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MAVEN snaps eight-bit SPACE INVADER

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Remarkable robotic machinery we humans have managed to send out there!

But, is there anyone else beside me who is sick of the anthropomorphic, cutesy characterizations of these marvelously designed machines?

The "plucky" this or that, all lonesome on a far distant planet is too much. What is it plucking? Some smelly Martian rose? And, pretending that they tweet clever little messages is going much too far.

Yes, we want to encourage our kids to go into a STEM career, but a smart kid who is considering it is going to get turned off by all the false-cutesy stuff.

</rant, I feel so much better now, thanks for bearing with me>

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

@Neal B: the Mac OSX is built with a separate UI built on top of a customized version of UNIX (Darwin), with a middle layer of Apple-specific 'services' providing those features not directly available in UNIX.

I suspect that the vast majority of Mac users have no inkling of this.

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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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That's awfully bumpy terrain

ESA has that picture at 0.5 m per pixel.

I hope that the lander can handle /avoid the 'cliff' edges.

Also, what if the harpoons do not reach 'bedrock', and only embed themselves in a soft pile of comet dust? Then there's nothing to tug against to pull the lander in.

Exciting times!

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SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION

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Black Helicopters

Wings

"the X-37Bs with their wings and resulting "cross range" capability"

Wings are only relevant in the atmosphere. Unless the spacecraft periodically dips into the atmosphere (say, ca. 100 mile altitude or lower), its wings are irrelevant for orbital changes. But, lots of propellant is needed for lowering the orbit and then raising it again.

"Cross range" (change in inclination) when in orbit is at also at the expense of lots of propellants.

My guess is that the major job done by the wings is to allow the spacecraft to land conveniently at specific military bases, away from prying eyes, unlike, e.g., having to send ships out to sea to retrieve a capsule, or having the payload go splat at some deserty place.

Note that the latest design of the classical space capsule does incorporate some aerodynamic lift, giving it a bit of range and cross-range flexibility.

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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Trolls do play an important entertainment role,

as long as one feels above the fray.

Back in the usenet days, there were separate (obviously) discussion groups for Pakistani cricket fans and Indian cricket fans,

As you might expect, once in a while someone on the one side would post something inflammatory on the other side's forum, and all hell breaks loose (including making reciprocal attacks on the other forum). My Pakistani and Indian friends always found it to be highly amusing wading through the resulting comments.

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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

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Windows

They said much the same about Zune and WinCE devices until the bitter end

(granted, Zune did have an unusually short life of just months)

I don't know how many units of Surface they have manufactured, but it looks like they sold maybe 1 million plus in total; maybe they are trying to avoid landfilling whatever is left in inventory, to avoid a near billion $ write-down yet again?

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I'll show you the D next week – billionaire space baron Elon Musk

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The Tesla Diesel?

Why not?

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Joke

It's actually Windows OS X

Redmond, start your copiers!

It's getting too easy to make fun of Microsoft.

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'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault

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Mushroom

Ham, that's what's for dinner

a favourite since the Triassic.

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Look out, SpaceX! Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin boffins tapped for US rocket launches

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This is great news

ULA (read Lockheed and Boeing) has been at the government pig trough long enough.

Hopefully, with the injection of both Musk and Bezos into the mix, there will be competition going forward.

We can now realistically dream of $100/kg space access!

(any way of turning that icon upside down?)

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Unhappy

Indeed, and it gets worse

The Atlas rocket that Boeing is hoping to use to loft their capsule depends on, you guessed it, Russian rocket engines.

The US sure dug a hole for itself, solely because holes can be purchased cheaply. Bean-counters should be banished to some remote island to count beans, and leave the rest of us alone.

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LOHAN invites ENTIRE REG READERSHIP to New Mexico shindig

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Pint

Where, in the middle of nowhere, can one get a cold* one?

32.990362,-106.975121 Spaceport coords.

*The US of A, where beer is served ice-cold.

But, then, if it is daytime, just walk outside into the desert, and the beer will warm up in a hurry.

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O2 breathes life into Amazon Fire: Mobe to hit Blighty in WEEKS

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Article already obsolete

The Fire is now only $0.99 with 2 year ATT contract in the US:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/09/amazons-fire-phone-falls-to-99-cents-on-a-two-year-contract/

and it's $449 off-contract (my opinion is that it is still way too expensive for what it does: they should pay me to use the phone, after all, it's main job is to persuade me to buy at Amazon).

O2 will need to match these prices if it hope to sell very many Fire's.

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Vote NOW for LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm acronym

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Paris' nimble fingers?

Avoid

Laria

Tridentata*

-

Sail

High

In

Flight

Test

-

Don't

Ever

Let

Entangling

Tree

Embrace

* The ubiquitous mesquite bush in the desert

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The IT kit revolution's OVER, say beancounters - but how do they know?

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Don't forget what constitutes capital equipment

I suspect that my workplace is not unique, in raising what is considered capital equipment cost thresholds, from $500 back when, to $5000 these days.

A PC (and many other tangible items) used to be capital equipment, but not nowadays.

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Our Vulture 2 rocket spaceplane crammed with MORE POWER

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Joke

you're ok then

but watch out if you ever get to 16 tonnes, at which point you will another day older and another day deeper in debt.

Joking aside, you can jam stuff into the springs in the battery holder, so that they cannot compress even when put under launch loads.

Also, can you manage to do a drop test, or a wind tunnel run? With all that weight, and the slender body and canard/wings, I would guess that it would fly very fast: vertically.

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Microsoft: IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1 is TOO GOOD. So we'll cripple it like Safari

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Flame

Mobile-specific web pages are usually a UI travesty

Some are well thought out, cutting down on the baroque riff raff the regular page throws at you.

On the other hand, I've encountered quite a few that are plain awful.

Some, such as ons**pe, take forever to load. No excuse for being so incompetent.

Others disable pinch to zoom. Really? You've lost my pair of eyeballs, because I can't see what you have to show me!

Mobile device screens are small to begin with, don't assume that everyone has 20/10 vision.

</rant>

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Come close, dear reader. Past those trees you'll see a non-Microsoft Nokia Oyj in the wild

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Windows

Does anyone else find it remarkable that

"The Nokia Technologies R&D division saw net sales of €147m ($198m) in the second quarter, a 1.4 per cent year-on-year increase, while its operating profit was up 6.7 per cent, to €96m ($129m)".

Really? An R&D division that not only not a money loser, but actually turns in a profit that is around one-third?!

<King Midas icon, everything he touches turns to gold>

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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As one who is Latin illiterate

I have nought to contribute, except some mischief:

Wouldn't it be so much more clever if the Motto also generates a witty acronym?

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Re: It does affect OSX

Correlation != causation

Obligatory XKCD reference: http://xkcd.com/552/

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Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises

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In other news,

Watson and Siri have announced their engagement.

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

VeganVegan
Headmaster

light enters the material, and is absorbed and converted to heat before it can escape

So that means that "visible light enters the material, is absorbed and converted to heat, and (some/much of it) escapes again as IR light"

</pedant mode>

What would be neat would be a material that can remove the heat entirely by conduction, thus minimizing IR emission.

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Experts suspiciously eye LOHAN's cantankerous canards

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Will you be using asymmetric canard control?

If not, and the canards deflect in parallel, then in your current setup, you can still tie the two sides together to alleviate the torque loads. Maybe it's as simple as connecting them using a rod with both ends threaded, threading the ends into your existing "A" lock nuts on either side. In he same vein, you could perhaps tie the pushrods together as well.

If your control circuitry is fancy enough to use asymmetric (independent) canard movements, then please ignore the above.

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Eating a fat bacon sarnie? Have a defibrillator handy

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WTF?

Frightening

Starting the hogs on their preservative-infused journey to a sarnie:

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/06/bacon-preservative-tested-feral-hog-poison

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iFind: Critics slam Kickstarter campaign for miraculous battery-free phone finder

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Joke

It's perfectly plausible

Attach one end of a very long spring to your phone.

Attach the other end to your belt.

(The spring stores the energy, no batteries needed).

Can't find your phone? Just tug on the spring. Voila!

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FTC seeks DEFCON help to finger illegal robocallers

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Holmes

The FTC should use simple crowd sourcing

If they made it very easy, say, at the push of a single 'report spam' button, to send the calling number and the number called by the spammer, the FTC itself can analyze the stats and go after the biggest spammers.

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SPIDER-TROOP, Spider-troop, does whatever a spider troop can

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Re: "war-fighters"?!?

Inter-service rivalry/jealousies.

Some "war fighters" do not want to be called "soldiers" (implying army), preferring "aviators", "sailors" or "marines" instead.

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

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fighting Princess Leia in a wet rubbish hopper

who is wearing nothing but a wookie skin

http://cdn3.designbyhumans.com/product_images/b334r5s7ta7jake573-900x900-b-p.jpg

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Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

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Facepalm

Horse's ass?

http://bonjupatten.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/the-horses-ass.jpg#HORSE%27S%20ASS%20480x640

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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Joke

Just in case there is one commentard who hasn't hear this joke

Q: Why doesn't George RR Martin use Twitter?

A: He'd already killed off all 140 characters.

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The iPhone of the future will know you BY YOUR EARS

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Black Helicopters

Sharing my earwax? Never!

My earwig needs his sustenance.

<img src='/Design/graphics/icons/comment/black_helicopters_48.png' alt='earwig in ear canal'>

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About to make a big bet? Don't crash out, cash in with the power of maths

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Happy

Nice series, more please.

Over the years I've also enjoyed Brian Hayes' entertaining musings and explorations (http://www.americanscientist.org/authors/detail/brian-hayes) scroll down to "Computing Science" for a list of his articles.

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NASA stitches 3.2 gigapixel 'Global Selfie' mosaic

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Happy

Re: The location of the selfies ...

But that's the beauty of it:

The easy places will be filled up in no time.

The tough places, middle of the Southern Indian Ocean, deep in Siberia, etc. etc., will be the haunt of a new breed of adventurers, to fill in the all these empty parts of the World map.

It is the dawn of a new age of exploration!

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Holmes

Re: The location of the selfies ...

That would be way more cool if the photos were placed by their actual locations.

Also, just 36422 photos used?!

That works out to be 1 photo for 5406 square MILES of Earth's surface.

At 5 megapixel per photo, each pixel represents 3350 square yards, roughly 39% of a soccer field per pixel.

Shirley someone can do better?

Maybe we need to start a project to convert Google map to geo-tagged selfies?

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Beautiful balloon burst caught on camera

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Happy

Beautiful!

But maybe puzzling for someone on the ground subjected to a latex shower.

<happy globe icon>

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

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Re: C

Sorry, got my models all backwards, it was an IBM 1130.

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VeganVegan
Pint

Re: C

I'm with you.

IBM 1320, hex coding, no CRT. Instead, a panel of lights, displaying hex.

8K of core (magnetic donuts on cross wires).

We were nuts: analyzing video data on that machine.

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Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY

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Alien

The odds are not too shabby

It's been estimated that the total urban area on Earth is around 3 million sq. km.

The Earth's surface area is ca. 150 million sq. km.

So the odds of hitting some urban area is about 1 in 50 or so.

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LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane

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Pint

Artistic license

Most of the Union Jack is missing, as well.

It's the thought that counts.

Beers to all for a splendid outfit for LOHAN.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Paris Hilton

Re: What is heartbeat used for?

Upvote. I have the same question for the reasons why this was ever implemented.

It seems to me that to keep the connection alive, you could just send a single byte, or a SYN-ACK, back and forth, no need for elaborate stuff.

Anyone knows the logic for what is being done?

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Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

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Thumb Up

This raises a potentially interesting possibility

Why not take all the obsolescent 'smart' phones, and recycle their compute modules?

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NASA's LADEE: A Great Gig in the Sky, now on a death dive to the Dark Side of the Moon

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Pint

Lumpy gravity

I had originally read it as "lumpy gravy".

Working too late, must get food...

Beer, in lieu of a food icon.

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HIDDEN OCEAN of LIVING SOUP found on Enceladus, moon of Saturn

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Re: I'm ...

It's also known as pissing into the wind.

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VeganVegan
Happy

I really do like enchilada soup.

A primordial pleasure.

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'I like big butts and I cannot lie, hackers take Pinterest on a joyride'

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Joke

They should examine the butts for

pin worms.

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

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Joke

Re: I'm angry

Or, despicable me.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Happy

Qlp

<Where is the Klingon script when you need it?></>

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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Black Helicopters

The only thing for sure is

that some new unimaginably cringe-worthy, diabetes-inducing species will be introduced.

This was the case even before Disney got involved: Ewoks and JJ Binks* being prime examples.

* The conspiracy theorist in me wants to scream, "JJ Abrams and JJ Binks!!! Are you kidding me!!" (plus much more foam-flecked frothiness)

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Watch the MIT MER-BOT – half droid, half soft 'fish' – swim by itself

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Linux

Meh. Fish and chips,

but inedible.

Throw it back.

Let the penguins have it.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

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Re: brilliant

Did they include Windows 8?

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