* Posts by julianh72

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

julianh72

Re: ... discovered gleaming turds

http://www.guffsturdpolish.com/

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Coat

Re: He has a couple of favorite holes

... and the Turd Hole ...

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

julianh72

"highly unlikely that such destructive devices would ever be used"

"It is the power of thermonuclear devices that convinced Dr Brownlee that test explosions should be resumed and held regularly with the world's politicians watching the spectacle first hand. Once you have witnessed something that powerful, he explained, it would make it highly unlikely that such destructive devices would ever be used in anger."

Witnessing a nuke might be all a rational person needs to convince themselves that such weapons must never be used, but for megalomaniacs and dictators, the evidence that it CAN be done is all it takes to fund a program to develop one of their own.

Anyone remember "The War to End All Wars", dynamite as a weapon so terrible that it would never be used ...

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

julianh72

"Partly filled with wrong"

When I read this:

"Handelsblatt beats Google's translation with the sentence “Die Software für die Steuerung der Motoren sei bei der Endmontage falsch aufgespielt worden” "

Well ... I had to see what Google Translate offers up:

"The software for controlling the motors had been partly filled with wrong during the final assembly"

"Partly filled with wrong" - my new catch-phrase for every time somebody cocks something up!

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

julianh72

Bernie wonders why F1 viewer numbers are falling ...

TV coverage is being pushed from FTA to over-priced Pay TV (in Australia, only ten races will be shown live on FTA, and they're not covering the qualifying or practice sessions; Pay TV is only available through Foxtel at $50 per month for SD or $60 per month for HD), and they can't even get their mobile app to work reliably, or link your subscription to the web-site so you can get the data stream there.

I was promised linked app / website access for the first race in Australia; then they said it would be ready in April, then they said they couldn't process registrations which were made on the Google Play store when you buy the app, then they said it would be working in time for the Spanish Grand Prix (10 May), so I'm not in the least bit surprised its still not working for Monaco.

I'm a massive F1 fan, but getting access to my fortnightly fix is getting harder and harder ....

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Australia forces UberX drivers to become tax collectors

julianh72

Re: Here comes the drill...

By the same logic, there should be no GST on a Domino's pizza, because each of the hole-in-the-wall outlets is a separately franchised "small business", and the guy who delivers it is an independent contractor (not an employee) who makes at the most a couple of hundred dollars a week.

No, these are global multi-billion-dollar businesses, and they engineer their income structures to gain a competitive advantage by declaring all their income in low tax havens. They should be collecting and paying their taxes, insurances and licence fees in whatever countries they operate.

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NO, Joe Hockey, a 'Netflix tax' wouldn't raise 'billions'

julianh72

Re: yep thats right

"The Thick of It" is a better reflection of wheelings and dealings in government / bureaucracy in the 21st century! (I would love to be a fly on the wall when Malcolm Tucker gives Joe Hockey a bollocking!)

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julianh72

Google and GST

If you scroll to the bottom of the page on the Australian Google Play site, it clearly says "All prices include GST" for apps, books, movies and TV shows, etc, so hopefully this is a true statement, and the GST is indeed rendered to the ATO.

Interestingly, if you click on "Devices", it takes you to the Google Store page, and there is no statement about GST there as far as I can tell. I have bought a few Nexus devices from the Google Play site in the past (before they moved "Devices" to the new Google Store). The dealings were with a Google Singapore subsidiary, and while some of the invoices stated that the invoice price included Tax, some indicated no tax was collected. Where Tax was shown, the amount was not always 1/11 of the full invoice price, which it should be for the Australian GST of 10%. Also the Invoice was not labelled as a "Tax Invoice", and there was no ABN, which suggests to me that the invoice would not meet the requirements of a GST Receipt for Australian Tax purposes. In other words, it would appear that Google Singapore sometimes collected some tax for somebody, but it isn't clear where that tax was sent.

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Stop climate change by drinking Coca-Cola says Oz government

julianh72

The answer is obvious, really ...

Everybody knows that if you leave a bottle or can of soft drink (Australian term for "soda") open, it loses its fizz. This is true for both flavoured carbonated drinks and unflavoured Soda Water.

All we need to do is have a big Soda Water plant attached to every coal-fired power station, making gigalitres of soda water. The soda water can be dumped into a holding pond for a few days until it loses its fizz, and then the fresh water can be released for other purposes, or even recycled to make the next batch of soda water.

Simple!

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

julianh72

Re: We are only thinking of your health

"I think you have discovered a new source of green energy! We can use treadmill-generators to run our data centres."

No ... given the reported battery life issues, you need to be on the treadmill to keep the Apple Watch powered up. Some commentators have noted that this tends to limit the portability of the device, but Apples Execs have been keen to highlight the health benefits of a smartwatch which requires you to be constantly active to keep it charged.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

julianh72

It's nice to see that they offer Finance, so even schmucks who don't have $10,000 to spare can still afford one.

(And it includes free delivery in the UK.)

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ALIEN fossils ON MARS: Curiosity snaps evidence of life

julianh72

Re: Unconvincing hype @ ST

Perhaps you should at least peruse the paper before decrying it as bunkum. The author absolutely does NOT make any claims that:

"- there is only one way these bumps could have been created - namely bacteria

- the mud bumps on Mars were created by the same exact process as the mud bumps on Earth"

What she DID say is as follows (taken from the abstract):

"In this paper, the similarities of the macroscopic morphologies, spatial associations, and temporal succession of sedimentary structures on Mars to MISS preserved on Earth has led to the following hypothesis: The sedimentary structures in the <3.7 Ga Gillespie Lake Member on Mars are ancient MISS produced by interactions between microbial mats and their environment. Proposed here is a strategy for detecting, identifying, confirming, and differentiating possible MISS during current and future Mars missions."

Notice anything about that last sentence?

"... a strategy for detecting, identifying, confirming, and differentiating ..."

That's called Science!

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julianh72

Re: Unconvincing hype

That debate is far from closed!

E.g. "Mars Meteorite with Odd 'Tunnels' & 'Spheres' Revives Debate Over Ancient Martian Life"

By Megan Gannon, News Editor | February 28, 2014 01:00am ET

http://www.space.com/24834-strange-mars-meteorite-life-evidence-debate.html

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julianh72

Re: Natural causes ?

If you check the actual article http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/ast.2014.1218 , she hasn't actually claimed that she has found compelling evidence for life on Mars. She has published a "Hypothesis Article" entitled "Ancient Sedimentary Structures in the <3.7 Ga Gillespie Lake Member, Mars, That Resemble Macroscopic Morphology, Spatial Associations, and Temporal Succession in Terrestrial Microbialites", and provides a hypothesis (NOT a claim!) that "The sedimentary structures in the <3.7 Ga Gillespie Lake Member on Mars are ancient MISS produced by interactions between microbial mats and their environment", and spells out what further detailed investigations this would prompt to test the hypotheses. Specifically, she gives "a strategy for detecting, identifying, confirming, and differentiating possible MISS during current and future Mars missions."

Seems like an entirely reasonable and scientific basis to me, which will no doubt be examined and tested by others; i.e. in accordance with "The Scientific Method".

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Hate the BlackBerry Z10 and Passport? How about this dusty old flashback instead?

julianh72

"If it ain't broke don't fix it"

But the corollary would be:

"If it is broken, fix it!"

Blackberry is very broken, and it desperately needs to be fixed.

(Either that, or put out of its misery.)

Somehow, I don't think the Classic will fix Blackberry!

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WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

julianh72

So it scrolls from right-to-left ...

... instead of left-to-right....

That should satisfy all of the copyright concerns then. There's simply no way this is a rip-off of someone else's idea!

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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

julianh72

Wouldn't it be simpler to just ...

... put a function in the OS which monitors the phone's accelerometers, and disables "social media" apps such as email / gmail / Twitter / Facebook etc whenever the phone recognises that the user is walking? (Or at least pops up a window that says something like "Oi! Watch where you're going!")

Should I patent that before anyone else has the same idea?

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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Big Brother

I'll bet that ...

... these "Dark Social" scum are the same free-loaders who watch TV without filling in ratings surveys, hang up on telemarketers, walk past "marketing muggers" in shopping malls without so much as making eye contact, and never fill in the survey forms at hotels where they stay.

Anti-social vermin! Have they no concept of our shared responsibility to assist in the collection of marketing data?

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

julianh72

Re: The mind boggles

Don't forget the really important bit that makes it "non-obvious":

16. The apparatus defined in claim 15 wherein the camera window trim structure has grooves on the curved exterior surface.

Grooves?! They're putting grooves on the curved exterior surface?!!! OMG!!!

Anybody could make a camera window trim structure with a curved exterior surface, but it takes true genius to see the potential of putting grooves on it!

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julianh72

Why don't Apple just go the whole hog?

"What is claimed is:

A thing which may contain one or more other things, each of which may perform one or more functions."

There, that should just about cover it!

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

julianh72

Great news!

So the internet causes people to lose their religious faith? That's fantastic news - and I thought all it was good for was porn and cat videos.

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

julianh72

I'm not the pheasant plucker ...

... I'm the pheasant plucker's son

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But the real prize goes to ...

... anyone who can say "Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel" ten times in succession without doing themselves an injury.

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Apple's 'Smart Dock' patent filing makes Siri your new roommate

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So ... does my car's integrated Bluetooth system infringe Apple's patent?

I have a 2012 Mazda with factory-integrated voice-activated Bluetooth control over my paired "electronic device". It seems to me that Apple's patent would seek to retrospectively apply to this system.

The user request may be a request to utilize one or more services, applications, and/or functionalities of [the] portable electronic device such as placing a phone call, playing multimedia content ... sending a message ...

Yep! That's exactly what my car's Bluetooth system does!

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Sony patents LASER-FIRING Wi-Fi SMARTWIG with sideburn buttons

julianh72
WTF?

And you can voice-control it by saying ....

"Okay Toupee" ...

But I'm really waiting for the inevitable "Smart Merkin"

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Digital deviants: The many MAD COMPUTERS of Doctor Who

julianh72

Re: Still, there's naught wrong with high explosives as a debugging tool.

...

End User: "Yes, I've turned it off and on again."

BOFH: "Have you tried blowing it up?"

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Horrific FLESH-EATING PLATYPUS once terrorised Australia

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Gotta love "The Wonderful Land of Oz"!

Giant toothed platypodes, killer koalas ... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/31/drop_bear_killer_koala_science_fun/ ...

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iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

julianh72
Trollface

Re: I suppose...

The last flight I took, my company put me back in cattle class, so my company-supplied laptop stayed in its carry bag, and I got out my N7 (perfect for those tiny fold-down flaps they laughingly intend you to work on and eat your meal from!) and read books and magazines, watched movies, and played games. If my company wants me to work on flights, they can darn well put me up front in Business Class, where there is enough room to work with a "proper" laptop!

(Oh yes - If I really feel the urge to make last minute edits on a PowerPoint presentation, Word Document, or Excel spreadsheet, I can do that with QuickOffice on the N7.)

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New iPad mini gobbles Retina display, 64-bit brain, puts on little weight

julianh72

Re: more or less the same size and resolution as any competing 7-8" tablet.

The original iPad Mini had more or less the same size and resolution as any $200 (or cheaper) 7-8" tablet, (Fixed it for you.)

The "competing" 7-8" tablets (think Nexus 7, Kindle HD, etc) had much higher resolutions - and are considerably cheaper than even the old iPad Mini.

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julianh72

Re: Innovation

... said Apple CEO Tim Cook ... adding that "these amazing products are examples of the type of innovation that only Apple can deliver."

Yep, that's officially "Innovation" (TM) from Apple.

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Samsung DENIES benchmark CHEATING, despite evidence

julianh72

RE: Battery Life

Yes, including battery life in the reporting of benchmark scores is the way to combat this practice - just include battery life as a weieghted part of the overall test result scores (e.g. include battery life as a 50% weighting in the "Overall Score"). After all, battery life IS a big issue for real world buyers! To get the best possible benchmark score, the OEMs would then need to target a balance between raw computing / graphics speed and battery life - and isn't that what most of us REALLY want?

If the OEMs turn up their processors to 11 to get 20% better performance, I'll bet the battery life takes a bigger hit than 20%. Who wants a phone that is the fastest beast on the block according the popular benchmarks, but will only run for a hour and a half according to the same benchmarks?

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IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having

julianh72

RE: "All this global warming we aren't having"

I know you shouldn't use local data and anecdotal commentary as evidence for or against global trends, but I can't let the assertion of "global warming we aren't having" go unchallenged.

Australia has just gone through the warmest year on record (our "climate year" goes from October to September - spring to spring), including an extraordinarily warm winter. (And you don't need access to Bureau of Meteorology databases to know that, if you live in Brisbane - the simple fact that we only needed our winter doonas for about three nights his year is evidence in itself!) Maybe all of the northern hemisphere's "missing" global warming has migrated to Australia?

It's even been reported in Murdoch's "The Australian", which usually runs a pretty solid anti-climate-change agenda:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/arguments-rage-as-year-shapes-up-to-be-australias-hottest-on-record/story-e6frg6xf-1226728843824

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

julianh72

Re: Apple's not the bad guy here

Probably more than "2.675 old Nokia chargers* in the average household (or did you mean "2,675 old Nokia chargers"?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

julianh72

"Optimal mobile experience"

Yeah, right! "Customer service" at its finest!

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'200 million' fanbois using iOS 7 just a week after release - study

julianh72

I guess you missed the memo!

"Can Android match this kind of update?

Doubtful and that's down to fragmentation ..."

Google has separated an awful lot of what used to be "core" OS functionality out of the OS itself, and put it into the Apps, which can be maintained by user updates from the Play store, even on devices which are stick on older OEM / Telco "skinned" versions f Android.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/balky-carriers-and-slow-oems-step-aside-google-is-defragging-android/

All this talk of "Android Fragmentation" is massively overblown.

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

julianh72
WTF?

Seems it's not just the Galaxy Note

According to Android Police:

The new policy, at this point, applies to Galaxy S III, S II, Note, S4, S4 Mini, and Note 3 devices produced after the end of July 2013.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/09/26/samsung-has-begun-sim-locking-its-phones-across-the-world-to-home-regions-putting-the-squeeze-on-phone-importers/

Wow! One more reason to buy a Nexus instead of a Samsung, if you weren't already convinced!

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

julianh72
FAIL

Would LOVE to see how "vanilla" Android 4.3 fares!

So - OEM bloat-ware degrades the user experience?

Well, THERE'S a revelation!

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BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

julianh72

"I'm not dead yet"

"Dead" Man: I'm not dead!

Dead Collector: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.

Large Man: Yes he is.

"Dead" Man: I'm not.

Dead Collector: He isn't.

Large Man: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Monty_Python_and_the_Holy_Grail

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Office 365 goes to work on an Android

julianh72

Why does there have to be "one device to rukle them all"?

Look, I'll admit that I'll be thrilled if / when I have a single device that does EVERYTHING that I can imagine, from being a pocketable phone with passable web browsing and e-mail, right up to a full immersive 3D gaming platform and "content creation" workstation - but I think we're still a way off yet.

My current mix is a phone (Nexus 4), a compact tablet (Nexus 7 2013, with a compact Bluetooth keyboard for those increasingly rare occasions when touch-screen typing just isn't "good enough"), and a 15" Windows 7 notebook (with a full-size keyboard, mouse and a secondary 22" monitor when I'm at my desk), which is my machine for doing "real work". Interestingly, this machine spends an awful lot of time gathering dust these days - because it turns out that most of the time, I just don't really NEED a full-on heavy-duty content-creation workstation! It's actually a bit too big and cumbersome for everything other than really serious work - it's become more of a desktop-replacement machine than a true portable device, especially since I got a tablet that does most of what I want. I'm contemplating moving over to something much more compact (such as a Chromebook or similar) for this "mobile desktop" work.

I'm afraid Microsoft has pretty much missed the boat on mobile computing for me - they haven't noticed that for many people, something that is compact and cheap (or better yet, free), and "good enough" meets most of their needs. Microsoft want me to buy a subscription to MS-Office 365, but I'm sorry - for my limited requirements for truly mobile computing, the cheap / free alternatives (Docs to Go, Quickoffice, etc) on an affordable tablet are plenty good enough - both with respect to the somewhat restricted feature set of these "Mobile Office " software packages, and the general limitations of mobile devices compared to "proper" computers. When it comes to "mobile computing", the mobility, convenience, and low cost are more important than 100% MS-Office compatibility and functionality.

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Fanbois shun 'crappy plastic' iPhone 5C

julianh72
Paris Hilton

Re: AC/DC

There's a huge difference between queuing for tickets for a concert vs queuing for an iPhone:

Once the concert is sold out, it's sold out. If there's one show, and you don't get tickets for it, you don't get to see the show.

If you miss getting an iPhone on release day - just go back the next day - or next week - or next year. (iPhones don't actually change all that much from one year to the next anyway!)

(Paris because I'd queue overnight to see Paris Hilton's next "home movie"!)

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julianh72
WTF?

Trading in a Nexus 5 already?

"One chap we met in the queue, 28-year-old software engineer Ajeya, brandished a Nexus 5 he intended to replace with an iPhone 5s. "

Wow! Didn't take him long to work out the iPhone 5s is "better"! Already trading in a Nexus 5 - which doesn't even come out until next month, if the rumours are to be believed!

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Coat

And suddenly Apple's strategy for the new iPhone models makes sense...

iPhone 5Cadbury and iPhone 5Snickers

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Apple snaffles travel app in quest for way out of Maps debacle

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RE: "No need for mals here"

Looks like you could use a good spell checker though!

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

julianh72
Big Brother

Another happy camper here

I have had precisely zero issues with both my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012) on stock 4.3. (But then,I didn't have any problems pre-4.3 either.) I don't know what circumstances / applications cause the instability issues (and I hope Google fix it for those who are afflicted), but I suspect the 4.3 problems affect a vocal minority.

I do know that an awful lot of Nexus users couldn't wait for the 4.3 update to be progressively "pushed" to them via OTA, and were using "the old Clear Google Services Framework trick" to try to force it onto their devices immediately, and this then caused a lot of issues for some people, which could only be resolved by deleting their Google account and then re-activating it. I wonder if there is any correlation between those who tried that trick, and those who have 4.3 stability issues?

(Big Brother icon coz' I'm starting my own conspiracy theory here ...)

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'BLING BLING, BLING BLING' 'Hello, yes, my iPhone is made of GOLD'

julianh72
Coat

"Champagne"? I think not

It'll be "Cider", surely?

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julianh72
Trollface

"Those who say 'you are holding it wrong' are just as bad IMHO."

Wasn't that His Steveness?

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

julianh72

Re: Fatal flaw, hyperloop is DOA

Ejector seats?

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julianh72

Re: Yeah, good luck.

If this is technologically viable, the Chinese will have one working before anyone else. They have the ability and the will to mobilise "whatever it takes" to do just about anything.

And they're not too fussed about whether it is economically or ecologically viable - as long as it would be seen as "world-class". E.g. consider the Shanghai MagLev train from the airport to down-town - 30 km in 8 minutes, running every 15 minutes, with a top speed of 430 km/hr. I can't for one moment imagine that it is remotely economically viable - but it is undeniably cool!

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Google lifts skirts, reveals Play All Access to UK market

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Thumb Up

Re: RadioDread

If you like RadioDread, you really MUST now create an All Access "Radio Station based on Easy Star All Stars (or better yet, just seek out and listen to "Dub Side of the Moon") - best Pink Floyd cover EVER!!!

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