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Comment Re:Recent Stonehenge Excavations (Score 1) 152

Hear, hear, to Avebury being better than Stonehenge. When I was a lad you could walk in amongst the stones at Stoneghenge and climb on them, now you have to keep 50 yards away, what a shame. And Silbury Hill is just opposite West Kennet Longbarrow, which was started about 3500 B.C. Silbary, Avebury and West Kennet are all within about a 5 mile radius

Comment Winter evenings will fly by... (Score 2, Interesting) 161

Whew! Imagine the fun the neighbours could have watching which room you're in: "They're watching TV, they're watching TV, they've put the the kettle on, they're watching TV...." I'm sure it will be worth the effort of setting up 32 receivers and a suitable transmitter and calibrating it - all so the neighbours can work out which room I'm in. The winter evenings are going to just fly by.....

Comment Too high for surface to air missiles? (Score 1) 374

Gary Powers was shot down in a U2 at 70,000 ft in 1960. They thought that couldn't be shot down by a surface to air missile too. 49 years later, the max altitude of a surface to air missile is 5,000 ft less? I don't think so. Balloons can go way higher than 65,000 feet, the record is 53Km, i.e. more like 150,000ft. Put it up there and it might be safe

Comment Brief (Score 1) 703

When Rimmer left Red Dwarf, his parting speech was something like: "After all of the time we have spent together, and all of the adventures that we have been through, I have come to think of you as..... people I have met" Damned with faint praise.

Comment Browser speed - whay? (Score 1) 493

I don't understand what this continual battle over browser speed is all about. Surely 99% of the delay on any page is fetching the data off the internet? Who cares if 8ms or 10ms of the 500ms delay is due to browser speed. Is this really relevant to the normal user? Is this just universities on the internet backbone trying to measure tiny delays in some browser pissing contest?

Submission + - 16GB USB Stick - what should go on it?

Unicorn Setu writes: I've seen that past item asking for suggestions for the best software to put on a 256Mb USB stick — and they were all well and good. Now I've just been given a 16Gb USB stick! 16 Gb in my pocket! I feel like I'm back in the 1980's when I got a 10Mb Hard Disk and couldn't think how I would ever fill it! So, apart from a good selection of music and family pictures, what suggestions do the slashdot crowd have for a selection of applications, preferably PC and Mac accessible, must not require installation, (as our work PCs are locked down), to make office life easier. Should I partition it? (maybe into 4.7Gb chunks?) I need your thoughts about about to spend my storage inheritance.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.