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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: you can barely turn the undriven wheels by hand

"There are a couple of designs for electrical generation using turbocharger housings - and spinning at 15-25,000 RPM means the entire alternator can be a heck of a lot lighter/simpler."

Nice idea - if your car spends most of its life on the highway. In traffic jams with the engine idling you'll soon find the battery going flat however as the turbo/alternator pack sits there doing virtually nothing.

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Re: A light foot and wheel geometry works wonders

>Also ensure that the wheels are running in a straight line on the straight and that the geometry is >equal on the curves, correct tyre pressures also.

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>I get 25mpg from my 5litre V10 Touareg at 130kph and that weighs 2.85 tonnes!

I would suggest a better way to get better mpg is not drive around in a pointless 2.85 ton tank with the aerodynamics of a barn door and buy a normal car instead. An added bonus is people then won't think you're trying to compensate for a problem in the trouser department.

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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Re: William Donelson

"PS: If you're upset about these latest revelations of his private life,"

Replace "upset" with "couldn't give a rats arse" and you'd be spot on.

No one cares about this self important narcissistic prick other than the US security services and standard issue anti-establishment teenage blowhards. Everyone else just gets on with their lives.

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Beardie Branson backs Blockchain's Bitcoin bandwagon

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I wonder...

... if when all the bitcoins are "created" in however many decades that will be, whether the value will collapse because its now almost useless as a currency, or , whether it will acrue in value because it will be seen as a rare resource like gold.

Of course that all depends on something even more cryptic and sophisticated that catches the eye of millenials, paranoids and criminals not coming along in the meantime.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Tired old racial angle

"He's disgruntled because he's repeatedly wrote shoddy code and he was called out on it."

Yup. And the only way he can see to get a good shot in is to wheel in the old racial angle as what, a trump card? It just makes him look like an idiot. So what if most core devs are white and middle class, its not like there's some racist exclusion policy. What does he want - affirmative fucking action?? Does he think non white non middle class people might like his POS systemd more? What a dick.

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Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

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Re: User Interface

"you can start jobs on remote computers without first "shelling" into those"

Err, guess what - rsh has been able to do that since 1983 though ssh has taken over the job in the last 10 years. Or did you think unix admins always had to log in first then type the command manually?

"So, between using a remote GUI admin interface and scripting, Windows Server is very well covered."

Please explain how executables that don't support .NET objects can be pipelined together in powershell or in fact have anything useful done with them at all.

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Re: User Interface

" it's rather like a UNIX shell but much more powerful and secure with lots of more advanced features."

Really? Get back to us when it can do full system job control. And I don't just mean silly cmdlets - I mean full blown standalone daemon processes/services control preferably wiith a readable syntax.

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"New components for our software-defined networking stack"?

Err, when was the last time a networking stack was defined in hardware other than at the base frame transmission level?

I smell buzzword bullshit.

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You don't have to be mad to work at Apple but....

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Re: glad to stay away

"Never liked the idea of working for a big company."

You'll probably change your mind when you want some decent money. Apple might not pay well but the majority of big companies do - far better than some hipster startup. Sure, you might get lucky in a startup with share options and end up a m/billionaire, but for every person that happens to there are a thousand who can just about pay the rent. Its all very well spending the day sitting on bean bags and having fun playing pool - but at some point you're going to need a proper salary for a house/kid/car etc.

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

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Re: How to check?

"Thank god we got rid of our few remaining legacy systems and moved all our Linux boxes to Windows Server 2012 R2 after the recent OpenSSL mess."

Yeah , well done you. Now you only have to worry about this teeny tiny list of exploits for WS2012:

http://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-26/product_id-23546/year-2013/Microsoft-Windows-Server-2012.html

I'm spotting some severity 10s there and quite a few 9's.

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

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Re: Maids a milking

"I dislike both Apple and microsoft, but I have to say that Microsoft does know how to write software which does not break."

Right.

And in the rest of the news - bears prefer lavender scented flushing toilets and the pope turns out to be a muslim!

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ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7

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Re: At last

This whole "internet of things" nonsense is just a load of marketing BS driven by companies looking for any edge to sell their tat to some gullible geeks. An oven that you can talk to might be cool if you're a 15 year old boy, but most adults are quite capable of turning a dial. Same with the whole fridge-that-can-tell-you-when-you've-run-out-of-milk idiocy. Guess what - I can open the door and see for myself! Amazing!

Its the usual story of it can be done but nobody asking if it should - just like touchscreens in cars. useful for some things but not others. I particularly DON'T want to navigate a number of menus to turn on the feckin heater or switch radio channels when I'm doing 70mph when I can do the same with a button and don't even have to look!

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Apple: Beats Music is safe with us. Just like your selfies in iCloud

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Re: I'm sure they'll keep Dre

"And i suppose some wretched heroin addict strumming a tuneless dirge on a guitar and whining into a microphone about how his life is shit is similarly aspirational to "Da Ghetto Yoof" as you so eloquently put it?"

No, thats for middle class wannabes. But at least indie rockers as a rule arn't pathetic inadequates with cartoon jewellry who can barely speak their own language never mind a foreign one and advocate beating up women or promote violence and guns.

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I'm sure they'll keep Dre

They need some bell end rapper because shouting violent misogynistic bullshit over a beat, and not being quite literate enough to spell your own name properly is what Da Ghetto Yoof aspire to. U2 doesn't quite cut it down in da hood.

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: "80 million people in Britain"

"And I'm pretty sure I've paid more taxes than you, sunshine"

I wouldn't lay money on that.

"So enough of your daily-mail knee-jerk fuckwittery please."

Predictable lefty response number 2 (after "you're a raaacissst naa naa!"). How utterly pathetic.

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Re: "80 million people in Britain"

"ts the bleedin immigrants innit! Taking our jobs, NHS"

I realise you're being sarcastic, but go into many london hospitals and you'll be lucky to hear a british accent amongst the patients. You think they've all paid their dues in taxes?

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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Re: Yeah...

"... but remember the universe was created for the sole exclusive use of man, according to some nomadic desert dwelling gents."

Pity Harry Potter wasn't written 2000 years ago. Never mind Mary, I'll worship Hermione thanks. Though I'm not sure a glasses wearing kid fits the prophet mold but then neither really does a ranting carpenters son or a bigamous paedo so beggars etc....

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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@Amorous Cowherder

"Oh for the late Iain McNaught Davis, he'd have us all programming again in a jiffy!"

Indeed. Though I think the article was a bit hard on Click. They do cover some pretty meaty topics occasionally. At any rate, its far superior to the Gadget Show which seems to be aimed at whacked out 15 year olds with a 60 second attention span and presented by a bunch of sad Kidults - especially Jason Bradbury with his "zany skater geek" persona. Which is bit pathetic for a man pushing 50.

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Re: I'm all for teaching children how to program...

"it's an essential part of being a politically mature member of society as more and more issues are related to data processing...."

Not it isn't, anymore than understanding how a steam engine worked was an essential part of being a member of victorian society. People being able to use tools is what matters, not being able to explain their workings or construct them which always has been and always will be the preserve of specialists. Twas ever thus even back in the days of flint knapping.

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Re: "Coding" may not result...

"Especially since the age group you really want to enthuse turn into raging balls of hormones (girls first, then boys) with primarily only the other gender** on the mind,"

Oddly enough , teenagers can and do do more than just chase the opposite sex. I learnt to code when I was a teenager and probably so did a large proportion of people on this site. Its not teenagers per-se that are the problem but the current moronic dumbed down celebrity culture where the only qualification that seems to be needed to get on in life is a look-at-me haircut and the ability to hold a mic and not fall over for 3 minutes.

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Re: Let's try to see if coding works @ El Reg

Newflash - cutting and pasting random kernel code doesn't make you look like a genius. An idiot maybe...

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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Re: Awww, the good old days...

"Gone are the days when I would download a new distro about every other week and try it out"

I think the only reason people did that is that up until maybe 5 years ago there was a real improvement on the previous/other distro versions. Ie better OS perfomance/facilities and/or a better front end. These days Linux is pretty mature even on the desktop and any changes are simply small incremental changes that really don't warrant the pain of a re-install especialy since updating individual components is usually a fairly painless process (gcc excepted).

I'm currently running Slackware 14.0 from 2012 on my laptop (and that was only to update a Slackware 11 install) and I have no intention of even thinking about an update for another couple of years because It Just Works. It does everything I need and has never had any kind of fault. Why would I?

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"The third is a generational thing, in two parts. Simply put, most new developers Don't Know C."

So learn it then. Its not hard especially if you already know Java or C#. And the sort of people who say "but, like, pointers sooo are hard" really shouldn't be doing programming in the first place and should go off and do an arts degree.

"but our languages of choice these days are more likely to be Java/C# or Javascript or Python or Ruby or whatever."

No offence, but Python, javascript, ruby and similar scripting languages are training languages. They're the 21st century equivalent of QuickBasic. They do the job - up to a point. But eventually you need to take the training wheels off and learn a proper language that has full access to (almost) all OS resources. ie C/C++/C# or Java and gives you total programming freedom on the platform.

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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

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Re: Video... not more video....

"n my experience the vast majority of "informational" videos can be summed up in one short paragraph with no loss of meaning."

Most BBC science programs fall into that category. They take something that could be explained in 3 minutes on a whiteboard and stretch it into hour long programs usually consisting mostly of the presenter looking thoughtfully into the distance on a mountain top while some portentious music plays or them striding purposefully to or from camera or the we've-run-out-of-ideas favourite - some naff "sciency" graphics the intern knocked up with Maya or Blender when bored with a voiceover takes a minute to say a single sentence.

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Wall Street's internet darlings require an endless supply of idiots

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Kickstarter is just a way of seperating idiots from their money

Its no different to gambling, except that at least with gambling you have a fixed odds of getting something back.

There are too many stupid people in the world with too much disposable cash. IMO its a public service taking that cash off them and giving it to people who can do something useful with it. Even if that is just buying a ferrari and disappearing.

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VMware hangs with the cool kids in the Containers gang

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Re: Wheel re-invention

"where does this article talk about windows?"

Did you actually read the article? Its about VMWare of whom 99% of their clients are Windows users. Probably the only reason you mentioned Docker is for advertising so back to Marketing school for you troll.

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Re: Wheel re-invention

"Container = Application running in isolated space = have these people not come across a mainframe??"

Never mind mainframe - its happened in Unix for years too.

Basically with anything related to virtualisation, if it hasn't happened to Windows, it hasn't happened. How people can talk about Windows being a serious server OS even now, never mind back in the days of NT and blue screens is beyond me , but there you go, you can't educate point and click monkeys.

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Oracle Database 12c's data redaction security smashed live on stage

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Re: I want to go back

"Why did Sun have to get bought by Oracle?"

Because even when the writing was on the wall in 10 foot high flashing neon lights , McNealy and pals still thought people would pay 5 digit prices for their unix workstations and low end servers when x86 + linux/windows had already eaten their lunch and was on to desert. They just about managed to keep making money at the high end but not enough not to need rescuing

Its a shame because Sun desktop workstations were fantastic pieces of kit back in the day and if Sun had charged sensible prices they could have easily competed with Macs & PCs for graphics intensive apps. But pay 10K for the same sort of performance you could get for 3K with x86 or PowerPC Mac? No one is that stupid.

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Re: RE: Microsoft paying

"Ever tried reading any of their install scripts?"

Never mind reading them - even trying to use them can be an utter pain if the system doesn't have EXACTLY what the script is expecting in EXACTLY the right place. I'm pretty sure they give the install script writing job to the interns because I simply don't believe they've been written by professionals since they are so utterly appalling.

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Re: Wait... what?

I don't think you appreciate just how many truly stupid people there are out there. The advancement of mankind is generally down to a single digit percentage of the population with the grunting masses dragged along for the ride.

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

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Re: Old OS == Faster on newer hardware

Getting an OS to boot isn't the same as having it run all the hardware. I'd lay money on pretty much nothing on that P4 board working under 3.11 aside from VGA graphics , keyboard and mouse.

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Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

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Re: It's all very wonderful

"Sure, we get a bit squeezed and the food is dodgy. But people have never been able to travel so far, so fast, for so little."

Or to look at it another way - people have never been able to cause so much pollution just for a 1 way trip.

No doubt I'll be modded down for making that comment but just look up into the sky on a sunny day in most places in europe and look at all the shit from the aircraft turning the blue into a hazy white. And yes I know thats ice crystals but there's an equal amount of CO2 and other pollutants emitted along with the water vapour that you can't see.

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Re: It's all very wonderful

"Flying was once a pleasure but now, and especially with the US Paranoia and fear that everyone of going to destroy their ****** country it is no fun anymore."

Did someone force you to take a job that requires you to make 20+ flights a year? I sure as hell wouldn't take it. As far as I'm concerned my job is simply a necessary evil to earn money to live my life and any job that eats into my own time on a regular basis isn't worth having. If you did 20 long hauls that a minimum of 40 days a year on business trips, probably closer to 60. Fsck that. You must be mad.

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LibreSSL crypto library leaps from OpenBSD to Linux, OS X, more

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Re: "C++ has its place , but this sort of low level almost to-the-metal code is not it."

"From your heartfelt complaints, I infer that you were once exposed to some complete idiots who took the C++ language spec as a challenge,"

Pretty much in every company I've worked in, usually by people who've read a design patterns book and seem to think they need to apply as many patterns as possible and abstract as much as possible with whatever problem they're given regardless of whether it warrents it or not. Usually it turns out these sorts are nothing more than lego brick coders who have no real feel for coding but they can bluff their way along by virtually cutting and pasting methodologies into their code.

"C++ was largely developed by experienced C coders "

Don't get me wrong - I like C++ , its a far better OO version of C than that Objective-C abortion Apple seems to love. I just don't happen to like the way it tends to be used. The problem is that with C if you don't know what you're doing you won't get very far - your program will more than likely crash pretty fast and often. But with C++ if its kept at a high abstract level with liberal use of the STL and other libraries lot a lot of people can just about manage to get something working.

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"The KISS principle should be ingrained into people before they get a keyboard."

Tell that to the C++ standards commitee.

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Re: Corporations (like Google) need to step up.

"well I don't see him suggesting that, do you?"

Seemed like the implication was there. If not then doesn't matter, the point stands on its own.

"Don't let that stop your rant though... very enjoyable ;)"

I'm curious - can you just explain why people like yourself class any opinion you disagree with as a "rant" or denigrate it in some other way? Its a very adolescent thing to do.

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Re: Corporations (like Google) need to step up.

"As a mostly C++ 11 coder its also gotten me interested in best practices in old school C (yes yes I know C++ is almost a superset of C but boy are they two different worlds even in mindset) so perhaps can help out eventually as well."

I do hope you're not suggesting that if rewritten in C++ it would somehow be more readable because as someone who also is a professional C++ coder I can assure you it would not be. For something as low level as SSL you need entirely *explicit* code, not the implicit untraceable to the naked eye mess most C++ programs end up as with cascades of constructors and destructors constantly firing off from stack objects coming in and going out of scope and no one being 100% sure exactly what is going on especially if you chuck in the STL with all its behind the scenes memory allocation games. And what would you do with 2011 here? Throw in some lambda functions or auto types or maybe default template values just to confuse the hell out of anyone tracing the code in a normal editor?

C++ has its place , but this sort of low level almost to-the-metal code is not it.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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"Motor racing is a NON CONTACT SPORT."

Says who? You?

"It much too fecking dangerous for it to be anything else"

Oh well, I guess banger racing should be banned immediately then!

"that heap of crap that is BTCC"

You mean that heap of crap that actually has proper racing rather than cars following each other round in a tedious procession with passing only done in the first 10 seconds from the start and during pit stops? If I want to watch a train I'll go to a station.

"OK in FFord"

Formula Ford? What a fucking joke. Go karts with a flash paint job.

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"was one of the most exciting races I have ever seen"

Well I didn't see it , but whenever I've seen "exciting" clips from F1 its usually the sort of thing that happens all the time elsewhere, not once in 2 hours.

"It is also idiotic to talk about "bump and grind" at 200 mph."

Nascar manage it. But then they're closed wheel.

"F1 cars have never routinely bumped each other because it's extremely dangerous in an open wheel car."

Err, thats kind of what I said. And thats what makes open wheel racing so tedious IMO.

"F1 has always been and remains the pinnacle of motorsport. "

*snort* Yeah , right. Maybe 30 years ago. Now its just profligate self obsessed bling circus that just happens to involve cars. The racing is dull, the cars are dull and the drivers are dull and some of the races - eg monaco - are just a pointless farce. They're not a race, they're an event for the glitterati to be seen at.

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Re: +1 for Touring Cars

Yup. Touring car is proper track car racing. Unfortunately it doesn't have the bling bling and primadonas of F1 so the TV companies arn't interested. Still, F1 is slowly disappearing up its own arse with its dull racing, constant absurd rule changes and personality free drivers and people are voting with their remote controls. Silverstone was on at the same time as the wimbledon mens final and the Tour de France yesterday and I'll lay good money on its viewing figures being a distant 3rd out of the 3 of them.

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"I enjoyed the British Grand Prix yesterday"

You're one of the few then. I gave up on F1 years ago, just a tedious procession round and round in a circle with hardly any passing due to most of the tracks not being designed for open wheel racing where even the slightest touch means you're off. Compare that to touring cars where bump and grind is the order of the day. F1 is an utter snoozefest. And now you don't even get a decent sound from the cars with the new hybrid engines - they sound like bad tempered lawn mowers.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: You think aircraft carriers are expensive...

" I remember at one point the US was refusing to hand over the source code....."

Wouldn't surprise me. We're the USAs Bestest Friend Ever when they need something from us (like helping them justify pointless invasions), but when we need something from them and they don't get much from it, its a different bloody story.

"We have a great history of building amazing aircraft here in the UK & Europe, I can't see why we didn't build out own VSTOL fighter,"

2 main problems:

A) We don't have the money and since no other european country has ever seemed that interested in VTOL we'd probably have to cough up for everything which wouldn't go down well with the usual "wot abaht 'ospitals-n-skools!" style of moron voter all politicians seem in thrall to these days.

B) The current crop of politicians don't seem that interested in supporting british industry anyway and when challenged just fall back on the EU fair competition rules. Which everyone else in the EU ignores anyway except us.

"at the very least we should never have sold off our Harriers!"

A textbook definition of extreme short term thinking. Even if we didn't have the money to run them they could have been mothballed with minimum maintenance until we did. But no, Osborne had to sell them off for a pittance. The man should be ashamed of himself.

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NASA's Curiosity rover brought Earth BUG to Mars

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Re: All software has flaws

"On the other hand, there is a pretty cool article on formal verification "

If formal verification were a panacea it would be a lot more common. All it does however is move the bugs from the software to the formal specification (which is effectively a sort of program in itself) and you end up having to debug the latter instead, and which scales in complexity with the complexity of the system you're trying to prove. And if you have a bug in the spec that goes unnoticed then it makes the formal proof worse than useless because people assume that , well , the software has been formally proven , it can't fail! Hmmm...

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Windows Server 2003 end of life: Plan your WS2012 migration now

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Bad day at the office?

"14 July next year might be a bad day at the office. "

If you're a Windows admin every day is a bad day at the office. Get yourselves a proper OS.

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1995-06-24/

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Patch looks like Microsoft FAIL, quacks like FAIL, is actually quite good

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Re: Vista?

"MS will care about Win 7 as it still makes money from it, when it drops off like XP then it'll all change."

I would lay a reasonable amount of money that MS will still be caring about 7 long after 8 has been consigned to the "Seemed like a good idea at the time" dustbin of history given the number of corporate customers who are using 7. I suspect 7 will be the new corporate XP and will still be found around offices in 10 years time.

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Drone-assisted Swiss construct virtual 3D castle

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Re: have a look at insight3d

Very impressive - but the end result looks a bit rough in comparison and I don't see how it would cope with modelling interior spaces.

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6.5K isn't that much considering what it does

There's probably half a dozen Phd dissertations worth of maths inside the code so to me it doesn't seem too unreasonable especially given the quite limited market for it - ie its not really a general consumer product.

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

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Re: ...and another thing!

"I've lost count of the number of times a beautiful blue summer sky has been turned into dark grey mass of rain clouds by endless changes in the weather."

Right, because man has as much control over air transport as he does over the weather.

Idiot.

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Re: Interesting, but of little consequence

" Its temperature isn't set by the fraction of a trace gas changing by a few parts per million, but by the heat stored in all that water."

Oh for gods sake, look up the word equilibrium then get back to us.

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