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23 posts • joined 27 Nov 2007

New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

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Blimey - Sounds Too Good To Be True - Help Please.

Story sounds great - But vague. I'm not at all clear how the nuclear waste reacts with the graphite to produce huge amounts of energy. Can somebody explain how this all works?

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UK nuclear: Walking into darkness with eyes screwed shut

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Can Someone Tell The BBC ?

This disaster has been creeping up on us for a decade - I remember ridiculous renewable energy targets - "10% by 2010" was one, now "20% by 2020" . Utterly crack-pot numbers, pushed into the public domain in what amounts to a campaign of deception. Can someone out there get to the media luvvies, in their Norfolk farm cottages start to tell the truth?

Help please.

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Too rude for the road: DVLA hot list of banned numberplates

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Get A Doctor!

Some examples seem incredibly obscure - Sorry I mean VA6E.

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Nipples and teen lesbians sexy even when ironic, ASA rules

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Teenaged Girls Sexually Provocative !!!

Full marks to the ASA for putting a brake on this disgraceful notion that teenaged girls might be sexually provocative.

This is clearly a step along the slippery slope of behaviour that could lead to copulation, pregnancy and the continuation of our species.

What is the world coming to?

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Boots punts over-the-counter paternity test

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Panic 'ut Mums' Net?

Women's groups have long campaigned against these tests - even to the extent of advising mums to hide the children's underwear when the "Ex" visits.

It's likely that a considerable bunch of dosh is currently being spent supporting the children of gentlemen that escaped the memory of the mother during divorce and maintenance discussions. Quelle surprise.

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General Motors bitchslaps Tesla with Range Anxiety™

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80% Charge in 3 Minutes!?

Blimey - I don't fancy standing anywhere near an electric car battery-pack stuffing itself with megawatts* of energy! Could be a great 'forecourt emptier'. (*OK ,Megawatt seconds - pedants).

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Secret US spaceplane spotted in orbit by hobbyists

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Could be useful for cuddling up....

A useful role I can imagine, for such a manouverable craft, would be to mosey up to other satellites and then 'zap' them if required.

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Mystic Met closed Europe with computer model

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"Contingency Plan" Definition Required ...

I keep hearing talk - especially from the chaps at Nats that upon receiving news of the cloud they have implemented a "Contingency Plan".

What is their "Contingency Plan"? - It looks to me like the ability to say "Stop" when confronted with data, not generated by them, which is compared to a rule book issued by the European agency. Anybody could do that. They appear to have no executive authority, at all.

In my book, a "Contingency Plan" would include: Alerting Ferry companies to put on extra ship. Alerting coach and rail companies to put on extra vehicles and coaches. Contacting embassies abroad to implement previously agreed visa and travel waivers to ease the chaos abroad and alert UK "Border Agency" to expedite passage back into the country without petty -fogging beurocracy likely to try the patience of the most stalwart returning "rough sleeper" and family. A phone number to someone with real information instead of a time-serving jobs-worth would also not go amiss.

When this is all over there should be a complete clear-out of these hopeless Apparatchiks into some less demanding role.

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Newsnight tries banalysis 2.0 for Prime Ministerial debates

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It Was Embarrasingly Bad

This poor front-man had clearly been told to go out there and " Get down with the kids on the street"

Falling over himself in mock excitement, he was unable to put his own sentences together, never mind the drivel of the "monosyllabs" he was compelled to read out.

No more, please!

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Ladies face 'glass cliff' after breaking 'glass ceiling'

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....bettter analysis required......

Excellent points made here. Well done. (This report reminds me of the gender pay inequality assertions from various pressure groups in UK. - Invariably, they omit to mention thata they are not comparing the same or even similar jobs, consequently skewing the results).

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There's water on the Moon, scientists confirm

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Water On The Moon On The Brain

I can't be the only person to have read about the discovery of water on the moon many times before.

I have seen photographs of 'ice' - inches thich and there was a very successful, but under-reported, UK radar scan, that identified water or ice several feet thick, beneath the surface, a couple of years ago.

Is this latest 'news' really news or attempt by researchers to justify their grants? I would genuinely be interested in an answer.

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Trading Standards calls for online knife sale ban

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A Marvellous Initiative

Top marks to the Trading Standards people.

Only the other day I was on my way to buy a top-of-the-range plasma TV (Small-print APR 35%) when I spotted a young man who could easily have been concealing an internet-available knife. I turned around and went straight back home.

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Disney punts hetero luuurv to wide-eyed kiddies

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How Do They Get Funding???

Blimey, Guv. - How on earth and who on earth is funding this stuff?

It really does look like the output of people with much too much time on their hands.

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'Air fuelled' battery tech invented in Scotland

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A Practical Electric Car - Maybe.

If the claimed energy densities are correct, this could finally make a practical electric car a reality - Unlike the various still-born jokes trumpeted to-date, by the ignorant rich, tree-huggers and arts driven media.

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Iranian rocket puts satellite into orbit

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Brit Sattelite Still in Orbit After 30 Years

I'm sure I recall the launch of a UK satellite on a UK rocket - Blue Streak, I think - In the 60's and still in orbit now.

Your article is a wonderful view into the educational background of those in the media. This gem certainly sits alonside the "Reefs" horror put on screen by the BBC during the recent Rememberance Day TV coverage .

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Thames windfarm execs: We need more subsidy

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Pro Encon Anti Bullsh*t

I'm impressed that claims of 30% efficiency are being made in this debate. Germany - Which has easily the largest wind-generation plant in the world - recorded approx. 17% of rated capacity in the last full reporting year.

The uncomfortable truth is that wind power is a poor contributor to the energy mix and is likely to remain so. The public continues to be mislead by vested interests (including the 'Green' movement) fully aware of the general public's poor understanding of physics and engineering.

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Heavyweight physics prof weighs into climate/energy scrap

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At Last! - A Reasoned Counterweight to the Media Eco-Mafia.

Common sense at last! I remain concerned that the 'eco-mafia' - The highly eloquent, highly paid, arts biased opinion formers -Will pull out all the stops to obfuscate the truth and mislead the public.

At heart is a truth that many will not or cannot grasp elementary ideas in the sciences and much prefer a world in-line with their cherrished misconceptions.

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How big an eco-hazard is IT equipment?

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Same Woolly Logic Gave Us Low Energy Light-bulb Crusade

Technical ignorance is rarely a check on eco-campaigners in full cry. The same people are foisting Low Enrgy Lightbulbs onto a (cold) Northern European population where any savings will be miniscule. We will however be just able to read of the triumph in the shimmering, eerie glow of a 15W neon lamp.

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Notts police seize mobile phone stun gun

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Phone Shock or Maths Shock?

Someone should check the decimal points here! 900 Kv would give a spark nearly a metre long!

Holy incineration, Batman!

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M&S flogs lingerie model with 'durable hardwood feet'

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M & S Must be Reg. Readers

Wooden feet maybe, but not feet of clay. Page seems to have been corrected already.

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US Navy to test fire electric hypercannon

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Clarification Factoid

At the risk of sounding too much like a train-spotter, it's worth mentioning that 1 megajoule is 1 megawatt for 1 second.

Once this is clear, the whole article is much easier to understand - For example, the 100 megawatts to provide 64 megajoule is actually a burst of energy lasting roughly half a second.

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Ryanair battles ASA over 'saucy schoolgirl' ad

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ASA & Ryanair - hats Off to Ryanair

Full marks to Ryanair for standing up to the ASA. As they say, they are "unelected" and "self appointed ". If they were "dimwits" life for the rest of us would be much easier. Unfortunately they appear to be either 'spineless' - for not standing up to 14 whingers out of a pool of 60 million - or carrying the flag for a puritan agenda sometimes associated with stroppy feminist groups.

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New BAE destroyer launches today on the Clyde

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Don't Confuse Wolves With Darts

Interseting article about the new navy destroyer. However I'm pretty sure that the "antique Silk Worm" missile was shot down by a Sea Wolf missile not a Sea Dart. The Sea Wolf is still a serious piece of kit and well capable of bringing down a cruise missile - Antique or otherwise.

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