ScottishSceptic on How Not To Develop Wave Energy

June 28, 2011

What a terrific posting at:

I particularly liked the assessment of “why” the difference in approach between Denmark and UK will result in different outcomes.

“The Silence is Deafening”

June 13, 2011

Matt Ridley notices Rich Fisher’s observation, and further notices that it’s not noticed by journalists and the main stream media:

Rich Fisher: “One German organic farm has killed twice as many people as the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Gulf Oil spill combined.”

Here’s the Ultimate Risk Assessment

June 9, 2011

A “blue-ribbon” panel of US and former Soviet/Russian Officials, under the auspices of the Belfer Center at Harvard Univesity, as published the report “The U.S.-Russia Joint Threat Assessment of Nuclear Terrorism“.

I was struck by the first sentence of the abstract:

Nuclear terrorism is a real and urgent threat. Given the potentially catastrophic consequences, even a small probability of terrorists getting and detonating a nuclear bomb is enough to justify urgent action to reduce the risk.

This is classic risk assessment where one needs to come to grips with low probability high impact risks. Kind of important, I would think.


June 3, 2011

It is definitely the 21st Century. When I first moved “overseas” in the early 1980’s, one of the first things I missed was the baseball game in the background. Either on TV or Radio.

With MLB.TV on my computer, it’s back. Gosh.

Mac Defender Malware is Really Out There

June 1, 2011

I’ve recently been seeing reports of a new attack on Mac computers which has been given the name of “Mac Defender”. I understand that Apple has released an update to OS/X that deals with the problem. Update now. Mac Defender is really out there.

I noticed it on Drudge’s web site. I suspect one of the ads on this site is infected. The computer presents what looks to be a full screen of Finder. While I was in a stupor and really wasn’t ready to be “attacked”, I immediately awoke from that stupor since I noticed that Finder “looked funny”. There was a dialog box in the middle which said something about how the machine has detected security issues and malware and to “click here”. Had I done that, they would have owned the machine. I simply killed (force quit) on Chrome to avoid the issue.

Why do people have to do this?