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Comment Re:BBC - hammered by its own Political Correctness (Score 5, Funny) 192 192

If we call a spade a spade, Clarkson is basically a dick.

You say dick, May called him a knob, Clarkson would refer to himself as a "bell-end". Thats what he gets paid for - a professional arsehole would be a better metaphor IMHO. And we love him for it.

Comment Re:And the NSA? (Score 1, Troll) 218 218

violate the spirit?

I just mean it enables the US to develop new weapons, e.g. bunker busters, without live testing. Yes, the simulations are that good. I'm not saying this is necessarily a bad thing, especially as the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty was never ratified. But the NPT is a problem.

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1164 1164

This particular backyard is just a few blocks from the Blue Lick Airport.
Surely he can expect a little less privacy? The operator says he was photographing a friends house. Seems reasonable - you don't normally hover directly over your subject.

In any case, it is no excuse for firing a gun in a city.
In any (other) civilised country, he'd have a very hard time arguing why he should get to keep his gun license after that.
    No chance of a white guy losing his license in Kentucky, I suppose? (Why am I hearing banjos?)

Comment Re:And the NSA? (Score 0, Offtopic) 218 218

It is not the NSA driving this, but the Department of Energy.
The current fastest supercomputer in the US is at Oak Ridge - the nuclear weapons labs since the Manhattan Project.
It enables the US to violate the spirit, but not the letter, of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
And now China has a bigger computer, so of course we need more supercomputers, and more Mine Shafts.

Comment Re:Pure undulterated bullshit (Score 1) 198 198

playing content (text, image/sound/video) requires, BY NECESSITY, the ability to duplicate that content.

Ridiculous. If that were true, why would all those clever companies spend countless millions on advanced technologies like BD+ and HDCP?
You think they just enjoy flushing money down the toilet?

Comment Re:What are they going to replace with? (Score 1) 483 483

Huh? There is nothing in there about retro-fitted central heating. I'm sure they already had it, and the article talks about insulation, regenerative brakes on the elevators, LED lights ... all good things but irrelevant to French homes' choice of central vs split-system AC.

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