* Posts by Jan 0

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

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Re: what about enclosure failure?

This is the proposal that DougS made in the first post. I don't understand why it's accumulating down votes.

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The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems?

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@lowly programmer

Don't lowly programmers pine for DTrace?

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@ex-Sun UK Solaris/SPARC support engineer

The support from Poland was fine, considering the pitiful access they had to Sun hardware. They had some good brains out there with creative solutions to problems.

Sun's demise was an example of the triumph of marketing over product quality. it's a bit ironic that another marketing driven company* bought them and heartening that the marketing company have finally realised that they have a have high quality products to sell.

*I will grudgingly admit that they gradually turned a technically inferior database into something that was at least rock solid.

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Chunky Swedish ice maiden: Volvo XC60 D4 Manual EE Lux Nav

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Clarification please

"Peter Horbury was in charge of design, but he’s since been kicked upstairs to run design for Volvo’s Chinese parent Geely’s" <what>? What's the missing word or phrase? Bus Division? Wallpaper Department? Motorcycles? (Ok, I know that Geely doesn't make wallpaper.)

Also, who needs front (or rear) sensors? Haven't impact resistant bumpers been mandatory all over the world since the 1970s? When parking, my senses tell me when I've touched the car (or bollard/wall) in front/behind. I don't want to know when I'm near them, because to park in a restricted space I need to use all of it.

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Snowden SLAMS iPhone, claims 'special software' tracks users

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Maybe it's because he can't afford a smartphone.

Is Snowden doing any paid work in Russia or just getting by with a little help from friends?

He's done a great job for us all, but how's he earning a crust nowadays? Russian minimum wage is only 5,554 Rubles pcm, which is about 77 Euros - that won't leave a lot of disposable income for shiny toys.

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

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Holographic?

This article doesn't give the slightest hint about how these might be holographic. It seems that Microsoft doesn't either. Can the user really focus at different depths in a 3-D image, or is this just another stereoscopic display? Holography captures a whole light field, does this display generate a light field?

The shape is nice and reminds me of my Casco Speedster, but I don't think I'd like too much augmentation when I'm out on the treadly.

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FERTILISER DOOM warning! PESKY humans set to WIPE selves out AGAIN

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Re: There is plenty of both.... we just have to get over the..

Re: "nitrogen laundering".

At least it helps to maintain nitrogen levels in the soil, so there doesn't need to be as much nitrogen fixing going on.

Animals don't fix nitrogen, neither do they return more than a small fraction to the atmosphere. (Plenty to chew on here: http://www.bmb.leeds.ac.uk/illingworth/bioc1010/ )

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Re: There is plenty of both.... we just have to get over the..

You're right that we don't effectively recycle nightsoil. In typical sewage treatment we allow a succession of aerobic microbes to convert all the nitrogenous compounds into elemental nitrogen that is lost into the atmosphere. Pure water comes out of our predominantly aerobic sewage treatment plants, separated from 'sewage sludge' that contains a variety of simple minerals, minus the nitrogen. Sewage sludge may get sprayed on fields to replace other plant nutrients including phosphorus, but it doesn't contribute nitrogen. Unfortunately it tends to contain toxic chemicals, particularly 'heavy metals', because we put more than shit and piss in our sewers. Unsurprisingly farmers, and their advisors, are reluctant to use sewage sludge.

In an ideal world we'd collect shit and piss separately and treat it in a way that killed all the pathogens*, then spray it on our fields with the nitrogenous compounds intact. However, soil microbes would still release some of the nitrogen before our crops could use it. So we'd still need to use the Haber process (invented pre-1914). Of course, we could ditch agriculture and go back to a sustainable population of hunter gatherers. That's probably about 10 million people:) If we want to keep feeding the current, growing population, in a habitable world, we need to discover how to manufacture synthetic food, without using biological organisms. That's because we're not maufacturing any more land for agriculture. Maybe we could get the energy input well below 10:1 for food calories.

*AFAIK I've only caught Ascaris lumbricoides from nightsoil. YMMV^H^H^Hour infection might be worse.

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REGARD our TINY but POWERFUL LASER, suitable for very SMALL sharks

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Re: The Meme is dead....

Nah, now we can have Paramecia or Spirochaetes with with frickin' lasers!

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Fujitsu: Slide your fingertip through our ring piece and show mice the finger

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Make Fujitsu Engineers weep!

Somebody send a Leap Motion to Fujitsu.

Let them use all their fingers. Besides, this looks as if it's made of Christmas cracker plastic.

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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Re: Parachutes... No, other end.

Unfortunately the engines are the heavy bit, the rest of the stage is a float. Only a rigid flotation ring* would keep a top heavy tube safely dry in a heavy swell. In effect, you'd need to take the barge into space.

* Well the floats could be inflatable, but they'd need a very wide rigid frame to hold them well away from the first stage.

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Comet Lovejoy's greenish glow visible with naked eye this weekend

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Which way does the tail point?

When I were a lad ('60s), we were told that comet tails pointed towards the sun, because that's the side that's heated so stuff boils off in the direction of the sun. Nowadays the opposite seems to be true. Did we have a different kind of comet back then?

The good news with this one is that it's going to be brightening until the end of January. I think we may get a clear sky on at least one night before then. Londoners might need to travel a bit more than 62 miles, but Romney Marsh or, Kelling Heath/Weybourne aren't too far away.

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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Google?

If Google is funding the print run (and distribution?) where are the sales recepts going? To the families of the deceased, I hope.

As an aside, I'm annoyed with the French police for killing the brothers. I wanted to see them tranquillised or tasered, put in court and given life sentences, rather than being martyred.

Je suis Charlie.

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Eight pocket-pleasing USB 3.0 hard drives

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Hurrah! No irrelevant pictures!

Well done Simon Crisp. If you can do it, why can't the other elReg journalists? Keep up the good work. Have a Rökporter on me.

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BOOM! Seagate attacks storage array hardware market

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Enough with the unrelated pictures at the top, already!

Give it a rest. Can you guys really not find appropriate pictures?

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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At least Bill Gates only sampled one component.

Somewhere at home, I have a Food Science paper from the Cold War era that discussed the nutritional value of human faeces as a food substitute. The authors autoclaved samples and tasted them. Mind you, they were so appalled at the prospect that instead of autoclaving the samples at 15 psi for 15 minutes (which guarantees sterility) they autoclaved them for several hours.

Coat!

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Want to shoot FIREBALLS from your wrists, SPIDER-MAN style?

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'Flash' cotton/paper

I see that this is actually guncotton and nitrocellulose film (or ribbon?). I used to get students to make that in 'O' level Chemistry lessons. This device looks like fun, time to break out the concentrated nitric acid, sulphuric acid, acetone and cotton wool!

Thinking further, a small gas explosion with an injection of toulene might be even fancier.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: Fundraising

Well, now that they're accepting funding from Swiss and Indian companies, the project seems a lot less British and a lot more international. As a British subject, I feel less inclined to contribute. Also, as Mystic MegaByte points out, this is hardly a worthy successor to Bluebird.

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Forget eyeballs and radar! Brits tackle GPS JAMMERS with WWII technology

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Re: eLoran, GPS jammers, Unsymmetrical Warefare ??

@tiger99

Sir, I am immensly pleased to read that British Boffinry is alive and well.

Let me buy you a mild and bitter while we sketch a few prototypes on handy beer mats.

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde: Fun, but not for all

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Re: If you want POWER!

I once chased one down a long twisty country road, with high hedges, on my Duc'. The driver was going at a faster pace than I could have done alone, because they had such an amazing view over the hedges. The tractor unit had stunning accelaration too, hardly surprising when you consider its normal burden. However if I wanted a cage with a colossal diesel engine, I think I'd prefer the fuel consumption of a Trident Iceni. If I could afford an Iceni, I'm sure they could fit a periscope to give the view of an artic. tractor unit without the drag penalty. (http://www.tridentsportscars.com/) Dream on: Now If only an Italian company would mass produce an Iceni equivalent at a reasonable price...

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Nunslinger, Yosemite For Dummies and Life Inside The Fall

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Boffin

How about something "Not for Dummies"?

Is there an up to date equivalent of "Mac OS X for Unix Geeks"?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Now I never need to look at the home page again!

> "we continue to offer this view: http://www.theregister.co.uk/Week/"

Wow, I'd never explored that link before, now there's no turning back, although I'd still like you to turn down the whiteness.

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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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