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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

stiggle Re:Pixie Dust (252 comments)

Generally its the delivery crew who use the sails to get the boat to where the rich guy wants to sail from. Often the crew are given a budget, for all expenses including fuel, and so anything they save on that means they have more spending money for more vital supplies like beer, beer and more beer :-)

These crews move the yachts around the world as "the rich guy" wants spring in the Caribbean, summer in the Med, fall/autumn in the Indian Ocean, winter around Australia. So you move the yacht to meet the guy and his family/friends for the holiday onboard at specific times.

You use the diesel engine when you're likely to miss the departure/arrival dates.
Its a fun life but badly paid, but you get to spend your time on a luxury yacht.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

stiggle Re:For crying out loud (279 comments)

Dragging CAT6 is better than a phone line as you can use it for so many other things (aswell as a phone line).

about two weeks ago

Hackers Compromised Yahoo Servers Using Shellshock Bug

stiggle Re:Color me shellshocked! (69 comments)

So sys-admin only use Debian based systems?
What about RHEL, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, Tru64, VMS, Windows/Cygwin

How about all that networking kit which use Bash for their scripting & WebUI

about three weeks ago

Sierra Nevada Corp. Files Legal Challenge Against NASA Commercial Contracts

stiggle Re:Boeing bought more politicians. (127 comments)

There are a number of other organisations who are interested in putting people up.
SpaceX has signed an agreement with Bigalow to launch their habitats and send people up to them.

I'm sure the Europeans would buy rides on US launches

So while NASA is the primary customer, there are others who will also use the facility once it exists.

about a month ago

SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

stiggle Re:Some details about the 3D printer (129 comments)

You want a laser based 3D printer that fuses metallic dust rather than the plastic string melters.

about a month ago

Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

stiggle Re:Downloading music for free? Scandelous! (323 comments)

Even better as you can track the click-through and know they are good to target for more U2 merchandising emails.

about a month ago

Developing the First Law of Robotics

stiggle Re:I, Robot from a programmers perspective (165 comments)

But if you then mugged the bank robbers - that's a lesser law broken and so not as bad bank robbery, although the rewards would be the same.

about a month ago

Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

stiggle Re:Seems like a circular argument (267 comments)

The State of Colorado seems to be profiting from weed rather successfully - something like $7 million a month in state income (tax, licence, etc)

about a month ago

Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World

stiggle Re:Docker needs an OS to run, duh! (129 comments)

I thought it was "A foolish man built his house on sand, while the geek built his house in Minecraft."

about 2 months ago

UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls

stiggle Use a Cell ID identifier on a phone (52 comments)

As each cell has a CID (Cell ID) you can get software which will display this, and other, information.
If you know what the CID should be for a specific area then you can restrict your phone use if you don't recognise the CID.

eg. 2 phones - one a burner you NEVER use, but is always on so you can track the CID,
Your main phone you only switch on when you trust the CID of the cell you're in to make the calls.

A public database of Cell ID - Its a little out on some of its info, but its a good starting point.

about 3 months ago

The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

stiggle Re:String theory is voodoo physics (259 comments)

I've got some testable predictions for other theories - but they're currently beyond our current ability to make a time machine and a FTL space craft, but I'm sure we'll get around to that at some point.

If you can't build the experiment then it is untestable, even if you have some vague idea of what the experiment requires.

about 3 months ago

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

stiggle Costs more per episode than Dr Who (442 comments)

The article states that even before the cast wages are included production costs are more than that of Doctor Who.

Either BBC is yet again showing what it can do on a shoestring budget, or Hollywood TV has over inflated production costs.

about 3 months ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

stiggle Re:Just tell them that you died (401 comments)

"I'll need a copy of his death certificate and proof of your power of attorney over the estate as I'm not permitted to deal with anyone other than the account holder, or authorised by the account holder"

about 3 months ago

HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

stiggle Re:But Moonshot is years old (68 comments)

Its because HP customers are used to printer ink cartridges being overpriced disposable units. They're thinking is to move this into computer components and release them as over-priced disposable units too.

about 3 months ago

French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

stiggle Leave a comment stating "unable to comment" (424 comments)

"Within the French judicial system, personal and honest reviews have been sued by the restaurant owners - as such I am unable to leave an honest review of this establishment without risking legal action."

"Unable to leave an honest review"

You're not saying the restaurant is bad, just that you're unable to leave a review.

about 3 months ago

Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative

stiggle Re:Buzz elaborated on his reasoning yesterday. (78 comments)

NASA has a reduced budget so has to do more with less.

The overarching goal is Mars...
The asteroid visit is a stepping stone, which they'll have to do anyway at some point.

Just like when they were going to the moon, they did a few orbits of the Earth first before moving to to orbiting the moon, then finally landing on it. The asteroid visits, capture, asteroid insertion into lunar orbit, etc are all steps rather than a single shot system whose only purpose is to get to Mars. We saw how useful Apollo was at being reused for other purposes. So multi-mission capable systems are what they're looking towards.

While NASA is harvesting resources from the asteroids, SpaceX might get their act together and propose their martian lander system. NASA can then throw resources at that, as they have done with COTS and CCDev.

about 3 months ago

Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

stiggle Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (497 comments)

Just because everyone thinks it is right doesn't mean that its correct.
Scientific consensus once said that the world was flat, that the sun orbited the earth. It was once the consensus that an atom was like a plum pudding (JJ Thompsons model).

about 3 months ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

stiggle Re:nice work (468 comments)

A GPS will tell you where to go.
A map will tell you where you are and what is around you and where to go.

about 4 months ago

The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

stiggle Re:Phew, it was a near miss! (188 comments)

Or we had it and that's what happened to all the anti-matter - they got kicked over the hill and into the valley of oblivion.
Or just got invited to a wedding by George R.R. Martin.

about 3 months ago



Atheist Bus Rides Again

stiggle stiggle writes  |  more than 4 years ago

stiggle (649614) writes "The Atheist Bus adverts from last year is back again in the final part of their campaign. This time advocating letting children decide for themselves if they want to follow a religion and to leave the choice to them. They're using static billboards in a number of major cities rather than the bus adverts from last year.

The Guardians Comment if Free section also has an article on the adverts."

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