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* Posts by Chris G

1522 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007

OPM data breach: Looking at you, China! National Intelligence head stares out Beijing

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Re: He's 'avin a giraffe

Beat me to it. I was going to say Putin, the Norks and israel are off the hook on this one then? Not to mention Cuba, Syria, Iran, Uncle Tom Cobbly an' all.

My money's on a thirteen year old kid somewhere on the planet with a guilty look and a smirk simultaneously on his/her face.

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Called their bluff

Some years ago I got a contract to work for a start up building a 40ft yacht based on a successfully competing hull. The two partners were Argentinian, the Company Secretary was Argentinian as were the four other workers; one lunch time they pointed out to me I was the only brit amongst seven Argentinians and that they wanted the Malvinas back.

I pointed out that if the had won the FALKLANDS war they could call them the Malvinas but since they lost the name should remain as the Falklands at minimum because that's what the people who actually lived there would like.

They began to argue their case so I just said 'Tell you what, lets fight for 'em now'. They shut up!

To be fair to Argentinians , I work with an Argentinian Yacht Skipper, he is well educated, a decent bloke and more than a little embarrassed at any mention of new claims to the Falklands.

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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Simple

Simple changes and simple jobs for the most part only exist in the minds of simple managers.

People who fail to really manage because they have no concept of what may be involved in carrying out a 'simple' request, to them it is simple because all they need is sufficient language skill to articulate the request before they go back into stasis.

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Man in India claims his new iPhone 6 combusted in his car

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Lottery

Can't say I am crazy about some aspects of Appoo but so far they have sold about 20 million iPhone 6s so 2 spontaneously combusting out of 20 million is not far off the odds of winning the lottery.

Hardly a trend is it?

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Go fac' yourselves: US privacy bods walk out of visage recog talks

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Re: Sad but working solutions...

Perhaps those companies could produce the balaclavas to mimic the faces of say; top supporters of

facial recognition.

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Innocent Spaniards roasted by experimental napalm mead

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Ring for help

Need help for ring.

I don't want to contemplate a heavy night on that stuff, pain at both ends the next morning.

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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Re: Viva GT

The Viva GT was an HB which as a GT came as a Mk1 and oddly later a MkII . The Vivas as you so rightly point out did not come as Mks but as HA, HB and HC, The HB performed best out of the the three, the inclined 2 litre engine was IIRC developed by Cosworth at the design stage although they didn't have anything to do with the Viva itself and it didn't have as much power as Cosworth could have put into it. The Firenza didn't handle that well although it was quite rapid. The HAs were very basic and I think never better than 56BHP, not a startling performer but very reliable and cheap to run , I had two of them as business vehicles, good full up ( and probably overloaded) for nearly a ton up a motorway.

I drove astage three Blydenstein Magnum belonging to a mate, it was bloody fast but much harder work getting it round a corner compared to the Viva. I think the last incarnation of the go faster HC was a Brabham which had a disappointing 1600cc 4 pot in it.

The Avenger Tiger was a fun car although ugly as sin but it was another one that didn't like corners, well, not with me driving it anyway.

The unfortunate thing with the old Rootes cars was the body work that would rot while you watched it, a shame because they made some nice cars! Come to think of it Vauxhalls at that time were not much better.

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Viva GT

My old man had a Viva GT Mk1 he paid about £2K for in the late '60s, I'm willing to bet it was at least as much fun to drive as this beast is.

The old GT came with a tad over 100BHP standard but my dad had Bill Blydenstein do some work on it and we were getting 128BHP on the dyno, it was good for 135MPH on the Hog's Back on a Sunday and could see off an XJ6 without any trouble, I am fairly certain the acceleration wasn't much slower than this VXR8, I think it was low 5s but not sure, off the line at Brands Hatch on a club day was always respectable and the handling for what was basically a tarted up family car was not too shabby unfortunately a brake disc quit on the Embankment and the Old Man buried the car under a truckload of spuds, the car was a write off.

Of all the cars my Dad had over the years the Viva GT was the most fun,possibly because it was a bit of a wolf in sheep's clothing.

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Boffins, feeling around in dark for Philae, lit up by bright spot on Comet 67/P

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Moon

Having just run the pic through my CSI Digital Image Enhancement Device (DIED) I can see that the bright spot is a Clanger mooning at the Rosetta camera.

It's definitely been recycled.

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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Re: That's what they want you to think?

Having just reacted and downvoted Unicornpiss, on second thoughts he/she may have been being ironic in which case an upvote would be in order. Alternatively it could be a case of 'Don't feed the trolls' so no vote. Decisions , decisions!

As for the really spooky peeps in the US, would they necessarily have any details on this database still?

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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Just being helpful

I was thinking of providing an app so that when the bikini calls for the aplication of sun block, it will forward the call to me, whereupon I will apply the cream.

I reserve the right to decline customers who are: male, not good looking, hairy armpits,have a large irate boyfriend/husband etc.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Why?

Exactly have the organisers gone into partnership with the local fuzz to spy on their customers and what right (if any ) do the plods have to surveil customers who have paid to enter a private event.? This is no different to the fuzz using facial recognition in a restaurant or the Albert Hall.

Just sounds completely wrong to me.

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It's a free country

Well not for long!

As for RFID tags, it should be mandatory for them to be removed as opposed to deactivated at the point of sale.

A good case in point being thr French Sports shop Decathlon, at the checkout they always have a pair of scissors to cut out RFIDs on previously bought items that customers are wearing, because they reactivate on entering the shop.

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Windows 8-Facebook sync blown away in API bombing raid

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Win8

So Windows8 is not so bad after all.

If the new 10 has an app to nuke any Farcebooker that wants to be my friend, I'll download it.

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Chips can kill: Official

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Killer chips

Don't come any closer! I've got chips and I know how to use them!

Everything is potentially dangerous: a friend of mine once spent six weeks on crutches due to excessive vitamins.

A pallet full slipped and crushed his foot.

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Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

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Brrmm Brrmm

I ahve driven the original Lotus 7s with a couple of different engines, 1.6 crossflow and a donor from a Mk1Lotus Cortina, I still think even today, if you like driving there is nothing that will put flies on your teeth quicker this side of a GSXR750.

However last week I got to be a passenger in a KTM XBow, supercharged and with the KTM upgrade to somewherearound 460 GeeGees it was awsome the engine sound alone would make you wish you had compromising photos of your bank manager.

Although faster than a 7 I will still not rate it as having a bigger grin factor because it doesn't, also new it is about £80K this one was second hand as new for only £31K so it was a steal, the KTM is a lot sexier looking than the 7 but for the price it should be, if you get a chance for a spin in one, snatch the keys before the owner can change his mind.

I have been promised a drive in a couple of weeks time, I hope it happens.

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Festival tech: Charge your mobe while you queue for a pee

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Pint glass?

At festival time ( every weekend when I was younger no matter what was going on) all liquid refreshment already comes in a handy container, why would you lug another one around ? Unless it is an already full one to replace the one you are about to finish!

Most of the tat in the articlebelongs at a Pageant of Motoring or similar event, not in a (muddy) field at a music festival; only carrywhat is vitally important, anything else you can take if the bird is willing to carry it.

If you really want hot food without queuing buy the military MREs http://www.hotpackmeals.co.uk/ like these you can carry half a dozen easily in a back pack.

If you don't have a little water to start the exothermic heating reaction, beer works!

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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I have a degree in robotics

When I shop I want to deal with a meatbag not a static, moronic lowest ( short of a snack dispenser) form of robot.

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Hackers steal files on 4 million US govt workers

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Just sitting

Sat on it since April and offering help to the hacked employees in mid to late June.

They realy care about the employees don't they.

the NSA and FBI using FISA to find hackers seem to be losing the battle, what they need is more data!

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Why did Snowden swipe 900k+ US DoD files? (Or so Uncle Sam claims)

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Re: I know I'm in a minority on here

Government is FOR the people, what he did was for the people, so he cannot be a traitor, he acted in their interests.

I don't think he was so much bothered by what he was doing as what the government and it's agencies were doing, that's where treacherous behaviour comes in.

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Half a billion for BLOODY BIG telescope in Chile

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EELT

For some reason this reads as Eel Tea every time I see it.

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Spaniards get that cinking feeling

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One of the great things about the Spanish, is how much you can murder their language and they will understand you and carry on as if you haven' t just spoken like a deme nted three year old.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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MS out borgs Faceborg, maybe.

This http://www.techworm.net/2014/10/microsofts-windows-10-permission-watch-every-move.html

from last October. MS wants access to ALL your Data, including keylogging.

Admittedly these downloads were for Devs and reviewers but it may be worth giving the T&Cs for the July downloads a reall ygood going over perhaps they are going to take all you privacy as a service...

and sell it as a service to Someone else/NSA/ FBI/ISIS who knows? As a former horse owner; ALWAYS look a gift horse in the mouth!

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Case for drone usage now overwhelming as Enrique Iglesias concert almost stopped

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Re: It was his own fault

It was a near miss for Darwin!

Better luck next time eh?

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Successful

Doesn't necessarily mean intelligent.

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Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

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Running around erect

And naked.....

I bet he felt a bit of a plonker!

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It's not over 'til Saturn's spongy moon sings: Cassini probe set for final Hyperion fly-by

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Re: It a stone beehive

Thanks AC, the last time I read that was in the '80s. Duly bookmarked!

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Big Target

Hyperion looks suspiciously like a missile range, the Saturnians must have been shooting stuff at it for centuries to get it to look like that. It looks as though one of the blasts which appears to have blown the whole side out that is facing the camera would have been a planet buster, or enough to wreck a continent and start a nuclear winter.

Perhaps we should be nice to them?

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Taming the Thames – The place that plugged London's Great Stink

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Re: Charlton

I was not talking about the fuel so much as the size, pistons bigger than coffee tables etc

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Re: Embankment

Probably there would have been a European Union a lot sooner and with an Anglo-Germanic Europe we most likely would have taken the Left Pondians back under our wing, Africa would have been divided up between Germany and England and a lot more people in the world would be speaking German. Not too sure how well it may have turned out for the average man in the street though with the world being run by Prussians and the British Nobility.

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Charlton

Some time around 1980 I was working for a guy who installed heavy 3 phase switchboards and transformers. One of our jobs was to install a new transformer weighing about four tons into the power room in a Thames Flood Relief pumping station at Charlton, the entrance was down through a pair of double doors in the ground, as you went down the staircase a Victorian world opened up. The space was massive, the stairs went down to a cast iron grating floor which formed a mezzanine that surrounded the three huge three cylinder gas engines, they were originally run on Town Gas and then converted in the '70s to run on Natural Gas.They were the kind of thing you would expect to see in the bowels of a battleship.

Each engine had a railed platform at the top where an engineer could replenish the oil cups that kept the giant rockers lubricated, the whole place had the same kind of incredibly ornate ironwork the Victorians were famous for, fluted Corinthian columns with Icanthus and grape capitals and not one piece of purely functional cast iron anywhere. We couldn't afford the decoration and quality of work nowadays.

One of the engines was out of commission and having parts made for it, two of them if I remember correctly date back to pre 1st World War and one dated back to the late '20s.

To start them which was done on a regular basis (weekly or monthly?) required running a large road type compressor for 40 minutes to charge a tank that was then used to turn over the the engine, once running it was surprisingly quiet but a sight to see with the huge rockers moving so slowly compared to a car engine, I can't remember the rev range at all.

Something more that was impressive about them was the pump that the engines ran was a Tesla pump about 12 ft in diameter each having I think two discs running off the shaft and spaced quite close together, the pumping effect achieved by using the surface tension of the water to move it.

Amazing that this system could pump 70 gallons a second! or 252000 gallons/hr, to put that in the correct perspective the three together could empty and Olympic pool in about 53 minutes.

I am fairly sure the facts are correct which just goes to show how impressive the place was that I can still remember the facts with my terrible memory after 35 years. The engineer that told me the details was like a proud father talking about his kids.

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

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Re: Death by Drugs

What I am waiting for is for one of you 'legalise it' geniuses out there to explain just how drugs should be legalised.

My Brother in Law (Sister's husband) became a speed freak in the good old '60s when most of us oldies began to try a little of this or that, South London where I come from was a very free place for any kind of gear you might want, although coke wasn't common then,speed; amphetamines of various kinds, brown bombers, black bombers, mandys, Sulphate, Librium a whole range of barbiturates was al available, as was a range of cannabis that I don't think exists today. Rocky (maroccan resin) Black rocky, Paki Black, Gold Leb, Nepalese, and so on.

My Brother in Law never got out of it as most of us did, as he got older rarely keeping a job for long, his health got worse, his teeth fell out and finally at about the age of fifty his heart quit along with his renal systen and liver. All caused byspeed and the associated drugs that most speed freaks are into. Years later another Brother in Law who was rather more catholic in his drug tastes took a cocktail of recreational chemicals over a weekend at a serious party, he becam unconscious for some hours his brain became starved of oxygen, he went into a coma and some two or three weeks later they turne doff the life support.

Around the Millenium I lived in California and my girlfriend had a son in his thirties he became a crankster (Speed freak in Californian) when he was 14, had been close to total liver and renal failure several times in his lifeand was still fighting to become clean when I knew him.

My point is, how do you prevent that kind of thing happening, these three guys were all basically good people but trapped by drugs that were illegal but very available, if drugs were fully legalised then presumably they would become more available and those that are susceptible would be more like to succomb and die. I don't have any answers but I don't personally beleive that Carte Blanche legality is an answer either.

I experimented with a few things including magic mushrooms and various types of speed in the '60s and '70s but was not that impressed so I am not a 'never touched 'em and nobody else should' type, I just don't like some of the results that I have seen from drugs.

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And then the Google lad says: Of course you can use Android Wear without a smartphone

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China Syndrome

Smart watches have already taken off well in the Far East a look on Eto Talk, DX or Mini in the Box they all show dozens of wrist phones with varying capabilities from less than fifty bucks up to a couple of hundred or more. Dual sim is common and dozens of watch face choices are already there.

This is the West copying and improving on Eastern products for a change, I still don't see Westerners really going that much for Smartwatch tech but who knows I been wrong plenty of times before. On battery life; is there anything in the way of flexible LiPo battery that has enough zap to put into a wrist strap to augment the on board battery? There is this; http://reservestrap.com/ but it is not flexible and looks a bit clunky but it seems to work having 200mAh plus of power.

I know there are makers of flexible batteries for smart cards that go up to 200mAh but I think they tend to warm up a bit if usage is high.

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Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

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Re: I don't know about licensing

If it is necessary to pass an exam to get a diploma and a licence in order to be an IT Senior Engineer, then the majority of people will train to pass the exam rather than continue in job training to stay up to date and do a competent job.

How many holders of licences are not worth the paper in the frame on the wall?

If licencing was introduced to be valid, holders would really need to be retested annually or bi-annually to be sure they were up to standard, someone somewhere will have to pay for the licencing system and the cost of engineers maintaining their status, when bean counters are already reluctant to spend good money on an engineer that does something they don't really understand, what will be their attitude when the engineer is even more expensive?

Much of the fault in lax security is the result of upper management not appreciating the need and value of an intangible like security and cutting corners in the IT departments and not encouraging IT to spend time training staff in good security practices.

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Google puts Android on a diet, names it after the first thing it sees under the sink ... yes, Brillo

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Pots and pans

Brillo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brillo_Pad Brillo Pad is a trade name for a scouring pad, used for cleaning dishes, and made from steel wool impregnated with soap.

That should get the kitchen well connected while cleaning the pots and pans and Weave should be able to let the cooker and the fridge know that now the pots are clean there will be some cooking to do. Very useful!

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Zuck-Up as Facebook Messenger app tracks you everywhere forever

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I can see the future

And it very likely includes a Zuckborg just like the one in the article. A grinning vacuus cyborg with no concept of privacy, sucking up everybody's data and leaving it where anybody can find it.

The creepiest photoshop job I have ever seen.

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Do svidaniya Roscosmos. By the way, any idea where that 92 BEEELLION rubles went?

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Re: The wonder of it all

Do you really believe the exonerating circumstances you quote make three times as many deaths in the American Space Program compared to the Russian Space Program makes it alright?

Astronauts and Cosmonauts have died horribly regardless of whether it was an administrator or anyone else involved in the programs who was at fault. Having a shuttle makes no difference or is it better to be able to have an accident in a space craft that can kill more people because it has a greater capability.

My post was a response to the remark that it's a wonder the Russians can get anything into space, they actually did it first and have generally done it at a lower human cost, and that is not intended to take anything away from the achievements of either NASA or American astronauts all of whom are without a doubt individuals of the highest calibre. If you don't think politics and industry infighting and back room deals don't play a part in the space program you are welcome to maintain that opinion.

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Re: The wonder of it all

To date the yanks have lost 24 astronauts in the space programs compared to 8 Russians, the russians still have a more or less working launch vehicle the Yanks own launches are mostly carried out with Russian motors.

I dare say there is as much graft in the American system as in the Russian system. It just goes to show how good NASA is that it can carry on and deliver as well as it does.

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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Darien Gap

For any LandRover enthusiast or for that matter LandRover knocker have a look at this and then buy the book.

http://www.4wdonline.com/LandRover/RR1/Darien.html

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Wouldn't have a rice burner

I currently have a Disco 1, 23 years old just passed 300k klicks, dead reliable and all but indestructable here where no car looks good after a couple of years with locals using your car as parking guide ( when it touches you know you are there).

When I lived in the UK, I had for 13 years a IIA 1964 rag top petrol 109", I admit it was never fast but pulling a two horse trailer with it most weekends meant not driving fast anyway. Even with 2 horses on board I never had a problem pulling the trailer through axle deep mud and the couple of rare breakdowns I did have I repaired with a leatherman tool and a screwdriver.

On tickover the engine was almost silent and never lost a half shaft due to fitting Derbyshire Landrovers replacements when I bought it ( older Landys had a groove milled around the halfshaft just outboardof the spline presumably so that the shaft would go before the diff , the Derbyshire item did away with the groove negating that problem. The diffs are pretty hard to break anyway short of allowing all the oil out of them.) A heater from a mini installed inside the centre seat bulkhead in addition to the Landy item kept your legs warm in the winter. Only got rid of it because it was not baby friendly, I PXed it for a Dodge Ram six pack with a lovely gas guzzling 5.2 V8 which oddly enough did about the same 20MPG as the Landy with a trailer.

The Dodge didn't have a hope in hell plowing through muddy fields though.

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Galapagos volcano's MILE-HIGH WALL of FIRE menaces SUPER-RARE iguanas

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Re: Hot meat pies?

And named meat at that!

From what I have just read, most of the wildlife there is at greater danger from tourism than the volcanic environment it has evolved in, although I can't picture how a large tortoise can outrun lava.

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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

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Re: who was first?

A quick Google show dozens of ideas for the same thing, they actually have working flooring to generate electricity in a Tokyo station at the turnstile area. I am sure the first I ever heard of the idea was in the seventies in a New Scientist article. There was also an installation at Stanford University in a student canteen or something.

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Will Hay: Britain's bumbling star of the screen and skies

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Where's the astronomy angle

I remember watching his films on TV as a kid on wet Sunday afternoons some real classic comedy.

I read all through the article expecting to learn more about his astronomy about which I knew nothing...

and still don't.

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Google patents DEVIL TOY which will BRAINWASH KIDS

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Channel Changer Furby

Presumably it also logs said sprogs media preferences for the benefit of Sales Propagandists

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

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Re: Super!

Pretty sure it was both and Sterling too 'Operation Bernhardt', apparently the best ever forgeries of British notes and the reason why the old white fivers were taken out of circulation.

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'The Google execs, the journalists, plus Brit and US spybosses in a cosy mansion confab'

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How do we know

That the Duncan Campbell that went in is the same one that came out?

Lizard in a Campbell suit for all we know!

Still, if you are not doing anything wrong;

Encrypt and VPN it anyway

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bog-standard boxty

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'Boys'

A few years ago my step daughter was 17, I got her a Saturday job in a Bike Breakers shop in Palma as she like bikes and had ambitions to be a bike mechanicby the time she had been there 3 months she was going out with the Pres' of the locals Angels chapter and borrowing his 1000 Blade. Once you got past his rough exterior he was a nice guy and she was certainly not at risk from any other boys, well, not if they wanted to carry on breathing at any rate.

N.B.No donkeys involved but I did get discount on spares for my old RD 350 Powervalve.

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Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

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Hmm, for a Mac pro and Final cut ProX you will pay about the same pricer as your set up in'97, the Mac book Pro doesn't make such a satisfying crash as the old monitors when you kick the bloody thing off the deskbecause it's...crashed again.

I had forgotten just how bloody awful Pinky and Perky were, I hated them when I was a kid and now I find I still do.

Muffin the Mule was okay though. Always liked a bit o' muffin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spQY2FbCUtM

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Water is key

The UK in 2013 used 21.9 million tonnes of petrol and diesel which roughly is equivalent to 8 million tonnes of H2, to produce that much H2 with electrolysis would at 100% efficiency need about 2 billion gallons of DISTILLED water, so we are not only talking about the 40kWh to electrolyse the water, we need to distill it first. In addition there is the 1100 gallons/ Kg need for cooling in the production stages. I think if the UK goes hydrogen powered there may well be a hose ban.

If I read it right, numbers based on this: http://phys.org/news/2007-10-analysis-requirements-hydrogen-economy.html

Also consider when your hydrogen has been used each Kg of gas will make 9.6 litres of water (a Kg of H2 has about the same energy as 4 litres of petrol) so London fogs could make a comeback on a chilly day with all that water vapour condensing in the rush hour.

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Okay I'll bite! Have you got one? Is it working for you?

I have a pair of anti gravity boots with extra strong laces: if I pull on them hard enough it lifts me off the floor.

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