* Posts by Mike Flugennock

1961 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007

The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

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Re: Saturn V balancing act

Also, as I recall, the combined contents of the tanks in a Saturn V had an explosive force equal to a small nuclear device.

Saturn V: The Don't Fuck With Me Rocket.

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A question about your units

You mention the Falcon Heavy's thrust in terms of the number of 747s.

How many Saturn V's is that?

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Re: What is it with these people

Oh, I dunno... I thought the music was damned cool.

Falcon Heavy: The Rocket That ROCKS.

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Twitter ATTENTION SEEKERS can now blab to each other IN PRIVATE

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Gonna be wearing out my "report spam" finger, I see...

Luckily, I'm using a separate Twitter cilent (TweetDeck) that lets me choose whether or not to show attached fotos or video in the tweet stream. The Twitter client on my phone is also fast and tight, with a "hide visual dross" option. "Sponsored content" is shot on sight.

Haven't used the actual Web site in ages. Went there once recently to do something, and gaaaahhhhdddd what a shit-ass mess.

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Re: Content content content....

You're reading my mind. Do I really need a 4k or 8k the size of Colorado to watch crap like Shark Tank and American Family?

Pig, meet lipstick.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Git along, little dogies

The exact wording the MS use for the "FREE" part is:

"A free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, who upgrade in the first year"

"Just throw and rope and brand 'em,

Don't try to understand 'em!

Head 'em up, move 'em out,

Move 'em out, head 'em up,

Head 'em up, move 'em out,

Rawhide!"

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Alien

This is NOT good news AT ALL...

...when you consider what happened last time:

http://youtu.be/9jqq02i1i9Y?t=14m

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TECH BUBBLE? No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley investor

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"No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley Investor"

Woo hoo. Suh-weet. I'll go heat up the Jiffy-Pop.

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

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Oooohhhhhhh! Aaaahhhhhhhh!

Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly. That's friggin' classic, man.

Screw "Selma"; this is my choice for Best Picture.

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Dot-word domains 'a shakedown, designed to get money out of people'

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Re: So you're saying...

"I know, to change that perception, let's just hold our conference in that Mafia run den of vice, Las Vegas."

Y'know, these days I'm thinking that the Mafia is a paragon of honesty and virtue compared to these tech industry clowns. At least the Mafia is straight up about what they're about and what they do.

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On the upside...

...it certainly makes filtering the spam a lot easier. I already learned this when .biz and .info came out.

I've since learned that I can safely shit-can any mail coming from .click and .rocks with nothing of value lost.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Re: the killer app that could've been

"You know what would've made me interested in Google Glass? A pedestrian-friendly minimap. How cool would it have been if you could give it a destination and then have arrows "projected" in front of you..."

I got yer killer app right here, man. It's called a map... on a sheet of paper. You hit Google Maps before you leave the house, print out the map, fold it up and stick it into your pocket.

(The st00pid, it buuurrrrrnnnnnsssssss.)

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Get coding or you'll bounce email from new dot-thing domains

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Re: DNS and hyphens

If I can just nitpick, here...

Are you talking about a "true" dash – that is, an "em dash", like the ones on either end of this phrase – or are you talking about a "hyphen", like this - ...like you see in typeset copy with hyphenated words, or many British surnames, such as Gervaise Brooke-Hamster? The terms aren't interchangeable, though many people do use them interchangeably.

(graphic design geek mode off.)

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"...or you'll bounce email from new GTLDs"

Granted, I'm a mere Illustrator ninja and not a network guy, but I honestly can't see any downside to this.

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Would you buy a domain from Google? Industry weighs in on web giant's move

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So, judging from the glowing comments from industry big-shots...

...this will likely turn out to be the dick move of the decade.

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AMBER alerts of snatched kids to appear on Facebook (and Bing)

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Fotos of missing children on Facebook?

Naaah, I can't see anything possibly going wrong with this.

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Google crashes supposedly secure Aviator browser

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Re: Google to the Nth Chrome = crash prone

"...Chrome is crash prone. Crashes several times per evening. Everything reset six ways from Sunday. Crash, crash, crash, crash. P.o.S. Tried Firefox, it's ugly."

I've been using SeaMonkey ever since the big Sponsored Frames In New Firefox Installs from about a year or two ago and haven't gone back. Runs really solid, and there are SeaMonkey-compatible versions of pretty much all the add-ons I use with Firefox.

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Re: All are a 'real estate grab' minefield

Actually -- in case you're not being sarcastic -- DuckDuckGo is billed as a privacy-respecting "alternative" search engine. Still, it serves sponsored links at the top of every results page, and is a throwback to the bad old days when you had to learn some kind of weird secret language in order to get more precise search results.

I'm trying to give them a fair shot by using them as my default search in SeaMonkey, but I honestly can't see why all the hardcore geeks I know are drooling over it so much.

Google may be evil for sure, but, still... exact phrase search.

That is all.

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Facebook hackers work blue on Crayola coloring page

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B'wah ha ha ha ha ha haaahhhh

Oh, man! This is the best news I've read all day! Well done!

I've never met a corporate "viral" marketing campaign sabotage action I didn't like.

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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Pardon me while I laugh until I piss myself

Obviously, this assclown hasn't heard of proxies, VPNs, or "tunnelling".

Hell, I'm not even a network tech -- just a lowly graphic designer -- and even I know about that stuff.

Dipshit.

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ISS Robonaut gets LEGLESS ... in spaaaace

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Aren't they reinventing the wheel?

Seems to me that an on-board robotic assistant for space station crews was perfected a little over 25 years ago.

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Magic streaming beans? Sure, have my cow - music biz

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Then again, I'm not your standard-issue music consumer...

My "store-bought" CD collection includes a lot of old and obscure stuff -- '50s/early '60s modern jazz, classic '60s psych, '70s Eurosynth/Krautrock, oddball prog rock, stuff like that. When I buy a new CD, the first thing I do is rip it and dump it onto the stonking big FireWire drive I have hooked up to my old G4 iBook that I have hooked into my stereo and use as my "media server".

On top of that, I have a lot of high-quality bootleg live recordings -- lots of soundboard and pre-broadcast FM mixes... I started out with Grateful Dead, but branched out into early Floyd, Stones, Who and such, along with a lot of obscure and lesser-known alt bands via sites like nyctaper.com, archive.org, and several bootleg collectors blogs, all in FLAC and high-rate mp3 formats. Then, there's the ever-growing pile of mid 60s "garage" and similar, from high-rate rips from old 45s I find posted at one of at least a dozen record collectors' blogs, all of which ends up on "CD mixtapes" that I edit myself and burn to CDs (for the car and the boombox) and export to high-rate mp3 (for iTunes, at home). All that stuff I have backed up to DVD ROMs.

All this combines to make me pretty much not the kind of listener that outfits like Spotify, etc. are aiming at. I'm old enough to remember when people bought individual songs on 45rpms, and when I started buying records seriously in high school in the early '70s, it was at the beginning of the era when you bought an entire album, not just individual songs, and many albums were designed to be played as a set piece, listened to in one sitting, the same way you'd listen to an opera or symphony -- Dark Side, Ziggy Stardust, Close To The Edge, Passion Play, Sergeant Pepper, Quadrophenia, Terrapin Station, etc.

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"...the CD just wouldn't die."

You say that like it's a bad thing.

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

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"Moonpig"?

P'wah ha ha ha ha haahh.

Honestly, I'd never heard of this site until I saw this article today.

"Moonpig"? Who the hell came up with that one... and where can I get a quarter OZ of what they were smoking at the time?

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GoGo in-flight WiFi creates man-in-the-middle diddle

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I'm outraged at this in principle...

...but, since wifi on planes usually sucks wind anyway, no big deal.

I usually read a book on the plane, anyway.

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The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household

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Re: My nest is on track to pay for itself in year 2

Shill much?

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Re: Smart Thermostats

...or, I could just hit the National Weather Service page for my city, check the forecast for the next few days, then take a few steps down the hall to the thermostat and tweak the heat up a few degrees. Done.

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so TEN years ago...?

"This stuff is still so ten years ago, and the reason for this is because no one seems to be learning from the people that have come and gone over the last 25+ years of automation tech..."

So ten years ago? Try forty, even fifty years ago.

I can remember being a young kid in the mid/late '60s, reading in magazines about how The Home Of The Future was going to remove the drudgery of dealing with stuff like turning up/down/on/off the heating and air conditioning, turning the lights on and off, and how we were going to be able to turn on the AC or heat remotely by dialing up the furnace or air conditioner on our telephones and instructing them to switch on so the house will be all nice and cool/warm and comfy by the time we got home from work in our cars that drive themselves on the Electronic Highway Of Tomorrow.

These goddamn' Silicon Valley snots really don't get it. Give it up, you guys.

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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"...give a little of your bandwidth away..."

"...Support openwireless.org and give a little of your bandwidth away, and lets march with our feet and wallets and make wi-fi ree eveywhere."

Y'mean, like, throw my house wifi wide-open to any stranger in the neighborhood?

Oh, yeah, what a glorious new day it'll be when any goddamn' rando on the street can logon to my house wifi, pwn all the computers in the house, sniff all our packets, steal our passwords and credit card numbers and just generally fuck our shit up.

Sure, that'll happen.

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If at first you don't succeed ... Fire, FIRE again: Amazon mulls smartphone sequel

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FAIL

You forgot all the other fun stuff...

...about the Fire Phone -- the user-tracking features and other smelly spy-ish features in Firefly, and how it's basically designed for shopping.

Dealing with keeping my iPhone locked down (1, count it, 1 third-party app, Twitter) is tough enough. I'll take a pass on Amazon's full-on Big Brother in my pocket.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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Alert

"The FBI claims..."

The three most important words in this article.

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Google bakes W3C malware-buster into Gmail

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Re: AdBlock

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking, too. I know, I've heard all about the Gift Horse, and I know my skepticism here is entirely unfounded, but I can't help it, because IT'S GOOGLE, F'CRISSAKE.

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Couch potatoes relax: Netflix scores big STREAMING TV PATENT win

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Re: In other news...

"Another Franco/Grogan masterpiece of comedy available to all."

I'll have to assume you're being sarcastic there.

From all accounts, Jimmy Franco and Seth Rogen make Abbott & Costello look like Cleese & Chapman.

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great, fine, congratulations

Now, if only Netflix offerings weren't generally the modern-day equivalent of the infamous "straight-to-VHS" movies.

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Re: Wide Load?

Sorry, it's an American thing. Refers to someone who watches so much TV -- or is just sedentary in general -- that they've eventually gained weight and assumed the shape of a potato -- or something like that. At least that's what I heard when first heard the term "couch potato" in the early '80s.

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NY premiere of The Interview cancelled after hackers' terrorist threats

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Man, I sure envy those guys...

...as I've lost track of how many times I wished I could make shit movies disappear from theaters that quickly.

Now, if only Adam Sandler would make a movie about North Korea...

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"THEY" won?

"Latest news is that it's been cancelled altogether... They won..."

"They" won, Sony lost.

Sorry, but I see no downside.

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Re: Fight the war against terror!

Funny how the Americans and Brits characterize guys like Kim Jong-Un as "loonies".

Ever watch your own "leaders" popping off on TV? We've got no room to talk. From what I can see, the "leadership" of the US and UK are the goddamn' Olympic gold medalists in "loony".

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Re: story un-folding in the press

"And the story unfolding in the media has a hell of a lot less Seth Rogen in it which automatically makes it better."

I think Seth Rogen is going to be the next generation's Adam Sandler.

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Re: Digging their own graves ...

Hell, I can't even remember the last time I went to an actual movie theater to see a film. I think it was this one art-house cinema/brew pub downtown, to see some indie film three or four years ago.

Last film I saw was Truffaut's The Bride Wore Black, which the DW and I hadn't seen in a while, on Netflix. Yeah, that's right, Truffaut on Netflix -- but you wouldn't believe all the crap we had to sift through to find it. It's like going through the rack at Blockbuster (back in the day), plowing through endless piles of straight-to-VHS crap trying to find that one old Truffaut picture I wanted to see again.

If you ask me, I might feel a duty to score a leaked copy of The Interview as a "fuck you" to Sony. Honestly, I can't pretend I'm not enjoying this.

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Re: Actually...

Oh, yeah, Israel's used to terrorism, alright. They've been doing it since 1948.

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And, besides...

It's James Franco and Seth Rogen, f'crissakes, so who cares?

...and nothing of value was lost.

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Re: Actually...

"Here's hoping that this doesn't (further) neuter creativity within the mainstream movie industry for fear of reprisal from someone somewhere who might get offended..."

Creativity within the mainstream movie industry has already been neutered for at least thirty years. You need to get out more.

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Got an iPhone or iPad? LOOK OUT for MASQUE-D INTRUDERS

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Re: Malware on my wife's iPhone

Pardon my asking, but are you British? I thought you guys were supposed to be really great at sarcasm.

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Re: I hate to say it...

Good one, man. It bugs the hell out of me when I hear fellow Mac users brag about how their systems can't be infected. I remind them that one of the very first viruses to gain widespread media attention in the late '80s was a MacOS virus.

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Re: I hate to say it...

Just threw you an upvote for that... and I've been a MacOS user since '85, and got a 4S a little over a year ago. I have a grand total of 1 (count 'em, ONE) third-party app, Twitter. I've also been blowing off IOS updates ever since I got the heads-up about the battery-murdering IOS7 update.

Not to say what these people are doing isn't vile and underhanded, but I long ago learned to be responsible for my own security, and not fall for lame bullshit like "social engineering".

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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Driverless internet gypsy cab? What could go wrong?

I wouldn't ride in a driverless internet gypsy cab if my life depended on it... never mind the whole issue of exploiting casual labor and driving down legit taxi drivers' wages.

Human drivers may be fallible, but let's not forget that the driverless cars are programmed by HUMANS, f'crissake.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Re: Couldn't the EU just wall off France?

"...Let us wall off thee feelthy roast beefs, with their bowler hats, aristocracy and zere tea and muffins with warm beer and crickets on the village lawn every dimanche..."

"I fart in your general direction!" --John Cleese

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

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Re: Re the Need For Standards

"...Not sure why I'm having to spell out the benefits of technology to readers of the Reg."

Perhaps it's because, being El Reg readers, most of us can tell when a particular bit of technology has no benefits.

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Re: Re the Need For Standards

"...A giant shift like this has to start somewhere..."

Shill much?

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