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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

geniice Re:Try Heathrow Terminal 2 (145 comments)

Heathrow is owned by Heathrow Airport Holdings. Private sector. The tax disc website is by Government Digital Services. Public sector. The savings they have made by moving government functions online are in the billions.

about three weeks ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

geniice Re:Now sharing music is illegal? (171 comments)

Probably unrelated. In this case recent means after 1923 (yes there are a bunch of exceptions but they are all either very narrow or involve music you haven't heard of). If they were going for copyright expired stuff you would hear the likes of Ragtime, early jazz and blues.

about three weeks ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

geniice Re:Now sharing music is illegal? (171 comments)

"mp3". The six copyright purist nerds in existance who might take such an instruction to mean you should do it while respecting copyright would have insisted on ogg vorbis or FLAC.

about three weeks ago
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Dear Museums: Uploading Your Content To Wikimedia Commons Just Got Easier

geniice Re:interesting split developing (24 comments)

Part of that is budget. A lot of museums don't have the money to digitalise their content or maintain anything but the most straightforward of websites.

about 3 months ago
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Dear Museums: Uploading Your Content To Wikimedia Commons Just Got Easier

geniice Re:interesting split developing (24 comments)

I don't think photography policy is linked to dissemination approach. Historically they have been pretty random. A condition of a loan somewhere. some long gone director getting paranoid about theft. A curator who just didn't like photographers. A lot of the team people aren't even sure who is allowed to change the policy and there was little pressure to do so. Then came camera phones.

about 3 months ago
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Dear Museums: Uploading Your Content To Wikimedia Commons Just Got Easier

geniice Re:job killer! (24 comments)

Counterpoint. The number of people who visit the British museum to see the Rosetta stone

about 3 months ago
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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

geniice Re:Bragging Rights (219 comments)

There was a largest collider competition towards the end of the cold war. Hard to say if CERN was part of it but the LHC did get some parts cheap due to the other projects being cancelled.

about 3 months ago
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A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

geniice Re:And I thought (120 comments)

Cleaning out old lab stores is always interesting. Open the wrong thing you end up up breathing hydrogen chloride. Mind you the worst I've ever found is sodium cyanide. Others have found human heads.

about 3 months ago
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A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

geniice Re:"Security" (120 comments)

Nukes are unlikely. However I'd bet there are a few physics labs with poorly documented collections of radioactives.

about 3 months ago
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Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

geniice Re:No they're not (95 comments)

Pretty typical for dead tree sources. Thats actualy slightly lower than the requirements the British library put in place when I wanted to look at a load of Amiga Action stuff. Also don't try and read a years worth of Amiga Action in one sitting.

about 3 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

geniice Re:And when the video feed dies... (468 comments)

Pilot salaries are fairly low these days. Still if you can get rid of them you gain room for more seats.

about 3 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

geniice Re:NO-NO-NO, a thousand times NO! (468 comments)

Rather fewer than the number that will die if you keep letting half evolved monkeys mess with the controls.

about 3 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

geniice Re:What could go wrong! (468 comments)

Doubtful. In the context of industry weight is rarely much of an issue. If you high pressure vessel already weighs 50 tonnes the weight of a viewing port is unlikely to be an issue. For things like cars cost is going to be more of an issue than weight savings. For optical aplication CaF2 is mature tech and likely a better option.

about 3 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

geniice Re:And when the video feed dies... (468 comments)

Last time Airbus allowed an actual pilot to control one of their planes they crashed it into the south atlantic. Given the development cycle for planes if Airbus were to introduce such a feature it will be after the biologicals have been removed from anywhere they can cause problems.

about 3 months ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

geniice Re:Yeah, right. (361 comments)

Thing is by the standards of the average housing project that's "tuesday".

about 4 months ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

geniice Re:Beach Volleyball (221 comments)

Doubtful. Even hormonal young men are capable of focusing on other things. If they are watching a DOTA game they want to see the best non rat DOTA game possible and are prepared to stop thinking about sex long enough to so.

about 4 months ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

geniice Re:simple fix (221 comments)

In most physical sorts women wouldn't make the male top 200. Getting hurt isn't the problem. Female competitions seem result in injuries at much the same rate as male ones. The problem is purely that men are on average bigger faster and stronger.

Why female sports mostly exist because of tradition they provide a useful purpose in providing structure to women to exercise within and provide more sport that can be watched for those who enjoy that.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

geniice Re:Yeah, right. (361 comments)

Eh its got more to do with nerds tending towards white and middle class and thus generaly being left alone by the system.

about 4 months ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

geniice Re:I'm waiting for "bait" files to hit the news (115 comments)

Err quite a while. The reality is that with enough effort the police can probably get you convicted of something. There are a lot of laws and you don't know them all. The last thing you want to do is make them look more closely at you.

about 4 months ago

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