* Posts by CCCP

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Uber and Volvo take on Ford in race to launch self-driving vehicles

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DRL show when a car is running

A big benefit is in a car park or along a row of parked cars - you can see which cars are running. Cyclists especially appreciate to know which car could drive off, but it helps everyone. Sweden has less fatalities per car, per mile and per population than the UK (at least according to wikipedia), so maybe it works. Both countries are among the safest in the wolrd btw.

A motorbike should occupy the same road space as a car (2/3 from the left of the lane ISTR from the test), so I don't buy this argument against DRL. If they are filtering unsafely, Darwin will rule.

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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Re: Turkey

@jb

Typical UK perspective comment. It's all NATO and the EU. It's like the UK didn't draw half the map of the Middle East that is now the problem. No, not my problem mate...

The UK does not have a right to cross its arms and "observe" and make smart comments. The Beeb does it all the time and it drives me nuts. We're OK on our island Jack.

Grow some and be part of the solution for once. (No, you can't invoke Godwin's)

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Good vs Poor users = FB fighting the tide

As any fule now, a "better" audience is more valuable to advertisers. "Better" can mean more targeted, or more willing to spend, or both. Conversely, if a media outlet's audience quality declines, they have a big problem.

As el Reg commentards are leaving FB in droves, well, small heaps, it indicates FB's audience quality is getting worse. (Pat on the back for commentards).

So, FB is left with friends and family, a very hard bunch to earn money from ("monetize" for merkins).

So they force-feed ads anyway they can, foie gras-style. (BTW it won't be long before we see this from LI. Microsoft?)

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BAM! Astroboffins now have a second way of picking up black holes' collision super kicks

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Billiards?

The gravity well of a black hole bends space/time long before (better than "further out") the event horizon. Two holes spinning fast enough will "bounce" (bad analogy) before the two event horizons merge. Then super kick I assume.

"Fragments" isn't quite right. Flame on.

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Vodafone hints at relocation from UK

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Re: Surprise, surprise

It is annoying, or maybe typical, that some people can't differentiate a trade surplus/deficit, with actual trade.

As others have pointed out, a trade deficit is relatively easy to finance, you just need trust. Just look at the US of A. However, a trade deficit isn't a particular disadvantage, but strength/weakness in actual trade is.

I have said this before, but UK sends 38-45% of its exports to the EU, i.e. a lot. Germany and France only export just over 7% of their export to the UK, i.e. not very much.

Some commentard on here said the UK "clearly has the whip hand". I don't think so. However, most countries still in the EU are neither vindictive nor stupid, so a deal may be struck. Free movement of people will be the battle ground above all others.

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Botnet-powered ballot stuffing suspected in 2nd referendum petition

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Be careful the company you keep

A lady in our village protested on FB "Voting leave doesn't make me a racist".

The reply was "No, but all the racists voted leave."

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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Re: Complete Tosh!!

@AC

"It would be just as disastrous.." - not quite.

EU share of UK exports is 38-48% (HMRC, Nov'14-Apr'16). However, UK is only 7.1% of German and 7.2% of French exports (OEC, 2014). That's not really an even starting point for negotiations.

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Supercell bought for $8.6bn

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Tencent, and Microsoft, think they can "reverse" into the so called social part of the internet, because they are crap at it. Surprise, you'll still suck at it post-acquisition.

No, Microsoftsoft haven't screwed up Mineraft yet, but give them time.

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How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

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Re: I would like to know

@alister

I can confirm this works. My Honda Civic briefly became a boat/submarine in about 3.2 linguine of water. I gunned it 'cause I was scared and had no way to retreat. Bow wave saved the electrics/intake.

"Saved" is relative, as every single light on the dash lit up like a christmas tree and the car went into limp mode. Oh, and the driver-side window opened. YMMV

A week of drying out sorted everything (I think). Now sold...

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

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Re: No surprise

Slight amend. There's no way you could remove all bacteria and keep the wannabe astro/cosmonaut alive.

Off topic, isn't about bloody time we have single word for space travellers, instead of country variations? I vote for stellanaut because it's Latin for star and sounds like beer.

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Dell slips into a slimmer red dress after sales diet

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Re: The Downward Spiral of Product Quality vs. Profit

You mean owners, not shareholders. Dell took the company private in 2013, precisely to get away from the stock market's 90-day ADHD.

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Brit twitchers a-tizz at bearded vulture sighting

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IT Angle

IT angle?

Apart from the fact that bird spotters are often geeks I fail to seet it.

=====

Idiot. "Vulture" is the key.

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Never mind the article - this might be a good idea

It always struck me that the pedestrian lights were hard for the visually impaired to spot and decipher. Yes, I know there are audio signals, but at a busy junction they're difficult to hear.

Also, whether smart phone-impaired or not, you always look at where you put your feet, so ground level is not a bad place for flashing red.

Costly? Maybe. But you'd only bother at busy junctions. And injured humans are very expensive to fix.

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Re: Basic economics?

You answered your own question. "All things" are not equal over the medium or even short term. As production capacity ramps and becomes more efficient, and new technology comes on stream, prices fall. LEDs will become the new incandescents, i.e. cheap and ubiquitous.

China thought the same way when they strangled rare earths' supply, 80% of the world's capacity IIRC, to drive up prices. It failed because new sources were found and industry switched technology.

Don't tussle with Keynes, or Schumpeter, you will fail. [flame on economics haters]

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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@Breen Whitman

You're not very good at trolling. Pick a different site.

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Whatever happened to ... Nest?

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Software will eat everything... sometimes

Reality has a horrible ability to bite Silicon Valley in the behind.

UK housing stock, as an example, does not lend itself easily to be Nest controlled, what with old boilers, poor circulation and so on. A quick gander of the forums will suggest as much.

I wager that each geography/country has other idiosyncrasies, making Nest a typical 'valley bubble attempt at best.

For a more useful UK idea, look up Positive Input Ventilation (PIV). Cheap, cheerful, and based on engineering.

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Japan loses contact with new space 'scope just weeks after launch

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Fingers crossed...

Though it looks like a fubar. What with so soon after the Exomars launch anomaly, it's just going to give the nay-spacers more ammunition.

It's hard, OK?

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NASA's mighty SLS to burn 1.215 Olympic-sized pools

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Re: Family sized swimming pools...

Second that. Ours, well, the one that came with the rented house, is 85,000 l. Close enough to 20,000 gallons.

It was interesting to work out because it's sort of a 90 degree triangle, but the hypotenuse is 'Z' shaped.

But we digress, as already stated, Olympice Size Pools is a safer measure.

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

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Re: Freedom of movement.

But, Brexit is basically the finger to any EU citizen living and paying taxes in the UK. That includes mid and high-earners too, remember.

After 20 years in the UK, if Brexit happens, I'll reluctantly pack up the family and leave.

I don't know the size of this effect, but you may want think about which nationalities you want to replace the gap.

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How a Brexit could stop UK biz and Europe swapping personal data

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@ Yogguy

How do you think human relations work, either micro or macro? If you tell someone to eff off, they're not going to like you for a good while.

Your comment reveals that you think English culture is not part of European people or cultures. Says it all really. You may want to look at history and see how blended it all really is.

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IBM pimps Watson out to Hilton robot for concierge duty

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Re: PR bullshit

Well said. This is what spews out when PR drones go inside out, i.e. the internal jargon/bullshit makes it outside.

experience = visit

hospitality = hotel

setting = hotel

deeper guest engagement = profit

So, "visits to hotels with this robot can lead to more profit". Which is still bullshit, 'cause it won't.

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Chinese boffins grow new eye lenses using stem cells

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Someone's been watching Blade Runner

It's always the Chinese. Always.

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German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

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FAIL

Vorsprung durch Technik?

German application of engineering at its worst. Use something stretchy FFS.

But great recovery.

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NASA compiles Scott Kelly space photo album

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Joke

In the first photo...

...they're clearly holding their breath.

Are they short on air up there?

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

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Re: The Adventurous Rise of Virtual Machine Control with Remote Virtual Commands

OMG - it's already here. Masquerading as amanfrommars... There is no other explanation.

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Fossil religion?

It's funny how strong the resistance to electric cars is. "I live in a flat", "Cables will make people fall over", "It needs to be cheaper than petrol" etc. It's bordering on fossil religion.

I imagine horse owners felt similarly aggrieved about noisy internal combustion automobiles.

Thinking about it, someone should calculate the human cost of fossil engine noise. We have learned to accept it but I, for one, will be happier when my neighbour stops running his engine warm at 4am.

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Essex cop abused police IT systems to snoop on his in-laws

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In the scheme of serious crimes...

...this was not one of them.

Yes, it was naughty to look them up, but, as far as we know, he didn't act on the information. I'd be more worried if he searched people not connected to his family.

I don't buy this crap about 'highest standards'. That only leads to Robocops modelled on Theresa May.

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Voyager 1 now 20 BEEEELLION KMs from the Sun

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Alien

If there ever was a perfect name for a spacecraft

Although, on second thought, if Hawkin is right, Galactic Signpost might be more appropriate.

"The food is in that direction" ----------------->

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Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now

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Remember Netflix is suggestions for the masses. There are probably less than 100k films world wide that get watched with any frequency, excluding pron. That is a small universe.

Also, Netflix is becoming a production house with a website attached. So don't expect the selection to grow. It it the opposite.

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Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

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Re: Hang on....

Exactly that. The article author needs to take his anti-irony spectacles off.

His line of reasoning has him come across as worse than Zuck.

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Alphabetti spaghetti: What Wall Street isn't telling you about Google

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Re: How long can a monopoly survive unregulated?

Google has about 90% of web/mobile searches in Europe. Which, yes, more or less makes them a monopoly.

Owning the "intent" of the consumer is terrifically powerful, which is why they are so insanely valued. There are two big "buts" (no, not that kind):

Facebook owns "identity", which is why they bought Atlas and why they now tout their efficiency above Google's. In other words they serve ads to more of the right people. (yes, there is Google+ and Google Mail, but they are footnotes in the scheme of things compared to 1.6bn FB accounts)

Secondly, a monopoly, even fairly acquired, is a precarious position as any hint of abuse will attract the wrong attention. And here is one area where Europe and the US usefully have a similar stance. So Google can't leverage their advantage because they'll get called out.

So you could say Google is snookered, though that will take a long time to play out.

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Re: Can anyone having the right knowledge tell us

You analyse the performance per network and campaign. It's pretty obvious when clicks don't generate revenue. However, when you run at scale across countries it becomes trickier. The cross-over is when your staff cost to check becomes higher than the incremental efficiency gain. Nowhere near a perfect science.

Also, you need to consider the "display" value of an ad. I know we all hate ads, but the good ones, even banners, catch a fleeting moment of attention. Advertising was always thus.

You could say ITV is into the same "fraud" as Google. In the end you have no guarantees, just exposure of an uncertain value.

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Why the Sun is setting on the Boeing 747

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Fire/Rescue of a 747

A long time ago I was a firefighter at a busy international airport. As part of that job you naturally had to learn where exits are, how much fuel they carry, where to spray suppressant foam etc for each type.

The scale of the 747 full fuel load was breath-taking. In reality, if one had crashed on take off, the combined water capacity of our six trucks, about 120 m^3, would not have stood a chance against the 200m^3 of fuel. Lookup up the Tenerife disaster for an illustration of what happens.

We did have one powder truck too, basically a giant fire extinguisher on six wheel, but it made such a mess it probably would have blinded and choked every escaping passenger for hundreds of yards.

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Google DeepMind cyber-brain cracks tough AI challenge: Beating a top Go board-game player

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Obligatory: I for one welcome our...

..Go playing overlords.

"Shall we play a game" [shudder]

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Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

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Sledgehammer, meet nut

At least, if the rozzers have nothing better to do than to check blue badges, then it seems crime has largely been eradicated. At least in Scotland.

As others have pointed out, it's the dickheads without badges that's the problem. And that is not a concern for the law, it's common decency. So an "oi, what do you think you're doing?", from the rest of us is what it takes.

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

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Re: 0.3 of a plane?

My OCD reacted too. Surely "completing an aircraft every three months" is the better way to phrase it.

"0.3" pffft.

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India just about accuses Facebook of faking Free Basics fandom

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And so he shows his hand...

He doesn't get this makes him look like an utter twunt... "but, but, I'm trying to HELP the poor Indians..."

And I don't know which is worse, the patronising or the imperialism. Actually, it's the combination.

Be careful with that brand Zucker, hard to build easy to tear down.

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Licence to snoop: Ipso facto, crypto embargo? Draft Investigatory Powers bill lands

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Now you've made my user name feel dirty! Euurgh.

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Tesla says Model 3 is still on schedule, despite being delayed again

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Devil

Shocking, just shocking...

Current of commentards flowing towards duracell cars.

Just three years ago, the resistance against lecky on here was so high you could smoke it.

Did the pope spark this?

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ROBOTS in sinister public-relations push ahead of coming WAR ON HUMANS

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Re: To many Robots already

Did you forget your meds again?

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

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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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