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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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IT Angle

And to bring it back around to IT, my wi-fi has been named "Kill All Atheists" for years. Nobody's ever said anything.

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Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

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Lobbying is how you get sh*t done in the US

Voting accomplishes nothing, unless you're specifically voting someone out of office, because the replacement will be basically identical, no matter which "party" he's from. (except sometimes you can get lucky and play one party against another and get a logjam where nothing gets done, which is usually a good outcome)

I paid the American Motorcycle Association to lobby for ethanol-free gas, and they beat on people and sent letters, and now the Florida law insisting on cow-piss gas is repealed and I can drive down the street and buy ethanol-free gas like a normal person. I no longer have to buy it under-the-table at a gas station the next tiny town over.

I'm in the NRA because they agitate and obstruct things, not because I own a gun (which I don't)

So yeah, I'd be seriously surprised if Google wasn't lobbying.

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US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

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For once I've got to agree with Schneiderman. An even better solution would be a mandatory blacklist of stolen IMEIs like Canada and Europe do.

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Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

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I loved how the president of Lockheed Martin and the president of International Launch Services and the chairman of Arianespace all said "oh, that reusability stuff is a waste of time & money"

I hope Musk kicks their ass financially.

(See the last couple paras of http://spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/009/140414recovery/)

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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Oh hell yeah. In my experience, unpaid volunteers turn out code far better than the paid blokes.

Also, outside of the Linux Kernel Mailing list, has anyone ever seen a code review actually catch a problem? I sure as hell haven't.

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Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

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Re: Isn't it funny...

That's because the spy satellites don't have those bonehead morons in Congress involved. Congress has tried everything to shoot down COTS despite it paying for American jobs and technology.

However, Atlas V uses Russian RD-180 engines. All the recent American attempts to design new rocket engines (with the shining exception of the SpaceX Merlin) have failed completely.

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Wanna build a module for Google's Project Ara mix-and-match phone? Here are your specs

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I just want a phone with a user-replaceable[1] screen, as that's pretty much what dies. I've only had one phone I had to retire because it simply didn't have the oomph. I don't care about the rest of the crap. I'm even willing to give up a user-removable battery and/or SD card for a replaceable screen.

[1] No goddamned adhesives. It never goes back together right.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Thanks for the readable explanation

I haven't seen any other site even get the TL;DR bit right.

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Left swipe! That hot Tinder babe is a malware-flinging ROBOT

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Re: Nowt to do with age.

>Easy...every 17 / 18 year old will post a pic of the new motor, plus the registration will be in full view when they get it.

I remember when someone in a car forum stiffed another member on parts. They figured out his location from the EXIF and showed up in person.

There's also the bike forums that used to post VINs. Sigh.

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"the bots engage users in automated conversations"

So Eliza has gone broke and is forced to work for hackers now? How the mighty have fallen.

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Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V

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Another reason to not like Titanfall in particular

It's a game by EA with Sony DRM. I don't want that anywhere near me.

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Why I don't "do" multiplayer

* I'm an antisocial asshole that hates other people, and I sure as hell don't want to play with them in my games. There's a reason I work on/with computers for a living.

* The homophobic racist sweary little brats haven't come up with anything unique to do to my mother in a long time.

* My internet connection sucks so bad I was banned from Halo because I kept dropping out of games.

* I suck at twitch reflex FPSes and get tired of losing after the first 20 games or so.

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Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive

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I'd love to have a drone take out the house next to me, and the one across the street too! I'd pay good money for that.

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Indosat fat-thumbs route announcements (again)

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WTF?

So are there penalties for Indosat?

Do people sue them now? Or do people just start to blacklist them? Do they get off scot-free with an "oops, sorry, my bad"? What happens?

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SmartTV, dumb vuln: Philips hard-codes Miracast passwords

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Re: What autoplay video with sound?

Yup. Vimeo now adblocked, unless I'm on vimeo itself. Bastards.

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Intel's DIY MinnowBoard goes Max: More oomph for half the price

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Overkill and over-priced

I don't want something that solidly trounces a Raspberry Pi. Anything in that range, I'd use my crappy laptop.

The market for the Pi is running odd little jobs around the house, like teaming up with my smartphone to open the garage door when I am riding home down the street. All it has to do is click a relay when commanded over an SSL connection, or check a couple reed switches.

My first choice was an Arduino, but a wi-fi shield is freaking $85 BUCKS when I can get a Pi and a USB wi-fi dongle together for $50.

Using this board for that would be a waste of money and resources.

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Titanfall, shoot-'em-up gamers, cloudy contracts and cattle

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"Low-ping bastards" have always been a small but horribly exaggerated problem since the early days of DOOM & Quake. It's bogus.

Watch someone like AH_BrownMan playing CoD and it's just unreal how he can flip up the scope and get an instant headshot before I can even notice his target. You can see then it's not low-ping but just 100% amazing skill.

Anyway, since I don't play multi-player, I find multi-player-only games like Titanfall to be complete disappointments.and that's even before I noticed it was an EA product with Sony DRM.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Conversation/Threading view is sh*te

As far as I can tell, you want to delete one email from a thread, it deletes the whole damn thread. It's the sole reason I don't use the Android gmail app where threading is not optional.

With the idiots I have to correspond with, I'd end up with half the conversations being "me too!" that I wanted to trim out.

Does anyone know a way around this retarded brokeness?

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Dish and DirecTV deal: Damned if they merge, damned if they don't

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Re: Dish competitors--

Well, to be honest, "Terrestrial" does sound like a brand name, and most Americans would say "by antenna" or "over-the-air" so I can see how he was confused. I've only seen this usage in El Reg and the first time it took me a minute to figure it out from context myself.

Heck, even Americans can't agree on common terms. I was arguing politics with some Yankees and I said "George Bush was a spook" (meaning he was a spy, since he was head of the CIA) to which I got a shocked reply of "but George Bush is *white*"

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Play Mario using just your EYES as Google Glass gets JavaScript

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"you just look like a complete dick"

And that would be different for me from any other day just how?

I've been a geek for 40 years now. I really could not give less of a shit about what I look like or what people think of me. If it does something useful for me, I'll use it.

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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just a viral marketing push

For the new KSP asteroid mission pack...

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Twitter sneaks in Facebook-ish photo-tagging – how to switch it off

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Re: strange..

Not for me. I use it about once a day and it was on by default, and I've gotten no emails about a change in security policies.

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Candy Crush King sees IPO go sour as stock price heads south

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I guess...

That's a micro transaction!

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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

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Finally, a facebook exec doing something useful for society!

I don't think I've ever heard of someone getting a ticket for texting/talking on the phone. At least certainly not here in Florida, where it's just as illegal as California. I've seen cops completely ignore someone texting away next to them.

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

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Suit port concept

This is a really cool idea, but it's incompatible with any sort of suit maintenance, since the suit is left outside - and with suits being very complex mini-spacecraft, they will always need lots of maintenance.

At least NASA is sort of catching up with the Russian ORLAN suits.

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Integrity

Notch has it, and knows what it is.

Zuck doesn't have it, and couldn't understand it in a million years.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: Trade not aid Hmm... aren't we missing the point here?

Giving someone a computer - no matter how powerful - is NOT "teaching a man how to fish"

I could give my watercooled 8-thread 32GB machine to my neighbor and she still would not be able to find Google.com with both hands and an instruction book.

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Bruce Schneier sneers at IBM's NSA denials

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IBM's involvement with the NSA goes back to its 1st super

The 2nd IBM 7030 Stretch was turned into the IBM 7950 Harvest and delivered to the NSA in 1962. Hell their first computer ever, the "Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (ASCC)" or the "Harvard Mark I" was used in the Manhattan project to develop the bomb.

I'm sure secret gov't projects are IBM's bread and butter these days. I don't see their crap consulting business keeping them afloat. So I'm sure they lie their asses off about it.

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Another day, another nasty Android vuln

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"the bug crashed Google's Bouncer"

"Google has been notified of the issue."

I should say so...

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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

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Re: Bit of a whimp

Aw yeahhhh. I certainly remember *that* popping across two screwdrivers! I couldn't see anything but the afterimage for 10 minutes.

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Microsoft charges the FBI $50 for a copy of your private data, claim 'Redmond hackers'

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Re: The Adventures Of Trying To Close Your MS Email Account...

Have your lawyer send them lawsuit letter? That's what I had to do when XBOX Live kept charging my credit card despite having closed my account and the credit card being expired.

Then I filed a complaint with the state financial services board about Washington Mutual allowing charges on an expired card. I got an apology letter from Washington Mutual, so I know they were dinged for it.

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Oculus Rift? Tchah, try 'Oculus Thrift' ... You bet your vrAse we tested these bargain VR specs

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Re: Modern Victorian diablerie

"you're eye's"

Nice one. Two in one sentence. I'm impressed.

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BLUE BIRD DOWN: Turkey wipes out Twitter 'scourge'

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So if Twitter is banned

What good is a *tweet* telling you how to get around it?!?

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Re: The garage door?

Ahem.

https://github.com/CrashCash/android-raspberrypi-garagedoor

https://github.com/bradfitz/android-garage-opener (which is about 4 years old)

I guess that's as close as possible to the "self-satistifed twit" icon...

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Twitter turns 8: Five tech kingpins whose first tweets are UNBELIEVABLE

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It's easier on the posting end... any point'n'click moron can do it. Thus the popularity.

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Keep your quinoa, hipsters: Boffins back healthy slabs of choc

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Re: What chocolate?

Yup, one of my co-workers bought some chocolate with him when he flew over from Belgium.

He couldn't understand the crazed herd charge toward it, so we enlightened him with a bite from a Hershey's "chocolate" bar. He spit it out.

I got a Kit-Kat as a joke from a friend, and it had this horrible metallic taste. Look up PGPR (AKA polyglycerol polyricinoleate) on Google.

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Intel details four new 'enthusiast' processors for Haswell, Broadwell

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Wow, it's been 20 years of Pentium chips? I feel OLD!

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A sysadmin always comes prepared: Grasp those essential tools

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Fluke trademarks the color yellow

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Fluke trademarks the color yellow

Sparkfun (where I buy my Raspberry Pis) was informed that their shipment of DMMs (digital multimeters) was impounded by customs because they were yellow, and apparently Fluke (a big name in DMMs) has decided yellow is its color.

Right up there with Apple's round corners.

So Sparkfun has to have 2,000 newly manufactured DMMs destroyed. Let's hear it for reduction of electronic waste.

https://www.sparkfun.com/news/1428

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Microsoft slaps LTE mobe broadband into Surface 2 slabs (Yeah, take that, iPad)

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If it's not unlocked, I'm not interested

I want to use my choice of crappy cell provider, not Microsoft's. AT&T is far from the least crappy out there.

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Elon Musk slams New Jersey governor over Tesla direct sales ban

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C'mon, it's Gov. Christie

He's about as corrupt as they come. Also, this is true of Texas and a few other "fine" and "upstanding" states who don't allow Tesla direct sales either. They weren't as obvious about it though. Most people I know just bought their Tesla in another state. It's not like they're going to suddenly decide "oh, a Ford's good enough" - they want a Tesla.

Florida doesn't allow test drives on motorcycles, so I bought my FJR & SV in Tennessee & North Carolina, where they do.

The car dealers make it such a horror story to buy a car, and the auto "mechanics" (both dealer and non-dealer) make it such an incredible pain to keep that car running, that I've given up and ridden bikes for the past 10 years. Is it like that in the UK?

A former roommate spent $3300 to have the mechanic replace every expensive electronic component in his Accord in the effort to track down a dead $5 relay.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

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Smell?

I would imagine smoldering poo is not a pleasant whiff.

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Re: Is there an Arapaho word for this?

ISS story about pliers:

One of the astronauts was explaining that it was incredibly difficult to find things, even though the ISS is a relatively small contained volume and you KNOW they're in there somewhere. He put a pair of pliers on the table - "now your brain is instinctively expecting it to be like that, in a sensible spot on a table, so you can look at it and instantly go, ah! there's my pliers!"

He held the pliers in the air at a wacky angle "however, if they're floating in zero-gee like this, at some wacky angle, your brain won't quickly recognize them, even though they're only a meter away. very frustrating."

Well, I thought it was a cool story, bro.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

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WTF is a USB "encrypted slot"??

Is there a label saying "This is not a USB slot?" (mind you, that'd work in the US...)

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Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

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charge iPlayer-only viewers the full fee

Yes, as an American, I'd pay for decent commercial-free TV. We sure as hell don't get it over here!

Jesus, I was shocked at the quality MotoGP coverage from BBC Sport the first time I saw it. My jaw was rattling around on the floor. It even surpasses the stuff Americans do for NASCAR and the "bag of skittles swirling down a toilet" is supposed to be "the premier motorsport" over here.

Too bad Dorna's turned MotoGP itself into boring crap with the fuel/engine/tire rules, but that's got nothing to do with the excellent BBC coverage & commentators.

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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Yup.

My home box is a nice quiet watercooled 8-thread 32GB beast with SSD. I spent only about a grand at NewEgg for the bitsnpieces because I was willing to accept the i7-3770 CPU that is slightly behind the enthusiast curve.

My work box? Some 6yo Dell with only one SATA port. Yeah. However that's kind of my fault, as I haven't bitched for an upgrade because I work at home on the beast. If I needed an upgrade, they're good about them.

I also have a crap HP laptop, but that's also my fault because I was stupid enough to buy an HP. I did however spray-paint over the damn dinner-plate-size BEATS logo on the thing.

I run Debian and 2 official copies of Windows 7 that insist they're pirated, so I installed cracks for them.

I want a couple more monitors, but no one sells 1920x1200 at a reasonable price any more.

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Bloke rattles tin for giant 3D two-headed beast

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Re: Waiting for the Fed-Ex/Kinko's of 3D Printing

Stratasys is probably the Microsoft of 3D printing, or at least their business methods are similar.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Re: Good lad!

Shoot, he doesn't even need that... just eat a poptart into a gun shape, or point your finger and say "bang" and you get suspended and/or go to jail.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/06/7-year-old-pop-tart-gun-offender-loses-first-appeal/

http://abcnews.go.com/US/maryland-grader-suspended-pointing-finger-shape-gun/story?id=18123294

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Re: How much does..

Well, when BBC America shows things, they cram in 20%[1] ads, so things like Top Gear lose entire segments. As a result I torrent it anyway.

[1] People started *seriously* bitching and they started showing Top Gear in its entirety, plus ads, and so it ran an hour and 20 minutes.

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NASA robot plans mid-2020s trip: Europa. Wet, radioactive life forms (hopefully). Bliss

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Re: I'm not sure if I'm missing something here

Yup, NASA just gave the finger to Germany by defunding SOFIA.

This is behavior that goes all the way back to the International Solar Polar Mission in '83 where the joint NASA/ESA mission suddenly became the ESA Ulysses mission.

One of the reasons that Ariane has so many payloads is because of the US ITAR crap. People don't want their satellites anywhere near the US because the paperwork becomes bigger than the rocket.

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