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Comment Re:Typical bureaucratic garbage (Score 2, Insightful) 275

I seem to remember at least one society at University (I think it was the Economics Society or similar) that only existed so that the members could take turns holding various posts so they could put it on their CVs. I don't think they ever did anything other than hold meetings to decide who was going to do what for the next month.
First Person Shooters (Games)

An Early Look At Next-Gen Shooter Bodycount 238

If you ask fans of first-person shooters what feature they'd like to see in a new game, their answers — now and for the past 15 years — probably involve destructible environments. Game developers have tried to satisfy this demand with scripted events, breakable objects, and more crates than you can shake a rocket launcher at. However, Bodycount, an upcoming game from Codemasters Guildford, is aiming to deliver what gamers have wanted for so long: the ability to blast apart whatever you please. Quoting the Guardian's games blog from their hands-on with the game: "... it's not just about effect, it's about access. In Bodycount, you can blow chunks out of thinner interior walls, allowing you to burst through and catch enemies by surprise. You can also brilliantly modify cover objects – if you're hiding behind a crate and want to take out enemies without popping up from behind it, shoot a hole in it. Bingo, you've got a comparatively safe firing vantage. The difference between this and say, Red Faction or Bad Company, is that the destruction isn't limited to pre-set building sections. It's everywhere. This should, of course, grind the processor to a halt, but the team has come up with a simple compromise to facilitate its vision. 'The trick is that we're not running full physics on everything,' explains lead coder, Jon Creighton. ... This is tied in with one of the best cover systems I've ever seen. While in a crouching position (gained by holding the left trigger down), you can use the left analogue stick to subtly look and aim around your cover object, ducking and peeking to gain that perfect view of the war zone. It's natural, it's comfortable and it's adaptive, and it will surely consign the whole 'locking on' mechanic to the graveyard of cover system history."

Comment Re:Transmission (Score 1) 100

Dounreay was more of a research location rather than a site for large scale power generation - the main nuclear power stations in Scotland are fairly close to cities (Edinburgh for Torness and Glasgow for Hunterston). It is a bit of a give away that it's about as far as you can get from London and still be on the mainland and have reasonable communication links.

Comment Re:NSA didn't know about public key crypto? (Score 1) 208

The US does not have "ownership" of UK nukes and certainly doesn't have hard controls that could stop them being used if the UK wanted to but the US didn't. Royal Navy Trident submarine commanders still have the ability to launch under their own authority (albeit with plenty of procedural controls, involving hand written letters and BBC Radio 4).

Comment Re:Paper tape. (Score 1) 411

Yes it does.

I knew a company that did maintenance of old control systems for industrial plant - into the 1990's they were having to maintain mini/mainframe kit from the 1960s.

Some devices booted from paper tape and, over the years, the paper tape had worn out so it had been replaced with leather tape....

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