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* Posts by Thorne

1105 posts • joined 10 Apr 2012

Asteroid miners hunt for platinum, leave all common sense in glovebox

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Re: An Adventure...

Realisticly, the real value of minerals mined in space is in space. If you can build space stations and space ships in space, it's far cheaper than using rockets to get earthbound materials into space.

The average cost getting materials into space is $22K per kilo. If your building materials were already in space, space travel would be much cheaper

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Sandy Island does exist - on a 1908 chart

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Ninja island

Ninja vanish!

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Driverless trucks roam Australian mines

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The Future

In the future, all work places will consist of robots, a man and a dog. The robots do the work. The dog is to guard the robots and the man is there to feed the dog.

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Astronauts (or other 'nauts) could find life on Mars quite healthy

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Caves

If the environmentalists get their way and ban all logging and mining, we may end up in them again here.

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Mushroom

Solar isn't going to be real likely on Mars as it's further away and thus less efficient. The little rovers could get away with it up until winter. Nuclear is the most likely source because it's robust and constant.

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Re: @ Loyal Commenter

Pure O2 is a receipy for a fire. It's one thing for a space suit and another for the whole habitat. In all likelyhood air would be recycled through a greenhouse which would also produce the food

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Liberals propose law to regulate social media

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Re: Not pointless

"The trouble with so-called cyber bullying is that it has in some cases proven to be fatal."

More divorces end with sucide. The bitch accuses the man of child abuse, takes his home and kids away, takes all his assets and leaves him with nothing but his life which he takes himself.

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Re: Pointless

"Have you heard yourself? Bullying is not an unavoidable fact of life either in school or work, just as sexual harassment (also, bullying) isn't and was stamped out. If you work for a company that tolerates bullying, you should do something about it, standing round and thinking that the victim should man up - presumably because it's not happing to you, therefore isn't a problem - is a pathetic cop out of a weak coward."

Name one place where bullying and/or sexual harassment has been stamped out? Can I have a reality check here please?

Stupid bullys do it publically and get caught. Smart bullys are sneaky and do stuff behind your back and where there are no witnesses. Yes it's horrible and unfair, blah blah blah but it exists and no amount of stupid laws is going to stop it.

Bullys pick on victims. If you don't want to be bullied, don't be a victim

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Re: Simple answer

Great idea!

And while we're at it lets make the postal service responsible for hate mail and the phone service responsible for prank calls.

Stupid suggestions like this is where stupid politicians get their stupid ideas. It doesn't solve the problem and could end up breaking the internet.

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Re: Here's an idea ..

"Require everone who posts on social media to have a licence and be forced to swipe a card when they post. The fees collected can go toward administering an anti-bullying quango. If you go a year without posting something offensive then you get your money back ..."

I'd never get my money back.... (Too many whiny pussies who can't handle the truth)

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Google avoids tax with ‘Double Irish Dutch Sandwich’

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Re: Do no evil *....

When I go to the accountant, it's so I can pay less tax. Google just has better accountants than me.

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FAIL

It's not Google's fault. The governments that created the system to allow companies to exploit it.

It's like declaring a tax on everybody called George and whinging when all the Georges change their name.

The Governments makes the rules but are too stupid and slow to beat companies at the game.

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"It's actually very difficult. Certainly in the UK, there's something like 10,000 pages of legislation to try to stop it."

Actually it's the 10K pages that creates it. The more complex you make something, the more likely you are to leave loopholes.

They need to start by simplifing the laws, not adding new ones

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Kim Dotcom claims entrapment by US authorities

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Re: US 'Justice' at work ... Let's Do a Deal.

Usually when they take all your money and take you to court, they go bankrupt or plea deal out. They're not use to someone fighting back and using the media to make them look like idiots

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Human Rights Watch proposes new laws of robotics

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"Well a civilized population would throw out its government if they saw their government butchering tens of thousands of innocent civilians"

Ah yes but the problem is fear. These civilians are harbouring terrorist who hate our western way of life and want to kill us so they need to be sacrificed to protect our right to buy Mcdonalds and drive Hummers.

We don't know any of these people getting killed so really it's alright cause it isn't us.

To Quote Sam and Max

Sam (holding a bomb): Max, where should I put this so it doesn't hurt anyone we know or care about?

Max: Out the window, Sam. There's nothing but strangers out there.

Sam: (looks at the bomb in his hand and throws it out the window behind him)

(Bomb explodes outside the windows)

Sam: I sure hope there was no one on that bus.

Max: No one we know, at least...

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Re: Asimov's gonna be spinning in his grave :(

Asimov's laws don't apply here. The whole point to these robots is to kill people. That what they were made for.

The predator will have to be renamed to the pussy if it's not allowed to blow people up.

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Boffins: Jurassic avians were more like Angry birds than modern ones

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Re: What about the little (proto)pigs?

They evolved legs much later

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Lawrence 'Empire Strikes Back' Kasdan to pen future Star Wars script

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Re: Use the forks Luke.....

Less touchy feely more dismemberment with plasma swords

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Re: Annoying bear thingies

"Hang on though, that''t the bloke who brought Ewoks into existence. Abandon hope!"

Yes but he didn't invent JarJar so there is some hope of redemption

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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Re: Think of the sheep!

"And no you don’t send Christians to christian schools - everyone has a right to learn."

But what if they don't want to learn?

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Re: Random Swapping

"and the whole herd of teacher's pets should nuke their badges so it appears they have dropped out."

They laugh about nuking their tags but later when they REALLY need to go to the toilet.....

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Re: Tattoo

"Don't think you comparison holds water, old bean. With facial recognition, you don't carry the transponder around with you anywhere you go."

Ummm last time I check, your face was attached.

They installed hundreds of camera. Facial recog would be fairly easy to install and use

RFID makes tracking easy but not having RFID doesn't make tracking impossible.

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Re: Tattoo

"Maybe they ought to just do away with the RFID tag, and tattoo numbers, perhaps on the inside of her left forearm. :-( :-( :-("

Maybe they should do away with RFID and go facial recognition and biometrics. Exactly the same effect without the barcodes.

You're not going to stop tracking by getting rid of RFID

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"Are we quite certain that those religious people are complete fruitcakes"

Someone can be right plus a complete fruitcake at the same time

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Re: Quite right too!

Science and religion don't mix. Her religious beliefs should send her to Christian school

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Oprah Winfrey tweets her love of Surface – from her iPad

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Re: Blame the staff

Oprah has them stockpiled.

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You and I could retire on those few bucks

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So why didn't she tweet that she was sick of this Apple crap and wished she had one one the new surface tablets?

Saying how much you love something usually assumes you're using it

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Re: Blame the staff

Of course she can. An automatic filter on the iPad removes the om nom nom noms from the tweets

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Blame the staff

It was a staffer. I can't see Oprah tweeting her own tweets. She dictated the tweet to the staffer while another staffer fed her Twinkies

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BT: Olympics cyber attackers were amateurs

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Has anyone noticed?

That the London Olympics logo looks like Lisa Simpson giving a blowjob?

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Microsoft building poo-powered carbon-neutral data center

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"Awaits obligatory "Microsoft have been making crap for years, now....." comment."

Microsoft has been recycling crap for years. Same shit all new price.....

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Google hires top US traffic fed for DRIVERLESS CARS project

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Re: The real obstacle

"It's a potential PR disaster, BUT if they can get v1.0 to be demonstrably safer than people, hopefully they'll be able to avoid knee-jerk panics."

It will be safer than people but the media will beat it up into a frenzy.

"Robocar MURDERS granny!"

not

"Silly Old Bag Steps Out in Front of Car"

Then the lawyers will come crawling out of the cracks.....

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Re: Sweepstake

"The world already has vehicles that people do not have to drive themselves...they're called busses."

This makes the assumptions that busses exist where you are, are going where you need to go and are running at the time you need to leave.

I'm in a rural area and do a lot of late night driving. Not a bus to be seen

But when you live in a city and think the rest of the world is like what you see, I can see how you get your mistaken assumption...

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Re: Said it years ago.

"At that point, why do you need to own a car? Hello Johnnycab!"

So you can drive around in something someone hasn't puked in (unless it was yourself)

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Sydney Uni boffin wants database to track smokers

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Australia is full of assholes who's whole lives revolves around telling people how to live theirs

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Not sinister, just Australia's nanny state mentallity.

They want to tax fat because advertising isn't working and licence smokers because the tax isn't working.

Before long all Australians will be forced into padded rooms and fed nothing but tofu to protect them from themselves

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Patent trolling to go under anti-trust spotlight

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If you chop the heads off a few trolls the rest will crawl back under the bridge

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John McAfee blogs for help, offers $25K reward for neighbour's killer

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Re: writing a graphic novel about the anti-virus pioneer

Zombie dogs will make it a better read otherwise it will be just about a loonie in lederhosen.

I can see it now, a crazy virus scientist accused of creating zombie dogs verses an evil goverment conspiracy. The hot 20 year old double agent sent to seduce him and his dramatic escape to freedom.

You could make a movie from this. A cross of the Bourne Identity + Resident Evil + Master of Disguise.

Awesome!

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AWS lands in Sydney, at a price

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Re: At a price?

Australia should be dearer. The backbone around here charges for data in and out. The US is only charged for data in. Good ol Telstra double dips charging both the host and the users for data in and out.

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Humans becoming steadily STUPIDER, says brainiac boffin

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Re: Has he bothered to test this hypothesis?

Not really

The more primitive societies are still evolving. Modern society is de evolving.

A stupid tribesman who kicks a lion in the balls gets eaten. A stupid bogan who kicks a lion in the balls get rescued by the keeper and posts the video on youtube.

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You could always make the illegal drugs legal with a built in contraceptive. No more crack babies and less stupid people breeding

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Re: It's simple...

Yes you can but the side effects are fatal

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FAIL

"I say, the ones who manage to survive and thrive without becoming bit-parts in a 1984 Apple ad are the ones we want. The ones who are smart enough to work the system instead of be consumed by it. The ones who choose not to conform. The ones who can still think, instead of just regurgitate Paul Dacre's foul opinions on the Register's comment boards."

You have the unemployed mother and her current defacto, six to eight kids all to different fathers. Mum and "current Dad" spend the day at the pub playing pokies. The younger kids have been taken into foster care. The older ones roam the streets at night. The charities provide the food, pay the rent and the social security and child support is spent on drink, smokes and gambling.

This is playing the system and being bright isn't required. Welcome to the new generations of society

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Re: They did

"How else would they watch the BDs of 300?"

They didn't. They did reinactments instead

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Re: Seems unlikely

"You claim that the importance of intelligence rises. I dispute that, but true or not, this is irrelevant. What matters is the importance of intelligence to the ability to survive and procreate. I contend that intelligence was more important for those functions in a less regulated, more dangerous Athenian environment."

If you look at koalas, they eat food which is nutrient poor so have evolved with a smaller brain so it requires less energy to run. Stupidity is their survival trick.

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Re: Judging

The genepool needs more chlorine

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Re: Hitler would be proud.

The problem is science is making up for genetic problems which in previous times would have prevented the person from breeding. Infertility, birth defects, genetic faults, butt uglyness can be corrected by science thus the person has a chance to breed.

Now that these faults no longer stop you, Darwinism promotes traits that help you breed more. In modern society traits that use to hold you back now help you, of which stupidity is foremost. Second is being a crap parent. Traits that make you a crap parent (drug users, drunks, abusive etc) are now a good trait for breeding. In the old days, being a crap parent meant your children would be more likely to die thus ending your genetics. Now being a crap parent, society cares for your children while you devote your time to making new little rejects.

Society has been breeding animals to achive the desired traits for thousands of years. It's about time it applied the same standards to itself.

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Sorority girls gone WILD: '1 to 3' casual sex 'hookups' every MONTH

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"So your daughter may in fact have kissed 12 people in her first year away. Not that shocking really."

Or starred in 36 pornos...

There's quite a bit of scope between the two

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Re: Oh for glod's sake!

"Sex was restricted by religion as a control method for the masses. What STD are you going to get from masturbation? Yet it is not allowed by some."

No STD but there is always RSI

(Not to mention going blind...)

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