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Hundred-Ton Dome To Collect Oil Spill

Ma8thew Re:Should have had these waiting on the shelf (565 comments)

When you say remote control shutoffs I suspect you mean an acoustic remote control. This wouldn't work at the depth below the surface that this well is, and the BOP has failed so catastrophically anyway that presumably whatever the remote control would trigger wouldn't work any better than the hydrologic lines the ROVs they're trying to use at the moment are hooked into.

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Apple To Shut Down Lala On May 31

Ma8thew Re:Why does anyone use iTunes? (438 comments)

You agreed to buying it DRMd at the time. If you didn't like it you shouldn't have bought it.

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EU Conducts Test Flights To Assess Impact of Volcanic Ash On Aircraft

Ma8thew Re:I live under the transatlantic flight path. (410 comments)

ferries, channel tunnel, trains, automobiles, nope, just won't do... I have driven from London to Athens in less time than many of these people have been sat in airports wringing their hands... I also suspect that it may be CHEAPER to hire a car and drive back home, than to attempt to live in an airport for a week.

I guess you haven't been reading the stores about the Eurostar and the ferry companies having their busiest days ever. Or the thousand euro taxi rides many are resorting through. Have you considered that people would like to get a train or ferry but they're all booked up?

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Iceland Volcano's Ash Grounds European Air Travel

Ma8thew Re:Nothing unusual (283 comments)

What?

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Serious New Java Flaw Affects All Browsers

Ma8thew Re:Guess it's time to uncheck that box (164 comments)

Oh wait, despite what the hyperbole of the summary may suggest this doesn't affect browsers on the Mac anyway.

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Serious New Java Flaw Affects All Browsers

Ma8thew Guess it's time to uncheck that box (164 comments)

Can't recall the last time I even used a Java applet. Just uncheck the box in preferences and forget about it.

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How To Build Roads To Control How Fast You Drive

Ma8thew Re:We found a subtle way... (proof of the premise) (801 comments)

Or you could just teach your kids to be aware but not afraid of traffic and not to run into the road after a ball. And by the way, you seem to have some serious anger issues.

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How To Build Roads To Control How Fast You Drive

Ma8thew Re:Other strategies... (801 comments)

The ones I've seen in the UK don't actually tell you your speed, they just flash the speed limit at you.

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Could UK Tax Breaks Pave the Way For GTA London?

Ma8thew Rockstar North (137 comments)

For those unaware, most of the GTA series is already developed in the UK, specifically at the Rockstar North offices in Edinburgh. Of course, as the summary points out, they need some more Britishness in the game to get the tax break (although, frankly, the government would do better to give them a tax break for not setting it in the UK).

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House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212

Ma8thew Re:Mixed feelings (2424 comments)

I really don't understand how that's relevant. If you replace government with insurance company in:

In a universal care system, the government can mandate that only tests X, Y and Z may be performed for symptoms A and B, or that test X is only done once per year with as long as no symptoms are present.

Then that applies to a universal insurance system. And universal insurance is a type of universal healthcare anyway.

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House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212

Ma8thew Re:So the government is forcing me to buy somethin (2424 comments)

Spread out over the entire country, other people's ill health does affect you. The uninsured reduce the productivity of the country and when they require emergency hospitalisation for a treatable illness then the government will have to pay the bill. And by the way, socialism isn't a dirty word.

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House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212

Ma8thew Re:Mixed feelings (2424 comments)

And without universal health care thousands of people will allow diseases to progress further because they can't afford to get it checked out. And then the treatment costs more, and since they weren't insured the government pays anyway.

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House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212

Ma8thew Re:Compassion gone bad. (2424 comments)

I think that a government option would work better too, but the senate is far to susceptible to obstructionism for that to get through.

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House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212

Ma8thew Re:Beware, lawmakers: November is coming. (2424 comments)

That was ironically in the one part of the country that wouldn't benefit from the bill because their state already provides the bill's benefits! Pretending that the Massachusetts election is more representative than a general election is a strange contortion of logic. That also ignores the fact that the Democratic candidate was totally awful.

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House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212

Ma8thew Re:So the government is forcing me to buy somethin (2424 comments)

Yes, brain cancer is a real learning experience. Jesus Christ, what the hell is wrong with you? Frankly, yes, I believe everyone should be entitled to good health, or at least the best shot at that goal.

more than 4 years ago

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MoD Pragmatic About Street View

Ma8thew Ma8thew writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Ma8thew (861741) writes "The MP for Hereford, Paul Keetch, has kicked up a fuss after Google Street View put up photos of the surroundings of the SAS base at Credenhill. However, the Ministry of Defence decided, sensibly, that this posed little security risk:

An MoD spokesman said: "The MoD cannot prevent satellites taking imagery of its establishments, however we ensure that steps are taken to protect highly sensitive equipment. "It would be impractical to ask Google to withdraw images as they can be easily obtained from other sources over which we have no influence."

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School District Spying on Students

Ma8thew Ma8thew writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Ma8thew (861741) writes "A lawsuit has been filed against the Lower Merion School District by a student's family after a school principle disciplined a student for 'improper behaviour in his home'. It would seem that not only do the school district have the capability to remotely activate the webcams in take-home laptops, they also believe they have a right to monitor students wherever they are in the world."
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Ma8thew Ma8thew writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ma8thew (861741) writes "Steve Jobs today published a short essay on the state of DRM and music distribution online. He explains why Apple won't license FairPlay, as well as revealing that Apple would embrace a DRM free future.

For Europeans, two and a half of the big four music companies are located right in their backyard. The largest, Universal, is 100% owned by Vivendi, a French company. EMI is a British company, and Sony BMG is 50% owned by Bertelsmann, a German company. Convincing them to license their music to Apple and others DRM-free will create a truly interoperable music marketplace. Apple will embrace this wholeheartedly.
This is despite accusations that Apple desires DRM as a way of locking consumers to iPod."

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