* Posts by Tom 13

7611 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Chinese coal blamed for global warming er... cooling

Tom 13

Well, you have a few choices here:

1. You misread the data.

2. You lied about the data.

3. You were smoking something that isn't even legal in The Netherlands before you read the data.

Because the data are in point of fact not stable, and correspond well with the warming and cooling trends. As is proven out be similar warming and cooling trends on Mars and even Pluto.

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Re: complex system

Agreed. And the point we "deniers" are trying to make is that when the system involves 10,000 variables, it is pointless to concentrate on only one of them, particularly when you have identified at most 50 of the variables.

Feds on trail of LulzSec raid Ohio house

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No need to worry about the police going lax.

Other hackers are already on the case. THEY won't quit so the police can't either. It's an embarrassing when the amateurs do better than the pros.

Microsoft floats 'site-ready' IE10 preview

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If Mozilla is giving Enterprise the big FU

it's not like there are a lot of other options. Business need:

1) Widespread adoption of a consistent platform

2) Stable predictable release cycles so planning and testing can be performed for updated software.

3) Transparent standards for coding the systems.

Mozilla provide 1 and 3, and until recently had 2. Granted there wasn't much business adoption, but now there will be none. MS have 1 and 2 down cold, and like it or not, as far as most businesses are concerned, they meet requirement 3 as well.

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Wish I could give you

5 thumbs up for that post.

Oracle: 'Google owes $2.6bn in damages'

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I think they should award $1 to Google,

and then make them pay each other's lawyers fees. With court oversight on payment of the lawyers fees of course.

Samsung runs to the ITC to seek Apple ban

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Pre 2008 that would have been true,

this is post 2008. Although since it's Korea instead of China it's a 50-50 thing for Samsung.

Mastercard blitzed again in further DDoS attack

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Hope he likes orange jump suits.

MS advises drastic measures to fight hellish Trojan

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If they don't include the DVD with the PC,

they [b]do[/b] include an ISO, along with instructions to make one from the ISO after you finish the initial registration. Still your own FAIL for not having one.

ICO orders release of (mostly useless) weather station data

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Just because there isn't a better data set

doesn't give them the right to bollux it up and then proclaim it is "good". Moreover, if it IS the definitive data set, all the more reason access to it should be given to all and not restricted to the high preisthood of the Cult of AGW.

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If you can't feed the same data into your model and get the same result

it is NOT science. They have a journal out there for stuff like that: The Journal of Irreproducible Results. I hear it's even peer reviewed.

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If the data, methods, decisions, and all other items necessary

for a third party to duplicate the results are not PUBLICLY available, it isn't science - it's either a scam, a patent, or a trade secret. And there seem to a fair few who regard at least one of those as a redundancy.

You have to have standards – or do you?

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Doesn't even need to be AFTER the fact.

Just the reality that somebody stands to have an advantage over a competitor makes them just as bad even when they ARE meeting before the technology has been adopted. The fights over whether gold or lead should be the standard electrical connectors when I was tech writing for a start-up consortium were true long knife fights. Worst part was, in the end it was a good bit like deciding whether you were driving on the right or left side of the road, at least from the technical standpoint.

NATO site hacked

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And how exactly would you tell

that Wikipedia had been hacked?

Oracle's Android claims slashed by US patent authorities

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And occassionally they screwup in reverse.

First job I had one of the engineers had turned in a patent application and was turned down. He made the mistake of assuming that because he was turned down, that patent office had done their work correctly. When I became employed one of the things he set me about doing was filing away paperwork associated with some patent applications. As I was doing so he looked at the art for application the patent office said invalidated his claim. Turned out his process removed a machining operation, and therefore was a legitimate new patent. But the time had long since passed for protesting the decision.

Likewise, it isn't only the US patent office that makes lousy technical decisions. One of the things they did have a patent for used a compressible fluid chamber. Theirs was a cylinder. Somebody in France took the same design, changed the cylinder to a v-shaped container, and claimed it was both independent and superior. Point of the chamber was to provide a damping load for pressure changes, so the shape didn't matter. Company didn't have the money to fight in France so they gave up.

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While agree about the outcomes,

blame has to start at the right place - Congress. I worked at a place where the first patent was turned down by the patent office. So they went back, rethought the application, applied under a different variation, and got through. First one was on a pure new idea application, second one was as what I regard as the functional equivalent of a trademark. If there weren't so many categories in which you can file, it might be easier to maintain reasonable proficiency standards.

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Not a lot.

Payment was delivered in full about 3 years ago.

Judge lets Apple keep secrets from Samsung

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Um, no.

The precise point of his post was that under the legal system, the other company gets to see your design in order to refute the arguments your lawyer presents. Under his proposal, that isn't true, only the arbiter does. It's still bollux, because all IP laws have become bollux.

ITIL struggles to catch up with private cloud

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I have my ITIL v3 cert, but still haven't

been employed in a shop that implements ITIL. What I learned looks like a good framework for organizing IT processes. What also seemed obvious to me is that implementing ITIL will magnify management: Good management will get better, bad management will get worse.

The one place where management still seems to get hung up is on Change Management. I've come to believe there are three types of Changes: Standard Changes, Semi-Standard Changes, Full Changes. Standard Changes are things like activating an internal network port. You do them routinely, the risks are well defined, the recovery process is well defined, and as long as you stay within your provisioning margins not a problem on that front either. Semi-Standard Changes are things like applying monthly MS patches - mostly routine but a little bit different each time, requires a bit more thought on risks, usually requires some testing both pre- and post- install. Full Changes are things like standing up a new SAN. Full risk analysis is required, as well as a extensive testing. Standard Changes should be implementable without the requirement for prior approval although they still need to go in the CMDB, Semi-standard require a light to medium review, and Full Changes require the full blown CMB review and at least a 14 day lead and an expectation that the process will require a month or more depending on the actual extent of the change.

Apple, Google, Microsoft seek gargantuan tax break

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Nope, it failed last time because it was a one-shot deal.

Despite the name, this is a permanent deal. That changes behavior. And I for one expect the people who run the companies in which my retirement money is invested to be working hard to keep it away from money sucking leeches.

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Taxes are NEVER paid by corporations, regardless of the rate set by govt thieves.

They are ALWAYS paid by consumers. Companies merely act as government collection agencies, plus take their commission for collecting the taxes.

Back to gaslight, coal and steam power - it's the future

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Looks potentially interesting.

But bottom line it for me: What are the current projected costs to use this technology commercially?

Mozilla cranks out Firefox 5 with cross-platform 'Do Not Track' feature

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I'm not using alphas and it nuke one of mine this morning.

So yes, Mozilla do need to take a F-off attitude to the Chrome schedule. If it makes sense for the user community, yes go ahead. But not soley to keep up with the Do Evil boys.

LulzSec disavows alleged Census hack

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Foreign companies?

Hell, I don't even really want the government handling it.

Tom 13

While I realize that a complete fork

to separate Merkin from Channel is a fond desire of many, it isn't esoteric on either side of the pond. And it is important to get correct.

Google bypasses admin controls with latest Chrome IE

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Maybe not just a question of ethics.

Someone has posted a question about the Computer Misuse Act for your side of the pond. I'm thinking DCMA on mine.

Custard pie activist slams IPCC 'grey literature' habit

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ROFLMA - He said

"Berkley" and "climate skeptic" in the same sentence without a negative between them.

Foxconn staffer jailed for iPad IP theft

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I guess it is a bit more embarassing

when the fake beats the real thing to the market.

World braces for domain name EXPLOSION

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I thought it always ends

in fire.

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Now there's a battle royal

Apple vs Apple vs The apple growers associations.

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I'm sure Anyonymous would do it just for the LULZ, if only they could do it anonymously.

And of course you have the option if .is[excrement] and then you sell of subsites to plonkers who want to [brandname].is[excrement] to bitch about [brandname].

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But you should only have to do that a couple of times

before you know which one to type. My favorite would be hp.com, because its shorter than typing any of the search engine names.

Bitcoin collapses on malicious trade

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Reminds me of a plot to a Maverick show

He bought shares in a defunct mine to use for a confidence scheme because it was cheaper than printing new notes. And added to the plausibility of the confidence scheme in the process because the sole holder DID make some money off it.

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I think they are participating in

some kind of libertarian exercise. And reaping the concomitant rewards.

Libertarians make interesting observations about personal freedom and we ignore those observations at our own risk, but as arbitrators of what works in complex society they are failures.

SpaceX goes to court as US rocket wars begin

Tom 13

Well, that is when

the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator kicks in isn't it?

Citigroup breach exposed more accounts than first claimed

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If I get a letter from Citi,

(which I think under my State Law they are required to send me if I was affected) I will be contacting a truly Burkean lawyer to represent me in suit against them. And I will most vociferously object to being modified into a class action. The means to prevent this particular hack are covered in Web Design 001, not 411.

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Ah, the uninformed commetard.

Go read the linked articles for how the accounts were "hacked." Quite honestly, this particular vulnerability doesn't even rise to the level of Script Kiddie, let alone "hacker" in the current parlance. Here's a hint: the so-called hackers didn't have access to the backend in the sense that they could scarf a copy of the database to peruse at their leisure.

Man says he lost $500,000 in virtual currency heist

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If you are keeping $300,000 at your house

you are keeping it in small bills which will be easy to carry.

And yes, I know EXACTLY how big a pile of $300,000 in cash (mostly $20 bills) is, because I'm the poor sod who once had to walk into a bank carrying a box with half that amount in it to make a deposit. Not something I planned to do, and not something I plan on ever doing again, but it isn't as large as you think it is. Although I will grant the looks on their faces was almost worth it. And I was told it would take them the whole day to count it, even though we'd done so in less than 3 hours.

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Gold and Silver aren't in a speculative bubble.

They are in Fear mode. People are buying both because they fear the coming collapse of the existing fiat currencies. Whether or not they eventually decline is dependent entirely on removing that fear. Even then it is arguable that they will be worth more than they are today. Only reason I'm not investing in them is that I'm maxed out on the debt front and working to pay that down.

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Depends on the size of the bills.

I could easily walk out with $300,000 in my backpack if I'm carrying bundles of $100 bills. On the other hand, carrying away $300,000 in gold, even at today's prices, will require a fair bit of work.

Groupon hug from small businesses? Not so much

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The only place I see their ads is Facebook.

Enough said.

Adobe patches critical bugs in Flash and Reader

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Son't worry.

They've been telling people about Foxit for years. Hasn't changed the numbers much yet, doubt it will this time either.

Creationists are infiltrating US geology circles

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You are welcome to try it.

I think you'll find we shoot better than you do. Even if you get the BATF to sell you the full automatics as part of their Fast and Furious program and all we have are our deer rifles.

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And that would be how Plato managed

to keep his "science" pre-eminent until the the time of Galileo and Newton. Convinced that heavy objects fall faster than light ones, there was no need to listen to the doubters who advocated other absurd theories.

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Except of course that Darwin was effectively arguing the opposite:

that certain species arose on the islands because the environment was driving those changes.

Oh, and it's not the global lords of the economy starving people, because they don't exist. It's the local warlord, who actually does.

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Actually, dog breeding doesn't really work either.

Take any class of pure breed, the ones where they have the specific records for the genetic chain, and you will find some congenital defect which afflicts that species.

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Steven Newton got one bit wrong in the quoted matter.

A Young Earth is not critical to Creationism. For the Creationist, evolution is known to be false because death did not enter the world until after Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Evolution depends on death well before that event could have occurred. Evolutionists on the other hand ARE rather dependent on the Old Earth hypothesis. Without an Old Earth (in point of fact, a very, very old Earth), there is insufficient time for variance yielding the full realm of observed species. And one of the things observed during the Mt. St. Helens eruption is that both erosion and material deposition can occur far more quickly than the steady state rates assumed to derive the initial Old Earth dates. These might not yield a 10,000 year old Earth, but they could shave a few million years off the Old Earth estimates, which is far more damaging to the religion of evolution.

Far more problematic for Creationism is continental drift. There is no observed phenomena that sufficiently speeds up drift to account for the distances involved there.

Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade

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Even more relevant that not having the money

to pay for food, is that if you look at most of the places where there are starving people, they have dictatorial governments that stop charitable organizations from going in and 1) distributing food, and 2) teaching them how to grow their own food.

Facebook hurls insults, punctuation at growth slump report

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If Facebook hadn't set many default options to share with Everyone

in the last year or so, you might have a point. But, like Google with Buzz, they did.

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Yes, what is it about people posting

what they had for dinner to Facebook? A number of mine do that.

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