* Posts by Anonymous John

2284 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007

Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

Anonymous John

Offhand, I can think of two novels. One tells how to make a very unstable explosive, and the other mentions three common chemicals that combust violently when mixed. Are they to be banned too?

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Cybercrim told to cough up £1m or spend years in chokey

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Her bank * has already reimbursed her. Reasonable, as I don't see why its automatic fraud detection didn't flag the transactions as iffy.

* Depending on which bank, this could be the Taxpayer.

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Jailed Brit con phishes prison, gets bail

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Um

"used a smuggled mobile to post a website mirroring that of the Southwark Crown Court."

"using legitimate personal details (including registering the Website in the name of Detective Inspector Chris Soole) in a bid to make the scam look legitimate."

Why would a fake Court website registered in the name of a DI look legitimate? And who would check the registration anyway?

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SCARESTEROID of the week to miss Earth on Friday

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Spooky.

I just knew that it was a Nathan Rao story before following that link. I amaze myself sometimes.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

Anonymous John

Re: Will it be easy to disable ?

You're a UKIPPER or a Daily Mail reader, aren't you?

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Anonymous loose cannon admits DDoSing social services and housing websites

Anonymous John

Re: Some people really should get out more.

The Inland Revenue had a computer centre there fifty years ago, and I was seconded there for most of 1966. It sounds as if it's gone downhill since.

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Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene

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"UK contract to help train the Saudi Prison Service with their floggings and beheadings"

https://tompride.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/uk-contract-to-help-train-the-saudi-prison-service-with-their-floggings-and-beheadings/

Magna Carta. Did she die in vain?

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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Re: Being harder is a GOOD reason to do it on water

Plenty of room at the Kennedy Space Center, and it's near the sea. By the time it's too late for Range Safety to blow it up over the ocean, it must surely be clear where it would hit the ground.

I don't see why landing a first stage should be any more dangerous than the actual launch.

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Users shun UK.gov flagship digital service

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Please write out 100 times.

UK courts never use gavels. Never!

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

Anonymous John

"the domain name doesn't expire until 22 March 2016"

[Notes date in case they do forget to.renew next year.]

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

Anonymous John

As today's Glasgow tragedy has shown

What is really needed are vehicles that can take over if the driver is incapacitated.

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

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Re: " high altitude point of 3,604 miles, ..."

And, conveniently, gives a nice round number.

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Anonymous John

Come on Musk!

Use the Falcon 'Heavy's test flight next year to send an unmanned Dragon round the Moon and back, three years before the second Orion flight.

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Re: Well, obviously. Thanks for the link,

There's a window in 2021 for a free return trip to Mars and back. And with a bonus Venus flyby. Add a Bigelow inflatable and there are no showstoppers.

If NASA doesn't try it, Musk surely will.

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Orion 'Mars' ship: Cosmic ray guard? Go. Parachutes? Go. Spacerock shield? Go!

Anonymous John

Re: Hold!

Another hold. Ground wind violation this time.

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Anonymous John

Hold!

Some twat has sailed a boat into restricted waters.

Revised launch time now 7:17am EST (1217 GMT).

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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an ersatz-3D image

When are we going to get the real (Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi) thing?

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

Anonymous John

Re: The NAO might be waiting a fair old while...

I doubt it as there's a general election next May. The new Lab/SNP coalition will soon put it out of its misery.

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

Anonymous John

"We apologise to Mrs Raybould for any distress caused"

I do so hate that usage of "any", when it's self-evident that distress or inconvenience has been caused. The word to use is "the"

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Anonymous John

That wouldn't have helped. Bank accounts are frozen after death until the estate is wound up, apart from paying the funeral expenses. It's quite clear here that the direct debits had ceased and Vodafone sent in the bailiffs.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

Anonymous John

Re: It surely has a nuclear battery.. despite their lies.

Am I the only one to realise that was a joke?

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The fridge-sized, plucky probot

I've also seen it described as the size of a dishwasher. It's rather appropriate to use white-goods examples when visiting a Comet.

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

Anonymous John

Don't give up. One more giant bounce for robotkind.

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

Anonymous John

"lighter than a feather"

What's that in NanoJubs?

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

Anonymous John

"Essential Maintenance"

I do hate that phrase. The NHS Blood Transfusion Service used it last week when their on-line booking service went tits-up for four or five days.

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Elon Musk and ex-Google man mull flinging 700 internet satellites into orbit

Anonymous John

Re: Not a lard arse

"SpaceX in spite of the latest setback is looking pretty good"

What latest setback? Are you thinking of Orbital Sciences?

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

Anonymous John

"HTC’s most recent product was a camera without a viewfinder"

Isn't it the Nexus 9?

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

Anonymous John

I stand corrected as regards to the SpaceX issue. But I said first stage engine failure, not problem. I should probably have said catastrophic.

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Anonymous John

Second stage engine problems aren't that rare. One left two GPS satellites in the wrong orbit earlier this year. SpaceX had one on one resupply mission. It reached the ISS as planned but left a satellite (secondary mission) in the wrong place. I don't see why first stage failures should be rarer, but they do seem to be.

Obviously they can be more spectacular and cause damage to the launch site, but that doesn't mean that the cause of the problem is more serious.

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Billionaire's pet DRAGON SPLASHES DOWN off Pacific Coast

Anonymous John

1941 GMT (3:41 p.m. EDT)

Splashdown confirmed! The Dragon spacecraft has returned to Earth with nearly 3,300 pounds of space station cargo, ending its fourth operational flight to the complex.

SpaceX says the splashdown occurred at approximately 3:38 p.m. EDT (1938 GMT)

1358 GMT (9:58 a.m. EDT)

The first departure burn is complete.

1357 GMT (9:57 a.m. EDT)

Astronaut Reid Wiseman has backed the robotic arm away to a distance of about 4 feet. The first of three rocket burns to guide Dragon away from the space station is coming up soon.

1357 GMT (9:57 a.m. EDT)

http://beta.spaceflightnow.com/2014/10/25/dragon-mission-status-center/

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Luscious LOHAN t-shirts fly into Vulture Central

Anonymous John
Unhappy

"we promised that these rewards would be exclusive to our Kickstarter campaign"

So we'll just have to hope they turn up on Ebay.

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COMET barrels towards Mars, machines of humanity race for cover

Anonymous John

Whiz is the word.

Instead of aseeing one millions of miles away that looks stationary, the Martian probes will really see it move.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Anonymous John

There's nothing wrong with the Flintstones' car design.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Jamais_Contente

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

Anonymous John

So the tablet has half the storage of the phone? Why?

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

Anonymous John

Suddenly the Daily Mail sees the benefits of Human Rights.

At least for journalists.

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

Anonymous John

"Bloke said not to open box until he leaves"

Which means you don't know if someone has bent it.

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Alien gimp gag or cosmic golf ball? NASA tackles question everyone's asking

Anonymous John

Re: True mission objective

I hear that Donald Trump is already talking to Elon Musk.

Alan Shepard hit a couple of golf balls on the Moon. I don't suppose.... Nah!

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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

Anonymous John

Warheating?

Hackers are roaming the streets, turning up thermostats?

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Re: Reverse Engineer

"From observational experience, it depends on how many excess pieces you have left afterwards."

Or how many of the pingfuckits that flew about your garage you were unable to find.

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SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

Anonymous John

Re: what sort of 3d printer?

"Funded in a public-private partnership by Made in Space and NASA, the 3D printer is the first device of its kind to ever launch into space. Engineers on the ground will uplink commands to the printer, giving it a 3D model of an object to build out of a stock of plastic carried inside."

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/013/140921launch/#.VCH-7JRdWSo

So possibly an Eiffel Tower. I read somewhere that a more sophisticated 3d printer will follow in the near future.

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Anonymous John

Mice in SPAAAACE

Don't forget the passengers.

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SpaceX breaks ground on first commercial spaceport in Texas

Anonymous John

Re: I suspect

It won't be needed much longer. Launch vehicles will trigger their own self destruct if the on-board GPS says it isn't where it should be. At least one launch has tested the concept successfully, while still relying on the current system.

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Huawei: There'll be BLOOD spilled in the smartphone sector soon

Anonymous John

Re: "luxury"

You had a pan and a coal stove? We had to send Morse by banging our heads on the pavement.

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Anonymous John

Re: "luxury"

When I were a lad, phones were made of two tin cans and some string.

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Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen

Anonymous John

"Anchoring itself in place with harpoons and ice screws"

Sounds more like a docking, not a landing.

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Vulture 2 X-Plane soars over Spaceport America

Anonymous John

"and enjoy a simulated dive-bombing attack on Virgin Galactic rival spaceplanes"

Hardly needed to keep them grounded.

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Volcanic eruption in Iceland triggers CODE RED aviation warning

Anonymous John

Bárðarbunga

I heard that Silvio Berlusconi is holding a party there.

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

Anonymous John

Rich toffs?

Is £10 a year really beyond the means of the most impoverished gun owner? How much does ammo cost?

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

Anonymous John

Why not ask SpaceX?

How many could next year's Falcon Heavy launch in one go?

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

Anonymous John

"As is our practice, the company will be reviewing the flight record details to learn more about the performance of the vehicle prior to our next said," I wonder why nobody else has thought of doing that?

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