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Comment: Re: About right (Score 1) 246 246

Robbery with a banana in your pocket is still armed robbery, and imo, this is right. It's the effect that the action has on the victim that should determine the sentence. Otherwise, anyone could get a short sentence even with the most aggressive body destroying weapon, so long as he doesn't pull the trigger...

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576 576

Eight thousand years ago, a spherical earth was forbidden by contemporary understanding. Five hundred years ago, the earth NOT being the centre of the universe was forbidden by contemporary understanding. 98 years ago, observed time slowing down was forbidden by contemporary understanding and we didn't even know about neutrons until sooner than that.

Who knows what we'll know in another hundred years. One thing is for certain, those that close their minds and believe we know all we can ever know, will not be the ones to find it out.

Comment: Re:Shame it's not open source (Score 4, Insightful) 19 19

There are so many holes with this post I'm going to have to only pick the top couple. This is of course, irrelevant if the post is sarcasm which I really hope it is. However, being British, I'm pretty good at identifying sarcasm. I can only assume therefore that the post was made by a particularly immature teenager or younger who hasn't get got a clue on how the world works.

Actually, I've changed my mind. Most of the readers of this will already be rolling their eyes, I'm not going to waste my time stating the obvious... The AC can come back and ask for more if he/she requires...

I'm going to go and continue breathing the free air I have, and drinking the water of which I pay for...

Comment: Re: BT? Sky? (Score 1) 80 80

You may never have heard of them but if you are in America, you are probably using code that both those companies developed in the late 90s since BT and Sky sent engineers to California to develop a lot of your set top box menu software and on demand services. Problem for you guys is that your still using it. Next time you're over here, have a look at the way Sky software works and you'll be insanely jealous. Far far more advanced than what I've seen in America and Canada.

Comment: Re:Heysham (Score 1) 120 120

It's not meant to be "impressive", it's simply meant to be honest. All the sites do it, and anyway, three years (~999 days) without an industrial accident leading to time off work is impressive for any large industrial site that employs about 600 full time staff and another 300 odd contractors.

Comment: Re:EIGHT weeks??? Nukes need to be more modular. (Score 5, Interesting) 120 120

Correct. Sizewell B can load follow, but we (I work there) haven't done this for years. It is however getting more likely due to the increasingly unstable nature of the National Grid, partly due to lots of smaller generators of which the grid has no control over coming online (windfarms). I believe the AGRs can also load follow. The nukes generate at baseload, full output, whenever they're on. Our frequency control is maintained by the coal and gas generators.

Comment: Re:"Lower quality"? (Score 2) 214 214

they have all the unskippable bullshit stripped out.

EXACTLY! Exact"fcuking"ly!

I'm in the UK and whenever we go to the cinema and one of those really annoying FACT warnings appears, she tells me to "sssh!" because she knows I'm about to start a rant. "I've already paid for the fcuking film! Stop bugging me with all this crap!". Murderers get less time time than potentially available for copywrite infringers.

The only people that don't have to watch those bloody annoying warnings that are unskippable at the start of DVDs are the people who have bloody pirated it!

None of my friends seem to notice this, and look at me funny when I have a rant about it. "But Dave, it's to stop pirates...." ... "yes, do you think the pirates watch this?! You're the only schmucks that watch it..."

This is well known to you lot, I know this, but this really gets up my goat, so apologies for the rant...

Comment: Re:Remember TEMPEST? (Score 5, Interesting) 264 264

I'm not a computer scientist by trade, I'm an engineer (nukes), and this sounds dubious. Perhaps I'm way behind the curve on acoustic engineering, but being able to pull a 4096 bit key from noise that not only is pretty polluted, but also, surely depending on what the PC is doing, could be dependent of lots of other things?

Also, it's Bruce Perens. Hi!

Comment: Re:Sudden outbreak of common sense (Score 1) 528 528

No, agreed. However, a man like him is intent on causing death, he'd find away. He'll get a lorry or produce a bomb or some other way of death production. The point isn't the weapon, it's the person. Although having guns available widely does deserve questioning.

Comment: Re:Sudden outbreak of common sense (Score 1) 528 528

Hmmmm, until this site can make a 3D working print of a person's brain, and his body, and somehow make it all work together to produce a mass murdering idiot, then this site isn't. Anyway, last time I checked, knives were lethal weapons, and 2" of water in a bathtub can also be a lethal weapon.

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