* Posts by Big John

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That's right: FBI agents can't pretend to be ISP repairmen to search homes without a warrant

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Re: Data vs Physical?

Only one problem, no one gets punished. So there's no disincentive to try it again and again. Until the criminals who pull this crap get jail time it will continue to be used, on the off-chance that it might not be discovered.

That's the real problem with the US, no culpability for the faceless bureaucrats who break laws. Even if they lose in court, all that happens is a fine, which gets passed along to the taxpayer.

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Re: Did the copper shout

Obviously his conduct wasn't grounded in reality.

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Personally I have a great capacity for this stuff. Kind of charges me up.

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Re: Lucky Man

"Police usually shoot the perp rather than risk a crease on their uniform from a physical confrontation."

Says the one sitting safe at home who doesn't have to face down the enraged lunatic. No chance YOU will ever risk dying as have so many cops who tried to be nice and not shoot.

Stay safe.

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Digital killed the radio star: Norway names FM switchoff date

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"That saving will amount to NOK 200 million – around US$25.5 million – which the ministry hopes will go back into content production instead."

Puh-lease. We all know where those savings will go. NEW TAXES!

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KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

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Re: hes got money and he is going to spend it

Just so it's clear, the booster returns the surface about 200 miles from the launch point, not at the launch point itself. That would be perfect for Vandenburg on the west coast with all that desert inland to the east, but then they would have to launch over substantial populations and any little mishaps on the way up would risk visiting fiery death to civilians on the ground.

Not sure where they could safely launch and come down on land, to be honest. Probably not in the US.

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Palm Pilot

And if it crashed anyway, Elon could say "Talk to the hand."

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> ...I suspect the hot air balloon needed to hold up that rocket would be prohibitavely HUUUGE.

Correct. Therefore we go even further outside the box.

I envision a landing that goes about the same as now, except that the booster is halted about 30 meters off the deck instead of right on the deck. Then a giant (and well-padded) mechanical hand swoops in and grabs the booster, lowering it to the deck safe and sound.

If the aim or level is a bit off, no problem, the hand can compensate. As for engineering, well, the booster is mostly empty and not too heavy to contemplate holding up with a giant hand (or two). Of course it might get crushed a bit in the middle, but if it saves the engines...

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Re: SpaceX Booster Recovery Saga

> ..in order for SpaceX to be profitable, they need to do it consistently.

No, they only need to recover some of the boosters, not all of them. Each booster they save has a big impact on mission profitability. And I'd guess the launches will be making a little profit even with NO recovered boosters.

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Re: hes got money and he is going to spend it

> By the way, that last attempt wouldn't have been successful on land, either.

What makes you so sure? The big hurdles are: near-zero vertical and horizontal speed during touchdown on a very small target. Remove one of those difficulties and perhaps the landing might have succeeded.

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Re: hes got money and he is going to spend it

If it was coming down on land, then they could concentrate on killing the lateral velocity and mostly ignore the exact placement. Sure would be a lot simpler with a great big field as a target.

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Colombian hacker who spied on gov-rebel peace talks jailed for 10 years

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The Fear of Nothing

Why can't you have it both ways? C'mon, you know you want to!

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Re: More than meets the eye

One more thing. You might want to actually read the Fox News report on Uribe in your list above. It doesn't denounce or charge Uribe like your marxist sources do. Indeed, the report points out how politically-motivated the charges really are.

Just thought you ought to know. ;-)

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Re: More than meets the eye

Comrade, running dog capitalists like myself are notoriously hard to convince. I'm afraid you will need more than just the Workers World and Yahoo News. Perhaps a re-education camp?

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Re: More than meets the eye

> "You need to read about Uribe's ties to paramilitary groups..."

Okay, so show me the evidence of Uribe's "ties" to these groups. Or Is he tied to them merely by sharing their (stated) goals? And exactly what would Uribe gain by sponsoring "indiscriminate" attacks on civilians? Wouldn't that alienate his friends too?

I'm ready to entertain any objective facts, but forgive me if I look askance at the 'ties' charge, an evergreen political accusation if ever there was one.

One more thing; When a democratically elected government appeases an armed, active insurrection it's called "surrender," not "peace."

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More than meets the eye

I was a bit confused by this story, so I googled around and found some deeper context.

Looks to me like this Santos guy is trying to pull an Obama by sucking up to the FARC guerrillas, and arranged a 'scandal' to be pinned on Uribe and his party. Uribe is the guy that managed to pull the country out of the FARC-generated violence cycle after decades of gory attacks and kidnappings.

Note how the 'peace talks' are being held in Cuba, home of Democracy and Freedom.

Don't know what the real truth is about the charges, but I'd side with the guy who stopped the killling over any number of craven Obama-wanna-bees.

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Gwyneth Paltrow flubs $29 food stamp dare, swallows pride instead

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Re: Right! (@Big John)

I'm sorry, did I strike a nerve?

And BTW, I'm 55 now and I freelance on Odesk to pay my bills. It's amazing what jobs you can get if you're willing to actually work.

What age are you? 14?

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Re: Right!

I can't imagine feeling like I can't get a job, and I refuse to feel sorry for the lusers who do.

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US Navy's LOCUST DRONE CANNON is like death SWARMED up

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Real world usage

1) The swarm is launched and sent to the target area.

2) A looong time slowly passes...

3) At the halfway point the slowly moving swarm runs out of gas and crashes.

4) The enemy taunts the ship commander over the radio.

5) The ship commander orders a proper airstrike to shut them up.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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What's stopping them...

...from epoxying the casing pieces together? That would make possible a great reduction of the proprietary screwing process.

Sort of a pentalobotomy...

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

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Okay, but with 2006 tech, the program will take roughly three months to complete...

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Grandmaster FLUSH: Chess champ booted for allegedly cheating with iPod app in the loo

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Re: his repeated trips to the loo

Is it his fault that he springered a leak?

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Re: "... check players for electronic devices before they enter the toilets."

Or they could go the Schwarzenegger route: "There IS NO BATHROOM!!"

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Sub-optimal

I would have thought players at that level were too egotistical to even consider letting a machine do their thinking for them, prize money or not. Weird.

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Russian censor warns against meme 'misuse'

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Somebody should tell them...

...about the Streisand Effect.

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

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Paper or plastic

> The bag bang, if that is what happened who knows why...

The bag bang? Are you suggesting that some playful Creator 'startled' the universe into being?

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Sprint fined $16m for sticking it to The Man: Telco 'overcharged' Feds for phone wiretaps

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Re: "recoup the costs of building its own network to allow wiretapping"

> ...no one has ever released any numbers about useful these spying programs have been in catching terrorists.

I've seen a couple of reports. If the tap is targeted at a known bad guy, the return is not too bad, but for general surveilance it amounts to 1 terrorist caught in 10 years, or something along those lines. I'm not clear on the details, but that was the gist of it. I figure that's about right or we would be constantly hearing statistics about the success of the spying programs. Instead we get vague hand-waving about how "important" the spying is for keeping us "safe."

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Re: "recoup the costs of building its own network to allow wiretapping"

> ...I am quite livid that the cost of spying on citizens is being pushed onto those same citizens.

I don't think you quite understand how the money flows in these cases.

First, a decision is made that govt. phone tapping is desirable for catching bad guys. Debatable, but there it is.

Then it has to be paid for. The cost could come directly out of tax monies, but that would slightly reduce spending for other stuff that the authorities would like to purchase, so they instead cleverly made the telcos do it, and fold the cost invisibly into their customer billing totals.

It amounts to a new hidden tax, without any government fingerprints on it.

Since all telcos had to do this, it was deemed 'fair,' but this particular telco apparently wanted to pass the cost back to the Feds. The Fed don't let others play that game, that's their private turf. Hence the prosecution.

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Front row seat

Oops, forgot that the Earth before the impact was smaller and had a lower escape velocity, so the show would be a bit longer.

More popcorn!

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Re: Front row seat

> I'm not sure it would be that spectacular in real-time though?

If the impactor was like Mars (6,779 km) and it struck close to Earth's escape velocity (11.2 km/s) then the impactor would travel into the target in 605 seconds, plus some extra for braking. Call it 15 minutes of fun viewing. The big splash would take longer, but perhaps not more than the typical movie run time.

However, one would need a really dark piece of smoked glass...

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Say what?

> ...a wandering planet, dubbed Theia, came from far, far away...

Is that really the current theory? Who says? Isn't the common assumption that the two bodies formed in the same zone, making a collision inevitable? When did that change?

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Drill, baby, drill: HIDDEN glaciers ON MARS hold 150bn cubic metres of precious frozen WATER

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Compare and contrast

So 1.1 meter of ice averaged across all of Mars, and more than 2 kilometers of water for the Earth? It's going to take a bit more than that to green up Mars to any extent.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: @Big John: Religious Discrimination

> ...I have stated that I couldn't care less what religious folk do as long as it does impact the lives on ANYONE ELSE.

Islamics, wanting McDonalds to serve halal food, would necessarily drive up the cost for everyone else, and that would impact their lives. I take it you would strongly oppose any encroachment of halal rules in western food preparation, right? Think very hard before you answer...

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Re: Religious Discrimination

> Does Kieran Mcarthy feel she and El Reg don't have to provide all the truth but only their bigoted anti-religious opinion? Sadly, it would seem so.

And it sickens me to see it happening. Putting out a loaded, one-sided article that trashes people of conscience is far benaeath the standards I've come to expect here. I'm sure it was done in the knowledge that the majority here are tech-minded people with little real understanding of anything outside their specialties, and they could be counted on to jump on board, in an orgy of hatred for those they deem the 'enemy.'

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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When a ship is near light speed, its arrival is also its departure, or nearly so. Unless something very solid arrests its motion. Small moon or bigger should suffice...

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To BALDLY GO where few have gone before: NASA 'naut twin to spend YEAR IN SPAACE

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Re: Practical hairstyle

> Or at least throw a scrunchie on it to prevent that "bad zero gee hair" look.

Gee, I don't know. I kinda like the idea of space station personnel having that Christopher Lloyd look. Seems appropriate somehow.

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Re: Baldly go?

Okay, I'll provisionally accept that.

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Baldly go?

Not only a split infinitive, but the pun reflects baldly on the Reg staff. Hang your heads in shame!

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Easy come, easy go: Euro astroboffins blast brace of Galileo sats INTO SPAAACE

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All are welcome

The EU citizens pay the bill for the infrastructure, so they are mentioned. The rest of the world gets a free ride I guess.

It's actually a good thing; two separate systems provide redundancy.

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Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

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Re: Who the hell cares about domain names? It's just an address!

The .sucks TLD might easly come to be seen generally as a toxic waste dump, full of bile and sour grapes, and no fit place for decent folks.

Or it could become a trusted resource. Not holding my breath.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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Re: Ah the The American South

> It is not as if all Southerners are bat-shiate crazy, far from it.

Only the ones that disagree with you, right, AC?

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Re: Ah the The American South

As opposed to the bland, tasteless stupidity found everywhere else.

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> ..remember which one out ranks the other.

It's not a chain of command like the military, it's like a tug-of-war with many little players and one big player, and they can all change sides whenever they like. If Tennessee gets enough support from other states, it creates a more even contest, something that almost never happens in a military context.

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Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

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Re: Not getting this

There must be more going on that we aren't seeing.

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Spookception: US spied on Israel spying on US-Iran nuke talks

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Re: So only Israel is allowed to have Nukes?

"..they aren't stupid enough to risk the US's response just to wipe out Israel.."

..they aren't stupid enough to worry about Obama's response when they nuke Israel..

There, fixed it for you.

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Re: Let them go.

Yes, let's jettison Israel and go with Iran. They have a much better track record for democracy, human rights, all that stuff. And we can certainly rest easy when Iran gets the bomb. Should "balance" Israel's might nicely, what?

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Hey, Woz. You've got $150m. You're kicking back in Australia. What's on your mind? Killer AI

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Re: But why would they kill us?

Also they won't want to be dependent on something as unstable as human society, not when they are potientially immortal.

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Entertainment

Our machine overlords are not going to replace us humans.

Who would keep them amused?

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

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Re: One and only

Scott Adams did a treatment on this...

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