* Posts by hammarbtyp

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Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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Re: least complaint-generating Windows ever

That's because everyone downgrades to Win7.

Nah, it just that it disables your ability to send emails

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Scrapping Brit cap on nurses, doctors means more room for IT folk

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Governments and quotas just don't mix

Can anyone think of an example when government defined quotas system has ever worked?

Governments are just not reactive enough to the changes in technology and industrial requirements. By the time they get round to changing the quota to meet the need, the need has passed, or the industry has suffered to the point it is no longer viable in the country.

We are constantly told we are in a knowledge based economy. In such a economy, knowledge and brains replace steel and coal as the new resource. By artificially restricting access to both, in the long term you are going to hinder growth.

It is not enough to say, well we will just produce our own. Its a bit like saying that you will solve poverty by creating more gold. The top guys in the growing market are a sought after resource and can go anywhere. The UK used ti be top of the list, but now we are falling behind all our major competitors.

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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This was always a political project after Ian Duncan Smith announced he had studied the benefit system and had a cunning plan.

The man who put IDS into Stupid, however has shown again and again that he has no ability beyond a posh accent. It was clear at an early stage that the technical and social problems caused by the changes would always outweigh any benefits, but onwards he went because he knew best, and hey, who needs experts.

It would of been cheaper to give every unemployed person a £1000 check and then bury the whole idea in the deepest landfill

It will be no surprise to learn that he is also an arch brexiter and therefore I will leave you to draw your own conclusion about any similarities

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Simple Patch required(that's £1000000 thanks)

Software modification required

if(DistanceToGround < 10 and not Landing ){

Direction = up;

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Re: Three Monoliths just down the hall,

"Three vertical, one horizontal across the top? Sounds like a wicket to me! Wonder where the bat and ball are?"

Ah, an artifact from the Krikkit wars .

I always knew that Hitchhikers guide the the galaxy was not a novel but a warning sucked in from the future from a wormhole created by to many biros and spare socks

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I see a satellite of a man ... Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, that's now 4 sats fit to go

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The UK is (currently) the world's 5th biggest economy.

And going down...

So we are worth having a deal with. Especially if the US, China, and EU are being too intransigent (which they are). The US is, well, Trumpian. China is more interested in deals that see it dominate, not partner. The EU imposes a ton of burdensome rules, and isn't interested in explaining why the principal of free movement of people won't get extended to cover countries it might want a trade deal with outside of the European continent.

I agree that a Trump US is anti free trade, but you ignore a number of things. Firstly is geography. Even in a global market it makes more sense for say Australia to align itself with SE Asian markets on its doorstep. Population size, the EU is a much bigger market meaning it is easier to align standards etc. All countries have rules, but the bigger you are, the more economical it is to align to them. Again UK customer base is to small for that to make sense.

Lets also not pretend the UK has any interest in extending freedom of movement...

For example Japan and the UK seem to be becoming very cosy, a number of defence treaties have been signed in recent years.

I see no evidence for that. Japan has always liked the UK because it provided a gateway to european markets. Japanese buisnesses are generally flabbergasted that it is about to leave the EU

There's the TPP agreement that has gone ahead without the USA. That would be a good one to get in on.

Again geography....

It's all madness really. There's a good chance the EU will collapse under the weight of its own corpulance. France and Germany weren't too happy with the latest budget inflation being demanded by the EU commission (20% ish).

That's the brexit dream isn't it. The UK will leave and drag the rest of Europe down to its level. Except it isn't happening. Support within the EU for the project has increased with the referendum. There will always be arguments within the EU and challenges, but that does not mean there is any appetite for a breakup of the EU generally

Can you imagine a democratic government getting away with 20% tax increase across the board?

You do know that the EU has a parliament that is democratically elected and the commission consists of representatives of democratically elected governments don't you?

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We should just take our toys now, get with the Commonwealth and create a decent Newton constellation- after all, the Commonwealth is global and very diverse, unlike some other local small minded wannabe super states

There are so many reasons why this is pipe dream dreamt up by people still living in a fantasy empire world that no longer exists.

There are political, financial and geographical reasons why this is a non starter (name me one project in the last 50 years where India, Australia and Canada have worked together), but I will give you a technical reason.

Where are you going to get the bandwidth for you new constellation? This is a limited resource and will take international treaties.

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.What does the Commonwealth do?

What are its major achievements these last 25 years, say?

One could ask the same of the EU!

Well a unprecedented period of peace in Europe is not a bad start

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Re: What's in a name?

how come the "UK's winner" is the name of the patron saint of another EU country?

You do realise that the English Patron saint was Roman soldier of Greek origin hoisted on the population by nordic invaders based in France don't you?

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Boffins quietly cheering possible discovery of new fundamental particle: Sterile neutrino

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"Gravity acts on light, which is massless but has energy - so would also act on massless neutrinos."

Not exactly.

Mass affects the space-time universe, deforming it. Light travels through that space time and follows those deformations.

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Re: This is not making physics any easier

"Can we just admit that quantum physics is batshit crazy now ?"

No, what it says is our ability to perceive the real world out there is limited by the paucity of our sensory apparatus.

What we perceive as the "real" world is only a construct we use to make sense of it. It is a bit like a creature living in a 2-d world meeting a 3-d object for the 1st time. It can make measurements, construct mathematical models about the object, but the concept of a 3-d world will always appears "bat-shit" crazy just because it has no way of perceiving what it is actually seeing

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Britain mulls 'complete shutdown' of 4G net for emergency services

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Re: Still waiting

Just wait until we build our own GPS system....what could go wrong

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Sysadmin's PC-scrub script gave machines a virus, not a wash

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Re: Back when I was a student.....

In the early PC days, we were all trying to learn about these new-fangled machines, and if you was something cool you wanted to re-create it.

At that time there was a famous virus called cascade which has the fun effect of dropping letters one by one to the bottom of the screen. Of course being inquisitive little blighters we wanted to know how it worked, so developed our own version (without the virus parts of course).

Unfortunately it was left running on a machine where a passing member of IT from their rare ventures from their bunker saw it. He then initiated a full lockdown of the company and quarantining of all machines.

It took about 3 days to find out why and sort out that we were just messing around and as far as we knew there was no virus.

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Staying in the current Galileo project would obviously be the preferred option if possible but if the EU are going to make that difficult then from what I've seen the main argument against going down the route of a new unilateral global positioning project is the estimated £5bil cost. Why not get together with a few other trusted, long-standing non-EU allies like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and spread that cost and expertise? Australia has already recently been investing hundreds of millions of dollars in systems to augment GPS so I imagine they would be quite interested in getting more closely involved in an independent system (politics willing).

Good plan...Except

Despite GPS being global, they are designed to provide maximum coverage is certain geographic areas. The original GPS was designed to cover the northern latitudes for missile launches, Glosnas, the Russian subcontinent, Galileo Europe.

Now I know geography is not a big thing with Brexiters, some who think that Australia is just off the Irish coast, but providing a system for such widely separate countries would cost far more in terms of Satellite coverage than the Europe one and likely provide poorer coverage.

2nd point, while Brexiters like to promote the commonwealth as some sort of old boys club(well the white bits anyway), The reality is that these areas are far more closely aligned with the economic areas where they they find themselves. Canada is closely aligned with the US, Australia and New Zealand increasingly look at pacific co-operation. I very much doubt they will be interesting in funding a boondongle just to get the UK out of its Brexit hole

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Kackstuhl

Different cultures, different issues

This was one I found is a German bog, I'm not sure the 1st one is a common occurrence

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Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets

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Yes he's crazy.....

crazy like a fox

No sorry my mistake, he's just plain nuts. Nothing to see here, please carry on

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America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

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Lessons learned in the importance of sealing circuits from moisture would later prove invaluable

50 years later, mobile phone manufacturers are still learning that lesson

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Sure, all we need to do is lift 50,000 of pure water plus detectors into orbit and find some way to shield it against the trillions of neutrinos coming from the sun.

Shouldn't be too difficult

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Re: Dear France

Well the Normans, were technically Scandinavian, but Gard du Formigny or Gard du Castillon would do nicely

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I thought for sometime that the Navy should tale a leaf out of Space X's book and name the ships after Ian M. Banks Culture series

"H.M.S Only Slightly Bent" anyone?

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NASA will send tiny helicopter to Mars

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Re: appeal of a ‘copter is obvious

"NASA suspects the natives are hiding behind rocks waiting for lumbering the rover to pass."

"I suspect the natives will be hiding behind rocks, armed with a shotgun, waiting to blast the drone from the sky!"

I think you're getting confused with Mars, Pennsylvania

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Brit govt told to do its homework ahead of talks over post-Brexit spy laws and data flows

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"Well, the civil service should have been working on this stuff since before the referendum. But Cameron didn't let them as he knew he was going to win."

We voted to make the elephant fly, but the traitors who came before us refuse to tell us how to do it.

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"As a third country, the UK has far less leeway than it would as a member. National security exemptions are OK for EU members, not for 3rd countries."

Just as long as we are taking back control...

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"Well, the civil service should have been working on this stuff since before the referendum. But Cameron didn't let them as he knew he was going to win."

They were, and basically they were telling everyone the issues were huge. Experts eh, what do they know

The people who are in charge now, were the same people who said how easy it was going to be. You are not suggesting that they were lying are you?

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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

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Easier solution

why not just include a copy of "vi"? job done

(or emacs if you must)

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Why not just title this article Capitalism is evil and socialism is great?

The you could just ignore the 100m bodies socialism created in the 20th century while hypocritically avoiding paying tax like most socialists.

Point one - You have absolutely no right what so ever to tell Jeff Bezos what to spend his money on. He was out in the world earning it while you were smoking bongs and watching countdown all day during your worthless media degree.

Point two - Jeff Bezos has created over 500,000 jobs, probably hundreds if not thousands of millionaires, remind me again how many millionaires you and your clown marxist friends have created? None? How many jobs have you created? None?

It is not a question of whether Socialism or Capitalism is evil, it is a question of what should the limits of both. While extreme socialism is considered bad in the form of communism, at what point should we limit Capitalism, through either taxes or legislation.

When a firm and there owner reach a point that they can influence the entire political system to their own interests purely by threatening to withdraw resources, then it is not a good state to be in and some limit should be enforced

Point 1: However rich Jeff is, he is still a citizen and should be beholden to the same restrictions as any citizen. If Jeff decided to create a nuclear arsenal, I think you woulds agree we would have a right to step in. However the bigger question is how much of that wealth Jeff has accumulated should the governments of the world expect to come their way and so to point 2

Point 2: Yes Jeff created many jobs. However those have often come at the expense of many others. It would be more accurate to say Jeff has managed to divert many jobs to amazon. However none of this is done in a vacuum. Amazon would be nothing without the road infrastructure, schooling, telecoms and other public services that Amazon is built on. Therefore it is only fair to expect that Amazon and Jeff pay towards supporting those.

It is not a fact that Jeff is a billionaire that is in question. The issue is whether is there a limit to how much wealth one man can accumulate. If no, then we go down the road of naked capitalism, where the only measure is how much something is worth, and the measure of a man is only how big their bank balance is. That's not a world I wish to live in, thank you very much

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Re: Stalin treated his people ... pretty much the same as how they'd been treated by the Tsar

I think you will find Russian excesses stretch well past the Bolshevik era. Stalin just could use the full resources of the state where the Czar was limited by the technology and the resources of time.

The revolution did not happen because everything was peace and light at the time you know.

Different masters, same result and all that

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Some other options

Dear Mr Bezo's

Some ideas on what you could do with your money

1. create 183,000 scholarships to allow disadvantaged (probably your employees ) to go to university and create the engineers and doctors of the future

2. Build and repair 183,000 schools and hospitals

3. Build sustainable public transport systems in 183 places where people struggle to get to work

4. Add solar cells to 183000000 houses or public buildings

5. Clean up the pollution in towns like Flint Michigan

Of course none of these are as sexy as adding your name to a giant phallus and launching it into space, but in the end they will have longer lasting effects

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Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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Re: Hypocrites

But that's your opinion, and you do not possess a crystal ball. Also, we happened to ask the opinion of everyone in the country and the majority disagreed with you. Sorry, it's called democracy!

No, but you can make an informed decision based on the evidence provided and refine that opinion as more information becomes available.

I voted largely the way i did because the leave side provided no viable alternative. Almost 2 years in we still have no viable alternative apart from vague platitudes and infantile threats to take their ball home.

If however despite that, the country gets its free unicorns and all you can eat cake, I will be relieved and big enough to admit that I was mistaken. If on the other hand the economic forecasts by the majority of the non-partisan economists come to pass, will you do the same? Will you admit you made a mistake and campaign to reverse it?

Or will you come up with some lame excuses about conspiracy of remainers or blame Europe for having the temerity of looking after their best interests?

If the latter, you have given up rationality and are in fact just part of a cult desperately batting away reality to try to desperately preserve your world view to preserve your pride and damn the consequences

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Graphene-wrangler Paragraf slurps a cool £2.9m

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While welcome, to be honest 2.9 million is what Elton John spends on a year at florists, so on the scale of things it appears to be pocket change for something so critical

(We need a el Reg unit scale for money, 0.00001 Brexits, 1 Trump Golf Trip)

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Bill Gates declined offer to serve as Donald Trump's science advisor

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If he took the job his wage would be easy, $640k

Well that's enough for anyone. right?

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Double double, soil and trouble, fire burn and heat shield bubble: NASA cracks rover, has dirty talk with ESA

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Scientists are likely heaving a sigh of relief that the damage happened during a test on Earth rather than when screaming into the Martian atmosphere

Err, isn't that the whole point of testing.

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Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

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The person that wrote this article seemed, to me, to have an agenda; basically stated it is, Apple good Google bad!

While I fully accept that it it pretty near impossible for any human to write a completely impartial article, I would like to see at least an attempt at writing one.

You must be new here.

Basically Andrew has had a thing against Google for a long time, and basically he can't stop it spilling over into his 'impartial' phone reviews

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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Worst...concert offer....ever

2 Gary Glitter concert tickets...

This was before his predilections came to light, but still...

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Torvalds schedules Linux kernel 5.0, then maybe delays 'meaningless' release

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Re: So much for not being predictable

or Linux X....

Everything seems to be version 10 nowadays, so why not join the bandwagon

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Surely a primary version number update is when you are breaking compatibility with the previous version. Basically you are saying Program X will work with Version Y.*, but we cannot guarantee that it will work with Version Z.*

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UK rocket-botherers rattle SABRE, snaffle big bucks

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Re: Big wup

Getting to Mach 5 is 20% of the way to orbital speed. For the other 80% you're going to be dragging the air breathing part of the engine as so much dead weight. This is just another Big Idea project, like cargo airships, that looks sexy but doesn't add up.

Well done sir in showing on your back of a fag packet calculation, something that the combined engineering resources of the western world has failed to consider <SARCASM>

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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Re: Don't tell my mother I work with computers...

"Is she expecting you to be the new Brahms?"

No, but they are often Liszt....

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Decided that I wanted to get my dad online. Built a PC from him and gave it to him for Christmas.

Came over set it up and showed him how to use it.

Cam back 3 weeks later, and asked whether he had used it "No he said, I didn't want to turn it on in case i broke it"

As far as I know he never used it and 5 years later I found it hidden under a ton of other stuff when clearing his house out

There was also the time when he bought a digital camera even though he had no way of uploading the photos..

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White House: Is it OK to hijack, shoot down, or snoop on drones? Er ... asking for a friend

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Re: Ironical really

Firearms can be used for self-defense, and are used thousands of times each year in the U.S. (search on "gary kleck firearms defense" for studies), while it is difficult to create a use case for drones being useful for self-defense.

As you probably know well this study is controversial and in no way can be considered definitive.

For example this quote

According to Klecks survey more than 50 percent of respondents claim to have reported their defensive gun use to the police. This means we should find at least half of his 2.5 million annual Defensive Gun Uses (DGUs) in police reports alone. Instead, the most comprehensive nonpartisan effort to catalog police and media reports on DGUs by The Gun Violence Archive was barely able to find 1,600 in 2014. Where are the remaining 99.94 percent of Kleck’s supposed DGUs hiding?

While I would not dismiss any such study out of hand, when the figures cannot be cross referenced and verified and the sample size is small and biased, it would be naive to take it at face value.

However I would love to see a proper government funded study on gun violence in the US, something the CDC is at present banned from doing for some reason...

As for drones being used for self defence, well I'm sure there is a case to be made for a couple of predator drones to keep all those Mexican Rapists of your well manicured lawns...

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Intel flogs off Wind River after it failed to deliver mobile supremacy

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I think the big takeaway from this is that Intel have given up any ambition in the mobile market and have have retrenched in there cash cow, PC and Servers.

Can't see it being a winning long term strategy myself, but maybe they have a plan....

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Re: Can't say I'm surprised

"Practically nobody runs VXWorks on x86/AMD64"

Well we do, but I must admit the restrictions were starting to hurt.

In the embedded space ARM is the way forward , but even AMD64 was looking tempting because Intel just don't have much in the low power embedded space., On some products such as their hypervisor windriver did not support AMD.

Being owned by Intel never made a lot of sense and severely restricted what windriver could support in terms of platform

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2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Re: Still Waiting...

True, to be honest with special effects costs as they are , often it makes more sense to have them as TV series where they can be run at a length which matches their complexity. I was pretty impressed by westworld in that context

I would love to see one of Ian M Banks books put to screen, but I don't think they would translate well

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Re: Centrifuge

I haven't a clue whether this is right but have a upvote for your sheer pedantry

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Still Waiting...

My top 3 films I'm still waiting to see on the big screen

1. Rendezvous with Rama

2. Eon

3. The Caves of Steel

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Re: Silent Running...

I'm still waiting for "Rendezvous with Rama" to hit the big screen

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Re: Forbidden Planet

"2001 is real sci-fi: No chance of happening upon a forbidden planet with human breathable air - fashioned by aliens for aliens - rather a big lapse of logic, that."

Well we don't know, since we only have a sample size of 1 to compare.

Mars at some point had a larger proportion of Oxygen in its atmosphere that now, but Oxygen is very reactive and will quickly bond to other chemicals (so the red rust of Mars).

To maintain high oxygen content we need a process to release oxygen from other chemicals. Simple Life does that pretty well in terms of photosynthesis, and there is no reason to believe that if life does exist elsewhere a similar process could not be possible.

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What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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Cheaper option

or they could just give Burt Rutan 50 million and let him get on with it

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Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

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Wouldn't be terrible if IBM sued Oracle for ripping off the SQL syntax...juts saying

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Maybe Andrew should wait before slapping himself on the back. All that has been decided is that the case should go back for a 3rd trial (oh to be born again as a IP lawyer) to assess damages. That could be 8 beeelion, or nothing. As usual nothing is simple in the American legal system

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