* Posts by Big John

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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Re: Small issue of infrastructure

> "The financial model being presented is bogus."

We are discussing a state where the government is planning to build (with tax monies) a hugely expensive high-speed train that cannot be rationally justified. Thus such a water scheme will never happen, due to it's obvious utility.

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Firefox CEO BLASTS Microsoft over Windows 10, Edge shenanigans

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Re: And there's more!

It's called "Leveraging your userbase."

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Top German data cop slaps down Facebook's real name policy

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Good Sod

"The dispute will do little to reassure data protection officials in Germany that Ireland’s data protection rules are up to the job of policing the many international internet giants that base their European operations in Dublin."

Sounds like if Ireland didn't exist, it would have to be invented.

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Three-mile-high pyramid found on alien dwarf world, baffles boffins

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You want some pyramids with that?

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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Re: Must be a man because the poos are so big?

Well, this is Norway, right? Kenneth might easily be a hunter, and whilst hunting in the great boreal forests to the North, may have observed many mighty denizens of that land "doing their business" (particularly after getting shot). So he's just extrapolating to humans his experience regarding bear and the like.

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crackup verdict: PILOT ERROR

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Disturbing

Why was the co-pilot unlocking a braking system while the engine was just getting started? Wasn't the lock there to prevent just such a catastrophe? Or did they just not realize what would happen to unlocked feathers under power? There's something missing here.

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SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

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Re: But, but, but ... What about the poor oil company handouts?

"The Republicans have plenty of money to hand out to mega-corps, but not enough for food stamps, apparently."

I hate to burst your bubble, but the US food assistance program has mushroomed quite a lot since Omama took office. So I guess you're suggesting those horrible Reps can't understand that we need even MORE food stamps! I swear, the nerve of those people!

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Meh

Jinxed

"it would feel a lot like home."

Except that it has "twice the gravity."

Oh hey, the future come-on could go like: "Twice as nice as home!"

Okay, any volunteers?

Uh, anyone at all...?

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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And don't forget that lotteries are basically more taxes on the poor, since they buy most of the tickets.

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No, the real offense is how a people can so easily rationalize allowing their own government to serve as everyone's personal bet-taker.

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WTF?

Yeah, wasn't this plot supposed to have an accomplice who "wins" the lottery jackpot, and then later divides the spoils with the inside man? But instead tries to have it all, by murdering him? I say we've been cheated!

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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Re: I'm depressed now

I keep a case of Dr. Guff's in the garage.

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Dough! Dominos didn't register dominos.pizza – and now it's pizz'd off

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Big fish, little fish

The hidden effect of the new domains is to be a big burden on little companies and not so big for the larger concerns. Plus, those large corporations can count on wresting away any domain that resembles their own (witness the current article), while the little companies cannot. Just more system rigging by the big fish.

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You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'

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Re: Also hope it comes with ludicrous brakes and something better than the human 0.25 sec response.

"Of course if the human is being squashed into her seat by 3 g's of acceleration..."

Even the "Anal Clench" line of super-grippy drag tyres couldn't manage 3 Gs acceleration. Well, maybe if they applied rubber cement to the tarmac...

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Space Station 'nauts dive for cover from flying Soviet junk

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Re: "including delivery charges the fuel costs nearly $10,000 per pound"

It's the huge, dangerous, noisy, disposable delivery vehicles.

And they're real gas hogs, oy.

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Cell division: The engine of life – and of CANCER. Now some of its secrets are revealed

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And what about those little protein 'bobbins' that wind up all the DNA so it doesn't get tangled during division? Plus the other two levels of packing that occur? Talk about data compression...

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Citizenfour director Laura Poitras sues US for years of border security harassment

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Re: Stupid and obvious reason

"The Repblicans are no different - they just answer without actually providing an answer, unlike the Democrats who develop hard of hearing syndrome when asked anything."

They are different. The Dems can afford to ignore embarrassing issues, 'cause their friends in the big media will cover for them. Reps know that everything they say will be examined for any possible angle that can be construed as evil. Under those circumstances, what Rep would want to be forthright about any touchy subject, knowing the media dogpile they would face, while the Dems, safe on the sidelines, jeer as the victims are harried to their political demise.

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Pluto Pic: Is it a DOG? Is it a HEART? Or is it ... is it ... BIGFOOT?

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Alien

Excessive

Clearly there are six toes, very suspicious.

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Asimov's ghost! Oil and gas rigs could be taken over by robots

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Not if they assume damage has occured, severing the feeds.

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How a Cali court ruling could force a complete rethink of search results

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Facepalm

Pure insight

''Amazon is an American company. Get over yourself."

Ah, I get it now!

America = Evil

This explains everything!

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> "Which is of course, the American way."

So when it's unethical behavior in Britain that's being discussed, you then say "It's the British way", and the same goes for other countries, right?

Or do you reserve such treatment only for your "most hated nations" list?

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Black and Latina boffins regularly mistaken for janitors, study finds

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"..it's also still true that a lot of people belonging to minority groups are stuck as janitors..."

Yeah, and a lot of non-minorities are stuck the same way. Is this bad too, or is it bad only whan it's a minority worker stuck as a janitor?

If you are going to respond by saying a higher percentage of minorities are janitors, and insinuate that this is due to racisim, then I would ask you to PROVE this insinuation or kindly not indite entire societies for the crime.

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Re: Women in particular are proven better at science and technology than men.

"A significant proportion of intelligent Americans are always attacking any allegedly credible study who (?) shows proclaims continual crude and vile racial and gender bias..."

There, fixed it for you.

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Ginormous HIDDEN BLACK HOLES flood the universe – boffins

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Canuck chump cuffed over helium balloon flying chair stunt

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The standard method in these cases is to use a 22 or pellet gun.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Walters

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

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Re: I refuse to worry

Your story is not surprising. Humans are hard-wired to become attentive when information about possibly dangerous things becomes available. Those who ignore such info tend to die off.

That worked great in our tribal days, but now plenty of folks are more than happy to proclaim The End Is Nigh, hoping to gain attention and then leverage that attention for personal power and profit.

The term fear-monger exists for a reason.

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Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

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Re: Bound to happen

I thought that it got popular first. THEN the govt tried threats to kill it, then passed a law to kill it (a few weeks ago), and now are arresting and charging people with that law. It seems the French Government really wants Uber dead, for some reason.

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Re: Nice way of shooting yourself in the foot, or both

"They could have started by talking to the govt. and asking for regulations and confirming that there's nothing illegal or illicit in their activities and then launching the service, to the astonishment and powerlessness of taxi drivers and local councils."

I can just picture Uber execs going to Le Gouvernement, hat in hand, and getting prompt action on their requests. The taxi drivers and local councils of 2040 will be astonished!

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Rise of the Machines: ROBOT KILLS MAN at Volkswagen plant

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Terminator

It's just this chromium switch...

I didn't know those industrial robots came with a "Berserker" setting...

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Rosetta spots potholes IN SPAAACE: Someone call the galactic council

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The Nature abstract mentions an interesting idea:

"The size and spatial distribution of pits imply that large heterogeneities exist in the physical, structural or compositional properties of the first few hundred metres below the current nucleus surface."

So maybe there ARE Clanger tunnels running thru it!

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Re: "Offensive"?

> "strong, noble, vegetarian, ..."

Prone to violence...

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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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