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When Patents Attack — the NPR Version

MooUK Re:I listened to this last night (87 comments)

"Good use", as in for the good of their bank accounts. What else did you expect?

about 3 years ago
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Man With 10 Million Air Miles Gets Plane Named After Him

MooUK Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (249 comments)

There are legal requirements for the number of passengers per cabin crew member, for safety purposes. I believe it's in the region of one per fifty passengers. Since you have to have them on the plane, they might as well sell stuff.

about 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks To Sue Visa/MasterCard

MooUK Re:As well they should (347 comments)

Of course they have financial interests in colluding. Any alternative company that starts competing with them is a threat to both and it is clearly in their interest to wipe them out, by working together if need be.

about 3 years ago
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Codemasters Shuts Down GRID Online Multiplayer

MooUK Re:False Advertising? (162 comments)

As of this post, yes it is.

more than 3 years ago
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Codemasters Shuts Down GRID Online Multiplayer

MooUK Re:Well, that sucks. (162 comments)

Why can't I expect free online play forever? I have it with many other older games.

more than 3 years ago
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Terry Pratchett Considers Assisted Suicide

MooUK Re:Coercion (838 comments)

Dignitas and so forth are fairly thorough in making sure it's not a spur of the moment decision, but a carefully thought out and planned one knowing all that's involved. That handles most of your point 2 already.

more than 3 years ago
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Personal Electronics May Indeed Disrupt Avionics

MooUK Re:There's Two Possibilities (505 comments)

It doesn't need to destroy a plane to have detrimental effects.

more than 3 years ago
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Personal Electronics May Indeed Disrupt Avionics

MooUK Re:...really? (505 comments)

We *know* that electronic devices can, in a practical sense, interfere with each other. This is simple physics.

The tolerances and levels involved are what is at question. The decision is made on the side of safety.

more than 3 years ago
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Personal Electronics May Indeed Disrupt Avionics

MooUK Re:...really? (505 comments)

Also, all that shielding adds up to a lot of extra weight. You don't add unnecessary extra weight to a commercial aircraft - that costs a lot of money.

more than 3 years ago
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Solar-Powered Ultralight To Try 24-Hour Flight

MooUK Re:Manned missions are just ego-wanking... (104 comments)

Not at all.

My point was that, even starting with full batteries (which it would be stupid not to), as soon as it's in the air it will have drained them plenty. Hence the flying around recharging for the night.

more than 4 years ago
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PowerPoint of Afghan War Strategy

MooUK Re:PowerPoint makes us stupid (233 comments)

I suspect he knew that, from the description of the sixth axe.

more than 4 years ago
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How I Saved the Gaming Industry

MooUK Re:EA to charge for game demos (252 comments)

EA is not one of the companies that applies to the parent thread.

more than 4 years ago
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EU Conducts Test Flights To Assess Impact of Volcanic Ash On Aircraft

MooUK Re:Norwegian helicopter ambulance video (410 comments)

Note that the ash is also acidic. When you get to clearing it off, bear that in mind.

Attempting to brush it off will be fairly damaging. Washing it off with water could be a problem too. Best bet is probably very large quantities of water to dilute anything faster than it can cause damage.

(This is a problem all the airlines will also be considering.)

more than 4 years ago
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EU Conducts Test Flights To Assess Impact of Volcanic Ash On Aircraft

MooUK Re:Goodness, Who To Believe... (410 comments)

Look up BA Flight 9 - and you'll get an idea of what's possible here.

more than 4 years ago
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VisLab Sponsors Milan-to-Shanghai Driverless Trek

MooUK Re:Explains the variety of cheeses then (133 comments)

Disclaimer: Readers of this post may note that it has fuck all to do with cheese (aside from the possibility that the poster has watched too many episodes of Wallace and Grommit). My excuse is that I've just now discovered that when making a post, the Subject field offers a pre-populated set of choices. If the powers that be at Slashdot considers those valid, legitimate and appropriate Subjects, then cheese it is. Hmm. Maybe I am feeling a bit peckish?

I would suspect that the contents of the subject field depends on what you've entered there before, as per your browser's record of such things for filling in forms automagically..

more than 4 years ago
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Stalker Jailed For Planting Child Porn On a PC

MooUK Re:It is too easy! (368 comments)

Just a tiny bit of devil's advocacy: two 15-year-olds recording themselves is still, legally, child porn. Who's harmed?

more than 4 years ago
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Company Invents Electronic Underpants

MooUK Re:new from Apple (110 comments)

Surely that should be "iPeed", if it's detecting moisture?

more than 4 years ago
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How To Build Roads To Control How Fast You Drive

MooUK Re:From the No Duh Dept. (801 comments)

See also "NORMAL ROAD". Meaning a road with a single lane in each direction.

more than 4 years ago

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