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Comment Re:Same issues (Score 5, Insightful) 150

It takes no account of the irrational human animal.

Quite the contrary; there are a few economic think tanks around that take plenty account of that and "tailor" (is "completely fabricate" too judgemental?) data to totally agree with the political stance of their primary benefactors.

Comment Anyone know the tweet that caused this? (Score 5, Interesting) 114

I read the statement linked in the summary and immediately wondered, what was the deleted tweet that brought the pressure on Twitter to do this?

I'm pretty sure there has to be one. Either that or someone with a lot of influence was worried that they might tweet carelessly.

Comment Never mind the cost; it's battery that counts (Score 2) 43

I recently watched a documentary on TV about an extended family living a remote existence somewhere in Africa. One of the men had a mobile phone and he was saying it was a day trip to walk to the nearest town to get it charged and he did it about once a week.

Yeah, try that with a smart phone.

Comment Re:can't have the plebs (Score 1) 609

No, the police aren't our masters. Although they are paid to "serve and protect" us, the truth is that their interest is whatever the government tells them it should be and the governments get their instructions from whomever pays the ruling party most. The party, not the government. So pay all the parties that are likely to form governments and you will always get your way.

Comment Re:Of course not. (Score 1) 307

They were also trying to get a fetch-and-return lunar soil sample mission completed before Apollo 11 so that they could claim a small victory over the USA. It failed though. It was another year before they got a successful one.

The most telling statistic with the lunar rocks though is that 3 USSR robotic fetch-and-return missions amassed a total of some 300 grammes. In comparison the 6 Apollo missions amassed some 300 kilogrammes.

Comment Re:I'm not smart enough (Score 3, Informative) 226

Some European countries are defining reserved sectors in the TTIP negotiations, like healthcare, so that some transnational corporation can't sue them over having to compete with an established national service. Others, like UK aren't having any reserved sectors. From the rush David Cameron seems to be in to get it approved I can only assume he is being very well rewarded.

Comment Re:Such a nice, sugary story.... (Score 1) 614

Why you could write a Python script called CEO.py to do their job.

Maybe it's early yet but I was expecting to see reply posts about how the job is much more complex than that and can only be done by a gifted person and not just any old random Joe. I did consider that probably not many CEOs will have /. accounts but there seems to be plenty of people who are not CEOs that buy into that concept.

The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much.

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