* Posts by Big John

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Pollster who called the EU referendum right: No late Leave swing after all

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Look at it this way. All the others are on a losing streak (of one, so far).

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Problem is, they were not guessing a number from one to ten. This was an either/or question and all but one polling org were on the wrong side of the final result. This suggests to me that most of the pollsters really wanted the Remains to win, and were quite happy to see their polling show this result.

The same thing happens in the U.S. We're repeatedly told that the Democrat candidate is way ahead, then the real poll often proves otherwise. It's not complicated; the idea is to dishearten the Republican voters so the other side has a better chance. Most of the polling is done by news orgs, which are known to be about 90% self-admitted Democrats.

As for a new Brexit vote, I predict that if it happens, it will be an even bigger Leave win, since the voters will be less likely to believe the biased polling they'll again be subjected to.

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Wannabe West Midlands gun smuggler jailed for ten months

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Re: Framed

I take it you didn't read the words "...would have to..."

You see, this is what is known as a hypothetical, and it isn't meant to be taken as referring to the current case. You really should take a course so you don't embarrass yourself like this again.

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Re: Worth the money...

Pathetic, right?

And meanwhile the real men are out gunning down Kafirs in nightclubs.

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Serf's up

What's wrong with this guy!? Doesn't he know only criminals have guns in England?

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Re: Yes but ...

And how many were on a test track?

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Kremlin hackers and the Democratic National Committee: How deep is the rabbit-hole?

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Re: I'm surprised we're not hearing about RNC and Trump hacks. . .

> "...people have painted a giant mural that depicts them making out."

And giant murals can't be wrong.

What else are the murals saying? I thought I'd ask, since you know so much about them...

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Re: I'm surprised we're not hearing about RNC and Trump hacks. . .

Lovely. The DNC displays their total incompetence for all the world to see (just like their candidate), and you respond to the news by alleging that the main target of the DNC (Trump) is somehow in league with bad old Putin.

Well, I guess the best defense is a good offense. Too bad yours isn't that good.

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Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets

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Ticket to slide

"The appeal process, while not exactly consumer friendly, is very structured and so fits neatly with a simple AI bot."

Not for long! Already there must be many bureautrolls taking notice, and drawing plans to put a stop to it. I'd guess it will involve an 'air gap' consisting of a newly staffed office (of course) that is tasked with taking ONLY real calls from real people.

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SWIFT hackers nick $10m from Ukraine bank

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Hmmm

It's eerie, almost as if a real government were committing this crime...

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The best way to find oxygen on Mars? Friggin LASERS, of course

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Re: Rust?

Probably Mars had actual oceans of water, but due to the low gravity a lot of water molecules were getting high enough to be disassociated by UV from the sun. The result is hydrogen and oxygen gas. The hydrogen gradually escapes to space, and the oxygen bonds with whatever's available (iron mostly).

This is happening here too, but the rate is far lower, so we still have oceans. As the sun ages it will get brighter, raising more water vapor up to altitudes where the UV is strong. At some point the rate of water loss will skyrocket and the oceans will dry up just like Mars.

So yes, there was atmospheric oxygen on Mars, while its water was going away.

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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Re: don't blame me. I voted to remain

>"We did that already. Thatcher/Reagan."

I bet you've used that line so often it's left a groove in your holster.

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LIGO team may have found dark matter

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Re: Bad Science- Blacker than Any Hole

> "You just continue on being your offhandedly dismissive Oblomov arrogant self..."

Tsk. How does pointing out physical flaws in your stance qualify as "dismissive"? I flat out asked you to put up or shut up, and you directed me to a conspiracy link! Is that all you got?

But hey, at least I learned a new word: "Oblomov." Yes, yes I can see myself as a dissipated, arrogant and lazy ruling-class type. Unfortunately, the rest of the world refuses to play along!

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Re: Bad Science- Blacker than Any Hole

Here's a thought. You could take that shot by theorizing right here on El Reg! If what you say intrigues me in the slightest, you may be assured I will dutifully follow up.

Until then, I have important work to do...

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Re: Bad Science- Blacker than Any Hole

Dude, it's not all theoretical any more. We now have a number of actual observations which are most easily explained by the action of said holes. If you take them away, you must then explain those phenomena in some other way.

Specifically, some of the points are:

Anomalous stellar motions near the putative supermassive black hole in our own galaxy.

Very odd light curves coming from binaries like Cygnus X-1.

The present discovery of very strong grav waves.

Care to take a shot?

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Re: Sample size?

Hey, they have a rate. And with that rate you may extrapolate. Woohoo!

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Genes take a shot at rebooting after death

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Re: Passing on genes?

Not unless you want huge evil-smelling crowds of soiled zombies coming out of your lavatory and infringing your personal freedoms.

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"It's really very, very complicated."

Gene expression is not just complex, it's also kludgy to the max. Why, it's almost as if the genes worked it all out themselves, randomly...

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Don't look now, but...

...it seems we're all latent zombies.

Cool!

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Mobile phone app replaces Congressional TV as Democrats stage sit-in

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Unsafe Space

That blood wasn't needless. Allah (apparently) smiles upon the shed blood of infidels. And you would disarm every law-abiding citizen in the face of such savagery. Talk about needless bloodletting.

Sorry, but I don't like being told I have to disarm, and just let the (temporarily) leftist-controlled government pretend to protect me, next time 'sudden jihad' breaks out nearby. The US Government has a rotten track record and their current Master in Chief appears to side with the savages at every opportunity.

Molon Labe.

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You lucky creatures! Mammals only JUUUST survived asteroid that killed dinosaurs

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Re: Hmmm...

Distance from the impact would be desirable, yes. About 3000km would be nice.

But such an impact tends to throw a lot of mass back up in ballistic trajectories that re-enter all over the planet. Think a sky full of very bright meteors. The IR alone could set fires, and thousands of heavy secondary impacts will not help any.

Then there are the other effects: earthquake-caused tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, acid rain, possible ocean poisoning from pulverized copper-heavy rock layers blasted out of the crater, and the Long Winter as dust blocks out the sun for years.

Basically the entire planet is at the same extinction risk (more or less) except for the areas within the direct-effect zone. Those areas will be nearly wiped clean of all multi-celled life, except for deeply buried nematodes and the like.

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Bezos' Blue Origin's first live Webcast a no-explosion yawnfest

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Bezos: "So far so good, now I want orbital capability!"

Head Engineer: "Fine, but we're gonna need a much bigger rocket."

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Get-rich quick trick Twitch snitch: Bots sued for fake video views

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Re: Here is the problem...

I'm clueless about Twitch generally, but if sounds like you are suggesting the Twitch system is rigged for failure, unless cheating is employed. Like cheating has somehow become a requirement for success at Twitch.

That's bad, right?

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Re: The sad state of Humanity today

It is primarily about money, yes. But money ebbs and flows while vanity is forever.

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YouTube sharecroppers start world’s most useless trade union

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Re: where he is going with this

A proper guild or union's primary purpose is to threaten work-stoppage by the members.

So let's say all the Youtube video guys with pretensions to anything do organize. Then later, when push comes to shove, that guild/union gives the word, and all work on free videos for Youtube comes to a screeching halt. What happens as a result?

Well, There happen to be a couple of bazillion others, one short step down the food chain, who have been kept down there by those same high-falootin' guild members and their stinking "better-than-average" videos.

Ah, but now those jerks are out of the picture (so to speak), and the Young Turks can come out of the woodwork with their videos! Take that, you fatcat 22-percenters!

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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Re: This is all well and good

I say, that really does sound like a drink obtainable in such an establishment:

"Hello, I'll have an "Extra Protean" please..."

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Pheline Physics

Quantum cats go beyond mere Newtonian physics when they're fully entangled.

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Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches

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> "In the 1950s UK males wore woollen versions of Speedos..."

Weren't those worn into battle up until the late seventeenth century?

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I'mmoral

"The middle generations have largely succumbed to the USA-inspired moral panics and poor self-body image."

So you're saying that Brits in the 1960/70s were pretty free-swinging, and then were infected with morals (of all things!) via the trans-atlantic route?

I have to take your word for it, but I must point out that imitating a person does not make that person culpable for the act of imitation.

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

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Re: Hooked up...

It would be more fun if it released the hounds.

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Supreme Court okays troll toll increase

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Judge not...

These supreme judges were asked to confirm limits placed on the powers of other judges by non-judges. As one, they sided with their judicial brethren and killed the limits.

Who would have guessed it?

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Latin-quoting Linus Torvalds plays God by not abusing mortals

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Re: quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur

Sorry, I was writing from memory, and it betrayed me! Knew I shudda looked it up....

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Re: quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur

> "Anything said in Latin sounds profound..."

That's because the twelve cases of Latin allow for very succinct phrasing. The cases do most of the heavy lifting, so "Veni Vidi Vici" can stand in for at least six words in most languages. The only cost is learning twelve sometimes irregular cases. Ouch.

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Zeus on the loose

Torvalds is no Jove. Try to imagine serial-adulterer Jove feeling guilty about anything.

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Study of asexually reproducing honeybee ponders: But why the mass murder?

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Re: Hang on there

I would hazard that these bees were once much like other communal bees. Then they (as workers) recovered the ability to switch the queen stink on and off, and the egg-laying ability with it. This might not be so great for the hive that has it, possibly reducing efficiency.

But what if those mutants can also go in other hives with impunity? There they can get free resources for their eggs. If it ever occurred at all it would be a rapidly reinforced behavior due to evolution.

In the long run it seems to be self defeating, since the organized-hive genes are being replaced by the non-organized-hive genes. I bet this sort of mutation is pretty 'easy,' since it's a latent ability in all communal bees already.

Solitary bees do exist, and they all lay eggs. Sometimes they live in 'hives' where they all lay eggs separately but defend together against the outside threats.

The communal bees can't be fooled by the solitary bees cause those guys don't do the whole 'queen thing,' but mutants from their own communal ranks are different. This gene reversion will crop up somewhere, a few million generations have it 'easy,' then the other communal bees develop effective detection methods. And the mutants are now the ones having the hard time...

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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Iconic?

Don't be silly.

I do understand that his hair is a candidate tho, in a complete set of moods too!

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Re: where does it end?

Yeah, and who says we must stop at the national or sub-national level? There's plenty of polities who would be tickled to have their group's fetish, whatever it may be, included in the Book of Unicode. I know I would be.

And why stop even there? Isn't ICANN already flogging off top level domains? Seems to me there's an opportunity being missed here with Unicode.. ..you're way ahead of me. Sell those glyphs. I'll take eight! :-D

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African IP address body exec half-apologizes for 'Whites are taking over' race-row email

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Re: Email privacy

Looking at it closely, the email in question starts: "Hi Boubakar and all..."

The post before that one is from Boubakar, but clearly Akplogan is responding to the entire list and not just Boubakar. Then in his post following directly after his little 'booboo,' Akplogan begins: "I’m sorry that my private e-mail below ends up accidentally on this mailing list."

Say what? Then who was that "all" you were referring to? Methinks he doth protest too, too much.

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I would guess the guy doesn't want the transparency (for some reason).

And these days it's so easy and common to assert white racism...

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Shoe, meet foot

"I'm not sorry I'm a racist, I'm only sorry you found out about it."

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Engine warning light appears on Uber's $100m driver settlement

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Re: Picking a Future

Correction:

My first post said "...drivers are not considered private contractors..."

I meant to say "...drivers are considered private contractors..."

Commenting sans coffee, when will I learn...

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Re: Picking a Future

And when Uber and its ilk go away, so go millions of potential entry-level jobs. Those people may remain dependent on taxpayer dollars all their lives. And strangely it works out, because many of them (having nothing better to do) end up as activists fighting for "the workers."

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Picking a Future

Uber only exists because the drivers are not considered private contractors. This group has decided that only status as full employees will do. Once this is achieved, they will have the full panoply of labor law at their disposal. Then the real squeeze starts.

Only problem is that, in the act of harnessing Uber, they will kill the company.

If this case is decided in plaintiff's favor, then distributed employment models generally become non-viable and any examples of such will likely disappear for good.

Maybe that's a good thing and maybe it isn't, but I kinda resent important decisions like this being made by arbitrary judges and juries in one or two 'special' places, rather than by some kind of mass voting.

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UCLA shooter: I killed my prof over code theft

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Re: Interesting omission

I am sure the Prof would not have considered it a "data point." Not after catching hot lead from yet another offended Muslim.

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Correction needed

Way to go ElReg, with that image caption:

> "PhD student Mainak Sarkar (left) and his professor William Klug"

Honest reporting would write it thus:

> "PhD student Mainak Sarkar (left) and his murder victim, professor William Klug"

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King Tut's iron dagger of extraterrestrial origin

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Re: How did they manage to carve granite

That's how they made those grave robbery tunnels in the Great Pyramid too. Guys must have had arms like gorillas.

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Re: It's an interesting bit of enconomics

It's because iron smelting requires much higher temperatures than copper or bronze, and there are a few tricks necessary to achieve quality iron which they didn't know about. But they did know iron ores existed (probably), and may have considered the good iron in meteorites to be 'royal' or something.

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Re: Isn't, like everything on Earth, including Earth..

Iron alloys in the Earth did come from the solar disk, yes, but since that time they have been heavily affected by terrestrial processes, altering their isotope ratios. Meteoric alloys have not been so processed and retain their primordial makeup.

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Tech titans demand free speech law to head off President Trump

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Re: Wow

> "I just hope they put a sunset clause into it."

Why, because frivolous lawsuits are a Trump-only thing, and we won't need protection from them after he's gone?

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