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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

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Re: On a lighter note. I wonder what his Secret Service code name is

mine's the one with the newly published Mein Kampf in the pocket
That wouldn't be Hilary's copy would it? Hers seems to have gone missing...

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Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

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Re: That's a bare faced lie

Linux + Samba was better even back then... YMMV.
Obviously you're a lot smarter than most of us then. How did you manage to get Pagemaker/Xpress, Photoshop and all the other productivity software we were running on NT4 or System 7 to run on Linux? I tried to set up printer sharing using Samba on RedHat and SuSE without success. So I contacted the Samba devs for assistance. They suggested I do what they were doing: share the printer from an NT4 workstation.

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@ DonL re InDesign under Wine

Something else you missed. While the rental version of InDesign runs under Wine, it doesn't support exporting to PDF. Since reputable bureaus insist on PDF for printing, or making film, that renders the program to all intents and purposes useless without renting Acrobat Pro as well and that only rates Silver under Wine.

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Re: Enough Whining.

And the newer version (CS6) is gold.
You might think of pay-as-you-go software is gold, some of us prefer to continue using what we have already paid for. There's no useful new functionality in the rental version (from my POV), other than a purported compatibility with Wine and automatic updates.

As things stand, InDesign 7 runs perfectly on w7 in a VM. Nor does it cost me an annual fee and risk not running on Wine when Adobe automagically upgrades the rented version.

Peripheral to this, GoldWave 5.x supposedly runs on Wine, but I couldn't get it to create a new file. It just crashes. Runs perfectly under w7 running in a VM on Linux Mint. Just because somebody, sometime managed to get a Win app to run under Wine doesn't mean everyone can.

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Created by ordinary office workers or business people, who do know a lot about their business but are not logicians and data analysts.

This is the "real" world, right; though a mathematician might say it is "complex".

BTDT and isn't retirement from it wonderful? :-)

Odd thing here is that I worked for a business that inherited a really crap flatfile FileMaker pro database. Hired a likely lad who turned it into a relational FileMaker Pro database at a cost of less than $AU10,000. It worked well. Similar business in a nearby country hired real professionals to do a "proper" job for their DBMS. They spent $AU10 million before pulling the plug on a system that never worked.

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Not only that, more proprietary software is also coming to Linux, e.g. VivaDesigner and PageStream (desktop publishing)
Viva Designer looks interesting so I have DL'd it to try. Not sure about software that needs a dongle to run the paid-for version...

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Re: Enough Whining.

With Wine:
You've been drinking too much chardonnay (is there such a concept?) Wine lists InDesign 7 compatibility as "garbage".

Nice try though...

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the days of significant functional improvement are over. Sadly it seems the same is true for Linux and Mac, too.
Which is presumably why the trend is removing functionality.

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Re: Really .....

You're the kind of user that could be easily p0wned and would never discover it...
While I swore black and blue to never, ever have anything to do with w10 after my initial experience, I had no choice when a friend handed me his teenage daughter's machine to fix in return for what he was doing for me (saving me a few hundred dollars).

The w10 machine was "protected" by AVG-free and absolutely loaded with malware. Replaced AVG-free with a decent paid-for AV I have a spare licence for and lo, the machine went from 5 minutes to boot to less than 30 seconds after disinfection.

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Re: That's a bare faced lie

Windows was *never* suitable for business.
Bullshit! NT4 was a decent OS and the only viable alternative, Mac System 7, lacked virtual memory and thanks to "co-operative" multitasking, work used to grind to a halt during print jobs.

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Re: Enough Whining.

"Linux is the way to go -- if you've got work to do."

So tell me, how precisely do you run Adobe InDesign on Linux? Or do you think that book publishing isn't work?

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St Jude patching Merlin@home heart kit

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I'm keeping a very close eye...

... on anyone who enters my bedroom with a toolkit and the laptop-like device that one uses to control the CRT-D. So far, so good...

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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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What's happened is that the political parties were hacked, and their dirty laundry was made public. A serious issue, but not the same thing.
However, the airing of dirty laundry does influence election outcomes. An example was when the CIA used entrapment to discredit Labor politicians in the Whitlam government. That's almost certainly what led to the following electoral loss.

Funnily enough, those pointing the finger were called conspiracy theorists at the time. Thirty odd years later, retired CIA agents were only too willing to spill the beans on Australian radio.

IOW, don't expect any sympathy from Australia. Some outside inluence on your election outcomes? Ah diddums!

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Facebook hires Hillary Clinton to lead assault on fake news*

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Re: Sharing is not Believing

You also forget that Darwinism has been put on hold by the Nanny state.
Really? The government passed legislation that brought natural selection (and presumably artificial selection too) to a screeching halt? Whoda thunkit? And why do you think they did it?

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Re: What about satire?

What concerns me is that good satire is almost indistinguishable from that which it satirises.
What concerns me is that it has become incredibly difficult to satirise what's actually happening. I do miss That Was The Week That Was

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Re: What about the mainstream media?

So, when are we going to get a facility for flagging up fake news in the Daily Mail, or the Daily Express, or even the Guardian?
Er, is one really necessary?

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Say what?

Facebook gives a big thumbs down to fakes and will throw engineers and ideas at to “for as long as it takes to get it right.”
Is that anything like dwarf throwing? Does being thrown at a "to" cause bruising and is it severe or mild? Curious minds...

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Re: Not sharing what tends not to be shared

I have a simpler algorithm, you don't want fake news, don;t read facebook.
I sincerely hope you don't have a patent/copyright on that. It's what I've been doing for quite some time.

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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

I am sure you will get your rethinking of climate zones.
I must admit I'm somewhat mystified by that statement. Tell you what, I'll make a deal. If the IPCC start using another climate classification system, then I will.

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not

I wouldn't say you are called insane anymore. Just 'a racist wanker' covers it nicely.
Because my father was an Ashkenazim? I think the shoe might belong on the other foot.

Isn't it amazing what passes for "scientific" argument among The True Believers?

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not

Seriously; glaciers _are_ retreating just about everywhere (and at an accelerating rate), and Arctic sea-ice is diminishing.
I M Bahuguna et al studied changes to 2,000 glaciers throughout the Himalayas between 2001 and 2011. They concluded that 1,700 were stable, showing the same surface area and no change of direction. 248 glaciers exhibited a retreat, and 18 an advance. Are the Himalayan glaciers retreating?

Isn't it funny how them who get their "science" from The Grauniad and The Daily Fail call those of us who actually read the literature "anti-science"?

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Re: Warmists drowning a tantrum

I'm currently among the 25,000 scientists at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco
Please say hi to Dan Seidov, Bernd J. Haupt and Mark Maslin for me if you run into them. They're the dudes who edited The Oceans and Rapid Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future.

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@ Mephistro Re: @ Pompous Git

Oh dear! Did I really write all those words you are attributing to me? Or are you just making stuff up?

As it happens I perform the bath experiment a 3-4 times a week. I'm severely arthritic and bath salts help relieve the pain. And it has nothing whatsoever to do with CO2 dissolution in seawater.

Have you ever attempted to alter the pH of seawater with CO2? If you had, you would discover it doesn't work terribly well. Perhaps you should try reading and understanding the literature.

Here's an interesting paper published in Geochemistry, Geophysics,Geosystems : Species-specific responses of calcifying algae to changing seawater carbonate chemistry

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Uptake of half of the fossil fuel CO2 into the ocean causes gradual seawater acidification. This has been shown to slow down calcification of major calcifying groups, such as corals, foraminifera, and coccolithophores. Here we show that two of the most productive marine calcifying species, the coccolithophores Coccolithus pelagicus and Calcidiscus leptoporus, do not follow the CO2-related calcification response previously found. In batch culture experiments, particulate inorganic carbon (PIC) of C. leptoporus changes with increasing CO2 concentration in a nonlinear relationship. A PIC optimum curve is obtained, with a maximum value at present-day surface ocean pCO2 levels (∼360 ppm CO2). With particulate organic carbon (POC) remaining constant over the range of CO2 concentrations, the PIC/POC ratio also shows an optimum curve. In the C. pelagicus cultures, neither PIC nor POC changes significantly over the CO2 range tested, yielding a stable PIC/POC ratio. Since growth rate in both species did not change with pCO2, POC and PIC production show the same pattern as POC and PIC. The two investigated species respond differently to changes in the seawater carbonate chemistry, highlighting the need to consider species-specific effects when evaluating whole ecosystem responses. Changes of calcification rate (PIC production) were highly correlated to changes in coccolith morphology. Since our experimental results suggest altered coccolith morphology (at least in the case of C. leptoporus) in the geological past, coccoliths originating from sedimentary records of periods with different CO2 levels were analyzed. Analysis of sediment samples was performed on six cores obtained from locations well above the lysocline and covering a range of latitudes throughout the Atlantic Ocean. Scanning electron micrograph analysis of coccolith morphologies did not reveal any evidence for significant numbers of incomplete or malformed coccoliths of C. pelagicus and C. leptoporus in last glacial maximum and Holocene sediments. The discrepancy between experimental and geological results might be explained by adaptation to changing carbonate chemistry.

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not

I have had papers reviewed. I do not recall any of the reviewers being a pal of mine. I have worked (and have publications) in 3 completely unrelated scientific fields by the way - Organic Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Numerical Methods (Applied Mathematics).
I have absolutely no doubt that what you write is true. But that doesn't mean that skulduggery never takes place.

Climatology has been pretty smelly for several decades now. Von Storch attributes this to a remarkably small clique, only perhaps 30-40. But then until Hansen's 1988 paper it was a discipline few aspired to.

Happily there appears to be some turning of the tide and there's been several interesting papers published of late.

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Re: @ eric halfabe (was "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not (@ itzman))

It's exactly the same process that shells and coral skeletons -also made of calcium carbonate- undergo.
It's not actually. Shells do not form from minerals precipitated from the surrounding seawater (outside in); they form from the inside out. The internal pH of the shelly fauna is as affected by the pH of seawater as my wife's blood pH is affected by her rinsing her hair in vinegar. That is not at all.

It's also worth noting that there are many natural CO2 seeps that bubble a continuous stream of CO2 into the sea. They are surrounded by abundant sealife, including corals and shelly fauna.

CO2 Seep The article accompanying the image claims that the coccoliths are suffering from dissolved shells, but the abundance of coccoliths during the Paleocene-Eocene CO2 excursion never changed.

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Regardless of whether you believe in human induced climate change causing runaway global warming, consistent data collection is essential just to monitor natural climate change. They should consider very carefully what information to collect and not make some rash decision.
The oddity here is that the information of interest, the energy budget of Earth, is not measured, but only estimated. Temperature is not a measure of energy. Energy arrives from the sun and energy is radiated by Earth to outer space. This is always more or less in equilibrium, but when it changes the planet cools or warms before a new equilibrium becomes established. Different equilibrium states over time illustrated here: 600 million years of climate change

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Quoting climate change "believer" Mark Seal

As the forum continued to grow, as the blog began to catch traffic, and as I continued to try and recruit green members I continued to be disappointed with the debate. In short, and I am sorry to say it, anti-greens (Reds, as we call them) appear to be more willing to comment, more structured, more able to quote peer reviewed research, more apparently rational and apparently wider read and better informed.

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The only feasible explanation that I can come up with so far is that perhaps Greens are less invested in the status quo, and therefore less motivated to protect it? The other possibility is that we are all completely wrong and we’re deluded – please tell me this isn’t so.

[Emphasis mine] Green Advocates Failing in Climate Debate

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The funniest "warmest year evah"...

... was more than a decade ago when Phil Jones of the Climatic Research Unit at U East Anglia announced the year's results. Both the southern and northern hemisphere had cooled over the year, but the average temperature of both had increased. Ya gotta laugh :-)

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Re: Global warming is an industry not science

A report from the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, which said it used figures from the Nashville Electric service says that Gore’s 20 room mansion used 221,000 kwh of electricity in 2006, more than 20 times the national average of 10,656 kwh.
I heard 10 times, but that's splitting hairs.

The Prairie Chapel Ranch, George W. Bush's home in Crawford, Texas, was designed by Austin architect David Heymann, associate dean for undergraduate programs at the University of Texas School of Architecture. "The 4,000-square-foot house is a model of environmental rectitude". Go figure...

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not

You can't declare any year the warmest when the difference in measured temperature is less than the margin of error.
Er, actually you can and the evidence suggests that they do declare year XXXX "the warmest evah" with considerable frequency. It's worth understanding what's going on here. First, it's an average temperature. Note bene "an", not "the" average. There are ever so many different averages: arithmetic, root mean square, median etc. When the "highest temperature evah" is declared, it's the arithmetic mean of a mixture of arithmetic means and medians.

Second important point is that the rise is almost entirely due to overnight temperatures in winter and mostly where temperature recordings are sparse. Quite how that's causing the planet to "burn" escapes me.

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Changes in Köppen climate boundary

From Physical Geography Vol 21, issue 1:

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The spatial and temporal variation of the C/D Köppen climate boundary in the central United States is examined for the period 1900 to 1999. Mean January temperature data from the U.S. Historical Climatology Network for 67 sites located between 37°N and 41.5°N latitude and 90°W and 100°W longitude are utilized. The variation of the boundary between the C and D climates (i.e., 26.6°F isoline) is illustrated for the entire 100-year study period and four quarter-century periods, as well as for individual decades (1900s, 1910s, …, 1980s, 1990s). For the quarter-century climatic periods, the latter two (1950 to 1974, 1975 to 1999) had C/D boundaries farther south (implying “colder” winters) compared to the positions for the first two quarter-century periods. The most anomalous feature for the decadal maps is the distinct southerly location of the C/D boundary for the recent decade of the 1970s. Although the C/D boundaries for the decades of the 1980s and 1990s generally are located slightly north of the 100-year overall mean location (implying “warmer” than average winter conditions), several earlier decades (e.g., 1900s, 1920s, 1930s) had even more northerly positions. Therefore, this study does not provide evidence of a trend toward wintertime warming and a northerly migration of the C/D climate boundary within the central United States. [Emphasis mine]

VARIATION OF THE KÖPPEN C/D CLIMATE BOUNDARY IN THE CENTRAL UNITED STATES DURING THE 20TH CENTURY

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Corrigendum

Terry Oke's <Boundary Layer Climates</i> has been reissued in a new edition and now covers the issue of CO2. My bad. I shall acquire a copy and make judgement after reading it.

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not

Arctic Ocean is cooling -- and so the Arctic ice sheet isn't so small these days? The photos are doctored by evil henchmen?
You might wish to read what NASA has to say. Summarised:

1. Eight times during the ~30 years of satellite monitoring, the ice sheet has been broken up by summer storms.

2. The wind has driven the disintegrated icepack out of the polar circle.

3. Ice is an insulator, so heat can escape the now open ocean, warming the atmosphere by convection and radiation.

4. When heat leaves, whatever it's leaving cools, in this case the ocean and this is corroborated by in situ temperature measurements..

5. Some of the radiative heat goes straight to space, some is absorbed by molecules of CO2 in the atmosphere. Somewhat more than 50% of this heat is reradiated to space.

6. Heat is exiting the planet via the poles. Not a novel observation in climatology.

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Re: "Lukewarm Lemmings and the Lysenko Larceny" at FauxScienceSlayer

I am assuming Faux Science Slayer is the latest incarnation of amanfromars and as such his incomprehensible witterings are welcome.
Dunno about amanfromars being Faux's sock puppet but incomprehensible is accurate, not to mention incoherent. He does have a website if you find his witterings amusing.

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not

How about you please stop posting your total anti-science BS on this technology website instead?
M. C. Peel (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), B. L. Finlayson (School of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), and T. A. McMahon (The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) are the authors of Updated world map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification published in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. What precisely makes referring to the work of scientists published in an academic scientific journal "anti-science bullshit"? What makes reading "information" from the NAS and RS preferable to taking undergraduate classes that cover climatology? Do you attain to a degree by reading "information"? When I studied biology, physics and chemistry in the 1960s, was that anti-science too?

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Re: Warmists drowning a tantrum

perhaps it might be a good idea to take a close look at your education system at the same time...
The standard text at university level for studying the boundary layer climates is Terry Oke's Boundary Layer Climates. It makes no mention of CO2. There is no equivalent tertiary level text that does. Why do you think that is? It can't be a shortage of funds given the billions of dollars spent on "climate change".

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not

He is also is causing the polar ice caps to melt.
Well it can't be the Arctic Ocean as that has been cooling for some time. It must be all the hot air Gavin's so well known for :-)

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The proper course of action to take against deniers is a quick public hanging from the nearest tree branch or lamp post.
This is what passes for scientific argument?

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So composting then?
The heat generated in a compost heap is cause by bacteria breaking down cellulose into CO2 and H2O. The chemical process is exactly the same as burning except for it being somewhat slower.

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not (@ itzman)

causing the oceans to acidify very noticeably, as proved by many -scientific, peer reviewed- studies.
Acidify: "To make acid or sour. Chem. To convert into an acid by combination with any substance."

The oceans are everywhere pH 8.2. To qualify as acidic, the pH would need to be less than 7. pH greater than 7 is basic. And that's basic chemistry I learnt in secondary school.

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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.
But that is not climate. Climate is the "Condition (of a region or country) in relation to prevailing atmospheric phenomena, as temperature, dryness or humidity, wind, clearness or dullness of sky, etc., esp. as these affect human, animal, or vegetable life."

To which end we have the most widely used climate classification system: Köppen climate classification. Here is the current map.

Please tell me which of these Köppen climate zones have changed over the last century and provide evidence for your assertion. Calling me a "climate denialist" doesn't cut the mustard. Especially since my understanding of climate (obtained at Big School) is that Earth's climates were different 6,000 years ago, 10,000 years ago etc.

Until you provide the evidence I will continue to believe that "Deniers" is a "pejorative" term.

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Wetware disruption transforms Microsoft Australia as MD bails

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Linux

Vulture South eagerly awaits being digitally transformed.

You shifting to Linux Mint as well?

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Uh-oh! Microsoft has another chatbot – but racism is a no-go for Zo

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Re: How can it not be gamed into saying something sexist, racist, whatever-ist?

That's rather like asking for evidence of how non Christians can become English, Scottish or Welsh Christians.
No it's not! For example, as an Ashkenazim, I have a genetic susceptibility to Bloom Syndrome, Canavan Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Familial Dysautonomia, Familial Hyperinsulinism, Fanconi Anemia C, Gaucher Disease, Glycogen Storage Disease 1A, Joubert Syndrome 2, Lipoamide Dehydrogenase Deficiency (E3), Maple Syrup Urine Disease 1B, Mucolipidosis IV, Nemaline Myopathy, Niemann-Pick Disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Tay-Sachs Disease, Usher IF, Usher III, Walker Warburg, 3-Phosphoglycerate Dehydrogenase Deficiency, Abetalipoproteinemia, Alport Syndrome, Autosomal Recessive Arthrogryposis, Mental Retardation and Seizures, Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase ll Deficiency, Congenital megakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia, Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation la, Dyskeratosis Congenita, Autosomal Recessive Ehlers-Danlos VllC, Fragile X Syndrome, Galactosemia, Multiple Sulphatase Deficiency, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Autosomal Recessive Retinitis Pigmentosa 59, Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome, Tyrosinemia l, Wilson Disease, and (deep breath) Zellweger Syndrome.

If an Englishman, Scot or Welshman converts to Judaism, they do not suddenly develop these susceptibilities. Nor can an Ashkenazim reduce the risk factor by becoming a Christian, a Buddhist, or an atheist. It is estimated that nearly 1 in 3 Ashkenazi Jews in the US is a carrier of at least one of the above Jewish genetic diseases and preconception screening is now commonplace.

I suspect that converts to Judaism are glad they do not thereby become susceptible.

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Re: How can it not be gamed into saying something sexist, racist, whatever-ist?

Jews are a religion not a race
My father was an Ashkenazy and a Roman Catholic. That is, he was a Jew with a non-Jewish religion. You appear to be claiming this is impossible. If you have any evidence that non-Jews can be recruited into becoming Ashkenazy, Sephardi or Levite, please present it. You might also want to explain why there are genetic differences between these Jewish groups and how recruitment causes these differences.

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Re: forging an emotional connecti

Like that 60s pop group from California, the Beach Sperms.
Pah! They were nothing compared to Captain Goodvibes! Who could forget such songs as Born Dead, or Drivel Of Babylon?

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Is your Windows 10, 8 PC falling off the 'net? Microsoft doesn't care

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Re: Has anyone run Wireshark...

Honestly intrigued by the downvotes on this. Normally, I couldn't care less what the average commentard thinks, but in this case it's a pretty non-controversial statement to attract 4 downers.
Welcome to the new El Reg. At least the post hasn't been deleted by the moderators. Yet...

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Poor software design led to second £1m Army spy drone crash

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An Army Watchkeeper drone flown by the Royal Artillery crashed on landing
Er, isn't that what artillery's for? Sending a projectile through the air that crashes and explodes on landing (preferably nearer to the enemy than yourself). Perhaps they need someone whose expertise includes landing without exploding.

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It's now illegal in the US to punish customers for posting bad web reviews

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Re: Trump will revoke that law

There will be no negative reviews allowed of Trump.
So Trump is a manufactured product! I will be vindicated...

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

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Re: Er..

I don't see any evidence that jobs are being created to fill the gap left by automation. One can only keep a few baristas employed in a given area.
OTOH in Hobart a prostitute can be had for less than half the price being charged a decade ago going by their adverts in The Mercury. Looks like the number employed in that industry has swollen.

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