually broke existing laws with impunity knowing they where unlikely to be prosecuted.
What "hacked off" have done is divert completely from that issue and have succeeded in damaging the free press in a way a government could never do alone, whilst at the same time nothing gets done about the underlying corruption of a police force aside from a few token arrests.
Creating bad law to cover up failings in another area of law will never work but the whole political debate was a sham from the start, the government can blame the Hacked off brigade when this comes back to bite but the reality is the government has been desperate to control the press for a long time and Hugh and his mates have provided the perfect trojan horse to achieve this.
Re: Prevented millions from accessing their accounts?
9pm at night with no card transactions and no ATM. Anyone out for dinner or drinks using RBS was knackered.
Certainly going to have an effect on many people.
I am not convinced either way on this
What irritated me was when running updates suddenly finding my browers of choice unpinned and having to through the choice rubbish on machines I already had various browsers installed on.
And secondly the "fine" will be paid by the same captive MS customers (governments, schools etc. included) in increased fees that the EU is supposed to be "protecting" by foisting a choice screen onto all and sundry.
OSX is a monopoly on Apple hardware and you have no enforced choice of browser drivel, I assume if Windows was the only choice on PC's this would not be an issue?
I believe the correct term as used in the US to describe people who overspill and airline seat is "sweaty ham beast"
Re: "Dangerous Ordnance"
world of difference between a .22 calibre weapon and a .223 calibre weapon.
This is a classic problem with windmills.
As windfarms are the political plat du jour it is important to feed the paymasters with "research" on how wonderful they are.
Politicians dont like nuclear purely becuase it is politically unacceptable so wind has been deemed the way forward, despite the fact even the most cursory examination of wind power shows its never going to be the answer as it has a huge environmental and operational cost.
Research which puts a more realistic slant on the likely costs or benefits of wind power are always going to be unwelcome as its the equivelant of telling someone the new baby they have is ugly as sin, you might think it, but you are not allowed to say it.
We need accurate representations of what the varying ways of generating electricity can genuinely do so we can plan properly and use appropriately. Overblown estimates simply end up costing more and delivering less.
I come in peace, take me to your lizard........
if its anything like where I live
Then the plod check the registration and notice its registered to a particular address and then suddenly find they have some paperwork to shuffle.
Magically you can live in certain places and be immune to police intervention.
Sunday Morning Favourite
Take one large ceramic tea pot
Boil kettle and half fill, warm and discard
Refill and boil kettle
Add 2 English Breakfast tea bags and 1 roobois/red bush
Pour water from a reasonable height
Stand for three minutes with a cosy on the pot.
Serve with milk to taste
£10K to run the data centre for a week and £950K to keep the administrators steering the ship!
Seems odd they cannot get someone to take over that aspect of the business as it clearly has customers.
Some corporation tax, try around £2.5 Billion!
If you earn over £60K and have kids then the £2200 tax increase you just got landed with to pay back child benefit is thanks to companies like Vodafone carrying out imaginary transactions in the ethereal world of IP licencing to avoid paying tax here.
So what if other companies do the same thing, other people commit murder, does it make murder ok?
Combine that with a supplicant HMRC ready to agree to anything and its an easy route for large companies.
"the internet of Things"?
WTF is the internet of things?
Well, having read all of your anonymous coward posts I thought I would reply to the first one to save other the pain of wading through the neck deep swamp of PR faeces that laces the next two pages.
Despite your best efforts and extrapolations its still the case that you pulled your numbers out of the arse of the magic elephant that wanders the grounds in Cupertino.
Why post anonymously, are you embarrassed to admit you are a paid PR commentator?
And you obviously pulled those numbers out fo the arse of the magic elephant as I highly doubt they could have come from anywhere else.
Are you enjoying your extra row of icons and getting lost all the time?
yes but only if you fuel it on a mix of super unleaded and liquidized penguins.....
Makes no difference
The agenda has been set by the guilt ridden tree huggers consuming idevices and prius' like they are going out of fashion.
Far too many vested interests troughing at the CO2 payments made by the mere mortals who want to drive a car or heat a home for any realistic change to be made in the lemming like charge to fund pointless windmills and other feelgood stuff that wont make the blindest bit of difference.
We need to address the use of hydrocarbons which are not limitless and are polluting but the only way with current technology to do that and to maintain our rampant need for energy is to go nuclear.
Of course as the researchers are from an oil producing country they will immediately be discredited by the bonkers warmists as being in the pocket of the oil industry etc etc. ad infinitum
It doesnt matter how much good science comes out showing the doom and gloom of the corrupt and vested interests from the green warmist groups is bollocks as they will continue to maintain the gravy train that is hurtling out of control.
Re: Hardly the scientific approach is it?
I have a very vague memory of reading somewhere that the teenage pregnancy stats falling was being linked to the teenagers watching porn and following the industry standard approach of hosing down the recipient externally rather than depositing the little swimmers in the dark.
Re: Can someone please enlighten me
Working purely from memory but I dont think Formula 1 does any form of drug testing.
I think it varies from motorsport to motorsport with some doing testing and others not.
Re: Can someone please enlighten me @james
Sorry James but you dont have the first clue what you are talking about.
I suggest you read up on the Festina Drugs scandal from 1998 and the concerted team driven use of drugs like EPO and the riders involved like Richard Veronque or Alex Zuille to get an idea of how drug use has been rife in cycling long before Lance Armstrong and will continue to be a significant problem for many years to come.
Look at the number of tour winners who have failed tests at some stage in the last twenty years, aside from Hinault, Lemond and Indurain pretty much all of them have.
Add in the likes of Vinokournof winner of Gold at London but banned in 2007 for blood doping following a positive heamatocrit test at the Tour de France.
I am not defending what Armstong did, but your daily mailesque pronouncements are laughable.
Egypt has outrageous import duties and forces people to purchase what is known to the ex pat workers as "local equivelant"
A misnomer if ever there was one as its never even close to the original.
I worked on a hotel project in Cairo where the massive hydropool needed a specific plant setup, too expensive to import so they got the plans and bonded some plastic pipe together for the "local equivelant" and then stood back and looked shocked as several hundred thousand gallons of water left the system and flooded the floor of the health club below.
If Nissan leaves and Rover re opens what do you think the quality of the product will be? The proof will be in the driving and it wont be pretty. The reasons we no longer have a domestic car industry on any scale is due to the massive costs and the appaling quality so unless your idea of a car is a Trabant be careful what you wish for!
Plus with European free trade Nissan will just setup in another EU country and have employees there whilst simply shipping the cars to the UK to sell so your utopian dream to force these companies out leads to unemployment, higher benefits bill and a dying economy.
Why is anyone shocked by this
Windpower will never be viable because it is inherently unreliable thanks to its variable and inconsistent energy source.
The only way to get anyone to invest money is to offer them an out of this world return on the investment. If the returns are so good why are we letting the private sector take the spoils? The simple answer is that the returns are artificial.
The current renewables strategy is an economic nightmare for the country with the taxpayers footing the bill for the dreams of the bonkers green evangelists.
If we want to continue consuming at the current rate we have to go nuclear, the only other option is to massively change the way we live so we consume less. I highly doubt the populace will go for the second option.
Re: OK, so
Snowfall is not a great predictor of climate change as it generally tends to fall within a limited range of temperatures and according to the Met office we get most of our snow between zero and plus two degrees celcius http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/snow/how-is-snow-formed
You also need moisture in the air so its possible to have extremely cold, dry weather and have no snow.
I live relatively central to the UK and we had snow on the ground for 2 weeks last winter and about the same the winter before but less the year before that, it really varies by where you are located.
Re: A common theme is emerging
Who mentioned a conspiracy? Much of the research coming out is showing that temperatures are not rising as dramatically as had been suggested and that we have seen little to no change in the last twenty years, the current plat du jour is that the sea's are a massive heatsink to explain it all.
The reality is the home office under Wacky Jacky Smith commissioned a study and manipulated the end result, fortunately the scientific community quickly saw through it and the researchers themselves had to admit the whole thing was a sham, well documented on this site and others, but then when your institute is funded by the home office to the tune of several million a year when they say "jump"....... Our government has a great track record of making stuff up to justify its positions (DNA retention, WMD, etc etc)
As for the whole issue of climate change, AGW and the whole alternative energy industry you are confusing several things. Firstly climate change is not neccessarily warming, it can equally go the other way and has done for many years and many cycles, we are after all nowhere near the peak temperatures seen after the last ice age when there was no man made CO2 emmissions being pumped out.
The grim reality is that policies are driven by vested interests as they always have been, hence why we have lobbyists working on our democratically elected representatives to help them make the "right" decision.
In the UK the green lobby has gone from strength to strength, fuelled primarily by middle class consumers with a guilty conscience and as a key voting group if they want windmills then the current government will give them windmills to secure votes. But they can only give them windmills and justify taxing the majority if they can keep everyone fearful of the human created doom around the corner, its no different to the "think of the children" mentality we see in the Daily Mail every day.
Its actually good news that the rate of any warming is less, and that the models used are more stringent and more accurate, this should be trumpeted as a good thing showing that our countries investment in the Met Office work is helping the government make the "right" decision, except, to make the right decision they need us to be hanging over the fiery precipice of doom waiting to be immolated as the current "right" decision revolves around bonkers strategies on carbon credit trading and windmills that are next to useless.
The irony is that the modern day green evangelists are the root cause of this problem, if we as a society lived simpler, less consumer orientated lives our energy needs would decrease, our emmissions would also decrease and we would deliver the goals on "climate change", but this will never happen as those same green evangelists want cars, nice flat screen tv's. the latest igadget etc etc etc. Its all very well blathering on about how terrible the pollution is whilst at the same time demanding the lifestyle that can only be sustained by the consumption that fuels the pollution.
A common theme is emerging
And its not a pretty one.
It started with the abhorrent behaviour of the "scientists" at UEA (and I use the word scientist in the loosest sense given what they did) and continues with the Met Office trying to hide information which is not in the government interest.
The same thing happened with the government funded research into DNA retention by the "Jill Dando Institute of made up rubbish" trying to justify something the science simply did not support.
It basically boils down to a simple case of not rocking the taxation boat.
At the moment, most of the recent 9 to 10% increase in gas and electricity bills is down to the governments climate levy on suppliers to pay for unaffordable, innefficient and unworkable alternative energy sources, each year this has increased and you are paying for it.
Anything, however minor which could provide ammunition to work against the taxation policies will always be swept away, covered up or released at a time when few will notice, the agenda is pretty obvious and that is to protect the central government taxation policies at all costs, if you don't then your funding is down the toilet.
Whilst we should not ignore the perils of pollution or a reliance on fossil fuels we should not be hanging our hat on some wind turbines and a bit of carbon credit trading, unfortunately, if you want to maintain the current energy hungry lifestyle the only way to do that with current technology will be by going nuclear.
Been with O2 for a good few years and service has always been reliable, even got sent a new router as mine was one of the older ones (but still worked fine).
Customer service has always been excellent on the few occassions I have needed to use it, and thats praise indeed as I run a CS team so am the worst customer to have.
Always stable even though I am a massive distance from the exchange in the middle of a field in the middle of nowhere and reasonably quick given the distance as well.
Unfortunately, if they get swallowed up by Sky or one of the other larger players unless they keep it as a stand alone I suspect both service and quality will disintegrate which will be a real shame. And if it goes to someone like Talk Talk then its game over and you might as well tie your data packets to a directionally challenged pigeon!
Re: Can't be any worst than First.
Or for the ultimate full house you could do worse than suffer on First Capital Connect into Kings Cross.
Dirty, late running, expensive and generally shit.
The bod they have on twitter does have a sense of humour and some of the paid trolls can be amusing as well but thats the main highlight of what they offer.
Its more MFI I think.....
looking at our medal haul at the Olympics
And speaking as someone with a degree in sport science i would suggest the author might need to rethink his comments on the field.
I guess that's the problem with tech writers, if you can't do it, denigrate it.
Re: I am currently pricing up for new offices
Interesting as VM are on the people who have quoted and they have not said anything about not pulling new fibre,
Her indoors who used to sell that kind of stuff was telling me about the good old days when a 2MB leased line was billed for around £87K per year!
Ah the joys of procurement
I am currently pricing up for new offices
And I would happily pay those prices for 330MBPS as opposed to a £7k install and £12K per year for a 100Mbps circuit which is the typical fibre quote I am getting.
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