* Posts by DJO

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Re: "four to six million recorded telephone calls a day"???

" Did nobody from their phone operating compay *notice* this?"

As long as they were getting paid for each call why should they care? It's hardly in their favour to stop a cash cow as they were probably profiting from this almost as much as the charming people making the calls.

The solution is clear, make the telcos financially responsible for sustained detectable abuse of their systems. They can easily detect this sort of behaviour if it's maintained for more than a few days from a single location and on detection they should either pull the plug or involve the authorities in prosecuting the people involved.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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More Adverts

No no no.

Basic Economics part 1:

Increase the amount of advertising space available (such as putting commercial ads on the BBC) and the value of that space goes down so you need even more adverts to raise the same revenue.

The upshot of putting adverts on the BBC would be to increase the quantity of adverts everywhere and reduce their effectiveness so ultimately pushing the demand for advertising down which would mean less revenue leading to poorer quality programs (even on ITV, I know it seems hard to believe they could get even worse but it's possible, just).

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Colour me suprised

What follows is purely hypothetical with no evidence to back it up whatsoever.

You Tube are making a loss - Because You Tube are paying a Caymans Islands registered company $x million to use the name "You Tube" and by a happy coincidence is just the sum needed to reduce You Tube revenues to a level where no tax is due.

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

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Re: It's a long way to the chemist, etc...

Humans have been emitting radio waves for about 100 years or so.

And we are emitting less and less every year with low power radios, satellites beaming down instead of stuff broadcast everywhere and more and more of what used to be broadcast being transmitted over fibre. In 100 years I doubt we'd be detectable at all.

Another problem is that the same frequencies are used all over the planet for different purposes which is no problem here but from a long way away they will all blur together into a random like noise where any single signal would be as close to impossible to isolate as makes no difference.

The only radio signal that would be detectable over many light years would have to be one broadcast specifically for that purpose and why would anybody do that?

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Powering the Internet of Stuff – by sucking electricity from TREES

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Quart Oscillator?

On the graphic there is the legend:

"32kHz Quart Oscillator"

Is this a UK Quart or a US Quart because there is a difference:

So they should be:

32kHz 1.1365225 litre Oscillator (UK) --> 0.66 Bulgarian funbag Oscillator

32kHz 0.9463529 litre Oscillator (US) --> 0.55 Bulgarian funbag Oscillator

I think we should be told - the truth is out there.

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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Ah, but take that thinking to the illogical conclusion and then you have "anybody using encryption has something to hide and should be investigated" which of course does not stand up to critical thinking but when has that ever worried the Tory party.

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It's their own bloody silly fault

Perhaps if GCHQ & NSA had not vacuumed up every bit of data on everybody while ignoring the laws about privacy and warrants and other bothersome details, we wouldn't be in the situation we are in now where everybody needs to encrypt everything just to maintain a semblance of privacy.

This is suppression pure and simple, terrorists and the like don't use these avenues of communication; steganography, dead-drops and the such like are far more probable.

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Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015

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Re: Moog Modular

I used to be keyboard roadie to a lunatic who used a Roland System 700 (look it up) on the road, hours of "fun" setting that bugger up, along with Prophet 5, MiniMoog, various ARPs, Yamaha portable baby grand piano and a host of other crap.

He then bought the Moog from Tangerine Dream and mashed it to the 700 but by then he'd stopped touring - thankfully.

Happy days, well they might have been, can't remember a lot of it to be honest.

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Re: I loved the top down GTA Games

Probably apocryphal but everybody used to drive or ride on the left so their sword arm would be presented to anybody coming the other way. Napoleon was apparently left handed so he imposed riding on the right so his sword arm would be in the advantageous position and the rest as they say, is history.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: The dental student fiasco...

it's OK to lampoon Christianity

Right, any religion that is so weak it cannot stand a little ridicule is probably a waste of time.

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LICK THAT ATM: Diebold and Corning debug displays

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Re: Since it's Diebold

perhaps they'd consider spending more time worrying about the bugs in their software and less on the ones on the screen?

But, but, that would be hard work for Diebold rather than just asking Corning to bung a little silver or copper into the surface layer of the glass.

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Kepler's STILL GOT IT! Space telescope spots SUPER-EARTH 180 light years away

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very similar to our own (comprising around three-fourths water and one-fourth rock

Which planet is that because it certainly is not the Earth, while the surface is quite wet and the crust too contains a fair bit of water the vast bulk of the planet is rock,

The density of the Earth is 5.513 g/cm3 if it was 3/4 water the rest would have to be about 19 g/cm3 which is roughly the density of gold. Is there something about the Earth we're not being told?

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Terror bomb victims demanding Iran's .ir will appeal US ruling

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US lawyers in money making exercise. Again.

Surely this would affect all internet users in Iran so it would count as "collective punishment" which is illegal in international law so how did it even make it to court?

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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Re: ROTFLMAO (TROLL!) @DJO

Where the fuck do you think your country (where ever that may be) is any better than the USA?

Sigh, I know it's a waste of time trying to reason with trolls like this one.

a: I never said where I live is better.

b. Unlike you I take no pleasure in the sorry state of other countries such as the US

c. The Republicans have opposed every action by Obama and then they say he is ineffective, can you not see the dichotomy? In a mature democracy the opposition will support good policies and not just automatically oppose.

d. Since WWII one country has spent more money supporting & promoting terrorism than the rest of the world combined, that country was the USA. (Mujahideen & Contras for example)

e. Gerrymandering isn't even denied by either the Republicans or the Democrats and has been a part of American elections since the founding of the country. And is very undemocratic.

f. I'm bored now so others can add any more examples. Incidentally swearing does not lend strength to your arguments, actually it makes you look a bit of a prat, just some friendly advise.

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Re: ROTFLMAO

As Yank I want to defend my country

It's a great shame you can't, in the post war period the USA showed amazing potential but Reagan shifted the priorities and from there it got progressively worse, Thatchers' legacy over here is similar but we had some safeguards to prevent it getting as bad as in the USA such as a Boundaries Commission which reduces (but does not eliminate) the opportunities for gerrymandering and our elections have a secure paper trail instead of easily rigged machines.

I hope something can be done to bring the USA back to where it should be but I'm regrettably not hugely optimistic.Nothing is likely to happen from the top but a large number of American citizens are noticing that portions of the US police are out of control and desperately need to be brought back in line as the protests around the States testify. You might have some politicians either sensible or cynical enough to realize that doing something about the police could be a big vote winner.

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ROTFLMAO

nations hostile to human rights and democracy

What, like the USA?

A country where the police can execute pretty much anybody they want and hardly ever get punished?

A country where gerrymandering and rigged voting machines are used to force a certain result.

Put you own house n order before criticising others.

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

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Re: Evolution

Only the ones that developed stereo vision and grasping "hands" would be likely to survive. The rest probably fell "out of the tree".

I'd say it's more likely that as fruits only start to ferment once they have fallen that the poor metabolisers didn't fall out of the tree but were unable to climb it in the first place and fell to predation while rolling around drunk and singing obscene songs about ocelots.

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Re: When I drive on twisty mountain roads

Was that you in the opening of the original Italian Job?

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: BD1/BD2 belts

They are out there but they cost more than the entire turntable cost when new.

I'd also check the motor mounting as that was basically just a few rubber bands which will probably have petrified a bit by now.

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Re: Wot - No LP12?

I don't go for the 'oxygen free cable laid along ley lines' nonsense, because that's just a load of balls.

Quite right, as any fule kno they should be laid at right angles to the ley lines.

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Robot deputy blasts possibly explosive Mexican beans with CANNON in 'controlled explosion'

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Ticking?

What is it over there, 1970? I doubt if anybody has used a mechanical timer in a bomb for at least 40 years as electronic ones are more rugged, reliable, cheaper, easier to use and I'd better stop incriminating myself now.

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How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

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Pirate

Re: Am I in the right place?

old pirate bar - OK I can see that, but bourbon! Pirates drink Rum, everybody knows that - Yo ho ho and a bottle of thereof and other jolly shanties.

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Re: Am I in the right place?

Am I at the Register? I seem to be surrounded by cynical old bastards

Yes you are at The Register and if you are surprised by "cynical old bastards" you've plainly not been here for long.

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The Imitation Game: Bringing Alan Turing's classified life to light

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Really?

Not only was Turing’s most famous work – breaking the German Enigma code during World War II

Er, no, that was broken by Polish codebreakers before the war had started and they passed their knowledge to British intelligence, Turing took that work and expanded on it to crack the more complex codes used by the German high command.

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Banksy denies Banksy impostor's claim to Banksy.com – which isn't owned by Banksy

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Re: FUCKIN VANDAL

Well it depends upon what they were drawing outside his house.

Edit: Oops, I see from your message it was outside their house in which case your assessment is quite correct and proper, I salute you.

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

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Re: Time dilation

doesn't that just mean the mass of the propellant increases as well, so that the thrust stays constant?

Good question, I wish I knew the answer but I would have thought that no matter what the mass of fuel is the volume is constant so the chemical or nuclear energy available remains constant. However reaction mass is a different question but as it's mass has increased it'll take more energy to propel a given volume so I don't think there's any easy way out of the problem.

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Re: Time dilation

A constant 1g acceleration would get you to near c in 30 years

There's something wrong with your maths.

v = at + u

v = final speed

a = acceleration

t = time

u = initial velocity

a = 1G = 9.80665 m/s^2

t = 1 year = 31,557,600 seconds

u =0

therefore v = 9.80665 x 31,557,600 = 309,474,338.04

Which is a tad more than 299,792,458 so is just not going to happen.

300 days at 1G would leave you zipping along at 254,188,368 m/s (84.8% c) and you'd cover 124 light days while doing it, as a fun side effect it'd also increase your mass to 1.886 times your rest mass.

Not all wrong though, 1 day at 0.5g would get you to 423km/s is correct. (423,647.28 m/s)

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Re: Three light minutes a week?

It does sound too fast, 3 minutes/week is about 2.6 hours/year. Voyager does not hold much fuel, some for manoeuvring but little for propulsion and it's been over 30 years since it's last major encounter and it's met few bodies it could slingshot off so either it has accelerated somehow or it can't be going anything close to 3 minutes/week as that would put it about 60 hours out.

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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Re: With the ending of the Double Irish looming

I was wondering about that, you get a hopeless but nebulous sounding company, stuff a truckload of cash into it and put some of your cronies, friends or relations on the board for huge salaries then do nothing for a year or two then it collapses so you can write the entire "investment" off against tax and some of your cronies, friends or relations have got rich.

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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She may have a point

For a colonisation mission an all female crew is the best bet to ensure genetic diversity.

As long as you include a freezer full of sperm and a turkey baster, that way you could have a few dozen women and genetically speaking tens if not hundreds of thousands of men which should last for several generations until the colony has a sufficiently diverse genetic base.

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Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

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Re: A years supply?

£16.95 per month for four bars of chocolate?

Well there's "bars" and then there's "bars"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11284054

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

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We know a song about this don't we girls and boys

Anything you can do, I can do better!

I can do anything better than you!

No you can't!

Yes, Icann!

No, you can't!

Yes, Icann!

No, you can't!

Yes, Icann, Yes, Icann!

I can over-react to a single outrage

I can screw you with a no-fly list

I can convict in secret courts

Secret courts, is that all?

Much more but I can't tell you now

Really

Yes

No you can't!

Yes, Icann!

No, you can't!

Yes, Icann!

No, you can't!

Yes, Icann, Yes, Icann!

And so on..........

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Snapchat 'hack' pics mostly clothed user snaps, odd bits of legacy pr0n – report

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Re: Being a bit of a Devil's Advocate...

It does get tricky, is every owner of the Blind Faith album inadvertently an evil pervy paedo who should be incarcerated for their own good? Probably not, well not all of them anyway.

What about the Nirvana album with the swimming naked boy? Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy? and so on ad infinitum. That's just record covers, mainstream art is even worse.

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Twitter sues US government for right to disclose NOTHING

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Simple solution

American outlets seem to be able to publish information that has been banned in the UK with impunity so I see no reason why a non-US based Twitter office cannot publish the information to be read anywhere except America.

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'Encryption will make life very easy for criminals and terrorists'

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Dual standards?

Encryption might be used by criminals and terrorists so it must be banned.

Guns are used by criminals and terrorists so we must sell even more of them.

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POISON PI sniffs WiFi from your mail room, goes on rampage

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Re: Not likely to succeed

And the x-ray mail scanners are almost invariably located in the post room (nobody in management cares that much if the post room staff get blown up) and all this hack needs to be in inside the building so by the time this gets noticed on x-ray and then dumped into a bucket of water or whatever protocols are in place for suspect packages it would have already done it's work, so I would disagree and say that is very likely to succeed but is too complicated and too expensive for casual use.

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A spin of roulette in the sporty Ford Fiesta Black

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Repairs vs Depreciation

BMW, Mercedes, VAG? nice cars, but when they go (and they do!), it costs big bucks. Even some of their biggest advocates won't own them outside of the warranty period.

Not sure if in pure financial terms that's a sensible option. Buy a new car for say £16,000 and after a few years it's lost over half it's value, but buying a "pre-owned" model and you only pay a fraction and you might have an expensive repair bill but it's unlikely to equal the depreciation of a new car over the same duration. Personally given the choice of a new Ford Fester against a 5 or 6 year old Merc I know which I'd choose.

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Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

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Re: Watch that watch! - Erratum

"Why much about with" should of course read "Why muck about with"

Sorry about that.

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Re: Watch that watch!

Why much about with watches or perfume when all you need is, for example, a small piece of fairy cake:

Since every piece of matter in the universe is in someway affected by every other piece of matter in the universe, it is, in theory, possible to extrapolate the whole of creation - every galaxy, every sun, every planet, their orbits, their composition, and their economic and social history, from, say - one small piece of fairy cake.

(Douglas Adams - but you knew that)

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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Re: Sleeping

So when are you going to charge it up if you wear it all night?

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How do you know the battery life is too short?

Mainly because Apple said it was. "Charging every night" implies the charge will last for less than 48 hours and maybe less than 24 hours. Also Apple are reported to still be trying to extend battery life before product release.

I thought the strap would be an easy location for a bunch of tiny batteries but they haven't got around to stealing innovating that one yet.

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reasonable entry price make for a compelling new product

"Reasonable"? I thought it was rather pricey for what you get and the battery life is way too short.

But it will sell by the bucket load, even if only to the Appleistas.

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Drones swarm over bearded Brit billionaire's island getaway

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Re: Oh suuuuuure, it STARTS with pretty pictures....

Gosh, with all those armed flying cameras the TV syndication rights would be worth a fortune.

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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Re: The Morgan Special

Like so many cars these days it looks great* from the front but the back looks dreadful.

* In this case when I say "great" I means it looks like proper Morgans which always have a certain charm.

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NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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Dust removal

The worry was that the dust would like Moon dust be charged and the vibration trick wouldn't work all that well with charged dust, also ultrasonic vibrations would put stress on the connections between the panels and the rover which could introduce a whole new selection of faults. So even if it could work the problems in hardening the rest of the vehicle to tolerate the vibrations make it not worth the effort. Probably.

As for wipers I suspect they didn't want to scratch the cell surfaces which is what wipers in a dry dusty environment will inevitably do.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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Re: But do you trust it?

Working in IT, and to be fair being old, I have an inbuilt distrust of computers as I know that quite often, they are simply not logical.

Curious conclusion, I too work in IT and have since dinosaurs roamed the world, okay maybe not quite that long but you get the idea and I know computers are the epitome of logic seeing as that's what the underlying circuitry is based on, however I also know that the idiots who write the programs are far from logical and that's the problem which was summed up when the first pile of punched cards got shuffled: GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out).

So I fully trust computers to do exactly what their programming tells them to do but I have very little trust in the software running on them, even (especially) stuff I wrote.

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LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio

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Re: 900MHz

The 900MHz option is probably only USA. Illegal in EU.

I refer the learned gentleman to the location of the proposed launch site.

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LOHAN wrapped in vinyl as Kickstarter campaign hits £18,000!

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Re: Value for money

Every pub in London is "Vulture Central", one just selects the nearest one. After 17 pints of "Gonad's Old Disgusting" they all look the same anyway.

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Stephen Hawking biopic: Big on romance, not so much with the science?

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Re: Mr Hawking – Over-rated - Big Bang Mythology

So complicated maths mean it must be correct ? of course I understand now

Good grief of course not, that's a really stupid thing to deduce from what I wrote.

Correlation does not imply causation.

There is obviously no link between the complexity and correctness or otherwise, why I mentioned it was because if you had seen the maths involved in the fine detail of the big bang theory and understood any of it, then "simple" is not a word you would ever contemplate using. (Unless you were perhaps a former Lucasian professor of mathematics or had studied maths to a similar level)

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Re: Mr Hawking – Over-rated - Big Bang Mythology

The simplistic big bang theory is impossible to prove or disprove

simplistic? If you think it's simple then you plainly do not understand it and if you don't understand it you are in no position to pass judgement upon it.

Simple - sheeesh, he plainly hasn't seen the maths involved.

As for a simple correlation but not proof, the universe is expanding, if you run the clock backwards what do you get and when do you get it? (for one answer see what Hawking & Hubble had to say)

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