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Bomb-Proof Wallpaper Developed

Altreus Re:Embed in concrete (388 comments)

You said what I was thinking. But as someone above mentions, it would effectively trap people in if it were not good enough, since the rescue teams wouldn't be able to break it either.

more than 5 years ago

Blueprint For a Quantum Electric Motor

Altreus but why? (97 comments)

I don't mean to be flippant but I can't think of any practical application for this motor that isn't somewhat confounded by the requirement for the lasers and the magnetic field generator... TFA seems fairly proud that they've come up with this thing but doesn't really tell us what good it does.

I mean, does it have some massively superb output per unit size? Is the amount of motive energy it creates so great that it massively outweighs the amount of energy put *in* to the system by running the lasers and the magnetic field generator? This all assuming that they succeed in harnessing it, of course.

more than 5 years ago

Australian Police Database Lacked Root Password

Altreus Re:mmmm........ (214 comments)


They always quit. There is a world of difference!

more than 5 years ago

Sunspots Return

Altreus Re:wow. (276 comments)

For all you know he could be one of those bad-ass astronomers they make movies about and he could have been sitting at the 'scope looking at the spot while getting a blow job from a hot chick like in Swordfish.

This would make it the best sunspot I'd ever seen too.

more than 5 years ago

Being Slightly Overweight May Lead To Longer Life

Altreus What else will "scientists" have been wrong about? (383 comments)

Every single scare story so-called scientists and nutrition experts have come up with so far have proven to be bollocks.

I have proven this by ignoring them and I am still not dead.

Apparently we're only allowed 6g of salt a day. I have no idea how much salt I eat.

Apparently we're meant to drink 8 glasses of water a day. EXCEPT in fact we're supposed to *have* about 8 glasses of water a day, and most of it comes from food. So that means that people who have been drinking 8 glasses of water *and* eating every day are unhealthy. Otherwise, the amount of water above this should have no effect, right? Logically I mean. But it seems that people who drink more water than that pee a lot more, and people like me who don't drink much at all during the day should be ill or dead or something.

I'm not dead or ill.

I didn't stop ingesting sugar and I didn't stop drinking caffeine and I stopped drinking milk because that turned out to be bad for me as well, even though it's meant to be good for you.

Similarly, I have been ignoring all things that tell me what over or underweight is. I'm still alive and so is my wife. She is, apparently, 'morbidly obese', but she looks a perfectly normal shape to me. I am overweight, apparently, but I look quite thin.

And now! And now these bloody scientists have turned around and told us that "slightly overweight" is better for us than "normal weight"! By what measure, then, is "normal"? It's certainly not average, because most people I know are overweight, and, as a previous poster has said, even healthy people who go to the gym and bike every day are "overweight".

Perhaps those people who give false targets to people by printing pictures of photoshopped buff people in crappy magazines are in cahoots with the scientists, who have lowered the bar for 'normal' weight from 'healthy' to 'a bit too thin'.

Strikes me that if slightly overweight is healthier than normal weight than slightly overweight IS normal weight and normal weight is unhealthily thin.

Of course I am not going to believe any of my own logic here: it merely amuses me to point out logical inconsistencies when people are talking absolute bollocks. I'm sure there are dangerous levels of weight that can cause people to die prematurely but I am equally sure that there are many other factors involved that will shorten someone's life, such as how strong their heart is, how much shit they eat, and how often they get run over by buses.

more than 5 years ago

FCC Reserves the Right To Search Your Home, Any Time

Altreus Re:And I reserve the right... (589 comments)

Granted, as long as you post a warning sign in advance.

Or display a EULA after they've been trapped.

Both are valid.

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 For the Windows Power User

Altreus A lack of apps? (727 comments)

The only lack of apps I've come across as an Ubuntu user is a lack of the same games that everyone else is playing, and I don't play any of those, except for one, which works. For free.

It seems to me like there's an app for everything and, best of all, I don't have to pay for or crack any of them to get them to work.

And those that suffer from issues (Openoffice, Firefox...) suffer them in Windows too; as do their MS equivalents.

I regret nothing!

more than 5 years ago

Toshiba Sues Over DVD Patents

Altreus Figures (131 comments)

Memorex make some of the better DVDRs I've used in the UK. I presume they sell the same ones in the USA.

Toshiba, OTOH, sell expensive ones that don't seem to last quite so long.

I presume therefore that it is cheaper to file a lawsuit in the US these days than it is to invest in R&D.

more than 5 years ago

Breast Cancer Gene Lawsuit Argues Patents Invalid

Altreus Could you patent pop? (294 comments)

This actually leads me to consider whether a record company or similar could file a patent on a pop group they artificially injected into mainstream, and what the concequences of that would be.

Or indeed to file a patent on the concept of a "manufactured" pop group. Would other record companies be prepared to admit that they have effectively created groups from nothing in order to claim prior art and stop the patent in the first place?

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 RCs Shut Down To Force Updates

Altreus Three months! (414 comments)

You all seem to be missing the point that MS will start shutting down your computer every two hours three months *before* your trial period expires.

So what this means is that Microsoft is exercising its power to turn off your computer at will while you are still within the period in which you are entitled to be using it.

Start turning the PC off afterwards, sure. But not before.

Continuing the trend of poor analogies: that's like them kicking you out of your rent-free house twelve times a day for a quarter of your tenancy period.

more than 5 years ago

Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

Altreus Maybe in America. (1137 comments)

Upkeep notwithstanding, my car costs half the amount it takes to take the Underground, and takes half the time every day.

That's if I get the reduced rate of a yearly Oyster card.

But Boris has better ideas about keeping the cars out of London.

more than 5 years ago

It's Not the 15th Birthday of Linux

Altreus Queen Linux (261 comments)

Isn't the most logical Linux birthday when Linus first posted his code for others to improve upon? If memory serves me correctly it was a Usenet post?

Let's have today as Linux's official birthday, and this suggestion as Linux's actual birthday.

Then we get to celebrate twice, like the queen.

more than 5 years ago

It's Not the 15th Birthday of Linux

Altreus Re:"Release early, release often" (261 comments)

This seems debatable. I would consider any operating system that periodically required a reboot, had security holes and was notorious for crashing to come under the heading of 'not working'.

This is why we have release versions. 1.0 means "it works now". A version of 1 means "might go wrong".

What version is Vista, then, given that it "might go wrong"?

more than 5 years ago

AMD — "We're Not Entirely Honest" About Batteries

Altreus Re:Isn't this simple? (154 comments)

Or, hum, hey, how about leave it idle and advertise *maximum* battery life?

Just an extra word to sate the masses' appetites for accuracy.

more than 5 years ago

YouTube To Block Music Videos In the UK

Altreus So let me get this straight (161 comments)

From now on, the only music we in the UK are allowed to show our friends is the music NOT controlled by these people?

So the only way you can legally hear music that these people want you to pay for is either on the radio or by borrowing the CD from someone?

Can we still legally borrow CDs?

Irrespective of that, it's been years since I paid for music, for the simple reason that if they don't want me to hear it before I buy it, then I'm going to hear it and not buy it, because I hate them now.

So they want us, who now hate them, to give them money for music we've never heard? Would they expect us to buy a painting we've never seen? Cillit Bang without Barry Scott's personal assurance?

It certainly is great news for those music artists in the UK who actually have talent, that's for sure. The plastic music industry is stifling its main* source of income.

* maybe

more than 5 years ago

UAC Whitelist Hole In Windows 7

Altreus Bug? (496 comments)

Is this a bug? I mean, with Microsoft's track record and unwillingness to learn from mistakes, I can only theorise that this is actually a feature.

more than 5 years ago

Firefox Beta Touts Advanced Engine, Solves 8 Flaws

Altreus Re:Nope (493 comments)

That's not a bug, that's the new session saver.

more than 5 years ago

Firefox Beta Touts Advanced Engine, Solves 8 Flaws

Altreus Re:not RAM but CPU usage (493 comments)

I don't find Firefox slow myself until I a) try to watch a Flash video (which is slightly easier than trying to watch BBC programs on the BBC) or b) change tabs, whereupon it takes ages to load the new tab. Accidentally using the scroll wheel while moused over the tab bar is an absolute nightmare and I might as well go make a cup of tea until it's finished whenever I do that.

more than 5 years ago


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