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Comment Re:Depends on your perspective and tastes (Score 1) 410

They are poor because they don't have any of the skills required in Paris. In France, everyone either gets an Baccalaureate and goes to university or goes to trade school (everything from being a chef, a nurse, a plumber or joiner), does an internship for a couple of years and gets a qualification that allows them to set up their own business.

If you are an illegal immigrant with no formal qualifications or business experience, then there isn't any way of getting out of poverty. You might be able to live day to day as a street trader.

Comment Re:Depends on your perspective and tastes (Score 1) 410

London has fast connections to the rest of Europe; Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stansted, and embassies to provide support for international workers.

All the cities have universities,with each specializing in a particular field; embedded systems, medical research, computer animation. Smaller cities are usually dominated by one or two industries for the highest salaries (like banking, oil and gas or microelectronics), so that other industries can't compete to provide salaries to afford good schools and housing. Anywhere within an hour of London, and you have tech workers competing against city workers for housing.

Comment Re:Coming next ... Office desk telephones (Score 1) 395

It might depend on country. Offices I've worked in still have Centrex telephone systems, but mostly now they are used for participating on committee/group discussions when you can't make it to the conference rooms with the Polycom microphones. The only time anyone ever used voicemail was for receiving calls from people on the other side of the planet and on a different timezone.

Comment Re:I don't see this working (Score 1) 166

I remember those days. If you look at the Byte adverts from that time, the industry was mainly COBOL, FORTRAN-77, punch cards, tape drives and mainframes. PC clones and home computers didn't exist except S-100 systems and desktop calculators. Computer science departments were usually part of the Mathematics or Electrical/Hardware Engineering departments, so they took their work really really seriously. Local jobs advertised were the Programmer/Analyst/Architect/Consultant.

Now, Computer Science will cover everything from web page design to mobile apps and gaming.

Comment Re:A day? (Score 1) 203

Connecting bone together is relative easy using Titanium implants and scaffolding. Skin and muscle tissue will eventually mesh together using just stitches. Blood vessels can be reconnected using microsurgery. The really hard part is reconnecting spinal cord nerves. When any critter is born, the first thing that is formed is a neural tube which is the basis of the brain and spinal cord. Then every block of tissue then specializes into what part of the body there is. With the spinal cord there is something that blocks regeneration - perhaps it is spinal fluid or just the way the cells are programmed.

Comment Re:Big Bang? (Score 1) 85

"Yes, sir, um, you see, Beavis here had the idea of cranking up the voltage to the quantum uncertainty amplifiers. He figured if he did that, then that would be a pure source of randomness. And when you have total randomness, then anything can happen, so we thought that if anything were to happen, it could only improve the results of our experiment, since nothing was happening. Well, something did happen. I told him not to crank up the voltage to the highest setting at once, but to do it in steps. But he was in a hurry to meet his girlfriend, so he just turned the dial and just hit the red button. Didn't even give me time to put on my radiation goggles. Next thing, there's this giant flash in the gravitational reactor. Seconds later, there's a giant white glowing cloud of has which rapidly darkens down into millions of these little spinning glowing whirly things all floating and bouncing around. Yes, I thing the technical term is "galaxies". They just kept floating and bouncing around. That was really something, so I told him not to touch anything until our supervisor came in. When he did come in, he totally freaked out and ran out to the see head of department. That's when he contacted you and were summoned here."

Comment Re:1947... (Score 1) 65

"it was a sheet of metal, very light weight, but you could crush it up like a ball and it would bounce right back no matter what you did, and it would not cut or burn"

I Remember that description. It's always fascinated how UFO reports seem to reflect future technology, even if it was someone tripping out, writing a sci-fi story rather being a real event. Eric von Daniken proposed the idea of quadrocopters, while others propose the idea of 360 panoramic flight decks.

Comment Re:This again? (Score 1) 480

With Newtonian physics, if we could find something that wasn't symmetrical with regards to conservation of motion, we have a perpetual motion system and unlimited energy. So far, every process that converts energy from one form to another always has some loss due to friction or heat.

Comment Re:This again? (Score 1) 480

The system bounces microwaves inside a cone. When a photon hits the base of the cone, that pushes the vehicle forward as it bounces backwards. But the conical shape means that the next "bounce" of the photon will be distributed between a sideways movement and a small backwards movement. But because of the circular shape of the cone, the sideways movements cancel out. The forwards force is greater than the backwards force, so the final velocity is forwards.

Comment Re:Yes? (Score 1) 229

The information disclosed by Snowden can be reduced down to "The three letter agencies can convert any electronic device with a microphone into a hidden tape recorder" and "anything sent down The Tubes can also be recorded". So they meet in person and just leave their smartphones in the room outside.

Comment Re:No big red button? (Score 1) 212

Unfortunately for Airbus, it didn't quite work out when an airshow decided to have an aircraft do a low fly-pass in front of the crowds. The combination of low altitude, low speed with flaps and landing gear lowered made the AI think that the pilots wanted the plane to land. So the flight control system cut the engine power in preparation for landing.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen