* Posts by Alan Douglas

15 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007

Multinationals out themselves as big Aaas fans

Alan Douglas

About 60 to 61% ?

Is that close to 60.5% ?

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Vatican blogger meeting says no to copyright, yes to lifting content

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...the copyright on their book expired over a thousand years ago

According to Nietzsche, yes but others might argue the author is still alive.

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Radiohead goes out on a limb with 'newspaper album'

Alan Douglas

Correction

In fact, the minimum payment to download the In Rainbows album was 0p, not 1p, and in this case the processing charge did not apply.

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'London black cabs to go electric in 2 weeks' – Boris Guardian

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Swappable battery packs?

I'm impressed to see that the Reg has a clear idea of what technology will be available in 2020 for electric cars. Wonder if it's possible to invent swap-in/out battery packs by then which could be used in a fleet of taxis, to avoid individual taxis having to sit around charging all day?

Also, what about flying electric cars by 2020, any chance?

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Social-engineering contest reveals secret BP info

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But "social engineering" sounds like a good thing

Although "social engineering" is a useful phrase, and it's now well understood, I don't think it was well chosen. I would prefer Engineering to be seen as professional and useful activity, contributing to the well-being of society as a whole. Perhaps a more emotionally charged term such as "social dicking-about", "social cracking" or "con-cracking" would better express the activity. IMHO.

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Satnav leaves family stranded in Outback for three days

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It wasn't the satnav that left them stranded

Had they been using a map and the same thing happened, would we blame the map?

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Blighty's first home grown war robot takes to Welsh skies!

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ROTM

First test flight yesterday. Today, all flights in UK airspace cancelled.

Coincidence? I think not.

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Skewing statistics: Booze, money and sex

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Saying "of course" doesn't make it true.

Seems reasonable to me that if an asset cannot be transferred, converted to cash or disposed of it should not appear in the balance sheet for an individual.

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If internet had existed before we were born would we be here now?

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More like this!

This is the kind of insightful look at technology that we need, taking us to one side and looking from another angle. More articles like this please! I've been waiting at least a year to see something so good.

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Lords: Analogue radio must die

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Environmental issues

Has anyone calculated the increased power consumption that will be required to run all these DAB radios? Must be some % of a new power station.

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'Clumsy' French cop tasers schoolkid

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Re: Anton Ivanov

The Jurassic era takes its name from the Jura Mountains, between France & Swizterland.

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Facebook enshrines dead people profiles

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What a laugh...

Yes, fooling Facebook about this would be about as funny as posting a fake notice in the obituaries section of your local newspaper. So I'm sure a lot of people will do it.

This memorialization idea isn't too bad really..

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Researchers forge secure kernel from maths proofs

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AManFromMars?

I understood AManFromMars comment, in fact it's what I wanted to say. Should I be worried?

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Microsoft extends Red-Ring-of-Death cover to fresh Xbox fault

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re: Why it's called the 360?

So it makes them dance, first a pirouette, then a moonwalk up to it and away?

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Godless N Korean commies ate my monster rabbits

Alan Douglas

Perhaps this is the reason?

"You fools! I said " a giant *ROBOT* army...." - Kim Jong-Il

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