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Comment: Re:Black box data streaming (Score 1) 503

by coofercat (#47482447) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

There's a difference between doing something as a service that you're paid for by others and something you do for yourself. Having taxi drivers, or lorry drivers or whatever recorded is different than having private car drivers recorded.

I'm not saying your point is wrong, but it's more complex than you make out. You do make a good point about the data only being accessible in an accident situation, as opposed to in some non-event that the government decides is important enough call an "emergency requiring that we listen in".

Comment: Re:foolproof (Score 1) 243

by coofercat (#47455927) Attached to: German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

In other news, they're also dusting off all their old bottles invisible ink, newspapers with holes cut so you can see through while 'reading' and that box of old fake moustaches and noses from the basement. From now on, be on the lookout for anyone reading a paper from the 1960s sporting a massive nose neighbour. Extra points if they're writing into a notebook with a pen that appears to have run out of ink.

Comment: Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (Score 1) 364

by coofercat (#47423509) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

I have no idea what I'm talking about here, but how many "modern air wars" have there been in (say) the last 50 years? The Falklands war is one - how many more have there been? How many do we expect in the next (say) 50?

It seems to me that conflict is getting smaller. That is, it's less about taking over entire continents and more about killing a few people at the train station to get in the media and get some fear going. AFAIK, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan used some air support, but there was no "air war" as such (maybe some people trying to shoot down planes, but that's entirely different from dog-fighting).

That said, if another state of reasonable size was to decide it wanted another state's land, then things scale up quite quickly. However, how much of that really causes "air wars"? The issues in Ukraine suggest that the implications of state-based action is more financial than it would be military.

When the Eurofighter project was in full swing, I wondered the same thing - I mean, how many times do we think we're going to need such a thing? That said, it came up with (what looks to me at least) as a pretty cool aircraft with some cool tech inside it. Shame it's all classified :-(

Comment: Re:Maybe something sensible? (Score 2) 94

by coofercat (#47423245) Attached to: Single European Copyright Title On the Horizon

We can expect millions of euros spent on months and months of wrangling to try to keep the most corporate-sponsored parts of the plan to be kept in whilst wording them in such a way that they don't look so corporately sponsored. All the features that the ordinary people of Europe might want will be watered down in wording that looks like it's all good but actually gives no power to those clauses.

If you want shitty legislation, you've really got to pay for it. If you want good legislation, look elsewhere :-(

Comment: That's nothing! (Score 2) 96

by coofercat (#47413971) Attached to: The Billionaire Mathematician

I'm a mathematics genius too. I counted all my money, and I've managed to amass 23 billion pounds, just in my wallet (and that's after I bought lunch). That doesn't include all the money in my penny jar at home and the stuff that's down the back of the sofa. If we add all that, I'm pretty sure I'm the second richest person in the world.

Comment: Re: Whoops (Score 1) 239

by coofercat (#47375053) Attached to: Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

...like the BBC? All you need to do is search there instead of Google: http://www.bbc.co.uk/search/?q... Or even frikkin' Bing: http://www.bing.com/search?q=S...

And there is the ridiculousness of this law. It's not about "being forgotten" it's about breaking Google's market dominance. Either way, it's complete bullshit and should never have been made into a law.

Comment: Re:One non-disturbing theory (Score 1) 304

by coofercat (#47359091) Attached to: Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

One place I worked had some branded water bottles made up for some event or other. Some of them didn't get used and got put in a cupboard for a year or two. When we found them, just about all of them had sort of "over inflated" a bit (and were past their use-by date). Given they were in the office, it seems unlikely they got heated to such an extent that the contents would have expanded that much purely due to temperature. I'm not qualified, but I'd imagine they'd begun to degrade, releasing a bit of gas into the water and reducing the structural integrity of the bottle allowing the "over inflated" look.Needless to say, no one was keen to try drinking any of the water ;-)

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