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Introductions / Re: Hi everyone
« Last post by fudgietheoriginal on 16 August 2017, 20:05:27 »
The weather has defo gone south, west, east and north. :-\
We did have some warm weather late spring early summer this year and there wasn't much rain fall either. My guess; that's why we are getting carp now or you could call it THE GREAT BRITISH SUMMER as I have come to know it in the 13 years I have lived here. My favourite season here in the UK is spring because OZ doesn't really have a proper spring and in some parts they only have 2 seasons, wet and dry.
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Computers / Re: ...in bits...
« Last post by 1bit on 16 August 2017, 19:33:56 »
agree with bing & edge... but cant/limited addon install for edge before I would use it, dont like bing as search engine, I know google track (but so do Bing and Yahoo im sure) but google give more thorough / correct answers than any other SE
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Computers / Re: ...in bits...
« Last post by Roco on 15 August 2017, 23:21:27 »
Whoa 1bit, got to admit my computer/internet interest is fast evaporating , it had taken over my life , but for me once set up Thunderbird  works well  , not so sure about Firefox these days  ,M/S  Edge seems faster and easier to use ,  just dumped Bing as my search engine , lovely pictures on search home page , but slow loading ,
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Introductions / Re: Hello everyone!
« Last post by Roco on 15 August 2017, 23:05:44 »
hello:1 All. I am happy to be here at this community. Love to contribute here.
Sorry for the late  welcome:1 , please post more, we have topics ?  for all  topics , yeah I might have posted many times, .......... mostly in off topic  ( my speciality  :D) ,
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Chit-Chat / Re: What do you say to someone when......
« Last post by Roco on 15 August 2017, 00:41:45 »
To put the big “C”into prospective isn’t a new end of life illness,
 diagnosed in 18th  as “the lump”when average life span was 45y,  for rich folk  it was demise around 67y ,now it’s  82 y and fell this year for the first time in 20 years by 0.1% , Why ?  ,my view having lack of income is very true, I now follow the old saying ,  http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/cut-your-coat-according-to-your-cloth   ,   indeed us working class  will  screwed forever by by the rich ,  a game I never subscribed to ,
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Chit-Chat / Re: What do you say to someone when......
« Last post by Roco on 12 August 2017, 21:36:51 »
Fudgie , (I don't like posting stuff like this )
a meaningful post , indeed something not to be brushed under the carpet at any age ,
what to say depends on your friendship , religion .race etc , sadly  there are no "right words " ,just remain a friend to the end,  later don't beat yourself up over I wish I could have done more ,
Being a red cross trained 1st responder , I had  2 folk die in my arms , and I developed PTS ,
needed and  got counselling there was nothing more I could have done , now 35 years on on a bad night  that time in my life still comes back to haunt me, life is what it is, do your best, nothing more can you do,
none of us are immortal , 
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Tech News & Reviews / US firm reveals gun-toting drone that can fire in mid-air
« Last post by 1bit on 12 August 2017, 20:20:32 »
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A US technology firm has developed a drone that is able to aim and fire at enemies while flying in mid-air.
The Tikad drone, developed by Duke Robotics, is armed with a machine-gun and a grenade launcher.
The gun can be fired only by remote control, and is designed to reduce military casualties by cutting the number of ground troops required.
But campaigners warn that in the wrong hands, it will make it easier to kill innocent people.
The Tikad drone, available for private sale at an undisclosed price, has won a security innovation award from the US Department of Defense, and there is interest from several military forces around the world, including Israel, reports Defense One.
According to the firm's website, two of the three co-founders of Duke Robotics worked for the Israel Defense Forces and the third at Israel Aerospace Industries.
'Violent force'
"As a former Special Mission Unit commander, I have been in the battlefield for many years," said CEO Raziel Atuar.
"Over the last few years, we have seen how the needs of our troops in our battlefield have changed."
The weapon can only be fired remotely by human control.Image copyrightDUKE ROBOTICS
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The weapon can be fired only remotely by human control.
However, robotics expert Professor Noel Sharkey expressed concern that gun-toting drones could make it easier to kill innocent people.
"Big military drones traditionally have to fly thousands of feet overhead to get to targets, but these smaller drones could easily fly down the street to apply violent force," he told the BBC.
"This is my biggest worry since there have been many legal cases of human-rights violations using the large fixed-wing drones, and these could potentially result in many more."
US military to shoot down consumer drones
Secret Service plans Trump security drone
For the past decade, Prof Sharkey has been campaigning against killer robots, which are fully autonomous, computer-powered weapons that would be able to track and select targets without human supervision.
Together with the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots, a coalition of over 60 international NGOs including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Nobel Women's Initiative, Sharkey has been lobbying the United Nations to ban autonomous weapons.
However, the machine-gun on board the Duke Robotics device still has to be controlled remotely by a human operator.
Copycat fears
According to Prof Sharkey, some US military officials are concerned that although the US might follow the laws of war, terrorists could easily look at drone innovations and copy the idea to kill innocent people.
"We already know that Islamic State is using drones laden with explosives to kill people. What's to stop them from getting their hands on this? Copying has not been possible with big military drones, but once you get the idea that you can strap automatic weapons onto one and operate it remotely, that's very much easier," he said.
"This type of weapon is another dangerous step towards the development of fully autonomous weapons that could hunt down targets and kill them without human supervision."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40901393
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Chit-Chat / Re: What do you say to someone when......
« Last post by 1bit on 12 August 2017, 16:52:43 »
all you can do is say your sorry to hear about it and if theres anything you can do please dont hesitate to ask...

I lost my Grandmother to breast Cancer
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Introductions / Re: Hi everyone
« Last post by 1bit on 12 August 2017, 13:13:46 »
yes lovely cold british summer..??  last year i was sweltering having to spray water on me with fan blowing on me (or was that the year before or both) - this year its all to cock
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Chit-Chat / What do you say to someone when......
« Last post by fudgietheoriginal on 12 August 2017, 08:58:28 »
What do you say to someone when they tell you they have just been diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer?
I don't like posting stuff like this.
My first thoughts were, when my Granfather was diagnosed with it, he died within weeks.
He wasn't my biological grandfather but still my granfather none the less.
Then I thought, say good bye while you can.
I checked on them today by text, the last time I rang they were taking morphine and I imagine the dose would be higher by now. It's been nearly two months since they found out......



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