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HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rocking boffin Brian Cox

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Re: Helium-3

Not that it casts doubt on the particular video you cite, but the "related videos" column on that page is packed to the gills with horsehockey about cold fusion and people building fusion reactors in their garages.

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Re: Human DNA on Moon

Good point. Iirc, prior to LM liftoff, the crews dumped a bunch of unneeded stuff onto the surface, including used-up PLSS packs and other assorted trash including urine/fecal bags.

This Cox guy is supposed to be such a big-shot scientist; why doesn't he know about that?

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

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oh, great, another one of these "the Market is God" clowns

"...This, of course, brings up that terrible bugbear: who should plan this change? To which I say we've another method to deal with such things. Get rid of much of the planning and let the market deal with it all..."

I don't know about your side of the Pond, but here in the Colonies, "letting the market deal with it" is why we're in so much trouble, why the cost of housing is shooting to the Moon, and why we have people working at full-time jobs -- including software developers -- living in homeless shelters or sleeping on friends' sofas. And, in pretty much all US cities and towns, urban planners and developers are totally in the hip pocket of the Market Is God crowd.

Yeah, the Market has really dealt with problems over here, pal.

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It’s PAYBACK time as HUMANS send a PROBE up ALIEN body

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Re: Nuclear RTG Battery

In all fairness, Philae was originally aimed at a flatter, more sunlit space, except that its anchoring harpoon failed to fire, and the lander ended up bouncing a couple of times and finally skidded into a spot that's shadowed by a cliff. If not for the harpoon malfunction, there'd have been no solar power generation issue. Shit happens. Who coulda' known?

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Re: I had to laugh

Point well taken. Robert Goddard (US) may have invented the liquid-fueled rocket, but it took Von Braun's team to really make something out of it.

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Well, what about the Huygens Titan lander?

It's not as if ESA hasn't pulled off great stuff like this before.

OK, granted, Huygens had to hitch a ride with Cassini, but, still... the first probe soft-landed on the surface of a planetary moon other than our own? Not too shabby.

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Pay-by-bonk chip lets hackers pop all your favourite phones

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Re: Don't enable them

I disabled wifi on my 4S after Apple tried to shove the infamous battery-killing version of IOS7 off on me. I managed to get rid of the update payload itself, but I've still got the goddamn' installer nugget stinking up my phone.

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Cheap blow-up baby incubator bags James Dyson award

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All together, now...

...but, when would I ever need a cheap blow-up baby?

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

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Re: Time dilation

"...if we can crack the propulsion system, and the living and breeding in space problem, pretty much everywhere in the universe is only about 3 human generations away. Of course, the civilisation they've left behind might be long gone..."

Congratulations, you've just outlined the premise of at least a dozen sci-fi movies, most notably Planet Of The Apes.

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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Re: So....

"...Apple tries to create a cohesive system for the users and it's all "OMG! APPLE AM DOING THE BADS!"

Shill much?

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Re: HyperCard anyone?

1987, more like.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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KILLING YouTube...?

"Automated takedowns are the cancer that is killing YouTube."

Killing YouTube? Hell, I left YouTube for dead three or four years ago. Got tired of them pestering me about the music in my videos, telling me they're leaving them up so they can run "relevant" advertising next to them.

I've since moved most of my content to Vimeo -- no anal-retentive music police, no pop-up or pre-roll ads, no "recommended" video links, no wading through endless footage of twerking and ice-bucket dumping and cats falling off of tabletops and plane-crash porn and schlocky music videos and people throwing dry ice into swimming pools just to find some interesting and challenging content.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

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After reading about the battery-killing "upgrade"...

...I chose to stick with 7.0.4 on my 4S. I don't give a shit if IOS 8 is supposed to run OK on my phone or not; all I know is the past three or four upgrades have failed to deal with the battery-drain issue.

I ended up having to turn off wifi on my phone to keep Apple from shoving unwanted upgrades down my throat. I've still got a 7.0.x upgrade installer stuck on my phone, scarfing about a gig and a half, and can't find any way to get rid of it that doesn't involve procedures which go "over my head" and run the risk of bricking my phone.

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Facebook: Ha! Like we'd STOP trickcyclists messing with your MIND

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Re: Why are Facebook always "learning"

Yeah, a really stupid child who has to wear a helmet to school and can't stop drooling in his lap.

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That PERSONAL DATA you give away for free to Facebook 'n' pals? It's worth at least £140

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Oh, cripes, another "disruptor"...

Do you think that we can now safely declare the term "disruptive/disruptor" to be officially played? These tech clowns have pretty much beaten it to death and drained it of any impact.

Like "ecosystem", "disruptor" is now on my list of words which are sure signs that the user is entirely devoid of any original ideas.

"Senior Disruptor"? Cripes, gimme a big, fat break. Hell, the job title on Wile E. Coyote's business card -- "Super Genius" -- sounded more substantive than that.

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Re: Moon is a harsh mistress

Yeah, launching it into the Sun makes the most sense. Just friggin' obliterate the shit.

Do it on the Fourth Of July, too, and stream it live with Hendrix playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" mixed over it. Whee-hah.

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Re: Moon is a harsh mistress

"7. Store nuclear waste on the far side..."

7a. Premise for Gerry Anderson space opera.

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Not as glamourous as Mars, but not a bad idea, really...

While lunar conditions don't match Mars, it'd still be a good place to test-run technologies we'll need to build and maintain bases on Mars -- with the advantages of a low comms lag time, and being only a day and a half or so away from Earth with current technology if things go really south on you... handy for training crews and learning how to build and deal with stuff in a place where your comms lag time is nearly twenty minutes, and Earth is seven or eight months away.

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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Your real security terror is an angry "inside man"...

...in corporations and government agencies?

And, this is bad news because...?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: At last the 1936 Show, Folks!

Sadly, radio is still stuck in the '80s. Ugh.

"...The only major media certain to die is the printed newspaper. Its problem is the time lag in delivery..."

...and the fact that most major city dailies -- at least in the US -- are basically like Pravda circa mid 1950s -- a big fat load of shit-shoveling by the government, corporations and the Parties. If every goddamn' US big-city daily ceased publication tomorrow, I wouldn't miss them.

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Re: What's the point if the content providers don't care?

"20 years ago the interactive TV we were developing had mark-up which could be embedded by the content provider or the series producers to increase revenue.

Our demo had a button you could press to reveal web links to items in the TV show you were watchin. The clothes that the characters were wearing in the episodes, the cars they were driving, watches etc. Links to fan websites.

It was the ultimate goal for product placement advertising..."

With all respect, that sounds like many folks' idea of Hell.

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Re: I was there too

Beat you to it, man. Born 1957, here. Watched John Glenn's Mercury flight on a clunky 19-inch B&W portable which was only portable in the sense that it had a handle on the top. A common book in many US households was the infamous troubleshooting and tube-testing guide. You could actually open up the set, pull the suspect tubes, and take them to tube-testing kiosks which were ubiquitous in many drugstores and supermarkets.

I can also remember when TV via satellite was a big-ass deal; watched '64 Olympics with the caption "LIVE VIA SATELLITE" burned across the bottom of the screen.

Color was still a big deal then, too. Even though there were a fair number of color sets in use when I was a young boy in the mid '60s, they were sick-ass expensive, and not all programs were broadcast in color; those that were, were preceeded with a little bumper announcing, for example, "the following telecast is brought to you in Living Color, on NBC".

Not much channel-hopping back then, either; changing the channel involved a major commitment to getting up, walking across the room and ker-chunking that big-ass knob.

Still, it seemed as if there was so much more cool stuff on when I was a young boy, and a teenager. At first I chalked it up to just getting old, until I started hearing more and more people far younger than I remarking that TV today sucks.

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Stuck in the '70s...?

Y'mean, like, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, M*A*S*H*, and the first five seasons of Saturday Night Live?

Sounds like a winner to me...

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Jeezus, they're getting desperate, huh?

I should be outraged by this naked threat, but I'm too busy laughing. Is this the best they can come up with now -- "but, there's a Royal Baby on the way, and besides, your phone bills will go up"?

Why don't they just fuckin' give up?

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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Re: eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN...

"...they bought their servers on eBay."

D'ohh, man, wotta burn.

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN...

...and the problem is...?

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DUCKCROCZILLA 'alien' dinosaur could emerge from THE SEA

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Alien

So, I guess you could say that...

...absurdly huge-ass dinosaurs are a "thing" now?

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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Re: If

Lamest. Analogy. EVER.

Maybe we need a corollary to Godwin covering the use of cars an analogy.

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Net neutrality protestors slam the brakes on their OWN websites

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My favorite Web sites...?

Got an emailing from ThinkProgress last night mentioning how many of "my favorite Web site" were joining the big corporate PR stunt... uhh, sorry, the Internet Slowdown: Upworthy, Netflix, YouTube, reddit, the usual suspects.

Oh, yeah, these are so very much my favorite friggin' Web sites, especially clickbait pioneer Upworthy (their motto: "What Happened Next Will Blow Your Mind")

Hell, the internet at my house is already plenty slow, especially in the evenings, when the wife hogs the wifi binge-watching "Treme".

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FTC: We didn't robocall you and thousands of others asking for bank details. IT'S A TRAP!

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Re: Stopping these scammers...

Physical violence against actual persons involved in this crap is a bit much.

Still, I do think a sustained and organized campaign of physical asset destruction might drive the message home just as well.

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"...Stop now. The real Federal Trade Commission will come after you."

Oh, for Christ's sake, knock it off, Just... fuckin' stop it. You pantywaists aren't going after anybody, and you know it, so just... fuckin' stop it.

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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How about "FUCKOFFGOOGLE"?

...just throwin' it out there.

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The Schmidt hits the clan: Google chief mauls publishers' 'abuse of dominance' claims

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Re: Search Results that Contain new Search Engines are crap

I've been seeing that a lot more lately, too... almost a throwback to the early/mid '90s, when we had a running joke about searching for search engines to search for search engines.

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What's that, Mr. Schmidt? ...your WHAT hurts?

I'm a Zen non-fuck-giver.

Listen closely to the silence around me... the sound of one fuck not being given.

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Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids

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http://www.fbpurity.com/

That is all.

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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Perhaps a better question to ask would be...

Should we bother to right any of these capsized institutions?

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: One password to rule them all

"A trick I used a while back was to never know my passwords. Everytime I needed access I simply did a reset forgotten password..."

Damn. I've had to do a few forgotten password resets, but I'd never thought of that.

Fiendishly clever.

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EOS, Lockheed to track space junk from Oz

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Space Junk From Oz?

D'ahh ha ha heh hehh...

Never mind, it's just too easy.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Re: CNN?

"CNN lost all credibility after the first Gulf War. They make Fox News look good..."

Hah, right. CNN wishes they could be as bad as Fox.

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Re: Passpattern

All my passwords for my important stuff are generated by the random character generator in cPanel.

Here's where the "passpattern" bit comes in. In the beginning, I had to type the newly-generated passwords by reading them off a page in my notebook, but after a while, I discovered that I was memorizing them through repetition -- not by learning the actual character sequence, but through "muscle memory", that is, by remembering keystroke finger positions, if that makes any sense.

Kinda the same way I'm typing now, as I learned to "touch type" in high school in preparation for all those research papers I'd have to write in college.

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Re: DOH!!!!

"I set my password as 'incorrect', that way, if I get it wrong, a pop-up gives me the correct answer."

Crafty bastard.

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Perhaps type "password" with a Brooklyn accent?

You know, like "passwoid"?

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D'aahhh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hahhh

"No, unfortunately. They know vastly more about tech subjects than they do about politics.

M'eh, that ain't sayin' much.

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NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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Even though they're highly skilled at that...

...and have done it with the MER rovers several times with no problems, the idea of optimizing and reformatting a system from 125 million miles out scares the hell out of me, when I think of the times a simple OS update on my desktop has blown up in my face.

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Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search

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Re: Koch brothers optional

It's got nothing to do with what's "progressive" or not.

Facebook's technology really is creepy, and it really does help facilitiate stalking and the grooming of children for exploitation.

Full disclosure: In most quarters my politics are considered "progressive", even borderline anarchist.

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Re: "old posts on the free content ad network"

"...I hope it will soon be a "user-free content-whoring network"

once people start to realize they can do without all that crap..."

Seriously... I can't think of anything I can do with Facebook that I couldn't do with a simple Web site, or a blog, or a listserv.

Dark Social: wave of the future?

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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any way the wind blows...!

Jeez, you guys -- how far can you stretch a pop culture reference before it snaps?

I'd say the initial discovery of the bug caused more than a few sheer heart attacks.

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Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen

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Re: Is it just me…

Yeah, it may be "quaint", but at least if I lose twenty bucks out of my wallet, all I've lost is twenty bucks.

...and there's no goddamn' way in hell you can tell me that cash is anywhere near as messy as what I'd have to deal with if some Russian mafiosi got hold of my credit card info or my banking site logins and sucked my accounts dry.

Shill much?

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Paris Hilton

"I read this article and guess what happened next..."

What Happened Next Will Blow Your Mind.

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Re: Huh?!

"...Unlike Twitbook, where they post tiny details about their own sad and boring lives to anyone dumb enough to be bothered to read it..."

Whether or not Twitter is as you describe it depends entirely on the user.

I've been on Twitter for a little over three years. I use it primarily for checking the news, connecting with fellow activists, and posting my latest cartoons/blog links, and I only "follow" accounts involved in activism or "hard news" sites. No accounts I follow -- or which follow mine -- are the kind of my-cat-barfed-on-the-sofa bullshit that Twitter got its reputation for in the early days.

Basically, you put into it what you get out of it. If you're one of those clowns who insists on broadcasting banal personal minutiae, then, yeah, you're going to get more cats barfing on sofas than you can handle.

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