Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pacific heat going to it's minimum


I've watched this for years.  In the last (perhaps) 20 years, the West Pacific has been building up heat (energy) and letting it gush over the world.  We had wonderful summers and mild winters.

GET OVER IT!


This shows us the current currents.  All the north Pacific backwash is retreating.  Normally, the hot water goes west and there is a return current.  This is gone.  During the El Nino, all the water reversed alone the Equator and came at us.  It then dumped all the heat in West.

This is as solid as my dog running high speed and using your nuts as a brake.  Poor new boyfriend.    :)

Classical Winter for Canada

Reference

"Our winters aren't what they used to be. Oldtimers are right, winters really have changed," he said, adding that weather data reflects the trend. 



"It's almost as if global warming [and] climate change have kind of tempered the La Ninas and made them not as brutal as in the '50s, '60s, and '70s," he said. 

So here's the test, people.  My hypothesis, using physics, is that this will be a brutal winter, like the 70's.  The last bit of warming was a cycle, mixing in a huge El Nino.  My hypothesis bites the dust in the Spring if it is a so-so winter.  I will go back to the main physics and figure out what I did wrong.  On the other hand, the philosophy of warming is dead if the winter constantly stops all the cars in the driveway.  None of that constant running of excuses like that guy who predicts the end of the world every month.  If you say that a plunge down to the 70's is just a 'blip', then you are as hopeless as trumpypants.  :)

ps. get an extra battery for your garage.

pps.  this is a 'hypothesis' as defined by the Scientific Method, which almost gone from the world.

xpps. - I also found something else gone from the world - antique furniture.  We were talking to a refinisher and he said everybody was spray painting their antiques white. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Linux and the Cups Printing System

If there is one horrible thing about Linux it's the relationship with peripherals, such as printers.  All this is handled through Cups.  Although I am amazed at how many printers they can do, the whole thing regularly screws up.

So, if you want to go all Linux, get a generic Postscript network printer.  Those things always work.  I, however, have an old Phaser 6125n which is generally fantastic, and you can put in really cheap knock-off toner cartridges.  I'm sure that modern printers have all sorts of gimmicks that preserve their income from very expensive toner.

Nevertheless, this printer has a bizarre protocol, super secret, and there is only a 32 bit driver available.  Following my instructions that I laid out earlier, you can make it work, but it's horrible. 

Reading things for the last 10 years, I have found out that Cups regularly bombs out when it is upgraded.  That happened to me, and my printer didn't work with my main machine.  I tried endless things, but the main conclusion is that cups is busted in this version, but may work in the next. 

However, I kept the other machine at another release, and it still works.  You can use a shared printer and it works for all machines.  The lesson is to never upgrade all your machines at once.