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Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that...

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If the free upgrade to W10 doesn't disable W7's existing activation (as I understand previous upgrade programs haven't), then conceivably a dual boot setup is not going to be an issue at least.

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LG's six-sided battery to take smart watches into new timezones

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Re: "not a symmetrical hexagon, sadly"

The funny thing is that the one the model is holding is symmetrical, but irregular.

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

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Being a Subaru the engines are boxers. Not better or worse, but different

Subaru's current 3.6L "EZ" flat-6 can boast the same power output and fuel consumption as the competition's 3.5L DOHC V6 engines from ten years ago!

I hear the "FA" engine in the BRZ/86 is a huge improvement over the old "EJ" family though.

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

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If we extend your logic, if everyone buys an electric car then no-one pays for the fuel taxes so no-one pays for the roads that are needed to drive all these overweight electric vehicles on.

I don't know about the UK but up here in Australia, fuel excise goes straight into consolidated revenue. It's not a road funding system.

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Bitcoin, schmitcoin. Let's play piggyback on the blockchain

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Re: Shits and Giggles

Miners aren't obliged to include outstanding transactions in a block, and they're not processed in any order. Some miners simply mine empty blocks. To increase the chance of (but not guarantee!) being included in a block, a transaction needs to have a fee attached to it. More complex transactions require larger fees. So attacking the network costs money.

The good news is that there have been a couple of unilateral "stress tests" on bitcoin in the last couple of months. The most recent one demonstrated that it costs about €500 to bring the system to its knees for several hours, long enough to knock it out for an entire business day somewhere in the world. So not a system that any serious company's going to rely on.

There's a network of "nodes" that aren't miners but do relay transactions. You could probably harm that network by sending a ridiculous number of fee-less transactions. They won't get included in a block so they'll just fill up the memory of all of the nodes. I think the fact nobody's bothered with this or an attack along the lines of the above "stress test" says a lot for how seriously it's taken outside the echo chamber.

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Mike Hearn, one of the core developers of the software underpinning Bitcoin, predicts that the number of transactions will exceed the network’s current capacity in winter 2016.

When you put this statement in context - that the current rate limit of bitcoin is about 160 transactions per minute - you can see that bitcoin is unlikely to achieve anything useful. Most individual payment processing companies do orders of magnitude more than that. Visa alone is capable of dealing with almost 3.5 million transactions in the same period of time, without using several dollars/pounds/euros/whatever worth of electricity per transaction in the "mining" process that verifies bitcoin's transactions. Hopefully it's clear that increasing the size of a block by a factor of 8 or 20 is not going to change a thing. Bitcoin would need 20 gigabyte blocks to match the capacity of a single financial services company.

To use bitcoin you need to have a local copy of the complete blockchain, which increases in size every time a block is added. It just passed 36GB, which is a 10GB increase in since the beginning of this year.

Bitcoin and its blockchain are simply not practical technology.

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

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Re: EVERYTHING* can be bought in a can

I believe it's surströmming that's banned from hand luggage.

Hákarl sounds worse than surströmming, but at least it's not under pressure.

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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Shame...

...that he only retired after the movie wrapped.

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Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

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Re: Alfa

It won't rust, but in a collision the carbon fibre will delaminate and spray little carbon needles over everything. Also, it may eventually micro-crack from vibration. Is it really suitable as a structural material for road going vehicles?

This isn't the first CFRP tubbed vehicle on the road.

Also, I suspect that if you hit something hard enough to cause the CFRP to shatter in the way you describe, that might low on your list of worries.

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Alfa

They always used to say on Top Gear that you haven't been a real car enthusiast until you've owned an Alfa. Up here in Australia, owning (or having owned) an Alfa generally isn't a badge of honour.

But I'd have this one in a heartbeat. And it won't rust to boot!

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20 years ago this week, Microsoft just about killed Australian PC manufacturing

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Re: Wangaratta *snigger*

The g in Wangaratta is hard, fortunately.

I had one of these Australian Osbornes in my yoof. AMD Am386DX/DXL-40 with "4MB" of RAM (in reality the motherboard's 640KB cache + 3MB of SIMMs), later upgraded to "8MB" at great expense.

Oddly, when booted from cold it would take far longer to load games (e.g. Syndicate) than it would if rebooted after it had been on for a while.

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E3 2015 in a nutshell: Hurry up Hoth, and plenty to Unravel

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Re: Bethesda uses paid actors

It certainly sounded awkward in the stream.

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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Re: Chevy SS

Looks pretty much like a normal Impala from the outside.

Can't say I see the resemblance. Also they're completely different vehicles on completely different platforms.

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Re: Aussie cars FTW!

Only interesting GM cars over here since the demise of the big RWD Opels (which Holdens are derived from)

The Opel link ended when the VE was launched in 2006 on a brand new platform.

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Re: GTR

The GT-R's power:weight is only 2.5% higher than that of the glorified Commodore, but they're not even close when it comes to capabilities and performance.

Sadly the price difference is even larger here, because Australia Tax.

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Re: Aussie cars FTW!

Are you sure the Sierra XR8 was an Australian design? Sierras were never sold here. The 2L turbo ones that were built here for racing were the best in the world, but very different to dropping some asthmatic American V8 into one.

We do have a Falcon XR8.

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The GT-R's had a bit more thought than "let's throw a supercharger at a taxi" put into it.

But I can't imagine many people are cross shopping the two...

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Microsoft finally finishes its PowerPC emulator

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Re: Truly, it's as if man has become GOD

As if Minecraft wasn't already inefficient enough!

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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Christ on a bendy bus

Imagine Modern Family's Phil Dunphy – a bottomless reservoir of Dad jokes and cheesiness – as an astronaut and you'll get the picture.

That... sounds fucking awful?

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Re: Being Belgian, plucky and all...

I would like to add the comment that barely a few weeks after the French climbed on their high chevaux and protested about our coin, they starded off in ze general direction of the US in a replica sailboat to commemorate their involvement in fighting the plucky Americans wanting independence.

And, of course, getting their derrieres duly kicked as they always do.

The French helped the Americans gain independence you silly git.

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Chips can kill: Official

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Re: Acrylamide toxicity is nothing new

Acrylamide warnings seem to hit the mainstream press every five years or so, and they don't seem to have differed very much over the last few cycles.

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Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

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Re: It's good to see Caterham thinks of the passenger...

Sorry guys. I was trying to be funny but I'm not even sure where the hell it was going.

Of course I'd jump at the opportunity to drive one of these! While my own car is slightly faster in a straight line and slightly cheaper it's never going to be as nice to throw around the track.

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Re: It's good to see Caterham thinks of the passenger...

A 100kW 1.6L is a nice motor?

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Soon your car won't let you drink. But it won't care if you're on the phone

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Re: Calibration?

I'll tell you why: to get unroadworthy vehicles off the road before they turn into deathtraps.

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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So when are interest rates going to rise? And why doesn't one of the high street banks break away from the ridiculous Bank of England base rate?

(Very simplistically,) retail banks operate on the spread between their deposit and borrowing rates. If they raise the former, they have to raise the latter otherwise they go out of business.

And they also go out of business if they alone raise their rates because everyone takes their borrowing business elsewhere.

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Life in prison not appealing to Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht – appeal filed

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Re: I would love to know

Well, to be fair to Dratel:

1) The evidence was incontrovertible

2) His client hobbled his own defence by simply claiming it wasn't him in spite of the evidence

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Re: He doesn't want life in prison? Shocker.

So what legitimate personal uses are there for cyanide?

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ISIS command post obliterated after 'moron' jihadi snaps a selfie, says US Air Force

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That's fortunate for Australia considering we seem to all be pirates. Phew!

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Bethesda all out for 'Fallout 4', fallout for global productivity foretold in countdown

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"Australia refused to give it an age-rating certificate."

It's worth noting that the Australian censors settled down once the "morphine" in pre-release builds was renamed Med-X to bring it in line with the rest of the fictional drugs in the game.

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Third Pirate Bay founder freed from clink, vows to fight domain seizure

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Google/youtube etc will take down links to copyrighted material when asked. I'm not sure that TPB would !

Indeed. In its earlier days TPB actively taunted copyright holders, especially those who sent C&D letters.

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Re: They should

IANAL, but I'm sure intent is quite important.

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Android Bitcoin wallet Blockchain was briefly borked

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Re: Who, in their right mind ...

1) Early adopters who haven't cashed out yet

2) Libertarians/Anarcho-Capitalists (these guys are hilarious, especially the ones hanging out for the imminent collapse of the USD, and who seem to believe that there's still going to be an internet to allow bitcoin to work when this happens)

3) Bagholders who failed to get rich quick (but did help the early adopters get rich)

4) Drug users

5) Criminals

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For everything else, there's Mastercard or whatever.

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Re: So this

I know! this would never happen with cash! Cash has never been sent to the wrong place by error has it! Same with BACS, there have never been BACS errors at all!

Oh wait...

My bank's mobile app sends my money to the wrong place with no recourse all the time.

Oh wait...

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: The new common-as-muck hybrid

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Re: "If you make lots of short journeys then it makes sense..."

I think you'll find using palm oil is a less green option than running a coal-burning traction engine.

Sure, but as explained, palm oil was used only as an example. It wasn't the point of the question.

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Re: Curious about break lights

I think they come on when the system has broken.

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Re: "If you make lots of short journeys then it makes sense..."

you lose more than 50% of the available energy converting those oils to biodiesel

So the calorific value of vegetable oils varies from about 85% to 105% of that of petroleum derived diesel.

Using palm oil as an example, because that was easy to find information for, about 5% of the calorific value is lost converting it to biodiesel, presumably under ideal conditions. What accounts for the other >45%? Inefficiency in backyard operations running on spent cooking oil? The energy in the methanol that's consumed?

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

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Re: Paul 87

I agree that rehabilitation is an important part of a fair justice system. I suspect his complete lack of remorse and continuing deflection of responsibility didn't help him come sentencing time, since he gave no indication that he could be rehabilitated.

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Re: Colossal, global stupidity

Even the fucking judge knew he was a good guy

‘she described Ulbricht as "a complicated person" who didn't "fit the typical criminal profile"

"Didn't fit the typical criminal profile" != "a good guy".

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Re: Take a good look

Oh christ, this nonsense again. What on earth does the war in Iraq have to do with someone running a market for illegal drugs, guns and pornography (and then trying to have people killed)?

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Re: "Mr. Anderson... you disappoint me..."

Life seems appropriate to me, for a drug (and poison) trafficking and money laundering kingpin who also paid for six murders (he wasn't tried for this but it was submitted for use at the sentencing hearing).

That it took the jury less than half a day to return a guilty verdict on all seven charges says a lot about the relative strengths of the prosecution and defence cases.

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Re: Jeez

I think you meant to select the joke icon.

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Chap mines Bitcoin with PUNCH CARDS and ancient mainframe

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Re: Duh!

Is an impracticable car one that can't even be built?

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There's some nice irony in there considering the de facto use cases for bitcoin.

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Well. Makes about as much sense as anything else to do with bitcoin.

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PANIC! RSA keys are compromised!

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Mircea Popescu

If it's the same Mircea Popescu, the guy seems to be a bit of a nutbar.

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KA-BOOM! Russian rocket EXPLODES over Siberia minutes after lift-off

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Neither's the oxidiser for that matter.

The first two stages and thus about 85-90% of the propellant had already burned out, and the disintegration on re-entry (if it hadn't come apart sooner due to the failure or a self-destruct order) should have allowed most of the remaining propellant to mix.

Also, it should disperse pretty well at that altitude!

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Re: Oh dear

SpaceX has only sent 18 Falcon 9s into orbit. Anyone who claims to be confident of those odds is probably lying.

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Apple HomeKit: DELAYED until JUNE, mumble Cupertino spinners

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But it's autumn here already

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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Re: TTC

Surely most games have a negative TTC?

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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Re: Where does the electricity go?

YMMV, depending on your numbers.

Indeed. Here where electrons cost only 1.7x as much per unit energy as gas, and summers routinely reach well into the 30s, reverse cycle heat pump systems make a hell of a lot more sense.

I'll grant you that the initial cost is still high, but the Japanese stuff is still where it's at in terms of efficiency and longevity.

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