October 28, 2012
In an otherwise excellent article by author Naomi Klein in today’s NY Times on the risks of geo-engineering, including “rogue geo-engineering”, I was chagrined to read:
Climate change is already making it hard to know whether events previously understood as “acts of God” (a freak heat wave in March or a Frankenstorm on Halloween) still belong in that category.
From what I have read and understand, it’s hard to “know” these things simply because it’s a clue that there probably is no causation link. We did not know these things before, and we will probably not know these things in the future. And from that we can probably conclude that if we take such actions to “stop climate” change there will be little to no impact on such “acts of God” atmospheric events.
And, like Ms. Klein, given the opportunity, I would vote against geo-engineering, construction, and operation for any reason whatsoever.
October 5, 2012
This week we used for the first time the grocer’s Internet shopping and delivery service. As part of the checkout we signed up for delivery between 7 and 9 pm.
At 6:15 pm we got a phone call message (could not pick up as driving) on the mobile, while away fro home, from Sainsbury’s delivery person telling us he was there to deliver but could not as we were not there!
Why can they not do as they agreed to do and deliver between 7 and 9?
October 3, 2012
With the latest update to IOS for iPhone and iPad, Apple has move Podcasts out of iTunes to a special app. At first I thought that was ok. Now, I’m sure it is not ok–or at least in the new app we have lost valuable functionality.
My iPhone Podcast app is set for “Sync Subscriptions” ON which to me means it will sync subscriptions. I have turned off “Use Cellular Data” to prevent it from being synced when on cellular data. My iPhone was on and connected to WiFi all night. My assumption is that all the podcasts would be there.
I boarded the 5:30 a.m. train settling down for a long cross country journey. One third through a podast it abruptly stopped. I looked at the phone and there was a Text Message from O2 “You have used all your data. Your data allowance will be reset on 7/10/12, your ext bill date. To buy more now, click …” and they gave a URL.
Why the heck does listening to a Podcast require a live data connection? What’s the point of subscribing and forcing a Wifi connection for that? Why does the Podcast just stop under O2’s control?
No wonder I ran out of data this month!
October 2, 2012
See the Comment by MikeHaseler at 2 Oct 2012 at 10:44 p.m. Bishop Hill’s blog.
So, one learns never to assume the original problem as presented is the real problem. There are human, instrumentation, inter-machine problems.
This is what Engineers have done and do. Engineers do more than fix PC’s and washing machines.