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Comment: Re: About right (Score 1) 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

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

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

by DaveAtWorkAnnoyingly (#48473185) Attached to: BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?
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:EIGHT weeks??? Nukes need to be more modular. (Score 5, Interesting) 120

by DaveAtWorkAnnoyingly (#47651739) Attached to: Gas Cooled Reactors Shut Down In UK
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

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

by DaveAtWorkAnnoyingly (#45730983) Attached to: Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU
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

by DaveAtWorkAnnoyingly (#42346743) Attached to: Makerbot Cracks Down On 3D-Printable Gun Parts
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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