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America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

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Re: x-37's mess things up...

There is nothing that you have hypothesized that can't be done with conventional re-entry technology (i.e. re-purpose commercial/scientific launch technology).

The only think the X-37 provides, which current or proposed re-entry vehicles provide today is cross-range capability. And to date (unless we've missed something) the likely mission profile that would make use of this has not yet been seen. That is, a launch and single (or perhaps two) orbit trajectory with a return to ts origin. And this isn't a terribly important capability unless one must launch from the west coast (Vandenberg) and return to the same location. We could just as easily launch from Cape Canaveral and land in Texas using ground landing technology (like Soyuz).

Where the X-37 capability might come in handy is if there is a need to locate several launch and recovery sites around the globe. Where there isn't a suitable recovery site a thousand miles to the west (in friendly hands) useable for a conventional capsule recovery. The mission would be something like: launch, do something within one orbit, and return. And with sites around the globe, the point in orbit being accessed could be reached within 90 minutes.

Spying on or messing with other people's stuff in orbit, or launching space weapons don't seem to need these sorts of mission profiles. The one missions that does make sense is some sort of space rescue. Anything going wrong with a conventional manned capsule or space station and the astronauts hop into suits and bail out. An X-37 somewhere on earth can get there and return them within the lif support capabilities of a suit.

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Re: Marathon?

No landing slots available at O'Hare?

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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CALEA

Need security holes built in to gadgets? Buy Chinese stuff. I hear they have been more than willing to comply.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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American here. Is there a license fee on British DAB (or analog) receivers?

In the USA, we have a tradition of supporting broadcasts available to the general public free of all fees. This includes gov't taxes as well as a requirement for listeners to pay some private entity for a 3G/4G/broadband connection.

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SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION

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"Perhaps the shuttle has a multi-role mission."

And we may not see the role for which its peculiar capabilities were intended until some emergency arises. Because once people realize what it can do (outside of traditional spy sat capabilities) the cat will be out of the bag so to speak.

There have been some theories floating around about single orbit missions with cross range capability for quick recovery. And some of the performance characteristics required to support this have undoubtedly been tested during its longer stays in space. But to date, nothing has been done that could not have been accomplished by a typical 'one shot' craft so as not to give away the DoD's intentions.

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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Paris Hilton

Hey Ed!

PROTIP: Check her carefully for planted listening devices.

It's what I always do.

Paris because "Who put that there?"

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

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"Linux: Too hard for Windows users."

Don't worry. We're dumbing it down for the riff-raff. Wayland. Systemd.

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'Encryption will make life very easy for criminals and terrorists'

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On the other hand ...

... encryption makes life more difficult for identity thieves and other scammers.

And as identity thefts are usually counted in the hundreds of thousands or even millions of victims, I'm going to worry more about that issue.

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Initiative 594

"But there isn't any actual requirement for background checks or waiting periods or any other hurdle to stop you buying a gun in the USA! Gun control people in America (and indeed gun advocates, a lot of the time) usually prefer to talk of some other USA where these things are required, but it doesn't exist and there seems to be no realistic prospect that it ever will."

http://ballotpedia.org/Washington_Universal_Background_Checks_for_Gun_Purchases,_Initiative_594_%282014%29

We don't know how this will be decided. But ts one of those issue that, for the majority of the population, has no significant impact. So why not vote in favor? Even quite a few gun owners don't see a major problem with this. One major issue that gun rights advocates have is: In order to enforce such a law, the state would need to keep a registry of gun sales transactions. It's the only reasonable way to link the current posession of a firearm to a properly conducted background check at soe previous time. And now you are building a gun registry.

My primary reason for posting this is that I don't buy arguments like "there seems to be no realistic prospect that it ever will." Yeah, right. Put that in writing someplace and I'll believe it. History is full of majorities making decisions when they don't affect themselves. Never mind what happens to the minority that has to live with the decision.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Its been tried before

"Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer"

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

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All this fuss

because some guy with an Apple bent the rules a bit.

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Teachable Moment?

In addition to all of the (justified) outrage that Ms Watson has produced, I don't think I've seen any advice given to the effect that one should be careful what one does with one's private photos, either on line or on hackable devices. Yes, there are creeps out there who will take advantage of some carelessly stored photography. Please make their job as tough as possible by securing this stuff.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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Apple will give it a positive spin

by naming it the Dali Edition

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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Childcatcher

A rich nob?

"a rich nob with an iPhone,"

Not really. A friend of mine is lamenting the fact that his poor, part time employed, minimum wage kids just spent the last few days waiting in iPhone lines for the latest shiny. And now he is going to have to make Top Ramen deliveries for the next few months because the toys came out of their meager food budgets.

Having the latest iThing is becoming a statement of "I have enough free time to sleep on the sidewalk for this". Not a stereotype that the upper levels of society wish to adopt.

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EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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Joke

Europe?

What's that? I Googled it and nothing came up.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Re: In order to stand a chance at winning

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

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Re: In order to stand a chance at winning

"Do we have to get the questions right?"

Who approacheth the Bridge of Death

Must answer me

These questions three!

Ere the other side he see!

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'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

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Re: Removal

Please.

Save whatever is left if the dignity of my people.

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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Pen sleeves

I've had some nice pens with rubber sleeves go this route. Solution: A lathe and some hardwood pen blanks.

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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Yank here

I've been education myself on the issues of this campaign in the manner that any good American does.

I threw my Braveheart DVD in the player.

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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"The police don't give a f**k,"

They do. They are just too busy playing with their 2-way radios, console mounted PC, personal cell phone and radar gun to notice.

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Big Data's being held back by little talent, says Huawei head techie

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Re: Big data's being held back by...

... the rational actor problem. There is no algorithm in the world that can generate "People who viewed this product also bought X" and get me to buy X when I don't really need X.

It's marketing snake oil. There is some magic out there that can push more product that the customer doesn't want.

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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[Sigh]

So this is what has become of RickRolling.

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

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My preference: Գաղտնաբառ

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Re: "We've all done these things"

When my naughty bits were worth photographing, the selfies would have been daguerreotypes.

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Russia: SEXY LIZARDS which landed FROM SPACE are all DEAD

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John Oliver

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b436uUuf_VI

Sadly, it seems it's too late.

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Your Bitcoins aren't money – but it is barter, so we'll tax it, ta ... says Australia's taxman

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Re: A fair cop

"Bitcoin payments are assessed as a fringe benefit."

I don't get this part. Employees would presumably elect to receive wages in Bitcoin in lieu of AU$ at some exchange rate. Its not like a company car, which is wages plus this extra perk. I can understand the capital gains angle if one's Bitcoin appreciates subsequent to their reciept as wages.

But if the gov't is saying that payment in Bitcoin carries some inherent advantage over that of the national currency, then that's the same as saying the national currency has some disadvantage compared to other payment methods. That's not the position central banks usually take when stabilizing their curencies value in the world markets.

The other way to look at this: By receiving Bitcoins, an employee is electing not to receive wages (in AU$). So could one deduct their uncompensated contribution of labor as a loss?

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This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives

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"Never trust a 'Merkin to build a roundabout."

Well now the gauntlet has been thrown down! I've never seen anyone back up to reach a missed turn in a roundabout until I was in France a few weeks ago.

I have seen a few Americans do a couple of extra turns until they figured out which lane to be in. But that's the advantage of a roundabout in dealing with such screw-ups.

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Clear the intersection! An El Reg reader is coming through.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Switch off your targeting computer and use the force, Luke.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: New browser names:

"Please not the Bing Browser, I'm begging you."

MS Bob (Browser of Bing)

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Re: New browser names:

10) "Firefox installer".

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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

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Paris Hilton

Sigh

One more thing that is going to generate error messages if I handle it the wrong way.

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NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS

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Alien

I knew it all along!

Keith Richards is an alien.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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Anti social?

"I think we also need to take on board that creating and sending viruses is every bit as antisocial and criminal as going around assaulting people and smashing up their property."

Right. Like that's going to stop the problem. Try putting up a sign: "Please do not mark this property with grafitti" and see what that gets you.

"We have licence plates on cars so that bad drivers can be identified."

And they just don't care. Sloppy driving is rarely the target for a citation. And people (particularly in the USA) take crappy driving as some sort of God-given right. Watch how many people camp in the left (fast) lane on the highway.

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Pop-up ad man: SORRY we made such a 'hated tool', netizens

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Pennance

And Pol Pot is cleaning latrines at orphanages.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: Move to the US

Nobody does coffee like they do in Seattle.

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Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold

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Re: [no payment was supplied]’

"Have you any idea how much it costs to clean up and convert to digital 'a vintage Dr Who adventure'? Do you expect them to do it for free?"

The baseline is some pirate smuggling a camcorder into a theater or setting it in front of a television set. People are willing to download and buy that stuff for a small enough price. Everything else is an issue of more money for a higher quality product.

At any rate, every rerun of vintage Dr Who on television these days is essentially a digital conversion. So its just a matter of the studio plugging a hard drive into the broadcast stream and then sending that off to the DVD pressing facility (or server farm).

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"All rights holders need to do is make their products available everywhere, to everyone,"

I assume this means in whatever format the customer desires as well.

Rights holders have made a mess out of re-releasing their material in new formats as they emerge. Programs that were released on celluloid (Get off my lawn, kid!) had to jump through more contractual hoops when VHS tape came out. And then Laserdiscs, DVDs, BluRay, streaming, etc., etc.

Get artists to authorize a fee for each copy produced/sold on whatever media and let the market select the means to distribute them (plastic, raw bits, whatever).

Netflix is having trouble moving people from postal delivery/return of DVDs to streaming because so much older (good) material is not and may never be released for streaming (ignoring the crap state of broadband in the USA as a factor for the moment).

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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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Re: Linux and FreeBSD malware spreading?

"If it works, it uses RFI to insert a PHP plugin, which then gets added to the web server and given the server's permissions"

Which means smeone has configured their web service to run scripts as a user with administrative permissions (of at least the web server and its components).

Isn't that a failure of Administration 101?

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Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

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So does this mean ...

... that my EU bank can sue the US government for imposing FATCA compliance costs on them? I don't see where this agreement only works in one direction, in the favor of US companies due to the effect of foreign regulations?

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Microsoft not good enough for you, eh? 'Next Steve Ballmer' drives to Google

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Re: Huh?

So is Mullaly going to be Charlie or Augustus Gloop?

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Unique Passwords

I recall one lady using this as an explaination for why she had 18 cats.

Of course, if you just name them Fluffy1, Fluffy2, .....

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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That's not Lindsay Lohan. She is getting to look more like her mug shots as time goes by.

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iPhone user SHAMEGASM: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

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Even worse

Imagine your embarrasement when the TSA makes you turn it on.

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Standard Apple response: You're holding it wrong.

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Linux

They want to check the boot screen. And make sure none of you lousy extremists running Linux get on board.

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

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What's the idea here? To put the pint on sale (suitably marked up) at the local pub after re-entry, certified as having being in space? I can see a sideline for Virgin Galactic here. Or even LOHAN, if you can figure a way for her to return something more than the empty.

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Windows users: You get a patch! And you get a patch! And you get a patch! Everybody gets...

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Devil

No XP Update?

I take it they haven't heard about the XP POS registry hack?

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Yes, but ...

... does it run Linux?

"Sorry, officer. I didn't see the red light as I was busy recompiling my kernel at the moment. Must be a problem with a bad driver."

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