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Comment: Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (Score 5, Funny) 375

by maroberts (#47727679) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

I am delighted to confirm that we have made plans to resite our Nuclear Deterrent. After much consultation and with the agreement of the Legislative Assembly, I am pleased to announce that in the event of a Referendum "yes" vote, the UK will be breaking ground on a new facility in the Falkland Islands.

This is an immensely popular decision that has the full support of all our inhabitants, stated the Chief Executive of the Legislative Assembly.

On hearing this announcement Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina, wept before exploding into flames.

Comment: Re:comment (Score 1) 61

by maroberts (#47709791) Attached to: Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

Its a bit difficult to say because of the complex nature of the car business, but European sourced cars are generally better than US models due to the realisation that corners are something to be enjoyed.

In Jaguar (yes I know its owned by Tata), Rolls Royce, BMW and Mercedes we have cars that everyone aspires to own, and that's before I get into mentioning Porsche, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bugatti etc.

On the US side, you have one car manufacturer that is widely admired - Tesla.

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 1) 62

by maroberts (#47702277) Attached to: The Data Dome: A Server Farm In a Geodesic Dome

Supersoaker water pistol (Lonnie G Johnson)
Smoke protection hoods for firefighters & traffic signals (Garrett Morgan)
Electronic components and pacemaker controllers (Otis Boykin)
Carbon filament for lightbulbs (Lewis Latimer)
Various agricultural products - (NOT peanut butter though) (George Washington Carver)

If you're bored, read Wikipedia

Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 1) 579

by maroberts (#47701783) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

LibreOffice is fine for most so-called power users too. I would suspect the only problems for Power users would be in areas where Libre/Open Office does things differently from MS Office.

I would possibly agree that Excel is ahead on a few issues, but the type of people affected by this would be those generating complex models within Excel

Comment: There is a much better solution (Score 1) 103

Instead of polluting the oceans with these huge cables, we should attach fricken lasers to sharks.

At this point you might think I am going to do another tired re run of the Dr Evil comment, but if you had the imagination that he did you would realise that by also fitting optical detectors on sharks you could have a point to point internet mesh across all sharks in the ocean. SharkNet would not have a single point of failure as like the internet is supposed to do it could find another route in the event of the loss of any shark node.

I humbly submit that Dr Evil was a visionary who was simply ahead of his time and should be canonised into the pantheon of saints alongside Saint Steve of Jobs

Testing can show the presense of bugs, but not their absence. -- Dijkstra