* Posts by Al Black

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Cryptography vs. bigotry: The debate Australia needs to have

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Bigoted? Maybe. Ignorant? Maybe not.

"But her position is ignorant and bigoted because it takes an idea to turn someone to terror and it's now impossible to stop the flow of ideas."

Her position is that by stopping all Muslims from entering Australia, we can stop the (say) 2% of Muslims who are potential terrorists. It doesn't stop Muslims already living here from becoming radicalised, but if there is a percentage of the Muslim population prone to becoming Terrorists then stopping the Australian Muslim population growing does seem a logical way to put a lid on future growth in this area, as well as making it difficult for ISIS and AL Qaeda to infiltrate sleeper agents into our country. So it might be bigoted but it isn't necessarily ignorant, as it is based on logic, and it seems as if we have no way at present of distinguishing between good (as in safe) Muslims and Bad (as in psychopathic religious fanatics with serial killer ambitions).

I could also add that it takes more than "an idea to turn someone to terror" - they have to be ready for that idea to kick off their psycho-killer predisposition. I could argue that it is too possible to stop the flow of ideas: the Government could block all internet sites from terrorist organisations, and force Facebook to close any account that uses certain key words such as "Kill the infidels!" I'm not saying this would necessarily be a good thing, but it could be done, with the political will to do so.

A bigot is "a person who is intolerant towards those holding different opinions." There goes all the Labor Party and the Greens, then: they are bigots towards non-socialists!

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SHOCK: GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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GM Crops are good for you

Now perhaps we can eliminate chemical fertilisers and pesticides by integrating Nitrogen-fixing Legume genes and pyrethrin-generating Chrysanthemum genes into food crops such as potatoes, rice and corn. These are not "artificially modifed genes" that have never existed before, they are just being borrowed from one plant and copied to another. By doing so, we can farm poor land with higher yields without poisoning the planet with insecticides and chemical fertilisers. If you oppose this, you're a Luddite crack-pot!

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Re: When electricity was first introduced....

There is and they are.

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Steve Jobs, MS Office, Israel, and a basic feature Microsoft took 13 years to install

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Bad Idea

multi-language support is a bad idea: force everyone to compute in English: it is better for social cohesion in the long run, and the software is much easier to write, so would be cheaper...it's all win/win.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: Soon...

Human rights, now, in the present, not decades in the past...China is still performing atrocities on its own citizens as well as on the Tibetans.

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David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

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Farewell to an Icon

Where would we be today without Bowie? If only he could have had Five More Years!

Pushing through the market square, so many mothers sighing

News had just come over, we had five years left to cry in

News guy wept and told us, earth was really dying

Cried so much his face was wet, then I knew he was not lying

I heard telephones, opera house, favorite melodies

I saw boys, toys electric irons and T.V.'s

My brain hurt like a warehouse, it had no room to spare

I had to cram so many things to store everything in there

And all the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people

And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people

I never thought I'd need so many people

A girl my age went off her head, hit some tiny children

If the black hadn't a-pulled her off, I think she would have killed them

A soldier with a broken arm, fixed his stare to the wheels of a Cadillac

A cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest, and a queer

Threw up at the sight of that

I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlor, drinking milk shakes cold and long

Smiling and waving and looking so fine, don't think

You knew you were in this song

And it was cold and it rained so I felt like an actor

And I thought of Ma and I wanted to get back there

Your face, your race, the way that you talk

I kiss you, you're beautiful, I want you to walk

We've got five years, stuck on my eyes

Five years, what a surprise

We've got five years, my brain hurts a lot

Five years, that's all we've got

We've got five years,what a surprise

Five years,stuck on my eyes

We've got five years my brain hurts a lot

Five years, that's all we've got

We've got five years, stuck on my eyes

Five years, what a surprise

We've got five years, my brain hurts a lot

Five years, that's all we've got

We've got five years, what a surprise

Five years, stuck on my eyes

We've got five years, my brain hurts a lot

Five years, that's all we've got

Five years

Five years

Five years

Five years

The ultimate Songwriter

DAVID BOWIE

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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Re: Ah joke wallpaper ...

I reconsidered the wisdom of installing the BSOD screensaver on our main File Server when the MD had a panic attack...

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Hubble finds lonely 'void galaxy' floating in cosmic nothingness

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Duat Galaxy

Perhaps they called it the "Void Galaxy" because it was bodiless? We should re-read the series rather than Torc about it...

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Hold on, France and Russia. Anonymous is here to kick ISIS butt

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Re: return Getting Tough

Yes; you are technically correct. Conservatives want to preserve (conserve) the status quo, by definition; however Conservative has come to mean those who want to roll back to an earlier, idealised point in time, such as the middle-class paradise of the Thatcher era.

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Re: Getting Tough

The Labour Party wants to return to the Union run society of the 1950's: you can't get more Conservative than that! And calling free market Capitalists "Tories" is positively 19th Century.

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Dotcom's file-sharing hive Mega 'sues for copyright infringement'

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Fat man Bites Dog

Skelband: You have to admit "Fat man Bites Dog" is pretty funny.

I heard Kim DotCom was a big fan of Austin Powers (one of the biggest) and couldn't decide which Mike Myers character to emulate, so he's now permanently stuck half-way between Fat Bastard and Dr Evil!

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Paranoia

"Any machine running Windows 8.1 should be capable of running Windows 10...To those people who, by choice or need, are still running Windows 7, no such guarantee or statement has been made."

Anyone who upgraded a Vista or Windows 7 PC to 8.0 will recall how much faster their existing hardware ran under windows 8. 8.1 upgrade made no perceptible difference to boot time, so if they say that Windows 10 runs as well on the same hardware as 8.1, then Windows 7 Hardware will run better on 10 than on 7: you can guarantee that, IF it is true that win 10 is as fast as win 8.1 on the same hardware.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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I like Win 8

I actually liked Win 8.0, and was disappointed at the back-down in 8.1. Even without a touch screen it was good after the first 15 minutes of floundering around the new OS and working things out. I don't know why most people hated it. It was the best OS ever.

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Doom

One reason Fish Stocks are collapsing is the protection of Whales, Sharks and Seals. If we want more fish to eat we should fish the top predators, thus increasing the supply of their prey. I kind of like Whales, so let's fish out the Sharks first,and then the stinking Sea-rats some people call Seals. That will replenish the fish stocks quick smart, and we can take over from the Sharks as top predator of the seas. It is our manifest destiny to do so: we have 7 Billion hungry mouths to feed and Shark tastes surprisingly good in batter with chips!

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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Re: Consensus is not science

Well, the modification of atmospheric infrared absorption by rising CO2 levels is merely an hypothesis, and we can't base policy for CO2 emission on mere hypothesis... so we have no way to implement social policy with regard to CO2." Yes, we can say that. Abandoning the use of Fossil Fuels and refusing to use Nuclear power as an alternative means dismantling our modern industrialised civilisation, and replacing it with a "sustainable" one based on "renewable" power sources like wind and solar. That sustainable powered civilisation could support maybe 500 million humans on the planet, so before I support policies that will starve 6.5 billion of my fellow humans I demand proof that it is necessary. For the last 17 years there have been zero increases in global Temperatures while CO2 output has soared by 30%: it is clear that beyond 280ppm, increases in CO2 have no further effect on infrared absorption, so the correlation theory breaks down. In short, you are wrong and only listening to what the left-wing "echo chamber" has been telling you.

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Re: Consensus is not science

Consensus is about politics, not science. Science is about proof or disproof of a theory, the consensus comes later when the hypothesis become accepted as a Law of Science that is taught in Schools.

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Political Bullshit

I am a scientist with a degree in chemistry, not the pseudoscience of so-called "Climate Scientists" and I am skeptical of the claims of global warming for a very simple reason. Science is about putting forward a hypothesis and then testing it by making predictions based on your theory, then checking those predictions against the real world observations. Since 1998 the IPCC climate models have all predicted various rates of warming, the average being 1 degree warmer by 2015. The actual warming over this time is zero degrees, in spite of record increases in CO2 concentration over this time. Clearly the correlation of global warming with CO2 concentration has been disproved, and the hypothesis must be rejected. I am impressed with the logical thinking of the general public who have grasped this fact far better than the Climate Science community.

"Simple hatred of science" and socialist world-views appear to drive the Warmist point of view, which is a political one, rather than a scientific conclusion.

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Re: Why?

Heard of UV, Sunburn and skin cancer? Think again.

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Al Black

A population-wide survey is the proper way to know whether something is believed to be correct, and goes to show that the average voter also "doubts the quality of scientific studies done so far." A skeptic's view of Climate Change is the only logical one while CO2 concentrations continue to soar but temperatures stubbornly refuse to increase in the 17 years since the climate model's first predicts "Runaway Global Warming"!

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

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Re: more?

Yes: Mobiles at school could be MAKING YORE KID MORE DUMBERER!

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Post-PC era? Surely you're joking, says Lenovo as computers fly out of door

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Re: captain obvious here

Precisely!

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

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Re: @ Flocke Kroes

I agree with you that AGW is a busted theory, but this has very little to do with multiple Quasars!

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Australian opposition floats startups-and-STEM stimulus plan

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Bill Shorten is at least 30 years behind the times, and so economical with the truth that his nick-name is "Bull Shitten!" Training kids to cut code when all these jobs will be outsourced to India, Vietnam and China is a waste of tax-payer's money. We should be teaching our kids how to think, and to solve problems: those skills never go out of date.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Re: Not really equivalent

Protector - Larry Niven.

If you haven't read this you are a cultural illiterate.

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

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Linux

Re: Allocation mismatch.

Pedant!

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Re: Kaysh

We say KAYSH downunda too, but we do have the odd bogan who says cachet or cash, just as you do!

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Forget Nokia: Finland's promising future is to be server central

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Byzantine

Werdsmith gave the most common usage, which is fair enough.

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Huawei P8: Chinese mobes have arrived and the West should tremble

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Who are we?

Who are we? Huawei!

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Stop climate change by drinking Coca-Cola says Oz government

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Carbon sequestration?

Carbon sequestration?

1) Cut down big trees and build houses out of them. Carbon is locked away for hundreds of years.

2) Then plant new, fast growing trees which thrive in high CO2 environments and lock away more carbon in wood.

3) When trees grow, Repeat 1) and 2).

Simple.

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

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It isn't stupidly targeted: they have money!

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Becoming Steve Jobs biography: ‘Much of it was chutzpah and self delusion’

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Re: What's the fascination?

Adolf Hitler did win power in a democratic election, and it is nonsense to say he "never got the "popular vote" in Germany: he won by a landslide and was hugely popular right through till the end of the War. people forget that Hitler was a Socialist with a very popular range of spending policies to rebuild the German economy. The National Socialist party was the German Workers' party and on paper, was very similar to the Australian Labor Party of today. The main difference was the ALP plans to borrow money to bribe voters and leave it for our grandchildren to pay back: Hitler planned to steal the money back by invading any country he owed money to!

Having said that, comparing Steve Jobs or "the Israeli government to day" to Adolf Hitler is facile nonsense.

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'What don't we want? Robots. When don't we want them? Ever.' Anti-droid hipsters hit SXSW

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You clearly missed the point that the whole "protest" was a marketing gimmick for a dating site. So far there are only a very few people seriously concerned about the rise of Artificial Intelligence.

Steven Hawkings is one, who famously said "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."

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Turnbull says no need to future-proof NBN

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Keep Making the Same Mistakes

dshan, You seriously need a personality adjustment: virtually everything you say is wrong.

1) Every time a business is run by a government it costs far more than the same business run by Private Enterprise. Why? Because Governments are lousy employers with a conflict of interests: they'd like to manage the business, but they also want to be re-elected: they are useless at making the hard decisions that businesses make every day.

2) Tony is an Australian who came here from England as a child: that makes him as Aussie as every other immigrant. Didn't you notice the last Labor Government "destroying strip mining Australia, selling it's assets & infrastructure to overseas "investors" "? Nothing much has changed in the last 18 months because this Government is blocked at every turn by a Labor/Green dominated Senate. The legislative framework is very much what Labor left us with: you can't blame Tony or the Liberals for any of this stuff.

3) Your final, hate-filled paragraph could have been written by Man Monis before he headed to Martin Place. You need to take a good hard look at yourself, then seek counselling or other psychological aid. You clearly need help.

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Re: Would you Future-proof a PC?

"If you're going to be digging up roads and footpaths, running cables into peoples houses", you are going to run out of money very fast. Running cables to the home should be a user pays exercise. Most people don't need Gbps Internet, and those who do should pay for it.

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Re: Would you Future-proof a PC?

Reasonable for the PC Vendor, perhaps. I have always bought the PC with specs that were cutting edge 12 months ago, that they can barely give away today. This has saved me thousands over buying the cutting edge machine of today. The same does apply to the NBN, especially to the Fibre to the home option. PC's are being replaced by mobile devices, cables by wireless. Only the fibre to the node option still makes sense in a wireless future, which is already here: it's just not very evenly distributed.

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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Win XP

For real trends, you need to add Win 8 and 8.1 together. They are essentially the same OS.

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Why go to the moon?

When people say "Look at all the technological breakthroughs that war gave us", I say the Space Race gave us similar technological breakthroughs without the need for millions of deaths. A Mars Race would be both a moral equivalent of War, and a means of avoiding a real war on Earth. At some point in the next few million years (or tomorrow) a planet-busting asteroid will impact on Earth and do to us what it's predecessor did to the Dinosaurs. It would be nice if there were viable populations of humans living on the Moon, Mars and in orbit before this happens, so that after the Nuclear Winter ends, they could re-colonise the Earth. At the moment we have all our eggs in one basket.

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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Anonymous Coward Says it all!

2014 is read the truth at http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/5/2015/01/19/no_scientific_consensus_on_2014_hottest_year_on_record_claims/

"Our best estimate for the global temperature of 2014 puts it slightly above (by 0.01 C) that of the next warmest year (2010) but by much less than the margin of uncertainty (0.05 C). Therefore it is impossible to conclude from our analysis which of 2014, 2010, or 2005 was actually the warmest year."

So the truth is: No significant warming, since at least 2005.

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Re: Didn't have to look

Does the word CROM mean anything to you?

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Re: Didn't have to look

Yes, the USA is the GLOBAL leader of the free world and still the largest economy. What they think matters. What it proves is that depending on where you live, the Global Warming is not experienced as warming by large numbers of people, but as cooling. This makes selling the Global Warming message (You're all going to fry and drown!) somewhat difficult.

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Re: @skelband

So you are saying that Democracy "is pointless and counter-productive" because the average Joe isn't as bright as you think you are? Maybe, but it is the best substitute for a Dictatorship we've developed so far. When you have something better, let me know.

As for benefit fraud, I know people owning millions of dollars worth of rental property, living in a mansion, who through the magic of negative gearing qualify for every welfare payout in the book. Rich people don't pay income taxes, so we should reduce income tax rates on the rest of us and increase GST/VAT: it is the only tax rich people cannot avoid.

In the meantime, if 70% of the voters think Global Warming isn't happening, or isn't important if it is, then they have more intelligence than you give them credit for.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Why is it the Register's coverage of global warming is the truth?.

Wrong, if we take all the actions proposed to cut CO2, we dramatically cut our standard of living, and we destroy the natural environment with the land covered in Solar Panels, and Wind towers slicing our birds and bats into confetti. If we do nothing until the temperature trend is known, maybe another 15 years, we have lost nothing. Climate change is slow and gradual, so slow and gradual some of us don't yet believe it is happening. There is no urgency to take draconian actions to reduce our wealth and welfare while simultaneously bribing the third world to stay in poverty.

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Re: Cut the sh*t!

The hypothesis is that Global Warming stopped around the turn of the Millenium, some say 1998, some say 2000. Either way all argee that it was warming from 1975 to 1998, so your bet is dishonest. Make it 15 years and you're on.

Al

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NASA 'nauts have a go on Star Trek replicator IN SPAAAAACE (sort of)

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Re: Hmmmm Chicken and Egg

Why not Xemself?

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: Hmm, it's small

Price is correlated to marketing, and has nothing to do with quality. Otherwise Samsung phones would cost more than IPhones.

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Re: Apple Sense

Apparently it comes with Office 365, so the software is fine, it is just that the hardware is insufficient to run it properly. Not Microsoft's fault, although maybe they should refuse to install their OS unless there's 4 GB RAM installed.

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

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Re: Hydrogen? Milk Bottles

"Its far far cheaper for me to buy bottles full of beer than it is to buy empty ones in the UK."

Talk about First World Problems! You're complaining about that? The third world would love our market economy if their despotic leaders and the UN (Including the IPCC) would let them have one.

Solution: swap your full ones for my empties: the market works!

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Carbon Sinks:

Yes - the answer to Carbon pollution is Carbon Sequestration by fast-growing young trees, binding that nasty CO2 into sacred-to-greenies timber. If I can describe to you a plan that will lock vast amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere for hundreds of years and will consume no arable land or threaten food production and will create new jobs and exports for our economy, do you think that would be a good idea?

Forests are very efficient at converting CO2 into wood in the first fast growing 20-40 years, after which carbon capture tails off. “Old Growth” mature forests are almost useless for this purpose.

The Farmers are afraid Governments will fund continuously expanding plantations of new growth to keep forests locking carbon in place, but the same result in Carbon capture can be achieved without putting any new land into forest, by better managing what we already have in bush. We also have a problem of increasingly dangerous forest fires caused by excessive fuel loadings in unmanaged forests. The answer is not to put more land into forest; it is to mill the "old growth" forests that are no longer pulling their weight in Carbon capture. Whether the wood is used for house framing or exported as lumber, pulp or fibreboard, it is out of the Carbon cycle, potentially for hundreds of years. Even if it is made into disposable products like paper, that remains in landfills for hundreds of years. Landfills should also be recognised as carbon sinks.

Then the new planting that Greens want will be on the newly felled land, replacing the lazy "old growth" trees with fast growing carbon-binding new trees. In Australia we could replant with specific species of Eucalypts that Koalas like to eat, thus expanding their habitat at the same time. The tree felling, if done in strips across the prevailing summer wind direction, can also be used as fire breaks. It is all win-win! This will actually make money for the country, and is much cheaper to introduce than the untried technology of coal fired carbon capture at power stations.

Sold properly, we'll have Tasmanian greenies protesting for more pulp mills to convert their forests into carbon sinks! And we would bring back a golden age of Forestry, strip felling vast swathes of bush with a clear conscience. I imagine the fanatical warmists would soon be demanding that we clear-fell 5% of our national parks each year to attain our Carbon reduction targets, by sequestering massive amounts of carbon into lumber.

Smart people can probably add a bunch of improvements to these this fairly basic concepts, but the objective is clear - scrub CO2 out of the air to off-set our coal burning power stations with new wood. Carbon sequestration is most easily achieved by converting trees into lumber and building houses out of it, then growing more trees on the same ground.

Just think of the slogans:

The Tree-fellers will be our new Eco-warriors!

Save the world thanks to Sawmills!

The chainsaw shall become a symbol of hope to the Carbon-phobic!

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Re: Nuclear

No - A Maunder minimum would in the normal course of events lead to a little Ice Age such as froze the Thames each winter for several decades in Medieval times. This should put the final nail in the coffin of Global warming.

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SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION

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Holmes

Re: I find this report...

Low Earth Orbit communications satellites for LEO Phone systems. They could be used to provide LEO Phone coverage in war zones where cell phones no longer work (due to a lack of surviving cell-towers).

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