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Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

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Re: Vistor Center

Out hiking in the semi-backwoods of Maine, I climbed to the top of a modest hill and there, in a bowl before me, stood the radome that used to cover the Telstar ground station in Andover ME. It is still in use, for other satellites.

I went on an excursion from summer camp in the late 60s to see it, and remember clearly entering the radome to look at the receiving horn antenna.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Not the right way to promote IT among girls... but realistic, after all

...Dilbert is not a documentary.

Oh, yes , yes it most certainly *is*.

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My daughter was the IT dept for a museum...

and our IT director here at work is a very capable woman...so I'm getting a kick out of this.

// Women do very well in IT, assume otherwise at your peril.

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Re: Do any of you realize...

...over 70% of the so called protesters are actually shills for the New American Black Panthers?

You'll understand, I'm sure, if I ask you to back up this statement with some facts...

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Re: Anytime the KKK are mentioned...

Personally, I think of Cleavon Little.

Stampeding a herd of cattle...through the Vatican?

Kinky....

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Kindle, meet my partner. Darling, play nice with Kindle, please

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I have Linux and Calibre. Brilliant software, will convert between formats, all kinds of tricks. Well worth the price (which is free)

Personally, I find it annoying when the Kindle version of old books is several times the cost of a used copy. I'd rather buy the Kindle version (save trees, etc), but end up buying, then recycling the used paper copy. I suppose it keeps the package delivery folks in business.

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Pre-digital computer 'cranks out' Fourier Transforms

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Doodson-Lege tidal-prediction engine

Thanks for that. Never thought much about how tides were predicted. Excellent example of practicle application of mechanical analog engineering.

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Pics in SPAAAACE!: Hasselblad sells for $275,000

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Re: And they said

Those are extremely dangerous.

You should immediately post them to me for appropriate disposal in the only certified Hasselblad Disposal Facility in the world (which, coincidentally, happens to be in my town)

Seriously, if you don't want them, send them to me :-)

Or, if you want money for them, they are probably worth some. Nice cameras, and there are people still actively using them.

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Facebook's plain English data policy: WE'LL SELL YOU LIKE A PIG at a fair

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Re: With those terms...

Why would anyone in their right mind have a Facebook account?

And if they did, why would they enter accurate information for DOB, location, etc?

// I attended "Other College or University Name", in Sydney AUS.

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US carder gets nine years in cooler, must pay back $50 MEELLION

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Re: I don't get it

Why can't they do the same for this poor guy?!

They did -- $50 million. Same fine, whether you're an individual or a bank, and no matter how much you steal.

:-)

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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Hell of a job, my hat's off to those folks.

SPB is taking notes, I hope?

(having had some experience with missions that dind't go quite as planned)

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Ethernet patents claim smacked down by US judge

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Re: The sub-head is a tad misleading...

If the connectors were patented, it was by Western Electric...they were designed by and for The Phone Company (aka, the late, lamented Ma Bell).

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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They can't hear you, they're all at lunch at the McDonalds :-)

// pub, more likely

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Re: pics...or it didn't happen!

Well done, team ESA!

// SPB, are you taking notes?

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Getting the angle right...

Dig a trench along the landward side of said whale, bury your explosives carefully, fire away, and watch the entire whale majestically lift and arc out over the ocean.

At least, that's the way it would work in theory.

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We must SMASH the Democratic Deadlock with MINDFUL EVIDENCE

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มาลัย

Reminds me of Honey.

http://doonesbury.washingtonpost.com/strip/cast/member/22

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Right wing sympathisers don't demonstrate in the streets. That's for the proles.

Right wing sympathisers pay for the problem to "go away".

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LOHAN avionics survive 27,700m stratospheric ordeal

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Do I smell another Kickstarter?

...we too need our own pursuit aircraft...

// great video, great results...onward and upward!

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Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

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Re: $3,500 fine?

Just a bookkeeping error.

If there was ever an argument for a corporate death penalty...because, you know, corporations are people, too.

If I tried this, I'd be looking at a kidnapping charge and 20 to life.

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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

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Re: Average?

The US Gov't says the 2014 poverty level for a family of four is $23k. You can't really live on that, though.

So $12k above the poverty level is Microsoft's average wage?

// yes, I realize some of their employees may be single

// still seems awfully cheap for a company making what they do every year

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: you can barely turn the undriven wheels by hand

You tell me, what's the derivative of the sine of the bearing angle?

cosine of the bearing angle.

sin -> cos -> -sin -> -cos

Clockwise for derivative, CCW for integral. One of the few things in my engineering education that stuck and is very seldom used. But it's there when I need it...like now :-)

// Have a friend who says the only thing wrong with British cars is the Lucas electrics. Just rip 'em out, he says, and replace them with Delco.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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What Apple doesn't say

No SIM, no possibility of switching phones...more sales for Apple.

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On Nov 12, a human-made space lab will try to HARPOON a COMET and land on it

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I suppose this isn't a good time to bring up Geocentrism? :-)

Heck, they may not have a comet-orbiting spacecraft, but they have a movie coming out.

// Their view of the universe falls quite flat when subjected to even minor scrutiny

// Will be glued to the Internet to monitor the Philae landing

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Beers all round as Vulture 2 lands in Blighty

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Re: Photo #6

Something about reading about rockets in German gives me shivers up the spine...

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Each tankard tested for functionality before shipping

So many tankards to test, send the intern out for more beer!

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Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'

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Excuse me for asking...

...but isn't this just the kind of thing NSA should be protecting us (well, at least the US military/defense establishment) against?

You know, instead of working so hard to read every email/phone call/web posting sent by every American?

No? Oh well, carry on.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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Women are paid less on average for the same job because they are more likely to be hired with lower skills and experience!

Citation, please?

But, once they're doing the job, they should still be paid less than a man?

I think not.

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If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.

Better yet, your HR department shoulld continually monitor the pay of males and females in similar positions with similar time in that position and verify that there is no gender-based disparity.

// Hah! Like that would ever happen.

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

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Re: Why?

How do you attach your connectors to the front panel? I have found spanners (small ones) extremely helpful in accomplishing this.

Some engineers have technicians who do that sort of thing for them. I work at a small company, so I end up doing it. I can also use power tools without injuring myself.

// also an electrical engineer...slide rule's in my pocket

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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

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Re: Why do AT&T even have these details?

They use the SSN as a unique identifier and to access your credit information.

No, it's not supposed to be used that way, but it is.

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Re: Rules? Guidelines...?

1. Tie rogue staffer to pole

2. Summon people whose information he viewed.

3. Hand out paddles

4. Form line.

5. One at a time, no shoving.

// cat-o-nine-tails in the pocket

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Blighty: Welcome your new, faceless MI6 chief – Alex Younger

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Re: The title is too long....

Yes, it's a polite request.

You really don't want to be on the bad side of these folks though.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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And said manufacturers, given the option of creating new Win7 software for that old machine (which they no longer sell) or selling you a brand new machine, will always choose the more profitable option.

So no chance of ever getting Win7 compatible software.

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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Re: @Zippy's Sausage Factory

IBM's still trying to prevent users from purchasing Microsoft software, particularly Office

Well, it's not like Office is getting better with every new release...maybe IBM has a point?

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Xbox hackers snared US ARMY APACHE GUNSHIP ware - Feds

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Re: Good Stuff

Don't get too excited, it's probably just a version of Flight Simulator with an Apache module added.

// cost the govt $xxB, I'm sure.

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

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Re: i hate this man

iZombies

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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Re: how many...

Or, perhaps., "A Tale of Two Cities"?

In the spirit of the Old Roman Games ----------------------->

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Cut-off North Sea island: Oh crap, ferry's been and gone. Need milk. SUMMON THE DRONE

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Re: Yes... A DHL aquatic drone...

Perhaps some sort of rocket powered, unmanned airplane? They should have some of those left in a cave somewhere, shouldn't they? Just remove the original payload, add package, and Bob...er...Werner's your uncle!

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They seem to have alot of grass

Perhaps the solution to the milk problem would be a cow?

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Tearful LOHAN Playmonaut bids adiós to Spain

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Re: Bureaucracy till the last

This is getting to be quite a process, isn't it? Oh well, international space projects usually are, I suppose.

You'll probably have to get the box heat treated again before you bring it back!

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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Yummy mummys

Will want the display to show Facebook updates, not stupid stuff like speed and gear number.

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Re: How much?

"The lengths Apple went to to keep us away from the new iPhones was amusing."

Just wait till after the SPB flies LOHAN.

Your engraved invitation to the iPhone 7 launch will be the first one sent.

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Reg readers respond: Yes, it's time for Comment of the Week

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This may just be the quote of the century

If you ask 100 people on the street what is wrong with TV, none of them will say "Resolution"

- Nicholas Negroponte, M.I.T.

Couldn't have said it better myself

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: Mirrors, Reflectors

Sounds like the right-wing Catholics who claim the Church got it right and Galileo was wrong. They have worked out all kinds of crazy explanationsfor stuff like geosynchronous satellites (they just sit there, because the Earth dowsn't rotate). The proof, they claim, is some perceived structure in the map of cosmic background radiation...

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First day of Hurd'n'Catz at Oracle: It's dis-fur-pointing for Wall St

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Re: Hurd = Slash & Burn

Ahhh..."maximizing shareholder value"...I know it well. When the company exec starts saying that, it's time to polish the resume.

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Hrd'n'Catz

Brilliant!

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Plucky Playmonaut parties as LOHAN hits Kickstarter goal

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Arrrrr!

Well done, me hearties!

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Shiver me timbers!

No TRUE pirate would command his ship from a handheld trinket!

Arrr....

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Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

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Motoart

http://www.motoart.com/

They do it with pieces of classic airplanes. Ejection seat lounge chair and vertical stabilizer conference tables trump your chopped up taxis and wheel rims, even if they are chromed.

// the cost is as stratospheric as the aircraft from which the parts came

// just the thing for the SPB office, though

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