* Posts by lglethal

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Fired-up eco-boffin gives it '180 per cent'

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Technical Explanation

100% in the design of rocket engines, is the engine level that allows the engine to be run with zero degradation. Meaning the engine can be receovered and used again with minimal part replacement or maintenance.

However, it is common practice to run the engines at slightly more then this during certain periods of the launch to achieve an increase in thrust. This does entail that you need to spend more on maintenance and replacement parts for the recovered engines, but it tends to work out as being more economical, as the extra thrust allows you to launch extra mass.

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Oregon legislators salute Rick Astley

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good to see...

"Any break from that seems not terrible."

Good to see the level of education amongst legislators matches the electorate...

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US Marines splurge on Brit troops' armoured pants

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Trouser Envy?

Well you know thats always been part of the reason Americans buy big cars... ;)

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Feds commandeer botnet, issue 'stop' command

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I think its a legal thing...

If they did this and something went wrong and it, for example, formatted the hard drive or deleted key information or bricked the OS, etc. then this being America, the feds would be sued for all their worth!

So their solution to avoid this is just to collect the IP addy's, contact the ISP's, who contact the customer and the customer does the removal. That way if something goes wrong, only the user is to blame...

Unfortunately, the US litigation culture wins against common sense once more!

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DARPA aims to make renewable power practical at last

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Nahhh...

Antimatter is old hat, CERN have already done it.

Havent you read Dan Brown?

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RTFA!

Didnt you see that Lewis mentioned Li-ion batteries and discounted them based on the massive requirements DARPA want handled and the ability to fit on a reasonable number of trucks...?

Seriously try reading the article next time...

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Just a small point...

Have you tried shooting your tanks? ;)

I suspect that might be the discouraging factor for a Forward Operations Base in a war situation.

Otherwise I agree with what you say, Tom!

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M&S whips out carbon-neutral bra

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Maybe im just a cynic...

Press release text: "The building also boasts a turf roof and "evaporative cooling" system, which is much less leccy-hungry than air conditioning. All of this, coupled to low-energy lighting, means the factory uses 40 per cent less electricity than a conventional equivalent."

Translation: "The building is a mud hut, with open doors and a bucket of water in the middle for "cooling". And we use candles for "lighting". "

Yep, what can i say? I'm a cynic...

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US lawyer's email not creative enough for copyright protection

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One Question...

... How could a situation like this be responsible for "aggravating athritis in his hip"?

Good work that judge for showing some common sense!!!

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Brain boffins in cortex mapping breakthrough

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Very cool but...

... i would have thought starting with an animal with a much smaller brain then mice would be a good start. Maybe something like an insect? Or perhaps a celebutard or two?

I can imagine that whilst a mice's brain is small, as a mammal, it should be pretty well developed compared to say a beetle...

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Antarctic meteorite yields exotic new mineral

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Your joking with the name right?

Whats-On-It? pronounced in a yobbish (scouser perhaps?) accent - Wass-on-it?

I can imagine how that conversation went - presentation to the big boss...

Scientist 1: "and this is the meterotie results shown here."

Scientist 2: "Wass on it there?"

Scientist 1: "Ahhh....... Thats the new mineral we just discovered, were calling it... "Wassonite", after.... ummm.... John... John Wasson that meteorite guy from UC."

Boss: "Brilliant. What does it do?"

Scientist 1: "Well, we will need more funding to work that out..."

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Halifax cuts investment accounts off from the web until April 2012

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And...

And please provide your bank account details and credit card number as i Mr Mtababo from Ivory Coast would like to share the 100 million ponds I have taken from the government during the current coupe. If you agree to helping me, i will give you 10%....

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And?

Why should that make a difference?

Being offline for a year for ANY account in this day and age is unforgivable... And how long before the same ridiculus outage is foisted on their other account customers...

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Civil servants just can't keep a grip on their BlackBerrys

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Im seriously interested...

Who steals a "a gas boiler flue"? I mean honestly how desperate for cash can you be to steal that? And how could nobody notice someone walking out of the building carrying a great big chimney??? (Ok if it was workmen or contractors on the site, who were carrying it out then i probably wouldnt pay attention either, but still).

And the heating oil? Who steals 250L of heating oil?

I am forever bewildered by the choices of some kleptomaniacs...

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Teens who listen to music a lot are at high risk of depression

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Dud science...

They quizzed 106 adolescents, 46 of which were confirmed to be clinically depressive, and they think they can make any sort of decisive comment on that statistical basis. Ridiculous!

Im sure i could go out tomorrow to some school and find 106 adolescents who found reading makes them more depressive! & i would strongly disagree that using a figure of 43% of adolescents being diagnosed as clinically depressed represents a good cross section for study.

This is crap science, and until there study starts looking at thousands of students, from a variety of backgrounds and intelligence levels, & with a more realistic percentage of clinically depressed teens involved, then it will continue to be crap science. Poor form El reg for not debunking it as such...

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RSA explains how attackers breached its systems

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Like i said im not a software person

but i would assume that you could automate it so that when a person's account goes up in access rights an email is automatically sent to the IT dept.

If that sort of system isnt available, that seems like a pretty big gaping security hole to me!

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Disclaimer: Im not a BOFH

I think the thing that most worries me about this, weas the part that said that after compromising the low level attacks they were in your words "Once inside the network, the attacker carried out privilege elevation attacks to gain access to higher value administrator accounts.".

How was this not picked up by their IT department? Surely that should be one of the main things you watch for?

Letting them in through the lower access accounts is one thing, but then letting them get away unnoticed with increasing their access to the admin accounts is another keetle of fish entirely! Poor work...

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Supply ships used to push ISS clear of sat-smash debris

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2 eyes are better than 1...

See title...

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Official: PS3 has more fanboys than the Xbox 360 does

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You seem to be forgetting...

The Wii wasnt designed as a console for gamers. It wasnt designed to take on the PS's and Xbox's of this world. It was designed for the casual gamer, the never played a computer game before over 50, and the under 15's. Onn this front it succeeded admirably.

Most of the friends i know with young kids, the kids love it. The over 50's and the casual gamer may have moved on, but for kids its stil the first choice. Just like the Gamecube was back in the days of the PS1.

Different horses for different courses, and all that...

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Labour MP says police should clamp down on online incitement

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To carry the old agade further...

Those who Can, Do.

Those who Cant, Teach.

Those who Cant Teach, Manage.

Those Who Cant Teach or Manage, Go into Politics...

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Men at Work lose Down Under plagiarism appeal

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Well considering...

Considering that the owners of the copyright didnt twig to the fact that the riff was even in Down Under until it came up in a musical quiz show as a question (the Aussie equivalent of Never Mind the Buzzcocks - although without the humour, big bands or anything that makes NMtB funny) id say the majority of people dont have the highly educated musical ear. Id also suggest that the copyright owners dont either, although maybe there musical education focused on things of actual importance...

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Air NZ safety vid provokes terror in the skies

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Thank you for just proving my point...

You named 3 western crashes in the last 5 years. Which is roughly what i said - 1 crash per year. All of them non-fatal. The fatal one (which you didnt mention) was the Air France flight that went down on the way to Brazil for what remains an unknown reason.

So approx. 300 people dead every 5 years from aircrashes. Thats 60 people per year. More people die form brocolli* in the west each year. Hence i stand by my assertion that modern western aircraft are extremely safe!

* insert vegetable of your choice! ;)

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Ummm actually...

Your way off actually. Your chances of surviving a crashed flight in a modern Boeing or Airbus (or embraer, bombardier, saab or gulfstream for that matter) is exceptionally high.

The only time your not likely to survive is if your unlucky and come down in wooded terrain, fly directly into a mountain at full speed, hit a building or land on water.

As the vast majority of crashes happen at take-off or landing in the vicinity of an airport, theres usually areas where the plane can set down without a problem. Hence why you dont read about western airlines crashing and people being killed very often... (i think if i remember the figures correctly its 1 jet on average per year coming down in the west, and 1 in 5 years is fatal. If you took out terrorism, i think that average even extends out further to 10 years, but i cant confirm that)

Now russia and sub-sharan africa is a different story, but thats usually due to a lack of training in the flight crew and poor maintenance of the aircraft...

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Im sorry...

"Memorized the number of seats I need to count and where to turn in case I have to get out in the dark"

Im sorry but thats just sad...

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Junk mail down 1/3 since Rustock botnet takedown

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Id say your world views a little skewed...

Dictator - killing, torturing and maiming his own citizens. Botnet - sending some annoying emails.

Priorities? I know where i would prefer those cruise missiles to be being spent...

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The Bayeux Tapestry archiving model

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@ Adrian

Im not sure anything can really be classified as a reliable source on matters as trivial as exactly how someone died in a battle over a thousand years ago (well it probably wasnt trivial to the person who died, but its certainly a detail guaranteed to be forgotten, reimagined, reportrayed and forgotten again many times over the course of 1000 years).

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Making contractors proud...

You read it as Chris going on holiday and thinking purely of storage performance (extremely geeky i would have to admit). However, I read the article as Chris going on holiday and then thinking of an easy way to get the company to pay for the whole trip!

"Yep boss, i was investigating old archiving mechanisms and discovered this really amazing old method called the Bayeux Tapestry. I think it would make a really interesting story... Oh and heres my expenses for the holid.. i mean business trip..."

Good work that man!

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Landlocked Bolivia seeks legal route to Pacific

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God i hate this sort of thing...

You started a war. You lost. The opposing nation took land in what WAS your territory. It is now how many hundreds of years later, and you want it back? Stiff! Thats what happens when you start a war and lose!

Hell the Germans have significant claims to large parts of Poland, and the Czech republic, to you hear them asking for that back? What about the English demanding back Normandy from the French? Or maybe all of Europe should be given back to the Romans cause they took almost all of it over (except Scotland - good work their lads!). Or maybe go further - the greeks should get all the land conquered by Alexander the Great? Or Xerxes Persia?

Geez it annoys me - if you get into a war, you may win, you may lose. Whatever land changes hand in the process is gone. The only time that the land should potentially be given back is if the people of that land that changed hands want to be reintegrated with the original country, but the Chileans in the disputed territory dont want that in this case, the falkland islanders dont want to be part of argentina either, so bloody well get over it. Start focusing on your countries own issues rather then firing up nationalist sentiment and hiding behind those flames!

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Nanotech nerds assemble überfast-charge battery

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Hmmm....

I think i would still be happy with a Li-ion battery that recharges in only 5 minutes (based on the 2mins at 1000 coloumbs NMH vs 400 columbs for the Li-ion).

I hope they take the time to work on both projects. Still cool idea!

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Fukushima: Situation improving all the time

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@ MinionZero

I think you will find that the pollution caused by all of the industrial chemicals being washed into the sea will dwarf any radioactive runout making its way to the sea.

Thats assuming there was some sort of radioactive problem to run out which as the cores have not been affected certainaly doesnt look like the case...

Either way, i wouldnt recommend eating any fish caught off the coast of Japan in the coming months, but not because of radioactivity!

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Fukushima on Thursday: Prospects starting to look good

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Try looking at the past analysis articles...

All the details are mentioned in the previous reports... Try reading them...

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Spam levels plummet as Rustock botnet taken down... for now

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To quote Einstein...

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.”

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Site-saving workers evacuated from Japanese reactor disaster

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@ Geoffrey W

Yes i have. but considering that you need maybe 3 locations in the UK to power 50% of the country (and potentially more based on current designs) as opposed to about 300 locations for a similar output of wind. Which do you think is going to be easier to get passed?

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Just one point Copsewood...

Have you seen the sh*t fight that wind turbine companies have to go through with locals and environmentalists when they want to actually plan and build new wind turbine farms? Even the offshore farms struggle to get planning permission (they kill seabirds apparently).

Do you really think you can enough wind turbine locations approved to power 3 times the needs of the UK (based on your oversubscription plan)?

Personally, I think you wouold struggle massively - the environmentalists want it both ways - renewable energy but without their (local) environment befouled with great big wind turbines...

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@ Maurice

What are these "economically and technologically better or equivalent solutions that would probably solve energy needs more effectively."?

Geothermal and Hydro are the only ones that comes to mind but unfortunately not that many countries are situated in the right place for those. Gas and Oil pump out god awful amounts of pollution (not too mention all those greenhouse gases and carbon which cause *gasp* Global Warming!). Wind is not up to the task. Tidal is not advanced enough to be realistic at this point, Direct solar is only usable in certain parts of the world and requires huge areas of land, Solar-thermal is still in development and Fusion unfortunately still hasnt been proven (or even built yet).

So tell me what is this amazing tech that will save us all, and mean that nuclear is relegated to the waste bin of history?

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Privacy group demands answers from Skype

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Interesting comment at the end...

"Privacy International has not been in touch with us..."

So Privacy International are getting all worked up about, and complaining to the media without even contacting Skype first???

Surely the first thing you would do is contact Skype, tell them your concerns and see what they say. For all we know, Skype could have turned around and gone "My god your right, we need to fix this!" or they cuold have turned around and gone "Get nicked! We dont care about privacy!" Depending on the answer you get there, maybe then go and talk to the media. But going to the media first, really stinks of attention-seeking media whoring to me!!!

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EA coughs to Dragon Age II user ban 'mistake'

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I think...

I think it was the word "EA"...

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Fukushima reactor shell ruptured?

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The biggest mistake...

The biggest mistake in all this is that as soon as an emergency situation arose, the Japanese Nuclear Safety Agency (or whatever its called in Japan) should have taken complete control of the situation and they should have been the only ones making press releases.

TEPCO naturally are going to try and protect their asses, and so cant be trusted to be 100% honest (especially with their past history). So this situation should be being completely managed by the government (or even more preferably an independent) safety agency. At least then we would get accurate and (relatively) honest reports coming out.

Additionally TEPCO need to seriously sack there public relations people! In this sort of situation what you want to give is regular reports (every 2 hours minimum), providing accurate factual information. A report saying " Radiation at plant of ****mS detected. Radiation at 10km from plant of ****mS detected. These values can have this effect on people. Plant A is *** hours from complete shut down. Plant B is *** from shut down. Plant C, etc....". Just give the facts, explain that when things happen (the explosions for example) they were expected, and what effects they will have. Thats what the public want - The Facts.

At the moment, the long silences, the sort of half information and banal platitudes about safety and that "all is well" that are being released are having the exact opposite effects to reassuring the public.

I'm a bloody engineer and it seems i know more about public relations then the PR people TEPCO are paying a lot of money too!

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Apple to sell 107m iPads in 2016

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Sorry but what...

260million tablets to be purchased in 2016 alone. I call bollocks on that!

That would mean that approx 1 in every 30-odd people on this planet will have bought a tablet pc in 2016 alone. Completely not feasible. Sorry...

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Iran to attend Olympics, despite 'racist' logo

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Actually...

I would suggest that the would-be Iranian Olympians would be far more upset with their own governments refusal to attend over something so petty (privately at least... I doubt theyd say anything publicly).

I would expect if you were to ask any athlete who missed out on attending an olympics because of their countries political decisions (for example the Moscow games in 1980 or the Los Angeles games in 1984) they would probably be more angry at their own country then at the host country...

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Bad Belgian busted by kinky iTunes openness

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Sorry El reg

Whilst its slightly off topic, was there really any need at all to gives the guys address in Belgium? And is that even legal?

I mean if you posted the address of someone on trial for murder, then i would imagine you'd be facing some pretty strong questions from the Police/CPS.

So you gave us the country (Belgium) and the town (Mol), we really dont need his street's name... sheesh!

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Cure for BALDNESS causes IMPOTENCE, says new study

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"bitchslap-of-fate"

Top marks for that man. Heres a pint on me!

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Football goal-line tracking tech delayed

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Actually they are doing this...

... if you've watched any recent European games (Europa league or Champions League) you will see that they have an extra linesman at each end behind the goals to help officiate in the final third.

Theyre pretty much useless. Ive only ever seen them make a call twice (one about whether a tackle was inside the box or not, and 1 about the last touch before the ball went out), both times theyve been wrong. The extra refs are a waste of money, pure and simple.

At least with technology its hard to argue that a subjective decision is made rather then an objective decision. It might still turn out to be the wrong decision but you cant accuse technology of being biased for/against your team...

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Interesting...

Interesting that FIFA can state that all 10 systems failed when they (according to hawkeye at least) dont specify enough details to make a call about what constitutes a success or a failure.

Sounds like it turned out to be just what i expected from FIFA when they announced the test. i.e. FIFA would make some noise about trialling the tech, but then would make the requirements so vague and able to be interpreted in so many ways that everyone would be doomed to fail from the start, so FIFA can hold up there hands and say everyone failed so we cant change anything... yadda yadda yadda...

Same old, from the same old corrupt bastards...

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Second US 'secret space warplane' now in orbit

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Standard el Reg units

So what would it be in Olympic Swimming Pools, milli-Wales or Pachaderms per second?

Where is the Vulture Standards desk when you need them?

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You wouldnt believe them anyway...

"...until we hear from an authoritative source that these are not happening."

Yeah but as if you'd believe them if they said that anyway... ;)

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NASA scientist spies extraterrestrial life

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Wrong...

I dont think anyone on El reg would be arguing that life probably does exist in other locations in the universe and most likely even within our own galaxy.

However, claiming to find extraterrestrial life based on a single look at a meteorite discovered on Earth, doesnt really have much credence.

The creation of life takes a vast array of complex chemicals which under one hypothesis it has been suggested were seeded to the earth in the early years of formation by meteoroid strikes. It then still took millions (billions) of years to get the perfect conditions to start those chemcials replicating and on the road to becoming true living creatures.

This guy however, is claiming to have discovered the remains of bacteria on a small meteorite that prior to its entry into the Earth's atmosphere was travelling around the Solar System in extremely cold temperatures, without any form of gaseous atmosphere and which contained no liquid water.

So you'll forgive me if i call bullsh*t on his conclusions. Surely a more likely conclusion would be that if the shapes he discovered could only have been created by this bacteria (and im not saying that is the only way), then contamination after hitting the Earth would seem to make a lot more sense.

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Oz bloggers get shield protection

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Nick Xenephon...

Whilst im not a fan of all of the policies he puts forward, he at least seems to put things forward that he believes are in the interest of the public in general, and to actually force things through, rather then the usual bollocks from the political parties. We need more independents in parliament and less party politicians!

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UK.gov closes door against foreign boners

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Actually based on my experiences...

When i first moved ot the UK (no work experience, fresh out of uni) after 6 months having fun and getting drunk nightly in London, i went for a job interview where i had to prove my skills on a particular CAD package, which i had not touched since leaving Australia 6 months before. I spent the first 5 minutes of the test trying to remember how to open the bloody sketcher function!

I was told afterwards that i was the most highly skilled person with the program even though i was competing with UK students who had finished there degrees only days before (and had been claiming to be using the program the previous day).

So from my own experience and from what ive been told in the interveneing years since by any number of older engineers, there is just no respect for UK engineering degrees and the quality of the graduates they produce. The fact that an engineering degree in the UK is only 3 years is also a massive downside. In 3 years you can learn the basics of being an engineer but you cant learn anything about the specific industry your studying for - at least not in any way thats of use to that industry.

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Cobalt-barrel machine guns could fire full auto Hollywood style

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Id guess...

IOd guess some form of Tool Steel - HSS most likely. Tungsten carbide might be an option but its brittleness would probably rule it out. Would be an interesting tooling job though...

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