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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Life in plastic, it's fantastic!

...some fool repeated the received wisdom that the population will start to fall after reaching 9,000 million around 2050. Not going to happen. ..

"Some fool" was repeating the consensus opinion of the world's population specialists, who have been commissioned to do multiple studies into this area.

Perhaps you could tell us the basis for your rejection of all this work? Perhaps all the scientists are conspiring because they have been bribed by Big Oil?

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I don't think this is sexist.

I think it's worse - I think it shows the classic view that the Arts graduates have of Engineering, and the Sciences generally.

The Barbie books are meant to show Barbie being successful. The people who wrote this obviously thought that they WERE showing Barbie as successful. They just didn't have the first clue about what a 'Computer Engineer' did.

And, being Arts types, they didn't feel the need to find out. They just decided it was something to do with computer games, and involved talking to geeks. So that's what they wrote.

You or I would have had a plot involving the school not being able to allocate classrooms or trace equipment, and Barbie putting together a database application to sort this out - testing and documenting the same. I really don't think that Arts students connect that sort of thing with computers at all. They just think that services 'happen'...

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

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@ Psys.

...Re: ...for the nth time....

Building them and getting them to only explode in the direction you want them to is indeed engineering.

But getting them to fly to where you want them to is science.

Building them and getting them to fly ANYWHERE is engineering.

Deciding where to fly them and why is science.

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Everyone seems to be buying..

...into the idea that Philae has gathered the data it was supposed to gather.

This is not true, as a glance at the Mission Aims statement will show you. Philae was meant to touch down on the surface, and then send back data AS THE COMET STARTED OUTGASSING on its way to perihelion. That would be next summer.

The initial data set is fine, and it's a great achievement to have placed the craft on the surface of a comet. But, because they were relying on solar power, and because of the poor landing, Philae will probably not be able to fulfill its primary mission.

Just thought I'd mention this...

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: three "disasters" so far - Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima

...it doesn't make sense to extrapolate, on the basis of 3 (three) disasters, that the nuclear is safe Build 1000 TIMES that many nuclear power-stations we already have on this planet - and see how many disasters happen...

So, you are saying that we don't have enough stations to make a proper prediction, and we should build more to get one - but we mustn't build more because we don't have a proper prediction...?

...if you advocate lowering safety standards (... common sense tells me that when you lower safety standards, you increase...of something going wrong,...

If your safety standards are currently at sensible minimums, lowering them will cause more accidents. If your safety standards are currently at stupidly high maximums, lowering them will cause few problems.

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But the British/American governing classes, so fatally committed to renewables, often seem willing to listen to Google even if they won't listen to anyone else.

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968), I believe, rather than H. L. Mencken...

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Re: Then we're fucked

Oddly, non-renewable energy sources never run out. This has never happened throughout recorded history.

What happens is that humanity moves to other, better energy sources. For more information, read Julian Simon

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Re: Then we're fucked

Titan?

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Re: Then we're fucked

...Well, if you don't want the gas - I'll sell it to the Martians. ...

The Martians are already getting all the methane they want from Titan. Give us 50 years and that's where we'll be getting it from, too...

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Re: reducing energy consumption

Don't worry, this is just the first stage - getting rid of the windmills.

The second stage of pointing out that CO2 is harmless comes later...

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This is not news

The calculations behind this are NOT NEW. Some engineers have been saying this for 10 years or more. They have been ignored, sidelined and sacked if they kept saying it.

The only thing that's changed here is that society is slowly stopping vilifying people who raise these objections. This whole extraordinary popular delusion has cost humanity many billions - trillions before it will be finished, and has set back human progress by about 30 years.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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I would say they're about the same sized problem for the world...

Climate Change - no problem

Obesity epidemic - no problem

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It’s PAYBACK time as HUMANS send a PROBE up ALIEN body

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Success?

..The unexpected success caught me by surprise.....

I suggest that you look at the mission aims. The idea was to put a lander on the surface of the comet TO FILM THE OUTGASSING PROCESS AS IT PASSES PERIHELION.

We have got a lander onto the surface, but it won't be able to do its main job come perihelion next year. I count that as a failure.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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A lot of people think...

...that getting data back from the lander means the mission was a success.

A glance at the mission statement will show you that the idea was to examine a comet as it passed perihelion and started out-gassing, from two positions - orbit and on the surface. Now, because of the bounce into shade, we effectively only have one observation position. Perihelion was when the most interesting science would have been done...

The lander is in a poor photo position. It's also in a poor solar power position, which has resulted in it being closed down fro lack of power. It might come back as the sun gets nearer, though intense cold can damage electronics and batteries. An RTG would have kept it warm, and at least enabled gas sampling experiments to continue up to perihelion in the middle of next year.

ESA are putting a brave face on it, but the mission has been dealt a heavy blow. It's interesting to note that they didn't use an RTG because Pu-238 is pretty rare now that the US stopped making it in the 1980s. ESA are actually commissioning research into making RTGs out of Americium, so that will improve matters.

The big lesson, though, it that it's hard to land on an object with very little gravitational force to help. No doubt that lesson will be applied to later missions...

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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Re: While I agree with your post...

...Just tell UKIP's backers that it's an energy containment field for "Europeness" and they'll pay for the whole thing....

Actually, the same excuse would also guarantee large sums of funding from the European Commission. Their view of Europe is one where outside trade is rigorously excluded unless it follows their rules.

It could also be a method of stopping any dissatisfied country, like the UK, leaving....

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Hot, horny bees swerve PLANET-SAVING DUTIES as climate warms, claim boffins

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If you read the paper...

...you find that this is simply a comparison of flight times for bees and opening times of orchids.

ALL other suggestions are just that; suggestions. So there is an assumption that once a male bee copulates with a female bee he is shagged out and uninterested in an alluring orchid. I don't know whether that's true or not.

There also seems to be an assumption that early and frequent copulation will have no impact on bee numbers. I would have thought it would raise them considerably, to the benefit of the orchid.

There is no information about courtship ritual given at all. All animals undertake this - it allows the female to select an appropriate male. I would have thought that rejected bees would definitely be 'round the orchid' no matter what the timings...

All in all, a classic example of mentioning climate change to get a pretty mediocre paper published...

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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

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"...The Earth is in turmoil, all the crops are dying of blight and everyone is doomed, so admittedly, it’s not a particularly cheery premise...

Ah. So we need to set up a decent sized hydroponics facility in orbit, then? That would seem to be the obvious activity. Where do black holes come into that?

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Re: "Gravity" was accurate and realistic? Really?

The 2001 Jupiter scenes were shot on location...

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

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Re: Name me one English summer

...for the first time wind power generated more than nuclear, about 20% if I recall correctly..

Er, yes. The Grid is forced by law to take as much energy as the wind farms can put out. So, when demand is very low and the wind is high, all other generators have to turn their power down and wind gets to produce a high percentage of the total. For a few hours. When we don't necessarily need it....

..and the brighter business people should be working on making storage solutions..

Not me! I'm working on producing Unicorn Dust to make the world a nicer fluffier place...

You betray your authoritarian attitudes when you suggest that people 'ought to' be making something beyond the current state of technology so that your dreams can be achieved.

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"...Insulation will keep the heat out in summer and keep the heat in during winter...

But...but... how does it KNOW?

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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Fair Exchange

...unless such front-door access was granted to the Feds then "homicide cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free, and child exploitation might not be discovered or prosecuted." He also warned terrorists could use social media to "recruit, plan, and execute an attack...

Yeah? Even if I believed that, I'd think it a cheap price to pay to keep the FBI out of my phone...

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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A bigger problem.

"...Even if it's lying about everything, it's still going to be the basis for public policy..."

If you are actually happy to leave things there and not complain about using lies as the basis for public policy, then our society will have problems compared to which issues of energy generation will pale into insignificance.

Is it really the case that no one cares about the truth any more? Really, not being ruled by lies is SO fundamental. It underpins EVERYTHING. And you don't care...?

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Re: Haha, amusing yes..

...authorities could get away with filing several of these in that particular bin, if they wanted to. Certainly the one about dragons....

But I WANT to respond to the one about dragons!

At the moment I'm not too sure if I would use the RAF, a staunch man of Laketown with a special arrow, or Pratchett's Lady Sybil Deirdre Olgivanna Ramkin-Vimes....

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Re: This is a conspiracy to discredit legitimate use of FoI requests

...It's concerning that such a "looks at what these fools are asking!" piece includes asteroid impacts. They clearly think that is a daft concern. Whereas it's quite a logical worry, though a local council is not the place to raise it...

Actually, it's quite reasonable. It's very sensible to have plans for what would happen in the event of a major natural disaster of any kind happening sufficiently nearby for survivors to be likely to arrive in the area in large numbers. If I were a council I would expect my plans would be:

1 - in the event of being hit by an asteroid: go up in smoke.

2 - in the event of a nearby county/country being hit: prepare lists of useful services and places of refuge, move as many local people out as I could, contact central government and offer the services I had documented.

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Stricter shark and manta ray trade rules enforced from today

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Alas...

..by now I have no confidence that ANY research on the scarcity of species is reliable. It all seems to be done by activists with the aim of maintaining grant money.

And, in the unlikely event that the research IS valid, and that something ought to be done about trading in these items, I am also sure that whatever regulations are proposed, they are going to have the opposite effect to that intended.

By far the most common situation is that regulations are set up to enrich someone involved with the regulators...

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Re: Enery is the secret

That would be "Our 'Enery"? Him wiv the left 'ook? 'Enery's 'Ammer? Who died in 2011...

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Er... there's something missing here....

...and the something is Prof Julian Simon.

Julian Simon pointed out back in the 1970s and 1980s that resources are NOT items like oil and coal.

Oil and coal are RAW MATERIALS. If you take raw materials and multiply by HUMAN INGENUITY you get resources. That is why, for instance, we have composites and plastics nowadays while they did not have these in the 1600s - although they had the raw materials then. They just did not count rock oil and sand as useful raw materials because human ingenuity had not developed them at that time.

In the 1600s they were VERY worried about running out of oak trees. It took a lot of them to make a fighting ship, and Britain depended on its navy. Navy procurement could easily see that, come the middle 1800s, we would have no wood to make ships, and could easily be invaded. And yet, by 1900, we had the biggest navy in the world.

This happened because human ingenuity made a new and better resource out of something that had not been able to be used before. We do this all the time - throughout all recorded history. Various raw materials will run out at various times. But human ingenuity is probably infinite. Meaning that resources will never run out.

Just look at the track record of the Club of Rome, and then look at the track record of human development. Different, aren't they...?

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Piddling stuff...

Read Blish if you want detailed accuracy.

He goes into the maths of warp drives with Blackett-Dirac equations , explains sodium carbide poisoning of ice IV under Jupiter-surface conditions using a skeletal formula, and has authentic invocation seals and characters in his black magic scenes....

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SpiderOak says you'll know it's secure because a little bird told you

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Re: Just secretly spread the word

...Yeah, he's breached the court order. Good luck proving it though...

Er... given the way things are going, I suspect that not being able to prove it wouldn't stop him being arrested, given a secret trial and disappeared....

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

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Re: First offence

... As it is a first offence then it is likely that the ICO will not issue a fine to the ICO ....

Nonsense! As the formal body enforcing the DPA, the ICO ought to know better, and be subject to much higher standards than the general public. Indeed, it made exactly this point when fining a financial organisation recently for having a laptop stolen which had unencrypted personal data on it.

I suggest that the ICO fines the ICO a sum equal to its ENTIRE assets. That will show that the DPA is not to be trifled with...

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Crumbs! Holiday phish based on genuine hotel booking surfaces

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Covering all bases..

...Ferguson said the person running the account is either a knowing or unwitting participant in the con....

Um. What other options are there?

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Re: Not sure about this

maybe it is...?

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

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I don't want to rain on the parade....

...but has he considered the effect on a standard beer bottle of freezing it at -50 to -60 C?

Ice expands. I would expect the liquid to push the top off at some point, or maybe crack the bottle...

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Remaining Snowden docs will be released to avert 'unspecified US war' – ‪Cryptome‬

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A comment from the slaves.

...military officials, who argue the dump of intelligence documents have set intelligence efforts back years....

Oh? Good!

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Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

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Re: It's all a matter of perspective

...You have to remember that the theories of the scientific communities are almost always wrong. Sad but true..

Except for Climate Change. Whatever happens, that is ALWAYS RIGHT...

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Yawn....

There is NO shortage of water. We have cubic kilometers of it available for each person on the planet.

And, interestingly, there would be NO SHORTAGE of water if we only had a quarter of the water that we do now. Because water is NOT DESTROYED as it is being used. It passes through all of nature, including us, in the hydrological cycle. We simply put our hands in and take what we need.

What there IS a shortage of, however, particularly in SE England, is water storage, purification and distribution facility.As more people live in the SE, we should store and process more water to supply them. But we haven't - in fact, it has been a government decision to provide us with 20% less infrastructure than is ideally needed. Because an EU directive has said that we must use 20% less water.

The Water Companies are really happy about this, of course, because that lets them keep their profits rather than spending them on more reservoirs. So the water flows away when it is rainy, and is no longer in the system when it is dry. But the water still exists. It is a shortage of reservoirs we should be complaining about....

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

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I'm honestly this close to just upping my broadband connection and turning off the TV.

Do it. I've been running like that for 2 years now, and I can feel my brain slowly beginning to recover.

P.S. You'll start to read a lot of books, too. But they are readily available on e-bay and Gutenberg...

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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Yet another poll from the warmists

We have already been told that, accordingly to impeccably peer reviewed scientific studies, if you don't believe in catastrophic AGW you are clinically insane, a wife-beater, a paedophile and personally responsible for all the deaths in the Third World since 1960.

From this I surmise that the temperatures are still not going up like they said they would....

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The Internet of Things helps insurance firms reward, punish

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Re: Re: Spelling and Grammer

...and the sun never sets on its reporting team around the world...

Er... that would be the BRITISH Empire, then...

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Tennessee bloke cuffed for attempting to shag ATM – police

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Re: Cool heads prevail?

..."public intoxication" seems far more reasonable than the laundry list of sexual offences he would probably get landed with over here...

Depends. How old was that ATM?

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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New record set for Antarctic Ice today.

Antarctic sea ice has expanded to record levels for April, increasing by more than 110,000sq km a day last month to nine million square kilometres.

The National Snow and Ice Data Centre said the rapid expansion had continued into May and the seasonal cover was now bigger than the record “by a significant margin’’.

“This exceeds the past record for the satellite era by about 320,000sq km, which was set in April 2008,’’ the centre said.

I wonder how that squares with the news that Antarctica is melting...?

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap faces starvation diet

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Re: Bulk buying

...next time I opened it was crawling with little mites ..

Mites are extra protein. CF Royal Navy biscuit in the 1800s ....

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Re: Healthy body fat percentage@DocJames

...I suppose it comes down to a personal opinion on the role of government. I see it as protecting its citizens.* In this case, it should protect us for the sake of our future health...

So to 'protect the health' of the average citizen, we would empower a central bureaucracy to enforce currently-held scientific standards onto a compliant group of obedient subjects. And after 'health', what else will this organisation decide to 'protect'?

Ever thought that the cure might turn out to be worse than the disease?

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Privateers race to capture forgotten NASA space probe using crowdsourced cash

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Re: time in general

... Hopefully the US doesn't forget how to do manned spaceflight again itself...

We've forgotten how to make nuclear power stations...

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Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics

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Er...

...Stumbling into bed in the dark is now a thing of the past – as is reaching over my wife to turn off the bedside light. I went the extra mile and for another £25 purchased an in-line unit that plugs into a wall socket and then plugs the bedside light into that...

In the 1950s my parents' house had twin (or triple) switches by the door for main and bedside lights, and doubles at each side of the bed for dual control of the aforementioned units.

All done with very little computing power indeed...

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Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers

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Re: living a lie

I have been mulling with changing our current 'representative parliamentary democracy' (ha!) system back to a feudal one.

I can't see any downside. We're already treated as vassals, so we might as well formalise the relationship. You get much more spectacular ceremonials with a feudal system, and, crucially, all the people at the various levels really do have to deliver - up to the Kings and the Barons, who are expected to go into battle first, with big markers tied onto them.

It would brighten my declining years to see an armoured RBS Bank Director at the head of a charge in the Ukraine against a similarly attired Russian Oligarch.

Oh, and the executions are much more entertaining as well...

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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

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No one seems...

...to have drawn the obvious lesson for us down here on Earth.

WE are being forced to embrace photovoltaic technology as well. How long will it be before we are closing everything down for the winter, and hoping for a good wind come spring to clear our power generators...?

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

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Another mission failure

Missed the greenhouse, I see.

Better luck next time...

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Italy has a clumsy new pirate-choker law. But can anyone do better?

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Re: It's about time

In the UK we have a reasonably good workaround for vehicular speed control. It is against the law but we make sure nobody looks too closely

Nobody looks at all if you're a policemen...

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Re: It's about time

...on the positive side you would be allowed to hunt Jeremy Clarkson with dogs...

I quite like your idea, but possibly not for your reasons.

You see, the system would also allow Jeremy Clarkson to respond to YOU. And, seeing as how he has quite a lot of experience with big man-toys like bulldozers and tanks, and a large army of friends and well-wishers from the southern states of the USA, I wouldn't give much for your chances...

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