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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

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Re: I bit the bullet yesterday

I'm not a Unity hater. It's actually not bad and i used it for several months. But i prefer the look and feel of Mate or Cinammon and currently i'm using both.

They are pleasing on the eye by default and much more intuitive from a management perspective.

Ubuntu admittedly is a bit less hassle to get up and running but you "takes your choice".

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I bit the bullet yesterday

and put Linux Mint 16 Petra with Cinnamon onto a hard drive partition beside XP.

So far so good. Everything appears to work properly although i had one minor irritant in that trying to install updates kept failing because the default system sources in the States appeared to be down. Once i had worked it out, a quick flip to Killerhorse in Germany, fixed that.

Why not Ubuntu? Unity, in a word.

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

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there is another way

I'm going to buy another SATA disk and install it in the spare bay. I had tried dual partitions XP/Linux but grub has an unfortunate habit of messing with bootblocks which can be a complete pain in the posterior.

Mint should be able to mount and read the windows partition if necessary.

Et voila, then over time when XP's usefulness fades i'll keep the old drive spun down and still have the backups that i made on DVD...just in case.

In other words, never boot again from the XP partition unless it's really necessary.

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Coat

its got to be

A new El Reg unit of measurement surely?

where 1 cul-de-sac is whisper quiet and 120 will burst your ear drums.

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Security: It's knowing what you don't know

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Facepalm

On the 1st of April?

Rather unfortunate choice of date i fear....

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: Minty

Ditto

But if anyone is thinking about installing it; be aware, check out your wifi chipset first to make sure it's supported and there are still some issues with certain graphic card chipsets.

I have a machine running an old Netgear usb stick using RTL8187 and you have to force it to run at 11mb/s to stay stable in /etc/init.d

Its no big deal of course because when i get round to it i'll change it for a stick that is reported as having no issues like the Netgear WNA1100

Other than that i really like it more than some others i have tried.

64bit edition Olivia with Mate desktop.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

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Pint

That was a great rant

Nothing to be ashamed of but you're obviously stressed. Have a beer!

I fancied a similar rant last week when the BBC & ITV switched satellites to 2F thereby cutting off most of Europe but then i thought, i'll need to watch the news on Al Jazeera and RT now and what the Brits have just achieved is to cut off one of their best propaganda routes into the minds of a lot of foreigners.

Then i read somebody saying, "bout bloody time" the expats stopped getting the BBC for nowt. Thats as maybe but it completely misses the point. I know many people all over Europe, not Brits, who enjoyed the UK content for a variety of reasons.

The only winners are going to be the VPN suppliers and P2P telly companies many of whom are already on the game, especially in Holland and Russia.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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Big Brother

i doubt it

Many people i know are addicted to it so unless there is a discovery like penicillin, there is no cure.

I think they will probably shoot themselves in the foot eventually which will prompt a mass exodus.

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Network Solutions apologises for 'You just paid us $1850' email

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This is what you need to know

about the "sharp practices" used by Network Solutions

As it happens, i am in the middle of trying to transfer out a domain name that i have just sold.

So any "work behind it" is created by themselves to make it as difficult as possible.

http://tscadfx.com/network-solutions-domain-transfer-bloody-horror-show/

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'BILLION-YEAR DISK' to help FUTURE LIFEFORMS study us

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Fred Flinstone

did pretty well with a hammer and chisel.

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California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

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Re: Can't see it catching on. (Snow Crash?)

well that's a very good question.

I'll hazard a guess because i'm a skier.

Precision on a hard surface. Deep powder snow which i suppose could be compared to surfing on water is something of a luxury.

But there is another more dangerous reason, a runaway board in the mountains has the energy to kill. Better to be secured tightly to the leg of a yoof!

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Re: Can't see it catching on. (Snow Crash?)

Birds of a feather and all that..........

The point about snowboarding is that with both feet strapped together a fall at speed produces many a broken arm and shoulder or ribs. Believe me i know!

As you get older this becomes serious.

Its also easier to take bigger risks on the steep and deep on a board. Great and thrilling when you're young.

Skiers normally suffer different injuries, normally to the knee which does indeed require a blood wagon to bring them off the mountain.

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bill 36

This a joke right?

"It will do for golfing what snowboarding did for skiing," he said.

I think this guy thinks that American type "condominium golf courses" are real golf courses, where you drive from green to tee in an electric cart and the fairways are flat.

Young people taking up snowboarding quickly realise that its just an easier way to kill yourself on a mountain and if they enjoy winter sports then they learn to ski.

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Snowden latest: NSA stalks the human race using Google, ad cookies

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Coat

love the headline

The Sting is in the tale...

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

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Linux mint xfce with Mate 32 bit

I installed it on my neighbours Gericom Q10 netbook instead of XP just two weeks ago.

It has an Intel Atom cpu and 1GB memory plus the usual, bluetooth, internal camera, modem, wifi etc etc

He uses it mainly over 3g on the internal modem.

When asked about its performance, he said there was no difference between his experience now and when it was running XP. Boot is faster.

Open Office is installed by default and language packs are freely available. He's a native German speaker.

All features work as they should, including modem, camera, bluetooth, wifi and it is stable.

The desktop looks good and is very intuitive.

As for Minecraft, there is a youtube vid here which gives you the ppa repository to download and install

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OTtIKMH5ow

As for being cool, i would have thought that being the only penguin in the class with a machine that can do everything the others can do would be too cool to touch ......

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

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DECadent

I remember hearing a rumour back in the mid 90's that DEC were considering using the ARM architecture to replace MIPS and possibly abandon ALPHA.

I had considered buying shares in ARM should that have happened.

Anyone want to buy a crystal ball for spare parts? Wish i'd known what i know now :>(

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

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Re: still don't get it

er yes...i meant 5%

projected 25% by 2050

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bill 36

still don't get it

your assertion "lays to rest any claims that electric cars are fundamentally impractical"

That cannot be true.

These vehicles are aimed at city dwellers and short distance commuters.

If you accept that most domestic buildings in the UK have only single phase power and that most city inhabitants park their cars in the street, how do they charge them overnight? Throw cables out the window?

As someone else has pointed out, you have to produce the power somewhere and somehow and with the current, no pun intended, hysteria around nuclear power all thats being achieved, expensively, is moving the pollution and co2 emissions somewhere else.

The Germans, since this is a German car, will phase out nuclear by 2022, 17 % of requirement. They already have solar producing 25% of their needs but what happens overnight in 2023 when they all want to charge their cars?

And the answer is?

Probably more coal burning and lots of nice French nuclear power.

Oh and Germany is already one of the most expensive countries in Europe per kw/h. I wonder why?

In any case, i'm all for us not polluting the planet and limiting power consumption, keeping the cities smog free and eliminating pollutants but i really don't get electric cars. Hybrids maybe.

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Need an internet antidote? Try magic mushrooms

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Boletus edulis

Looks to be what's called Steinpilze in German.

Every year we get marauding hordes of Italians into the Austrian mountains in search of said fungus.

This year, because of the hot summer, they were in very short supply and were reportedly changing hands for 50 euro/kilo in Salzburg.

But i can confirm that they are indeed an Emperors dinner especially when simmered in a shallow pan with a veggie soup base,,,ie; a knorr cube...some garlic and salt and pepper. Leave for 20 mins.

Deelish :>)

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Portuguese chicken invades Spanish airspace

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Re: like it

How do you say "what the fuck is this" in Spanish?

The look on the old guys face is priceless.

cheers

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like it

But see what you've started :>)

So how about multiple camera angles on LOHAN, that would be really cool!

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

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Re: Wait, hear that?

I've already started to do just that. I've had Ubuntu on trial for over 18 months. Its very good and stable with no driver issues (at least on my hardware) but i don't like Unity and its a little slow. Now i've installed Mint xfce on the same hardware. I had to fix one issue with graphics drivers on install and still have a minor issue with a realtek chip set on the wifi. But, i like the desktop (Mate) and its quick. Looks good and will do all that is required. I've also installed it on the wife's Asus netbook which also works really well without issue.

I've also trialled Opensuse and Debian in the past and still have Opensuse on an old laptop with a Pentium 4 and 512mB of memory. I use it as a jukebox. Works like a dream.

So, MS, the writing is on the wall. The LInux people are getting their act together. I'll be using XP until l it dies and unless there is a compelling reason to stay, i'll be installing Linux next.

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Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

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What is the point of Facebook?

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Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

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Linux

Re: Snapshot of windows in my life

Windows has always been the OS of choice here...

That statement isn't true for 95% of the population. The machines they bought came preinstalled with Windows and therein lies the problem for Microsoft.

The new consumer devices on the street are smart phones and tablets and they ain't running windows.

I sincerely doubt that most consumers give a shit about the OS whether its Win8, Macos, Mint, Opensuse Android or whatever as long as it looks good and works reliably.

Professionals on the other hand have always chosen dependent on the task at hand, performance, scalability, sustainability, upgradability etc etc, which explains why most organisations have a mix of HPux, Solaris, Aix, Windows, Zos, linux and so on. Hence we had divergent skill sets looking after them.

And a fine job they all do as well it has to be said.

I think Microsoft has missed the boat. Not because Windows 8 is rubbish, i have no idea if thats true, but just because the next generation are more savvy and actually don't care anyway.

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El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag

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one day in Leeds

Thought i'd share this with you all. True story on radio Aire from about 25 years ago.

Its a phone in quiz show and the lady on the phone is asked by the presenter " What is another commonly used term for making a pot of tea ?"

After several wrong answers she asks for a clue.

Presenter " The Jewish language"

After a long pause and a few mutterings,

"Mashit" she said.

I was driving at the time, nearly passed out laughing.

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Boffin

Tetley put the T in Britain

Can't survive without a Tetley Tea bag in the morning. But the water source is very important. Hard water just doesn't do it.

Twinnings has the chemical symbol P1Sh.

So Tetley gets my vote.

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BitTorrent opens kimono, gets out one-to-many streaming tool

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Can't get it to work

Not on XP pro anyway.

maybe its been built for Windoze 8 of course :>)

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The UK Energy Crisis in 3 simple awareness-raising pictures

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Re: where i live

Eh,,,,,,,,,

last time i looked you would have one finger left. Most others say that chains must be carried.

The point is that below 7 degrees, summer tyres become very inefficient and where it is mandatory, having two sets of wheels is no big deal.

According to the Met office, the average winter temperature across the UK in 2011/12 was 4.2 degrees.

But don't let the facts get in the way of a good bit of chaos eh?

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Devil

where i live

Gas comes in bottles and is used exclusively to drive a deep fat fryer and a steam oven.

Cooking is done using induction plates, very efficient !

Lights are all low energy bulbs

Heating and hot water is supplied from an non profit organisation using a wood pulp burning boiler and supplies a whole village of ~ 1800 people. Costs around 5.6 cents kw/h.

As for the snow,the position of the jet stream is responsible for Europes cold weather this year, dragging cold air south from the Arctic and therefore snow and blizzards are always going to happen.

The UK is over dependant on fossil fuels and requires a complete change of mindset including, and i can't recommend this highly enough, the fitting of winter tyres by law on every vehicle and the mandatory carrying of snow chains as is the norm in most of Europe. Then you start to minimise bad weather chaos that is the norm in GB.

Thorium is the way forward.

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Ten ten-inch tablets

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Coffee/keyboard

it’s locked down tighter than a Tory MP in a massage parlour

very funny!!

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WE CAN still be BETTER than Germany on broadband, says Ofcom

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Windows

speedtest.net comparison for you

Just thought i'd give you some data.................

From a village in the arse end of Salzburg over a Netgear 300mb wireless link to a Salzburg AG cable modem with analogue, digital TV and broadband. Over copper.

Ping to Klagenfurt 42ms

Download speed 23.20 mbps

Upload speed 2.89mbps

And i think it should be better :>)

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Integrator 2e2 axes 319 UK staff, halts pay cheques - insiders

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This is all you need to know

about the leadership of this company when they use a phrase like this.

"series of briefings" took place this morning in which the strategy "going forward"..............

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Greenland ice SIMPLY WOULD NOT MELT in baking +8°C era 120k years ago

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Re: I don't expect this to change anything

"Greenland has been losing more than 200 million tons of ice annually since 2003. "

Its probably lost a million times more than that since the last ice age.

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bill 36
Mushroom

things have melted before

and there is NO problem.

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Germany's RTL pulls free-to-air channels off terrestrial TV

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Re: It's not over until the fat lady sings

I agree Charlie, thats why i like Freesat.

Sadly there appears to be a few BBC or ITV employees on this forum that want to down vote the facts.

Fact is, Astra 2e will be deliberately tightly focused on the UK, much tighter than 2d is now, under the ploy that it will provide a stronger signal to the north of the UK.

It seems likely that in Bavaria, a dish size of 2.5 metres or more will be required where as 1.5 metres is enough at the minute.

1.5 metres is "reasonable" in my opinion.

There is more to this than meets the eye.

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Re: what i'd like to know is

"Member States must ensure freedom of reception"..... Thats clearly not happening!

The "restriction" part of it comes into play when you try and access bbc or itv content without a vpn using a UK ip address.

Thats also against the directive.

I guess my point is that RTL is available widely anyway on satellite or cable but that the UK giants are deliberately "restricting freedom of reception" which is supposed to be illegal.

How are they getting away with it is my question?

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Re: what i'd like to know is

oops, yes i meant 2d and 2e.

2f is the new temporary satellite which is also very tightly focused and which 4hd, 5 and various other channels have already moved to.

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what i'd like to know is

How Freesat is getting away with moving channels to the new Astra 4E satellite which has transponders that are very closely focused on the UK when the EU directive...cut and paste...says

The Directive establishes the principle that Member States must ensure freedom of reception and that they may not restrict retransmission on their territory of television programmes from other Member States.

Astra 4d was bad enough but methinks they are getting away with this.

As for all the unofficial Sky subscribers that live in France and Spain, they are going to be well pissed off if Sky follows suit.

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Record numbers of you are reading this headline right now

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Pint

greetings from Austria

I do hope that Vulture Central is not too badly affected by the "blizzard conditions" today.

Here in central Europe we find it hilarious that 4" of snow can bring a country to a standstill. Friday is the right day to have it though.

There are no kangaroos in Austria btw :>)

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Tell Facebook who's the greatest: YOU are!

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Happy

Bang on

I think you are bang on the money!

I question the whole Facebook, Twitter and social media bit though, never understood why people feel the need to use them.

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England and Germany square off for FIFA goal line tech prize

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Re: I'm torn, I really am

I'm not a Chelsea or Man U fan but Paul Scholes was the best midfield player in England by a golden mile.

Incidentally, i'm old enough to have seen Lampard senior playing and he was a great player as well.

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Gangnam Style beats Bieber Baby, becomes biggest timewaste EVER

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Happy

This is what kids should be watching

The magnificent Rory Gallagher giving some French kids free air guitar lessons

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33Jaodra7AY

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Forklift fondleslab 'fellas flee with vast haul of iPad Minis at JFK

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Pint

Rather than waiting minutes in an iPad-mini queue

Very funny, you just brightened my evening up.

Cheers i'm off to the pub

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When GiffGaff falls over, is it even news any more?

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Re: WTF is GiffGaff

Yeah its cheap for a reason and as someone else pointed out, great for kids who probaly don't read El Reg anyway......yet!

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WTF is GiffGaff

If you hadn't written the story i wouldn't have know what it was and now that i do, why would anyone want it?

PAYG with Goodybags..................do punters really buy this?

I think you could easily bin any story on this

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LOHAN slips BRA over BOOBIES in ballocket backronym buffoonery

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Happy

or how about

Satellite

Located

Altitude &

Positioning

P.C.B. for

Ejaculative

Release

Well it is LOHAN

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bill 36
Happy

try this

Fully

Automated

Nautical

Barometric

Orbital

Ignition

System

cos they should be fired into space as well

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Craig, Connery or ... Dalton? Vote now for the ultimate James Bond

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Its no contest

Pushy Galore, I musht be dreaming

Classic

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Boffins build program to HUNT DOWN CO2 polluters where they LIVE

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Re: This is all you need to know

Like i said before, 10 years ago most of the big names in science had us all believing that they had proved the big bang theory. They even made TV programmes in which Hawkings appears to explain it all. (It wasn't him who claimed the proof)

Where are we today? Oh err its not a big bang at all, or there are parallel expanding universes or it was a black hole that wasn't really...err

Enough said, you believe what you want to believe. I trust you will be happy with your 7% rise in gas and electricity prices this winter.

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bill 36

Re: This is all you need to know

Then we have to agree to disagree.

Beck may have been just a Biologist but he surely was not stupid and is credited with having done an intense analysis of CO2 even from his detractors, many of whom disagreed with his conclusions.

If we step back and look at all the scientists and their papers, you don't need to be a scientist to see that there are contradictions all over the place and while that fact is true, then you have to accept that AGW is only a theory and should not be accepted until it is proven.

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