* Posts by Big John

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Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

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Re: Trump Trolls?

How is it trolling to depict Mrs.Clinton as "too big to jail?" It's the literal truth. Little people spend decades behind bars for doing what she did. Too bad they aren't big and powerful like her.

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R2D2 delivery robots to scurry through the streets of San Francisco

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Re: The same goes for the Amazon Drones

Yes, I do understand that both of you are concerned and fearful of people not under complete government control. Who knows WHAT they might get up to? Freedom, for instance. Very dangerous concept, freedom, and very scary for certain insecure types. But hey, that's why they invented totalitarian government, right?

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Re: The same goes for the Amazon Drones

Not armed, but armoured. and a lot of it. That makes it hard to damage, and hard to move if it doesn't want to go.

Would need a bigger engine tho...

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Re: The same goes for the Amazon Drones

And therefore we're all scumbags. But you aren't, so If you visit you might possibly be used for target practice. Better stay where you are, safe under the protection of your government-uniformed scumb.. er, police.

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Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character?

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Re: Why?

"Intelligence implies guessing, guessing implies mistakes and for most of the time, we don't want and won't tolerate computers making mistakes, even if they are doing a better job than humans."

Don't be so sure. I can imagine people getting used to fallible machines if they're less error-prone than humans.

If only they didn't have to be programmed by error-prone humans...

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Re: "the AI has to have personality"

"When I call a company and get a computer trying to have a conversation with me I find myself being extremely rude, why should I be polite to a machine?"

When bots start being programmed with Real People Personalities® they will respond to your rudeness just like people, and then you will jolly well learn to be civil when communicating with your bot betters!

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Re: The speaking phish

If bots can ever call people and be taken for a real human with regularity, it means we will no longer be able to trust the human voice when not physically present. And by that point the bots will be able to imitate many individual people convincingly...

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

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Re: I honestly don't know who'd be worse

> "Clinton is a normal politician"

Most amusing. Normal politicians are not quite as corrupt as she is, by a country mile at least. Also they don't need to ride the coattails of their spouses to power, nor do they have to badmouth the sexual victims of said spouses. And most of all, they usually have some talent for their jobs. Hillary does not, and has to fake it with dirty money and blackmail info acquired while her husband was president.

And that thing about "lying a bit?" It is to laugh. Mrs. Clinton has lied so long and so often that it's easier to just assume she's lying whenever she opens her mouth. Witness this crud about catching "pneumonia" just last week. Not even her most rabid supporters really buy that one. But who cares? The lapdog press dutifully repeats the lie as truth anyway. They'd better, or there will be Hill to pay.

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Re: I honestly don't know who'd be worse

> "Yet if Trump gets in, his rank idiocy will turn the entire planet against the US..."

You mean even MORE than Obama has managed? That would be quite a trick. Besides, as a US citizen I'd rather they oppose us cleanly and not just hold us in contempt for electing an apologetic fool like Obama.

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Re: All hail the new Golden Don!

Y'all better get used to saying "President Trump."

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Naked, drunken Swede assaults chicken shed after 60th birthday

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Not so many centuries ago the peasants were counted by their souls, as if that were the most important part!

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Rise of the Machines at Sea: The British firm building robot boats

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Re: Piracy?

Robot boat, so robot captain. With robot parrot if necessary.

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Trump website server config snafu left interns' CVs exposed

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Re: Mr

So, you don't actually know what she is accused of? Figures.

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Re: @Big John and Steve124

Don't assume we like Trump or trust him very much. It's just that the alternative is so repugnant that he looks good by comparison. Or will you now try to defend the criminal Clinton? If she ever sees the inside of the white house a lot of people can look forward to serious persecution for their many slights against Queen Hillary. She has a history of doing that. Eventually we'll all be on the list.

So yeah, Trump in 2016, rah rah rah.

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You would prefer ten million dead Japanese civilians instead? And a million US soldiers? Because that was the casualty estimate for the invasion of the Japanese home islands, due to their 'fight to the death' attitude.

Besides, 20-30 Japanese cities had already been burned to the ground by that time, so the big bombs were really just more of the same. Except that, being new and far more efficient at destruction, they made it possible for the Emperor to surrender on behalf of the country and prevent that huge death toll.

The Japanese nation only exists today because of their surrender, and Harry Truman's decision which made it happen.

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Re: Careful El Reg

"Nuclear devices are just there for show, they're not actually meant to be used."

I suggest you look up something called 'game theory.'

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"Drumpf" is his real last name (Or at least the original name of his grandfather upon immigrating to the US).

So Drumpf is NOT his real name at all. Got it. Makes one wonder why people keep making that mistake...

And what about Truman? He was a businessman and he did okay when it came to ending the war, right? That was his main job at that time and he did what had to be done. He nuked Japan twice in quick succession to try and stop the endless dying, and it worked like a charm. Nearly the last Democrat to do anything right in the white house, but still.

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Dude, writing "Drumpf" or any similar name-slur self-identifies you as a lightweight.

If you ever stopped, people might mistake you for a reasoned commentator, but I guess there's no danger of that!

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Re: Big difference

> "And if Trump wins, the rest of the western world will be be swamped by intellectual refugees fleeing from what was once a first-world nation."

Oh if ONLY they would go! But alas, they never do, instead remaining to pollute the political waters with their finely chiseled thoughts on, well, everything.

But hey, maybe a few will go. One can always hope.

BTW, the US is no longer first world and is actually close to being a banana republic at this time, mostly due to the Obama regime's wholesale usurpation of powers not meant for the president. What's nice is that the 'intellectuals' won't like Trump doing the same thing and will oppose him bitterly. Which is ironic because they enabled Obama's power-grabbing attitude themselves.

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Re: Mr

Trump is no politician. No elected offices in his past whatsoever. Hillary sure is tho. Please get your facts straight next time before trying the equivalence thing, okay?

Mrs. Clinton was caught red handed doing unethical and illegal stuff while employed by the People. Trump did not do this, nor was Powell all that bad, especially compared to her arguably treasonous exposure of state secrets and sanitizing of her own (well, a laughably failed attempt to do so, anyway).

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Re: Careful El Reg

Okay, so answer it; why can't he use nukes as commander in chief? I wasn't aware it had been removed as an option. Is that what YOU think? Please explain your reasoning.

Yes, I'm aware that you are attempting to insinuate that Trump is a hair-trigger kind of guy. With zero credible evidence I might add.

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Map to the stars: Gaia's first data dump a piece of 3D Milky Way puzzle

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Re: Bit of a long-lens-paparazzo then...

Hardly, since human hairs don't vary that much in diameter.

If they wanna measure my hairs, let 'em. I have nothing to hide. Except behind my hairs...

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Ted Cruz channels Senator McCarthy in wrongheaded internet power grab crusade

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Re: I don't know much about Cruz.

Cruz opposed the Power structure that owns congress, and legions of idiots buy into the strange concept that because that power structure doesn't like him, neither should they.

Screw that. You guys may buy it, but I don't take kindly to such obvious minds control by the powers that be. It's just sad that so many of you have no clue and parrot the party line blindly.

I'm not saying Cruz doesn't have flaws, but being disliked by a lot of corrupt power grabbers isn't one of them.

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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Re: I'll believe it...

His ambition has already flown halfway to infinity. Doesn't that count?

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Curiosity rover likes big buttes but it cannot lie around

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Re: Lasers! Lasers! Nuclear Powered Lasers!!!

How about BOLO 1?

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Re: Very optimistic...

If the cross-plane bedding is obvious in a photo then it's generally aeolian (wind-blown) dunes that got fossilized and cemented by water infiltration later on.

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Google hover-drones to drop burritos on campus

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Re: Keeping food warm in the air

> "Didn't one of Trump's supporters promise us..."

You mean one of Trump's latino supporters? Just how big a racist are you?

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"Drones will hover above customers, who will need to thrust their hands into the sky to retrieve the burritos as they descend on the end of a winched tether."

And besides the munchables, they get a pet drone on a leash.

That is a very good prize.

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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

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Re: that really gave Star Trek muscle was, in a word: science.

> "...matter transporters might be the one staple star trek tech that is practically impossible."

And in fact the original plan was to have only physical shuttlecraft to deorbit the crew, but it wasn't working out well for the show with the tight budget and all, so Gene whomped up the transporter to get stuff done on the cheap. Turned out to be the main plot device for the entire show, go figure.

Okay, they did keep the shuttlecraft and attempted to 'use' them in a couple of episodes. Came in handy too!

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Re: proof read?

> "...he [Roddenberry] was more about Humanism than science and technology."

I'll say. Practically every episode was a morality play.

It was always "Prime Directive" this and "Prime Directive" that. Hardly any honest violence for violence's sake!

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Microsoft wearable makes lazy lardies pay to play on the couch

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No pain big drain

What, electric shocks ain't good enough anymore?

Seriously tho, isn't sending the penalty money to charity kinda counterproductive? We don't want the fatties feeling good about not sweating, do we? I say they send it to ME. Hey, I'm pretty disgusting already, and I could kick some puppies if there's filthy lucre on the line. In fact, I feel it's my duty to become utterly revolting if it means millions of people will become healthier thereby. I'm just that kind of guy.

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UK will be 'cut off' from 'full intelligence picture' after Brexit – Europol strategy man

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Re: Bloody hell.

Why so much alarmism? I'm an outsider so I don't have a personal stake, but can it really be as bad as you say? If it is, would that not also apply to any countries nearby that aren't already in the EU? How do they survive with such self-destructive tendencies?

BTW, when you say "xenophobic" don't you really mean "racist?" That's the preferred word in the US, anyway.

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Sick of Southern Rail? There's a crowdfunding site for that

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Re: Political Slant

Utter BS. It's the unions. Tumors on society, always trying to devour the host. So save your 'right-wing' slurs, lefty.

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Chubby Chinese students refused top bunk

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Mini-lift entrepreneurs take note...

This policy gives new meaning to the term Large and in charge.

BTW, how come a university in China is using bunk beds? Is it that bad, economically, or is it because of something else? And if so, what would that be?

Maybe, it's what the students are accustomed to at home? Could it be the Chinese culture favors bunk beds for young adults? Are Uni students not considered adults yet?

I wonder if higher education is thought of as similar to a military stint? Then bunk beds would fit right in. But no military worth anything would allow fatties to exist in their ranks. Not for long, anyway, once the drill officer has had a little talk with them.

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Re: High BMI not necessarily blimp

The Simpsons covered this topic. Well, they crushed it, pretty much.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQXzOE12xuM)

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'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

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Plaintiffs ride free!

I'm pretty sure Musk would not have a problem with a free flight. Not going to be enough tho.

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Intel bags FAA pass to fly 100-strong drone armadas over US soil

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I think they mean it makes logical sense.

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Re: Oh dear

And it came to pass that the pitchmen coveted the night, and made it theirs.

And everywhere was the Almighty ADVERT, and the People were sore afflicted.

But there was no escape, and many were pursued by furies in their madness.

And the Darkness was ashamed and hid its face, never to be seen again.

But the pitchmen saw that it was good, and rejoiced.

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What the hex is up with Jupiter's North Pole?

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Re: Where's waldo

It's a joke.

The sub-headline reads:

"Juno's joy of six in spaaaaace: half a dozen megabytes of data took 62 hours to download"

Get it? Sixes everywhere. Hexagons! We're being goofed on, apparently.

Well done, Simon, you get a gold star. Six points, of course.

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Re: Cipher

67 65 74 74 69 6E 67 73 69 78 6F 66 74 68 69 73

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Re: Where's waldo

Other sources are commenting on the lack of a hexagon. Does not compute.

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Re: Wet beach sand

Trouble is, it leaves you stranded.

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Re: cant see much

O2 doesn't burn by itself, that's why it's not a big deal to vent it that way. Sure does appear that the explosion started external to the booster. I'd guess the fuel coupling blew a gasket, then blew a bunch of fine kerosine droplets out, and then some relay on the gantry gave a spark to set it off, and then all that pure O2 floating around definitely would be a problem.

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Transmission hijacked to broadcast Mac malware

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Re: Not true

Correct, but hey, any chance to badmouth a given OS on a given day. After a while the bile piles up y'know.

Hmmm, I wonder which OS has the most anti-fans...?

Dead Troll - Every OS Sucks

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SpaceX's used flight-proven rocket to loft Euro satellite this year

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Once beer has taken flight it's difficult to get it back in the bottle.

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Re: SpaceX - making Orbit cheaper

> "Aircraft are not single use, nor is your car. Why should a rocket be?"

That attitude may have something to do with the extreme flame coming out the back end. That sort of thing tends to be associated with catastrophe for most vehicles, particularly aircraft.

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

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Re: MS gets it right for once

> "have you seen any Arabic porn?"

No, but I'll wager camels figure in it somewhere.

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Re: And?

That's not true! The US doesn't supply our enemies with money and arms!

Selling them arms, however...

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