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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

Santa from Exeter

Prejudice and reasonable people

John 110

"The idea of gaining independence and having to make our way by ourselves, knowing that our Southern neighbours are just waiting for a misstep"

I call prejudice myself there. If Scotland decide to go it alone; I, for one, won't be waiting with 'bated breath' for them to fail. I think there are pros and cons for both sides of the border in both scenarios.

I know a number of 'perfectly reasonable people' who just happen to be Scots. Some of them are eligble to vote in the referendum and some are not (by virtue of the fact of living in England, despite still being recognisably Scots and identifying themselves as Scottish, *not* English).

I have yet to hear one of them express a single positive opinion of, or thought for Salmond and his crew; and to a man/woman they are all opposed to this rhetoric fuelled, ill thought attempt to split from the <rhetoric> Big Bad English </rhetoric> although they might be of a different opinion if it wasn't being done in such a manner.

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

Santa from Exeter

Re: Beer AND Flesh?

You won't find it in the 'spoons, but check out Friar Tuck.

Besides, this is in Durrington, not Amesbury so maybe the Stonehenge Inn?

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Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

Santa from Exeter
Pint

Beer!

*** Quite like the Grozet myself but I was a little disconcerted when the Roisin turned my pee pink!

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

Santa from Exeter

Local Confusion

The letter from my City Council didn't make it clear whether they were honouring my previous opt-out or not.

Simply solved 'though, I just went on the Gov website and registered to vote online, choosing the 'bugger off admen' box

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

Santa from Exeter
Facepalm

Users

We have an internal award of NOTW - Numpty of the week, awarded at our Monday Team meeting for such occurences as using rm -rf (unset variable)/*

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

Santa from Exeter
Happy

Systems

I used to play Runequest for 'serious' roleplaying and Tunnels and Trolls for 'back from the pub and skin up' fun. I still fondly remember my T&T character going around with his testicles in his pouch looking for someone to sew them back on (he'd missed spotting the broken chair when jumping into the pit full of Troll shit)

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Mobe battery flat? These ELECTRIC PANTS will pump things up

Santa from Exeter

Re: kids sizes

"Thirdly, The phone would have to be fairly sturdy and waterproof, or is that just my kids?"

I think you'll find most kids are sturdy and waterproof :-)

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

Santa from Exeter

Re: As far as I am concerned

The key phrase there is 'in public'. Presumably, the Graduation Ceremony wasn't held on the local street, therefore the photographer should have at least obtained a Model Release form.

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Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'

Santa from Exeter

Re: Power corrupts

I think you'll find that in negotiations there is no 'victim'. Hachette are hardly small fry being tromped over by the big boy here despite their claims. They are using the press to try and sway opinion in their favour, and it looks like the 'Amazon haters' are doing some of the work for them

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot becoming mere pimple

Santa from Exeter

Re: I heard...

Just hope the puss doesn't come in our direction, that's gonna be a massive mirror splodge!

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

Santa from Exeter
FAIL

Re: The needle returns to the start of the song...........

Epic Fail, falling for the politico's bullshit -

'Not a fan of UKIP at all, but if it breaks this cycle of toff's...'

' common man who drinks pints and sounds like they do'

I suggest you check out Farage's background if you really believe the crap that he touts.

Educated at Dulwich College and an ex commodities trader is hardly 'the common man'.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

Santa from Exeter

Re: Using basic building blocks you could create anything...

@Joefish

Back in my day the Millenuim Falcon wasn't around when I was 12, and I didn't have a handy TARDIS to travel to now to buy the overpriced crappy licenced tat.

I was perfectly happy with 'basic' Lego bricks until progressing on to Meccano at around age 12.

I then had endless fun building 'unrealistic' vehicles and (once I had my pride and joy - a Mammod static engine) ferris wheels and all sorts that included sharp edged Meccano fron the 30's bought in jumble sales.

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

Santa from Exeter

Questions, questions

Of course it was a non secular cause. It's all about marriage, which is as non secular at its core as you can get!

How do you know he does not, now, agree with the culture at Mozilla? Have you actually asked him or are you simply assuming that he hasn't changed his views in 6 years?

Along those lines, how do you know that his funding of the cause was specifically about denying anyone 'fundememntal rights' (how is marriage a fundemental right anyway?) given that Gay marriage is not unanimously supported by the Gay community anyway?

I'm not a Militant anything personally, I just have something of a problem with anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, declaring random things to be 'fundemental rights', usually when they want these things for themselves and believe that they can't get them.

This sounds a little attacking, but it's certainly not meant in that vein, just a little too rushed at lunchtime at work to carefully reword it :-)

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

Santa from Exeter

Re: Remember it's a low probability event *until* it's actually happening

'Planning how to segment power grids' Not a good idea.

In the event of one of these hitting, and the warning system is now in place, unlike in 2012, then the UK with its national grid will actually fare better than the US with its regionalised grid. On a large grid, you turn everything on to spread the load, on a regionalised grid you have to turn everything off.

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Ethical hacker backer hacked, warns of email ransack

Santa from Exeter
FAIL

Security primer needed?

"The organisation – whose tagline is Hackers are here. Where are you? – asks members to submit sensitive data such as passport details as part of its registration process"

By e-mail? How secure - not!

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Top UK e-commerce sites fail to protect 'password' password-havers from selves

Santa from Exeter
FAIL

Site fails

What annoys me the most is when a site won't let me use a more secure password.

In particular, a certain bank which will only accept alphanumeric characters in your password!

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World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

Santa from Exeter

Re: Parental involvement

What you seem to have missed is that this is *not* really about parental responsibility. This is about a group of loud-mouthed 'we know best' rabble rousers. If it was about parental responsibility the parents would have been asked if they thought this was a good idea; with a clear explanation of exactly what was being proposed and what this entailed

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Santa from Exeter
Childcatcher

Re: I agree with BT's statement 100%

Sorry, but I had to downvote your post.

Stop shouting at me! I am a parent and I did 'Take some fucking responsibility' with my daughter. Not by installing filters or blocks, or constantly monitoring her; but by being open, honest and frank about any and every subject, including sex.

As a result, I had no worries when, at 14, she was using the 'pute in the back room when I was watching telly in the front room; nor when she was in her room with her own laptop on 'tinternet at the age of 16.

I realise that some people like to pidgeon hole, but for bogs sake don't fall into the gubbmints trap of thinking that all parents are either 'moral upstanding upper middle church goers who support this' or 'low life mouth breathers with no parenting skills whose kiddies need protecting'.

Icon because I did 'think of the child'

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IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

Santa from Exeter
FAIL

NatWest FAIL

My partner has been very inconvenienced by this but, as she wasn't left financially out of pocket, will pobably not get a bean. She works away from home and, as of last night, she was still unable to withdraw any money from her NatWest account. This didn't mean that she starved, as a work colleague loaned her some cash but she is still unsure if she will be able to pay her hotel bill and had a sleepless night because of it. Thanks a bunch RBS you useless bunch of overpaid 'Bankers'

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Economical Indian MOM whips up her eggs en route to Mars

Santa from Exeter

Re: US$74 Million

Ah, but the Jubal soup tastes like long pork

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Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

Santa from Exeter
Headmaster

Re: there's a quote about motes and beams .. If only I could remember ,,,

'I look forward to the (correct) use of "thee", "thy", "thine", "thou" and so on, along with archaic subjunctive forms.'

I would include in this the correct use of the 'your' archaic form, just for completeness of course :-)

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DARPA: You didn't think we could make a Mach 6 spaceplane, so let us have this MACH TEN job

Santa from Exeter

Re: Basic questions for DARPA projects

"How much in the world of medicine has its roots in military R&D do you think?"

Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archibald_McIndoe

Pretty useful hey?

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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

Santa from Exeter

@ AC Re: As a motorcyclist

As a chavved-up Nova/BMW owner (brain donor) I have the right to overtake on blind bends and hills and on single lane roads with oncoming traffic. Those solid white lines in the middle of a road do not apply to me and safe distances on motorways are only there for me to use as a guide when I squeeze between two cars moving at 70mph on a congested motorway. My tyres must wear faster than everyone elses, otherwise it shows I haven't been spinning the wheels enough and when I start off from lights I must accelerate so fast that I have to fight to keep the back end under control. Under no circumstances must I accept any blame for any accident, it is always the other drivers fault. Motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians are a target, and shouldn't be on *my* road anyway.

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AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store

Santa from Exeter
Happy

Re: Bah!

Shouldn't that be a fluury of 2 stroke Kawasaki glory?

http://thekneeslider.com/kawasaki-kh750-2-stroke-triple-cafe-racer/

My mate had one of these with a quick twist throttle and you could stand it on it's back wheel at 70! (not a cafe racer obviously)

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May threatens ban on 'hate-inciting' radicals, even if they don't promote violence

Santa from Exeter
FAIL

Re: Waspy Waspy Police state

Your use of such terms as 'sheeple' and attempting to belittle anyone who doesn't agree with your own personal agenda by calling them ' Leftie Sheep' does nothing for your personal rant driven cause. In fact, it stops me reading further as you seem to have no rational arguments, but merely rely on ad hominem attacks - childish.

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Android FOUND ON TABLETS inscribed with WORD OF GOD

Santa from Exeter
Childcatcher

Re: RE: Atheism isn't a faith

An Atheist says "There is no evidence for the existence of a God/Gods, therefore I believe that they do not exist".

A Theist says "The evidence for the existence of God/Gods lies in my belief in them".

An Agnostic says "There is currently no evidence in the existence or otherwise of God/Gods, but this might change".

Therefore, Atheism and Theism are both belief systems, whereas Agnositicism is an open minded approach.

As for those who say Santa doesn't exist.....

Oh yes I do!

Icon for the Children at Christmas :-)

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

Santa from Exeter
Unhappy

Bummer!

Dammit, just had to break a cardinal rule and gland some 'Up' at work to get over this down.

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Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

Santa from Exeter
Stop

Re: Do not want, and in fact this kind of thing is a fucking 'orrible idea.

@Jake 27/3/13 08:27

"Yes, in many "built up areas" pedestrians have an easement, allowing them to freely meander about in cross-walks ("zebra crossings" to you Brits) & the like, without fear of being at fault in an ensuing collision."

Actually, for us 'Brits' a zebra crossing is not an 'easement', that is what you have when you have a dip in the pavement to allow access to your driveway and you have *no* right of way on the pavement either.

According to the Highway Code for drivers

'Zebra crossings. As you approach a zebra crossing

look out for pedestrians waiting to cross and be ready to slow down or stop to let them cross

you MUST give way when a pedestrian has moved onto a crossing

allow more time for stopping on wet or icy roads

do not wave or use your horn to invite pedestrians across; this could be dangerous if another vehicle is approaching

be aware of pedestrians approaching from the side of the crossing.'

The Highway code for pedestrians states,

'Zebra crossings. Give traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before you start to cross. Vehicles will need more time when the road is slippery. Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing. Remember that traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing. Keep looking both ways, and listening, in case a driver or rider has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped.

So the onus is equally on the pedestrian and the driver to ensure there is time to stop, but if the pedestrian has set foot on the crossing you commit an offence by not stopping.

Icon, because you have to.

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Watch the skies: SPACE HEDGEHOG plunges to Earth in Oxfordshire

Santa from Exeter
Childcatcher

Pudding!

Actually, it's Blue String Pudding.

The Soup Dragon would be very annoyed to find string in her soup mines.

Bah, kids today, they don't teach them anything about the classics

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

Santa from Exeter

Re: Most people stay with their bank in the UK due to inertia.

'And yet, go a penny over and the bank will "fine" you £25 (because what you want to do to people who can't pay for things is make it harder for them to pay anything at all, if you're a bank), plus interest for the privilege without bothering to consult you first'

Santander go one better than that. They pay out to take you over your limit (and charge you £25 for it), then reclaim the payment, because you are now over your limit (and charge you £25 for doing so), Then charge you £5 for being over your limit for a day!

' (find me a bank account where I *CAN'T* go overdrawn at all, ever, in any way, and transactions just get refused when I have insufficient money - they don't exist).'

Actually, they do exist. The majority of them are for those with bad credit scores, so they charge you up to £15 a month for the privilege of having a bank account!

Halifax Livecash, however, doesn't do credit checks and will also accept discharged bankrupts

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Boffins propose satnav tracking for 'KILLER KOALAS'

Santa from Exeter
Happy

Re: Spoiler alert? Seriously.

That Santa actually doesn't live at the North Pole?

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

Santa from Exeter

Re: Licence agreements

No actually, it isn't the equivalent of you chipping your BMW. If anything it's more the equivalent of you fitting non BMW tyres and them blaming this for a brake failure.

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Hacker faces 105 years inside after FBI 'sexploitation' arrest

Santa from Exeter
Thumb Down

Re: @Steven Roper

I think you might find that the majority of men in a stable relationship wouldn't feel the need to make that demand.

I seriously don't see this as a 'double standard' unless the man has been called upon to conclusively prove his monogamy.

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Vibrator guru on pleasure tech: 'Of all the places you'd want a quality UI....'

Santa from Exeter
Joke

Re: Ah, yes,

No thanks, the baby oil will do

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Segway daddy unveils DIY weight-loss stomach pump

Santa from Exeter
FAIL

Re: Three simple bits of information:

This is just more bollox a la BMI.

BMI is a rubbish index, as it doesn't take into account the fact that muscle actually weighs more than fat, so according to this index, most rugby forwards, weight lifters etc are Medically Obese.

This is a rubbish index as it is solely concerned with height, weight and age. The Basal Metabolic Rate varies from person to person.

The associated 'calorie requirements' from the same page allows no variability in exercise from the regimes they have imagined are 'typical'.

If you really want to know if you are eating too much for your BMR and exercise regime, talk to a professional! (note, this does not include 'diet clubs'.) Alternatively, ask yourself the questions,'can I do all I want without getting out of breath?' and 'how long do I want to live?'.

Often, just getting onto a better diet (less Maccy D's and ready meals, more fresh food) along with *gentle* exercise is enough.

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Conmen DID use leaked info of sporty civil servants... to attack HMRC

Santa from Exeter
FAIL

Re: Why the heck .....

Arsehole!

'I therefore see it as a delight that the civil servants should find their own data compromised'

Only an Arsehole would be delighted at anyone's data being compromised.

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'There may come a day when Hobbits promote slot machines ...'

Santa from Exeter
Joke

Re: Longbottom Leaf in Colorado, Calif, etc?

Hmmm, I wonder if HerefordSHIRE, HampSHIRE, HertfordSHIRE et al need worry?

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Do you know a chimp who's feeling doleful? Mid-life crisis, probably

Santa from Exeter
Devil

Scourges

'it could also one day eliminate such social scourges as 50-year-old men on powerful motorbikes'

50 year old men on powerful motorbikes are much less of a scourge than 20 year olds on the same bikes and both are less of a scourge that spotty teenagers in 'souped up' Novas!

Here's the car icon again :-)

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New European weather satellite reaches orbit

Santa from Exeter
Coat

Call me Mr Pedant

Actually, Fish was wholly correct.

A hurricane is, by definition, a Tropical revolving storm; England is not in the Tropics, therefore cannot have hurricanes.

Mine's the one with the Met Observers Manual, Ta.

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Dredd movie review

Santa from Exeter
Thumb Up

Good One

Saw this on Saturday with the missus (who hasn't read 2000AD) and a mate, who's younger than me and mainly accessed Dredd through the graphic novels.

I have to say that it was very reminiscent of early Dredd (I started with him in Prog 2), whereas Stallone (I am a Block of Wood!) was more mid to late 80's.

The early Dredd wasn't the rather more muscular character of the latter period, but was just as uncompromising.

I thought that the premise to set it in the nearer future, just post atomic war was perfect, as it gives the sequels a chance to move towards a more dense city block structure. After all, even the Wall wasn't rebuilt in a day after the Sovs destroyed it was it now!

My mate and I spotted the Chopper graffiti, and I picked up on Kenny Who?

All 3 of us enjoyed the film, and my mate and I agreed that it set itself up perfectly for a decent sequel.

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Anti-gay Uganda's premier backs pride march in protest hack

Santa from Exeter
Gimp

Re: Aggravated Homosexuality?

Whilst it wasn't me who downvoted you, you're guilty of stereotyping yourself!

I, for one, 'mince around in drag' but am unashamedly heterosexual. I just happen to love Rocky Horror.

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Euro NCAP to mandate auto-braking in new-car test

Santa from Exeter

Re: ABS as well?

Actually, ABS can be a real pain to me at times. I regularly drive along a lane which can often have mud at the side, whilst the crown can be clear and dry. The number of times the ABS engages under even mild braking is alarming, as is the times it even operates under acceleration!

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Giant idol 'STRUCK DOWN by the Wrath of God' unearthed in Turkey

Santa from Exeter
Thumb Up

Re: Epic Shit

Know what you mean, I gave up most of last Sunday for this, along with

'With the exception of Eddie and myself, whom you already know, we're going to be using aliases on this job. Under no circumstances do I want any one of you to relate to each other by your Christian names, and I don't want any talk about yourself personally. That includes where you been, your wife's name, where you might've done time, or maybe a bank you robbed in St. Petersburg. All I want you guys to talk about, if you have to, is what you're going to do. That should do it. Here are your names... ',

'Because it was a fifty fifty shot on wheter you'd be going left or right. You see we're both going left. You could have just as easily been going left, too. And if that was the case... It would have been a while before you started getting scared. But since you're going the other way, I'm afraid you're gonna have to start getting scared... immediately! '

and

'.I think you show great talent. And I pride myself on having an eye for that kind of talent. But your status as a Nazi killer is still amateur. We all come here to see if you wanna go pro. '

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Orange pulls out of women's Fiction

Santa from Exeter
Go

Another Oranges reference could be -

DR and Quinch's masterpiece Mind the Oranges Marlon!

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US space programme in shock metric conversion

Santa from Exeter

Re: Imperialistic Americans

Actually, their gallon is spot on, and so is ours.

A gallon is not a fixed amount, it depends on what you are measuring.

The American gallon is also known as the wine, or Queen Anne gallon.

There are/were also dry gallon measures.

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Vulture 2 trigger triggers serious head-scratching

Santa from Exeter
Boffin

Re: Pressure: Nae Proablem.

At that height you will be well above the Tropopause. You will have also well passed the Stratopause. The one to look to at that height is actually the Mesopause.

This gives a decent temperature/height profile, http://apollo.lsc.vsc.edu/classes/met130/notes/chapter1/vert_temp_all.html but the pressures at that height are very variable.

The GPS units in 'sondes are pretty good, but unless they've upgraded them since I last launched one (about 7 years ago) they can be a bitch to get the initial lock. You also need to feed in the surface pressure in order for the ground station computer to work out the altitude, as the GPS is only used to calculate wind speed and direction in the horizontal plane, rather than altitude.

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Santa from Exeter
Boffin

Re: Trials?

Sorry guys, speaking from experience, time to altitude is very variable and depends on a whole host of things.

As a suggestion for a launch switch, turning things on their mechanical heads, how about an aneroid capsule? This would still expand with height, but will be reuseable and relatively robust. These were used in older radiosondes to measure pressure. Get hold of one of these and you could use it to operate a micro-switch or similar. You could also calibrate it with your hypobaric chamber.

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Ice age end was accelerated by CO2

Santa from Exeter
Stop

Norfolk 'n' Goode

Right, I've had enough of this one now.

You really have your handle right don't you.

Your constant spinning is no f'ing good to man nor beast.

Firstly, your constant use of the word 'alarmist' does nothing for the debate. Ad hominem attacks are merely another tactic used by those in any debate to try and belittle the other side due to the lack of convincing argument for their own.

Secondly your constant twisting of any article about climate into a purported link to the current global warming debate is feeble and disingenuous in the extreme (incidentally, the debate isn't about whether global warming is happening, the consensus amongst reputable Climatologists is that it is, the debate is about how much influence man has in the acceleration of the warming).

As for being dogmatic, I would suggest that your postings are constantly dogmatic*, peremptory** and indeed didactic***

* (of a statement, opinion, etc.) forcibly asserted as if authoritative and unchallengeable: Collins English Dictionary 2003

** Not allowing contradiction or refusal: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000

*** inclined to teach or lecture others too much; Random House Dictionary 2012

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Cash-strapped graduates sell their own faces

Santa from Exeter

Re: Paying off your student loan is the worst idea possible MNB

Some do, some don't. You have to apply if you're over 19 with a form, which they than take aaaages to sort out, and you're not guaranteed to get assistance at the end of it.

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Santa from Exeter
WTF?

Re: Paying off your student loan is the worst idea possible

Quote "£785 is plenty for someone to live off of for a year if they are careful and dont blow it on unnessesary purchases" Utter Bollocks!

That equates to £65/month, so far this month my daughter has had to spend £65 on compulsory trips for her course.

Even if she hadn't, unless you propose that she stops getting her prescribed medicine (needed regularly for a skin condition) and stops using such 'luxury' items as deodorant, she has just had to cough up a staggering amount to 'secure' the student house she will be sharing next year. This isn't a deposit, she still has to pay that, as well as rent for the Summer when she won't be there!

It seems that eating properly is a luxury if you're just on the Student Loan.

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