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Comment Re: Wow (Score 2) 89 89

So an autopilot malfunction caused the plane to lose all contact with the outside world completely and fly in a corridor, in three dimensions at the right altitude, precisely where different air traffic controls would think it was each other's responsibility and allow it passage? You think that if it gives you comfort. However, there is no getting away from the fact that this is the most alarming plane disappearance in history and even finding wreckage is unlikely to yield the answers required.

Comment What a Mess (Score 3, Informative) 111 111

Seriously, WTF happened? Well Microsoft happened we all know that. The way forward was clear when the iPhone and then Android came about - either improve Symbian or move to Android. They could at least have been where Samsung is now as the de facto Android manufacturer and done a far better job.

Comment Re:Drone It (Score 1) 843 843

The F-35 and especially the F-22 have a hopeless record at being able to stay airworthy for any length of time. They are always in maintenance for one problem or another. I'm not sure where you're getting your figures from, but for a plane that's been in development for well over two decades and where there is no sign whatsoever when it will be operationally ready you're hopelessly optimistic.

Comment Re:kdbus, where are you? (Score 1) 110 110

Nope, I'm afraid they're holding off for an awful lot longer than that if kdbus isn't basically redesigned and criticisms are addressed. Greg simply doesn't get to decide this no matter how highly Linus rates him, and his reputation is taking a bit of a pounding with some of the bizarre messages he's been posting.

Comment Re:Of course not. (Score 1) 307 307

I hope you have costings for that.

Besides... the site has been photographed from orbit repeatedly since.

Nope, they haven't been photographed at all any detail at all. You would think NASA and people would be interested in having a look at how all the equipment on the moon is faring, and even find out where the actual coordinates of the damn things are, as opposed to looking at indistinct dots. But there you go. Maybe they just aren't bothered.

Comment Re:Of course not. (Score 1) 307 307

Well, if you understand the physics of the Lunar Laser Ranging stuff, then it is pretty much irrefutable humans were on the moon.

If you actually know how they work then it isn't. Several attempts are sometimes required to actually find the damn things in the first place and it can even be the surface of the moon reflecting the light back. Heck, there is even a massive discrepancy on the agreed coordinates of the landers and sites themselves.

The trouble is people have got themselves into this mindset of there being 'irrefutable proof', but when you look at it and how it actually works it is anything but.

Comment You See Mr Bond...... (Score 1) 96 96

.....I always though I liked animals. Then I found I liked killing people even more.

Great line, usually overshadowed by Goldfinger's "I expect you to die!" Then there was Scaramanga's answer to a boardroom resignation all delivered brilliantly by the man himself. I'm afraid they really don't make them like that any more, and that isn't a rose tinted view.

"History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions." -- Ted Koppel