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Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned

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WTF?

Bingo!

We're playing Grammar Nazi bingo here, right?

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The Swedish Prosecutors

should agree to interview him in the UK. Not, however, within the Ecuadorian embassy. Assange would then have to step outside the aforementioned embassy, at which point the UK police can nab him for skipping bail, and he can then spend several months couch-surfing at Her Majesty's pleasure instead, before either being shipped to Sweden to face charges, or be let go, depending on the result of the interview with the Swedish prosecutors.

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Dragon Age Inquisition: Our chief weapons are...

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Wandering around an open world closing rifts?

Sounds like Elder Scrolls IV to me (That's the one before the one with the dragons...)

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: Limit Theory looks like it will be an awesome game

The JSL files are probably script files. Apparently it has run-time modification of the game through scripting, demoed in one of his vids somewhere, where he changes the ships on-the-fly. I believe he has built the physics and graphics libraries from the ground up. VERY impressive stuff!

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Re: Does it need to be said...

...and one more thing: that video actually includes Elite:Dangerous in the footage, just that the author has incorrectly labelled it as X:Rebirth, which is the game featured before it.

Also, Limit Theory looks like it will be an awesome game, although no release date has been announced. It is entirely procedurally generated, and the work of a single author, which just goes to show that there really should be a lot more to show by now than the 'pre-alpha' [sic] of Star Citizen.

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Re: Does it need to be said...

Oh, and I wouldn't pay much heed to that video, the author of which doesn't even know the difference between EVE:online (an existing 'space sim' that has been around for over a decade, and which he features in the video), and EVE:valkyrie, which is CCP's promised first-person space fighter sim (designed with the Oculus Rift in mind), which although developed by the same company, and set in the same 'universe', is going to be a completely different game. TBH, though, it's just a cut-and-paste job from CCP's own advertising material, and the factual content of it could well be judged form the fact that it says, 'Coming 2014' at the end, but is nowhere in sight (but probably still going to arrive before Star Citizen ever does).

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Re: Does it need to be said...

I don't think ED has anything to be scared of from SC, and I don't see how it has 'missed the boat'. For starters, it has been produced on a much smaller budget (a few million, compared to tens), on a shorter timescale (2 years, with a firm release date next month, compared to SC's 3+ years, past the promised release date, with no release in sight), and hasn't promised pie-in-the-sky stretch goals that it has no hope of delivering into a coherent game. SC, if it ever does get released, will probably end up being a 300Gb download, require a £3000 PC to play, be 'always online' itself, and consist of several incoherent unconnected parts (unless you think you will somehow be able to shoot people in the generic FPS part of the game with your spaceship, which I somehow seriously doubt).

That is, if Chris Roberts hasn't just spent all the money on the proverbial hookers and coke.

I bet David Braben is quaking in his boots.

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Re: You may want to sit down and pour yourself a stiff drink.....

Good luck downloading the game then...

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I felt a great disturbance in the Force...

...as if millions of nerds suddenly cried out in anger and were suddenly silenced

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Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

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Re: I fail to understand.

But they are not paid out of their pockets; they are paid from the public purse.

I appreciate that MPs may incur expenses which deserve reimbursement, such as travelling and, to some extent, meal expenses, much as I might incur business expenses if I am required to visit a client on site.

I get that they initially pay for things and have to get them reimbursed, and that private purchases should remain private, but the moment they claim the money back from the state, for something done as part of their employment in service of the state, that claim should become part of the public record.

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I fail to understand.

How are public expenses classified as personal information?

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Re: just like the good old days.

Hydrazine's nothing!

I used to work with diazomethane. It's a very effective methylating agent in synthetic chemistry, but you can't use it anywhere near ground-glass joints as it has a purported habit of crystallizing onto them and exploding. Luckily I never experienced this. I did learn to keep a close eye on the thermometer to make sure the ether it's dissolved in stays cold though!

Preparation instructions include the use of a blast shield, and as well as being explosive, the stuff is acutely and extremely toxic!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diazomethane

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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You don't want it to be true, because it doesn't fit your world view, but it is nontheless, completely true.

It is true because it is backed with facts.

Even you must realise you've gone wrong already, right?

I acknowledge that Wikipedia is not an authoritative source. If you are that concerned about accuracy, please go and find the source of the statistics quoted there, and show me how these differ.

So your numbers, which are 3 years out of date, take account of exactly zero illegal immigrants - the LSE think this is between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people. And you still don't see why that makes them garbage? The ONS shows that 60% of the birth rate for London is to foreign born mothers. Even taking the lefty view that being born here is all you need ever do to "be English", you must see that the tide is against you?

The figures I gave are the ones available - those taken at the last census.

The LSE figures state, "undocumented migrants oscillate between 417,000 and 863,000". These are figures for the whole of the UK, which has a total population of 64 million, so these account for maybe 1% of the population. I see no reason to believe they are any more concentrated in London than anywhere else, particularly since it is more expensive to survive in London than the rest of the UK.

Even if 'foreign born mothers' have been breeding like the proverbial rabbits in the three years since the census, this is going to only affect the figures by a few percent at best.

Jesus was born in a stable, but he wasn't born a horse, nor was he feted as a derby winner. So being born here isn't enough to be raised with English values.

Jesus (if he existed), also was not a man made of straw. Your argument is both a straw-man and a complete nonsequitur; the one thing (even though it is nonsense) does not lead onto the other.

Has it not occurred to you yet that the reason for their storming the polls is the naieve, pseudo-liberal, pro-immigration ranting of people like yourself, dancing up and down as soon as anyone dare voice a view that is not your own?

I didn't claim to be pro-immigration. I simply questioned the veracity of those things you presented as facts. Which aren't. The rest of this particular argument of yours is pure ad hominem attack and does nothing to strengthen your argument.

If you re-read my statement, I also didn't claim that you vote UKIP. I claimed that hostility towards foreign visitors is drummed up by people like those in UKIP.

I also don't read the Guardian, except for occasionally Charlie Brooker's column which is very entertaining. In general, I find most newspapers to be presenting one political opinion, or another, as fact, so I avoid reading them, and try to find news reporting that is as impartial as possible, often from more than one source to filter out the bias.

Now you're just lying. At best, only to us; At worst, to yourself as well.

Really? I'm lying about what my opinion is? Thanks very much for telling me what I really think. You are free to disagree with me, but calling me a liar just makes you a liar yourself.

And before you start screaming racist, because I can sense you're about to, neither I nor any of my friends have married English people. We've all married foreign nationals. Their world view and values are not the same as the English.

Wow, you can really tell what I'm about to say? Well then, you must be psychic too! I wasn't actually going to call you a racist, as I don't believe mud-slinging is necessary in a civilised discussion. However, since you brought it up:

You clearly think that anyone who is not English should be somehow less entitled to live here in the UK, whether they are legally entitled to or not (just as UK citizens are legally entitled to live in the rest of Europe, as many do). This implies that you think foreign nationals are less deserving than British ones, which implies that you think they are in some way lesser. This, I am afraid to say, does make you a racist. The fact that you have married a foreign national does not actually have any relevance in this matter. Nigel Farage's wife is German, but several UKIP members hold very unpleasant opinions towards foreign nationals (as well as women).

If you remove the English from England, what do you really have left? And should you really be suprised if the values of what remains differ from those that went before them? You can't have English courage without English people, and London just doesn't have enough to English left to "Keep calm and carry on".

You are aware, are you not, that Britain is entirely composed of immigrants? What you define as 'English' is a various amalgam of Saxon, Norman, Viking, French, etc. cultures. Our language is so difficult for non-native speakers to learn because it is so irregular, being made up of an amalgam of so many different sources. London has always been a trading city, with a large transient population. Nothing has really changed, except the gradual downward spiral of people's racist opinions in this country.

It started off in the '90s with talk of 'illegal immigrants' - the figures for which have always been inflated by the right wing press to bolster their viewpoint. I'm fairly widely travelled, and I've still never met one. Other countries in Europe have much larger problems with these (such as the flood of refugees coming across the Turkish border into Eastern Greece). There is a real problem of what is now called 'people smuggling', where people are essentially smuggled here and sold into slavery as sex workers, or in 'hand car washes' and nail bars, and the police, at least where I live, do a very good job trying to tackle it with increasingly limited resources. This is where the real problem lies, which the politicians and right-wing press seem to be unconcerned with.

These days, the hatred seems to have turned towards those legally entitled to be here; I can see no other word for this other than racism. I personally know several EU citizens living and working here in the UK, just as I know several UK citizens living and working abroad in the EU. Nobody seems to be talking about the UK citizens going to Ireland to claim the (more generous) dole there, but it happens. A lot.

At the end of the day, people are people. In broad terms, there are good people and bad people. If you claim that there is a correlation such that English = good and foreign = bad, then you are wrong.

So what I would suggest, is that rather than repeating whatever you have read in the right-wing (or left-wing for that matter) press without filtering it through your brain first, stop. Think. Observe. Gather facts. Base your opinions on those, not on the opinions of others. Taking what you are told at face value just makes you an idiot, and someone else's puppet.

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"Most people in London now are not English"

For fuck's sake, give it a rest. That's simply not true. You should put down your Daily Mail, turn off Sky news, and actually go outside and experience the real world.

According to Wikipedia*:

The 2011 census recorded that 2,998,264 people or 36.7% of London's population are foreign-born

Given that this country appears to be becoming increasingly hostile to visitors from other countries, thanks to rabid rhetoric from the likes of the idiots in UKIP, I'd suspect this figure has actually gone down since 2011.

*Yes I know this is not an authoritative source, but it's better than uninformed bleating

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

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BAE a 'Brit' company?

I was under the impression that it was now majority owned by our transatlantic neighbours, hence the various corruption investigations when it fell under US law...

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Now: The REAL APPLE NEWS you need to know

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As far as I am aware, there is nothing in the Old Testament that says it was supposed to be an apple tree, and given that those particular writings originated in the Middle East, it's generally accepted amongst people who are capable of studying ancient texts without taking them literally to be referring to a pomegranate.

You're better off not trying to have that conversation with anyone who literally believes in what is written in the bible, however. It turns out you can think, or believe, but not both...

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MAVEN snaps eight-bit SPACE INVADER

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When I see the name 'MAVEN', I can't help but think of Arbiter Maven

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

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Joke

There's more chance of this being released than Star Citizen...

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WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

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As a third generation language, Java is just fine. It's a 'semi-compiled' language, like many other modern programming languages (such as C#), meaning it is compiled to 'byte-code' which is executed at run-time by an interpreter. Maybe you're thinking of Javascript, not Java, if you think it is a scripted language.

There are reasons this idiom is used in modern programming, as it allows for well structured code, it is, as always, a case of using the right tool for the right job, and it is a perfectly good tool for the purpose. At the end of the day, code is either well written, or not, independent of the language it is written in.

And just for the record; I am an employed programmer, and also a gamer. One of my ex-girlfriends was a 'very hot' brunette doctor, but being 'hot' was no substitute for having a personality. I'm 37, so maybe in a few years you may settle down and realise that bragging about how 'hot' your partner is doesn't not make you look 'sad', and you may learn the difference between different programming languages with similar names, and find gainful employment as a result.

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Re: See Google copying MS again...

There is a long standing tradition of 'Easter Eggs' in software (such as the pinball clone in older versions of Excel), which tend to be written by programmers in their spare time. In the scheme of things, these take up very little space, and I fail to see how they are going to affect the efficiency of code that they are completely unrelated to.

But then I suppose the phrase, "haters gonna hate", has to come from somewhere...

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Re: hold on...

Consequently I think the wee buggers should have to learn assembly.

Screw that, give them a copy of Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming and make them write everything in the purely hypothetical MIX assembly language!

To be honest, there's a lot of value in teaching people how things work at a very basic level. As a developer who works with high-level languages every day I may not need to know how to do assembly-level stuff very often, but a firm knowledge of the fundamentals proves useful more often than you'd think.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: Game changer

For over 150 years all the life changing major innovations came from America

Ahahaha

hahahaha

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...Nurse! My pills...

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Re: just like water

They make straws for that now

Nifty, but doesn't solve the problem of water contaminated with non-particulate contaminants, such as (the quoted) heavy metals and VOCs, as well as toxic semi-metals like arsenic, that are a major problem with groundwater in some parts of the world.

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This isn't a sci-fi movie: It's a human-made probe snapping a comet selfie

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Re: one day...

Presumably bits about 4AU away...

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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This may be a dumb question, but why are emulators banned?

I think the reasoning goes something like this: Apple wants to have total control over the software which can be run on their devices. This is so that all purchases have to be through their store, and they get a cut. If they were to allow emulators, then this gives a route for arbitrary code to be run on the device. This includes both the ROMs for the original software on the emulated device, and also anything that can be compiled into that ROM format. Developers could then sell their software in ROM format, say, "run it though XYZ emulator" and avoid the Apple Tax.

And for those who are commenting that Android is the same; it is perfectly possible to load nay arbitrary app onto an Android device, without going through the Android store, it simply requires changing the setting to allow it, which is off by default. This is why Android tablets are used in business, for running bespoke software, and Apple devices are not (except by sales droids), because no software house in their right mind is going to let Apple have their source code, and a cut of their profits.

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Re: Retro

There's a C-64 emulator on the app store, but it comes with some games preinstalled, and cannot run any games that are not purchased through the App Store - and it won't let you drop into BASIC.

Then technically, it's not a C-64 emulator.

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Re: What did people expect?

A few reasons your patch may have been rejected:

- Is the issue it addresses recognised as a bug, or is it a subjective assessment? Is the thing your 'bug fix' fixes actually working as specified, but you disagree with the specification?

- Did your 'bug fix' meet the required coding standards, such as comments, variable name conventions.

- Is the fix self-contained, without any side-effects? In other words, does it change an interface, or affect outputs that another part of the software relies on?

- Is your code testable? Is it written with an interface and an implementation so that the implementation can be mocked out using the interface and tested using automated testing tools?

- Did you submit your patch via an official route, or just email it randomly to someone at Google?

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

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Looks like

Lumpy Space Princess

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Re: touch

I need the to use the Alt-Gr key frequently to type the € symbol, and sometimes to type accented characters such as é.

Try Ctrl+Alt+4 and Ctrl+Alt+e

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Re: I recall the 8088 machine I learned on...

that's more like choosing an iPad over a MAC

And that's more like choosing Duplo over Lego. Neither is an appropriate engineering solution...

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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...there are bigger stories in the world...

What, really, other things exist? Some of them are more 'important' than this story? Well, hot damn, whodathunkit?

Please go and look up 'straw man fallacy' and while you're at it look up 'ad hominem attack', then have a thought about who is the 'twat' and 'cunt'.

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Why are people not worried about electrical cable which only has a 1mm plastic coating to protect them from shock?

Maybe because that plastic coating is designed to be flexible and not break, and to be impermeable to moisture, to well defined engineering standards, whereas bending a battery that contains a highly reactive metal and which can short circuit as a result, catching fire in the process is a bad idea.

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Okay, having just read the actual test results in CR, it seems that HTC's phone performs just as badly, confirming that aluminium is not a good choice for something that is going to go in a pocket and get sat on. Looks like Apple still copied them despite there already being reports of this being a problem with the One M8 (which is a horrible name for a phone IMHO).

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Re: Big phone = more easily breakable..

As for people complaining its weaker, physics dictates the thinner phone would be weaker compared to thicker skeleton/chassis/interior (relative to its width and height)..

And anyone with a modicum of sense would realise that this make being thinner a bad design choice. But if Apple's designers had any common sense, they'd also realise that making a phone with a front and rear face made of glass will result in it becoming slippery in sweaty / dirty hands. So it looks like they've not heard of coefficients of friction, or bothered to look up the ductility of metals. Apple have always been a case of design (and price) over content. Having been forced to use some of their products on occasion, I can assure you that I will never willingly own one.

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Aluminium, despite Apple's assertions is indeed bendy in thin cross section.

A quick google search on the physical properties of aluminium confirms that it is both highly ductile and malleable. In layman's terms, this means that it can be both stretched, and squished easily. Not a great choice for a mobile phone housing, which is why other phone manufacturers who were already making phones with an aluminium body (*cough* HTC), make theirs out of a sufficient thickness of metal. Another case of Apple nicking someone else's idea and screwing it up...

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Re: If you can't say anything nice

All I can say is that you have obviously never had a cheap PSU blow up on you. If you're building your own PC, it's one of the most important components to get right.

If I were to buy one that subsequently failed in a short period of time, or gave shitty voltages, or didn't output the current it was rated for, then damn right I'd leave a negative review of it to warn others...

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Ice, ice maybe: Evidence of 'Grand Canyon' glacier FOUND ON MARS

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Re: claimed they had found a deposit of a "new type" of jarosite

By definition, it must be the same as jarosite found on Earth, as a mineral is defined by both its chemical and physical structure. The archetypical example of this is calcium carbonate, which is a single chemical that exists as three different minerals (calcite, aragonite and vaterite), which differ in their crystal structure.

So either, it is the same as terrestrial jarosite, or if it is a 'new type' of jarosite, it isn't jarosite, it's some other sulphate mineral composed of potassium and iron. This raises the question of how it has been identified, as if it is chemically or physically different to jarosite, its infrared spectrum will also be different, and presumably unknown.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Proper clipboard support

Is long, long, long overdue on the command line. Admittedly, there is the conflict between Ctrl-C copying, or cancelling certain apps, but I'm sure it's not too heinous to allow it to pass the keypress to the running application first if need be.

I wonder if they'll fix the other hideous bug in Explorer (and it IS a bug in the eyes of anyone who is remotely security conscious), where file extensions are hidden by default, so some joker can write a malicious executable with the word document icon and fool people into running it, because they can't see it's called 'sales.exe' and not 'sales.doc'. Yes I know Windows pops up a warning when you try to run a random .exe file this way, but I also know that users habitually click through message boxes without reading them, and this 'feature' is incredibly annoying for a number of other reasons.

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Four caged in UK after cyber-heist swipes €7m in EU carbon credits

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Emitting pollutants isn't cost free, but the cost is not borne by the emitter*. By taxing emissions, the cost is borne by the emitter, not by society as a whole.

If you buy your electricity from a supplier who produces it from burning coal, then your prices will be higher.

On the other hand, if you were to buy them from a carbon-neutral producer, the taxes would not apply. This way, the cost to society (unless you deny that anthropogenic climate change exists, in which case you are a moron), is borne by those causing it.

If the price + tax of your electricity is more than price - subsidy of 'greener' electricity (wind, solar, wave, nuclear, etc.) then people will buy the cheaper electricity, and we won't all be so screwed, so soon.

The alternative is to have to pay billions from the public purse to mitigate the effects of climate change post-facto, which will be MUCH more expensive, for everybody. The odds are that this will happen anyway, because people are short-sighted, especially politicians who cannot see past the next election.

*This is known as an externality. For example, if you draw your drinking water from a river, and I dump raw sewerage into it upstream, I don't bear the costs of making that water safe to drink. It is, to my eyes, cost free, and any cost to me is an 'externality'. From your perspective, and that of everyone downstream, the cost is very much there, and probably many times greater than it would have been for me to dispose of my sewerage properly.

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Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

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Re: If I were to congratulate India for their technical achievement

Well at least one of those was because your comment was directly commenting on getting down voted rather than for cheering on India with this

I was remarking on my comment from yesterday, here, which consists entirely of a short statement congratulating India, but which somehow managed to collect a singular downvote. Normally being down-voted wouldn't bother me, but I am at a loss to understand why someone would down-vote this.

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Re: If I were to congratulate India for their technical achievement

Turns out the answer is yes. I seem to have made myself an enemy amongst the internet opinionistas...

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Re: Do you get what you pay for?

Go on then, you take some better pictures from a couple of hundred miles up, whilst travelling at tens of thousands of miles an hour*. It might also be worth pointing out that the Viking images were taken by the Viking Lander. It's just a teensy bit easier to take pictures of something when you're sat stationary on it.

* The orbital of the probe around Mars is elliptical varying from around 300 miles to 50,000 miles, according to *cough* the Mail Online (I feel dirty). I'm willing to bet that at that distance, and at the appropriate velocity required to maintain the orbit, any camera you might be able to buy at a reasonable price wouldn't take great pictures.

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Re: Congratulations India.

I would imagine that those employed by the Indian space agency, who if this project did not exist, would not be, and the Indian manufacturers, researchers and scientists that this benefits are actually quite pleased by it.

I'm also pretty sure that if this project didn't exist, none of the money spent on it would go to starving children anyway. Not that India doesn't have its problems, but I challenge you to point to a nation that doesn't have starving children in it. The Vatican doesn't count.

Please don't denigrate the achievements of a nation by naysaying, and waving and pointing at its shortcomings, unless you, personally, are going to do something about sorting out those shortcomings, as well as all of those of your own country.

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If I were to congratulate India for their technical achievement

would some moron downvote me for it again?

Either way, well done India, I'm still impressed.

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Re: Top Skills

I'm not entirely sure why someone felt the need to downvote me for that. Perhaps my congratulations were somehow offensive to someone who thinks that this isn't an impressive technical achievement by those in charge of the Indian space program, or perhaps the down-voter thinks that India doesn't deserve to have a space program. On the other hand, perhaps they believe that doing this sort of thing is a waste of resources and are too blinkered to see the benefits to be had to the people of India, from gaining the technical expertise involved in pulling this off. Or maybe they're just racist thugs, and don't like Indians?

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Top Skills

Well done India.

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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

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On the other hand,

Those who would buy this could just have the following played on a loop through their stupid giant hipster headphones:

"WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING, DOUCHEBAG!"

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: Look

Really, he's a better example of the British upper middle class. Thankfully, he has no authority, other than over eight students for half an hour at a time. He does, however, manage to act as if he is a figure of authority. Whilst this might be amusing when watching him make weasly politicians squirm on national television, I would imagine that being in a room with him for any amount of time would lead to a desire to chew through the walls in order to escape.

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Re: Mr Fry

So, what you are suggesting is that one would have to be suffering the acute effects of an actual psychiatric condition to consider the iPhone worth purchasing? Carry on...

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Re: to be fair

Mr Fry's Graun piece is explicitly a profession of unconditional faith in the Jobsian heresy. It's just as embarassing as any other religious rant and self-invalidating as journalism. bollocks.

Why use 25 words, when one will do?...

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