He may not be as famous as his predecessor Bill Gates, but here at Jammy Toast we have always had a soft spot for Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer. If you ever watch a speech he delivers, you can never be anything other than totally in awe of the man. He is the Boris Johnson of Microsoft, a couple of cans short of a six-pack but none-the-less as shrewd as they come. This weekend saw him host his last company meeting where he bid a tearful farewell to employees he has worked with for 33 years. As always, he didn’t go with a whimper but with a bang as he danced on stage to Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” and declaring that the company would “change the world again”.
Today we have launched a CAPTCHA add-on to the commenting system used here at Jammy Toast. This means before you can post a comment you will have to answer a simple mathematical problem. They are only very simply problems of addition and subtraction but we admit they can be annoying; which is why we have not used one until now. Unfortunately, we are taking this step because of the amount of spam we are still receiving. We use Akismet which filters out nearly all of the spam but unfortunately it occasionally picks up a genuine comment. This means we have to read through all the spam which Akismet detects, just to make sure it hasn’t accidently picked up one of your comments. Life is really too short for all this, so we have decided to use a CAPTCHA for a trial period.
Well it has finally been confirmed that it is human beings who are fucking up the planet. We are the ones causing global warming. A report published today by the United Nations Climate Panel says that it is almost certain that humans have been causing to the planet since the 1950s. On the ground, in the air, in the oceans, global warming is “unequivocal”, it explained. It adds that a pause in warming over the past 15 years is too short to reflect long-term trends. The report also warns that continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all aspects of the climate system. To contain these changes will require “substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions”.
Hello everyone and welcome to my monthly technology column. There has not really been one big story this month that I am going to focus on, so instead I thought I would have a roundup of all things technical. Some funny and some not quite so funny. For example, we have heard before about the problems Apple have had with their mapping software on many of their phones. They have been on the receiving end of many jokes about people being sent the wrong way but now things have turned a little more serious after the latest “quirk” in the software. Now their software is instructing unwitting drivers to drive their car across an airport’s runway – straight in front of planes landing and taking off!
We were all sitting around the telly tonight watching the early evening news when an item came on which caught our eyes. China has unveiled fourteen Panda Bears today which they have bred using artificial insemination. With numbers of Pandas in the wild now non-existent, we thought this was great news. Pandas are notoriously difficult to bread and the mortality rate amongst cubs is very high. They are born so small it is very difficult for them to avoid being crushed by their giant parents or other bears. However, one thing about this story really pissed us off – where is our recognition?
Each Day, Razzi and I drive around Birkenhead and Liverpool as part of our job and pass some of the most spectacular buildings, sights, ships in the world – you name it, we see it. Indeed, both Liverpool and Birkenhead have a long and colourful history stretching back many centuries. So from time to time, when the mood takes us or if we have seen something worth a mention, we highlight some of the things we see around Liverpool and Birkenhead…
Saturday night is Movie Night here at Jammy Toast. Each week we will show a movie through the Jammy Toast Cinema for our friends who have registered prior to each event. We only have a certain amount of bandwidth and so, unfortunately, we cannot make these movies available to anyone who just happens to pop by. Any Friend of The Bears is eligible to watch each week’s movie by applying in the usual way. Those of you who have registered to watch this week’s movie will have received an email containing a password. If you click on the Media menu above, then click on Jammy Toast Cinema you will gain entry to the Bear Screen.