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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

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Learn from your mistakes

Look at it as a learning experience. You're all the better because of it for next time.

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NASA's LADEE: A Great Gig in the Sky, now on a death dive to the Dark Side of the Moon

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Timing

If they don't know when it'll crash how can they guarantee that it'll crash on the dark side of the moon.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Tyranny of the minority

The shouty minority wins by being shouty.

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

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Green electrons

I always wonder how people can say that they are only using green energy. Can they decide which electrons to use that come down via the national grid? Are the green energy companies doing some special filtering to extract just the electrons from wind farms and solar fields and piping them down to their customers.

Bollocks!

All green energy companies are is a way for middle class guilt ridden twits to feel all good about themselves.

It's like companies saying that they plant trees to replace the ones they use. Bollocks to that as well. All they do is pay some money to a company that does some work with numbers and CO2 tax credits and then tell the original company what that it is numbers of trees equivalent.

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Malthusian catastrophe

The Malthusian catastrophe is another scare story which is being disproved by emprical evidence.

Yes, the world's population has been rising very fast but that is because third world countries are now developing along with medical and health benefits. This means instead of having large numbers of babies to cope with the fact that a majority of them do not survive, they only need a few babies like us in the west as 99% of children survive. But it takes a generation or two for this to happen.

As families find out that their children are able to survive they also realise that in a developing country children are a cost, not a benefit. In an agricultural society you need lots of people to do grunt work, and children are very useful for this kind of thing. In a developing society children get education and this costs. Even with free education this is still paid for via their taxes.

The emperical evidence is showing that the rate of growth in the population is flattening out as India and China develop into 1st world countries. So us humans are naturually limiting ourselves to the world's abilities. And the world's abilities to keep us fed can still grow. Compared to modern times, 1800s agricultural production was very inefficient. A diary cow now produces many times more milk than an 1800s cow. Crops now produce many more tons per acre than in the 1800s. All through the benefit of modern technology and practises.

Greenpeace and their ilk such as Friends of the Earth are wanting to take us back to the middle ages. They want to throw away all the work our ancestors did in getting us here. Our ancestors died to get us here (like the thousands who died in coal mines) and GP and FoE are basically saying that they died in vain.

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Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

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They should make it a bit cheaper and remove the graphics output connectors. They're very expensive.

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

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All governments waste money, that's why it's stupid to keep on paying taxes when its spent so inefficiently. Better to give direct to business that will provide a similar service or proper charities. I say proper ones, not fake charties that are basically extensions of the government. Many of these fake charities also lobby the governemnt behind their smoke screen of "charity".

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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So pirate bay might be down, but are others up? And what's happening to legit music sales. Are they going down because people don't get the chance to try the music before buying or are they going up because people are forced to buy?

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Trade not aid

We need to trade with third world countries and take advantage of their cheap labour. It's only by doing this that they will earn money, start demanding higher wages and become self sufficient and rich enough to be like us in the west. Keeping on giving them aid forces them to stay suckling of the teats of the west, it doesn't allow them to become self sufficient and independent. Yes it will take many years but in the long term its better than giving them charity money year after year. We've been giving charity to Africa for decades now and there has been no real sign of progress. It's all given to keep them on subsistence farms. What we need to be doing is what China is doing. Building roads and infrastructure, not giving them charity money. We took advantage of Chinese cheap labour and pretty soon they were having pay rises of 25% every year. They are now doing the same in Africa. It will be China that brings Africa up to first world levels, not the west.

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

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Re: Mobile phones don't have remotely enough range

"I still don't understand why they had enough time to turn the jet but not enough to radio a distress. Mostly this makes more sense, however, than anything else I've heard so far."

Because pilots are trained to sort out the problem first and then communicate with ATC last. Aviate, navigate, communicate - in that order. So if there was a fire the pilots would have diverted to the nearest airport immediately then start trying to sort out the problem. Unfortunately the problem probably meant that the communication facilities stopped working as they turned around. So that's why there was no message from the pilots. They couldn't communicate.

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Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

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Sensors in internet of things

The public can only just cope with spiders in IR sensors for house alarms, how can they cope with all the other potential faults.

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'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the WARMEST Januaries EVER RECORDED

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Re: Doing the Warmist shuffle

"Who to trust? Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump ... or skilled climate scientists?"

I don't trust politicians, celebs and I definitely don't trust scientists who create theories on the basis that they get more money. Most "climate science" is done in order to get more grants and keep a job. Even the most obscure areas of science attempt to have a "global warming" aspect. Why? Because public money goes towards those who keep up the climate weirdness meme. Being anti climate change doesn't pay salaries so scientists don't investigate that side of the science. And no science is ever settled. Not even the science of gravity.

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US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

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Hubris

The hubris of politicians who think that by creating a law some crime will be stopped. Politicians are powerful but not that powerful. Most of the time politicians are useless.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Epic battle and no deaths?

What I want to know is how many people were killed. It is called an epic battle so people, even imaginary ones, must have died. Well all such video games are violent and turn the players into violent criminals so I must have a reason to ban them. /sarc

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NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT

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Re: "... a spacecraft flying over the Moon ..."

Does space needs it own language? Words have been appropriated from one industry to another without problem. Look at the word cockpit. Originally used in a naval sense and transplanted to aviation without any problem.

Flying doesn't always mean with aerodynamic control, it can be used to describe an object that has been thrown. And spacecraft have been "thrown" into orbit. So flying is a valid word.

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El Reg preps relaunch of Cash’n’Carrion online merchandise emporium

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Re: Hmmm....

Why not a proper keyboard with the coffee spray already printed on it?

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Virgin Media's 'little(ish)' book of deals contained BIG FIBS, rules ad watchdog

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Re: ASA - still a waste of space - Scrap it.

The ASA is an useless organisation, but it should be scrapped. If the public can't work out that unlimited is a marketing gimmick and that there is no such thing as a free lunch, the attitude and actions just perpetuate the problem. The ASA should be exterminated and the public allowed to learn from their mistakes that adverts are always lies.

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UK IT supplier placed on ASA naughty step over 'misleading' HDD ad

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2nd hand

So someone buys a 2nd hand hard drive and then complains when the drive is more 2nd hand than he first thought. Well boo-hoo, its a used hard drive. It could have been hammered for a few days or just spinning for 5 years. Which is better?

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Re: Duh

Your personal experience of the ASA clashes with mine. They come across as a wasteful useless organisation more interested in pushing a progressive liberal campaign than actually responding to complainants.

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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Confused

So he told the police what the password was and he still got jailed for refusing to tell them. I'm confused.

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ZX Spectrum REVIVED as Bluetooth keyboard

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Photo

Is it me, or does the photo show what looks like a cash register's keyboard (along with swipe card slot and manager/cashier security keys) rather than a Spectrum keyboard.

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

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Re: Ways around censorship

To AC @ 14:41

So you say that kids won't be able to find a way to get around blocks, but then prove your self wrong when you show that your kids can bypass the block by working from home. Isn't that working out a way round the block.

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Apple's iPhone plant didn't kill UNDERAGE TEEN factory worker

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Re: I think the problem is the working culture

And it was shown by Tim Worstall that the rate of death at FoxConn is lower than the US national rate. I know it's not quite fair to compare a single company with a country, but FoxConn is doing more than many other companies in China to look after their worker's health.

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Not Apple's fault underage kid lied to get job

No one is mentioning the underage aspect because the kid used a fake ID to get the job. So the company did all the right things in checking, but if someone lies, then all bets are off. There is a limit to what you can check for.

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Fisher-Price in hot seat: iPad bouncy chair lets APPLE BABYSIT tots – parents

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iPad vs plastic trinkets

So what's the difference between an iPad and a row of plastic trinkets held on a string, both inches in front of a child's face.

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Barclays Online OFFLINE: UK bank site, mobile app go titsup for the evening

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YouTube down too

youtube is down as well. Did Al Gore forget to keep up the payments on his invention?

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Microsoft's EAT-your-OWN-YOUNG management system AXED

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Fitting the bell curve

The Human Remains staff who thought the stack ranking system was a brilliant idea are some of the most stupid people around. The bell curve is a *result* of looking at a large population, it it not something you work to. They are doing it the wrong way round and it doesn't work for small teams. The bell curve will be a result of looking at the whole company, not teams.

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Right royal rumpus over remote-control 'RoboRoach'

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Psychopaths

This thought process that experimenting with animals leads to kids becoming psychopaths is based on the research that many psychopaths progressed from torturing animals to torturing humans. But many kids torture animals, especially bugs, at a young age, if allowed to play in the great outdoors. But it doesn't mean that they all become psychopaths. In fact very few do.

Thinking that because of something that a few people do means that it all people should be stopped from doing it is what those of limited intelligence profess as normal. When in reality the extreme and unconventional is that of the progressives who ban everything on the slightest whim.

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The 10 most INHUMAN bosses you'll encounter: A Reg reader's guide

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Re: Yup. That's me.

I'm multitasking. I'm waiting for a test to finish and reading about stuff in the IT world and keeping abreast of it. I've put down reading El Reg in my training folder as proof.

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HELIUM-FILLED disks lift off: You can't keep these 6TB BEASTS down

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Helium is a finite resource

No its not. Helium is created as a product of radiation from Uranium deep in the earth. It's common to find it in natural gas because it collects the same way gas collectes.

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RED planet, INDIAN mission: Space probe prepares for voyage to Mars orbit

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DfID

It's nice to know that our money that is being flung at India by DfID is being put to good use.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Digital is dead, long live digital

So FM is killed off by the stillborn DAB. But will digital still win out? I think it will with more and more listening to radio via the smartphones. So digital will still win out in the end, just not the way government planned. But then when has government planning ever worked?

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Comet ISON perhaps NOT GARBAGE after all - glows GREEN in latest snaps

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Global warming - another cause

OMG! Think of all that extra carbon landing in Earth's atmosphere when it passes through the remains of the tail. The world will heat up to temperatures of 1000°C. /sarc

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11m Chinese engulfed by 'Airpocalypse' at 4000% of safe pollution levels

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Re: Forget global warming

Yep, they need to move from the fossil fuel coal to the fossil fuel gas.

This is why we in the UK don't need to do anything to counter global warming. China produces a quarter of the world's CO2, we in the UK create 1%. Even if we shut down the whole country today the world's temperature wouldn't change.

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What the CUFF? Nokia shows how a smartwatch really OUGHT to work

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Wrist action

So lots of touching actions but nothing using the power of the wrist itself? I'm sure certain wrist actions could be made to do something useful.

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METEORITES, not MEN, are FROM MARS: NASA rover's shock discovery

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Greenpeace doom mongering

I'm just waiting for when Greenpeace claim that human activity will cause the Earth's atmosphere to dissipate. Tbey seem to blame everything on us pesky humans and would probably like humans to go extinct.

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Coming soon to Twitter: Inboxes BULGING with DMs from world+dog

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And it's a problem why?

If you don't like the DM's you can still block the person sending them.

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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Re: Credibility: Zero

And it shows that you haven't read the article on PRISM beyond the headline or understood the point.

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Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

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Actually he's very "with-it"

What's the point in deleting a tweet when everyone has seen it and screen grabbed it.

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Rubbish broadband drives Scottish people out of the Highlands

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Re: The modern day Clearance

Scotland should celebrate the clearances. It allowed all those people to go off and do wonderful things such as build America. If it wasn't for the clearances Scots would still be living by subsistence farming and looking for more handouts from the EU because they had not got off their arses.

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Re: News from the trenches

It's still the right question to ask. Why should the whole country sub your lifestyle choices. If you want to live out in the sticks and want to work in IT then you have to make a choice, move or pay more for your broadband. If that means your local community pays more for it's broadband because its out in the sticks, then so be it. If a company thinks its worthwhile to put in the infrastructure and thinks it can recover its costs over the long term, then let it - don't get the tax payer to subsidize such risky investments.

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

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Re: meanwhile back in the real world...

Well rant off to the writer of the article. He thinks he has a disability. He's even gone and got government help for it and that must mean its a proper disability.

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Re: meanwhile back in the real world...

As someone who used it to describe himself in a sarcastic tone I don't give two hoots about upsetting you. If you want to go around being offended at everything that's your problem.

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Re: meanwhile back in the real world...

You don't force the world to change to you in the first place.

The best managers are those who know their staff's strengths and weaknesses and work with that. The worst ones are those that try and squeeze every member of their staff through the same square hole even though some are round. If the manager can't cope with you, it's not your fault - its theirs. If it doesn't work for you, move to a job where it does work. You aren't entitled to the perfect job, you have to look for it and work for it.

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As someone who has certain Aspergers syndromes in my personality so could be classified as mentally disabled as I appear somewhere along the spectrum of the disorder I find the whole article puerile.

So what if someone has Aspergers. Other people have a squint. Yet others might have a problematic home life. Others might have a physical disability. Some people look and act totally normal but are psychopaths. Everyone is different. Work with that fact and work with that the person's abilities. So some people need close supervision, others can be told to get on with it. Some might need detailed lists, others can work with vague concepts and are in tune with their manager's thoughts. Everyone is different.

As for getting government help. No No No No No No No No and NO!

It's not a disease. It's who you are. You don't need to adjust, others do.

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

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Will the manual be read by competitors? Lawyers will say no.

I don't think it will it. I'm sure that engineers will be told to stay well clear of it. Companies do not want any hint, even the slightest, that they used a competitors information as it would provide ammunition in court cases. They will reverse engineer stuff that the public can get hold of, but they can't short cut the design by using the manual - the lawyers will be saying no.

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

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Re: Hydrogen Cycle

Why not? Because you don't want lots of H2 stored around your house. You think a gas leak is dangerous. What's a H2 leak going to be like. Kabooooom! big style. H&S would not allow it.

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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Re: Run As Administrator

Have you tried running Win8 as a normal user. Not nice. You need to be admin level (or at least be able to access the admin account) to do anything other than just browse the web or write documents/spreadsheets/adjust photos.

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Hypersonic 'scramjet' aims for Mach 8 test flight

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Re: Scramjets?

Or 1) Skylon, 2) Skylon, 3) Skylon.

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Still got mine

Mine's buried away in the loft but I do remember it working till the last drops of power in its PP3 battery died. Should try and dig it out. Probably worth, ooh, 99p now?

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