* Posts by the Jim bloke

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

the Jim bloke
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the application i see for this

Given its single shot capacity and arms length range, is hitman style executions..

This is predominately a pastime of the criminal fraternity and I wouldnt want to interfere with their cultural traditions and rituals. Also it beats the hell out of drive-by shootings.

Smooth barrel eliminates ballistic tracing, and the entire 'disposable plastic' concept makes it even more attractive.

So the police forensics departments will probably have a whinge about the gun, but I would imagine the bullet, rattling down the 2 cm barrel, will scrape and collect some of the barrel material which could be analysed by said forensics boffins. A chemical 'fingerprint' -such as is used with industrial explosives- could be included in the plastic 'ink' which would allow police to trace the purchasers of that batch.

Not going to be easy, but all stuff which is achievable.

Airplane hijacking just doesnt seem feasible, not enough ammunition to be a credible threat, and probably not enough power to even shoot through the hull (probably the most effective threat you could make with it)

- on the other hand, airport security and credibility went their separate ways a long time ago -

As far as using it as a murder weapon, thats what pistols are meant for. If you want to kill things effectively use a long gun.

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Multimillionaire Brit games dev wants your cash for Shroud of the Avatar

the Jim bloke
Pint

Not a particular fan of the ultima series ( gave up when I migrated from my apple][ to PC ) but I consider kickstarter somewhat similar to a charitable lottery with an inverted reward table - with the lottery you probably wont win but the money goes to a good cause, with the kickstarter you probably will get a return (unless you back something dodgy), but even if not it's something you chose to support anyway.

Contribute what you think its worth - to you - and what your budget can afford.

According to Heinlein, "You're competing for Joes beer money, and Joe loved his beer"

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

the Jim bloke

Re: Customers don't want it.

What kind of friend lets a friend do Windows 8 ?

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E-reader demand slumps, slapped down by slates

the Jim bloke
Unhappy

non compatible formats

I bought a kindle for the missus when they became usable in Oz, (where ebooks ARE cheaper than dead tree books ) but half the time i use it myself - we both work in remote areas with abysmal to nil net coverage. She has moved backwards? to using the kindle app on her laptop, leaving me in possession - the perfect sort of birthday gift....

The main gripe I have with the kindle (apart from the missus filling the library with vampire porn/ paranormal romance) is that there are authors whose works I want to buy who are not available through amazon. Baen provide ebooks in users choice of compatible formats, but penguin, barnes and noble.. seem to be fighting the old proprietary format war.

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Asteroid miners hunt for platinum, leave all common sense in glovebox

the Jim bloke

drawback to platinum as a cash cow

few years back, before the GFC, the mining company I worked for was taken over by Norilsk Nickel .. big russian mining company. According to their welcome-to-the-family presentation, as well as being one of the largest nickel producers in the world, they were also the top producer of platinum.. purely as a byproduct from their nickel mines. At the time they were using the profits from the platinum to cover the production costs of the nickel, but you can see how easy it would be for them to crash the price of platinum if they felt threatened.

From an investment point of view, there is no point spending money on something if it costs more to produce than people will pay for it.

Personally, the sooner we get our arses off this mudball the better, and I do wish them luck

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BT Tower falls over, crushes X Factor hopefuls

the Jim bloke

I consider all these shows

as the "Special Olympics"

for talent

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Pass the wine, dear. Yes, that papier-mache thing

the Jim bloke

major functionality loss

You will look pretty stupid if you try to use one in a bar fight

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Jesus appears, acquires vast following, bitchslaps Justin Bieber

the Jim bloke
Mushroom

I am proud of my ignorance of facebook

.. but I vaguely recall there was something about a wall in there

any chance we could nail him to it ?

any or all of them, for that matter.

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Space junk at 'tipping point', now getting worse on its own

the Jim bloke
Alien

Geo stationary orbits very valuable real estatte

To achieve a geo stationary orbit there is a very limited altitude range, and specific orbital velocity and path..

the area relevant to europe is desired by anyone from South Africa up to Finland, for Australia, we need to share with Indonesia, Japan, and China.. Merkans dont need to share - anyone in the area just gets their stuff and is supposed to be grateful..

So the satellites that go in GSO are the ones that prevent airplanes from flying into the ground (WAAS) and communications etc.. not enough space for everyone.

Geo synchronous is a bit looser than geo stationary, but still competing for the same area

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Transformers up for seven Razzies

the Jim bloke

The missus dragged me along to see Transformers 2

I wasnt that interested, but went along to humour her, Then she tells me she thought it was a movie I wanted to see, so she was doing it for me.

As a fitting punishment for her offence, I kept waking her up in the cinema and interupting her loud snoring, and making her watch the actual movie.

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the Jim bloke
Pint

WTF ??

"Good old American lager" ???

they wouldnt recognise good beer if they were drowning in it

They are so completely ignorant on the subject of beer, that we Australians can sell them Fosters, and they BUY it !!

All i can assume is that "good old American lager" is a code for something else, probably illegal and grown in a third world country.

Fosters.

Beer so bad, we sell it to Americans.

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Oz banker caught porn-surfing on live TV

the Jim bloke
Paris Hilton

the ninemsn website here in oz

... has had a link to some Miranda Kerr photo shoot amongst its advertising flotsam all weekend.

NineMSN is the default news/homepage for Australian installs of IE, so it tends not to be blocked.

(I havent checked out the link myself, my current PC is fully exposed to an open plan office, so I restrict myself to browsing text articles as far as possible... and when I'm not at work, I dont bother with NineMSN at all)

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Most consumers reuse banking passwords on other sites

the Jim bloke
FAIL

fail

" even if they visit and attempt to enter data into a known phishing site."

all well and good, but what about unknown phishing sites ?

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Amazon deletes a 6th of its catalogue in book price barney

the Jim bloke
Flame

Australia

the price of books in Oz is so artificially inflated that Kindle ebooks are less than half retail mass-market paperback prices.

And thats with currency conversions etc.

I have been a voracious reader and collector of books, ever since I had enough pocket money to buy them, and my collection of paperbacks outmasses the rest of my personal belongs.

But.. my collection would include less than a dozen hardcovers and about the same number of "trade Paperbacks", mostly acquired as gifts or budget/sale/second-hand shop purchases, as I believe oversize books at inflated proce with no real difference in construction quality or content... is an abomination in the eyes of god, a crime against humanity, and just something that shits me intensely.

Mass-market paperback editions would either appear a full year after the initial hardcover/trade paperback release, or when the next book in the series was published.

Recently, it appears that Australian and UK publishers have moved to some kind of larger size mass-market paperback format, I can only guess as to why, but as far as I am concerned there is no good reason, and thus I dont buy those books anymore.

This reduces me to buying American published editions - with their truly trashy cover art - .. or buying ebooks.

I WANT to support my local bookseller, and do spend a couple of hundred bucks there regularly, but as far as I am concerned the publishers have declared war on me, and I am just fighting back.

/rant

(actually rant continuing, just message finished.. )

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Super-soldier exoskeleton to get 3-day fuel cell powerpack

the Jim bloke
Thumb Up

The army needs these

so that their morbidly-obese recruits arent unfairly discriminated* against.

as opposed to being fairly and responsibly discriminated against - for being totally unsuited to the job

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NASA flying-car man designs electric VTOL podcraft

the Jim bloke

fix it with mirrors

like those old pub videogame cabinets, with the display tube mounted vertically, but reflected to be visible from players standing in front.

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the Jim bloke
Go

I think its brilliant

The entire population of the world should each get one.

Sane people can wait indoors for a couple of days until the debris stops falling, then build a functioning civilisation.

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Remote tribe discovered worshipping iPad

the Jim bloke
Troll

the article was OK

but like most stuff by, from, and about Apple, no where near as creative, entertaining or useful as the author would want you to beleive.

Isnt that what Post-Modernism art is all about?

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Aussie censor balks at bijou boobs

the Jim bloke
Alert

large enough titles

So, not only arent women allowed to have orgasms, but they arent allowed to even try to look younger.

Someone set the fashion, cosmetics, and all the rest of the real female exploitation industries onto these guys. I would almost feel sorry for them - if they weren't such utter arseholes.

we need a crucifixion icon

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California school pulls 'oral sex' dictionary

the Jim bloke
FAIL

I read someplace recently

teen pregnancy rates in USA have risen simultaneously with the shift in political emphasis towards "abstinence" as birth control.

Sexual behaviour from children will be either hormone driven, or attention seeking - from the adults reaction, same as swearing.. or just possibly, if they are provided with actual facts as opposed to superstitions, they might deal with it without developing neurosesis (however the fck its spelt)

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Airships can defeat roadside bombers, says ex-US officer

the Jim bloke

obviously

they would all use Osama Bin Ladens cave.

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Spanish towns vie for nuclear dump prize

the Jim bloke
Go

David Brin had the solution

tectonic subduction zones.

Instead of finding the most geologically stable areas for your dump - sorry, storage facility - dump the waste into an area where crustal plates are being driven under.

Encase the waste so it will be protected for a couple of centuries, and let natural processes bury and dispose of it. Monitor the area for security purposes, to avoid the "eco-terrorist stealing some to use a weapon" cliche.

The Earth is naturally radioactive, even enriched waste wont make any difference.

Launching stuff into the sun is just too expensive and bad for the atmosphere unless we had something like a beanstalk/orbital elevator.

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Vomit cannon to protect vessels from pirates, paparazzi

the Jim bloke
Happy

not all that silly really

Pirates need to get close to board a vessel, so a "less-lethal" weapon that can be used to warn them off at a distance, and melt their eyeballs if they persist, is a reasonable option.

As for Paparazzi, they may be hanging further back, but they would be looking at the vessel through telephoto lenses etc. I can see (heh) laser camera/binocular blasters becoming popular accessories wherever celebrities actually do want to discourage paparatzis -as opposed to the ones who delibrately seek the attention.

And as I mentioned in another post, if the laser itself doesnt scare them away, follow up with a laser guided missile.

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the Jim bloke
Pirate

not a simple mirror

but a survey reflector prism is designed to reflect a laser beam back to its origin within about 30 degrees of its facing. Cheap one would cost maybe $60 ? depending on currency and availability in whichever region.

Less used these days as GPS becomes more prevalent in the surveying world, but still pretty common.

By the time the signal has traveled a couple of kilometres each way it wouldn't have a lot of strength left, especially in a sea level environment..... but Im sure there would be enough energy for some kind of laser painted targeting missile to follow "evil grin"

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Air France offers two-seat deal for fatties

the Jim bloke

in favour of the idea

as long as it isnt a leadup to providing narrower seats/cramming more cattle into the box.

.. replace the 43/46 cm wide seats with say 30 cm wide ones .. and every passenger buys one or two as required.

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Can Republicans steal Obama's Web 2.0 mojo?

the Jim bloke

I'm not from over there but..

the article to me reads like someone complaining or warning about their opposition gaining an even position ?

"its not fair unless I'm in front" thinking ?

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Security experts dissect Google China attack

the Jim bloke
Welcome

Everyone is forgetting.. China owns USA

Something that was brought up in the GFC, Chinese investment is whats maintaining the USA in the affluence they believe to be one of their inalienable rights.

USA is in economic decline, and some people do recognise that.

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Men more different from chimps than women, say boffins

the Jim bloke
Heart

To boldly go where no chimp ...

It all seems very reasonable to me. Men do the beta testing on genetic variation, and wimmins who actually carry the developing fetus, stick with a more conservative version.

The fact that the obverse is not the case demonstrates that it was not evolutionarily(?) succesful.

A non-viable or less succesful male mutation is easily replaced.

Babies icon obviously

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Paramount prepares to scale Dune

the Jim bloke

Roger Zelaznys "Damnation Alley" for worst movie adaption

the movie kept the book title, and maybe were within spitting distance of one or two of the books ideas, but was total crap.

Loved Franks books growing up, but a bit more critical now. Certainly I see nothing worthwhile at all in Brian Herberts milking of the franchise.

The Dune story was too big to be made into a movie even back in the eighties, now with reduced attention spans and instant gratification, there is no chance at all.

"Express the plot and culture of the dune universe, in 120 characters or less....."

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Biofuels make poor people even poorer

the Jim bloke

poor people get screwed. deal with it.

If we dont go green, the sea rises and eats their land

If we do go green, biofuel farms eat there land.

if we do nothing, some local warlord robs them, rapes them, sticks them in their army and gets them killed.

if we intervene, some local freedom fighter enlists them in their cause - where they get robbed, raped, stuck in the army, and killed.

If biofuel farming was providing cash for them - the cash would be stolen by corrupt authorities - including aid groups.

if they get the bugs out of algae-sourced biofuel, and produce it cheaply, efficiently and locally in the industrial nations, then the do-gooders would be complaining about the poor farmers being deprived of a cash crop.

Conditions are probably improving for them, but there will always be a spectrum of human "well-off-ness" (happiness isnt the right word here), and while various things can make conditions worse, there isnt an easy simple way to make things better.

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DARPA selects 11 robotic grunts to take driver's license test

the Jim bloke
Alert

forcing robots to hate us

Any sufficiently advanced problem solving AI will soon realise the best solution to traffic problems is the obliteration of the human race.

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Oz nanoboffins punt paper-thin flak jacket plan

the Jim bloke
Black Helicopters

ammo to defeat bulletproof vests already exists

The technological arms race is simply continuing as per usual.

weapons technology advances.. defensive technology advances...

Apart from teflon coating to penetrate armour, the simplest countermeasure is simply to use a bigger/faster bullet.. as per the dumdum article recently.

Depleted Uranium is used for anti tank penetrators.. AFAIK using it for personal weapons is still (currently) science fiction, but supposedly it converts momentum to heat more readily than conventional metallic rounds.. so if the projectile is stopped by armour the energy still gets through.

I dont think anyone these days uses a single solution for armour, everything is composites and layered materials with differing properties.

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World's most gullible supermarket chain falls victim to online scam

the Jim bloke
Mars

@amanfrommars

You need to go home, the earthlings are getting to you.

I think I have been able to read your recent half dozen posts and make sense of them.

or is the old totemistic magic, El Reg has bound and neutralised your powers by invoking the Mars icon?

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Nvidia introduces 'G92'

the Jim bloke
Thumb Up

so can they still make it double slot

by using a bigger, slower QUIETER fan..

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Oz barmaid fined for crushing beer cans between jubs

the Jim bloke
Unhappy

the evil conspiracy

this kind of thing used to be pretty commonplace in West Oz's mining towns.

Some of the girls were local celebrities, and had their 'signature' tricks. But the moral Fascists decided that hard rock miners would be corrupted and led astray by the sight of feminine flesh (being a long way inland and away from public beaches where such is displayed freely and often so that exposure might lead to desensitization) and required the enforcement of laws from the previous century.

To make matters worse, a local businesman and pub owner, got the license to run an actual strip joint... whereupon other pubs - not belonging to this entrepenuer, tended to become subject to complaints to the morality gestapo whenever the girls working in them happened to flash a nipple or display some buttock.

Its a tragedy, another cultural artform being oppressed and effectively wiped out by small minded officials

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Plan for 20mph urban speed-cam zones touted

the Jim bloke
Flame

throwing fuel into the flames

not my country, but I reckon private citizens should not be allowed to own vehicles bigger than scooters/vespa/whatever, or those smartcar things.

If you have a job that requires moving stuff around, then you get a commercial license for an appropriate vehicle.

High performance vehicles - bikes and cars, are just toys/penis surrogates, and should not be allowed to interfere with real road users.

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Watson suspended by research lab after race row

the Jim bloke

@Building the aqueducts

..argueing with history?

it wasnt the "european enslavers"rampaging through the countryside.

No, actually they were buying the slaves at the coast, purchasing them from other black africans, who had done the actual loot-rape and pillage in the interior.

European enslavers are waaaayyy down the list in africas history of foreign contact. The Egyptians and Arabs were there long before us.

Getting back towards the actual topic. I think it was one of the Science of the Discworld books, said Africa contained over 90% of humanitys genetic diversity. Of course there are differences. Only stupid people beleive everyone is exactly equal. Even bleeding-heart mindless small-l liberals acknowledge that some groups are less capable than others - although they call it "requiring more assistance"

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Ships pollute more than planes

the Jim bloke

@Lathem Gibson

How many James Bond ripoffs have been done starting with some generic evil group hijacking a generic nuclear object on some generic ocean going vessel?

Not that I am opposed to nuclear powered vessels (or wessels, keptin).. I have always considered myself to be a pro-nuclear-greenie, from long before it became fashionable.

But the Powers that Be will probably be more influenced by the Bond movies.

Larger ships arent necessarily a good thing, even todays large ships cause damage to the environment - although fewer, larger ships may balance the harm. Large ships are restricted by the facilities they can use, and the requirements of actually getting a worthwhile load of cargo to pay its costs.

Something I would 'love' to see, is high tech sailing cargo ships.. like the ones with vertical aeroplane wings for sails (vague memory).

As always, there is no one, single, fits-all-situations solution. Therefore a range of technologies and options need to be developed, and applied as appropriate.

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Fire service may charge for shifting fat people

the Jim bloke
Paris Hilton

income for obese people

What jobs -and income- are available for clinically obese people, who have trouble leaving their homes, and invalidate a companies insurance whenever they are required to walk up a flight of stairs ?

So far as urban myth has it, they're the main source of voices for the "live phone sex" industry.. that might explain why it seems to be so much more prevalent these days..

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the Jim bloke
Alert

obvious solution - at least from an Aussie POV

Firstly, i would like to point out that the bulk (groan) of morbidly obese people -requiring assistance to leave their homes - are unable to work, so it doesnt really matter who gets slugged with the bill, its all going back on the taxpayer.

Nevertheless, in Aussie-land where we are coerced into private health insurance by punitive tax penalties - the obese should have a specific insurance plan which includes heavy lifting/ambulance assistance. Given the rest of the medical complications associated with obesity, it is only reasonable to put them on a separate tier to the general public. In the same way men dont need to pay for plans which include maternity options (assisted or otherwise) - if there are costs specific to the condition the are subject to, then these should be factored into their premiums.

As a healthy, careful person I am opposed to compulsory health insurance - its gambling against yourself basically, with the insurance companys as the big winners, followed by the clumsy and unlucky.. but there are limited cases where it has some use.

I have no idea what system the poms use, except they never seem happy with it.

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UK fast food peppered with salt

the Jim bloke

CASH

sounds like another acronym in search of an organisation.

probably sounds more "sexy" to the marketroids than something like "FFOARKU" (fast food outlets are killing us), though that sounds better to me..

Too much honesty in the name would result in a visitation by the legions of legal stormtroopers owned by the franchises.

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Did MoD chopper buzz sunbathing au pair?

the Jim bloke
Black Helicopters

this entire article

is just a troll to get some mileage out of the helicopter icons.

Does Reg get payed on usage of them ?

It doesnt say much for MoD black-helicopter technology, that they had to get within 500ft of the target... unless they had already fully "scoped her out", and were moving in to make contact.

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Boeing trumpets 'relevant battlefield laser' raygun

the Jim bloke

early gunpowder weapons weren't real effective either

.. but they improved.

and the western world desperately needs zero-time-in-flight, non ballistic-trajectory weapons, because all the new generation of potential soldiers wont be able to hit anything using a real rifle.

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YouTube gatecrashers trash 16th birthday bash

the Jim bloke
Pirate

choose your advertised party site carefully

Suggestions include meat processing plant, landfill area, major construction site..

basically somewhere that you can get rid of the bodies of 'crashers with a minimum of fuss

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Britney's wares exposed online

the Jim bloke
Paris Hilton

Wrong Album title

Bratneys most recent album had a perfect name, chosen right here on the Reg.

I beleive the favoured title was

"Cupid Stunt"

as voted by Regsters

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Preterite peter-out: How the end beginned

the Jim bloke

Evolution of English

I kind if wonder what basis the academics used to calculate the 'half life' - but not to the point of reading their work - given that China is supposedly the largest English speaking nation today.

China, India, other emerging powerhouses, may adopt English as a convenient 'common language', but they will treat it with even less care and reverance than the damn septics have.

Someday, people wont even understand why 'engrish' was funny.

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TV for those who enjoy massacres

the Jim bloke

in my younger days

I used to buy 'Military Technology' magazine from the newsagency. I dont really think I was their target demographic, the ads in there were for destroyers, and artillery systems etc.. kind of outside the reach of generic suburbia..

This TV show sounds like a continuation of the magazine, although from the comments, dumbed down in presentation. This reinforces my opinion that TV simply isnt worth watching.

As an aside, why is this article in Science, and not Entertainment - or even Hardware ?

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Canadian prof develops drunk-driving sim

the Jim bloke

accurate sim

needs real spew all over the console, and your bladder in a vise.

I know...

they need to combine this with the DARPA vomit strobelight !

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BOFH: Skip diplomacy

the Jim bloke

Whiteboard markers

can also confirm the whiteboard marker trick

for a bit of a chuckle I used to swap the whiteboard markers for permanents before morning meetings somedays.

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RIAA hits paydirt: wins first music-sharing jury trial

the Jim bloke
Dead Vulture

Big Record labels are Dinosaurs

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long past their epoch in history

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small brained and vicious.

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