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How UK gov's 'growth' measures are ALREADY killing the web

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Re: *Not* orphan

Sigh.... if you don't know why 'stolen' is the wrong word to use by now, I don't suppose you'll ever learn...

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Someone out there LIKES keg beers?

Why are they on the Register...?

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... Until, of course, a law comes in banning photo-snooping via unmanned R/C aircraft...

Won't somebody think of the children..!!!!

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Re: So,

A very good point. I'll drink to that.

Much of the comment here is the equivalent of buggy-whip manufacturers complaining that the car has put them out of business, so it ought to be forbidden, or they ought to be protected.

Change happens. Sometimes it needs to be accepted*.

* (with the exception of keg beers, of course...)

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1 - Yes. a photograph is 'an idea' for the purposes of this analogy. We're NOT talking about the actual printed item - we're talking about an infinitely transmittable and duplicable concept, which multiple people can hold at the same time . If you don't like using the word 'idea' for that, give me another one...

2 - I have skipped no steps. You have added a point which is wrong and nothing to do with the proposal.

a) - you can't 'use it if you remove the ownership data' . Removing the ownership data is a criminal act which is explicitly forbidden in the law. You might as well say that if you shoot a traffic warden you can park in a controlled zone without a ticket - true, but a separate issue which is not covered in parking legislation. The orphan proposal does NOT say 'if you remove the data then you can use it'...

b) removal of the metadata does NOT make it 'safe to use'. If you find someone using your 'orphan' work, then you can stop them and require payment. They have to comply, even if they have removed the metadata. Or if they didn't. They used it to make a profit, so they have to pay. The only advantage to them in removing the metadata is that they can then claim that 'they used your idea in good faith', and they may not then get done for actually 'stealing' it.

To be able to make this claim, they will have to show that they made a 'diligent search'. This will include showing how they got the image. If they cannot show that they got the image in 'data-stripped' form and how, then a court is likely to find that they did the stripping. The onus is on them to show that they got the image in an untraceable way and were not able to find the owner after looking.

Of course, they may still get away with it. People get away with murder. But that's an issue for enforcement, not an issue with the law against murder.

I wish people who comment on the proposal here would read the proposal first....

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Re: Care-o-Meter hovering at zero

...FFS I bet you wouldn't agree that it's right that I should be able to pick up your phone in a bar, remove the SIM, whisper "does this belong to anyone" and then LEGALLY walk off with it would you?? A weak analogy I know but it illustrates the point....

No it doesn't. You obviously haven't read the proposal. Leaving aside the stupid analogy that ideas are like property (which they are obviously not), the way your analogy should go if it wants to match the proposal is:

1 - you find a phone in a bar.

2 - you look to see if there is ownership info on it.

3 - if you can't find any, you can use it.

4 - If someone turns up later and can show that the phone is theirs you must give it back.

5 - If you have made any money out of your use of the phone, you must pay the owner an appropriate percentage

6 - if you cannot show that you took the phone 'in good faith' and didn't try to find the owner ( eg, only whispered 'Whose is this?), you may be done for stealing.

Put like this it doesn't seem to be so unfair, does it?

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Not a lot of balance here...

... and yet the WHOLE point of copyright law is about balance.

The principle behind copyright and patent legislation is that:

1 - humans are creative and have new ideas all the time.

2 - it's a good idea to use these ideas for the general benefit of humanity

3 - but if they are used freely, the few humans who contribute most of the ideas will get pissed off

4 - So, we developed a system that lets the humans who have the ideas get a free run at using them without competition first, and after a while we throw them open to general use.

So (if you accept the above), you can see that the main issue is going to be 'How long is it reasonable to run this protection for?

There is no right answer to this. The American music and film industry want forever - but are settling for two lifetimes at the moment. Originally, IIRC, the period was 7 years. In reality, differing periods are needed in differing circumstances - no single period is going to be right for everything. That's one area the discussion should be about.

Another area is 'who should pay'? There's actually nothing wrong in principle with the idea of 'orphan works' - Orlowski has carefully left out the associated features in the EU's 'orphan proposal'. The full suggestion goes like this:

1 - If you have done a diligent search for an owner and can't find him, you can use the item as an 'orphan'

2 - you have to document your 'diligent search', so that it can be examined in court if a complaint is made later

3 - if you are making money out of the 'orphan work' you have to put some aside so that you can recompense the owner if they turn up later.

So the issue of how hard a 'diligent search' needs to be is really a non-issue. If you own copyright and find that someone is breaching it, it's a cut-and-dried case that they should stop and pay you. Whether they have searched hard or not. The only importance of the 'diligent search' is to indicate whether the copyright breacher is doing it 'in good faith' or not. If not, presumably punitive measures will apply...

All of these proposals are actually quite sensible. The issues with them are all going to be matters of balance. How long do you have a monopoly for? How much should taxpayers contribute to running the system, and how much should the copyright owners contribute?

And of course the major one - how much will it cost to enforce my rights at law? But that is a much larger question than just copyright alone....

PS - Interest declaration. I have several balls in this game.

1 - I generate new ideas and sell them to clients to make a living.

2 - I also generate new ideas for the general benefit of humanity and issue them under the Creative Commons license.

3 - At least two organisations are currently using my work commercially in breach of this license.

4 - I also try to save historical artifacts which are 'ideas-based'. The orphan concept would help me a lot here, since owners of rare objects are now very unwilling to have their objects copied, even for preservation...

5 - I don't believe in the concept of 'intellectual property'. Ideas cannot be 'owned' in the same way as objects can, and to pretend that they can is wrong. This is a separate legal field, and needs to be treated differently to 'property'....

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There's cling-ons on the starboard bow! Trekkies' wallets under attack

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I want....

..."but they offer the same functionality in that one can tap to open a voice channel to one's computer (aka one's mobile phone) and speak commands as well as making calls "

... a pen that I can hold up in front of me and say :

"Open channel D..."

The Man from UNCLE

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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Re: Where's the beef?

"...Ladies and gentlemen, I give you exhibit 1 from Dodgy Geezer...

Thank you, folks, thank you! I'll be here all week....

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Where's the beef?

..A group of Euro politicos hope the web filth block will bring about a "genuine culture of equality" online.

A motion was tabled this week by the EU's committee on women’s rights and gender equality. A report titled Eliminating Gender Stereotypes in the EU urged all members of the European Parliament to support the draft resolution...

I can't follow the 'equality' argument. Perhaps the females on the "EU Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality" are complaining because they aren't asked to perform in these movies?

Er, ladies, there's probably a reason for that...

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Microsoft about-face: Office 2013 license IS transferable now

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WTF?

What is this 'Office 2013'?

Is it another fork of Open Office?

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The supercomputers LIED: UK rainfall is rising, but won't drown our phones

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Re: But we were told it was going to get drier...

...The conventional message has been drier summers, wetter winters in southern Britain, and there has been an emphasis on predicting that extreme events are likely to get more extreme - e.g more droughts, more floods, more intense rainfall. ...

Er, no. That that's the RECENT message - the one that the Global Warming believers changed to after it became apparent that their predictions were failing to come true. You have it mixed up with the 'Extreme Weather' claim, which came after they junked 'Climate Change'.

We were originally told, quite clearly, that there would be much less precipitation, then none at all, and the last breeding pairs of humans would be found in the Arctic.

Then, when that was obviously not going to happen, we were told that the new climate would involve long and continuous droughts, so we had to save water, but we weren't allowed to build reservoirs for some reason. In winter, our children would; never know what snow was.

Now that's become a laughing stock, and the current excuse for high taxes and no proper infrastructure spending is that ANY news report of unseasonal weather is caused by human 'pollution', either CO2 if it's hot, or SO2 if it's cold. And if the weather ids normal, it's CO2 AND SO2 together.

I note that NASA have just reported the results of a study into average water vapour around the world. CO2 warming theory INSISTS that it has to go up - it is this increase which causes the extra heat.

It has gone down. In one blow, the whole underpinning of the AGW scam has been disproven. But, as far as I can tell, that isn't going to stop the activists ....

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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

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Re: I seem to recall...

...I do pay for road maintenance- out of my taxes. You don't think the vehicle tax covers all the costs do you?..

Um.

In round figures:

Public spend on UK road system per year - £10 bn.

Tax income from motor vehicles per year - £30 bn.

So, yes, taxes on vehicles would cover the road cost three times over. I suspect that you were forgetting the fact that petrol is taxed up to the hilt....

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SpaceX: 'We have control, it's just a glitch' Musk tells world+dog

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Re: Don't sign up to a commercial provider..!!!

I tried using fluffy dies on the rover - but I found that they wouldn't cut the threads properly...

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Re: Don't sign up to a commercial provider..!!!

Gentlemen,

It is heartening to see that I am followed with such appreciation, and I feel that a couple of comments are in order:

Though light in tone (I had to stop writing when I saw that I was falling into the Monty Python Torremolinos sketch), there is a semi-serious message here. In general, private enterprise with competition = very good, private enterprise without competition = somewhat less so. And you only get competition in a flourishing commercial environment - the UK experience has shown that trying to apply 'competition' via regulation to a naturally monopolistic structure like the National Grid or water supply results in the mess we have today....

New Mexico is, of course, the place to which the Virgin Galactic flights will fly from. Ignoring the realities of orbital physics, I imagined that, just as today we are looking at short holidays in space, staff in orbital stations might be attracted by a short holiday on the ground...

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Don't sign up to a commercial provider..!!!

You know how it goes.

One day you're sitting in your space station, wondering what's on the radio, and you get a knock on the door. It's a commercial capsule with a load of supplies that you could do with, and the price looks very tempting. So you sign up to them with a 3-month offer to undercut anything NASA will provide, PLUS a free squeaky toy for your space cat, and two zero-g fluffy dice for the lunar rover.

Then, after the 3 months, the price starts to increase, and the delivery rates drop. Soon, you realise that it would have been cheaper to stay with NASA. And Richard bloody Branson starts phoning you up at all hours pushing Virgin Galactic, offering cheap 1-day breaks down at his holiday villas in New Mexico....

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NASA probes spots temporary third Van Allen radiation belt

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And of course...

...The thing is, there are people who would gladly sacrifice their health in order to perform a "first". Bloody good job, as well, or we'd be nowhere....

...there's Killimanjaro. About 7000 people are damaged by altitude sickness on it each year - usually temporarily, but an annual average of 2-3 tourists die - 10-15 if you count the local guides who don't get much medical support...

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Colombian boffins reconstruct flight path of Russian meteor

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A modest proposal...

If this had hit a town instead of exploding in the air it would have wiped it out. 500 kilotons is a big bang.

I thought that we had a system for tracking and watching dangerous objects in space. Why didn't that system warn us?

It seems to me that it would be worth taking the cash away from the disproved and discredited Global Warming scam, and spending it on improving our meteorite watching capability.

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Look out! PEAK WIND is COMING, warns top Harvard physicist

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Not a problem!

The answer to ALL our problems, coming to a country near you soon.

DEMAND MANAGEMENT.

That's a cuddly way of saying that we're going to raise the price of energy to astronomical levels in order to force everyone to stop using it.

Then we'll be at environmental peace with Gaia. And some politicians, energy business , bankers and environmental quangos will be rolling in riches...

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Climate scientists link global warming to extreme weather

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Umm... What about the science...?

...As global temperatures have increased, the Arctic is warming to a greater extent than the rest of the northern hemisphere...

But...?? What about the theory?

I have been watching the Global Warming hypothesis since its earliest beginnings. In the heady days of 1998, when it was obvious that the temperature was going up, the AGW theory explanation was quite clear. The Sun's UV rays were absorbed by CO2 and re-radiated as IR. This was going to happen most where the rays were densest - over the TROPICS. The theory says that the tropics should warm faster and earlier than the poles. But that doesn't seem to be happening....

Which suggest to me that, whatever is warming the poles, it's not the originally proposed 'global warming' process....

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BBC's new bosses - the lawyers - strike out Savile probe testimony

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..dont fuck kids. fairly simple. how hard is it for the BBC to understand that?..

Don't treat people accused of fucking kids as guilty without evidence.

There. Fixed that for you...

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Council IT bod in the dock for flogging scrap work PC parts

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Oh dear....

...It is your moral duty for the sake of the planet to extend the life of those parts and slow down the rapid depletement of the worlds precious metals and other resources...

I've not come across the word 'depletement' before. Everyone I know calls it 'depletion'.

Unfortunately, I have come across many people telling me that my 'moral duty' should be to obey their half-baked ideas without question. The way I see it, Gaia has been ravaged for her precious metals, which have been illegally ripped from her womb, and we ought to return them all to below ground as soon as possible.

Preferably together with all the environmentalists...

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The difference between UK and European Law...

... is that, under UK law, anything not specifically forbidden was deemed to be allowed.

Under the Codex Napoleon, the base principle was that you were not allowed to do anything unless properly authorised.

We USED to operate strictly to UK law, but we are now moving towards the European approach as we slowly merge our legal systems. So nowadays, ask for authorisation before doing anything.

You know it makes sense!

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...There should be provision to give away electronic equipment without warranty so that servicable equipment does not just go in the bin....

Alas, nowadays that is illegal under the EU Waste Directive. You cannot just give electrical equipment away anymore - that's why Oxfam shops no longer sell it...

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

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Re: none of this is new

... The petri dish for the organism called the human species is finite. Traveling to distant planetary systems is impossible. ...

The petri dish for the organism called the human species is INFINITE. Traveling to distant planetary systems is impossible with the knowledge we have today. But who knows what amazing methods of travel human ingenuity will develop in the future?....

There, fixed that for you...

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Re: If an asteroid wants to wipe out mankind, it had better hurry

...and toward the end we'll probably be burning coal to cook limestone to deliberately release even more CO2, plowing permafrost in the summer to optimize methane melting, dredging the arctic sea floor for clathrates to set free. ,,,

Umm.. No, we won't.

Because, as must be quite obvious to everyone now, CO2 and NH4 concentrations really don't affect the atmosphere's temperature very much. If at all.

When the next Ice Age starts, we will either:

1 - know what causes them and address that issue, or

2 - burn the coal, etc to keep us and our food provision systems warm.

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WTF?

I happened to mention this issue...

...to a group of my friends in a pub a year or so ago, and suggested that , out of all the threats I knew about, this one really needed to be addressed.

The general consensus was that I was either drunk or insane.

This seemed to be based on the belief that WE are down here, and SPACE is up there, and so the two things are nothing to do with each other. Furthermore, anyone who starts talking about space as if it was somewhere to go is obviously living in the far future - 'thousands of years hence' was mentioned. Indeed, one wag suggester, to general approval, that humans would have evolved into another species before we needed to worry about what was on the Moon.

Anyone who wants to address defences against meteorites will have to address this attitude first...

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Permafrost melt to boost atmospheric CO2 faster than thought

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A quick correction

"You cant presume anything by such a short term view. And actually that's not true - the temperature has still been rising year by year on average."

"...the temperature has still been being adjusted upwards year by year on average."

There, fixed that for you.

Actually, it's worth looking at the Japanese Met Agency. They don't fiddle their figures. According to them, the temperature has been at a standstill for 22 years. Still think that's a short-term view?

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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My phone number had 007 in it....

... so I asked management for a martini, a Beretta and three half-naked gorgeous women....

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No - you live across the road from him...

(Hellfire for obvious reasons...)

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Space station 'naut supplies Reg with overhead snap of Vulture Central

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Re: As an Englishman...

... living at 3.5,7.5 on that photo (if you make each axis 10), I am jealous of your incredible weather and outstanding sporting achievements. I hope you fully appreciate them....

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Google Doodle honors British bone-finder Mary Leakey

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Interpreting the GOOGLE word is difficult...

I can see the initial G, and the last LE is quite easy.

The dogs obviously have something to do with the middle G, although I can't see it yet.

But the middle OO! I can't tell you how relieved I was when I decided that it must be the glasses, even though that is rather higher on the line of the word than I expected. Following the actual line more closely would put the required OO slightly lower, and on quite a different part of Mary Leakey's anatomy....

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Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

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Re: Intriguing,..

"...I'm intrigued by the "live-action model sets", hope they don't just been scene sets. I'd love to see some Anderson style non-cgi vehicular models - the detail of the original models inspired a billion imaginations...."

If you want to see where they got the basis for most of the models - look here:VIP/Thunderbird Models

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UK minister: 'There must be a limit to what the gov knows about its people'

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Re: "but the King of England cannot enter."

...He can send in a SWAT team wearing ski masks and carrying assault weapons....

Nowadays, yes. But, interestingly, not in the 1800s.

Funny, that. They were MUCH more interested in ethics, honour and the proper way to behave then. Doesn't mean that everybody behaved properly all the time, of course. But it meant that you could stand up in Parliament and say 'This is not an honourable course of action!", and people would listen to you, as opposed to laughing, which is what they would do today.

Possibly it's because religion played a bigger part in everyday life then? I have a theory that, when communications and transport capability was much worse, you tended to live your life in proximity to the same people all the time. And in that situation, your reputation becomes very important - people won't work with you if you don't keep your word.

Nowadays you can stab everybody in the back and just bugger off to another company half-way around the world when it's getting too hot for you. Or, for a politician, do a Blair and take a tasty job in the EU or somewhere...

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...Great times indeed, unless you were a woman, or Irish, or poor, or a subject of Her Majesty's colonial administration....

Well, we are, of course, only talking about 'freedom' rather than total quality of life. And this was only ever claimed to be true of an 'Englishman' - so we only need to address your 'poor' statement. The date of 1900 is a bit general, and I suspect things were better still in 1800, as this quote from a Prime Minister of the time indicates:

"The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the crown. It may be frail - its roof may shake - the wind may blow through it - the storm may enter - the rain may enter - but the King of England cannot enter."

William Pitt, the first Earl of Chatham, also known as Pitt the Elder - 1763

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...[I]n a free society there should be a limit to what the government knows about its people....

Several people have pointed out what they see as the reversed ownership implied by this statement.

Alas, they are wrong. We are, indeed, now 'owned' by the government. At the beginning of the last century you could still stand up to a government - sayings like 'An Englishman's home is his castle' were still supported by the courts.

Not so by 2000....

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'Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

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Re: Nuclear energy's the perfect power source

..Then, it's not so green. For tens of thousands of years....

Um? A couple of hundred years at most. Where are you getting your figures? La-La land?

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Re: Nuclear always costs more than it's supposed to

One thumbs-down from a person who thinks a Ferrari is cheaper than a kit car!

Please get in touch - I have a bridge I wish to sell to you...

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Re: The cost of storing nuclear waste - 2.8 p/kWh

...The figures come from something I saw a good few months ago. I had been surprised that the cost is quite low, because the greenshirts had been moaning about the cost of disposal.storage, then estimated at £76 bn...

Actually, their usual trick is to obtain a cost for disposal/storage of high-level waste (a matter of a few cubic meters per year, stored at high cost), and then multiply that by the total volume of ALL 'nuclear waste' (lab coats, papers, general rubbish from a facility).

I'm surprised that people don't call them out on that more often, but then they usually only shout these meaningless figures at other believers...

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Re: Nuclear always costs more than it's supposed to

...The fact is that when you build renewables you know what the total project cost is, from build to tear-down and cleanup, and you know what the energy price is. So which is going to keep energy cheaper over time? Systems that rely on technologies that have been proven to be unreliable (nukes), experimental (fracking), or on external imports that are subject to supply constraints and speculative shocks (other fossils) - or systems that use a perpetual natural resource and have a known fixed cost?..

Um. I think you are letting your politics run away with your sanity.

What you have just claimed is that items with a fixed cost are always going to be cheaper than items with unpredictable costs. This is simply not true.

For example, I might want a new car. I could design and make one myself - perhaps from a kit - but I can't predict the cost of that precisely, and there may be unanticipated problems - like having difficulty sourcing an appropriate engine. On the other hand, I could buy a top-end Ferrari, and I bet the salesman can give me a precise price on that.

You seem to think that the Ferrari is gong to be cheaper...?

PS I notice that a wind turbine just fell over in Devon. I gather that it's a new design, imported from Norway. So that makes wind power 'unreliable, experimental and dependent on external imports' . Oh dear!

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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

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I use LiPos in my model planes...

..and God, do they go!

But when it comes to charging them, we put them in reinforced fireproof bags before connecting up the charger.

Because we know how unreliable and dangerous they can be...

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Re: Difficult fire suppression / fire extinguishing

.. Maybe defective batteries should be ejected from the plane, backup batteries could ensure critical flight functions. But the FAA might not like such a solution...

The people on the ground below won't be too happy, either...

Particularly if a British plane drops one over Dresden....

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If it's anything like the Comet problem...

... then the investigation will find nothing, the planes will be cleared to fly again, and then crashes will start occurring, probably over water.

After a heroic recovery of the remains of a Dreamliner from 7 miles down in the Pacific, they will recreate the accident and discover something completely new about battery technology. But by then Airbus will have taken over their markets....

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You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

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Is this the same Marra...

...who published an appallingly bad bit of scaremongering stats on bird deaths by cats a couple of years ago? Using every trick in the stats book on a base observation of 70 fledglings?

I would like to see someone from el-reg analyse the stats in the paper critically. This lad has got form.

Oh, and, by the way, how many birds NEED to be killed each year? That's the way nature works. If it didn't, the earth would be a mass of pigeons expanding at a large fraction of the speed of light. Once we know what the appropriate predation rate is we can then decide if cats, or squirrels (which I thought killed twice as many fledglings) , or glazed windows (which kill a significant number) are doing it to excess or not...

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Huddled immigrant masses face 'British values' quiz

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Alternative answer...

...What is a sensible population for a small island with sever houseing (sic) shortages? Answer: A lot less than it is now....

or, perhaps, new houses need to be built?

Anyone who thinks that this generation is the first to have exceeded the carrying population of the Earth needs to re-read history, and then read Julian Simon ...

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...If I believe the UK is a parliamentary democracy, that is not a value but a factual belief....

If I believe that London is the capital of the UK, that is a factual belief. If I believe the UK is a parliamentary democracy, that is not a value or a factual belief, but a delusion.

There, fixed that for you...

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I got 100%!

Winchester for me, I think. Or Rugby. Which really has a 'beautiful game'.

Not Eton, or Harrow. I can't see the point of rowing. I'd need several more plums in my mouth to fit in well at Marlborough, and I'm frankly too intelligent for Stowe....

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LOHAN premieres intimate REHAB vid

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So you've lost one playmonaut...

...out of how many launches? And how well does this compare with NASA?

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Climate watch: 2012 figures confirm global warming still stalled

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WTF?

I've got a modest proposal...

Instead of arguing about whether a specific point on a graph is going up or down, why doesn't each side of the argument specify what data would cause their own theory to be DISPROVEN (a la Popper)? And then examine the data in the light of that assertion?

It seems to me that, if you believe in a strong and accelerating climate change due to increased CO2 concentrations, and if CO2 concentrations increase while the temperature doesn't, you have only two conclusions:

1 - the theory is completely wrong

2 - the theory partly right, but the effect is so weak that it is easily swamped by natural variation.

Of course, you could also argue that the data is incorrectly collected or processed in some way. But it would be a more interesting discussion than this continual argument about differing slopes on a variable graph...

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Swartz suicide won't change computer crime policy, says prosecutor

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..The aggressive prosecution of computer crimes won't be changed in light of the suicide of internet activist Aaron Swartz, a spokeswoman for Boston US Attorney Carmen Ortiz has said...

After all, why should it? It's having exactly the effect it is intended to have...

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