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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Re: I think there's a missing word here...

Actually a Cylon.

She probably has a plan or two.

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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Re: Rumours are untrue

Unfortunately we have no orion-tier spacecraft ready for an intercept.

ADIOS, MOTIES!

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Re: No propulsion?

LOLNO

With all that comes from Jimbopedia:

Solar Wind:

"The wind exerts a pressure at 1 AU typically in the range of 1–6 nPa, although it can readily vary outside that range."

Light Pressure:

perfect absorbance: F = 4.54 μPa

perfect reflectance: F = 9.08 μPa (normal to surface)

That's three order of magnitude difference, advantage light sail.

Anyway you need a special kind of sail (actually: a set of wires) for the solar wind: Electric solar wind sail

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Re: No propulsion?

On the other hand, I don't think the sail is supposed to interact with the solar wind. Except in the negative sense, you don't want it to pick up nasty charges.

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Re: No propulsion?

If you are designing it right, you can orient the sail to get an orientable thrust vector, for the rest you can design your orbits correctly or do chaotic-based orbit transfers for maximum coolness.

Solar sailing has been in the "planning stages" since the mid-70s at least, with nice images by Vincent DiFate or whomever; there were even plans to have a comet-rendezvous mission use this .... now it's 2014 and it's still marked "cancelled". NASA ... just another gummint outfit.

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Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz

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Re: OH KNOWS!

You better start quivering, do you want a visit by the party van?

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Re: How do I "horde" something?

I dunno but a horde generally only manages to hit one acolyte once before it breaks.

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I thought all was sorted?

The left has declared Ebola inquiétude another tentacle of the vast right-wing conspiracy, Obama has appointed a political operator as Ebola Czar and we are even bombing Ebola somewhere in Eurasia. So why the Gartnerization?

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'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail

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Re: Australia's Federal Police

These kind are the worst. Only organized bus trips to the Fletcher Memorial home have any chance at remediating the situation.

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COMET barrels towards Mars, machines of humanity race for cover

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On that picture, Mars looks like an angry Sunrise Haro? Not good.

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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Happiness maximization is such a stupid two-pence-guru idea...

... that anyone who consider it should be happy-slapped with a bat at least twice per hour for at least five months. With a jawbreaker water-soaked pillow.

Seriously, it's something out Brave New World, I can see Ford cynically talk about great happiness for the higher castes while we bomb colored people in foreign lands that might interfere with our right to allocate the oil under their feet, because, you know, happy people are not wont to question the leadership or their edicts very much. Then everyone takes a tablet of Soma, has a mindless sex orgy with whomever is at hand (no AIDS please, we are happy), then goes home contented. THE END!!

Yeah, how is happiness maximization going to bring the capital infrastructure that brings you through the winter, saves you from (fear!) EBOLA or gives you adequate medical care? It won't. Be happy, die crappy.

Moreover, the idea that the government is in charge of maximizing anything, be it happiness or GDP (which it currently tries to nuke hard), is right up the alley of that intellectual shitter Krugman, who isn't exactly against have a war to "up the GDP" (and of course destroy everything of worth except the number). That he now whores out with happiness is a new low.

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Re: animated gif at side of screen

Yep, kill it with fire!

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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The determination!!

That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence.

Why only quadruple? Whenever the government "promises" X billions to "rekindle the economy" I would think that 10*X billions to "rekindle the economy" would be better and do a faster rekindling.

THERE IS NO REASON TO HOLD BACK!

Decuple the sentence. Hell, go wild, CENTUPLE!!

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Is this the home of Mr. Isis?

It would be enough to make one open incontinent fire in utter rage.

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'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

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Talking about surveillance. Did El Reg strike a surveillance deal with linkedin, the Facebook For Suits? Recently page load times have gone southwards (or may not terminate) and/or you get the forever spinning wheel after page load seems to have completed. My Firebug seems to indicate linkedin doing its stuff, whatever it is (probably nothing particulary healthy...)

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SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?

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Did they forget the safe word?

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

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Re: NO CHANCE OF WINNING a nuclear exchange ...

I suddenly feel the urge to play a bit of DEFCON.

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"The Soviets had working SDI back in 1980's" ... oh wait.

What the Chinese demonstrated was in fact, their MISSILE DEFENSE capabilities. And missile defense [something which the U.S. *DOES NOT* have btw]

The US sure as heck tries to get it operational. The fact that the biggest gunslinger on the planet doesn't exactly manage reliable intercepts should give you a hint as to the capabilities of the cheap-and-easy Chinese efforts (Hint: 250 BEEELLLION USD for a barely working TEAM USA MANLY SYSTEM, a nice price and basically a taxpayer-funded donation to Lockheed-Martin et al., correspond to around 2 years of operations for the whole PRC military at 2014 levels.)

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That's no – actually it is: DEATH STAR MOON 'could be full of life-friendly water'

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Re: It's...

Yes I know but doesn't water under very high pressure become a solid?

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US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

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Allah is great and will send Ebola to transform their sorry arses into festering heaps of bubbling biomass.

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Re: Two thoughts

I raise you two decades.

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

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Re: Are Eccles Cakes subject to the appellation controlée laws?

You may be surprised to learn that the Eccles Building is the Nazi Romanic-style building of the Federal Reserve located in modern babylonWashington D.C., which, contrary to its name, does not house a reserve, just a computerized print shop. Set up by Monsieur FDR who thought it might be useful to control economic busts.

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Re: Obvious Joke??

The English Isles - positively Celtic, with hint of Norman barbarism.

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

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Re: Similar on Radio news earlier.

If you pay cash for your maps, they can pull you in for "obvious effort to hide a transaction"

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Re: France No Go Area

France may become a no-go area soon.

So who are these nogos and why do they set up shop in France?

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Re: Who defines terrorist ?

Anyone deliberately and on purpose attacking a civilian non-combatant target by definition is a terrorist unless

he/she can reasonably claim "best effort" to have avoided "collateral damage" or manages to push through the relabeling of burnt wedding guest as "persons giving material support to terrorists" (who, one supposes, must have been in the fireball at least initially). Bonus points when the collateralized area was an UN refugee compound and "audiovisual material" can be sourced that "proves" that "shots were fired" from its general "vicinity".

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

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Re: AppV

Thank you. Is App-V is local VM in all but name then?

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Re: Hmmmm....

We ended up moving a lot of memory hungry JVMs from Linux to Window Server and they ran significantly faster on the exact same hardware / same JVM version!

"I have one data point, it must be true."

Surprisingly, for the rest of the world the results are on the same level.

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Re: AppV

Seems not the same thing at all?

Docker ---> Local App Management & Isolation , but lighter than VMs

App-V ---> Terminal-based application access (at least that's what I can wring out of the marketdroid talk cunningly buried by the hynpotizing eyes of stockphoto guy.)

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Re: Hmmmm....

It is the plethora of inter-process communications methods that have been bolted on since then that has necessitated the re-implementation of the original concept.

...or rather the permanent configuration clusterfuck and the leaky abstraction / runny sandbox effect?

The IPC will still be there.

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Re: Hmmmm....

I wonder how the "allowed licensed usage" of this will go. Probably not well.

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I remember the days when you had to mount the CD drive to use it, then unmount the bloody thing, just to eject a disk. God help you trying to get it to play the content.

Oh yeah? I remember the day when we had to get up early and pre-heat the Olivetti so that at around 10:00 one could boot MS-DOS from a gigantic floppy (HIMEM.SYS: Unable to load) . Then an orthodox priest muttered a prayer in a mysterious language and lighted incense before an actually working program could be loaded off a stack of additional floppies. "mount a CD is too hard for me". PAH!!

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Hacker-hunters finger 'Keyser Soze' of Russian underground card sales

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Re: All this stuff emphasises...

So does he operate out of Novorossyia or liberated Crimea?

Also:

We always insert [a plant] in any well professional hack communities, especially if they are Russian-speaking

That's racist!

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'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster

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With more red, it would go three times faster.

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Re: lights...

But if you have BOTH flashing lights AND and art installation (possibly with someone mishandling a Moog synthesizer in the background)....

... it's a Star Trek movie set from the 60s.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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some easy-to-obtain fuel: hydrogen

Actually you need deuterium and tritium. The first may be had by sifting through lots of hydrogen, the second I think comes from irradiating Litihium?

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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"fundamental, like the water"

Wait, what?

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Re: duh a hermaphrodite created the Internet

So say we all but one has to make place for all the people that are immigrating, innit?

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Twitter, Cloudflare kill SSL 3.0 ... and here's how YOU CAN TOO

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immhavingapacheamidoingitrite?

Listen 443 https

SSLProtocol TLSv1.2

SSLEngine on

SSLCipherSuite HIGH:!IDEA:!ADH:!MD5:!aNULL

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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Re: Many of us are forced to ... HOLY SHIT!

Seriously Trevor, have you ever considered writing dialogues for Quentin Tarantino movies? Those for the actors not playing the part of Sun People, that is.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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Re: Pirate product keys in comments

pirate copies of Windows and/or contained cracked/stolen product keys, which seems like a legitimate request

Don't tell all that remote-activiation, medialess, no-you-must-download, preinstalled only, there-is-no-one-at-the-support-centre, enter-your-license-key sado-masochistic procedure I have to go through is actually USELESS TO MICROSOFT? #SHOCKED

If it doesn't seem legitimate to you, you might need to replace "Microsoft" and "Windows" with the name of a company and product that you like, and read it again

Hmmm..... the product I like can be had for free or is hardware. Weird.

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Re: Maybe unintended, but fitting nonetheless...

Face it. Microsoft customers are exploitable elements. Anyone who believes otherwise?

Stockholm syndrome.

"Microsoft is GOOD. Their next upgrade will FIX MY PROBLEMS."

"Take THAT, dog. I hope you like it. MWHAHAHA!" (offers glitz and ribbon crap)

"Thank you, Microsoft."

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Winshit hush-hush

clamping down on criticism of Windows

....likely to suck all the oxygen out of the room.

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Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl

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False flag attack!

<neocon>I detect the malevolent hand of Putin in this dronish attack. We better up the sanctions lest Russian tank brigades pour into Yurop like locusts</neocon>

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Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

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Poodle?

Clearly a Blair Bug.

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Re: Misleading Language

How much other stuff has been 'deprecated' that is actually still out there, still in use, still burnt in to code and still vulnerable?

There are a couple of "languages" named according to the third letter of the alphabet, for starters. They were shit in the late 80s.

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

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Re: Why would you PARSE FONTS in the kernel?

"the video drivers are on the kernel too"

We need to stay stupid because we started off stupid.

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Re: Don't forget Java!

How does the system or the web browser select the Java version to launch though?

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The kernelization of comedy: A socio-cultural essay in postmodern semiotics

That massive kernel sitting there? USE IT! (Throws chair)

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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Yes, even if Pink Floyed whined about it like Che-Tee-wearing 99 percenters.

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