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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

The123king Re:Does the name 'Titanic' ring any bells? (92 comments)

Or more to the point, what happens if it breaks its moorings and floats up onto a beach? It's easy to pump out oil from a grounded supertanker. Removing a nuclear reactor is a whole new kettle of fish

3 hours ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

The123king We have them already. (92 comments)

They power nuclear subs, nuclear icebreakers etc. Stick a transformer on it and connect it to the grid, Bingo, floating nuclear power plant.

4 hours ago
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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

The123king Re:Excuse me? (143 comments)

i'm not saying we couldn't, but it took ages to do by hand and could be error prone.

6 hours ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

The123king Re:Strange.. (311 comments)

Waaaay to rephrase my comment jackass.

What i meant is "i dont want to quit", not "i could quit if i wanted to". I know i've got an addiction and i know it's unhealthy, but simply put, i like smoking. I'm not trying to kid myself anything, i know i'm an addict. But trust me, nothing says "good morning!" like a nice hot cup of coffee and a cigarette "Al Fresco" in the middle of a busy city.

And for me, and many many others, smoking helps me socialise. You'd be suprised the folks you meet who need a smoke, or a lighter. People you'd normally never talk to, such as the homeless, chavs, barmaids, bouncers, your first girlfriends, etc etc. For me, at least, smoking has done more good than harm for my social and sex lives.

11 hours ago
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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

The123king Re:Government picking favorites (82 comments)

I thought that was the issue we have at the moment...

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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

The123king Re:Excuse me? (143 comments)

Pretty sure the only reason we have computers is because they're so good at working out ballistic trajectories. Oh, and of course the Lorenz cypher.

yesterday
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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

The123king Re:Uproar? (143 comments)

I noticed a while ago that McDonalds replaced all their till staff with robots, but I was pretty sure they still used humans to cook it. It'll be a shame when they're replaced by robots, burgers never taste quite right without some phlegm and saliva in them...

yesterday
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I expect to retire ...

The123king Frist pots (142 comments)

With the age of retirement in the UK going up to 67 for men, i doubt i'll be retiring before age 70

yesterday
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

The123king Re:Strange.. (311 comments)

You should be more worried about the air pollution from motor vehicles than my second-hand smoke.

I smoke outside in open air, so second-hand smoke should not be a problem. I don't smoke in front of children and i especially don't blow it into peoples faces. I also try not to smoke near restaurants or other places selling food, as there's nothing less appetising than getting a nose full of someone elses cigarette, so i sympathise with you there. But i don't see anyone giving smokers "priority" over anything in public spaces. Most european countries have introduced indoor smoking bans (including the UK, my home country), so the only place to smoke is outside anyway. And most establishments either have an outdoor smoking area, or a pot of some sort outside for cigarette litter.

yesterday
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

The123king Re:Strange.. (311 comments)

I'm british, what's a healthcare bill?

I pay a large amount of tax on my smokes, (16.5% on top of the 20% VAT!) and that extra excise duty "apparently" goes towards funding the NHS because of the increased pressure smoking-related illnesses put on the NHS. But i don't complain, because anyone, from the homeless to the queen will (should) get the same standard of healthcare. I've not needed the services of the NHS since i started smoking, so for the most part, my taxes have gone to paying for someone elses emphysema and not mine.

yesterday
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

The123king Re:Strange.. (311 comments)

i appreciate your concern, and i know how unhealthy it is, but if i wanted to quit, i would. Smoking is a lifestyle choice, and like millions of other around the world, i made the choice. I'm not advocating it, and if you've never smoked, i wouldn't recommend starting now. But

Regardless of your view on tobacco, i respect it. but i'd also like you to respect my choice to smoke.

yesterday
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

The123king Re:Spare Change (311 comments)

Try being a single 20-40ish male in any first world country and try and get social housing, it's not gonna happen. Why? Because those houses are filled with single mums. Social security can't help everyone, and those who need it least (read: any male who's of working age) are unlikely to get social housing because of the huge demand for it. Of course there are ways and means of working your way back into housing, but if you've been made redundant, lost your house and most of your possesions, it's understandable that people will just be dragged into a pit of depression. If drink helps them get through their day (and most importantly, they don't act like an asshole when drunk), that's fine by me. I like my drink too, and if a homeless guy can get a 4-pack for the same price as i'd buy a pint at the pub, at least he's being more economical with his money than i am.

yesterday
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

The123king Re:Strange.. (311 comments)

As a smoker, i know the urge and desire for a cigarette, and when you cannot afford them, it's a really really tough time. In fact, most of the time, if you give a homeless guy a cigarette, they'll be more glad of that than a handful of change. There is nothing worse than watching a homeless guy sift through cigarette butt in the gutter because he can't afford to buy their own, so i like to help out in that way too.

And sure, many of the genuinely homeless do have drug habits, mental disorders and such, but that doesn't mean we should marginalise them for it. Voting for social housing, rehabilitation and retraining is great and all, but it still doesn't buy that guy a sandwich. He's still got to eat, and by giving him a few coins, he can go buy a fresh sandwich instead of looking for one in the dumpster.

yesterday
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

The123king Strange.. (311 comments)

As someone who walks around with earphones in most of the time, believe it or not, it makes me more empathetic to the homeless.Nothing says "disposable income" more than having headphones, and as such, i'm very self-conscious about that fact. Instead of aimlessly walking on by when a homesless guy tries to chat or ask for money, i'll often stop, have a chat, and give them my spare change. Sure, they might spend it on Special Brew or hard cider, but at least they'll spend all of my change on getting though their day.

Only 30% of the money you put in collection boxes actually goes to doing charitable work, the rest is spent on administrative costs, advertising, and other costs. When I give change to a homeless guy, i know that 100% of my money is going to do that homeless guy some good, and there's nothing like the feeling of making someone's day. Put that money into a collection box, and only 30% is going to go to good causes, and you'll probably never meet the guy who's day you made.

All in all, i believe charity should start at home. And for the people who get my spare change, a home is something they can only dream about.

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

The123king Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (565 comments)

All the ones that haven't been found and/or publicised. There is no such thing as bug-free code, no matter if it was written by a multinational company or some kid in his bedroom.

But back to the subject at hand, Microsoft are only going to stop new updates for Windows 8.1, unless you install the "Update 1" update, which is pretty much just a service pack.So yes, they're ditching support for Windows 8.1 but they'll continue supporting Windows 8.1.1

All in all it's just a storm in a teacup

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

The123king Re:You ever get the feeling... (565 comments)

MS haemorrhaged most of it's decent staff in the latter part of Ballmers reign, when everyone suddenly realised the bald-headed coot was a as crazy as a bald-headed coot. If i was a shareholder, i'd rather have a hall filled with typewriting monkeys than have Ballmer in charge. There'd be less monkeying around, produce less buggy code, and most importantly, produce much less shit than Ballmer and his management.

Satya Nadella has perked my interest, and i have great hopes for him and the future of Microsoft. Mainly because he doesn't come across as crazier than a bag full of hammers

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

The123king Re:I can understand this (565 comments)

That's a sweeping definition. If you're running any Windows other than 3.1, 98, 2000, XP or 7, you're definitely doing something wrong. IMHO those are the 5 versions of Windows that are actually really good.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

The123king NEWSFLASH (565 comments)

NEWSFLASH

Microsoft ends support for Windows 8.1 because Windows 8.1 Update 1 is available!

More at Ten!

Seriously, i've never heard so much FUD in my life. Sure, i'll admit it might be a tad premature to end support for 8.1, even though they've released the latest "service pack" for it, but it seems pretty straightforward to end support for what is essentially "8.1 RTM" in favour of "8.1 SP1", especially since that "service pack" is freely available online.

Storms, mountains, teacups, molehills.

2 days ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

The123king Re:Why would I work for free to make Apple rich? (266 comments)

And this is the fundamental point of the BSD license. It's not an unknown fact that early versions of Windows used BSD networking code. Nor is an unknown fact that FreeBSD is used as the basis of the PS3 and PS4 OSes. Neither of the companies (to my knowledge) contributed code back, but that doesn't mean what they did with that code wasn't a great thing. BSD licensing might be open to "exploitation" by commercial companies, but the fact that it exists at all gives commercial companies an easy stepping stone into building an in-house OS on top of it, without all the legal hoo-ha when using Linux. In fact, i'm genuinely suprised someone like Google hasn't redistributed Haiku as a commercial operating system given its liberal licensing.

3 days ago

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Mozilla to deliver ads in Firefox browser: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

The123king The123king writes  |  about 2 months ago

The123king (2395060) writes "Ads are coming to the New Tab page of Mozilla Firefox. The company announced the new move, Tuesday, during the annual meeting of the Interactive Advertising Bureau in California.

Mozilla has named the ads Directory Tiles that are meant to help new users of Firefox discover sites that they might be interested in. The company did not disclose when it will be implemented but the nine tiles on the New Tab pages will be a mix of Mozilla items, popular sites based on the location of the user, and sponsored sites that will be properly labeled.

"We are excited about Directory Tiles because it has inherent value to our users, it aligns with our vision of a better Internet through trust and transparency, and it helps Mozilla become more diversified and sustainable as a project," wrote Darren Harman, vice president of content services at Mozilla, ."

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PS4 selling out, get one before they're gone!

The123king The123king writes  |  about 5 months ago

The123king (2395060) writes "Sony's PlayStation 4 was launched in the UK at midnight and is already "starting to sell out".
Fans camped overnight for a chance to get their hands on one of the consoles. The first-come first-served launch was considered one of the only ways for people to get hold of a console before Christmas. Amazon said customers who had not pre-ordered before 13 November would not receive a console in time for Christmas. The UK launch comes two weeks after the PS4 was launched in the US and a week after Microsoft's Xbox One was launched worldwide. Both consoles sold over a million in the first 24 hours."
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Genetically modified mosquitoes may soon be released in Florida

The123king The123king writes  |  about 10 months ago

The123king (2395060) writes "In an effort to help eradicate dengue fever and the mosquitos that spread it, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is seeking federal and state approval to release hundreds of thousands of genetically-modified mosquitos designed to kill off the natural Aedes aegypti variety of the fly throughout Key West, Florida.

The agency, which already routinely performs aerial sprayings of the area with anti-mosquito chemicals, believes it will save money in the long run by releasing the GM mosquitos. Rather than spend $400,000 or more a year to conduct the aerial sprayings, FKMCD says it would instead only have to spend $200,000 to $300,000 a year on the GM mosquitos"
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NatWest and RBS customers hit by technical problems

The123king The123king writes  |  about 2 years ago

The123king (2395060) writes "A large number of NatWest customers, along with RBS and Ulster Bank account holders have been unable to access online services.

Technical issues also meant that some balances were not updated with overnight payments.

The bank did not say how many people had been affected across the group, but Ulster Bank, which along with NatWest is also part of the RBS group, said 100,000 of its customers had been affected by "a major technical issue".

"We are working hard to minimise the impact and will ensure that those who are affected do not suffer any financial loss," Ulster Bank said in a statement."

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Steam hit by hackers

The123king The123king writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The123king (2395060) writes "[The owner and operator of Steam], Valve, uncovered an intrusion into a user database while investigating a security breach of its discussion forums.

The attackers used login details from the forum hack to access a database that held ID and credit card data.

Valve said that, so far, it had no evidence that credit cards were being misused or Steam accounts abused."

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