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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: Perhaps someone could buy the hand in a fleamarket

Now the clone-and-subvert angle would have the possibility of making an interesting storyline. Which is why it would never happen.

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Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT

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Re: Confused on the motivation...

No. It is about being independent of NASA's facilities, and not having to wrangle around for launch slots. Besides that, he needs his own site, as NASA will most definitely throw a fit if he tries to land his rockets at their facilities...

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Re: I would not be so sure

Given Musk's known streak of geeky humor?...... Soon™... ;)

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Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

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Re: Oh dear...

reality proof? economics? Bwahahahahahaaaa!..

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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unsurprised, but ...really?

people simply bend over and take this in britain?

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Boffins urge European Commission to reboot electric brain project

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Re: Where's the cheese?

Not that much later as you'd think.... There's very little difference between a mouse brain and a human brain. The differences are mostly a matter of size/capacity of specific areas.

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Islamic terror peril hits US giants' phone wallets

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Re: ISIS's name confuses me anyway

because the poor old lady is defenseless, and a couple of wiccans waving natural incense around doesn't purify enough to stop bullets and shells.

Never forget that Religion has always been best promoted with Ponty Bits.

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Wannabe Startup CEOs Hate This Guy: Potato Salad man and the $60k

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Re: Will he really make a huge profit though?

ah.... but the point of the whole exercise is that it's an investment... No actual guarantees.

The art at the base of Kickstarter ( and like setups) is to find the few gold nuggets in the field. You simply don't have to have oodles of cash lying around to participate in the same amount of risk.

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It's alive! Space hackers fire up zombie Sun probe's engines

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just... awsum :)

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LIFE on Titan: If there's one thing aliens HATE, it's a SALTY BALL

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ummmm...

Could be me, but there's a slew of present-day procaryotes that would quite happily live and thrive under Titan's icy surface, under the conditions described.

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

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Re: According to other boffins, won't work, other effects.

Well for one, you would get a rather serious change in local precipitation since , if effective, the walls will prevent the mixing of the air masses altogether with rather profound results. And very likely: very profound results that will disrupt and damage the local environment more than the tornadoes cruising through at the moment.

I'd love to see a precipitation model based on blockage like that. I bet a beer there will be some more dustbowls in sight soon.

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Google's Oculus-defying VR headset is made of CARDBOARD – no joke

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It lacks..

Duct tape.

It simply isn't a proper hack if it doesn't use copious amounts of duct tape.

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

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uh-huh....

I would like to suggest to mr. Holder that he takes his proposition , folds it until it's all corners, and shoves it where the Sun don't Shine.

"Holder said the Obama administration would put forth legislation to offer EU citizens the same data protection rights and access to the courts under law as US citizens, …"

We've seen what those rights entail nowadays. Thankyouverymuch.

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Shine on you crazy diamond: Distant dwarf may hide space jewel

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Re: Dense diamond

unless you have invented some new kind of physics, and found new ways to stack carbon atoms without collapsing the nucleus, you'll find that the diamond inside that star will have just about the same density as here on earth.

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TIME TRAVEL TEST finds black holes needed to make photons flit

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Re: Overly complicated

They better be nice... Given that they are obviously able to survive being near the event horizon of a black hole, and all that entails...

I for one welcome...etc..

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EFF wants you to open your Wi-Fi to IMPROVE privacy

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Re: Been doing it for years - only three baddies @ big_D

While your comment on german law and liability is technically true, a bit of digging shows it doesn't work that way. In fact up to the highest federal level the opinion seems to be that public WLANs, unless specifically set up to perform illegal acts, are nothing but a connectivity portal service, and that as such the operator cannot be held responsible for actions of a third party.

From what I read it's a matter of the law not having caught up with technical reality, and the issue being well known in the legal circuit. The good and the bad, since plastering cease-and-desist notices seems to be a bit of a lucrative hobby with some law firms.

But while a connectivity scheme like this would technically put some people at risk, practice is that the proposed setup ( essentially one box providing two services, one public, the other private) would not get you into trouble if used as intended.

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Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

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Re: Sensors

Still... Would you take the risk?

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

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Re: WTF? "Sun level" @ AC

Stop encouraging them....:p

oh wait... ;)

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Apple files patent for camera lens controlled by 'artificial muscle'

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@ fluffy bunny

That's it, isn't it? Both the iris and the focussing have been done in the lab, and as far as my fuzzy memory serves, the methods for the polymers and at least the iris have been patented. The lens focussing is debatable since it's just about the first thing anyone with anatomical knowledge will think of when being able to play with artificial muscle. It's a squid eye, makes for a neat demonstration to backers. To my taste this falls within the Obvious category, the USPTO's....well...

Scaling up to mass production would be tricky and worthy of a patent, but I don't see any methods regarding that included. Just the usual "we'll get there when we figure it out" fluff.

Their track record may have made me suspicious, but to me this still looks like your average Apple patent trying to cover a beermat idea on Lawyerese and hot air.

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US Supremes UPHOLD troll-busting Alice v CLS Bank decision

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This could be fun...

"Simply appending conventional steps, specified at a high level of generality, to a method already 'well known in the art' is not 'enough' to supply the 'inventive concept' needed to make this transformation," the court said in its opinion.

"The introduction of a computer into the claims does not alter the analysis."

Exchange "computer" with "mobile device"..... When is someone going to have Fun with Apple's sheaf of patents?

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Luxembourg patent troll suing world+dog

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Re: How the hell

"Did any of these things get patented?"

Simples... Apple has almost made a career out of it: $[text] + "on a mobile device". Rinse, repeat. The USPTO will stamp it. Lawyers will cackle with glee and plan their next expansion to their mansion.

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Re: Perfect Opportunity

You disappoint me Don Jefe.. You're proposing to bomb a poor old grandma whose only "crime" is to maintain a mail address and forward anything sent to that mailbox to a given address, thus adding to her pension and giving her some cash to buy her grandchildren some goodies. It's one of Luxembourg's main national industries, the country is too small to do much of anything else.

A person of your stature should at least be able to trace the maze of interconnected shell companies behind the official entity, and deploy the Wrath of God™ swiftly and decisively on the real spider in the web.

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Canada to Google: You can't have your borderless cake and eat it too

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Re: Be careful what you wish for

yup.. The judge pointed out that Google ( and not just Google) is quite capable of not returning results on [X] when the originating request falls within the legal borders of [Y], leaving the rest of the world alone.

I have the suspicion this is exactly what Google must do on a regular basis to filter stuff where things like differing Legal Age and other such considerations come into play anyway to avoid ...Unpleasantness.

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Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099

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Re: You're right for the wrong reasons...

"Not a model I'd recommend for Photoshop but fine for typical home use of email, browsing, writing letters etc."

You do realise you can do that ( and even "photoshop".... Since when do you need an i5 and übergraphics to touch up your pics?) on the low end Intel machines, using only the on-chip graphics provided? And then some...

If a "budget" Mac makes you drop enough cash to buy any one of the middle of the road gaming rigs outright, for no other purpose than "Average Joe Activities" , you have to wonder about the sanity of the buyer.

Oh wait....Fanbois...

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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charging customers..

And "normal" banks don't do so? Over here in the Lowlands, private accounts pay a small amount quarterly for the bank to Process Your Stuff and supply you with a bank card. Commercial accounts pay a handling fee on top of each transaction. Pretty minute individually, racking up quite a bit with a couple of million accounts...

Any profit from that income could easily be the base for the Other Types of Banking while still not touching/endangering your customers' money, at all..

Starting it all up is a biatch though.

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

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or maybe....

They could simply request knowledge input from the actual delivery men who tend to be locals, and know their area... oh wait.. They all got fired because they became Dangerously Knowledgeable, and upset or ignored the System.

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Elon Musk: Just watch me – I'll put HUMAN BOOTS on Mars by 2026

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Re: Lost Science or the Register has lost the meaning of the category

Umm.. last time I checked Elon Musk has made electric cars more-or-less practical/feasible, and managed to build space-going vessels. Or rather, made sure some pretty clever people got the opportunity to do so. And continues to do so. Because, you know, It Can Be Done.

It may not be Science, but it is some damned good applied science and solid Engineering that's behind all this, and as such fits quite well where Vulture Central placed it.

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People will happily run malware if paid ONE CENT – new study

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Re: So people are gullibe and will do anything for a profit?

In other news: gravity is still working.

I'm actually not surprised by the increase in infections in "secure" ( patched and Scanned/Firewalled) systems. Most PCs are set up by OEMs to patch and update automatically, with at least a decent free-version virus scanner/firewall combo, so even if a user is a total airhead, the system itself *should* more or less take care of itself.

This, however also makes the "increase" in infected systems rather irrelevant, since the executable clearly needed user interaction to the point where it needed to get specific permissions to run, so the actual state of protection of the users' machine is rather moot. The only way to protect the system against that kind of behaviour is allowing the user no system at all.

I must say though that the ...expectation.. the researchers have about any user having a clue at all about "processes running on their system" is rather laughable. The amount of processes and services that are set to start automatically, even from completely legal and logical software, is insane. Windows 7 is pretty well behaved, the mainstream AVs as well, but all the other stuff? Crud and fluff that eats memory, loads at startup and does "nothing" , and is a biatch to disable. ( some Adobe stuff needs a trip to services *and* registry to make it behave... And resets registry and services every time an update is offered ( not installed (!) ) ). And a normal user doesn't even know what "Services" are....

Then there's spywareeermm sorry "Toolbars" that every other commonly accepted as "safe" software company flogs as part of the install process, "system checkers" as part of a normal install process that run in a separate install, and a minor sheaf of other stuff that will all pop up warnings from your system and that you have to click through to ignore as part of a normal install process. All from Big Names, and universally regarded as "safe".

So the average user is not only unaware of what his/her system actually runs, but is also trained to hit the Ignore button on any warning popup his system presents to him, by the very companies that should have at least a passing interest in making sure the users' system is relatively safe and clean, if only to "enhance the Experience"...

If there's any surprise, it's the sheer arrogance and/or cluelessness of the "researchers" in this case.

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We'll PROBE Pluto's MOON CRACKS for mystery ocean – NASA

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Re: "the one-time planet (now characterised as an a "dwarf planet")"

In about a year we can expect pictures... and measurements and...stuff....

I for one am just about as excited as I was when I was a wee lad and the Voyager pics of Jupiter came out. We. Get. To. See. Them. Something I didn't expect to happen in my lifetime.

The bearded chairwarmers at the official institutions can define stuff all they want. I want pics!

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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Re: external?

Well yes, technically it is, since the packets have left British Jurisdiction, and can, in a really narrowminded view, be seen as "foreign communication" , which *is* within the purview of any intelligence agency.

The fact that there's a sheaf of (inter)national laws and agreements that country of origin of both sender and recipient is, in fact, the determining factor whether or not internet communication is "national" or not, means bugger all to them, of course.

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Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

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Re: Bible Thumpers Rejoice

You don't need this stuff foor Flood "explanation". At all. The post-glacial icewall floods are pretty well recorded, took place all along the line of the ice wall, and are quite visible when you know what to look for. And they took place well within range of our racial memory.

The only problem for the biblethumpers is that they happened more than 6000 years ago, so they either have to ignore them, or admit their basic calculation is wrong.

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Re: But I read pretty much exactly that about 10 years ago? @ Destroy All Monsters

Well geologic research of this level moves at ...well... the same type of speed. It looks to me that this is a refinement of an existing theory, made possible by the next level of "how much pressure/temperature can we generate to simulate this? " technology.

And in all honesty. In the modern world where most people can't remember what happened last month, something that was published a decade ago might as well be "news". It's not as if any other industry recycles the same old themes every other couple of years...

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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Ah yes.. something like the original name of Tilbury Uni in the Netherlands when they bumped it up from a glorified grade school in the '90's. ( Katholic University of Tilbury = KUT = C....well you can guess... ;) )

They rather quickly changed it, but it stuck. The fact that it has no science faculty whatshowever and "specialises" in Humanities and Business may have helped there.

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Han Solo headed for lengthy stay in bacta tank after Bay Door Control cockup

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depressing, @ Rob

"I wonder how HGTG Marvin would describe the Star Wars doors, they are hardly depressing ;-)"

Unless they close down... ;)

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: Lower CO2 emissions maybe

Given that the CO2 from the concrete is released at ground level it will be consumed rather expediently by the local plant life, methinks. It's a slow-release process, not a carbon bomb..

As far as the methane argument goes.. as far as I can tell, most of the Amazon flood plain ( for starters, any natural flood plain works like this..) is one huge methane factory by the same "logic". Yet I do not hear the Hippies about canalising and controlling that to "reduce methane emissions".

The Hippies used to have a point, but they've degenerated into a rabid political tool.

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: So which is it? @ Tim

I'm sure it would be the other way around, if they're smart....

About two months later the first n3kk1d mods will appear..

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Don't forget to add an applicable shade of autism and a healthy disdain for "everybody knows" types of knowledge. Boffins will niggle at an idea if it appeals to them, no matter what anybody else thinks.

If and when Boffins use statistics, they use it as a checking tool ( remember the Higgs 5-Sigma wait?....) , not as a means to an end.

A true boffin will have a "shed" ( may range from actual shed to fully fledged transsylvanian castle + Igor) where he can and will pursue his passion if left unattended. This may be why they tend to have some form of in-house staff with full authority to run their lives, lest they forget to feed themselves.

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Glacier's hot butt melts ice, boffins say

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Re: I can just hear the GW deniers ....

"So before you AGW deniers say anything..." FTFY

I think you'll find preciously few people, especially among the ones with an education in fields and disciplines touching the subject, actually denying that our planet is warming up, and that this will have effects on a wide scale. You will find plenty that think the anthropogenic factor in this is currently mildly to wildly (ymmv) overrated in the models.

But hey... torches and pitchforks for the Heretics all the way.

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

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Not really... You must be very, very clever to be this stupid deliberately.

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Marc Andreessen: Edward Snowden is a 'textbook traitor'

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Re: get over it!

Dear AC, your point is rather moot. I really doubt there's anyone with half a brain on this globe that expects a Spying Agency to do anything else but toe the line, and sometimes cross it. It's inherent in the business. Spais need to be able to Spai, else they simply cannot do their job.

However, you can expect that an agency like that will at least keep to its government-given mandate, and not cross those lines. Most working governments ( which sadly does not include the U.S.) will have review processes in place where duly elected officials do indeed check regularly whether or not those lines are crossed. Thus the status quo is maintained.

The NSA** not only crossed the lines of its mandate, it completely ignored it. And its Nations' Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Watergate Scandal is a kindergarten accident compared to the sheer scale of this activity, and people are rightly concerned and even furious about it.

Edward Snowden saw this, and decided to reveal this to the world. He did not show all and sundry that the NSA did spy-stuff. He showed the world, but specifically the people of his nation, that one of their government agencies had grossly ignored its mandate, and basically gone rogue under an ineffectual control mechanism.

That is not the work of a traitor. That is the work of a conscientious citizen of a nation. Given the fact that he is *still* at risk of the actions of the agency, and its government puppets, one could even argue a mild case of heroism.

** Insert the british subdivision where needed.

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IBM, HP, others admit products laced with NORK GOLD

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gold...

Isn't that the most-recycled metal on the planet?

As soon as a gold bar is not freshly dug up, extracted, and cast in a known factory in an "approved" nation, there's a good chance it will contain traces of grave robbery, war, murder, slave trade, genocide, and all the other inventive things the human race has inflicted on his fellows over the course of human history.

So far for "ethics".

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

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Re: Qubits

Oh, secure encryption may be part of why large sums of dosh are tossed towards it. Unlike the Higgs, this stuff may well have practical applications.

The real clincher is, however, that there's obviously something about the Universe we live in we still don't understand yet, and quantum entaglement is one of the ways to probe physically into parts of our reality we otherwise cannot touch.

It's one of the "Hey, that's odd..." things in real hardcore science, and that alone is worth tossing some $ into.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

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Re: I miss real bacon..

I can see your problem....

You're confusing "Sidney" with "Australia". Sort of 'Murricans do with $country and "Europe". I had no problems at all getting my grubby hands on proper bacon when I was gallivanting around Queensland a set of years ago.

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Facebook wants MORE EXPLICIT SHARING

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Re: "hide all future posts from this source"

Oh , it does exist.. It's actually easier than running through the hoops the game developers create to reach privacy settings. It's only two clicks on the first annoying spam "update-o-mercial' on your wall.

Which is why FB is probably clamping down on the game developers, since most people who actually actively use FB for Useful Stuff ( amazing, but it can be used sort-of-productively..) have a blocked list worth half a rainforest if it was ever printed out.

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

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Re: Of all the privacy violations to worry about

Actually it shouldn't be. Rather right at the top.

This tech is *relatively* mild when it comes to treating any form of privacy with both it's hobnailed boots, but as has been pointed out above, it's also quite compatible with current privacy intruding tech that's already Out There. It's *really* easy data to network and collate, to a level that even Government is not allowed to do by law. ( At least.... mine is...)

But the machines may not be commercially viable. It may well be the operational costs are too high for the things to ever be profitable, especially if you have to replace them every other day.

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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Re: No science

Not exactly... Science does need to provide a smoking gun to prove the "A" in AGW.

The "Anthropogenic" bit in the theory is crucial to just about everything. It states that human behaviour is a major, if not near-exclusive contributor to the current change in climate, and to make that stick there needs to be positive proof that this is indeed the case, and to which extent exactly.

So far, climate science has simply failed to do this to any degree of scientific standard. The "Anthropogenic factor" has not been quantified enough to tell whether it has an accelerating or even decelerating effect on the global warming that is happening anyway because we're still in the full swing of an interglacial period, and have just emerged from a period of extremely low global temperatures ( affectionately known as the "little ice age") .

So yes, until the "A" is properly quantified , AGW is a political tool and not Science

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Beijing to Washington: Ratted-out routers not welcome here

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Re: Where did the word "Corruption" and "Treason" went?

"French movies from the late Noir period"

There's your answer... The only "censorship" involved is that movies of that bent only appeal to well... hardly anyone.

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BT and Neul ink gov-funded deal: Milton Keynes to be test bed for Internet of Stuff

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Dunno about city or town. All I ever remember people saying about that place is in the "wouldn't be caught dead there" ** category.

** Various forms of slang and/or expletives may have coloured this. It sure expanded my english vocabulary in a way my english teachers did not appreciate.

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

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Re: Campfire

And you were bloody lucky the glowing embers that were blown around didn't set your campsite ablaze...

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China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

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Couple of other things that help...

The sheer amount of people in China and a rather distinct stratification in wealth makes that China itself can source cheap employees that US/Europe has to outsource for. So that money stays within the system.

The Coöp structure works very well in a culture that places the collective before the individual, as in most of Asia. As opposed to the culture of the holy sanctity of the individual that is the norm in US/Europe.

Building on that, there's the bit where you tend to get more "Company Loyalty" when your job *and* your investment is dependent on the success of the company. There's a couple of coops chugging along happily in Europe that I'm aware of, and they usually started up after investment companies did a strip-and-sell of otherwise economically feasable businesses. ( another large difference in finance and "profitability" attitude there...) . The model certainly discourages the usual Slacking Off in the Boss' Time attitude that's rather prevalent in the Western World...

Also, people never learn from history... China has been the dominant factor in Asia for over a millennium, if not close to two millennia, and has at quite a few points in history been more technologically advanced than the "West". You can dislike the way their culture or politics are organised, but they sure as hell are not, and have never been technologically "backwards", and they certainly always have been able to capitalise on new technological developments. It's what made the nation last all these centuries.

Yet people are surprised that they get their hands on Stuff, and learn how to use and produce said Stuff within a decade... Silly..

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