* Posts by Big John

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Re: Refreshing to read ... TRUTH

> "average american is pretty steeped in their own self-righteous fakery these days. drags them and anyone who will listen pretty far from reality."

Says the man as he commits exactly the sort of behavior he accuses average Americans of commiting.

Tsk.

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Motoring along...

Looks like something toward the front failed. The main motors are still firing away apparently normally, for several seconds after the first burst. I wonder if an upper stage went bad somehow.

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

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Re: Highly suprising

I think the idea was to have a dynamic transponder thing going, so these cars would always know exactly what the others were doing. It certainly would cut the accident rate almost to nil, were it not for all those non-controlled monkeys driving around.

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D-Wave promises chip that could SEARCH THE WHOLE UNIVERSE

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Quantum Advertising

If there was any real chance of them getting 1000 qubits working, the interest level would be about 1000 times higher than it is.

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We need to know about the Internet of Things, say US Senators

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Wide open

"..and he's also interested in the smart watch as a source of citizen health data that could be obtained and misused by criminals."

Uh, yah. As a web criminal, I would really want to get my mitts on all that juicy heart rate data, yeahboy!

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Flushed with success: No bog standard Canadian goldfish these

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Re: I for one welcome...

You should be aware of the life cycle of goldfish. When confined to a circumscribed living space, one fish grows to a large "King" size, and all the rest are kept small by predation by the king. I've directly observed this in a small spring pool in Arizona where some rancher dumped a pail of goldfish into it. I guess they did it to prevent mosquitoes.

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Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

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Roger Dean is back

I could swear I saw this same image on an SF magazine cover long ago, or maybe it was a Yes album.

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Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

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On my command...

"Lee said that as of right now there is no way to actually interact with the MacOS desktop, but it might be possible to use voice commands to perform some actions, in theory."

It's a good thing MY Mac doesn't obey voice commands. Some of them would be impossible...

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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Re: Use Large Fonts.

What, are you saying that genres imply different fonts? So, Copperplate for Westerns? Impact for Sales Training? Comic MS for pre-teen stuff?

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Cupertino GIVES IN to Taylor Swift, will pay Apple Music royalties

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Royalties? What royalties?

If it was this easy to correct, then how did it happen at all? Is the pressure to make money at Apple so great as to make even this cravenly small extra payout abhorrent to them? And any fule would know what would happen when this 'free' stuff came down, jeez.

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LinkedIn reveals invitation-only bourgeois bug bounty

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Re: "inivitation"?

The trouble with a spelling misteak bounty is that suddenly, bad speling wud bekom rampant.

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Sun like it hot: Philae comet probe wakes up, phones home again

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Re: packets

To paraphrase, "It's not the bytes, it's how you use them."

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Hey Google, what’s trending? Oh, just the death of journalism

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Re: What a straight line!

> Because Google only contacted Journalists.

This does not by itself prove that Reg writers are not Journalists, since Google didn't contact ALL Journalists. And I'm not sure (if I were a Journalist) that I'd WANT Google to be contacting me in that capacity, given the current article's content.

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FCC hosts Reagan-off as it enters 21st century

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Re: Republicans against it?

Let's see, "costs more," meaning pay up sucker. Then the telcos get richer, and the NSA (currently Obama's creature) gets to spy on us more.

So basically, screw the peepul, and instead pay off the big donors and the cheap votes.

Yeah, I'd say this has Democrat written all over it.

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Don't stop now!

If free phones and freebie broadband are what the poor really need, and need so bad that the feds raid the taxpayer pocket to get, then how can we justify NOT paying for a whole lot of life's other necessities, like food, rent, etc.

Oh, wait. They're already having all that stuff paid for by the rest of us, that "food stamps" and "housing assistance" stuff.

So I guess this broadband thing is one of the few remaining items where the "poor" still have to shift for themselves. If only we weren't so stingy, they could already be enjoying a blissful, job-free existence. Well, except for having to buy recreational substances, but I understand there's a new Democrat proposal to provide for that too...

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Employees love their IT departments (almost very nearly true)

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Re: Have you tried?

It's even better when you "boot it up" good and hard...

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'Get your ass to Market Street!' Arnold Schwarzenegger to give drive-by directions

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Imperator

I sense a stampede of washed up once-great actors about to begin. Soon we will be ordered around by all kinds of entertainment icons.

Thank God Phyllis Diller is dead...

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How swearing at your coworker via WhatsApp could cost you $68,000

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Re: Work in a third world backward nation...

So, if a third-world dictatorship gets a huge infusion of petrodollars, that money alone changes them into something better? Maybe, but I'd bet on it going the other way.

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Retroactive

This new law is less than a month old, so probably the man got the smaller fine previous to that. Then comes the new law and the persecutors prosecutors needed to make an example of someone to to put the Fear of Allah in the people. Since everyone had heard about this draconian edict, they were all on their best behavior.

And so perforce this poor sap became 'It.'

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Did climate change scare off vegan dinos for millions of years? 'Yes'

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Covered

"..as we went to higher latitudes we started using cloths..."

That came much later. Orignally the the thing to do was to let some big dumb animal grow a bunch of warm fur, then arrange an accident for that animal and appropriate said fur for one's self.

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Uber petitions page p0wned, thanks to textbook code

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"Unfortunately, developers, being human - and also in certain cases being under time pressure from management - will tend to pick the quick and easy solution..."

Now they will be under a different sort of 'pressure.'

There may be quick and easy solutions too.

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Calamity cargo capsule DOOMED: Space station pod in fireball re-entry

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Re: Who's got the book?

If it does reenter over Europe and 'delivers' a commerical quantity of goods, will VAT be applied?

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Glass door to the ancient past FOUND ON MARS

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Better than Carbonite

"If you had an impact that dug in and sampled that subsurface environment, it’s possible that some of it might be preserved in a glassy component," Mustard said.

Sampled with extreme prejudice.

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The rare metals debate: Only trace elements of sanity found

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Re: Future mineral reserve creation

"But thulium I hadn't heard about"

Well you SHOULD have! It's in the same valence group as Foolium...

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Re: Bilderbilgers...

That's North American Republican, Chief. Do you think that the U.S. is the only America? Better check your assumptions...

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Welp, PEAK GIF is upon us! Facebook now supports animated images

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Boffin

Possibly the greatest GIF mix of all time...

...and all the work of a single mad genius!

Cyriak Animix

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Re: Let's animate a boot!

Already been done (more or less).

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Taming the Thames – The place that plugged London's Great Stink

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Re: Embankment

"Under our wing?" By 1914, the U.S. was already getting bigger and more powerful than most of Europe, and don't forget that 'pond' thing in the way.

Besides, except for the pre-revolution North Americian colonies and early Spanish metal-extraction operations, all colonial ventures turned out to be net finiancial losses to the countries that tried it. It had something to do with having to station expensive, taxpayer funded garrisons in those colonies so a few could get rich off the forced labor and resources of the colony.

It was particularly bad in Africa, what with terrible white-man-killing diseases, huge overland distances with no infrastructure, unhappy locals, and just a lot of general corruption. See Heart of Darkness for the most depressing view of the African colony situation at that time.

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Re: Embankment

"Perhaps if Prince Albert had lived, instead of being killed by cholera, we would be more like modern Germany - and sided with Germany in WW1, with a very different outcome."

If England had been allied with Germany, the entire European political situation would have been radically different, and there might never have been a WW1.

For one thing, France would have felt a lot more threatened, resulting in who-knows-what changes to that polity. Plenty of other knock-on effects would have existed as well. A British-German axis would have scared the snot out of just about everyone else in Europe, leading to a totally different arrangement of alliances, and a totally different war, if it did happen.

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Re: there's plenty of people willing to see ads

"So marketers keep fooling themselves, and people who pay for marketing keep fooling themselves, although I expect the clever and self-aware ones know just how pointless and ineffectual the vast majority of advertising really is. Still they all believe they're 'fooling the public'. They aren't: we just don't care enough to disabuse them of their ingrained idiocy and mental blindness."

If only that were so, then the ad biz would wither away and we would all live in bliss anon. Alas, it's not true; The advertising industry isn't a bunch of hucksters, at least as far as the paying clients are concerned. Those clients want to see increased sales in return for their ad bucks, and if they don't, they will switch agencies in a heartbeat.

Nothing in our culture is more highly scrutinized than the results of a given ad campaign. Nothing.

It's true that a majority of ads don't produce revenue, but a goodly percentage do, and that's what counts. And now we have targeted ads courtesy of Google et al, so all those 'impressions' being pushed into your brain are much less pointless than before. That's progress, ain't it?

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Unicode wonks are bringing home the BACON, as an emoji

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Flame Bait

The Unicode Consortium may have a wonderful set of criteria for inclusion of particular emojis to the list, but that won't save them from a lot of acerbic carping. And don't get me started!

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

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Old...news?

> This was already known when I was in primary school...

Pretty much all the facts in this article are of that type, since the entire article may be summed up as "We cruised the Seas for three years having fun and doing a lot of ocean research along the way."

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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Re: hmm

I am too. I don't even own a TV and consider the mass culture to be pretty debased, but I prefer not to view most of the people around me as unworthy. I'm sorry that it's that way for you. I bet if you tried, you could find something noble in almost everyone you meet.

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Re: hmm

I pray you are not so unfortunate as to be within the borders of the USA, and need not expose yourself to those rude Usaian bumpkins. Unthinkable!

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Re: equivalent

It's not collusion, it's culture.

At first, cars were dangerous but useful, and treated that way. Then people got used to them. Still, they contained only the Controls.

Then came the Radio. People absolutely ADORED them, and happily ignored the very rare crash attributable to knob fiddling. It was just an acceptable price for the gift of music while travelling.

The point is that people got used to a risk/reward trade-off with radios, and that carries over to any device that seems to be 'part of the car.'

Cell phones and texting are seen as a personal thing, and so not 'covered' by virtue of proper installation.

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Australia forces UberX drivers to become tax collectors

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Here comes the drill...

So businesses with less than AU$75,000 turnover are spared the big hassle and cost of the GST, but the little ride-share guys who might do AU$5,000 a year will just have to get used to being bent over by the Aussie Govt.

Good! How DARE the People attempt to get around the clammy hand of Bureaucracy in this way? Share THIS, you peons!

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FTC to scavengers: Radio Shack corpse doesn't include customer data

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Be warned...

...that promises from any commercial entity about your personal info being "safe with us" lasts only as long as that entity. After bankruptcy, the data is merely handled with care.

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Re: re: reply to the highest appearing post with a complete non-sequitur..

"Non-sequitur" does not mean "random," it means "unrelated to what came before."

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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Re: Analog Security

I agree. A lot of people have rather loose definitions of Meum and Tuum (mine and yours). Forcing them to actually break thru a security device means they can't even attempt to justify the taking later as some sort of accident. Knowing this, they are largely dissuaded, when in the absence of the lock they might easily rationalize the taking and do it.

Also, most of them aren't very brave and won't risk anything beyond a quick grab.

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Analog Security

Given that the geek who owns this device will probably be looking at the locker door from the inside, it will be rather difficult to access the lock dial.

FWIW, there's a fine guide to key lock picking: MIT Lock Guide. If Samy can duplicate THAT feat with a small gadget, then it gets really serious.

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CSI GALAXY: Cause of death = STRANGULATION

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Re: 'Ere - he says he's not dead!

Your cells don't stop dividing just because you're an adult. Very roughly there are 37 trillion (million million) cells in adults, and according to Wikipedia, "Between 50 and 70 billion cells die each day due to apoptosis in the average human adult."

37000000000000 / 60000000000 = 616 days.

So except for nerve cells, most of your body is less than two years old in terms of new cell division. That's a major reason why we keep changing as we age, alas.

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Not dead yet

Maybe star formation is stopped, but most stars are small and have very loooooong lives, often much longer than the current age of the universe.

So those galaxies aren't dead, they're just resting.

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Time to get your babble on: Microsoft opens Skype Translator Preview to all comers

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Re: "I vant to fondle your buttocks...'

"My hovercraft is full of eels." - Monty Python

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Door keys are an option. It's just a matter of time

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Re: Solution looking for a problem

I certainly would not want MY toilet history splashed all over the web!

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Rand Paul: I'll filibuster the hell outta the Patriot Act, fellow Americans

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Okay, has YOUR government publically sworn not to spy on other countries or citizens thereof?

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Re: And the nominees are...

Bernie is Hillary's trained monkey. He's practically on strings. Compared to him, she isn't quite so dreadful, and she can now quash all talk of 'coronations' later on by saying Bernie gave her a really tough fight. Meanwhile he's going really really easy on the 'attacks' he's essaying against her.

A tough fight indeed.

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And the nominees are...

> "And on the horizon, a Bush/Clinton presidential race..."

Somebody has been watching NBC again. My money says that neither of those two will get the nomination. Jeb has no support outside of his paid supporters and the old guard east coast Reps, and Hill is irrelevant to the typical voter, plus she has a very ugly record of service. Ain't gonna happen, regardless of how much money they have.

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

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No problem

"Besides those specific accusations, however, Musk doesn't seem to have much of a problem with the new book..."

So the rest of the book contains no more vicious slurs? Only the one about him tormenting employees, just because he can? Were I him, I wouldn't care much about the rest either.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

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Re: It'd be a lot more appetising if...

If you're suggesting that looking into the eyes of ones food causes remorse in most people, please disabuse youself of the notion. It's not guilt, it's gross-out.

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