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Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

Coisiche More than just Tucker (242 comments)

Okay, he is, now, best known for the Malcolm Tucker role but I remember him better in other roles; the Angel Islington in a BBC adaption of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (although that show was really stolen by Paterson Joseph's Marquis De Carabas) and as Uncle Rory in the TV adaption of Iain Bank's Crow Road.

And it's kind of nice that the Doctor is portrayed by an actor older than me again. That hasn't happened for a while.

about 8 months ago
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Full-Size Remote Control Cars

Coisiche Re:Trucking? (91 comments)

Yeah, freight seems a good justification for this. However I expect that the majority of road use is about moving people between locations so remote control seems a bit pointless.

Or maybe it's a growth opportunity. I guess you could hire a chauffeur in another country to drive the vehicle for your commute to work while you read the paper. Or maybe drive it home after a night on the town. "Yes officer, I'm completely drunk but I'm not driving the car. I've hired a guy on the other side of the world to do it."

about 9 months ago
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Iain Banks Dies of Cancer At 59

Coisiche RIP Iain (141 comments)

Farewell Sun-Earther Iain El-Bonko Banks of North Queensferry; that's the Culture style name he gave himself once. I don't think there will ever be a fictional place that I wanted to live in as much as your Culture.
I encountered him a few times at Edinburgh Book Festival events and other signings. It was handy being able to say "Make it to Iain, spelled the same way".

about 10 months ago
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No Porn From Public WiFi Hotspots In the UK Proposed

Coisiche Re:Porn is bad and dirty (390 comments)

Aye, the CCTV cameras are just being installed everywhere these days.

about a year ago
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US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

Coisiche Re:It's The American Drean (1313 comments)

The problem is that humans of today aren't any different than the ones from 2000 years ago (or even more)

Actually, some claim that we are. I think that the story might also have been on slashdot a couple of weeks ago.

about a year ago
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Canadian Court Rules You Have the Right To Google a Lawyer

Coisiche Re:But I'm telling you... (105 comments)

90 these days. And gearing up from heroic instances is enough to get you into Mogu'shan Vaults LFR, although being flung in with 24 other random people can be a bit of a trying experience.

Anyway, you wouldn't need to be in the same raid, any toon on the same realm could whisper the raiding lawyer (or any realm if said lawyer had responded to your RealID request).

about a year ago
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NY Times' Broder Responds To Tesla's Elon Musk

Coisiche Re:The reporter does not like electric vehicles (609 comments)

Male motoring reporters don't like electric cars. Simple fact.

In the UK Top Gear program, the only presenter ever to make a grudging positive comment about an electric vehicle is James May, nicknamed Captain Slow by the others. I suspect there might be an agenda at work there.

about a year ago
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Python Trademark At Risk In Europe

Coisiche Is it really a good choice? (122 comments)

I live in UK and the first association I make when encountering the word "python" is with Monty Python's Flying Circus. That would also be true of many people I know. Why would anyone want to use that as a trademark in this country when so many people will immediately think of a comedy team?

about a year ago
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Earth-buzzing Asteroid Would Be Worth $195B If We Could Catch It

Coisiche Lot of speculation (265 comments)

The article is big on using "if", "might be", "could range". So that $195B will represent the most wishful of optimistic estimates. We need to get the technology for better assessment of the composition of asteroids when they're still a distance away before trying to figure out how to harvest them when they're nearby.

about a year ago
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EU Data Protection Proposal Taken Word For Word From US Lobbyists

Coisiche Re:UK a US state? (108 comments)

It's going to be complicated.

Could end up that Scotland is part of the EU and the rUK exits the EU. Then Wales and Northern Ireland could be unhappy about still being lumped with England since the strongest anti-EU sentiment is definitely concentrated in the south-east of England.

The Conservative party is the most vocal anti-EU of the main parties and yet also the most vocal about adopting Central European Time. Bit schizophrenic, eh? Of course the pro-Tory press will daily promote the idea that European legislation on human rights makes it easy for terrorists to avoid jail and give all prisoners who actually end up there a cushy time while immigrants get an easy life at tax payers expense. The people who swallow all that seem to be a bit oblivious to the fact that EU directives on human rights and employment also protect them, which is the real reason the Tories want out; it'll be easier to oppress the proles.

about a year ago
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EU Data Protection Proposal Taken Word For Word From US Lobbyists

Coisiche Re:MEP elections (108 comments)

Same in the UK. The European parliamentary constituencies are larger than national parliamentary constituencies, so a MEP will represent many more people. In the European vote I have a choice of candidates, normally one from each of the main parties and possibly the occasional independent. I can't recall my choice from the last one now but I think it was 5 or 6 candidates. In comparison local government and national parliament elections offer a choice from about 7 to 12 candidates depending on how many single issue candidates there are.

about a year ago
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Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

Coisiche Something in the name? (542 comments)

Popes have resigned before, admittedly not always by choice, but a surprising number seem to have taken the name Benedict. Benedict V, IX and now XVI. That's half of the popes who have stood down named on the BBC site, so that 50% number is a bit dependent on how good their researcher is.

Top marks to Celestine V who in 1294 issued a solemn decree that it was permissible for a pope to resign and then promptly did so.

about a year ago
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Handheld Black Hornet Nano Drones Issued To UK Soldiers

Coisiche Is this only army? (97 comments)

If the UK government is going to bulk buy for a better cost then there are probably other parts under the government umbrella that are going to get some. Like M16. Like the police. Could be useful to buzz in for some pictures of faces in a crowd.

about a year ago
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Electricity Gives Bubbles Super Strength

Coisiche Re:Anti gravity applications? (66 comments)

It's either a careless typing mistake in typing the name of my home town of Auchterarder, which would not be serious in any way because I'm a very poor typist, or it's a case of being unable to correctly name the place in which I spent my first eighteen years which would be indicative of something more serious.

about a year ago
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Electricity Gives Bubbles Super Strength

Coisiche Re:Anti gravity applications? (66 comments)

There's a debate about that further down the thread. But you're correct that the cardboard cores of paper rolls were also a regular feature on the required materials list.

about a year ago
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Electricity Gives Bubbles Super Strength

Coisiche Re:Anti gravity applications? (66 comments)

Ah, Grampian Television. Haven't been in any of the areas that was broadcast in nigh on twenty years. I know it's just part of STV now rather than remaining an independent entity.

about a year ago
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Electricity Gives Bubbles Super Strength

Coisiche Re:Anti gravity applications? (66 comments)

I remember having to use the offcuts of wallpaper too. And parents were oblivious to the strife you would be subjected to if the only bits available at the time were from your sister's room having just been decorated.

about a year ago
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Electricity Gives Bubbles Super Strength

Coisiche Re:Anti gravity applications? (66 comments)

The sticky-backed plastic they used (well, in 1970's anyway) always seemed to come in sheets. The sticky tape was clearly Sellotape. I was too young at the time to appreciate that brand names couldn't be used on BBC programmes but I did realise that the sticky-back plastic the presenter would use was not available in the town shop whereas the tape was accessible in the side-board cupboard. The empty washing-up bottles could be acquired by pestering my mother. But when the presenter would say "...and a sheet of sticky-backed plastic", I knew I was stymied.

about a year ago
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Electricity Gives Bubbles Super Strength

Coisiche Re:Anti gravity applications? (66 comments)

The reference is to a British children's TV program called Blue Peter. Many decades ago, when I watched it, it would frequently feature construction projects where required materials were almost always an empty washing-up liquid bottle, sellotape and sticky-backed plastic. The last one being hard to come by in Aucherterarder; the target audience was clearly city kids.

about a year ago
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Blimps To Help Protect Washington DC From Air Attack

Coisiche Only two? (270 comments)

I'm pretty sure that London had many more than just two during World War II.

Although the intent of them was to provide obstructions to aircraft rather than trying to detect them.

about a year ago

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Death of Sir Patrick Moore

Coisiche Coisiche writes  |  about a year ago

Coisiche (2000870) writes "Breaking news on the BBC news site reports the death of Sir Patrick Moore, renowned broadcaster and astronomer who will probably be most familiar to UK readers. He might be known outside of the UK for being the presenter of the long running TV show, "The Sky at Night".



When I was growing up just about every space related news I saw was presented by him. As well some of his books on astronomy I also read a series of fictional books he wrote for a juvenile audience that featured some travels around the solar system."

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Einstein proved correct again

Coisiche Coisiche writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Coisiche (2000870) writes "Observation of a pair of white dwarfs in a tight orbit provide further supporting proof for Einstein's gravity waves. Given how well his theories have held up to tests you have to wonder how anyone could have thought that CERN's superluminal neutrinos would be anything other than experimental error."
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European "typosquatters" fined

Coisiche Coisiche writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Coisiche (2000870) writes "A couple of European "typosquatters" have been fined.

The article is short on detail about what their fake sites were called but I'd have to say I'd be a bit suspicious if I thought I was on Wikipedia (which is named as an example) and got invited to try a competition. The only hard fact presented is that someone was conned out of 63 pounds sterling while thinking they were accessing YouTube."

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Terror fears affect scientific publication

Coisiche Coisiche writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Coisiche (2000870) writes "Some bird flu articles have been subjected to demands for redaction over worries about how some information could be used and the publishers have caved.

I wonder if this means that buying ferrets will get your name flagged to the anti-terror organisations."

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Superluminal neutrinos: take 2

Coisiche Coisiche writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Coisiche (2000870) writes "To address the many responses to the original findings, the OPERA team who were perplexed by the results first time round are starting a new and improved version of their experiment launching neutrinos in Switzerland and detecting them in Italy.

My money is on that the improvements will prevent the mis-detection of FTL particles."

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