Nominative determanism again ?
Bob Mao in China ?
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Bob Mao in China ?
White House was already full of drones...
My coats the one with "Bee Keeping for politicians" in the pocket
A beer for the Editor. Very neat appropriation of Tims back of envelope valuations to argue the value of ElReg
More the other way round. Parliaments were used by nobles to limit the absolute monarch. Parliaments more often existed by custom or culture. Not that kings did not wind up using the parliaments to control nobles. Our current political problems in the West are that parliaments are now funded by oligarchies and fed mis-information by spooks
on a known psychopath ?
so the earliest zircons showing early Earth was cool and wet don't count in this speculation ?
Back to film now Polaroid packs are available
My commiserations on what must have been a truly awful week. Being a lowly tech in the trenches means the PHB and sales weasel class rarely go near us, sparing the IT staff the ungentle shower of lies and misrepresentation. Well done on a classy rant.
@Richard; last para is exactly the point of what Old Canberra town centers were, a few office blocks surrounded by housing suburbs. The office blocks also have a mall and a selection of cafes and baristas so basic daily needs are met. No high density concrete canyons, no need for incredible electricity, water and sewer capacity as required for the Stalinist concrete high density future slums that greenies love.
People tended to buy houses near where they worked so over time, whole suburbs tended to have maybe 3 significant employers co-located. Simplified bus route planning even.
in this time of mostly decent comms and sometimes tolerable cargo transport, why do CBDs exist ? Why are not all high density clerk stacking sites (aka offices) not outside residential areas instead of in center of them ? Old Canberra used to have this idea until the developer funded pollies took over. One could sanely cycle or walk to work. Even buses were not a bad idea. Maybe smaller Google buses might help as they would be mostly direct. None of these affect me as I live miles from any urbanisation so I'll keep my horse scaring internal combustion engine things.
ever thought of consulting for Tony Budgie Smuggler ? You would wow him and Brandflakes. Even the USSA should consider your services
this government are not dangerous as such. Glove puppets are not a threat but tools of the delusional minds of those who fund them. The glove puppet contempt for citizens and ISPs shows with the Xmas Eve release of cost estimate requirements for mandatory snooping records. This from a government with a so called debt crisis that has reneged on a promise to chase corporate tax avoiders but instead cuts funding for the lowest end of town. Clearly the decisions are not being made by parliament.
merely extend, not embrace. One would not want a SCO vs the universe legal show to start in about 5 years as to who owns what in source code trees. If genuine it may keep Microsoft very relevant to software for a long time. That would be tectonic as it looked until recently it was joining IBM in decline IMHO.
What's the betting some-one unknowledgeable, therefore an expert, will insist data of value to identity thieves will go into a cloud solution for a big department to save 20c. Since access will be hard for the experts, there will be little security, thus enabling most of the country to be Pawned. This will be used as the excuse for more ineffective holding of irrelevant emails and conversations in the unholy name of security. I can think of a prime candidate with a shiny new
headkicker minister but since this is a police state I cant say which in case an arbitrary set of rulez is borken.
so drone hit by native Oz creature. Yup, clearly a major political party drone. My coats the one with mud splashes around pockets
shouldn't it be on a Sony article ?
for once, good move Microsoft. What took so long ? You were faster to claim linux fees, Oh wait
Happy to leave. No work, foul damp climate inbetween droughts on east coast, sacred swamps and dull scrub soaked in drizzle and rain on west coast. Full of old crap cramped buildings. At least Hobart still looks like Hobart, not another dreary glass box clone of every city elsewhere. Only place in Oz where one gets claustrophobia, in the open. Narrowness of valleys only matched by narrowness of minds. Booze and food better on mainland if one is not into whiskey. Bass Strait Islands excepted. Ah, cheeses made with good milk and care. I suppose Woz will join the hordes of economically displaced Sydneysiders looking for a place you can afford to live without being a banking or real estate thug or drug lord.
dunno Harmony. Liquid hydrocarbons have a safe well established infrastructure in place, established stuffup/failure procedures and fixups. Hydrogen has to start from scratch and is hard to handle and transport in bulk. Liquid H2 is not nice to have around a hot environment, like Earth.
Good to see history remembered and punned on. Even better choice of image.
deckchair and popcorn please !
@Trev : just asking ?
Nick, sources please. Crusades: run by the traders and money men (bankers) for the traders and bankers except for one. Inquisition: Depends on estimates. 25000 to 50,000. 50% of all accused were set free. Of those found guilty, penaties were light. They were harsh times. Secularcourts were worse. The Spanish Inquisition was also a case of an indebted king wasting those he owed money to.
Holocaust ? WTF ? Couple of your intellectual company behind that. No names because one is a secular saint despite his rampant racism, obvious in his book and the other would invoke Godwins Law, the response of the intellectually dishonest all too often. And no, I distrust the mad old men in Rome
@Nick. What were you reading ? Sampson suicided to kill his mutilators. Story told as history, not example. Stories addressed to a group of disparate tribes 1700 or so years ago stumbling toward becoming a nation. So you want to abolish all history books then in case some-one gets naughty ideas ? As for the imprecatory psalms, all one can ask if you ever lose it yourself ? Some of those old songs are just that, people having a rant. After your wife and daughters have been raped and sons killed one might feel a bit annoyed. Those psalms are a bit like ElReg at times, except for some reason, too many critics seem to think early Iron Age stories are meant as doctrine. BTW, what people did Elijah bring genocide on ? The book I read indicated it was a small group of Israelites with a penchant for $deities with a taste for killing babies as well as risking animal to human disease transmission.
As for later posters ranting about religion, I point out the most enthusiastic killers have been variations of scientific atheism. Last century mostly, unlike stories from a less warlike time 2700 years ago. But I agree, banning the Bible would be useful. For one, it wont affect the professional religious who in in the West are mostly atheists insisting it is all lies any way, and once banned, people might even read it, not about it, thus getting it wrong. Or are you suggesting that any supernaturalism _only_ should be banned. Hmm, some religions have followers who might actually do something about that.
Finally I cynically point out that as practising christians are 2% or less, it may be other groups that complained. Feminists for instance, not usually noted for their devotion to old holy books. Assorted "Think of the Children" groups. Singling out a very small powerless minority suggests that catch all word vilification. Oh wait, that only applies to non-christians.
"portable idiot lanterns" is new to me. Very apt without the Debian. Synonym for fondleslab. Something for next years Oxford English ?
why not, junk food vendors do
are you suggesting experts in education can read ? Shame on you for such a 19th century attitude !
some-one else shares my loathing of Xmas and its tedious, irritating cultural relics. Well done Simon. Most enjoyable, especially "truffle wombles". What is the origin of that pejorative ? I think I have met a few. Enough truffles grown locally, rhapsodised about by wannabe food critics/snobs.
Colour me unsurprised. Aren't we all product or suspected crims now, instead of customers and citizens ?
Had fun with a recent insurance survey on my experience with their latest cold call, which was dropped on me despite being on Do Not Call register. When I responded "no" to the obligatory "Tell the staff if you do not want this called recorded" question sales droid hung up. Apparently the script says drop call. It will make no difference, but it was fun to tell them their cold call script writers logic needs work, aside from their history of not paying claims. Except for the occasional opportunity for messing with sales weasels heads, agree surveys are a waste of time, especially political party/pressure group ones.
After 15 years of being told we techs were a high expense, had too expensive conditions, wanted costly training to do work with new kit and software etc it became easy to think IT techs were unwanted while the number of managers, release managers, change control and finance refusers continued to grow. So suddenly there is a place for local staff that actually do IT? No wonder I discourage kids from IT. The bulldust causes breathing difficulties. While the managerial classes continue to think of themselves as minor deities and depreciate technical skills it will only get worse in the IT coalface.
A digression: The way admin timewasting rules are invented to micromanage staff suggests to me the PHB group don't have enough to do and feel inadequate. So Northcote Parkinsons famous dictum comes into play. "Work expands to fill time available"
more bot army C&C domains appearing quickly. More spam sources likewise. Have I missed other appropriate fears ? Or, are deckchairs and popcorn appropriate if one is in cloud and hosting businesses ?
Lomax, please read post before fuming. I did not compare you assorted mass murderers. I compared your manner to that of half educated self-righteous juniors who were their own worst enemy. BTW, shouldn't you use troll icon more ? Enough, I tire of this, there is real work to do sinking carbon into soil which is probably more than you will ever do until buried. Sylviculture for those who have completed high school. On second thoughts, you will be probably chose to be cremated, thus demonstrating you don't believe your own doctrine either.
never ascribe to conspiracy something that is more easily explained by stupidity as some wit put it. So how do you explain the dissident climate scientists like Hansens ex-boss who dare to doubt ? BTW, appeals to authority are also remind me of an Einstein response over the dozens of prewar German scientists who disbelieved general relativity (officially). "It only needed one to be right"
Lomax, Lomax, yep, beg the question and ad-hominem attack. We are so convinced now. Your own knowledge was delightfully shown by your alleged examples. One of which proved my point. An exercise for the reader to figure out which. :-) Oh, I also note that unsupportable claims are made, such as medieval warm period being only European local or more laughably, it did not exist. So climate science has little to do with meteorology ? That explains why one may be useful and the other is great for travel junkies in academia. As said before, history is not science. A discipline, yes. You can't rerun historical events with controlled changes. And so it is with historical weather. There may be explanations, one or two of which might be right. It still ain't science. BTW, the academics fixated on Aristotle wanted to suppress heliocentric model, even though it goes back to ancient Greeks. Church management only got involved as the two were closely linked at time while Galileo was good at alienating friends. Nothing has changed, science advances one funeral at a time.
Your hysterical dislike of common humanity is illuminating. Ever sought counselling for self-loathing? Finally, if you had done _any_ actual reading instead of inhaling cultural myths, you would have noticed that the Biblical Flood taught humans nothing. Once changes start costing money, human rational self interest will respond. It's the lack of rational self-interest in warmist claims and goals that encourages my disbelief. As I told my kids years ago, don't emote, I can't hear you. Persuade me.
the cool courageous AC. Maybe you should RTFA again. Thicker ice than assumed in models. Right ? An admission of insufficient data. All good and fairly written up. Given that a plausible explanation of the counter-intuitive increasing sea ice while Antarctic ice cap appears to be melting has been made, this article reports something that might, just might, reduce uncertainties in modelling, which is needed.
The validity of what is jokingly called climate science is still open to ridicule until it makes predictions that match reality over a decent time interval, say, 1500 years. This time frame is chosen because it seems to be the medium term climate variability in last 4000 years. Minoan, Roman and Medieval warm periods with cold spells in between. Given that Viking farms in Greenland are still mostly under ice we could have more warming to go through, even if the Russian meteorologists are right and the next cooling phase is near.
As for CO2 emission panic, I do not believe it for a simple reason. Greenies clearly don't believe their propaganda either. Nearly all their nostrums increase CO2 releases and don't help energy production much, if at all. Greenism has increased CO2 emissions, such as Germany burning more brown coal in old plants because their CO2 free nuclear plants terrify them, instead of the coal fumes. Same for Japan with its LPG imports. The CO2 reducing poster child, China, is investing in thorium and other advanced nuclear but this gets little press. If the warmists were serious, all conferences would be by video link, not expensive air trips to luxury resorts, old coal plants would be scrapped and twice as efficient new supercritical coal or gas plants built while some way of making cheap liquid transport fuels was worked out or decent batteries that can charge in 5 minutes or less and drive a 30 tonne truck for 500 km.
Mines the coat with the heat resisting hood and scorch marks
The same people own the US gov as all the other private companies spying. So they are just sharing the code to improve their intrusion on us all. And doing it very cleverly by making it look like niceness. But the code is still used to analyse, track and spy, as if search companies do not do enough of that already.
the local OZ glove puppets and their equally supine tools, the assorted spook agencies will recommend against using either companies products until approved by their owners, the powers that rule Merkin Land. In the meantime, watching the feeble brains of the pollies warbling about how great free trade agreements are while simultaneously spouting FUD about Chinese made telco kit will be briefly entertaining. Especially if TalkBull continues his "No problems with offshore data storage" spiel. I am sure the PLA tiger teams will love to help analyse Oz metadata for terrorists. All for free except our pollies will insist we pay again for being spied on.
I used to think this talk was tin hat stuff, but now I feel reality has copied paranoid conspiracy fantasies.
I thought that was one of the marketing weasels main selling points, how the Cloud is robust and fault tolerant. CEO must be yank trained; he customer is always wrong.
agreed, but are you trying for FOTW ?
real coffee at last. I wonder what roast and origin? Might need peruvian and dark roast as I believe low gravity tend to cause taste insensitivity.
because it has yet to sell CSIRO to someone who appreciates research. Someone like a foreign patent troll who knows who to fund discretely. We are a colon (sic) after all and should be glad to bless our betters.
@Terry, correct. In logic it is known as the infinite regression error. Like turtles all the way down. Changing the location of lifes origin in a materialist world view changes nothing.
ho-hum, another materialist using time as a magic black box pronouncement. As most religions have no real concept of creation outside of Christianity and Judaism, they will be unaffected. Most official christian denominations are atheist in world view with a religious language veneer. The old men in Rome have fully accepted biological materialism only a decade or two after protestants rolled over. As in Darwins time they will fall over themselves to agree with whatever is culturally accepted.
Back in the real world, organic molecules are a long way from anything describable as a protein, let alone life. Since the past is not "scientifically" evaluable, agnosticism on the subject is appropriate. It is probable that Earth is the only place with life based on what is _known_, not speculated. That might change if someone builds a Heim drive or close analogue. The projected successors to Webb might not have the ability to analyse small rocky world atmospheres.
Only try ideas been tested anywhere else that have failed. Make sure they don't work by trying it in Oz. We do better stuffups with a straight face than any other western "democracy" About time to remove all foreign born or educated pollies and clerks with big salaries and give some jobs to Australians, not colonial crawlers from Sydney and Toorak.
Intel announced it was working on 3 years ago ? Not that those of us out of CBDs would ever need one. Big Swamps wet string suffices.
whenever any Oz pollie says < insert name> is priority, expect cuts next month. Continuing the destruction of Oz secondary and tertiary industries so we revert to the corporate agribusiness with remote landlords and mining pit of the past is, for some reason (do not mention treason), an unspoken goal of federal governments since Fraser got thrown out. Perhaps we should just outsource our pollies. Might be cheaper and more competent. Might remove the burden of political party funding bodies as social parasites.
A variant of Dominatrix, except not interested in getting the client any release. I don't want to know. Whats the icon for fear ?