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Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back

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Re: The early releases of Ubuntu were a revelation and made Linux a practical desktop, but...

Wow, so shouty

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Re: Link to slides

That final slide...

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Don't let banks fool you, the blockchain really does have other uses

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lol

The point of a blockchain is that it is a trustless and decentralised database, and it makes huge usability and efficiency compromises to do this.

I'm not a banker, but I'd be surprised if banks need either of those things...

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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

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Obligatory

"do these people know it's 2016?"

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

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Re: Winning the race

I should point out that this has nothing to do with the "Australian Government". It is the Victorian state government.

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Re: Kev's not going to be able to perform in Vic anymore

Amusingly, obscenity laws are precisely why Kev exists.

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Dutch bicycle company pretends to be television company

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Speaking of Australia

I bought a reasonably large TV from a local retailer a few years ago and when it was delivered to my house I observed that it had been stabbed through the heart by a forklift at the warehouse.

Obviously this is mostly irrelevant but at least a bicycle might have survived...

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SpaceX: Breach in liquid oxygen tank caused Falcon 9 fireball ... probably

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"A static firing test at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida ended abruptly"

Technically, the test didn't even begin...

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Asian hornets are HERE... those honey bee murdering BASTARDS

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Re: Stings like a bullet

A mistake?

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Re: Stings like a bullet

That article is about the Asian Giant Hornet. This one is about the Asian (normal sized?) Hornet.

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TRUMP: ICANN'T EVEN! America won't hand over internet control to Russia on my watch

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Happy

Understood, but I found the idea of him winning and then being forgotten anyway amusing enough

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Re: All hail the new Golden Don!

I don't even know which vote button to press on this one

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Whether or not he wins?

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Is Tesla telling us the truth over autopilot spat?

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Re: We are not liable for...

Volvo intends to accept liability for what its AVs do.

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ISIS beard?!

That looks more like a neckbeard, which seems appropriate.

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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Biometric ID of your anus?

Look no further.

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The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide

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Re: Where is this poll of which you speak?

During loading, a DIV with id="poll", situated between the final two paragraphs, inherits some styles and then disappears because it also contains style="display: none;".

Other than that the DIV is empty. Whoops!

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Err... Bondy McBondFace?

I don't want a prize, just acceptance.

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Just not cricket: Microsoft's big data Googly called No Ball

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Are you sure D/L(/S) was the problem?

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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You win some, you lose some

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Star Trek film theory: 50 years, 13 films, odds good, evens bad? Horta puckey!

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Re: No sir, don't like it

By chance, Generations was on TV here last night. Those fight scenes between the ageing McDowell, Shatner and Stewart, hah!

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Apple killed OS X today and binned its $10,000 BlingWatch too

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Bit of a shame

It was, perhaps perversely, that five figure Apple watch that rekindled my interested in wristwatches, when I began to research what mechanical timekeeping devices you could get within that price limit. Being right on the edge of "high end" territory, a whole world opened up.

So thanks Apple.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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Re: own EV happens to have the exact same problem

I wonder how heavy the impact was to have caused part of the battery pack to separate from the vehicle...

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

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Re: Water to 30 meters, but what about SALT water??

My understanding is that "water resistant to 30 metres(/3 bar/3 atm)" is static pressure resistance. Start moving about and things change very quickly.

This is why the manual for a wristwatch that is rated to 30 metres usually informs the owner that it's not suitable for swimming, at any depth.

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Surge pricing? How about surge fines: Pennsylvania orders Uber to cough up $11.4m

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Come on Reg

If I wanted to read words like "butthurt" in a news article I'd be on Gawker or Buzzfeed, not here!

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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Hart

Some people just like to drive.

Granted. I count myself among that some, but I also wouldn't mind a car that can drive itself when I don't want to (e.g. congested urban areas, long distance travel).

Some people don't trust the automation so they're going to want to drive.

And some people still don't trust airliners despite a proven safety record. This will be a generational change.

There’s no software designer in the world that's ever going to be smart enough to anticipate all the potential circumstances this software is going to encounter.

That's what testing is for. Is an Apollo Program analogy too much of a cliché here?

I can give you an example I've seen mentioned in several places. My automated car is confronted by an 80,000 pound truck in my lane. Now the car has to decide whether to run into this truck and kill me, the driver, or to go up on the sidewalk and kill 15 pedestrians.

Presumably not a self-driving truck. This is a bit of a furphy IMNSHO, but why has this old railcar thought experiment lately increased from 5 to 10 to 15 pedestrians? Why not go for 50 or 100?

A self-driving vehicle is not a philosopher. All it has to do is lessen the severity of a collision, no matter how contrived the circumstance, and it's proven its value. If it can avoid the collision entirely, perhaps only by seeing the errant 80,000 pound truck well before a human would have, so much the better.

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Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car

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Re: Range

I might be confusing the US and EU ratings. Some articles quote two numbers, one in miles and the other in kilometres, that don't convert directly.

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Re: I'll wait until...

Do you often drive over 300 miles non-stop to visit the in-laws and then leave again 15 minutes later? You're tough to please if an EV with a range (380 miles for the P100D) that accommodates probably 99% of trips doesn't impress you yet! Facetiousness aside, what it does need is for prices to come down dramatically and widespread fast charging infrastructure.

I'll wait until Jeremy Clarkson takes it around the track explaining it to us, then lets the Stig time a lap.

Then I'll be impressed.

You'll probably be waiting a while for Clarkson to return to the BBC...

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Range

It's the current Model S P90D that has a quoted NEDC range of 315 mi. The P100D's quoted NEDC range is ~380 mi.

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Uber and Volvo take on Ford in race to launch self-driving vehicles

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Re: A race to the selfdestruction of big car manufacturs ...

I should probably say "...with the service that kills the market" as people probably wouldn't buy a personal car to share with strangers; they'd subscribe to a car-sharing service like the one Ford et al. are working on.

I suspect uptake is going to take long enough that the industry has sufficient time to pivot and no excuses.

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Re: A race to the selfdestruction of big car manufacturs ...

This is probably why everyone's so bullish, pouring so much money into the idea and ramping up so quickly. Nobody wants to be late to market with the product that kills the market.

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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Unhappy

Sadly it seems that, like Kaby Lake, Zen's not going to support Windows 7.

So stock up on your Skylakes, boys and girls.

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Bitcoin 'targeted by state sponsored attackers' says Bitcoin.org

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As we saw not too long ago it can be effectively taken out of action by a bored guy with a couple of hundred dollars.

If "state sponsored attackers" wanted to bring it down it would be gone by now, but the community is so hilariously awful that they don't need any help in wrecking it from governments.

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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Re: Skeevy bastards

You're describing pixel dimensions, not resolution. Resolution is a measure of linear density (or linear detail), e.g. dots per inch, line pairs per millimetre etc.

I have a 1920 x 1200 pixel monitor on my desk. It's a 24" monitor, thus its resolution is ~94 pixels/inch.

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Re: Skeevy bastards

[UHD and/or 4K] screens have nearly 4 times the resolution of 'HD' screens.

Twice, actually. Resolution is a linear measurement.

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Re: Worse...

They're using pentile subpixel matrices in TVs now? Is there no god? Wait, don't answer that.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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Re: The 'We thought you might like' conundrum

I tend to get the following ads on mobile:

1) For products I've recently purchased

2) Mature age dating, despite being half the age of the target demographic

So I'm saving the advertisers money by blocking them, obviously.

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Networking wonks say lousy planning, not DDOS, caused #Censusfail

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Re: I say DOS was orchastrated by locals!

Several million locals did try to access the system at the same time from numerous locations.

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

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Re: Class divide?

I would have said age divide.

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Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs

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Re: I wouldn't know...

It's probably trying to complete the Australian census.

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Uncle Sam set to flog Silk Road's Bitcoins

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Re: The Waiting Game

A "bitcoin" is effectively just a number in the memory of a computer with a synchronised local copy of the blockchain, so I don't believe that's possible.

The blockchain is public however, so all transactions by a particular address can be watched by anyone.

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Re: Odd

Ulbricht got life because he was convicted of multiple serious crimes (among them narcotics trafficking, money laundering and continuing criminal enterprise) with a combined minimum sentence of 30 years, and I believe a maximum above 100.

The way he refused to accept responsibility for any of it probably didn't help him when it came to sentencing. I did find it a little strange that the sentencing took into account the attempts to procure murder though.

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Re: Windows 10 did especially well

I wouldn't mind something that doesn't spy on me or force updates and software I don't want down my throat too.

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Broken BitBank Bitfinex shaves 36% from all accounts

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In recent times, and notwithstanding all of the other issues, inflation didn't budge when QE was conducted, suggesting that it in fact helped to avoid deflation. Everyone's debts increasing all at the same time probably would have been a bad situation...

How an economy gets into such a parlous state in the first place is another matter.

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Re: fork it

That was Ethereum, and it just led to more problems because the people who set the whole thing up (who didn't know what they were doing) and then the "DAO" which got hacked (because they didn't know what they were doing) bungled the hard fork so badly that it needs another fork to fix (...because they didn't know what they were doing). Also, the hack was a direct result of the protocol, this one is the result of poor third party security.

But the whole point of pseudonymous, decentralised cryptocurrencies is that there is no central authority or control. Whether or not it could be achieved, forking the bitcoin blockchain to reverse this hack goes against the core principle of the system.

And that's (one of many reasons) why bitcoin (and its descendants) is such a ridiculous idea.

On top of that, bitcoin's developers haven't even been able to agree on how to deal with congestion. Half of the devs want to simply increase the block size, which you'd think was the sensible solution. The other half want to preserve the congestion so that the company they work for can introduce some vapourware at some unspecified time in the future that they promise will solve the problem. Then there are the (primarily Chinese) miners who don't want it increased too far lest their internet connections fail to keep up, costing them money. And they're all behaving like insane children.

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Re: I wonder

I suggest that it is worse because apparently nobody learned from the Magic the Gathering Online Exchange debacle that giving your bitcoins to an unregulated exchange is A Bad Idea.

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Private moonshot gets the green light from US authorities

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"Moon Express says the approval makes it the first private company to venture beyond Earth orbit."

Counting chickens early?

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Hmm

65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws

The stupid, it burns.

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Mozilla 404s '404 Not Found' pages: Firefox fills in blanks with archive.org copies

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Will the Internet Archive be able to handle the extra traffic if this goes mainstream, and/or will Mozilla run a cache for popular requests?

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