* Posts by Mikel

1712 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

SpaceX makes nice with U.S. Air Force, gets shot at black ops launches

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Landing a rocket on its jet is impossible.

We have been told this so many times. It is exciting to see it being done. No doubt everybody in the business is working on it now too.

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Developers, developers, developers! But WILL they support Windows 10?

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Re: Real programmers ...

There is no reason not to separate the logic and data processing from the presentation through the standard protocols that make up the Web. The protocols and browsers are rich enough for your UI, and doing this makes your app more portable.

As for this "Holographic UI" nonsense, it's been done. Does no one remember Microsoft's VRML? I seem to remember a file manager with a Doom UI back in the day. Hit the file with a shotgun to delete, or something like that.

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Google signs up Sprint and T-Mobile to sell its cellphone plans – report

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OK Google

Shut up and take my money!

It would be a pleasure to have Google be my cellular provider, doing VOIP where there is WiFi, falling over to a MVNO network at need.

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NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

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No doubt survey tools will be onboard.

Advanced mass , temperature and neutron emissions measurements will be made. It is maddening to have to wait, but that is the nature of exploration.

I am betting on liquid water near the metallic core, heated by fission and insulated by 200 kilometers of ice. And ice. A thin coating of concrete. And many, many caves where asteroids pierced the concrete and the sun excavated a nice hidey hole for a colony.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Good Enough Computing

It seems Microsoft has decided we reached good enough computing on a low end laptop in 2007. That means a high end desktop from 2003 should be good to go. And frankly, that has been my experience with Linux.

Remember to blow the dust out now and then.

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Google: What this planet needs is INTERNET FROM SPAAACE

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Google and SpaceX united

What an amazing place the future will be.

Completely unrelated: Microsoft spends half a billion dollars to get talking heads and American football coaches to pretend to use their tablet.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: Thermometers - Dani Elder

>As far as "hottest year on record", looking at air temperature alone is idiotic. The oceans have 5000 times the thermal mass of the atmosphere, and melting ice absorbs as much energy as raising liquid water 80C.

Ah, yes. Did you know how much energy it takes to raise sea level 120 meters by melting ice? 16 Yottajoules. This happened about 2,000 years ago. That is a lotta Joules. 32,000 times the world annual energy usage.

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Thermometers

Were all the thermometers used calibrated to 0.01 degree?

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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So cool

Can't wait to see the next attempt in a few weeks. Once they get it dialled in these missions will turn boring soon enough.

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Medic! Intel can't stanch bleeding from mobile chip biz

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Re: Android

The NFL is using Wintel tablets and we know precisely what it takes to get them to do it. Four hundred million dollars.

http://www.maximumpc.com/nfL_announcers_slip_400_million_surface_deal_calls_microsofts_tablets_ipads_2014

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If at first your mobile platform doesn't succeed, put Windows on the next iteration again. And again. And again, for 20 years.

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Dell muscles into all-flash for small biz with $35k 4TB array

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Eight years

Did noone mention to Mike the rate of change in flash technology these days?

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Global PC market's not dead, it's just resting – Gartner

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Lost money on every one

Well, Lenovo eked out a pittance. And Apple did really well. But other than that..

Let's not forget that the whole evolution in Windows PCs holds no profit.

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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Bah

>"Several times, either because they forgot or they had a technical problem, they connected directly—and we could see them," he said.

Or that is what the foreign hacker who compromised a PC in North Korea for just this purpose wanted you to see.

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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Darn

Was hoping for a perfect landing. Oh well. Next time. Still an amazing feat to come so tantalizingly close.

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So: Will we get net neutrality? El Reg decodes FCC boss Tom Wheeler

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Re: eat this

It is not a testbed. It is muni gigabit fiber available to every home served by the power utility district. It was a project of the county to leverage a surplus of revenue to fund IP based metering, and the ISP part was just synergy. You are talking out of a lack of knowledge.

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The rule will be muddled and unenforceable

This is just what the cable companies want. They will sue anyway. You could build them a tap straight from the federal reserve and they would sue saying it wasn't wide enough.

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Re: eat this

Dense areas like Ephrata, WA, where they have had gigabit fiber to the home since 2000 through the local power muni. It covers the whole rural county 3/4ths the size of Los Angeles county. Population: 91,000 for the whole county.

Come again?

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Intel touts tardy Broadwell Core CPUs for laptops, PCs

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Cherry Trail

Oh wonderful. A new chip to put Tablet Windows on, for the 20th annual Windows Tablet Failure Festival.

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Unspeakably dumb

I'm not a fan of iStuff, but this is stupid. It will go nowhere.

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Office MACROS PERIL! Age-old VBScript tactic is BACK in biz attack

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Office

Is there a form of data Office won't execute as code?

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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2014 was a memorable year for Microsoft.

I can't wait to see what 2015 brings.

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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If Google happens to request discovery of copies of emails from so-and-so to other-such on a certain date, or all emails containing a specific text, that is fair game. Normally these will be returned as printouts scanned to PDF to make searching more difficult, so starting with reliable machine readable copies is helpful. The hard part of winning a fight like this is knowing who did what to whom, how did they get paid? The hacked emails provide a treasure map to where the bodies are buried.

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Purloined letters

In the US stolen secrets that come to light are evidence - unless it is the government that stole them in the first place. The protection against warrantless search and seizure is a protection of the citizen against the government. Losing control of your secrets to the public at large making them no longer secret is a whole other thing no different than Sony accidentally publishing them themselves. In fact in this case Sony's own servers were doing exactly that.

So yes, Attorneys General across the US may be considered notified of any untoward activity that might be revealed in this evidence, compel Sony to cough up their own copies directly, and prosecute to fulfill their duty to protect the public. But they won't.

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Oops

It would be unfortunate if the other studios - and the private email accounts of their executives - were stolen as well. The network of copyright cartel political corruption might be laid bare. The Hollywood economy would be crushed, and campaign contributions would fall. Thousands of the idiot cousins of the politically powerful or bureaucratically leveraged would have to find honest work where you actually have to go somewhere and do something useful to get your pay.

Oh please, dire hackers, be satisfied with hacking Sony. Don't visit us with that horrible fate.

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Android gives Google a search monopoly? Not so fast, says judge

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97% of the desktop

Also, at the time mobile wasn't a significant share. The desktop was pretty much the only choice.

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Friday: SpaceX will attempt to land rocket on floating, robotic 'spaceport drone ship'

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Good luck in January

Rocket science is, well, rocket science. The whole point is to make the tube explode in a particular way. I think Musk's crew will figure this out. The prize is billions of dollars worth of free rockets.

I am very excited about what happens from there, especially with Lockheed Martin's talk of a small fusion generator and the NASA Dawn mission to Ceres. These three things have a certain synergy.

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Net Neut: Verizon flips the bird to FCC on peering deal crackdown

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can't / won't

>You can't stop us creating web traffic fast-lanes, telco says

More like "You won't stop us you whining rentboy."

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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Ah, Sony

Remind us again why we despise you.

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BLAM! Max Sound flings vid codec sueball Number FOUR at Google

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Google's free Codec

Now that Google is full partner with MPEG-LA, these nuisance suits are gnats. Google have their own fully vetted patent portfolio for VPx, and are protected by the patent pool for H.26x. These stories of some lone video patent gunman might be interesting in the one in a billion chance that the lawyers actually get paid. In the mean time Google is well served by their strategy: we do not negotiate with conmen or terrorists.

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Re: Notes left by execs

Lawyers make incendiary claims when filing suit. More on your nightly news at 10.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Seems OK to me

The new style seems an upgrade to me. Not sure about the mouse over business as I am all mobile now and don't have a mouse to hover. Have not noticed any missing critical functionality yet.

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Chum's house burnt down? Facebook mulls 'DISLIKE' button for that

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The lack of negative feedback tapped the universal narcissist in us all

Facebook is exhibitionism without fear of criticism. It monetizes the basic human craving for attention. It is not going to add a thumbs down.

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Google and Microsoft, sitting in a tree,
L I C E N S I N GEE!

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Microsoft + Google partnership

I'll take "signs of the apocalypse" for 100 Alex.

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Kaspersky exposes SONY-CRIPPLING malware DETAILS

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Forensic challenge

The big difficulty here is finding out which group that totally compromised Sony made the most nuisance of themselves. It's quite a cast.

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

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A money burning exercise

It always has been.

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RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics

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Showing stuff like this

Well that link was completely useless on my phone. Does Bing even mobile?

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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Endowment

I am OK with Wikimedia building up such a surplus of funds that it need never ask for money again. It isn't like people aren't giving freely.

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DNA survives fiery heat of re-entry on test rocket

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We will know one day

If there is DNA contamination found in the probes we send down to Ceres, then we will know for sure. I am expecting they find actual DNA not far below the surface, and further down, soup.

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Thought tab sales were in the toilet this year? Hah! Wait for next

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Tabs will do fine

IDC and Gartner are legendary for calling the wrong play. Tabs will do fine this holiday, though iPads may be flat. I am even expecting the new $99-199 Windows tabs to do passing fair.

Chromebooks and cheap laptops too. TVs at fire sale prices. But not 3D, nor curved. The new 4K TVs should have their first breakout success as well.

Nothing will do as well as smart phones though.

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NASA 'nauts have a go on Star Trek replicator IN SPAAAAACE (sort of)

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Re: 3D printing with metal is hard on earth

NASA already commissioned a metal printer on Earth. It is supposed to be spaceworthy, but they probably don't want to risk it in confined quarters on ISS.

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Wasn't it all supposed to be so different by now, Meg?

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Cast off the boat anchor

PC biz is unprofitable.

Bill Veghte (formerly of Microsoft) will take over for Meg as she sets her sights on another world to conquer. No doubt he will continue to ensure that HP enterprise and cloud management consoles all require IE for no rational reason.

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Apple’s $700 BEEELLION market cap makes it more valuable than Switzerland

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People like iPhones.

They are not for me, but hey, if they can get people to pay this much for them why not cheer them on?

What is the cash pile situation like?

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Play store

Most of the value of any Android phone is in the Play Store. No Play, no pay.

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Google's elves work on Santa to rein(deer) in grinchware

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Google uses a lot of Macs

They have ever since all their Windows PCs in China got hacked through IE. No Windows at Google now, unless justified to the CIO - in person.

No doubt they see no reason not to share their internal app signing and white listing system, for the good of all.

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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

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More and better

There will be no lack of material for stories like this in the years to come.

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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Launch failure

From the launch video, any sort of launch failure could lead to an impromptu BBQ.

I would not bet against Elon Musk. The guy seems to be a winner. The reusable rockets scenario has high promise. If he can't get commercial cargos for the reused rockets it looks like he can launch his own Skynet.

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Frisky patent WAR: Samsung seeks to BLOCK Nvidia graphics chips from US market

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You try to block our products

We try to block yours. Everybody loses.

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HP boss Meg Whitman shuffles exec pawns just before biz splits

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At the time

Apothecker wanted to cut loose the PC and acquire Autonomy. At the time I said he was a genius for the former and a fool for the latter. Got a lot of heat for that here, and HP went the opposite way. Now we see how that turned out on both. How is Meg still in charge?

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