* Posts by david 63

365 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jun 2009


In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

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Last time I looked (about a year ago) Norwegian Air was offering free wifi...

Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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Re: windows

I think putting windows on it kinda misses the point.

The pi is their to encourage geekiness not swell the number of people who can use a WIMP to launch applications.

Which does lead me to wonder how many of the 5m are sitting on shelf somewhere because it's too much effort to make it 'do something'

Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: damn

Yep, I upgraded from a fried model A to a B+ two weeks ago.

Then bought another model A last week because the B+ didn't fit my custom made housing.

Now trying to justify this one. Perhaps, I'll skip my starbucks for a week to pay for it.

'Look into my eyes: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... so worried'

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It is very important to ask the people what they are thinking. This will steer the politicians to enact policies which are democratic. That is, reflect the will of the people. There are a lot of people out there who would love to subvert this, I'm not one of them.

Unfortunately the scientists have lost credibility. That's why no one is listening any more.

I'm sure there are people doing good work in this area but unfortunately they are drowned out by the vocal few who keep telling us it is the end of the world. Well we've been listening to that for 30 years and it is getting a bit stale.

Global temperature is not behaving as predicted

Global sea ice is not doing too badly

We haven't seen mass extinctions (a snail that miraculously did a regeneration from nothing as I recall)

The climate refugees seem to be staying put

The planet is actually getting greener

Crop yields are looking good, they'd look better if we weren't turning food into biofuel

Gav and his mates would have got away with the '2014 hottest year ever' guff 50 years ago. It is largely the work of public opinion that brought to the fore the admission that there is a 72% uncertainty to the claim and that difference was well within the error bars.

So aiden, given these failures who do you think should make the decisions for you and yours? I think it should be you. Not a scientist with tenure to protect on the other side of the world.

Of course policy makers should listen, but listen critically. Which is in their heart of hearts is what they do. Sure they will turn up to climate conferences and make promises they have no intention of keeping but that's part of the job description.

Ultimately if you want to sit in the dark, waiting for the wind to blow, that's your choice, but not one you should force on me and mine.

Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Experts?

This needs to be updated to take in the upper house. Can't be any worse than what we have.


Scientific consensus that 2014 was record hottest year? No

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Re: Satellites say no.

The term medium certainty was discussed in the climategate emails and it was decided the lower threshold should be 34%.

I have offered anyone who accepts this a little wager. If you are medium certain that a dice will come up 1 or 2 we can play a game:

Every roll that comes up 1 or 2 I will give you £1.30 (because 34% is more than 33% I'm giving you odds)

Every roll that comes up 3,4,5 or 6 you give me £1.00

After we have done 20 rolls you can decide to stop or continue. I'm happy to play until your money runs out.

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Satellites say no.

The elephant in the room is that neither UAH or RSS is claiming hottest year ever.

I wonder why we put them up there if their data is less reliable than the ground stations.

And it now turns out that there is a 38% certainty on the hottest year ever based on adjusted land station claims...that should have at least been used to caveat the press release rather than having prised out a 2 weeks later.

Met Office: 2014 was fifteenth warmest on record

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Strange how people choose to holiday closer to the equator, and in summer too. Spending all that cash to go to unsustainably hot areas.

Don't understand it myself.

Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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I might be mistaken...

And I haven't got time to check right now, but in copyright law isn't there provision for 'Quoting'

Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: "a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied"

"Are you seriously suggesting all databases can be replaced with text files?"

No one said that.

But I'm suggesting the registry could. It's a list of parameters. Show me anything that needs relational integrity or any other database type feature.

It's always been a buttpain. It doesn't get cleaned up properly unless you use 3rd party tools so it bloats.

And the fact that running code from it is even allowed is a serious enough flaw that it should be deprecated, locked from further use and left to die.

Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: No Surprise


I think you may have fudged some numbers...

6,000ppm is no where near as lethal as you have suggested.

You need to get to 20,000ppm before the effects are apparent.

80,000 to 150,000ppm before there is a danger of death.

From http://www.ivhhn.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=84:

(1% is 10,000ppm)

Exposure limits

(% in air)

Health Effects

2-3 Unnoticed at rest, but on exertion there may be marked shortness of breath

3 Breathing becomes noticeably deeper and more frequent at rest

3-5 Breathing rhythm accelerates. Repeated exposure provokes headaches

5 Breathing becomes extremely laboured, headaches, sweating and bounding pulse

7.5 Rapid breathing, increased heart rate, headaches, sweating, dizziness, shortness of breath, muscular weakness, loss of mental abilities, drowsiness, and ringing in the ears

8-15 Headache, vertigo, vomiting, loss of consciousness and possibly death if the patient is not immediately given oxygen

10 Respiratory distress develops rapidly with loss of consciousness in 10-15 minutes

15 Lethal concentration, exposure to levels above this are intolerable

25+ Convulsions occur and rapid loss of consciousness ensues after a few breaths. Death will occur if level is maintained.

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Re: No Surprise

Oh dear. The "what if we made a better world for no reason" argument.

I don't know where to start.

david 63

Re: No Surprise

I'm glad you proper scientists know the heat is in the oceans.

The Met Office in its paper Implications for Predictions says:

"whilst the second report suggests that the recent pause in surface warming may, in part, be due to internal variability in the oceans and how heat is taken up below the ocean surface."

I guess the "may" and "in part" were put in there to instil some confidence?

Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

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Could be a killer combination...

...for me at least.

I like Nokia hardware and I like Android software. I will watch with interest...

Climate change will 'cause huge increase in murder, robbery and rape'

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Re: We'd better start spending the money on adapting...

I was being mischievous. I thought that might have been clear from the last couple of lines.

See this for my real views...


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Re: Will it also increase racism?

Yep, by the time the Siberians, Lapps and Inuit have got fought through the layers, the feeling has worn off ;)

(Bring it on offendatrons)

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We'd better start spending the money on adapting...

...instead of more modelling exercises.

40 years of action on global warming and the only effect has been raised taxation, more expensive fuel and a few people getting rich in the carbon credits market. CO2 continues to rise.

Renewables and energy storage still hasn't advanced in efficiency and looks to me like a busted flush.

Radical I know but if the science is settled and you must be mad to deny the catastrophe, and the absence of any way to mitigate world hydrocarbon use, further research into causes and effects is futile. 97%* of people who know about it are 95%** certain so let's take their funding and start building sea walls, irrigation/drainage schemes, desalination plants, nuclear power stations before it is too late.

Footnote: I have a couple of surefire investment opportunities. A citrus farm in Sussex and a vineyard in Lapland. DM me for my paypal details if you want to chip in...

*I know

**I know about this too

Antarctic glacier 'melted just as fast Long before human carbon emissions'

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Re: does it matter?

Every ton of hydrocarbon we don't burn China will burn for us.

French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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Re: Congratulations

Nancy boy windmills chopper in cam outrage...

Any subs jobs going?

(Hate away by the way I don't give a toss)

Bosses to be banned from forcing new hires to pull personal records

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I would be happy to give my employer my linkedin, twitter and facebook account passwords. I have already set up unused/innocuous accounts for this very purpose.

Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

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Names for sweets

My relatives from Sheffield always used to refer to sweets as 'spice.' Confused the hell out of me when I was a kid. I hadn't even read Dune then.

Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

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Re: Here's a suggestion...

While, their.

I only write this stuff, you don't expect me to read it too.

david 63

Here's a suggestion...

...solve today's problems today. Today's energy problems are fuel poverty and the real risk that the lights will start going out because we have an impending energy gap.

Whatever fiddling around with spreadsheets you want to do the uncertainties are too great. It's open to both halves of the debate to change a number here or there to make the answer support their arguments. And why they are all arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin the opportunity to address some real problems are passing us by.

Our descendants will have a better chance of dealing with there problems if they inherit a strong infrastructure and economy. If all the effort that was going into fiddling around with mitigations for a disaster that might not happen had gone into research into, for instance, new ways of using the limited hydrocarbon resources we have we would be in a better position in 100 years.

It is depressing that this is not going to happen. It seems everyone but Eastern Bloc and China are prepared to sacrifice their futures to the opportunity to keep the populace in fear and dependency.

BTW, the first person who says 'consensus' loses the argument, K?

Britain’s forgotten first home computer pioneer: John Miller-Kirkpatrick

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I worked on that copy of ETI and Computing today - just saying.

PEAK APP: After 2013, you'll NEVER again install as many – Gartner

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I think it was 1999 they said there was no more code to be developed. Muppets of the first order.

It's official: The iPhone 5S bling-mobe IS chavvy. OR, Burberry isn't

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Re: Hong Kong MTR

In England

Subway - underground walkway for crossing the road

Underground - trains but only in London

Metro - Local underground/overground in other cities

And lest we forget, until 1999 HK _was_ England ;)

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Re: £250

Went for an interview once and feedback said the office manager took exception to my M&S suit. I didn't get the job but took great pleasure telling yes, it was an M&S suit...but I got it at Oxfam. I don't suppose I will ever work at Toshiba now. Good.

Ha ha, Osborne, these Gov 2.0 web wranglers have wiped out UK debt

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Not very pretty...

...and also not very clever.

Nice to see my taxes are well spent.

WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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What happens if you search on...

..."how do I report abhorrent rape images" or some variant.

Asking for a friend.

UK discovers Huawei UK staff auditing Huawei kit: Govt orders probe

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It's ok...

...I've seen the exec summary of the audit report...

"Huawei kit arr light, no plobrem"

Well it is Friday afternoon.

Coat - got.

Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack forms foraging party

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I lead a foraging day for the local food festival...

...at the end the general consensus is:

* that leaves taste like leaves

* that you need an awful lot of leaves to satisfy you

* vegetable protein is almost impossible to find for most of the year

There is a reason that non agrarian civilisations were all meat eaters.

Climate-cooling effect 'stronger than volcanoes' is looking solid

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Ooooh look...

...insults from am anonymous account.


Posted Thursday 25th April 2013 10:37 GMT Anonymous Coward

Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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Want the police to arrive...

...phone from the same street and tell them you've recovered the your goods and the perp needs an ambulance.

The victim of a crime should never, never be placed in the wrong.

AMAZEBALLS: Buy a doomed Apple TV, get a replacement free

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Re: I'm still unsure...

Posted Wednesday 17th April 2013 13:03 GMT Frankee Llonnygog

No downvotes here but I guess it is horses for courses. I can kick off any of the applications I need with at most 2 clicks from my wireless mouse.

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I'm still unsure...

...what it can do that my retired pc running kubuntu connected to my telly can't do.

Cutting CO2 too difficult? Try these 4 simple tricks instead

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Re: Global warming is not only something in ONE lifetime...

<quote>It means that the coming centuries will be hotter.</quote>

Or colder, or stay roughly the same.

Parking ticket firm 'exposed private info' - ICO making enquiries

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Are registration numbers secret now...

...I must remember to cover mine up.

Climate change set to bumpify transatlantic flights, say researchers

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Pretty soon the only people who will be able to afford to fly are environmentalists going to the next conference so - meh.

Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Upsetting luvvies...

... #winning

Dongle smut Twitstorm claims second scalp

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Serial Offendee


Hopefully she will never breed because the thought of it will offend mightily.

Disks hek?

I have a 3" floppy and and a 5" hard one.

That Osbo bloke - he's on your Twitters. 'What a c**k'

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Microsoft cuts to core on BizTalk Server price hike

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Shooting themselves in the foot...

...maybe intentionally.

I suspect, at least in the UK, BTS is a loss making proposition. What better way to shed customers and minimise the impact of stopping support than to price themselves out of the market.

Global warming fingered as Superstorm Sandy supersizer

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Re: Stay with me here...

Look into my eyes and repeat after me "Warm weather was not predicted by the climate models"

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Whatever the cause...

... it looks like an accident waiting to happen


The 1938 hurricane would have had a bigger impact had it hit the Boroughs. And there are a lot more waterfront properties than there were then.

One thing is for sure sides of the argument will seize on this as using selective quotes to prove that is was/was not CO2 that caused it.

Note that I did not say climate change. The climate changes and it is definitely affected by people. The question in my mind is how the changes can be attributed to CO2 and the cost of the precautionary principle.


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Re: What, no photo?

My kinda rig.

Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Dark star and Rocky horror.

That's all

Trump, Beyonce and Sarah Palin in toxic doxing

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I only came here...

...because of the misleading headline. Now I've wasted 5 minutes of life I can't get back.

The supercomputers LIED: UK rainfall is rising, but won't drown our phones

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Well stripe me pink...

...it's not as bad as the models predict.

Who da thunk it.

First C compiler pops up on Github

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K&R c...

...was elegant and clean. I loved it. And the compilation was predictable. I could look at the object code and see exactly where it came from.