* Posts by Tempest8008

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Lester Haines: RIP

Tempest8008
Unhappy

55? Too soon...

Gone too soon, my friend.

Gone too soon.

Hopefully his family will take what solace they can in just how many people Lester's work touched.

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Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?

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Black Helicopters

Not to derail the conversation...

...but has anyone else noticed in the headline image of this article that the guy on the left looks JUST LIKE CHIEF O'BRIEN FROM STAR TREK!?

Sampling be damned! CLONES!!!

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No story today on Netflix blocking VPNs?

Tempest8008

Re: No story today on Netflix blocking VPNs?

Since when did news need to be exciting?

But not really my point. Netflix is blocking VPNs...from a technical point of view I'm more interested in the HOW than the WHY.

We know why. You know why, you spelled it out very succinctly.

And not that I do not agree. Someone has to pay for the content and the licensing model (outdated and antiquated as it is) is the method they use to do that.

I'm just curious HOW Netflix is doing it. Are they just collecting VPN hostnames and blacklisting them? If so it just becomes a race where the VPN providers keep rolling over between domain names to keep off the blacklist.

Are they doing something more interestingly technical?

The point being, it's news. It's technical. It's I.T. related, and it's a big player like Netflix that's involved. I would have expected The Register to do a report on it. That's all.

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Tempest8008

No story today on Netflix blocking VPNs?

I would have loved to see something like that this morning, but alas.

Tell me you're at least working on something.

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No story today on SpaceX launch and sticking the landing?

Tempest8008

No story today on SpaceX launch and sticking the landing?

I know the first time was a success, but the second time? That's a pattern...and it was from a booster on a geostationary launch, which is twice as fast as a LEO launch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bMeDj76ig

In case anyone wants to see the video.

I just think it's newsworthy...

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Champagne weekend for Blue Origin with third launch

Tempest8008

Re: well done

I don't think the rocket really cares that much.

Remember, that's the unmanned portion.

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Fifth time's the charm as SpaceX pops satellite into orbit

Tempest8008

Re: Time, money, staff...money.

Don't remind me of Mission Patches.

I have never seen hide nor hair of the LOHAN mission patch I was supposed to receive as part of the competition for the slogan to go on it.

<grumbles>

But I'd prefer them to be spending their energy on actually getting that mission in the air. Sod my bloody patch.

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Tempest8008
Angel

Time, money, staff...money.

SpaceX has prided itself on being a lean company, with very little of the bloat that affects NASA as a government agency.

You want floating FO lines between the barge and either the support ship or a second barge.

Who is setting that up? Who is testing it? Who is reeling it all in when done?

The resources you would devote to that SpaceX is instead devoting to other areas that have been deemed more important.

That's it. Why bother providing the feed in the first place then? Because the system they DO have is cheap, easy to set up, and doesn't require a dedicated team of people to maintain and fart around with. Why offer it at all then? Because it's cheap, easy to set up, and doesn't require a dedicated team of people to maintain and fart around with.

This is all cost vs. reward. The cost for them in the current system in time, material and labour is minimal. The reward would be a live video of their 1st stage returning successfully in a world first...where they would probably provide an on-site HQ recording at a later time anyway.

In your system the cost is WAY higher across the board. The reward is letting people watch repeated failures as they iron out the bugs and try to figure out an immensely difficult engineering problem, or, on the off chance it works fantastically and people get to see that world first live....they provide a recording in HD the next day taken from the onboard camera system.

You've said yourself they are very good at what they do. Don't you think that they COULD figure out the live feed issue on the barge if they wanted to?

This is a "good enough" system as far as SpaceX is concerned. Otherwise you can be damned sure they WOULD have fixed it long ago.

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ISS 'nauts prepare to wrap One Year Mission

Tempest8008
Coat

You got your choice of assignments, hotshot.

Why do I keep expecting Scott Kelly to yell at Maverick?

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NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

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Not sure of the math

REALLY not sure of the math, but what would we be looking at regarding the destructive power of a 100Kg projectile moving at 0.3C?

Is this a feasible asteroid defense?

Or would it just be better to point the laser and shoot?

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

Tempest8008
Coat

Fission expedition

"...but we probably won’t remember the pioneers who harnessed the power of the atom and then let it go again"

Catch and release fission?

I'll get my coat...

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El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

Tempest8008

Make it properly Autonomous

I want it to be a true, autonomous robot. Not some glorified remote control experiment.

Have the remote control ready and a cutoff in place to be able to take charge if needed, but I'd really like to see it making its own choices and reacting on its own.

A truly, magnificently, barbed, bladed, and bad-ass autonomous death machine.

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Tempest8008

Hello. My name is Lester Haines, and this is my video application for the position of Technology Tart for The Register...

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Tempest8008

"Very funny. - Dr. Jones."

"ARRGH! Windows 10! Oh, look! A snake."

"The real reason the complaints about the new Register website went unanswered."

"No. I'm not a viper. No. I'm not a python. I'm a run-of-the-mill, non-venomous, ophidian. I'm sitting here because it's nice and warm. I am not amusing nor do I care to be. Like this laptop I am merely being used to further the advertising goals of The Register. Later on I'll be put back in my terrarium and fed some crickets...perhaps a small mouse or frog. Then I'll sleep for a week. This is my life. Could be worse, I suppose. Like most things, there's less complexity here than you'd expect. And if you're looking for the punchline at the end of this long winded ophidian's monologue, keep waiting. I'm not here to entertain you."

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RIP LOHAN? What's up?

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Unhappy

RIP LOHAN? What's up?

Just wondering if anyone has heard anything regarding the SPB LOHAN mission recently?

Seems it has died an untimely death...

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

Tempest8008

Pic editing is cheating, but...

I couldn't help myself.

http://s22.postimg.org/q1wjpdhxt/tarantula_and_10.jpg

Caption would be "The horror! The horror! Oh, look! A spider!"

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

Tempest8008

Re: Danger danger

It was #8 birdshot!

The pellets were tiny and when falling would never get to a speed where they could injure someone or damage property. You'd be in more danger of a bird flying over and crapping in your eye.

As a father with kids I would take great exception to someone flying a drone over my house without my permission.

As a father with kids I would take great exception to someone using a gun to shoot down that drone, were I their neighbour.

I make no pronouncements either way in this case. Both parties were in the wrong as far as I'm concerned (and as you pointed out) and I, for one, will be watching to see how the Courts deal with the issue. As others have noted, this will be an interesting test case.

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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Thumb Up

IoT? Or just human interaction...

"Excuse me mademoiselle, you appear to be getting a sunburn. You might want to put on some sunscreen or step inside for a while."

Wow. That would have done the same thing!

And it didn't require anyone to wire up their bikini or create an app for it.

Yes. Talking. It works!

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Wearable fitness tech: Exercising your self-motivation skills

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I wear one...

I have a Misfit Shine I got (subsidized) through my work.

I wear it on my wrist.

It also acts as a watch.

I'm out of shape and I know it, and like most of you I sit at a desk all day with occasional forays to the vending machine.

I have to say that I'm walking more because of it. Instead of sitting all lunch catching up on the latest TV show I missed I go for a walk instead. The goal is 10,000 steps per day. If I get half of those in before I head home I'm going to hit that target, so I AM walking more. Which is good.

Since the start of May I've dropped 7-8lbs, and while I could have done that on my own, the Shine, I think, has been a motivation. I've been wearing it for a month now, and it's not going anywhere but back on my wrist.

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WIN a RockBLOCK Mk2 Iridium sat comms unit

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UPWEGO

Ultimate Practical Whole Electronic Gear Ordeal

FAPFAPFAP

Final Airborne Procedures For Approval Passing Fuckedup FAA Policies

PRAT

Penultimate RockBLOCK Altitude Test

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

Tempest8008

Is that an embroidered patch I spy?

Is that an embroidered patch I spy, gracing the breast of that fine flight suit flatteringly fashioned by Fenke?

I'm supposed to get one of those.

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

Tempest8008

Re: Back to nature

I'm betting the rest of the internet probably has it somewhere for download.

I'll take the World when it comes to "iPlayer vs The World."

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Ex-NASA boffin dreams of PREDATOR-ish tech in humble microwaves

Tempest8008

Modernize the whole damned thing

Instead of the spray and pray method of microwaving food why not add the ability to direct the waves? Gimbal the emitters and link the camera so it directs the microwaves where they need to go to heat the food in the desired manner.

The first truly "smart" microwave.

The screen, linking it to my phone...that's just faffing about. Make the device work better and I'm interested.

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Twin Adam Sandlers shake El Reg's movie unwatchablathon team

Tempest8008

NO DRUGS!

Nonononono.

There can be no mitigation of the unwatchableness.

No drugs, no alcohol DURING the screenings.

Afterwards, sure.

I only say this because enough alcohol can make even severe limb trauma amusing. You must be wide awake, cogent, and coherent if this is to be a true test.

And may God have mercy on your souls...

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Purple glistening plasma, you say? Orion plummets back to Earth

Tempest8008
Coat

So when do we hear about the SCIENCE?

The video was nice, but I would like to know the results of all the tests they performed.

Radiation, shielded sufficiently or not?

Did the craft perform within specs?

Any issues that have been discovered that need to be addressed?

Cats, shielded sufficiently or not?

(one can assume so on that last point...otherwise you know one of those little buggers would have curled up right on the camera lens)

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Tempest8008

BOFH yourselves...

Honestly, "modern and fresher"?

AND you're going to have a consultant firm in to give you advice on further changes?

In both of these cases the BOFH would have to have multiple situations where inconvenient falls clear the way for common sense. And there's always the server room halon system...

Add another vote to the "Don't like it" column. I find it harder to read, and you're forcing me to relearn a bloody website.

I found The Register easy to navigate, clean and simple before. It got me to the MEAT of the site, which were the articles. Now I'm having to work harder to get to the information I want.

There's style and then there's simple function.

I'd prefer El Reg to be about the latter.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

Tempest8008

Multiple timelines

I'm surprised I haven't seen more mention of the multiverse model.

There's a simple way of approaching this.

What happens to you, happens to YOU.

There is no paradox, ever.

If I go back in time and kill myself, that happened to THAT person, obviously not to me. It's a separate timeline and remains separate, and that existence goes merrily along its way, though deprived of my glorious self.

I return to my time none the worse for wear...because that didn't happen to me, it couldn't have because it didn't. Not in my timeline.

There's no changing your past. There's no changing the past you remember, the history of the world you live in. It happened. It cannot be changed. But, were time travel possible, you'd be perfectly free to go back and make as many tweaks and changes as you'd like and see what would happen.

Just for fun.

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

Tempest8008
Coat

All I know...

All I know is that if he was doing all this stuff from his Smartphone in the US or Canada he'd have built up such a huge data bill that he'd probably be into the tens of thousands of dollars by the time he was done.

Oh, for a sensible European style system of cellular roaming...

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Japanese boffins build rounders-playing ROBOT SCHOOLGIRL

Tempest8008

With respect...

I want to see how the batting robot reacts to a 100mph fastball.

I want the catching robot to catch a bouncing ground ball.

It can run, but can it slide?

And finally, that tracking robot...I'd want to see what it does in variable lighting, in the rain, in the snow, and in all the other conditions baseball players face.

Heck, that last point is valid for all of the above.

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

Tempest8008
Coat

None of that matters

The one thing the human race seems to have a lot of these days, is humans.

You put the call out, even being 100% transparent as to the risks associated, heck bump it up to 10% REID or even 20% and you'd STILL have hundreds if not thousands of qualified applicants.

People WANT to get out there. The risks are secondary.

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LOHAN crash lands on CNN

Tempest8008

I'm not "backronyming" (that's now a verb) anything until I know the mission scope.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

Tempest8008

I hereby name this...

The Dyson Bentusi.

'cause, you know....it looks like one.

(Google Homeworld and Bentusi if you don't know what I'm talking about...and shame on you if that's the case)

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Exclusive SPB t-shirt flies into Kickstarter

Tempest8008

No worries, Lester

Thanks mate!

And congrats on the Kickstarter. It seems to be going great guns!

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Tempest8008

Wow! Am I famous now?

That was my entry!

I'm already supposed to get a patch for my efforts, but I'm honoured that my entry is also going to grace the breasts of numerous El Reg officiandos.

No pics, please. :P

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

Tempest8008

At least I'll be able to follow the action at a sensible hour this time around...

I'll be in the same time zone as Lester! I'm all giddy!

And yes, beware of US Customs.

Make no jokes, don't wear a belt, and use loafers. Putting yourself back together after being searched never does much for the ego.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

Tempest8008

Re: Say WHAT?!?

Thanks.

And don't call me Shirley.

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Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

Tempest8008

Land probe on the top of the crater, or close enough that a rover could climb up it.

Once at the top the rover stops and releases a ball probe on a cable that rolls down and into the hole, and dangles by the cable.

Inside that clear plastic ball is your imaging/laser range finding/light source/camera equipment, powered via the tether back to the rover on the crater rim. The golf ball down in the hole sends it's data back to the rover which beams it up.

That way you're not stuck depending on a satellite EXACTLY overflying the hole to get your data back.

Anyone else have any daft ideas?

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

Tempest8008

Crap, I went and made a whole patch, not just a motto:

http://i57.tinypic.com/20uqpp1.png

But my motto suggestion would be "The shed knows no bounds"

Latinized (according to the Chocolate Factory): Tugurio terminum nescit

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Is there too much sex and violence on TV?

Tempest8008
Unhappy

Nanny State Extreme

How about people take some personal responsibility?

Back at the watershed, meanwhile, Ofcom admits it has to address the issue of on-demand television. The watchdog's Claudio Pollack said: "Ofcom recognises that the growth of on-demand TV is posing new challenges for parents and regulators."

It's ON DEMAND. MY demand. Ipso facto I want to watch it, when I want to watch it, so instead of the Nanny State sticking their nose in, just back the hell off!

I will make sure my kids don't watch what I don't want them to, regardless of the time of day.

I will make sure I don't use my TV as a babysitter. Regardless of income or social conditions you live in, that's NOT what TV is for.

It is MY choice to watch content when and where I want to. Welcome to the Internet if your PVR isn't cutting it for you.

How much hand holding do we need, honestly?

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Zero-knowledge proof crypto scheme divines truths from nothing

Tempest8008

Re: No E-Voting cannot be democratic

Make it a two part system.

You cast your vote on an electronic device, and it prints out a paper ballot appropriately marked, PROPERLY marked, and YOU take it and put it in a box after verifying it says what you want.

You then have two sets of data to compare.

Vote counting is instantaneous via the machine, but then a manual count is done of the paper ballots. As long as both numbers match, the electorate has still made a dumb-ass decision and voted in a bunch of wankers who will lie to us and not keep their promises.

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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

Tempest8008
Childcatcher

Even with the priors...

14 years still seems excessive.

Yes, he was on parole, yes he did something (else) stupid, yes he recklessly endangered lives.

But 14 years?

The statutory MAXIMUM sentence someone convicted of sexual assault of a minor in the USA is 10 years.

http://www.ussc.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/news/congressional-testimony-and-reports/sex-offense-topics/199503_Federal_Rape_Cases.pdf

The average is 2-3 years. The crime just doesn't seem to fit the sentence in this case.

Don't mistake this for me condoning his actions, far from it.

I'm just saying someone can rape a little girl and be jailed for less time...that doesn't seem right.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

Tempest8008

Subvocals

1. Decent speech-to-text

2. Subvocal technology that monitors the pops and sounds you make when you talk, but doesn't require the vocal cords. So you can give commands, write emails and otherwise communicate without making a sound. With practice you wouldn't even need to move your lips.

2a. Something like Google Glass would work well with this as the device is already worn on the head and appropriate sensors wouldn't be hard to embed in the arms of the device.

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Robotics pioneer: Intelligent machines are 'scary for a lot of people'

Tempest8008

Isn't it nice?

Isn't it nice when you are recognized at your local coffee shop or pub?

The server knows you, knows what you like, what you usually order and can have you liquored up or caffeinated in your preferred manner faster. You create a relationship with that person. YOU get to know THEM too.

That kind of interpersonal relationship is a good thing.

It builds communities.

You'll never get to the same level with an ATM, the banks wouldn't have it:

You: Hi B.O.B. (Bill Outlet 'Bot). Can I get £20 please.

BOB: Hello Greg. One moment.

....

You only have £16 in your account.

You: Oh. How embarrassing. You don't give £10 notes, do you?

BOB: No. I'm sorry...something going on at work? I notice you haven't received your pay.

You: Laid off. But I've got some prospects in the works.

BOB: Well...I've got plenty. Here, take £50. It will be between us. <blink>wink</blink>

You: Wow. Cheers Bob!

BOB: Tell Linda 'Hi' from me.

Next week BOB is replaced. There are interpersonal relationships, and then there's money.

Now a more likely scenario:

....

BOB: No. I'm sorry...something going on at work? I notice you haven't received your pay.

You: Laid off. But I've got some prospects in the works.

BOB: Laid off. I've updated your bank records to indicate that. A loan officer will be in touch and the mortgage team will be reviewing your outstanding debt and reassessing your interest rates.

You: Uh. This is temporary, another few days and I'll probably be back at work. There's no need to...

BOB: Policy Greg. You agreed to us gathering "personal and pertinent" information on you when you signed up for the account. We're just protecting our interests. You understand.

You: Who else are you going to tell about this?

BOB: I just emailed Linda with the changes in your employment status. You had told her, right?

You: Uh...

BOB: Linda just texted me. She says "WTF".

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El Reg posse prepares for quid-a-day nosh challenge

Tempest8008

Re: It always surprises me

Last time this was on some foraging was done.

There as a fascinating tour of the local woods and examples of edible fungi were found.

God. If I had to live off mushrooms I might prefer to starve.

I hate mushrooms...

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Tempest8008

Re: I live on a farm

Bah, I only feed them chicken food in the winter.

In the spring/summer it's "Get yer arses outside and forage!"

That's why I need to shoot the fox.

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Tempest8008

I live on a farm

Would eating my own stuff be cheating?

I get a dozen eggs a day, plus duck eggs.

And there's a fox I need to shoot...

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LOHAN spaceplane's budget minicam punches well above its weight

Tempest8008

A soldering gun, a couple of feet of wire and 5 minutes

This is garden shed boffinry, and the most basic stuff I can imagine...

A couple of feet of twisted pair wire, a soldering iron, some solder, and simply MOVE the battery packs to the already warmed/insulated interior of the payload box.

Perhaps a dab or two of epoxy to seal up any holes poked in the camera boxes to feed the wires through.

Now your batteries are protected from the worst of the cold...heck, set it up right and you could have one battery pack supplying power to multiple cameras. Might even save on weight that way, though that's a single point of failure that could scupper them all at an inopportune moment. Probably best to stay with the one-battery-per-camera model...

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Commonwealth Bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

Tempest8008

This was tweeted about 5hrs ago:

CommBank ‏@CommBank 5h

NetBank does not (and did not) use OpenSSL. All customer data is safe. More detail here: https://www.commbank.com.au/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-heartbleed.html?ei=r1_ta_c1_al …

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

Tempest8008

Re: Probably for the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines

Aspartame is one of the most studied artificial sweeteners.

Over 200 studies have concluded it's not dangerous, again, in reasonable quantities.

Any fizzy drink, juice, or even (braces for abuse) alcoholic beverage should not, nor should ever be considered, a replacement for drinking water regularly.

If you sit there and drink ANYTHING (even water) in too much quantity you'll do more than just f*ck up your liver. You'll kill yourself.

I like a Coke from time to time. I like a good craft beer from time to time. I like my cup of tea in the morning. If we assume we take all things in moderation, when I'm at the movie theatre and I see a Freestyle machine I might take a stab at a Vanilla Cherry Coke Zero, just to mix things up.

There's no harm in it.

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Tempest8008

Re: Probably for the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines

Yep.

http://www.coca-colafreestyle.com/

Basically it's a machine that combines your choice of beverage on the spot. You want a Diet Caffeine Free Cherry Coke? This thing will mix one up for you. Same for a Lime Barqs, or a Cherry Sprite...

And for all those people going on and on and on about sugars and obesity etc, Coca-Cola's plethora of drink options means that one third of Coke products these days are low or zero calorie. One third. Basically the choice is yours. If you WANT a Coke Classic, go ahead, but as is true with everything, all things in moderation.

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