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      TAMB CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT   09/06/2017

      Following diminishing numbers of visitors to TAMB and the subsequent reduction in TAMB income, it is the intention for TAMB to close definitively from 1st November 2017. TAMB can no longer generate enough advertising revenue to cover the costs of around £300/month to pay for the dedicated server that hosts the TAMB software.  The dedicated server is also older equipment and no longer maintainable, so at some point it would be necessary to migrate the TAMB to a new cloud-based platform. This is quite a large job and would take some time to do. We feel it wouldn't be a worthwhile task given the reduction in traffic and usage of TAMB.  It is the opinion of the TAMB Team that the days of messageboards have largely gone, being overtaken by other platforms. Thank you to all users of the TAMB over the years, and we look forward to seeing you on some other online forums in the future. Since announcing the closure, a number of questions have been asked.

      This is not a "boot in the arse" to Board members to increase traffic.

      It’s worth pointing out to any people wanting to take on the TAMB that they will quickly outstrip any “free” message board system. That’s what happened with the pre-2003 TAMB and also happened during the “current TAMB” in 2003 – 2004. 
      It’s all about the number of concurrent users online. At a point yesterday there were about 150 users online – Invision would be charging $130 per month for that. (https://invisioncommunity.com/buy)

      We would be prepared to do a handover of the domain names that we currently hold to non-profit making group who seriously wants to organise a new TAMB and has the skills and numbers to do it. This would not include existing software or server. We are especially keen that the platform or the name do not fall into the hands of what we can only call bawbags. We need not mention names, but I'm sure members can think of a few. Any new group would have to start from scratch and give TAMB a complete bottom up ‘makeover’ and make themselves financially viable.   We have a couple of people who are willing to offer advice to any serious players. The TAMB Team
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      Further to the Closure Announcement   09/07/2017

      Since announcing the closure, a number of questions have been asked.

      This is not a "boot in the arse" to Board members to increase traffic.

      It’s worth pointing out to any people wanting to take on the TAMB that they will quickly outstrip any “free” message board system. That’s what happened with the pre-2003 TAMB and also happened during the “current TAMB” in 2003 – 2004. hence the "high" cost of keeping the Board going.
      It’s all about the number of concurrent users online. At a point yesterday there were about 150 users online – Invision would be charging $130 per month for that. (https://invisioncommunity.com/buy)

      We would be prepared to do a handover of the domain names that we currently hold to a non-profit making group which seriously wants to organise a new TAMB and has the skills and numbers to do it. This would not include existing software or server. We are especially keen that the platform or the name do not fall into the hands of what we can only call bawbags. We need not mention names, but I'm sure members can think of a few. Any new group would have to start from scratch and give TAMB a complete bottom up ‘makeover’ and make themselves financially viable. We have a couple of people who are willing to offer advice to any serious players. The TAMB Team

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  1. Yeah. 'I've done some research' never extends to doing any actual research.
  2. Yep. There's a variable multi year cycle for sea surface temperature in the southern Pacific, which has effects on global weather systems. What causes the variability and intensity is poorly understood, as are some of the effects on weather in places such as Europe. One thing that is well understood is that an El Niño increases the vertical shear in the atmosphere over the Atlantic, which makes it more difficult for tropical storms and hurricanes to form.
  3. It comes and goes naturally. The mechanism isn't fully understood.
  4. To have three of the most intense storms on record in the same season is unprecedented. The combination of no El Nino (not a climate change effect) and higher sea surface temperatures (at least in part a climate change effect) are the two main factors.
  5. Also, if someone could explain why, in a flat earth scenario, weather systems spin one way in the northern hemisphere and the other way in the Southern Hemisphere, that'd be great.
  6. This thread is pretty typical brainwashing conspiracy nonsense BTW. Typical tactic of both religion and conspiracy theorists: when a thread gets out of your control, start another one so you can feel in control of the content again. Absolutely standard behaviour for what at the heart of it, is cultists. I answered direct questions of yours with science and evidence. You didn't like the answer as it didn't agree with your preconceptions. So you ignored it. And started a new thread so you could control the content (cue 'I thought the conversation was getting confused so a new thread would simplify it - in other words I had lost control of the content) Obviously the standard answer to this is now one of two options. Either something along the lines of I missed it / don't have time to answer everything or something to do with The great Enemy, a fiction that was created by your teachers as the answer to any difficult question.
  7. And yet all you post as evidence is videos. Which, by your own statement, mean nothing. Have you done any actual research, and by that I mean controlled experiments to determine facts, not reading random stuff online and posting it without critical examination.
  8. No replies to my direct science answers, you'll note.
  9. Just checked. From 3000km with a telescope with a 30cm aperture, you can see an object 6km across. Resolvable size = Distance from target in metres * tan(1.22*wavelength of light in metres /aperture size in metres) You can buy a 30cm telescope off the shelf, for example here https://www.tringastro.co.uk/meade-lx90-acf-12-f10-with-standard-field-tripod-10812-p.asp
  10. And that's the problem. You get people saying 'I've done some research and...' but they haven't done any actual research, they've just read stuff online. They haven't done any real tests or experiments under any kind of controlled conditions, So they don't understand the findings of science and its governing laws, some of which are contrary to common sense but are fundamental to the understanding of the world around us. The really ironic thing about it is that they don't realise that if it wasn't for the solidity of these findings, the fact that they are true, provable and usable, the internet wouldn't work and they wouldn't be able post their bullshit on it. I've actually been in a lab, done experiments, measured gravity, measured the speed of light, demonstrated and derived the fundamental laws on which these things are based, and that is why I know them to be factual, and properly understand the limitations and constraints of our knowledge. I spent years studying to understand it properly, and doing the practical work to back up the theory. When someone has done the same as that, I might take them seriously. Oh, and just to add, the little slight that Scott has about 'can non-NWO people access these telescopes', well yes they can, if you're prepared to put years of study in to understand what the hell you're doing with them. I work with people everyday who use them, and build equipment for them. AS a comparison, you can't 'access' an MRI machine right now but if you were prepared to put the effort into getting a medical degree and the right specialisation, then you could.
  11. Don't worry about it, everyone I work with or meet professionally must be in on it as well.
  12. It's wrong. I can take a photo of the moon and its 300,000km away.