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Comment Forget religion for a minute..... (Score 0) 728

Few news reports here are mentioning the fact that France has been dropping bombs on Syria for many months. Given that information, it could be argued that this action by Syrians is them just fighting back in one of the few ways available. Both countries' behaviour is equally reprehensible :-(

Comment Security vs Ease of Use (Score 1) 99

The reason for the lack of security is obvious - the risk of hacking is present, but not very high. On the other hand, if the medical equipment does not work as designed, the patient may die because of that failure. Currently it's better to have the equipment work for sure and risk a hack than to put too many complicated steps into setting things up securely.

Comment Moore's law (Score 2) 151

Three years ago in the uk i bought my daughter a dell laptop, i5 processor, 6Gb RAM, 500Gb hard drive, £350. Recently it died, so i looked around for a replacement. listed in the bargain forums here (hotukdeals.com) only a couple of weeks ago was a laptop i5, 6Gb RAM, 1Tb hard drive, £380. So in three years the price has barely changed for a remarkably simiar spec. Moore's law seems dead? I agree with the original poster!

Comment B.T. Broadband filter (Score 1) 115

I live in England, and I set up a new British Telecom Broadband internet account for a work colleague recently, 30 dollars a month 8Mb/s unlimited use. Options for the filter were off, low, medium and high. He said "I have kids, put on the maximum filter option please." Two hours later, I receive a phone call "internet explorer(!) won't let me access Facebook." Yup, the filter on the highest setting blocks Twitter and Facebook. He removed the filter then, without even trying the other choices.

Comment Re:The frick? (Score 1) 238

Will they now restore the nuked accounts? Was her account restored later? Maybe they've restored it now.

Have you ever tried to contact Google? If you needed to discuss a problem with your account being shut down you would not find it easy. http://mashable.com/2011/07/18... He got his account back fairly quickly, but he would still have been much better off going nowhere near G+ !

Comment concorde! (Score 1) 722

It's possible to fly from london to new york in three hours. In fact, you could do for a span of twenty years or so, before concorde was decomissioned. Just because it's possible, doesn't mean it'll become widely available, or even at all available. Ditto driverless cars. The technology will filter down into ordinary cars as extra safety features to augment the driver's slow reactions. For the foreseeable future, anyway.

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