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Joint Committee on UK Snoopers' Charter: Make like a dictionary and give a definition

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Re: How do you spell Apoplectic?

"So if you wish to speak to your MP, say to complain about this bill, to raise an issue about ill-treatment of a relative in a nursing home or anything else you don't want that to be a protected communication? Or did you not stop to think?"

Under the Wilson Doctrine, it's only a protected communication once it's inside the Parliamentary system. It'll have already been hoovered up whilst en route. Likewise any replies sent back to you.

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Putin's internet guru says 'nyet' to Windows, 'da' to desktop Linux

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Re: Futile gesture

"You fail to see the point. If the USA did apply their sanctions equally across the board then the Russians could not download the kernel, their distribution would be shipping only Nginx and MariaDB as everything else is "exported" from the USA. The USA could insist that all soviet ip's be blocked by Apache, FSF, RedHat, Oracle, GitHub."

I'm not sure how US sanctions against Russia would stop Russians downloading from mirrors not in the USA or how US sanctions could stop or block Russian access to mirrors in 3rd party countries not subject to sanctions

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Re: Next....

"What's the percentage of Linux usage on the desktop again? What's the chances it'll rise to 1.5% before the decade is out?"

Depends how you define "desktop" and Linux. If you mean on the actual physical desk, then the slump in PC sales and the massive influx of Android tablets over recent years, often multiple tablets in a family replacing a single family PC, then maybe sooner than you think :-)

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Hollywood gives up speculative invoicing attempt in Australia

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Re: Expect the decision to be overturned.

"1. "By setting the bond at $600,000, he figured he would wipe out any profit the film's owners might make by contacting pirates." This particular behavior on the part of the judge should get him disbarred. It is the equivalent of telling them he doesn't give a damn about their right they can just f*** off.

No, it's the judge looking at the plaintiff and deciding that they are likely to "accidentally misinterpret" the courts directions and so end up in contempt of court. He wants to make sure they are focussed completely on his directions to them. It's the same reason bail is set at different values based on the crime alleged to have been committed and the assessment of flight risk I'm not sure just how many people they are after to cough up, but that figure of $600,000 might well be a relatively small amount "per offence" if they went ahead and demanded money with menaces.

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Boffins freeze brains, then thaw them – and they're in perfect order

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near-perfect condition

I suspect that some value of "near perfect" in their terms might not be what the rest of us were hoping for.

On the other hand, it's a step in the right direction for the sales of frozen leaf vegetables.

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South Korea abandons manufacturing enclave in nuclear North

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Re: Around 50,000 North Koreans work in the complex. Their fate is unknown.

It's Soylent Green day on Monday. Extra rations this week.

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Celebrities fronting startups again? Now we're interested!

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Re: How was it patentable

"How can you patent something thats already done in many places with sensitive data."

Despite my other comment, maybe because "on a mobile device?" :-)

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"crypto systems aren't usually useful until after the patents expire."

Based on the patent application, I think it expired in at least 1970 since I know there were crypto systems being used in WW2 whereby a message was split and encrypted (or encrypted and split) then each part sent by different routes/methods. IIRC from something I read many years ago, it was alternate encrypted blocks sent by each route, not just 1st half/second half so extremely unlikely to be useful if one part was intercepted.

I have little doubt that the idea is likely far older.

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

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Re: Dosbox

"Runs Win 3.1 even if there is no x86"

I remember installing it in the MSDOS emulator on an Amiga 1200 + 68030 add on (not sure how fast that was) but I discovered that the Windows 3.11 start up logo is drawn from the bottom up. Ssssllllloooowwwwllllyyyyyy :-)

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"NO, NO, NO - there was no graphical computing before Microsoft appeared on the land: The Amiga 500 promo video (1987)"

Yeah, I was thinking similarly. No offence to the author but that story came across with all the fanboisism and "we invented first revisionist history" that I thought only an Apple marketieer could come up with.

Windows 3.0/3.1 wasn't really first at anything. It was just well marketed and...well...Microsoft.

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Health and Safety to prosecute over squashed Harrison Ford

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"most of those are stories that come from dim people misinterpreting HSE guidelines."

most of those are stories that come from dim people using HSE as an excuse because they are worried about their insurance policy.

FTFY

(And maybe rightly so in some case. Those insurance lizards will use any excuse to get out of paying up,)

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NASA charges up 18-prop electric X-plane

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Re: Or...

SPECTRE - Scalable Propulsion, Electric Convergence Technology REsearch

Every villain should have one.

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"what range they predict the aircraft will have"

I hope it has good gliding characteristics.

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Re: Merican HP

Cheapest UK price I've seen is £0.977 per *Litre*, about $1.46 or $5.53 per US gallon or £4.44 per UK gallon (A UK gallon is about 20% bigger than a Texan gallon :-))

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Re: First flight of hydrogen-powered drone with water vapour exhaust

"Lithium batteries have a 60:1 energy density problem compared to chemical fuels. Even with the relatively high efficiency of electric motors you are left with a worse than 10:1 problem (you use more fuel to carry more fuel)."

Maybe it needs to be a multi stage aircraft? Have a bigger "lifter" to get the whole lot into the air, then the smaller part can separate off and do the actual flying and landing part. NASA have form with this type of design. They might want to have a word with Elon Musk about getting the 1st "lifter" section back on the ground in a way that it can be re-used again though.

NOTE: See icon. I'm not being serious. I know about White Knight, modified 747s carrying shuttles, B52's carrying/launching rocket "X" planes and even biplanes launching from airships.

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Virgin Media spoof email mystery: Customers take to Facebook

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Re: ISP Email

"Presumably it was on an old codebase (on Virgin' servers?) and Virgin had to ditch it as I guess no ongoing maintenance from Google."

Google thought it would be a good idea to offer "email as a service" to ISPs for a few years, then like many "beta" Google services decided to withdraw it from everyone. It wasn't a VM decision. (although it was VM who decided they could save money farming out email to Google in the first place,)

My guess is that Google had collected all the email addresses and content it needed for whatever the underlying purpose was and then pulled the plug.

I can't comment on the codebase in use. I only ever used their webmail once to turn off all filtering and then continued to use pop3/smtp as normal. Not that I use it much anyway since I also use my own hosted domain email, but @blueyonder.co.uk is the one VM prefer to use if they need to tell me stuff.

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France joins India in telling Facebook to just Zuck off

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Re: so what has Facebook done for us

They gave us the Dislike button too. Then they took it back :-(

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Re: Can we ban Facebook etc altogether?

"Oh wait, we'd be hurting for tax revenue if we kicked Facebook/Apple/Google out."

I recently heard the 12 mile stretch of A1 2x2 lane dual carriageway being upgraded to 2x3 lane motorway is costing £400m. I think that's about 3 times more than Googles tax paid into the Exchequer.

Googles new and improved annual tax payment is worth about 4 miles of motorway per year. Now that's perspective :-)

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"For this reason, I always specified which key to press : “press the space bar” or something like that. Not only is it easier to find, it removes the burden of decision making from the poor hapless user."

Not only that, but Alt, Shift and Control are part of that set of "any" key and unless the programmer has taken special care over them, pressing them when "any" key is requested usually doesn't do anything.

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Security? We haven't heard of it, says hacker magnet VTech

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"A toy company that openly states that its products may potentially expose children to attack or exploitation and washes its hands of any responsibility must be subject to the same laws."

It might even be an excuse for HM Customs to seize all V-TEC goods on arrival since they present a clear risk unless and until the T&Cs are updated to reflect the law. It's not as if the T&Cs could stand up to a legal challenge. Maybe it's time for the CPS to fund a small department to play whack-a-mole with T&C's of various companies, a sample from various types of industries/products being sold to consumers. Being pro-active instead of reactive would probably be cheaper for the country as whole in the long run instead lots of small challenges from the few who can afford it then being settled out of court to avoid an unfavourable ruling.

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Ex-TalkTalker TalkTalks: Records portal had shared password. It was 4 years old

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Spin spin spin

engineering companies used by TalkTalk and several other providers....

"...We understand that customers of other companies may also have been targeted in the same way during this period."

So first they denied it happened at all and now it's "well, it's not our fault, look, other companies use these people too and look, they had the same problems too.

Well, boo fucking hoo. TT have a contract with the customer. Them choosing to use a possibly dodgy 3rd party company isn't the customers problem and TT are still liable.

Even worse, how did TT manage to find out in just a few days that the "3rd party" companies other customers have also been scammed in the same way? Either that was some uncharacteristicly fast work, some uncommon inter-company honesty, or they ALREADY KNEW about it and were ignoring it.

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

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Re: God Save the Rocket!!!

"You are amanfrommars and I claim my £5."

Don't be silly. AMFM makes more sense!

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Yeah, valves don't take multi G launches very well.

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Re: The real issue is that orbits degrade.

"If they are going to be building a loiter weapon then they will at some stage need to test their re-entry and heat protection, otherwise their worst they can do is put a lot of radioactive waste into the upper atmosphere when the rest of the vehicle burns up."

Or maybe they've been reading about the possibility of satelliteageddon and it's just a stonking big nailbomb with which to blackmail the rest of the world.

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London seeks trials of Google's robo-cars

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Re: fire all the meatsack drivers

"If only. What is is with the human race and thinking computers and software are superior?"

"The weather forecast is predicting unusually low temperatures which your car is not rated for. Would you like to purchase the software upgrade or stay home today?"

"The road ahead appears to have potholes. Would you like to purchase and install the pothole avoidance add-on or take a 35 mile detour?"

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Reports: First death from meteorite impact recorded in India

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Re: Fishy

...and of all the places it could happen,this on university grounds.

Students are will known for pranks and things that go bang. Maybe something went wrong.

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Re: Law of averages

"The Law of Averages says this has happened before but just not recorded."

No doubt others have suffered "death by meteorite, but the whole point of the article is about the first "recorded" death by meteorite (if confirmed in this case)

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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"not true, I am developing a UK based fusion reactor in a garage in Swindon, that has to date seen some very promising results."

Pah! REAL boffins do it in sheds.

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Forget Tiger Woods – here's Cyber Woods: Robot golfer hits hole-in-one during tournament

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Re: I guess there must have been no wind?

It's pointed out in the article that the 16th hole is completely surrounded by grandstands so I guess they make good windbreaks.

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Boffins smear circuitry onto contact lenses

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Re: Materials wise getting there.

They need a new acronym before some Daily Fail do-gooder gets it banned.

"The PEDOT polymer"

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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Re: Let me see ...

"Do they have admirals in the army?"

They do. But it's stictly 'dont't ask, don't tell', so mum's the word...

Well...the "boss" has loose lips and we all know that loose lips sink ships so even the army has a give a rank to their secret weapons and since he sinks ships, Admiral seems to be perfectly cromulent rank to give him.

I may have had too many ----------->

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Bats and badgers hold up Apple’s Irish data centre plans

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Re: Don't underestimate the tenacity of these nut jobs!

"What a bunch of FUCKING IDIOTS!!!! They are so goddammed worried about a 100 watt RF transmitter that is at least 600 feet from the closest home, but, they have absolutely NO FEAR of standing right NEXT to a 1000 watt microwave oven."

Maybe if the people installing the cell tower shielded it to the same standards as that microwave oven then everyone would be happy? Wait....what...??!!?!?!?

Not that I agree with the anti-RF nutjobs, but your analogy was pure gold plated shite.

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Re: Don't underestimate the tenacity of these nut jobs!

"A bypass - that serves only the interests of people just wanting to get to places faster isn't as important at all. We will always have bypasses but, sadly, we may not always have fields of flowers,"

On the other side of the coin, all those cars stuck in traffic jams in the city pumping out pollution rather than smoothly driving along a by-pass minimising the pollution those cars are going to generate anyway, no matter what, might not be a good thing.either.

They need to work together, not go to court. Both sides can be as bad as each other in planning disputes.

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Re: Badger ham

"badgers...are also renowned for making very nice smoked ham"

I'd have thought opposable thumbs, the discovery of fire and tool use would be a bigger story than the fact they make their own smoked ham.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: If all the people engaged in ...

Twice as much as you thought because you needs to reverse back over them all just to be sure.

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Re: Is anyone really surprised ?

"Better hope that mains voltage is not exposed internally, even accidentally."

I've never seen LCD screens above the urinals. I'm wondering if some people are confused over what the OP meant. In motorway services there is a "picture frame" advert above each urinal with a paper poster advert in it, sometimes with a perspex card holder at the bottom. Or maybe I've just not visited the "right" services.

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Disney World-area University admits massive data breach

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Re: For the last fscking time

"RFID chip jammed up your ass right after birth"

Obviously not a parent or you'd know that NOTHING stays up the ass of a newborn. It's a one way street, exit only.

Coat. The one that smells of baby sick.

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Official UN panel findings on embassy-squatter released. Assange: I'm 'vindicated'

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Re: Err ... but ..

IIRC he was under house arrest in a big luxurious mansion.

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"I find it strange that uttering even a shred of understanding or sympathy for Assange the person or his actions appears to guarantee a flood of downvotes."

Probably because most people thought he was a twat even before this round of shenanigans

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WTF?

In addition to the "opinion" not being legallay binding, there's this:

"Assange maintained that the WGAD decision was legally binding and said: "It is now the task of the states of Sweden and the UK as a whole to implement the verdict."

WTF is he smoking? He thinks a one off "opinion" should be acted on immediately? You'd think The Assange(tm) would be well aware of such things as the appeal process, having used it so much himself to delay the inevitable.

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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"They probably went looking for those illegally posted pics over and over again, in my mind that should be under scrutiny not the placement of the hyperlink."

That's probably true, but how did the magazine find them? Did they randomly spider the entire internet looking for them or just enter a filename into Google? Whatever they did, I think the point is *anyone* else could also do the same. Maybe the magazine ought to be commended for searching out this copyright infringing material and repeatedly bringing notice of this heinous crime to the attention of Playboy. ;-)

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College kids sue Google for 'spying' on them with Apps for Education

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Re: Normally I hate the lawsuit mentality @ Triggerfish

"Real people who do not want people to know something DO NOT PUT IT ON PUBLIC FORA, "

The story is about Google using data collected from Google Apps for Education, not "PUBLIC FORA".

If the school, college or university requires students to use those apps AND Google have said they won't use that data for profiling AND THEN THEY DO, then Google have a problem, as do the users.

It's not hard for Google to link the profiling data from the Education account to the students other account(s), especially if on the same device, or just advertising at the student using their education account outside of the Apps for Education area using the collected data and profile created while in the Apps for Education systems.

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Internet idiots make hoax bomb threats to UK, Aus, French schools

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Re: How to discourage done right ...

An interesting "deterrent" to any of his pupils attempting to use the service. Unless one or two really don't give a shit and and the innocent 99.99% end up sitting out there in baking heat or rain for the suggested 3-6 hours detention.

We had a teacher who threatened our entire class with detention over some incident or other. I forget what it was now, other than we pointed out to the teacher that no one could know who did it other than the culprits and if he thought we'd all take the punishment for something we neither did nor could inform on than he had better just forget it. THis was in the days before "human rights" means detention has to set by appointment with at least 24 hours notice.

I would suggest that the school head making those claims was blustering purely as a deterrent since come end of day when the school buses and parents are at the gates he'd be on a bit of a sticky wicket holding everyone back for 3+ hours.

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Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

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Re: Counting the days

"Turn off auto updates and keep it."

And save a copy of the APK file just in case.

I like ES File Explorer but it started getting bloaty, bloaty, BLOATY!!!!

Luckily I found a site with older versions and downloaded one from before it got BLOATY

Now I take more care. I don't like BLOAT!!!! it makes me ANGRY!!!!

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Smart toys spring dumb vulns. Again. This time: Cuddly bears, watches

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Re: It's because they're too worried

"and keeping the budget as low as possible."

Sadly, it almost certainly partly because someone at the company wonders why they should spend money pen testing a 15 quid toy when some nerd with too much time on their hands will do it for free. Many of them will even send you a bug report, possibly including the fix, and then give you time to fix it before going public, thus turning it into a non-story by the time the news breaks. Win-win all around as far as the accountants are concerned.

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Re: Personal information

"companies don't really care about securing it, people themselves almost less so,"

As is evidenced by the last big toy hack. Comments from the public in the press and on TV news wasn't outrage about the hack, it was outrage that the toys didn't fully work any more or that little johnny couldn't register their account on Xmas morning because the servers were still down while they attempted to sort out the security.

Many people not only don't understand or care, they have incredibly short memories. "Oh look, there's one of those x toys. Wasn't there something on the news about them a while ago? Yeah, they must be good if the news talked about them,"

There's no such thing as bad publicity, as someone once said.

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Lights out for Space Vehicle Number 23: UK smacked when US sat threw GPS out of whack

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Just forwarded this link...

...to my boss. Now he knows why I got lost and was late to the customer site.

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For sale: One 236-bed nuclear bunker

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It has it's own BBC transmission suite. You should at least be able to get iPlayer.

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Re: Interesting

"Then, if the welds fail after a few decennia, we run the risk of a new breed of politicians emerging..."

Morlocks?

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Firing a water rocket to 1km? Piece of cake

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Re: I had this as a kid

Back in the day when a standard type valve from a bike tyre was just the right size to jam into the nozzle of a washing up liquid bottle, Fairy Liquid being the best, and everyone had a bike pump, it was easy enough to make your own at no cost. Lego or meccano was useful for building launch towers too. It worked best with an adapter and dads car foot pump.

It wasn't exactly predictable when it would launch since it depended how hard the valve was jammed in.so there were one or two "rapid unexpected dis-assemblies". In my defence, I was only about 9 at the time.

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