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Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it

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You can only sue if you can prove the council has received sufficient warning about the pot-hole being there. In all other cases they will simply claim "we have x thousand yards of road to maintain, this pothole was not there at our last inspection x days ago. We have not received any warning from anyone else" A judge will then probably go with them on this as a council cannot reasonably be expected to inspect all roads within its district every day.

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Re: And thats the end of the fitness tracker market then

The device itself might not, but it's most likely linked to a smartphone or desktop app on an internet connected device. And this might "send anonymous data for product improvement".

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And thats the end of the fitness tracker market then

Who would want to buy/wear such a device daily if it means your daily pattern of activity is available to many third parties, and probably (as queasy rider points out) available to insurers and law-enforcement, whether they need it or not.

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Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search

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I for one will NOT be using Yahoo!

Yahoo! search sucks even bigger hairy donkey balls than google. A lot of people WILL be changing the default to something/anything else.

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HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rocking boffin Brian Cox

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Re: Wheres the ambition?

They are planning a relatively deep core drilling, which requires a lot of extra equipment over a single core drill. I doubt they would be able to get this to work in the 70s. However, I agree making it a stationary station kind of dulls the whole thing to less than meh.

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Re: HUMAN DNA to be FOUND ON MOON

Not so much flung as carefully placed some distance away from the LM in the hopes the blast of the ascend engine wouldn't fling it all over the surface.

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'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal

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Independant?

Yeah right. A committee set up with US funding, through US law, by the US government is going to be independant...

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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sattelite spying sattelite?

Maybe they are putting maneuverable sats in place to spy on the next x-37 craft while in orbit? Id bet the ruskies are rather interested in getting a close up of it and other american spy sats.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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Good bye Philae

And thanks for all the science.

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Pics in SPAAAACE!: Hasselblad sells for $275,000

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Re: And they said

I was going to say the same thing as those guys up there.

If you really don't do anything with them they are probably worth a pretty penny. Especially if the lenses havend yellowed with age.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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It's a scale model

of the gigantic planet destroying spaceship they are building.

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NASA launches new climate model at SC14

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Nature run, so?

So how wel does the calculated data compare to the real word data measured in the same time period? I can't really find much data on that.

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British drones target ISIS for the first time

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Good riddance

I realise people got killed and someone might have lost a loved one, but if they were indeed ISIS fighters: Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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NASA floats million-dollar airship prize for 20-20-20 vision

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Re: 20kg payload?

Probably the reason that airships are never going to be really succesful. They are just too large and cumbersome for most operations. (The problem in designing most flying craft is not just the flying bit. Its the "getting back to the ground in one piece" that requires a lot of thought)

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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Still wondering why

Why would the cops take down doxbin? It doesn't seem particularly interesting over any of the other similar sites. Seems like a bit of a waste of resources.

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Elon Musk hits the brakes on Tesla's e-SUV Model X production

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Re: Crossover point

"Errr, boss, we accidentally mounted the modelX on top of the new Dragon Heavy and the Dragon capsule to a ModelX frame..."

"And the car engineers won't share the modelX. Its not fair!"

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

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Kill, overkill, who cares

The parcel was probably going to get destroyed one way or another. Maybe some bomb disposal guy decided what's worth doing is worth overdoing.

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Pay-by-bonk 'glitch' means cards can go kaching-for-crims

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Re: And yet...

@sisk,

Unfortunately there are no Dutch banks that DO offer a non-nfc card.

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And yet...

the lovely young lady behind the counter at my local bank office looked at me funny when I told her I didn't WANT a pay-by-bonk enabled card. (Unfortunately they don't provide any other. And even force me to use the new card well before the expiry date of the old one. Without warning me. The only option is to turn "contactless payment" off on the website and trust them on their pretty blue eyes it won't actually work)

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That 'TECH-FREE' Nophone? It was already out years ago

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Space Oddity redux: Hadfield's cover back for two years

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Not the legal matters

I suspect the problem is not as much in the "simple" legal matter of getting permission from mr. Bowie, but in the number of people involved in getting that permission (NASA and several space agencies were mentioned, I suspect theres a couple more dozen organizations that have a say in the matter)

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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Re: Dear Sony.

Problem being you then have an 16 GB Iphone...

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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Exactly the reason they wheel out these "experts" instead of actual experts. Because the actual experts just tell them to get lost as there is nothing interesting to say at this time.

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Re: Why are these guys even in charge?

Their first conclusion upon looking at the tapes was that the feather mechanism was unlocked but not deployed.

Thats not a final conclusion for a crash investigation. Thats only a first step. It explains the direct, immediate start of the events that led to the in flight breakup. It does not explain the cause. The cause is the reason WHY the pilot did what he did. If a procudure involving the pilot performing that action is correct, clear and beyond interpretation. An air crash investigation means finding the ultimate root cause beyond the mechanical bits and the "he did that". It looks to find the reason and the procedure that led to the mechanical bit or the "he did that" and then aims to prevent them.

Heck, even a simple "well that was stupid of me" moment I had a while back took a 2 hour form filling session and leads to several hours of investigation from the civil aviation authorities. (I didn't lock the canopy of my glider properly, it opened in flight and nearly killed me)

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Virgin's SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave Desert during test flight

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Re: Black Box

Most likely it was fitted with about a gazillion data loggers. They were conducting test flights on the new engine after all.

My heartfelt condolances to the family of the deceased pilot and best wishes to the pilot and his family who is still alive. Lets hope he pulls through swiftly.

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China set to be buried under mountain of surplus robots, warns biz chap

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Forced automation is going to create a bubble no matter what

Automation for Automations sake is just nog going to work. Righ now, for many applications human labour is just cheaper than the investment required to automate the work. Forcing automation on that kind of job then means a lot of people are out of a job. You might boost productivity a little bit, but the negative effects on the economy of all those jobless people is going to far outweigh the positives.

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China lunar mission readies for return to Earth

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I suspect fake

The angles, lighting, focus and relative size just seem a little off to me. But then again, I am not an astronomer or photo expert.

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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Re: Exqueeze me, but...

In the second case it also deletes data completely unrelated to the function of the device or the driver. So yes, there is a difference

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easy to fix for an typical end user, no. Easy to fix to anybody with some knowledge of electronics, like the vendor, yes. The process control system in his factory probably keeps working, the FTDI chip handles communication with a computer for diagnostics or readout, but only performs control functions in terribly designed systems.

Harm to persons from an RS232 widget going bad??? Seriously? I've had these cables go bad from just being looked at funny. These things are just not EVER used in a function where they are responsible for human safety. EVER. And if they are you have bigger problems than a driver borking a cable. (Most cables would be unaffected anyway)

On top of that, NO there is no damage. The cable stops working with the official FTDI drivers. Thats it. Drivers which clearly state in their EULA/TOS only support official FTDI chips. It's entirely possible this means some people won't be able to use their widgets again with these drivers. I will agree its a very hamfisted way of handling things. I'll even agree its an arsehole move from FTDI. I am however NOT convinced it would constitute legal damage

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Re: intentional or unintentionally?

Since FTDI has pretty much admitted to it, and the code itself leaves little to the imagination, it's quite certainly intentional.

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a. there is no damage, the PID in the chips ROM is simply set to 0 instead of the FTDI PID the driver wants.

b. it is not done to a (protected) computer but to a connected device

c. the process is (quite easily) reversible. Just reprogram the required PID into the chip using FTDIs config toolset. Only problem is that next time you connect it the device drivers reset the PID to 0 again.

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Not exactly recent

This problem of pin compatible, stamped as FTDI (and not actually visually distinguishable from the real deal) chips have been around for ages. Some enterprising chinese vendors are even simply using mask programmable generic chips for this purpose. Dodgy as hell but for non demanding applications they more or less work. In fact, most non-FTDI FTDI chips on the market are packaged to look exactly like the real thing, not just behave like it.

Problem with buying stuff from china is that the first 200 parts might have genuine parts, and the last 1.999.800 parts use counterfeit chips. Unless a reseller actually desolders the parts, decaps them and takes a look under a microscope they are just not going to notice the difference. And what is a western company going to do once they find out? Sue them? Good luck under the Chinese legal system. Chinese manufacturers have no qualms about substituting a 2 dollar part for a 1.99 dollar part if it means they get some extra profits. And if the customer won't notice, who cares.

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Moment of truth for LOHAN's servos: Our US allies are poised for final test flight

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Re: Down at about 17:30Z

Go Edge! Very nice

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Re: Enclosure insulation

"heat" at altitude is a bit weird. Because of the rarified atmosphere heat transfer starts to rely much more on radiance and much less on convection. Meaning that the air outside the craft could be at -100C and electronics inside the enclosure still melting down from overheating.

Apart from that, even if they make it to 40 km it'll still be a nippy -25C outside the craft.

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Enclosure insulation

How is the rig insulated from the outside environment in this test flight? Will the heat transfer from the rig to the environment be comparable to the actual LOHAN flight? (Too much insulation now might give a false positive result. Too little could give a false negative)

Lets just hope we don't get any of that -->

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Re: Sold

Unless the driver has had SOME training and knows how to handle non-abs brakes, in which case the car will stop even quicker. (seriously, abs still lets the wheels lock up slightly, causing the characteristic interrupted brake mark. A skilled driver can apply JUST a bit less brake pressure than locking up the wheels en keep the tire rolling. This creates more brake force than the interrupted skid of ABS)

ABS is better for MOST drivers and in MOST situations, but it's not the IDEAL solution

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Re: Interactive photo?

Also, for me, the help "screen" on the lytro photos wouldn't go away. I could close it, but if I dared click anyway it would just pop back up again. really annoying.

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Billionaire's pet DRAGON SPLASHES DOWN off Pacific Coast

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Re: Neat!

near the end of the video you see the nav/collision avoidance lights come on (green, right next to the root of the solar panel) The flashing light right above the main hatch is probably a maneuvering thruster (the pulses seem to be too irregular for it to be one of the strobe lights) as pointed out by Tsunamijuan

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MAVEN snaps eight-bit SPACE INVADER

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Probably a previes

I would imagine they take a very low res quick shot and beam that home ASAP so they have time to set up a new imaging instruction before the target is gone. I'm amazed they even manage to photograph something moving at 56000 m/s from another thing moving at dozens of m/s.

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

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Re: And the technology is... Oculus Rift v2 with depth of focus adjustment

So they are going to make the leap... to being a patent troll? (That seriously seems like the most likely application of that particular patent. It's not exactly all that innovative.)

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No product

There IS no product and there never will be. That presentation makes it pretty clear they are just taking the piss.

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

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Hover? Possibly. Controlable? Probably not.

It might be possible to get a board to float above a non-ferric conductor with some electromagnets. With some good design and switching electronics you might even be able to do it without melting either your board or the surface conductor.

Controlling the thing is a different matter though. I doubt they can pull that off.

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

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Re: This'll never work

How many women with PMS does it take to change a lightbulb.

15.

Why?

IT JUST DOES. OK!

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OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

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"Sold at cost"

Yeah right. So how is it they are running so much marketing, servers, shipping, (probably) a complains/service department, etc, etc. They are probably making a tidy profit on this thing. With some clever bookkeeping (even legally) the outside world does not need to know this.

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Why the obsession with compulsion

Forcing kids into any STEM (Yes, buzzword, but it does cover the meaning) subject is not going to work for a lot of them and probably even going to turn some of those with a talent away from it.

Much better to keep things like math, chemistry, physics, programming, etc for those that actually have a feeling for it. And I'm not saying they have to actually WANT to learn it badly enough to voice it out themselves. Kids are bad at saying what they actually want and it's hard enough looking forward to the end of school for most, let alone what they might enjoy doing 20 years later. Teachers and parents on the other hand often have a pretty clear idea what kids have a feeling for and what they might enjoy.

Second to that there needs to be more linking between subjects. Teaching JUST programming, maths, physics, chemistry, biology, history, geography, etc all by themselves without looking at it from different angles is not the right way to go about it. Being able to create an abstract model of a car with some blocks and springs, and then translating that into math calculations you can use in a program to model that car teaches abstraction, modeling, physics, maths and programming. All at the same time. This can be applied to pretty much the entire STEM cirriculum in most schools. Integrals and differentials make no sense if you are taught just the math part of it. Learn to apply them in physics and suddenly you have a use for them, making them much easier to understand.

Some kids (speaking from experience) cant be motivated by just basic programming, but getting a LEGO robot to follow a black line on the floor suddenly makes it metric tons of fun.

Heck programming and grammar could be linked with some creativity, improving language classes as well. Kids need information on a subject, encourage them to look for info in not just their native language. Suddenly knowing another language can be useful.

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Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box

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Good stuff

Things must be kicking into high gear over at the SPB shack with the shipping day getting closer and closer!

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A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

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Just another tip

If you want to dick around with a quadcopter some time, I'd also recommend the Syma X1 quadcopter. Comes complete with all the bits needed to fly, spares are plentyful and it can take a serious beating. (Hitting concrete, upside down, falling from 40 feet is not a problem I can attest). The flightcontroller is only 3 axis stabilised and a little over cautious at times, but it's good fun. And it's small enough to zip about the living room, scaring the daylight out of the cats.

As for learning to fly one, the author has it wrong, if you can turn OFF all stabilisation and help from the flightcontroller and learn to fly it like that. It's just no fun any other way. Plus, you'll still be able to fly it if you screw up your PID settings and take off a litte over-eager. Just flick the stabilisation off and land.

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Re: Ignore the licence requirements

"So you are basically saying you have insufficient visibility and poor control of your paraglider so as not to be able to see or avoid obstacles in the sky. Why is it that you are allowed to fly them again? Lets regulate the unsafe vehicle in this scenario of yours, not the highly accurately positioned and stable one"

Air traffic on a collision course is static against the background. A 9 meter long glider, on a perpendicular but intersecting course, at 1000 meters distance (time to impact: 36 seconds) is only a tiny white blip of optically maybe a millimeter big. At 200 meters (time to impact: 7.2 seconds) that is STILL only a few millimeters. What hope in hell do I, as a glider pilot, have of spotting a slender framed drone against a busy background, which appears to be stationary? Paragliders have it a "little" easier, because of lower speeds. But the same thing applies basically. Drones (and birds btw) are often nearly invisible until you are right on top of them. Birds usually have the wit to get out of the way. Drones do not. That "Highly accurately positioned and stable" is exactly the problem most pilots have with drones. The one who decides that position often doesn't have a bloody clue WHERE he is actually positioning the thing in relation to other air traffic and doesn't get it out of the way if there IS such traffic. Any drone flight would be classed as VFR traffic, meaning see-and-avoid rules apply. By definition, FPV and autonomous drone operators are bad airman as they cannot avoid other traffic the same way "normal, ass in cockpit seat" pilots do.

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Terrible, terrible article

Any author who dares proclaim the license should be ignored "Because it will change anyway" needs a serious bollocking from his editor! Not a published article.

IF the rules for licensing will change, it'll only be for the worse, with stricter regulations. Simply BECAUSE of all the numbnuts out there flying unlicensed in stupid areas. And quite frankly, speaking as a glider pilot, it damn well should be! I have a piece of paper that shows I know airspace structures, aeronautical navigation and traffic avoidance rules among other things. I'd expect anyone sharing my airspace to either do so in a specified area, so I can avoid them, or know those same things, so they can avoid me.

If you are going to be operating ANYTHING (quad, helicopter, plane) above treetop level, outside of designated model flying clubs/fields, you best purchase one of these: http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/caa-uk-vfr-air-charts-1-250-000 and bloody well know how to read it. If you can't understand that chart, you have no reason operating any air vehicle in any non-designated-safe-for-RC--model-flying airspace.

solely on your quad.

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Ancient Brits 'set wealthy man's FANCY CHARIOT on FIRE' – boffins

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nothing ever changes

So maybe, like todays supercars it just spontaniously combusted.

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