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Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

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Forward Looking

I think one of things cash rich tech companies can do, is make investments in research that is not necessarily a sure thing in the short term.

Look how many things we take for granted today were not even imagined fifty years ago, in many ways reality has outstripped science fiction. Much of what was unimagined has become possible because of advanced materials and chip technology and new knowledge that couldn't be guessed at being taken advantage of by new generations of researchers with new ideas.

Google has bought itself a bevy of very interesting research and development companies over the last decade without any clear (to the rest of us) commercial reason for doing so.

Fortunately Google has a little surplus cash to flash so they have been doing just that.

All the while these researchers under Google's umbrella are moving forward and anything worthwhile is undoubtedly being patented so eventually when a big breakthrough is made in any of these fields Google will have at least a hand or finger in the pie.

They could even be the ones that make the breakthrough in the 'Next big thing' so messing about with drones now gives them prior art, experience and potentially they could be 'going postal' in a whole new way.

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Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

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Farty

My TV blew up 18 months ago and I have yet to bother to replace it so TV related HDMI is out. I do route the audio from my laptop through my 20 year old Denon tuner/amp when I watch a movie or download music. For audio only, the Denon is directly linked to a Denon dual deck cassette player which works beautifully, so much so I have never bother to even think about digitalising my old tapes. Unfortunately the CD player that went with the Denon melted a CD into it's nether regions so I dug out an old Tecnics stack I had been given, I use the CD player and the parallel drive vinyl deck the rest went to the charity shop. The noise generated by these venerable items comes out of a pair of Jamo speaker cases each of which has a base, midrange and two tweeters, with the amp volume set at ten degrees from zero it is loud in my quite large office/diner, at 20 degreees it begins to piss off the neighbours in my building anything more than that is classified as (anti) social networking and all with good clear old fashioned stereo.

The Volume still has 250 degrees to go, fortunately I'm not deaf yet.

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Cave scrawls show that Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

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Translation:

Gibralter Rocks!

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Europol picks Brit to lead new international cybercrime taskforce

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Permanent Pilot

A pilot scheme for six months and the spokesman says:

"For the first time in modern police history a multi-lateral PERMANENT cybercrime taskforce has been established in Europe to coordinate investigations against top cybercriminal networks," Oerting said in a statement.

How does that work then?

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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So where does the infrastrucure come from

I have come up against Town Planners a few times in the past, they can be quite annoying and obstructive. However they are a necessary evil that could probably do with some reform, without them builders will be cramming buildings next to each other with insufficient space between them for reasonable light to pass through the windows, something that happens a great deal in Spain and I am sure other places without Town Planners.

There is also a lot more to siting a building than worrying if it is on a flood plain, geology, geography and a host of other items to consider must be addressed by somebody other than a profit hungry developer.

The biggest item though not addressed in the article is infrastructure, doubling the population of Surrey might sound like a great way to reduce housing shortages and bring down the relative value of housing but who is going to build the required access roads, sewers, power supplies, gas supplies, cable, fibre. public transport etc? Maybe it should be done like the early days of Milton Keynes when a lot of government money went into pre-building the gridded infrastructure and then people filled in the spaces.

The only trouble with that is the price, who will pay for it? Taxes, no one will like paying higher taxes so that they can see their property values come down when the taxes are spent on the new housing that is designed to generally devalue in monetary terms the housing stock.

Since the largest bone of contention in the article and in many of the comments is affordability, maybe it would be a good thing to bring back Council Housing. What is left of the old Council House system is a load of apparently Non Profit trusts who manage badly so that the money they save can be used to pay huge salaries to the Trustees. at least with a council they are somewhat more answerable to the public and with the correct oversight built into a new system perhaps could be more efficient than some of the old councils were.

I have had some up close experience with the management of council houses in the old days and a couple of South London councils actually were able to maintain their houses well and turn a modest profit which had to be reinvested in the stock. A right to buy could work if the money paid for an existing house was obliged to be used in periodically building more or in purchasing refurbishable structures as they become available and converting those into housing.

Infrastructure is also a consideration when talking about raising density, you cant just double the number of people in a zone on a 24/7 basis and expect the utilities to cope with it without upgrading and it all has to be paid for, obviously once an area is up and running everything will be paid on a day to day basis but some one has to pay to put it there in the first place, if utilities have to look at spending millions or billions creating new supplies or drastically upgrading existing services they will want the money in place to do it unless someone can talk them into believing it's a great investment they should pay for in advance.

Just thought there were a few more things to think about than simply house/flats

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@ P.Lee

I gave you an upvote but must point out that Spain is very unlikely to be more solvent than the UK when the average Spaniard according to what I have read here is, as a family spending as much as 12%/annum more than their income. Many Spaniards buy cars and other consumer goods over periods of up to 8 or even 10 years after 5 a car is often in poor condition but they are unable to sell it for as much as the balance of the loan so they extend becoming worse off.

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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Re: Morris Dancers.

I have met a few Morris dancers, in fact my old physics teacher was one.

Morris dancing is less about the dancing, (though it is an important part of English folk culture) than it is about the amount of good ale quaffing to be had. Have you ever seen Morris Dancers far from a good country pub?

I suspect Morris dancers would stand a good to excellent chance of winning at bar combat.

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I fear for the future

Of the human race; Most of the voting results were in line with my votes, generally the nastier and more violent something is the more it is voted for, the slightly cuddlier or less deadly got a lot less of a look in.

Doesn't that say something about our proclivity for violence as a race or is it just Homo Vulturius as opposed to Homo Sapiens in general?

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Smart Kettle? Pah!

I have a €20 Lidl kettle and a very smart wife with a degree in biochemistry, she likes to get my tea right for me and appreciates a good cuppa herself. When they start making smart kettles with a 140 plus IQ I may consider retiring her but it will have to be able to put the cup on my desk beside me and kiss me on the cheek.

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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Re: Apple school of marketing?

Clearly they have taken a page out of the Robo Cop film and have borged some poor housemaid who has had a near fatal accident with her mop.

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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Massive realtime IP metadata analysis

If it is not already being applied through CCTV then a back door into glass if it became ubiquitous may be useful for someone.

Personally I have always considered over surveillance of the population as open to misuse.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Re: Define "air"

In general in things like hydraulics, cavitation is not really an 'air' bubble, it's a cavity, hence the name, a space in the liquid that is most simply described as a bubble. when pressure drops below a certain point in liquids they will tend to vaporise a bit in an attempt to equalise the imbalance or can produce a low pressure cavity due to shock waves which in turn produce their own shock waves as they collapse rapidly, both not good in most cases. On a badly designed power boat propellor for example, it is constantly moving forward and lumps, bumps or pits on its surfaces can create shock waves that will result in cavitation and in this case drag reducing its efficiency.

I think from the article the head of the torpedoe or sub is moving forwards so rapidly it is creating a pressure shock wave that is effectively bouncing the water in front of it, away thereby creating a low friction cavity for it to move into. what I am not clear about is how the continuing shockwave maintains a cavity instead of it fluctuating or periodicly cancelling itself out.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re-enforced Learning

It is surprising just how effective a swift kick in the goolies can elicit a rapid change in behaviour, pain associated with having done something wrong is one of nature's oldest reinforced learning tricks, it's why mothers in the animal world nip their young when they are being naughty.

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Brookhaven boffins boggle at baryons

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Question

Will this knowledge contribute to making a better cup of tea? Or a better pint for that matter.

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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

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Regina

Looks hot...... and a little hard boiled.

Good start though but can, and I expect will, do better.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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@ Ivan4

I think you missed in the first part of the article it describes the Vampires as a type of augmentation and the Zombies as an engineered earlier version of man.

I will get the book but will look for Blindsight first.

Amnogst my current favourites are two Brits Peter Hamilton and Alistair Reynolds good sci-fi space opera, Reynolds was a physicist before he quit to concentrate on writing and Hamilton just writes excellent stories with a British flavour.

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Claim: Microsoft Alt-F4'd Chilean government open-source install bid

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Lobby

Yeah, Lobby, dining room, large kitchen, 8 bedrooms, pool, "is that OK minister?"

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Re-Fuel

This is interesting:

http://livability.com/top-10/top-10-beer-cities/albuquerque/nm

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Have Card

Want Euro shirt.

Good luck with the not at all obstructive TSA, apparently even the Pope has to bend over on entry!

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Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue

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Cyborg Slake Moths

Where the hell did I leave my thaumaturgic foil hat?

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Samsung bags second Internet of Home Stuff home firm in a week

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I don't really get it

Possibly becase I am an old fart. But I see the IoT as a solution for a non existent problem; what's it for? a

Are we going to see all our appliances connected to the cloud so that we can choose a cloud based program to smartly run our homes and because they are connected our washing machine will mechanically tweet ' my owner uses New Daz in my detergent drawer' then all the other washing machines in it's social network will stop working until their owners use the same.

The whole thing sounds like Bollocks to me. Just another way to get more data from us to sell and use to stuff more useless advertising in our faces, well except me! the first thing I will do with any connected ' thing' I buy is disconnect the sod.

Signed; A Luddite

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: Ask a policeman

Word web ; Executive: Having the function of carrying out plans or orders, e.g. Executive Branch etc They 'execute' orders and instructions from the Home Office and courts etc

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Ask a policeman

Is almost anything against the law? and he will almost certainly reply in the affirmative.

Policemen are not actually trained that much in what the law is, they are the executive arm of the justice system, that's why they have Police Solicitors and the DPP who (hopefully) do know what is illegal.

I imagine it must be quite embarrassing for trained lawyers when they hear cops spout some of the rubbish they come out with

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UK.gov sinks another £1.6m into Internet of Stuff spec HyperCat

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Yippee!

"“The UK has an opportunity now, through HyperCat, to be central to the IoT revolution, levelling the playing field with the ubiquitous American giants and inspiring British industry to deliver £100 billion of value by 2020 – Great Britain can grow back its industrial teeth,” gushed Flexeye chief Justin Anderson."

The UK is going to start manufacturing again!..................??

What does he envisage Britain doing to make 100 Billion in less than 6 years?

Perhaps as he has already been snorting it, he could get Tinkerbelle to sprinkle pixie dust across the country.

Just need to get the spelling right: Hype Cat there FIFThem

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

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Ruthless bird brains

Chickens are indeed ruthless killers, in the days when I kept horses, I also had a fair few chickens wandering around, On the odd occasion when opening a feed bin and finding a mouse, if I was able to catch the little bugger and splat it the chickens would go mental with each other trying to get the most meat.Also if a mouse was daft enough to show up in their pen they would fight each other enough to the point the mouse could escape,

Their beaks are quite wicked and designed for cutting meat although they are omnivores. On the other hand genius is not a requirement for elevated status in the pecking order and like Jake I have mowed the odd chicken, I borrowed a Kubota out front mower , it had a 60" wide cutting deck with three large cutters, while I was topping the field my wife decided to let the chucks free range for a bit. One of the larger birds came ambling up the field then suddenly made a bee(chicken)line for the front of the machine and disappeared into it, I swear about three times as much gore and feathers came out the side chute compared to the amount of bird that went into it.

I also managed to strim a hen with a heavy duty strimmer, it took all the feathers off one wing but the bird survived and didn't seem too bothered by the experience.

For anyone who fancies keeping a couple of chickens I can recommend Wyandottes, the eggs are usually large, brown and often double yolkers. You can easily get 200 eggs a year from one of these hens.

Road sense is poor though.

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Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android

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Thought it would be great

to jot notes on my phone and Galaslab tab3 but using a rubber tipped pen with a 1/4" rounded 'point' is not something I can get used to when what you intended to write is not where you expect it to be, so after hunting around to get the right apps so that I could jot and sketch I have given up and gone back to my usual crappy typing. I have looked but so far not found a fine point electrostatic pen is it something to do with screen sensitivity?

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Top money men face up to 2 YEARS in slammer for neglecting to spot crim-cash activity

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I'd like to know

Why HMRC of all people is so concerned with terrist finance, is it because terrists don't pay tax?

Would they get any tax breaks if they offered to start paying?

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Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

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Hmm Seems to me

If they need to label a piece as satire they may need an explanation in simple words to go with it.

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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D.E.V.O

Mentored by Dave Bowie IIRC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFCU_Ld9snU&feature=player_embedded

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Google straps on Jetpac: An app to find hipsters, women in foreign cities

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Perfect

For a mustachioed, lipstick wearing, Hipster woman who likes a bit (of) hanging out!

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Terminological Inexactitude

I wonder if an FOI request would reveal whether councils have regulations against their spokesmen making terminological inexactitudes;

""Local authorities are the most transparent part of the public sector. People only need to log on to their council website right now to see more information on where their council spends money than has ever been published before,” he said in a canned statement."

I know one of the largest South London Boroughs was very fond of closed chambers secret sessions with no press or public notice never mind observation.

'More information...... than has ever been published before' not ALL Information note.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: Man drives a 'Ka'?

Some years ago I was told the Ka was based on a styling exercise done by the students of a class sponsored by Ford at a South London College; I have always hated the damn things as a styling fail (apart from the bonnet).

The new Ka Cabriolet actually does have some style, not bad looking at all, unfortunately it still seems to have the raw power of a twist and go scooter! So still a girly car.

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Usable but needs limits

The basic idea is good but as mentioned above scarcity is and will be a limitation to how much it should be used; the prefrontal cortex acts as a bottleneck so no matter how smart you think you are and how good a driver you may be, there is only so much information that can be processed at a given time.

In view of that; social media should only be functional if the vehicle is stationary and out of gear, personally I don't like phone calls in the car either, though most calls are low key an argument or something else as intense will affect your ability to drive and with so many people driving large heavy projectiles like my old 2 1/4 ton Disco, you can do a lot of damage with a little inattention.

Certainly though, the usual items on a dash display such as speed, revs as well as oil and battery and other warning lights could and should have been on HUDs in vehicles a long time ago.

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Renewable energy

There's a lot to be said for the old fashioned parking meters of my yoof.

I remember we had to put a sixpence in then turn the little handle that wound up the clockwork, that was back in the sixties. A mate of mine who ran a light transport company was asked by the local council to take away a load of clockwork meters from their yard and to dispose of them.

While we were loading them onto his truck we noticed a lot of them rattled, on getting them back to Den's yard we managed to break the rattly ones open and got nearly £300 in sixpences and old shillings out of them, since I have seen them on sale as 'curios'.

Den scrapped them in the '90s after being in a council shed for god knows how long and they all still seemed to work battery free.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Sounds like

A great way to alienate the fans, not that Murdoch ever gave a rat's arse about alienating anybody.

A ball hitting the back of the net could arguably be the player's intellectual property as they had to think about how to achieve the goal but Intellectual and The Sun in the same sentence? Oxymoronic!

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NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS

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Holy Crap!

The track reminds me of the track made by a dung beetle when they are pushing an elephant turd through the sand, the worry is not the two and a half to three metre dung beetle that pushed it, it's the size of the dung producer.

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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Perfect for the beach

If they can combine it with a solar power function it will be great for the beach.

There are lots of people male and female with dozens of square cms of sweaty tattoos. They could tweet and post on Fartbook all day from the beach.

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Snowden leaks show that terrorists are JUST LIKE US

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Tell no lies

Just misinform and misdirect.

USA, UK, France, Germany, Israel, Russia I don't believe too much of what any of them say, I'm running out of salt.

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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Trade and economy

Are driven by desire or want, if those things we want and desire today become freely available whenever we want them, then we will evolve to want something else that is not freely available.

Not everything is about what can be manufactured; the art and antiques trades are proof of that, trade and thus economy will always exist, even if what an individual wants or desires is an experience or an emotion, simply restricting one's view to consumerist production which is what a Command Economy would do would still miss much of what people would be willing to pay for in one way or another. There are reams of Sci-fi stories covering such things, particularly from the 50s and 60s.

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MPs to gaze upon biometric data industry's ID-gobbling tech

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Re: Let's get it over with...

Eventually the entire population wil have had an ID chip fired into their neck at birth.

Then the phrase 'well grounded' will come to have a new meaning.

Mine's the Faraday ankle length hoody with the drop down face veil... or is it a Burkah?

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: Wot no Bubble?

An upvote for you my friend; I had just counted over 70 comments with no mention of Bubble, one of Britain's god given ingredients for a true British breakfast.

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

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Re: Despicable management.

" I don't understand why senior management involved have not been terminated."

With extreme prejudice?

Many years ago I worked for a few months with a guy who had the contract for laying and repairing carpets at Bush House and Broadcasting House, although pre-IT the atmosphere was just the same; everybody jostling for position when the going was good or laying off the blame where there were problems, Oh and social and Corporation status was everything, in my case being in trouble for not getting the current entitlement to the correct quality and colour of carpet for them .

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Blighty in SPAAAACE: Brit-built satellite films the Earth

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Space Sector

Does this mean the British Government has finally realized that space is up there and may be quite lucrative?

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Fifteen countries KO'd in malware one-two punch

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Remote Island lair

Just for interest try Googling MH370 and Diego Garcia.DG is a naval base with 3000 people there and possibly a secret prison. Quite likely to be the real Darma initiative.

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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

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Re: Queen Elisabeth 1st.

And you and me and everyone else who feels we are over surveilled is regarded as a conspiracy theorist and accordingly belittled and satirised by our government representatives. It is unfortunate that the mainstream media seems to play along with our governments in preference to defending it's readers/viewers.

I find the majority of people when engaged in conversation on theses subjects tend to be surprised that I have any issues and don't really know what I am talking about, so I am not expecting a groundswell of anti-government opinion against surveillance any time soon, it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

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Beware WarKitteh, the connected cat that sniffs your Wi-Fi privates

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Re: Noooooooooooooooooooooooo

If 'she' is spraying your bike 'she' is almost certainly He, most females don't spray.

Just to eliminate one potential cure to stop cats spraying your bike or anything else; A friend of mine in the UK wanted to stop a local tomcat from digging up his bedding plants and replacing them with lovingly crafted cat turds, while shopping to replace lost plants in the local garden centre he discovered pellets that were derived from or contained tiger shit. The idea obviously being that a tiger is somewhat further up the ladder of catkind than a local moggy, the said moggy however had clearly not been watching the Nature Channel and had no idea what had produced the new smell on HIS gardens so he sprayed and replaced bedding plants even more.

Or maybe he had been watching and knew there were no tigers in South East London.

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Fanfare of trumpets as LOHAN reveals mission patch

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Yeah

Make the background Blighty or Yuropeen and you can put me down for a tee shirt, don't have much use for a pint mug as I drink Corona with lime from the bottle.

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Tiny transforming bots: Meet these self-assembling 'thoughtful' droids

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Re: Hmmmm...

You beat me to the same thought but:

Cue Country guitar and violin and think of these words ,

As I look at the letters that you wrote to me

It's you that I am thinking of

As I read the lines, that to me were so dear

I remember our faded lo.... AAAAaaarggh noooo don't cut me there!!

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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MMmmm roasted squirrel shit!

The best place in Europe for coffee is Italy, they are (Italians) coffee crazy and will not tolerate crap coffee. Here in Spain when Italians are on holiday they will send one of their crowd into a cafe/restaurant and if the volunteer reports a decent coffee they will all go in. if not they'll look for somewhere else.

I am basically a tea drinker but on 30 degree days like today, at lunchtimes in a Spanish restaurant a 'cafe con hielo' is a great way to round off a menu del dia, basically an espresso thick and syrupy in a shot glass with a larger glass full of ice. Stir sugar as required into the hot espresso till dissolved and then tip onto the ice and stir 'til enough of the ice has melted to make an enlivening, refreshing finish to the meal.

By the way having had to feed my daughter soya milk since she was three weeks old, I hate the smell of the stuff, it is not remotely anything like milk and contains phytoestrogens which mimic female hormones. Drink enough of it and you could grow breasts.

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US cyber-army's cyber-warriors 'cyber-humiliated by cyber-civvies in cyber-games'

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Not much of a surprise there then

I would imagine there is quite a disparity between the regulars and the reservists in terms of education and pay.

In addition, regular soldiers begin their training with discipline, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and do everything by the book, on the other hand the reservists have probably finished university and have achieved a great deal in their working lives by thinking outside the box.

Also the kind of guy that joins the military as a youngster is unlikely to be much of a nerd, having been in the British army I can tell you that few nerdy types last more than a week or two in basic training whereas someone who does make it to be a trained soldier and then goes on to become a techy is going to have had much less time to practice Nerdism particularly in his teens when most people do their best thinking.

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