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Boring SpaceX lobs another sat into orbit without anything blowing up ... zzzzz

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Re: Musk's goal closer and closer

Ignoring the impracticality of the thing, seven cores and 63 engines lifting off would be something to see!

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This time they included some live onboard footage from the first stage, post-separation, which I thought was nice. We got to see the re-entry burn, before the lens got covered in what I assume was unburnt fuel and/or ice once the burn ended.

And one of the grid fins caught fire.

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

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"Better chance of not being defrauded."

Now you're 100% responsible for the security of your money!

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Lost your shirt in the MtGox Bitcoin mess? Release the Kraken!

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Re: "claimants seeking exactly $2,411,412,137,427 in total losses."

According to New York Times, almost all of that $2.4 trillion was a single claim. I'm not sure why that wasn't mentioned in this article but the ¥2 trillion claim was. Assuming anyone knows what's going on here (it is bitcoin after all).

However, the remaining claims, $27 billion according to NYT, still exceed the actual losses by a factor of ~5. NYT goes on to say that $414 million worth of claims have been approved.

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Re: Get back to real distributed computing?

Unfortunately, all those ASICs that have been developed to mine bitcoins as efficiently as possible do one job; SHA256(SHA256(x)).

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Re: Blockchain accounting history?

I may have misunderstood everything I've read about Bitcoin but doesn't the blockchain show all transactions and thus reveal where the Bitcoins have gone to in some way?

Sure, now you have a destination address. However, you might now know which address the coins are "in", but you don't know who owns that address and there's still no way you can get them back.

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"claimants seeking exactly $2,411,412,137,427 in total losses."

They've received more than two trillion dollars in claims? That's only out by 3.6 orders of magnitude...

Bitcoin, scams all the way down.

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British cops to film you with 59k body-worn cameras by end of year

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Re: All their rights and entitlements would be exactly the same

How am I supposed to defend myself against a criminal with a nuclear weapon if I can no longer possess a nuclear weapon myself?

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Hooves in spaaace: Goat Simulator goes galactic

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Re: GGOAT!

Greatest game I ever got bored of after about 15 minutes.

Still worth it.

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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

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Re: It's dead

The Norwegian Blue was just resting (after a prolonged squawk).

This on the other hand is dead.

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Reavers! Google patent would affix pedestrians to car hoods

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Re: Ehh

The film was Universal, not Fox, and it was done for closure.

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Ehh

Well I got the Firefly reference in the headline even if nobody else did (or perhaps just couldn't be bothered commenting?)

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Acronis testing blockchain for backup

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Re: Q1_2016.xls

Or for something less ambiguous, imagery that's definitely illegal, such as child abuse material. I don't believe bitcoin's blockchain has had something like this happen but images have been encoded into it so it's possible. I also believe that some virus scanners detected a malware signature in it once, infinite monkey theorem etc.

Blockchains can be rolled back since they contain all of the information necessary to do so, but you'd lose all data validations subsequent to the "event".

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The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors

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Re: Hmmmmm...

My job similarly can't be done on anything but a PC

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"...$850 for an entry-level gaming PC notebook..."

I know Solitaire's a game but come on...

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Adpocalypse 'will wipe out display ad growth' by 2020

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Re: Ad-blocking threatens to snuff out growth in the digital display advertising market

And there was much rejoicing

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

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I'm not old enough to have programmed for the 650x family but I do still have my Atari 2600 (6507).

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Microsoft shifts Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes to 'rollup' bundles

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However...

It does mean I only have to ignore the "recommended" updates once rather than several times a month!

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Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

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Re: Sorry that handle Voland's right hand Two steps forward...

From what I remember, the effectiveness of Patriot when used against Scud back in 1991 was massively overstated, but that's 25 years ago.

However, that Patriot might be effective against Scud isn't surprising since Patriot was designed to take down aircraft and tactical BMs just like Scud. Being an ICBM, RS-28's maximum velocity is four times faster.

Also I'm suitably embarrassed by my typo "Has Patriot's..."

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Re: Voland's right hand Two steps forward...

Even old Patriot can deal with low-trajectory ICBMs

Has Patriot's been tested in that role? I don't believe it was designed for it.

I wonder if that's why NATO keeps a battery near the border with Kalingrad?

Propaganda?

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Australian Greens don't believe Silicon Valley can save the world

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Like all political parties, they're a mixed bunch.

Which is why I think it's a bit ridiculous to claim they (or any group) are all idiots or all peddlers of woo. As if there's a major political party in existence that doesn't have its own coterie of cranks and wackos.

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Homeopathy and crystals? Which Greens are you thinking of?

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Re: Just like all politicians

Why is that?

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'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

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@ Chris W (Re: Forgive me for not understanding how this happened)

Oh dear, vagueties of comments combined with pendants.

Vagaries and pedants (presumably).

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Sincerely

A pedant

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Re: "I wonder if JeffyPoooh's happy now?"

By the way, last month's landing was 'broadcast' with live streaming video from a helicopter. ...Which made me smile. An 'interim solution' while the new Booster-Landing-resistant Comms system was commissioned.

Some of their very earliest live landing attempts had chopper/UAV footage so I don't think it's an interim solution

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I feel like I'm living in the future.

I wonder if JeffyPoooh's happy now

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Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear

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Re: Odd unit conversion

Tonne is already metric, so you don't need to preface it with "metric".

Sorry, pet peeve. Carry on!

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SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

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Well "The plans are going to sound crazy, but it should at least be entertaining" would never have been said by a NASA spokesperson!

Quite, but I suspect that the minute SpaceX starts carrying Real Live Humans™, they're going to be just as deadly serious about it as NASA ever was.

Meanwhile I thoroughly enjoy Musk's candour when discussing the company's prototypes.

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

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Re: "...live-streamed the landing from a helicopter."

I don't know why this is receiving mostly downvotes? The mental image got a solid chuckle out of me.

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Congratulations etc.

If only they'd cut out that cringeworthy "USA!" chanting.

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Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

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Re: 198,000

And now it's at 232,000. This is getting a little bit silly.

Of course, the deposit's refundable so there's little risk in reserving one now, other than the charge to one's credit card. I guess we'll find out how many of those orders are ultimately completed in a few years...

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Do go on...

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'No regrets' says chap who felled JavaScript's Jenga tower – as devs ask: Have we forgotten how to code?

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Re: "Brenna" and "Sarah"

Or simply silly, when aimed at children who can barely read words of more than 5 letters... "Jane, Paul and Ahmadjiniaddan have three apples..."

Nice straw man argument.

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Top rocket exec quits after telling the truth about SpaceX price war

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Re: Reality versus spin

In orbit? The Falcon 9 first stage is nowhere near orbital velocity when the second stage is released.

Dumb indeed...

The fact that you can bring it back if you want doesn't mean that you have to.

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Whatever happened to Green IT?

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Re: Give a dog a bad name...

We still get the occasional "turn off your monitors" email even though they each draw only 0.3W on standby, or <2 Wh/yr once you exclude the time they're in use throughout the week. So budget for about 30 cents/monitor/year (at domestic rates here).

Whether you call that "Green IT" or not, I think that's a success.

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Is there anything left to ask Bill Gates? (Other than gissus a million?)

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Re: I've Got A Question For Him

Does the milk go in first, or the hot water?

This is a loaded question. The hot water goes in the teacup and the milk goes on your cereal.

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Monster motor breathes fire in Mississippi

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WTF?

Pressure

Pressure within the RS-25 is equivalent to the pressure a submarine experiences three miles beneath the ocean.

How is that comparison useful to anyone?

I'm working on the assumption here that NASA provided that stat. If it was actually Reg, jolly good show.

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DARPA to geeks: Weaponize your toasters … for America!

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Toasters

If I can get one of these, I will be happy.

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Fifth time's the charm as SpaceX pops satellite into orbit

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Re: "Obvious"

They've obviously spent a lot of money trying, repeatedly.

...have they?

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SpaceX Falcon 9 set yet again to soar aloft

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Landing looked a bit sketchy before the barge camera dropped out...

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SpaceX aborts Falcon 9 launch again

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Re: Talk about Awkward?

I missed it, but I'm going to have to watch the replay now

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Lonely bloke in chem suit fuels Mars orbiter

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Re: Oy!

Oh, they are easy

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Apple hasn't announced the new iPhone 5SE and pundits already hate it

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Hate

is such a strong word.

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Confused as to WTF is happening with Apple, the FBI and a killer's iPhone? Let's fix that

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Re: "For Your Protection", yadda yadda.

Yeah, Scalia mysteriously died the week this issue comes up

What's mysterious about a 79 year old dying in his sleep?

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Earthquake-sensing smartphone app fires off early alerts of disaster

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Re: Can't believe I'm the first to quote...

Also https://xkcd.com/937/

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Celebrities fronting startups again? Now we're interested!

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I find this to be very strange

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Carly Fiorina makes like HP and splits – ex-CEO quits White House race

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Re: Bring Marshmallows...

Phony Tony made it into the big chair too, although (we like to think) mostly because of the stench emanating from the ALP government at the time.

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Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

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Re: Why *4*?

Audi drivers, gee I tell you...

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NASA charges up 18-prop electric X-plane

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I think it depends on the motor. A 750cc sports bike engine producing 140hp is definitely one heck of a motor, but you probably wouldn't put that motor in a car. Could make fun out of a kei or supermini though.

But a 140hp motor in a normal car built in the last 30 years is not likely to be one heck of a motor.

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Auris? Corolla?

I didn't realise that the sedan hadn't changed name but the hatchback appears to have been badged as an Auris over in that part of the world for almost ten years now. Do you still call these ones Corollas?

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