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To expand on that
The tracking station at Tidbinbilla (which is home to one of NASA's Deep Space Network stations, these days known as CDSCC, and also home to the old Honeysuckle Creek "dish") was also involved, the two referred to collectively in mission communications as "Honeybilla".
Given their rural locations, both are the end of good driving roads too, although Honeysuckle is now just a big concrete pad and a campsite.
CSIRO currently manages CDSCC on behalf of NASA, so at least the organisation isn't going to completely lose its radioastronomy expertise.
No, but he's just as guilty as the others.
Definitely, but he still wasn't the first. I understand that everyone's on a hair-trigger with this kind of thing these days, but I'm not trying to turn it into a political discussion. If anything my intention was to try to maintain some balance (given this is one of those things where it's warranted, what with each major party being as bad as the other).
Conroy wasn't the first.
Re: Drop in Ipad sales / saturated market?
It has a good resale value and a good recycling value.
I got £97 at a phone recycling site for my iPad 1. Yet a Nexus 7 is worth bugger all even if it's new.
So the difference in retail price is still more than the difference in resale?
Buying consumer electronics is not an investment.
Paracetamol works a treat
When it's got 10mg of Codeine in it too
Re: Red X
Try ignoring the Red X on a road with tidal flow and see how far that gets you.
Re: My debut single
While listening to Iron Maiden, the satnav keeps trying to take me to some prostitute's house.
Re: Bundy bear?
Ut's a chully bun, broo.
Re: Camera phones at sports events
I'm not a computer imaging expert by any stretch, but I expect that with enough images, you can build a map of all of the stationary objects, and use that to determine the location and orientation of all of the imagers in space.
Re: Don't Being Conned By BitCoins
Also, you can use picks for other things. A bitcoin mining ASIC, not so much.
Maybe not so hasty with the insults next time...
Re: Don't Being Conned By BitCoins
You mean like if picks and mattocks reliably mined gold, why would anyone sell them?
You can't use a pick to mine gold unless you find a gold deposit. All you need for a bitcoin mining box is an electricity supply and a network connection.
If I was making bitcoin mining machines, and I could make more money mining than selling them, do you think I'd be selling them?
Re: Don't Being Conned By BitCoins
Eight billion dollars is certainly a lot of money, but as Allen Stanford and Bernard Madoff would tell you, the fact that people have $8 billion of "value" in something proves nothing.
The transaction costs aren't "almost zero". They cost nothing to the parties involved in the transaction, but they are verified by the mining network, which has very real energy costs.
The fees that financial institutions charge is a different discussion altogether.
Re: Perpetual money machine
Is it still the same Alienware of the '90s, or has it just become another trendy over-priced Badge?
Re: Keeping it simple.
I would have thought that, El Reg being contrarian as it is, would have taken this angle instead, using the article to take the rest of the world's media to task about the misleading (at best) nature of "XYZ accepting bitcoins!" articles.
By that logic, capital punishment should have stopped any crimes it was used to punish throughout history.
Hint: It didn't. It didn't even stop theft.
Not too many but there are a few, much cheaper, mostly Japanese performance cars that come within a tenth or two out of the box. WRX STis and 370Zs and Lancer Evolutions and the like. "Supercar" territory is low 3s these days.
In the colonies we like silly V8s, and come out with some pretty high performance but relatively inexpensive cars.
None of these come nowhere near the i8's fuel economy though. Especially the V8s. I'd be surprised if the i8 wasn't considerably more refined too.
Re: Thanks Tony!
How dare you question Mr. Broadband.
One of the few things that Labor hadn't managed to turn into a debacle.
Now a debacle. Nice work guys and girl!
Re: And that's cuttin' me own throat!
I don't know about your car analogy. Observe:
According to the article:
Book A (local store): Price = X, therefore
Book A (Amazon): Price >= 0.95X
You have suggested a car analogy:
Car A: Price = X, therefore
Car B: Price >= 0.95X
Not quite the same thing, innit?
Re: Waste of a good pint if you ask me
American beer is like making love in a canoe.
It's f*cking close to water.
Sure enough, bad beer comes from the USA. Except for the ones that are very good. Almost all of that worst beers list is American, but so is more than 80% of the top 50 list. It's the story of the USA right there.
Every country makes bad beer, but you can't say the same about good beer.
Based on my experience, the Americans also seem to be quite a bit better at making beer that survives the trip to Australia than the English.
More on that story please!
Re: Garmin magnetic connector
Well at least it's got a powerful magnet!
Re: I think...
I've just realised that Steve Bong is now obsolete.
...all I would ever be able to say to this guy is "lolwut".
Incorrect use of the word "fanboi" on The Register detected.
I doubt many iDevice users care much about closed loop liquid cooling.
Well, you'll be pleased to know they're working on it, and have targeted 2017 for their first self-driving cars.
Re: Soccer fan?
Soccer is an abbreviation of association, as in Association Football*. It's a colloquialism yes, but that doesn't make it illegitimate. Watching people twist themselves in knots over it is fairly amusing, though.
* If you're going to insist on calling the sport by its proper name, try to do so.
I have never even heard of it.
I just watched the "Digital Post Explained" video on the Digital Post Australia website. Nope, still don't get it.
Re: Wrong business model
Private companies do have their own networks, and look how well that's turned out. Some highly populated areas have no fixed line broadband coverage at all.
The idea is that everyone should have access, and subscribers in areas the private companies have ignored (for whatever reason) are not excluded. This can pretty much only be done by governments because they are not driven solely by profit.
Private companies aren't prevented from providing a competing wholesale FTTP network. The access requirements are however specified; essentially anyone who wants to compete with the NBN has to offer the same level of access, coverage, and non-discriminatory pricing.
As for spying, do you think someone on Telstra's various broadband networks is any better protected? The NBN is also an OSI layer 2 service, which I believe effectively rules out content filtering at that level.
Re: Almost, but not completely unlike....
There may be problems with carbonated beverages in the micro-gravity environment of the ISS, but if it's in a vacuum I'd say that's the least of the 'nauts' worries!
Re: Load of Shite
And SuperTed, and The Trap Door, and The Goodies...
As stated, it's all in the access times. You don't hit 150MB/s on all but the fastest spinning rust, and only then when transferring large, contiguous files. Try that with small files and or fragmented data, on a consumer level drive, and you're now down in the low single digits. An SSD will blaze through large file transfers but it's when it's dealing with thousands of small bits of information in different places all at the same time that the real difference is found.
Also, while we're at it, it's "once in a while".
Re: Chris Wareham
Fair point. Not being a vodka drinker the point flew right over my head...
Out of interest, why vodka and not denatured ethanol?
Re: Woo Hoo!
Everyone else gets subsidised, so why not.
Re: End this Green Meanie MADNESS ! ! !
Is the sun listed as a visual hazard?
How can an inanimate object be ignorant?
Did you forget to use the joke icon?
So many questions.
Re: Let me see if I have this right
And I thought being charged monthly rental for a femtocell just so you can use a service you've already paid for was bad.
Edit: I see Mort's already touched on that below.
Re: The physical option
I do the same because I like to read the liner notes etc. The CDs don't get spun very often though, because the use of a good quality lossy codec at a high bitrate means the digital copy is indistinguishable from the original CD in a blind test.
Re: Studio headphones
How do you measure vibe?
Or it would have been, had my last machine running Windows XP not suffered a terminal failure a couple of days ago. Oh well.
"I'm not sure whether it's my new Creative VO ZXR gaming headset but, boy, this game is tooth-rattlingly loud."
It's probably your volume control.
Interested enough to wait and see if there's a fire sale at some point.
Re: At last
At last! Now I can dig out those BASIC books that were published for kiddies and had simple games in them in multiple versions (though never IBM PC). The Micro was slightly before my time, and I never saw one in Australia anyway, so the books never got any use.
Re: re: I only read the summary
Err... I didn't?
Evidently you also have to act like you're stork staring mad to make money on Youtube.
This is one reason why I don't go to see bands any more. The work of art is the album made in a recording studio. The tour which follows is a series of poor approximations.
That depends whether you agree with the band's vision for the album. Some bands play excellent live shows, but produce completely over-engineered and sterile studio recordings of the same material. One live performance I went to resulted in me never listening to the band's recorded material ever again, because their albums couldn't come close to comparing with the experience I had at the concert. I haven't worked out whether it's the band or producer to blame for that.
Re: Big John
There's no conflation of sexual orientation with race in my words. Nintendo can do what it likes with its game, but do you believe there wouldn't be a huge outcry if interracial marriage wasn't allowed in the game? The point, evidently sailing right over your head, is that it's not okay to discriminate on basis of sexual orientation any more than it is on basis of race.
Since you're so fond of playing games with other people's words, did you just compare same sex marriage to bestiality? Is it you, Cory Bernardi?
And what's this nonsense about a gay gene? The development of living organisms is a function of more than just their genetic code. Your demand for some arbitrary and unreasonable level of proof that may well not even exist (and which seems to be based on ignorance) makes a mockery of your position.