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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Re: petrochemicals -- just, not fossil fuels

"And we can burn as much of these as we like with impunity provided (a) we achieve clean burn, no nasty soot or carbon monoxide or hydrocarbon fragments"

This is practically impossible, there's no chance of controlling the mixture and flame propagation well enough to completely eliminate all of these in a piston engine, that's why catalytic convertors were mandated. You can minimise the undesirable carbon compounds by running a lean mixture but you make up for that by spewing out more NOx instead.

A fuel cell is the best bet for a clean hydrocarbon 'burn' because of the degree of control it gives you over the chemical reaction but then you'd get all the extraneous chemicals in affordable hydrocarbon fuels trying to poison or cack up the fuel cell.

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PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

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Re: Optional

Just had the bizarre thought that it's so big even the light in the photon sphere will take about 15 days to orbit it...

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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Re: What's 3nders game?

OKcupid is free for all (so you can message people for free) with charges for premium features. Core demographic seems to be twentysomethings.

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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Re: I call shenanigans.

The glove went for 1p, lol. I always inflate the postage charges slightly to cover the eBay and PayPal fees when I'm doing a penny auction otherwise you can actually lose money on a sale.

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I call shenanigans.

I've unloaded close a £1k of old crap on eBay over the years, including a solitary left glove I found in the pocket of a dead man's bike jacket that came with a bike I bought off autotrader. It's no harder to use (when you can actually log in to it) now than it was when I started. They even have promotions specifically for low volume sellers although you get bummed on the fees if you're not a business seller.

The only significant change for amateur sellers is the new postage pricing which will be handy once I've actually managed to set up all the prices, lol.

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Re: John Savard Watch the Funny Man!

To me, it looks like 'traditional black farming' is just Mugabe's cover story. He's deliberately crippled agriculture (usually, when the farms get taken over they're gifted to one of his cronies and asset-stripped) and the monetary system in order to keep the populace weak and create a dependence on his regime.

Food scarcity ensures that people spend much more of their efforts on acquiring their next meal and less on things that might be detrimental to the regime a la the Ministry of Plenty and (this is a pretty wild guess) imported food should be easier to control the distribution of than locally-grown stuff, ensuring that regions with more Mugabe supporters get fed better.

Hyperinflation can also be worked to an advantage. The moment a trillion-Zimbabwean Dollar note is printed it starts to lose buying power. The older that note is, the less you can buy with it. This means that the people closest to the mint (Mugabe's followers) are automatically wealthier than people further away from it, thus creating a dependence on the Mugabe Bunch.

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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"That meant the pilot had to get the jet into the air without scraping the tail on the runway."

As other people have implied, this is exactly the opposite of what the pilot would be facing- not being able to get the nose up leading to the aircraft charging down the runway at 200mph.

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Nevada to host Tesla gigafactory: reports

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Re: More power to them..

I think that's pretty much what the plan is.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Re: Economists solving the problems the last one caused

For bonus points, in BradMet the housing benefit cheques go straight to the landlord. That's how my housemate ended up paying rent (after he'd started a job) while his landlord was, unbeknown to him, simultaneously cashing his housing benefit cheques when BradMet comprehensively failed to stop his benefits after he told them he'd started a job. 3 times. Though he ignored my advice of telling them in writing by recorded delivery.

Out of him and the landlord, guess which one BradMet pursued for benefit fraud and demanded repayment from.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: SICKING, DISGUSTING WATCHING!

Full marks for creativity in your attempt to both inspire a reunion of another 90's group I want to forget and living out your sexual fantasy re. them.

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Re: Depression kills.

It also gives you negative recall bias so you'll have difficulty remembering anything positive and your usual confirmation bias, combined with a depressed mood, will make you focus on anything negative and disregard positive things. It's not always as simple hearing nice things about yourself.

You can have everything and still not have your health, including your mental health.

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Network hijacker steals $83,000 in Bitcoin ... and enough Dogecoin for a cup of coffee

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Re: Not just bitcoin has value.

"...or a laughing stock"

Or, as they're known in cryptocurrency forums, shitcoins.

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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"Top speed is limited to 87mph (140kmph) in the interests of power saving."

...and also of not melting the motor controller and setting fire to the battery pack.

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Re: Maybe not the whole car....

They've been available on Fords for over a decade. However, the durability is crap (the tiny wires gradually break so that strips of the windscreen cease to be heated) and my parents have had a car come straight from the factory with a few duff wires in the heated windscreen.

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Flamewars in SPAAACE: cooler fires hint at energy efficiency

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Re: "heptane-based fuel"

The best bit about that sketch was the petrol-cheese switch on the back of the robot :D

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"heptane-based fuel"

errrr... petrol?

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Patience

The cops will still be sifting through the cack on their puters before working out what to charge them with. There's limited resource and suspected terrorists (and probably fraudsters too) are further up the priority list.

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Re: Retro...

I might've mixed it up with that. However, the addresses are read off the packages by machine vision (supplemented by humans to cope with my mother's handwriting) for the automated sorting machinery so you already know which sorting office it entered the postal system at (pinning down the probable source to a particular region) and the destination; filling up a database with that info is all that's missing.

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Re: Retro...

Royal Mail keeps a database of where every item was posted from and the recipient. Handy for traffic analysis.

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Re: What is the solution?

There is psychological help; people caught with teh CP are now more likely to be put on probation with a treatment course (there's an Internet Sex Offenders Treatment Programme) than in previous years. They still get a criminal record and got on the Sex Offender's Register, though. Obviously, if they're making it or distributing it (especially for gain) they'll get the book thrown at them. It's akin to sending junkies to rehab while putting the hammer down on the dealers and manufacturers.

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New Russian law punishes online 'extremism'

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"5 year plans"... ...Russian automobiles

Seems to be about how long they last, unless they're fibreglass. Though Lada Nivas keep rolling with horrendous tinworm, if autotrader is to be believed.

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Going out on a limb here...

With the assumption that you'll be able to post whatever you like as long as you're in Nashi.

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Star Wars: These are the 'unknown' actors we were looking for

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"Disney and Lucasfilm are, of course, saying nothing about the plot"

'cos there isn't one.

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

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You can recycle energy as well

Manufacturing glass from raw materials is way more energy intensive than recycling it so by recycling glass you reduce the total energy required for manufacturing new glass things. In a sense, you're recycling the energy that was put into processing the raw materials into raw glass.

Paper recycling, however, is more about saving the trees.

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Chip and SKIM: How dodgy crypto can leave shoppers open to fraud

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Can't wait...

...to see how netmums reacts to the discovery that chip&PIN terminals create nonces.

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

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Gooooooowld

Why are so many prototype science experiments made of gold?

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Scots team builds SONIC SCREWDRIVER to repair damaged nerves

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Re: Cumming tartan?

*cough* urologist *cough*

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

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Needs sounds effects...

...of Chekov doing the warp countup from Star Trek IV as it approaches maximum speed.

Also, why the hell do they need pressure adjustment? Is the lift airtight? Are the dynamic pressure effects so great when a lift is travelling at that speed?

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Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

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Re: Getting as bad as motorcycle and car shows

I had a different misheard version:

Get up in de morning, making de breakfast,

So dat every mouth can be fed.

Oh,

Oh,

Me ears are alight, yeah.

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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Putting the 'sink'

...in 'heatsink'.

Since reactor waste (including the knackered reactor) is usually buried, why not just cut out the disassembly stage and build the reactor in an underground cavern? Once it's had it, remove all the parts you want to keep and fill the voids with rubble and concrete. Dead reactor buried.

You'd have to pick your geology carefully but no more carefully than any waste storage site and the only operational risk this would introduce is the cavern flooding or bits falling off the ceiling in an earthquake. The cavern itself would shield the reactor from impact by energetic objects and the outside world from the reactor's gamma emissions.

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Re: .. Fukishima Residents Never Allowed Home?

"Greenpeace say 200,000 excess caner deaths."

What the hell were the Chernobylese caning?

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Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers

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Re: living a lie

It would be fair to assume that as soon as anything threatens the wealth of their estates they would become as self-serving as anyone else. However, they seem less likely to browbeat the country into military misadventures than anyone else that's been in No.10 recently.

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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

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asbestos plume of rickets

What a delightful name.

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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Re: Mumsnet: "By parents for parents"

"#PenisBeaker, how did I miss that?"

By good fortune/the Grace of God/Inshallah/his Noodley Appendage/$DEITY.

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Re: Mumsnet: "By parents for parents"

"Wasn't there some story on there about spaffing in a cup by the bed though?"

It was someone's story about her husband washing his nob in a glass of water post-boning. Not just once but as a matter of routine. It went viral.

PROBABLY NSFW, I DAREN'T CHECK.

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/mumsnet_classics/a1875847-Do-you-dunk-your-penis

...and the reactions

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/09/penis-beaker-mumsnet-thread-washing-after-sex_n_4070874.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/10367709/Mumsnet-creaks-under-the-strain-of-penis-beaker.html

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Information of value

Was there actually any to extract from mumsnet?

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GoPro's new lens: Like a GOOGLE STREETMAPS car... for your life

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Re: An actual use for this

Yeah, nobody buys a GoPro for that. I was thinking along the lines of the cheaper, less branded crashcams that are knocking about. You could do this with a smaller mirror if the optics were completely custom made for it instead of it having to work with the existing GoPro optics but it's probably cheaper to use an ultra-wide angle lens and a second camera pointing in the opposite direction to the first.

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An actual use for this

Would be dashcams. They're usually point forwards or straight back so they won't get a good shot of you being t-boned. A 300 degree field of view would also be useful for cameras mounted on motorcycles by ignoring the portion of the FOV that would be obscured by the rider. Similarly, 180 degree FOV would be useful for cameras mounted on the side of a helmet. I think the size would be a problem for helmet mounting, though.

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Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

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Re: Helium is *very* hard to seal systems against

I'd rather have a hydrogen leak than some of the other propellants like hydrazine. At least it's effectively non-toxic (with a lower toxicity than oxygen) and disperses quickly, leak detection is probably a pain in the arse though.

Are SpaceX using LHe to cool the LO2 tanks?

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Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon's brutal scale in annual letter

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One thing I love about Amazon operating separate national websites in Europe...

...is multilingual shopping around. The websites might separate but the backend logistics isn't. Find a product you want and then check if the price (after currency conversion and conversion fees) works out cheaper on amazon.de/.es/.fr. I bought a fancy monitor off amazon.es and it was shipped from *drumroll* Milton Keynes.

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TripAdvisor for the disabled: Euan's Guide quietly launches

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Internet entrepeneurs

This is how you're s'posed to do it.

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Major tech execs fling cash at heretical AI company Vicarious

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Countdown begins...

...for the first comment referencing Terminator.

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Samsung slurps up full charge in 30 seconds with bio-battery

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Re: What you sayin' about battery size, el Reg?

If you want a self defence phone, the titanium shelled Nokia 8910 is probably a good choice for hurting people. Being olde worlde phones, they're also small enough grasp properly so you can put some force behind them without them flying out of your hand.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Re: Just what are they droning on about?

Yes but it would be treachery for any Comrade of the People's Republic to use the decadent West's search tools.

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"North Korea has developed UAVs capable of attacking ground targets"

They obviously stole the design from somewhere, probably Tamiya.

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Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air

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We have sown the wind...

...and now we shall... *splutter* ...reap the... *wheeze*

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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I think I'll start selling...

...homeopathic distilled water. I could make my fortune!

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Terminator-maker 'Cyberdyne Inc' lists on Tokyo stock exchange

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I wanted to register Omni Consumer Products...

...and bid for one of the Police support contracts that Westminster put out but someone's beaten me to the name-

http://www.omniconsumerproductscorporation.com/

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Slingshot around the Moon might do it

If you're not bothered about the outer planets. I guess you'd wind up in a solar orbit of around 1AU mean distance but at such a close distance to the Sun you'd be able to use solar sails to adjust your orbit fairly effectively.

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

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Re: BitCoin or passwords?

BTC mining on anything other than ASICs is dead as of last year. Scrypt currency mining on GPUs is just about viable but the leccy consumption will eat a lot of your coins. I mined about £100 of various things (when converted to BTC and then GBP) in 6 weeks on a pair of GTX670s before giving up.

Scrypt ASICs are going to appear this year so GPU mining will be dead before Pascal hits the shelves.

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