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Golden Spike Working On Private Moon Flights

pgdave The moon needs a golf course (121 comments)

Donald Trump should be the first passenger. He could then build the golf course of his dreams where nobody would object. Alan Shephard already started the ball rolling, so to speak. . No more plebs in the view from his multi-billion hotel. Win-win for Earth and Moon. His wig could be the Moon's first native wildlife.

about 2 years ago

Hosting Provider Automatically Fixes Vulnerabilities In Customers' Websites

pgdave Re:What action? (73 comments)

Try UK, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Hongkong, Singapore ...

You think lawyers in countries other than the good ol' US of A just sit there all day and do nothing?

If you mean 'Nothing useful', Yes :0)

about 2 years ago

What "Earth-Shaking" Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?

pgdave Re:Vandalism (544 comments)

....or it saw another probe sent from Venus...

about 2 years ago

Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

pgdave Re:If there was a Bad at Math Map... (1163 comments)

right now, there is probably still a lot of countries in latin america that would love the opportunity to join the US.

I can tell right there, that you've never visited South America.

about 2 years ago

CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Affair

pgdave Re:I Read That As... (401 comments)

Me too. Weird, but the world might be safer.

about 2 years ago

The Information Age: North Korean Style

pgdave Re:Airdrop cheap tablets like leaflets (156 comments)

... it would require a sponsor with huge financial investment ...

The US Government comes to mind. For the price of a single B1 bomber, they could do that.

about 2 years ago

Bradley Manning Offers Partial Guilty Plea To Military Court

pgdave Re:Good: he's guilty and so is Assange (380 comments)

However, for a society to work, we need to have rules. .

And when those rules are broken, as they were by the US military, there need to be whistle blowers, to bring the miscreants into line, and put them in trial for their illegalities.

about 2 years ago

Bradley Manning Offers Partial Guilty Plea To Military Court

pgdave Re:Fascist bloodlust (380 comments)

I believe very strongly that Manning should be facing the death penalty simply to send a message to the military that if you do this and get caught, you may die for it.

Ah, the smell of fascist blood lust in the morning...Don't like what someone did? Just kill them. It makes you feel manly.

about 2 years ago

Should a Teenage Entrepreneur Sell Out To Facebook?

pgdave Re:Retire at 20 (358 comments)

Invest most of the money in stocks and shares. Go safe, and invest in Investment Trusts. They'll pay 5% easily over the years, and accumulate in value. By the time a loaf of bread costs 250K, your fund will be worth trillions.

about 2 years ago

UK ISPs Asked To Block More File-sharing Websites

pgdave Re:Can't read that with a straight face (89 comments)

All of them were smart enough to be able to use a bittorrent client and browse bittorrent sites. They will be smart enough to use whatever plug-and-play method the internet will invent to circumvent these bans.

"whatever plug-and-play method the internet has already invented to circumvent these bans".


about 2 years ago

Supreme Court To Decide If Monsanto GMO Patents Are Valid

pgdave Re:I still think this guy should countersue . . . (308 comments)

But on top of that, breeding plants which create their own insecticide?

My understanding is that the plants don't create their own insecticide. Rather they tolerate large doses of Roundup, which is a general-purpose insecticide that would normally kill the crop. Roundup has been available for decades. The danger here is that Roundup-ready seed contaminates other crops, and thus farmers are left with no choice but to use Monsanto's product to control weeds. A couple of problems arise; one: that the crop becomes a mono-culture, and two: because the crop is resistant to Roundup, farmers use too much of it to kill the weeds. That leads the to the classic evolutionary race of the weeds to themselves become 'Roundup-ready', and eventually be resistant to weed-killer. Monsanto don't even allow farmers to keep seed and resow next year; they insist that farmers buy fresh. They are definitely the baddies here, and need taking down.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Were You Taught About Computers In High School?

pgdave Re:1972? - 1966 or so... (632 comments)

About the same time - 1966. Computer club in school. We learned Algol, which was transferred to paper tape, and input to the local university's computer (English Electric something or other). Got the compiled results 2 weeks later. Progress was s...l...o...w...

about 2 years ago

When Flying Was a Thrill

pgdave IT wasn't always fun (382 comments)

I'm old enough to remember flying in the days before the jets took over entirely. It was a great adventure,, but it wasn't fun. Aeroplanes still have sick bags, but you don' see them used these days. Back in the day, you could more or less guarantee that all the kids on the plane would use theirs, and a fair few adults, too. I can still remember filling up a few of them myself. Elizabeth Taylor wouldn''t have been quite so glamorous if she'd been photographed barfing into hers...

more than 2 years ago

You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

pgdave Re:Watch professional racers (756 comments)

Professional crashers (yes, they exist) put their hands up at the sides of their head.

That's probably why they crash. I suggest that they hold the steering wheel in future.

more than 2 years ago

Scientifically, You Are Likely In the Slowest Line

pgdave Re:line with fewest women (464 comments)

I scan the checkout cashiers. I then go for the brightest-looking one. I'm not sure how I do it, but this technique definitely works OK. Some cashiers just look more efficient. Here in the UK, cheques are no longer accepted in supermarkets, so no problem on that score.

more than 3 years ago

Best Open Source Genealogy Software?

pgdave Pay some money, do it right (292 comments)

Forget the holiday gift. You can't do genealogy quickly. (or do it for next year, or 20 years after that). Ancestry is very useful, but it's not genealogy software - they're much more useful for the information in their databases. But the info in their databases will cover your great grandfather, not your recent relatives.. If you want open source, then GRAMPS is pretty good, but falls flat on large files. It's rather complicated, too. If you want free, then PAF from is OK, but legacy free version is better. If you want to do genealogy seriously, then pay some money. Rootsmagic is way better than all the above, and only costs 30 dollars, worth every cent. Legacy paid version is pretty good too.

more than 3 years ago

Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Sell Speeding Passes for $25

pgdave This is a brilliant idea...for law enforcement (825 comments)

This sounds like a great idea for law enforcement. You get all the speeders in the state to self-identify by applying for a speeding licence. Having thus identified them, and forced them all to buy a transponder, you can then track them on those days when they haven't paid their licence fee. In a week, you'd have them all off the road. Sorted.

about 4 years ago

5 Trillion Digits of Pi — a New World Record

pgdave Re:I don't write this question as a troll... (299 comments)

As the guys concerned say : 'Because we can'. It's the journey there, not the summit reached that they're interested in.

more than 4 years ago

5 Trillion Digits of Pi — a New World Record

pgdave Re:Trillion? (299 comments)

Five trillion = 5,000,000,000,000 The British billion and trillion are dead. They never made much sense anyway. The UK deficit is thankfully, only an 'American' trillion pounds :0) And I say that as a Brit.

more than 4 years ago


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