* Posts by Rathkennamike

14 posts • joined 4 Oct 2013

Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look


Great, let them FO, maybe that will stop all those beautiful (?) Russian girls lusting after my body !!

Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools


Another reason not to use Chrome, good, the more reasons they give not to use it the better :-)

A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2


Used it from day one and still using it, brilliant. Switched to it from using Visicalc and a 3D version of Lotus 123.

It was and is brilliant in so many ways, as a spreadsheet, it was never intended as a DB or any of the other things some people seem to have been using it for.

Remember; 'If the only tool you have in your toolbox is a hammer, all problems look like nails'

Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers


IBM forcing staff to resign

While I don't know if it applies in the USA they can expects lots of Constructive Dismissal suits in Europe.

RIP John Glenn: First American in orbit – and later, the oldest, too


Yuri Gagarin, John Glenn ....

Adventurers on the final frontier, just a pity the dreams they created have only been partially realized because of the international barriers created by and introversion of our political leaders

Suck it, Elon – Jeff Bezos' New Shepard space rocket blasts off, lands in one piece


Brilliant engineering - Well done

To see some of the other comments you would think this stuff was old hat!. This is good engineering and a great technical achievement. Well done the engineers, technicians and designers and all the crew and thanks to the funding team they have achieved their dream.

Like most developing technologies, what it ultimately gets used for is to be seen!

Now we know why Philae phouled up comet landing


Re: to all the naysayers ....


Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons


Another attempt to push the nuclear agenda

Anyone who thinks nuclear power is safe for humans should visit the mess they have made in the north west of England and the aging, leaking dumps in several states of the US and who knows what other mess in Russia and China

Antarctic ice at all time high: We have more to learn, says boffin


Yes but the Artic ice is disappearing fast

How do we reconcile this 'Headline' with the NASA Report for Artic ice this year http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/22sep_seaice/

Jurassic squawk: Dinosaurs were Earth's early feathered friends

Black Helicopters

Re: Feathers != fluffy

Surely you have realised by now that every time you down a chicken nugget you are eating dinosaur!!

KA-BOOOM! Boffins blow up mountain to make way for telescope


Actually it was engineers and technicians who blew the mountain up; not boffins

The 'boffins' won't show up till it is all done and cleaned up but that's fine, engineers love all the muck and dirt flying around

Thundering gas destroys disks during data centre incident


This is a know problem with fire suppression systems in data centres. The gas nozzles must be fitted with diffusers to reduce the shock wave without reducing gas dispersion

Exciting MIT droplet discovery could turbocharge power plants, airships and more


Re: Nothing will make airships viable.

'a cruise ship shouldn't be viable - after all there are cheaper and faster ways to travel !'

Airships slow/low capability makes them ideal for cruise ships, they could take people to see sights they would not otherwise get to, such as vast desert, coastal cliffs, rainforest canopy etc. and all without them tramping all over it to it's detriment

British support for fracking largely unmoved by knowledge of downsides


Actually there is not much trending either way in the graph presented, the slight variance show could be explained by seasonal or geographical factors.

I am sure the university has much more detailed data to base their analysis on but the given information does not lend itself to the sort of wild speculation your headline suggests.


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