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On handedness: I am ...

Eggbloke Re:The hand I learn something with I use forever (260 comments)

If it's an average I consider it more likely that a few left handed people have probably died as a result of operating heavy machinery and other dangerous things designed for right handed people and as a result have been killed. I'm not sure this would be enough to bring the average down an entire year though. A lot of things are simply more difficult for left handed people.

about a year and a half ago
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Twitter, Hotmail, LinkedIn, Yahoo Open To Hijacking

Eggbloke Re:HTTPS Everywhere plugin (50 comments)

HTTPS Everywhere can't magically make a site use HTTPS. It just requests HTTPS pages from sites that have it enabled.

about a year and a half ago
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Android In Space: STRaND-1 Satellite To Activate Nexus One

Eggbloke Re:Why not use Raspberry Pi? UK innovation. (103 comments)

I was at a talk from one of these guys once and from what I remember he said that the amount of things you get with a phone make it attractive. They have a camera, temperature sensor and compass straight off as well as probably more stuff. A Raspberry Pi probably would be better with some more work though.

about a year and a half ago
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HP Cuts Workforce By 5%, Looks To Probe GM Hires

Eggbloke Incompetence (304 comments)

If I am correct then this is HP CDS. The story really doesn't surprise me as CDS management really is incredibly incompetent. They know nothing about employee loyalty.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

Eggbloke Hell yes (445 comments)

I do IT support and use my phone every day. Contacting customers, conference calls, calls from reception. Probably one the most useful pieces of kit I have. I don't want to use my mobile phone for work, the company doesn't pay for it and it's a personal number.

about 2 years ago
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WikiLeaks Begins Release of 2.5m Syrian Emails

Eggbloke Re:And this is why (322 comments)

Wow, did they not have backups?

more than 2 years ago
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UK Police Roll Out On-the-Spot Mobile Data Extraction System

Eggbloke Encryption (145 comments)

Well, looks like I'm about to encrypt my phone, I don't even have any data that I care if they see.

more than 2 years ago
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More Plans For UK Internet Snooping Bill Revealed In Queen's Speech

Eggbloke Re:Parasites (114 comments)

The Queen doesn't have constitutional functions. The British political system is slightly retarded.
Officially the Queen is the executive, she signs into law bills passed by parliament but she doesn't actually have any say. Parliament has all the power.
If a president was to be elected then they would surely have a large amount of legitmacy and so should have some power? This would require a major change in parliament; the house of lords would probably have to go as it would be hard for them to claim legitimacy.

more than 2 years ago
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More Plans For UK Internet Snooping Bill Revealed In Queen's Speech

Eggbloke Re:Parasites (114 comments)

How do you go about removing the monarchy at this point? Most of our governance system would need changing. A lot of people dislike the monarchy but there has never been a choice to not have it. There is also the fact (and I hate this arguement) that the monarchy charactorises Britain, I have even heard arguements that they bring in revenue through tourism but I have not seen much evidence for this.

The monarchy has at least been stripped of almost all power. The Queen isn't really even a figurehead, just a tradition.

more than 2 years ago
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When Are You Dead?

Eggbloke It's free (516 comments)

>$20 billion per year business, with average recipients charged $750,000 for a transplant
No? It's free, at least while the NHS still exists. I'm happy to give my organs whether I'm brain dead or really dead. I'm not that important and saving a life is one of the most amazing things I can think of to do in my life.

more than 2 years ago
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Japan's Nuclear Energy Industry Nears Shutdown

Eggbloke Low Power (267 comments)

My dad was saying that Tokyo is depressing, apparently there are power shortages so most of the signs and escalators are turned off and the city is dark. How are they supposed to make up their energy requirements if they stop using nuclear?

more than 2 years ago
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Get a Glimpse At the Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix

Eggbloke Re:Potential issues, regarding memory/cpu usage (50 comments)

I though the original plan was to run Debian and it probably still will be one of the man distros on the Pi. Debian releases should be supported for a lot longer.

more than 2 years ago
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What To Do With a 1,000 Foot Wrecked Cruise Ship?

Eggbloke Re:Take the fuel.. (416 comments)

I think I read somewhere that it is fairly near a ledge so I imagine it would be unsafe for divers to be regularly going inside it.
I guess they could secure it to the rocks it's on though.

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Reinvents Windows (Not the OS) With Touchscreen Display

Eggbloke Re:Foul Ball... (227 comments)

I think that is hyperbolic at best. How will this generation be lost? I used to spend all my time on my gameboy but I am not 'lost', most of my applicable skills come from messing about on computers in my spare time.

That said flying kites is awesome.

more than 2 years ago
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Lost Russian Mars Probe Phones Home

Eggbloke Re:why does this story have Crocodile Dundee's hat (138 comments)

>a tracking station in Perth, Australia, picked up a signal from the ailing spacecraft.

I guess it gets put there automatically if a story gets tagged with 'austrailia'

more than 2 years ago
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Canonical Drops CouchDB From Ubuntu One

Eggbloke Re: unresolvable issues (93 comments)

An interesting distro I have come across recently is Mint Debian. They do the same thing normal Mint does but skip Ubuntu. I think they use Debian unstable as a base. I think it is fairly new now but it looks promising.

more than 2 years ago
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Via Launches a New Mini-ITX System

Eggbloke Build your own tablet? (162 comments)

I have been thinking for a while that you could build your own tablet with one of these boards. Strap a touchscreen to one side and a battery to the other and install some tablet edition of Windows or Linux and it should work pretty well. Certainly more powerful than most tablets available today.
The only issue might be power consumption but it's quite a good trade off for performance and modularity. You could just use a bigger battery anyway.

more than 2 years ago
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First 16-Core Opteron Chips Arrive From AMD

Eggbloke Build your own tablet? (189 comments)

I have been thinking for a while that you could build your own tablet with one of these boards. Strap a touchscreen to one side and a battery to the other and install some tablet edition of Windows or Linux and it should work pretty well. Certainly more powerful than most tablets available today.
The only issue might be power consumption but it's quite a good trade off for performance and modularity. You could just use a bigger battery anyway.

more than 2 years ago
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Brits Rejecting Superfast Broadband

Eggbloke Can I get it? (247 comments)

I get loads of information about upgrading to fiber (which I would love to do) but it seems that my area doesn't have fiber.
There is a lot of confusion about fiber availability as ISPs blanket customers with information about upgrading even if there is no chance of attaining those speeds.

more than 2 years ago

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Another solution to space debris.

Eggbloke Eggbloke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Eggbloke (1698408) writes "UK researchers have developed a device to drag space debris out of orbit . They plan to launch a demonstration of their "CubeSail" next year. It is a small satellite cube that deploys a thin, 25-sq-m plastic sheet.
The group also envisages that a mature system would even be sent to rendezvous and dock with redundant spacecraft to clean them from orbit.
"Our system is simple and very low cost; but we need to demonstrate that it can be done," said Dr Vaios Lappas, lead researcher on the project and senior lecturer in space vehicle control. "It would help make space a sustainable business. We want to be able to keep on launching satellites to provide new services; but unless we do something, the amount of junk up there is going to grow exponentially.""

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