* Posts by Lars

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Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

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Re: Health and Safety

As has been pointed out it's sometimes possible to learn something from ElReg comments, I agree and I now feel I am an expert on Victorian plumbing. Mission accompliced. Some Brits apparently not amused as mixer taps are for the wussy only.

This world takes water out of lakes and rivers, the fish shit, and those pesky birds, still it's apparently better with fish and shit than no fish and shit.

This reminds me of an old woman who kept her (mixer?) tap running day and night because "running water is cleaner". That only stopped when her downstairs neighbours started to wonder what was going on with their ceilings.

I get perfectly clean water from a 80m deep drilled whole in the granite by my summer cottage, but should I test for radon too. So many questions, where the taps are just a distraction.

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Re: Health and Safety

@ I ain't Spartacus

What you properly described can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_heating

What I did not know is that there is indeed a reason not to use a mixer tap, sometimes, in the UK, as described in that YouTube story provided among the comments by Robin Bradshaw "Why Britain Uses Separate Hot and Cold Taps"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfHgUu_8KgA

And that again is mentioned in the Wiki like this:

"Gravity-fed system

Where a space-heating water boiler is employed, the traditional arrangement in the UK is to use boiler-heated (primary) water to heat potable (secondary) water contained in a cylindrical vessel (usually made of copper)—which is supplied from a cold water storage vessel or container, usually in the roof space of the building. This produces a fairly steady supply of DHW (Domestic Hot Water) at low static pressure head but usually with a good flow. In most other parts of the world, water heating appliances do not use a cold water storage vessel or container, but heat water at pressures close to that of the incoming mains water supply.".

So it's indeed a very British "oddity" and impossible in a country with a winter and it's hard to believe that there could be any advantage what so ever from such a system

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Re: Health and Safety

Mixer taps is the solution like in the rest of the world, to be honest I would not believe this had I not spent time in the UK. One has to assume mixer taps are not invented in the UK and thus foreign and not good at all.

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Lean in and pivot: Even Steve Jobs didn't work alone, startup boy

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Re: Exactly

"Woz is quite wealthy.".

Yes, but that is just because he refused to sell his shares in Apple Computer when Jobs desperately tried to buy them. As far as I have understood Woz was rather pissed off with Jobs efforts then.

@TheOtherHobbes, please slow down, the stuff you mention, if not already available, would have come later anyway, without any doubt. It's a bit like claiming no cars would exist without Ferdinand Verbiest or Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot and similar guys.

Innovations mostly build on previous innovations, no light bulbs without electricity, no microcomputers without a microprocessor and so forth. And yes, I did have an Apple II+ and I was impressed and Jobs was an impressive character, still I think I would rather go fishing with Woz than with Jobs if that was possible.

In a more "joke alert" mode, dear Brits now when you eventually will be able to write your own laws without the EU interfering with you. Be careful, the following law was not written i Brussels.

"The Locomotive Act (1865), which required many self-propelled vehicles on public roads in the United Kingdom to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag and blowing a horn. This effectively halted road auto development in the UK for most of the rest of the 19th century;".

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

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Re: CzechMate

Czechia, easy peacy, try to pronounce the name of the town Hardwicke. Yes, Americans will fail too.

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British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

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"got any pointers". In his movie "Where to invade next" Michael Moore deals with this question in several European countries, like here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g3Km5kSi7A

What the hell is going on, now you have May apparently believing it's possible to lineup kids at the age of eleven in the bright and not so bright, what a totally stupid idea, known to be stupid more than one hundred years ago, my Deity.

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Pretending to be a badger wins Oxford Don 10 TRILLION DOLLARS

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Re: You have got to love the Igs!

Interestingly VW is still the least polluting car in Europe according to this study.

https://www.transportenvironment.org/press/dieselgate-1st-anniversary-all-diesel-car-brands-europe-are-even-more-polluting-volkswagen

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TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch

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Re: I honestly don't know who'd be worse

@ Big John

Like the USA Europe would have voted for Obama both times. Bush would have lost both times in Europe because he was a fool. Try surfing European news sites every now and then. You have created your problems all by yourself regarding Obama.

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Re: All hail the new Golden Don!

'El Presidente Trumpo'. hmm I think he's more like here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FPrJxTvgdQ

The problem with that guy is that he never grew out of puberty, and a rich father, doesn't happen to all rich kids by any means, but with him it just vent that way.

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@ Bloodbeastterror

Careful there, are you Brits seriously not embarrassed at how those absurd buffoons has made Brexit possible, and I trust the Americans not to elect Trump.

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'Strategic' submarine cable to connect islands where locals just emerged from stone age

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Re: "US$150m - a decent chunk of India's budget"

"a nation that is still trying to get clean water". Should one point out that there are towns in the USA with the same problem, probably in the UK too. That "clean water" argument is just mean and stupid. When the topic was computers for African kids that same argument popped up all over the place. Besides I would suggest you try to give up the "Big brother" attitude towards India. Especially now when you are begging for help.

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EU U-turns on mobile roaming fees: No 90-day cap after all

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Good

Proves the European Parliament actually has power. As for small operators who's market was based on roaming charges, who cares about parasites. And the U-turn when turning to the original direction, a double U-turn?.

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Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs

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It's not, luckily, just that easy to "hold all the P2P IP". There is more than Skype out there.

Has anybody tried this yet, https://zyptonite.com/

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MoD confirms award of giant frikkin' laser cannon contract

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Re: What happened to the free market?

About MBDA.

A multi-national group with 10,000 employees working together across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Offices also set up in USA.

Jointly held by 3 prestigious shareholders: AIRBUS Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Leonardo Finmeccanica (25%).

Perhaps you should learn about how the world works, Including the EU.

Perhaps something to learn from British history too.

"By the 1950s the UK was the second-largest manufacturer of cars in the world (after the United States) and the largest exporter.[3] However, in subsequent decades the industry experienced considerably lower growth than competitor nations such as France, Germany and Japan and by 2008 the UK was the 12th-largest producer of cars measured by volume.[3] Since the early 1990s many British car marques have been acquired by foreign companies including BMW (Mini and Rolls-Royce), SAIC (MG), TATA (Jaguar and Land Rover) and Volkswagen Group (Bentley).

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

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Re: What the actual fuck

Not sure either, was it about the choice of colour. After all my years of studying birds I have come to understand that some birds start building a house and then they get very verbal and start vividly spinning their cock outside until a she, hopefully, comes along to go yes or no. And after all my years of studying elephants I have found that young and beautiful female elephants don't give a shit about all the Verstappens of the world but let a mature guy like me in. Is that due to their parents, kindergarten or the collage they attended, the brains, or just the balls or their absence. Time to study eunuchs I suppose. Oh no I won't, what the hell about the colour.

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Ted Cruz channels Senator McCarthy in wrongheaded internet power grab crusade

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Please

ElReg, you could keep that horror out of here, internet related or not.

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The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom

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For more information

From the Wiki.

TomTom NV is a Dutch company that produces navigation and mapping products. TomTom also makes action cameras, GPS sport watches, fleet management systems, and location-based products. As of 2015 TomTom's business had Consumer, Automotive, Licensing and Telematics units. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Amsterdam, the company currently has 4,000 employees worldwide and sells products in over 41 countries. TomTom was originally named Palmtop Software, founded by Peter-Frans Pauwels, Pieter Geelen, Harold Goddijn and Corinne Vigreux.[2] TomTom currently has 56 offices in 37 countries.[3]

In 2008, TomTom acquired Tele Atlas, a digital map maker, for €2.9 billion.

On 11 June 2012, at an event for Apple's iOS 6 preview, TomTom was announced as the main mapping data provider for Apple's revamped iOS 6 "Maps" app, replacing Google Maps.

Late 2015, TomTom extended its deal with Apple and signed a new contract with international transportation network company Uber. The Uber driver app now uses TomTom maps and traffic data in 300 cities worldwide.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Re: I Knew It

No, no Ricky Gervais revealed all about Hugh Hefner here at about 13.50

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI1BIiDfer4

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Brexit must not break the cloud, Japan tells UK and EU

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Re: @ dan1980

Iceland left the EU, no, they newer joined. Huh.

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Japan's Brexit warning casts shadow over Softbank ARM promises

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Re: Meanwhile

Please Doctor Syntax, slow down a bit. "workers largely wrecked it in the '70s". Did the "Far Eastern investment" bring new workers with them or was it perhaps about bringing modern production methods and tools, design, quality and quality control to a country who had totally lost the plot. and not just in the auto industry.

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Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses

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Re: 2 Years is Impressive

Two years is only impressive if you compare it to more than two years. Those damned words of comparison. So what are those two years compared to and why. Was the speed of construction important. My first reaction was that two years is a lot for a ship that size.

I had to compare that with one of the worlds biggest cruisers, MS Oasis of the Seas.

Length: 362 m

Construction started: November 12, 2007

Launched: November 21, 2008

Weight: 100,000 tons

Draft: 9.3 m

Beam: 65 m

Place built: Turku, Finland

That is one year for 62 times more London buses.

Completing her toke one more year.

"MS Oasis of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean International. Her hull was laid down in November 2007 and she was completed and delivered to Royal Caribbean in October 2009.".

Could it be that when a shipping company order a ship they want it ASAP and turn to yards able to deliver. Ships like that cost +1b$.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Oasis_of_the_Seas

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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@Vimes, The Irish government will have to take this to court and they will win, or lose. This will take time. Cook says what he has to say as he works for the shareholders. The "destroying Europe" he could have left out, as it's silly. Apple will operate in Europe in the future too and they have no problems paying taxes when they are forced to do it.

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Net neutrality activists claim victory in Europe

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@ Gene Cash, not to mention how they like to merge. And of course when those awful "unelected" bureaucrats say "no" some people complain and just don't get it.

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EU verdict: Apple received €13bn in illegal tax benefits from Ireland

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Re: FAO Tim Cook

Too late Carter. You must have slept then but he phoned Boris right after the referendum, it was on the telly. Boris was very exited and hasted away showing only his arse to us viewers.

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Re: Tax Harmonisation

"Wont be long before there is a maximum and minimum tax rate each state is allow to set".

I would hope so too, then again the EU countries could have done it all by themselves long ago. The EU does not have that power unless it's agreed upon. Incidentally the USA doesn't have full power over the states either in many similar questions.

PS. "a maximum and minimum tax" is like from the pen of a politician, 100-0%.

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Re: Apple have strong bladders..

"The additional benefit is public opinion is in favour of this happening. People are fed of the megacorps taking their money.".

I agree on that, in addition this is not a USA versus EU war. There are strong forces on both sides of the pond who agree on these questions. Also it's not about a multinational company like Apple paying taxes either in the EU or the USA. They should pay in the EU for the profit they make in the EU and in the US for the profit they made in the world as a US company, in the US.

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India tests Mach 6 scramjet

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Re: Congratulations India

@Chris G, India not a force to be reckoned with to day?. A economy about three times larger than the UK economy. No other country with political infighting you could name?. Your congratulations sound a lot like the "Good for You" in best British tradition. Perhaps you should ask them to build the Skylon.

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What about

Some fact checking at ElReg. India 1,251,695,584 (July 2015 est.), China 1,367,485,388 (July 2015 est.), or has that much changed in about a year.

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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Re: I'm mixed about this..

I wonder, did you actually read the link to linuxfoundation. Anyway it's obvious nor Stallman or Kuhn have any say on who talks at that meeting. But you are right, one should indeed "look at the way the US legal system works". (written with a slight hint of sarcasm).

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Re: So, to sum up...

I would guess that Bradley Kuhn is trying to become some sort of an important "High Priest" in the community. Having them too involved is a risk hardly worth taking, easily poisonous indeed.

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Go forth Spitzer! To infinity and....

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Re: Eh?

"as I don't have anything configured for mailto". Use copy/paste and send an e-mail!.

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Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

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Re: Ok, someone has to say it...

And I suppose I have to add that GNU without the Linux kernel would have come to nothing. Haven't checked the progress of the Hurd kernel for years but as far as I remember it needed stuff from Linux to get anywhere.

This is a bit like claiming the wheels are just the wheels on a car. Kudos for both and all of it.

Git was also mentioned and for those who need more background to it try, for instance. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Git_%28software%29

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More on

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/08/on-linuxs-25th-anniversary-development-has-gone-corporate/

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An ethical Google won't break the internet, leaked EU report finds

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Re: They have it the wrong way around....

I think you have it wrong too, newspapers are not all about advertising, ever heard of stuff like "Investigative journalism", "news". Google is just a parasite in that world. But yes I like YouTube.

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Mars to get Chinese delivery. Estimated time of arrival: 2020

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More like

Red China leaves Blue Planet than Red China meets Red Planet in that pic.

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Re: lets all just die on this ball

"Why's it always Yanks". Perhaps we should have stayed in Europe.

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False Northern Lights alert issued to entire UK because of a lawnmower

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Re: Well...

I really hope nobody committed suicide because of this.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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"the usual whining expected from Linux users when confronted by anything from Microsoft.".

So how usual do you think this "confrontation" between Linux uses and Microsoft is. Is it not rather Microsoft that is confronted with something they so desperately tried to kill. It must be at least twenty years since I read about Microsoft guys who claimed the shell was "killed" on Windows because people high up in the organization did not understand why a user would ever need it and because it looked so old-fashioned.

The name PowerShell tells a lot about Microsoft, does it not. You might also notice that apparently some Linux users have voluntarily decided to try it out.

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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Re: English is wonderful

English characters. must have been invented in England then, and copied all over the place. Shame on Gutenberg too, one has to assume.

"Johannes Gutenberg refers to the process as "Das Werk der Bücher": the work of the books. He had invented the printing press and was the first European to print with movable type,[13] but his greatest achievement was arguably demonstrating that the process of printing actually produced books."

Well there are those who claim 8 bit was better than 16 bit.

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Ancient radioactive tree rings could rip up the history books

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Re: Does it really matter ?

@ Sandtitz

I am afraid you are a bit of an optimist referring to "common knowledge". As you know we don't know why the tide comes in and goes out. Like here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb3AFMe2OQY

I am a lot more concerned with people who believe in guys like Trump and similar.

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DoJ preps criminal charges for VW over Dieselgate

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Re: double standards? @Fortycoats

@Lars, my self.

What I was trying to add is that there are no better alternatives with big engines than Diesel. The technology to decrease substantially the emission is there and working. But as always you have to demand it, and as always there is a lobby weeping about how it is expensive and kills business, all those damned regulations. Nothing new there. Regulations regarding cruise ships in the Baltic has done a lot and there has been many tears in some eyes, as expected, but it has happened, and we consumers moan all the same as before, about those damned EU regulations and the emission.

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Re: double standards? @Fortycoats

"And to compare emissions, you don't want to know how much crap the average cruise ship pumps out.".

No, not really, modern cruise ships are really far ahead in that respect provided you demand it. I know there are guys who could tell you more, but do they read ElReg.

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Nokia taps former Rovio man Rantala to market relaunch

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I still have a working 9210 Communicator.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_9210_Communicator

And I still like the form factor and the keyboard, I take it out for a stroll occasionally, what about a modern one, Nokia.

I am not surprised if people get a bit mixed up regarding what Nokia is today as a lot of people believed Microsoft bought the whole company and not "just" the cell phone part, and the brand recognition was with the phones, no doubt.

Nokia Networks compete's well with Ericsson and Huawei.

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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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@Alistar

I don't get you. from the Wiki:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R100

"R100 was built as part of a British governmet programme to develop airships to provide passenger and mail transport between Britain and the countries of the British Empire, including India, Australia and Canada.".

Should I now try to mend an apparently hurt British soul by claiming the "British airship effort" was indeed a great success like the Comet. Or could we just end this by agreeing that sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail.

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"The R100, which was built i parallel by private interests, performed admirably, matched or exceeded all of the goals"- I think the Wiki is a bit more balanced, made one trip to Canada, but wasn't any good for a trip to India, the main goal.

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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Re: Risk?

They are also getting bigger and who knows what they could carry with them, so lets just get rid of that stupidity now.

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Linux security backfires: Flaw lets hackers inject malware into downloads, disrupt Tor users, etc

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Re: Won't you think of the children?

@AC

"Furthermore, the undergraduate STEM students we produce in the US are much better trained than the international graduate students that we receive".

The whole thing is fairly complicated. Listen to this American professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrE9z1JFT1Y

To put it bluntly, a country that does not understand the value of affordable education for each and every kid will end up with a uneducated population. A catastrophe for a democracy. And please, I am not laughing or mocking you, but this US election is just too revealing to go unnoticed around the world.

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Three posts lacklustre results, angrily mutters over O2 merger rejection

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Re: Revenue dropped by 2%

"Average revenue per user also fell by 3 per cent to £19.50 per month". So should we weep and should we not understand that they like to merge in order not to have to compete.

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Re: What to do

@ tfewster

Yes, it's not about the difference between Windows and Linux it's all about making a decision and supporting it. And by doing a more in house, like training, a lot of money would be saved. Will that happen in Britain, I have my doubts. France, Spain, Portugal and Germany can, for various reasons I will not hurt anybody with. Perhaps Ubuntu could step in with some support and a ready tweaked version. The biggest gains could in fact come from training.

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