Sixteen Concerned Scientists: No Need to Panic About Global Warming

Picked up this interesting article on the Wall Street Journal

I’m sure we’ll see more of this.  A good thing too. If you’ve read my blog before, unlikely I know … I fully accept that the climate changes and is warming, the evidence is pretty clear.  What I don’t accept is the allegation that somehow in the last 50 years, planet Earth has suddenly decided to have no say in the matter and that any change in the climate is now simply all mankind’s fault … doesn’t make sense to me.  No doubt these guys will be branded as heretics and ‘deniers’, and the governments of the world will continue to tax the living daylights out of those who they think can afford it and let the heavy polluters of the world continue their merry way, whilst also ignoring the over fishing of the seas, the destruction of forests and eco-systems.

It’s about time people started to educate themselves in both sides of the argument, and think about the reality of the situation, not blindly swallow the IPCC party line that it’s all due to us driving around in our cars …

Cheers

Dave Mc

Don’t Believe Everything You Read …

Take this article in the Independent for instance in 2009, which predicted that 2010 would be the hottest year ever recorded for the world.  Well. It wasn’t, it was warm, but only as 2005 which was the second warmest on record. Not ever. Just  on record. The records go back about 300 years or so.  Not 10,000, not 1,000,000.

2011 hasn’t got off to a great start, it’s pretty average really only about  +0.15 above the average which if it continues means it’s a non-eventful year.  I’m sure Human-Caused Global Warming Advocates will just dismiss a cool year as an anomaly, and then point to the warm years to prove their assertion.  I just say you can’t possibly say that human’s have caused all the warming we’ve seen in the last 30 years.  It’s an established fact that the world has not warmed in the last 10 years, so are we to blame for it not warming?

I’ve always said that the world is way to complex for us to understand all it’s intricacies at the moment. Let’s just look after our own backyards (look after the wildllife, don’t dump rubbish and poisons everywhere, don’t overfish the seas and stop keep cutting down the rainforests for beef burgers) and I’m sure planet earth will look after the other details!

So don’t always believe the doom mongers out there, they might sound like they know, but if they really could predict the future, don’t you think they’d be in Las Vegas, not writing for the Independent?

Cheers

Dave Mc

We’ve a grass snake in our pond!

Walked out to look at our rather messy second pond today – only to be surprised by seeing a Grass Snake in the water.  I thought they were green and small, but having checked, they can grow to 5 feet in length. This blighter is about 2.5ft to 3ft in length and is olive and white with black markings.  Got some footage I’ll put up later.  How cool is that, having a snake in yer pond. Youngest is now on ‘snake watch’ with camcorder, music player and drink by the pond!

UPDATE:  The snake just ate a frog about 3 times it’s diameter if not more!!  Awesome!

Cheers

Dave Mc

PS. Here’s a piccie of one, not the one, I’ll get that up later:

Grass Snake

Grass Snake

IPCC Funding might be cut … hoorah!

I’ve just read this article after reading this article on Roy Spencer’s blog.  Personally I think this is a good thing. I pretty much agree with everything in Roy’s Spencer’s post and I’m a big fan of his blog generally.  See sidebar to check out my stance on this …

Cheers

Dave Mc

If you’ve followed Copenhagen, then check out this video …

 
Now you know me, I’m one of those horrible Anthropologic Global Warming sceptics – you now one of those evil deniers who actually has the gall to even think that there is a possibility that we humans are not actually totally responsible for the current apparent trend in rising temperatures … as I sit here having nearly frozen to death walking the dog …
 
But here is an interesting video, of which none of the content is actually new to me, but I think it spells out an alternative view on things very well.  Perhaps we’re not all going to die after all …
 
 
 
Cheers
 
Dave Mc

Global Warming Email Scandal?

 
Wow! I’d missed this in amongst all the Sharepoint 2010 fun.   It looks like the East Anglia Uni centre for Climate Research has had it’s emails released. Hacked is the word used but apparently it’s looking like a whistle-blower job.  Roy Spencer in this blog entry gives some of the details and links where you can read the emails.  Question is … are the comments being taken out of context as the senders claim, or do they point to what some of us suspect that whilst climate change is happening (as it always is), somehow, the real observations just are not matching those models like they should, and the politicians just won’t accept that …
 
Cheers
 
Dave Mc

Configuring Sharepoint to use Excel Services

 
If you’ve tried configuring SharePoint to correctly use Excel Services in a Farm under Kerberos, you know that it can be a bit fiddly.  Essentially the steps are:
 
Configure Kerberos correctly for the Farm, and ensure it is working correctly.  The defacto blog entry is probably this one from Martin Kearn. Once you have this working, you’ve half a chance to get Excel Services working correctly.  Key points I found helped was to run the following stsadm commands:
 
stsadm -o set-ecssecurity -accessmodel delegation -ssp <sspname>
stsadm -o execsvcadmjobs      
iisreset
This ensures that the Excel Services is using Kerberos as its authentication method.
 
If you have a data connection file make sure it is within a data connection library, I guess there is some meta-data it needs.
 
If you still get the dreaded "Data Refresh Failed" message, then this Technet article (possibly one of the longest I’ve ever seen/read) is probably your best bet.  It covers SSO as well as Kerberos.
 
 
With a combination of these I managed to get it all working a treat!
 
Good Luck
 
Dave Mc 
 
 PS.  If you are connecting to Analaysis Services on a separate machine, don’t forget to also include that machine in the Kerberos setup AND if it is SL 2008 Analysis Services, add in MSOLAP.4 into your Trusted Data Providers in Shared Services Administration.