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Hackers Dump Millions of Records From Banks, Politicians

nanoakron Re:Great plan (310 comments)

I think by 'gone through it', the OP means:

'it' - the documents that have been released, not financial ruin

'gone through' - to have read, not to have personally experienced

So +1 for your misreading, with +4 for leaping to conclusions.

more than 2 years ago

Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital

nanoakron Re:Autism (1007 comments)

Replying to AC I know...but seriously, what ARE you talking about?

Can't find what vaccines are made of? I strongly suggest....umm...Wikipedia. And a medical degree (which I have).


more than 2 years ago

UK Plan Would Use CCTV To Stop Uninsured Drivers From Refueling

nanoakron Re:ground effects lighting (691 comments)

I'm not intending to put any effort into getting around this system because it's a good idea. Uninsured and untaxed drivers are a major problem on the UK's already overcrowded roads. Such drivers skip out on paying the upkeep for the same roads they expect the rest of us to pay for, are pushing the UK's skyrocketing insurance costs ever higher, often drive poorly maintained or even stolen vehicles and present a far greater risk to the law-abding driving public than the protection of their 'privacy' or 'rights' are worth.

This is not a 'once they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew' argument. These people are breaking the law to the detriment of greater society and we have the means to instantly punish them en masse. We should use it.

more than 2 years ago

DDoS Attack On Wikileaks Increasing

nanoakron Re:At least someone has balls (and common sense) (919 comments)

Hang him because he's anti-US?

Perhaps the irony of your statement has gone 'whoosh' over your head if you can't see it's that arrogance and dismissal of others that /makes/ people anti-US in the first place.

tl;dr You've got about 3,000,000,000 others to wade through first.

about 4 years ago

Mazda Claims 70 mpg For New Engine, No Hybrid Needed

nanoakron Re:Golf Diesel (576 comments)

Older cars were so economical because they were so light. Newer cars are far more robust in an accident.

Safety or economy, choose one.

Absolutely false.

Older cars were heavier than new ones AND new ones are safer.

This is because of a number of improvements - new alloys, plastic internals, seatbelts, airbags, roll-cages and crumple zones.

How on earth did the parent get a +5, insightful?

more than 4 years ago

'Back To the Mac' Media Event On October 20th

nanoakron Re:Interested to see any changes in OSX (349 comments)

That's one thing I often ask of my Sony Vaio-using family: Does Win7 run FASTER on your 4 year old Vaio than XP, because Snow Leopard certainly beats Tiger on my 2006 MacBook Pro?

more than 4 years ago

FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

nanoakron Re:Great Simple Idea (477 comments)

Responding to AC but hey...

You have heard of 'databases' and 'computers' right?

more than 4 years ago

Watch the 1st American Newsreel of Sputnik Launch

nanoakron Well, I'm not so sure 'won' as 'competed well' (133 comments)

I know that Americans feel it dents their national pride to admit it, but the Russians categorically won the space race.

America achieved only a single victory - the first man on the moon - and then decided that was enough so just sat back from there.

However, the Russians had already done all the rest - first animal, first orbit, first man, first woman, first moonwalk.

So if you're happy as a nation to believe you 'won' because of a single victory, go ahead.

However, the rest of us know the truth.

more than 4 years ago

15-Year-Old Boy Fitted With Robotic Heart

nanoakron Yeah, 25 potential years but... (241 comments)

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a progressive, irreversible muscular disorder where the muscle cells literally pull themselves apart due to the lack of a key membrane-stabilising protein, Dystrophin.

So now this boy's heart can't give out for 25 years, you're then only consigning him to die of suffocation as his diaphragm does.

Oh no, ventilator. Well, let's wait for his oesophagus, colon and eye muscles to go...

But he's still alive, just locked into an immobile, artificially ventilated body with a heart that will never stop.

That seems worse than the natural alternative to me.

more than 4 years ago

Segway UK Boss Dies After Driving Off Cliff

nanoakron Re:This is news for nerds? Stuff that matters? (413 comments)


Seriously - I live in London (biggest number of cyclists in the UK) - it's far quicker to ride on the road than the pavement anyway.

more than 4 years ago

Plants Near Chernobyl Adapt To Contaminated Soil

nanoakron Holy Radioactive Zombie Darwin (293 comments)

Texas school board, say hello to a little thing called 'Natural Selection'...

more than 4 years ago

Hunters Shot Down Google Fiber

nanoakron Re:Guns and chains... (1141 comments)


High voltage discharges create intense UV radiation - and because your retina doesn't detect UV it doesn't trigger your blink reflex.

So you'll end up with corneal burning and irritation if you're lucky, cataracts or permanent blindspots if not.

So these idiots intentionally reproducing these things to see the pretty colours deserve all they get. Unfortunate pylon workers, welders and high voltage researchers do not.


more than 4 years ago

Geocentrists Convene To Discuss How Galileo Was Wrong

nanoakron New Dark Ages (1027 comments)

Mark my words - we're entering a second 'Dark Ages'.

With the rise (or perhaps backlash) of religious doctrine against the progress made by modern science over the past few hundred years, we will eventually have the more reasoned voices in society drowned out by the clamouring of idiots.

Creationism/Intelligent Design vs. Evolutionary Theory was the first battleground, now Heliocentrism. What next? Alchemy? Flat-earthism? The stork theory of human reproduction.

This is a disgrace to modern society.

more than 4 years ago

Child Abuse Verdict Held Back By MS Word Glitch

nanoakron Re:2000 pages... (191 comments)

No, no - it's even nicer than that.

Hang - As you say, hanged by the neck until loss of consciousness but still alive.
Draw - Then they'd wake you back up by cutting into your abdomen and pulling out your intestines. Occasionally, for added fun, they'd burn them in front of you on an open brazier.
Quarter - As you say, pulled apart by 4 strong cart horses.

Lovely people.

Look up 'broken on the wheel' for truly awful torture.

more than 4 years ago

Whisky Made From Diabetics' Urine

nanoakron Re:How is this news? (226 comments)

Reminds me of the old saying about European beer vs. US beer -

"What we call lager, they call beer.

What they call beer, we call piss."

more than 4 years ago

Germany To Grant Privacy At the Workplace

nanoakron Re:Their equipment, their choice. (450 comments)

What's wrong with just checking on their output.

As in 'Is this person doing the job I pay him/her for'?

Do you really feel you're entitled to see whether your top programmer is also a chronic alcoholic with a porn and crack habit?

If he's getting the work done and bringing in the clients, why do you, as an employer, give a shit about the rest?

Again this is a clear example of Europe's insistence on individual workers' rights vs. the US' corporatist approach.

more than 4 years ago

North Korea Looking For Friends On Facebook

nanoakron Re:illegal information... (183 comments)

like holocaust denial in Germany?

more than 4 years ago

Australia Considering iPhone App Censorship

nanoakron Re:Good grief! (284 comments)

I've got to say - elections throw up the funniest things.

Take a look at us here in the UK, where there was a massive swing away from Labour (13 years in big-brother promoting and education ruining government) towards the middle ground (LibDems).

Then the best possible outcome happened - no party won an overall majority so the LibDems and Conservatives had to become strange bedfellows for the first time in a century (I believe)...and things have gone from strength to strength since - demolishing the database state, introducing locally-responsible education policies and promises to be greener amongst other things.

Basically, a coalition has worked so far despite our first-past-the-post parliamentary system being rigged against such a thing - its tempered the more extreme voices on both sides of government and left us with an intelligent middle-ground.

Hope you guys are left with the same!

more than 4 years ago

Is a US High-Speed Railway Economically Feasible?

nanoakron $8 billion? Is that all? (1139 comments)

Let's look at some more realistic likely project costs shall we:

High Speed 1 in the UK (our first 'high speed' but really only reaching 180mph, which people do on their motorbikes nowadays)

- 67 miles, £5.2 billion ($8 billion)

Cross-Rail (our newest train project in London, crossing the capital)

- 73 miles, £16 billion ($25 billion)

The 'big dig' in Boston

- 3.5 miles, $22 billion

So, we've got $8 billion to spend - you'll be lucky if you see 100 miles of track, let alone purchase any trains with the leftovers!

more than 4 years ago


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