* Posts by boltar

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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" I jut wonder how much of the margin they could forgo to really improve the lives of the poor minions glueing the damn things together."

That plus paying for recycling or managing the landfill the old models generate as the sheep chuck them out to buy the latest ones to keep Apples bank balance topped up.

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Re: Queue this side

"we do like to be tribal about our tech choices, and naturally anyone who doesn't agree must be some kind of unspeakable person"

Well not really. It does tend to be an Apple thing. You don't find Samsung or Errisson or Huwai or Nokia zealots (who don't work for the companies). But you find plenty of Apple zealots.

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Re: Queue this side

"Has anyone found the patent for the crack-cocaine gas apple pumps into thier shops air system for these occasions? "

I wouldnt personally be surprised if there was some sort of narcotic in the stores. Honestly, its like a bloody religion for some fanbois. What the hell is wrong with these people? I genuinely Don't Get It. Sure, apple products are nice, but they're not exceptional especially given the deliberatly crippled OS apple ships in the ipad and iphone. And at the end of the day they're just shiny boys toys. Plus they're way overpriced.

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The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems?

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>I don't see a long term future for the SPARC hardware which is a shame.

Indeed. Sparc has the potential to be far better than the crufty old x86 with all its historical baggage. But Sun really only have themselves to blame for their demise - continuing to charge ridiculous money for systems when PCs were beginning to match them. 10K for a Ultra desktop with the same performance as a P3? Who were they kidding? Not the customers thats for damn sure who walked.

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Ex Machina – a smart, suspenseful satire of our technology gods

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Re: Actually...

>Check a football/rugby/whatever match if you don't believe me.

>Or, if you are into that kind of thing, an OS flame war.

If you think that supporting a team or debating the merits of things is irrational then you might as well say all human behaviour is irrational. However they are somewhat different to the female type of irrationality where they'll just randomly decide something with no logical basis whatsoever - not even the "they scored more goals last month" level. However from my experience there does tend to be a major correlation of the level of their irrationality with the time of the month. Can't think why...

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Re: Actually...

"I've found that women are far more rational than most any male I've come across"

You're obviously not married to one then.

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FBI-baiter Barrett Brown gets five years in chokey plus $890,000 fine

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Re: @Boltar

You do realise its "Daniel," right?

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"Had he been working for the NSA and been doing all this he'd have received a nice fat bonus."

No doubt you'll get mod points from all the usual stick-it-to-the-man kiddies who'll be along any moment - but you might like to consider the small fact that governments always have had and always will have more powers and the legal right to use them than an ordinary citizen. If they didn't then society wouldn't function.

Sadly the rather arrogant and stupid Mr Brown like a lot of his silly little Anonymous and Lulzsec friends has had to learn this lesson the hard way. One can only hope a few years in prison might make him grow up but I won't hold my breath.

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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UMC?

"UMC will just have to develop their own stuff"

Who the hell are UMC anyway? Anyone ever heard of them?

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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"Guess I'll always wonder what could've been without Elop burning his platform and chucking Nokia in the bin."

Thats what you end up with when a company is owned by shareholders and run by management who don't give a damn about anything except the next quarters dividend.

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NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

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Sub surface ocean? Yeah, right.

Any heat from its formation is long gone and any radioactive or tidal heating (from passing asteroids) will be miniscule. To sum up its probably been a solid ball of ice for 4 billion years.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: @ Kubla Cant -- Not too sure

"Funny, all the copies of unix around here came with a generic GUI."

ITYF there will be more than one installed so the "generic" one you're talking about is whatever WM is kicked off in the xinitrc file. If you had a clue you might realise this.

"Even Linus T doesn't think that unix == the kernel."

It isn't. Its the kernel + filesystem + all the admin & userland tools and sub systems NOT including graphics. The majority of the worlds linux/unix systems spend their lives as headless servers or embedded devices - not desktop PCs. They don't need graphics. Something MS only cottoned on to in the last few years. But then their "servers" have always been a bit Fischer Price compared to unix and mainframe systems to be frank.

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Re: @ Kubla Cant -- Not too sure

"Linux was launched with a crap GUI inherited from UNIX"

Err, unix doesn't come with a generic GUI. It comes with X windows which is a networked graphics server. The GUI is just a bunch of libraries sitting on top and you can have a number of different GUIs and/or Window Managers. Unix had all this back in the late 80s when Bill Gates still considered DOS to be advanced. Took MS 20 yeas to play catch up and they still haven't replicated all of the functionality yet.

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Demon Internet goes TITSUP: Outage borks ancient ISP

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Demon have been going downhill for years

Ever since Thus bought them out. I remember when they used to have push email - which people still think is cutting edge unbelievably - whereby as soon as you connected it would attempt to connect to an SMTP server on your machine. But then they decided to "improve" the email service by switching to some Microsoft system and naturally push email wasn't supported. So that went. And good luck trying to get any webspace these days with a new account and even if you do have some already you probably noticed the 3 days the homepages FTP server was down for. Hopeless service. I just use them as a failover backup, I long ago stopped using them as my main ISP.

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

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Re: So is it running z/OS or Linux or both?

"Read up on Type 1 hypervisors. There does not have to be a host OS, at least not as I think you understand them."

Well presumably something has to control the physical hardware or nothing would be able to be loaded from disk. I'd call that the OS or at least the kernel.

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So is it running z/OS or Linux or both?

Sorry if thats a dumb question, I'm not a mainframe expert, just curious. I presume you can virtualise Linux on it but whats the actual base OS?

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Are you running a Telnet server on Windows? Oh thank God. THANK GOD

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Re: Please help a penguin

>Telnet is quite OK in a closed network where you have no need to secure communications. In this case its

>simplicity and low overhead is an asset.

Indeed. Unfortunately paranoia is the is the rule these days and people seem to think a password sniffer is lurking under every router even on an isolated and controlled network.

Also telnet as a *client* is *extremely* useful as it allows debugging and checking of text based network protocols such as FTP, SMTP, NNTP, HTTP etc and the use of online muds & talkers. Anyone who says the telnet client no longer has any use has clearly never done any network development or admin.

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PlayStation-processor-powered plutonium probe prepares Pluto pics

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Re: Routers... in Space!

"So from that perspective the overall situation with missions past the Saturn orbit looks pretty grim."

Even though I'm a space buff too, given the choice of space missions or little to no plutonium on earth I'd take the latter any day.

As an aside, I presume uranium is simply to heavy and/or not radioactive enough to fuel a probe?

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Google crashes supposedly secure Aviator browser

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Re: Hmm, Google Chrome...

I suspect most people don't know about it. Its certainly wasn't mentioned in the installation notes. However having to install the browser as root made me suspicious so I had a look at what it was up to - and voila!

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Hmm, Google Chrome...

This is the browser that when running on linux REQUIRES a suid root process to be running even when the user is non priviledged , right? Oh, but thats the sandbox blah blah blah security blah blah. Puh-lease. So this process is 100% guaranteed exploit free is it? Yeah. Right. Its a feckin *browser* running as root when it doesn't need to. Hence until Google stop this foolishness Chrome is going nowhere near my systems and moreover they're standing in a greenhouse throwing large boulders when they accuse others of messing up chrome "security".

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Boffins open 'space travel bureau': Come relax on exoplanet Kepler-16b, says NASA

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Re: Boffins at NASA create these?

"Our tax dollars at work or are these the result of lunch-time frivolity?"

Why do you luddites even bother coming on to a sci/tech site? I'm sure there are plenty of yoghurt knitting and yurt building sites you could visit instead. Just go away.

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Re: Red grass?

"Different palette maybe, but if the light is mostly red,"

Wouldn't a large proportion of it be infra red around a red dwarf?

Also , another problem with planets around red dwarves in the goldilocks zone is that they orbit so close they get tidally locked. I wouldn't be surprised if this supposed earth like world is like that with a parched sunlit side and a frozen dark side.

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Cryptowall's ransomware's tough layers peeled

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Anti VM code or not...

... at the end of the day its just software, not voodoo. It can be disassembled and stepped through and even if most of it is encrypted there has to be an unencrypted section to run in the first place and you take it from there.

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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"There's strong evidence against the NSA and *none* against Huawei,"

I might not trust that yanks further than I could throw a fat one, but I trust them a lot more than I trust the chinese. If the chinese government "suggests" to a chinese electronics CEO to put backdoors in his products, do you really think he can refuse?

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Why change the system?

Why not just change the supplier. TETRA is a worldwide open standard, it doesn't have to come from any one company. And why 4G? Are the police going to be surfing youtube in their free time or something? All this system needs to do is voice, text alerts and location tracking. Thats it. That sort of digital tech has been around since the 80s.

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Re: They arent a serious party..

"You therefore probably agree with Nigel Farrage's recently expressed view that people working in the NHS should be tested to ensure that they speak English well."

Given that medical misunderstandings can mean the difference between life and death I'd have thought anyone with an ounce of common sense would agree with it.

"With that in mind I suggest you go away and look up what "homophone" actually means!"

Picking up on typos really is the last resort of the someone who has nothing to add to a debate.

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Re: They arent a serious party..

"This is to present a friendly front. They are BNP-lite."

And I suppose you think 60% of voters in clacton are racists/homophones/whatever?

Or just maybe there is a problem with massive immigration onto a small island with already overstretched resources and thats reflected in the rise of a party that a large proportion of the population feels reflects their views.

But then anyone with a brain knows that the london metro liberal view is no longer an intellectual viewpoint but more of a religion nowadays that must not be questioned, and anyone who thinks differently must be lambasted, vilified and generally treated as a pariah for going against the holy texts of The Guardian and Independent.

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Re: They arent a serious party..

"Perhaps you right-wing loonies should, too. The Labour Party banned former BNP members from joining years ago."

Sure about that? I'd double check if I were you.

And then there's this sort of thing:

http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/former-nazi-wins-a-labour-council-seat-1-3826439

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Re: They arent a serious party..

"Give them some credit - they've got their racists and homophobes in place."

Cut & paste from the guardian was it? FYI Ukip is currently the only party to ban former BNP members from joining. Perhaps you halfwit metro liberals should check your facts first.

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

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Re: Depends

"See how far you get with Moonpig without entering at least a credit/debit card and address.. With Facebook you don't have to produce either."

Yet. Give them time...

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

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Re: Uk Hotel, Premier . Jamming

"My laptop hot spot that connects the two phones, external hard drive, and netbook, did not work this time in the hotel, did before and does else where."

One has to ask why you need all that equipment just for a weekend away?

Something to be aware of about Premier Inn is that they don't happen to mention the fact that they do long term storage of MAC addresses of all the machines that log onto the wifi network at their hotels at head office and use it to recognise your machine - and hence know all your details - next time you use their network. I'm pretty sure this is breaking the data protection act but there you go. I just reset the MAC on my laptop each time I stay at one if their hotels to some random value but for other people its probably not funny.

Still, at least the wifi is free unlike Holiday Inn which still seems to be under the illusion that people will pay 5 quid an hour for internet access. Someone should tell them its 2015, not the 1990s.

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Ladies and trolls: Should we make cyberbullying a crime? – Ireland

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Re: The online world is, in effect, now a public place

"If the act is a criminal one when done in a 'real world' public place then it should also be criminal when done online."

Well thats WoW and every other MMO screwed then.

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Re: While no form of bullying is pleasant...

"The sad reality is that Social Media "Is a must have" part of any western child's (and most adults) lives nowadays"

Well regardless of its cultural importance (or not) - if you go into a garden and a dog bites you , you don't keep going back into the same garden even if some of your friends play there because the dog doesn't mind them.

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While no form of bullying is pleasant...

... no one is forced to use twitter or facebook. They're just online toys, not an essential part of life - unlike having to turn up to school every day and then maybe getting punched in the face depending on what mood the resident year psycho is in, as happened to friends of mine. If someone is being bullied online then go to another website.

Plus it seems to me we have enough laws to cover harassment (in the UK, don't know about ireland but I suspect its similar) so I don't see why there needs to be something specific to online bullying. The medium should be irrelevant.

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Nvidia flops out TERAFLOP X1 for self-aware cars

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Re: Self Aware Cars: A breakthrough for Very Important People

"Many a time on the motorway have I faced shame and embarassment on finding myself holding up a Very Important Person by using the outside lane for over a mile to amble past another minion like myself at a 1mph speed differential not once looking in the rear view mirror afterwards to see the 200 metre queue of cars I'm holding up because frankly the speed I'm doing is good enough for anyone since I'm the Worlds Best Driver so sod the lot of them."

There, FTFY.

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Re: Self drive

"Pretty sure a car that turns lights on automatically would be of immediate benefit given the parlous state of the driving around here."

What car do you drive , a Model T? That sort of tech has been available for well over a decade.

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Re: Great , even more technology for its own sake

"You don't need any of that, or you just can't afford it? :-)"

I can afford most cars on the cheap side of a ferrari right now thanks. Thats moot however since no doubt in 10 years all this crap will even be in the cheapest cars on the road. Even now touchscreens seemed to me making their pointless presence felt in almost every new car around despite the fact they're the worse possible interface for eyes-off operation. But then only a driver would appreciate that, not the kids who drool over them or the kids who design them.

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Re: Sensors and transponders better than cameras?

"Why, yes, I guess we do."

Please don't expect us to take anything Ray Kurzweil says as being even within spitting distance of objective reality. The man has been absolutely full of it for years.

Recognizing an object is "A Car" rather than "A Table" is a damn sight easier (though admittedly still not easy) than recognising what make of car it is, model, maybe even year, any user added additions, number of people inside, state of its paintwork, windows, lights, which way its front wheels are pointing etc which is what you and I and any non blind human over the age of about 5 can do in fractions of a second.

The only time that kurtweil won't have exaggerated something is when he's been replaced by an AI copy.

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Great , even more technology for its own sake

For starters I don't want or need an autonomous car and I suspect I'm not alone in that.

Secondly while I'm driving I don't need ANY visuals other than the dashboard and what I can see out of the windscreen. I don't need a 4K display refreshing at 60Hz for starters not do I need any other bells and whistles that car makers are shoving into cars in the mistaken assumption that most new cars are bought by 15 year old boys.

Manufacturers - how about you just provide us with cheap vehicles that are reliable with good fuel economy, reasonable performance, have a 10 year warranty and don't cost a fortune to fix due to your artificially inflated parts prices which can only get ever higher the more tech that goes into a vehicle?

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: The love of horsepower

"Municipal water pumps aren't constrained by weight, power supply or tend make things explode big time if they go wrong."

No, but water pumps do have to work pretty much 24/7/365 for decades, not just last for 60 seconds then get binned. And they have to be built not to contaminate the water they're pumping or risk making a million people sick.

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Re: Common Sense Prevails

"There would be no new things if people with vision didn't attempt the impossible. this kind of project in isolation doesn't make sense but all of the collateral knowledge gained is what helps us move forward with new technology."

Ok, like what? Ground breaking new jet or rocket technology? No. Aerodynamics? No. Control systems? No. Oversized egos? Yes!

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Re: Common Sense Prevails

"Solving engineering challenges is never pointless - in the long run."

There are plenty of more worthwhile challenges that could be solved with the money. Going extremely fast in a straight line on an extremely flat surface using a rocket strapped on to 4 wheels probably isn't quite in the top 10.

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Re: The love of money is the root of all evil

"Noble slams the UK as a nation of accountants for the difficulty he’s having in finding enough mugs to pay for his expensive and pointless boys ego toy"

There, fixed it for you.

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Re: The love of horsepower

"But then it did have to pump *three* *tons* of propellant per second."

3 tons per second is no big deal - plenty of municipal water pumps manage far more than that.

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Re: Common Sense Prevails

"Nor can you drive a Euro fighter on the roads either, so your point is?"

Err, a eurofighter has a point. This idiotic car doesn't. If Richard Noble wants to go play with the ultimate boys toy then let him pay for it humself.

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If BT gets EE, it will trigger EU treasure hunt for fixed lines

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BT were utter buffoons to offload Cellnet (now O2) in the first place in what was obviously an ever growing market at the time. Lets hope the current management has at least one working braincell unlike those back in the 90s and doesn't cock this up.

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Q*bert: The Escher-inspired platform puzzler from 1982

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There was a lot of originality back then

Happily we're seeing a lot of originality in homebrew smartphone games. Unlike in the PC and console gaming arena which seem to be stuck in a 90s timewarp with endless tedious FPS type games. Doom has a lot to answer for.

On a side note and this might sound odd - but I really like it when you open up a machine and there is a circuit board that looks huge and complex and impressive (just like that Q*bert machine in the video), even if its just a load of TTL chips some memory and a Z80. These days most circuit boards - in anything frankly - are a visual disappointment - usually a couple of lonely surface mounted chips, some resistors and thats about it.

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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Re: The beginning of the end of driver as an occupation.

"Track space, not each train, trains use up far more space than the vehicle and the track is mostly unused."

Maybe in whatever hick town you live in. Where I live the local metro system has a 1 minute headway with trains that can take 1000 people each. You think you'd be able to push 1000 cars along a given stretch of road in 1 minute?

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Re: No just no

"Not really, home ownership and renting both provide exclusive possession,"

Obviously you've never lived in a shared property when you get a room and share the rest of the house.

Anyway , I don't give a damn. I want to travel in MY car, not a fecking taxi whether its driven by Roger Racist or a google computer. I'm an adult, I can drive myself, not a child who needs to be driven around by someone else.

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Re: The beginning of the end of driver as an occupation.

"Trains take up X amount of track space so I don't quite get that argument."

And how many people can you get on the average train compared to a car or even a bus?

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