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

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Re: reducing energy consumption

derp

it's not "the rich" that are increasing the population at 2-4x their replacement levels.

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NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators

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Re: Start with the obvious. Repeal the THE PATRIOT Act,

here's legislation I can get behind: No Backronyms for any political use. Only allowed for hardware systems, and only universally acceptable for space program use. Amateur space programs included.

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voting reasons?

these should be mandatory for everyone. Even if written by a staffer, it's still attributed and while won't affect the low information voter, those of us with reading comprehension and memory longer than 10 years will find it extremely valuable

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Re: Do I care enough to comment???

that's a lotta commenting for someone pretending not to care enough to comment. Passive aggressive much?

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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Those Who Can, Do...

Those Who Can't...are professional victims who need to take down Those Who Can.

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Re: Do any of you realize...

"Evidence you say? Excellent, lets have a trial and hear it argued out in court, rather than submit to predetermined verdict by anonymous internet nutjob."

complains about statements from one internet nutjob because it counters his heroes which are a larger group of anonymous internet nutjobs.

sounds legit. Maybe they can sack up and hit the guys who made the violence threats first as well? Naww, that wouldn't be "cool".

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: Has WiRED

hey, I'm excited about 3D printing because my apartment does not wire 220 3 phase nor can it handle the weight of a Bridgeport. But a decent sized 3D printer will run off of 110V 15A and fit on a small desk.

Plus, with some new filaments Ive heard of, a 3D printer can produce all the weird gaskets, O rings, and rubber bits I'm always losing/breaking when working on cars, Nerf guns, plumbing parts, you name it.

Excited or concerned about 3D printed guns, that's a whole other story. I do like the idea of doing some really cool models of anime or movie firearms tho. The Dalek tommy gun from a new Who episode comes to mind.

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Re: But against the backdrop of your British readership...

the 9mm cartridge the Sten used is still commonly available. Like the .22LR rimfire, there are different flavors, but you can still run your old school stuff off of ammo you bought today.

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First space Hasselblad goes under the hammer

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I know a guy who loves cameras and has money

and I just sent the auction link to his son.... here's fingers crossed!

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Cheap blow-up baby incubator bags James Dyson award

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Re: Good and bad

increasing overpopulation in "third world" nations is already, and will continue to be, the cause of more violence, wars, atrocities, and environmental damage than any amount of clever warfare.

A human being is the biggest threat to anything. One would say that assisting more survivable births in areas where live birthrate already exceeds the environmental capability to support and the death rate by nearly 2 to 1 is a greater crime than a smart bullet that only hits the arsehole who decided a bomb in your childrens' bus is easier than a bomb in the car of the "leadership" he's in competiton with.

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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was this perhaps part of the flight testing regime?

It'd be interesting to see if this was part of the test profile, to determine performance problems or recoverability issues with an unlocked descent mode. Like pilots deliberately entering flat spins to determine recoverability of new jet designs.

Could still be a malfunction. Just because the software records the system set to "unlock" does not mean the lever was thrown. A short anywhere in the system would read the same, and if the unlock level is "fly by wire" there are plenty of places where an unlock command could be inadvertently set.

I'm still kinda surprised the mechanism that rotates the tail had enough authority to force them into reentry position at that speed.

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How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

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Re: so 'Lost in Space' gets a reboot.

I was thinking more "Farscape"

science, wormholes, strange aliens, but without the surfer bro-scientist and alien parties.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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who cares that an older media storage system went bye-bye?

for real world applications, solid state is superior for media players.

Just because Apple refuses to allow you upgradeable memory doesn't mean you gotta dream of all your gigabytes you'll ever want at the time of purchase.

Hell, most people build playlists anyway and sync those, which are easily digested by any of Apple's current offerings. How many thousand hours of tunes does anyone need in their pocket? Want more, sync the other list. no big deal.

Or get a more friendly non-Apple unit where you can pop in whatever the largest capacity memory card is that fits your budget. wait a year and the next larger one comes along. If one goes bad, it's seconds to eject and replace with a fresher, faster one.

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El Reg spends One Night in Hell with Queen's Brian May

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the book sounds great

the rest, not so much

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Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

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Re: I foresee trouble

Ironically, it was at this very store where I watched a checkout clerk, an actual employee, reduce a young Hispanic girl to tears because he spoke to her in Spanish which she did not understand because she was born "here" and he was saying "you can't be Mexican, you can't be Latina if you don't speak Spanish. You can't call yourself Hispanic if you can't speak Spanish" etc.

Don't know if this tool thought he was being flirty but the lady was upset that she was being called out about her Mexican soccer team jersey as if she was some sort of failure for not speaking the language of her parents' birthplace...and with three of us in line speaking to the manager, and one guy almost getting to blows against this arsehat, well, he's no longer working there.

With "service" like that, robots are not to blame for being the best choice of replacement.

In fact, I suspect there are no actual replacements occurring. the robots are enhancers-making the staff there more efficient. Store isn't gonna hire more people, so a robot helping out makes those who are there capable of doing more important stuff.

Like not being a racist or cultural elitist and p*ssing off your customers.

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awesome, right down the street!

I'm gonna have to see how well this works...and find out just how poorly the 3 Laws are implemented....muahahaha!

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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And Elon Musk was nowhere near the area according to his press office

however we still have unconfirmed reports of a Model S leaving the area at a high rate of speed emitting a maniacal laugh.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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kids these days, so impatient!

why in my day, every vapor announcement was "20 years from now"...thanks to short attention span yoof, everything is announced "only 10 years" nowadays,

now get offa mah lawn!

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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250 watts?

even here in California, USA where government needs to monetize every working citizen to fund the rest, we're allowed a kilowatt before getting nailed with "motorcycle" status, and all the insurance/licensing fees that come with it.

My kitchen mixer has more than twice that of the e-bike. Now realizing that those tiny little 50cc motors get well over 1HP (closer to 2 or 3), 250 watts is barely 1/3 hp. And most people whinge about gutless 50cc scooters. This means ebikes are charging a lot more money for a lot less "oomph".

It's not that much more expensive (especially in bulk) to get closer to 1kW. But eBike suppliers are either sandbagging for obscene profit or overly regulated. Here in CA, it's definitely the former.

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Re: Only 2 motors

thing is, the standard Model S is already two motors, they sit end to end and power a common shaft that goes to the differential from there. It's how Saleen "tuned" the Model S and making more accelleration by dropping the single gear ration.

So this new one, probably has 4 motors, replicating the rear drive unit and moving it forward. At the very least, three.

http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/tesla-drivetrain-small.jpg

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Particle that behaves like matter AND antimatter found: Majorana fermion

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question

If, at this level, observation tends to modify or even create behaviors, and we're reasonably sure that with enough energy mass can be created, is it possible that by the extensive effort of explicitly searching for a given theoretical particle, scientists may inadvertently be creating it or causing the effects they seek?

Most of these exotic particle experiments are so specific as they seem to the layman unable to observe, confirm or deny anything but the specific particle or phenomena sought. All this hardware, all the specialized sensors and extreme conditions - not able to "see what happens" but only to confirm a razor focussed hypothesis.

Is it possible that physics has reached a point where it's almost impossible for a "hmm, that's weird" observation of something tangental that can lead to a new avenue of investigation? A type of "myopia" that this hyperspecialization that appears required at these size and power levels? Are we pushing so hard that our methods adding squirrels to Shroedinger's Box?

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'Space bubbles' may have helped Taliban down 'copter in bloody Afghanistan battle

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Re: National Security.

nevermind the Russians couldn't pacify the region either. And they weren't hampered by "civility" and "rules of engagement".

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Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes

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should be enough evidence of criminal intent right there

Weapons of Aural Destruction

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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Wicker Man Redux?

Nic Cage and the bees think this could be a trap.

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Galileo! Galileo. Galileo! Galileo frigged-LEO: Easy come, easy go. Little high, little low

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fnar!

injection anomaly-that's wot I told 'er!

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Finally, a practical use for 3D printing: Helping surgeons rehearse

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Re: Goth friends

old goth?

well where were you when we sacked Rome? :)

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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so if I get this straight..

if they find garbage "noise" in their readings, it proves their point?

Can we apply this to other theories as well? I know lots of government pundits like to confuse "missing or questionable" data as "proof" of various economic programs already

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Trundle, trundle, FLEEEP: iPhone 6 production grinds to halt

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cue the "scarcity"

and the preorder hype in 3...2...1...

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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ah a teachable moment

it's so heartening to see when experience is transferred from the master to the student, and seeing the gleam of enlightenment at the moment of comprehension.

*snif* 'tis a thing of beauty that brings tears to me eyes.

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Wall Street's internet darlings require an endless supply of idiots

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this is how the Modern Enterpreneur in Silicon Valley makes his/her business case

Take something that's already been done, but do it now in such a way as to foist off as much of your operating expenses onto other suckers..errr..investors, and the general public/your neighbors, etc.

then brag about the big profits you make because you don't pay for infrastructure, or insurance, or backend hardware, or parking spaces/floor space, or "volunteers". Crow about how your "new" idea is "superior" to established products that actually pay for their operating costs.

Then, sell your company/idea for $billions before public backlash, regulation enforcement, and legal issues catch up and shut your "new thing" down. Don't forget to complain about "Conspiracy!" before that, too.

Sure, Big Corporate does Evil Things like that too. How this "justifies" a thousand penny-ante "enterpreneurs" crapping all over where they live, is beyond me however.

The regulations got put in place by will of the same people who pride themselves on dodging them, around here.

Now I'm off to make Big Money with my sewage/toxic waste disposal service, where you call into an app and an "independent" truck picks up the stuff and makes it disappear. We don't actually do it, but we have "rules" for our drivers to follow...so it's not our fault if these "independent contractors" don't follow the rules. Besides, we're cheaper than that Big Disposal Outfit that pays all those oppressive EPA fees.....

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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to be expected

you can't make an omelette without breaking a few sound barriers. or rockets.

Hypersonics is hard. So is air at that speed. It's like designing a car to reach 100mph, much easier for the first hundred than the second.

as speeds go up each incremental boost is exponentially tougher.

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Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group

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funded by "oil" = evil

but funded by snake-oil = savior of mankind?

"Green" energy and control pundits are the farm animals wanting to take down the Big Oil farmers, talking big but really about moving themselves and their profits and power to the top when they couldn't do it any other way.

2 legs bad, 4 legs good. Soon after the "green lobby" wins, it's "some animals are more equal than others."

We need to adapt. But we need to be smart. No one with a big agenda can be trusted outright. Problem is, you're still a bloomin' idiot when all you do is decide which trendy party to be part of and accept everything from them as "truth", and take all practical limitations and warnings of such as "heresay".

Trading "Scientists" and "Consensus" for "Priests" changes nothing but the conceit. Science doesn't need a priesthood, but most everyone falls on their "statements of authority" instead of actually doing a little research of their own. If it's real research, it's open. If it's hidden, there's a problem. Monsanto, for example.

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Re: ...that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

climate? or is it "really bad weather"? Like how San Francisco and London call that opaque vaprous smokescreen "fog" ? :)

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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sadly not "available at WalMart" here either

can't pick up anything bigger than a C (about the size of the battery of the same designation) at a store without proper documentation and license. IIRC even the bog standard D size is now considered powerful enough to be under that restriction.

The reloadables El Reg is using are well within "high powered rocketry" and require a lot of hoop jumping.

Yes, all Europe's ridicule of American freedoms is coming home to roost. We're becoming as No-Fun as the the UK and EU! :(

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: So many things to consider.

I had an 07 FJR. Miss it daily.

fortunately there;s a helmet on the way that will have relevant HUD info sent to the visor.

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Vulture 2 strapped to speeding van before delicate brain surgery

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thats a tougher test than needed

because your airflow is a lot more turbulent going over the hood and windshield than your actual flight envelope.

If V2 handles that dirty air at speed without issues, the actual flight will be a breeze..natch

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Shields up! Nvidia crams Tegra K1 into gaming slab to rival your PS3

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Re: Controller?

the controller is supposed to support PCs, but for me the "win" is that it works with the current Shield portable. Gives a lot better control options especially when patched into a TV and runnning "console mode" or running my desktop PC remotely.

the ability to "stream" not only games but to run your desktop remotely -even outside your home network- from a tiny portable is all kinds of fun. Don't need much speed to fire off an email that pretends you're home, and you'll never use a 3DS or Vita to do a quick edit to an Office doc (i have one of those tiny bluetooth keyboards) while out and about.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Another lesson learned from Tyrion Lannister

best to ask "where do the whores go?" BEFORE getting into a relationship where they try to kill you.

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Like frozen burgers, 'Bigfoot' DNA samples have a touch of horse

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one thing to keep in mind...

one thing to keep in mind. DNA samples of polar bears may not have actually been obtained in the Himalayas, regardless of the claims of whomever submitted the sample. Before rethinking any theories, make absolutely SURE the samples are both actually from their claimed location, and/or were NOT planted for some honest yet overzealous cryptozoologist to conveniently find.

I Wanted To Believe...Then I Grew Up. :(

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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Re: Perfect for the pollies.

you DO realize Zuckerberg, et al, funds and supports the DNC in all things and is a whole lot more likely already doing this for HIS preferred politicians.

Who was it that was able to make a direct phone call to the President to complain? Someone paid a LOT of money and favors to do that. Who helped organize and support the $5K a plate "fundraiser" here in San Jose a couple months ago?

It's funny watching people cast aversions on one side while ignoring the actual observed facts about the other. What you think the republicans "might" do is a lot less critical than what the democrats ARE doing RIGHT NOW.

Worry about the GOP if it ever gets "in charge" again.

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

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going to need on-site electrical storage

the service station of the future is going to need a large onsite storage bank- no way mains power is going to be enough to supply on-demand to the half dozen or so stations down any reasonably busy urban road. Especially at lunchtime/after work. Since it only needs to hold the charge for a couple hours between peak usage, would supercapacitors be suitable?

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Déjà spew: US would accept higher bills for less CO2 by two-to-one

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any bets this poll was taken at around 11 am or 1PM local time?

so when they call the people who are home all day - ones who are either rich enough to have 3 hour lunch breaks, or don't work to pay their own bills, I'm sure they get plenty of people who won't sweat any difference in their bill.

the rest of us were at work and didn't answer the phone call that caller ID says is coming from some telemarketing firm.

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

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so in other words,

it's a box you could build yourself for less, except with user controlled multicolored lighting. And zero upgrade path?

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Dallas Cowboys to return 'dumbass' Texan's chopper

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Re: Nice

that's because it's not Texas but the FED who is bringing in the FAA to create the drama.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Thank you for saying it.

Thank you for coming out and saying it. Just as I can't play NBA level basketball, nor bear children, some people are NOT mentally structured to code.

Yes, Virginia - some people are better at some things than others. And some people are incapable of doing certain things. There ARE differences and talents in individuals, and not everyone gets every trophy.

Some of us square pegs are gonna seal up the square holes better. throwing money at some skillsets just to be politically correct ain't gonna change that.

Spend your government into the ground all you want, but you're not gonna produce a nation of Hemingways, nor make most people worthy of even typing an El Reg headline.

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Myspace: Where are you going? We still have all your HUMILIATING PICS

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the moral of the story:

this will happen with FB too, when the plebes get bored. And the next "big social network" after that..

your data will be theirs to use against you as they see fit. No matter how "permanent" you believe your Current Important Thing really is - it will not last forever, or even very long at all.

Government agencies all abuzz about Cloud services should really think twice about handing over critical client/public data to companies that have been in existence for much less time than that Agency has existed continuously. Remember all the IT juggernauts of the 2Ks that are already forgotten? They were prime, unbreakable, solid as granite. And now their buildings are leased to arcade/pizza places for kids and to fly-by-night importers of grey market Chinese knockoffs.

Ten years, 20 years...very few companies in the computer/information processing services have lasted that long. Many government agencies have run unbroken for nearly a century.

What do you do when your social media tanks with your data? What do you do when your Cloud Service tanks with two decades of your client/citizen data?

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Former Microsoftie becomes US ambassador, opts to swear in on KINDLE

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Re: Was the UK tax paid?

your ambassadors fail to pay any taxes here, so why should we have a different reciprocal agreement?

"Diplomatic Immunity" means all foreign ambassadors kick their speeding, parking, etc tickets to the curb.

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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Music may hold an important, special place in our hearts

but here at Apple, nothing is in higher esteem than snake oil!

Next up: Apple to acquire Monster Cable and promote all gold plated fiberoptic digital linkages.

Sell the sizzle, not the steak.

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

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It's not supposed to be used on the lap.

it's a gorram "mobile workstation" for those employers who got a BYOD bug up their kiester. You keep it closed until you get to your desk, then open it up, and wait for a completely different set of RSI and posture related pains to begin.

Or you just dock it, then never use the screen or keyboard on it at all.

Only time I saw anyone open one of these behemoths outside of the employer/contractor desk over the years (Dell used to make a rather epic one "back in the day") was at the coffee shop or restaurant trying to get some paperwork done before having to run to the copy shop to find a place to send the files from, or to plug into a phone line and hope the toll free modem number was available :P

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Beautiful balloon burst caught on camera

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now eagerly awaiting

your review of the replay XD. Size, numbers and price look amazing, even in comparison to the HD Hero series.

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