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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

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is that what ElReg sarcasm looks like

hard to make a slab look different. Now if they could develop a screen visible in Oz summer daylight without requiring a massive battery they might have something. Not all of us live in caves or come out at night only

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Vulture 2 spaceplane brain surgery begins with remote incision

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Re: Wouldn't it make more sense...

Vinyl-j. I doubt it. The natural stresses of flight would be reversed. Control hinge stresses especially. Look up hammer head stall disasters for what happens if an aircraft not built for it goes backward. I would suggest the carry rack have a windscreen venturi like some speed boats so the airflow rolls cleanly over the top of the van, leaving LOHAN in relatively calm air.

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very nice looking LOHAN

real looker, very like the craft from Space Kingsley et al. Ah, the long ago days when the planets did not seem so far away. Carry on chaps and keep calm.

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WinPhone's Halo hottie Cortana to hit desktop in next Windows – report

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Re: Prior Art

And this would stop lawyer unleashing because ? Do not consider Patent Law as having anything to do with justice, let alone logic. Aside from this minor quibble, given M$ history, will Cortana be the next iteration of Bob and Clippy ?

I think a usable voice interface is the next Big Thing in UI, but throat mikes and decent noise cancelling ear buds are needed first. Voice control could be a decent argument for work at home offices though.

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Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

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Oh I dunno

we might be able to observe the time between election and breaking first promise

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No, minister Turnbull, IP addresses aren't part of routine billing data collection

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which IP addresses ? Which logs, where ?

dhcp servers, proxies, gateways and web servers keep IPs and often, logs. How accurately those IPs reflect one user or device should be considered if dragnets are going to be implemented. Can the plods and BrandX explain in concept how DHCP works ? Thought not. An IP can change for end user devices. Multiple users can use any of the devices. So what IP collection is being proposed ? The DHCP local non-routables for the display device, the DHCP assigned IP of the local modem/router, the IP of the various proxies along the way or the final gateway ? Will those who object to mass surveillance as well as those up to dubious activities using VPNs or the horror, Tor, get frequent missives or early AM visits ? Can we expect Free WiFi sites be ordered to do a Putin? Have the PHBs in charge of the alphabet soups thought of this or should I shut up in case one of them gets a hot flush. I note the local Ayn Rand society broadsheet aka The Oz has just published an article stating Tor is evil. So now you know where to go.

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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Re: Purgatory

>> Liking Microsoft just isn't professional anymore.

You're kidding. Until around 2006 it was seen as a sign of being a mere pc fanboi, not proper computing. Real computers ran VMS, MVS/Zos or one of a multitude of unices. Fire suit on.

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Re: What else would we use as bad sign when interviewing someone?

it is not a bad sign, it is tradition. Where is the old fogey icon ?

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this is terrible

More sense from Microsoft. Where is my pet hate object going to come from? Current government data snatching wont do as it has not the class of M$ in the old days.

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

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have they been hiring more managers lately ?

as PHB count rises, coalface declines. Don't know, but this resembles similar cuts in Big Co (tm) elsewhere.

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Oracle Database 12c's data redaction security smashed live on stage

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space time continuum stressed again

Two articles about Microsoft responding properly in the one week. Why is the sky cracking ?

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Beware WarKitteh, the connected cat that sniffs your Wi-Fi privates

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cue the oblig

catty remarks...

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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more proof of the decline of the West

Alistair, soy ? in food or beverage ? Sad, sad. Food based medication for women at menopause perhaps. However, for the first time, drum roll please! The one good feature of Canberra as an IT bunker to earn a crust in is that most of the baristas are clued, some highly and all vendors of the important brew succeed in a decent drink with an adequate to good size representative of the volume requested. In short a large usually is not medium or small. The little hole in wall places generally do best as they are run by coffee enthusiasts who make a living doing what they like.

In Belconnen is the best place of all, lurking invisibly in a large departments set of buildings. They have good competition around them so quality should not drop. Hint, name is same as one of the alphabet soup TLAs. Maccas in Oz were surprisingly good for two years. I suspect about 9 months ago a beancounter (literally) decided to cut costs and it is now, IMHO, undrinkable. Pity, as for a while I could travel without dragging the thermos with me. Since truth is not a defence in Oz I can't use your delightful comparison. Though how one would know what that smells like I do not want to know. Well done sir, on an excellent tirade.

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Help Australia's PM and attorney-general to define metadata

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Simon, has to be a ghetto then. With Sydneys roads, it would be death by 4WD or asphyxiation to attempt to leave :-) Me, I lived all over Oz except SA for some reason. Always amused at the interstate distrusts, let alone the dialects. What is striking is how the SE corner intelligentsia do not understand the fears of everyone above the 26 parallel or west of Ceduna.

Far North Queensland is the odd place IMHO. Only there have I been called a communist and a capitalist right wing nut in the same day, just trying to vote.

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Re: and our beloathed PM

digital age ? regrettably AC, politicians seem to be largely clueless in any time. Currently reading Niall Fergusons excellent book "The War of the World". The willful blindness of the intelligentsia and by association, most politicians unable to grasp what was happening post WW1 is as remarkable as the predictable miscalculations of later empires invading Iraq.

None of this is a new observation. Robert Heinlein wrote that the ability to get elected was proof of inability to govern. Can't recall reference. Tongue in cheek or not, his suggestion was to conscript for a fixed term, people of demonstrated leadership and competence to hold power to resolve the significant issues of the day. Sounds similar to the idea of the Roman Republic dictator. His hope seemed to be that real achievers were likely to go back to what they liked, rather than hang onto power. I suspect that power is more addictive than crack so it would not work.

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Re: Metadata IS data

@Tim99 You are right, I stand corrected. Can only plead a bad cold and gum abscess affecting the remains of my mind. The end of the quote is very appropriate for the way modern CEOs and holder of high office seem to think they are above the rules of civilised society. NSW ICAC shone much light on that attitude.

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Re: and our beloathed PM

I like to, but link was so slow and I detected Java

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why Fred ?

All comments welcome that are on topic IMHO. Our colonial minded ruling elitez like blindly following their masters, especially if the latest fads don't work. The citizenry are in it together, in a bad way.

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Re: Metadata IS data

Dan, right. But the wilful misrepresentation or confusion as to what is being collected IMHO, is partly deliberate obfuscation of the imposition of an uncontrolled surveillance state justified by the claim of increasing safety. The rest is probably sheer ignorance and bulldust. A Yank founding father got it right with his statement about trading liberty for security and getting neither. Indiscriminate data retention will eventually corrupt the spookeries and police as they have access to information suitable for blackmail. Very useful to implement a culture of subservience . Might take a couple of career generations as a culture of unconstrained power takes hold. Lord Melbournes statement about power corrupting applies.

Meanwhile any real terrorists are likely to be trained in avoiding any surveillance in places where the secret police have never been constrained by law, so they will be missed entirely by the proposed farce. The amateurs might do small damage, but unlike most of the world, it is hard to collect guns and explosives here, even for the crims.

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and our beloathed PM

states he is no tech-head. One wonders if he likes being thought of as another Richard Head. Probably too subtle a thought. After all, his party machine sends drones to learn from Tea party droids. No wonder the last election was smoke and low quality flames, but no light. He is not alone. The local party hacks feeble justification for being nice to the big end of Sydney indicated the entire party is infected with a contempt for the average citizen, bogan or not.

As a Linux Journal purchaser, linux user and ElReg commentard, the goon squads will be alerted by the profile match. The kidnapping laws introduced by brown nose Johnny are still in effect so I wonder when the first leak about disappearances will be in news. Hang on, draconian laws just drafted to make that seriously illegal too. Bunker will have to be local. May be the local library. Small text in political theory books with hard covers might scare them off as there are no pictures. Don't feel like going to an even worse surveillance state # for sarcasm impaired, see text of icon

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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Re: Do you think they care?

Intel dont make silicon lithographic machines, they buy them from Germany ? One supplier to world ? Would Germany kowtow to US policy ?

As for economicly integrated world, one should remember the worlds economy were much more international 100 years ago. How did that wind up ? The lights of western civilisation have not been relit yet.

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CIA infosec guru: US govt must buy all zero-days and set them free

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Re: Remember

nah, that assumes that these guys can think ahead more than 30 seconds. A decades long plot is beyond any western organisation. Drat this cold. I am spending too much time online because its too cold outside

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get that man to Gitmo

Dangerous, he has ideas and values. His ideas will disrupt the new economy. From the CIA, who would have thunk?

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Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

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Re: The envelope analogy

Terry, good point. It might be a simple enough analogy for that rare beast, an intelligent TV news analyst to question Brandis and Abbot. Love to their faces if asked using your analogy.

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maybe not a shambles

I suggest some of the secret police TLAs have something embarrassing on assorted pollies. <tin hat > I wonder if the pollies are not driving this, they are being driven. Further, I cynically wonder if the spooks are being driven to drive the pollies. Perhaps a media baron or two has stuff on the spooks that is being used to indirectly control political processes now that the newspapers and TV are finally losing credibility.</tin hat> The Norks must be laughing. In the meantime I miss the real black helicopter that used to be hangared up the road. It was a joke then.

It could also be that the current crop of ministers is simply incompetent. The PM would not be able to partake in a high school debate from the little I have heard of his awkward fumbling for sentences.

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Six MEEELLION gigabytes-a-year space 'scope wins funding

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what are you on about ? or on ?

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finally the myth becomes useful

At least this telescope data will be of use for real astronomy instead of the search for cosmological phlogiston

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Surprise! Government mega-infrastructure project cocked up

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Gray Ham. True. There was also no reporting back to head office on morning conference calls, no OH&S droids, HR discrimination drones and the Govenors job was to govern. He took his job seriously. Oz was lucky there. Despite the unpromising material, Oz was also an enlightened attempt at reformation which worked. In 40 years the first university was started.

CBA has a role, especially as the costs rise. What is missing in the entire discussions are why the pollies are allowed to mislead and outright lie. Howard explicitly excluded political, charitable and religious statements from advertising rules. Perhaps the problem is the allowing of nostrums as solutions. The truth in advertising laws should be extended to politics and charities so that all products and promises must be as described or purveyors go to jail. Reducing incorporation protections so that the executives and board become more vulnerable to action due to stupid behaviour might assist also. That way the perverse incentives for business and politicians to push their own wheelbarrows, lie and underquote might be reduced if not eliminated.

Finally as citizens, while we can, we should be far less forgiving of weasel words from the elected leadership.

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Re: Guillotine ...

@PIsartis: really ? In private sector most seem to become CEOs somewhere and repeat stuffup. I am aware of a public serpent contractor who supposedly squandered several departments infrastructure budgets for a while while still being employable. Light dawned among the PS CIO equivalents who allegedly blackballed that individual. No doubt HR would be appalled if they knew. However given Qld Health IT project failure with incorrect tendering process, you have a point.

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Re: There are three-quarters of a million terrierists in the US?!?

isn't that because once on, there is no way to be taken off ? An Intel VP has to fly with an FBI escort for this reason. On list for no reason but even a wealthy person can't get off.

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Now even Internet Explorer will throw lousy old Java into the abyss

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the world is weird now

good move Microsoft. Hard to believe I wrote that I know, but one has to encourage good decisons. M$ has so few of them

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IBM can't give away its chip business: report

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Re: times have changed

Given the cost of the machinery, made in Germany ITIRC, the cost of labour would be very small change.

Taxes could be, if the first world companies paid much, which we all doubt. So that leaves quantity and is the cheaper alternative good enough ? Back to my original point. The alternative stuff is good enough or better and it shows how much times have changed. A big company and good product is not enough. Chippery has to be cheap and already a defacto standard. Not like 30 years ago when there were more types of CPU being brewed and sold, some in house and some by fabless vendors.

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times have changed

once a foundry business with good chips would have been worth money. Now it cant be given away ? With incentives ? Says a lot about the success of makers of alternative chippery.

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What's the point of the Internet of Things?

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Whats the point of IOT

@Tom; and the problem with that is ? making a profit is the whole idea. if you mean the current crop of vendors are mostly salesweasel driven, I agree but try to buy from the least disreputable. Nothing will change until enough individuals act.

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Re: Fishtanks are useless

@Graxer: Is that the point of ZIGBEE protocols and devices ? Or am I out of date again ?

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Re: Trevor has a point

@SundogUK. Still in junior high school ? Please do some real world living before making a twit of yourself. Its not even 10% of a decent flame. As for earlier commentard who sneered at excessive decision stress, have you taken a Downs sufferer shopping ? Thought not. Now the rest of you with strong opinions and little knowledge please mind your manners and read the posts before exploding. You don't have to be as bad as the politicians we all deride. ElReg, can the Adminstratix be called back ? I miss Sarah, even when I disagreed.

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Trevor has a point

IOT could be useful. True it will probably be used to increase surveillance instead until the new praetorian guard and their blackmailed clients are brought into line. (Spooks and their tame pollies for those insufficiently distrustful) It is possible that some useful stuff will sneak through, built by enthusiasts for special needs people they know.

Trevors point on decision fatigue relief is novel for IOT. Too many choices is stressing as is keeping track of a lot of things.. eg As one wag put it, how many cola brands do you need ? Perhaps the moral policemen might be usefully focussed on firms flogging the same common product under 20 names in supermarket to give the delusion of choice. In the case of a intelligent reminder list, I think he has made the first believable argument for IOT I have heard. Talk/PowerPoint slides of self stacking fridges was always foolishness to me.

In case you think this is trivial, flight management human factors decision fatigue is a significant subject. After 4+ hours flight making appropriate choices in a difficult or worse situation can be fatal instead of trivial. For recreational pilots it can be worse as there are no automatics and often less experience. For people with various disabilities I know, something that did gentle reliable reminders would assist them to live better lives with reduced care needs and more autonomy.

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

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Re: Pity the genius

so you assume wisdom is irrelevant also? Ever worked in a research establishment with lots of high IQ characters wondering around. ? Most entertaining place to work.. Perhaps you should read the Rise and Fall of the Meritocracy which was about such a scheme.

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Re: @Cipher I don't buy it

was initially a dig at including Hollywood in discussion of reality initially. Don't have a problem with the citizenry as such. Parochial and badly educated, just like most countries, but unaware of how backward their culture is.

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Re: I don't buy it

Gratuitous anti American remarks are now mandatory more like. If they would just admit their ruling elites are just the old absolutist monarchs and parasitic aristocrats returned they would be just another country. I do admit the USA has done something unusual. Its peasants seem to largely like being exploited and stoutly defend their right to be abused for the few. Why the TPP is not causing more disquiet around the Pacific Rim is inexplicable unless the passive victim approach to citizenship is highly contagious causing higher brain function death. Might explain some Oz pollies behaviour

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Re: NOT THAT SHIT AGAIN

you assume our education system has produced enough educated people to keep the bombs working. The uranium goes off over time. The smaller the faster. Those units are only just subcritcal. Thats one reason why suit case bombs were abandoned. Six months storage before the cores needed replacing. Further, despite the simulations, how many nuclear crackers have been exploded to ensure the U2235 or plutonium and the associated high explosive charges, not to mention the triggering timing electronics still work altogether? AFAIK, none in 20+ years outside of Norks paradise in hell and maybe a few the Israelis set off south of South Africa in thunderstorms to disguise them. Speculation there.

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Re: I don't buy it

<rant> Ah, terminator movies. Category: Fiction, country of origin: USA relevance therefore zero to discussions of AI becoming plausible, let alone reality. Given the vile scripts with viler characters acted with the depth of a drying supermarket carpark puddle it is not hard to wish the AIs would wipe out those disgusting organics. In T2 it took 15 minutes or less for me to wish the T1000 would hurry up removing that nasty little jerk Connor. From CattleCar Galactica thru Terminator movies, Robocop et al are a compelling argument for homo sapiens extinction. .</rant> But I digress. So far the builders are a long way from an artificial intelligence. Note, not expert systems which do exist and a few even work. A few more of you should read the excellent books, The Emperors New Mind and Shadows of the Mind by esteemed maths boffin Dr Roger Penrose. Warning, Set theory and a need to think required to enjoy.

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or we wait until the batteries go flat or catch fire

Never understood the fear. Not until an intelligent AI can self repair and replicate could there be a risk. Finally, power sources keeping said machine going. Pull the plug and see what happens. Aside from that, given how stupid autocorrect on any device still is, I dont see intelligence appearing in hardware happening.

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Verizon to FCC: What ya looking at? Everyone throttles internet traffic

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what are limits to all you can download offers ?

With something like bandwidth where demand grows as it is made available how can a provider not throttle occasionally ? QOS requires this. Therefore advertising unlimited downloads should be considered false advertising.

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Apple, Samsung call off all patent spats outside United States

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Next in the news

reports of famine striking lawyer colonies outside USA This cannot be allowed to continue, UN to intervene.

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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Re: !#@$

Hans, sorry, not enough caps for FOTW. Nice try though. I thing there is a conspiracy to make all UIs suck as they age or get created. The recent rash of back to the past updated Linux desktops indicate I am not alone.

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Ad biz now has one less excuse to sponsor freetards and filth

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@Damian not quite

for those on sloooow and expensive comms links, those irritating animated anythings and attempts at popups et al take up bandwidth for parts of the page I might want. Don't mind ads if they are static and small as the sites have to generate revenue somehow, but 10 links to add sites, add snoopers and multiple little gifs make web surfing frustrating. Ad blockers are on full for that reason. The advertising firms might help themselves by using small well designed static adds more.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: The reason why this is published

DougS, correct. Not first time something like this has happened. FermiLab had anomalous results on the last runs they did getting more energy out than they put in when they were not doing fusion or fission. They published the anomalous results asking for comments on what they had missed. No idea if they got answers. As Asimov wrote, progress happens when someone says, "That's odd" NASA made no claims on groundbreaking, just something was observed that does not fit current understanding. Anything that might be messing with quantum effects, especially quantum foam is in "not sure about that "territory IMHO. Have a thumbs up

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Re: Questions for rocket scientists:

@Pet, worse, calculations now suggest that BRJ has such a high drag it might be OK as a brake only, assuming one can be built.

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: "a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied"

@ mikejs

Move user configs ? YP/NIS properly set up could have a fully portable user environment It had some non text config though. Nothing like the thousands of lines of registry that make Windows such a hell to run regedit on. Unfortunately for we config file lovers, commercial unices have fallen in love with the XML database monster. Only a matter of time before linux becomes as bloated and obscure in its config.

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