* Posts by Charlie Clark

2869 posts • joined 16 Apr 2007

An alleged 27GB Sony Pictures data dump. 65 PlayStation web servers. One baffling mystery

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Re: Which bittorrent client are the pictures from?

It looks very much like Transmission on Mac OS

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: What about the debt

Fuck off, Worstall

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Accept no substitute!

A real pie is so much more satisfying. The fake ones are like mogadon next to heroin!

Trainspotting icon?

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: So much hate???

Wow. I can't believe there are so many tech people hating Win 8, while loving Win 7.

Newsflash: little things matter. I'm returning this very fast Alfafa Romero car because I can only get into it with a coat hanger…

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Re: XP popular in Asia on ATMs and Cash Registers

XP still rulez (and is supported) on lots of PoS and embedded devices where Win8 might arguable more suited if only the hardware requirements weren't so high.

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Re: Real argument backed by some actual facts

know Microsoft despises the GPL and would rather juggle porcupines than release software under that license. They keep telling me that BSD is 'business friendly', so when they release Windows with a BSD license I will take a look at it.

Well, I do write and contribute to open source software and I also despise the GPL but fortunately it looks to have served any usefulness it ever had (if it ever had any) and on the way out.

It was only ever FUD at Microsoft about open source and the retards who fulminated against interoperability and open source seem to have left with Ballmer. The .NET stuff is Apache licensed and could be very interesting and useful. It's certainly bound to annoy that other software cancer: Oracle.

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Re: LOL ... Yet more biased anti M$ bull.

Also, those of you complaining you got a windows install "forced upon you" ... you really aren't that smart are you?

Oh, how we laughed! Thanks to MS volume licensing deals (trade secret so we can't give you the details) you get to pay for the licence anyway… Microsoft has used the same deals to forbid manufacturers from offering anything other than Windows 8 to consumers. That's what I call real market power! Just not in a free market.

Can someone hit this fool with a clue?

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Re: @Andy Prough

All this bullshit about interface is just stupid when you can install Classic Shell on a system in about 1 minute for free to get your start menu back.

It's not bullshit and it's not just the start menu, which I've personally never liked. I've given Windows 8 a spin and swapping between classic and metro is incredibly jarring and disorientating. I've been using GUIs of all types since Windows 2 but I still hate Ribbon and Metro the most.

Given the clusterfuck of Vista and WPF there's plenty to optimise and improve on so I wouldn't be surprised if Windows 8 isn't a bit snappier (the way Windows loads drivers is still fucking retarded though) and more secure, though we do notice those patches being issued for exploits on it all the same. But the real problem is that Microsoft still hasn't decided what the UI toolkit should be and that after XML, Silverlight, etc. is starting to unnerve developers as Tim Anderson recently pointed out.

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Re: Just popping over to Calais ...

So why exactly hasn't that already happened yet?

Because the operators fought it tooth and nail. It was the Parliament's and Commission's initial proposal back but the national governments successfully fought for the interests of the industry over those of the consumer. You know how it is…

It's all change from 2016 assuming the technology can be made to work (routing, billing, emergency services). But we'll still need a business model that will encourage further investment.

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Re: Just popping over to Calais ...

The operators have thought of that. On the SIM-only deals I've looked at there's always some small print to the effect of "if you mainly use this abroad we reserve the right to cancel it:".

They can cancel any contract for any reason as long as they respect duration and return any positive balance. They generally make money when you roam so there's little incentive for them to stop. I've had an Orange PAYG for nearly ten years here which I use for SMS with the folks. Never had any hint of a cancellation and it only gets around £10 a year.

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Personally, I think almost everything should be nationalised again because there's nothing a government can't supply at the same price as these companies are doing so

Not sure about that. In any monopoly situation where there is no competition the incentives for efficiency and innovation are removed and political meddling becomes only too easy (no economic penalty for daft decisions) as does the desire for national standards and champions: for every Mini there was also an Austin Allegro or a Triumph Acclaim.

IMHO the best solutions are often mixed where the government pays for and owns long-term and capital-intensive resources, which might include the cables, mast sites and even masts, but contracts the build and leases the use to private companies. The analogy would be the railways (country owns the track and stations) in any country except the UK: Sweden and Switzerland spring to mind.

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Re: Just popping over to Calais ...

Yea, but if they using the same operator or you could make calls to anyone in the EU like it was a national call

FWIW my network (E-Plus in Germany) has been offering this since the spring even on PAYG. Surprise, surprise I now use my phone more when I'm abroad.

Otherwise SIM cards from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands seem to be the best choice.

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Technical arguments

Given how well roaming works internationally I think it's safe to say that all technical arguments against national roaming are bunk. The article does highlight the two key points: spectrum without conditions; and decommissioning of sites.

The networks and suppliers are moving towards a classic separation of responsibilities with the suppliers taking over more and more of the business of actually building the physical network – the incentive here is scale and knowhow – which they can then rent to the networks in much the same way that wired telephone exchanges are.

But even with the scale of one physical network for all four operators there are still plenty of sites which are unprofitable. Arguably the consolidation has made the situation even more acute because networks are no longer competing through coverage differentiation. The simple solution is to mandate better geographical coverage to encourage build out and discourage decommissioning. Difficult to do once the spectrum has been awarded but still possible through financial incentives: tax breaks might be best here rather than handouts. The costs associated with the additional cells are pretty easy to calculate so a formula can be derived that works for everyone. This could be augmented with community cells for isolated villages that might want more bandwidth or granular coverage than the networks are willing to provide and you might need to grease BT's palm to lay some fibre here and there for the backhaul.

Long term, however, I suspect that national roaming will come in through the backdoor: 2016 will allow separate contracts for roaming and the rollout of wholesale telephony and data roaming which will make OTT services including VoIP accessible to everyone and will put further downward pressure on margins. But it won't improve coverage unless someone legislates for it.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Why?

just timed my lowly notebook (1.66 atom) - 20 seconds to login prompt and after logging in, 10 seconds for X to start manually. What is a few seconds saving off of that? My raspberry Pi running Slack* boots even quicker - maybe 15 seconds. My amd64 server takes about 30 seconds. So what advantage there?

Not disagreeing with you, but imagine the potential difference when regularly starting thousands of VM where time literally is money. Certainly an incentive to have things go moar faster there.

Pretty certain another boot manager isn't the solution in that case which possibly why Docker is getting so much interest.

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Re: Production ready?

RHEL, arguably the only distro that actually matters.

ROFL

Or this is evidence of RedHat's long term game plan to own, and I mean this literally, the Linux eco-system?

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Shin avoids boot: Samsung hangs onto mobile chief despite crappy Galaxy S5 sales

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I don't mind the UI of Touchwiz too much but I do wish to be able to install the stuff I don't use. Fortunately, getting Cyanogenmod on any Samsung is pretty easy with the flagships all well-supported.

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Re: The S2 S3 & S4 are too good and well made

@ledswinger

we're not really disagreeing. If many did act as you did (and I suggest) then the price premium of the new version is possible too high. This means that either the S5 was too expensive (it probably was) or the discounts on the S4 and S3 were too high.

On the plus side it probably means that S5s will become pretty cheap when they need to shift volume next year.

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Re: The S2 S3 & S4 are too good and well made

Arguably the S5 is the replacement model for S3 users (based on the 2-year contract model). But the S5 did seem to arrive pretty shortly after the S5 because Samsung have been speeding up the development cycle. Maybe people with S2s and S3s decided that a cheaper S4 or S4 mini was a bargain in comparison. If so, Samsung should be looking at keeping up their prices like Apple do.

The lack of sales in China will certainly hurt but the competition there is particularly fierce.

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Docker: Sorry, you're just going to have to learn about it. Today we begin

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Nice succinct history of containers but it seems to be missing some of the excellent work that Sun did with its containers.

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Re: FreeBSD for servers

FreeBSD is already in use for a lot of servers. But it's never had the mindshare of the me-too crowd so it's traditionally been less appealing to the outsourcers who are looking to deskill, and thus reduce wages, wherever possible. Maybe the systemd mess will encourage a few more frustrated sysadmins to give it a go.

Similar story is Postgres vs. MySQL.

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

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OMG WinForms

However painful it may be in the short term, admitting you went down a dead end is best done sooner rather than later. Communicate an end to WinForms wef XXXX and get on with the replacement.

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Apple’s $700 BEEELLION market cap makes it more valuable than Switzerland

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Re: So depressing

The reward actually goes to the shareholders and accountants who came up with the share buyback scheme. This is debt-financed (at nearly 0 %) and, therefore, can be offset against tax. The buybacks are, of course, tax as capital gains and not income. Oh, and let's not forget that low interest rates and money printing have caused an equities boom.

All said that, based on P/E, Apple is not as overvalued as say Amazon!

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IDC: iPad sales CRASH incoming ... Win 8 killing 2-in-1 typoslabs

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No news

Courageous of IDC to forecast all the way out to 2018. Would be nice to see how their previous forecasts have held up.

I think anyone who's got a tablet should give themselves an award for predicting longer replacement cycles. But I'd also expect the market to continue growing not least because we're getting a generation of kids who are growing up with the tablet as their primary computing device. I suspect the main displacement is going to be gaming and media consumption devices but more may follow over time. They will use PCs only when absolutely necessary.

The Surface has failed as a device (RT was bizarrely crippled, the Pros are overpriced for the mass market) but may end up being the shape of things to come as tablets and notebooks converge and useful form factors made with commodity components emerge. Though it's still not clear as to which eco-system will profit most from this.

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Samsung to boot out Shin after Galaxy S5 tanks – report

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Re: S5.. .meh

FWIW I get the same battery life out of mine with Cyanogenmod as with Samsung's distro with energy saving options enabled. But the biggest difference is switching WiFi on only when needed.

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Re: Good hardware... but

Some of the software is pretty good but it should all be easily removable. Fortunately, rooting Samsungs is pretty easily done.

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

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Re: AdBlocker?

No, it's a browser extension. Plugins are independent programs that just get called by the browser and just appear to run in it. Extensions run in the browser using an API.

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BT in talks to RE-SLURP O2 after spitting it out a decade ago

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Good news for the bankers

Who'll stand to earn yet again.

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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

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The shop hours have improved a lot over the last 15 years. In most cities you can now shop till 8 Monday to Saturday.

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Re: Londoner near Duesseldorf

We'll have to continue not meeting up! Successfully avoided fellow expats for about the same time as you.*

You can get quite a lot of stuff and the American and British store on Corneliusstr, but good cheese really is hard to get. Reasonable set of beers and ciders, though as I like Alt I'm happy to stick to Schlüssel.

The mentality of the people here in the west is pretty close to British so integrating isn't too hard: they'll generally laugh at the jokes, even if they don't tell too many themselves.

* I will admit to having a bit of a hankering for some carol singing (with some figgy pudding, of course).

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HTML5 vs native: Harry Coder and the mudblood mobile app princes

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As usual, an article by Matt Asay is more about the buzzword bingo than the given topic.

Nice work though, if you can get it. VP Mobile Ecstasy or whatever for Adobe.

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DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS

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Also - and again, please correct me if I am wrong - Plone

You are wrong. Particularly Plone, with which I'm most familiar, targets non-techies and there are lots of installs of it by people with minimal technical skills. There are also lots of plugins for it.

I remember well when I recommended Plone to a teacher looking for something for his school (this was 2002 or so). A couple of years later he asked me his first technical question and a few years ago told me it had been adopted for the state educational intranet.

Nowadays, I'm more a fan of Substance D, not least because it has the best name! ;-)

Back to the keypoint: lots of pen-testing kits are open source and so little excuse for not including them in the release cycle.

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I know Plone does and I believe El Reg is running Bricolage.

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Headmaster

So the three major free PHP CMSes: Joomla, Drupal, and Wordpress have flaws.

I'd take issue with describing either WordPress or Joomla really as content management systems, despite the fact that they are often used as such.

Security and secure development have never been high on the PHP agenda: ease of use and deployment have traditionally been far more important. Without a culture of security, you'll only get insecure code witness the heap of CVEs related to PHP and systems written in PHP. I'm not saying it's not possible to write good, safe code in PHP but it is harder than in most comparable languages. The recent exploit in Drupal highlighted this because it was down to parameters not being quoted properly. How that kind of code could be accepted by project leaders is beyond me.

The rest of your post is uses the strawman of homemade CMS to justify using the leading crapware. There are lots of CMSes and even ones that take security seriously and run their own pen-testing.

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Brit mobile firms in FOURPLAY TUSSLE – how very French of them

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About 10 years ago, Faultline wrote a report on the economics of quad play. We hardly sold any

Given the quality of the research – mainly PR for one company or another – is that any surprise.

Convergence has a been an on-off buzzword for the telecommunications industry since the late 1990s. In the battle for Mannesmman it was was key concept: Mannesmann favoured convergence; Vodafone said the future would be mobile only.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Re: Just a guess

Either that, or a company chasing Microsoft's business.

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Re: “As corporates buy apps and devices ...

Who says Microsoft won't play their usual games, and start adding features that are only available on Windows Phone to push people towards their solution?

Well, in the mobile world Microsoft resembles IBM in the OS/2 days: it might make more money from selling Office on Android and IOS than it ever will on Windows Phone. At some point the shareholders might get restless enough to force them to do so.

Where Microsoft will pick up sales is in tablets + docking stations as notebook replacements. Expect the number of "apps" to remain modest, though. It will be largely retooling internal systems for mobile and lots of cloudy, Salesforcey stuff. hm, there's a thought: Microsoft's next acquisition?

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Smartphone chip champ Qualcomm says it's ARMed for server wars

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Re: It would be good to see their weight thrown in

Then we need a desktop version with GPU

I'm pretty certain we don't need those before the server chips come out. Desktop machines need the OS and all the apps compiled for the architecture, data centres just need a compiler.

For large customers (say Facebook) it might make financial sense to do one-off SoC runs (up to a million units). But, your other point about UEFI and other low-level support is probably the biggest hurdle left for ARM to take. Once that falls then the price advantages of ARM will be very hard to ignore.

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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Damn, a plausible explanation that isn't a conspiracy theory!

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Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search

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Do No Track is less than a fig leaf, a total waste of time and the mention of it in the article is a red herring. I suspect the dispute with Google was about money and only money.

Google is successful because its search is very, very good.

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Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

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Re: Humor me here

I just did the same and Windows Update only told me about the July update that I can't install for some reason. However, when I looked at the details the new one was there but just not selected. So, check the details of the available patches.

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Re: MS, please help me understand

Thereby, instead of keeping on whining about MS…

No, it's perfectly correct to moan about MS's dreadful track record on this. The issue of liability is also important for software companies: think of the trillions that Microsoft has made over the years by selling shoddy software. Who pays for any lost time / overtime as a result of some of these serial fuck-ups? Will it really take a massive legal case to change fundamental development practices? Will companies start behaving differently if the same recall rights apply to their software as is the case in the car industry?

This doesn't mean the open source community doesn't need to improve either: openssl should make all us shudder and cringe. We need to work together to develop and follow better programming and testing practices. This doesn't mean we'll ever develop bug-free software but we can do a fuck of a lot more to reduce the number of bugs around.

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Re: so much for...

That's a pupular misconception Sic.

The misconception could not have anything to do with the PR and marketing spin saying exactly that? Or is your typo in reality a cunning linguistic pun?

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Re: This is the castle of my master, Ballmère de Redmonde!

Did Ballmer fart in the general direction of the security team and fetchez la vache onto them and is Nadella resurrecting it?

I get the Monty Python allusion but I just can't make linguistic nor grammatical sense of this

Plus, it's actually Nadella who's done most of the sacking.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Intel's marketing money

But it also refers to the possibility that Nokia would license out the brand to other manufacturers

Looks like they're already doing it. This has generous Intel support written all over it. Must be some kind of bonus for the 1st 10,000 Intel mobile chips sold shipped.

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Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

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Re: Some People

I just upvoted you but then I realised I didn't know whether there really are such things as porn apps. Does that make me a fuddy-duddy?

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Re: Will Nokia be properly supporting the N1 tablet?

Fingers crossed that it is not locked down and a Sailfish install is a breeze

Good luck with that: it's an Intel and the mobile devices traditionally come with secure boot.

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Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW

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Re: XScale

How did they manage to sell their industry leading ARM division the year before smart phones caught on?

I suspect that it's because the margins on the x86 kit were so much higher than management (and shareholders) didn't see the point in putting any more resources into it. The history of American companies is littered with those that died because they didn't innovate enough but also with those that innovated too much to the detriment of any money-making business.

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Numbers

It will also draw some scrutiny away from the old Mobile and Communications division …which has been losing both cash and market share, despite the chipmaker's best efforts.

To be honest there have been a number of product launches recently (Hudl, Verizon, Dell, Lenovo, etc.) that might make the numbers look a bit better in the next report, though Intel must be practically giving the chips away. Time will tell whether these attempts to get back into the market at any cost are worth it.

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Why did men evolve map-reading skills? They were PAID BY BONK - study

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Re: Additional explanation?

Yeah, there's a good deal of correlation not necessarily being causation. Another study a few years back (cited in The Economist) of tribes in Central America correlated foraging with gender: men go further, find new places but are less efficient as a result; women systematically forage the local area (and like in the proverbial supermarket) know where everything is.

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

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Re: Of couser...

"I'm indignant that the contract didn't go to a mega corp along with exclusive media, mineral and tourism rights!"

Tim Worstall

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