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Francis Anderson
Some people are so poor, all they have is money
Some people are so poor, all they have is money

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The worrying question is, when those who voted for an end to immigration discover it's not going to stop, what will they then do ?

The Brexit debate has poisoned the water so much, many no longer want debate about the merits, they feel they've made their minds up, they've voted .. so get on with it !
So where do these people turn when they discover they won the vote, but didn't actually vote for what they thought they were voting for ? 

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United, hate will never win.

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Whenever you hear somebody say "Muslims aren't doing enough" or even "they secretly approve" .. pop over to this girls list, it's just the tip of a 2 billion strong iceberg, but it's a chance to hear what the media often isn't that interested in sharing.

I've included the original Guardian article as that's where I came across the link.

Thank you so much +matt vovakiss for the +1's :) Much appreciated.

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What Rudd is suggesting is both knee-jerk and dangerous

What's she's actually suggesting is, Please people of UK, can the Russians have access to all your encrypted communications ? Because any backdoor will quickly be found and exploited.

Secondly any such ban would simply lead those who really have something to hide to simply use different techniques, leaving the innocent population in the hands of hackers while the actual terrorists safe behind a firewall of their own making.

Messaging apps are not hard to throw together, to keep changing, and it's simply ridiculous to think denying everybody privacy to read a single man's message (as much as we'd like that message to be known).

Then of course there is the assumption that a benign Government has our best interests at heart, and that no future government would ever imagine using that whatsapp data it begins collecting for other purposes, today criminal, tomorrow maybe political, religious or sexuality information to ensure conformity.

I'll not even start on the whole Google being responsible for web pages thing ..

It's all good populist stuff, creating a false dichotomy of "You either support our security forces or you support ISIS" .. well, actually Minister, your ignorance in these matters would give the enemies of our state a bounty they could have only dreamed of previously, and not put a single terrorist at risk of being caught.

“Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. ”
― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

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I walk past this house almost every weekend, it's really odd to connect yesterdays terror attack to your own daily life.

I spent the morning at the coal face, the cutting room. At the end of the day, current technology isn't going to produce those slide images for you, a real organ from a real person is needed, and somebody has to take that organ and cut it and prepare it and begin the process of diagnosis.

As any Histologist will know, the process that goes into ensuring those slides are sufficient evidence to a thorougher diagnosis is no simple task, it takes many years of training and experience to not just know how to prepare the samples, but where to cut, where to take cuts, where do cancers usually start, what therapies will need to know from the diagnosis in order to provide the best treatment.

And you can bet, I am over simplifying the process in that explanation.

Will computers ever be able to take a sample from various pots and automate that work ?
Theoretically yes, however it does raise a fair number of ethical questions, particularly in relation to what happens if the automated process misses something.
One thing I noticed while watching this was the care that was taken to ensure all anomalous materials were sampled, not just through visual notification but also by feeling the sample, by noticing if water was produced if squeezed.

I don't think any of this is impossible, it's just a huge amount of work to perfect, which probably under current circumstances be economically viable.

My interest is how can we use technology to assist in training people these skills, can gamification and game based learning be used to help teach junior doctors, could various common scenario's be constructed in such a way to make for a learning game.

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UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes

Brexit strikes again!

Of course, those incapable of seeing their vote brought this on us will argue "EU is taking advantage of the situation".

Well, yes, what did you expect? £350 million a week for the NHS?

Welcome to taking back control.

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The Moon Base

This is an exploration of the economics of living on the moon, it's by no means comprehensive or intended to be a road map, rather is meant to make you think about the complexities of living off earth.

When mankind began to populate the Earth, the places they stopped at often satisfied a few basic requirements :- Shelter from the elements, A source of food and water and safe from hostility.
Creating a base off world will be no different, except the challenges of some of these will prove far different to that our ancestors faced when they first set out.

On the moon there are a whole host of different 'Elements' to consider, radiation, heat, cold, dust but additionally there are missing elements, for a start the lack of breathable air, potential long term effects of low gravity, lack of filtered sunlight .. to name just a few ! I'm fairly sure I'm just scratching the surface.

For each of these there will need to be a technical solution, some we may already have, some we can mitigate, others we have no solution for as yet. These solutions will have a cost, so any base from an economic perspective is going to be potentially expensive, not just the capital to produce all this, but the maintenance of it, the work force required to keep it safe and workable.
So who's going to pay for this ? Ultimately, you are, either as a citizen of a nation that has expanded to out (space program centrally funded by Govt) or capital put down to get the system up and running, and then later the citizens of the base will need to be able to pay for the maintenance of it.

So, we have a base, lets assume the capital put down to build it and develop the tech has been funded by the nation state, we have no food, no water yet, but already the cost to you is fairly high, just to breath, just to be safe.

Food and Water

Food and Water initially will have to be imported, until such time that it can be extracted and grown locally at a cost lower than that to ship it there. Plants/Animals are going to need the same system to protect them, and the purchaser of that product is going to be paying for all that as part of the price.

Yes, water may be found in some areas, may need to be extracted from others, and I'm not talking about how it's done here on Earth where desalinisation or pumps taking water from deep underground, I'm meaning taking resources with Oxygen, Hydrogen components, splitting them up and then creating H2O from it. That's not going to be cheap at all, particularly not to start with, maybe over time with greater scientific knowledge we may find cheaper and easier ways of doing this, but to start with, water is going to be cheapest just transported from earth, and I use "cheapest" sarcastically. 1Kg currently costs around $20,000 to transport into space, the average person needs around 2Oz of water, which in transportation terms means 2Kg and $40,000, and that's just the transportation costs, never mind all the services needed to keep it clean, deliver it under pressure to the correct places in the base, you thought Starbucks was expensive for a coffee, don't go to the moon base one, just the large water costs you $50,000.

Of course, as time goes on this cost will drop substantially, particularly if there's an ever increasing demand for it, but the point of this is to demonstrate the crazy costs of getting stuff to the moon under current conditions, and why it is we've not ventured out that way much.

So any industry on the moon is going to be hampered by these extreme costs just to be there in the first place. Wouldn't matter if it mined the most expensive precious metal in existence, it's not going to be able to get it back to earth at the current market price to make a profit.

That is, not yet !!

Moon Base selling to Mars Base, or another Moon Base however, then economics can actually begin to make some sense, because the same intrinsic costs will apply across the board with each base having it's own unique specialisation able to supply the other with something far cheaper than hauling it from earth.

Only one thing can make this future possible, centralised nation states able to subsidise everything to get it going, just as nation states in Europe funded the first expeditions to the new world, it will be China, Russia, USA, EU and working together that will make this happen, if they can put aside their petty differences and realise they are all human beings that want the best for their people.

That brings me on to the final point, Protection from each other.


Initially one would hope that a human race capable of achieving such a goal will have found some level of harmony with itself, but that's not necessarily true, particularly with recent political events.

There may indeed need to be a consideration of protection if not from other competing nation states, but from terrorists and those who think it's perfectly acceptable to murder and destroy for their own agenda.

Living in a bubble of Air leaves everybody vulnerable to attack, and so each citizen of the base would need a means of protecting themselves if any component fails or is compromised by attack. That's more expense !!

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