* Posts by Lord Raa

86 posts • joined 25 Jun 2009


Harvard boffins cause buzz with robot bee

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Life Imitating Art

I'm reminded of Simon Bovey's Afternoon Play Hivemind. Several years into the future, the extinction of the bee in Britain has meant that people need to manually pollinate crops until some company comes up with an artificial bee.

All is well, until a number of dead mice and birds are found in that field...

Worth a listen if you can track down a copy.

Facebook warns investors of potential SPAM DELUGE

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I Stand Corrected

Fair enough, I think we can chalk this one up to a combination of poor memory, an inconsistent education system and a mediocre student.

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And here's me thinking one would "boldly state a risk".

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How does one "baldly state a risk"?

Do they get a follically challenged individual to read out the prepared text?

Anti-piracy laws will smash internet, US constitution - legal eagles

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Assuming SOPA & PIPA Pass

Could some hypothetical person with enough time, resources and inclination sue for breaching their First Amendment rights?

And if they couldn't sue the Government as a whole, could they sue the individuals who voted in favour of these pieces of legislation?

Naked vegans target Prince Harry over meaty 12-incher

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I've always wondered what vegans feed to their newborn babies.

Or do products from humans not count?

A pint a day keeps the doctor away - scientific FACT

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There's a reason why American pints are less that UK pints. It's to go with the fact that there are 16 ounces to a pound. So by that logic, there should e 16 fluid ounces to a pint.

Of course, that is not correct.

Planetary exploration under threat, says space pioneer

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And you've just increased the cost of all exploratory missions by several times the current budgets.

Or are you planning to leave people out there, never to return?

The idea of sending out probes to see what's out there and what we might need should we decide to go in person is much better.

Powermat crafts wireless Duracell Bunny boiler

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I realise that there are many technical hurdles to overcome, but surely this could work if they're able to get induction/wireless charging working for electric cars?

Driving down special roads to charge up your car could take some of the hassle out of keeping a 'leccy car.

DARPA wants a working manned starship for $500k

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I like it here, too. However, we should be wary of putting all our eggs in one basket.

True, at the moment, we only have one basket, but that should just be motivation for finding another that's suitable.

What will you do in the event of an asteroid collision? Or gamma-ray burst? Or one of the many other potentially apocalyptic cosmic events that could kill us all?

New Apple move against Galaxy Tab on Euro front

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Could someone explain to me how a retailer would be liable for patent infringement on a product it sells?

I get that they could get into trouble if they were selling bootleg or counterfeit goods, but that's different to patent infringement, isn't it?

California Mrs cuffed in drugged-hubby todger slash case

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Crimal Charges

"Aggravated Mayhem" is possibly the best named criminal charge ever.

German prangs dad's £275k supercar

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They say that "Schadenfreude ist die beste freude" in certain German speaking parts of the world.

Ex-PM blocked Steve Jobs knighthood

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Other considerations for the award

When it comes to software development, perhaps Linus deserves it more.

But part of Gates' award was for charitable work in the Commonwealth. Can you point out what Linus has done for the poor/sick/needy?

Chaps tolerant of girl-on-girl cheating by other halves

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When was homosexuality determined to be genetic?

Incendiary MacBook blamed in house conflag inferno suit

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Unsettling number of Apple "Issues"

It seems that Apple products have a few more quality control issues than other hardware manufacturers.

Is it because Apple are in the public eye more and therefore are more likely to be reported upon or are there more Apple branded products out there to catch fire than any other manufacturer?

Either way, I'm glad that no-one was hurt in this incident.

Ton-up speed merchant blames dyslexia

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Dual Carriageway

Not all dual carriageways have a speed limit of 70MPH.

Salacious smut soaks 12% of web

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Perhaps these stats are for the US only?

It would explain why they seem a little on the low side.

US Army portaloo-full-of-missiles project for the chop

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An alternative

I can see the merits of this system, but if the cost is $200k a shot, then that is a bit much.

Not to mention the technical problems of dealing with leaving one of these things out in the open where anyone can stroll up and tamper with it.

It might make more sense to have a system where you can fire the laser-guided missiles from a Humvee on request from the infantry. I'd certainly look into such a system.

Of course, I don't have a trillion dollar defence budget to spend on jobs for the boys.

Bill Gates goes (mini) nuclear

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This is what we need

If this is can live up to its potential, then I think we're on to a winner here.

The idea of a network of reactors chugging away at peak efficiency and using their excess capacity at times of low demand to hydrolyse hydrogen from water of desalinate seawater into something usable for agriculture would go a long way to helping save the planet.

Of course, this is just me being hopelessly optimistic before I start work today.

Ask me later and I might be more cynical.

National space agency for Blighty, says Drayson

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Re Anything but BSA

"Flying Into Nothing" sounds a little defeatist.

British Organisation For Flying Into New Spaces?

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Surely the Ministry of Space?

Failing that, Department for Aeronautic Research, Science and Exploration. ?

Earth set for annual Leonid shower

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Hang on...

I read Day of the Triffids. It may be overly cautious to to avoid watching these bright lights in the sky, but my vision is poor enough as it is without me losing what's left!

Missing dot sends Sweden tumbling off internet

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Black Helicopters

Are we sure

Are we sure that it wasn't the work of that hidden enclave of lesbians China reported recently?

Welsh yobs clobbered by cross-dressing cage fighters

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That is all.

Citroën redesigns the 2CV

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Considering some concept leccy cars, this isn't too bad looking, and it certainly brings forth more positive thoughts than the old Tin Snail.

Renault unveils e-car foursome

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Am I

Am I the only one who read "Fluence" as "Flatulence" ?

Zombie plague analysed by Canadian maths prof

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I for one do not welcome any living-impaired, cranium-bothering shufflers attempting to become our overlords.

Communist car given electric overhaul

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Well, it's not the prettiest thing I've ever seen, but it's got a certain "retro-charm" to it.

Mitsubishi iMiEV five-door e-car

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I glad that it drives properly, but I'm not sold on the looks.

And of course, there are the issues of charging and where the electricity is coming from, which always get brought up whenever electric cars are mentioned, but I think that if I were looking for a commuter car for urban driving, I'd consider one.

Exotic star's 'violent ejections' during companion's visits

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Re: Honestly

Because it's cool.

Besides, when you've got a scientist called "Dr. Boffin", it's better to let him research cosmic phenomena lest he decide to become a supervillain and hold us all to ransom with his death ray wielding sharks.

New boffinry: North Atlantic could be massive CO2 sink

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@Tony Barnes

We try not to remember Highlander 2.

VW confirms e-car plans

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That's a surprising amount of sense being spoken by a corporate geezer trying to sell us cars.

Chickens could 'power hydrogen cars'

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Wouldn't like to be in the factory that makes these, the smell of heated feathers isn't exactly pleasant.

Still, it's good to see that people are looking into making hydrogen storage practical for transportation, even if using H2as a fuel is in itself a dubious way forward.

Girls Aloud net obscenity case falls at first hurdle

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I can't say that I'm desperate to read this story as it sounds unpleasant, but I'm glad that the case has collapsed, if only to preserve the right to post works of complete fiction online.

CGI Thunderbirds sadly not go

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As a licence payer, I am not adverse to the BBC taking Gerry up on his offer, especially since he's got already some of the financial backing in place.


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