* Posts by itzman

1642 posts • joined 28 Jun 2011

Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

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Re: Won't install properly

Anyone running Nvidia really should be using the latest drivers or you are missing out on many performance fixes (vulkan in particular )

Not true. Performance fixes are not the while story.

Things like the ability to restore a video session after suspend or hibernate are crucial too, and Nividias own drivers often dont play nice here.

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Re: Nemo ... Files ... pah!

It's just that Mate was the only thing I could find that would get me a proper classic desktop experience, and last time I checked Mint's version of it was (after a fair amount of un-mintifying) significantly more polished and free of aggravating sticking points than Ubuntu's.

Yup. Linux is the best engine and gearbox, Ubuntu is the best chassis, and Mate is the best interior and dials.

I'm staying with Mint because its supplies all three in a well integrated package.

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Re: My thoughts on this ...

Yep, mate for me wins over XFCE but not by much.

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Re: My thoughts on this ...What is it about file managers that developers find so difficult?

Creeping Featurism.

I run some sshfs mounted files on a very remote server.

File managers take minutes to display directories that 'ls' displays instantly.

Why? because they must needs download loads of information - even construct thumbnails - that is totally unneeded.

Why? Because people they think like to see thumbnail images rather than renaming files to something human comprehensible.

When all you have is a GUI everything looks like a clickable icon.

"My little pony Sep 2016.JPG" versus "DSG_0901893257.JPG"

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Re: My thoughts on this ...

Once upon a time, a friend of mine who built minicomputers met someone...

"I would like to Computerise My Company Stock Control'

......

He went along, spent a day studying what they did and then said 'OK'

'OK what?' '

'For what you do, the cost of implementation and staff training to use a database to replace the cardfiles is not worth the benefit, which would be precisely zero'.

(Stock control was a card for every item, with a number at the top - the part number and another number, which was how many items were left in stock, which you crossed out and reduced when items went out of stick to the shop floor or to customers.. When new stock came in, you made out a fresh card, added the number in the bin to the number in the shipment, and that was how you did stock control. I think it cost about £100 to set up, and staff training consisted in working with the storeman a day till you got the hang of sharpening the pencils, and subtracting one from any number.).

:-)

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

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Devil

if i didnt use the internet

I would never have known what this guy said or looked like.

Maybe he has a point.

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ZX Spectrum reboot project's Great Ormond Street charity cash questions

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Trollface

If you want to revive an authentic Sinclair product

You have to copy Sir Clive's business model as well.

This sort of behaviour is only to be expected.

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

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Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

..and that's just on the back of the RAC recovery truck.

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Machine vs. machine battle has begun to de-fraud the internet of lies

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Re: Consider the source(s) of your beliefs about Syria and Assad

No one in their right minds would use poison gas in Syria except as a false flag operation.

Its tactically almost useless and strategically a disaster.

It has marginal use as a terrorist weapon.

who deployed it and what their purpose was depends on which tinfoil hat you choose.

The only thing that is near certain is that whatever ever we are being told is not the truth.

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Re: Who could possibly design a good fake news algorithm?

Define good, by some objective standard.

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FAIL

More cat belling....

In order to discriminate or to build software that discriminates, one has to make a value judgement.

The question then arises...Whose values?

Net nannies set up by governments with agendas?

No thanks.

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

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Stability

Pith stability can always be achieved with a small short tail by making the nose heavier.

Up to the point at which the aircraft is essentially tailless.

Stability is achieved by the simple expedient of arranging longitudinal dihedral to be such that any increase in speed forces the nose up: In a dive, the nose is forced up, as the aircraft pitches up, it slows and the nose is pulled down by noseweight.

The key is that the aircraft CG should be ahead of the integrated effect of the surface area of all the aerofoils

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Re: I wish him well

Aren't they mathematically equivalent, it just depends on which you take as the fixed point about which things revolve

They may be at an armchair theorists level, but the practical problems that each design creates or solves are completely different.

Rotaries were simple to build, had very few moving parts, and were light for the power they produced.

But the problems of connecting fixed fuel tank to a rotating set of cylinders meant the induction system was via the crankshaft . Some engines only had one valve per cylinder

Contrariwise the radial cylinders did not spin and therefore had less efficient cooling. And no chance to put an overhead camshaft on!

All these designs were explored, and which one was best was often down to trivial details of material science. Indeed the jet engine was held back from its initial theoretical design in the 1920s by the simple problem of finding materials and bearings that could take the high RPM and temperatures in the engine.

Indeed heavier than air flight itself is contingent on one simple bit of engineering: A power plant that delivers somewhat more than about 10W/lb (total airframe) weight. (A typical light aircraft of today is around 70-W/lb) That power is needed to essentially offset in rate of climb terms, the rate of sink of the airframe in a glide.

And of course to get up there at all, takes more power than that

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Re: I wish him well

Rotary. I dont think there were any radials at that time. The early WWI aircraft nearly all used radials or big straight 6s or V8s.

MM I lie. Radials did exist - the Bleriot had a 3 cylinder radial - but the technology of the time favoured rotaries or water cooled inlines and Vs

Radials came into their own in the 1920's and were probably the best type of WWII engine, if for no other reason than aircooling rendered them less vulnerable to battle damage to the radiators.

The DR1 was equipped with an Oberursel Ur.II 9-cylinder rotary engine developing 82 kW (110 hp)

Basically a copy of the Allied Le Rhône rotary units.

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Trump sets sights on net neutrality

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Re: I'd equate Trump to Hitler but...

Trump isn't an animal loving vegan.

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WikiLeaks exposes CIA anti-forensics tool that makes Uncle Sam seem fluent in enemy tongues

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Are there no honest spies left?

I mean you used to know if they spoke with thick german accents, they were German, or at least Bristsih actors with colds.

Now who knows what to believe, or who to trust?

It really is...most unsettling.

Anyone else noticed that whatever icon you select, a troll shows up?

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How to leak data from an air-gapped PC – using, er, a humble scanner

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Re: Is this some James Bond-esque fantasy ?

April 1 come early this year?

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

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AVERAGE IQ is now 80...

compared to the 1950s, as its clear that people who gain their whole experience of life from man made data in a man made cities have no intelligence at all when it comes to the real world.

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

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WTF?

Since ISPs have to use dynamic IP addresses to cope with the IPv4 address shortage, a user's address changes, making it harder to track them over time.

ER, what? The days of dial up modems are long gone squire, everybody is on;lune 24x7 these days, so you need as many IP addresses as there are customers.

There is no logic to using dynamic IP addresses for most ISPs.

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Thank heavens the wrangling over BT's Openreach separation has ended

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Re: "where Openreach’s profits go,.. back to the BT Group. The group's budget..controlled by BT."

Yup. You saved me making the exact same point.

I suspect that rather than face years of EU appeals Ofcom decdied to take the best deal it could voluntarily get - for now.

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BT agrees to legal separation of Openreach

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Big Brother

What about BT wholesale though?

Currently openreach products and services are supplied by BT wholesale IIRC.

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Iconic Land Rover Defender may make a comeback by 2019

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Re: Needling me?

you dont think the fact that Japan is the nearest industralized country might just have something to do with it?

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

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The stupid thing is....

If you can watch it on a screen. you can copy it.

Even if its just a video recorder plugged in where the display card and sound card comes out.

Wholesale piracy, the sort that loses millions, isn't going to be stopped by DRM

But the odd consumer wanting to watch a show later on, will be.

The compact cassette destroyed the music business. I know. I was there. We had a decade of the cheapest most dreadful music there has ever been - punk - simply because no one wanted to invest in albums that would instantly be copied. Then someone had the bright idea of giving the recordings away for free, and charging for live performances instead! Radical!

The problem is the industry wants its cake and to eat it as well., They want to give ready access to people, to make it easy as possible so they can sell movies, rights, advertising space etc. But they dont want to simply give it away as a loss leader.

I buy books now. Why. Because E-books cant be lent, can't be carried with you unless you also buy a particular piece of kit, which is not how I want to read them... I was buying e-books till the DRM got so bad I couldn't even download them without some proprietary kit. I would still be buying e-books. I can afford a few quid for a decent read.

The answer is to have paid services like netflix and accept that at some point someone is going to record off them and swap films with mates.

Just like they do with DVDs.

And go after the major profitable pirating organisations and leave the students alone.

The reality of the medium is that its copyable. Learn to live with it. Copyright is, today, completely unenforceable. That is the lesson the music business had to learn with the demise of the 'studio album' bands.

Find another way to make money.

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I have given upo trying to read paid for e-books

Because DRM makes it impossible to read them in the way that I want.

Foot, in the shoot self?

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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Well there is a simple answer to all of this

WE were assured back in the day that electricity from nuclear fusion would be too cheap to meter.

I'll get my coat...

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One IP address, multiple SSL sites? Beating the great IPv4 squeeze

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You dont need a reverse proxy to do this

Simply set up e.g. apache to direct ALL https traffic to a script, inspect where the user thinks he has got to and vector to the appropriate web pages.

Of course it breaks the authentication of HTTPS whichever way you do it. https expects that a single IP address will be a single authenticated object.

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Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

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Re: Well, it's final then

MS has no reason to port, they already have a perfectly good kernel.

And what is ejected from my rear is manna from heaven, too

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What MS should do

Is build a windows API shim on top of linux, and stop trying to pretend they know how to write operating systems

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Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

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Re: Works for cities

Works for rural areas too. Just costs more

Actually as far as goods rather than peole go, an automated packet switched network works beautifully.

When enough packets for a given direction are assembled off goes a pool vehicle.

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

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Mushroom

Id be happy if it didn't constantly crash with 'a script is...'

Its getting more unstable every release.

And no faster

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Re: Replacing Linux with Windows, based on *cost*?

Good lord. What more can a mail client do than fetch,read,archive, compose and send e-mail

I cant think honestly think of a decent tyre for my car these days. They are all black round and smell of synthetic rubber.

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'Grey technology' should be the new black

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IT Angle

its a total farce.

1/. trying to find a mobile hone for a 90 year old. no smarts. found one with big keys, but the instruction manual was in such small print that the only option was to scan it and blow it up to a readable font

2/. new iphone 5 for 75 year old. instructions 'insert sim card in phone'. That took over an hour before the totally obscure means to do this was revealed by a google search on an already working computer..

Its not just the elderly: I am an IT professional, but frankly the IOS/android metaphor is badly implemented and shoddy as hell.

The consumer-tech emperor has no clothes.

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UK ISPs may be handed cock-blocking powers

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Who is 'Corbyn'?

I must have done. Who is 'Corbyn'?

Is he on some reality show.? I never watch those.

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Trump lieutenants 'use private email' for govt work... but who'd make a big deal out of that?

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yes, you are wrong..

because all those thumbs down are a consensus and as we have proved from climate change, a consensus is by definition right, in a post truth, 'truth is relative to culture', world.

If enough people stop believing that the sun will rise, it won't. if 97% of democrats believe that the world will come to an, end it will.

In fact, the signs are that for them, it has.

So There

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Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

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Re: Vi and Vim are the spawn of Satan

If you were a nerd, sitting at your own computer, writing to alt.flame, you used emacs.

If you were a highly paid software contractor visiting many *nix equipped sites, you bloody well learned vi, because it was the only editor you could guarantee was on every *nix system.

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Re: Ah - the good old days

George R.R Martin apparently uses WordStar 4.0 to write GoT

Is that an endorsement, or a criticism, though...

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Linux is part of the IoT security problem, dev tells Linux conference

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Re: Rolling your own vs. getting Linux

Well, let's get coding.

The OS is less of a problem than device drivers...

But they could be linux compatible.

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Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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Re: Linux Noob question

Are you sure its not supported?

Many wifi chipsets use 'proprietary' drivers that have to be installed specially.

MATE has a 'Driver manager' to make this easier

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Re: Why the negative title?

I've had things break because they were the latest and I've had things break because they were not the latest.#

Everyone wants the One True Rule.

I prefer Linux....

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Networks in 2016: A full fibre diet for UK.gov

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i'd be happy to get more than 6Mbps

..in a populated village...

Neighbour can't manage 2Mbps..

line powered DSL repeaters would be simple.

But BT wont.

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Re: An easy first step

Even on a sunny winters day, my small PV array can generate enough KWh to give my car enough charge for around 10 miles of travel.

How many sunny days are there in winter?

about 5 in December...

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Those online ads driving you bonkers are virtually 'worthless for brands'

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Re: Puzzled

I have observed two people buying products that are heavily advertised 'because they are better'

I am afraid it works.

In my case, I try never to buy anything that is heavily advertised.

I sometimes wonder if i am in fact simply failing to remember stuff I have been bombarded with.

I feel proud that no website I have ever built features adverts, or even cookies unless needed for transactions of some sort.

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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

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Re: Can we blame Putin for Brexit too?

Never mind that. Have you seen the temperatures recently? Putin has even stopped Global Warming! The man is a monster!

Worst of all, 97% of experts don't know whether Putin is the result of Climate Change, or Caused It!

Quelle Horreur!

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Re: We've all known for ages ...

That people who say that 'we've all known for ages', are actually voicing a vanishingly small minority opinion.

Except this time. This time I am of course COMPLETELY CORRECT.

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Re: Can it just be over?

"all indications are that the economy is doing fine under her Democratic predecessor."

Don't send me no more postcards, no

Not unless you send them from

Desolation Row"

Try saying that in the rustbelts, to the mom and pop stores going under, to millions of people in flyover country who are NOT in well paid middle class jobs on the coastal strips.

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Re: firmly believing in something that does not exist is clinically a form of psychosis.

In which case our total sense of reality is a form of psychosis, as Quantum physics clearly demonstrates it's not 'really there' in the sense with which our 'psychotic fantasies' regard it as being.

The real issue, (to be revealed in my next paper 'metaphysics for a post-truth world') is which psychotic delusion you chose to pick.

And that in a nutshell, is what has happened with Brexit and with Trump. Substantial groups of people have decided not to adhere to the standard issue psychosis, and have picked - according to you lights - either a more, or a less, delusional and dysfunctional one.

And of course the key point of my paper, is not which is more true, but which in the end is sustainable and for how long. Boffing your enemies and ruling the world works, until you run out of enemies, when its sometimes tempting to invent them instead. If you like bossing biffing and ruling and strutting about.

(And for sure the Left does. More than the Right does).

Its a sea change in public consciousness. Get used to it. We have had 50 years of Leftism, and people are simply bored with it. Its past is sell by date. One look at Hillaries cadaver like visage and resurrected hairdo is enough to see that.

Of COURSE we will get fooled again. But for the time being is a blissful respite from moaning whining politically correct social justice warriors, and a strong clean smell of honest corruption openly declared, self interest and a rare and candid moment of almost honesty.

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" if the election was manipulated, there should be something done."

All elections are manipulated. The barrage of faux news from all sides that comprises the hustings, is manipulation.

As are the revelations, the legal actions the general fog of disinformation.

And at more local levels, one hopes, the direct frauds of non-existent people voting, or deliberate invalidation of voting slips.

This is not really an issue.

What is an issue is that when all that fails to deliver the results that rich and powerful people want, they seek to supplant the democratic process itself.

Leaving no option but armed insurrection to achieve 'regime change'.

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Re: Making facts the hard way

when someone has decades of experience in a special field they do know what they are talking about.

Another model based assumption totally at odds with the facts.

How many people who have been using computers for decades still really only have a hazy idea what an operating system is, and have almost no idea of security at all?

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Re: DNC - Remove the mote from your own eye

The Daily Mail, home of the clickbait headline? along with the express, the guardian, the telegraph, the bbc, sky news, fox news, the NYT....

In fact I don't think its possible to read a newspaper that isn't unashamed opinion and spin over a flimsy carcase of 'interpretable events'.

Dog bites man.

It was Russian dog.

It was too hot as a result of climate change

It was too cold as a result of climate change

It was being fed non organic processed dog food.

Its hard right owner trained it that way.

Its owner was a liberal pussy and hadn't trained it at all.

It has a deep seated Islamophobic temperament.

Its been repressed for years as part of a cultural attack on Dog Kind.

Its owner runs Linux...

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Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug – Gov Brown

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not

The basic — and may I repeat that? thanks: "basic, basic, basic, basic" — and irrefutable physics behind the blockage, absorption, and re-radiation of long-wave radiation by large, active molecules such as CO2, CH4, N2O, and the like, and how that blockage and re-radiation warms the troposphere, surface, and ocean in quite easily measurable and quantifiable amounts while concomitantly and measurably cooling the stratosphere, have been well-demonstrated for many decades.

Sadly their effect on climate - essentially zero - has also been demonstrated for many decades.

If you actually care to run the numbers, you will find that the physics alone gives almost no importance to CO2.

The AGW theory has had to 'improve' on the physics by adding the completely unjustified concept of 'positive feedback' whose presence should have been revealed by atmospheric hotspots and particular distributions of temperature that have absolutely never been observed.

'Climate sceptics' do not deny climate change, or the physics of IR absorption. And its significant that these are always the straw men used to discredit them.

In reality the 'climate deniers' are those who cling to theories based on a feedback system supported by commercial and political interests, but sadly not by the data.

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