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South Londoner wins Reddit MILLIONAIRE not-a-lottery lottery

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Re: errrm....

"but then it occurred that there are people who --if they were empowered financially-- might do greater good"

Or go out and spend it on booze, drugs and "ladies of negotiable affection" - and then waste the rest.

Interestingly, nearly all the experiments involving giving people a monthly salary, or basic income, just because it's the right thing to do, resulted in nearly all of them actually wasting less money on trivial things and spending it on bettering their lives and the lives of those around them.

TEDx talk by Rutger Bregman.

Washington Post article on free money.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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"...she starts a pillow fight with her sister."

Barbie Does Paris?

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HALF A BILLION TERRORISTS: WhatsApp encrypts ALL its worldwide jabber

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Bit of an odd name for a messaging app, isn't it?

I believe it to be a play on the words "What's up?", a phrase commonly used by the young people when greeting each other. Because it's an application running on a mobile device, it cunningly combines the aforementioned phrase with the increasingly accepted shortened form of the word "application", viz "app".

But yes, it's a bit odd, as you so eloquently put it.

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GIANT sunspot returns, bigger and belchier than ever before

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@Stuart

Do you have any idea how hard I resisted making some pun about Maunder being late for tea time? :p

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We might be due another "Minimum", but it won't be Maunder's. The Maunder Minimum was very specifically the period of low sunspot activity between approximately 1645 and 1715.

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Elon Musk hits the brakes on Tesla's e-SUV Model X production

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Re: e-SUV? (@AC)

I guess you misunderstood me, and the comment about the letter X probably didn't help. :)

On the whole, I quite like Tesla and what they're doing. I just don't think they've tried very hard with the Model X. That said, one of my gripes before was with the ridiculous lack of wheel clearance shown in all the pictures (the entrance to my driveway is rather steep and very angular - I always end up on three wheels when backing out and turning into the road at the moment), but a friend bought his Model S up to my place the other day with no problems at all, so I guess the Model X wouldn't be any worse in that respect. I still reserve my doubts about the wing doors though - I definitely wouldn't want to clear the snow off by hand before being able to get tools out to finish the job. (I live in Norway, so we're talking real snow here, not the light dusting that closes the UK every winter.)

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Re: e-SUV?

I'd be quite interested in an electric SUV - even one made by Tesla. But there's no way in hell I'd buy a Model X. Sticking a letter from the arse-end of the alphabet on something doesn't make it cool.

Also, I'd like to see someone open those wing doors with a metre of snow on top (or more specifically clear off a metre of snow by hand before being able to get the thing open to retrieve the snow shovel/brush), or enjoy sitting on a soaking wet seat after climbing in during a thunderstorm.

And I don't know about you, but I like being able to wipe water off the back window from the driver's seat - not have to get out and wipe it by hand. (No rear wiper.)

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Google Glassholes haven't achieved 'social acceptance' - report

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Re: I'd get some for the workshop.

This was the one sensible use-case I came up with:

Overlaying measurement markers, levels, and design schematics on real-world objects.

(At the time I was framing up and laying a shit-tonne of concrete for a patio and steps.)

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European SPACEMAN exposes EERIE snaps of ISS in Twitter feed

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Re: Up-side-down

... is it just me that thinks the Isle of Dogs looks like a scrotum being cupped by a hand?

That is definitely just you. :)

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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I never said it's a perfect idea. But at least it's an idea.

You could, for example, tax revenue after in-country costs. So for companies which only do business in a single country, nothing would change. Maybe allow overseas costs for tangible goods not to be taxed either, to prevent companies which have to genuinely import raw materials being unfairly taxed. For companies that have to pay "licencing costs" to overseas subsidiaries revenue directed to those costs would be taxed prior to the money leaving the country.

Or you could just leave the system as it is and carry on complaining for the rest of your lives.

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How do you stop that with a UK law change...

By taxing revenue and not profit. You know, how it works for people. (How that would work with regards to international trade laws, I don't know.)

As a paid employee, I would love my salary to be taxed after I've finished paying all my bills and expenses.

That said, as a company director, I am quite happy that I can spend as much of my company's revenue as possible and then pay tax on the remains - if any. Speaking of which, I feel a "business meeting" coming on in the Caribbean soon...

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US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

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If governments around the world all stopped being massive dicks, people might be less inclined to use encryption in the first place.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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Re: Almost every developed country seems to do much better

Norway sounds like it's probably a little better than the UK, but not by much.

Most trains have free WiFi these days (the ones that don't are slowly being upgraded), but it's usually saturated because everyone and their dog is using it. (Have you ever seen a dog using an iPad without a decent internet connection? It's pretty tragic.)

Standard mobile coverage is pretty terrible too even just a few kilometres outside of Oslo. I would estimate I have adequate coverage for about half my daily commute, and absolutely none for about 40% of it (for a 40 minute journey).

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Re: Antactica is melting too

*sigh*

Not that fucking graph again. Look at it again. And this time actually read what it's telling you, without glancing at the clearly incorrect and sensationalist text dropped over the top.

It's stating, quite obviously, that the mean temperature over the last 18 years has increased by about 0.24 degrees.

If the temperature hadn't increased, the big blue line across the graph would be next to the 0.0 towards the bottom of the side scale.

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Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

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Re: This will be a ...

blockbuster

No, you're thinking of Breakout the Movie.

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Re: why goes it have to be the game?

You don't even need the blocks falling into place. (Really?) Just make it a good story about how the inventor of the game nearly lost everything.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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Re: Why are the icons so massive?

Because it's dark in those basements/bedrooms and the monitors burns our eyes.

To show you how good the multi-monitor functionality is these days by forcing you to use it. (You want to see two icons? Buy another monitor.)

Because your video driver can only display 640x480.

We spent so much time designing them (seriously?), we thought you'd really like to see them more.

That's the size recommended in How to Copy iOS for Dummies.

Oh the possibilities are endless... Downvote if you want, but I'm just messing with you lovely folks. It is Friday after all. :)

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Re: Strange habits

IMHO, there is no need to MAXIMISE everything. I hate it when I see people do that on any screen over 15" and then use a button bar to switch - it screws up the whole principle of a desktop with sheets you move around.

I always maximise as much as I can. It's a far more optimal way of working. And a far more optimal use of oh so limited screen space.

One guy I used to work with tried to dump all the icons on his desktop around the edges of the screen and then jumble his windows together in the centre. He tended to spend more time looking for a window than he did working. He was constantly moving them out the way to find a different one / the previous one. In fact you watch any user who doesn't maximise and they're nearly always looking for windows.

The only thing worse than not being able to maximise an application window is having to constantly re-maximise one because it didn't save that state when it changed. Yes, Apple and Adobe, I'm looking at your Windows applications.

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ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7

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About fucking time! I really hate the fact that the light takes 15 milliseconds too long to come on when I open the door to my current fridge. Doubling the DSP processing power should really help out with this.

Hopefully there will still be enough extra processing power available to allow my new fridge to spot things that are going mouldy and catapult them into my mouth when I open the door. (Which is why I need the light to come on faster. I don't want to be hit in the face by things flying out of the dark.)

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Re: Only $74 million?

Because the best Indian mathematicians, astronomers, and computer scientists now live elsewhere?

(I didn't downvote you, and I'm not Indian. I'm just sayin'.)

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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!

I've never been to Ebola, but I hear it's a lovely place in the spring.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Case Sensitive File Systems...

...are a pain in the arse for the average user (more so on command line based systems, less so in GUI environments), and only exist because programmers are lazy. (It's entirely possible that the processing power didn't exist to efficiently perform case-insensitive string comparisons, but that's not really an excuse IMO.)

Consider this: If you received a letter addressed to you, would you only open it if the casing of the name and address matched what you considered to be "correct"? Would you throw it in the bin because you're DrXym, not DrXYM? I didn't think so. So why would you expect a file system on a computer (a tool that is supposed to make your life easier) to be so pedantic?

The only people such a system benefits are the programmers. And don't get me started on Git.

As for not being able to replace executable files that are locked, that's a side effect of how Windows loads executables. Basically all executable files and DLLs are memory mapped instead of being copied into memory. While it can be annoying, it does have the added benefit that the system swap file will never contain executable code. (Instead of swapping executable code back out to disk, Windows knows it's already on disk, so the code is just dumped and remapped from the original disk image when needed again.)

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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Re: Green Prince of Darkness

...the sun's output is pretty reliable...

While I definitely do not want to be accused of feeding the troll, I should point out that while the sun's output is pretty reliable, so is the day/night cycle of our little dust ball (I understand some people are even attempting to predict at what time the sun will rise and set on any given day). On the other hand, clouds, generally speaking, are not so reliable.

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Payment security bods: Nice pay-by-bonk (hint: NO ONE uses it) on iPhone 6, Apple

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Re: Help me out here...

That's the difference between Google and Apple.

Google are great at getting support for new technologies out the door (at least into beta) - often for free, but after that they're more interested in grabbing as much of your data as possible to resell later.

Apple actually make sure the stuff they push out is not only usable, but that other people (in this case retailers and credit card companies) adopt it so it can be used. Apple make their money from people repeatedly investing and reinvesting in Apple products in the future, so they have less interest in the data grab aspect of modern technology.

Hate Apple as much as you want, but what they do works very very well (both technologically, and financially).

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Re: The other trick that stumps all hackers

Your "s"s have been mirrored, not rotated.

Shhh... that's how you confuse the hackers.

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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Re: What pleb uses Opera 12 still?

...it's hard to pinpoint any major feature that's not there now.

Yeah, 'cos Opera 23 (the current stable version that's linked from their front page) makes it so easy to put the tab bar down the left side of the screen. And I love the way it lets me group tabs together.

And I don't miss the Right-Click > Edit Site Preferences menu option at all.

Face it, Opera as it stands is a beta product compared to version 12. And until that changes, I won't be bothering with it.

As for Google deliberately crippling websites, they've never given a shit about Opera anyway. Opera basically acknowledged this when they switched to Chromium.

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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What if...

...these stories were already online?

I've been reading What If? since it first started. They're all brilliant.

http://what-if.xkcd.com/

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Intelligence blunder: You wanna be Australia's spyboss? No problem, just walk right in

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Re: Automatic revocation?

Yep, when I was contracting for Schlumberger, it was the same deal.

The day my contract ended, I had to take my computers back to IT for them to sign off on, give all documents on my desk to my manager, and hand my key card back into the front desk. (Which would have expired that day even if I hadn't - that actually happened several times when the front desk weren't informed about my contract being renewed.)

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

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Re: Chinese Keyboard

Ah, I see you went for the simplified version.

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Harvard boffins 'reverse-engineer' Chinese censorship

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Re: We need a Gallic Shrug icon.

Perhaps a Garlic Icon would do just as well. It would certainly help me with my reading skills.

Or maybe not. :)

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

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You don't think, perhaps, the micro-USB connector would be on the other end of the cable?

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Thunderbird + Lightning

That's all very well and good for a single user on a single machine (it's what I use at home). But how does that scale so you can access said email and calendar from multiple machines and/or mobile devices seamlessly? (And effortlessly.)

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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

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Far be it from me to be cynical this early in the week but...

Any company which puts more money into product development than marketing will either a) have to be extremely lucky, or b) close down within weeks of launching their first product.

If my company wasn't peddling products I worked on outside of my day job, I would be firmly placed in camp B.

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NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids

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Re: Microcode

Not sure why you would need a JIT though, when ARM's Jazelle technology can execute Java bytecode natively.

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Can't touch this! Microsoft joins OpenGL 3D graphics group

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Re: DirectX is a load of horsesh...

The OpenGL page on wikipedia has 18 versions listed from 1.1 to 4.5. Only one of those was listed as a minor release. And that's obviously not including all the vendor specific extensions that have appeared throughout the ages in an effort to keep up with the pace at which technology is moving forward.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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A long time ago, I had an accident which meant I could not use my right hand for several months.

My advice would be to change hands halfway through in future.

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Hacker crew nicks '1.2 billion passwords' – but WHERE did they all come from?

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...the website is for a small company and the developer is also responsible for procurement, storage, sales and maybe even marketing...

I'm definitely in that boat. The few websites I am running for my company probably aren't shining examples of how to do security, but I'm learning as quickly as I can.

(I also haven't received any notifications from these guys, so I either dodged the bullet by being too small, or I'm actually getting some of this shit right.)

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: "a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied"

It's a database. Are you seriously suggesting all databases can be replaced with text files?

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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Re: "...if the anode could be made of lithium, it would make batteries lighter..."

Good God, man! This is the internet. Won't you think of the children before you let all those facts, science, and reason fly?

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Re: Ouch...

Someday I am going to get round to fixing that autocorrect.

Please don't.

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18,000 Apple employees could get bite of profits with class-action lawsuit

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Re: Spelt Vs Spelled

Actually, outside the US spelled and spelt are interchangeable. Spelled became the preferred spelling in the US around 100 years ago.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Yeah, I wish my car had a more efficient downvote collector. ;)

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

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Re: I don't see the mystery.

...she actually checks her email daily and surfs the web regularly, as opposed to checking her email once a month and... working.

There, I fixed that for you.

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

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Re: Reducing emissions

Some airlines share planes, but not all of them, which is my point. I still see multiple airlines flying smaller planes along the exact same route at the same time.

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Reducing emissions

If you really want to tackle emissions from aircraft, then simply enact the following:

Make it illegal for two (or more) airlines to fly the same route at the same time of day with smaller aircraft. The number of times I've seen a competing airline to the one I'm flying with flying to the same destination as mine five minutes before (or after) my flight. Both airlines would save money and reduce emissions if they were forced to share seats in a single, larger plane.

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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The only way it won't suck is if Seth MacFarlane is in charge.

Can't see that happening, unfortunately, so yeah, I have to agree that it will probably suck massive donkey balls.

Paris, because she enjoys sucking massi- alright, I'm going...

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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Re: As someone still running Windows XP x64 ...

You many want to check if your sysadmin has redirected this folder to a network location.

Well of course he has. Most corporate network setups these days do that.

On my Windows 7 machine at home, I am at the login screen after about 15 seconds from pressing the power button. After entering my password my desktop appears after a two second delay, at which point I can start working. If I'm not still half asleep I can actually launch a web browser a few seconds before the network connection has finished initialising. (Un)fortunately that doesn't happen very often.

Contrast that with my experience in the office:

The POS Dell computer I have there (actually a newer PC than my home machine) dicks around in the BIOS for about 30 seconds, and takes another minute to get the Windows 7 login screen up. After I enter my password I can usually see my desktop after another minute or so, and can actually start working maybe half a minute after that.

Both machines have SSDs, tons of memory, and more processor cores than I thought I'd ever need. Do I blame the OS? Of course not. It's down to how it's been configured. Specifially how all personal data of mine at the office is located on our network servers - the result of corporate policies applied across all our 140,000+ employees.

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

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Re: Question.

I would assume this is the first step towards real teleportation. Teleportation of data happens almost instantaneously through measuring entangled particles. I think I'm right in stating that today we still don't know exactly how entanglement works, but presumably some smart-arse will eventually figure out it involves n-dimensional hyperspace or something to do with cats (or both). Once that happens, presumably it will become easier (for a given value of 'easier') to exploit the underlying physical phenomena to transport more than just information.

At least I certainly hope so. I also hope it happens within the next fifty years so I have a chance to witness it. :)

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

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Re: it just smells to me like burning flesh

I even had to cross the street to pass a butcher shop.

Oh my God. I used to love the smell of butcher's shops when I was a kid. That is one thing I definitely miss in both the UK and Norway these days.

Speaking of Scandinavia, I seem to recall that back in the 80s the best bacon in the UK was Danish, wasn't it?

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