* Posts by John Sanders

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: How much control/flexibility over the free W10 download?

Pristine state at the time of the backup,

Now go back to install all those patches that came in between the time you took the snapshot and the time where you had to restore it.

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

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Shut up and take my money!!!!

Shut up and take my money!!!!

http://cdn.business2community.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/shut-up-and-take-my-money-9299-2560x16001.jpg

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: Foregone Conclusion

"""The interface design behind Windows Phone was a great idea"""

Only if you plan to offer a different for the sake of being different interface, and do not plan to offer much in terms of interface functionality.

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Seriously?

"""Also exiting the business is ex-Nokia-CEO-turned-executive-vice-president devices group Stephen Elop. He had run the phone hardware division since April 2014.

He joins 18,000 who Nadella has pink-slipped since becoming Microsoft CEO.""

The FCUK he's getting the same compensation as those other low rank guys.

The "he joins" hurts my eyes.

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Cisco in single SSH key security stuff-up

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Re: Suggestion

Cisco does nothing special.

However it does a few things well, the hardware is stable, (and so is IOS for the most part), they have good documentation, and has lots and lots of features that are/may come in handy, also there is plenty of documentation online, and the method of configuration is pretty much a de-facto standard in the industry. Their switches are bread and butter and an expectation on any large environment.

ISP's do not love Cisco, people who only know Cisco do.

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Vegan eats BeEf, gets hooked

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Re: It would be nice if banks were made aware

* Take an old PC, format it with Linux (xubuntu, Mint, Debian, whatever works for you), keep it on the side only for banking.

* Buy a small cheap pc you can keep on the side, use it only for banking.

* Boot off a Linux Live USB or CD, use it for banking.

* Keep a VM running Linux just for banking.

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Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

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Re: Ooops, pet peeve triggered

"""To this day I remain mystified by games forcing the player to replay known parts over and over as some sort of punishment for failure."""

I found an explanation for this.

There are two types of human beings, one type which are really good at hand-to-eye coordination and quick memorization of routine movements.

And the rest of us.

The gaming experience of the time were the Arcade machines, which where in turn designed for the first type of human being. This was done obviously to get as many quarters as possible.

Developers making games for computers "at the time" though that unless a game was hard it was no fun, and that it would be over too soon, they had to match the experience of the arcades.

Some developers used that to hide the fact that some games were indeed too short, or too shitty.

A trend that began to set the tide backwards is that at some point more people began playing games using trainers so they could see the art than people who was having fun playing the game.

Also as the novelty of the new awesome quality wore off people became more savvy on which games to spend the money on, suddenly there were new genres, FPS, RTS, RPGs, point and click adventures, gameplay forever diverged from the Arcade style of games which stopped being the major source of inspiration.

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Docker and Microsoft unite Windows and Linux in the cloud

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Hmmm

How does this work....?

I know how the containers are supposed to work, what I want to know is:

Is this just containerization for .net based code? this is: as long as the application has been developed on .net can be pushed either to a Linux or a Windows box?

Or in the other hand if the Windows containers are windows native code and the Linux ones are native Linux code and the only thing in common is the management tools and infrastructure?

Details for god sake, details!!!

I'm sick of marketingcrap and people on a stage delivering FCUK presentations.

They keep you wondering what the FCUK are they talking about for months to no end and once you look at the stuff is just pure anticlimax.

MS is so uninteresting these days.

And the MS HEARTS Linux is just plain psychopathy.

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AMD: We're not splitting our gfx and servers biz, ignore all the rumours

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Dammit AMD

Hold it for a while longer, I need to upgrade my AMD mobo/cpu for Fallout 4 this fall!!!

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Re: No official Server 2012 drivers

That's what you get with artificial limitations.

Inconvenience.

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Re: Now, make one with multiple Ethernet ports…

fitlet-X LAN, four GbE ports

http://www.fit-pc.com/web/products/fitlet/fitlet-x/

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Re: Noise?

There you go:

http://www.fit-pc.com/web/products/fitlet/

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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Re: Guessing games

Wait! who are you again?

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Re: Optimal?

There is no cloud only other people's computers:

https://fsfe.org/contribute/promopics/thereisnocloud-v2-preview.png

Do you want to depend on other people's computers for your personal stuff? and pay for something you did not have to pay before?

I for one don't.

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Attenda for sale this year? Not on your nelly, says CEO

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Re: What a shame

Athens will certainly be for sale soon.

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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Source code

"""So, overall, this idea that obtaining source code and compiling it yourself gains you nothing, is just an excuse for lazyness in a lot of situations."""

Sometimes yes, but the majority of the time is people who doesn't understand what FOSS is, or people with a vested interest on other people not knowing (AKA Monopolistic vendors).

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Reading every line of code...

That is not the problem, in absolute terms yes you're right, the sentence is correct:

"Unless you're reading every line of code how is this any safer than downloading binaries from repositories"

Where the logic breaks is here:

If I have the source code I can inspect it if I suspect foul play, I can compile it myself and be 100% sure that the "blob" is not compromising my system.

When you have no such source code available all I can do is guess and distrust, I can not verify anything.

The source is important not because you are going to check every single line of all the packages you run in Debian, but because if you need to check anything for security or bug fixing reasons, you should be able to.

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

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Re: They stuck with Ubuntu 14.04 for 2 years?

No, if what you want is a 1:1 replacement of Windows no, it is not and it will never be.

Anyone using it with that mentality is bound to fail and not see the point if it.

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Re: Couldn't agree more

Send the suggestion (with a mock-up if possible) to Clement Lefebvre or to the Mint mailing list, they will at the very least look at it.

If they consider it interesting to the Cinnamon user base they will implement it.

Clement and the Mint community are quite open to "sensible" suggestions.

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Re: Losers

"Binux! Binux is coming! Binux is here! Binux is outside. There is no escape. Who's that knocking at the door? Yes, it's Binux. Binux came for Defiant just as he will come for you. Who will be next? You? Maybe you?"

Binux is unavoidable my friend.

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Re: Solid System Too Bad About No MS Office

I for one run Visio 2003 almost twice a week on Wine and it runs like a charm (Yes 2003, it is the one I have a license for, and it is more than enough for what I need).

From what I have read you can mostly run all Office programs quite reliably except for Outlook (Those pesky internet Explorer deep integration/dependencies)

It will probably take a while to iron out all the little issues (wine sometimes requires lots of tweaks) but once you have it correctly installed on a "wine bottle" you can tar/zip the wine bottle and install on a snap.

I run many small Windows tools on Wine and while you get issues sometimes here and there, if an application works it works where you can depend on it.

A really good side-effect of Wine is that if you have an old app that provides enough functionality and works on Wine it will work forever, I can not run Visio 2003 on Windows 8 and onwards. In a way Wine is more compatible with old stuff than Windows will ever be.

I understand that Wine may not be for everybody, but it is always worth a try.

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Re: Mint

With Mint you have to follow the recommendation of keeping /home on a separate partition, if you do that, installing a new version is not such a problem other than having to reinstall your software.

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Re: A very good choice

No need to run anything obsolete, you have XFCE and MATE on both Ubuntu and Fedora.

ho, ho, ho, ho...

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Re: I still think Mint XFCE is the perfect drop-in replacement for XP...

Amen XFCE brother!

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Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?

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My good man.

Details, details...

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Never let..

A good Crysis go to waste

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ISP Level 3 goes TITSUP after giganto traffic routing blunder

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Level 3

Seems to suspiciously have lots of BGP problems lately...

Just an observation.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Will they separate the NTFS...

Will they separate the NTFS "deny execute" from the "traverse folder" permission, add a no-exec flag?

Don't be silly of course not, Linux can be infected too.

Making reasonable proposals on the interwebs... in the "El Reg" forums, how dare you!?

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Re: @Dcotor Syntax

@dogged,

What can we Linuxtards say?, we have been saying for years that this will become a common scenario due to Windows architecture and business model.

MS being MS will try to solve this with more and more layers of complexity like they always do, while trying to screw open standards and muddying the water.

We have been making reasonable arguments for years, and we have been telling tales of sane design, environments that hardly ever go down, and that are quite hard to compromise.

In response we get the classic LA LA LA LA Linux is not secure either LA LA LA LA Windows, Windows, Windows, ra-ra-ra.

Enjoy your malware infestations.

Troll face! because it's Friday and I'm already drunk!

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Re: Just Use Linux

Sarcasm my friend, sarcasm.

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Re: Surely...

It is easier not to run Windows.

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Confusion reigns as Bundestag malware clean-up staggers on

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Re: No Backup Plan - Shoot The Admin

Any sensible organization will not have anything sensible were ignorant personnel can cause this level of trouble.

And they will not be running Windows connected to any form of www.

Or if they have to run Windows, run it with so many GPOs as to make the system useless.

Or even better, HIRE BETTER IT GUYS rather than outsourcing.

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Re: Let me guesss...

Give more details.

Was it a .exe on a share via Samba?

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BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

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I have been saying this since time inmemorial

Release a blackberry phone running Android, port your applications (Hub) & email to it

PROFIT!

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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

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Re: Optional Title

You're not alone, I love it too.

At the same time I can perfectly understand why women don't.

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Having children is not mandatory.

But if you do not have them at some point while you're still young, you are missing on a very important part of life.

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VMware unleashes Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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Sigh...

"""Dare we mention just how the average user will react to Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS, the supported Linuxes under Horizon 6?"""

The average user's reaction will be directly proportional to how well can they accomplish the task at hand with the tools provided.

Simples.

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Shine a light on the rogue IT that hides in the company shadows

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Sadly I have been there

"""The problem is that it only works in IE."""

I have been there (ah the painful memories)

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Virty servers' independence promise has been betrayed

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Two thoughts

Virtualization does not reduce complexity, except in a small number of scenarios.

Virtual is not a silver bullet for all workloads.

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Holy SSH-it! Microsoft promises secure logins for Windows PowerShell

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Re: I don't

@ Henry Wertz 1

My thoughts go along those lines, something Windows people does not know about most windows technologies and protocols is that they heavily depend on the rest of windows infrastructure, this is most MS protocols are not really protocols, but specific implementations of a protocol.

While OpenSSH can be used to encapsulate lots of things and it is much more than a single secure shell, it does not absolutely depend on a Linux or a BSD kernel.

However ask the SAMBA guys what it took to implement SAMBA 4, they had to recreate many parts of windows including a registry!!!!

Microsoft's RDP's modern implementation requires half of Windows to work if you intend to connect through a TS Gateway.

And so on and so on.

The point is they will implement some OpenSSH functionality that they need to tick some boxes off on some marketing product brouchure, and to try to keep Windows sysadmins from running any form of Linux/Mac through convenience.

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Re: troll troll troll

""A good OS shouldn't (in my opinion) require users to know anything technical."""

Yes, the same argument most people writing badly formatted word and excel documents make when I try to explain why they are having a problem; "I'm not an IT guy, I didn't study IT."

The key difference here is not that there aren't any Windows users/admins who know about how the kernel uses paths internally or that MS is rewriting Win32 into some kind of futuristic sandboxed API wrapper, or that the registry is these days virtualized for legacy apps, or that System32 in a 64bit machine contains the 64bit versions of the OS libraries.

That is not the issue, the issue is that when you compare the majority of Windows admins with the majority of the Unix sysadmins, the Windows ones know very little about computing in general, they are just "windows" users/admins partly because Windows does not expose much of the technical stuff (which is still there lurking in the shadows waiting to bite by the way).

If I had a penny for all the times I had to explain to Windows developers the difference between %HOMEDRIVE% and %SYSTEMDRIVE% I would be retired by now and filthy rich.

Same with Email, same with DNS, same with most basic bits of internet infrastructure.

On the other hand most Linux guys that I know have no problem setting up Windows environments with AD and GPOs and all the usual MS lore, if they do not know how to do so, they may mourn a lot, but they can learn quickly how to do whatever that it is required, most Linux guys I know can deal with switching firewalls and routing, load balancers, VPNs, etc, I know many more Linux sysadmins that understand BGP than I know network engineers, heck I know at least two Linux chaps who understand Hyper-V better than the Windows guys I worked with in my previous job.

I'm not saying Linux guys are know-it-all encompassing wonders, but they tend to know about different subjects and have an interest in technology, not just MS latest fart.

I'm eagerly awaiting the day that windows is all Powershell and no GUI, it is heading that way, I bet that day there will be even less Windows sysadmins.

Disclaimer: I know there are plenty of Linux/Unix ignorants too, I have to deal with them daily.

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Re: GPL or who cares....

I fail to see what the usefulness of this Powershell SSH is unless they come with an updated terminal with full VT100 emulation at the very least.

Also will it integrate with Explorer so it can be used as a VFS/sftp client? What about the server part?

So many questions...

And yes, I think its a trap, MS doesn't acknowledge technologies/formats other than their own unless they want to destroy/screw/muddy them. (check the ISO OOXML disaster) Everything they do is cold calculated.

So far their contributions to the GPL have been a bit lacking, just drivers so they can run Linux Hosts in Hyper-'Vi' more or less decently (not great, just decently) it took them forever and only completed them for kernel integration because Hyper-Vi was building up a reputation of being shit for Linux support. One could overhear some "grunting" about not wanting to look in those checklists they publish every now and then to claim to be superiority to VMWare (Its a redmondian obsession of them) when they did the commits.

I have been thinking that if MS is really so good willed these days they could release an official GPL mstsc.exe client for Linux (impossible and almost redundant now, I know), stop taking over the boot process, stop claiming that a disk format they do not recognize is a non-formatted disk, and cut the crap dictating to OEMs what functionality should they include in the hardware or else they lose the windows sticker and the Windows discount.

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Re: in its defense

It's got objects (awe!), and you can do programmatic things on it apparently...

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Spaniards get that cinking feeling

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Re: They not be able to pronounce WhatsApp for love nor money...

Most Spaniards I'm guesing they will pronounce WhatsApp either "WASAP" or "WARSAP"

The "wh" and "ts" does not compute in Spanish, ask them to read: "TS" and then "TIS" to understand why.

Spaniards buld the pronunciation by consonant-vocal ie:

MA,PA,ZA,TA,SA

ME,PE,ZE,TE,SE

MI,PI,ZI,TI,SI

MO,PO,ZO,TO,SO

MU,PU,ZU,TU,SU

Made up word that are perfectly pronunciable in Spanish: MITASA, TOZOSA, PIMEZA, if you tell them to a Spaniard via voice they will know how to write them just by the sound on the first try. (Although they will ask you what the heck are those)

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Re: They not be able to pronounce WhatsApp for love nor money...

"SPS"

Does not compute in Spanish ask them to read this: "CRISPIS" and you will understand why.

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Yeah...

"due to Spaniards' inability to say "s" + consonant without an initial "e". Consider España, and so forth."

Mate, Spaniards do not write letters that they do not pronounce, like the "e" at the end of words in English.

Letter "E" has sound always and in any word like in "Elephant", it is the English I'm afraid who can not or do not pronounce it half the time in half the words.

I'm not criticizing English with any of this, each language is the way it is for good reasons.

Spanish with some exceptions hardly have any confusing sounding construct which is pronounced with different sounds and the only way to know how to write or read them is if someone tells you, making English a language that one has to memorize to be able to learn proper.

Ie Thief, Thames, fought and thought, these kind of thing drives Spaniards into crazy confusion.

Spaniards do not have to memorize anything, once you learn how to read, just by reading you pronounce it correctly, this helps immensely to understand and make new words.

"ing" always sounds like in King, is that consistency in the pronunciation that has it getting adopted.

That and the fact that is is shorter to say: "Camping" than "me voy de acampada a un sitio de acampadas"

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Mad John McAfee: 'Can you live in a society that is more paranoid than I'm supposed to be?'

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Can not disagree with anything he said

Hence why I do not have a life online.

Yes I may post here on "good'old'elreg", I do not post anywhere else.

A man has to be no one online.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Re: The issue is...

Your argument doesn't fly too far.

Compare XP vs 7 they are different, but work the same.

Car dashboards may be different, but all cars handle more or less the same.

Good luck selling a car that behaves like a car but it is operated with the controls of an excavator.

Good luck really.... (Gosh now I want to drive one of those...)

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Re: Don't ask the user!

Difference is that at the time while people understood the reliable horses, cars were seen as complicated and unreliable.

Most of the time all we need is the same we have with the defects we appreciate corrected.

To be honest that's what the majority of people want.

In the words of someone not technical I helped recently moving from Android 4.4 to Lollipop:

"Why the fuck did they have to change the way quiet works? I missed my alarms this morning"

There you have it.

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NASA shock: Flying saucer predicted over Hawaii on Wednesday

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Re: NASA thinks it has cracked that problem

I'm more impressed than you, I thought that under the Obama administration NASA's top priorities were "reaching out to the Muslim world" and not doing space-exploration related things.

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=34473

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