* Posts by jake

7135 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Whatever.

Taxing corporations leads to lowering the corporate bottom-line. Which leads to individual consumers paying more money for (thing). Corporations pay no taxes. TheGreatUnwashed do.

Before anyone asks, I have no answers.

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Win 95 code gaffe nearly made Stuxnet Suxnet, say infosec blokes

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I'm pretty certain ...

... that anyone interested in actual corporate security stopped using anything Redmond or Cupertino in the security chain long before the Y2K non-issue.

Folks not interested in security? Maybe not so much.

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China tackles vital strippers-at-funeral problem

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@Ian Emery (was: Re: Fantastic idea, I have already booked some for my funeral.)

Why, exactly? You certainly won't benefit[0] from this option, being dead.

[0] For small values of "benefit", of course.

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

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Re: Alister wrote: "the cause of the accident was a bloody big wave "

Fascinating, Lost all faith...

So in your mind the "wave" appeared out of nowhere? In reality, water just sits there, finding it's own level (kind of like tea in a cup[0]), unless acted on by an outside event. The outside event in this case (cause) was the earthquake, the water was simply an actor, transmitting/reflecting the force.

[0] Yes, I know, you can measure the tide in a tea cup. But it's hardly likely to slosh over onto your kitchen table, unless you're quite clumsy.

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Alister wrote: "the cause of the accident was a bloody big wave "

a) It wasn't an accident, it was a natural disaster known as a tsunami.

b) The cause wasn't a bloody big wave, the cause was an undersea megathrust earthquake.

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For this kind of thing ...

BSD on the servers & routers, Slackware on the desktops.

It's not only a good idea, it should be the law.

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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As I've been saying for decades (and making a living doing) ...

SCADA should always be air-gapped away from folks not cleared to access same.

The Auto industry refuses to listen. Apparently, so has the Aircraft industry.

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'Aaron's Law' back on the table to bring sanity to US hacking laws

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Eh?

"Hacking such as phishing, introducing malware, and DDoS attacks, would still be within the CFAA."

None of the above are "hacking". The first two are "(anti)Social Engineering", the third is "Fuck-witted Asshattery". Very, very few of the idiots who partake in such attacks could hack their way out of a wet paper bag.

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Re: @Jake

What kind of idiots are you?

DJV was actually LAUGHING with people making awful puns about humans (real people!) getting killed. There is absolutely nothing funny about that.

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@ WereWoof

You wrote: "A Norse A Norse, My Kingdom for a Norse"

I think that happened in 1066 ...

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@DJV (was: Re: Punometer)

Sad commentary. The taking of human life is not funny. Ever.

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Re: WHY, exactly, did these deceased people refuse to listen to an authority figure?

"and so seem to use "high stress" as an excuse to escalate their response"

Not an excuse, rather a reaction. Again, I don't condone killing people. But again, if said people simply sat down, kept their hands in sight, and listened to the instructions of an authority figure, they would ALL be alive today. Every single one of them.

I am not blaming the deceased, nor the cops. I'm blaming society.

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@cornz 1 (was: Re: He did not commit the other crime)

Again, in this one case the cop was obviously a murderer. The rest of the cases that the rabble are babbling about? Not so much.

As a side-note: Where are all the protesters blocking freeways because of gang activity in Oakland? Remember the four cops killed in a single day a couple years ago? Who protested that? How about all the teenagers/early twenty-somethings killed in the East-Bay on a regular basis? What is the percentage of kids killed due to gang activity nation-wide, compared to police shootings?

Perspective, people. It's important.

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Re: He did not commit the other crime

"perhaps the man killed by being shot in the back was running away precisely because the police employee telegraphed his intent to murder?"

No. He was (probably[0]) running because he had a warrant out for his arrest.

Note again, I do not condone what happened. But I seriously doubt the victim would be deceased if he had simply listened to the cop in question. Incarcerated, yes. Dead, no. Two people made stupid mistakes, and two families are hurting. Two wrongs don't make a right.

And this one case does not negate the gist of my commentary.

[0] We will never know for sure, obviously, but the warrant existed.

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Re: He did not commit the other crime

@AC "3 hrs" (whatever that means, ElReg):

"Resisting arrest while black."

I saw no mention of skin colo(u)r in the article. Are your prejudices showing?

"For that apparently in USA you are executed on the spot."

Every single one of the recent high-profile police shootings in the USofA occurred because the target of the shooter refused to listen to the cop in a high-stress situation. If they had simply shut-up, sat down, placed their hands in plain sight and let the law figure out what the reality of the situation was, they would ALL be alive today. Maybe incarcerated, true, but alive.

That is a fact, like it or not.

Yes, one cop obviously murdered a person while on the job, shooting him in the back. The cop is incarcerated, and will be facing a jury. That doesn't change the fact that the deceased refused to listen to the cop. (I don't condone the cop's behavior, so don't even think of going there ...).

The REAL question is WHY, exactly, did these deceased people refuse to listen to an authority figure? Did they really think they were above the law?

Honestly ... Blaming Law Enforcement for doing their job? The mind absolutely boggles.

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iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

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As we've been saying around these parts for over half a century ...

Stupidity SHOULD hurt!

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Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde: Less fun than it should be

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@ Elmer Phud (was: Re: MK?)

"Changing up as you exit"

You should still be accelerating as you exit ... Brake into the corner, find the correct gear along the way, then once in the corner, hit the loud pedal as hard as you can without destroying your tires. Change up once all your wheels are pointed in the correct direction ...

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All gear-heads lust after one Alfa Romeo or another.

Which one, exactly, depends on the gear-head.

But all gear-heads grok the fact that "some maintenance is mandatory".

Mine's a Giulietta Spider. She's a complete and total bitch, and I waste entirely to much money on her ... but at least my Wife allows me to have a mistress ;-)

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So why exactly does almost ALL tech live in Silicon Valley?

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Simple answer, really.

Post WWII, people from all over the world attended Berkeley and Stanford. They discovered that what became Silly Con Valley was a nice place to live, and upon graduation, stayed here.

This lead to the plowing under of the orchards to create a new suburbia to house the large quantity of educated people.

In essence, an educated melting-pot made this place what it is.

Personally, I miss the cherries, plums, apricots, peaches, etc. ...

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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@ Ian Michael Gumby (was: Re: I have a smart bed....)

"It captures enough information from my bed, along with the account information I set up."

You have to set up an account for your BED? With an email address? Are you fscking kidding? What the hell were you thinking?

Holy shit. The iFad/FanDroid generation has completely doomed the human race.

As for:

"We bought the bed because its fscking comfortable and still affordable."

How the fsck did you know it was comfy before you bought it? Did you & your .sig other spend several nights in the showroom? Honest question.

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If bitcoin is your answer ...

... you have more issues than not knowing what is in your fridge without a computer to tell you.

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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@Stevie (was: Re: In California? Maybe)

So Santa Barbera, Los Angeles & San Diego aren't in California? I can live with that.

Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Halfmoon Bay? THAT I would take issue with ...

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@ Ian Emery (was: Re: humans)

I think you'll find that Mauna Kea has nearly a mile on Everest ...

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No shit. We've known this for over half a century.

The Farallons (and the canyon leading out of San Francisco Bay) have been a toxic-waste dump since the late 1940s (earlier?) ... Funny thing is that the so-called "greens" refuse to understand the reality of this obvious fact. A "nature reserve" in a nuclear disposal site. Lovely.

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2447064

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Re: 10 minute window for editing posts

If you really feel the need to edit a post after ten minutes:

Open your first post.

Copy the content.

Withdraw the first post.

Paste the original, and edit it. Then post.

Note: Not a suggested idea if your original has already been responded to.

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Stateside security screeners sacked for squeezing 'sexy' sacks

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Re: There is a reason ...

(I hate replying to myself ... but it was just after New Years, January 2010. I was heading home after visiting my daughter in Cincinnati, OH. Cincy -> Chicago -> SF).

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/663026

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There is a reason ...

... I've been calling the TSA's approach to this aspect of security theater "Federally Mandated Molestation Stations" since 2010 (maybe 2009). Happened to me, way back then. When I reported it, I was told that if I made waves I'd be put on the "does not fly" list. I told the asshole paper-pusher to fuck off, I'll be flying myself from here on out. And have been :-)

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/922561

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Scummy transients FOUND ON MARS by NASA rover

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Re: Mars covered in brine?

Wrong brine for pickles, Marketing Hack.

Not that I would expect a marketard to understand why ...

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I beleve that according to the third season's reference manual ...

... making the Mornington Crescent move before actually declaring "the game has begun" results in The Lovely Samantha incinerating the potential gamer with her steely glare.

Shall we start from scratch? Farringdon. (Ferns are proto-plants, after all ;-)

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In some ways, dating apps are the anti-internet

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Computers aren't human, people.

They don't grok emotions. And the dating sites aren't exactly offering options local to you. Why the fuck would you want to "date" somebody outside your area/zip-code?

Helpful hint: Next time you're at Whole Foods (or chip shop, or whatever), purchasing your soon to become a sad & lonely pre-prepared evening meal ... look around you! See that pretty/handsome MOTAS, obviously purchasing a similarly sad & lonely evening meal? Smile at them! Ask 'em if they have ever tried the penne casserole, or the Korean spareribs, or the mango, red onion & spinach salad with cashews. Strike up a conversation. If the other party seems willing to chat, suggest finding a table somewhere to eat said meal together.

Might take a week or seven, but if you are both lucky, you'll both get lucky ;-)

Won't work every time, for obvious reasons ... but I used to get a lot of dates when I was at Berkeley & Stanford, buying my morning coffee at Peet's[1] on Vine Street, Berkeley & University Avenue, Menlo Park, respectively.

[1] Back when Peet's was good coffee, before they went crass & commercial, trying to catch up to the swill sold by Starbucks ... Sad thing is that Starbucks got their inspiration from Peet's. It's a lowest common denominator thingie, alas ...

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It's 2015 and a RICH TEXT FILE or a HTTP request can own your Windows machine

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Whatever.

Slackware on the desktops, BSD on the servers & routers.

It's not only a good idea, it should be the law.

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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

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The mind boggles.

Humans have been living quite healthily for several hundred thousand years. It's only been in the last ~20 years that humans have turned to computers to tell them what to do.

Honestly, kids, ignore your computer and open your eyes to the real world.

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Do androids dream of herding electric sheep?

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Re: No shit Sherlock!

"Yes, eventually."

You don't actually know any farmers, do you?

"People who can't use a drone are a minority now, I would say."

Post proof or retract.

"I'm pretty sure that it IS a "year or so of training" for a sheepdog to go from puppy to useful animal."

The older dawgs do the work as the pups learn the drill. Lather, rinse, repeat.

"If you're arguing for it actually being longer than this or multi-generational (puppies learn from the adults)"

Which is how it works. Growing mutton on a large scale isn't something that happens on a whim.

"then you're making an even stronger case for people to adopt drone approaches than I am!"

Nope. Unless you think that purchasing a drone (or eight) and a thousand or so sheep will automatically make you a successful sheep rancher. In which case, you are completely deluded.

"I don't believe you. You can't decide that on Monday to Friday you want sheep in field A at 7:30, but on Saturday to move them over to field B at 15:00pm and have a sheepdog take care of all that unattended."

You obviously don't understand farming. The critters work best (and are tastier!) on a set schedule.

"With a drone, that is foreseeable technology."

Of course it is. But dicking around with the critters internal clocks will make them taste like ass.

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Re: Drone Vs Ram

All the male critters on this property were hand-raised by cognizant humans[1], and do what we tell them to do. Even the roosters.

[1] Except the humans, of course. We're an ornery lot.

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Re: No shit Sherlock!

"But you can go into a shop, buy one, and suddenly the year or so of raising and training of a sheepdog is unnecessary."

Really? Any technologically illiterate sheep farmer can "go into a shop and buy one", and suddenly be able to dispense with the dawgs? What colo(u)r is the sky in your world?

It's not "a year or so of training", it's a lifetime of running the farm. Puppies learn from the adults. Farmers aren't exactly "I want it NOW" kind of folks ...

"Can you tell your sheepdog to go out at particular hours of the day and move your sheep around without you?"

Why yes. Yes I can. And that's "dawgs" not "dawg". They know the routine, and follow it. Including opening and closing gates when necessary.

HTH, HAND

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jake
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Another perspective.

Firstly, teh Dawgs do an admirable job of moving the food/lawn-mowers around when asked. With no barking or biting, ta you very much. And it's not at all "hands-on" for the operator.

Secondly, have ... you ... ever ... watched ... a ... cat ... stalk ... and ... KILL! a rodent? It's quite robotic. Fun to watch :-)

Both dawgs & cats are self-guided. Use them wisely. They are your right hand in farming.

On the gripping hand, radio-controlled automatons are subject to remote operator error.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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@OmgTheyLetMePostInTheUK (was:Re: No longer a colony... Thank God!!)

Read up on "five eyes", OmgTheyLetMePostInTheUK.

::shrugs::

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Data centre doesn't like your face? That's a good thing

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@Gavin Park Weir

So you've drunk the cool-aid.

One good in-house sysadmin costs far less than out-house hosting. With far fewer levels of potential problems.

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"Your company has decided, quite sensibly, that it wants to move its application infrastructure to a data centre rather than living with the risk of an on-premise approach."

Out of curiosity, how does adding one or more levels of abstraction make for a more sensible approach to corporate security?

Not trying to needle anybody, I'm truly curious where this mind-set comes from. Can anyone explain the concept in a way that makes sense to this jaded old sysadmin?

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Drill, baby, drill: HIDDEN glaciers ON MARS hold 150bn cubic metres of precious frozen WATER

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@Uffish (was:Re: " We have the entire Pacific to draw from...")

Do you understand how much water there is within 12 nautical miles of California's coast? And do you understand when sending a minute quantity of that massive pool of liquid gold into the desalination plant, the Pacific seeks it's own level?

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@Loony Moony

Is that you, Webster Phreaky? If so, how've you been?

If not, ignore this post. It wasn't meant for you; send all copies back to me immediately without reading them or face possible charges in criminal court for illegal interception of communications.

(Y,y,y, I know, PDNFTT ... )

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Re: Compare and contrast

"California can go through that in no time."

Yep. Feeding the rest of the USA fresh veggies 24/7/365.25. Unfortunately, I suspect we only have enough fresh[0] H2O to feed CA at the moment (and THAT is sustainable, BTW ... will this drought force CA to finally secede? I would welcome the concept ... not certain I would enjoy the implementation, though).

One wonders if States East of the Rockies will pool their resources to ship their unwanted flood waters to California's reservoirs if this drought continues ... Should be a lot easier to run a couple water pipes across the center of the lower 48 than it was to pipe oil from Prudhoe to Valdez.

[0] We have the entire Pacific to draw from, but TheIdiotsInCharge[tm] didn't start building desalination plants back in the 1960s ...

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Urine for a treat this Monday, ISS 'nauts: SpaceX to launch pee-powered coffee pot

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You do know that ...

... every single drop of water that you have ever ingested has been pissed and/or crapped out of one critter or another, and probably hundreds of thousands of critters, since at least the Cambrian explosion (about half a billion years ago), right?

Why always the locker-room humor about evaporation of water? Do you squeal every time it rains, lest you get some on you? Have you ever showered?

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Saudis go ape, detain Swedish monkeys at border

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@DAM (was: Re: Thank gawdess the poor little critters didn't get shipped!)

"Implying they will do that before ISIS takes over the whole show from the inside."

Uh ... is it dirty little (not very) secret time?

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Thank gawdess the poor little critters didn't get shipped!

If they did, they probably would have been ordered beheaded or stoned to death as spies on entry to the country by the PrimatePartyInCharge.

(Hint to Al Saud: Join the modern world. You are being mocked world-wide. For a reason.)

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+5 ROOTKIT OF VENGEANCE defeats forces of gaming good

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Re: "kernel driver providing a rootkit-like functionality to hide activity"

Y,y,y ... I know what the heap and the stack are, and how to use them. I wrote my own C compiler decades ago. Somehow, I doubt the kids using "popped" are using it in this context.

Gut feeling is that it's an illogical and computer illiterate extension to BASIC's "peek" and "poke".

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"kernel driver providing a rootkit-like functionality to hide activity"

There's your first problem ...

"of its user-mode process"

There's your second problem.

Bottom line? It ain't gonna work. More layers of abstraction at the user level always means more vulnerability overall. IMNECTHO.

"The pair popped"

There is that "popped" meme again. I work system security. Never heard it in the real world. Allow an aging, jaded sysadmin to ask a real question: Where did this meme originate? And why? From time immemorial, the actual term is "cracked". Or do kids these days think they have invented something new?

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Indian cops spice up protests with pepper spray-armed DRONES

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Oh, yummy! Bhut jolokia! Fruity! :-)

Methinks the Indian .gov would do better to address the complaints of the rioters instead of trying to sweep them under the carpet, with all the world watching in real-time.

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Stop climate change by drinking Coca-Cola says Oz government

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The mind boggles.

Personally, I drink water, coffee, beer or wine (in that order, heavy emphasis on water). I doubt there is a single soda on the property. That stuff is really, really not good for mammals.

"While these [CO2 capture] processes are promising, there is no commercial CO2 re-use in Australia"

No? Personally, I grow produce. Seems to me that that is re-use of CO2. So Australia doesn't grow produce commercially? Interesting.

(Y,y,y, I know, the Australian .gov is almost terminally clueless about science. Nearly as bad as the US .gov's GOP, in fact. And that's bad ... )

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