All politics aside, I've reached the point where I'm not sure who to believe anymore. On one hand I see stories such as TFA describing compelling AGW evidence that seems convincing, but on the other hand I see anti-AGW information that seems even more convincing. Could some objective person please take a look here and tell me who is actually lying?
When I read stories about data manipulation I get concerned. There appears to be clear evidence that the surface temperature records have been undergoing continuous retroactive modification. I understand that there may be some scientific rationale for making such modifications, but I don't have enough details to form a rational judgement. Were the error bars in the original data wrong? If not, then why do the adjustments exceed them by more than a factor of three (in many cases)? Why doesn't anyone point out that the unmodified data shows a completely different trend? Is the satellite temperature data wrong? If so, why, and why does it agree so well with the unmodified surface record? Why is it that none of the existing climate models produce accurate predictions based on historical data? Why should we trust those models to predict future trends when they can't reconcile historical data?
I know I'll probably get flamed for posting this, but I've decided to not post it anonymously anyway. Please leave the personal attacks out of your responses.
I'm betting they rolled out this software update in an attempt to correct for the problems described elsewhere regarding heaters staying on too long causing overheated rooms (and increased risk of fires). Apparently some Nest engineer(s) thought it would be a good idea to harvest power from two-wire thermostat systems but did not account for the fact that by harvesting power, they might lower the impedance of the load sufficiently for the heater to turn on. This fix should reduce the (significant) risk of fires associated with using the Nest thermostats, but now users will need to deal with dead batteries because of the reduced power harvesting.
I have seen them both and the replica is a very poor copy of the original wood carving.
One should also remember that government employees with privileged access are people, and people can misuse the access they have.
We should recognize that the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution was created to prevent this exact scenario. Law abiding people encrypt sensitive information to protect it from misuse by criminals, but the information can be misused by ANYONE with access.
Dividing a backdoor key between multiple parties simply creates a requirement that all parties agree to access the information before it can be accessed. It doesn't guarantee that the access will be lawful.
I have Ubuntu Linux on all of the above mentioned Dell laptops and the only issue I've encountered is lack of networking capability (both WiFi and Ethernet) while using 12.04 on the M4800. This can be fixed by loading a newer kernel (3.13 instead of 3.2). The newer kernel is directly available from the Ubuntu repo, but obviously you need a network to do that. A quick workaround to get the networking going is to use a USB-to-Ethernet adapter for access to the repo. There are no issues with 14.04. Dell is still shipping 12.04 (they haven't upgraded their standard image to 14.04 yet), but their version of 12.04 includes the Dell patches to make everything work.
[We] use bad software and bad machines for the wrong things. -- R.W. Hamming