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FRIKKIN' LASERS could REPLACE fibre-optic comms cables

GBE

But sharks can't fly...

So you do you get the sharks up in the air?

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Price isn't based on cost

Price in a particular market isn't determined by cost of manufacture, cost of shipping, or the price in some other market.

Price is determined by what people are willing to pay for something.

Apparently Brits are willing to pay more.

Stop buying MS Office, and the price will go down.

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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

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No point at all

I agree the story seems to be both pointless and wrong.

All the primary evidence seems to agree with Wikipedia and Google. I don't put much faith in her comments about being born on Bastille day.

I suppose the author could start claiming the birth certificate is a fake, but then I'm afraid he'd be lumped with with all the Fox-news right-wing wackos still harping on about their conspiracy theory that Obama was not really born in the US.

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

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Re: Plus ca change ...

"Of course they couldn't take money at the desk, nor dispense it. But as long as you wanted a new chequebook, or a chat about a loan, brilliant."

Perhaps I'm the odd one out, but I never go into a bank unless I need to talk to somebody at a desk.

I get my cash from ATMs, and deposit checks with my phone.

I rarely deposit cash, but I can do that at the ATM 24/7 too.

About 5 years ago when I bought my house I needed a cashiers check for the closing. That's the last time I used a cashier behind a counter -- and I'm pretty sure somebody sitting at a desk could have done that as well since all they did was type on a computer terminal and then walk over and pick up the check off the printer.

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Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

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Nice job making the illustration captions illegible

I don't suppose there's a version of that .jpg where captions are legible?

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Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

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Re: It's all very wonderful

I've flown from US to London and back maybe a dozen times and US to Australia a few times. All those trips were coach except for one, and flying long-distance in coach is definitely less pleasant than business or first. But, a while back I read a biography of John Adams which included detailed descriptions of _his_ trips between the colonies and England. He had better class accomodations than most, but compared to that even coach class on the cheapest airlines is a delight. Steerage class on the ocean liners of the 20th century wasn't exactly a picnic in the park either.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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I thought LL _was_ a parody.

You're not going to tell me all that dim-wittedness is for real are you? She's clearly devoting her whole _life_ as a 24/7 performance that parodies the pointlessly rich and famous.

Well done Lindsay!

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Chipper chipmaker Micron shows off boosted bottom line – gee, thanks, Elpida

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Oddly chosen URL for the article

The URL is

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/24/microns_third_quarter_revenues_disappoint/

yet from the article:

"Micron Technology – ... – has announced what appear to be cheery results today."

"Net income was a pleasing $806m compared to just $43m a year ago."

"Micron's own-branded SSD revenue was 20 per cent of the flash revenue – a 60 per cent plus growth rate from the second quarter."

"Micron said demand for PC DRAM was more better than initially expected."

If that's dissappointment, sign me up for some!

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Hey! Where! are! the! white! women! at!? It's! Yahoo!

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Re: Let's apply this quota to Sports Leagues

Definitely.

I've noticed that overweight, out-of-shape, 50-something men who can't throw a baseball are drastically under-represented in major league professional baseball. I demand this disparity be addressed immediately.

I'll be waiting with bated breath for my contract offer to arrive in my mailbox.

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Re: Repairs

"Well, pray you don't get a dodgy ram stick."

Don't worry, you won't.

Because there is no ram stick (more technically called a DIMM module).

There are just some ram chips soldered to the motherboard instead. That's the whole point of the gripe: there are no ram sticks nor sockets to stick 'em in.

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Re: Unacceptable

"I dunno. Predatory pricing is kinda an on point description of Apple's MO."

No, it isn't. The phrase "predatory pricing" has a very specific meaning:

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

That is most definitly _not_ what Apple does.

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Re: Priced out

"Now, private punters don't like transaction charges and can get an account without them from one of the big rip-off artists (who make their money back on selling debt and outrageous "whoops" charges) so they can get a deal which, on the surface, looks better by staying right where they are."

I don't ever get charged the "whoops" charges, so not only does it look like a better deal on the surface, it _is_ a better deal. There are no transaction charges, I have a no fee credit card which rebates 1.5 percent of transactions, no ATM fees, free cashiers checks, and they pay a small but non-zero interest on deposits As long as I keep the total balance below $100,000 there is absolutely no risk.

I do have to pay to have check blanks printed, but since I only write a dozen or so checks a year, that cost is pretty negligible.

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S is for SMACKDOWN: Samsung takes Galaxy Tab slab war fruit-side

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Can I get it w/o the pre-installed bloatware?

I'd give it a serial look if I could get it with with plain, generic Androind sans all the bloatware and the mucked-up UI that manufacturers always put on their devices to provide "product differentiation" (or whatever their calling the particular flavor of manure they splat onto the devices this month to make them less usable (unique, but less usable).

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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Re: Oh good

"Just wait till the boss discovers he booked me on the wrong course!"

My motto is:

You never know what might be useful at your next job...

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Cheap, backwards-compatible PCIe 4.0 on track for 2015 2016

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PCIe PHYs use FR4 fiberglass?

From the fine article:

"PCIe 4.0 PHYs will still be fabricated using good ol' FR-4 glass epoxy electrical insulator as their foundation."

I don't get it. A PCIe PHY is an IC. They don't use FR-4 fiberglass -- that's what printed circuit boards are made out of. A PCIe PHY is generally soldered on to a motherboard that's made of FR4, but the PHY itself is not fabricated using FR4.

Can somebody lend me a clue?

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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I've got an Osborne-1 that still works

I've got an Osborne 1 "portable" computer in the garage that still works.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_1

I booted it up last summer and fired up wordstar to show it to my teenage

nephews who were a bit astonished by it.

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PC-infecting chat demon quotes THE BIBLE to summon malware plague

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"an alorithm with a mathematical processor" -- er, what?

From the article:

>> "The data is eventually decrypted with numbers generated by an algorithm with a mathematical processor," according to BitDefender.

An algorithm with a mathematical processor?

What's that supposed to mean?

Would you install "security" software from somebody who writes gibberish like that?

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Boffins run iOS apps on Android hardware

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I bought Android so I could AVOID iTunes

Same here. I had an iPod touch for a while, and I loved the device itself, but getting music to and from it was a nightmare because it required use of the iTunes application. The iTunes app was huge, slow, buggy, crashed a lot, and was based on all sorts of insanely stupid assumptions that caused no end of grief.

With my Android phone, I just plug in the USB cable, mount the fileystem, and copy files back and forth. It's completely brilliant!

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Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

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Re: The real Gmail desktop app

Is called "mutt".

Or maybe it's called "mutt."

Whichever you prefer.

I was brought up to type the latter, but I think the former makes more sense.

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What's that PARASITE wriggling inside my browser?

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Re: No, it is not a PARASITE

the Reg never lets the facts get in the way of a good headline...

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Atom, GitHub's code editor based on web tech, goes open source

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Re: html, css, javascript

html, css, javascript...

What, no XML?

How can it be any good if it doesn't use XML?

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Look what's screeching into the Internet of Stuff: SELF-DRIVING CARS

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Re: Mental

> There are plenty of backstreet "tuners" willing to reflash the ECU with the high-performance version for a few quid.

Though most "tuners" seem to be happy with some shabby after-market stripes and an obnoxious exhaust pipe tip.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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Re: BRAWNDO!! IT'S GOT ELECTROLYTES!

> Are stupid people more likely to be religious.

I think it's been shown repeatedly in studies that less educated people are more likely to be religious, and more educated people are less likely to be religious. Which is the cause and which the effect? Or are both effects of something else?

Personally, I think it's a gubmint plot: the flouride in the water is making people both stupid and religious (that way it's easier to control them using the mind-control rays transmitted by mobile phone towers).

I think it might also explain Fox News.

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Dragon capsule arrives at space station for Easter Sunday delivery

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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OpenSSL "blueprints"

"[...] meaning that by making the blueprints public, flaws should be quickly spotted and fixed."

Blueprints?

Really?

Afraid that readers of The Reg wouldn't know what "source code" means?

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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doesn't care if his changes cause other projects pain

I thought the whole _point_ of systemd was to cause as much pain for users and other projects as possible. I don't even use systemd and I've had to several changes to all my Linux installations as a result of dictates from systemd developers.

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Amazon stuffs games into Fire TV box: Soz, rivals... WE don't need to make cash on hardware

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Prime is now $99

"And given that Amazon Prime costs $79 in USAland"

It cost $79 in the US at the moment. It's going up to $99. Still, that's only $8.25 a month, and the selection of TV shows on Prime seems to have surpassed Netflix (at least in terms of stuff I want to watch).

My first generation Roku is going strong and is still head and shoulders above the various "smart TV" and "smart Blueray player" implementations I've seen.

My LG Blueray player does Netflix and Prime in a horrible, half-assed manner. Every press of the remote takes 1-2 seconds to be recognized (Roku response is always instantaneous). Things that take two button-presses on the Roku take 8-12 on the LG.

The only feature missing from the Roku is subtitles -- but that's been fixed for the past several generations of Roku boxes.

It sounds like the Fire box might be a worthy competitor...

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MtGox boss Karpeles ordered to Dallas to face bankruptcy probe

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It's Texas

"Is it normal for US judges to talk in an unprofessional manner about their cases?"

It's Texas.

Hopefully, talk is all she does unprofessionally.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Did you hear about....

Did you hear about the homeopath's patient who forgot to take his medication?

He died of an overdose.

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Stop skiving: Computers can SEE THROUGH your FAKE PAIN

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Pained tone of a person's voice?

"However, the program will be of limited utility to bosses dealing with sickie-pulling staff, because it relies on analysing facial expressions rather than the pained tone of a person's voice."

I don't understand the reference to a person's voice. When people are going to stay home claiming illness in the UK, do they record some sort of voice message and e-mail or message that to their boss?

Here in the US, we just send an e-mail or text message saying we're not going to be in.

You guys ought to get set up with e-mail. It quite handy.

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Target IGNORED hacker alarms as crooks took 40m credit cards – claim

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Re: Minor correction

" Target isn't really a supermarket in any dialect, but it's also not really a department store, at least in British English."

The same is true in USian English. Target's ex-parent-company Dayton's started out with department stores. The Dayton's stores werw sold off, and after a series of acquisitions the Dayton's stores now say Macy's on them. At least in the US, Target is usually referred to as a "discount general merchandiser" or something equally awkward.

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WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

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Re: "Isn't as secret as you think"

"The claim "WhatsApp isn't as secure as we thought" does not presume that WhatsApp security was any good."

No but it does presume that we _thought_ WhatsApp security was someting other than completely and utterly non-existant. Nobody with half a clue thought that _before_ they were acquired by Facebook, and there's certainly no doubt after becoming part of Facebook (even for those totally sans clue).

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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That's Chippenham in March?

It's just not fair.

That's 6 degrees further north than where I live (Minneapolis). It was well below 0F (-20C) only a couple weeks ago, and there's still several feet of snow on the ground. But Chippenham has green grass and fracking _palm_ trees?

Or did I just get trolled?

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: Sounds about right

I'll publically admit to knowing very little about MS Windows, so my response when asked about slow-running Windows computers is usually something along the lines of "I can wipe the disk and install Linux if you like."

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Hundreds of folks ready to sue Bitcoin exchange MtGox

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Stolen or just irretrevable?

"Now someone else has all the bitcoins,"

Personally, I doubt that.

I think it far more likey that through some sort of system (including human) failure, Mt.GOX lost the private keys to their cold storage. That means all those missing bitcoins are still "owned" by the MT.GOX cold-storage public keys, but without the corresponding private keys there is no way to transfer them.

This may have happened a log time ago, and Mt.GOX could have been operating on a very small fractional reserve while they continued to accept both new customers and new deposits (and at the same time dicked around trying to recover their cold-storage keys). It could be that recent malleability attacks drained just enough of their fractional reserve from hot storage to push them over the edge of the cliff on which they'd been teetering for some time.

The true value of a good lawsuit will be in forcing Mt.GOX to explain what happened (admit it, this is all pretty fascinating!).

Nobody but the lawyers will end up with any money.

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GBE

Re: Legal standing?

Courts don't "have standing".

Plaintiffs are the ones who must have standing.

Courts have jurisdiction (or not).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_%28law%29

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Re: dum di-di dum dum

"How can anyone loose 750,000 of anything for 'years' and not notice?! Especially when it is effectively £500 notes. Talk about shoddy accounting."

This is a web site set up to allow nerds to trade "Magic The

Gathering" cards with each other.

Then somebody with presumably no background in banking, accounting, or finance decides to change it into an international bank. [Hey, how hard can it be to run a bank based on an untested currency model implemented in untested software?]

Add hundreds of millions in drug money; mix well; wait a few years.

Hilarity ensues.

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Groupon plans MORE losses next quarter: Will lob wads of cash down marketing's maw

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Make some mopey?

"That brief period where it looked like voucher bazaar Groupon might actually make some mopey could be over already."

Is "mopey" a typo, or is it Brit slang/humor that went right over my head?

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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Re: @ Mad Mike

Florida and Texas for starters.

All you have to convince the jury is that you were afraid. You probably also have to show that your fear was "reasonable" or some such thing, but "reasonable" in places like Texas and Florida doesn't really mean the same thing it does to civilized people. If you get a true jury of your peers (AKA like-minded nut-jobs), then you're clear.

IOW, stay away from Florida and Texas.

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Re: Appeasement

I've got nothing against Pooh Sticks, but I don't know what sort of weirdness you're talking about....

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Sapphire Glass isn't...

A glass, that is.

At least not from a materials science point of view.

It's crystaline rather than amorphous.

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Ericsson and Kodiak in Europe WALKIE-TALKIE-style push-to-talk push

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Not everyone was happy...

"In the early 2000's ( 3 4 ) we had walkie talkie / phones it would use the same network but in direct client to client . Worked great and everyone was happy."

Except everybody else within earshot of the users of "push-to-shout" walkie-talkie cellphones -- the awful speakers and codecs always meant the volume of both the phone and the user were cranked up to 11.

Thank god those things vanished.

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

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Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question

"Can I have a computerless car, please? Also, no complicated electronics."

Cars were never simple and reliable. And they're a damned site more reliable than they used to be. Mechanically, they are in some ways simpler than they used to be. Remember having to clean and rebuild a 4-barrel carb with automatic mechanical choke every couple years -- otherwise the damned thing wouldn't start on cold mornings?

Modern comptuer-controlled cars are far, far, more reliable than they were back in the "good old days".

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SkyMapper turns up oldest star ever found

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I don't understand the reference to our sun...

"These show that the star has very little iron – at a maximum of 10-7.1 the concentration in our Sun, it's the most iron-poor star ever characterised."

Does that mean that the "old" star has a concentration less than1e-7.1 _times_ the concentration in our sun?

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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

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Re: Cowboys & Indians

Grass doesn't always get trampled.

Some of it gets eaten, and some of it gets shat upon.

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

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Crackpot (and one without standing)

I read the petition, and based on the language and writing, I'd have to say the author is a genuine, bona-fide, died-in-the-wool crackpot. [Though rather a low-level one apparently: he was denied a Wikipedia page as either a "real" scientist or as a crackpot because he wasn't genuinely famous.]

General crackpottedness aside, I fail to understand why he thinks he has standing. About 95% of the section of the petition that's supposed to explain the petitioner's standing is a list of his publications and supposed qualifications as an expert in astrobiology (or something like that). However, "standing" doesn't have anything to do with his qualifications as an expert. "Standing" is about showing that you've been more-or-less directly harmed and that the remedy you're seeking will compensate you for that harm and stop you from being harmed further.

When it comes to the actual question of his standing, the petitioner falls back on the old "I'm a taxpayer and <somebody> is spending my tax money in a way that I don't like." That's referred to as "taxpayer standing", and the US Supreme Court says it's not a valid argument unless the plaintiff is claiming that the taxes are being levied and spent in a manner that exceeds the authority granted to <somebody> to do so under the constitution.

Even though it was definitively tossed out by the Supreme Court in 1923, crackpots never tire of the "taxpayer standing" gambit...

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Lenovo Yoga 10: Mediocre tech, yes, but beautifully fondleable

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Re: what the hell did the author mean

Whether it was funny or not is subjective, but it's pretty clear it was _meant_ to be humor -- and the author's intent is what was asked about, not whether it was actually funny.

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Classy Oregon diners tipped waitress with 'crystal meth' – cops

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Re: "a meth lab comprising a small torch, batteries and other items",

> That 3 pack of LED torches I bought from B&Q the other day [...]

You guys do know that in the US "torch" means something different than it does in the UK?

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It's not gold in the frozen hills of Antarctica, my boy, it's DIAMONDS

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Re: Diamonds have no intrinsic value. After all, what use are they?

> Are they not used on diamond tipped blades and stuff, used in a variety of industrys?

Industrial and "gem" diamonds aren't the same thing (well, they are chemically, but for all practical purposes they're two different commodities). For example, industrial diamonds are often synthetic (IIRC, 80-90 of diamond used

for abrasives is synthetic).

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Wait, that's no moon 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC

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Re: I like it!

> I quite like the device. I wish it was a TV as well.

I've got TVs (two of them), and neither has an antenna or "cable" connected. They're just used as monitors for various set-top boxes and DVD players. I'd much rather have a built-in browser and netflix player than built-in OTA/Cable receiver.

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