* Posts by CCCP

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

CCCP

Oh dear /deity/ - the internet is commercial oO

Apart from the predictable "my browser has no ads", there is a worrying perception here that commerce has no place on the internet. Particularly advertising.

Well, ahem, the market maker function, aka the stall keeper, has been around for a while and will probably outlast the people here on this forum. Yes, it's bigger and more corporate now, but more or less the same. Shout your wares and you may get lucky.

Now, the invisible hand needs some boundaries, and that is where we are floundering a bit in the internet age. As it seems, Europe is more prepared to set those boundaries than the US. China, I think, have no perception of public good, other than their own.

Mobilegeddon, evil or not, appears to be a response to changing market conditions. Adam would be proud.

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SpaceX lofts two all-electric ion-drive comsats to Clarke orbit

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That ain't no moon

Bloody hell, those things are enormous... as the vicar said to the maid.

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HTC One M9 hands on: Like a smart M8 in a sharp suit

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Questionable quality?

The OH's HTC One was, was, awesome until the 1y warranty ran out. Then microphone, camera and screen developed FUBAR faults in rapid succession. The mic fault seems fairly well documented.

Having said that, all the manufacturers seem to take a pretty laid back attitude to quality. Shame we can't get an actual measure of fault rate in the wild.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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@Phil

This is a website largely about technology. If you don't care about tech, then why are you here?

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: 90mm thick?

Uhm, 90mm would be a challenge in a lot of places, not just pockets...

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Amazing, cool, wow: Humans naturally use POSITIVE words, and that is GOOD

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If that were true

Then it means liberals post/write more frequently than conservatives. Which may well be true but seems a little counterintuitive.

I recall [sorry no reference] a study suggesting the baffling 50/50 right/left split in most democracies over time is due to instinct (or genetic make-up if you will). Since the right generally complain and are disgusted more about /everything/ than the left, on balance, ceteris paribus, you'd expect the opposite of this study.

[flame away]

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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Stop

It hurts my brain so stop it

Superimposed cats screaming at atoms, or photons, waving about. Honestly.

Seriously though, there's some interesting stuff going to check at what size superposition collapses, the suspicion being that gravity is wot done it.

My money is on Hawking in the library with a gravity.

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Elon Musk: Hover rocket? Check. Hover ship? Check. Let's DO THIS

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Pint

Here's to something less than a full RUD

...although half of me wants Elon to use that awesome quote again.

Actually no, having grown up on the Jetsons, it's about damn time rockets could land.

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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Tesco Clubcard success is not data, it's vouchers

Put simply, the quarterly massive mailout of vouchers are the single biggest driver of footfall that Tesco has. Their whole supply chain is geared towards it. On top, people spend the "extra" money on high margin items like an extra bottle of wine, not more potatoes.

It's astonishing Sainsbury's didn't get this, and instead went with Nectar points.

Sure, Dunnhumby did some clever stuff with which discount vouchers to mail and how to tailor the range in each store, but that pales into insignificance compared to the quarterly bonanza of the vouchers.

I think Tesco's problem is, as often, corporate hubris. "Retail is detail" as James Gulliver (Safeway) said, and Tesco forgot that. They also got stuck in the middle between discounters and Waitrose/M&S.

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TOTAL DARKNESS lasted 550 MILLION years until the first STARS LIT UP

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Well, uh, yes. Yes it is.

But the effect only works if you take off your anti-comedy glasses.

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Cap’n Ericsson and his great SEABORNE CLOUD wheeze

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Re: Yawn ...

@Gray

You seem to misunderstand the meaning of innovation. It means bringing things to market in a way that makes commercial sense. It doesn't really matter if it has been done elsewhere.

First mover advantage is one of the great drivers of profit.

I am not versed in maritime digital tracking, but the volumes are mahoosive, so a small improvement is probably interesting.

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Cool Large Hadron Collider to fire into doubly powerful ring

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I for one...

welcome our closer to light speed than ever particles produced by man overlords. Though you will be older than you think before you disintegrate in a shower of information. Unless you turn black hole on us and sc... Oh I see, sleeping still. Never mind.

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Diesels...

Are a bugger.

Many moons ago I was an airport fire engine truck driver. It is obviously pretty important they don't fail if a 747 is burning after a crash.

So we drove them for one hour every day. Clearly not practical for a UPS scenario, but it does point the way if you really want an oil burner UPS.

Separately, since fuel consumption is of no concern in UPS scenarios, why is petrol not considered? I suspect it's because generators are built for long term fuel efficient use.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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War = Fear

Ergo, laser dooda = more fear.

That is why they are sending this pea shooter to the gulf. Watch them go to the China Sea next, for more "sea trials".

The effectiveness discussion here is nice, but misses the wider point.

An interesting moral discussion is in whose hands you'd want this tech, once functional. US? China? Europe? Probably a moot discourse since the US are the only ones even close.

If you really want to turn up the temperature, imagine USS Ponce rocking up in Estonia. Putin would go /even more/ nuts.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: The fad now leaving from platform 4 ...

@Pete 2

OK, Iet's assume you work with code (sorry, second time today I have a dev go). That's like saying "let's get users to write some proper prose in my /whatever/ application, otherwise it doesn't matter what my code behaves like". Yes it does. It raises the standard. Borderline analogy, but you get my point.

Sure, it is a way to sell more tellies, but that's how the market economy works. As a side benefit we get better DR and a bit more wow from our downtime. Not so bad, eh?

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@ jzlondon

Then why on <deity's> earth are you reading a tech heavy site that writes about new technology?

Maybe you're good with code. In which case you're sure as hell not using 2001 standards.

Maybe you're against progress. Then please move to a different forum.

You don't like what's "on the telly"? FFS, this is 2014, buy/rent/find what you want to watch.

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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In the diaspora..

Off topic, sorry, but using one of the, ahem, VPN services that are readily available, you can trick your not so smart TV (well, you're tricking the provider really) to think it's in the UK. Or anywhere for that matter.

Just change the DNS and iPlayer etc will play nicely.

The beauty of this is that the /family/ can just /watch/ television with no faff. Happy dad. You just need to buy a UK set. Amazon are usually happy to oblige.

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

CCCP

Sir, I salute your optimism and general good-natured attitude. Have an upvote.

The girls and boys at NASA and ESA keep the human spirit going. And they give me something to talk to my children about which is not IS/EBOLA/Russia...

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Re: Good, measury stuff

Seriously?

We measure thickness with more accuracy and you shout hurrah because it is more than previously estimated. WTF?

Has it occured to you all this measuring goodness is carried out by people who mostly believe in AGW...

Please, show me the anti-AGW studies carried out in Antarctica.

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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Annoyingly centred around the poor musicians

Musicians were always poor over the centuries because they couldn't do anything useful, like build or grow shit.

Now some have become rich and famous for no particular reason. Then the fight follows for the spoils.

In the hierarchy of needs, music is next to pretty wallpaper. A good for sure, but a small one.

If there weren't beeeellions involved, no one would give a flying fuck.

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Microsoft snorefest: For crying out loud, Nadella – just channel Ballmer!

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Re: Heh

You lost me at "I'd of...". Pox on your English.

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It's a bad day to be Serco's CEO... or an investor, come to that

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Headmaster

Re: It's a bad day to be Serco's CEO...

Sorry Tom - it's "worst case". This plague on English is up there with "would of".

On an unrelated note, will you change your handle when you turn 36? Or is it a bit evil like Juanito veintitrés, like in Con Air [obscure reference warning]?

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'Theoretical' Nobel economics explain WHY the tech industry's such a damned mess

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Re: The tech industry is in a mess for one simple reason:

Jake, when it comes to technology, is meaningless.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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Big Brother

It's just creepy

This puts a big black boot across the line of what it is appropriate for any company to get involved with. When to have children is a very personal decision than a company, or the state for that matter, should not have an opinion on. This is saying "we prefer you to have children later, please".

I'm sure this is filed under Innovative HR Policies whereas it should be chucked in the Inappropriate basket.

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SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION

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Joke

Yo dawg

I heard you like space, so we put a plane in your plane so you can orbit while you orbit.

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Re: Charging issues? Range?

And Jake can't think beyond his nose, and never will.

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

CCCP

Re: New winds?

Oops. Claim. Obviously.

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CCCP

New winds?

Is that the winds of change I hear blowing across the reg commentardscape (I clame rights to that word)?

Compared to say, three years ago, there's way more discussion around solutions. Pigs do fly.

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Air-slurping solar battery will slice energy costs – boffins

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Re: Illiterate idiots

If you can't write you don't belong here either. Move along.

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Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

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Big nose, big h...

It wasn't the NOSE the lady dinosaurs were interested in. Plus ça change...

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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Re: Sorry... BS...

I call double BS on your puny BS.

Your comment is exactly why IT types get such a bad reputation. Your world is so narrow that anything else a company might need to engage in is mere interference with writing code.

Newsflash, long before there was code there were merchants or middle men. They made markets. Now we call them marketing or sales, or some other derogatory term. Still need them. Always will.

Sticking butter up a hedgehog's arse with a red hot poker is child's play compared recruiting decent middle men to Slough. I know. I tried for two years then gave up.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Re: /me Applauds

The principals of the schools involved are probably also very happy not to be be sacrificed.

Hang on, you mean principles...

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Re: Car?

Likewise. I didn't realise this site was meant for people with singular interests.

On a separate note, if motor reviews annoy you, why did you a) read the at least some of the article and b) comment on it?

You're just taking up space. Like I am right now so I'll shu...

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The Register is HIRING technology hacks for the WORLD

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Can't believe no one saw it...

If they don't demonstrate a history of biting IT (or anything for that matter), how could they possibly qualify?

I will stop reading (mostly), and stop clicking ads (certainly) if biting is not a hiring criteria.

Suarez knows that biting is essential to fame.

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Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

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Re: RIMFAX

Rimfaxe was the horse in Norse mythology belonging to the god Natts.

He had frost in his beard (the horse not the god), because he brought forth tomorrow by drooling. If you've seen a meadow on a biting winter's morning in the sunlight you understand what they meant.

So not an entirely unreasonable name picked by the, present day, Norwegians.

However, I, like other commentards, suffer acronym fatigue. Off-earth ground radar is pretty cool in and of itself.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Slot screws and flat screw drivers have an evil pact

It's more subtle than the time travel and teleporting that has been observed above.

They agree, well in advance of comming into contact, years some time, that as soon as they touch, one, or both, will slightly change dimension or angle of attack, so that the attempt of transferring torque by the user will be rendered useless. So no screwing takes place.

A self sacrificial part of the pact is that the screw agrees to shed just enough material so that each subsequent attempt of torque-transfer will be increasingly futile.

At the advent of mechanised screw drivers the rate of material shedding was upped to instant from the screw community. So the first attempt is also the last.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: Will your car kill you to save another?

It's funny how we get obsessed, "I Robot" style, with edge cases of car scenarios where morality enters the picture.

In reality, meanwhile, meatsacks kill each other on the roads at a very steady rate through stupidity/tiredness/distraction, none of which driverless cars suffer from.

Planes land themselves all the time, at least some times, and we seem to be fine with that. I think the difference is pretty much everyone drives, and couldn't possibly imagine a robot doing it better. Pilots, OTOH, are a bit smarter than that.

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Headmaster

Re: Stupid headline

@AC

Do please tell what a "yet" belonging to cyclist nazi is. Is it missing an "i", as in yeti? That would be quite a sight incidentally, an abominable snowman running after a militant bicycle rider needing to be overtaken, in the middle of a sweltering London.

(I know the apostrophy is the curse of native English speakers. But it's still amusing.)

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Re: @AceRimmer - Will these night time trucking lorries

@Nuke

"It's worse them that"? You cannot use the Pedantic icon and then spew that. That's worse than a bad thing. Please pray you have not invented a new "would of...".

"I must triple check my posts" [repeat]

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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@jzlondon

I disagree. Sitting down to watch a film and getting that cinema feeling really does matter. I struggle with the Samsung 8000 full 1080p from bluray. It's just looks so plastic. I've fiddled with everything [ahem] on that screen, but it just doesn't look right.

In fact the 720p Pioneer kuro on standard DVD is way more pleasurable.

So it's not the number of pixels, it's what you do with them, as the vicar said.

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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Re: New batteries...

@Pet Peeve

Awesome. You fill your bike tyres with electricity! Why didn't I think of that? Oh wait...

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NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark

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The plucky little robots...

Random, but it makes my daughter's eyes mist up every time I tell her about the robots on Mars, especially Spirit...

Damn you Pixar and your Wall-e for imbuing robots with way too much personality.

Although, maybe if all boffins actually cared about their robots they wouldn't screw up their metrics and imperials.

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Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

CCCP

Easy solution

Just prevent el reg commentards from going near a Tesla commercial or charging station.

The rest of us can then charge our Teslas [or whatever] in peace.

The commentards can then keep using petrol stations. Simples.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

CCCP

Never trusted cabs. Black or otherwise. In any country.

It's the perfect example of an asymmetric market. Cabbie knows everything locally. You may or may not know route or short cuts.

The idea that Black Cabs in London are somehow "special" is ridiculous. They all have GPSs anyway, just like other cabs.

Get used to it.

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

CCCP

Broken Troll is broken. Nice try, but no biscuit.

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

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W. Anderson is a c@ck

So you want a demeaning way to describe stupid people. Hmmm. I know, dyslexics. They can't read well so they must be stupid. As it happens, their spoken language is often good.

But don't let that stop you. Let's have focus groups, spoken forums, of people who can't read well - stupidity squared.

Next time your willy waving misses your scr@tum because it doesn't reach, think before you write. Tu capisci?

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PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)

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Hard for hardware manufacturers - not so for the rest of us

Sure, like cars, the replacement cycle is getting longer. Also like cars, there's no longer status value in a PC, possibly the opposite bar gaming rigs. And indeed PCs are "competing" with more devices. Further, a senior bloke at work has tried to switch to tablet working.

However, for some things a tappy keyboard is a necessary thing. I'd like to see my kids complete their projects on a tablet. Also, though it chews time, Candycrush and iPlayer is not killing the PC. And for the tablet bloke, I giggle every time his iPad falls over in a meeting, And his presentations are even more sh*t than the standard ppt stuff.

As it happens, amongst other things we run a 10-year old XP laptop that the wifey prefers because of the proper (not wide) 15" screen and 1440x900 res. Stripping everything has made it boot fast. The much newer Windows 7 (widescreen) laptop reluctantly does Skype duties only.

I don't love M$, but the PC death is over-rated. At least in my western eyes.

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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

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The rights market is broken...

Sorry, no cheers here. But this deal just illustrates how screwed the international rights market is.

From abroad, this now looks properly crazy. Like insane. Weird on a stick-like.

I predict that over time we will see a more individual subscription model, as someone mentioned the US works already. By over time I mean decades btw.

Spotify for TV anyone?

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Martian MOM LAYS another EGG in SPACE - but it's not big enough

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Re: Well Well

Your comment reeks of "they should feed the poor first" as well as the obvious racism.

A society needs to lift all levels of achievement, including space if you're the size of India, to develop. Rocket scientists want to be, well, rocket scientists whatever their nationality. So you either export them all, or have some rocketry of your own.

Go India. Even it it fails you have succeeded.

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HP: Yes, we plan to axe another 7,100 European staffers

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Business is not charity

I'll get flamed, but if a company is not fit for purpose, something has to give.

Unite in particular seem hell bent on even destroying companies in their pursuit of influence. Just look at Grangemouth. (though a last ditch concession from Union seems just to have emerged)

Yes, capital has to be reined in, but that is the role of governments and, increasingly, supra-governmental bodies. Not irrelevant unions.

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