* Posts by jason 7

1944 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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Re: I'm less convinced than I sound that all DACs are created equal

What I love seeing is folks on Audiophile websites waxing lyrical over these small fag lighter sized USB DACs containing about £12 worth of parts but retails for £400+!

That and the amusing trend to try to apply old fashioned hi-fi voodoo to bog standard PC kit.

Oh and that £200 a meter hifi cable was probably originally specced to go in CAT scanners or a 747 via a smelting factory in China for 0.02cents a meter. Virtually none of those hi-fi cable firms have their own metallurgists/smelting/cable making plants. They all buy it in for next to nothing from Poland or China and rebadge it. You run out on the spool and can't find anymore? So you just find the closest match and call it Superduper Audio Cable Mk2!

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Review: Nokia Lumia 520

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Re: Meh

Indeed, I hate to break it to all those Instagram fans but really we just don't care about your pics.

If they weren't there the world would keep turning just fine.

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

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Spring 2014 will be my 20th Anniversary of web use.

Started with Bulletin Boards then got a 'Internet/email account with Direct Connection (first company that looked vaguely professional in the back of Computer Shopper magazine IIRC).

My own static IP connection and email (no one else I knew had it so not much use) and then I upgraded my modem (an Amstrad 2400baud from Game) to a MultiTech 19200 and also plugged in a 16550 serial port into Dad's 486 Win3.1 PC (jumper pin IRQ config thanks very much for asking), downloaded and configured Trumpet Winsock, then Netscape V1.0 and my first grey webpage appeared.

It was good fun back then. People used to visit me to see this new amazing thing I even lectured my bosses on how the Internet worked for their emerging web strategy (the first thing I told them was "no large images!" so what did they do? Stuck a huge image on the homepage that took two minutes to load. I gave up at that point).

Then Dixons/Freeserve came along and kind of ruined it all.

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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Re: How odd

I have watched quite a lot of those shows where we see the Police carting off scumbags for breaking (what I feel) are quite serious laws such as assault/TWOC/Theft/Drugs etc..

But at the end when they do the round up I think I can count on one hand, the times that any of them were actually convicted and sentenced.

I think a lot of the time they just can't be bothered once the fun of the chase is over.

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It's a good job the owner....

....didn't go round in person to photograph the slimeball's home and used Google Maps instead.

We all know the police love going after folks with a camera. Public enemy no.1.

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Re: Ah the incompetence of the police.

The area was fine when we moved there. Perfect even.

However, the local council thought it a great idea to move and approve every bar, strip club and night club to the area since 2001. Ignoring the fact that it was a largely residential area and not designed to cope with a full blown night time economy.

Strangely though none of the councillors live where we do. They all live the other side of the city.....

Plus like a lot of people my circumstances have changed over the past few years and moving is a luxury we cannot afford. So we just fight to get the lazy sods that should be working for us to do something.

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Re: Ah the incompetence of the police.

Making a formal complaint is easy to do (takes about 5 minutes) and it causes them all sorts of admin nightmares.

I've had several instances where Police have been totally inept at dealing with violent anti-social behaviour where I live (Police turn up to 5 guys beating the crap out of each other at 3am on my lawn..."lads can you keep the noise down please? We've had a complaint!").

It means a lot of running around for them (probably more effort than they put in with most investigations) and then I have to sign it off as 'Okay' at the end so I get some grovelling action from them.

I've told them I'll keep on complaining till they take such matters in our community seriously.

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

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Re: Video conferencing?

You buy the Google Face Mirror accessory I guess?

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PEAK APPLE: Fondleslab giant no longer world's biggest biz

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I might buy some...

...when they hit 0.50c.

Just to frame the certificate.

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Linux in 2013: 'Freakishly awesome' – and who needs a fork?

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Re: "Freakishly Something". Dunno About Awesome Though...

In my time at my last company I remember at least three deputy CIO's arriving full of beans bragging that they were the one that would move the corporation over to open source.

They all lasted less than a year. Brave guys just too big a mountain to climb.

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I'll break open the champagne....

....when one of my customers actually asks for Linux.

It's a good job I'm not that fond of champagne.

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Foxconn must pay Microsoft for EVERY Android thing it makes

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So they are paying to use legitimate patents?

Do Foxconn have to pay other companies not directly related to Android OS for their patents/Tech also?

I'm sure they do so where is the issue here?

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Ten Windows tablets

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Re: It's not funny any more

It's like watching someone have a mental breakdown in public.

Never good.

But it's true we really need an Ignore feature. Most forums in the 21st century offer that so adults can blot out the teens and mentally ill.

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Space elevators, vacuum chutes: What next for big rocket tech?

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Re: Space elevators simply won't work. Never.

I say use the Project Orion system to get a 5000+ ton platform with all the nano tube cables you could ever want into orbit and then you can start to work on it.

I'm sure with modern computer blast modelling we could make cheap powerful enough atomic charges with a radiation half-life of say just a few days/weeks so the environmental risk would be much much lower.

If we could get a few thousand tons of materials into space it really would start the way.

Just one Orion launch is maybe all that's ever needed.

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Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

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Re: Netbooks are dead

According to sales reports worldwide they aren't.

Plenty of iPads but not the bigger stuff. That's in decline.

Then again 5 years ago, folks were predicting we'd all be using netbooks by now...

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Re: It was clearly

A lot of windows nowadays are deeper than 600 pixels. Not fun having to navigate around a 700 pixel deep one when the top and bottom have disappeared.

If a customer comes to me with a broken Netbook I now refuse to fix them. When you can buy a new laptop with 4 times the performance for £260 its really not worth it.

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Windows 8 has put the world's PC market to sleep - IDC

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Re: Not helping

I think MS was behind the scenes/in private, quite aware that Windows 8 wasn't going to be the OS of choice for business as 7 had been chosen already. It goes in pretty rigid cycles, NT then XP then 7.

Hence why MS decided to go with a more domestic orientated OS instead. Essentially they could get the future workforce used to it via the domestic route. So by the time it comes round to 2016 and the corps are looking for the next OS upgrade the changes wont be so drastic.

Probably looking at Windows 7 going for business till Windows 10/11.

MS doesn't really care as it gets paid whether they buy 7 or 8 or 9...

My theory anyway.

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Re: Well at least it appears to be sinking in...

Well of the few I've had to work on it was the hair dryer loud grey box power supplies and the bean can strength steel in the chassis that made me feel somewhat less enamoured with them.

I don't trust those £4 power supplies keeping my precious i5 alive for long. I'd buy a Zoostorm on a good deal for the internals and then pay £40 for a new power supply and £40 for a new case. No problem.

They are rough machines but if that's what you want to pay and are happy with it then fine.

The whole CPU bit was due to the age old tradition of PC manufacturers building desktops with good spec CPUs in them but surrounding them with sub par under-performing components. Basically sticking a F1 engine in a 2003 Hyundai Accent Coupe.

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Isn't the current downward trend with Macs, that in 5 years no one will be buying them at all?

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Re: The economy

Exactly. It's not Windows 8. Still a lot of folks out there that don't even know its out. A lot still think Vista is the latest version.

Money is tight and folks are either pushing their old XP/Vista machine longer (because they can) or they are buying cheap laptops. I've shifted plenty £350 laptops in the past 18 months. People are swapping their spare bedroom/study desktops for laptops so they are not stuck the other side of the house. They want to sit in front of the TV. I've sold quite a bit of Windows 8 kit as well. Customers out there really don't seem to care. No one has come back shouting and screaming they can't use it.

Desktops really are becoming a niche product. I really only recommend them if folks want to do video editing or gaming. I sell very few video editing/gaming machines these days either.

Another factor is that a lot of people bought Windows 7 machines in 2010/2011 and they are not going to be replaced for a long time yet.

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Well at least it appears to be sinking in...

....to the Reg Journos that it may also be due to the fact that most desktop PCs since 2006 are just fine for doing most tasks except for extreme gaming.

It's only taken what? About 6 versions of this same article over the past 4 months to get there but well done all the same.

If any of my customers call in wanting to buy a new PC and its not a single core running 40GB IDE drives I'll always investigate upgrading their existing dual core machine first. Often that works out better, especially if it was a good quality machine to start with.

Those Zoostorm machines may look super value but take the half decent CPU out and they are as rough as...

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Re: @Andrew_b65 - Lack of Start button?

Metro apps run in Metro mode.

Desktop/Standard apps run in the Desktop like they have for decades.

It's basically you now have a choice of two kinds of the same app in a way. Metro version or Desktop version.

If you don't want to use the Metro version (for many of us why would we) then you just uninstall it and set your default applications to the Desktop/Standard ones and carry on as normal.

Takes all of 5 minutes.

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Want to know if that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD player

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Re: What a lovely end to the perfect night.

Ermm no you've kind of all missed the point I was trying to make if you had such tech at home and how it could in a way be devastating if such a situation occurred.

But it doesn't matter, the chances of this tech getting 'domestic' is pretty slim. But it seems some here feel that being diagnosed with HIV is something a bottle of Nightnurse and a johnny will all make it better. "Nothing to worry about, cheer up love, you won't snuff it today! I've got condoms, I'll be okay!"

I guess if you are an IT guy a shag is a shag. I didn't think it had got quite that bad.

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Re: What a lovely end to the perfect night.

I love the sensitivity!

"Oh you didn't know you had HIV! Ah well let's have sex anyway! I don't mind if you're crying while I do it!"

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Stop

What a lovely end to the perfect night.

You bring the lady/gent back home to yours after having a so wonderful time spent gazing into each others eyes.

You pour yourselves a glass of wine each, toast the perfect evening and then the night takes it natural course.

He or she is "the one!"

But before you get there, you run the test, "of course I don't mind silly!" they say.

The test comes up 'Positive'

WTF do you do then?

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Microsoft's security apps still trip up on Windows 8

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Re: From what I see of malicious attacks...

In that case why isn't everyone using Comodo? Oh yes..its no better or worse on average than any other AV solution.

I'll say it again....they all get beat.

As to my advice about not using AV, I would always recommend a user use some form of AV. However, real world experience shows if you are going to get hit, no matter what steps you take you'll get hit. It's luck of the draw.

Plus often its just quicker for the experienced user to rebuild/ghost their build back than spend hours scanning it for malware. Get hit, wipe and reinstall. So in theory for some users who understand the risks, AV might well be a waste of time.

Choice is yours.

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Re: Malwarebytes

I shall give it another go!

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Yes indeed.

I've mentioned it before I find it interesting that we now get a lot of articles slamming MSE/Defender now that its a full part of Windows than when it was a optional extra (and folks raved about it). Could it be the other AV firms are a little concerned at this so a little mud flinging doesn't hurt?

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Re: Malwarebytes

I stopped using that quite a while ago.

Why?

On scans it just wasn't finding anything on infected drives. I could then run other products and stuff would appear.

Even when it did find stuff you could then do another scan with it and you would find more stuff it missed first time around.

It really isn't that good a product. It may have been a couple of years ago but tactics and strategies change.

Just be careful if that's all you are using. Oh and never use the infected machine to clean itself, that's a waste of time.

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From what I see of malicious attacks...

...it's all ransomware/hijack stuff that's written on the hour by the crimegangs and pretty much none of the AV companies can defend against it because its so new.

Basically for most of the nasty stuff out ther, it's so new, you may as well not bother with AV.

I bet the samples that were used in this test were at least a week old and so not really a real world test in my experience.

I've seen all of them beaten.

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If you want proper Zero Day protection from Microsoft...

... then you need to install their Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit. It's a separate application to the AV part.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29851

Everyone seems to keep forgetting this but MS doesn't exactly promote it much. I guess one day they will integrate the two. Odd that a fairly crucial component is kept hidden.

I've been using it for about a year and so far nothing bad has happened. I also install lit on all my customers machines. No bad reports so far. All very quiet in fact.

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

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Re: Proof the Reg Fetishizes Computers Instead of Understanding Them!

Thanks for that Buzz Killington.

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Re: I seem to recall..

I always used to love the look of the Apricot F1. They used to have them in Dixons.

Never saw anyone buy one. Was a sexy looking machine.

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=495

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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Re: Showing my age but...

Yes I was thinking "wow how did I miss this golden age of telecoms?"

I remember BT holding on for dear life to only wanting to push out mega expensive and slow ISDN connections rather than give the masses ADSL.

The whole ADSL thing was done grudgingly by BT. We'd still be paying £150 a month for 128k ISDN or leased lines if they had their way.

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Re: RIP Mrs T

Indeed, I was watching a documentary on BBC4 a few months ago about the decline of the British Ship Building industry.

How the bosses knew they had to modernise their factories with new gear and get rid of the Victorian era presses etc. However, when they said they wanted to get rid of the press that required 8 men to operate for one that required only 2, of course the shop steward would call everyone out and the 8 man press that took far longer to use and more expensive to run was kept.

Things just fell further and further behind.

I often wonder what would have happened had Thatcher got into power say 5 years earlier.

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Star Trek phaser sells for a STUNNING $231,000

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Re: Hmmmmm 3 or 4 hours in my workshop....

It is funny when you get to see a lot of TV and movie props as to how crappy they actually look close up. Even ones from $100 million movies look really nasty under examination.

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BT boss barks at TalkTalk for being 'copper Luddites'

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Re: Why is line rental so much?

I mentioned the concept of ADSL only landlines here a few weeks ago but a lot of folks here pooh-poohed it for some reason.

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Oh yes....

...and as a TalkMobile customer myself...could you please start your own 3G/Mobile Data services rather than using the crumbs left on Vodafones plate?

(Long story but I have one of those legendary 07777 numbers that are impossible to shift from the Vodafone network. I didn't know at the time.)

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If Talk Talk say they are so good...

...then why is it that most of the customers I visit and use TalkTalk have ADSL speeds in the 512k to 1Mb range?

I then advise them to switch and Bingo...6Mbps+ straight away.

And this is after the customer has reported it to TalkTalk and they have said "computer sez no!"

Consistently the worst ISP I come across.

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Pyongyang to unleash NUKULAR horsemen of the Norkocalypse?

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So when does the whopping great...

....'financial aid' cheque land on the NK leaders doormat so he can stand down till it's spent?

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Re: Missile fuels and testing

I wonder if that pack of cards exists already and is kept updated for 'eventual' release?

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Kissinger and tell: WikiLeaks scrapes 1.7m US diplomatic reports from the '70s

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Re: hmmm....

I enjoyed Channel 4 New's coverage of his Xmas speech from the Embassy balcony by basically taking the piss out of him.

Most entertaining.

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Gartner: RIP PCs - tablets will CRUSH you this year

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Re: PCs are being SNUFFED by crass pre-installed operating systems

Netbooks died out because once folks got over the rush to own a "small cutesy laptop" they realised, that with crappy 1024x600 screens and pathetic single core 1.6 Atom CPUS, that they had bought a piece of crap.

Whether you run Windows or Linux on a netbook its still a crappy frustrating hardware experience.

Most folks only bought them for email and web on the go and the tablet then came along and pissed all over them. I have a Acer netbook with Ubuntu on it I've used it on holiday a few times but since then I've got a Playbook and a Nexus 4 and both nuke the netbook from a high height. The Acer just gathers dust.

I haven't heard any of my customers say "Oh I love my netbook!" Quite the opposite.

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

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It's not uncommon for large firms to get ripped off.

I used to work for one of the very very big financial firms.

I was often asking why our company with its huge buying power (our business was replacing things that got broken or lost) when ordering IT kit would have to pay £300 for 32MB of ram (6 week lead time) from our official supplier, when I could order it from Crucial for £30 (next day delivery)?

Every time I was told to "shut up!"

So I guess it was kickbacks between the IT supplier and the folks that organised the suppliers contracts.

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Blue Screens are pretty rare really.

If I hear of someone experiencing them nowadays I ask them to do a Memtest on their ram.

Sure enough its usually faulty ram, if it isn't I then ask them what type of power supply they have in the PC.

"erm well it's grey....says 'Takashonky Power 300 watt' on the side. Is that okay?"

You know what I'm talking about. Problem solved.

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: This is not unusual

You are right it's not unusual but in this instance it does have an air of "Hmmmmm" about it.

The guy was really ill for sometime and no matter what marketing BS they gave I bet his input was minimal for quite a while. If I was terminally ill with a family and several hundred million in the bank I know I'd rather be doing something else than discussing the whatnots of the 2015 iPhone 7. If he was working on that days before he died then that makes it all the sadder and weirder.

The thing is I'm sure I read in a few place that the iPhone 5 was listed as the 'last Jobs mobe' or 'the 5 had little input from Jobs'.

So if the next two STILL have input from him (really) I can only imagine it will be stretched out till at least the iPhone 9 by the time we get to the 7's release.

And maybe even beyond.........

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Re: iPhone 6 and iPhone6s

I can just imagine Apple shoving every single design idea they had in front of his face in the last couple of days he was in the office, getting him to sign off every one of them so they could say there was a 'little bit of Steve's input' in them.

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Wow so he knew about all the chip roadmaps.....

...etc. going back to 2010 (i'm sure in the last few months the aesthetics of the iPhone were far from his mind)!

A true visionary!

(coughs)BS

Anything to keep the devoted thinking there is still a little 'Job's Magic' left in them.

It's like Delboy's stock phrase to Rodney "You mum on her deathbed said to me........"

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Rocket boffinry in pictures: Gulp the Devil's venom and light a match

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Time to dust off Project Orion.

I'm sure with today's more precise maths modelling and experience a fully nuclear launch out in the pacific would work a treat.

Getting 5000+ tons of building materials and supplies into space in one go, not to mention a fully working factory/workshop would be a huge leap.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_%28nuclear_propulsion%29

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Re: Space Junk

Would be a shame to think that in say another 30 years it becomes so cluttered that it gets too dangerous and becomes off limits.

Trapped by our own junk.

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