* Posts by CCCP

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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.

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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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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

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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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