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yes and no...

Doublespace got some hot lawyers and it cost Bill loadsamoney (I have a $45 million figure in mind - but I might be wildly wrong) - it didn't help that if you used a hex / binary viewer to look inside the comression driver executable there was a plain text copyright notice :-)

I thought it was particularly shitty of Bill and the crew - as they were going around small software houses with nifty products at the time and adding features to MS-DOS - in a "partner with us" sort of a way. They reviewed the disc compression software and handed it back with the comment - "ah.. we can do it in-house it's not as difficult as we thought"

iirc the guys at Doublespace gave up writing software and went on quite a self indulgent binge like lottery winners.

Somebody at Microsoft signed an NDA with Doublespace - just to button it down :-)

Not the worst bit of MS behavior though - Gates and Ballmer getting overheard by Paul Allen plotting how to cheat him out of his share of the company when they discovered he had Hodgkin's disease is probably the pinnacle....

Feb 17, 2018 at 12:09 AM | Registered Commentertomo

Is DEFRA in charge of Kyhgistan Energy Policy also ?
Residents left with no heating in -27C cold snap ..cos centralised central heating plant vbroke down for days

Feb 17, 2018 at 12:08 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Spectator warns about the war on plastics
... irritating that I'd have to pay £1 /month just to be able to make comments

Feb 17, 2018 at 12:05 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

That sounds like Saint Richard Branson driving his van full of records
to Holland and reclaiming the VAT and then driving back with them

but that was OK cos he paid £60K in back taxes for that

Feb 17, 2018 at 12:04 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

@tomo, Feb 16, 2018 at 7:13 PM

I remember back in the day when Microsoft got caught bang to rights doing *actual* software pirating with MS-DOS 6

The stealing disc/folder compression and bankrupting the firm they stole from?

Feb 16, 2018 at 11:45 PM | Registered CommenterPcar


reliving Pink Floyd circa 1968 "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" with some freshly harvested Himalayan Tomato leaf from the airing cupboard?

Feb 16, 2018 at 11:45 PM | Registered Commentertomo

"plate tectonics is set to Ice Age" - what stupidity is this?

Feb 16, 2018 at 11:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll


The other effects you mention are purely speculative.

I had to smile at that comment when talking about climate "science"

Feb 16, 2018 at 10:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterUibhist a Tuath


"Only the sun is a cause, everything else is an effect."

Yes. The energy input from the Sun drives the whole system.

What determines the temperature is how much energy remains in the system and how much leaves again.

Ultimately that is focus of the scientific debate. Temperatures are rising, as are sea levels. Ice is decreasing. These indicate that energy is accumulating.

Of the six control knobs plate tectonics is set to Ice Age, orbital cycles are set to interglacial. Albedo and solar insolation are set to slight cooling. Land use and GHGs are set to warm.

How much do you expect to spend adapting? So far Miami Beach is spending $100 million on flood defences against rising sea levels and New York $20 billion. That is protecting 9 million people at $2200 per head. Multiply that up to the 2.8 billion people living near coasts and you get $6 trillion spent on flood defences alone.

Feb 16, 2018 at 10:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterEntropic man


On positive feedback, there are limiting factors.

Remove all the ice and all the ice albedo and you only reduce the albedo enough to produce a 5C rise, which would take the planet into Eocene conditions.

Increasing water vapour would-be expected to produce short term warming followed by an increase in low cloud cover. Increasing albedo then limits further temperature change.

It has been up to 10C warmer at various times in the past and runaway temperatures have not occured. We are probably safe as long as the Sun stays on the Main Sequence.

Feb 16, 2018 at 9:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterEntropic man

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