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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Re: " run by Serco, with IT outsourced to Capgemini, Amore Group Attenda, BT and Vodafone"

They make sure that you attend and share the love. Perhaps they organise the Christmas party?

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: ACME MIRRORS INC

You could cover your vehicle with corner reflectors. Nonetheless, you'd still have the same problem that the Ponce's laser has. One spot of sea spray or seagull poo on the front of the optics and it all goes pop. How can you keep them dirt free? This looks like a fair weather weapon to me.

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

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Re: The only good thing about BT is....

> "That I don't get bombarded (well weekly) with junk mail addressed to 'the householder' from VM & Sky trying to persuade me to sign up to their frankly hideously expensive crap."

Well, part of the hideous expense is the proportion of the subscription that is spent on raining envelopes through the rest of the population's letterboxes. Suppose we could, magically, all push them through Richard Branson's letterbox at the same time and watch his house explode. I'm pleased to say that I don't get junk mail from Sky, does that mean that they respect the Mailing Preference Service list?

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SCIENCE LAB TERROR: MYSTERY of the MISSING BRAINS

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Re: Don't loose your head

>"the students tended to target the mascots"

I remember mascot raids in the 1960s: The dinosaur at Brunel, the micrometer at Imperial. Does this still happen nowadays?

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Sony Pictures MEGAHACK: Securobods pull out probes, analyse badness

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Re: BKDR_WIPALL.

No, the one about a bagful.

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Re: BKDR_WIPALL.

Nasty? I can't think of anything nicer than your description. It reminds me of my favourite line in Luke Rinehart's "The Dice Man".

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Dual screen? Check. Dual core? Check. Dual SIM? Oh, no.

See title. I was getting rather excited until I read the specifications.

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Orion 'Mars' ship: Cosmic ray guard? Go. Parachutes? Go. Spacerock shield? Go!

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Re: Disappointed!

If that existed in 1967, how come the Virgin 'spaceship' is taking so long?

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Storage for BUILDERS: No, it's not a roomy cupboard, it's Nasuni's BIM file bash

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We can see what you're doing.

Just let us subscribe to elReg, then you can stop these thinly disguised attempts to circumvent our ad. blockers.

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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I was surprised to see how little it costs to run the web services.

Nonetheless I'm pleased that they have a surplus that will allow them to weather storms and pay for research. This has to be by far the most ingenious and useful service on the World Wide Web. I and millions of other donors don't take offence at the occasional appeal, but realise that this is amazing value for money. If we don't support it, it will die. If it starts accepting advertising it will become the advertisers' dead poodle. Advertising is the unspoken madness of the modern world.

Last week was not the first, and certainly won't be the last, time I gave them a donation.

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Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

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Re: I'd quite like the Dual autochanger

@Kubla Cant

16⅔ records do exist, but you won't find music on them, only the spoken word (limited bandwidth).

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Sacre vache! Netflix ne parle pas le Frenchy ... zat is against ze LAW

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Re: The language thing is easy to fix

Bugger, I thought NetFlix might be thinking of embracing world cinema.

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BT in talks to RE-SLURP O2 after spitting it out a decade ago

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mmm

If BT does acquire O2, will the name be rolled back to mmO2 again?

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The Genome: Loose morals ... and even looser plotlines

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Re: replicants Racheal

Too long? Back in '68 I think we called it short story. Then again if I remember the '60s, I wasn't really there, so maybe it was a 700 page roman adapté pour construire des barricades?

Have you read Beautiful Fighting Girl (284 pages.)?

Mines the one with tears flowing from the pocket.

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Re: replicants Racheal

@Destory All Monstres

I know that apostrophes are so last week, but how hard would it be to spell their names correctly?

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Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK

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Re: Question

A roof rack and a waterproof longbow container will fit almost any car! (Well I've seen a 911 with two mountain bikes on the roof, so why not a longbow?)

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Re: why all the dreary cars ?

@DAM

Too damn right, that's why we ride motorcycles rather than cars!

When are we going to see some KTMs or a Midual ridden the El Reg way?

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Google?

I can see why I might pay Google to stop showing me advertisements, although I'm currently quite happy making a donation to AdBlock Plus. I have no idea how hideous raw Google is nowadays.

Why would I need to pay Google to stop me seeing advertisements on "The Onion, Urban Dictionary, Science Daily, Imgur, wikiHow and Mashable". Are these Google owned sites? If not why wouldn't I pay the site owners?

Just for the record, I'd be delighted to pay for sites without advertisements. There are plenty of sites I'd pay to read, with El Reg at the top of my list . Why are web micropayments so difficult? It's time to give the elbow to advertisers and deflate the price of goods. (Save me the bollocks about how advertising informs me of new products and promotes economies of scale, on the contrary it just prevents the best products from succeeding on their merits.)

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Pure: We've created the Everlasting Gobstopper of Storage – 'Forever Flash'

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M&S?!

"maintenance and service (M&S) pricing" - Surely that one's already taken?

Some abbreviations are immutable, AT&T, LHC, CCCP, etc.

These Pure Muppets (M is for marketing*) need to think internationally before committing a faux pas.

* I've no problem with Pure's technology.

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Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP

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Infinite Loop?

Is this just a subtle, lawyer sidestepping, way of accusing Apple of sabotage?

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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Re: Really?

It looks quite pleasant to this Guardian reader too. It's a mad world where shirts mean more than attitudes and actions.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Fidelity?

@keadswinger

You've left out the bit about the dubious DAC, that then feeds an analogue signal to the reasonably linear amplifiers followed by the hoplessly non-linear loudspeakers.

Until we can sort the loudspeakers out, we're never going to get hi-fidelity no matter whhther the rest of the chain has digital elements in it or not.

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Re: how to give your Vinyl a "deep clean" using wood glue

@phuzz who thought "I thought all PVA glue was water soluble?"

Not once it's set. It does tend to soften and weaken if left in water. Further, Ramer make wonderful PVA bath sponges and they never dissolve.

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Re: how to give your Vinyl a "deep clean" using wood glue

Back in the 70s/80s I used to buy and use a commercial product that worked as described for the wood glue deep clean, but much quicker. By wood glue, they mean PVA glue*. However, unlike PVA glue, the commercial product was water soluble after drying, so if you had a problem where a piece wouldn't detach from the vinyl, you could always wash it away. I can still remember the tall black plastic bottle that it came in, but not the name. Am I paranoid to think that PVA might end up stuck in the grooves?

*not other common wood glues like Cascamite, Titebond, etc!

Mines the one with the Zerostat in the pocket.

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U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND

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Roundabout?

I've always called it the Old Street squareabout. Don't you?

A little planning with a map will show you numerous pleasant ways of avoiding it on a bicycle.

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Groupon flees from army of angry GNOMES: Trademark bid for 'Gnome' tab scrapped

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"Sales register tablet"

Surely it's not just Gnome. Don't "ElReg" and "The Tablet" both have a bone to pick with Groupon now?

GroupOff!

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European SPACEMAN exposes EERIE snaps of ISS in Twitter feed

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Re: Dangling cables

@DAM I didn't realise that there was room for a bar on the ISS, but Neil Young will be pleased to hear what they call it.

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Not even 60,000 of you want an ethically-sourced smartphone

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Re: Who made what now?

I found the 2013 Register article sufficiently interesting to prompt me to visit their website and pre-order one. An advertising campaign would have raised the price. If they've now sold 54,000, I trust that personal recommendations will get them into the hundreds of thousands next time.

It's probably not the best dual SIM, replaceable battery, android 'phone, but it's adequate and puts a little goodness into this world.

If you shop at Tesco, bank with Barclays, use TNT, etc. then you're unlikely to understand the point of this 'phone.

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Intel: A tiny video drone? Disguised as a BRACELET? Great! Take half a million dollars!

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Why don't Intel use a new name?

Nixie is already taken!

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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One nice thing about Vans

is that you don't have to unpick the labels/logos from the shoes. If you really need to know what make they are, you look inside just as would with any normal shoe. Nice comfortable shoes, but a bit unstable for skating. Who needs steenkin' logos?

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Microsoft jolts awake, remembers it still makes Office for Mac

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Always updates, never fixes.

I'd be quite happy if they continued to support Word 5.x and Excel 4.x. Normal humans just don't need the bewildering complexity of 21st Century Office and it would be nice to see a software developer FIX ALL the BUGS before adding new features.

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Dub pioneer Rupie Edwards' Ire Feelings – 40 years on

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Thanks for the excellent history.

The Slits introduced me to Dub. RIP Ari Up. I wish I'd known about Rupie Edwards 40 years ago, but I'll make sure I let him know how pleased I am next time I'm in Dalston.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Interactive photo?

Keep it simple elReg. Much as I'd like to explore the photo, I can't be bothered to check out each of the blocked scripts on the page to see which one will reveal the image.

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Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now

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We are so grateful for the chance to infect you all!

Your neighbourhood roundworms. Thank you, thank you.

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Re: Bose noise-cancelling headphones.

> Bose produced respected, if high-end,

You mean that reflected off the wall crap?

Please consult Usenet for Gale's convincing refutation.

Bose belongs in the homeopathic/oxygen free copper/feel my aura universe.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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@keith_w

and?

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Re: Cruise control back in the 80s

@Naughtyhorse

I remember how flush windows and smooth aerodynamic wheels were going to transform our fuel consumption in the 1980s. I'm still waiting for them!

I also remember the amazing fuel consumption of a drastically overgeared Ford Anglia that I drove in the 1970s. It had been fitted with an engine and differential from a much bigger Ford, maybe a Consul? However, by the time I got it it had reverted to a bog standard Anglia engine with, in effect, a massive overdrive. Luckily I lived in mostly flat Suffolk, because first gear wouldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding. Overtaking required highly advanced planning, but was possible with a long run. Given time it would cruise at a respectable speed, but stopping for petrol stations became a novelty. I can't remember the actual mpg that I got, but I do remember being astonished.

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Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

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Orford?

Are there enough residents in Orford to run a chocolate business? Orford is like a ghost town until the second home owners arrive for the weekend. Drive through it on a week night and note how many lights are on.

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Flies WANT beer booze and now we know why - yeast

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Re: Off Topic but important (to me)

Baked bread doesn't always get properly pasteurised in the centre*, so may still contain some live yeast. If it really is only live yeast that's the problem, you need to avoid all yeast risen bakery goods and any unpasteurised beer or wine (that includes any "methode champenoise" fizz:(. There's nothing you can eat or drink that will rapidly kill yeast without also killing yourself. There are imidazole and triazole antifungal agents, e.g. fluconazole, used medically, but they are fairly toxic and only used orally for short periods for intractable fungal infections. You wouldn't want to take them routinely. I think you need to pay a lot of attention to food labels and ask shops, restaurants and cafes whether what you want to eat contains yeast. If you're in the EU then you are entitled to know the ingedients of foods whether they're packaged or not. Also bear in mind that many fruits have a film of yeast on their skin. This may be thick enough to be seen as a 'bloom' on fruits such as plums, grapes and blackcurrants, but will also be present on many other fruits, e.g. apples, figs, dates, rosehips. Yeast from fruit surfaces will not be included in a list of ingredients which includes such fruit. Thorough cooking should adequetely protect you. Are you sure that it's only live yeast that's the problem? Leavened bread contains plenty of dead yeast. If you like bread, you might try soda bread (it's very easy to make from ready mixed packs).

* needs to be >65 C for a minute

Luckily, I don't have your problem, mine's the one with "Etudes sur la Biere" dans la poche.

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Dairy Queen cuts the waffle, says bank cards creamed in 395 eateries

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P K

> ... and will offer one year's subscription to an identity repair service

That's just so Dickian, the future really is arriving fast.

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

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Re: How decisions bite you on the ass

@theodore > Um... isn't /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash?

Simplifying: Only on systems that don't have the Bourne shell installed.

Because Bash is considered to be a superset of Bourne, many OS distributions assume that genuine Bourne shell scripts will run perfectly if passed to Bash. In which case they dispense with Bourne shell. That seems to be how most Linux distributions treat the Bourne Shell. /bin/sh is not a link to /bin/bash on the OS X 10.9.5 system that I'm typing on and although the executables are the same size, they're not identical. However the /bin/sh does allow me to assign an array variable, so it probably is bash. In Solaris up to version 10, /bin/sh is the Bourne shell, whereas in Solaris 11 it's linked to ksh93! A proper Bourne shell is still available: /usr/sunos/bin/sh. I'll get my coat before this delves into every Unix variant!

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Jesus phone RAISED from DEAD. Watch iPhone 6 get BURNED, DROWNED, SMASHED

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Re: Elf 'n Safety

Upvoted for the "irritating 'Sent from my iPhone' " comment.

I can't believe how many people are too thick to understand that it's not immutable, yet have enough money to buy one.

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Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

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Re: So we'll all have

> it should be possible to have a single item that covers multiple services.

Yeah right, just like the way we only carry a single card in our slim wallets instead of the thick pile we used carry? Possibility is not the same as inevitability.

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Airbus developing inkjet printer for planes

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Hello Kitty

I've been a fan ever since two exceedingly cute bank tellers served me in Hello Kitty outfits 20 years ago. However, I don't understand why it's on a Taiwanese airliner, rather that a Japanese one. Is Hello Kitty out of copyright?

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: So the £64Bn question.

I thought that internet protocols were developed so that ARPANET nodes could interact with NSFNET nodes and vice versa. I.e they weren't just ARPANET protocols, but _inter_net protocols.

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Behold our SPINNING DATA GRAVE: WD carts out 6.3TB cold storage drive

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Re: Short warranty for Archive drive?

Quantum/Maxtor/Seagate Fireball. A quick twist of the case was a lot kinder than banging it.

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Google extends app refund window to two hours

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Re: Genuine question

Yes they do. I've had a refund from Apple after two and a half weeks. I bought a translation app as I was leaving the UK for a Spanish holiday. I realised that it was like a schoolboy joke when I got to Spain and never used it again. I explained how primitive it was to the App Store when I got home and had a refund within minutes. Try a search for "Apple Help - Returns and Refund".

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Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

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Re: So if you find any errors or omissions...

"Why not correct them with Google MapMaker"? Because it's much more public spirited to devote your spare time to Open Street Map than to bolster Google's profits with your free labour.

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Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes

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Haram

How is it that these jihadis are prepared to use infidel computers, weapons and chemicals?

Why aren't their supporters producing their own versions with halal technologies?

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Whopping 10TB disks spin out of HGST – plus 3.2TB flash slabs

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Re: my brain . . . wasting time for 65+ years and counting

Reducing the pressure will reduce the diffusion rate, but that will happen anyway if you start with helium at atmospheric pressure. Helium will be lost at a much faster rate than air is gained, so the internal pressure will decrease. What's needed here is a new head technology that can work in a vacuum from the start. Then we could forget about helium. In the long run we'll only use solid state storage. In the meantime this reminds me of the '60s when electronic controllers took a long time to overtake mechnical controllers. In the face of competition, clockwork made vast strides in reliability, complexity and cost. IIRC, washing machines didn't start to get electronic (microprocessor) controllers until about 1990! Industrial controllers went electronic before then.

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