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Comment Re:Allow me to predict the comments (Score 1) 205

Any more stupid questions?

Yes. When connecting the board on my cat's harness to a network would you recommend letting the cat drag the ethernet cable behind it or should I program a drone to hover above the cat and route the cable via that?

Could you also advise on a drone silent enough to not distract the cat or its prey?

Comment Re:This is a nonsequitur (Score 1) 442

Not sure where you live that renting a car or hiring a mover is staggeringly inconvenient though.

I'm going to a wedding in another city on Saturday. It's too far for the average electric car to take me.

To rent a car I'd have to either rent it the night before (great, losing an hour of my Friday evening) or get to the wedding late (car hire place doesn't open until 9am on a Saturday).

I'd also have to keep it hired until Sunday, as I can't return it last thing on a Saturday.

Plus of course I can't get to the car hire place without driving or hiring a taxi. Not to mention I'm now having to stay sober enough on Saturday night that I can drive on Sunday morning.

Then there's the paperwork. I fucking hate paperwork.

Instead what I'm going to do is walk 12 yards from my house, get into a very comfortable car that's fun to drive, switch on the pre-programmed radio and drive to the other city.

Sounds convenient to me.

Comment Re:Can I predict mine though? (Score 1) 66

I had this issue with a cancelled VISA card. It was even a recurring payment that was at one time legitimate.

I merely told the card provider that I had closed my account and if they wanted to keep giving money to that vendor then it was their choice as it was their money, as I'd clearly informed them that I was closing the account and that they shouldn't accept any payments on my behalf.

No idea whether they stopped the payments, but they did stop trying to bill me for them.

Comment Re:There's an old curse (Score 1) 578

This could be something as small as a diplomatic tiff, maybe expel a diplomat or two; they could impose some kind of economic sanctions on them (not sure what the level of trade or cooperation there is between Russia and Turkey); or, most severely, retaliate in kind.

They've already withdrawn a diplomatic visit, they've withdrawn military cooperation (even to the extent that they had it) and there's a big push to damage the Turkish tourism industry through reducing Russian visitors. That's just today.

What'll be more interesting is if Turkish aircraft fly over Syria. Looks like the Russians are going to treat that as a hostile act - to Assad, if not to themselves - and probably look to shoot them down.

Could well be that Turkey's just inhibited their own ability to support the Turkmen 'rebels' and to conduct operations against the Kurds.

Comment Re:Litigious Much (Score 1) 788

When you are discriminated against because of your gender, some cunt is being sexist.

Why is that so hard for you to accept?

I have no confirmation bias. I don't recognise this bullshit male privilege nonsense that feminists keep bleating on about. I sure as shit don't benefit from it. You'll have to forgive me for working for my own success, despite fighting against the multiple ways in which society disadvantages me, whether on gender or other grounds.

Comment Re:He she said (Score 1) 578

The downing of the plane is a nice precedent making it easier to down NATO planes once they fly over Syria and bomb or supply the 'wrong' side.

Taking into account the overflight occurred twice, that's a whole four km of Turkey being flown over.

This wasn't a perceived defensive move, this was aggressive posturing. Ironic that it's someone else doing that to Putin though.

Comment Not the first full recovery from space (Score 1) 121

SpaceShip One touched space and all elements were recovered and flew to space again.

BO's demonstration is more publicity than practical rocketry. It doesn't look like the aerodynamic elements of BO's current rocket are suitable for recovery after orbital injection, just after a straight up-down space tourism flight with no potential for orbit, just like SpaceShip One (and Two). They can't put an object in space and have it stay in orbit. They can just take dudes up for a short and expensive view and a little time in zero gee.

It's going to be real history when SpaceX recovers the first stage after an orbital injection, in that it will completely change the economics of getting to space and staying there.

"I've finally learned what `upward compatible' means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes." -- Dennie van Tassel