* Posts by Rol

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

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Re: science eh?

Yeah! Forget Flame Grilled Whoppers and try Laserated beef medallions at Ruby Rod's Ranchero Cafe.

It's the future of cuisine perfection, don't you know!

Bye, bye microwave, rotisserie, cooker, hob and all, and meet the latest in must have kitchen appliances, the Lightwave multifunction food mangler and intruder dispatcher.

We also supply to crematoriums.

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UK.gov STILL won't pop a cap on stolen mobile bills

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Re: PAYG

I have a contract phone with VM and was flabbergasted to find my credit limit had been set at 8000% of my normal monthly bill. Yes, eight thousand percent.

I quickly contacted customer services and brought that down to 400%.

Although I must add, their accounting software was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and coded by drunken navvys, so to expect them to stop my phone from going on a spending spree beyond my credit limit might be asking too much.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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Re: Whatever

Perhaps in five years time the many other attempts at quantum computers will show results.

The British experiment might get usurped by a cheaper alternative.

The Q20:20 may just quietly move to Cheltenham and fill a purpose the government would be hard pushed to justify to the public,

"We're investing millions in developing a quantum computer to watch you all" sounds like a step too far.

"We're investing millions in developing a quantum computer to place British ingenuity back on the plinth it should never have fallen off" sounds a lot better, even though the end result will perhaps be the same.

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@ Ben Bonsall

"I want to invade Switzerland"

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Snowden doc leak lists submarine'd cables tapped by spooks

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@ LucreLout

If anything, the lack of fallout shows our democracy is unfit for purpose.

People across all media have raged on about the injustice yet far from trying to restore the public's faith we see ever more spurious headlines trying to suggest another tranche of pro-snooping legislation is required if we are ever going to save the free world from psychotic goat botherers.

The truth is far more painful. Those in power want to stay in power and if it takes the false flag murder of its own citizens, well that's the price of maintaining the status quo.

Each step towards the Big Brother state, is a step down a one way street. Legislation that seeks to protect us, will NEVER be abolished, but instead, new ever more fantastically managed events will usher in more menaces than an attic full of Beano comics could ever provide.

Do we have a choice? Obviously not. No matter how radical prospective parliamentary parties appear, they will eventually fall into line or fall off a balcony trying.

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

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Re: Why cordless drills came first

I see the ergonomically designed cleaners have all the bumps, edges and throbbing motor parts to satisfy even the most demanding of women, but where are the extensions and hoses for male dusting?

Seems a little sexist.

I foresee a time when A&E never again gets a little light hearted relief from males presenting while attached to Henry the Hoover.

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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About my pay rise

"You're not going to thank me immediately for this, but I'm gonna have to shit in your mouth to rule out a medical condition for refusing my pay rise"

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Re: It's not nesessary the evil

and when this proposed legislation has had zero impact on terrorism, "what" we will be asking "was the point of it?"

Well, imagine polling day. The ruling junta are tracking everyone and have noticed the majority of cars heading toward home along the motorway are opposition supporters coming back from the usual twelve hour minimum wage shift.

A quick thinking minion of the state realises car crashes at junctions 12 and 13 will prevent many commuters from reaching the polls in time and ten marginal wards will be prevented from voting in opposition MP's.

Far flung fantasy? Possibly. Well, most possibly, but beyond the scope of technology and the proposed legislation? No. Not at all.

If we are to go down the big brother route, let's find a big brother organisation that could be trusted to keep our secrets from our glorious leaders until such a time sufficient evidence is produced to suggest society might benefit from unmasking your internet activity. Trouble is I can't for the life of me think of one British institution that wouldn't cave into government demands for nothing more than a favourable tax inspection or a get out of jail free card.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Why not?

There are many sites , like El reg, where I give as many permissions as possible to, within my NoScript environment, but the way things are set up, I can't allow Googles gubbins in El Reg without remembering every time I visit or setting as permanent, which would mean every site.

The problem of allowing Mr Ad to fill my bandwidth to breaking point won't be lost on the readers here and no doubt the knowledge of your internet habits being recorded for eternity is also a bit off putting.

But maybe if Google flung some money at the ad-block, script block people to assist in developing an "I love this site enough to permanently allow Google's shit on this site and this site only" option, then maybe we have a solution to keeping things "free"

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All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing

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Outraged

As a Bristol resident I am outraged that people from outside the area, having contributed nothing to the scheme will be allowed to travel on this bus.

They should at least be forced to hand over a deposit to secure a journey.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Re: Purchasing live in a different universe

"I see you're wearing size nine shoes"

"Sorry?"

"Your shoes, they're size nine. Am I right?"

"Well, yes, they are, but what on Earth has that got to do with the printer I signed off on"

"Everything!"

"Sorry?"

"Well you do know size nine is the most common UK male shoe size and due to the vagaries of legislation in the market, a shoe company MUST offer a range of sizes that also accommodates the extremes of the customer base"

"Well, err, no, I didn't"

"Those extreme sizes are the ones still on display at the end of the season long after the size nines have been sold, which means you can be assured a pair of size five's for a quarter of the price you paid for the size nines"

"I see, but why would I want to buy a pair of size five's? They wouldn't fit me"

"Ah, I see you're a bit of an expert on shoes"

"Well, no, not really, I just know only size nine shoes fit"

"Ah, so you're saying just because something is a lot cheaper, the fact it cannot fulfil its intended purpose means the price isn't the primary factor in your decision"

"Well, yes, I suppose so."

"so basically, your feet are specifying the requirements and your head knows better than to overrule them"

"Put like that. I suppose. Well. Yes"

"Now consider the printer I specified as a size nine shoe. The printer you bought a size five shoe. And consider me the huge foot in the opening sequences of Monty Python"

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Re: You what?

"Good morning Mr Clarkson"

"BBC, I'm in an hurry, so quick"

"Certainly sir"

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"I have spotted a dead fox in the road sir and have activated my ethics component"

"and on that bombshell.....

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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Re: Well...

I'm glad someone had the wit to grasp my lowest form. As for the rest, I do hope they get their shopping delivered to minimise their contact with society as much as possible.

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Well...

After the Crimean takeover, Ukrainian upheaval, Boko Haram, Isis.......

I am really glad the entire world has been subjected to the Patriot Act as things would have been a lot worse.

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

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Share the risk

I have personal stuff that is backed up a few times, but the bulk of my data is music and the like.

This bulk is shared around my friends and thus backed up several times in multiple locations.

It proved a lifesaver for my friend who had his 2TB HD dropped while running, he just bought a new one, popped it round my place and everything was back as it was.

It pays to share.

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HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rockin' boffin Brian Cox

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Remember me..

"but they do say that it could potentially last a billion years up there."

I guess enough egomaniacs will come forward with their selfies and dna to fund a thousand tonne memorial headstone to cap it off.

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Re: Striesand effect in 3...2...1....0

This hotel will most probably continue unflinchingly.

Why?

Well a certain element that frequent Blackpool begin by booking into an hotel, but seem to prefer sleeping in the gutter, A&E or a police cell towards the end of the night.

Those that do make it back to their room are seemingly oblivious to its orientation and manage to empty all orifices very effectively in the bed provided, before clambering toward the toilet for a good sleep.

These discerning customers are looking for the cheapest shit hole available and most likely lack the attention span to read any review that doesn't mention topless, lap dancing or happy hour.

All of which is quite sad, as Blackpool is a lot more than just unfettered hedonism.

Oh and while we're in Blackpool. "What does a Blackpool donkey get for lunch?"

"Half an hour, the same as everyone else"

Yes, yes, I'll move along.

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Now Uber can take EVERYONE for a ride

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I know of a man who will be losing his job in the coming years. As he is rather shy I shall just refer to him as IDS. I wonder if companies that thrive in a slave economy might offer him a comfortable directorship as a suitable reward?

Playlist:-

Up against the Wall MotherF's - David Peel and the Lower Eastside Band

Repeat until arrested.

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UK digi exclusion: Poor families without internet access could 'miss out' on child tax credit

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Social Internet workers?

If you have communication difficulties due to a mental/physical health problem you will most probably have been assigned a social worker, who will help fill out all your forms, claim for the benefits you are entitled to and set your life to some semblance of bearable.

If the same criteria of communication difficulty was applied to those who cannot get online for whatever reason, then shouldn't the state be looking to assign a "Social Internet Worker" who could phone or visit with a dongled laptop to help smooth the way?

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Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY

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Re: Web Marketing 101

It is Facebook's policy to convince us the entire world is using it and love it.

To allow Facebook to go unchallenged on its marketing output wouldn't be right.

Hearing how many have left Facebook or chose to never go their is just as relevant as those who shout it's praises every ten minutes.

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Sarong it's right: Coining it in Thailand without a visa

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I remember..

meeting a very charming Australian programmer (coders didn't exist back then) in a Thai bar at about dawn in Bangkok. He wasn't quite retirement age but had already started living his retirement.

Towards the end of his working career he had studied one of the older programming languages, I forget which, with a view to being one of the few left in the world who could keep the old systems of certain organisations running.

It appeared to have worked as he banged away on his pc for about three months of the year in Thailand and would then fly around the world for a few months meeting and greeting his contractors, finally to return to Thailand for a six month feet up.

I sat in awe of his plan, while consuming another round of the entire top shelf generously paid for by his American, Australian and British contributors to this idyllic life.

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Rovnix Trojan infection outbreak infects 130,000 machines in Blighty

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Re: Example attacks

Sorry, I didn't get back to your original query, but I have been away.

I can't really add to the previous reply, except to agree that NOScript is a learning curve that you will get the hang of very quickly.

As for known threats to Linux, well perhaps this link to Wikipedia might throw some light on it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_malware.

Prior to Noscript I had many issues, with pages taking forever to load and seemingly losing the ability to close some pages without rebooting, life since has been trouble free, but just to stoke the paranoia, that could just mean the intrusions have got more sophisticated.

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A simply secure OS ?

I use No Script in a Firefox browser running on a Linux distro.

That is as safe as I can make things and that safety comes with strings, or more pertinently, comes without baubles attached.

By crippling the usability and interactive dimension of the internet I am not getting the full pizazz of what those kindly developers intended, but in trading away all that lovely gooey guff, I get something a lot more secure.

I could spend my next five lifetimes trimming away the unnecessary components that make up my OS in the hope I am minimising the attack vectors and still have a system that wants to engage me in more ways than I require.

It is about time the OS scribblers gave each and everyone of its customers the ability to cut everything down to the core and then some, to then allow the most simplest of actions to be carried out, like, accessing your bank account, in black and white, with no gifs, no animations, no "would you like twitter with that"

By offering up a more simple OS and browser, the opportunity to make it really secure is made much easier.

Basically at start up a menu will give you the ability to run the all singing all dancing OS or the tone deaf, two left feet version that is recommended for security sensitive work, as it is far easier to get ten thousand lines of coding right than it is to get ten million.

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You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes

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When you assist aunty to buy a computer I suggest you also

Uninstall all the bloatware, all the "hey this is free" for three months and then we sting you and all the stuff which will cost aunty dear.

Then install the free equivalents.

Set up her up with an email account.

Send an email to yourself from her account and reply to her with all the contacts you have that she might be happy to have, cc'd so they can see she's finally made the step and get in touch.

Bookmark some choice websites

Instruct her on the ways of the internet and how the pit of despair is bottomless, unlike most of the images she will stumble upon.

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FIFTEEN whole dollars on offer for cranky Pentium 4 buyers

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Intel, from the very beginning took the x86 architecture and made it their very own. Instruction sets that should have been agreed on a universal basis were constantly being added to by Intel without any consideration for the future.

The result meant newcomers like AMD had a very unfair fight on their hands as Intel would purposefully use up unallocated instruction code to frustrate competitors attempts to challenge Intel's dominance.

As consumers, we have been very poorly served by the uncontrolled dominance of one chip flinger to the point x86 architecture is now exceedingly inefficient in the way it handles instructions.

I hope future processor technology, that looks to be gaining market is quickly tied to an overseeing body that stops the likes of Intel from "weaponising" the instruction set to defend their dominance.

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Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

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Optical?

Having recently read about IBM's holey chip, which is an optical data conduit intended to improve communication between processors I am at a loss as to why the MET has fallen for Cray, which to my knowledge hasn't took advantage of the benefits optical chips offer.

Optical computing is the watershed moment in computing, much like silicon was. Speeds and performance will blow traditional silicon out of the water.

Several companies are blazing a trail into this tech with the ultimate goal of optical processors stacking effortlessly within a wholly optical system. When that day comes the MET's 16 PFLOP machine will be sitting atop the mechanical adding machines in a council dump.

Just because it is tech on the horizon, shouldn't preclude the take up of the many optical devices that have already proved their usefulness in ramping up data chatter between cores and such like and companies that are not including such advances in their offerings should be viewed with a very critical eye.

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Kip Thorne explains how he created the black hole for Interstellar

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If at the centre of a black hole there is nothing other than a dimensionless point, can we surmise it is nothing but a pointless dimwit at the centre of EU finance?

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

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Re: It was all they could have done*

Have you considered option 5?

Take the R&D for a completely new way of providing cpu grunt and blow the old fab process into an economic backwater. Perhaps in ten years time IBM will be pushing the positronic brain that it has been secretly scheming over for all these years. Or perhaps an optical processor? Either way the fab it had would have nothing of use to the new process and thus be more of an hindrance than an asset.

I assume IBM is in business to stay in business and therefore will no doubt have thrashed through many of the arguments raised here and more before bringing down the axe. Thing is they are privy to more information than we are and so we can only assume they have come up with a cunning plan...and hopefully Baldrick was not involved.

Personally I think the processor is on the verge of being completely revolutionised and that is why IBM has been carefully offloading its "antique" technology, to be nothing more than a millstone around the necks of its competitors.

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Ah yes, I do believe they exist at the union of the Venn diagram (criminal (banker) educated and intelligent)

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Equitable distribution

It's all well and good rationalising the whole worlds production to meet demand as efficiently as possible, but some countries are not going to get a piece of that pie and further to that, some groups of people will find themselves living in the wrong country for their skill set.

In the UK we see ourselves as a tertiary economy, we provide services rather than dig the dirt or churn out widgets and that is a precarious existence.

If we look at the UK's economic advantages, they all focus on one aspect, people, and a very particular kind of person, one who is educated and intelligent. These are the people who run our financial institutions, design new processors or delve deep into the fabric of our universe, without them our country would be uneconomically viable

The problem with people is they can readily move to the other side of the planet, they are not a thousand acre fabrication plant costing billions, they are probably just the cost of a forty foot steel container, plus shipping.

Look at the brain drain that started several decades ago and consider the worth these people have added to foreign economies or seen another way, denied our own economy. (Although it must be said they probably had little opportunity to achieve a similar success in this country)

More importantly, how soon will it be before our only economic asset is equalled and perhaps surpassed by other countries? I'd suggest that time is upon us and the service industries this country has relied on so heavily will soon disappear to India and China, leaving what behind? What kind of product might the UK in a globalised world be excelling at to the point it would be uneconomic to move it elsewhere? Perhaps if quirky eccentricity could be "profitised" we just might have a future

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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Measure for measure

Call me cynical, but replacing a well defined metric with something that can be defined and redefined on a whim is just the kind of smoke and mirror governance that appeals to the likes of Dave the effing tory.

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Who is the target audience?

Well, I'll go out on a limb here and suggest it is intended to be consumed by children. My friends 8 year old son is obsessed with it. He has all the merchandise and is a walking encyclopaedia of all things Dr Who wise.

Just like many other popular children's tv programs it isn't a bad idea to throw the parents a few bones to keep them amused and add a family dimension to it all, BUT if it focusses too much on keeping ma and pa riveted it is missing its whole raison d'etre, beginners SciFi for the next generation of dreamers.

As Peter Capaldi did state, right at the outset, and I forget his actual wording, but in short, the stabilisers are off. At the time I didn't quite understand what he meant, but I now believe he was referring to the end of making it palatable to adults. It is for children and as such you must view it as a child to get any enjoyment out of it.

You might as well critically review the Tellytubbies for all it matters to the real target audience.

I for one like the new format and yes I am aged eight and three quarters for about 45 minutes a week.

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Citizenfour: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

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Looking to the future.

It is becoming increasingly obvious our friends in IT are busily creating the "peoples internet" One which has anonymity at its core and one that will prove impossible to survey en masse.

Sadly I can only assume it is just a matter of time before such endeavours are classed as terrorist assisting and outlawed. The right to intercept communications and electronic files will no doubt find its way onto the statute books and then that will be that, we'll be owned by the state, that is in turn owned by commerce which hasn't got the moral fibre to give a shit whether it's machinations take us on the road to oblivion or not.

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Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

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A years supply?

Are you kidding me. I could eat the entire "years supply" in a weekend without a thought.

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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Yep. Maybe PwC needs an ethics inspection, 'cos if they're willing to swing the axe based on nothing but hear say from a customer, then what kind of a blind eye audit will hard money buy you?

I can suggest this as I am no longer looking to work for them in this lifetime.

Maybe keeping a check on the numbers in hell might be one of the cushier jobs and so I retract my previous besmirch in favour of a less hellish afterlife.

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Protesters stop ground breaking on world's largest telescope

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Re: I suppose

I appreciate scaling things up a few notches will set new standards in engineering accuracy, but surely not beyond technical ability.

No, I really do think it comes down to justifying the cost to those stumping up the cash.

As is the trend today, build it no bigger or better than the immediate task demands.

Thank God the Victorians saw things differently otherwise we'd all be floating around in our own sewage.

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I suppose

..the biggest constraint is money, but surely it would be cheaper in the long run and better for all concerned to just go with a 100m dish and forego the incremental steps along the way.

I'm waiting for CERN to start pushing for an accelerator ring around the Moon, obviously after they have built several more that have quadrupled previous constructions first.

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Landline deregulation: Big EU telcos have Skype to thank

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It would be nice..

..if like the electrical power / rail / gas infrastructures in the Uk, the telco infrastructure was owned by one company and leased out to the many suppliers.

And I certainly don't mean in the way BT is working that system.

Hell, the government have been banging on about upping internet speeds for long enough, so why not step in and do it directly. Lay the fibre in a national scheme and lease it out at a reasonable profit.

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Intel 'underestimates error bounds by 1.3 QUINTILLION'

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Re: Ulp!

My carpenter mate is adamant that 22/7 is pi, which while I would happily trust him to knock up a decent spiral staircase, I shudder to think what he would have made of the Millennium Dome

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NSA spying will shatter the internet, Silicon Valley bosses warn

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Re: Guise

Ah! Yes. We could sell the idea that the internet is for all intent and purpose foreign soil and beyond their control by pointing out it will be very easy to start imposing punitive taxes on a "country's" exports that isn't signatory to any trade agreements.

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: Was it or wasn't it?

Ha ha, yes it has been a while since I took a pedant spanking. Oh well.

Thank you sir, please can I have some more.

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Re: Was it or wasn't it?

Have you ever tasted English larger Mr Summers 'cos I think your humour chip needs a reboot

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Re: Was it or wasn't it?

Lack of taste or lack of humour?

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Was it or wasn't it?

My money is on it being English larger, so I suppose, yes it was.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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Re: Something for the weekend?

I have a cunning plan.

Using your totally inadequate 3D printer. create your widget, but with one slight adjustment, reduce its dimensions by 5mm all round for solid objects or 5mm bigger for hollow objects. Oh, and replace that corn starch with candle wax if poss.

Now spray the outside or inside or I suppose both sides with a suitably conductive material.

Take this and immerse it in a bath of whatever metallic based solution you desire and apply some volts.

After a few years have passed (yes, yes, it is blue sky off the cuff thinking after all) and 5mm of metal has been deposited on the artefact, remove and melt away the wax or corn starch.

Hey prestoish you have a copper coat hook or other such invaluable trinket to swank in front of your friends.

If I don't respond to critique, it's because I'm on the phone to the Texas patenting office.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Yep. The economic model used to play master astrologer has absolutely no bearing on the real world.

It's fundamental flaw is in assuming a perfect market, with homogeneous products, universal knowledge, no one person or group having unfettered control and all players act rationally.

Trying to factor the reality of just one of those anomalies into the model would be like knitting live cats and each individual model acts and is acted upon by all the other discrete models to make one hell of a tangle, even at its most naive level.

Another way of looking at it, is the model is perfect, we are just not living up to its impeccable standards.

Then again I'm sure capitalism could be readily defined as anything that tries to defeat the model.

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Re: Supply and demand anomally

Argh. Yes, I missed that one. Thanks for pointing that out before my next cabinet meeting...ha, ha. I wish.

Still, fixing rents would be a great mechanism for cooling the markets gently if they were let's say fixed at today''s price with no opportunity to increase them for five years.

I was going to say at a lower point than today's market, but just how that arbitrary figure can be arrived at without overly penalising the fair landlords that exist already or piling huge costs on councils being required to trundle out armies of surveyors to fix it at 0.5% of rateable value beats me.

Sometimes a mass extinction event seems far more preferable than the work necessary to properly fix things. Oops, I think I've contracted BOFH syndrome. ..and I like it.

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Re: The Missing Piece

The housing market is one huge artificially manipulated cesspit, so far removed from an economist's ideal it might as well be measured in Narnian lions teeth.

Every breath government takes impacts on house prices and anyone buying in either knows the risks or is plain stupid.

If your house is an investment, well you have to take the downs with the ups.

If your house is your home it matters not one jot how many lions teeth it's worth now.

If you think the beautiful landscape out of your kitchen window came with the deeds, well you're either Lord Muck or completely deluded.

If you think I'm paying one penny towards sharing their loss, then come outside and I'll attempt to share some of the pain from other Tory legislation that clearly had no impact on you.

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Supply and demand anomally

In the article it considers rent fixing below the current "equilibrium" to be a cause for greater demand, which in custard doughnuts case is true, but people will generally only rent one house, while I would eat 1p custard doughnuts to an early grave.

Demand is inelastic, as in, rent fluctuations have little effect on rental demand.

What lower rents would achieve is a re-appropriation of property, less people will see the buy to let as a good ride and sell / not buy in.

This would indeed reduce the availability of rental property, but it would also reduce purchase prices back to something sensible and within the reach of those who historically never had a cat in hell's chance of buying a home.

Those new home owners have now reduced the demand for rental property, perhaps to a level that if rent fixing were removed, the market would find the new equilibrium was little different to the fixed price.

The final cure to Britain's woeful housing shortage is for us to fall in love with high-rise once more, but this time don't fill them with children and junkies, keep them for the privileged few who have made it into their thirties without feeling the urge to grow some sproggs or indulge an habit society can ill afford. That ill-fated group would fair far better at ground level anyway.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Re: Human Nature

Wikipedia will one day become the de facto source of all knowledge on this planet, not unlike the Encyclopaedia Galactica. However to reach this revered place it must be accepted by everyone to be true and factual, something which today seems unattainable. It is so because some entries are biased and have been written with alternative agendas in mind by individuals and organisations that seek to distort the truth. These contentious articles do not overtly advertise they are such and that is where Wikipedia and the rest of the internet fails.

As a user it is difficult to see what is generally agreed as right, honest, correct, etc, from the rest of the guff. Everything is busy promoting itself as the truth, while it is only the users diligence and tenacity that might eventually cut through the crap and see it for what it is.

If web-pages could be rated by users and those users votes weighted by their historic use / abuse of the system then we might get a little nearer to an acceptable marketplace for knowledge.

The internet is one of the best foundations to build a democracy on, but underpinning that has to be a comprehensive educational system that transforms children into rational thinking adults.

The war shouldn't just be against terrorism, but also ignorance and disinformation, the breeding ground for all the worlds troubles.

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