* Posts by Anonymous Blowhard

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Salesforce boss: One day I'll run a $10bn... er, software biz?

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HANA isn't about lock-in

It's about getting a bigger share of the pie; what's the point going through an expensive sales cycle to get a customer and then have to hand over a large percentage of the profit to the company providing the DB software? SAP used to be pretty keen on MySQL, but its acquisition by Oracle probably cooled their ardour on open source a bit.

As far as lock-in goes, it's one thing to be locked into a software vendor, you can have escrow agreements in case they go out of business, but what do you do if the company has all your data? Any company looking at a cloud solution for a major part of it's infrastructure is basically saying "they are more likely to survive than we are"; which may be the case, but how can you know that? I'm sure some of these companies looked pretty solid too:

http://www.businessinsider.com/largest-bankruptcies-in-american-history-2011-11?op=1&IR=T

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Assemblers were once people: My aunt did it for NASA

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Great story Mark

Your aunt sounds brilliant; so far ahead of the curve they didn't even know it was a curve!

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Makes Sense

IE was dominant because it came with Windows and users, for whatever reason, didn't bother to download and install an alternative, even though there were plenty to choose from.

This was the conclusion of the EU, hence the requirement to include other browsers in the setup.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Worth every penny...

I would willingly sell my house and all its contents to help the BBC.

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Don't count on antivirus software alone to keep your data safe

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Re: Who's the Audience here?

"The audience is MS-Windows desktop users."

Because no other operating system can possibly be compromised?

http://www.zdnet.com/article/lame-mac-malware-finds-success-in-spearphishing/

Awareness of risk is vital to an effective security policy.

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Now with Grunt and Gulp: Cross-platform ASP.NET in new Visual Studio 2015 preview

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Re: Crap in - Crap out

"I know - and there was me thinking the entire business and gaming world ran on it. Whatever was I thinking."

Only the bits that don't run (stagger?) on Java!

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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The problem starts with punters and prices

As the article points out, margins in this game are very low, and anything that can add a few quid profit to the manufacturers is being embraced like a saviour.

But this is the fault of the market, punters look at the spec and say "model X from company A is the same as, but a bit cheaper than, model Y from company B"; nowhere in the list of features does model X say "Includes crap adware that fucks up security" so buyers just pay their money and take their (uninformed) choice.

It's very hard to charge more for something that appears to have "less" in it; so the market needs to be fixed to give hardware manufacturers the chance to make some money on hardware rather than having to pimp their customers' data for a few shekels; how to fix it will be very controversial: do you ban certain types of software, can you force a "data security" warning on certain software like the warnings on cigarettes?

Lots of posts have mentioned being able to do a "clean" install, but this requires skills or money, so buyers may as well opt for a more expensive "business" PC that comes without any adware.

Maybe the answer is to lose a few players in the PC hardware game, or at least the market for personal rather than business machines, so margins aren't so tight.

In the end, it's all about what people are prepared to pay for a PC and the battle for the cheap end of the market.

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Ukraine suddenly 40% more interested in UK tax info – HMRC

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HMRC interested in 40% of my salary

Bastards!

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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Re: Pascal ? Really ?

"someone actually built something outside university, in Pascal"

Obviously you never heard of Borland Delphi; here's a list of some applications built using it:

http://delphi.wikia.com/wiki/Good_Quality_Applications_Built_With_Delphi

Plus loads of internal developments for companies before Microsoft got their act together with VS and corporations got interested in open source tools like Eclipse.

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Prawn cocktail offers hot new way to make solar cells

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Re: Yes!

The correct use for chitin solar cells is to power frickin' lasers attached to frickin' sharks!

I'm surrounded by frickin' idiots!

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After Brit spies 'snoop' on families' lawyers, UK govt admits: We flouted human rights laws

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"The agencies will now work with the independent Interception of Communications Commissioner to ensure their policies satisfy all of the UK's human rights obligations."

And Theresa May will work to ensure the UK has no human rights obligations.

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

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Re: On the outside?

" What were some of you DOING in English lessons…?!"

Usually the previous week's English homework...

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: Grzegorz Brzeczyszczykiewicz

Since this name seems to be fake, I don't find myself wondering about the veracity of the whole story and I do think he might be worried about being the target of TLAs.

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Chinese food safety officials drank so much during working lunch that one of them DIED

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File under "Research"

Did the others file a report on the incident? It was a working lunch after all.

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Ono-Sendai almost ready to ship then?

'nuff said.

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Got $600 for every Win Server 2003 box you're running? Uh-oh

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People who don't plan ahead get penalised

In other news, Pope admits to being Catholic.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Embrace. Extend. Extinguish.

I forgot to add my take on why Microsoft want to be on Raspberry Pi; which is most likely because they see it as a potential growth area in which they aren't already toast (i.e. mobile) and being second to the party is still better than not going at all (Apple?).

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Re: Embrace. Extend. Extinguish.

"Microsoft has form against little Linux machines - remember netbooks. After Microsoft embraced them, the skinny Linux models were driven out by fatter Windows 7 based ones. History will recur."

The factors that worked against Linux based NetBooks are not applicable for Raspberry Pi; lets go through them:

1) Users appeared to want Windows; many manufacturers and retailers had problems because people bought what they thought was a "Windows PC" and then complained when they found it wasn't.

http://blog.laptopmag.com/ubuntu-confirms-linux-netbook-returns-higher-than-anticpated

2) Manufacturers of NetBooks also sold Windows PC and may have been subject to commercial pressure from Microsoft. In the case of Windows on Raspberry Pi, there's no commercial relationship between Microsoft and Raspberry Pi Foundation; even if Microsoft were making a charitable donation to them, how could this be used to force out Linux?

I still have my Asus Eee PC 901; bought with Windows (because it was cheaper) and currently running Mint 14, it's a great machine with Linux but my requirements and expectations aren't the same as the average PC buyer. I suspect that many people who wouldn't touch a non-Windows NetBook won't buy a non-Apple tablet either.

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Powering the Internet of Stuff – by sucking electricity from TREES

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Re: IoS?

I preferred Sniff Petrol's description of Fox News as "factphobic American broadcast anus":

http://sniffpetrol.com/2015/01/13/new-ford-gt-engine-choice-explained/

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IoS?

Looks like the IoT is splitting into two strands: "The Internet of Useful Things" such as the vibration sensors mentioned in the article and other stuff that's just intended to monetise information generated by people (AKA advertising); I hereby christen this the "Internet of Shit" as we'll be drowning in it soon.

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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Re: Land of the free - not

"a criminal intent on killing cops could simply call in some incident like a stolen car and wait for their target to show up to take a report"

They'd have to be pretty patient though...

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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Re: Sad, and not good enough

I don't think that the problem is with "recalcitrant East European shit holes", in fact I'm pretty sure that the police in some of these places would be more than happy to assist the UK police; particularly in those countries that are seeking EU membership. Did anyone even ask them to help?

The problem in this case is that it isn't "terrorists" (real or perceived) and it's not politicians or celebrities, so as far as the UK establishment is concerned it's not important enough to devote resources to identifying the perpetrators.

If they ever do notice this tragic event, the most that Dave and Theresa might do will be to shout about how additional snooping powers might help them "stop this sort of thing".

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FBI-baiter Barrett Brown gets five years in chokey plus $890,000 fine

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100 years for "concealing laptops"?

Aside from the rights and wrongs of trying to expose government secrets/wrongdoings, I'm actually more alarmed that you can get what is effectively a life sentence for concealing evidence.

This sounds like the kind of bullshit charge that can be applied in so many dubious circumstances; does "not remembering to tell them you also have a laptop in a bag under your desk at work" constitute "concealing a laptop"?

Of course "if you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear", but as far as I can tell everyone has something to hide, and who defines what's hidden? A hundred years inside is meant to scare you, it's meant to make you roll over on yourself and your co-conspirators, its a terror threat.

We used to smugly point fingers at totalitarian regimes, who locked political prisoners up on spurious crimes like "talking trash about the state", and thank God that we were free; I'm not feeling so smug these days.

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Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Roll on cryonics

Warning to would-be corpsicles: Don't specify "Revive after SCO lawsuit is over" in your will.

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Hack hijacks electric skateboards, dumps hipsters in the gutter

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Re: ".. you could also just hit them with a car."

Grand piano, surely?

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Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars

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Re: crap

"rather than this sort of crap we need manufactures to develop standardised systems for cars."

Trouble is, Android is a proven system for what they want to do; it has all the basic O/S functionality for touch and voice driven UI and handling mobile communications as well as lots of applications for navigation and other stuff that consumers might want like finding things using internet searches with location services to help (where's the nearest petrol station type questions).

The alternative is to try and build all this themselves, and do it faster than their competitors so as not to get killed in the market. Looking at how successful other companies have been at developing this level of functionality (e.g. Nokia) they would be insane to even contemplate doing it themselves.

Their viable alternatives are:

Android - Googles walled garden (low cost and low walls)

IOS - Apples walled garden (higher cost and walls)

Windows Mobile - Microsoft's walled patch of grass that might become a nice garden if they keep at it long enough and resist the urge to implement SharePoint on it (thanks Stob).

Which would you choose if it was your arse/money?

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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Re: 'Flashmob' screening

"maybe they just blow a nuke 25 miles over South Dakota"

I can see why you're AC...

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Not exactly killing

"making films about killing living people"

Didn't Leslie Nielson beat up the "Axis of Evil" in the first Naked Gun film? What's different now?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Naked_Gun:_From_the_Files_of_Police_Squad!#Plot

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

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Rose Tinted?

"a pair of spectacles that nearly runs SharePoint"

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Unlock your mobe by STROKING it with your PEARL

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Coffee/keyboard

I like cheese

...this seems more like saccharine; blech!

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Next gen ransomware: Elliptic cryptic, talks on Tor, demands Bitcoin

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Malicious Advertising?

Is there another kind?

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Robot deputy blasts possibly explosive Mexican beans with CANNON in 'controlled explosion'

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"Would the X-ray machine not have killed the bugs anyway?"

Depends if it's set to "look" or "kill"...

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Re: Overt paranoia.

"Having said that, though, one of our guys is very late in this morning as he takes the train"

Implied question is answered in statement.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: "E&OE" exists for this very purpose

"This is a significant qualification and should not be accepted by the buyer."

This is fine for B2B contracts; but for consumers the only way that this could "not be accepted by the buyer" is to not use that particular seller's service; for retail purchases you are protected by the Sale of Goods Act (and various others like Distance Selling Regulations) so as long as you're dealing with UK based companies and using a credit card with fraud protection then you are pretty safe.

As always, if it looks too good to be true then it probably isn't.

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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Re: Maintenance

"The first company to market with robot taxis will make a killing"

If they do, then that will be the end of robot taxis...

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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

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Re: pokerface

"The scientists are just in it for the money"

Did you mean "Scientologists"?

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Keep your court orders to YOURSELF – human rights chief slaps US

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Re: Gottalottaballs here...

The Council of Europe is concerned with human rights, it is not a part of the European Union.

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

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

The Council of Europe has no power over individuals, only the governments that are supposed to be upholding, and occasionally abusing, their citizens' human rights.

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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

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Behind Closed Doors

"six days of hearings - five in open court and one in secret behind closed doors -"

The one behind closed doors is the one where GCHQ tells the tribunal what dirt they found on them...

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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VAT for Dummies

"VAT is chargeable on advertising however it is the "customer" of Google who pays the VAT. They would then reclaim it back."

VAT is Value Added Tax; businesses can only claim VAT relief on VAT they pay on goods and services they buy, not the VAT on what they sell. The real fiddle here is to make it look like you're paying out more VAT than you charge yourself, then HMRC will be paying you!

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

The real problem is that by making it look as if they make no profit (so no value added) they get away with hardly any corporation tax and hardly any VAT; two for one!

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Jack of all trades?

I'm not so sure that trying to incorporate features for re-entry and interplanetary space into the same vehicle is the best way forwards.

Orion may be a "big" Apollo capsule, but it is way too small for a Mars mission (unless they can get there in less than a month).

Surely the best plan is to develop Orion as a launch and re-entry capsule and develop a "proper" interplanetary vehicle, no aerodynamics to worry about, for the journey to Mars** And they will need a separate lander/launcher system if they want to go to the surface of Mars, so you're looking at a fairly large composite vehicle anyway.

They don't even need to take their launch capsule to Mars, it can be left in Low earth Orbit, and the astronauts can transfer to it on their return, possibly via the ISS.

**This doesn't take into account any aero-braking at either end of the trip (particularly the return), but I'm not sure I'd fancy my chances of living based on being fired at high speed at Mars and then aero-braked into orbit followed by a similar, but slightly faster, encounter with Earth's atmosphere.

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@Dalek Dave

You're forgetting that the Apollo astronauts were working in a less risk-averse culture than we have today; and that their total exposure was a few days.

I hope your comments were intended as a joke though; otherwise it's a poor trolling effort for this site.

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Author fined $500k in first US spyware conviction

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Just to be clear:

US Government's definition of legal spyware: ours.

US Government's definition of illegal spyware: everyone else's.

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Brits to teach Norks hacks about 'multimedia websites'. 5% of DPRK is in for a TREAT

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Re: errrm....

"Why is our government spending money on helping the norks"

It's obviously an exchange of ideas; the Norks want to get hold of western technology and the British Government wants to know how to make the UK as attractive to immigrants as the DPRK.

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Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

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Re: Can't trust the survey

For Manchester, did they include 215,000 for Salford as well?

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AWS CloudFront wobbles at worst possible time

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Re: This confirms my theory

@Destroy All monsters

Good idea! I didn't know this was done; I wonder if the spot price is based only on demand vs. availability or other factors e.g. competitor pricing and time of day in major markets?

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This confirms my theory

that AWS is a way for Amazon to have excess server capacity paid for by by AWS customers and when Amazon needs the servers for peak load (e.g. Black Friday) they can claw back the resources for themselves (this still gives a service level of 99% to AWS customers if they only do this for three days a year).

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Sony cuff-puter to do one thing smartwatches can't: Give you DAYS of hot wrist action

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Interesting

I like the idea of the fast-track idea-pitching to management; this has to be a better route to innovative products than using market analysts who can only suggest things that have already been done.

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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People won't know who to hate in this one...

You have a choice of:

Musicians

Record Companies

UK Government

The European Union

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Vehicle Excise Duty

Do you tax the car as a "classic vehicle" based on the age of the components, or is it CO2 based? I'd imagine the CO2 output to be similar to Drax Power Station...

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