* Posts by Gene Cash

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You know how online shops love to keep tabs on you? Now it's coming to the offline world

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Doesn't matter here

Nobody actually keeps anything I want in stock, so it's pointless going into a store to shop.

Best Buy didn't have USB A-C cables.

Cycle Gear didn't have non-magnetic tankbags.

Harley Davidson didn't have tankbags AT ALL.

Neither CG nor HD had Rox straps or Pinlock visor inserts.

Neither Auto Zone nor Advance Auto had brake fluid testers.

The Yamaha dealer didn't have clutch levers in stock.

The photography shop didn't have a replacement for my cracked GoPro housing.

Sears didn't have a 17mm Craftsman socket. Or combo wrench.

So I sent several hundred dollars to Amazon.

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SOHOpeless routers offer hard-coded credentials and command injection bugs

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I had a Zyxel router once. I don't think it stayed running long enough to be compromised. Only network equipment I've had repeatedly hang hard enough to require power-cycling. Wouldn't even ping.

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Phoney McPhoneface: The thrilling tale of ZTE's crowdsourced mobe

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Re: Phoney McPhoneface

No, my wi-fi hotspot's already named "Samsung Galaxy Note 7_1097"

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Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail

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Black market

Guess who'll be a star computer expert for the Mob when he gets out...

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Aaarrgh, zombie! Dead Apple iOS monopoly lawsuit is reanimated

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Re: Who is paying these corrupted judges, uh?

Since you failed to actually read the article, they're suing over the fact that iProducts are locked to the iStore, and you can't go to another app store w/o jumping over large technical hurdles like jailbreaking.

Yes, this looks like a monopoly to me.

To me, the idiot decision was the lower court deciding they weren't Apple customers.

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What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas: Razer prototypes nicked

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Re: Have you heard this one?

> Seriously, don't bring your good gear to the conventions

The purpose of CES might actually BE showing your good gear, don't you think?

> Do you need that much screen real estate?

Yup. I have 3 screens on the PC I'm using now. Middle one's portrait for coding, the other 2 are for email, browser, pidgin, screen of whatever I'm debugging, etc. I remember when I had 1 screen, I spent a lot of time minimizing stuff then hunting for it to pull it back up. Now I just look over to the other screen.

Only problem is I can't take it to work when it would really help at times, because it's a large desktop tower.

Good to see you're thinking small there, though.

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

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Re: Only TRULY GIGANTIC lawsuits will stop this...

Guy got arrested here in Orlando for meth when it was actually doughnut glaze sugar, and now he's suing for over $15K. He's suing both the city of Orlando and the company that makes the drug kits.

http://fortune.com/2016/10/25/orlando-doughnut-glaze-meth-lawsuit/

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Weather stops SpaceX from blowing up more satellites

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Not a flight failure

This isn't a flight failure, as they weren't launching or even planning to. A slight but important difference for the pedants out there.

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Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment

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Re: on the other hand....

Pffft. I had "doctors" that couldn't distinguish between a broken clavicle and a broken ankle.

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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Penny Arcade pretty much matches my feeling on how 2016 has gone... Lester included...

https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2016/12/26/two-thousand-and-sixteen

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Netgear: Nothing to see here, please disperse. Just another really bad router security hole

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Re: Too F***ing Late...!

Yup. When I migrated away from my ISP's equipment, the most important requirement was "MUST NOT be Belkin or Neatgear!"

They're ALL SHIT unfortunately.

I bought a Linksys WRT1200AC which totally hosed the DHCP reservations and the local subnet prefix when the power failed.

The solution (in addition to a small UPS) was installing LEDE.

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We've been Trumped! China's Alibaba is a 'notorious' knock-offs souk, says US watchdog

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Bring on the Chinese knockoffs!

My variable-speed rotary tool from Harbor Freight is better built and has lasted longer than any of my Dremels. At half the price.

I do have to love how a Chinese company is named "Chicago Electric" though.

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Rollout of smart meters continues at a snail's pace

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Hm. Duke Energy replaced 160,000 meters with smart[1] meters in the Carolinas & Florida in 2013[2], and it cost them less than $100 million[3]

I gotta say "good god, people..."

[1] By "smart" I mean new meters that can be read via radio signal by a utility truck rolling down the street, as opposed to someone having to physically read dials on the side of a house - I don't if that's different

[2] It actually took 5 calendar quarters

[3] The $100m also funded electric vehicle charging stations. couldn't find a breakdown

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Smartphones crashed, Samsung burned: Mobile in 2016

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Good use of HoloLens

The Kennedy Space Center has a "walk on Mars" exhibit using HoloLens (and of course it's MSFT-branded to hell & gone)

I must say it was pretty damn impressive.

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

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New ad in my mailbox...

Now! At Harbor Freight! Underwater drones! Cheap!

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on

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Congratulations

This is a hell of an accomplishment, especially for a multi-nation herd of cats!

Cheers! and beer for all the space-boffins involved!

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Poor software design led to second £1m Army spy drone crash

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Are these the same blokes that designed Schiaparelli's landing system? Seems "I'm on the ground! (when I'm not!)" is making the rounds...

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Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos

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Re: Shouldn't be hard for Nikon to do

No, decent strong encryption is not easy. It has to be properly designed and implemented. I'm sure it would also need hardware support, like an Apple-style trusted module. It's not just a "little extra" bunged on.

There's now a Florida court decision saying you have to reveal your passwords:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38303977

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IBM boss pledges to hire 25,000 Americans in next four years

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I'd say Rometty is sucking Trump's dick, but that's a mental image not even single-malt can fix.

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SpaceX delays manned Dragon capsule launch

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It's funny. I've seen dozens of stories like this one on how SpaceX's capsule is delayed, yet no one seems to give a sh*t that Boeing's is even later. I guess no one expects the Boeing capsule to actually fly?

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Boeing is still even later

Targeted Flight Dates:

Boeing Orbital Flight Test: June 2018 (unmanned)

Boeing Crew Flight Test: August 2018

SpaceX Demonstration Mission 1: November 2017 (unmanned)

SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2: May 2018

https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2016/12/12/nasas-commercial-crew-program-target-flight-dates/

I am a sad panda.

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Look out, Brussels: Google's moving the goalposts, barks price comparison rival

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Good

This does appear to have an effect on Google. I remember the days when I'd search for something, e.g. how to set bracketing on a camera, and the "results" would be pages of where-to-buy ads for either that camera or photographic equipment in general completely unrelated to my search.

Sometimes it'd be 3 or 4 pages before I found actual web pages related to the camera.

I hope they smack Google with a big stick.

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ESA to try tank-to-tank fuel switch on sat that wasn't designed to do it

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Related: NASA will try to refuel Landsat 7

Note that Landsat 7 wasn't designed to be refueled, so they're going to have to robotically deal with the "permanently sealed" tanks.

"NASA has a builder to construct a five-ton spacecraft to catch up with the aging Landsat 7 Earth observation satellite and refuel it in 2020, employing robotic tools mastered in years of rehearsals on the International Space Station."

http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/12/09/nasa-selects-builder-for-robotic-satellite-servicing-mission/

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Android, Qualcomm move on insecure GPS almanac downloads

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This is bogus

Google says it "could hang devices" HOW? That's bullshit. I could understand how it could hang a really shite app (are there any others?) but not the device.

As the article says, all it can do is screw the GPS init. Plus after a while, it gets ignored as the GPS goes into "cold start" where it goes "OK I really don't know where I am" and starts from scratch acquiring the satellites (which can take 3 or 4 minutes)

Plus the GPS assistance almanac only covers the US GPS satellites. Modern GPS chipsets also use the Russian GLONASS & Chinese BEIDOU systems, so they can acquire those.

If you use this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eclipsim.gpsstatus2 the GPS sats are circles, GLONASS are squares, and BEIDOU are triangles. My Nexus 6P and old Moto G (3G) can use GLONASS.

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Beardy Branson's space bird spreads its wings

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Because in a brand new vehicle, you can't think of everything. You give it a seriously good try, but in the end you gotta go fly.

Because they probably thought "an experienced test pilot wouldn't make that sort of mistake"

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IoT camera crew Titathink tells Reg it'll patch GET bug in a week

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Re: Grumpy old men 1 - Web experience managers 0

What's even more fun was when I was researching non-web TLS/SSL to secure my garage door app.

There were tons of the usual SSL questions on Stack Overflow, but most of them were answered with "here's how to make your SSL code accept ANY certificate" which pretty much turns SSL into an exercise in burning CPU cycles.

And the response was "thanks mate!" and NO ONE ever said it was for testing, nor were there any warnings to not use that in production, and the security implications were never discussed.

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Cargo capsule goes AWOL, explodes on its way to Space Station

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"What kind of anomaly?"

"Well I hesitate to call it supernatural but it certainly wasn't scientific"

Actually SpaceX might launch as early as 16 December according to Iridium Communications, but I'm not holding my breath.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/1/13805334/spacex-falcon-9-rocket-launch-plans-december-16

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

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Consumer Watchdog?

Who? I've never heard of them before, and I've lived in the US for 50 years.

Are these another smear group similar to the one that's currently having a go at Musk/Tesla/Solar City on titter twitter and other places?

"The evidence suggests that Tesla's cars harm consumer safety."

All cars harm consumer safety. I had a c*nt rear-end me a week ago, despite sitting at an in-use pedestrian crossing with 6ft flashing lights on both sides of the road. On the good side, at least I had a dozen pedestrians, a cop, and a school crossing guard willing to be a witness.

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Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

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No US coverage of this

It's interesting how this has been swept under the rug. There was no non-local coverage at all by American news outlets. The only place I've seen it is on El Reg and the BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38153992)

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Google's Project Zero tweaking Microsoft, because it did fix a bug

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Re: Flash Player update came in for MSIE before it came in for Google Chrome

So you sent an complaint to Google (who has no customer support anyway) about an Adobe product, and they didn't respond?

I'm shocked. SHOCKED, I tell you!

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50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

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Re: For gentlemen of certain age

Have you seen a Proton? Now there's a proper '50s-era SF pulp-magazine-cover rocket!

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supposed to be building an ICBM, but made a people-carrying rocket

Or remember Werner von Braun, who wanted to make a people-carrying rocket but was forced to build an ICBM. He got there in the end though!

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It's interesting to see how the Russians do upgrades to the Soyuz spacecraft, such as the 6-orbit fast ISS rendezvous, switching to digital computers, adding the capability to use data relay satellites, and changes to the rendezvous systems.

First they try it out on an unmanned Progress, which is identical except for obviously being unmanned. If that works for a couple flights, then it's approved for the manned Soyuz.

Nobody else has such a large production line of vehicles to do this. All the American stuff is basically one-off and each Shuttle or capsule is its own "special jewel" with its own specific problems and idiosyncrasies.

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Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

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Things other than ads

I'm finding I use Element Hiding Helper A LOT to block things like fixed-position navigation headers & footers that usually overlay 20% of the content. This screws with using page up/down, because you can't read the part that ends up under the header, so it's really annoying.

So I block that shit. I find I don't normally miss the navigation bar anyway.

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Creaking Royal Navy is 'first-rate' thunders irate admiral

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The Navy on both sides of the pond suck

That's ok, our most advanced ship, the USS Zumwalt, broke down in the Panama Canal and had to be towed to a port for repair.

That's $4.4B being poured into the water as opposed to your piddly $1B :-)

Oh and this is the same ship that can't fire the guns because the rounds are $700K each.

So are our navies having a "oh woe is me?" contest here?

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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Real China Kwalitee there guys.

Don't insult China. Their product quality is much higher than that. There's a reason "American-engineered" is one of my favorite swears.

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Here's the thing: We've pressed pause on my startup

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RADBOT

What is it?

[googles]

https://ridepdw.com/products/radbot-1000

"The RADBOT 1000 is equipped with a blazing 1.0 watt LED and a large precision reflector to provide visibility to your backside. Powered by 2xAAA batteries, the RADBOT has three modes: zZz pop, Cornea Blitz and Rock Steady for up to 30 hours run time."

So it's a bicycle light?

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Re: Easily said, not easily done

No, the simplest thing to do with an insane reading is to ignore it until it becomes sane again.

I've seen all kinds of sensors (RPM, speed, acceleration, temperature, etc) temporarily report either full-scale or zero for a couple samples. Hell, I've had open/close sensors report both states at the same time. I've also seen the exact same sensors never do that in testing, no matter how hard you mistreated it.

And *YES* it *IS* their job to sanity check the results.

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NASA sets fire to stuff in SPAAACE. On purpose. Because science

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Normex?

Is that Nomex that goes "NOORRM!" when it walks into a bar?

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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Re: Guarding Against Contagion

Tsk, tsk. Don't you know iPhone users don't touch cash? They leave that to their batman.

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Car chargers too

The newest version of the ChargePoint[1] app lets me use the NFC in my Android phone to enable the charger. I no longer need to use a separate card.

Obviously the phone is just emulating the existing RFID tags that you're issued, but it's still a nifty idea.

As the tags are very small, I've always worried about getting stranded by having them fall out of my wallet or otherwise losing them.

[1] A big car charging network on this side of the pond. They're actually very good with customer service and fixing issues with the chargers in my experience.

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Obama awards honours to Grace Hopper, Margaret Hamilton for computing contributions

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Actually, Tom Hanks was also honored at the same ceremony, and he definitely knew who she was, and was really glad to finally meet her. Obviously he's a big space nut himself and did "Apollo 13" if anyone didn't know...

There's a picture of them meeting and he has a huge fanboy expression.

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Admiral Hopper definitely looks like someone you wouldn't mess with.

Actually, she had a great sense of humor. She was on Johnny Carson a couple decades ago and she had no problem dealing with talk-show jokes and oddball questions. She even caught Carson out with a couple sly remarks and had him laughing.

IIRC, she brought some "nanoseconds" (6" lengths of wire) and some "picoseconds" (condiment packets of pepper) to illustrate speed-of-light.

I sure as hell wouldn't try to pull any sort of DevOps wool over her eyes though. Not if I wanted to keep my ability to reproduce.

Both these women have been personal heroes of mine for a long time.

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Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

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Re: Take with a grain of salt.

Also SyFy, which I pronounce "Siffy"

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China cites Trump to justify ‘fake news’ media clampdown. Surprised?

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I did hear two people discussing voting by Twitter. They honestly thought they could vote for Hillary by making the appropriate tweet on election day. I stopped and talked to them and they were serious.

I told them it was bullshit, and they called me a Trump supporter... which I am, but that's beside the point.

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Launch set for GOES-R satellite capable of 30-second weather updates

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Re: A VERY good idea..

Is the camera feed open source

Why, yes it is. All the GOES satellite current imagery is at http://www.goes.noaa.gov/index.html

I just watched the launch from my back yard, from liftoff to MECO. Perfect weather. It's been really nice, cloudless and sunny, since the hurricane.

And then turned on NASA TV to watch the Soyuz MS-03 hatch opening at ISS. The first ISS launch was 18 years ago today. I feel old.

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Surveillance camera compromised in 98 seconds

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put these devices behind your firewall

Problem is, there's an assload of stuff that doesn't work unless it's connected to the mother ship. For example, a Honeywell wi-fi thermostat. They expected me to control it through a (very misdesigned and broken) Honeywell.com website.

I simply demand a refund for such stuff, but a lot of the time you can't tell if it's such a device at first glance in the store.

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Race for wireless VR headset heats up

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FAIL

Commentards

I always love when a new tech comes out and all the El Reg comments explain how it can't possibly work. Perhaps this is why Britain is where it is today.

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Mark Zuckerberg is dead – Facebook confirmed

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Re: This is deplorable at any level

You have heard of the concepts of "mistakes" and "errors", have you not?

It's a crappy mistake (are there any others?) but a mistake nevertheless.

I feel left out, as I don't have a FB account. I had my "I aten't dead" card all ready.

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The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?

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Even better! I elected him for president!

As it turns out, Trump did bust Ford's chops for moving to Mexico

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/15/trump-slams-fords-horrible-mexico-move.html

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