* Posts by Brandon 2

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Launch set for GOES-R satellite capable of 30-second weather updates

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No Dana..

... only Zuul

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Fake election news meltdown vortex sucks in Google

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People get their information and "truths" from unreliable, social networking sources... Has this not been going on for centuries? E.G. "fan death".

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Trumped? Nope. Ireland to retain corporate tax advantage over the US

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From across the pond

Wait, can I, as an IT consultant that does 90% of my work remotely, set up a corporation in Ireland, move there, and only pay 12.5% tax? Because with just an LLC in 'Murica, I pay 50%, right off the top (35% income tax and 15% "self-employment tax" which is FICA and other crap)... there are ways to mitigate some of that... like form an s-corp and pay about 1/2 your income in dividends... that gets you to around 35% of your money going to income tax, without ruffling the IRS's feathers too much. But still, 12.5% is WAAAAY better... then again, you guys have VAT... bleh.

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Silicon Valley VCs: We're gonna make California great again – on its own

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SMH

So these rioters wanted their guy elected, and now that they're not getting that, they're throwing a fit? And they want to tell me how to live my life? I'm no Trump fan, but the irony is thick!

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Tax-swerving IT director disqualified for 8 years

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Re: Bah!

Wrong

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Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface

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Re: VR

Call it what you want... it makes my Grandma queasy...

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'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

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Re: Idiocracy

We all just need more electrolytes. Hell, our plants need more electrolytes.

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Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

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Re: Facebook of all companies ...

All that user data... and still no clue what they really want...

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Just the facts, STT-MRAM: Your DRAM replacement's on its way

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Re: Call me jaded...

Sounds a lot like all the new battery technologies that fuel dissertations...

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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Re: The sound you hear...

... the frog is slowly boiling...

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Asteroid-sampling spacecraft prepped for September launch

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Re: Awesome

Speaking of tucked away and not newsy enough...The Japanese did this years ago... from wikipedia: " In November 2005, it landed on the asteroid and collected samples in the form of tiny grains of asteroidal material, which were returned to Earth aboard the spacecraft on 13 June 2010."

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Planet-bonking rock hunt armed with humanity's cruellest weapon: bureaucracy

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On par

Government program costs 10x original estimate... sounds about right. For some reason I'm less upset about NASA using / wasting tax dollars than the rest of DC's brain farts.

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Dislike: Facebook scammers latch onto anti-Like button calls

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Re: If used Facebook I'd be screwed.

What I imagine your facebook looks like:

http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/4-05-2014/jktlnZ.gif

As a business owner, I stay the hell away from Facebook, despite its potential to reach customers. Not having control over a part of my business scares the crap out of me.

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Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

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bend over...

... grab your ankles... I don't walk around naked in the street, because my genitals are private. I don't want MS collecting data on what I'm doing on my computer... not because what I'm doing is illegal... it's JUST PRIVATE! And I value that. I sincerely hope that update has not installed, and I will not be updating Win7 in the near future. I wish Adobe CC worked on linux... i'd never touch windows ever again.

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Associated Press sues FBI for impersonating its site to install spyware

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Re: "...private message..."

So, no harm, no foul? there's some truth in that... Could have damaged and ACTUALLY damaged are quite different... so i agree, but it's till bad form on the part of the FBI. Clever, yes... good idea, no.

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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ummmm...

lost me when particles and energy became "information"... which is somehow lost in a black hole? Uh... ok...

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Boffins dump the fluids to build solid state lithium battery

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Mushroom

Re: Another week...

Cool tech! Looks promising! Talk to me when I can buy them on Amazon... we all know the huge need for higher energy density in batteries... and we all know everyone wants to be first to the prize... and we've all read the click-bait-headlines... none of us can buy this new tech yet... it'll probably become available when when Star Citizen is finally released... which is shortly after cold fusion becomes a viable power source.

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Watch out, Tokyo! Samsung readies a 15 TERABYTE SSD

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Re: I think you mean

Having traveled with many a flash drive full of work photos, i've never thought twice about hauling 2 or 3 TB of work through an airport in a Pelican case. Not once have I had a card or drive damaged by scans. I've dropped a few, sat and stepped on a couple, but x-rays and gamma rays really are the least of your concerns.

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EU clears UK to give £50m to SABRE space launcher engine

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oh the humanity!

I wonder how many Kerbals died in the development of this proposal.

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Germany formally drops ‘treason’ case against Netzpolitik journos

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Re: Just one question:

I see what you did there

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Return of the Jedi? StarWars.co.uk bod to fight the Empire (Disney)

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I'm not saying it's aliens...

... but some pockets may have been lined with space bucks...

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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???

Why is it so hard for people to admit they simply don't know? Oh yeah, big grant money isn't given if all your research shows no correlation... no no... you have to tell a convincing story for those big contracts... and if you don't follow through... you don't get another one. So yeah, I can see the motivation to "cook the books" or interpret data in a way that gets you paid. There is HUGE money in global warming, and whether you "believe" or "deny" it, you should acknowledge that and the possible motivations for people to write and say what they say. I'm a skeptic, and I follow the money when science gets fuzzy... hasn't failed me yet.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Re: It's pretty bad... Really

How long before an "auto"-update undoes what you do to the registry to stop the "reporting home"? I was wondering why this was free... now we know. Frankly, I don't mind selling some of my data for advertising, etc. But when they have access to ALL of my data, my spidey sense tingles... then i read that awesome Reg article about government spying on us... and... well... i think I'll stay with 7 for a bit longer...

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Does anyone believe this?

Surely this is satire... "Hi, this is the FBI. You have a virus. Just hand over the password and we'll gladly take care of it for you." RRRIIIIIGGGHTTT... who falls for that? My grandmother doesn't even click on those emails... (anymore)

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Intel TOCK BLOCK: 10nm Cannonlake delayed to 2017, bonus 14nm Kaby Lake to '16

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Re: we're all doomed!

I, for one, welcome our neural-net CPU overlords...

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: So...

I just want to double click on an icon to run the program I want to run, and I want to be able to easily manage a little bit of data... i.e. choosing where to install things and where my music, photos, and work files get placed... how hard is that? Windows 7 works great for that.... what in the hell could windows 10 have to offer me? I really do not want to have to watch 10 hours of youtube videos just to figure out how to change a network setting or find a file i just downloaded... windows 10 (and 8) are just a huge waste of time...

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Re: It's possible that...

Occam's razor be damned...

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Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future

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Re: Mom told me

This is true, in a personal relationship, but when it comes to business, firing someone that is under performing or demanding more money than they're "worth" is hardly the act of a heartless "sociopath". It just makes sense. Maybe I'm a heartless jerk, but if my company's livelihood was on the line, and that of the many employees, I'd make the same decision on principle. He sticks to his guns, and that kind of discipline often rubs people the wrong way.

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Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

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Re: hard drives?

I thought the guts were sealed and filled with nitrogen...

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Tossed all your snaps into the new Google Photos? You read the terms, right? ... RIGHT?

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Nope

If you put it on the web, it's as good as gone, especially if it's good. External hard drives aren't that expensive...

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Elon Musk's SpaceX: Now we help do SURVEILLANCE for the SPOOKS

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50 years ago, the idea of a Russian engine pushing anything American into space would have gotten many people fired in Washington. My hat's off to Musk. Not that his rockets are completely "Murican", but raw materials come in, and engines go out the other side of the plant in 'Murica... why they don't get nearly all of the military's launches is beyond me... probably the same reason Hillary has made millions off uranium deals... pretty ironic, the US seeking to extradite FIFA officials for taking bribes...

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Pundits ponder perilous placement of STANDING STONES on Comet 67P

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Alien

Re: more like stuck?

Water ice doesn't melt in space. It sublimates. And how would this "stick the rocks to the main body again"?

/pedant

Definitely aliens...

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

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Alert

i can smell it from here

... and no, I'm not talking about what the "Rock" is cookin... I'm talking about the bullshit. I can think of more than a few people that stand to profit from a claim such as this, and they all reside in DC. Self-inflicted problems lead to contracts and public $$$ to solve them... aka, standard operating procedure inside the beltway.

To paraphrase from an old favorite of mine, if you can hack a plane's controls and make if fly sideways (quite the accomplishment for even the best pilots) from the infotainment system, "... then I am mickey MOUSE!!"

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ALIBABA Vs AMAZON: Let the Global Tat Bazaar war begin

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a long way

They've come a long way in just a couple years from a "sketchy" way to find a wholesale vendor to competing with Amazon. I imagine lot of small resellers in the US are not happy, either, about alibaba's proliferation.

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Time to get your babble on: Microsoft opens Skype Translator Preview to all comers

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I hope it works better than google's speech to text message system. Going from English voice to English text only works about 10% of the time for me... granted, I live in Atlanta, Georgia USA (pronounced "Jaw-juh" down here)... so that probably has a lot to do with it.

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Drone penetrates Virgin's shapely space arse

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Re: 3DR Solo

Having just DIY'd a quadcopter of roughly the same size, here are some rough maths...

Frame kit: $100

Motors: $120

Battery: $30

Flight controller (Naze 32): $40

Camera gimbal: $120

Props: $20

ESCs: $100

Radio transmitter, reciever, and GoPro not included... a DIY kit comes in at around $500'ish, with shipping, etc. So, $1000 for an almost ready to fly kit, really is not that bad... and the flight controller in my kit is not nearly as sophisticated (or expensive) as the pixhawk. The naze 32 is more than enough for simply flying a go-pro-gimbal around. If you want autonomous mapping, yeah, the pixhawk is great... but also $200. Apples to apples, you save about $350 building it yourself.

TL;DR, 3DR drone is good deal if you don't like building these things yourself.

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Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

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limited market

I agree. If you can afford an airplane, you can likely afford the rental, taxi ride, or limo for the jaunt to work, home, etc. Aside from the cool appearance and "status" of having your plane in your garage, I don't really understand the appeal. I'd rather have a Cessna 172.

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ALIEN HUNT: Water similar to life-bearing Earth lakes FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

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Alien

Re: Serpentinization

"Proof that life can exist elsewhere would be a 'game changer', as life on Earth would not longer be considered unique; it would likely to be the most significant discovery of the past 2000 years (IMHO)."

So would fusion energy and hover-boards... and a bunch of other things, for that matter. The potential for a discovery to be a "game changer" (LOL i am actually chuckling that you used that phrase) has no bearing on the validity of the data. In fact, it is this pseudo-science-group-think that gets politicians all in a tizzy to start taxing us more. Soon they'll be calling me an "alien life sceptic" too.

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Re: Serpentinization

I, for one, am sick of these motherf*ing snakes on this motherf*ing moon!!

In all seriousness, I am getting tired of all this potential life on other planets crap. I understand that you have to write your dissertation on something, and why not write it on the analysis of data from a space probe, but wild speculation about life on a planet is tantamount to click-bait.

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

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not a chance in hell

"One of Microsoft’s goals is to get as many Windows 7 users as possible upgrading..."

AHHAHAHAHAHHA... nope. There is a zero % chance I will upgrade from 7, after trying 8, screaming at my computer for 3 hours, almost throwing a friend's laptop through the window, and immediately formatting back to 7. Screw that. They could pay me to do it... but even then, it'd have to be a lot. Who the hell pays for a headache? Nope... fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice... (but we promise it's better).... NOpe... Bye felicia.

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MONSTROUS iPhone sales are CANNIBALIZING iPads, gabbles Apple CEO

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Re: Buy "almost new", sell older

"the only valid reasons to buy something..."

If my own pleasure in owning and using something is irrational, what is a rational reason to own something?

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

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Google is not trying to encourage websites to become mobile friendly. They are simply reacting to a mobile web viewing trend. Four years ago, 45% of our online retail business was done by people placing orders using mobile devices (not PCs). If anything, google is late in reacting to the trend.

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The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

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hot bits...

... tell a Reg reader that it "can't" be done... and in the comments, it will be, and probably already has been, and then revised, and operating well since the 90's.

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Drill, baby, drill: HIDDEN glaciers ON MARS hold 150bn cubic metres of precious frozen WATER

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triple point...

It's my understanding that the atmospheric pressure on Mars (600 Pa) is below the triple point of water. This means, that unless you can magically increase the atmospheric pressure on the entire fricken planet, you won't see any liquid water there, EVER!

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Comcast: Google, we'll see your 1Gbps fiber and DOUBLE IT

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great... so i can hit my 300Gb cap in about 4 hours... super... only $10 per 50Gb after that. I love being in the "Atlanta test market"... especially since I have no other option for broadband where I live (just north in the Marietta area).

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Tape thrives at the margin as shipped capacity breaks record

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AAANNNDDD it's gone...

I'm just a lowly amateur photographer with 10's of thousands of RAW files backed up on a little computer I built with a few 1TB drives I got for less than that tape costs... What's wrong with backing up to a hard drive, then unplugging it? They don't REALLY rust over time, do they? $0.01 per GB or $100 per TB is not even remotely close to a good deal.

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I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

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Re: In a word: YES

It's not just in the IT industry that people are put upon to work for free... Just ask a machinist, a photographer, a singer, accountant, etc etc. It's up to you as an employee to know what you're worth and have healthy boundaries and negotiating skills. Quid pro quo.

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Gigabit web streaming in 2016? Live tests say yes

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Re: Who cares!

30 Gb is 10%, your maths are good... but there are 2 of us... so really that's 60Gb, which, if my maths are good too, is 20%. Just got the monthly call, 5 minutes ago saying I've reached my cap again... that means Cities: Skylines is gonna cost me an extra $10, just to download. Yay, monopolies!

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Re: Animal made from ancient degraded DNA released into the wild

They spared no expense!

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