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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Re: Apple NFC

What the heck can an android bluetooth stack do that an iphone can't? Right now my phone is paired with wireless headphones, a pulse monitor, a pebble smartwatch, and a keyboard, simultaneously, and they all work. Seems capable enough for me.

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Who wants to be there as history is made at the launch of our LOHAN space project?

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The DA-20 is a really cool looking little plane. I've never seen one before.

Good luck on the home stretch of the kickstarter!

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SHINY NEW GADGETS! No, we're not joking, here's a load of them

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Most if not all induction stoves do the only-heat-the-pot-on-the-burner thing. I've had one for a couple years (it's flush-mounted to my countertop so it just looks like a piece of black glass when it's off) and it does this trick too. When you lift up the pot, the induction system shuts off on that "burner" after a brief delay (in case you're just moving it around).

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Vote NOW for LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm acronym

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SAMBA, just for the Tridge symmetry.

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Mac security packages range from peachy to rancid – antivirus tests

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Re: Chowder

Historically, clamXav on the mac has been decent at detecting viruses, but slow and resource-hungry (in brief, avoid). I have Sophos running and it seems fine, but I'm open to alternatives.

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Our Vulture 2 rocket spaceplane crammed with MORE POWER

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What's the all-up weight of the vulture 2 now? This thing has to be getting heavy.

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'Sony and Twitch' hacking crew Lizard Squad: 'We quit'

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What's this "gifted skills" nonsense? It takes no skills whatsoever to ddos a site - it just takes access to a botnet.

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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How is saying "it's your own responsibilty if you become a pariah for being an asshole" being an asshole?

Free speech does not mean freedom from consequences. The alternative would be a pretty shitty world to live in.

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IBM: OK, Watson, you've won Jeopardy. Now, CURE CANCER

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> Until Watson learns to filter out fabricated data, badly designed experiments, or incorrectly computed statistics

... and target an ICBM on the badly behaving lab.

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Re: F@ck you, cancer

Because seriously, fuck cancer.

Another item checked off on the bullet list to the singularity.

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LOHAN 'send her to space' Kickstarter breaks £28,000 - rock on

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Re: Why are there no STARS in space?

Can't tell if serious...

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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Yeah, mostly market saturation - everyone who can be convinced to take the plunge has already done so.

I really haven't felt the slightest urge to upgrade my ipads. My "launch day" ipad is still working fine (it's my main book reader), but it is a little annoying that it can't run newer apps. But even the one I bought for the folks a year later is running IOS7 well too, and they have no speed complaints (their only complaint is that they don't have two of them, they love their ipad).

Also, the ipads currently for sale are nearing the end of their lifecycle - better to wait for the next refresh if you're just now thinking of buying one.

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Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000

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Re: walmart...

actually only 45 miles north of Las Cruces. I was going by the estimated travel time on google maps, which was over 2 hours. Bad road speed data or bad road, I guess.

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Re: walmart...

The walmart you're finding is probably the one near their offices (the "spaceport authority") in Las Cruces. The spaceport itself is about 150 miles north of that. I don't think even walmart is nuts enough to put a store out there.

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Oh, it exists, but it's hard to believe that it DOES exist. It's hard to use any words other than "the middle of nowhere". It's a couple of hours to Las Cruces from there (on the good roads, there's some nonpaved on the way), and that's the only significant city for quite some distance.

I haven't driven through this part of the state before - it would be quite an adventure I think. Bring about 3 times as much water as you think you might need, and a reliable 4-wheel drive car.

Edit: Actually Truth or Consequences NM is a bit closer than Las Cruces. Still not a Sunday drive with the top down though, unless you like being lightly grilled.

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Hack skirmish grounded Sony exec's flight after FAKE bomb scare

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Read their twitter feed. Apparently they think only the "internet police" are interested in calling in bomb threats to planes and pretending to be the terrorist scarecrow of the week.

Bets on the close of this story:

1) One of the team is already an informant and turns in the whole bunch.

2) They can't even spell "opsec" and they've already outed themselves.

3) One of them flips out when the party van shows up and spills everything.

4) 1. DDOS Random Shit. 2. Blow own horn about it. 3. ??? 4. Profit.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Yeah, that would be a horrible design, requiring someone in the room to wave their arms every 12 minutes when the lights go out, even if they're doing calisthenics in the room the entire time.

I have had a PIR-sensored room go dark while I was in it. Apparently the sensor didn't have a line of sight to my furiously keyboarding fingers, and I was sitting very still for 10 minutes.

I love PIR lights - running down the hall and hearing breakers CLUNK is just so much fun if you're first into the office. And then there's playing "stealth mission" and seeing how far into a room you can get before the lights go on.

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LOHAN Kickstarter bid IS GO: Back our Vulture 2 spaceplane launch

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As in most places, drinking shitty beer is entirely a choice. And it's a bad, stupid, and incomprehensible choice in the US, where for every tap with the bad stuff, there's always great stuff right next to it. And please choose it - most of the US would be fine telling you not to give any money to the Bud/Coors piss industrial complex. The US generally doesn't do bitter, but for everything else, we've got you covered.

I will also note - I've been on your side of the pond, and I found some atrociously bad beer amongst the great beers, including one that gave me a raging headache halfway through the first pint. What in the name of all that's unholy does Brains put in their beer? Ground glass?

Anyway, looks like the kickstarter is moving well. Hope it works out!

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Re: Target too high?

I'm kind of hoping they can sneak in Ariadne and dad too. Stretch goal!

I don't normally support kickstarters that aren't really kickstarting something (like a company or product line), but Lester's antics have been quite entertaining over the years, so why not. Buying a glass so I can raise a pint to 'em on launch day.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Re: Why don't media include source links?

It is - I was already a fan of Leckie's before she started writing, from her time on Escape Pod. It's quite a thing for a debut novel to win the hugo, and well deserved.

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Re: Ahh, New Mexico!

I didn't mean a literal law. And I swear that half the businesses in Santa Fe have Kokopelli in their name somewhere.

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Re: HHGTTG

Sigh. The unfinished Dirk Gently novel ended just as he arrived in New Mexico.

By the way, if you see one of these signs:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_LU4EFva4kuI/S6hPCbWaEqI/AAAAAAAAAFU/5muopfTVqkE/s400/gusty+winds.jpg

It's not nearly as philosophical as it appears. Winds across the highway are quite able to push your car 3 lanes over on a bad day.

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Re: Ahh, New Mexico!

Zia tribe sacred symbol for the sun. By law, every home in New Mexico must have that and/or a kokopelli on it someplace.

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Re: Re-Fuel

TOTALLY true. New Mexicans love their craftbrews.

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Re: Could you tilt that "US" map view north by about 25 °?

You can get an engraver attachment for this...

http://wiki.evilmadscientist.com/The_Original_Egg-Bot_Kit

You'd have to bodge the mount a bit to make it work for a glass, but if I remember right, instructions for it are in the docs.

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Re: A Very Special Project

Whatever you do, do not follow GPS directions in this area if they take you off the main roads. People have died in the desert because their GPS's mapbase had dirt roads impassible with anything short of a deuce-and-a-half in it.

Also, depending on the time of year, do not be surprised if it goes below freezing, randomly drops 3 inches of rain in an hour on your head, or blizzards (which will flash to steam 5 minutes after the sun comes up). New Mexico deserts are seriously weird.

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Totally in for a patch.

The Spaceport is in an interesting place in New Mexico - it's heavy desert, with much more forested areas all around it (though I don't think the magnetic tree flux will be a problem). Take the time to sightsee when you're there - New Mexico is a really underappreciated state.

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Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones

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Bookmarking this article so I can laugh out loud at Jasper, yet again.

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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The temperatures reach thousands or even ten thousands of degrees - any biological matter would be carbon slag if it even made it to the ground. It's hard to survive it on purpose, let alone accidentally in a reentry designed to burn up everything.

P.S. "Viri" is a plural form of "man" in Latin. There is no Latin plural for virus, the plural is simply "viruses".

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Re: Each year we get the 'new words' announcement...

Forsooth, it's the Oxford Frelling Dictionary, you gormless knucklehead.

The entire point of the OED is to document usage. Words not used in 300 years are in there.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Re: 77nZMupqUnqgFSLbAF02RQAP

Don't go nuts using this as your main password method. It could definitely be improved, for example by using a keyed hash (sha256hmac would help), or if your machine has it, sha1passwd which does the whole pbkdf2 rigamarole on your input password, making it ridiculously hard to brute force.

The idea of deriving passwords is a pretty neat one. Google played around with a similar idea I believe, and there's also the SQRL project which throws tons of slick crypto at the idea, but that requires stuff on the server side.

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Re: Why trust any third party?

You missed the point of what he was trying to do. Not to make a random password, but to make a pseudorandom one based on a secret key and site name.

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Re: Why trust any third party?

Following myself up - the output from sha256sum is hex bytes, giving you a terrible 4 bits of entropy per output character, and encoding it in base64 doesn't help the situation.

Adding in "xxd" to turn the hex bytes back into binary gives much nicer results. I like Wood's idea quite a bit:

echo -n 'considerdollarbaseready fARSEbook' | sha256sum -|xxd -r -p|base64|head -1|cut -c 1-24

gTHDYfbTJYK0Sm5eI1W8mO+R

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Re: Why trust any third party?

I assume the first part is a fixed password (using the xkcd "Correct Horse Battery Staple" method), and the second part varies by site. Years ago I saw a bookmarklet that did something like this too. It's a potential single point of failure, and it's unfortunate that the encoding method limits the entropy by character since you can't have any special characters, but at the size shown, it seems to be pretty solid.

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Re: I like the 1Password approach

That's exactly how lastpass works. If you can't get to the server, it uses a cached copy of the password blob on your hard disk.

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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Rude, yet perfect.

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Re: Er....

The infamous wooden eagle bug was "gifted" to the US in 1946 (supposedly carved by schoolchildren), and hung in the US Embassy, in the Ambassador's office, over his desk until 1952, when a bug sweep found it.

The US didn't officially tell the USSR they were onto it for almost a decade after that - I don't know if they had staged conversations in front of it during that time, or if they just stuck it in a basement until they made a stink about it in the UN.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: I'm wainting with baited breath...

What do you mean it's only happened twice? Theoretical physicists make predictions ALL THE TIME, it's what they do.

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Re: Questions for rocket scientists:

The Bussard Ramjet is nearly as out-there as this emDrive is, unfortunately - the "collector" part is magic tech (or at least we haven't the faintest idea how to make one).

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Re: Questions for rocket scientists:

It's surprisingly small! .01g will get you 400,000,000 kilometers (the maximum distance Mars is ever from Earth) in 2.2 months in a straight line run (turning around halfway). At .001g, it would take about 7 months. Continuous acceleration ROCKS, even if it's minuscule.

In a real trip to Mars, you couldn't do a straight-line trip with this kind of drive - you'd plonk one into orbit conventionally, and then use the thrust to gradually raise the orbit until it intersects Mars. I'll leave it to someone with better skills to estimate how well that would work, but I think it's quite practical.

On the other hand, all sorts of things are practical with magic tech - let's not put the cart before the horse.

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Re: Hmmm...

"Brad Arnold", real name or not, appears to be a frequent cold fusion booster on the web.

Hey Brad, stop calling it LENR - making up a technical term for pathological science is putting gold leaf on a turd.

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Re: Captain Future's enemy had one of those.

Exactly!

The fact that this "thrust" is measurable on the null test article too, makes me think this is much more likely a case of a measurement problem than an actual effect. It is quite common that a piece of crank technology appears interesting precisely because the effect is hard to measure properly. Another example would be not using an RMS multimeter when trying to tally up current in a motor-based perpetual motion scheme.

Of course I would love to see this be a real thing, because even if it takes large amounts of power, it is STILL a space drive, and that would be universe changing. It would open a new chapter in Fermi's paradox too - if it's possible to build a space drive, it's hard to believe we're the first intelligent species in the galaxy to discover it.

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Re: Hmmm...

*points and laughs at the cold-fusion ninny*

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Google's mysterious floating techno barge SOLD FOR SCRAP

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Re: I recon

It may simply be that they couldn't find a buyer for more than scrap value (and there may be a lot of scrap value in all that old iron).

If google deployed any nice technology into the barges, it's unlikely they included that in the sale price, leaving not much for a buyer other than lots of rust and maybe a fancy paintjob on some walls. I was always thinking that the "technology demo" part of the barge was some kind of VR setup, so there's probably a big welded-together space with some orientation grids / greenscreen painted on it, and lots of empty camera mounts and cable trays.

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Microsoft: IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1 is TOO GOOD. So we'll cripple it like Safari

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Re: I think the HTTP_USER_AGENT has had its day

Lots, without even realizing it, if they use jquery, which everybody does.

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Re: I think the HTTP_USER_AGENT has had its day

You've got it completely wrong. It's not that MSFT doesn't want to use the correct user-agent for IE11, it's that if they do, the modern web goes "der, what's that Chauncey?" and fails to detect that this is an actual standards compliant IE (snicker), as contrasted to every other IE.

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Re: MS crippling IE

Exactly - it's not that IE11 is more standards compliant than the competition (most of them have been scoring 100% on the ACID tests for several years), it's that every website on the planet has had to commit all sorts of internal atrocities every time it sees a user agent belonging to IE. The fact that it looks fine when they change the user agent to Gecko is proof of that.

It's possible that some of this mess can be fixed by running a newer jquery, once jquery supports IE11 fully anyway (apparently right now it doesn't detect it quite right and it falls back to a quirks mode for an earlier IE).

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Apple's iWatch may be DELAYED over sapphire glass supply problems

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Re: Watches

Why? Is it silver hands on a silver face (I had a watch like that once), or are you still in kindergarten or something?

Other than digitals (which I absolutely loathe) I love watches and feel naked when not wearing one.

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I was going to replace my kickstarter pebble with their new Steel, but Pebble's customer support is so terrible that I'm done giving them my money. The pebble could REALLY use a sapphire watch glass - the thing is a scratch magnet.

I'll definitely be checking out the iWatch - you really don't realize how handy a smartwatch is until you've used one for a while.

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Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins

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Re: (T)rouble, (C)onsistent (P)ain protocol

What in hades are you talking about? None of that makes any sense at all.

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