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Comment: Re:Shame on them (Score 1) 152

by cold fjord (#48945549) Attached to: Mathematicians Uncomfortable With Ties To NSA, But Not Pulling Back

Work for the fascists, become a fascist yourself. There are times where you have to take a stand or become part of the forces of evil.

In order to stand against evil you generally must be able to identify it. You seldom succeed in this since you are generally anti-American and substitute America for evil while either ignoring actual evil or claiming it wouldn't exist if not for America. That isn't a recipe for successful stands against evil. It's almost the opposite.

Comment: Re:Shame on them (Score 1) 152

by cold fjord (#48945527) Attached to: Mathematicians Uncomfortable With Ties To NSA, But Not Pulling Back

Oh, there is more to it than that. Canning was a vital element of Napoleon's war machine.

Why Napoleon Offered A Prize For Inventing Canned Food

1. Napoleon's Food Preservation Prize (1795)

Napoleon offered 12,000 francs to improve upon the prevailing food preservation methods of the time. Not surprisingly, the purpose was to better feed his army "when an invaded country was not able or inclined to sell or provide food". Fifteen years later, confectioner Nicolas François Appert claimed the prize. He devised a method involving heating, boiling and sealing food in airtight glass jars — the same basic technology still used to can foods.

How many of those cogs of a war machine do you have at the moment? Shouldn't you rid yourself of them for the sake of purity so you don't feel compelled to hold yourself in contempt?

Comment: Re:Does It Matter? (Score 1) 250

by TheGratefulNet (#48942575) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

I use virtualbox over vmware player for one main reason: nested VMs. one of the companies I worked for used nested vms (sigh) and vmware player would not work. kvm/qemu would, but its mgmt interface is 'difficult' to say the least.

btw, virtualbox is broken with 3.17 kernels and beyond. still no fix in sight that I've been able to find ;(

Comment: Re:It is an attempt to lock in customers (Score 1) 32

by Richard_at_work (#48938175) Attached to: UK Broadcaster Sky To Launch Mobile Service

If the "lock in" is worth it, why not?

I'm a Sky customer, I get my home phone package (unlimited calls, any time), internet (50Mbps fibre, no cap, no quota, no limit), and TV package (HD, movies, tonnes of entertainment channels, F1 etc) for roughly £75 a month - and my opinion is that its worth paying that for the service I get.

Skys video on demand service is brilliant, and I get access to it on my PC and mobile devices as well.

I've experienced Virgin Media (had it for a couple of years after I moved to this city) and Sky is simply better imho. When I wanted to move home, Virgin wanted a load of money to move the contract, and I had to sign up for a new contract at the new location. Sky however just said "yup, no issues, your phone and internet will be activated on this date, your TV will just work, no cost to move, and no new contract", which is great because Im only in the new place for 6 months until my property is built.

I'm currently on a business contract with EE for my mobile service, but I will be watching Skys offering with interest.

Comment: Re:track record (Score 2) 290

by Richard_at_work (#48935985) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

The reason they landed at Manchester was not because they burned more fuel, but it was because they thought that the fuel on the outer wing tank on the wing that had the shut down engine on was inaccessible - this turned out to be false, they could have made it all the way to LHR without issue.

Comment: Re:track record (Score 3, Interesting) 290

by Richard_at_work (#48935975) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

That entirely depends on the use you have for the aircraft - high oil price or not, no aircraft has the CASM of the A380 (not even the proposed 777X), which puts it in a league of its own. Consequently, the 747-8 falls foul to the 777 so the sole VLA competitor to the A380 would be killed by its own sibling...

Oil can go through the roof, but if you can fill an A380 then thats the aircraft you need for the job. You can't shoehorn 600 into a 777 no matter how hard you try.

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