* Posts by Symon

1594 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009

Oh dear, Prime Minister! Nearly 100 Beeb bosses make more than you

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Re: downhill

BBC3 reached its zenith with Monkey Dust ... and that, darling, is what really happened.

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

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Re: small city @Spudley

^What Peter said. There was this hot barmaid down the pub doing a psychology degree at a former poly. She could barely string a written sentence together, I guess no-one had taught her decent English language skills. I spent an evening reading about "theory of mind" on the internet and rewrote her dissertation in a few hours. We got a 'Desmond'.

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Re: small city

Ah, Half man half biscuit. Trouble over Bridgwater.

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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

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Re: Filtering Fake news

Laf, here's what a real news organisation does.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/editorialguidelines/guidance/terrorism-language/guidance-full

"Definitions. Unfortunately, there is no agreed or universal consensus on what constitutes a terrorist, or a terrorist attack. Dictionaries may offer definitions but the United Nations has again just failed to reach agreement. The obvious reason is that terrorism is regarded through a political prism."

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Give 'bots a chance: Driverless cars to be trialled between London and Oxford

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Re: There's a great deal

Fast breeder reactors that use uranium are, by all intents and purposes, renewable. Brush up on your differential equations and eat this:-

http://large.stanford.edu/publications/coal/references/docs/pad11983cohen.pdf

p.s. United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority cars. Do they look like this:-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectrum_Pursuit_Vehicle#/media/File:SCARLETSPV.jpg

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Robo-Uber T-boned, rolls onto side, self-driving rides halted

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Nice anecdote, wolfetone. Some of us like proper science and engineering though, so here's some actual data on 5 mph collisions:-

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/passenger-vehicles-sustain-huge-damage-in-5-mph-crash-tests-mazda-promises-improvement-volvo-looks-into-airbag-deployment

Scroll down until you find the Volvo S80 thing. A 5mph crash head-on into a brick wall would cost you $5,137, the most expensively damaged car in the tests. So, I know the data's from 2000, and it's a specific model, but I'd suggest some actual research rather than rely on a friend of a friend, before deciding which car to buy!

Now, bearing that data in mind, a more expensive crash isn't necessarily a bad thing. You didn't mention what happened to the occupants of the cars. I think I'd prefer to be in the Matiz you mentioned if its airbags and crumple zones cushioned my impact, whereas the Volvo driver got their face smashed against the windscreen, and their sternum broken by the seat belt. I think that explains the expensive repair job for the Volvo in the 5mph test.

p.s. My (worthless) anecdote. I personally have seen a couple of accidents on the motorway, where cars bash into each other nose to tail. You end up with a line of cars on the hard shoulder with damage to front and rear where they've been sandwiched. Both times there was an apparently undamaged BMW 5 series in the middle of the line.

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Teen charged with 'cyberstalking' in bomb hoax case

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"A public defender said he does not have a criminal record, but has suffered from a brain tumor since he was 14 that appears to effect his cognitive functions. He has been homeschooled since the diagnosis and cannot work or serve in the Israel Defense Forces, his attorneys added. The court granted a request by the suspect's attorneys to have him undergo a medical evaluation.[] U.S. authorities are not expected to seek extradition." (sic)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/israeli-police-arrest-suspect-bomb-threats-made-against-american-jewish-n737581

So, rather than him being dumb, it might be a tumour.

https://youtu.be/OaTO8_KNcuo

Couldn't resist, sorry.

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

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Re: Juicing is bad

"Grapefruit". Be careful with graprefruit if you're taking certain drugs. As any fule kno, grapefruit juice decreases the activity of the cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) enzymes that are responsible for breaking down many drugs and toxins. Grapefruit contains compounds known as furanocoumarins that block the CYP3A4 enzymes.

No really!

https://www.drugs.com/article/grapefruit-drug-interactions.html

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SI units.

Press release - The Press itself creates three to four tons of pressure.

Reg article - four tons of force to crush the produce.

Dictionary - Ton, a unit of weight equal to 2,000 pounds avoirdupois (907.19 kg).

Wikipedia - Ton - It is used principally as a unit of mass.

Cricket - Ton - a hundred runs.

Boy racers - 100 mph.

Anyway, I got distracted. A ton isn't a unit of pressure. That's what I wanted to say.

p.s. You might remember me from such educational films as "Lead Paint: Delicious But Deadly" and "Here Comes the Metric System!"

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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Re: Good on Jim

@pLu. It seems that you're right. Thank you for the correction.

http://www.livescience.com/45800-confirmed-urine-not-sterile.html

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Re: Ah, but progress...

" in a bowl of rice" Boiled, pudding or egg fried?

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Re: Ah, but progress...

"no volts flowing"

The current flows. The volts push it along. But I think your idea is probably right, the low voltages used might be why things survive better...

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Re: Good on Jim

" solid variety of coke" like from a blast furnace?

Whatever, I think "Jim" is a bit of a wuss, he could take the bag outside, get the machine out, undo a couple of screws, and there's your disk drive, probably working just fine. Dump the rest. If you chuck the whole machine, someone less mysophobic could recover the disk. Urine's sterile, BTW. Unless his 'dog' has the clap, of course. Bad dog. Bad.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/47/153603564_7281ad0588.jpg

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Re: @Symon

@boltar. "When people hate with all that energy, it is something in themselves they are hating." xx

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Re: Jail time should be 5 years

Shame on you. I don't for one second believe you are sorry that you hold such antediluvian views. Think about what you have written. You are calling for the man to be given extrajudicial beatings. The 'stairwell nonce bashing' seems to be popular on internet forums, often posted by anonymous cowards.

This man is, by the account given in the article, a total scumbag, but leave the punishment to the judiciary. That's what we pay them for, and _that's_ the way civilised people behave.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Re: @ wolfetone

"Just as 50% of schools will be below median no matter what we do".

Smot, happy now?

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"Poor is poor is poor. A country as rich as ours shouldn't have poor, or at least should have something in place to give those in that situation the best chance to get out of that situation."

Every child in this country has access to free education until they're 18 years old. Everyone has access to free healthcare at the point of delivery. Every infant school pupil has a free hot lunch. The UK spends a lot of money on welfare.

"In his PMQs debut, the chancellor, George Osborne, said the UK is home to 1% of the world’s population, has 4% of world GDP, but has 7% of global welfare spend."

https://www.theguardian.com/news/reality-check/2015/jun/17/reality-check-uk-global-welfare-spend-george-osborne

Could things be better? Probably. But I don't believe it's all doom and gloom. Cheers!

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Wolftone, from the Guardian article :- "About 100,000 children fell into relative poverty in 2015-16, a year on year increase of one percentage point, according to household data published by the government on Thursday. About 4 million, or around 30%, are now classed as poor."

From the dictionary :- Poverty - the state of being extremely poor.

Look, I can see your sentiment, but you shoot your own argument down by confusing poor with extremely poor. It's bad enough that any child is in poverty, you don't need to exaggerate the numbers.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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Re: But the real issue is

To get in a dig at Red Ken. If I have to explain it, it didn't work. Sorry.

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Re: But the real issue is

Evil, I do hope that you're not suggesting that the Jews, with the help of Jubas, were responsible for the events of the Passion? Even if that was true, (and it is, Ken Livingstone told me) it was all a long time ago and surely we can all get along nicely now? After all, when has a little inter-faith discord ever hurt anyone?

p.s. re: cattle. https://youtu.be/9c3z8NP35XM

p.p.s. I'm NOT implying Jebus is a pig with a death wish. NOT.

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Re: But the real issue is

"But Friday’s a holiday" Right, it's Good Friday. A proper decent Christian holiday. That explains all the eggs and bunny rabbits. I hope we'll all remember the sacrifice that Jebus made, dying on the cross, so we can have a long weekend. (Don't worry kids, in the greatest comeback since Lazarus, He'll be up and about on Sunday, and you can take that as gospel.)

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Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

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Text messages

Out in the sticks, it's not unknown for a text to come through hours if not days later. With hilarious consequences. Or not.

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HMRC beer duty bungle leaves breweries struggling to pay online

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Teetotal - choosing or characterized by abstinence from alcohol.

Tea total - has been bringing New Zealanders the finest loose leaf tea since 1995.

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Re: HMRC

Those are some firkin awful puns...

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Toshiba conglomerate: Can we keep going? We don't know

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Re: 'Ullo John! Gotta New Motor?

Right, the original song was Alexei Sayle. But the Tosh TV ad was Ian Dury. It's on the youtubes if don't believe me, I'm not a total blockhead.

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'Ullo John! Gotta New Motor?

As sung (in the ad) by Ian Dury.

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Dieting cannibals: At last, a scientist has calculated calories for human body parts

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Re: NTNON plane crash. "It was our only chance"

Aren't they initialisms rather than acronyms?

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Re: After 20 days on a desert island ...

You're gonna need a bigger belt.

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NTNON plane crash. "It was our only chance"

https://youtu.be/aFuhQEYAaLs

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Boeing details 'Deep Space Gateway' for Mars mission staging

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Re: Nice idea

@ DJO "An engineering impossibility, nothing could stay on the tracks at speeds far in excess of escape velocity." Do I have to spell everything out? I forgot to say, it's like a roller coaster, wheels above and below the tracks. Stick the tracks down firmly, maybe use dried Weetabix, something like that.

"any deviation would be catastrophic" No shit, but stuff like that never put off Yuri Gagarin. Poyekhali!

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Re: Nice idea

Acceleration. OK, read the post again, the rails go all the way around the Moon, it's a very long railgun. The gun slowly accelerates our intrepid crew over a period of time, they can do several circuits if necessary. Here's some arithmetic. Viking 1 took 10 months to get to Mars with a lander, and its maximum speed was 9000 miles an hour, that's 4km/s. Let's add on 2.5km/s for the Moon's escape velocity. If you are travelling around an equator with a radius of 1738km at 6.5 km/s, the acceleration you'll experience is v²/r = 6500²/1738000 = 24 m/s² due to the roundy-roundy less the gravity due to the moon . About 2.3g. No problem, you can leave your trunks at home, Alan! We can also use the thing to fling supplies at Mars and everything else on the ecliptic in the solar system. I reckon it's more feasible than a space elevator.

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"The big problem is radiation. This is why we haven't ventured out of the Earth's magnetic shield, except for the few Apollo trips to the moon. "

Just send old people to begin with, they're (we're) going to die soon anyway. I suggest starting with Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner. Wait, what was I saying about dying?

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Re: Nice idea

@cray. Why not make a huge railgun on the Moon and fire those crazy fuckers at Mars from that? Use your sulphur to slow them down on the way. You can make all the infrastructure out of aluminium from the lunar rocks. Put the rails around the equator, whizz them around for a while until the planets align and off you go. Power it all from the Sun. What can go wrong? It'd be a bit of work to set up, after all, the Moon is a harsh mistress. I'm pretty sure no lunatic would use it to throw iron coated boulders at Earth.

p.s. For scale. Circumference of Moon, 6,786 miles. Railway tracks in Great Britain, 9,817 miles.

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Goodbye, cruel world! NASA's Cassini preps for kamikaze Saturn dive

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Re: Saturn's atmosphere is cold

@iman idiot . It's kelvin. With a little 'k'. Oh, and it's not degrees K anymore. Be quick, you have 5 minutes to correct your post...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvin#Usage_conventions

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Steppe thugs pacified by the love of stone age women

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Amazing.

All this just 1000 years after Adam and Eve. I wonder what Methuselah thought of it all?

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Google court filing names a second source for Uber's lifted robo-car plans

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Helping hand acceptance corporation.

Otto? Otto parts?

https://youtu.be/ewwKExvkqXQ?t=79

p.s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_anting . Those Aussies!

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

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Re: Amateur...

If you're good enough to set that up, you won't be sacked.

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Re: "Given the boot"

You two ^^ . Put a sock in it.

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Blimey, did you know? It's World Backup Day. But... surely every day is world backup day?

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Richard Herring asked a disabled friend what they called able bodied people​. "Yet to be disabled."

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Re: Even at home

Not rsync. rdiff-backup . rsync will overwrite good data with corrupted data. rdiff-backup lets you rewind to a previous version.

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How hard will it be to measure Planet Nine?

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Re: " it would mass about ten times more than Earth"

Thanks, I'll weigh my words more closely in future.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Definition_of_planet#IAU_definition

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" it would mass about ten times more than Earth"

In this context, mass is not a fucking verb, OK? Weigh is way better, but not whey. Too cheesy.

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Robo-AI jobs doomsday may, er... not actually happen, say boffins

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I tried calling him the other day. Kept getting his answering machine.

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Re: Wishful Thinking is a Dream State in a Dream AI State? :-)

It's covering something with a material to stop diarrhoea leaking through. Also stops other liquids.

http://www.bcprofiles.co.uk/aquaseal-waterproof-tanking-membrane-5-litre

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Re: I, for one,

Fuck the robots, I want a monkey butler.

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Re: @ Tim Seventh (was Displaced not redundant)

@Tim 7th. The world is a much better place than you seem to think. Ask Hans Rosling. Even though he's dead.

http://www.gapminder.org/videos/dont-panic-end-poverty/

"Up-to-date statistics show that recent global progress is ‘the greatest story of our time – possibly the greatest story in all of human history. The goal seems unrealistic to many highly educated people because their worldview is lagging 60 years behind reality."

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PC survived lightning strike thanks to a good kicking

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Re: "Ghost keyboard"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_M_keyboard

We don't need no stinkin' Windows key. Not wireless, though.

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