* Posts by Alistair

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Uber lost $7m a DAY in the first half of this year

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Uber’s goal is to achieve a monopoly, at which point it can reduce discounts to drivers and increase rates to passengersmake everyone pay it all back.

FT.

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A partial de-cloaking of Samsung's mystery Z-SSD

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Re: Hmm

Actually, they'd rather not provide the start or stop details.

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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Yeesh. wicky stickets in your gummint over there.

Dunno about units (I'm sure there is somewhere a calculator that would tell us), but the occasional indulgence by *most* of us is not about to precipitate a failure of modern civilization, or immediate death.

There are those that cannot indulge due to their own internal circumstances (either biological or other), there are those that can drink like fish on a daily basis and keep functioning rather well (I've a relative who's made it into their 80s who stays pickled fairly constantly and one wouldn't know it). I'm not a huge drinker, and certainly don't *need* it to make my social interactions viable. I do know however that the idea of banning it or trying to remove alcohol from our society will only result in more criminal activity, violence, and death than allowing it. I'm sure there are those that can look up the real costs of prohibition in the few instances where its been implemented. That said there are states that have it implemented. But you can still pick up really decent booze for amazing prices in the duty free shops in the airports. **stop and think THAT one over for 5 minutes**.

Me, once, perhaps twice a month I'll have a tasty one from http://5paddlesbrewing.com/ or a wee dram or two. Or just a rum and Dr Pepper. Its because I try to *enjoy* life, not blot it out. Now, let me go get my bbq steak sammich with onions and mustard and swiss setup for lunch. Its Friday, I have my quart of coffee for the day, and about 2500 lines of shell to write and implement before 6 pm.

After all that I'm off to a concert of (old farts) and a fine meal and perhaps a wee dram or two with an old friend.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Hmmm.

On ElReg, techie news site.

In bootnotes (where it belogs)

2 days

154 comments.

I'd say trains are a bit of an issue for the right pondians.

Much of what is written above covers as many permutations of the arguments involved as one might want to consider.

Over here, I'll note that the public transit operations are finally getting some structural improvements (god knows they need them) but our governments keep spreading out the privatised transport bits. The public transit manages to piss folks off by changing routes and forms, but has to go through two layers of government to up the fares. Private transit operations *really* piss folks off because they raise the fares, but don't announce it until 3 days before hand. And they'll juggle routes at the drop of a hat, frequently only leaving small notes taped to the signs.

Politicians over here tend to avoid taking about pubic transit because they generally get hit by the bus after the fact.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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Re: Nothing new

cygwin

fine

for standalone machines and single users as a client.

I have lingering headaches in an AD environment trying to run it as an SSH server.

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Data-viz biz Tableau Software brings ex-AWS exec to the table

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Give him a day or two

And he'll have a spectacular visual diagram of the cost/benefit analysis for you.

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'NSA' hack okshun woz writ by Inglish speeker trieing to hyde

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NSA budget cuts.

Auctioning off old stock!

Cheap bidding war!

wat? Flag? there aint no flag?

who me?

Paranoid? cynical? naaaaaaaaaah.

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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

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Re: Bullshit, Nexus 5 can't run Android 7..

motog 2015 here. I'm pretty sure the Eg1 is supported in 13.

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Snowden says Russia ‘probably responsible’ for NSA hack

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@Dave126

Both the wife and I are heavy readers. Ended up in (local instance of overpriced global book warehouse) the other day. Picked up his latest and lost almost two hours, just previewing.

The wife loved it.

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umm. Mr Leyden; you *do* realize Mr Cornwell is *still* writing do you not?

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Oracle campaigns for third Android Java infringement trial

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annual budget protection perhaps?

I mean, that has to have upped the legal department's budget for the last umpty years. Need to keep those numbers up or, well, perhaps the bonuses will have to be trimmed.

/mines the one with the timmies card, I seem to be down coffee this morning.

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Viscous liquid oozing down the walls? You must have hives

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I'm sure the patients were'nt about to report it.

Honey from the ceiling?

Considering Horsepistol food, I'm sure they were trying to keep it quiet.

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Wearable fart generator

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But .. But ...

I'm sure it was the dog....

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How Brussels works: if you can’t beat them, join rewrite an EU directive

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on an equal footing.....

Buy phone outright.

head home

nuke branded crap install from network vendor

install CM/x

<billed for ???>

*just a wee thought*

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Intel fabs to churn out 10nm ARM chips for LG smartphones next year

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This effectively puts AMD on notice.

- ARM SoC as server is space they've been aiming at is it not?

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More gums than Jaws: Greenland super-sharks live past 400 years old

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Re: All you Limeys are still sore losers...

Its bad enough that I know what a merkin is. Please do NOT tell me there is a historical museum of merkins somewhere, with official historians.

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OMG: HPE gobbles SGI for HPC. WTF?

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This will make for interesting meetings

At least, for a couple of the folks I know in the hardware sales biz. Friendly competitors they are at the moment, will now be in the same house.

I recall supporting two of the toasters. Surprisingly robust little boxes. Waaaaay too old to be left unattended. It took several months of 'help its broken' calls and lectures of the manager types before they went back to the software vendor and found out that the latest iterations now ran on linux.

The clustering software and OpenGL stuff, and I believe that SGI also gets some credit for a file system or two.... *sigh*

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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One of the incident folks I'd known for a few years changed companies. Ran into a linux issue at the new company, and without really thinking motor memory called me.

For what its worth, it was 3 in the afternoon, but it was still a chuckle and a half.

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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for the 'drones can't cause problems' crowd.

Its amazing the damage that insulating foam can do to the leading edge of a wing.

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Hilton hotels' email so much like phishing it fooled its own techies

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Re: We can do better.....

At least here, we have a specific group to handle things like that - -pick the mail up drop it in a new mail and forward off to the security team ...

If it isn't a phish they come back with a *yeah, thats legit* comment. If it is they (try to) craft a rule to filter.

If its a security test phish they send back a cute little "certificate".

If you're a manager or above and you forward the mail to your entire team with the "ignore this" you get fairly nasty slap on the back of the head.

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For that she gets the hose.....

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Nobody expects... a surprise haemorrhoid operation

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*urph*

When the youngest was about to be born I got a wristband that more or less matched my wife's.

Had to show that to get wee bugger out of the nursery, and a couple of times security asked to see our bands whilst I was wandering about the horsepistol with him in the snugli.

We left chocolates, doughnuts and coffee for the nurses after 5 days in maternity.

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McAfee outs malware dev firm with scores of Download.com installs

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Im sorry, I have plenty of mushrooms..

I still don't download *anything* from CNET group.

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Soylent adds coffee

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/agree DAM!

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Linux security backfires: Flaw lets hackers inject malware into downloads, disrupt Tor users, etc

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Re: take me to your leader

@ UKHobo:

Log martians yes, but even on an INSIDE network, use your syslog to ratelimit or filter them. If you have one or two phones on the network, a TV and perhaps a reasonably new printer you'll go nuts chasing them all down.

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Linux malware? That'll never happen. Ok, just this once then

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yeesh.

I've been linux advocate for almost 25 years. I've been an *enterprise* linux admin for 15. I have background in... Mainframe (MVS/zOS/IMS/CICS/mq, VAX, networking, hardware support (Printers/Tapedrives/SNx controllers), HPUX, Solaris. I've built hundreds of PCs over the years for family and close friends (for new kids in the it biz DO NOT do that).

Simply put, if you *investigate* and *work* at it any application can be installed in it's own user account on any OS, there tends to be a ch**ton of work *prior* to the install and there has to be relevantly appropriate comprehension on the part of the installer at run time, but it *can* be done in almost *all* cases. In some *very* few cases special permissions (both *nix and *dows) may be needed on specific binaries to keep things operational.

Major issue: most admins/app owners have insufficient TIME.

Time to INVESTIGATE

Time to LEARN

Time to work on DOING IT RIGHT.

I've had almost 30 years in IT getting various portions of my anatomy singed off in various ways. I now have sufficient karma to tell folks to go to hell while I figure out how to do it well. If not *right*.

If you install and run as (root/Administrator) any application, the first time someone finds a hole in that application, your entire *environment* is immediately at risk in any case.

<Yes, I'm seriously a grumpy old fart this morning. Send me to fix a raid 5 array with one dead disk and one failing on write commit errors. BACKUPS!>

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The old public, private, or home school sorting bin

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@weevil

One can phish an SA and dump the memory on a physical.

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Watch hot 'stars' shower ... again. It's Perseid meteor showtime

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annual BBQ

Not that our backyard is the *best* observation point but we'll have a few folks over on 13th for munchies, chat and meteors.

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Canadian govt to cloud providers: Want our business? Stay local, eh

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32C and heading for 38 today

The GTA has had at least 12 "to hot" health warnings this year. And the rest of this week is in that band as well. Humidity is utterly ridiculous right now.

We have rather a lot of tiered data centres in Canada, the *vast* majority of them are private. Yes, Front street is large, well managed and well known, but there are some *very* good not so well known DCs out there. Most of *those* are somewhat smaller. Major issue with a top tier DC here (in Ontario at least) is getting the third grid feed. Most areas you can get two grids easy - but that third one is gonna cost an arm and a leg. *cough* something about infrastructure costs.

At least today, here in the GTA, there ain't a cloud in the sky and the temps and UV index are soaring. 'scuze me while I butter the youngest up with SPF 45 before he jumps in the pool. (Yes I'm WFH today)

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Mars' 'little green men' buried alive by merciless meteorites – new theory

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@atcsnwt

Don't you mean marthbuthterth?

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Virgin signs up record ultrafast broadband subs

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Re: Just curious....

Oddly, leftpondian media delivery organizations use exactly the same expression, for the same package(s), even when its really a four play. Even those that happen to *own* Olympic shunned sport teams.

< Hu's on first? >

It *is* friday. And too damned hot. And too damned humid. Have a cold one.

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Gone Goel: HPE changes storage leadership

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HP storage

My HP storage is Apollo.

But, that the other elephant in the room.

*grin*

<awwww c'mon its Friday!>

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How the HTTPS-snooping, email addy and SSN-raiding HEIST JavaScript code works

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@ Bucky 2

Your statement has a problem:

" accept responsibility for their contents."

Contains a violation of commercial rules.

The objective is *profit*. Not responsibility.

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Private moonshot gets the green light from US authorities

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hrm

This simply sounds like the typical driver in north america.

I GOT THERE FIRST.

Mind you knowing there's a $30M payoff at the end of the drive might make them willing to put a little more in the pot to get there first.

Processing rare earth materials on earth is affected somewhat by our atmosphere. I'm no geophysicist, but other than the He3, I rather suspect that one or two of the rare earth bits will be easier to fraction in near vacuum, at the very least it will substantially change the processing requirements. And then, well, there aren't all these ecological surveys, protection rules and cleanup requirements. I seem to recall that there's a *reason* China is out in front on the rare earths production bits....

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Re: Just goes to show...

@atcsnwt

I have the vinyl. Still plays, although its a bit poppy and fuzzy. I now have a 10 year old that can sing the elements. Mission accomplished.

harve an hupvote.

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Smart TVs, satellites, and billboards all hacked in Ukrainian war

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digital billboards

at construction sites in our area seem to have truly lousy security.

http://globalnews.ca/news/2096219/hacked-roadworks-sign-gives-commuters-a-good-laugh/

http://www.fox4news.com/news/150032765-story

< WARNING FOX NEWS LINK click with caution and reality filters on please >

I don't imagine that overall security of this type of device is that great. I suspect that the management of the devices is made as simple as possible, and as such is likely easy to violate. I can see things like this managing to be used to cause issues within a general population, by distributing misinformation, misdirecting volumes of traffic flow about etc. Not sure what else could be done with those.

Youtube is quite the misinformation zone, as is facebook and other things of that ilk. But (see the fox news note above) most modern, popular media are full of equal amounts of crap. And since we've removed *logical thought* from the edumastraction system in most of the western world, THAT becomes a problem. Hopefully there are enough of us about with clue by fours when the airborne fecal matter impacts the rotary aeration devices.

As for hacking infrastructure for military purposes I *rather* suspect that *both* sides will be all over that in any conflict, just so that they can propagandise the results, either way. (i would NOT put it past the military in any western country to have back doors into the critical infrastructures of their locale already). Given that the US already has a cyber military command centre, I'm not surprised that NATO validated its existence.

</considers creating a "snopes" bunker for the coming downfall of civilization, something like the Motie museums>

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Simply not credible: The extraordinary verdict against the body that hopes to run the internet

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homonym or homily

ICANN.

Icahn.

I can't tell the difference.

They sure as heck *act* the same.

As to who should be herding the root servers, I rather suspect that the original principle should be applied vigorously and have them managed by independent agencies hosted in various countries. With all details of the management agencies being publicly available. I certainly would *not* want someone like Erdogan or Un or (some days) Putin or Zuma with their hands on the leashes of more than one of the servers.

<Please note, this is hour 6 of a conf call and I've been up for almost 20 hours. Sense may be lacking>

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Jovian moon Io loses its atmosphere every day

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This is just a fishing expedition

Juno watt?

I thunk we can cheque that hoot, on tea hay bie.

< aluminum and sulphur in my books, but we're all confused over here since we have the USA too close, (U saving apparatchiks) and our east coaster brethren what make us great lobster. I suspect that someone wants some dark side photography to confirm this concept in situ since we have the observer in place now.>

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VMware: We're gonna patent hot-swapping your VMs' host OS

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

patent what?

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Windows 10 grabs 22 per cent desktop market share in a year

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Whups.

Let me fix my user-agent-string.

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Chinese Android smartphone firm: It packs a dedicated crypto chip

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Re: Same problem as with all the others

Christian:

All sentences in your second paragraph need to be prefaced with the string "At this moment in time".

I'll get me tinfoil hat.

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You think Donald Trump is insecure? Check out his online store

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Trumpencert.

Another case of devops perhaps?

as in

Deveolpment site became the operational site?

<Title. New torture process for renditioned turrist hagents?>

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My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

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MSOS in kvm. Visio. O365 disaster contained.

VPN? from linux - I've met 0 that I could not connect to with a bit of reading. It took some wonkies to get the SSL cert for a certain large previous employer to pass muster in linux, but once done the vpn worked better from linux than it did from winders

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Happy Sysadmin Day!

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its one of those regular fridays.

Not quite yet panic o'clock here, so the 10 phone calls and the 25 OMG ITS BORKEN FISS IT NAO emails have not yet landed.

Thanks Trevor for the reminder, the image (Shamelessly stolen), and I hope your exchange crap is done with for a while. I know O365 is being truly weird this week, so perhaps its not you.

For later this evening after the fires in the DC are out and the one on my patio is lit.

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Flame Canada, flame Canada ... Botched govt payroll computers spew smoke ahead of probe

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@Brock

My immediate assessment was that someone had determined the reason for the payroll issues was that there had been no ashes from which Phoenix could arise.

Either great minds, or we're both punch drunk from too many hours at the keyboard.

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Bot-herders fire fake GPS co-ords at Niantic to collect Pokémon

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apparently

The lazy way to incubate eggs involves the dog or the cat. Or both.

Or a ceiling fan

Or a roomba

... or both.

and if you happen to be utterly sick and twisted, all four.

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Avnet sees Dätwyler's bid for Raspberry Pi slinger, raises to £868m

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Lets hope that this doesn't

End up mangling the pricing on the larger PIs.....

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ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter blasts itself closer to the Red Planet

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@pdh

While I and quite a few others here will agree in general principle with the core of your argument, I think that the general pool of the populace don't have the same fascination with the finer points of these projects, so publicity wise it sells *very* well to do the 'alien life forms' tag out there.

Me, I'm loving the remote, self directed automation for landings. It just completely blows my mind that the "Rocket Scientists" get it right so often. Mostly since I get to see what is supposed to be automation in the IT world get it *wrong* so damned often.

I grew up remembering fuzzy black and white images of Apollo 11 on tv, and watching Voyagers and Mariners, the Shuttle and the first tiny bits of 'space station' go up. This stuff with New Horizons and Juno and whatnot will keep my youngest's imagination fired up as he gets older.

Beer for a well prepared Mars orbital entry.

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Avoiding Liverpool was the aim: All aboard the world's ONLY moving aqueduct

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Great stuff to read.

Added to the stuff to do if I get over that side of pond one day.

Perhaps Trevor and I could meet up in Peterborough. Not quite as old but pretty much just as impressive.

http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/visit/visit6/lock21.aspx

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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truck image in article

> appears to be reversed.

Crossing traffic to turn indicates a left turn, not a right turn.

"Did not see trailer as it was white" -> not a good thing should be fixed. I'm wondering if the system spotted the *cab* since it would have lead the trailer out, and decided that the obstacle had cleared the field.

Would help if we had map location to reference. (i.e. curves in the road, trees, Bushes (there is one florida you know), billboards, dead alligators etc)

Now, I'll admit, there are always weird intersections out there but those tend to be rare around highways, and 60 is a highway in florida.

Eyeballs on the road. Period. Always. Autowhatsis or not.

Anything else, stupidity.

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