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2440 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

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I have instructed my lawyers Mr Dabbs

From this moment forward you will desist from recording my stand-up and planning sessions. If you immediately hand over the previous months footage which you used to write this amusing article as well, I will consider this matter closed.

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Google: Glass goggles are a 'fairly lousy surveillance device'

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No not at all. Individuals work for an organisations.Individuals (working for an organisation) recording in public aren't covered by that code of practice (not law).

Individuals acting for the benefit of an organisation are not individuals, they are agents of that organisation.

One of the clues is in the initialism "CCTV" - it means Closed-Circuit Television. This code is not for individuals (whether they work for an organisation or not) wearing Glass.

lolwut?

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As for "Paterson added that wearables containing cameras used by Glasshole organisations to capture video or pictures will need to adhere to the regulator's CCTV code of practice, which is currently undergoing a review."

This is false, people do not need to adhere to the "regulator's CCTV code of practice" at all. It's a code of practice (not law) and it doesn't even apply to individuals recording in public.

Clarified? In the UK, organizations do not have the same rights as people.

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What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

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Re: Alan Grayson has no credibility in regard to civil rights

I don't know British politics that well, but imagine if instead of London Mayor if Boris Johnson were an MP given quite a bit more power and time in the media than he has experience or expertise for, but with more paranoia, much more sycophancy toward the Prime Minister (like Grayson acts toward the President), and a shorter temper.

Yep, wrong example - Boris is a rival to the PM, he doesn't go after him directly, his allies regularly send out stalking horses to try to discredit Gove/May/Grieve to strengthen Boris in the party and weaken Cameron.

I think the best analogy would be to Michael Gove - deeply ambitious and sycophantic, will do anything his master wants.

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App maker defends selling S.F. parking spots as a FREE SPEECH issue

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Re: can't resist

Baby boomers have generally been givers.

Are you trying to be ironic or funny, or do you actually believe this?

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Re: Taking the piss

Yeah, well, how is that "legal"? Starting from the what one wants to conclude is not a good form of discourse.

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Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play

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And yet another thing to distract from work*. 5 years ago, I could quite easily say "this is a no email/phone day", put the phone on do not disturb and only check my emails at 5pm.

Nowadays, if people don't get an immediate reply to their email, they IM, and my browser beeps and pops up the message, regardless of what workspace I am on. Worst of all is flowdock, which I'm now mandated to be on several flows, most of which are irrelevant but still cause browser notifications to pop up - "@everyone ready for the call?" - not a call I'm on, but thanks for disrupting my thought processes to remind people about a meeting in their calendars.

Then, 3 minutes later, the same message arrives in your inbox and then your phone. Gaaaaaaaa!

* He says, posting on the register....

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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Re: Nice idea..

...then one in a million situations happen at least once a day.

Everyone knows one in a million shots come up 9 times out of 10.

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Re: About bloody time!

I'm fairly certain that Labour intend, if they are returned to power, to choose someone else to serve as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions rather than keeping IDS in the job..

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'I got a little bit upset by that Register article...' says millionaire model. Bless!

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Re: Ok, you've had your fun

See, you've missed the boat again.

The first story was about how a technological nobody can grab £200k of public money. That is one thing.

This story is about her moaning about being called on it. That is something else.

Both deserve derision.

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Re: Ok, you've had your fun

I think you are showing your own biases tbh. Is it not possible to criticise someone silly for being silly, without being accused of misogyny because the silly person is a woman?

Because the focus and tone of these stories is “lily the silly woman who squandered tax payers money on a frivolous website”

Take the word "woman" out of it, and sure, that is the tone and focus of the previous article - how silly people managed to get silly amounts of public money and do silly things with it. This article is actually about the irony of said silly person moaning about people complaining that their project is silly and a waste of public money. Silly.

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Re: Snooping on foreigners

Did you just wake up from a 13 month coma?

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

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It sounds good, but there is nothing to force operators to provide an adequate service in the zone that they have been allocated.

Could we not just make it more/very expensive for the network to be carried on competitors network where they do not have capacity? If they pass the cost on to the consumer instead of investing in more POP to reduce future costs, then they become more expensive and less competitive than their rivals that do have capacity.

This way, the whole thing becomes a market driven by consumer demand. If you don't provide an adequate network, you will have to raise prices, which will then mean you lose customers eventually to the networks that do provide an adequate service and do not have to raise prices.

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Shift over, TV firms: LTE Broadcast will nuke current mobile telly tech

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Re: Think motorsport

Imagine being able to see the world feed whilst the cars are out of view, or see the pit stops if you aren't opposite the start/finish line?

It still only solves one problem - "how do people at the event view more of the event". It does nothing to decrease the ever growing on demand traffic, which TFA suggests it will.

The fact that it is cell specific should make improving the experience of people at events easier - they can provide special cells within the stadia that broadcast the content.

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There is certainly a need for it when massive traffic volumes are generated by large sporting events such as the World Cup. EE has reported that the goal scored by ex-Everton player Tim Cahill for Australia at 5.21pm on Wednesday 18th June resulted in the biggest ever single data spike across the EE network as people took to social media and streaming services to watch replays of the goal.

So this technology would not help - these people were not watching a single stream broadcast to all users simultaneously, they were all individually served the content as they demanded it.

So yes, super cool to be able to broadcast TV within a cell (although, if you're at the game, just watch the game?), but it will do sweet FA with managing the demand of people who are not at the game and want to watch snippets of it at a time that suits them.

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Bored yet? Now there's ANOTHER OpenSSL fork – it's from Google

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Re: When do things really change?

Can there be levels of trust? I don't fully trust SSL, but I trust it more than plaintext....

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Re: aka BackdoorSSL ?

It's hard to see how why this should be labeled boring when it includes a bunch of patches that "are a little too experimental."

The patches are experimental because they alter API or ABI. BoringSSL is boring because it strips back what an SSL library does from "everything + the very latest in development protocols" to "enough to make an encrypted connection and verify keys".

One of the main reasons heartbleed had such an effect was that almost anyone who offered OpenSSL on their webserver had been forced to upgrade to the newer, "more secure" OpenSSL 1.0 series in order to pass "security audits" which are simply "Is version > x".

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Infosec bods try Big Data in search for better anti-virus mousetrap

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Wonderful, I love paps.

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Australia's eMinister has policy-crush on UK's Liam Maxwell

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COTS is great when you agree that the function performed by the COTS will be what the COTS currently performs.

It's not so great when some dickhead thinks that he can buy COTS (cuz it's cheaper, natch), and yet still thinks he can customize every single damn thing about it, and change his mind constantly about what each customization is.

Consultants don't give a fuck, if the customer want "cheap" COTS, then they send an integrator and make their margin on the customizations, where as if they can convince the customer that you need bespoke, they send the architect and make their margin that way.

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32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT!

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Re: Eh?

it will sound much more like an IT tech trying to explain why THIS kind of thing is exactly the reason why he/she requested that $500 switch instead of the $200 one that the boss eventually bought from the local store.

What do you think happens in that scenario, PHB goes seppuku-o-clock, or shifts the blame to the vendors/beancounters?

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Crooks use Synology NAS boxen to mine Dogecoin, yells Dell

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FAIL

If you don't open port 5000, then you also probably are unlikely to leave a link to your (closed) port to your NAS on a web forum where it can be picked up by a google search?

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Hey! Where! are! the! white! women! at!? It's! Yahoo!

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Re: 5 things I paid the least amount of attention to

"Raw talent" in interviews means that the interviewee has enabled BS mode on the interviewer and the interviewer was impressed/did not detect BS mode.

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ISIS: Iraq KILLS the INTERNET: VPNs, social media and chat apps blocked by government

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Re: Damned if you do...

At most ISIS can take over the Sunni areas in the north. Most of the fighters are not ISIS, but Sunni militias taking advantage of ISIS dispelling the army.

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

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Re: The Other Side of the Coin

If half of all vehicles switch to electric, you'll have a surplus of petroleum.

Really? I'd imagine that what would actually have is a massive reduction in extraction rates in order to maintain current petrol prices.

Before half of all vehicles switch to electric, we need a battery technology that works at scale and is cheap enough to be used in half of all vehicles. Li-ion is already the most popular kind of battery ever made, and electric cars use the most popular kind of li-ion cell - the Tesla S has 7,000 of them. There simply isn't the scale for li-ion, despite it being one of the most mass produced items on the planet.

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Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport,

Without any hint of irony?

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WORLD CUP SHOCK: England declared winner in 2-1 defeat to Italy

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Re: No matter how hard you try

I meant England deserved not to win, they only deserved the draw with such negative play. 360 in 100 overs means the opposition will play a bit more than 390 in 90 overs.

New Members Bar: The "New" refers to the bar not the members (who very much have not been described as "new" for several decades.

The pavilion at Lords is a weird stratified place. Members is where you go when you want to get a good view of the action, its on the top tier next to the big pavilion stand, but don't want to suffer the stuffiness of the Long Room or the crush that is the Bowler's Bar. When I worked there, it was also next to the media rooms, so you had Trueman, Blofeld, Johnners, Frindall et al having lunch up there, but sadly they are relocated to the other side of the ground now.

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Re: So england won

Mind you, it got me wondering if they would ever transmit multiple sound channels, one of the crowd, one of the commentators etc. (or a choice of commentators) then you could switch the wankers off and just watch the game but keep the crowd response. That would be nice.

Lots of sports on sky these days gets transmitted in 5.1, with the commentary on the centre channel, crowd sounds on the other 4 - I just unplug the centre.

Shame this doesn't usually work with BBC or ITV.

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Re: No matter how hard you try

Crikey Spartacus, the Lords Hamper is a bit outside of my range. I've only been twice as a punter, ticket £90, beer £5, burger+chips £12. I think I enjoyed it more when I worked there as a barman (New Members Bar, top left of pavilion, good view of the wicket from the bar).

PS: SL didn't deserve the draw, England did - they should have declared the night before, silly sentimentality to give Ballance the chance for a ton. They would have had 10 overs at them with the new ball that night, another 10 overs fresh the next morning with a newish ball, and 20 overs at the end of the day with a new ball instead of 10. Über-conservative.

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Re: No matter how hard you try

It's natural state is dullness, livened up by brief moments of skill/luck. It's like cricket, but without the pimms and cucumber sandwiches.

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Virgin Media boss AND ex-Murdoch man: BSkyB broadband is 'lousy'

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Re: I can confirm...

When I first got their service I was receiving only 0.5 MB/s.

Do you mean 0.5MB/s, ie 4 Mbit or did you mean 0.5 Mbit?

Isn't this just an "ADSL can be shitty" scenario though? I expect there are people with VM ADSL that get a shitty 0.5Mbit too.

Braindead support is braindead though. Be had excellent support lines, even the Bulgarians were super knowledgable and could fix any time I had issues.

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TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

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Re: Combo Upate

Downvote for using "bing" as a verb meaning "search", yet still capitalizing it as a proper noun.

You might heart the fuck out of microsoft, but keep your neologisms (google¹ it) to yourself.

¹ Intentional.

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Join me, Reg readers, and help me UPGRADE our CHILDREN

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Re: You are fired!

If you're soldering things, that sounds like Electrical Engineering.

Most schools have a clear divide between Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Some students might do classes from both departments, but they are separate departments with different goals.

Computer science is almost an academic discipline, it actually relies very little on physical computers. Electrical and/or software engineering are disciplines that use computer science, they are not computer science. Computer science is "physics" to software engineering's "civil engineering". One tells you why bridges stay up, the other tells you how to build bridges that stay up.

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Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck

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Re: Tom 38 "Socialists"? Try Bolshevists.

I couldn't read any of the "facts" because you were so excited to get all these facts out there that you failed to make it at all readable.

You can tell when Tom (and the rest of the sheeple) can't argue the facts presented when they start bleating about paragraphs and name-calling.

Ah, I see, I'm the one doing the name calling? I do apologize, presumably the sheeple behind me will also apologize.

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Re: "Socialists"? Try Bolshevists.

You can tell when Matt is really frothy, he forgets about paragraphs.

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DINOSAUR BLOOD: JUST RIGHT, as Goldilocks might say, if drinking it

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Re: Say what???

No - birds are dinosaurs, theropods to be precise. We just call them birds because we don't dig them up out of the ground.

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Spaceplane design nipper Ariadne gets a promotion

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Re: Sooooo........

Bring back Cash n Carrion!

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S is for SMACKDOWN: Samsung takes Galaxy Tab slab war fruit-side

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2560 x 1600 resolution

How come I can buy a tablet with 2560 x 1600 resolution for $399, but if I want to buy just a screen with the same resolution, no attached tablet, it costs a metric fuckton of monies?

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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Or a wildcard cert, one IP per domain wildcard.

I've never tried asking for subjectAltName with multiple wildcard domains, wonder if that would work, one public IP per server farm.

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Fry has a fascination with technology and likes to use it but admits he himself has no clue how most of it works. It is the press that has painted him as some sort of ambassador for technology

Sure, no problem. It's the shameless cashing in on said reputation, which he does not go any way to ever dispelling. When he gets called up by the Beeb, "Stephen old chap, come on This Morning, show us the new iphone, plug your book" he doesn't say "Ah well actually probably a tech journalist would be better than me, but I'll come on and talk about the book?"

Scratch all that, I've just realised that each appearance by S.Fry as a tech evangelist means one less time I have to see Rory Cellan-Jones, who knows roughly the same about tech as Fry but can play the bullshit trombone a little better.

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

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Re: Mobile Fantasy

Technically, if everything went mobile, wouldn't that include the back-haul? ;)

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Sealed with an XSS: I gave TweetDeck a heart attack, says teen comp sci boff Firo

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Re: BBC

I don't think this breaks their charter, as they offer all the "popular" social networks. If they just had facebook maybe you would have a point, but they always offer facebook, twitter, delicious, digg, reddit, g+, linkedin and stumbleupon. No MySpace though, or "other social networks are available".

Similarly, they don't have to give all political parties time for party political broadcasts, just the popular ones.

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Re: BBC

TBH most journos these days seem to think that "newsworthy" means either "people talking about it on twitter" or "people unable to talk on twitter", it isn't just a BBC thing.

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Re: two errors

-bis (twice) and -ter (thrice) are suffixes that ITU put on to specifications to indicate the second and third revision of that specification.

Eg, the first 600 baud standard was V22, this allowed 1200bps and was shortly followed by V22bis, which allowed 2400bps.

Basically, he's saying the current spec is bollocks and we'll wait for V2.

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urged businesses and governments […] to act swiftly and adopt IPv6 without any further delay.

Hah! I'm sure that's what they're going to do, and not just roll out CGN to their end users.

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

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Re: Kevin Warwick..

Crikey you are a cretin aren't you. A gay joke and a dwarf joke in one thread, nothing else useful to say? Why don't you try keeping your idiotic "humour" to yourself.

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TalkTalk whips BT with riding crop over sport fibs in telly ad

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Re: Seems a bit OTT (if quite correct)

Which has fuck all to do with whether the advert is misleading or not.

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BILLIONS of digital dollars go AWOL to cybercrooks, says study

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You're so right that in the UK we now have officials which measure and estimate how much hookers and drug dealers add to the economy - and its a LOT.

There is a fascinating BBC article on the data:

Extrapolating from research for 2004, the ONS estimates that there were 60,879 prostitutes working in the UK in 2009. Based on Dutch research they assumed that each one serviced 25 clients a week, with an average price per visit of £67.16.

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What's important for the measurement of the national accounts is the margin taken by dealers, except in the case of half of cannabis consumed in the UK, which is assumed to have been grown here.

The ONS took figures for drug sales from a one-off Home Office survey of drug use in 2003, which gave them an average amount of drugs consumed per person. It took retail prices from a UN report and adjusted for purity using evidence from seizures by police and border agencies. Comparing this value with the UN's wholesale drugs prices gives the margin that the ONS is interested in.

Each year's figures for demand are derived from the number of drug users shown in the Crime Survey for England and Wales. That gives a figure for 2009 of £3.6bn for drugs other than cannabis and £830m for cannabis.

<3 stats.

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Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium

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Re: Insurance?

No, you just get to sue them and take their lawn chair.

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Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

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Re: Superchargers Free!

This may have gone over your head, I was using scientific notation in order to get across the magnitude of the issue at hand. If li-ion electric cars are the solution to our reliance on oil, then what is required in order to have a society pretty much like ours where transportation is a personal freedom.

You can clearly see from the numbers that producing enough li-ion batteries cheaply enough or in sufficient quantities to power the worlds vehicles. It is not like li-ion is a new, barely investigated or exploited technology that can be easily made cheaper to produce, it is already at scale, and producing the kind of cells that go in to a Tesla.

So, we have a technology, cool as it is, that is not going to "save the planet", it is not going to reduce vehicle emissions, since only a tiny proportion of upper middle class people and their delivery drivers will be driving one. Fine. The problem comes when these users insist that the rest of us pay for their toy with infrastructure investment in to the grid so that they can use it as they like.

This comes after the same people force us to pay for thousands of miles of new grid to get cables offshore and to the top of hills, which could have paid for every coal fired power station in the UK to be replaced with nuclear.

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

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Re: @'s water music

Modern airlines can and do practically fly themselves, including take off and landing.

And they do this by operating in largely uncongested space using scheduled flight plans and whole teams of meatjobs in centres around the world to ensure they don't crash when they do get in crowded spaces.

It is possible to write software that is as near to perfect as possible. It just takes a lot of effort and great care.

In flight's case, by putting constraints on the variables in a way that is not possible with current road traffic, and using mechanical turks in the form of air traffic controllers. If there is a human in the box, it's not automation folks.

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