* Posts by Lars

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Forget Bruce Willis, Earth's atmosphere is our best defense against meteorites

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Re: So what happened to the 12,000 ton Chelyabinsk meteorite?

@phuzz, so true.

From the article:

"It’s the first time the dust has been found in urban dirt. Previously, the frozen wastes of Antarctica were the usual collection sites."

But to be more precise it's apparently the first time they have tried to look in urban dirt and the reason they collect in Antarctica is that it's so much easier to spot bigger pieces against the ice or snow.

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Re: So what happened to the 12,000 ton Chelyabinsk meteorite?

Who cares. A few kilos is enough for scientific use. People collect stuff like that as souvenirs, just put a price on it and more will turn up. Some will be found on Ebay too.

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Trump to NASA: Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon

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Re: Nomenclature

"Will the first one be called Moonbase Alpha?". Be serious, think again.

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Re: Caveat

NASA and it's core mission explained here and a few other facts about the GOP of to day, here represented by Ted Cruz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peL7Qecg3qQ

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Re: Caveat

Yes, this on France24 "US researchers flock to join Macron's climate change project".

http://www.france24.com/en/20171211-climate-france-macron-paris-accord-planet-great-again-us-researchers-grants-trump

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@Big John

Are those guys like Stockman and Bucshon really what you belive in. As it is twats like that we find only in (in office) in the USA these days. And it's all about money or it's even worse. You did have a hint with "Scientologists".

The vid is old but so is stupidity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPgZfhnCAdI

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Big tech wants the ICO on EU data protection board in Brexit fallout

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Re: Smile, it's Tate & Lyle

The problem DD has is that he says one thing in Brussels and the something else at home to please then brexiteers. But I agree with him on one point, he is not too smart and this double speak will not be acceptable in Brussels although they understand the British domestic problem in moving from fantasyland towards reality.

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Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report

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As everything else is probably already said should one then just add - something to sue about.

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: So?

"However with Clarkson it is an act.". What ever but he is also a hell of a spin doctor. If a Brit can spot the spin is an other question. The car part is OK with me though.

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Re: Despair over Brexit and Trump?

"What every country needs is more than a binary choice.".

Came to think about it, are there any other, in practice, two party countries but the UK and the USA. The damn thing is that it creates a one party government, and I would hate that to happen where I live and that goes for "my parties" too.

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Re: Despair over Brexit and Trump?

"I'm talking about Roy Moore and this coming week's special election in Alabama. Trump threw his unconditional support behind Roy Moore.".

Farage and Bannon are also there, I don't know if I am surprised or not.

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Re: And people actually voted for him on purpose??

@ handleoclast

For those few who did perhaps not understand the "Shersh" I believe it's here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-medical-exam-slurred-speech-public-results-health-concerns-white-house-a8098716.html

(and elsewhere)

So what is it with him. Is it cocaine, (with his nose), not original teeth running loose, or well, I had an uncle, (nice guy, but died) and he started to sound like that when Alzheimer struck him.

Perhaps just drunk, (first glass of wine ever). Is Pence looking worried.

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Re: Despair over Brexit and Trump?

Never has so many been fooled by so few.

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French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

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Re: It's a tradition...

@ I ain't Spartacus

France overtakes Britain as world’s fifth largest economy as Brexit fears hit markets

Pound falls against the euro, putting France ahead of Britain for first time since 2014

From:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/france-britain-uk-world-s-fifth-largest-economy-brexit-eu-referendum-a7123761.html

Wednesday 6 July 2016 20:00 BST

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Re: It's a tradition...

@ I ain't Spartacus

No matter how much I like the Brits I have studied, worked, met and sailed with, I just cannot understand this odd ability to claim you are <insert number> largest <insert anything> in the <world/Europe/EU>.

Most always wrong and without any reference. sometimes absolutely ridiculous claims. A few resent claims - second in aeronautics only to the USA - second largest contributor to the UN. I don't give a shit but I find it very odd. Perhaps you have a better insight into the British brain complexity.

About the GDP. What makes you think India (a country with a slightly larger population) should as a country have a smaller GDP than Britain or France. There are other methods to compare too*.

Anyway using:

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/uk.html

"The UK, a leading trading power and financial center, is the third largest economy in Europe after Germany and France."

COUNTRY COMPARISON :: GDP (PURCHASING POWER PARITY)

1 China $21,290,000,000,000 2016 est

2 European Union $19,970,000,000,000 2016 est

3 United States $18,570,000,000,000 2016 est.

4 India $8,662,000,000,000 2016 est.

5 Japan $5,238,000,000,000 2016 est.

6 Germany $3,980,000,000,000 2016 est.

7 Russia $3,751,000,000,000 2016 est.

8 Brazil $3,141,000,000,000 2016 est.

9 Indonesia $3,032,000,000,000 2016 est.

10 United Kingdom $2,786,000,000,000 2016 est.

11 France $2,734,000,000,000 2016 est.

Unsurprisingly the UK and France have now change position.

*https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2004rank.html#uk

So where do you get your numbers, share them with us and do they really change the reality at all. (if your father is alive he's bigger than my father, and all of that).

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Re: Vive la France

"France is the highest-taxed country in Europe". It's not that easy, try:

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

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

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

And then there is the question of what you get for the tax you pay, cost of living etc. Not easy at all.

(you will find the Nordic countries have a higher rate, but there is a reason for that too)

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Re: It's a tradition...

I sometimes think there is a tradition in England to speak a lot of rubbish about France, old habits die hard. If they are that bad, how come they have passed Britain to become the second largest economy in the EU.

Anything you build they don't build, on a post card, please.

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Re: Theft or not

"Sooo, I assume from this sweeping statement that you have actual facts and figures to back it up".

A sweeping statement perhaps, but don't underestimate your country, there are actual fact and figures if you care to read the "fake news".

Yes I dislike Trump, I think he is a disaster, and to be as kind as only I can be, unfit to be the president of any country.

However, Big John, you have to remember that we elsewhere in the world are not forced to compare him to that one other alternative. We measure him just for what he is and what we feel a country like the USA would deserve.

In a two party system you Americans had, in the end, just those two to choose from. It's not your fault and you are not accused of anything here. Only Trump will be able to change your opinion about him.

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Re: Theft or not

"I agree that they do actually pay tax".

I don't actually agree "those" actually pay tax. Lots of companies in the USA pay absolutely no tax and on average it's more like 5% than what some like Trump claim. Will the dear old man show his tax return before having to leave office, that is the question.

Came to think of it, we would need somebody like P.G.Wodehouse to describe Trump. As far as I remember Wodehouse went to Germany to write about stuff and Hitler like - is he going to shave his muostache or not, the question of the day.

I suppose it didn't make any difference but I would so very much like to be able to laugh at Trump and I am sure he would love to be laughed at too. Not enough of that around these days.

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Don't rely on us to protect the open internet, warns FTC Commissioner

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Trade deals

They sound so complicated so I decided to send a message to Liam Fox to ask him to take a day off to fix it, now that he is in the mood, going strong, and has been "over there" already perhaps several times. Just wanted to inform you (and him) should he forget to mention my part in our success.

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Euro Patent Office commanded to reinstate 'Nazi judge' it attacked

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Re: Easy there

@ Phil O'Sophical

"Did you read the whole article?". Well that is my point, the header.

And the header is "Euro Patent Office commanded to reinstate Nazi judge.." when you read just the header and not the article.

So let me explain, if I can, why when you write a header you should contemplate what the header implies without reading the article. (a Nazi judge was not reinstated by ...)

I knew guys who wrote for different IT magazines and they told me about the rules Microsoft demanded they stick to. The main rule was to never write a negative header no matter what. Suppose for instance that say three departments out four was in the red then the header had to be like "Microsoft still increasing ..." while in the article more details was allowed. Associating viruses to Windows was a red line too. You will hardly find a header like "yet new errors found in Windows enabling more viruses,,,".

The reason is that most people scan more headers than read the texts. And this is used for propaganda too. I would claim the "Enemies of the people" regarding the judges in Britain as such a use of a header.

My favourite header from those times, early Linux, is this which went "One million Europeans will lose they jobs if people turn to Linux".

So perhaps I am just stubborn but easy with the headers, they should not give the wrong impression when just scanned.

And please Kieren, no hard feelings. And the appropriate icon this time.

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Easy there

One nazi in the text, but in bold in the header, So easy there, idiot, the rhetoric in both the UK and the USA has been more nazi than anywhere else in Europe but perhaps in one East European country.

And your explanation for that header, Kieren McCarthy.

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No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

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Re: The only way to make cars give back to the environment

"The trouble is that cars have liberated us from reliance on public transport, have created a society and culture that won't easily go back to public transport".

The Nordic countries have managed that quite well, you don't have to go back if you newer leave.

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Brit bank Barclays' Kaspersky Lab diss: It's cyber balkanisation, hiss infosec bods

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Get to the point

Get rid of Windows.

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UK government bans all Russian anti-virus software from Secret-rated systems

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Re: RAM Jet Engineering ..... for ROM Pings

"Human IQ is pretty much the same everywhere."

Yes, but next it's all about education, however, education for profit and education according to class doesn't seem to provide all that much.

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What's the problem

Put Linux on a stick and use it for your bank transactions or switch completely, but tell nobody or the crooks will get it and start writing viruses for Linux.

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Re: Jet Engine

My Deity how the facts about the jet engine seems to disturb the British soul, quite disgusting actually.

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

"Following the end of the war the German jet aircraft and jet engines were extensively studied by the victorious allies and contributed to work on early Soviet and US jet fighters. The legacy of the axial-flow engine is seen in the fact that practically all jet engines on fixed-wing aircraft have had some inspiration from this design."

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Dirty COW redux: Linux devs patch botched patch for 2016 mess

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Re: Huh?

"Interesting that RHEL isn't affected though.".

Had to look into that as there has to be some simple explanation.

From: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1516514

"this issue does not affect the Linux kernel packages as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, 7 and Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2. They do not contain the upstream commit ".

But then again:

"This issue affects the Linux kernel packages as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 for ARM and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power LE kernel-alt packages."

("The new kernel version provided by the kernel-alt packages is based on upstream version 4.11)".

(The article was just a bit imprecise)

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Germany says NEIN to purchase incentive for Tesla Model S

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"Automotive manufacturers do all kinds of questionable things to get out of regulation."

And then there are politicians who love to get out of regulations too, and that is more scary as they are more or less unregulated.

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"I suspect Mercedes might be interested in making a competing model to the Tesla, for the same market.".

Why do you suspect such a surprising thing might happen, of course they will, like every car maker in the world.

But you are right, people who want and can afford a car like Tesla or similar will get one regardless of any subsidy. If any subsidy is used it should be where the volumes are.

PS. Caps are shouty and always fail their purpose.

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Ex-Autonomy exec agrees to be a witness for HP fraud case

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Re: Buyer's remorse

Buying companies is risky stuff. I remember a software company I later worked for who bought a smaller company, a good one, but most of the people walked out for, I assume, different reasons. So that all they actually bought was some rather empty offices and all the obligations that company had. Hardly what they expected to end up with.

I would not surprise me if some makeup was applied to Autonomy however.

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Royal Bank of Scotland culls 1 in 4 branches, blames the interwebz

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Happens everywhere

All around Europe for the same reason, a lot of ATMs are pulled also. Some of the bigger retailers will give you cash these days instead, for no extra charge. (you will receive a smile when you ask for a box of matches and say 60e).

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Today is your last chance to pick up a piece of channel history

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What

Was that intentional dear ElReg, for a moment I was hoping the very last piece SCO was finally under the hammer. Sad.

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US intelligence blabs classified Linux VM to world via leaky S3 silo

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Re: I can't believe it

No no it's clearly Sarah Palin, pal of the Trump who can see Russia through her window. As such interesting and very astonishing as it seems to imply Trump can't be totally stupid as he can detect even something even more so. So lets wait and see if Trump is a Russia or Linux user.

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Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project

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Re: Milton "powered by batteries and an onboard generator using jet fuel"

"A more sceptical mind might note the presence of Airbus and jump to the conclusion this is more EU protectionism/funding".

Sorry I don't quite get you message, give me your less sceptical take then. The simple fact is that the airline industry is international. The Boeing Dreamliner is produced in apart from the USA in Italy, Japan, Mexico, the UK and probably in a few other countries too. You find that on YouTube. Could it be that you have pulled your head up into the Royal British arse looking for an all British airline industry.

Good luck, it doesn't work like that. RR knows it and so does Airbus and Siemens.

Be happy as long as RR understands it too, (they will).

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Facebook, Google, IBM, Red Hat give GPL code scofflaws 60 days to behave – or else

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In here somewhere

I think we have to spot two types of "defenders of the GPL". On one side you have the lawyers who are very keen on defending because the more they defend the more money they make. (There is no "trickle down" effect here either regarding the developers.). Then on the other side there are perhaps those whose motives have less to do with making money and are thus less keen on litigating. I would defend those defenders more.

I think "hostile" is a rather hostile word to use. Such a long time since the GPL3 was written so I cannot remember all the arguments for or against it except I believe there was a rather hostile and inflated ego behind the pen. It would not surprise me if there was some questions regarding the possibility to suddenly switch from GPL2 to GPL3 regarding Linux. Nor would it surprise me if that lot of developers had a bad feeling of being dragged into more and more "litigations" losing time and energy in that process. But again perhaps I am wrong.

At one of the companies I worked for as a programmer my boss asked me to join him in court as an expert against a teenage guy who had managed to copy some game he should have payed for. I refused telling him I get speechless confronted with the professional shit speakers. To my self I told I don't give a shit and I have more important things to do.

I once had a vacuum cleaner running Linux, did they comply or not, I do not know, but I did think of it after all.

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Huawei's Honor 9: The only mobe of its spec asking 'why blow £500?'

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Re: Apologies to hijack this thread...

"Is that a banana case in the picture???", I reckon it's for condoms (reusable).

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

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Re: Telly Tax or Adverts

@ lorisarvendu

What I described is what we did in Finland and quite frankly I am fully prepared to pay for not having to see any adverts. There are other channels for that, and then there is this question about domestic "home made" programs, I doubt Netflix would have "made" say Yes Minister or Monty Python or will ever "make" anything particularly English programs. There are other things to remember too that the BBC is supposed to deliver that no other channel have to deliver.

I also agree with technois comment.

The quality question is an other topic and who wants more of this and less of that, as the story goes one man was interviewed about the radio programs and how he liked them, and he did very much, and when they asked him what he listened to he said the time signal.

Personally I spend a lot more time on YouTube.

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Re: Bollocks

"they are more biased.....they do not like the Orange Fuckwit.". Am I biased if I don't like dog shit on my shoes.

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Re: Telly Tax or Adverts

I don't know how this works in all different countries but the Army and the NHS are payed through taxation so why not the BBC too, then just demand that there be no adverts at all. The downside is of course that those guys running around had to go writing parking tickets instead, perhaps. And I think you should give some credit to the BBC, at least they used to make some good programs.

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Re: Telly Tax or Adverts

"Netflix make better shows". Funny, I didn't know Netflix makes shows.

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Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

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Re: Why cats?

"Sweden are reputed to be open to reconsidering their EU membership too.". No, stop daydreaming.

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Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world

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Re: Chin up mate.

Ledswinger, I am sure you have a point in there, but why buy German cars, they won't deny selling to you, why not buy domestic British cars, And there are French, Italian even Swedish and Spanish to choose from too, and why not Go Global as the lady has suggested, into the big wide world. India, for instance, have some nice brands and China is soon worth considering too. And lets not forget the USA.

But to come to the point, Big Mac was mentioned and suddenly it has all become clear to me. I need a better deal, all I actually want is the bread and the meat, (and they can keep the decorations) and as I eat in the car, piss in the parking lot (only if pressed) why, oh why, should I pay for those fucking awful buildings and unelected accountants. It's so blatantly obvious they need me more than I need them, And now, when I think about it, and now that I have payed into that organization for many many years they actually owe me a lot. Perhaps not the kitchen sink, modest as I am, but a few pissoirs at least.

It's amazing how much one can learn from reading English these days. I will keep you updated.

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Anybody with a link to that list.

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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Too many cooks

The definition for "too many cook" according to "The free Dictionary" is:

"Too many people trying to control, influence, or work on something, with the quality of the final product suffering as a result."

Linus is well aware of that.

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Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

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Re: "thought pathfinder"

"Where's my gun?". Have you got toddlers?

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US authorities swallow security-free script for pill that knows when you're off your meds

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Re: so what if

@ handleoclast

Sorry for the dog. I was actually going to write "get a Jeeves" but it's probably true that fairly few can afford one. And my smiley icon was not proper either.

I have had dogs since I was born, three cats today, (or rather my wife's). My problem is, however, that I am allergic against dogs and cats. But they just love me (in any country). One "expert" told me they like me because as I try to stay in the background, sort of, I also refrain from behaving like a twat in front of them with idiotic sounds and gestures. That then informs them that I am a normal and non-aggressive nice person worth making friends with.

But about that pill, I find it a bit silly to compare it with a pacemaker, unless of course it was possible to blow you and the pill up over the internet.

Somebody mentioned metals, unhealthy for us, but I would assume/hope that stuff will travel to the bitter end.

There is in fact a video camera so small you can swallow it and then your doctor can on a monitor record the journey to the end, to be or not to be, used again.

But there is that worrying aspect of the insurance companies, then again, it's more or less an American problem. Eventually I hope more and more Americans will understand that they are screwed by the Insurance Companies and Big Pharma more than anybody else in the world.

As hard to change, I suppose, as the, de facto, two party system. I also believe some Brits would agree with me that their two party system was one big reason to the idiotic referendum.

Metals and insurance makes me remember that eating gold was at one time in China thought to be the way towards a golden old age, not a longtime success, however. And at some time they "invented" health care insurance, you paid your doctor as long as you felt fine and dandy, if not, you stopped paying and he would turn up again doing his best for you.

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Re: so what if

Get a dog.

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Los Alamos National Lab fires up 750-node RPi cluster

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Funny how

Many years ago regarding large computers Linux was never mentioned and now again it's never mentioned as it has become the default. On the top500 list more than 50% ran Linux before they started to count them. I don't give a shit, sort of, but it certainly shows the importance of marketing. Once, for a very short time, there was one running "Apple" and wow the ink about that. Just imagine if MS payed somebody enough to try to tweek Windows into the list. Sometimes I have this feeling that if there ever is Linux on the desktop (19 years for me) it will happen in a similar way, no fanfare, most cars have four tires, ever told anybody about it.

In a way Windows and Linux are very similar, if there is a new virus Windows is never mentioned, it's the default.

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