* Posts by Gene Cash

2165 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

Cyanogen Inc 'axes 20%' staff

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Re: Well shit

> That's CyanogenMod mortally wounded.

No. Cyanogen the company is very distinct from CyanogenMod the open source project, which is not seeing much impact. These were not CyanogenMod developers that were fired, these were people that take CyanogenMod code, add a sprinkle of proprietary piss, and depend on the suits to get deals to put their software on phones. Edit: so parasites depending on parasites, basically.

The blokes developing CyanogenMod are still developing CyanogenMod.

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White House to bung electric car industry $4.5bn in loans

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Re: Overlooked Problem?

Don't forget that a discharging battery gets warm too, so you don't even get to start off cold.

Most batteries still have a maximum charge rate regardless of temperature, and this is why people are spending billions on battery research.

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Silicon Valley's contribution to the US Republican Convention: Gayness

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> institution of Marriage to be intended for the raising of children

Really? Care to explain the multitude of (straight) friends and co-workers that are married, and have no intention of ever having children (and a couple of them pretty much hate crotch-fruit snot monkeys little mistakes kids)

There's four couples I know where one has been snipped, and one where both have been.

But I guess in your world that's an abomination too.

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She wants it. She needs it. Shall I give it to her or keep doing it by myself?

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Re: Drag and drop between windows

The ONLY good thing about Novell was the "salvage" command

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Re: Been there, done that...

Or you can get it from the original source they ripped it from, and it'll actually last longer than 2 washings: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/388b/?srp=1

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Juno's 1,300-pic Jupiter vid

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Re: What a waste !!!

> "Ooooh..... pretty pictures" ..... that's NOT THE POINT OF THIS MISSION !!!!

Nope, but it's the point of getting more funding from the public for more missions like this.

Did the public go "oooooh" over the difficulty of getting a probe to Pluto? No, they went "oooooh" over the pictures. Same for the Mars landers and rovers. I know the American public (at least) completely shrugs its shoulders over "they found water on Mars!" and goes "so what? we don't care..."

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Shitty YouTube skin

Why do you still insist on putting that shitty homemade YouTube skin on? It keeps HTML5 from working so it crashes because I don't have flash. Then I have to dick around and play "fight the UI" like I'm using Windows 10 or something, until I get the edge of the link to open it in a separate window.

So I then have to enable AdBlock to block that crap, and then it's just too much trouble turning off the rest of AdBlock for just your site.

You're not usually such dickheads (to your readers, at least)

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Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

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Re: PR stunt

> driver was driving too fast for the conditions

Uh huh. Right. I'll put that in the same category of stupid statements as "I could have stopped faster than the ABS in the rain when the car pulled out in front of me and broke down, and not locked the brakes up. Really."

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Bosses at UK infosec biz Quadsys confess to hacking rival reseller

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plunder customer information

Avast ye scurvy corporate swabs and prepare to be boarded!!

Ahem. Sorry. Mine's the one with the sleeves that go all the way 'round

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8K video gives virtual reality the full picture for mainstream use

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360fly

Just as an FYI, I bought myself a "360fly" as a birthday present, which is basically half of this thing (one fisheye lens) but it's actually available in the US. One good feature is it's waterproof and another is that the Android app is surprisingly quite good. It's even got a mode where you can use the app with a Google Cardboard VR viewer in real-time.

I have the HD one instead of the 4K one, but it's still pretty good resolution and $100 cheaper.

The only downside is you have to convert from fisheye to equirectangular with their Windows program (about an hour for 10 minutes of video on a Windows Virtualbox VM) and then YouTube can handle it as a pannable 360 video. I haven't yet found a free & decent Linux conversion program for video (there are tons for images)

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Alleged skipper of pirate site KickAss Torrents keel-hauled in Poland

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Re: Here's a thought...

I love the smug self-righteousness when they've obviously never run up against "this movie/game/sport/tv show is not available in your country because fuck you"

A couple of those, and they'll be on TPB/KAT like the rest of us.

It doesn't matter how much money you have, and how much you want to buy it legally when they WON'T SELL IT TO YOU

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Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

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Pull the plug...

Look at how long MSFT put up with the losses from Xbox. They tend to keep throwing good money after bad.

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After Monday's landing, SpaceX wants to do it in triplicate

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Titusville is a s***hole

The landing pads are nothing more than 250m circles of flat concrete, where they've removed the former pad structure. There's no landing aids that I know of, other than being accurately surveyed and the GPS coordinates determined.

The USAF has to take public comments, but they can also completely ignore them. Not only are they not binding, they can just say the magic words "national interest" and "national security"

Don't forget Titusville is a bunch of uneducated hicks. They don't even have the energy to be chavs. Florida is the stupid part of the US and Titusville is the stupid part of Florida.

These are the same people that complain about a lack of high-paying space jobs now that the Shuttle is gone, yet they complain about sonic booms from SpaceX.

I went to Space View Park to see the launch. I happened to run into a British family on vacation, and he was surprised so few people were there.

The launch happened and people started leaving! I asked one guy why he was leaving before the landing and he said "what landing?" !! Now these are people that spent the energy and took the time to come see the launch and they didn't even know what was going on.

It was very spectacular, by the way. The launch was directly in front of us, across the Banana River, and next to the huge cube of the VAB. Just as the rocket reached the thin cloud layer, the sound hit us, and "hit" is the right word. You could see the stage separate and flip around as 2 bright dots with swirls from the gas thrusters. A couple minutes later, the re-entry burn was almost directly overhead, and a couple minutes after that was the "reverse launch" landing burn. The landing was just over the horizon, but by the flames you could tell there was not an explosion or anything. About 5 seconds after shutdown, we got the single sonic boom. It was very different from the Shuttle double-boom, or an aircraft boom, so I'm not surprised there was a lot of 911 calls.

This was at night, about 1am local time.

So I got to see a rocket launch, and 10 minutes later, I also got to see a rocket landing. Great!

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How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

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Pirate

So how do they know this number?

That's an awful precise count of installs. Does their software phone home? Even from classified networks?

Edit: the Navy deputy program manager emailed them the number of installs. Ouch.

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What keeps former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani awake at night?

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Wow. I haven't seen that much entertainment from a total nutcase since Ballmer left Microsoft.

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US govt is in, EFF told to take a hike in post-Safe Harbor wrangling over privacy and EULAs

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Re: Could be fun maxing out their resources

> Use any of the 377 key words the NSA check for

There's emacs M-x spook which does pretty much that, and has been there since I was in college in the late '80s.

It's sad that at the time "oh all the internet traffic goes through one NSA building" was considered a cynical joke.

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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Loose pins

I've also seen where pins have pushed out the back of the connector, so you look inside the case and it's just waving around in the air. Fortunately, that's something you can usually spot from the outside and it's rare.

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Re: Always check the hardware as well as software

Went into my local motorcycle dealer to check on how they're doing fixing my bike...

The service manager is bitching up a blue storm because Windows keeps crashing. It's an ancient Dell box and I can hear the fans at full tilt enough to launch a 747, so I ask him if I can fix it.

[angry glare] "How long?" "Probably 5 minutes"

Of course it's absolutely packed with crap it'd inhaled in the past 10 years in a non-enclosed shop. I actually had to pull felt-like mats of crap out with my fingers. I grabbed some compressed air, and a month later he's still telling me "you know, that machine hasn't crashed since! it used to crash all the time!"

Now in the rare times my bike needs work, it's first in the queue and out in an hour. He did an ECU recall in 15 minutes for me.

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Thermostat biz Nest warms to home security, touts cam with cloud storage subscription

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Re: Another Non Starter from the Headless Turkeys of home automation.

> Nest built it's reputation

Don't forget, it's no longer Nest, who did indeed have a vision and a roadmap. This is now Google, who just doesn't seem to give a damn any more.

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Ivory tower drops water bombs on dumpster fire

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I, for one, welcome my new Boris-Johnson-lookalike master.

I also "want a candidate who embraces the ideals that built America's technology industry: freedom of expression, openness to newcomers, equality of opportunity, public investments in research and infrastructure, and respect for the rule of law." but unfortunately I've only got a choice between Trump and Hillary... and I simply *am* *not* voting for Hillary.

Trump is indeed "unsuitable to be president" but Hillary is unfortunately even more unsuitable. Trump's a jerk, but she's a crook.

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Google's Android Pay hits Australia

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> Users of rooted handsets and custom ROMs will likely be out of luck attempting to install Android Pay.

Actually it appears to only check for root when you add a card, and there are ways to get around that.

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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Re: Helmets

> I'm interested to know how adding a QR code for this information is better than putting the information itself on the helmet

I'm interested to know what emergency responders would have a clue what a random QR code would be, twig that it has your medical info on it, and figure out how to read it. In less than a 3-day required course.

Most of the American medical personnel have difficulties responding to a text. All the doctors and nurses are complete technical idiots and PROUD OF IT thankyouverymuch.

Computer? Oh, that's something the MRI tech uses, and he's a lowly TECH. None of that for us!

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Falling PC tide strands Seagate's disk drive boats. Will WDC follow?

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Re: Is SSD really the reason?

> SSDs are still wincingly expensive

NewEgg is selling a PNY 960GB drive for US$200. I wouldn't wince at that.

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Nukeware: New malware deletes files and zaps system settings

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Confucious say

"You don't convince family members to take periodic backups. Repeated, tragic data loss convinces family members to take periodic backups. Same as everyone else."

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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Re: "A.I. is hard."

Apparently grammar is hard as well, looking at the guy's posts in the forum. Half the replies are trying to figure out just what the hell he's trying to say.

Also they make the point that the owner's manual clearly says the autopilot does not detect stationary objects in the road when driving over 50mph (which sounds like a pretty bogus limitation to me...)

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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I dumped Facebook

Now I don't have to fret over how they keep pushing other people's games into my timeline, deleting posts, not showing friend's posts, or complaining my name is not real and demanding ID.

And I am much happier.

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IBM scraps loyal staffer gifts in favour of... a congratulatory social page

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Re: "I'll give you full credit!"

Or https://twitter.com/forexposure_txt which is even sadder...

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Philando Castile death-by-cop vid mysteriously vanishes from Facebook

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Re: America

> You're only going to hear about the ones where bubba goes apesh*t

See that's the problem. As far as I can tell, he told the cops about his gun, as REQUIRED by law, and told them several times he was just going to pull out his wallet, as ordered by the cop to produce ID.

I didn't see any bubba going apesh*t

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Re: America

You don't have the privilege of being an anonymous coward when dealing with the cops here. I think in 50 years, I've met maybe one decent cop.

Two of my high school friends were sons of the local Sheriff. Highly respected bloke in the community. Really nice guy. It was a sad day in our senior year when he was indicted and convicted of bribery and embezzlement.

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Huawei sues T-Mobile US: Why can't we be FRANDS with benefits?

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NDA is the sticking point

It seems to hinge on the fact that T-Mobile declines to sign an NDA. It's argument is that FRAND should be an open arrangement, so that if Huawei tries to bend them over, it does so in public.

T-Mobile doesn't really have a problem with the FRAND payments, but it's not doing it under NDA.

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3 'nauts blasted into space

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Actually the Soyuz spacecraft (not the launcher) has gotten a huge upgrade, which was first tested on the last 2 Progress flights.

According to http://spaceflight101.com/first-soyuz-ms-safely-launched/

"The old Kvant-V radio built in the Ukraine makes way for a Unified Command and Control System, capable of communicating with Mission Control through the Luch data relay satellites in Geostationary Orbit. With the new communications system, Soyuz can remain in contact with Mission Control for around 70% of its orbit, a major improvement over 10 to 20-minute Ground Station Passes on around half the daily orbits.

Satellite navigation is employed for state vector and orbit determination, allowing Soyuz to automatically target its engine burns. Proximity communications with ISS will allow for the exchange of relative navigation data to help in the rendezvous process and the new KURS-NA radio navigation system eliminates no-longer needed antennas and expands the system’s capabilities.

An analog video processor is replaced with digital technology and the DPO thrusters are re-arranged into a pair of manifolds to add redundancy to the motion control system. Another change that may come into play later in the mission is an additional drive mechanism within the craft’s docking mechanism to make the system more fault-tolerant."

The data relay capability & GPS self-nav is huge. The 4-orbit rendezvous was constrained by the fact they had to grab quick radar tracking looks and updates during the brief overflights of Russian tracking centers. If they missed those, or if anything at all went wrong, then they had to fall back to the 2 day system. Thus the onboard cosmonauts had to work their asses off to get the short ride. This should help all that.

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Obi Worldphone MV1: It's striking, it's solid. Aaaand... we've run out of nice things to say

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Re: Unremovable Google Bar?

Nope. The unremovable Google Bar is called that because you can't remove it. It's a "feature" of the app launcher. There's no setting for it. I changed to Apex Launcher, which doesn't have that.

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Android tablets too bitter a pill for Dell

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Great marketing by Dell

This story is the first I knew that Dell *MADE* Android tablets.

Where the hell is the targeted advertising that was supposed to let me know about such things?

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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FYI

The GPS coordinates of the crash intersection are 29°24'39.1"N 82°32'23.4"W in case anyone wants to streetview it.

This is not very far from where I grew up, as a matter of fact.

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Re: Autopilot...

From "This Day in Failure, July 01"

2002: A Bashkirian Airlines Tupolev 154 collides in midair with a DHL International Boeing 757 cargo plane over Ueberlingen in southern Germany, killing the 69 passengers and crew on the Russian plane and the two-person crew on the cargo jet. The collision occurs even though each plane had TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) collision-avoidance equipment onboard.

So no, even for airplanes, it's not always "fine"

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Re: Wouldn't have happened in the UK.

These roads were probably put in back when "yew kin gitcher trackta ovah dat, no worries!" and there's no money or concern to improve them in the mean time.

Hell, the stupidass rich portion of Orlando PAID MONEY TO REMOVE the asphalt from their roads to expose the 1920s-era bricks ('cuz it looks kewl and leet) and they consider that a safe surface. I avoid the area as much as possible but I've lost count of the potholes I've hit that have been camouflaged by the brick pattern, as well as just plain loose or missing bricks.

> I keep hearing all this stuff about how the US is the most advanced nation

Where'd you hear that? My American-made bike has been in the shop over 3 months now, so I'm depending on my Japanese-made one to get where I need to go.

I consider "American-made" to be a pretty hefty insult.

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One of the few times I've taken a taxi, I watched as the "driver" plopped a paperback book on the steering wheel and proceeded to read it.

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Cracking Android's full-disk encryption is easy on millions of phones – with a little patience

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Wrong info

"If you're running a Nexus device or otherwise have received and installed the fixes from Google and Qualcomm, then you're safe"

NO, you're not! As noted in the end of the linked article: "for some reason, the fix was not applied to Nexus devices"

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DRM

Note that a vulnerability in a large complex DRM module (Widevine) was the crowbar used to crack things open. The DRM leaves a much bigger attack surface. Nice.

These are going to be attacked anyway, to break the DRM. Attacking your device is just a tasty, tasty biscuit on top.

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400 million Foxit users need to catch up with patched-up reader

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Android

Foxit on Android asks for identity, wi-fi connection info, device ID, and call info, so that was a big 'ol bag of fuck-no. It also asks for in-app purchases.

Unfortunately I've got a motorcycle manual PDF that's a little malformed, so it causes lots of readers to crash. I need it on my phone because I refer to it about once a month for various obscure settings and when the bike emits error messages. Or I could just buy a Honda, I guess.

It's a landscape PDF and that seems to cause difficulties for lots of readers as well. Some crash when you rotate the device, just chop off major portions of the page, require you to scroll massively, or shrink it to unreadable postage-stamp size. This includes the Google PDF viewer.

Some of them slammed me with full-screen ads every couple pages. Seriously. [page][page][page]BUYDILDOSINCHINA[page][page]....

A lot had crappy UIs, with indecipherable icons, insane menu trees, or functions that just plain didn't seem to work.

As mentioned with Foxit, a lot wanted totally unrelated permissions.

I finally found "Document Viewer" 2.7.4 on F-Droid (search for "pdf") and it's also open-source under GPLv3. Crappy name. Good app. It has a quickly-clickable option to force landscape or portrait, as well as the ability to shrink-to-fit width/height/both/none like a desktop application can.

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Jupiter's throwing a firework party for Juno – and Hubble's peeking in

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The rocket engine is British-built

"Juno’s Leros 1b main engine, designed and built by Moog-ISP in Westcott, Buckinghamshire, is gearing up for a make-or-break 35-minute firing to steer the spacecraft into a wide multi-million mile ellipse around Jupiter"

http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/06/29/junos-british-built-engine-readied-for-all-important-firing-at-jupiter/

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Re: Yes, I know, but Apple --

> Apple has a similar upgrade-to-Yosemite dialog which cannot be permanently dismissed. Except by disabling automatic updates. Unless I'm mistaken.

Android is the same way. My Nexus 6P constantly hammered me about an update, which I couldn't accept because the phone is rooted. The only way I could stop it was by denying notification privileges to Android Play. Very annoying.

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Raspberry Pi 3 tops SBC poll for self-brew hackers and Linux folk

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Re: Community and price.

Plus with that large community you get cool add-on boards like the PiFace Digital (which runs my garage door, with limit sensors and all) and a dual CANBUS board that talks to my electric motorcycle and runs a small dashboard and some datalogging.

I looked at Arduino, and it was US$85 dollars for a wi-fi shield. Ridiculous.

The USB power is a hidden plus, as it means you can run it anywhere you have cellphone charging, so I can use the cigarette lighter jack in my car or my motorcycles.

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US committee green-lights CRISPR-Cas9 human cancer cell trials

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"That approval in February came five months after the Chinese breakthrough research was announced."

You missed a bit at the end:

Otherwise, the US would still be sitting on their ass.

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What do Tor, Tails and Caddy have in common? Mozilla bucks

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Kill funding for Mozilla

Actually, Mozilla is one org I'd love to completely and totally defund.

They've done enough damage to Firefox by removing features I rely on. They need to be out in the street with a cardboard sign and cupful of pencils.

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Zuck covers up mic and cam pickup because sharing isn't always good

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Old joke

I was worried the NSA was spying on my through my webcam, then I remembered: this is Linux, and even *I* can't make that work!

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Not smiling for the camera? Adobe's Creative Cloud suite can fix that

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So we can finally make Yuri Malenchenko smile?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/10/malenchenko_homecoming/

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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Don't forget, Hershey's is about 50 miles from Philadelphia, and they're always looking for ways to make their "chocolate" shitter and cheaper.

People don't understand why I always flip the candy over, and if it says "Hershey's" toss it straight into the trash.

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