The head of the Royal Air Force says he thinks that Britain should go Net Zero ten years earlier than planned because ‘our public demands it of us.’ According to the Telegraph : While Defence, which accounts for 50 per cent of the UK central government’s emissions, has pledged to work towards its legal commitment of net-zero by 2050, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston has called on the Royal Air Force to meet the target 10 years earlier. During a recent visit to Washington, Sir Mike said: “I recognise that sounds crazy to some, that we’ve got an Air Force Chief talking about being net-zero, but I think the imperative is clear: our politicians will demand it of us, are demanding of us. Our public demands it of us. And the young people in the Royal Air Force today demand it of me and the leadership, that we should be taking a lead in this.” Sir Mike said he had a “hunch” that as the climate crisis worsens, the target for net-zero will be brought forward. Who is this … [Read more...] about Delingpole: Military Aircraft ‘Net Zero’ 10 Years Sooner, Says RAF Chief
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The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) , a non-profit organization that promotes open-source software and defends the free software General Public License (GPL) , sued major TV vendor Vizio for abusing the GPL. Specifically, Vizio is using Linux's source code and other open-source software, such as BusyBox, U-Boot, bash, gawk, tar, Glibc, and FFmpegis, in its SmartCast OS TV firmware. These programs are protected under the GPL version 2 (GPLv2) and the Lesser GPL (LGPL) . Also: Software Freedom Conservancy sues Vizio for GPL violations All the SFC requires is that Vizio makes this code available to the public as per its licenses. Vizio won't hear of it. As Bradley M. Kuhn, the SFC's Hacker-in-Residence, and Karen M. Sandler, the SFC's Executive Director, wrote in a recent blog post , Vizio has not released the source code. Nor has the company proposed a Complete Corresponding Source (CCS) candidate for the SFC. With the latter, the SFC could have provided … [Read more...] about Open-source Vizio lawsuit takes an ugly turn
Australia's fairy circles Scientists are debating the cause of "fairy circles" in Australia’s dry grasslands. While some researchers believe the mysterious circular patches are the result of termite nests, others think they can be explained by competition for scarce water among plants. Once only found in southern Africa, fairy circles were identified in Australia earlier this year in landscapes like this one, near Kintore in the Northern Territory. [ Read the full story on the Australian fairy circles ] Thirsty grass? The barren circles surrounded by rings of grass are notable in that they repeat quite regularly in a geometric pattern. The research team that first described Australia's fairy circles attributed the shapes to water competition. Or termite homes? But a team of local researchers led by ecologist Fiona Walsh now claims the dry, sunbaked patches of soil are left behind by termites. Food prep Walsh and her colleagues observed that … [Read more...] about Photos: Mysterious Fairy Circles in Australia
The discovery of fairy circles in Australia earlier this year has hardly put to rest the controversy over how these mysterious structures form. " Fairy circles " are regular, repeating patches of dirt in remote grasslands that, when viewed from above, look like whimsical rings that were scattered across a landscape. Despite their fanciful appearance, the patterns have been a source of serious scientific debate for the last four decades. While some have argued that the geometric patterns are the work of termites , others have postulated that the circles form naturally as vegetation self-organizes in competition for scarce water and other nutrients. Previously, these patches had been observed only in southeastern Africa, mostly Namibia, but in March, a group of researchers announced that they had identified fairy circles in satellite images and during fieldwork in Western Australia. [ See Stunning Photos of Fairy Circles in Australia ] Led by ecological modeler … [Read more...] about Are ‘Fairy Circles’ Just the ‘Ghosts’ of Termite Nests?
Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to double the number of women recruits in the military by 2030. The number of women recruits in the British military will be doubled by 2030 as part of plans announced by the Ministry of Defence on Thursday. An overhaul to the way sexual offences are dealt with will also be implemented as part of a response to a parliamentary inquiry into the treatment of women in the armed forces. Sky News reports that 33 recommendations made by MPs as part of the report were accepted by the Ministry of Defence, though the ministry notably refused one recommendation that involved changing the jurisdiction of sex-related crimes from military courts to civilian ones. The Ministry of Defence also aims to bump the percentage of women recruits to 30 per cent. This number is double its previous goal of 15 per cent, and around two and a half times the current percentage of recruits who are women. The drive comes despite the fact that the … [Read more...] about Britain’s Woke Defence Ministry Wants to Double Women Recruits