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Comment Interesting topic... (Score 1) 403

The problem is that any country or area relying on renewable energy, such a wind turbine, hydro-electric etc will still continue to run, but the power stations will be unmanned and as a result, the system will shut down despite the original source of that energy still running. Only devices I can imagine continuing to run would be things like solar powered devices, like watches, calculators etc. I don't think anything complex would be able to continue without human intervention.

Comment I'll stick with my Omega thanks. (Score 1) 450

I could afford the most expensive model, but over £10k for something that could be obsolete in a year in a total waste of money. I like Omegas, Rolex's etc and I believe they’re worth it cause I would expect my Omega Seamaster to last me a life-time...not to expect to replace it in a year with a newer model. I've been going off Apple stuff for a while now. Apart from their phones, and a lesser extent, their tablets, their hardware has been declining in quality for years. Shame really but it does feel Apple is turning into Vertu.

Comment Three thoughts... (Score 4, Interesting) 436

1. Why are cockpit voices recorded only in the black box? If other data from a plane is constantly being sent for maintenance purposes, while in flight, why do planes not also not relay cockpit voices to some storage system, for just such a situation? CCTV keeps footage for a few hours or a few days, why is this kind of valuable data not also routinely stored? 2. I don't know how low you have to fly a plane to fly "under the radar" but isn't is possible that the pilot or a hijacker flew the plane below radar to somewhere where it is now on the ground? 3. One other possibility: the plane was shot down, and the country that did it, realizing the mistake, is participating in the search to cover up. Militaries have shot down civilian jets before. The Soviet Union and the USA have both done so.

Comment Black Holes (Score 1) 458

I've often thought about the possibilities in what existed pre the big bang. Is it entirely possible that our universe is, in itself, the result of the output from a black hole from another universe? This also implies that there are other universes out there that are born from our universe.

Comment Re:Can someone who knows about astronomy fill me i (Score 1) 129

I remember reading something some time ago about how light from a distant object is used to determine the composition of a star, or a planet. As different elements produce a difference wavelength of light, this can be used to determine the composition of a stellar object and by comparing this to other known objects with similar composition, this can be used to determine how the object was formed and it's relative age.

Comment I agree with OP (Score 0) 185

There is an entire industry with an innate economic interest to obstruct, suppress and discredit any information about the eradication of diseases. The pharmaceutical industry makes over one trillion dollars from selling drugs for ongoing diseases. These drugs may relieve symptoms, but they do not cure. We have to realize that the mission of this industry is to make money from ongoing diseases. The cure or eradication of a disease leads to the collapse of a multi-billion dollar market of pharmaceuticals. We are bombarded with advertising campaigns by pharmaceutical companies wanting to make us believe that they are “Searching for Cures” “Striving for the Eradication of Diseases” or “Increasing Life Expectancy” and other false promises. With these deceptive statements, the pharmaceutical industry has for decades been able to disguise the true nature of its business – maximum profit from ongoing diseases. In other words, a cure for HIV will never see the light of day as it would undermine the profits made from selling life-long drugs to patients and would pretty much destroy the pharmaceutical industry. This would only benefit one company who would make massive profits and would refuse to share the cure with other companies and organisations.

Comment Never succeed (Score 1) 86

I was one of those who purchased a PS Vita sometime ago. I found the selection of games to be mostly casual style games. The cost of the games is prohibitive to anyone but those with disposable income. I've seen a number of games on there cost upwards of £29, where the same game can be bought for IOS for a lot less (£2 or below). Until Sony sort this out, it's always going to be a niche player (if that) and nothing more. It a shame, as the hardware is the PS Vita is powerful enough to have some serious killer games on there. I'm selling mine if you're interested :)

Submission UK games magazine 'PC Zone' to shut after 17 years-> 1

davidmcg writes: BBC News reports that UK games magazine, PC Zone, is to close after 17 years of publication. This seems like the end of an era for people who's first encounter with PC games was in the 90s with hits such as 'Syndicate' and 'Doom' etc. PC Zone will be a sadly missed magazine with it's quirky reviews and sometimes irreverent and off-beat humour.
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1,400 Megapixel Pan-STARRS Telescope Comes Online 54

ElectricSteve writes "Astronomers in Hawaii have announced they've successfully managed to boot up the Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) telescope. Working from dusk to dawn every night, Pan-STARRS is able to map one-sixth of the sky each month, allowing astronomers to track all moving objects, calculate their orbits, and identify any potential threats to Earth. There are four Pan-STARRS cameras in total, each capable of capturing around 1.4 billion pixels over a sensor measuring 40 centimeters square. The focal plane of each camera contains an almost complete 64x64 array of CCD devices, each containing approximately 600x600 pixels, for a total resolution of 1.4 gigapixels."

Comment hmm (Score 1) 118

This sort of thing is happening more often these days. It is a sign that virtual worlds are overlapping the real world and is only going to get more prolific as more and more people spend their lifes in virtual worlds and virtual worlds become more indistinguishable from the real world. Next thing you know you'll be arrested as a war criminal for that mass-massacre you carried out in Battlefield 2. Seriously, it's almost as if the worlds created by Neal Stephenson or William Gibson are slowly coming true.

Comment Well... (Score 1) 571

I personally believe that the US just want to give him a huge scare. They want to make him believe that he is going to be severely punished for his crimes. What I think will happen is that he will be extradited, but the punishment won't be as severe as the US have led him to believe. In the end, I think the US will believe that he has been punished enough and either give him a substantial fine or 6 months in prison and then let him go.

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