* Posts by Grinning Bandicoot

50 posts • joined 30 Jan 2014

Hapless engineers leave UK cable landing station gate open, couple of journos waltz right in

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Re: "A terrorist or foreign agent would have been free to plant explosives ..."

Or a plasma cutter and explosives after entry. Better yet break in and corrupt the data or let it be thought the data was corrupted the result is same. Under the doctrine of intermittents are a bitch looking for something that does not exist will disrupt more than an actual fault.

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

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Having read all the comments to this point in time and having seen the aerostat in Yuma,Arizona,USA might I suggest that government warehouses be checked for barrage balloons to be used as in lieu. With the added benefit if suitably equipment of providing roosts for raptures. In the US tower sites were used in the 80's as income shelters and being non-operator owned some have had multiple telcos at a site. If the NIMBYS were to install the towers and ROI being tied to the totality of service through the calculated service area, attitudes would change.

Now facetiously do not the proles know that if they yell loud enough that Thermodynamic limitations can be legislated away and there will be a free lunch.

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

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Where have all these papers have gone.

Since a Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown and Design of a Postal Input Buffer System I enjoyed this material so thanks for bringing to my attention. Will be forwarding to a couple of nuke operators. The world needs more of this humor!

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Total Resistance by H von Dach

In a college library I once found a book published under aegis of the British government on how to build explosive gadgets and other non social devices with items available within the community. These devices made the Anarchist Cookbook look very tame but then the book was published at a time when Winnie was telling the prospective visitor that they would get entertained at the beach. Bill Gates be damned books are not obsolete!

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"Likely to be used information

All information can be misused: census data, highway traffic counts, weather reports, health alerts and this does not end. Start with the public reports of the SAS and SBS to provide an idea of how it can be used , then alert the AUTHORITY that the MOD is liable under the act. While that mess is underway alert the AUTHORITY that the government nanny agency that provides such hints as mixing bleach and ammonia does not make a better cleaner but a toxic gas once used by the Hun. And so went any technical knowledge in GB which makes all readers here potential terrorists.

Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains

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Re: Cupboards

I look upon these types of tempests as a way to get the lazy to have basic supplies in the case of a disaster, natural or political. Of course there still will remain the indolent that when the disaster happens will be interviewed by media reps and will complaint that the people running the recovery aren't doing enough to return them to the lazy life.

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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A possible shot at MS

Roland 7 comments about the difficulty with the elderly of failing memory having to learn new operating system; hence, it might be argued that if a US court can rule the non usability by a blind person is a violation of disability laws and regulation. Then a conclusion that such removal of support is discrimination against elderly can be made and constitutes ageism; also it appears to discriminate against the poor - more discrimination. OK legal types here's a chance for a broadside at MS.

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Re: Prevaricating?

Its about Pols so lying , equivocating, prevaricating or talking are all the same. The mouth moves and the garden gets more soil amendment.

French diplomat: Spies gonna spy – there aren't any magical cyberspace laws that can prevent it

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Think Spies as a Protective Service.

In the 60's USians had learned of a possible fatal weakness in the Soviet's nuclear forces. The weakness was corrected by leaking to Soviet spies and thereby establishing veracity the essence of the USian command and control interlocks. Besides G. Washington used spies in his battles against the Germans and to date has not held to account by the N Y Times and Washington.

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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Re: Again I have to ask...

Back in the days of Kerosene TVs (Kerosene = Paraffin) telephones had wires going to a central office. The was a device, reed switch, which would allow a interested party to turn the phone into a room bug at the will of the bugger (!). It did this by having a mechanical switch that would bypass the ringer and make the phone go off hook while sitting in the cradle. If this was done with 1930s tech, think of today's possibilities. For ten dollars and a bottle of my favorite Russian Imperial Stout the challenge is to build an Alexa in the steam punk manner and see what relic parts could do at what cost. Then go watch Black Hats U-tubes to see how cheap surveillance now.

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Re: Local Automation

ZigBee gives better flexibility if have technical gumption.. The old X10 stuff can be hack with it to side step the line noise problem.

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Cutting waste and Fraud

You forgot the paperwork establishing the source of each item, the names of all that looked at the item and the herd of clerical types exchanging memoranda (thought I use a little pedantry here). Each time a pol pushes the 'by cutting waste and fraud' meme a new set of forms and certifications are born and they with supporting staff must supported on either the existing budget putting project completion further out or of obviously a bigger budget to maintain the project. Parkinson missed 'cutting waste and fraud' as a source of bureaucratic growth.

Then 'if we don't spend all the budget, we'll get less money next year' meme which is so popular in the military. End of the fiscal year more gold plating takes place and thereby blowing to hell the idea of saving based on zero budget costing.

Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...

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If they treat you like cattle

Since these locations, laughingly called amusement parks, move the herds around without any more regard than drovers on a trail drive, use ear notches and avoid the fingerprints.

Raspberry Pi Foundation says its final farewells to 40nm with release of Compute Module 3+

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Re: Good & Bad news

Go check 'openhab.org' They have a wide variety of goodies to automate the house. Wished I had found this site back a few years


We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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Re: Rehabilitate, don't exclude

Good thought. Make it something special and some idiot will put it on a pedestal and worship it. The divisions have grown with the amount of PC force feed to the world. Just for those that have not been informed the U S Coast Guard made a determination that the "okay" (thumb and forefinger touching fingers up) is forbidden because it denotes white power.

Jeep hacking lawsuit shifts into gear for trial after US Supremes refuse to hit the brakes

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Re: Bogus Bovine Excrement

As appropriate with your header I must note the Texas lawyers are the current bottom dwellers. Philadelphia lawyer is now in the category of cats pajamas.

Well Twenty-three skidoo

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Re: NATO task force can't read Morse code?

When 500 was no longer monitored the U S Coast Guard closed its radio stations (NMA,NMC,NMG,and NMO) and while the Coasties had the the U S Navy guard for two or three years prior to the ceasing of the guard and so went code in the US. It is believed that satcom will always be available and suffice. Amateur operators still use code first as a challenge and secondly very low power operations because of the very narrow bandwidth gets through the noise. If one checks RadCom or QST, there will be found software for coding/decoding Morse via radio. There was a time that the US naval force had mast mounted infrared lamps to send traffic not for distribution to loitering trawlers. If with '50s technology this was available, the present day tech available should be able to adapt to a visual system. Will leave the rest to the student.

A Bertram Chandler wrote Science Fiction in the '69s and made the observation as the ship's systems became more interlinked that vessel handling became more dependent on a fuse some place. NOTE: A fuse has been defined as a 50 cent item protected by a million dollars of equipment. I haven't been able to locate the exact story to provide a real quote and would appreciate a reader to name the story however, I know it is not Sister Ships.

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'

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Another win for ?

A definite win for the friends of act act against the freedom of thought, freedom of movement and freedom of privacy.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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Re: Hmm ...

Where's the footnotes to reference obscure self referencing journals that proves the brilliance of the author and fellow travelers?

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die

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Analog vs Digital and Gelware

Not being a resident of GB but an always interested observer of this resource and having a rather biased opinion of the digital rush thought that I might weigh in with a thought or three.

1) Yaesu makes a series of 2-meter amateur radios that have both a digital mode and analog frequencies so one variable in an experiment is removed. Also the same antenna is used. I have noted that when operating where the characteristic noted as picket fencing the error correcting will not permit traffic but in analog the gelware computer is able to assemble the message in the traffic. That is under marginal conditions voice analog has a better opportunity of success than digital between the same stations operating together. Admittedly under goods conditions the digital provides several nice bells and whistles but mobile from a vehicle the path changes minute by minute and so goes the bells and whistles. The APRS data has shown that my location information will jump between several gateways when in marginal areas (foothills and mountains, urban canyons) while the ability to use voice analog remains more constant.

2) We've grown up with commercial analog and its associated emphasis/de-emphasis and are used to a certain "sound" and the absence of certain non-conscious noises constitutes a flaw. Some audiophiles make the same claim in that transistor class D amps are cold and lifeless while tube (valve) amps have warm comfortable sound

3) Again about the error correction in used with digital broadcast. Had a hobby predating my amateur radio days of TV DXing. DXing is the listening or in this case viewing of distant signals not normally received. With error correction signals deep in he noise will not be processed and therefore no fun. My best was a 1200 mile signal very dirty but was able to watch for 30 + minutes including station ID. This is now not possible and less likely with change of bands used in broadcast TV even with some of the fun SDR stuff running loose.

Consider this stern shot: The original radio communications were digital. _... _.__ .

Bloodbath as Broadcom slashes through CA Technologies personnel

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And we are the cause

Those of us that have invested in mutual funds and have retirement plans being funded through stocks make our choices on ROI in the near term. The wonderful government which by its nature must think conservatively due its fiduciary duty demands that R&D especially blue sky research be discounted furthering this mindset that encourages this behavior and we the investors march right along in screwing the future! If there was an honest, viable way to treat pure research on a balance sheet and if applied research was treated as overhead rather then a cost center these types of corporate rape would no longer be as viable. Thank you T. Boone Pickens

Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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Maybe it is a longer operation and involves discrediting sources. If a normally trusted source is thought to have become unreliable, then it follows that 'false news' charges might be considered as valid. Open information is dangerous to those that have agendas and its not necessarily just the Chinese. If you shout it long enough and loud enough you will get believers and the believers become a movement. The movement cries it suffering and needs protection from its attackers and regulations are then promulgated to the deterrence of open,free speech after all the Bolsheviks were in the minority.

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Not silly just non Platonic

Don't knock American (US) names. Many were created at Ellis Island by the Immigration inspectors where the qualification was did they vote for the party that selected the Head of the Customs District and most likely Irish of Irish descent. In those good ol' days of cultural sensitivity the reply to "Gimme me your name" which carefully givenwhich would then be entered phonetically as heard by by that particular inspector and meanwhile in another.... One family if separated could end up with multiple surnames and given names were Anglicized at the will of the inspector.

It has been reported as the US descends to anarchy that one person entered her child into the school system as La - a, pronounced Ladasha, so if its Stuart,Stewart, Stwert its of no consequence as WE sink past in time beyond Sam Butler and dictionaries to somewhat codify the language.

Chinese tech titans' share prices slump after THAT Super Micro story

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Maybe it is a case of watch my right - keep looking at right hand; meanwhile the left. Or the Chinese government is waging war. Mosquito war annoying but nothing to point to. Drop of blood here, drop of blood there but no real bleeding so no concern. Another consideration is that it it a disinformation ploy by TOGS in preparation for the DEED.

New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Re: Barnarians 1 Freeman 0

Well at one time that question could asked under penalty of perjury in an application or by legal authority, then it was decided that this was discrimination and the 14th forbade unequal treatment of people in the disunited states of confusion; consequently dropped. Then under immigration reform it was sorta, kinda [sic] brought back but the social security card was the check. The National ID (internal passport) requirements may or may not match the name on previous drivers licenses, military ID cards, school transcripts, federal tax returns or credit reports. It can and was created new identities because of the manner in which it is created. As an exercise the new identity was run through the DoJ system and was returned as fraudulent: person described was in records as the old life long name. So who is the real citizen the born and lived or the paper creation without a past. Shades of Ludlum.

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Barnarians 1 Freeman 0

What it amounts to in the end is that Rationalism lost to Sheeple's needed for security. The 'power of private contemplation' is required to be checked to avoid thoughts of a heretical nature - better a thousand be searched than heretic be loose. The bad guys are winning. The US has established a national ID card in the form of a uniform drivers license and in the process trod solidly on common law practices dating to Blackstone. Oh for the security of Stalinland and Der Fuhrer Reich

Robert Heinlein had some interesting thoughts on NZ based on his visit in the 50s. The Maoris ate the wrong colonists.

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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As an USian who enjoys the observations here I wish to note that its obvious that this never heard of REI with its large catalog of shoes. Also I should note it would more proper to refer this particular land's inhabitants as WEn since were all united. as

In a race to 5G, Trump has stuck a ball-and-chain on America's leg

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Re: More than one way to conduct a trade war

One thing that I had missed mentioning is that the Mountain Pass was a major Western Hemisphere of the rare earths and the export quotas started shortly after the shut down.

There are several reports from reputable sources that Chinese are deep inverters in Silicon Valley venture firms. Beats stealing patents

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More than one way to conduct a trade war

Its seems to be forgotten that China introduced export quotas on rare earths several years ago limiting both solar panel and processor chip production. I have had unconfirmed reports the the Mountain Pass Mine in Taxafornia is Chinese controlled and currently being modernized for the last 5 years and an indefinite future to completion.

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Re: Experts

Not seeing a rise in brain cancer but we sure are seeing a rise in stupidity. The snowflakes have trouble paying attention to anything tat does not have flashing colors and bells and bings.

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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Entrepreneurship Hizaah

Since I had read Heinlein's 'Man who sold the Moon' I've been the type that believed that it would take a similar entrepreneur to get man looking and going outward. The funds spent in development of his project are spent on the ground to people that had practiced delayed gratification in LEARNING. And as far as Seattle's homeless problem the more that has been done to shelter and more that appear. The US has a active underground news service that offer advice on where and how to beat the system. Seattle nor any where else will never under a free culture not have homeless because some people do not want to follow shelter rules. Mandated internal personal passports with compulsory assigned housing with job movement only by official permission and the problem will go away. Oh wait! I think that was done and the participants didn't like it. TANSTAAFL

In the Monty Python collection there is a line about the effects of wealth distribution as the Uppers are in rags and the proles have the finery. I am of the opinion that anyone who will pay $2.50 for a cup of coffee has more disposable income than necessary and some should be transferred to me so that i can get a Cayenne though if I want to avoid snow I'll go with a Maybach - tis fair 'cause I aint got the bucks to spend on high test coffee.

A problem with taxes that the guy with few a million or two can afford and really must have an accountant and tax lawyer to complete the forms. The guy with a few thousand cannot afford the high priced labor to complete the taxes and as a consequence is unable to find and use the various tax deductions.

Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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Re: Undecimate?

OBJECTION: The Earl Cornwallis came in second to GW so after a bit of political wrangling the United States was documented. Often noted as US which is the object case of WE properly what you call colonials should be WEians. Canadians might qualify as colonial but that is one for you to fight with them!

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Re: Centuries

Units were formed as a 100 recruits and remained that unit through its life. As men died or left wounded the unit shrank.

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Re: Undecimate?

Having read down (display newest to old) I must at this point state this comment is one good reason to follow the comments at the Register. Somewhere in a comment section at this point in the US the point would divert away from the topic and have an extweaker inserting Biblical text and the Hillaryite and the Trumpist would start with an exchange of ad hominen steer manure (does not rise to the level of bull ); but here knowing what decimate means and how the usage differs found an erudite explanation of

undecimate which I confess was not what I had imaged.

For an educational exercise: The type that follow the money should compare Western US mines financing with Musk's finances

MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: Great Headline, Register

Noted elsewhere but one short was Monument. I believe there was a second that covered later in the story. One thing about Clark that he is credited for the geostationary comsat and for using the moon as a tax haven

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Re: Great Headline, Register

If memory serves correctly since its in the vicinity of 60 years but Clark wrote a short story "Monument" that served as the framework for the opener and there was another short story that had served for beginning of the main story.

Will Jenkins (Mauray Leinster) held the patent of the system used for those great space shots.

A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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The expensive part of the launch program after the politics is achieving orbital. The trick would be to build a local recycle point (a Trojan Point). Some day when left-handed phlamistrand type B is needed a trip to the local dump with a minor delta V might be a paying proposition.

FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

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Tactitus is still appliable

The question behind the whole deal starts with an oath to support the US and its Constitution by these people. But in their hearts the feeling is if the rules are just rubbed solidly and just slightly bent it is for a good cause. These little minor things compound like interest. So the question then is "Who will guard the guardian?"

hive mind informs climate change believers and sceptics

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Kant and Religion

Are we not treading through waters that have been previously muddied? Does not the true believer approach the infidel with the same fury as that displayed during the Hundred Years War?

Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

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What else would you expect of Texas

I am curious about the circuitry. A schematic would be of interest because an AC driven bomb is not very portable. Since most of command detonated IEDs use c-fones, it is my sincere hope that the police is detaining those with hoax IED detonators. Having read the school policy and read quotes from the Chief of the Irving Police I wonder if anyone in local government is sane.

Bill Nye's bonkers LightSail spaceship unfurls solar sails at last

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Re: Next up: Crazy Eddie

Mage, I believe it was Pournelle who used the laser boost from Baja California.

Anyone remember Echo from the 50s., its orbit was altered and the balloon was deformed from the solar pressure that should have been proof of concept.

Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: By Jingo!

Also one for cynics

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A proposal

Revanchism as a practice is one that one that one who thinks before the leap (obviously not the Argentine delegation) should consider because the ship has already sailed. The country code for amateur radio has been established for nearly 100 years and never been challenged.

If any other pseudo-nationalist thinks that revanchism is the ticket, they are looking for a wild west shoot out in a dark, foggy night. Let's try this one on for size: Argentina was part of Spain so assign them the Spanish coding (es). Oh wait! Spain was part of a Moorish empire and before that part of the Roman Empire but was settled by Pheonician who displaced Celts, Basques, and Iberians. All of which replaced Neanderthals so the code for Argentina (ar)should be changed to one supporting the rights of the poor down trodden Neanderthal. Let us all petition the United Nations in the name of the Argentinians to restore the ancient homelands of the Neanderthals or at least those not in Argentina

Oxford Uni unearths 800-year-old document to seize domain names

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Re: illuminati watch out ...

Do I have get under a glass pyramid or will going to the lake in Nevada, USA be enough to gain the hidden wisdom thereby gaining a paper that indicates an education (or edukation) from Oxbow at Incident in Wyoming. Look all one sentence and more or less grammatical is that not edukation?

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Invitation for faculty at moneybags

Needed a few more cynics to staff the new school being established. Oxenford University will offer a DN, DNE and a Diploma in GPW. Interested cynics please apply with outrageous demands included including the amount of the swag expected.

DN = Doctorate of Nonsuch for those that need to impress

DNE = Doctorate of No Ethics for those intending high government position

Diploma in Government Paper Work for those civic minded people wishing to keep thr transfer payment people employed.

Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Parkinson et al are right

If you are in government service, it is expected of you that you will manage your portion of the people's money in a safe and prudent manner. No innovation, no changes unless the outcome is known to be successful. If not, a tar-and-feathering is the result. So change is not in the works. CYA and don't make a new policy.

Now if the government entity is a money making (cash in exceeds cash out), money will be borrowed (a tax) by politicos to be used for a pet project. The politician as a master of the public's good knows that change in the industrial world will get the politician unemployed so again no innovation is likely.

Unions are large corporations with the membership being its customers who are also voters then supports the politician in the status quo. Again innovation suffers.

A private corporation risks the money of people that are willing to accept the risk. The private corporation innovates to maintain customers (or screams for governmental intervention) and has a viable means of determining its success (marginal revenue > marginal cost and marginal gain > average costs). This all being done with money freely chosen to be risked - no coercion present as opposed to a tax.

The net outcome of this being that governmental organization will suck up capital in order to fullfill its function of staying in power whereas a private must move quickly to keep the costs from exceeding revenues. Note this assumes that the user has free choice in product selection

Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Psion hinge

My problem with the Psion was in the hinge. I used in the field to cut down on scrap notes, business cards the like. Initially the plan worked would get home and then copy to the big box. Soon as I moved the cover/screen all that I entered flushed. Somewhere, some place in a storage box it resides and if I had documentation, I probably completely destroy it trying to make it fly faster. It was fun while it lasted.

Gene boffins: Yes, you. Staring at the screen. You're a NEANDERTHAL

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