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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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Re: US Politics needs one "Lone Wolf"

That would be nice. It really would. However, I do not believe it will ever happen. What US Politics really needs is equally unlikely - a clean sweep.

The Plan:

1. Vote them ALL out. Every last one. Replace every single elected official.

2. If The People's business doesn't start getting done in a more sensible/reasonable/cost-effective manner, repeat step one as many times as necessary.

That, of course, will never happen. Many folks don't even bother to vote. Most of those who do are more concerned with updating Farcebook or what's on telly to be bothered with politics. However, if one is going to dream, might as well dream big...

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Re: Sir

Easy. It muddies the water and makes it hard for the voters/taxpayers/those-who-still-give-a-shit to keep up with what's REALLY going on. A significant percentage of politicians over here began as lawyers. The US legal system started out a couple hundred years ago with lofty ideals and principles. However, it has devolved into an unworkable mess where The Truth is irrelevant, The Facts mean little, whomever can afford the most clever lawyer usually wins.[/jaded]

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The "Patriot Act" won't be allowed to die

In January, the Republicans assume control of BOTH houses of Congress. They'll make a big show of caring what The People think and may even go so far as to stage a "squeaker" wherein the "Let's Fuck The World" er, "Patriot" Act survives by one or two votes.

The reality of USA-ian politics now is that there is diminishing difference between Republicans and Democrats - BOTH are out to fuck everyone. The only difference is in whom they really serve. The Republicans are owned lock, stock, and barrel by Big Business. The Democrats are beholden to those who believe Big Government is the answer to absolutely everything. The METHODS used by both are essentially the same - screw the taxpayers, take from one group and give to another, line their own pockets with other folks' money.

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Japanese boffins build rounders-playing ROBOT SCHOOLGIRL

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whew! Dodged one there!

Good thing the Japanese fancy baseball rather than Cricket. Might have got serious there!

Wait. Did you just say "WHOP"?

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GIANT sunspot returns, bigger and belchier than ever before

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Re: AaaaUUGGH

Better to be zapped back to 1968 now rather than 1868 any time beyond now.

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

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Re: My lander is full of eels.

I regret that I can only upvote you once. That was worth having to clean my monitor.

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'Scope boffins get INSIDE URANUS after snapping mystery spots

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Re: Am I the only one

No, you arsen't. Er, I mean "aren't"

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Texas boffins put radio waves in a spin

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I'm getting old

I saw that picture, noticed the BNC connectors, and thought:

"That's REALLY small for a Token Ring network"

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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what's the big deal?

Hasn't Google been using much of that facility for almost nothing anyway? Now, at least, NASA is getting paid for it, AND the site will get a much needed sprucing up.

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Does Father Christmas expect a happy ending with Clara in Doctor Who?

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what's in a name

As the credits rolled, I saw "Santa - Nick Frost."

Not being overly familiar with the actor, I thought "Really? A bloke named NICK FROST?!? cast as Santa Claus? At the time, I was unsure if that was a marvelous and/or amusing coincidence or a lame joke. Thanks to the article here, I now know I had previously seen Mr. Frost in "Shaun of the Dead" and therefore my initial assumption of amusing coincidence was correct.

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Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

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Re: missle silos

yes-ish. If you are referring to the concrete structures where the couple are laying on their backs, those are old gun emplacements dating back to between the World Wars. Haven't seen the entire thing but the first half is all shot north of San Francisco. The gun emplacements are just north of and seaward of the Golden Gate Bridge. Neat area to tour. The guns guarded the harbor entrance which is now dominated by the bridge. After WWII, the guns were removed and SOME of the emplacements were converted to Surface-to-Air Missle launchers.

The wooded area in the article picture and at about the 1:11 mark appears to be Muir Woods. Farther north is wine country (Napa and/or Sonoma counties) as seen in the opening shots. As evidenced in the video, it's a truly beautiful area - with or without copulating humans.

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Robot deputy blasts possibly explosive Mexican beans with CANNON in 'controlled explosion'

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"disruptors"?

Would those be Klingon or Romulan?

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CERN: 2015 restart causes tech rethink

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Re: I wonder how MS defines "unlimited"

Probably the same way AT&T does.

' "unlimited" until we arbitrarily deem it excessive and severely throttle your throughput rate'

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

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I would go so far as to say

that if you throw out the forest and moon stories, this whole series has been one of the best in the current generation. Yes, there have been some pretty significant blunders in writing and character development but Capaldi's superb acting ability has, for me at least, completely overcome all but the two abysmal stories mentioned at the beginning of my post. There were even a few redeeming bits in those two stories - albeit mostly snappy one-liners from Capaldi, which furthers my point. Supremely interested to see which part of the cliff we will be left dangling from next week.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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easily the most played title on my MAME cabinet

absolutely love GnG, even though I suck terribly at it. I can't recall ever getting past level 2 without rage quitting first. Thankfully, I had the foresight to encase my MAME cabinet entirely in formica so it's nigh on indestructible.

And a big thank you to article author Giles Hill for finding that hilarious "lyrics" video. I hadn't previously seen that and now several coworkers are wondering what the heck I'm laughing about.

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NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM

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missed opportunity

I can't believe none of the editorial staff demanded the inclusion of this as headline or sub-head:

"LADEE bits found on moon!"

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China set to be buried under mountain of surplus robots, warns biz chap

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Neither do they demand human rights, democracy, etc etc.

now THAT might be an RoTM worth watching.

Oh, wait. Isn't that how the First Cylon War began...?

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Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

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Re: I foresee trouble

one robot sneaks up and tags the other robot with a "kick me" sign in 3... 2... 1...

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Re: I hear Honey-Booboo is available

to be shark food? Spiffy! Film it, and call it a documentary.

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Disney and chums halt Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV weddings

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The real reason for the delay is probably simpler

Most likely simple stalling until this election cycle is past. Then they will do whatever their lobbyists tell them to without fear of reprisal from an angry electorate*.

* yes, I know, the FCC isn't directly affected by The People©®™ or their voting results, but politicians are and those politicians lean on bureaucrats like those at the FCC - some of whom are beholden to those same politicians for continued public-sector employment...

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Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

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Re: Living in Belgium

and I am most jealous of you. My company has a facility in Belgium and whenever my colleagues visit, they bring us samples of incredible Belgian chocolate. (and wonderful Belgian beer, but we can get much of that over here now).

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Re: Nielson ratings just shit themselves.

Not necessarily. I have it on very solid authority that the METHOD of delivery for programming has little effect on at least SOME of the ratings services. The viewer's solicited opinion of the actual program content trumps the method by which it was watched. At least a few of the ratings services have actually kept up with evolving technology and the corresponding viewing habits of consumers.

This CAN be a good thing. If the data are properly utilized, shit programs die quickly and good ones aren't penalized for being watched via "non-traditional" methods or media.

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City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'

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I, too,

applaud the Worcester Council for their action. As symbolic or meaningless as this may be, they know Comcast are shit and as much as told them so.

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Beers all round as Vulture 2 lands in Blighty

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Re: Photo #6

Danke! Sehr gut! Sie sehen nun wie ein richtige Boffin *

* Please be gentle. I know my German is awful.

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Photo #6

Lester appears to be sporting a proper Boffin Lab Coat. However, I see no sign of the requisite accompanying pipe.

Well done one and all! Can't wait to see/hear of your exploits on this side of the pond. Unfortunately, New Mexico is rather too far for a quick road trip so I'll have to make do with internet coverage. In any case, I raise my glass to your intrepid adventure.

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

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Jelly Babies

So, as a Yank, I've often assumed that Jelly Babies and Gummy Bears are the same thing. (They are very similar but not exactly the same.) However, in making this discovery, I was treated to an amusing display of Google's "pairing targeted ads with searches" gone horribly wrong.

Upon searching for "Jelly Baby vs Gummy Bear" I was treated to several potential answers and the following ad:

Vaseline® Jelly Baby

(ad) www.vaseline.us/Baby

Locks In Moisture To Treat & Help Prevent Diaper Rash For Your Baby!

Lip Therapy - Vaseline Jelly - The Vaseline Story - Vaseline For Men

Whilst I certainly understand how the search engine's algorithms would make such a connection, I saw "Vaseline Jelly Baby" and immediately though "Wow, I bet those taste AWFUL."

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BEND IT like YOGA: Newest Lenovo gadgets have built in PROJECTORS

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nice evolution

I have an original Yoga 10 and really like it. I was considering passing that one to the wife and getting the newer HD version for me but I think perhaps I'll wait a bit longer and get one of these Yoga 2 Pros. I don't need a projector in such a device, but that is a pretty slick feature. The "barrel" grip/battery is surprisingly easy to adapt to and the battery life afforded by such is positively astounding - long day of travel, several movies/tv programmes, some light reading and simple gaming, and I never once reached for the charging cable.

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NASA: Mars satellites menaced by speeding SPACE ALIEN

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Re: Astro-what?

"Dammit, Jim! I'm a doctor not a do... oh, wait."

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Intel 'underestimates error bounds by 1.3 QUINTILLION'

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obligatory

We are Pentium of Borg. Division is futile. You will be approximated.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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TheQuickBr0wnF0x

jumpsOvertheLazydog,except_whenhedoesn'tBecausehe1s,@fterall,_atrulyL@zy fuckerWh0sitsaroundAlldaylickingh1sballs@ndyoujustKNOWyouw0uldtoo 1fyoucould!

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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

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Re: Rules? Guidelines...? Alternate instructions

I would suggest a minor alteration of your otherwise excellent plan:

5. give lucky victim a rusty, dull, serrated knife

6. after discussion to verify everyone properly understands what "Go Medieval on him/her/it!" means, the lucky victim is encouraged to be creative with his/her treatment of the perpetrator.

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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

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Re: Starworm! (@drewsup)

SunPlanet vs. MoonComet?

I bet I know who wins...

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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I, too, really like Peter Capaldi as the Doctor but...

"But what I really want from Doctor Who is less silliness and more full-on buttock-tightening terror."

THIS! A brief bit of silliness every now and then is good BUT, there should be clear limits on how much and how often.

As for Listen that, in my reckoning, goes down as the (VERY close) second best episode of the current era, topped only by Blink. Mr. Moffat et.al. - More like that please!

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@Daggerchild

"Heh - you could pluck a River-lite out of thin air, have the Tardis (who recognises all trusted future-companions) let them unlock/open the door, breeze in, collect something, "sorry I'm early, I was late, but I have to leave because I haven't arrived!", breeze out, past a spluttering current Doctor/Companion. These moments are why I like Doctor Who :)"

Positively brilliant! That would be a fantastic moment of "But wait, I... You... Did that just happen?!?"

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Gaming gasm UK: Rubbing shoulders with LEGENDS and newbies

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Re: "Surely you can't have missed E:D ?"

Since the introduction of the "little blue pill", I haven't missed ED one bit.

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FAA clears SWARM of MOVIE DRONES for take-off

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until one crashes and [injures] someone

already happened. Didn't kill the person, but spectators HAVE been hit by drones. That is but one example.

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Mushy spam law's IDEAL for toothless watchdog: Spamhaus slams CAN-SPAM

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wait a second...

You're telling me that a government devised "solution" to a private sector problem doesn't work?!?

My gast is appropriately flabbered!

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NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

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OR...

they collide in orbit, reassemble themselves into one (mostly) working and insanely powerful probe tasked with returning home to "sterilize that which is imperfect."

Let's all make certain Bill Shatner remains healthy, just in case...

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Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize

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Re: night time

"given the conclusions of the research does this mean you are a burglar or a sex worker?"

Perhaps, a sex burglar.

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

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The Scottie Scale

"The question would be whether it's a unit of work, effort, achievement or probability..."

Answer: yes.

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Drones CAN'T deliver goods ... oh. Air traffic control system backed by NASA, you say?

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typo in article

Airware was founded in May 2010 or 2011 (depending upon source, and not 2001 as stated in article) by Jonathan Downey, an electrical engineering and computer science graduate from MIT, and is based in San Francisco.

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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good stuff

THIS is why I read The Register.

Well, that and BOFH... cheers!

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Alien Ninja Fembot Pirates vs the Jedi SAS Chuck Norris startroopers: RUMBLE

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Re: 35lbs???

As pointed out in the Bootnotes, that's just the gun itself and doesn't include the battery or ammo, either of which are several orders of magnitude heavier. And according to some sources, 35lbs (15.9kg) for the gun is significantly short of reality. With ammo weighing around 70lbs (31.75kg) per thousand belted rounds and the gun capable of anywhere from 2000-6000 rounds per minute, the all-up weight of this rig will be in the neighborhood of 500lbs (227.8kg) - most definitely a non-trivial load.

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Our Vulture 2 rocket spaceplane crammed with MORE POWER

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radio antenna

While I realize at launch altitude the low air density makes this a non-issue, as you descend through ever thicker air, a small fairing over the windward side of the radio antenna would make sense, would it not?

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Re: Battery clip springs...

it would seem to me* that a simple solution would be to turn the pack round so that the spring is in the front. Then it would only compress on sudden DEcelleration. A few turns of electrician's tape to keep the batteries in the pack and that should do it, yes?

* I am not a boffin, nor do I have the requisite high altitude experience. Merely making an observation based upon available information presented herein.

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Flurry of solar flare-ups sets off COSMIC PLASMA EXPLOSION

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appropriate misread?

"..captured at extreme ultravioleNt wavelengths..."

I REALLY need to get new glasses. And possibly relax more...

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Feds salute plucky human ROBOT-FIGHTERS

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Re: death penalty fir 1st time offenders

"He's nothing but a low-down, double-dealing, backstabbing, larcenous perverted worm!

Hanging's too good for him.

BURNING's too good for him.

He should be torn into little bitsy pieces and buried alive!" - Hanover Fiste

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