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LOHAN avionics survive 27,700m stratospheric ordeal

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Re: IF YOU DO GET IT UP THERE...

Every dang time, someone posts this and I have to do a Not Sure If Serious. At least use a troll mask so we're in on the joke if you're trying to be funny.

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: Bring back Tungsten filaments...

If I never see a tube monitor again, it won't be long enough. They actually have negative value now - even scrappers and thrift stores don't want them.

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Re: LED Bulb price

LED spotlights are the best things ever. Like Malcolm, I found that incandescents or CFLs in a can fixture (PAR10) in my kitchen ceiling would cook themselves very quickly, but I've had the same LED bulbs for 2 years now and they are still going strong.

The color temperature and brightness of modern LED bulbs (CREE, Philips) are indistinguishable from incandescents of equivalent lumen value, and they use less than 10% of the power (and have well over 10 times the lifespan). I think the reason for the selloffs in the biz is because LED bulbs quickly became a commodity item, and they couldn't make premium dollars selling them anymore. Current prices are about half of what I paid for my Kitchen LED bulbs.

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Moment of truth for LOHAN's servos: Our US allies are poised for final test flight

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So what are they carrying? Batteries and some servos, or some of your great tracking gear? Just wondering what to expect to see on their tracking page tomorrow morning.

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: The end ?!

That's interesting, in the sense that it is wrong in every possible way it is to be wrong in a single sentence. Good job!

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Re: Major takeaway points

Ha, I assumed they were using an actual tardis toy. I've seen them in stores.

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Re: Are they killing more people in Dr Who now or am I just being more observant?

You are Mary Whitehouse and I demand your big goofy glasses.

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Re: Goodness

Right. In the end, he ended up probably killing the lot of these monsters (he did say that Some, Might, return home alive), and this is a type of life he's never seen before - for all he knew he was genociding the only ones in existence. That he saved some lives (and not necessarily the right ones) doesn't make that unalloyed good in anyone's book.

That's a pretty mature concept for a kid's TV show to address even tangentially. I'm proud of them.

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Same here, I laughed out loud at the sledgehammer and the "Addams Family" thing (er, Thing), and it's a rare tv show that does that when you're watching it alone.

The stuff between The Doctor and Clara was loaded with fine dialogue and bits of business, Clara has had the opportunity to try on the role of The Doctor in a way that I don't think any companion in any series (leaving out Romana) has had a chance to, and besides that, it was just FUN.

Not sure what the negativity is about - it's like some people mourn their fandom instead of enjoying it. If that's the case, watch something else. Hate watching is stupid, and hate watching just to rant about it in a 3 page register article is even stupider.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: 10 years

do NOT make that assumption. The E-Cat is no more legit than it was before the latest "test".

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PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai

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Re: Not really a dumb question

IPv4 space is a tiny little corner of the IPv6 space. An IPv6 aware stack can reach both by design. You can do an IP conversion here to see what that looks like.

Doing the opposite, seeing an IPv6-only site from IPv4, is a little trickier, and it requires you to use a proxy service.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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Re: Bottom Dock/Panel

The first thing I do on a new mac is move the dock to the right edge of my rightmost display, and then start up Tinkertool so that the dock's bottom edge is pinned to the bottom right of the screen (one checkbox, tinkertool is great). I don't know who's dumb idea it was that the trash move with the rest of the dock and not be in a corner so it's easy to drag to, but this fixes it perfectly, and it also makes the dock grow vertically only. Much nicer, especially with multiple displays so it's there when you need it, but mostly out of the way.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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Re: Why I didn't update

It's only if you install the update on the device itself. Not really a surprise that if you do that, there has to be free space for the download on-board. The download isn't a tiny incremental file like point releases, it's the whole iOS 8 image.

If you do it through itunes, it's not an issue. Given the size of the update, it's worth doing it while attached to a computer anyway.

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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There will be a table with all the reserved units, and you'll stand in line in front of it when your time comes up. At least that's how it works here. I have never done the in-store line thing (I mail order on launch days), but I've gone by the stores while this was going on.

The nice thing about reservation lines at the store is that you're probably not standing outside like a knob.

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Nearly there! LOHAN Kickstarter pot o'gold breaks £29,000

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159 pounds to go - time to break out some last-minute stretch goals. Kickstarters often rustle up a lot of cash in their last few days.

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Re: Why are there no STARS in space?

Can't tell if serious...

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Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight

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Energizer Ultimates are specifically designed for low temps (down to -40, F or C), they should be fine with ambient heat from all the gear and waste from the motor jacket. Leave the poor guys alone on this, they have a good solution in hand. Molykote grease on the other hand, sounds like a good idea regardless.

Edit: Hm, this is interesting - apparently there's an "advanced" energizer cell that are NOT the good ones. So long as you're using L9x series cells, you should be golden, or at least as golden as it's possible to be - nothing sold works colder than that:

For many years Energizer only sold the L91 and L92 lithium AA and

AAA cells. Recently (maybe a year or two ago?) Energizer added the

EA91 and EA92 "Advanced Lithium" AA and AAA cells and started calling

the L91 and L92 "Ultimate Lithium" cells. The data sheets for these

no longer include temperature range information. The "Advanced

Lithium" AA cells should be avoided as their price is about the same

as the Ultimate Lithiums, but their performance is significantly

lower at the higher current loads used by most digital cameras.

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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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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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