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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: reducing energy consumption

Reducing birth rates is one half of the equation. The other half is reducing the number of existing humans. Mother Nature could easily take care of that in the way she usually does with populations that outgrow their resources: disease, famine, and conflict.

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SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS

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Re: More sites to be blocked?

Yes, this's bestiality at its worst, and must be banned. Wait aren't seals beasts, and so bestiality is normal to them?

This is all too complicated for me.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: why are they looking for outside investment for this?

But can I use it to make bacon sarnies?

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This isn't a sci-fi movie: It's a human-made probe snapping a comet selfie

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Re: I have to say...

Cue obligatory paranoid "it's all done in a photographer's studio" comments in... 5, 4, 3, ...

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Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl

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Re: So what's next?

In Mexico, no game between the national university (UNAM) and traditional rival Politecnico was complete without the traditional firing of small ballistic missiles at one another's stands.

Given the world's current state, today the missiles would likely be Qassams or RPG-7s.

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Ancient Brits 'set wealthy man's FANCY CHARIOT on FIRE' – boffins

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Re: A miracle of survival

So class envy is an ancient religion?

Yes, I too worship at the altar of the burning Porsche.

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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Re: Wait, Alan Turing was a Victorian now?

And Turing was destroyed by Victorian laws.

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Re: Oil subsidies...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/energysource/2012/04/25/the-surprising-reason-that-oil-subsidies-persist-even-liberals-love-them/

For those who do not believe petroleum is subsidized in America, the above link offers a contrary (and more informed) view.

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Good point

There are two ways to achieve energy nirvana, as I'm sure Worstall has noticed. You can (as he suggested) reduce the price of clean energy relative to fossil, or increase the price of fossil relative to clean. The latter has been achieved through government intervention (subsidies for clean, tax fossil), or as seems likely, destruction of the Middle Eastern oil fields.

It's the height of folly to base the world economy on the stability of a pack of dictatorships. The whole thing is a house of cards. The nuclear fireball icon seems justified.

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Xbox hackers snared US ARMY APACHE GUNSHIP ware - Feds

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Re: hmmm

The article does state Western Australian laws and legal procedures apply to the unnamed perpetrator. Do you think he'll (gender assumption here) be deported to America?

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Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

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Re: while it may look cheesy

To paraphrase the "any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable to magic" quote, any technology sufficiently weird is indistinguishable to crazy. The Japanese do the best weird

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Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

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Re: Congratulations India.

Please define launch costs. Fuel, hardware, ground control, communications, launch facilities, tracking, etc?

If the all-inclusive cost is so little, are you implying $60 million were expended on a 13kg payload? Or are there other expenses involved?

No, I am not an accountant! Merely pedantic.

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Re: Congratulations India.

India ARE to be congratulated. Well done for a first attempt! I'm sure the price paid is far less than the cost of nuclear weapons research.

As to the utility of MOM, at 13kg, I wouldn't expect much. Also I would think a Falcon 9 (at $50 million) could hurl 13kg to Mars, leaving $24 million for payload. Not a criticism, but we must maintain perspective.

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: To all conspiracy muppets out there

Well done that man! I'd call that joined up thinking!

'Ave an upvote on me.

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Register journo battles Sydney iPHONE queue, FONDLES BIG 'UN

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iOS 8 impression

Installed iOS 8 on my (admittedly obsolete) iPad 2 and iPhone 5 and found it hesitates as I enter text. Either this is Apples way of encouraging me to upgrade to fit for purpose hardware, or it is a failing to be corrected in version 8.1.

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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Aye, beer goggles are less spendy and more fun.

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Will Apple give Chinese iPhone workers cancer? THE TRUTH

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Re: About time...

Speaking of skewed demographics, what is the incidence of luekaemia in the general population? Does the lovely air quality in the region not affect it? I suspect a bit of hexane in the factory air is not the worst of their problems.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: Hail, Hail, Hail!

Yanks destroyed Iraq, now they want to destroy Ebola. Destroy, destroy, destroy. It's all they know...

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MIT boffins cry havoc and let slip the ROBOT CHEETAHS of Whoa

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@inventor of the ML (TLDW)

Upvote for the Philip K. Dick reference.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Re: siri et al

You must learn Klingon. I've found Klingon is 100% compatible with Siri AND whatever the other "voice recognition" system is called.

One major problem is translating between Klingon and English. "Release" is most closely translated as "software has battled its way to tactical supremacy". Etc. Perhaps not the most convenient use of voice recog.

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Want to buy a Woz-made Apple I? If you need to ask the price, you can't afford it

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Re: Living Computer Museum- Seattle

No punched card, I've seen more than enough of them. However I was surprised to see someone still produces them, the last of the buggy-whip makers. Who uses punched cards now?

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Living Computer Museum- Seattle

I spent a nostalgia-filled afternoon at the museum in Seattle recently. Many working computers Kaypro, Macintosh, and similar. Even an IBM System 360/91 console, its many lights operated by a hidden microcomputer tucked away out of sight. I was struck by how primitive they all were. Utter crap, but how I lusted after them back in the day.

The museum has a fully functional "computer room" with raised floor and vast AC. The cold, the smell, the disc packs, the huge lumbering mainframes (CDC Cyber Series machine, DECSystem 10s and 20s, even a Xerox Sigma 9), all functional. Took me back to old times.

If ever you visit Seattle, visit the Living Computer Museum.

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Elon Musk says Tesla's stock price is too high ... welp, NOT ANY MORE

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Re: Must be nice to not pay taxes

Please Mister Musk, may I have another? (Tugs forelock, assumes subservient pose).

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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Re: I'd buy that for a Dollar!

The video seems to indicate a loose connexion, possibly indicating fragile, gaudy tat.

Sorry, I'll continue to use my completely non-autonomous Miele.

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Google's 'Captain Moonshot': I will BOMB you with DELIVERIES

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Re: Sorry...

Bulldust? Don't you mean "drone droppings"?

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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Re: Bad code, or bad setup?

Nah, neither. The computer fooked up.

Bloody lazy computers, sit on their arses all day eating chips and reading trashy computer-matched romances.

At least that's what we used to tell customers.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Sock gnomes

@Mycho: due to conservation of mass, the socks become hangers. No need for alternate universes. Occam's Razor shaves clean.

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CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap

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Mars vehicle recalled for defective tyres

"Simply bring it in to your local JPL dealership and we'll fix it for free"

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: Only a complete idiot...

Symptomatic of all that has befallen Detroit.

American automotive industry went all penny wise/pound foolish and built cars designed to fail. When the Japanese began selling quality, Detroit was doomed. Now this.

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Know what Ferguson city needs right now? It's not Anonymous doxing random people

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Meh

The local populace know who the plod is. It seems he's constantly bashing heads (black ones).

More interesting are the heavy weapons being deployed against anyone who objects to being abused by the police. Armoured vehicles? Sniper rifles? Automatic weapons? When will they bring out the F16s with "Ferguson Police Department" emblazoned on them?

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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@Hans1

"Israel needs to go back to the borders of 1947, end of discussion. "

While I think these sorts of flame wars are pointless, and I'm amazed the secular left supports medieval obscurantist religious nutters, I do have to ask: the Palestinians rejected the 1947 borders as designated by UN at the time. Why do you think they will accept them now? It does appear that ship has sailed.

I think I've just crossed the event horizon.....

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SCORE: Rosetta probe hits orbit of duck-shaped comet

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OMG!

It's the Duck of Death if it collides with Earth!

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

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Re: or we wait until the batteries go flat or catch fire

"Imagine a bipedal robot or other system capable of covering rough terrain that can fight it's way into a power plant, secure bunker or target of your choice and then blow itself up."

That exists now. It's called a 'suicide bomber'.

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Thin naked model slips out of Apple's secretive lab ... it's an 'iPad Air 2'

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What is ....

"Elam"?

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Re: Laser eavesdropping

I think we should use the cone of silence.

Get smart, man.

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We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

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Re: Speed trap.

Measure to human scale is irrelevant?

I was taught (and sincerely believe) Man is the measure of all things.

If you disagree, take it up with Protagoras.

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Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

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Re: it's own space shuttle and can go get it

Yes, that would be XH558. Give generously to the Vulcan To The Sky Club, hourly cost to fly Vulcan is £3500, if I remember correctly.

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ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told

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Optional title

So the corrected name is ICANN'T?

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Re: A fine idea

I seem to recall a treaty giving diplomatic personnel "immunity", it being immunity from traffic fines, prosecution for any number of felonies, etc. So yes, the British embassy need not pay traffic fines, as the American embassy need not.

In other news, the taking of diplomats hostage as Iran did, is considered bad form, even an act of war.

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Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low

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@skelband

You have been taken in by the Heliocentric Conspiracy! You can clearly see the sun rise in the East and set in the West. It is intuitively obvious the Sun moves and we are still! All else (moon landings, satellites, et al) is dross and falsehood.

Mines the one with the tinfoil hat in the glove box.

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Apple 'sapphire glass' fronts for iPhone 6? It's NEWS to SUPPLIERS

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Re: who more anal, the analyst or the analyst who analyses him?

Do two analysts who don't know what they are talking about know less than a single analyst who doesn't know what he's talking about?

Experience (and anecdotes) have shown that is in fact the case. Two clueless analysts will encourage one another to go out on a limb that a single analyst would be too cautious to attempt.

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SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans

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Re: Evolution knows what it's doing.

I bathe every 6 months whether I need it or not.

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: @Graham Marsden Cipher - In the 1970s...

Irongut, surely you know most of the populace are mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed shite.

If you get your 'scientific opinion' from popular media consider the fact most writers have no scientific knowledge whatsoever, but do know FUD sells.

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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Chinese chest puffing?

Seems more like wang waving.

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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Re: So sad

Mandatory KAL007 reference: The Russians do have some experience shooting down airliners.

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Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

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Re: Lovable Hippos

Hippos are not only in Africa. A now deceased (he is no more, dead, passed on, etc.) drug lord imported several for his estate in Colombia. After said drug lord met his end, the hippos were left to their own devices, one of which is reproducing. There are now almost 100 of these demonic beasts, and they continue to multiply as no one has the temerity to challenge them.

It's this sort of knowledge has made me the success I am today (for some value of 'success').

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Hamas hacks Israeli TV sat channel to broadcast pics of Gaza wounded

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Re: They (and really everyone else) don't get it

Hamas will agree to a truce only after they've killed enough Palestinians.

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SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

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Re: Trailblazer or also ran

@bholder

A decade later? Have you seen film of our "rocket ships" bombarding beaches on D-Day? Impressive, that.

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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

Pain? You don't know pain. But you will.

Airbus has just patented bicycle seating for its aircraft. Sorry, no handlebars unless you upgrade to steerage. Now imagine an 8-hour flight on one of those.

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

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Re: My hopes are dashed

Re Hiram Maxim:

I suspect Hiram knew exactly how his machine gun would be used and to what ends. He was advised by a friend that the Europeans wanted to slaughter one another, and they would love to buy his gun.

And so it came to pass.

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