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Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years

Palamos On the flip side (225 comments)

I take things differently and make pizzas that are instantly inedible.

about 6 months ago
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German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

Palamos Don't let the NSA decide the rules (197 comments)

Me too, with your own boys vetting you at least you understand the culture and the values. A concern with the current way of working is that as a European the NSA could decide that you're an enemy of the state and you'd be picked up at boarder control when trying to enter the USA; then you're over there with an almost impossible task of getting out. Nobody would know you've been picked up, you'd just disappear.

about 6 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Palamos Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

My debit card offers me the same protection as my credit cards, there are choices out there guys, start using them.

about 7 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Palamos Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

There's a flaw in your argument, we have a much lower level of fraud than the USA does

about 7 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Palamos Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

Don't worry, you can pick your own PIN

about 7 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

Palamos Well I'm pleased to say that Europe's got it right (479 comments)

Despite the often criticised regulation in the EU we seem to have got this one right. I live in the UK, pay c. $24 per month for 80Mbs broadband (20Mbs upload) with unlimited download/upload. I regularly use over 120Gb/month as I usually watch my TV via the internet. Although the UK is at the lower priced end in the EU there's not a broad spectrum of prices across the whole area. In the EU, regulation took the interests of the end user as the paramount factor when setting out infrastructure build targets and pricing levels, anyone that can work within that envelope can enter the business, if you can't then you can't. A free mark has developed within the envelope which delivers acceptable returns for shareholders and acceptable performance for end users. As a result, the UK has hundreds of broadband suppliers, each with their own niche and package and each offering comparatively great value for money. Giving a completely free hand to businesses will only ever result in a cartel developing, that's clearly the case in the UK for the power industry where each is providing power at an independently set extortionate rate, no cap on prices and no incentive to reduce costs. The same can be seen in Australia and the USA with broadband products, not particularly impressive service and high prices - very impressive senior management returns I dare say.

about 7 months ago
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Chinese Professor Builds Li-Fi System With Retail Parts

Palamos Re:IrDA (155 comments)

News just in, IrDA isn't an acronym it's an abbreviation, sometimes the two are the same but usually they are not as is the case here.

about 10 months ago
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Chinese Professor Builds Li-Fi System With Retail Parts

Palamos Re:Ah So (155 comments)

Agreed. I think the subtext of the racism is the fear on the part of our american cousins that they are about to be usurped on the world's stage by our other cousins from China, it's a form of nervous laughter and also displays the atrociously poor reporting of non american news in the home country.

about 10 months ago
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Chinese Professor Builds Li-Fi System With Retail Parts

Palamos Re:does it work through walls? (155 comments)

For all 'intents and' purposes. Whom has it's place and in such places no other word is appropriate.

about 10 months ago
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Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?

Palamos Re: Telco oligopoly (569 comments)

The argument that the USA being much larger than European countries and thus is a different model is misleading, fibre in Europe comes under European regulation with some relatively minor local, or country, adjustments possible. Therefore the comparison between Europe and the USA is entirely reasonable. We have a free market model but if that doesn't appear to be working in favour of the consumer the regulator, state or European, steps in to redress the position. The focus of broadband within Europe is primarily social benefit and not company profit so controls focus on areas that will promote this. I'm living in the UK and pay c. $25/month for 80mb broadband with calls and on-demand TV thrown in, this same package is available to over 93% of the population by law.

about 10 months ago
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Fight Bicycle Theft With the Open Source Bike Registry

Palamos We have that in the UK (135 comments)

We have a system that does that in the UK, I think the police fund it, it may even be possible for overseas people to use. You enter as much info as you have on the bike including a full component list, photos, and distinguishing features etc. not all bikes over here have a serial number so you need other info to keep a record.

about a year ago
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Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

Palamos Am I evil? (1255 comments)

I sent my kids to a terrible private school, am I evil?

1 year,2 hours
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Magellan II's Adaptive Optics Top Hubble's Resolution

Palamos Re:Nice Summary (136 comments)

It's you.

1 year,11 days
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How Much Should You Worry About an Arctic Methane Bomb?

Palamos Just had a thought, a worrying one (416 comments)

Now what would happen if a stream of methane developed which was ignited by, say, a lightening strike, there would be a rapidly growing forward feedback loop which would release more methane and generate more heat, and more methane, etc. How much oxygen would this methane use up and how much heat would be dumped into the atmosphere? Would this be shrugged off by the earth or would it spell a species killing catastrophe?

1 year,24 days
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Old Copper Pair Technology?

Palamos Copper will stay - at least in parts (347 comments)

The decision will be made on commercial grounds. Copper is already there in many parts of the world and it's cheap - for the time being. It won't be replaced with copper so when maintenance costs increase it will be replaced with fibre, also where copper can't meet increasing demand then fibre overlays will be put in and gradually take over. Bandwidth demand will continue to increase for some customers but not all so we'll have a mix of technologies for the forseeable future. Wireless technologies will play their part but as bandwidth demand increases so cell size will reduce, which means some new fibre and piggy-backing on existing copper - there's a fair chance that your home router will be managing some traffic for your SP - mine does, but then again when I'm travelling I'm using someone else's. ISDN will of course disappear, but it's hanging in there longer than anyone thought it would, mainly because of the end user refusing to change what they know and love.

about a year ago
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Engineering the $325,000 Burger

Palamos A long way to go but worth the journey (353 comments)

The cause is a good one as it's ethically and environmentally the right direction but to succeed the end game has to be something that unquestioningly tastes, feels, looks, cooks, etc. like good quality meat as we have enough substitutes that don't hit every button. Once we get there we will have more land for vegetable matter and may have a chance of feeding the world's population with enough variety, including protein, to keep them healthy. However, we must learn from history, both recent and less so, that if we let money be the most significant factor in deciding the quality of our food and who gets to eat what, then it will not deliver what's needed. This has to be government funded without patents, licences, tie-ins etc. so that the best product will rise to the top and not the best margin.

about a year ago
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A Moon Base Made From Lunar Dust

Palamos Re:Cart Before The Horse (115 comments)

The only reason that the engineering problems required to keep 500 people under water for 9 months were solved is that it was necessary for the purposes of warfare. Find a cast iron warfare benefit of a base on the moon then you have your source of funds. Cynical but true.

about a year and a half ago
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Did Large Eyes Lead To Neanderthals' Demise?

Palamos Re:Disappeared? (139 comments)

Sadly not, but thankfully it doesn't matter.

about a year and a half ago
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Did Large Eyes Lead To Neanderthals' Demise?

Palamos Re:Disappeared? (139 comments)

You raise an interesting point and of course you're correct. I suspect that the truth is that Neanderthal women were really ugly, mingers (that's with a soft "g" as in Ming vase) if you like, this is certainly the case in all of the films on the subject that I've seen. Now the fact that we have some Neanderthal genes suggests that human women have always liked a bad lad and so some interbred, nothing wrong with that but shocking at the time I dare say. So here we are, all with a bit of Neanderthal in us and those with a greater proportion presumably go on to play rugby; remind me, who won the Six Nations at the weekend?

about a year and a half ago
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Electricity Gives Bubbles Super Strength

Palamos Re:Anti gravity applications? (66 comments)

Brands can be, and often are, mentioned on the BBC, as a result there were frequent references to Sellotape. Sticky-backed plastic is different from Sellotape, it's a wider plastic roll, typically about 50cm (20") wide.

about a year and a half ago

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