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26 posts • joined 24 Oct 2008

British support for fracking largely unmoved by knowledge of downsides

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Is to too radical to suggest they might try sticking to the facts?

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James Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car sells for £550,000

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Re: only £550,000?

"I would have guessed a car in the UK with waterproof electrics"

Except... this isn't a car. It's a submarine. It looks a bit like a car, granted - but it's not.

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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

SonofRojBlake

Am I the only one who read the headline as the plural of axis, and pictured phone roaming along each of those axes independently and for free?

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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FAIL

I've had a difficult decision in every previous console generation going back as far as SNES.

SNES or Megadrive? SNES.

PS1 or Saturn? PS1.

PS2 or XBox? PS2. (Got an Xbox later second hand for playing Halo).

PS3 or 360? 360.

Not saying those were the "right" choices, just my choices, made after some research, consideration, and always when the market was already established - no early adopter, me.

But this time, uniquely, the choice seems a no-brainer before either of the new consoles has even been released. Massive, MASSIVE fail, M$.

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Police 'stumped' by car thefts using electronic skeleton key

SonofRojBlake

"What sort of idiot leaves an easily found wad of cash in their car? "

When he was playing for City, Mario Balotelli was supposedly stopped by police in Manchester for "driving while black", and plod noticed he had something like seven and a half thousand quid on his passenger seat. When they asked him why he had so much cash on him, he just said "Because I'm rich."

It's hard for the man in the street to comprehend that even really, really, really rich people still actually drive around most of the time in cars that don't look that different to the standard exec saloon. But to those people, ten grand is pocket change.

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

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Re: No Brainer

"we want rampantly hot fusion to drive steam turbines"

Newsflash - water boils at just one hundred degrees C. Nuclear fusion typically happens at about one hundred MILLION degrees. We really, REALLY don't want it to be that hot.

What would be nice is a fusion reaction that happens at about a thousand degrees - i.e. about a 100,000 times less than we currently know how to do it, and therefore comparatively "cold".

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3D printed gun plans pulled after US State Department objects

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Re: @DavCrav

"If we are to truely in control of our own lives then surely the right to suicide is one of our rights"

Indeed. But, as I pointed out, if you remove and easy method of doing it ON IMPULSE, lots and lots of people who would have taken that route decide, on a moment's reflection, not to do it AT ALL. You have a right to jump off a bridge... but it's a fact that if you make it even *slightly* difficult to get over the rail, the rate of jumpers er... falls. Drastically. If we can protect people from killing themselves on impulse - and we CAN - then surely we should. That does not in any way limit your right to jump off something tall if you really want to.

"without a gun another object could easily replace it as a weapon"

Really? You'd be happy bringing a knife to a gunfight?

Nothing easily replaces a gun. Guns are portable, fairly cheap, easy to use, reliable and safe (for the user - you can't cut yourself with it, but do see above re: killing yourself). With a loaded handgun a person with absolutely no training at all can have a reasonable chance at seriously injuring or killing a target from ten yards away. No other object can do that.

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Re: @DavCrav

"remove the gun and are the suicides going to drop"

Yes.

When catalytic converters were fitted to cars, making it harder to kill yourself with the "tube from exhaust through window" method, suicide rates overall dropped. Note: not "suicide by gas" - suicide. Removing ONE method of suicide caused the number overall to reduce.

In the fifties, nearly half of suicides were completed by breathing coal gas (containing carbon monoxide) from an oven. In the sixties, coal gas was phased out and replaced with near-monoxide-free natural gas. The suicide rate nationally fell by about a third, and stayed down.

It's a reliable and repeatable observation that if you remove a common and easily-accessed method of suicide, people do NOT find alternative methods - suicide rates fall.

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Watchdog: Y'know what Bitcoin really needs? A REGULATOR!

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FAIL

Re: US Treasury said ????

"my knunkles still hurt from that ruler she used with Jedi-like precision."

...when you used a word like "knunkles", say?

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Plans for fully 3D-printed gun go online next week

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FAIL

Re: Longevity?

"this thing will blow up the moment you try to fire anything"

You missed the story that was all over the news about it being successfully test fired, then?

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It was the Reg what won it: Online Hitchhiker's Guide thriving

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Re: Almost, but not quite, totally unlike Wikipedia

"No drama-kiddies and flamewars"

It had those... years ago. It's settled down a lot since.

"should HG2G ever get to the popularity of Wikipedia, it will suffer the same "September that never ended" that all online communities suffer "

It had those too... there used to be a highly predictable silly season once a year as the new intake of undergrads got internet access uncontrolled by mum and dad and joined en masse, got rapidly bored by the relatively sedate pace of the place and scarpered, usually leaving behind three or four productive, useful remnants.

There was also a sudden influx of people who used a set-top box to access the internet in about 2002.

Hootoo survived all of this, and I wouldn't bet against it making it to 42...

Why isn't EVERYONE using this icon?

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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Unhappy

Pah to fondleslabs

"Only its keyboard gave the netbook an edge"

Yeah - that and the fact that you can do actual, y'know, WORK on it, as opposed to play Angry Birds, because it'll run proper programs, albeit at a rather leisurely pace a lot of the time.

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In the loop: how Halo defined a new decade of first-person shooters

SonofRojBlake

Some Bungie employee summed up Halo in terms of creating thirty seconds of perfect action, then getting the player to play that same thirty seconds over, and over, and over, and over again.

It worked on me.

And yes, Installation Zero 4 was quite clearly an Orbital, in the Banks' Culture style, rather than a Niven Ringworld.

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James Bond doesn't do CGI: Inside 007's amazing real-world action

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Re: Best Bond stunt

Funny - the corkscrew jump was, in one sense, one of the first CGI stunts ever. The image you see is of a real car really doing a real jump over a real bridge, sure - but IIRC it was the first stunt ever *planned and simulated* on a computer to make sure they could do it.

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Adele's Skyfall poised to fall from sky

SonofRojBlake
Joke

The show ain't over till the fat lady sings...

... so Skyfall's going to last about five minutes.

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Legless Lithuanian attacks copper with todger

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WTF?

Police state?

Let me get this straight... he was at home, not bothering anyone except possibly his girlfriend. The police came into his house, then tried to charge him with "breach of the peace"??? How can you breach the peace in your own bloody house?

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All US Army combat units now to include robots

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Grenade

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Modern Warfare? It's getting weird when a FPS video game set in the near future UNDER-represents the tech level of the battlefield of the right now. COD:MW2 seems about five years behind.

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Microsoft boots modders off Xbox Live

SonofRojBlake
FAIL

eh?

By Anonymous Coward Posted Wednesday 11th November 2009 16:46 GMT

>>Why is it called an xbox 360?

>>Because when you see one you'll turn 360 degrees and walk away.

Er.... if you turn 360 degrees you'll be facing the same way you were to begin with, dumbass.

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Flying car & roboplane-worthy air traffic digi-net go for 2025

SonofRojBlake
Unhappy

Personal air vehicles

What's not often considered is that there are already thousands of people, (e.g. me) already in possession of "personal air vehicles", i.e. paragliders and hang gliders. Right now we're not allowed in certain areas of restricted airspace mostly around airports because we don't, and indeed can't, carry transponders. (No battery powered portable transponder exists.)

If this sort of system goes ahead, the whole country becomes restricted airspace instantly, and free flying ends, at least legally.

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Met: We shan't scrap Form 696

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Joke

"...now racist undertone free"

You should watch what you say about Feargal Sharkey...

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Police drop case against admin over animal rights comments

SonofRojBlake
Flame

Yes, awful.

If someone wants to tell Butterfield what they think about his work, his work address is legitimate public knowledge. It's disingenuous to pretend that publishing his home address is anything other than threatening behaviour, given what sort of activities the knuckle-dragging cretins of the animal rights movement are known for.

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Can you talk and drive?

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Boffin

Reaction time a factor? I'm too quick...

Did the test and apparently missed EIGHT questions! Given that I'd hit the space bar an estimated eight times during the test, I found it hard to believe there'd been sixteen questions in such a short space and I'd missed fully half of them. So, having got the number spot on and spotted the rabbit, I did the test again with my eyes shut.

Once again, I missed ALL EIGHT questions, with no distractions at all, apparently.

So I did the test again, blind again, and this time I didn't react to the questions as quickly - I deliberately slowed my reaction time down. And suddenly I discovered they've programmed some replies in!

This test is clearly optimised for numpties who have slow reaction times. Call me again when you've some programmers not in their seventies or suffering some sort of brain disorder (you can call me when I'm driving, apparently, as I react too fast even for the test to pick it up...)

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Man robs convenience store with Klingon sword

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Wrong, wrong, wrong.

It's not a bat'leth. Bat'leth's are BIG. That thing he's holding in the footage is clearly not a sword, it's very obviously one of the novelty daggers you can get from pretty much any anorak-supplier.

e.g. http://www.swordsdirect.com/valdris.html

The other thing about bat'leths is this: they're actually quite hard to get. Most of the accurate ones you see are home-made, as Paramount (quite sensibly) hasn't licensed anyone to produce accurate bat'leths for fear, one assumes, of precisely this kind of story. I doubt this numpty bothered to build his own weapon for what seems to be an opportunist crime.

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NASA working on boomless supersonic jets

SonofRojBlake
Black Helicopters

Or maybe...

Research Into Craft Having Canards Utilising Near Trans-sonic Stealth?

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MEPs warn on 'virtual strip searches'

SonofRojBlake
Paris Hilton

@Rotacyclic

"Anyone who has studied maths and physics at A level, will understand the issues of photon absorbtion and of probability theory."

I spy with my little eye someone who wasn't paying attention in their physics A level.

X rays have wavelengths of no more than 10 NANOmetres.

What we have here is MILLImetre wave scanning.

So, only six orders of magnitude out.

Paris, because even she understand how important length is...

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Thrust SSC team to build 1000 mph 'Bloodhound' car

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Why?

"Blighty pretty much has the land speed record arena to itself these days"

Could that be because nobody else gives a toss? Which begs the question, why do we?

When have India and China even bothered to try, and they've got more top class engineers than we've got total population.

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