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Comment: Re:Pixie Dust (Score 4, Informative) 252

by stiggle (#48109511) Attached to: Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

Generally its the delivery crew who use the sails to get the boat to where the rich guy wants to sail from. Often the crew are given a budget, for all expenses including fuel, and so anything they save on that means they have more spending money for more vital supplies like beer, beer and more beer :-)

These crews move the yachts around the world as "the rich guy" wants spring in the Caribbean, summer in the Med, fall/autumn in the Indian Ocean, winter around Australia. So you move the yacht to meet the guy and his family/friends for the holiday onboard at specific times.

You use the diesel engine when you're likely to miss the departure/arrival dates.
Its a fun life but badly paid, but you get to spend your time on a luxury yacht.

Comment: Re:Boeing bought more politicians. (Score 1) 127

There are a number of other organisations who are interested in putting people up.
SpaceX has signed an agreement with Bigalow to launch their habitats and send people up to them.

I'm sure the Europeans would buy rides on US launches

So while NASA is the primary customer, there are others who will also use the facility once it exists.

Comment: Use a Cell ID identifier on a phone (Score 2) 52

by stiggle (#47628583) Attached to: UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls

As each cell has a CID (Cell ID) you can get software which will display this, and other, information.
If you know what the CID should be for a specific area then you can restrict your phone use if you don't recognise the CID.

eg. 2 phones - one a burner you NEVER use, but is always on so you can track the CID,
Your main phone you only switch on when you trust the CID of the cell you're in to make the calls.

A public database of Cell ID - Its a little out on some of its info, but its a good starting point.

Comment: Re:String theory is voodoo physics (Score 1) 259

by stiggle (#47612345) Attached to: The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

I've got some testable predictions for other theories - but they're currently beyond our current ability to make a time machine and a FTL space craft, but I'm sure we'll get around to that at some point.

If you can't build the experiment then it is untestable, even if you have some vague idea of what the experiment requires.

Any given program, when running, is obsolete.