* Posts by Al Black

111 posts • joined 10 Jan 2012


Cheap 3D printer works with steel

Al Black

Re: This is not "post scarcity"

Buy up deserts for solar power farms? It would be less harmful to the environment to build more coal-fired power stations. Eventually Hydrogen Fusion will render both technologies obsolete, but right now Coal is the cheapest source of electricity (in places where hydro dams cannot be built).

Internet Explorer 11 at it again, breaks Microsoft's own CRM software

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Windows 8

Microsoft Version numbering has zero effect on users abandoning Windows, and there is little evidence that they are doing so on the desktop. On Phones and Tablets, the biggest player is Android, but that is because MS was too slow to develop an OS for Phones. Windows 8 is their belated effort, but shows promise. I use an Android tablet and am too smart to own a smart phone (a Nokia classic is fine by me) but really like Windows 8 on my Laptop. I think Windows 8.1 was a backward step, but I'm on it anyway to keep current.

MINING in SPAAAACE! Asteroid-scoopers? Nah - consumers will be the real winners

Al Black

The United Nations of Earth

"The UN decided that no one should be allowed to own anything up in space." Too bad they don't have jurisdiction there: Perhaps one day there will be a United Planets, a United Systems or a United Galaxies, although I hope not: I predict we will leave bureaucracies behind on the planet's surface, but will take our Capitalism with us wherever we go.

JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

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Re: Off-topic: Electric cars?!?

Yes, an electric car is only a coal-fired car at one remove since 90% of electricity comes from Coal-fired power stations, unless of course you are using clean green Nuclear Fission, in which case it's a fusion-powered car! I'll take CO2 emissions any day over enriched plutonium, thank you very much! I guess you could plug your Tesla sports car into a rack of solar cells and leave it to charge for a month or so between drives. For most of us, if we buy one of these expensive rich men's toys, we would plug it into the nearest power outlet, and suck the electricity straight from the Coal or Nuke.

Cleaner to burn petrol.

Why are we not developing Hydrogen-powered cars?

SPACE, the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of the star probe Cassini

Al Black

Re: I want a Neptune orbiter

Haven't you heard? Uranus was such an embarrassing name they decided to change it to Urectum!

Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

Al Black

Re: Floppy disk -- I've got one in the car

I had those on my IBM System 34: 8" floppies and harddrives the size of attache cases made of Plywood, with motors like a landrover starter motor, that only stored 16Mb but cost $30,000 each! Those were the days!

No mention of Borland's Geoworks either, a GUI OS that ran on a IBM PC XT, killed off by Windows 95...

Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

Al Black

Remember how illogical it was to click "Start" so you could shut down? Now you log off - very logical, before you see the shut down button. Just one example of why Windows 8 is better than any of its predecessors, and why I don't intend to (but will probably be forced to) install the 8.1 upgrade. One of the things I like most about Win 8 was getting rid of the Win 95 Start Menu. Even without a touch screen Windows 8 is my favourite OS.

A valid use for Windows 8?

Al Black

Re: My parents...

I agree - the learning curve for Windows 8 has been massively over-estimated. The Desktop tile means you are one click away from the Windows 7 desktop where I spend 95% of my time, and I just enjoy that the Windows kernel runs much faster that the "real" Windows 7 did on the same hardware. Tiles are easy to use, but don't have much attraction for old tech-heads who know how to navigate the Windows 7 OS. For new users, this may be all they will ever use, and the fact that they don't need to learn the OS, is what Microsoft are banking on. A Windows 8 PC will be an entertainment appliance for most users. My son says it is an X-Box without the controller.

CO2 warms Earth FASTER than previously thought

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CO2 likely lagged the increase in regional Antarctic temperature

"the increase in CO2 likely lagged the increase in regional Antarctic temperature by less than 400 yr and that even a short lead of CO2 over temperature cannot be excluded.”

They think that the CO2 increase may have occurred only 400 years after it got warmer, but the measurement error is high enough that they can't absolutely prove that the CO2 increase didn't occur before the warming. This is the first paper to cast any doubt on the accepted science that CO2 increases have lways lagged, that is came after warming, not the other way around. It doesn't cast much doubt: Essentially they are saying CO2 increase lagged warming by 400 Years +/- 400years.

This comment was probably inserted to avoid attack from warmists, so they could get their paper published: it just says "this doesn't absolutely disprove AGW."

In nature, CO2 increases always come after warming, as a result of the increase in living things: warming brings an explosion in life, generating more CO2.

Oceans gaining ACID faster than last 300 MILLION YEARS

Al Black

"Acidification" is Propaganda

pH values greater than 7 are called alkaline, whereas less than 7 are called acidic. So if we're moving from 8.2 to 8.1, what does that mean? Yes, the oceans are becoming less alkaline, rather than more acidic. It cannot be called acid till the Ph falls below 7. If the Ph has fallen by 0.1 in the last Century, and in the unlikely event that this were to continue (Peak Oil is due any day now, so fossil fuel burning is due to taper off; it cannot continue growing for much longer) , it will take over 1000 years before the ocean reaches neutral, the Ph of distilled water. The other thing this article ignores is that higher levels of CO2 in sea-water is actually good for coral, which converts the carbolic acid (dissolved CO2) into carbonates as it builds coral reefs, sequestering vast amounts of carbon in the process. This is one of the negative feedback loops which explains why the Global Warming stalled in 1998, and there has been no further warming since, although the last 15 years remain warmer than the prior decades of the twentieth century.


Intel ignores Steve Jobs, adds touchscreen to Ultrabook

Al Black

Ipad Keyboards

Then why is a plug-in keyboard and a stand to hold your iPad up such a hot seller? It is a must-have to convert the Ipad toy into a working tool.



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