* Posts by Big John

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Europe wants one beeellion tax euros from Apple

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So what happens if Apple agrees to pay the tax, and then (before they actually pay) the EU finally comes apart like cheap toilet paper? Who gets the loot then? Would that let Apple off the hook, or would the individual EU countries start squabbling over it?

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SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

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Re: "NASA will watch the mice carefully"

It's just an exercise wheel.

Excuse me, exercise centrifuge.

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Re: good news/bad news

If I agreed to let them chop my gonads off, would that get me on the ISS?

* Now where did I put those fake gonads...?

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Multi-use vehicle

I'm pretty sure most of the load consisted of dehydrated solids.

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Juno probe to graze Jupiter on Saturday

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Re: Interplanatery Warfare

Neocon? Interesting, thanks for the 'info.' ;)

BTW, do I now get to call your influences Crypto-Communists? Or.. is it some other label...?

I can never keep them straight.

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Re: Interplanatery Warfare

You're way behind the times. These days we are a nation of ass-kissers, thanks to our wonderful President. He's just laid a big wet one right across Iran's backside to the tune of $400,000,000, and all we got out of it was derision and ridicule. Oh, and they did release their latest batch of hostages.

You would think Iran's leaders would be more grateful to Obama, the way he sat on his thumb when we had a chance to back that uprising against the mullahs a few years back, but oh well...

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Re: Gravity is always irresistible

No need to get away from gravity, just keep moving sideways.

Unless you have something stiff to stand on, of course. That's why planets are so handy.

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Watch the world's biggest 'flying bum' go arse over tit in a crash

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Re: Certainly looks like a stall...

It DOES look like a cable snag! Maybe they ought to change the name from "Airlander" to "Groundpounder".

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Unhappy

Sigh. Airships just don't crash the way they used to....

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It wasn't slow for the guy in the gondola....

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Certainly looks like a stall...

...but the video only shows the very end of the action.

I found a longer video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5Slv6E5ntQ

Clearly it's not a true stall. Seems like they lost control for some other reason.

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Re: And when you get there...

And who says we started at the top? For most of our history as a species, we and our cousins have been an endangered species, going by population sizes. By rights we should have died out long ago. Only very recently has that danger eased up a bit, and our current population boom is extremely recent and unlikely to be permanent.

As for environmental damage, the worst we could manage would be small potatoes compared to the "Snowball Earth" and the "Great Dying" extinction events. Sure, we may unbalance things a bit in the short run (up to a million years or so) but in the long view the biosphere will rebalance and do just fine, with or without us. Its seen a lot, lot worse.

True, we could seriously mess things up for ourselves and for quite a few generations to come. But if we're so evil, then don't we deserve it?

;-/

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Angler hooks German's todger at nudist lake

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Is there a bag limit?

Obligatory fishy puns.

(youtube.com/watch?v=UhdONBHWOUQ)

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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Re: Microsoft or Americans?

That attitude is so common that even New Yorker Magazine once depicted it on their cover satirically.

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Microsoft's maps lost Melbourne because it used bad Wikipedia data

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Absolute proof

FTT: "This issue has been fixed. Missing negative sign in Wikipedia data."

Hmmm, I wonder what other data Wikipedia got the sign wrong on?

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Gaze in awe at Elon Musk’s historic 156-foot erection

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Re: Nice to see things put into perspective

And mis-characterizes Bezos' achievement.

I suspect the author sadistically stuck that last bit in just to troll us commentards...

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Re: It's all in the marketing

And if a plane does ever crash into it, it will be really historic.

What's left of it.

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Joke

No contest

The Wright Brothers gave us powered flight.

Bezos can now give rich tourists a big thrill and a bigger bill.

Progress!

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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Re: Acceptable to ridicule an entire nation

> "If you want to play a superpower you should grow a thicker skin."

In other words... "Be quiet or I shall taunt you a second time!"

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Re: And let's not forget the important military and public health consequences.

If those guys try to attack Australia they'll get just what they deserve!

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Re: wrong hemisphere

I bet he eats his eggs with the little end up, too!

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Re: Acceptable to ridicule an entire nation

> "Can you please explain why it's acceptable to ridicule an entire nation of Americans & use Yanks in a derogatory fashion."

It's because they know their own countries aren't any better and usually worse. So they selectively point out bad examples about the U.S. while pretending the good things don't exist or are overridden by evil acts somewhere else.

As an example, it's a fact that in WWII, 407 thousand Americans died fighting mostly in foreign countries for the purpose of defending those countries, BUT, a few U.S. manufacturers had contracts with Nazi Germany before the war!

Hmmm, I wonder how many other countries had such contracts too...?

What bothers me isn't that they do it, it's that they do it again and again. So very tiresome. They seem to think it's their job to inform the world just how rotten the entire history of the U.S. really is. As if their own countries' histories are only two days long.

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Re: already fixed

They probably just slipped Australia back under Melbourne.

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What he said.

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Tsk

A lot of Yanks died on Guadalcanal to impede the advancing Japanese Empire from eventually taking Australia, so we should know where it is.

Elsewhere, more Yanks died alongside plenty of Aussies and New Zeelanders, and yes, even the English, Welsh, Scots, Canadians, Free French and plenty more, and all while no one was actually threatening to invade US, and when we were done and could have totally dominated the world politically, we instead poured out our treasure attempting to help rebuild many shattered countries.

So I respectfully request that you be silent about things you don't understand.

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Irish Olympics' officials digital devices seized in Rio

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Re: Selling those tickets?

Then why did they bother to take the tickets?

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Re: Police in Brazil investigating corruption?

Sure it does, if you put quotes around 'corruption'.

Not that the Irish officials couldn't be cheating, but the Rio cops are rumoured to be rather loose with the facts when money is on the line. I'd guess they're just as likely to be the culprits. What do you want to bet that those seized, unused Irish tickets were quickly hustled out to waiting buyers?

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ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

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Re: In space...the spin doctor is In.

And thank *Deity* for supplying all that wonderful angular momentum, which is the only thing keeping us from falling into the black holes.

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Re: Even narrower than previous designs

Maybe it's because a pressure door is fairly heavy, and the mass increases faster than the size? So even a small decrease in diameter may reduce mass substantially, and costs too.

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New science: Pathetic humans can't bring themselves to fire lovable klutz-bots

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Re: Share and enjoy...

Maybe they're only pretending to like us...

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I prefer my robots rude and competent.

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That didn't work for Clippy.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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It's not for security, it's for productivity:

> "Morante said this change was made in the operating system to improve performance..."

Certainly if there's less preening and flexing at the workstation then productivity must rise.

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'Flying Bum's' first flight was a gas, gas, gas

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Re: International Rescue - Is that You?

I am humbled by the near universal spanking I have received over my opinion on The Thunderbirds. I apologize.

In my defense, all I can really remember about the show are visible strings, heads looking the wrong way, terrible dialogue, and loooong padded action sequences.

Ghod, how I loved it then...

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Re: Hindenburg

Pure aircraft are expensive to run (especially helicopters) and the fixed-wing ones require runways. Pure airships are cheap to run, but are slow, huge compared to their cargo, have buoyancy issues, and are easily pushed around by the wind.

This hybrid is an attempt to split the difference between them and hit some kind of sweet spot. It does eliminate the buoyancy issues and is somewhat less affected by wind (it's smaller than a pure airship), but the running costs are up and now it needs a runway.

Apparently the US Army decided this white elephant was exactly that and wrote it off.

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Re: International Rescue - Is that You?

Can we just let that insipid childhood memory die, please?

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Black Helicopters

Swelling chords

Probably that's the sound of the helicopter used to vid the blimp. Odd that they didn't just replace it with some nice 'uplifting' music.

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Google had Obama's ear during antitrust probe

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Re: transparency unlike unworkable limits is way to go

If you restrict money in politics it increases the power of the media to control elections, and currently the US media are 90% Democrats.

If you require full transparency in donations, you enable public intimidation tactics that tend to come mostly from the Democrats' younger, more radicalized base.

Both of these things benefit the Democrats preferentially, which is why they are are always demanding such 'fairness' be implemented at once. Yet when you merely want voters to have to prove who they are (to insure against voter fraud), the Democrats scream about 'disparate impact' as if that were a legitimate concept.

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Well, money talks.

And Progressive money talks to Progressive office holders real loud. Sometimes they can't seem to hear anything else.

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McDonald's launches wearable then pulls it after kid feels the burn

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Childcatcher

Re: Who'll think of the kiddies?

Well, it's one way to get the chubby little tykes moving.

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Robo-buses join the traffic in Helsinki

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Re: 10 km/hr

Heck, a grandmother on rollerskates could humiliate it.

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Coffee/keyboard

Here it comes again!

"...the buses had already been tested on pedestrian-only streets nearby."

What was the final score?

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Ancient radioactive tree rings could rip up the history books

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Re: I'm afraid you've screwed up the BCE->CE correction

Usually when article typos are mentioned in the comments it takes a while to fix. I guess the authors have better things to do than to zealously read our comments, go figure. I know I do!

Better to use the corrections link found after every article. I did that for this one and the fix arrived within two hours.

Good old email. Private and effective, like all the best things in life.

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Re: Does it really matter ?

> "I am a lot more concerned with people who believe in guys like Trump and similar."

Who says we believe in him? We just can't stomach a corrupt, lying crime-boss family like the Clintons getting another chance to ream us a new one. With that option retchingly close now, even the loudmouth Trump seems pretty harmless by comparison.

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Re: Them is...

I googled this and got a decent overview of the issue.

FTA:

"Most tree species are reliable; oak is the most reliable tree type for tree rings - with not a single known case of a missing annual growth ring. Alder and pine are notorious for occasionally “missing a year” which is confusing enough without the fact that those species also sometimes “double up”, by having two rings in the same growth season (8). Birch and willow are not used at all because of the erratic nature of their growth cycle."

So I guess the Dendrochronologists are on top of it.

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Re: Does it really matter ?

The funny thing is that people who honestly do believe in a 6000 year old earth are obviously not going to pay any attention to YOU. So imagine heads exploding all you want, but that's the only place it will happen, in your head.

;-/

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We're going to bring an asteroid fragment into Lunar orbit

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Re: Giving Skynet an Asteroid to Drop on Us?

Well, the plan is to capture a rock missile under ten metres across. That's not earth-shaking, but it would put paid to a fair-sized city.

Now if I were Skynet, what city would I pick...?

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SpaceX lands another rocket

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Re: Never boring

Wouldn't the super-villain be in the perfect position to hijack those boosters? And then sell them back to Musk for a tidy sum? I'm pretty sure the 'Super Villain' class submersible is capable of holding one of those boosters with room to spare.

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