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3D printed guns are for wimps. Meet NASA's 3D printed ROCKET ENGINE

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Re: Sorry this model is out of print

Really, if you can buy that machine, you can source your officeworker-reaping AKMs directly. And get delivery of a few boxes of ammo.

I remember Drexler speaking about honest-to-God nanotechnology (the one with the nanobots, what nanotechnology meant before marketdroids looking for the next big thing found about it) and saying that one day one would be able to put together a rocket engine in a vat filled with the appropriate salty solution and a few grams of magic nanobot powder. Just rinse when the light goes green.

This seems nearly as good.

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Microsoft: YES Windows 8.1 is finished, but NO you can't have it

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Re: Poor Microsoft

> You feel sorry for them?

This made me actually check whether that old site still exists...

KEIN MITLEID FÜR MICROSOFT

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Boffins lay bare exotic Lara Croft meteorite element ununpentium

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> expected to exist

For some values of "expected", I reckon.

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Silicon daddy: Moore's Law about to be repealed, but don't blame physics

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Re: Been hearing this...

Imma have commenters not knowing about them atoms?

This is a good way to start off with the fascinating World of Real World Knowledge:

Model Rail

There are also a few other limits

P =/= NP for one...

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Tesla tops $20bn as Elon Musk claims arm-wave design tech

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> holographic imagery and handwaving UIs

Japanese animation was there before.

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> white flag designs

This joke is getting pretty stale, especially as "the French" are totally on board the latest USUK freakshow of starting yet another illegal war in the next week or so. Another Black Bomber / Rice / Hague / SarkozyHollande production.

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Did Google's Waze gobble run rivals off the road? UK watchdog starts probe

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Re: "The only Waze is ethics"

Should probably be "The only Waze is Bureaucracy".

Seriously, WTF? Monopoly in the mapping market?

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Chinese authorities say massive DDoS attack took down .cn domain

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Re: This is a different kind of war

Today network experts are just as capable, it really does change a lot of about histroy will be written.

Oh that old trope again....

Really - nothing is better than a cruise missile leisurly cruising into your refugee camp / hospital door / aspirin factory. As you will witness momentarily when bomberprez unleashes another show of amazing fireworks, totally not okay by any democratic consultative process.

All this cyberwar hype is just hype, momentarily hypeable because open networks are currently, well, open, not very well built and not very well managed. This please MIC people because they can cream off. It also pleases politicians because they can call for more control.

Cyberwar Is Mostly Bunk

Subversion," Rid notes, has quite different meanings and effects in liberal and authoritarian regimes. Occupy Wall Street was a form of more or less legitimate subversion in the U.S.; Occupy Tahrir Square in Egypt has quite a different political valence. "In liberal democracies subversion has been successfully legalized and institutionalized," Rid writes. Meanwhile, authoritarian regimes such as China and Russia tried to push for the United Nations to adopt an "International code of conduct for information security." The proposed code of conduct would have specifically obligated nations to “combat” the use of information and communication technologies that “undermines other countries' political, economic and social stability.”

Rid frets, "The real risk for liberal democracies is not that these technologies empower individuals more than the state; the long-term risk is that they empower the state more than individuals." Given the NSA spying scandal, this observation seems disturbingly prescient. "Open systems," Rid argues, "no matter if we're talking about a computer's operating system or a society's political system, are more stable and run more securely." That much is absolutely right.

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What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

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Re: Plumbing new depths

Nokia =/= Humanity

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EFF, Lessig battling copyright takedowns

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Deal with it, AC!

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Time for a revenge torrent.

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The 'third era' of app development will be fast, simple, and compact

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Re: "How is Ada doing?"

It exists but it's nowhere where it was originally INTENDED to be - a do-all language for military (and of course other high-reliability) applications, and the more-or-less single language to use in that case. That idea was doomed from the start.

Yes, it should be used more often. Instead of C++ hackarounds.

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How is Ada doing?

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Java sure is COBOL naow

I'm sure there is a lot of effort and excellent engineering going into forcing the square peg of Java into every hole (body orifices excepted, I hope), but -- did they even mention languages more appropriate to this "third era" than one that has been designed squarely in the "first era" and is being controlled by Godfather Larry? How will the JVM be applied to this heterogeneous computing? Won't other VMs be more appropriate? Where is Erlang for example? What if I want to run ancient PARLOG code from the 5th generation project?

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Pulsars: the GPS beacons of the cosmos

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an exploding galaxy for example

I would like to see that. Structures 100'000 ly in diameter don't explode. Maybe we are talking about merging black holes?

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Ten top new games for phones ’n’ slabs

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What is a "Bank Holiday"... sounds agreeable ... like a holiday in Cyprus.

Bank Holiday

During the 1920s, a typical year might find 700 banks failing, with deposits totaling $170 million. In 1930, 1350 banks failed, with deposits of $837 million; in 1931, 2,293 banks collapsed, with deposits of $1,690 million; and in 1932, 1,453 banks failed, having $706 million in deposits. This enormous increase in bank failures was enough to give any bank pause—particularly when the bankers knew in their hearts that no bank (outside of the nonexisting ideal 100 percent bank) can ever withstand a determined run.

As a reaction, one by one, states imposed "bank holidays", thus permitting the banks to stay in business while refusing to pay virtually all of the just claims of their depositors (a pattern that had become almost traditional in America since the Panic of 1819).

Nevada had begun as early as October, 1932, but only 9 out of 20 banks took advantage of the state holiday, the others remaining open. Louisiana declared a brief holiday for the hard-pressed New Orleans banks in early February, but the bank holiday movement began in earnest with the proclamation of an eight-day holiday on February 14, 1933, by Governor William Comstock of Michigan. This action precipitated the bank runs and deflation of the latter part of February. For if one state could, with impunity, destroy property right in this manner, then others could—and did—and depositors began an intense scramble to take their money out of the banks.

On the request of bankers for government to save them from the consequences of their own mistakes, state after state, beginning with Indiana, declared moratoria and bank holidays. Governor Ritchie of Maryland declared a three-day bank holiday on February 24. On February 27, the member banks of the Cleveland Clearing House Association decided arbitrarily to limit withdrawals from all their branches, and no state officials acted to stop this blatant infringement of property right. They were promptly followed by Akron and Indianapolis banks. On February 27, the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Delaware legislatures authorized the state banking officials to restrict the right of withdrawal of deposits.

By March 4, every state in the Union had declared a bank holiday. President Roosevelt closed down all the banks throughout the nation for an entire week, from March 6 to 13, with many banks remaining closed even longer.

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Plucky ISS 'nauts manage to bodge tricky camera gizmo onto podule IN SPACE

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Slavshit is best shit!

You no trust in glorious russian engineering? Rockets built by Chief Engineer, who was Stalin's purge survivor, while country wrecked by Great War for Motherland. Still firing strong and lifting goods into orbit today. Consider USA, needs borrow german honorary SS member to get rockets off ground in first place, forgets all about Goddard. I laugh.

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Silicon Valley slurped millions of NSA cash for PRISM participation

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Re: WAR IS GOOD!!!!!

It's okay as long as a honestly riveted flying saucer is not parked alongside.

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It's news when it's news. Not earlier.

Otherwise it's "out there", "fringe", "tinfoil hat" or "Paultardism".

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Germany warns: You just CAN'T TRUST some Windows 8 PCs

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Holy shit it actually happened http://jefferai.org/2013/03/29/distillation/

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> Did you know that the KDE project recently lost everything

What. They have less sysop nous than a fly-by-night outfit that sells packages of Bami Goreng on the side?

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Disquieting frankness on your webzine

Microsoft denied there was any backdoor. In a lengthy statement, a spokeswoman insisted that users cannot expect "privacy without good security".

Indeed. We want privacy with excellent security, not "no privacy" with just "good security".

Mickey's soft: just say no to this package..

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As long as lube is involved and there are state-sponsored donuts at the end, we can go pretty far with nary a peep, just a stream of "denials" and "excuses" followed by "calls for investigation", then more "excuses" and "denials".

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Re: It gets even better:

when will Microsoft finally wake up and start working their way out of this mess?

.. I'm thinking "never".

Excellent.... excellent.

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Guardian teams up with New York Times for future Snowden GCHQ coverage

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Re: damage limitation

The next operation will be an attack on Syria in response to the "Assad kills his own people using chemical weapons, so the President has to do something" meme (yet another "Radio Gleiwitz" type show). That should cause minds to wander.

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Sounds like the superstring theory of leakage.

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BILLION-TONNE BELCH emitted from Sun to hit Earth this weekend

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...and a few Petunias

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Re: This again

You may not know it, but Dinosaurs were into Intelligent Design and never doubted that Raptor Jesus would deflect any asteroidical crap heading their way at the last moment if they just kept the Faith going strong.

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Report: Secret British spy base in Middle East taps region's internet

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Re: Christoph Another possibility

after the Israelis evicted the PLO out of Beiruit in 1982

Hell yeah. That's was a success story. Don't remind me.

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I will barge in at the start and link to Glenn saying there is something fishy

Snowden: UK government now leaking documents about itself -- The NSA whistleblower says: 'I have never spoken with, worked with, or provided any journalistic materials to the Independent'

The Independent's Oliver Wright just tweeted the following:

"For the record: The Independent was not leaked or 'duped' into publishing today's front page story by the Government."

Leaving aside the fact that the Independent article quotes an anonymous "senior Whitehall source", nobody said they were "duped" into publishing anything. The question is: who provided them this document or the information in it? It clearly did not come from Snowden or any of the journalists with whom he has directly worked. The Independent provided no source information whatsoever for their rather significant disclosure of top secret information. Did they see any such documents, and if so, who, generally, provided it to them? I don't mean, obviously, that they should identify their specific source, but at least some information about their basis for these claims, given how significant they are, would be warranted. One would think that they would not have published something like this without either seeing the documents or getting confirmation from someone who has: the class of people who qualify is very small, and includes, most prominently and obviously, the UK government itself.

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Re: Relevance

This the Reg, they like to troll.

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Wifesatrisq?

Or of course the reference to "lives at risk" and the extreme concern felt by the British (and US) governments regarding Snowden's revelations may not be related to the cable-tapping base at all, but to something else as yet undisclosed.

My popcorn container is running on empty!

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist... Spy HARDER

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To make your mission challenging, we give you this...

They still use those glow-in-the-dark nightvision goggles, I see.

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'Silent' staff stood by as £100m BBC IT project tanked – DG

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Re: Haven't we all seen White Elephant projects like this?

When I was at uni, we already had a book full of that crap. Back then, problems were ascribed to a mythical "software crisis", which no-one ever defined properly. After many years, tons of better tools, and far better software lifecycle management it turns out that, far from being a "software crisis", it was a "management crisis" all along. Now made worse by money-grabbing fumbling lords of arrogance who never had to get near a tech jobl being pumped into the upper strata of organizations.

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Re: Baloney

I think you are being too negativist, so shut up. I would like to see some progress. Rome was not built in a day, so work smarter, not harder. I will be away on holidays the next two months btw, so I expect you to manage. Be grateful for this trust and delegation.

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Holiday HELL: Pourquoi, monsieur, why is there no merdique Wi-Fi here?

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Re: How very sad...

Whatever their colour, DON'T MENTION THE WAR!

Or, these days, Allah.

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Indian IT exporters coin windfall profits as rupee plunges

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The absolute rate is not so much a concern for the industry as the volatility. Such sudden fluctuations impact the planning process for companies and customers.

Right.

2012-03-22: Saving India from the Keynesians by Shanmuganathan "Shan" Nagasundaram

"At this point, readers could rightfully ask the question "How then did the same team engineer the reforms of 1990–2010?" The answer is fairly straightforward: all that we have managed is a transition from a nearly communist economy (defined as state ownership of production) to a nearly fascist economy (in which ownership of production is private, but the state plans and controls the means of production.) The above transition was intellectually consistent with the Keynesian beliefs of the reform team and hence was not difficult to implement. Even this limited movement in the direction of "free markets" has given the Indian economy tremendous rewards in terms of growth and poverty reduction.

... Given the challenges ahead in terms of disruptions in the global economy, the right thing for the government to do would be to free up capital by reducing their expenditure (leading to lower taxes and inflation) and dramatically decrease the involvement in economic activities/decision making by allowing competitive forces to decide market outcomes. ... While there would be impediments to implementation as cited above, the bigger stumbling block lies in the realization by the economic team as to why the above is the right thing to do. For a team that has paraded the NREGA as its flagship achievement, indulges in price controls as a way to manage inflation, has praised ministers for presenting socialistic budgets, the intellectual blind spot is the real hurdle. With the repeated hyperbole in the mainstream media of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh being a "brilliant economist," and given that he has surrounded himself with advisers who are essentially welfare/Keynesian economists, salvation truly lies only within."

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Re: forget about renegotiating

It is my contention that whenever the word "fair" appears, some economic contingencies have been misunderstood. In particular when the "fairness" is expected to spring from state economic intervention.

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Space-walker nearly OPENED HELMET to avoid DROWNING

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Re: Heinlein appealing to the American psyche

"Freedom!" and "Self-reliance!" which are myths

Extreme faceplam demanded. Myths? Is this like the modern version of Logan's Run?

"Freedom and Self-reliance are MYTHS! You will DIE if the government doesn't constantly HELP AND TAX YOU!!11!"

Also:

Jeff Riggenbach: Was Robert A. Heinlein a Libertarian?

Isaac Asimov, who knew Heinlein from the mid-'30s on, was convinced that his personal political views were largely a function of the woman he was married to at the time. In the '30s, when he was married to wife #2, Leslyn MacDonald, whom Asimov describes as "a flaming liberal," Heinlein was working with Upton Sinclair and his EPIC movement. Twenty years later, married to wife #3, Virginia Gerstenfeld, he re-emerged as a Cold Warrior fixated on the supposed nobility of the military and newly devoted to a "free market" for which he had had little use during the years of the Great Depression.

If so it was, I say, "so be it." Many men have tailored their beliefs to match those of their wives. They have found that it helps to preserve and promote domestic harmony. And they believe that domestic harmony is a valuable thing, a thing worth preserving. Robert A. Heinlein was hardly the only man, or even the first man, to venture down this path.

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

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Re: First PC with 8

The word is "horribad".

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NASA restarts WISE telescope to spot potential Earth-killers

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Re: No OMG

The Eye of Japetus had blinked, as if to remove an irritating speck of dust. David Bowman had time for just one broken sentence which the waiting men in Mission Control, nine hundred million miles away and eighty minutes in the future, were never to forget:

"The thing's hollow – it goes on forever – and – ZOMG LOL – it's full of stars! ROFLMAOOoooooo....!"

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Budget cuts, huh?

Ok, the military can have their trillion.

But why not shift the 1.5 billion annual subsidy for Egypt and 3 billion annual subsidy for Israel to NASA?

Oh wait, they are using these for buying US military kit.

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EXPLICIT VID: Man filmed trying to bang brand new 'budget iPhone'

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Re: Fake!

It's the one which is liquid, natch.

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iCloud outage outrage: Look, iPhoto friends, kitty just learned to... NOOO

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Re: What's with all these major internet services having these outages?

Has the internet grown to such a point that entropy has set in?

COMMENT SECTION SAYS YES!

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Kim Kardashian's bosom pal in bling snatch Instagram unpleasantness

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Re: Ohmigod...

But on the other hand, the money goes to the watchmaker, who will use it to buy the bonds of a company in dire need of cash so that it may extend its capital structure tool up in order to produce more of goodie X. This however, means that worker Y and Z need to be hired, which means that their income can be used to feed wife and children.

So by buying this watch MAY HELP THE ECONOMY!

And the original money came from couch potatoes. CAPITALISM ROCKS!

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Re: Geography

You could probably find a mad scientist eager to use this watch in some gruesome, unethical experiment on live humans.

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If that watch falls down the loo, it will be watcherloo!

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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Re: Count me among the paranoid

> and the favoring of AES, a cipher sponsored by a government known to spy on its own citizens

Yeah, roll your own cipher?

Therein lies crankosity and madness.

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Re: Why not send removable media through international express packages?

"Yet another package with russian dolls for you. Do you collect them?"

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