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Comment: Re:first country to allow? (Score 1) 199

by xyra132 (#48978741) Attached to: British MPs Approve 3-Parent Babies
It might be saying "Feel free to invest lots of money into this as we are not going to ban it making you waste your money" ?
However I would imagine there are a lot of laws stating what can and can't be done genetically on humans these days, so it could have been caught by something previously there.
Just pure speculation however....

Comment: Re:Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (Score 1) 307

by xyra132 (#48419045) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online
I used to come across this quite regularly. In general banks don't (didn't? This is going back 10 years) offer cheque guarantee cards to (small) businesses, so paying by cheque was a pain. Quite a few of the high street retailers used services like this (such as buying stationery from WHSmiths)

Comment: Re:call them (Score 3, Insightful) 354

by xyra132 (#47509505) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same
Not if they have kids. I only watch films Friday or Saturday nights now, when you can't easily go out without baby sitters or other childcare nights in become important. Weekday evenings tend to be getting to bed early so not to be tired at work if the kids wake up at some silly time of the morning / middle of the night. I bet a very large proportion of Netflix customers have young families, I would imagine the 25 - 40 age bracket is their largest customer base.

Comment: Re:I'll have double check... But (Score 1) 108

by xyra132 (#46302985) Attached to: Sochi Drones Are Shooting the Olympics, Not Terrorists
Wind was my first thought as well. For quad-copters the simple fact is the lack of collective pitch does massively affect the maneuverability in adverse conditions. You need a high volume of airflow over the blades to compensate and fixed pitch there is not much you can do to increase airflow without climbing rapidly. (although whether you could do it with an octocopter with four of the blades pulling down and four pushing up to counteract the climb?) There are plenty of model sized helicopters (even some microhelis with 8" blades can handle 15mph with a skilled pilot) that handle wind very well - they just need a high head speed.

Comment: Re:They questioned the practicality?! (Score 1) 96

by xyra132 (#34442326) Attached to: Aquarium Uses Eel Powered Christmas Lights
iirc the most recorded for an electric eel was about 600volts and a bit over 1 amp. Wikipedia claims 500v, 1amp produced through a series of cells each producing 0.15v. Of course this discharge is pretty short, each pulse being incredibly quick. Not sure on electric eels, but electric catfish can only discharge once every hour or so as it takes time for them to charge up again.

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