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Expedition 42 ISS Crew Embraces Douglas Adams

coastwalker Original Radio series (39 comments)

Wonderful fun at the time. The characters were recognizably like us. It had great music. The science was logically correct though largely imaginary, the shoe event horizon has for example not moved in social science from a theory to a measurable process. One of the main protagonist drinks tea, and the infinite improbability drive is driven by the random information from a realy hot cup of tea; one wonders how much tea Adams drank writing it. At the time it was completely unique, it had stereo sound and even a plug on national television https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

3 days ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

coastwalker Re:Cuba could have lifted it ages ago (540 comments)

You know it would be nice to hear an American say something more grown up than a five year old once in a while.

The only good news is that everyone with the strongest reasons to hate each other are over 80 years old now and will soon be dead.

Which rather begs the question why young Americans keep spouting this shit about the Cuban kid in the playground who took something and wont give it back.

Surely 54 years of punishment ought to be enough?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

coastwalker One in the UK (130 comments)

Disclaimer I used to work with Colin a decade or two ago but he is apparently well set up to do this kind of work these days and I suspect he will wring out the best that can be done in a transfer.
http://www.video99.co.uk/l

about three weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

coastwalker Re:Obvious Reason (579 comments)

I wondered why the thing is littered with ten year old bad tempered exhortations to replace everything on the site with something better.

I might start taking the advice of the educational establishment and stop using it

about a month ago
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Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

coastwalker Re:Occam's razor. (85 comments)

Posters do not have to pander to idiots just to be civil. There is nothing wrong with a bit of boisterous prose.

The associated subject of the impossibility of human interstellar travel is another one that people never admit

Mind you it is a bit dull realizing that the human race is stuck in this solar system forever, never mind just for now.

about a month ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

coastwalker Re:The US slides back to the caves (528 comments)

Joking aside, there are evil nutjob politicians everywhere, in Europe it is mostly politicians using racism to further their cause, taking advantage of stupid thick people who want someone to hate and blame for their misfortunes.

However the US is the only first world place I know which is a declining civilization with religion actually trying to roll back the enlightenment.

I guess it keeps the trailer trash quiet

about a month ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

coastwalker Re: Great step! (148 comments)

I have noticed that google is becoming less and less useful as a search tool as any enquirey leads to pages upon pages of virtual companies selling things.

about 2 months ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

coastwalker Re:Not a private police force. (133 comments)

Since when did arguing about Wikipedia postings replace discussion about the behavior of an organization that appears to be knocking censorship evasion proxies offline?

about 2 months ago
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European Rosetta Space Craft About To Rendezvous With Comet

coastwalker Science presentations 11:00 UTC (62 comments)

The live broadcast has been fairly interesting so far, they actually allowed a scientist pointing at a water spectrum graph to be broadcast. This is almost like being back in the 70's when they treated the audience as if they had done high school and were actually interested.

I do hope they put some of this up on Youtube

about 2 months ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

coastwalker Re:i'm glad to work for free (418 comments)

None of the content I watch on YouTube is paid for by advertising.

YouTube is just a file sharing site for a lot of users.

There are hundreds of university lectures on line, they haven't been paid for by advertising.

about 2 months ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

coastwalker Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

It may be a fallacy in your mind. But it does beg the question why such a huge number of poor people are in prison camp USA.

Increases in wealth in America have largely gone to the 1% since the 1970's rather than the poor or middle class. Basically the USA has reinvented feudalism.

about 2 months ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

coastwalker Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

You mean you run your economy on illegal cheap foreign labour and because criminal money is just as good as real money to you Americans you think its would be a good idea to stop providing welfare to the human beings you threw down the toilet in your own country because you displaced them with foreign slaves..

And you wonder why Putin is able to get worldwide support for his immensely successful propaganda?

He seems no worse than the US.

about 2 months ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

coastwalker Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

The information on the web is steadily disappearing behind shit UI designs. So many information sites of one kind or another have gone all flash, all icons, all pictures, all randomly spread over the page like vomit and repeated at random intervals in random blocks of "stuff you must see".

Fortunately slidy tiles will be out of fashion eventually and we can all laugh at the people who think they are cool as we should be doing now.

about 2 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

coastwalker Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

Oh you are so super capable. I expect you could even laugh off a colostomy bag

about 3 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

coastwalker Re:Oh, absolutely .... (702 comments)

Actually it might have something to do with American culture which is actually heavily class ridden and treats those lower down like crap.

So give one of the underlings a uniform and the power and of course they enjoy torturing passengers, because those passengers are from the class that treats them badly in real life.

You reap what you sow

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

coastwalker Re:Never meant to upset? (160 comments)

Facebook has done us all a favor by waking up the dumb consumer to the consequences of the idea that information wants to be free - and therefore its alright to waive all personal rights on the internet.

about 3 months ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

coastwalker Too dangerous to keep digitally now? (378 comments)

Does anyone else think that its getting too dangerous to keep some information in a digital form? Is some information destined to forever be kept in a printed form?

about 4 months ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

coastwalker Re:Life Sentences! (216 comments)

You dont count, its only crimes against the State that attract special attention. Nothing like as bad as China but with stuff like this we are equally capable of creating bad law.

about 4 months ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

coastwalker Re:Why not the death sentence while You're at it? (216 comments)

Typical posturing crap from politicians. No doubt teenagers will be sent to prison for life for discovering security vulnerabilities. Having said that the morons known as the general population put up with this shit so lets concentrate on saving the children from terrorists and pedos by turning off the internet. When they have safely grown up we can pay them benefits cheques instead of a job or put them in prison for the rest of their lives sewing mail bags. Lets get our priorities right eh.

Civilisation is collapsing all around us and being replaced with a gulag.

about 4 months ago

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