Re: Card cloning? What's that?
"most Americans are able to tie their own shoelaces"
I think most Americans havn't seen their shoelaces for a good few years, let alone be able to tie them!
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"most Americans are able to tie their own shoelaces"
I think most Americans havn't seen their shoelaces for a good few years, let alone be able to tie them!
"I remember the Vogons as being extreme beureacrats, not homophobes."
We are not great fans of sexual deviancy - unless it involves our grandmothers and / or moist peat, but I can't see anything referring to that in my original post? Or are all queers effeminate? - I must have missed that if so...
Naming a ship after effeminate men. How appropriate for the US armed forces....
" Nonetheless there are many reasons to be sceptical about the idea that humanity faces a disastrous 21st century of hugely accelerated sea level rises, crop failures etc if carbon emissions aren't massively cut."
No - there really are not. That isn't in scientific doubt. The only things in question are the exact timescale, and how bad it's going to get. The sea level keeps rising, the CO2 levels keeps rising, the average temperatures keep rising, etc. etc. We have just had the warmest 12 consecutive months globally since records began.
Lewis - take a free lesson from people who actually know the subject:
40GB != Infinity.
If you exceed your usage allowance, you'll be charged for any additional usage in units of 5 gigabytes (Gb), at £5.60 per 5Gb or part thereof, which will appear in your next bill, and you will be sent an email to let you know.
"they have no real understanding of *nix, and assume that proper operating systems are as trivially attacked as their system of choice"
Welcome to the 21st century. Obviously you have been away from Planet Earth for some time, but since you have been gone it's now the other way round. Windows generally has far fewer vulnerabilities these days than most enterprise *nix versions that are also on average fixed faster. Internet facing *nix boxes are also several times more likely (as per web site hacking figures) to be remotely exploited than Windows Server based ones.
"it's the extreme excursions in the opposite direction which are more difficult to explain (i.e. ice ages)."
No it's not. Milankovitch cycles.
""Our surveys indicate that the floes are much thicker and more deformed than reported by most drilling and ship-based measurements of Antarctic sea ice," "
So presumably the massive levels of Antarctic ice loss measured by the Cryogen satellite are even higher than we thought! That probably explains how it lost so much ice it even effected the planet's gravity: http://news.discovery.com/earth/global-warming/earths-gravity-dips-from-antarctic-ice-loss-141001.htm
"...does it run Windows?"
+1 - no interest if it only runs Android.
Hopefully Sky and Virgin will now provide similar full service options in the UK on Xbox One and PS4 without having to rent one of their STBs...
"Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record"
Right - so what? Hardly notable. Surely the fact that GLOBALLY we have just had the WARMEST 12 consecutive MONTHS SINCE RECORDS BEGAN in 1880 is of somewhat more interest?
"Climate change is always irreversible and always has been irreversible because the climate has never been static and never will be static. Even if all humans were to disappear tomorrow, the climate would still change."
But at a rate at least several orders of magnitude slower than that already caused by AGW.
The effects of AGW can be mitigated and slowed by taking action now. All the models show that minimising climate change now is far cheaper than the changes required to live with it if no action is taken...
"The report itself is characteristically alarmist in tone. For example"
But all those comments are entirely factual and as far as I can see have no emotive content. So stating the facts about AGW is now alarmist?!
Just make sure 'System Protection' is turned on, and then you can restore previous versions of files....
"So thanks to bitcoin this kind of activity can "get paid" with zero chance of tracing the recipients? They dont even have to set up dodgy accounts that they fill up, transfer and dump?"
So just like cash and Western Union money transfer then.
"and you are a believer in the warming religion"
A religion implies that faith is required. Whereas global warming is fact based:
The past 12 months—October 2013–September 2014—was the warmest 12-month period among all months since records began in 1880, at 0.69°C (1.24°F) above the 20th century average. This breaks the previous record of +0.68°C (+1.22°F) set for the periods September 1998–August 1998, August 2009–July 2010; and September 2013–August 2014."
That finally kills off the "It hasn't warmed for the last 18 years" cherry picked time range bollocks brigade.
Where intelligent people go to post"
So, presumably you are not intelligent then? Not that we needed any clues.
Until the latest warming figures?:
The first nine months of 2014 (January–September) tied with 1998 as the warmest such period on record, with a combined global land and ocean average surface temperature 0.68°C (1.22°F) above the 20th century average of 14.1°C (57.5°F). If 2014 maintains this temperature departure from average for the remainder of the year, it will be the warmest calendar year on record.
The past 12 months—October 2013–September 2014—was the warmest 12-month period among all months since records began in 1880, at 0.69°C (1.24°F) above the 20th century average. This breaks the previous record of +0.68°C (+1.22°F) set for the periods September 1998–August 1998, August 2009–July 2010; and September 2013–August 2014.
"Got a peer reviewed article on that? l'inq please."
"If you trace back from the present you will find that you can go back 18 years and find no warming."
Nope - we find a small increase. As per your graph.
"Go back 30 years and you will indeed find warming. But this is not my assertion."
So you admit that you make a meaningless assertion with cherry picked figures that don't reflect the longer term trend. Glad we cleared that up.
"I repeat again. Global temps haven't increased in 18+ years despite CO2 climbing steadily."
You keep saying that - but it's demonstrably not true as a quick look at any long term temperature record demonstrates. 18 Years ago was an exceptionally warm El Nino year and taken in isolation you might conclude that there had been only a little warming between now and then (but not none at all), however when you look at a larger data set, the continuing trend is clear.
The extreme level of obtuseness required not to realise this from only the most basic of research tells me that either you are incredibly gullible, or you are trolling...
"Sea-level rise is decelerating."
Between 1870 and 2004, global average sea levels rose a total of 195 mm, and 1.46 mm per year. From 1950 to 2009, measurements show an average annual rise in sea level of 1.7 ± 0.3 mm per year, with satellite data showing a rise of 3.3 ± 0.4 mm per year from 1993 to 2009.
"'Extreme' weather is not more common."
Climate scientists in Germany noticed that since 2000 there have been an “exceptional number of summer weather extremes, some causing massive damage to society”. So they examined the huge meanders in the high-level jet stream winds that dominate the weather at mid-latitudes, by analysing 35 years of wind data amassed from satellites, ships, weather stations and meteorological balloons. They found that blocking patterns, which occur when these meanders slow down, have happened far more frequently.
"Global temps have been flat for 18+ years."
Although the rate of increase in the globally and annually averaged temperature of the atmosphere near the surface has slowed since around 2000 compared to the rate of increase over the preceding three decades, near-surface warming of the atmosphere has continued. The 2000s were warmer than the 1990s, and the 2010s so far have been warmer than the 2000s, and upper ocean warming has accelerated.
"CO2 is 0.4% of the atmosphere it has no effect on global temps get over it"
"How bout this simply experiment anyone can do "
Perhaps you mean Precession...
"As the scientists say, the more we know, the less we understand"
Meanwhile the sea levels keep rising, the extreme weather gets more common, and the average surface temperature of the planet keeps increasing...
"... it very much looks as though the West Australian ice sheet"
Is that where they make Fosters Ice ?
"You are really struggling to put the case forward that Antarctica is losing land ice aren't you?"
It's loosing ice mass according to the most accurate measurements that we have: http://www.sciencepoles.org/interview/putting-antarcticas-ice-mass-loss-into-perspective
CryoSat data shows that the Antarctic Ice Sheet has been losing, on average, 159 billion tons of ice every year for the past three years (once CryoSat passed its commissioning phase). This is twice previous estimates of ice loss from the Antarctic Ice Sheet that were made during the last decade.
"The fact that sea ice is increasing is because it is colder than it has been."
That is not the main reason why sea ice cover is increasing - although due to regional or wind based variation it might be a partial cause for a specific season - the primary cause is believed to be due to reduced water salinity from increased glacial melting.
"The Earth hasn't warmed for > 18 years and counting."
The earth is most definately still warming. Particularly the upper oceans.
"CO2 meanwhile continues to increase.
Ergo. No connection between CO2 and global temperature."
But the earth is still warming. And more than we thought: http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2389.html
"Microsoft has released a preview"
So not final then. So not even beta. So how is this news? Must be a slow day in Reg Central...
"Powershell's commands are much longer"
No they are not - they have abbreviations too if you don't like the plain English approach...
"It's also based around objects (so it has to be better), rather than text which is so easy to read/save it must be crap"
You can use text - maintaining readability - but giving you much more power and flexibility then a non object orientated script. For instance it supports Inheritance, Polymorphism, Encapsulation, Constructors with parameters, Notes – read-write variables, Methods – scriptblocks, Properties with Get scriptblocks and optional Set scriptblocks, Static and Private Notes and Methods, etc.
"Advanced line editing? pah, that's for wimps - powershell doesn't need that - it doesn't even need working tab completion"
You must have missed PowerShell ISE: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd315244.aspx
"In this case the patent is for a hopeless kludge, desperately applied to try and keep relevant an appalling piece of software that was barely fit for purpose when it was first released."
I don't think much of Android either.
"How much would Samsung be paying Microsoft if Samsung was the US company, and Microsoft was Korean?"
The reason that Samsung pay Microsoft is that Microsoft spend a far higher percentage of revenue on R&D - and Microsoft accordingly have a much stronger patent portfolio.
Hence why Apple (a US company) have to pay Nokia (a non US company) similar patent fees....
"If you make an Android phone you have to pay Microsoft $3.29. If you make a Windows phone you have to pay Microsoft nothing at all."
And you also likely have to pay Nokia and Apple. But in this case Microsoft make more money overall - both from Bing search advert revenue - and from the Windows Store.
"Redmond flicks switch on Dropbox for VMs "
OneDrive for VMs surely ?!
Isn't this what Neutrons are made from? Surely then we already knew it existed.
"Sadly, to get the same effect a human would have to down 2,000 litres of the stuff a day (3,520 pints) to ingest the amount of xanthohumol used in the study for the same period"
Presumably best to use American beer then...
"But even Microsoft don't use touch screens with Windows 8.1 or so I heard from an acquaintance who was visiting them"
Actually, having a touchscreen in Microsoft is apparently seen as a status symbol:
"Who'd want a computer screen that is designed to be touched?"
Me - they work great with Windows 8. I have several touchscreen laptops / tablets - and a 23" touchscreen monitor on my main PC.
Not to mention Faux News: http://www.wpcentral.com/fox-news-adopts-windows-8-55inch-touchscreens-dwarf-humans
"PS4 owners aren't pikey movie pirates, we don't care about Cinavia or MKV (both of which are synonymous with movie piracy)."
LOL - you complete idiot - you clearly have no clue whatsoever. The PS4 forums are full of people complaining about it. Just because you waste your money on the copyright cartels, don't assume everyone else does. Statistics show that you are in a minority.
"Keep on dreaming that PS4 sales are going to slow. The Xbone only worthwhile exclusive (Titanfail) turned out to be an overhyped dud."
Again you just show yourself to be an uninformed idiot. Titanfall has sold over 2 million copies globally. That's over 500,000 more than Infamous: Second Son - on the PS4
Microsoft just released a media player for the Xbox One that plays pretty much anything (including MKVs!), supports DNLA media servers and is not Cinavia infected!
Once that becomes well known it will likely make quite a dent in the sales of PS4s. Not a good week for Sony.
"As the PS4 version of Minecraft was released last week. You would have thought they would have rushed the buy through and then canned it."
Microsoft have already launched their secret weapon for the Xbox One to attack the PS4.
The Xbox One now has a DNLA media player that plays all common formats including DIVX / AAC and MKVs - and does NOT include Cinavia malware! So presumably the same will follow for Windows at some point.
Full list of supported formats:
3GP audio, 3GP video, 3GP2, AAC, ADTS, animated GIF, .asf, AVI DivX, DV AVI, AVI uncompressed, AVI Xvid, BMP, JPEG, GIF, H.264 AVC, M-JPEG, .mkv, .mov, MP3, MPEG-PS, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 HD, MPEG-2 TS, H.264, MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-4 SP, PNG, TIFF, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, WMA Pro, WMA Voice, WMV, WMV HD.
"How likely is it that Huawei are worried by Microsoft owning Nokia"
Zero likely seeing as Microsoft do not own Nokia and have no known plans to do so. My Nokia shares are doing quite well :-).
""Virgin blocks flange" would be up there with the greatest newspaper headlines of all time. How about it Murdoch/Sun?"
Virgin Cock Block, surely.....
"Having issues playing audio is beyond stupid."
The audio works fine - that's utter bollocks. The music app was lacking a few features for a while and was a bit laggy to navigate, but that has already been fixed.
"I just got a Lumia 930,"
Me too. Orange / silver metal.
"On the looks front even he conceded that the 930 has it hands down."
And on the camera, screen and microphones too (4 microphone HAAC Dolby recording!)
"It's no surprise that Outlook doesn't play nice with third party servers"
Outlook plays fine with third party mail servers. It would be commercial suicide if a 3rd party mail server did not play fine with Outlook considering it has a 90%+ share of the mail client market.
"And IPv6 works very well for the places it was designed: Academia, test labs and enterprises with more money than small nations."
So just like where IP v4 came from then...
"that didn't change the fact that they were deliberately targeting civilians in a terror campaign. Hamas is no different"
Hamas is different - Hamas don't have precision guided weapons that the Israelis do, so are not able to differentiate. And they are in a concentration camp / prison with 1.8 people locked up inside.
Hamas much prefer to attack Israeli armed forces that civlians. If you look at the recent Gaza statistics, Hamas killed over 96% Israeli soldiers.
How much worse by your own standards than Hamas must be the Israelis - who do have precision wepaons - yet have killed over 80% civilians? The Israelis are cowards who would rather just bomb innocent peopel than fight Hamas directly on the ground.
"because many software companies can't be bothered to produce Linux versions."
You mean because there is no demand / market and people tend to expect everything for free on an Open Source platform.
"with Darling pressuring Salmond on the question of what currency Scotland would use if it gained independence. "
". First line of support always answer "upgrade everything to the latest versions of everything "
Microsoft first line might tell you to upgrade to the latest patch version / update / service pack of everything if your product is still in support. They don't nomally suggest moving to a complete new version unless the product you are using is out of support / end of life.