* Posts by Eddy Ito

3233 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

World-beating TWO-QUADRILLION-WATT LASER fired by boffins

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Re: A fry up or a fusion meal?

Yes 2 kJ isn't very much as it will only warm your pint about one degree but consider that a 5.56 mm NATO round starts its journey with about 1.7 to 1.8 kJ. Given the surface area this energy is likely focused on, it's going to leave a mark.

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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Meh

It wouldn't take much to install sensors on the holes to detect something the size of an adult(?) human add a prox sensor and loudspeaker down in the hole and set it to automatically play some recorded message like "Oi! Move on, this one's occupied!" Alternately it might be fun to have it trigger the release of some lightly compressed air or activate the spray irrigation system. There's lots one could do for a laugh without going Carl Spackler on the place.

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Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

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Re: "Cars already decide when to change gear for you"

I strongly suspect that the legislative framework would react fairly strongly in these (by definition rare) events.

Except you forget one thing. Legislation is nearly always 15 or more years behind technology and often much further. Consider the first reliable ABS systems appeared about 1970 yet legislation mandating its use didn't come for another 37 years. You have to remember that lots of folks die every day traffic accidents and one more or less isn't going to raise any hackles and you're likely to have as many luddites railing for the banishment of these autonomous mechanized dealers of death as you'll have techno-utopians saying the tech is great and has the potential to be far better than what we have if we only had more laws. Either way the pols have little incentive to do anything since viewed as a competition between the firmware controlled cars and the wetware controlled units, the firmware needs only achieve a draw to survive but needs to be several orders of magnitude better in order for any pol to even consider banning wetware controls.

Oh, notice that all it takes is one incident of someone hacking a car and using it to run down a dozen kids in a playground and its likely it all gets shelved for years until it's "proven safe" again. That's why white hats like the guys who found the hole in FCA's Uconnect are necessary and more important than most VPs. Notice that it's the emotional events that will drive any change, the autonomous car could be hacked and stolen by the truck load and the lawmakers won't bat an eyelash unless it's their car.

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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Re: What if a blocker removes any MMS outright?

Since stagefright seems to be what android uses for hardware accelerated decoding I would imagine that the attack vector isn't that important. MMS is what makes it automatic since it appears to bypass any user interaction but I expect an attack could be done with email or facebook and most security unconscious folks would be happy to "Watch this video, it's sooo funny, LOL" if sent from someone they befriendified (if that's a word) online.

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Publishing non-fiction book/feature article

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Re: Publishing non-fiction book/feature article

Happy to help but I didn't tell you anything you didn't already know. I simply pointed out that when you code for humans you're quite limited by the language and the fault tolerance is much lower than when doing code for computers... more or less.

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Re: Publishing non-fiction book/feature article

I think you first need to answer the question of what is the genre you're really interested in. Is it more memoir type stuff or 'how to'? If you're strictly looking to monetize then my best estimate would be to write articles that are easy to put together in book form so you can derive income from each installment. The thing to remember is that even if the individual pieces draw from a whole you don't want the whole to become repetitive when it is compiled all together. In simple terms, it's code for the mind so write your functions so they can stand alone but avoid shooting yourself in the foot when you compile main().

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Can I have some ideas please

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Re: Can I have some ideas please

;)

I never said they could read English. Alas, and yet still a great thing, my niece is a quick study and literally shocked me with a video call when she started speaking nearly perfect English which confused the living bejesus out of me in the "wait, what, that was not at all what I expected" sort of way.

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Re: Can I have some ideas please

Just to be sure I understand would an accurate summary be you would largely get £40k to pay for food and entertainment with most other costs covered.

My first question is what is the tax burden going to be like? I know here in the States, sometimes you are taxed on indirect compensation. For instance there is a line item on my pay stub which reads GTL imputed income and this is basically accounting for my income based on my company's group term life insurance policy which is paid by the company. I don't know what location you're speaking of but they could easily tax you for some portion of the expenses your employer would pay by imputing it as your income in a similar manner.

My second question is that since you seem to be the adventurous type, not everyone has the stones and skill to establish their own company and make it work, what are the main reservations you have? Perhaps you started the company when you were single and now the responsibilities of family make you hesitant, in which case there seems to be no reason not to follow the advice from your wife even if Sundays may be a bit less...

If you can do it and either have someone to take over the business or have the time to quickly bring someone else up, you wouldn't have to worry about stranding any current customers that you care about. As I'm late to this party, I'll say I'd only rent the house out if you have someone who can manage the property since you're not about to be in a position to jump on a plane if the water heater blows. It would have to be someone local that you trust to do the due diligence and they'll wind up with a few extra dollars in the pocket and your aim is to largely stay even unless a loss can offset the aforementioned taxes; would it serve as a potential retirement home if you can't make it back in the near term?

Perhaps you may have guessed I'm going to side with that 1980s_codger guy ;). I'm now a few thousand miles and multiple time zones away from where my family is and my wife's family is even further in the opposite direction. Next month I'll miss a wedding in the family because the timing is horrible but fortunately they're going to stop by here on the honeymoon because as it works out they might wind up here as well (career Navy guy). Honestly, we've been here five years now and I'm actually hoping a new adventure isn't too far off. Perhaps one closer to the ocean so I'll get to dive more.

Good luck, good fortunes.

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: devil in the detail

Of course laws are a scam. A lot of regulations are based on restricting access to documents. Take the National Electric Code, sure you can go down to the library and look at it but try downloading a copy on the web-o-tubes.

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Re: Smidgeon as a unit of length

So is the difference between a big smidgeon and a little smidgeon about a kerf and thus depend on the saw blade?

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Intelsat to FCC: For the love of satellites, STOP ELON MUSK!

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Re: Is Musk going for geostationary?

... what the **** is the US government for?

We've been asking ourselves that very question for quite some time. It seems the answer is that the lobbyists decided we needed a nanny but corporations don't.

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You can secretly snoop on someone if they butt-dial you – US judges

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Re: @as2003

Actually Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, where the recording took place, is located in Kentucky so Ohio law wouldn't apply but Kentucky is also a single party consent state so that point is moot. The lawsuit was filed in Federal court which is why it was held in Ohio.

Now, with that said, it's possible Spaw would be in violation of KY Rev Stat § 526.060 (PDF) which states, in part,

A person is guilty of divulging illegally obtained information when he knowingly uses or divulges information obtained through eavesdropping or tampering with private communications or learned in the course of employment with a communications common carrier engaged in transmitting the message.

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

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Re: Congratulations on repeating exploits before they can be fixed

Considering the "fix" is to adopt a beta and not a public patch, your logic is flawed.

Flawed logic is Apple not fixing the production version. Sure it's possible they just found out about it and El Capitan just happened to be immune but it's also possible that fixing Yosemite would be too costly so they aren't going to bother. Either way, it's better if the user is aware of it since the crims have known for weeks.

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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The real offense was undermining the public's "trust" that the state lottery was playing a fair game. After all, that could lead to decreasing ticket sales and lost revenue for the state.

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Oi, #tubby! You are what you Tweet, boffins find

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Re: Food tourists?

The problem with places like Maine it could also be seasonal related to catch or market price. It's likely an influence for any place where you expect the dominant catch or harvest to be a popular topic. As for the things like cookies or candy, maybe there isn't a dominant crop or catch or the biggest economic factors aren't food related so folks do tweet what they eat.

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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Re: Consequences

The results of a BASH (Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard) with commercial flights is well known. The thing is that birds are pretty much all of a certain density with known momentum but a drone might add some variables that weren't considered since the blades are already moving at high speed and the motor windings are considerably more dense than any part of a bird. It would be an interesting experiment to take a aged jet engine and feed it drone.

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Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable

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Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore? And why?

I wear a watch because it's useful for double checking my decompression stop after I've been at a depth of 30 m for a while. Sure, the dive computer makes it redundant unless there's a failure.

Besides, if I'm stuck in a conversation with a long winded bore it's only a quick flick of the wrist and an "oh! I'm sorry, time really does flash by. I've got to rush off and pick up a package of sporks to stab in my ears and hopefully perforate my eardrums." As I smartly shuffle off I usually hear them list their four or five favorite recaleminder apps that I should try.

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More Apple Car mutterings: Cupertino slurps more autobiz brains

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Re: Name

I think you've upset the apple cart with that. Really it isn't an orange you know.

Or are you just taking the pith?

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Americans find fantastic new use for drones – interfering with firefighting

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Re: Dumb question...

According to the TFR list there wasn't a particular restriction at the particular time but according to the linked IIS site it isn't necessary for a TFR to be issued. "Even without a TFR, anyone who hampers firefighting efforts could face charges as well."

I'm personally all for giving the firefighters a jammer or any other technology to take down any remotely piloted drone. The autonomous ones will still likely require high speed metal projectiles, AD (Anti-Drone) guns or micro-missiles that can home in on a drone's radio signature perhaps.

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

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... because the guy in front could not bother to engage the handbrake like the highway code says you should.

Like the highway code where? We have at least 51 different highway codes to go with 51 different driver's licenses. Granted none are very different but having had a license in several states over the years, none have really mentioned the [hand, parking, emergency] brake other than to say it needs to be in working order. D.C. requires that it be accessible by the examiner when you take the driving test but that's not always the case.

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

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Re: Wow

Do you really think it is in Apple or Samsung's interest to add to a customer's carrier lock-in?

How soon they forget

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: THE SKY IS FALLING!

Perhaps a couple of folks missed the following bit from the article

not only with security patches, but also with feature updates.

Even if the updates don't crash the machine I'm not sure I want Azure Automatic Backup to be added to my machine in the middle of the night only to find a few weeks later that my tax documents have been already been sent to the cloud. Unencrypted of course as that's the way the NSA wants it. What could go wrong?

Yes, my tinfoil hat may be showing but it's better than just dropping trou and bending over in anticipation of the handful of sand Redmond is throwing in the Vaseline.

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ACLU wants to end NSA mass spying forever – good luck with that

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Re: Of course they're getting away with it

Right now we have at least 60% of the population that doesn't bother to vote for anything. I don't see them all of a sudden waking up and voting on laws.

Sad but true. Of course it doesn't help that the voting options are typically "sponsored by Exxon Mobil", "paid for by Google", "sleeping with the MPAA", etc. It's akin to people dropping out of the workforce. After a while, they just give up and accept that nothing is going to change. As you say, it could be fixed if more people got involved at the primary election levels but it's usually only the red or blue hive mind base that bothers with that. My problem is deciding which primary to vote in, red for Paul or blue for Sanders.

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Re: long live the fourth amendment, oh wait its already dead

Why stop at the fourth? They've used the commerce clause to piss all over the 9th and 10th for quite some time. They used the 'dem are tear-wrists' (clause? I can't find it right now but I'm sure it's dere somewhir) to wee on the 6th, 7th and 8th. Then there is the line in the sand (you can gather & protest against our important politicians way over yonder) argument to tie up the first and I have many friends here in SoCal who feel the well neutered 10th amendment is being used to abridge the 2nd. Of the original Bill of Rights, that would leave the3rd that more or less remains unambiguously intact as far as I know.

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China reveals home-grown supercomputer chips after Intel x86 ban

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Hopeless

The US Government is bound and determined to force other nations to leave it behind. It won't learn from this blind hamfisted foray and it won't learn from its other arsehatted but likely successful attempt to shoot its own feet in a barrel.

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Reddit CEO U-turn: Site no longer a bastion of free speech – and stop posting so much hate

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Re: an I with a centre-stroke in Unicode

U+738B? 王

To rule them all, of course.

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Citizenfour director Laura Poitras sues US for years of border security harassment

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Re: Good luck girl

I didn't know the Portland Trail Blazers held that much power.

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Re: Stupid and obvious reason

I took it as a Repub. is more likely to out O's secrets than Hillary is. But yeah, the color of the uniform doesn't change the game.

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Police investigate strange case of doughnut-licking pop singer Ariana Grande

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Re: !doughnut

Donut!

What, no coffee? I'll be right back.

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US OPM boss quits after hackers stole chapter and verse on 21.5m Americans' lives

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Re: Banks Do It... Why Can't The Social Security Administration

Why? Simple, we're talking about the same SSA that has been struggling for years to keep it's systems updated. There's a reason they are so adamant about not changing things. Besides it will take the SSA fifty years to figure out how to expand the space without breaking existing code or mistaking a SSN for a credit card or telephone number. In the end it will wind up being an internal political war between the SSN+4 faction going against the HEXers a.k.a. 0xSSN faction.

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Re: Banks Do It... Why Can't The Social Security Administration

I think the only one you forgot is lack of planning. A Social Security Number is only nine digits so the theoretical maximum is a billion numbers of which several groups are either reserved or invalid, good luck getting a number starting with 666 for instance. Also about 450M numbers have been issued1. In short about half of the numbers have been used and the SSA states that they will not reuse any number. If they started handing out new numbers every time the gubbermint or some similarly incompetent private organization fucked the dog, they would have run out of numbers weeks months years or even decades ago.

1. See Q19

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Re: She needed to go....

Why? Isn't it a simple matter of having seen this show before? It's that whole 'fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me' idiom.

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Sorry, when I see statements like these:

... an additional 21.5 million dossiers... had been filched by hackers. The intruders had spent six months in the agency's servers.

the agency wasn't even sure how many computer networks it had.

I say that translates to 'we don't know what they took, how long they had been there or how well they really covered their tracks.'

As a result I would posit that if you ever filed for a security clearance then you can safely assume that your data was taken. This is no different from walking into the room of the worst hoarder and trying to figure out what was stolen over the course of who knows how long by looking where the dust was disturbed.

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Canadian dirtbag jailed for SWAT'ing, doxing women gamers

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Re: I would also suggest the police force

Sure, no deaths by doxing perhaps, but SWATting is a completely different story. Sure John Crawford wasn't at home but it's much more likely to do harm when there are lots of potential victims the SWAT team might be concerned about.

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Nissan Juke Nismo RS: Family hot-hatch SUV that looks a bit like Darth Vader's hat

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Re: Working vehicles

I'd really like something along the lines of a mid 70s Pinzgauer but on my side of the pond it's probably easier to convince Toyota to make this a reality. Of course I'm afraid they'd ruin it by not offering a diesel engine which are rarer than hens teeth in imports over here.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Yinz?? Is that a hyper-regional dialect like youz or yoos?

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How many top-level domains are there now? 300? 500? No, it's 1,000

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Re: Optional

I think they do it just to give some folks a tweak.

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Apple spared from paying a day's revenue in patent damages bout

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Re: HQ in Tyler, TX?

According to the first patent it seems Smart Flash Ltd was in East Sussex and according to the LLC filing on this side of the pond they started in Tyler on 26 April 2013 which is a few days before filing this lawsuit in May.

Should I mention that their address of 100 E. Ferguson is one whole block from the Federal courthouse? Oh, I guess I just did.

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ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

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Re: wait for it...

Maybe he was fishing for a little help.

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Les Américains order a MEEELLION doughnuts ... from French baker

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Re: Baldrick has a cunning plan...

Depending on the meaning of "smaller-than-standard" it may be considered a single serving.

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Oil & gas? Pah. We’ve got a MASSIVE 3D printer, beams Dubai

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Re: First??

Looking at the WinSun links it appears to be a concrete extruder similar to the one shown in this TEDx talk. It does sound like they are, at the moment, just making large custom concrete blocks and sticking it all together at the end which is no doubt easier and more practical than dragging a huge precision squirter out to the job site. If they can get it all into an ISO shipping container and it's easily set up/broken down then maybe they'll be able to "print" something. To me it looks a bit like precision shotcrete/gunite.

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

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And how well did El Reg's system make out? It seems like some posts were disappearing into the ether yesterday only to appear several hours later.

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

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Re: Welcome to the 19th century

... as being 303 million km from Earth last week, and not 303 Gm?

Because the public would say one of two things, either "what's a Gm?" or "which model GM, a Suburban?" You have to put on the dumb it down cap that the PR person wears.

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'This ruling does nothing to change the facts' thunders Apple in latest price-fix appeal blow

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Meh

$450 million

So that's what, a long weekend?

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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... a pencil the size of a rocket.

One minor point, it's actually easier to do with longer objects. Sure balancing a pencil on your finger is difficult but balancing a broomstick is rather easy. Remember, it's basically an inverted pendulum, just like you are.

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

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Re: What a horrible paint job

I don't know, I rather like it. It has some nice benefits like hiding the occasional nick or dent and when it appears to be a solid color you know it's time for a wash. I've only one question, do you think they'll have it in black and orange for Halloween?

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Beyond the Grave: US Navy pays peanuts for Windows XP support

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I'm sure there are plenty of other XP systems in the other branches of the DOD. I wonder if they all pay a similar rate considering the DOD is the largest employer in the world.

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Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

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Overseeing thousands of servers is of course quite another level of complexity – but one you will soon be able to do while stuck in a traffic jam.

If you're stuck in a traffic jam wouldn't it mean the thousands of servers are already screwed up?

Sorry, but this shift in paradigm from the current vision of autonomous to a data center is starting to look a bit too much like smart meters to me. Hell, the current data centers can't keep the billing straight and they expect me to allow myself to be stranded somewhere until I pay up - I'll pass.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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Re: Winkle-heavy list

It seems rather easy, do a quick head count of each gender of the characters in most movies. Typically there are few females who play the romantic interest of select male characters. Hell even when the lead character is female (Tomb Raider, Alien, Snow White) there aren't many females in the movie. No, extras like 'waitress number 2' don't count.

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Raising a stink in court: Innocent poo banditry warehousers win $2.2m

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Re: 2.2 meelion dollars

Actually one man was awarded $250,000 and the other $225,000 for 'hurt feelings'. The rest was a $1.75 million penalty for violating "the Plaintiffs' federally protected rights".

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