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Comment: I don't care (Score 1) 97

by Coisiche (#48688431) Attached to: My laptop lasts on battery for ...

This poll is really lacking an "I don't know/care" option.

My laptop is supplied by my employers and I use it for nothing else; indeed corporate policy says I can't. I don't travel for work and so for over 2 years on every working day the laptop is plugged into a mains supply during working hours. It has never had to run on battery. I guess I might find out if there is ever a power cut.

Comment: Re:The over-65's swung it for No (Score 1) 474

by Coisiche (#47960213) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

Perhaps they remembered that although Scotland didn't vote in the current Government, it did vote in the previous one which caused many of the current economic problems.


Scotland has 59 Westminster MPs and historically about 40-50 of them tend to be Labour. The smallest majority of the Blair\Brown Labour governments was 66. Now 66>59, so tell me again how Scotland voted in these governments.

That's the real problem with the UK; the right-wing, swivel-eyed loons do such a sterling job with their propaganda that all of England automatically believes without question that there can't be a Labour government without the Scotland vote when it only takes simple fucking arithmetic to debunk.

So are you going to be honest and put "Can't do basic arithmetic" on your next annual appraisal?

Comment: Re:Youtube Comments (Score 1) 108

This is all reminding me of an episode of Odyssey 5 where Ted Raimi portrays an AI that learned everything from those aspects of the internet and was inadvertently housed in a synthetic body instead of the nastier AI the body was intended for.

He turned out not to be the villain that the Odyssey 5 crew had been expecting.

Comment: Re:Uh oh, this isn't good (if it works) (Score 1) 162

by Coisiche (#47620931) Attached to: US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

Well, not really. See, the elite are not actually going to use those tests on themselves or their offspring so there are always going to be incompetent cretins put in charge of things because being born into privilege is divorced from any natural ability. They're not interested in making themselves better, only richer.

What this is really about is that they need an easy way to identify skilled workers. There is not going to be any state education so they need to be able to identify potential candidates from within the uneducated 99% and if a machine can just scan someone then that's their ideal solution. Something that's easy to use and gives results that are easy to interpret, obviously.

Comment: Plot idea for them (Score 1) 121

by Coisiche (#46868749) Attached to: Yahoo To Produce Sci-Fi Streaming Sitcom

Media Wars: The executives of established media feel they aren't getting richer fast enough and some Johnny-come-latelys who initially made their money through technology are stepping on their lawn.

  • Be reduced to tears when you see the legislative ideas they come up with to protect their turf
  • Gasp at the amounts spent on bribery, I mean lobbying

Comment: Simulating meat does seem bizarrely common (Score 3, Interesting) 466

by Coisiche (#46854267) Attached to: Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

In the UK, Quorn is the main faux meat mycoprotein. I'm not a vegetarian but I have tried a few of their products and they are, without exception, all about simulating meat.

The simulated chicken pieces are probably the most realistic; so much like the real thing in terms of appearance, texture and taste it's uncanny. The steak strips aren't as good texture wise, nor is the lamb cutlet, but both are ok taste wise although to visual inspection the lamb one is obviously artificial. The sausages are good but since the meat content of real sausages is questionable anyway, I don't think there's much comparison to draw. The biggest fail is the Quorn bacon rashers. You have to wonder why they bothered trying. Nothing can compare with real bacon and we can't help vegetarians who chose to give that up.

Comment: Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (Score 1) 115

by Coisiche (#46793933) Attached to: NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

Fortunately, if there Is a real God, I suspect "he"s not going to be that hung up on whether his creations beleived without evidence or not.

My opinion too. For the record I don't believe any intelligent entity was involved in the creation of the universe, but if there was then after 14 billion years I don't think they will give a toss about what any of the multitudinous lifeforms that inhabit it think or do.

Comment: More than just Tucker (Score 4, Interesting) 242

by Coisiche (#44471235) Attached to: Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of <em>Doctor Who</em>

Okay, he is, now, best known for the Malcolm Tucker role but I remember him better in other roles; the Angel Islington in a BBC adaption of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (although that show was really stolen by Paterson Joseph's Marquis De Carabas) and as Uncle Rory in the TV adaption of Iain Bank's Crow Road.

And it's kind of nice that the Doctor is portrayed by an actor older than me again. That hasn't happened for a while.

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