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* Posts by StuartMcL

21 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009

The Sinofsky Letters: Defenestrated Windows overlord corresponds

StuartMcL

Re: XTree Gold?

ZTree Win only takes up about 4MB on a USB Drive and feels just like Xtree Gold - it's still my FM of choice.

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Omnishambles beats off mummy-porn, becomes English word of 2012

StuartMcL

Re: There is only one deserving 'new' word

Nothing new about embuggerance. It;'s been around for 60 odd years.

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-emb1.htm

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US trounces UK in climate scepticism jibber-jabber

StuartMcL
FAIL

You have to doubt the competence of a journalist who can write:

"seminal climate-scepticism book by the American reporter Ross Gelbspan, The Heat Is On."

It is, in fact, the "seminal climate alarmist claims of big-oil funded conspiracies book"

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McIntyre: Climate policy crippled by pointless feel-good gestures

StuartMcL

Re: Simple is best

But why is it warming above 0?

CO2?

Decadal period changes in ocean currents moving warmer water into the area or moving the ice to lower latitudes where the water is warmer and it is exposed to the sun for longer?

Changes in cloud cover/ insolation?

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Hidden Grand Canyon-sized ICE-HOLE hastens Antarctic melt

StuartMcL

re West Antarctica

I would assume that it was called that because it lies in the western hemisphere

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Apple sued for every touchscreen device by Flatworld prof

StuartMcL

Where do they find the cash?

They don't. They find a "bottom dwelling scum sucker" prepared to take it on a "contingency basis" for around 30% of any future payout.

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Swiss-based Balesio takes the knife to PDF files

StuartMcL

<quote>It also says very curious things about all the MS Office applications.

Either they are storing a huge amount of unnecessary data or their output filters are rather poor as regards file size.</quote>

Nothing unusal there. Take a look at the HTML generated by Outllook in an email, the output of Excel and Word's "Save as WebPage" and Access' OutputTo HTML.

Bloated cr*p every time.

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Oz journalism award to Assange™

StuartMcL

@AC - cutting Julia a little slack.

It would be the best thing that could happen to Australia at the moment if Juliar "was disappeared"

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UN set to dump GMT for tech-friendly Atomic Time

StuartMcL

"increase at a rate of one second per year" = one hour in 3600 years. Where does the 550 years come from?

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CERN: 'Climate models will need to be substantially revised'

StuartMcL

More or less cosmic rays?

@Confused

<quote>What this latest research seems to show is more solar activity = more cosmic rays = more particles = more cloud formation.... but doesn't more cloud formation = lower temperatures?

Quite the opposite.

Cosmic radiation doesn't come from the sun. It comes from "the cosmos".

It appears that when the sun is active, the stronger solar wind prevents cosmic rays from entering the earth's atmosphere by sweeping them around the earth. When the sun is inactive, more of them penetrate the atmosphere.

It also appears that increasing clouds have a cooling effect.

Since it now also appears that the more cosmic radiation reaching the atmosphere causes more cloud, the process would be:

Quiet sun = moe cosmic rays reaching the atmosphere = more cloud formation = lower temperature.

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NASA to work on approved sci-fi books

StuartMcL

NASA Inspired Works of Fiction?

They've got the talent for it. Jim Hansen's been creating fiction for years.

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Australian bank to run trial with human teller in ATM

StuartMcL

Which Bank?

as a bumper sticker on my mate's car says:

Who cares, they're all b*st*rds!

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Boffins shine 800Mbps wireless network from flashlight

StuartMcL

Broadcast only?

@GBE. That problem was solved long ago. Google "1-way satellite".

In this situation, you'd probably use something standard like 802.11x as the back-channel.

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Interstellar space 'full of Jupiter-size orphan planets'

StuartMcL

Drifting?

Are they drifting or are their turtles swimming on deliberate courses?

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Australia cuts solar subsidies, and not before time

StuartMcL

It's the Currency, not the Current.

I think that you will find that the drastic fall in the the price of solar in Australia over the last few years has more to do with the strength of the Australian Dollar that anything else. All of the kit is imported. In late 2008, the AUD was worth less that 80 US cents. Currently is is worth close to $1.10 US..

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Microsoft breaks own world record for IE nonsense

StuartMcL

Wot? No .Net?

Native? You mean that IE10 isn't built using .Net and managed code?

I wonder why not.

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Thunderstorms found to squirt antimatter into space

StuartMcL

Missing Heat?

That must be where all the missing heat goes

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Woman charged with stealing nude pics of baseball star

StuartMcL
Stop

Theft?

Can we please stop calling this sort of thing theft - same with the "Climategate emails".

A common element of theft in its various forms in various jurisdictions is "intent to deprive someone of the use of something". The owner of the images still has them. Making copies is NOT theft.

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Defence Minister 'to big up electropulse threat' - report

StuartMcL

Coincidence?

Gee, just at the same time as they are pushing the threat, along comes a release of two year old news about a sting by the FBI which involved attempts to sell EMP technology to a "rogue state".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11351535

How convenient

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NZ gal's Bulgarian airbags halt traffic

StuartMcL
Happy

@alyn

See http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/10/03/bulgarian_airbags/

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Court filings are protected by copyright, says lawyer

StuartMcL
Grenade

Who's Copyright?

IANAL but:

Isn't the filing "a work specially ordered or commissioned for use as a contribution to a collective work",

the "collective work" being the court record - with the person commissioning it being the lawyer's client.

ISTM that the copyright should lie with the client, not the lawyer under "work for hire" provisions.

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