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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

AGMW Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

I'd start with the Jubilee Line, as the JL Extension has trackside barriers already (the trains pull in and the train doors line up with doors in the tracksdie barriers). If they could roll those barriers out along the rest of the Jubilee Line it'd be one less 'safety' thing for the union to get their panties bunched about.

Piccadilly Line next as it services Heathrow and that seems like a useful target for (approaching) a 24hr service.

Line by line will take some time and hopefully natural wastage (ie people retiring) should lessen the blow on the drivers, but they're not going to like it and make life hell for Londoners as this progresses.

Maybe the answer would be to insist on a new contract that stops them striking over anything to do with the introduction of automation. Obviously, we can't expect them to not strike when drivers are sacked for being drunk so there'd be no point trying!

about two weeks ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

AGMW Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

Funniest thing of all, after how many years of driverless trains on the DLR (also in London) is the Tube Driver's Union saying it won't be safe!
[rubs chin thoughtfully] Hmmmm. I wonder if they've got an ulterior motive?

Stand by for the Tube Driver's Union holding London to ransom again ... [sigh]

about two weeks ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

AGMW Re:Strategy (191 comments)

... or in a harbor in Europe.

Or a harbour in New Zealand if anyone pisses off the French!

about a month ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

AGMW Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (475 comments)

Even if that was actually safer to exceed the limit at that point?
By the time it's asked you "Do you want to allow me to potentially save your life by exceeding the local speed limit Dave?", and you've noticed the question and answered it, it could well be too late!
So let's assume you've given it permission to save your life by exceeding the speed limit, and something happens and your GoogleCar guns it and saves your life, but your vehicle is spotted and you get a ticket. Who pays?
If GoogleCar had decided the safest thing to do (for you, at least --- hmm this raises another question I'll come back to) then I'd feel somewhat aggrieved if I got a damn ticket for doing it!
... and do these GoogleCars follow the Asimov Laws of Robotics? Would it career into a queue of children to protect you from truck?

about 2 months ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

AGMW Re:The cloud (387 comments)

Off Topic ... but I like your sig. I've been leaning that way myself for some time now. Much like the US president can only run for two terms, wouldn't it be grand if there was something similar for the politicians lower down the tree! Politicians _should_ be people who've been out in the real World. They should _not_ be people who go to university with the desire to be politicians.

about 4 months ago
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Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

AGMW Re:3000km is not a lot in the U.S. . . . . (363 comments)

Damn. Yeah, good point. Shame really, 'cos them Israeli boffins have been working so hard on it and now they've got to just stop and do something else 'cos your commute is too long. You know, I bet they're kicking themselves for not asking you about your commute first 'cos they could've saved themselves the bother!
PAH! 3000km! 3000 schkilometers I say! Not to menschion we don't even have any kilometers in the US anyway.

about 4 months ago
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Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

AGMW Re:A matter of priorities (280 comments)

Indeed ... in the UK the great unwashed spend more on DMR ('distant male regent') ring tones than we spend on fusion research!

about 5 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

AGMW Re:Police and military? (1374 comments)

LOL where you say "... freedom hating ..."!

Because people who want to reduce the chance of _everyone_ getting shot by limiting firearms obviously hate freedom!

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha - man, best one yet!

about 6 months ago
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DarkMarket, the Decentralized Answer To Silk Road, Is About More Than Just Drugs

AGMW Re:Eeeehhhhhh - meanwhile in Europe... (251 comments)

With you up until the the ID card stuff. Whilst our (UK) Gov. (Previous nuLab and current Con) seem to keep trying to foist ID cards on us we've been able to stop them so far. Odd that both nuLab and Con have both been mostly against it whilst in opposition, then seem all gung-ho for ID cards when they get voted in. Makes you wonder what the hell changes when they get the keys to No 10!

So I too see ID Cards in that very "papers please" light. They are a tool that gives power to the Gov and adds nothing to the people forced to carry them. Just Say No!

about 6 months ago
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Lego Robot Solves Rubik's Cube Puzzle In 3.253 Seconds

AGMW Re:SloMo required! (60 comments)

Please someone upload an ultra slow motion video of the process!!!

That was the slow motion video!

about 7 months ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

AGMW Re:This is what Thatcher was good at (712 comments)

Obviously carefully stepping over the fact that the previous labour government (Callaghan was it?) shut more mines than Thatcher because, and here's the kicker, they were uneconomic! It cost more to dig up the coal than the coal was worth, and we could get coal cheaper from elsewhere, including the damn shipping costs! ... no really!

Had Scargill not tried to bring down the elected government by flexing the miner's muscle maybe the scenes of violence could have been avoided, but I'll grant you that anywhere the Met (London Police) got brought in it turned nasty, but that's more a reflection of the Met than Thatcher - the Met are _still_ a little too handy with their fists (see Ian Tomlinson)

about 7 months ago
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Turing's Theory of Chemical Morphogenesis Validated 60 Years After His Death

AGMW Re:On Turing (74 comments)

Ha ... my own fault for not refreshing the page before posting ... but if you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can ... oh forget it!

about 7 months ago
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Turing's Theory of Chemical Morphogenesis Validated 60 Years After His Death

AGMW Re:On Turing (74 comments)

Apparently, only women, but I think we long ago realised that wasn't a problem!

about 7 months ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

AGMW Re:I have no clue what's going on here (431 comments)

Why bother? I _guess_ because we have a set of rules about what kids have to be taught and part of that involves examination. So it's OK for the kids to take an exam and potentially do badly (if there are questions set on topics they've wilfully been mislead on!), but it's not OK to just not teach the subject.

If there was some way to weed out 'bad teachers' you could hope that the Biology teachers at such a school would continually be identified by Ofsted (UK schools watchdog) and warned, offered re-training, etc, then sacked, but sadly that's unlikely because the teacher union(s) would probably get all upset and call a national strike - even if Ofsted had such powers, and I don't think they do because if they did the teacher union(s) would probably get all upset and call a national strike!

about 7 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

AGMW Re:However.. (247 comments)

Dude ... SPOILERS!

about 8 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

AGMW Re:Oh FFS NASA! (247 comments)

Who the fuck measures delta-v in foot/seconds?

I dunno, but I'm guessing people who know about orbital mechanics.

about 8 months ago
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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

AGMW Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

Not sure the UK would have extradited him to the US, and if they agreed to do so it would have been _years_ of court battles before it happened (see Gary McKinnon, amongst others), and yet Sweden can, and do, just hand people over to the US, so from the US's point of view, they'd likely get their hands on Assange far quicker if he could be convinced to pop back to Sweden - at least that seems to be the argument put forward by Assange. FWIW, and having read around the subject quite a bit, I tend to agree with him - Assange would be a fool to voluntarily go back to Sweden at this time.

Turns out that, as he's in the Ecuadorian embassy, he's already escaped the UK ...

Swedish police have visited other countries to 'interview' suspects in the past - including murderers - and presumably will do so in the future, so it does seem a little odd that they're so reluctant to pop over to the UK to interview a suspected 'rapist' who has offered to assist countless times.

The whole issuing of the European Arrest Warrant in the first place is decidedly odd too ... and brings into question the general use of such warrants.

about 8 months ago
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Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages

AGMW Re:This is missing critical information (268 comments)

Also, are the non-drought-ravaged areas of the US being similarly "heavily targeted" for oil and gas development using hydraulic fracturing too, in which case if EVERYWHERE is being heavily targeted then, really, the drought areas aren't really being targeted at all now, are they. It's not like the Frackers are like "Hey, they're really dry over there, let's go todally frack them up dude"!

about 8 months ago
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Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

AGMW Re:They aren't whistleblowing. (441 comments)

Of course, when the highest authority is complicit there is no one within the system to report to, and the only alternative is to blow the whistle loud and clear where EVERYONE can hear because it is pretty clear that anything else will simply be swept under the carpet.
Remember, Manning released _proof_ that the US armed forces were guilty of gunning down a Reuters reporter, then was further complicit in denying it happened and covering up, let alone not offering help to those wounded during the strike.

about 9 months ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

AGMW Just maybe ... (1034 comments)

It's just possible that the glass was providing viewing notes for the film, to allow him to better understand the subtle nuances, to immerse himself in the cleverly constructed character back-stories ... [what? 'Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit'? ... oh]

about 8 months ago

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