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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

davidmcg Three thoughts... (436 comments)

1. Why are cockpit voices recorded only in the black box? If other data from a plane is constantly being sent for maintenance purposes, while in flight, why do planes not also not relay cockpit voices to some storage system, for just such a situation? CCTV keeps footage for a few hours or a few days, why is this kind of valuable data not also routinely stored? 2. I don't know how low you have to fly a plane to fly "under the radar" but isn't is possible that the pilot or a hijacker flew the plane below radar to somewhere where it is now on the ground? 3. One other possibility: the plane was shot down, and the country that did it, realizing the mistake, is participating in the search to cover up. Militaries have shot down civilian jets before. The Soviet Union and the USA have both done so.

about 6 months ago
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Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

davidmcg Black Holes (458 comments)

I've often thought about the possibilities in what existed pre the big bang. Is it entirely possible that our universe is, in itself, the result of the output from a black hole from another universe? This also implies that there are other universes out there that are born from our universe.

about 8 months ago
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Massive Exoplanet Discovered, Challenges Established Planet Formation Theories

davidmcg Re:Can someone who knows about astronomy fill me i (129 comments)

I remember reading something some time ago about how light from a distant object is used to determine the composition of a star, or a planet. As different elements produce a difference wavelength of light, this can be used to determine the composition of a stellar object and by comparing this to other known objects with similar composition, this can be used to determine how the object was formed and it's relative age.

about 9 months ago
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Promising Vaccine Candidate Could Lead To a Definitive Cure For HIV

davidmcg I agree with OP (185 comments)

There is an entire industry with an innate economic interest to obstruct, suppress and discredit any information about the eradication of diseases. The pharmaceutical industry makes over one trillion dollars from selling drugs for ongoing diseases. These drugs may relieve symptoms, but they do not cure. We have to realize that the mission of this industry is to make money from ongoing diseases. The cure or eradication of a disease leads to the collapse of a multi-billion dollar market of pharmaceuticals. We are bombarded with advertising campaigns by pharmaceutical companies wanting to make us believe that they are “Searching for Cures” “Striving for the Eradication of Diseases” or “Increasing Life Expectancy” and other false promises. With these deceptive statements, the pharmaceutical industry has for decades been able to disguise the true nature of its business – maximum profit from ongoing diseases. In other words, a cure for HIV will never see the light of day as it would undermine the profits made from selling life-long drugs to patients and would pretty much destroy the pharmaceutical industry. This would only benefit one company who would make massive profits and would refuse to share the cure with other companies and organisations.

1 year,5 days
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Sony Unveils the PS Vita TV and Slimmer Vita Handheld

davidmcg Never succeed (86 comments)

I was one of those who purchased a PS Vita sometime ago. I found the selection of games to be mostly casual style games. The cost of the games is prohibitive to anyone but those with disposable income. I've seen a number of games on there cost upwards of £29, where the same game can be bought for IOS for a lot less (£2 or below). Until Sony sort this out, it's always going to be a niche player (if that) and nothing more. It a shame, as the hardware is the PS Vita is powerful enough to have some serious killer games on there. I'm selling mine if you're interested :)

1 year,8 days
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John McAfee Triggers the Ultimate False Positive

davidmcg Who? (47 comments)

who? ...

1 year,8 days
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Can a Japanese AI Get Into University?

davidmcg Totally mis-read title (91 comments)

I have to say, I didn't see the 'ai' bit and read it as 'can a Japanese get into university?' and thought 'how racist is that?' and 'you really need to improve your grammar' :-)

1 year,27 days
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Connecticut Group Wants Your Violent Videogames — To Destroy Them

davidmcg hmmm (449 comments)

I'll believe that video games result in violent behaviour the day when someone gets arrested for mass murdering pigs by hurling various birds at them.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Warns of Potential "Huge Space Storm" In 2013

davidmcg hmm (464 comments)

Doesn't worry me seeing as we won't survive 2012 anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Man Arrested For RuneScape MMORPG Online Robbery

davidmcg hmm (118 comments)

This sort of thing is happening more often these days. It is a sign that virtual worlds are overlapping the real world and is only going to get more prolific as more and more people spend their lifes in virtual worlds and virtual worlds become more indistinguishable from the real world. Next thing you know you'll be arrested as a war criminal for that mass-massacre you carried out in Battlefield 2. Seriously, it's almost as if the worlds created by Neal Stephenson or William Gibson are slowly coming true.

more than 4 years ago
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Hacker McKinnon To Be Extradited To US

davidmcg Well... (571 comments)

I personally believe that the US just want to give him a huge scare. They want to make him believe that he is going to be severely punished for his crimes. What I think will happen is that he will be extradited, but the punishment won't be as severe as the US have led him to believe. In the end, I think the US will believe that he has been punished enough and either give him a substantial fine or 6 months in prison and then let him go.

more than 4 years ago
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LHC Shut Down Again — By Baguette-Dropping Bird

davidmcg I think that.... (478 comments)

a remake of Alfred Hitchcocks 'The Birds' is in order.

more than 4 years ago
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Yet Another Premature Declaration of Email's Death

davidmcg Probably been mentioned already..but... (266 comments)

Sadly, an ever-increasing number of people are relying too heavily on Facebook to keep in touch with friends, collegues etc. The problem lies with the fact that relying on Facebook to organise and contact your friends is such a silly move. Email has the advantage that it's an open standard. Anyone can create an email client. However, Facebook is just one entity. It is not an open communication standard and, as soon as Facebook go the way of the dodo, say goodbye to all your friends because you never took the time to ensure you had an alternative way of contacting them such as email.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook User Arrested For a Poke

davidmcg On the edge of a cliff... (394 comments)

my facebook friend's status message said he was feeling suicidal and was standing on the edge of a cliff......so I poked him. erm. I'll get my coat

more than 4 years ago
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Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

davidmcg well... (1032 comments)

The only country to ever use nuclear weapons against another country is the USA. I don't blame Iran for wishing to defend themselves from war-mongering nations.

more than 4 years ago
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Hard Drive With Clinton-Era Data Missing From Nat'l Archives

davidmcg hmm (180 comments)

ia this Bills pr0n collection?

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Rumored To Lay Off Thousands Worldwide

davidmcg Will this include (506 comments)

...steve balmer? He might not like that. Watch out for flying chairs etc.

more than 5 years ago
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Indian Moon Mission To Launch Next Month

davidmcg This is not news! (176 comments)

NEXT!

more than 5 years ago

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UK games magazine 'PC Zone' to shut after 17 years

davidmcg davidmcg writes  |  more than 4 years ago

davidmcg (796487) writes "BBC News reports that UK games magazine, PC Zone, is to close after 17 years of publication. This seems like the end of an era for people who's first encounter with PC games was in the 90s with hits such as 'Syndicate' and 'Doom' etc. PC Zone will be a sadly missed magazine with it's quirky reviews and sometimes irreverent and off-beat humour."
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O2 offered iPhone contract in UK

davidmcg davidmcg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

davidmcg writes "There has been speculation on who will provide the service for iPhone in the UK. Now, the answer has been provided. It seems that O2 have been offered the contract to provide telephony services in the UK for the iPhone. It seems that the iPhone should be available in the UK in time for Christmas. O2 have refused to confirm or deny these reports, so is it yet another unconfirmed iPhone rumour or is it fact? We can only wait to find out."
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davidmcg davidmcg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

davidmcg writes "Finally, Microsoft has made steps to make testing IE6 and IE7 easier for Windows users. Previously, you had to pay for an additional Windows licence to legally run both versions of IE for testing purposes. Now Microsoft is making available free Windows XP/IE6 images available for VirtualPC (also free as MS is competing with VMWare). This means that you can run IE6 in a virtual machine while running IE7 on your host machine. The drawback is that the download is set to expire April 2007 although we are promised new versions will be released.

What Microsoft doesn't mention is that Virtual PC also runs on Windows 2000 (and IE7 doesn't), therefore it's possible to install this Windows XP VPC image on your Win2k machine, update IE6 on the XP image to IE7 and then it means you can test IE7 without upgrading from Win2k, this is excellent news for web developers."
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davidmcg davidmcg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

davidmcg writes "Browserden.co.uk is covering the story of an individual who spent a week using nothing but IE7. "As a long time Firefox user I decided to spend a week using IE7 as much as possible to see if it could convince me to switch back to IE when using Windows. I usually use a number of platforms including Mac OS X, Ubuntu Linux, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. As IE7.0 is only available for Windows XP and above I've tried to restrict web usage to this platform wherever possible for this week." Makes for interesting reading."
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davidmcg davidmcg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

davidmcg writes "Overclockers.com.au inform us about a bizarre bit of info about what seems to be borderline in-game spyware in EA's Battlefield 2142. People are reporting a slip of paper in the retail box which advises "When you use the Software while connected to the Internet, the Advertising Technology may record your Internet Protocol address and other anonymous information ("Advertising Data"). The Advertising Data is temporarily used by IGA to enable the presentation and measurement of in-game advertising and other in-game objects which are uploaded temporarily to your personal computer or game console and changed during online game play.""
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davidmcg davidmcg writes  |  about 8 years ago

davidmcg writes "Macworld are reporting that Apple is hosting a special media event on Tuesday, September 12th 2006 in San Francisco, CA at 10AM Pacific. The event will also be simulcast to a location in London where journalists have also been invited. The invitation to the media was entitled It's Showtime — suggesting Movie-related announcements. Rumors sites had originally expected iMac updates during the event, but Apple surprised everyone with iMac and Mac mini updates last week. This leaves iPods, a Movie Store and the possibility of a new streaming Media device for the Tuesday event."

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