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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

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Re: The Martian..

MJI. I'd cite that as my favorite SF film of recent years. By chance I read the book about 1 year before the film. Book read > 10 times. Film watched 8-10 times. Have an upvote and one of these ('coz Friday). PP

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Re: Dune

No Roj. Me and 7 others (to date). Dune just needed to be WAY longer or a Trilogy. PP

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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London nheavy Police presence....

similar heavy police presence as London. Near the touristy bits, NSY, Party HQs, maybe. Most of Greater London is a policing vacuum. PP

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Headscarfs...

Some of the commentariat are old enough to remember when native born UK women disliked going out without headwear, usually silk scarves. And of course, hats at church (or scarves) on Sunday. PP

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Re: Of all places

London vs New York murder rates. Another good link Korev. Thank you. Have an upvote. PP

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Ex-GCHQ boss: All the ways to go after Russia. Why pick cyberwar?

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"It's much easier...

and cheaper, just to shoot people - or use ordinary poisons."

Unless the person you want rid of is Rasputin. PP

>for 70s pop fans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvDMlk3kSYg

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Elon Musk invents bus stop, waits for applause, internet LOLs

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Re: What goes down...

Doesn't Chicago have a mostly over ground metro rail system? How about DLR. If you're building out a new part of a city (or better building a new city) public transport infrastructure can be built in like sewage, water, gas and electric and in some cases high speed FTTH. PP

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ESA builds air-breathing engine that works in space

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Re: Cubes vs spheres? Sounds familiar.

Thank you TRT. Nice to hear Windsor Davis again.

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Pasties in SPAAAAACE: Cornwall hopes for slice of £50m spaceport cash

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Re: UK Sheep...

@ Daedalus. It's OK "D". We have plenty of Sheeple. PP

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Re: Population density of Ascension Island...

...if it's not classified I for 1 would really like to know why that question was asked. Any guess of any number not > 3 or 4 digits would be about right wouldn't it?

Enquiring minds and all that....

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Apple's new 'spaceship' HQ brings the pane for unobservant workers

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Re: Is it just me?

@TimeMasterT. No, but now you brought it up the image won't go away. Thanks, I think..PP

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Glass walled meeting rooms............

Most stupid idea I've come across. Especially if you expect to do audio in them. Glass can reflect light but it always does screw up audio.

Also doesn't make them very private as the OP posted. PP

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Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?

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Allied and Axis things together.

My Morse code lecturer was in the Merchant Service during WWII.

He had a photo of a Nazi battleship stern to stern with a Royal Navy battleship, I think in Buens Aires. PP

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Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

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Expiring batteries.

We've had loads of Prius Mk2s/3s and Lexus. Certainly 40 odd. (I've had 3 since 2006). I asked our FD if we'd ever needed to replace a battery. Apparently, only 1 and that was warranty work.

My current Prius is 94,000mls and absolutely fine. PP

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NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun

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Re: Anyone from the

I agree veti but in our European timeline April 12, 1861 is not that long ago and you can't deny divisions still exist today. PP

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Re: Anyone from the

@ Boris. Upvoted. I don't shoot (right-pondian) but if you can't hit Bambi with your 1st shot you shouldn't take the shot and you shouldn't own a gun. PP

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A dog DNA database? You must be barking

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Re; Discarded sticky stuff on wheelchair wheels.

@Jake. As a smoker and a dog owner, I concur completely. But don't leave out the chewing gum muppets. They are a pest to all sighted or otherwise. PP

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Re: Fuck livestock

Can we do this for cats too. Bloody fed up of them crapping in my driveway. My dogs take care of the back garden, both crapping in and keeping clear of cats. PP

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Flake?

Back a few years by local served me a pint (bitter) with an oversized head. I DID ask "do I get a Flake with that". He chucked a Flake in my beer. Oddly, it was one of those bitters that quite suited a chocletty addition. PP

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Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

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@onefang

Farts and engines. Perpetual motion?

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Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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Re:automatic exchange that allowed call transfers..

Yep. We used to call sex chat lines and transfer them to the MDs PA. Now I'm much nearer her age group now than at the time, I fear I owe her an apology.PP

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Re: 1970s - green velour flared loons (trousers)

@AC. Ah! A dedicated follower of fashion. PP

>>No "whistles tunelessly" icon and...well Friday. Cheers.

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Re: Oh my...

@Zimmer.

I think that's the origin of the phrase "The Old Grey Whistle Test". Ah Whispering Bob Harris...mumbles off humming the theme. PP

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Re: C30 C60 C90 Go!

Nope, they write much worse shit now. PP

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Re: C30 C60 C90 Go!

Sounds like they borrowed Adam Ants drummers too.......

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It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

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Bugs Bunny girl...

@Santitz. No, but Jessica Rabbit is another story entirely. PP

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Basket case lawsuit: Fancy fruit florists flail Google over rotten ads, demand $200m damages

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Re: Yellow Pages

@ Alistair. Some thing similar going on with Aardvark too. PP

>> Nearly beer o'clock.

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Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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Re: Never mind eating the crumbly parts

@Earl Grey. Oh dear, OCD, it is only me then who opens the crisp packet fully via the seams so the inside of the bag becomes a flavour coated silver "plate". Getting the flavour then simply involves a slightly wet finger and no corners to lose flavour bombs in. Ah well wanders off muttering.....PP

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A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

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UK roads reclassified from "National" to "limited".

Note the change crossing from Berkshire to Surrey. Perfectly safe dual carriageway in Berkshire pulled back to 50mph on the Surrey side. National (= 60 mph or 70 for dual carriageway). Go figure (and note the appearance of speed cameras). Coincidence? PP

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Take 2 for a round of..............

Frizbie Golf.

http://bdga.org.uk/

Then you can eat one whilst you're playing. PP

Oh! and one of these to wash it all down.

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

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Canadian ship borne explosions.

I know I'd heard of an ship carrying ordinance going bang in Canada. A little searching turned up this.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Explosion

I hear rumors the anchor was found miles away but the article doesn't specify other than "scattered fragments of Mont-Blanc for kilometres".

In memory of those affected. PP

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It knows where the gravel pits and power lines are. So, Ordnance Survey, where should UK's driverless cars go?

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OS Maps vs Google or anything else.

I'm wondering why anyone would use an OS map in a car except for off roading. I've only ever used OS maps on foot, usually miles from the nearest road. In a car I use a Road map, as current as I can find. PP

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'There was no monetary incentive for this' = not what you want to hear about your tattoo

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I hear they make a tasty lunch.

@Alan Brown. WOW! You have a dog that cooks.. I'm coming round for dinner with a camera. PP

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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Exploding electrolytics.

As a new junior tech in a UK radio manufacturers test dept at the end of the production line, I had the job of turning things on for the very 1st time and running through a test document the QA Dept gave us for each product. This one was a portable HF amp, AC powered.

The end of this box nearest the AC was a BIG (think baked bean can sized) electrolytic, a transformer and another BIG (bean can) electrolytic on the more interesting, almost DC bit of the device (smoothing I think).

Visual check, red wires going to +ve, black wires going to -ve. Connect up meters at the proscribed test points and turn on.

Meters rapidly shot to the far right (in some cases so violently the needles came back looking like false eyelashes.

ENORMOUS bang and a veritable mushroom cloud of paper and green gunk.

Most of the test bench including me was also covered in green gunk and a nice post apocalyptic shower of shredded foiled paper shards descended.

Cause. The lower rated bean can that should have been on the DC side was on the AC side of the transformer and vice versa. That box went to the ladies wot fix things once the techs have decided what's faulty. It was still there 3 years later when I left.

But the incident did create 2 new procedures.

Check the right components are in the right place, especially large ones that could go bang.

Don't connect anything to the kit until you're sure somethings not going to go BANG! PP

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Hmmm. I thought there was a problem with this.

"In a DC circuit, the power consumed is simply the product of the DC voltage times the DC current, given in watts. However, for AC circuits with reactance we have to calculate the power consumed differently."

The example given finds 240v x 5 amps = 205 ish watts so there is a BIG difference.

https://www.electronics-tutorials.ws/accircuits/power-in-ac-circuits.html

Phew, it's a long time since I did this stuff and I still prefer DC.

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The one with the MRGC in the pocket.

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Switch mode PSUs or not.

Puts me in mind of the unfortunate young techie who was filling in for me when our stateside supplier sent a demo unit (in a PC) for an upcoming exhibition here in Blighty.

No one told him he'd have to flip the switch from 110v to 220-240v.

Flew across the lab he did.

I think we were all young techies when we learnt those kinds of lessons. PP

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China's first space station to – ahem – de-orbit in late March

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Re: Well done China......

and without them poor old Mark Watney would be Martian dust now......oh, it wasn't a documentary. PP

>>because, Friday.

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Re: per the piccy it seems to coast over Spain

Genuine question. Shirly they'd still have some fuel on board to adjust it's de-orbit and ultimate landing zone. They did that with SkyLab didn't they??PP

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France to lend Brexit Britain sore souvenir of Norman yoke – the Bayeux Tapestry

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Re: We've already got one

Have an upvote AT and one of these. Everyone else, come an see.

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Disclosure: Berkshire but not born. Nice place, even some bits of Reading.

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Facebook, Twitter supremos ditch Disney as biz steps on their turf

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Gender pay gap anyone....

"Sandberg received a total financial compensation of $374,106 in fiscal 2017, while Dorsey pulled in £305,274." PP

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Self-driving cars still do not exist even if we think they do

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Firefox...

.....but don't you have to think in Russian or something? PP

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Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

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UK Motorail.

@Seanmon. I've did it many times back in the 80s-90s. Great way to travel and you get you, your car and all your kit in the heart of another city just in time for tea and bickies in bed. Shame they canned it. (you can blame Two-Jags for that) PP

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Re: Driverless trucks though....

Blimey MGL, you've got something there. May I add you wouldn't even need to charge the batteries in them as you could run wires over the top of the two metal strips! PP

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Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city

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Italians and concrete.

beware, esp if they are Americal Italians. PP

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Intel, Microsoft confess: Meltdown, Spectre may slow your servers

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I know what most business leaders will choose.

There you have it: security or performance. Choose one. Performance, thereby revenue and RoI. PP

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Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn

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Dambusters... Ooops.

Inappropriate...tho' I did find this looking for The Dambusters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFRDyHXCIdg

Same problem I guess. PP

>ICON. One for "the chaps"

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Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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England supporters who have just endured another thrashing at Murrayfield.

@macjules. Oooooh! fighting talk. Let's see. The Six Nations is coming up.

Actually, Scotland are in great shape and I'm always torn when the Calcutta Cup kicks off. English born, some residency and education in Dumblane and Leith. PP

PS: Post WW2 England won 47 ish Scotland 16. 8 Drawn.

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Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

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What's a boat called....

May I refer you to the post of our esteemed colleague Tigra07. Repetition may attract downvotes. PP

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That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes

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Re: Rewind to 2001

I played games and media on my Blackberry. Never a charging issue. Move up a few years, company replaces Blackberrys with iPhones. Now I can't reliably play Golf on it even plugged in! (OK, the Golf is a more labour intensive game but still). Waterproofing, tish. I've NEVER dropped any company phone in water or dropped an cracked a screen. Perhaps it's because it doesn't belong to me but I like to think that's not the case. PP

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Organiser anyone?

@ RockBurner. Totally sympathise. Anyone else have Thredz Organiser? PP

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwib5rnjhq_YAhXJoqQKHWmaCSIQFgheMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FIBM_Lotus_Organizer&usg=AOvVaw0xO16wTRdKVCAZArUnwLNK

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