* Posts by Lars

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

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What the hell

I live by the Baltic Sea, It's polluted, I remmber what I could see as a kid and now I cannot. Just a fact. boffins agree, the shit you find in the fish is just a fact. Nobody denies anything about the damn simple fact that the Baltic is polluted. Efforts, are slow, perhas too slow, but it would be hard to find anybody who would claim adding to the pollution is the way to go. How surprising is that.

Why do we give idiots like Bill O'Reilly, a guy who doesn't know why the tide comes in and out, this handle to argue about man made or not.

Is polluting the air a good thing or not, I would think very few people would dissagree, it just cannot be a good thing. Why do we force idiots to think of ice bears and complicated stuff. If we cannot deal with idiots we have become idiots too.

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Rise of the Machines: ROBOT KILLS MAN at Volkswagen plant

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"Did I miss any?". Linux.

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Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

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Re: Everything said in the article may be true.

And there are good reasons to point out that Nokia had problems before Elop. And as Trevor points out he came, as far as we can understand, to Nokia to get the ship on course again.

But what happened next, Elop opened his mouth twice. Great mistake. Then he started to dump out the window everything that could have kept Nokia floating during the transition.

Like a car dealer who pushes all cars out the back door forgetting perhaps a few lying around. And when a customer steps in and asks about those cars he will say - "Oh that is rubbish, come again in a year or two, there will be a long queue of people then eagerly waiting to bye our new cars".

Then there was the N92, quite a good phone I was told. But that phone was marketed only in a very limited market. Finland, Norway and perhaps Sweden and Denmark not sure. What kind of CEO refuses to sell a good product, was that Elop's decision or was Microsoft behind it.

Then there was the fact that he moved to Nokia Finland but left his family in Canada and that seemed to indicate he had no long time plans with Nokia. His CV is all about short stints too.

The problem "conspiracy people" have with this is that they refuse to believe it was all about stupidity and nothing else. A bit like with the assassination o JFK, some refuse to believe it was all about one lonely guy (I doubt it too). The book written about all this doesn't claim any conspiracy but calls him a "tomppeli/tollo/tompelo" which isn't a mean word, a guy who stumbles around walking into walls and similar, mostly slightly obese too. There is another ghost in this "saga" and that is Ballmer. Ballmer went to Finland several times to meet with Ollila the CEO then to persuade Nokia to build WinPhones. It was no thanks each time. Did Ballmer become obsessed with wanting to bye or destroy Nokia's phone division. Who knows, I don't.

All the same, Elop is in my books a huge flop in the history of modern industry.

Trevor's article is a nice one about the peron and I can appreciate that, while my comment is not, as I can find no reason to write one when it comes to Elop's stint at Nokia.

Last time I heard him speak was when he was asked why he deserved all those extra millions when fucking off of Nokia. Divorcing can be very expensive was his answer, more meh meh.

The only positive thing about that time that comes to my mind was the fact that Nokia helped people who lost their jobs to find new ones and assisted people in creating startup's like Jolla. If Elop had any part of that I don't know.

Nokia has always been more than just the cellphone division, and still is.

I believe people working for big firms elsewhere in the world should ask to be treated the same way.

Trevor mentions the sell to Microsoft as a positive thing, still there where people within Nokia who claim Google made an offer too but that offer was pushed under the rug for some reason.

Enough about history, I never worked for Nokia but I knew lots of them since 1969.

If a hospital board of doctors employs a plumber as a heart surgeon then they are crazy but should one not also question the plumber.

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EU: Explain your tax affairs. Google, Amazon, Facebook: Mmm... nah

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Re: Good on em

Am I successful if I rob a bank,

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Some points

When the state takes care of the infrastucture, like roads and bridges and similar, they know that a large part of that money will return in the form of tax and VAT and from the profit those private companies involved will make not to mention that the anount of unemployment fees might decrease. I cannot see any reason why any of that could be privatised.

Rail tracks are probably similar. There is however a interesting point in this article "But if the state is that of another country, then this problem rather goes away.".

What annoyes me here is that there is not even a shy, very shy, sort of very shy thought that perhaps there could perhaps be some guys is that foreign country who are, well, just better at doing the job. Did Worstall ever think about such a damned possibility or did he, but decided not to be unkind towards his Brittish readers. (Downvotes and such).

Or did he just pick the first new buzzword available "foreign", an other country, a new solution.

Well, I don't know but I would have a lot more respect for "economists" if for once they would mention words like education.

It does not matter if something is private or not, run by idiots it will fail either way.

The thing that worries me much to day is that we seem to live in an illusion that when the country we live in is "educated" then our kids will inherit it in some automatic way. Education is like washing dishes, as soon as you stop for a while it's a complete mess. Forget it for a generaion and the next generation of kids will have uneducated teachers and then it will only get worse. And yes, I am looking at you Amercans "too".

Before any Amercan tells me - "but Lars we have more Nobels than anybody else and we have some of the best universities too". Which is very true, but the damned thing is that education for just the few has never worked and never will.

The damned thing is that education in the capitalist world is in decline. Not so in the third world.

In Sweden the word "education for profit" has become a bad word, perhaps not without good reasons.

Privatisation has risks too.

As for" The Purpose of Government, slightly leaning on JFK ... don't ask the governmen... I would add, "just educate all those fucking kids regardles of parents and what ever then let us build this fucking society the way we want it to be".

What ever we have to day, in this world, is the sum of education and lack of it, it has allways been like that and will allways remain that way.

The day an economist starts his tirade witth the word education I will have more respect for him.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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@ Mark 85. Thanks. I had a look but I must admit "universally" that the sentence "the universal emergency number for everyone in the United States." sounds a bit too universal.

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@ 1980s_coder

Those phones (long ago) with the disk you turned with your finger where different in the Anglo-American world and Europe. The shortest distance to turn the disk was 9 in the Anglo-American world and 0 in Europe. Fast and easy to find even in the dark. Or was it the oppiset way, damn if I can remember. The reason for silly differences like these I think is in inflated egos.

The US date format is dumb as hell, at least for a programmer who has to sort dates. Some dumb programming tasks come to my mind around the year 00 with systems that had only two digits for the year.

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"Wouldn't it be sensible to add a second layer to ask "do you mean the events of September 11 2011, or the emergency services?"

No. the problem is with Siri not the emergency services. Especially if you remember that there lost of people who speek something else but Emglish in the USA.

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Brace yourself, planet Earth, says Nokia CEO – our phones ARE coming back from mid-2016

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Re: Why smartphones?

I have no answers to that but while Nokia is now back to networks and phones are such a great part of that why should they not keep those guys educated, at work, happy and up to date in that respect. Nokia's problems where never a engineering problem, the rot hit the head of the company.

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Farewell then, Mr Elop: It wasn't actually your fault

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Pretty good - pretty bad

Pretty useless at Nokia and at Microsoft too, perhaps.

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The Hound of Hounslow: No $40m Wall Street wobbler

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When things get wobbly

There is a "science committee" to deal with it.

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

At around 3 min.

As for the Tacoma Narrows bridge I still wonder if the driver got out of his car alive.

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Wikipedia to go all HTTPS, all the time

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Re: Will there now be a "cash call" for implementing this?

I won't downvote you but somehow I would consider your questtion more valid if you had given them some money. I have not, but I hope there are those who do, we are better off with the Wiki than without one.

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Renault Kadjar: La Regie's new full-sized, inexplicably named SUV

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Re: 4x4

"aca Land Rover, of the past"". Forgive me for saying it but sometimes it seems to me that there is nothing like the past in the English soul. So I give you something from the past, French as this article is about a French car, Jay Leno because he is able to speak about cars as cars without fucking himself up with dumb nationalistic shit.

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

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'Lemme tell you about my trouble with girls ...' Er, please don't, bro-ffin

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Re: I'll get downvoted but whatever

I think he had something else too. So now look, boys are boys and it doesn't get any better with age. There we have a guy a long way from home among all those good locking women thinking about how to make his point for the more important part of his trip. Rather bald, close to eighty years old but alone for the night and with a point he makes his call. I fall i love and they all fall in love with me. Not such a bad start, I have heard worse. Give him a break, boys are boys and that damned point won't leave us alone.

Have mercy.

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GAZE upon our HI-RES DWARF PICS of Pluto, beams proud NASA

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Re: Jesus!

Yes, but I am also slightly distressed by the fact that parts of my wife are less interesting than Pluto. Anybody out there with problems like that.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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@ Lost all faith...

I am not taking part in the "should MS use Linux or not" but I would like to point out that you don't have to give Linux away for free at all. You can charge as much as you want, the free is not free as in beer. I think you know that very well. As I recall Linus suggested about 15 years ago that Microsoft could sell Windows with a Linux kernel. I don't think they will but they could and who knows, perhaps they should, but that is all up to them.

That would not become a Linux desktop but Windows with a Linux kernel.

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

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Re: RIP Mr Lee

Remembered in Finnland too, earlier to day, as he took part in the "winter war" defending Finnland against Russia for a short while. Claimed Finnland was the worlds best country, knew the Kalevala and some Finnish if not as well as Mr Tolkien.

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: What about the noise

Oh dear, folks. Was a "Joke Alert" icon really needed for my post.

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Re: Economy of France

"Socialism does not work". It's the word socialism that does not work, nor does the word capitalism.

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Re: What about the noise

Sorry to spoil this article but the Concorde flew faster than sound and there was complete silece inside. Science is difficult indeed.

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Bill Nye's bonkers LightSail spaceship unfurls solar sails at last

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Changing direction...

..is a bit of a joke, it's "down wind" until you can catch wind from some other direction, drifting along like a yacht without any lateral plane area. Interesting all the same.

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Taming the Thames – The place that plugged London's Great Stink

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Re: Kempton Park

"Credit for invention of the steam turbine is given both to the British engineer Sir Charles Parsons (1854–1931), for invention of the reaction turbine and to Swedish engineer Gustaf de Laval (1845–1913), for invention of the impulse turbine. "

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Re: Agree. (NOT english???)

@ Lost all faith...Please don't, but you are the first to "swallow hook, line, and sinker" regarding that one sentence. Stuff was built for the love of God and the Farao. Still I have a slight feeling it might have been more about the fear of God, the priests and the Farao.

In the Nordic countries the kings decided the peasants had to build roads for free for the love of the king.

So one can assume they went to work happily singing, praising God and the king. One of those roads went from Stockholm to Saint Petersburg in Russia. It's called the Kings road for some odd reason, However those ungrateful bastards where able to write and it turned out it was all a great pain in the arse, surprise, surprise.

Then there are those who look at all those splendid building, steam engines and such and "sort of" claim we can't build stuff like that any more. In reality there is nothing in the past we could not build to day.

Every Mall every Mac Donald could be built like Taj Mahal, every train station like the Buckingham Palace. We could build much bigger pyramids and steam engines a longer wall than the wall of China, (insert country to surround here).

But we don't and that is because nobody is prepared to pay for that amount of labour.

It's very nice that things from the past are restored and kept for us to enjoy.

Every time there is a vid about London it starts with the glass dick in the sky. What would Joseph Bazalgette or Isambard Brunel think about that building, we don't know but would it not be possible that they might have gone something like - "that's fantastic, I want to build something even bigger".

But the thing is. they wouldn't be able to build it then. The type of steel and glass did not exist in those days, just to mention two problems.

We use modern materials and methods, concrete, steel and glass. Some of it looks like shit but take the Sidney Opera it's built with modern materials and looks OK to me.

As for the "looting" hook, I actually thought it was one of the many Norse words like Law the jury system and things like that but it seems to be much older. Very very old.

Before cotinuing, I belive my kids don't have to answear for my sins, poor kids, I think they belive it too, if you get my drift.

One story that comes to my mind is about a Brittish woman who went to Africa to study Chimpanzees, our closest living relatives. To her mild horror those lovely chimps looted foreign families and ate their babies. I used to tell hardcore vegetarians that perhaps our history tells us we might actually need some meat once in a while. But I gave up, there was all that cabbage thrown at me. Looting is old indeed.

As for the comment "I'm also unsure that at the period in question Britain was living on "looted wealth". The height of the Empire was some way in the future."

Sure, I am no expert on that and I don't have a clue about how much foreign aid was sent to India after they had their referendum and decided to join the Empire.

Ah shut up Lars, and no more fishing for some time.

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Re: Agree.

Please Flatpackhamster, you have to remember that workers where paid hardly nothing in those days and Britain was living on looted welth. There is another thing I find rather amusing with articles like these.

Soon as guy of inportance is English that will be mentioned but for some odd reason, take Brunel, for instance, not a word about the fact he was French, went to the USA and then came to England.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/04/geeks_guide_brunel_museum/

Joseph Bazalgette was the grandson of a French Protestant immigrant.

No reason to commit suicide, but when we look at all those fantastic things like pyramids and huge chatedrals lets not forget that most of it was built by "slave" labor.

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Japan, EU: we'll research 5G unicorns together

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Re: Good idea

And lets hope they can avoid feeding the patent trolls.

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Nokia declares war on data centres to win back telco customers

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Re: "act and think differently"

" having absorbed the Siemens and Motorola sub divisions" I think you ment Siemens and Alcatel-Lucent.

There are Ericsson (since the beginning of time), Nokia networks and the new kid in town, Huawei, and in that order. Nokia made modems long before cell phones existed. And I believe it's better with three than with one or two.

Volvo, yes why not, had two good ones, but Volvo is owned by the Chinese now. They wated to join Reault but the Swedish owners did not see the sign on the wall, and after more dump decisions they had to sell out to the Chinese. To make a long and dumb journey short.

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

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Re: Just another fuckwit

He tries to make cheep money and came to the US as he knows there are more gullible people in the US than anywhere else in the English speaking part of the world. And it's all taxfree. Start taxing all that shit Americans. When the rest of the world stopped, more or less, to create new gods and religions the Americans just continued. The fuckwit is the American education system.

And among the Ameican politicans there are more fuckwit religious twats than anywhere else in the western world.

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Re: Luvverly

Cheer up creationists with this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6omFJhKr6o

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Re: Evidence. - @sisk

"It isn't incorrect history or incomplete science; it is something else entirely." Very much like the tooh fairy.

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NASA hands Boeing first commercial crew contract for SPAAAACE

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Re: The only reason the Shuttle was retired was to award Boein alone new contracts.

McDonnell-Douglas destroyed it self, cargo doors and such.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: So what did YOU do then ?

@Phil Lord

Yes, thanks for mentioning the "anything it touches", it's one of the more "successful" FUDs from Microsoft's "Get the Facts" era. And of course we have a communist comment by now. A word that seems to work so well in the USA for reasons I don't get. Not any un-american comments yet.

Funny stuff really, should we not call Apple things like that as they produce most of their ithings in communist countries in a very un-american way.

To be more serious lots of companies who use a Linux kernel do their "secret" stuff in "user space". If you modifie the "kernel space" then stick to the rules regarding the kernel.

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

@thames

Here is that origial Linux birth sertificate, long format (Finnish standard).

"1991-08-25

Hello everybody out there using minix -

I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and

professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing

since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on

things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat

(same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons)

among other things).

I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work.

This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, and

I'd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions

are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)

Linus (torv...@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

PS. Yes - it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs.

It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never

will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(. "

And there is more here:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/comp.os.minix/4995SivOl9o/GwqLJlPSlCEJ

As for micro-kernels, start your engines, boys and girls, some day you might have a super computer running a micro-kernel.

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Re: So what did YOU do then ?

It's up to you if you use GPL2 or GPL3 or whatever license. Linux is GPL2.

Years ago Linus wrote something like this - it's amazing how many words are needed just to express such a simple thing as - "use this code but if you distribute it tell the version number and if you change the code then show the changes (and let us see if we could use them).

Still more surprising is how much intentional shit and FUD there is regarding the GPL.

Perhaps even more surprising is the amount of companies and people involved in FOSS.

As for Linux on the desktop. Jobs knew very well that he had to build his own shops to compete with Windows. Computer shops gain nothing from selling Linux desktops. It's much easier with Windows, people expect problems (acts of God), reboot, format the damned thing, by a new sound card, anything goes.

If you want Linux on the desktop just install it, it's very easy to day, it was more "fun" years ago.

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Re: ingenuity

"will the Cuban government allow free software in?".

I wonder where you got that from?. As far as I remember Cuban hospitals started to use Linux about 15 years ago. I am more concerned about Cuba when they let Microsoft in.

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2409808/microsoft-bullied-mps-over-government-switch-to-open-source-standards

Will the USA transform (again) Cuba into a brothel run by gangsters. Look out Cubans.

As for Stallman I have a slight feeling that Darren Pauli is not a great admirer of him as I think it would be hard to find anything more appalling a pic or video to represent him.

He deserves credit for things he did and has worked for, GPL, GNU and things like that, no reason to downplay his part.

It's an other thing that he's probably a bit bitter and perhaps the "looks" are not quite whatever.

But he is often right all the same.

The TTIP is worse than people understand. Companies have always been able to take governments to court but now the Americans want the court to be private, (run by very expensive lawyers) and in the USA.

A government that accepts TTIP hands it's laws and rights to a private court to do what ever money decides.

"They" will also tell you TTIP is old and normal in every trade agreement. But the background is old trade agreements made with "rough" third world countries where companies felt the legal system was non existing.

Now when this is demanded between the EU and the USA one has to assume the EU is considered a rough country (the way Sarah Palin considers Africa a country) or the USA considers itself a rough country, then again there are all those lawyers and perhaps some good businessmen who want to kill all stupid regulations in the EU or/and get some extra money for the effort. Oh, did I forget the money lobby.

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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"because it cannot meet (or be made to meet) new car emission rules from the European Council that kick in in 2020." (Five years from now!!!). What about emission rules in the USA in 2020.

Blame the EU, just kidding but then again "Remarkably, the vehicles are still put together largely by hand".

How remarkable you lost that industry.

As I remember Britain was the last country in Western Europe to stop using arsenic in paint because some lad had a mountain of it. Is something similar going on here.

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Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

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Re: diesel

I agree very much, there is however a artificial delay when you accelerate on most diesel cars, I suppose it adds something to the economy and I would feel happier without it. Funny how people who have never driven a good 2L turbodiesel have an opinion about it. A bit like kids who think they can beat a good automatic with a stick at the lights.

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Re: German Law?

Ref. the Wiki link. There seems to be good reasons to mention the definition of "jocular" for some of you.

adjective: jocular

fond of or characterized by joking; humorous or playful.

"she sounded in a jocular mood"

synonyms: humorous, funny, witty, comic, comical, amusing, chucklesome, droll, entertaining, diverting, joking, jesting, hilarious, facetious, tongue-in-cheek;

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Glass-Steagall Act

Some points about the Glass-Steagall Act by you Tim Worstall.

Are Europen banks as damned unregulated as in the "wild west".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTWfa-iO9Nc

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

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Let me see

What was the possibility to win in lotto.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Sad

You can fix fungus in a toenail by removing the legg but isn't that a rather sad way to do it. We can fine and imprisson all "uneducated" people but would it not be better to increase the education. Extremists in religion, who is the first to throw the stone. I cannot remember any religion without them, Budism perhaps, not an expert, I gave up religion a long time ago. Con business.

Have we forgotten that only education is what make us different to apes. Are we trying to prevent the ship from sinking by deciding water is against the law.

Have we started to run our society on a quarterly basis. What the hell are we up to.

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Re: The other way

I think Moscow had/has a system where only turning right was/is allowed, I suppose that would be left in the UK.

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Re: 100M£ John Brown

"Actually in that particular case it doesn't. Speed limits apply specifically to motor vehicles only, there are no speed limits for cyclists, pedestrians, horses or horse-drawn vehicles."

I wonder if that is actually true everywhere, and why should it. The reason I wonder is that I remember a cyclist in Norway being fined for doing more than 50km/h when the limit was 50.

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Re: A good thing in principle, but

I like that you mention the "blind spot" and I would like to add that when a car turns a bit to the left the left mirror becoms worthless. Some cyclist soon as they step onto their bike are transformed into feeling like goldarmored knights riding a huge white horse. Pedestrians and cars will stop and bow in awe. Odd thinghs happen in their brains.

Somebody pointed out that lorries drive for their livelyhood and are in a hurry perhaps. But cyclist hate to stop and put down their foot, as embarrasing as it would be for that knight to dissmantle that horse at every korner. Those cyclist will rather increase the speed to beat the car at the corner or start wobbling on the spot for a while to be able to be first again.

So give us some more statistics, how many cyclists where run over by a car, how many cyclists run themselves under a car. Incidently if half of the accidents involve lorries every second was not a lorry.

How many incidents with bikes colliding with bikes and pedestrians.

What is the relation between pedestrians run over by cars compared to cyclists taking into account the number of pedestrians to cyclists crossing streets.

I have told my kids that cars see other cars and perhaps pedestrians but not cyclists. Just accept it and stay alive.

Years ago I knew a nice guy, a boss at a customer of mine. He then was involved in an incident with a car and his bike. The driver lost and this guy won but he was perhaps unable to cheer his victory as he was dead. I wouldn't remember this but there was this dark humor as he was the boss of a company producing bikes, mad behind the wheel of his MB and most likely even madder on his product.

I was a taxi driver for some years and I can assure you that I am less afraid of cars, trams, trains, lorries, ice, snow, falling treas and earth quaques than of those white horses, and in the dark they are black and the knight feels he is beacon of light in the dark. The only more scary experience I had was a five year old kid who run out in the streed from between parked cars. Fortunately we don't carry guns so I was uable to shoot the mother.

I have to add, do look into your back mirror when you open your car door, driving into one with a bike is something you will remember too.

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Amstrad founder Lord Sugar quits 'anti-enterprise' Labour party

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Re: Ha....@Cliff

Please don't claim CPM or Z80 had anything to do with Britain or Sugar. While you find a Linux distro in almost every European country there still seems to be nill in Britain, shame on you.

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ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

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Re: Seems Wasteful

" urine is sterile ". Some weeks ago during this latest earth quake there was a guy who managed to stay alive by drinking his own urine, nothing new there.

Long ago, say during the "thirty year war" in Europe (has it ever stopped) urine was sometimes used to clean wounds rather than water?.

As kids constantly burning our fingers for reasons I cannot remember, except that there seems to exist some wonderful love relationship between kids and fire, we used to piss on the fingers and the pain disappeared like magic.

The love part reminds me of those early northern explorers who found great love among the Eskimo girls but complained about their habit of keeping their skin soft and clean using their own piss. I bet the girls had more reason to complain about hygiene among those heroes, but we can only guess.

There is something "strangelove" with these bodily fluids here, if I could only remember.

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Re: Derv version petrol

" this is a truly remarkable achievement." Yes indeed, nobody would run anything big, like ships or trains and things like that on petrol engines. to quote http://www.gizmag.com/go/3263/

"If the Seven Wonders of the World was updated for the 21 st century, the Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine could be a contender. If you are a student of the internal combustion engine in all its wonderous configurations, then feast your eyes on this set of numbers which outline the truly astounding engineering feat. It is the most powerful and most efficient engine in the world today."

You can run a diesel on almost anything, like "shit". There are pig farms who get all the energy they need from the shit, and in some countries they are allowed to sell the energy the don't need. (Not that you cannot run a petrol engine on wood as some of us remember and some actually do to day).

Astonishing breakthroughs have lately been made regarding emissions but that technology is, to day, only possible when the need for space and weight are less of a problem, and of course there has to be regulations demanding it too.

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"(aside from a few less CO2s and NOXs emitted, natch)." I think you nailed it there in a way as that is the reason for cars like that, natch.

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

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Re: The Brunels, ladies and gentlemen...

Because he was French?.

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In a galaxy far, far, far away ... Farthest ever star system discovered

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Re: Don't call me Shirley!

Just concentrate on this galaxy and vote.

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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Re: On mirrors on the left and the right

@Allan Brown

Well Allan I must admit I got a bit “miffed” with the sentence “was miffed that there was no vanity mirror for the passenger – though there was one for the driver.” a bit like being miffed meeting coloured people in Africa. Instead he could have explained the reason and suggest that Citroen fix the, indeed stupid problem, and why not have two mirrors from the very start.

Then about touch screen, right handed people use their mouse with their right hand and driving a car where you sit at left means that your right hand is free to operate all those silly devices. That is the obvious thing to do not that anybody thought about it then.

Now then about inflated egos decision making and Napoleon, a highly well educated guy more up to date with anything science than most emperors of his time and the strong guy behind the metric system. So in the year 1875 we have this.

"In 1875, a British delegation was one of twenty national delegations to a convention in Paris that resulted in seventeen of the nations signing the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875,[23] and the establishment of three bodies, the CGPM, CIPM and BIPM, that were charged with overseeing weights and measures on behalf of the international community. The United Kingdom was one of the countries that declined to sign the convention".

I would claim the British decision was based more on inflated egos not on merit and that was probably true with the left / right decision too, the merit being a world standard perhaps not that I think anybody thought about it then though. If you look at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/cars/list-of-left-driving-countries/

you can see the result and the reason there.

We have been run by inflated egod leaders since the beginning of time and nothing has changed. Reading comments, should I now claim the USA decided to drive on the right because they beat the Britisch. Would sound a bit silly I think.

Speaking about egos, Napoleon's campaign against Russia is of course one of the best examples.

The car, not my cup of tea, unless slightly used and very cheap (for my wife).

However the Citroen CV2 must be the best ever produced “volkscar”. It will take you anywhere, is repairable probably for the next 500 years and surprisingly comfortable. A very French feature. The Citroen CS has to be mentioned, and for those of you who newer had the pleasure to drive one, try Jay Leno. I quite like the way he manages to avoid nationalistic shit dealing with cars.

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

Anyway, lets bite and get bitten in the good tradition of ElReg, the more the merrier.

Cheers to all of you.

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