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14 posts • joined 9 Apr 2008

Subterranean hive mammals may offer cancer cure

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Rufus - full on!

Beauty is in the eye... at least they won't get lice. Nor do they steal your car or pee in the lift, so leave the little super-shaggers alone, I say.

What would happen if someone stuck p16 into a defanged retrovirus as delivery mechanism? This is probably naive - for one thing the gene might need to be in the right place to be expressed usefully, but that seems like just another technical challenge. Can we look forwards to the day when kids get their anti-cancer shot around the same time as their MMR, etc. jabs. Any gene genies out there care to illuminate?

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DARPA gives Cal Tech boffin $6m 'to save Moore's Law'

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& another thing...

How will the system deal with failures in the sensing & switching circuits. My dear old friend Control is going down his familiar rabbit-hole.

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Expedition to probe cavern lake 3km beneath Antarctic ice

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Boffin

Bizarre life-forms?

So that's where good ol' George Dubya is these days.

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Gadget-buying Taliban 5th column in Blighty - shock!

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Paranomioid

A silly, immature response to a painful situation by silly, immature politicos who aren't doing any of the hurting. & I wonder how they know the remote controls came from Blighty - all of Maplin's stock is far-east manufactured. We stopped making stuff during La Tatch's rein to concentrate on banking - that was a stroke of genius, wasn't it.

Pyro, because fire made it good.

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Archos 5 internet-enabled PMP

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Archos - approach with caution

I have a 605 Wifi (4GB). When I bought it I really wanted to like the product, but little by little Archos managed to chip away at my love, until now I barely use the thing & will never again buy an Archos product.

Briefly: The hardware & especially the software are always in beta & never quite work. Technical support are grossly incompetent & rather rude, eg. send a bug report & get a message back saying 'Yeah, we know' - & they still haven't fixed the bugs. & a few months before shipping a new range, all maintainance of the previous models will cease - learn to love those bugs 'cos you'll be stuck with them for ever.

In my dealings with Archos I was made to feel that I really didn't matter. I realise that to a big, mass-market company individual customers don't count for much, but you never actually tell them that.

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Is Microsoft's Silverlight evil?

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Not really

Microsoft no longer have a vice-like grip on our ideas-space thanks to competition from Google, Adobe, FOSS - so I guess we can say that capitalism works, at least some of the time.

Silverlight is just another framework to code against. Wherever a framework comes from, there will be pockets of obscurity & frustration. Even using a FOSS solution, if one hits a serious pothole & has a project due by week's end, being able to hack the framework is of minor comfort. Even if one does put on the kettle & get stuck in, the finessing has to be integrated back into the main project. Fixing FOSS can be significant work, even if ultimately satisfying.

Bottom line for me: Yeah it's Microsoft (boo, hiss, etc), but it ain't too shabby & (with .NET 3.5) works under XP & is no worse than any other solution.

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Joint Committee gets it (mainly) wrong on human rights

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appropriate & reasonable

Appropriately arguable & reasonably unreliable, a lawyer's wet-dream indeed. I have seen contracts thrown out because they contained the seemingly innocuous 'reasonable'; seems such an obliging, helpful word but it's meaning is entirely subjective & gives me learned friend a lifetime of work as a quibble-point.

& besides, it all sounded like anodyne rubbish: We happy citizens can expect government to achieve appropriate KPIs within a reasonable timeframe, based on best-value service provision analysis...

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BAA 'invented green superjumbo' to OK Heathrow plans

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You what...?

I used to live 10 miles from Heathrow, heading towards central London & the noise of the jets as they lumbered upwards was enough to drown-out a conversation. Not all the time as they'd swing the flight paths around to give everyone their fair share of nuisance. Those babies are loud & the aggrevation will only grow.

The bestest time was after 9/11, flights were stopped over London, the crafts all had to climb over fields, then turn to their destination. It made such a difference, so peaceful that the urban could be mistaken for rural.

The object lesson was that the majority of those disturbed could have quieter, better lives, but only at the expense of the airlines having to pay a few quid more for extra fuel & adding 10 minutes to each journey.

The airlines will always be considered before mere people, can't imagine why.

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eBay Terror Ambulances of DEATH menace UK - top cops

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Pirate

More FUD

'lack of legislation' ? But there is clear legislation prohibiting impersonating a police officer.

These unelected, officious, politically-motivated gits will continue to demand more & more powers, that is the nature of unimpeded bureaucracies who have forgotten the moral basis of their existance, they grow like tumors.

Enough! Go catch some burglers & remember who you work for.

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Automated profiling tech is crap, says Home Office

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A matter of potential concern...

that camera wielding peadophile-terrorists will hijack the LHC & bombard the Palace of Westminster with strangelets. The government must act now to stamp out this menace!

Or we could just spend our time dealing with disease, hunger & ignorance.

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BBC deploys the Tw*t-O-Tron

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Eeek!

The crack-addict swans stole my satanist peadophile to buy immigrants.

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Police protester snap did not breach rights

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Black Helicopters

Plus ca change

It would be naive to consider just the legal case. This is a very well established technique in a game of control. MI5/The Branch have been expertly turning over the abodes of naughty radicals since forever. The trick is to leave just enough out of place so the target knows they've had a visit.

If you're going to protest for what you believe, be ready to be strong because, as the Chinese say, the nail that stands up gets hammered flat.

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Dell readies Asus Eee PC, HP Mini-Note rival

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The Shadows...

Hmmm, while I'm often up for a good ol' conspiracy theory, during shooting the 'Geeerl' it looks like sun was overhead & they used fill flash, otherwise her face would have been in shadow. Still, I expect we'll be seeing her again.

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Metal Storm reveals pocket bunker-buster test outcome

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Fire did not make it good

I doubt that these 40mm rounds contain what is usually thought of as an FAE (fuel-air explosive), & while there are several ways to thermobaric destruction (a flame-thrower counts) I expect these will have a high-explosive core that projects combustible gunk outwards. The gunk starts burning as it encounters the air & creates a fireball. The thermobaric (heat & pressure) blast is really good against soft, fleshy targets in confined spaces. First the burning stuff rushes past you, then is more gently pulled back inwards (Kadenesky effect, if memory serves), which tends to get fire into every nook & cranny. Nasty, or effective, depending on which side of the muzzle you're standing.

There simply isn't room in a 40mm round for all the clever fuzing required for an FAE.

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