* Posts by Jacksonville

40 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Jul 2013

MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India


Congratulations India,

on your visit to Mangala (or Merrikh or Angaraka).

Now go find some methane....

New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics


Re: Stormtrooper turned good guy?.

They could play it for laughs... bit like the "Drink problem" gag in Airplane. It could run and run

Ex-stormtrooper dude shoots 6 shots around the bad guy like when the fourth man missed Jules & Vincent in Pulp Fiction.

Solo: (Shoots Bad guy) Dammit Chewie, this guy couldn't hit a star destroyer if he was standing on it

Chewie: (Shakes shaggy head) raaaaarruurgghh!!

Ex-stormtrooper dude: (shrugs)

Restaurant chain uses CARBON PAPER to fight credit card hack


Old Skool FTW

That's why FSB uses typewriters.

Directive 121-3. Ensure the carbon paper is burned after use

Anonymous plans hacktivism against World Cup sponsors


Wrong Target, Wrong Method

You're right of course, but they're probably thinking they can persuade the sponsors to put pressure on FIFA to up it's game. Their mistake is that the corporates will do this anyway, or at least eliminate any threat to their investment/bottom line. I just wish Anonymous might put their collective pressure, skillz and energy in non-harmful activism rather than irritating hacktivism.

As an aside I don't think your F4J example is valid. When you get two desperate guys dressing up and hanging off Buck Palace they are doing something about the situation, they are raising awareness of issues which are otherwise ignored in society, law and govt policy. Fatherlessness is a serious business and should receive much much much more attention.

IT'S ALIVE! ISEE-3 responding to commands


Kerbal API?

Samsung wants to 'thingify' your BODY with Simband



is there a diagram of a nipple?

JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this



I'm pretty sure the convention is "Khaaaaaaan!!!"

Brits to vote: Which pressing scientific challenge should get £10m thrown at it?


Re: They missed a trick...

"maths fail"

You're quite right, should be 0.75


Re: They missed a trick...

I can't remember where I read it, but I saw an attractive proposal on this matter once.

The principle being allow the market to control population... It was effectively a voucher system based on the rights to have children...

Each human being gets the right to reproduce 2/3 of a child. A couple coming together therefore have the right to produce 1.5 children. If they have one, they each have the rights to have 0.25 children left. If they don't want another child they can sell their rights in the market to those that wish to have more. If they do want another child with the same or another partner they would have to go to the market and purchase the additional rights or face a sanction of a fine equivalent to the market value of the right.

Obviously it is riddled with hugely complex obstacles and assumptions... how would religion react, how do you punish those who do not adhere and do not pay the sanction...etc

The proposer suggested that by doing so you immediately reduce the single biggest pressure on overpopulation in the developing world by commoditising not having so many children...


They missed a trick...

How about formulating proposals for the reversing the trend of the ever-increasing global population?

Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables


Re: Cockfosters?

I think you may be confusing this with the Argyle Street Parabola, in which case you must be the poke holder, not the codpiece, but only when using Trumpington's variation, obviously



That's easy... Peckham Rye

Boffins teach robo-arm to catch flying beer bottle


Awesome but...

Lets see it's backhand volley and then I'll be truly impressed

Aah, that warm sharing feeling. Just don't let the cloud rain on your firm


"USB Drive full of all the important documents..."


*other data leakage prevention solutions are available

France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours


Re: Does it

Just what the doctor ordered?

Internet is a tool of Satan that destroys belief, study claims


Re: Choose your poison

Lagavulin ftw

HIDDEN OCEAN of LIVING SOUP found on Enceladus, moon of Saturn


We really need to go there

Before I die. I hate not knowing.

Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site


Re: I can't be bothered to visit the site to post this, but...

Well - I did and I registered to leave my wish...

I'd like to now unregister, please. Oh, I can't...


I Wish

I could have my #£200000 back

--- A Taxpayer

Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'


Re: Ahh the WWW

I thought the standard pronounciation was "wuh wuh wuh"

British Pregnancy Advice Service fined £200k for Anon hack, data protection breaches


Re: Ouch

Touché, a great riposte; you were being insulting then, not ignorant. A provocateur if you will.

In order to ensure an esprit de corps entre nous, a rapprochement; if you will, I shan't continue the mêlée

Still, since I'm having lunch, I'd better order my aperitif, my hors d'oeuvres, my Escalope Cordon Blue and crème brûlée from the Maitre D'Hotel.

This afternoon, I might do a few hours work to ensure my elevation from the bourgeoisie to the nouveau riche.

Swiftly followed by a little liaison dangereuse at my en suite pied-à-terre with my belle coquette. I simply can't resist her joie de vivre, jeu d'esprit and when she's au natural, mon dieu, the "je ne sais quoi"! Soon to be my fiancée, I think.

Of course, this is all a façade.

No need to RSVP ;-)


Re: Ouch

"pour encourager les autres"

If only there were some form of universally accessible information resource which could help you find the answer.

IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ


I wish I could understand depression (if thats what it was) a bit more. I think I'm lucky enough to not be affected by it, if the world gets too much for me, I'd just chuck it all in and foxtrot oscar to some beach bar job. Poor guy, poor family.

Hardly an executive though.... senior techie, more like and started as AppDev (from http://www.linkedin.com/)

Conspiracy theorists will probably wonder where he worked from 1998-2007...NSA MI6... MFI?

Lead Architect, Fixed Income / Rates Technology


October 2010 – Present (3 years 4 months)|London, United Kingdom

Technical Architect, Futures & Options


November 2007 – October 2010 (3 years)|London, United Kingdom

Application Developer


1995 – 1998 (3 years)

BlackBerry CEO: I LOVE keyboards, so if you want them, you'll get them


Re: Alternate KEY Power Generators ...... Clever Alien Parts with Zero Non-Disclosure Agreements

Does that mean I just failed the Turing test?


Re: Alternate KEY Power Generators ...... Clever Alien Parts with Zero Non-Disclosure Agreements

Couldn't agree more.

Xiaomi taps the HYPEGEIST with 10 pence DIY Wi-Fi router


Wait.. What?

10p Why?

Accused Glasshole driver says specs weren't even turned on for traffic stop


Ban 'em, I say...

I just cannot see the justification of wearing an augmented reality device while driving.

They'll either be on and distracting the driver, or off and therefore unecessary to wear.

Frankly I find the damn things sinister anyway, and am looking forward to requesting that anyone I interact with removes them before I continue any conversation etc...

RED planet, INDIAN mission: Space probe prepares for voyage to Mars orbit


Good for you, India. Wish we'd do the same.


Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.


'Only nuclear power can save humanity', say Global Warming high priests


Quite right too....

Hinckley C will produce 7% of the UK's Electricity requirement. 13 of them would produce all of it. At a cost of £16 Billion each. That's £208bn. Forget about getting the private sector to do it. UK Gov should fund this via debt and general taxation.

You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs


Zoology vs Drama

Way back when I were a lad, I did an undergrad BSc in Zoology, and my GF was doing a BA in Drama & Theatre studies. You only had to do a comparison of our schedules. I did approximately 36 hours per week of scheduled lectures, practicals and projects. She had a 1 hour tutorial session, and the occasional rehearsal.

I remember ending a hectic week, in which I did the normal 36 hours plus about an extra 25 hours of counting Callosobruchus Maculata eggs (tiny things) on cowpeas (small things) and crunching the stats for my thesis. I got home and asked her how her week was and she held up a papier mache mask (with a bent nose) and proudly said "I made this!".

Ever since then I have been ever so slightly prejudiced against liberal arts graduates...

Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014


Apple iTV - 42'' iMac

Apple iTV = BIG iMAC

What do you think an Apple iTV, say 42'' model will cost? In the Apple "double it and add a zero" cost model, Considering a current 27'' iMac model is £1600 I'm thinking ~ £2200 - £2400.

Regardless of cost it'll fly off the shelf.

Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last


Re: Here we go again...

*backs away slowly*

London's Tech City welcomes first Chinese tenant



Neil or David?

Brits spend one in every 12 waking minutes online, say beancounters


Re: Did I miss something

Those who didn't sign this:



Re: Did I miss something

Deliberately excluded, this is a decent report for decent people

NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE


WTG V'ger...

But haven't we been here before?


David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving


Re: Who TF is David Attenborough?

Wow, just wow.

Sir David Frederick Attenborough, BA(CANTAB) MSC OM CH CVO CBE FRS FZS FSA

OM - Order of Merit

CH - Order of the Companions of Honour

CVO - Royal Victorian Order

CBE - Order of the British Empire

FRS - Fellow of the Royal Society

FZS - Fellow of the Zoological Society

FSA - Fellow of the Society of Antiquities

As controller of BBC2, commissioned The Old Grey Whistle Test, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Money Programme, America and The Ascent of Man.

Written and presented countless award winning natural history programmes.

Reknowned as "the great communicator, the peerless educator" and "the greatest broadcaster of our time."

And just what exactly have you acheived to feel qualified to call this man a Senile twat? MCSE? Foundation ITIL?

I despair.

WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module









*Brushes up C.V.*

Ex-prez Carter: 'America has no functioning democracy' with PRISM


Re: Spy on the Spies

- "Who polices the police?"

- "Er....Coast Guard??"