* Posts by Chrissy

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More and more websites are mining crypto-coins in your browser to pay their bills, line pockets

Chrissy

Re: Advertisers won't be happy.

I second that choice of cryptomining over adverts..... On the odd occasion I follow a link - using IE - that that takes me to articles on the Daily Express, Telegraph or any local rag's website, the sheer volume, and bad coding of, adverts spins my CPU usage and therefore cooling fan up by at least 30% or 40%.

At least with crypto-mining I'd not have to be wading through a load of visual and audible crap to find the actual articles while my laptop starts scalding my legs.

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

Chrissy

Re: Crap like this...

I can get multi-room synchronised sound for about £5..... a pair of headphones.

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Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

Chrissy

Re: droning on

I'd want to make sure the basics of a flying drone - does it a: fly and b: can it land non-destructively - worked before piling on the gadgetry.

Maybe the MOD need to pay their contractors like builders... stage payments once each parameter - flying > landing (properly) > flying in rain > flying in rain and landing > flying in rain with a gadget and landing - have been met instead of just dropping their drawers with the entire 15m.

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Chrissy

Re: droning on

For £15million, most hobbyists could have designed built and flown a FLEET of craft to the moon and back, rather than 4 craft into the sea.

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Cops' use of biometric images 'gone far beyond custody purposes'

Chrissy

Re: unless retention is necessary for a policing purpose

"Ever thought why we have number plates on cars?"

Yes..... revenue.

Prevention of crime is a very, very distant secondary use.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

Chrissy

Rest of the world needs to catch up

Friend who I travel with:

1: Had a load of vape cartomisers seized at Singapore, where we were then pointed at a poster indicating:

"Under the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, it is an offence to import, distribute, sell or offer for sale any of the following tobacco products: -

ix) Any solution or substance, of which tobacco or nicotine is a constituent, that is intended to be used with an electronic nicotine delivery system or a vaporiser;

Those guilty of the offence are liable to a fine not fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both"

....so I told her in strong terms to just STFU and stop arguing when she started having a go at the SIN Customs agents!!

2: Needed to get her Doc to write a note saying the vape stick and cartomsiers were "prescribed" to take any vaping equipment into Hong Kong.

And another interesting fact about HKG is that the tobacco allowance is only 19 cigarettes, or 1 cigar or 25 grams of loose baccy..... so be prepared to say goodbye to that carton of 200 (and yes, they do look for and check Caucasians at HKG as we could tell we were selected about 50 metres away from the Customs post)

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The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

Chrissy

TCAS, not ACARS

TCAS : "Traffic Collision Avoidance System" or "traffic alert and collision avoidance system" - take your pick - and its close relation:

(e)GPWS: "Ground Proximity Warning System" for the avoidance of CFIT into cumulo-granite

ACARS: "Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System"

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Sergey Brin building humanitarian blimp for lifesaving leisure

Chrissy

Billionaire aims to build largest flying object...

.... I think I've heard this story before... is he going to start storing his urine in jars too?

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Indian Business Machines? One-third of Big Blue staff based there and Bangladesh

Chrissy

Re: The usual race to the bottom

"be retired on the golf course by the time it matters.".

Their problem is that to get to that golf course they'll have to traverse the badlands that were once swathes of middle class housing that is now populated by gangs of ex-techies and their ex-soccer mum crack whores.... lots of rope and lamp-posts between their house and the club-house.

And good luck on not having their house broken into and torched once the Western economies collapse.

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UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late

Chrissy

Re: Usable Life

Trigger's broom.

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Well-rested women in danger of bouncing their men into early grave

Chrissy

"If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don't actually live longer; it just seems longer. "

Clement Freud

....and that little old chap maintaining the oil tanks in Waterworld upon seeing his impending death:

"Oh, Thank god!"

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I'm deadly serious about megatunnels, vows Elon Musk

Chrissy

Read / watch this:

http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/26/scientist-lays-out-5-huge-problems-with-elon-musks-hyperloop-video/

then read this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk#University :

"

In 1995, at age 24, Musk moved to California to begin a PhD in applied physics and materials science at Stanford University, but left the program after two days to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations in the areas of the Internet, renewable energy and outer space

"

.... Maybe he should have stayed the course, then he wouldn't still be thinking the HyperLoop/ Megatunnel is a viable solution.

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EE slapped with £2.7m fine by Ofcom

Chrissy

IPA 2016 (not the Ale!)

This bodes well for EE meeting their responsibilities within the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.... if they can't find the 6095 people who phoned 1 - one!! - specific number, how are they going to find 12 months of web-surfing data when GCHQ come knocking???

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Admins rejoice. Microsoft brings Azure Automation to the UK

Chrissy

PS?

Powershell with a sexy front end??

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British politicians sign off on surveillance law, now it's over to the Queen

Chrissy

Re: Working from home

Chaff variation:

Submarine ELF stations are always transmitting random data when not transmitting actual messages, so no assumptions can be made from transmission bursts.

In a similar way, I'll be running 24x7 a random IP address generator that will then, for a random number of minutes, do a random number of GETs to that IP address and any subpages that are returned..... both massively increasing and poisoning the haystack with random data, and obscuring my actual surfing.

When I've previously suggested doing this en-masse, someone suggested that this would only damage the ISPs rather than the government, and prices would then rise due to the need to store that extra data..... the market can only support a max price per subscriber. Once the ISPs' costs/subscriber rise above that max price/subscriber then ISPs are running at a loss; their CEOs will apply so much pressure to the Home Office that they will have to repeal at least the "retention of sites visited" part of this law, if not the whole thing.

Or they'll redefine "hacking" as also "visiting a website with no intention of viewing that website"... that'll be fun watching the CPS try to prove that, or proving that the GET came from Powershell rather than my Browser.

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Accessories to crime: Facial recog defeated by wacky paper glasses

Chrissy

Dazzle

Would be interesting to see what "Dazzle" makeup would do to facial recog systems (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage).

Or an animal design facepaint... "Sarge, it's that cat from the last demo again"

As it would be makeup, legally it's NOT a mask so I'd like to see a prosecution system bring a case of "wearing a mask to evade identification".... "what mask, officer?"

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Euro politicians are hyping the terror threat to steal your privacy

Chrissy

Re: Blinkered, self-serving denial.

Ahhh, Mattie, Mattie, Mattie, ... how I've missed you..... Chicken Little made flesh.

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Fear not, humanity – Saint Elon has finished part two of his world-saving 'master plan'

Chrissy

Re: Reaching

It works by averages, and the cost of the panels is dropping through the floor as mass-production gears up:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Photonic-Universe-monocrystalline-motorhome-campervan/dp/B00PX63M74/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1469132539&sr=8-5&keywords=solar+panel

0.84 sqm of panel for £140, and that's with added value of a frame, and the retail markup

I'm in SouthEast England...car parked on south facing drive almost constantly as I motorbike to work... lets say I get half the average as the UK is cloudy, so $326...

Sven lives in Stockholm.... lets say he gets 1/4 the average out of his panels : $164

Juan lives in Malaga... he gets 1.5 average output as he's in full sunlight most of the time: $985

So their average is 492 per car..... 292 more than your (current) $200 cost of manufacture.

There are 31.7million cars in the UK.... there aren't 30 million garages (or if there are 50% of them are full of household junk and 25% have been converted into extra rooms) , so I'd say a car parked in a garage is the unrealistic case, and if they do park in a garage its at night.

Why not do house and car roof... if you're going to gear up manufacturing to make 16 sqm of panel each for 22m houses, why not make 18sqm of panel and divert those extra 2 at the car?

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Chrissy

Re: Reaching

But if that panel is mass produced and fitted at the time of the cars production, then its price becomes negligible...and if the life of your average car is say 15 years, that car sitting in a place with 365 cloudless days will still be saving 0.12x365x15 = 657USD of electricity that doesn't need to be generated elsewhere and transmitted with network losses into the car.

Do nothing is not an option as he is correct... no replacement for fossil fuel = no civilization. 44 tonnes of food, washing powder or bogroll isn't going to get to your local Tesco by horse.

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

Chrissy

Re: Not all security is like that, I'm not

"Once we've spoken to the person and got the information on what they're up to, control is informed and the person is told if they can continue or not. 99% of the time they're allowed to keep on taking photographs."......

Yes, you are like that.....Assuming the person taking the photos is on PUBLIC property I'm curious about this statement:

a: Under what laws are you making the assumption that the person questioned has ANY responsibility to answer your (or even Police) questions?

b: Under what laws do you think you have any power to dictate whether that person can continue to photo?

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Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

Chrissy

Orders?

"GCHQ staff were tasked, and I'm sorry, I cannot fault someone for doing what they do for a job, even if they're not entirely happy with it"

City in Germany.... Nurem something? Some lawyery type stuff in 1945 and 46?...... That defence didn't work then, and it doesn't work now.

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Chrissy

DaveDaveDave.... The Register's very own Dr Fox: "Now that's a scientific fact: there's no real evidence for it, but it is scientific fact."

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So, what's happening with LOHAN? Sweet FAA, that's what

Chrissy

Paperwork

Brazil..... Terry Gilliam must have tried to open an explosives factory.

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Spirit of Steve Fosset lives on as glider is poised to soar to 90,000ft

Chrissy

Spinning for 50,000?

Worryingly when this pops out of the lift, unless they do something extremely clever with the wing, it'll be straight into (way beyond) Coffin Corner and will probably end up spinning for several thousand feet until air density is enough to re-enter the normal polar curve behaviour of the wing and regain control.

Or until the wings rip off as it zooms past VNe

Hope they have lots of sick bags, AND the cockpit is jettisonable and parachuted, to cover both scenarios.

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NASA chooses ace SPACE PILOTS who'll take the USA back into manned flight

Chrissy

Re: The Right Stuff

politicians, bureaucrats, religion and lawyers = reaction mass

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KFC takes legal axe to eight-legged mutant chicken claims

Chrissy

Spitting Image?

Why don't they try suing the writers of the Spitting Image book circa 1986 or thereabouts? I'm sure I remember a parody article in it about a "company" creating an 8 legged chicken, but one that also shat BBQ Beans.

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ACLU: Here's a secret – cops are using the FBI's fake cell-tower tech to track crims' phones

Chrissy

Re: Air-mounted Stingray

Yeah, I poked around on G-INFO and saw that Company... that's what seemed so unusual.

LHR sometimes has a Cessna out and about after last plane out doing ILS calibration, but that's always straight up and down the ILS beam, not a 10km wide swathe, so it can't have been doing ILS cailbration for Farnborough (espcially as F'boro has NO runway precisely East/West as this one was flying).

2 pilots..... Saturday night/Sun morning.....+5hrs if you include mission prep, transit both ways and on-station..... double, triple or even quadruple bubble............Whoever the client was, they must have deep pockets.

I can't see a commercial organisation justifying paying for such a weird time to be doing this. It all screams governmental.

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Chrissy

Air-mounted Stingray

Hmm...I was on FlightRadar24 a while back and tracked a lone Cessna Titan making an eventual 20+ East/West passes with around a 500m separation between each pass, traversing a wide swathe of Surrey between East/West Farnborough to Leatherhead and North/South Woking to Guildford, at a consistent 7000ft and 145kt

I would have though thought it was an update to terrain or residential photography ... except it was a Saturday night between 0000 and 0045 hrs: the photos wouldn't have been too good in the dark.

I wonder if that Cessna had a Stingray on board to compile a database of IMEIs-to-Addresses, as I'm not sure what other surveying could be going on, considering

a: it was night-time

b: Ordnance Survey had the physical geography of the British Isles pretty well nailed down about, oh, a century ago.

c: Any weekend night is a night when people are likely to be at their usual home

d: thermal scanning for Marijuana farms could be done during the day

I haven't seen it since, but TBH had forgotten about it until now.

In case anyone else sees a similar flight profile or wants to dig deeper, its reg was G-BWLF out of East Midlands Airport.

I need thicker tin-foil.

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

Chrissy

"

Paedophiles have more genes in common with crabs than they do with you and me. Now that's a scientific fact: there's no real evidence for it, but it is scientific fact.

"

FFS!!

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

Chrissy

Re: I don't get Britain these days

Naomi Klein - "the Shock Doctrine"

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US! govt! ordered! Yahoo! to! hand! over! user! data! or! pay! $250k! fine! PER! DAY!

Chrissy

Re: diminishing returns

You're making the assumption that "terrorists" were ever the primary target of this surveillance in the first place.....

...Are there really 1.8million terrorists in the UK?

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/gchq-nsa-webcam-images-internet-yahoo

Remember... to the authoritarian mindset, no-one is "innocent"; we just haven't been caught yet.

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Report: Google's NSA dealings not as bad as you thought – THEY WERE WORSE

Chrissy

Re: Hang on

"If you'll remember, this was a time where the most likely threat of hacking was China"

No.....this was a time when we were being TOLD - by the very organisation most likely to profit from the "look over there, look over there, don't look here" distraction - that the the most likely threat of hacking was China.

"getting together with the US government to protect themselves from an outside threat"

....Keep drinking the KoolAid.

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Internet Explorer 11 at it again, breaks Microsoft's own CRM software

Chrissy

OS: Win7 Ult, Sp1

Hardware: Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz, 16GB RAM

Time to start IE11 to homepage.........20sec +

Time to lose patience with this PoS, then uninstall: 10 minutes

Time to start IE9 to homepage: <1 sec.

Stunned that this passed QA. It did go via QA didn't it? Hello? Hello? Dial tone.

Message to Msoft: Stop f88king around with stuff for f88king-around-with-stuff's sake;

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AREA 51 - THE TRUTH by the CIA: Official dossier blows lid off US secrets

Chrissy
Thumb Up

Re: English Electric Lightning ????

True - read up on "coffin corner" for the weird coincidence of airspeed and mach numbers making flying in the thin air at this altitude equivalent to balancing a pencil on your nose.....one twitch and you are stalled and spinning/

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Obama proposes four-point plan to investigate US data spooks

Chrissy

Blow the whistle through official channels..

....and be discovered decomposing in a red bag.

At the very least, be smeared so much to be never able to work again in any job not involving flipping burgers.

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German boffins aim to burn natural gas - WITHOUT CO2 emissions

Chrissy

@ AC "the machine in Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs"

No, but its similar to the FluggenKligginKein from the film EuroTrip.... only less painful.

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Don't Menshn the snore: Chick-lit queen's jabber site killed in its sleep

Chrissy
Childcatcher

Luke Bozier - too many battles at once?

I can understand why Louise ejected from this particular "burning with a magnesium brilliance" flaming jet? (not sure if NYC is far enough away to avoid contamination by association though).....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/10/menshn-luke-bozier-arrested-indecent-images-children?CMP=twt_gu

http://politicalscrapbook.net/2013/01/luke-bozier-company-shut-down-by-regulators-political-press/

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Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 into booze

Chrissy
Black Helicopters

This will disappear if it ever proves viable

While there's oil in the ground, this will never see the light of day, too many vested interests have too much to lose....

Imagine they get this up to a marketable efficiency... you could cover a car or your house roof in a panel of these and have a steady trickle of ethanol, day in day out.

Based on my vehicle usage of 20 miles/day commute (or around 1.5 litres of diesel/chip fat mix - 16yr old Golf so not even the most efficient), after I've invested in an ethanol-ran vehicle, as long as I have enough panels to generate that 1.5 litres daily, I'll never need to visit a fuel station ever again except for 5 litres of lube oil every 6-10k miles.

Shell, BP and Haliburton shareholders lose out, but more importantly a major slice of taxation is lost.

That is why this will be stifled until a full road-usage charging infrastructure has been embedded to make up for that loss of tax revenue.

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Storing punters' till receipts? UK.gov wants you to hand it over

Chrissy
Black Helicopters

Government chess:

This is the Pawn: Sell this idea as "for the individual's benefit":

No government in human history has ever unilaterally or voluntarily created laws "for the individual's benefit", and when these words are used, VERY big alarm bells should go off.

As in a couple of years we will see the Queen moved into the game: the REAL purpose for this is to lay the foundations for another law, one requiring businesses to send this data to GCHQ.

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Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship' seeks public love

Chrissy
Mushroom

Unfortunate name....

...Oppenheimer.

If I was a Cupertinian, my objection to planning permission would include the line:

"One Oppenheimer nuked a small corner of Nevada, and another one is now wanting to nuke a small corner of California."

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MP blasts 'ineffective' games regulation

Chrissy
FAIL

I couldn't be bothered to write anything more constructive than to paraphrase - and use a less offensive term than frequently used - several contributors to a similar discussion happening on guardian.co.uk......

Vaz is a expenses thieving prick who should learn when to shut the **** up, as trying this at least 5 times without any progress would tell even a semi-intelligent person that no-one cares about your dumb campaign.

And my indpendent contribution is that the day this waste of oxygen gets voted out, or contracts something fatal, can't arrive early enough.

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Met thumbed through Oyster card data up to 22,000 times in 4 years

Chrissy
FAIL

Read this:

Chris W, don't be so credulous, and read this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Jean_Charles_de_Menezes

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NAO: British bobbies wasting £80m BlackBerry stash

Chrissy
Stop

Some idle googling and playing in Excel

Number of Police (entire UK Aug 2011) 137,000

(Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/aug/09/london-riots-number-police)

Total Spend on Mobile Devices

80m + 29m = £109m

(Source: NAO / this article)

Backend Infrastructure:

Max number of users per B'berry Enterprise Server = approx 2000

So 137,000 users / 2000 = 69 servers @ £5000 TCO per server = £345,000

109,000,000 less 345,000 = £108,655,000 left to spend on the actual devices

Devices:

So Device spend available per officer = 108,655,000 / 137,000 = £793 per device

Average no contract price of the newest highest end Blackberry: £440

(Source: http://www.puremobile.co.uk/BlackBerry/BlackBerry-Bold-Touch-9900/)

So required actual spend to equip 137,000 officers each with their own £440 Blackberry = £60,280,000

So profit made by whoever got this plum contract = 109m - 60m = £49million pickpocketed out of your taxes.

WTF???

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Father-of-three attacked teen after Call of Duty jibes

Chrissy
Pint

Slow reactions beyond 40 = no point

At 46, give it up as a lost cause that you are ever going to beat a teenager.

I'm 40 and the bitch-slapping I receive on Call Of Duty free-for-all really shows how slower my reaction times are from my teenage years.

Or it may just be that I'm c**p, but I blame 20 years of drinking.

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NASA: Beam me up some power, Scotty

Chrissy

What goes up, can come down

I'd imagine that the general "beamed power" function is the main focus of this project, regardless of the actual direction the beam is pointed.

Solar panels in space is one of the directions we need to go in to wean off fossil fuels, and a big fat extension cable draped through the atmosphere isn't going to work unfortunately, so beaming down is the only option.

Wouldn't like to be anywhere near the focal point if the aiming system went down, mind.

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LOHAN to suck mighty thruster as it goes off, in a shed

Chrissy
Facepalm

Do'h!! Hypo, not Hyper

Depressurised Evacuated Explosive Pyrotechnic Temperature and HypObaric Regulated Organic Accelerant Testing

D.E.E.P.T.H.R.O.A.T

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Chrissy
Mushroom

Depressurised Evacuated Explosive Pyrotechnic Temperature and Hyperbaric Regulated Organic Accelerant Testing

D.E.E.P.T.H.R.O.A.T

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9/11: The day we lost our privacy and power

Chrissy
Facepalm

You, Me & Dupree

@John Savard

What makes you think that you and your children aren't going to be part of that 7 Billion? Did you notice I didn't say anything about where those 7 Billion are coming from? That 7 billion are US.

In WW2, the UK had a population of 44 million and was barely able to feed itself using the entire landmass of the UK, with minimal imports due to U-Boats - why do you think we had rationing and Buck Palace's gardens being converted into allotments??

The UK population is now officially 62 million, or really 77 Million - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/city-eye-facts-on-a-plate-our-population-is-at-least-77-million-395428.html.

The only way those 77 million are being fed is through imports, intensively mechanised farming and distribution and artificial, energy intensive nitrogen fertilisers; all of those will not happen without oil.

We will be going back to a WW2 subsistence situation, only with an extra 34 million mouths to feed. All countries will be having the same problem at the same time and will feed themselves first. With no major transport ability we wouldn't be able to import their non-existent exports anyway.

You and your children ARE in that 7 billion.

And don't think we can simply migrate to bio-diesel and it remains all hunky-dory - we either eat or drive, not both, and there's not enough lithium in the world for us to all spin around in electric cars.

Do you know what really triggered most of those Arab Spring uprisings? Food prices, forced up by food crops being replaced with bio-diesel crops. Watch some Al-jazera, read eg Flat Earth News to understand why you haven't been hearing this angle from Western media.

That is the future.

And read this: http://www.energybulletin.net/node/17036

You won't see any national Governments' similar official assessments in public any time soon, even though they do exist as highly classified documents; their populations cannot psychologically handle the news, and the default psychological response is denial - you are an example of this..."it'll never affect me and mine".

Sorry John, but it will.

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Chrissy
Black Helicopters

Wingnuts

Good article.

But you try and broach this subject to colleagues, friends and family and they will consider you a paranoid wingnut, or dismiss it as "too difficult to understand; who won the football last night?"

I'd also posit that the act of you writing, and me commenting positively on, this "seditious" article is enough to flag both of us on a database within GCHQ, and we are now considered "domestic extremists" and will be the first to be arrested when the oil runs out and the s**t hits the fan.

Thats ultimately what this infrastructure is preparing for: 7 billion hungry people with nothing to lose.

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Sky makes iPad trolley for square-eyed shoppers

Chrissy
FAIL

Trolley > Canal

If those bits of pimply floor at the perimeter gaps of supermarket car parks can't prevent trolleys ending up in canals or becoming the grill component of a DIY brick barbecue, how many seconds does Sky think it will be before those iPads "disappear", with or without the trolley?

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