* Posts by Brandon 2

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

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ahem... has been done ONCE before... in 2003

"This is likely to be a tricky endeavour because humanity has never before attempted to land on a huge rock as it speeds through space at 60,000kmph."

Just google Hyabusa lands on asteroid...

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CATACLYSMIC Sun BELCH causes hour-long RADIO BLACKOUT in SPAAACE

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Re: It is an amazing sunspot, and some massive flares going on

yes and no. The sensor could have just been oriented at a different angle. The images could be rotated in processing to line up if you so wanted them.

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Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget

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Re: Heh

Was reluctant to read (long) but glad i did! One of the best comments I've read in a long time!

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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have you seen US grade school math homework? It's utterly atrocious how they're teaching math now, which is the gateway to all scientific study.

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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Isn't this like suing Henkel because someone used a knife they manufactured to murder someone?

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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Re: Laboratory Street

I still own mine. 10 years, 225,000 km and counting... will probably last another 100,000. <shrug> I often worry about having a phone in my pocket and leaning up against something causing the screen to crack or bend or whatever... ah well. I hate iOS, so note 4 here I come. Lots of fanboi downvotes in the comments on this article :)

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SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

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Re: That just might be...

"if every experiment succeeded,..." If by this you mean that failure is part of success and learning, then you have my upvote.

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'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

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Mushroom

Re: Removal

Wouldn't we?

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: Not Just 4K, but HDR Video

Let's hope HDR sets are not the "Beats" equivalent of headphones like the "240hz", fill-in-the-gaps-between-frames "super smooth" panels were. I hated that feature. The 240hz thing was so imperfect and distracting it just broke the immersion for me. I'd rather a panel accurately depict the directors vision, rather than "enhance" it.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Pint

Re: @banjomike safety standards as high as those set for the space shuttle...

If 1 out of very 67.5 airplanes crashed would you get on one? I wouldn't. Astronauts may be smart, and talented, but they are a bit crazy, and I don't think this generation gives them the credit the deserve for their bravery (or stupidity?)... thin line between the two.

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California blue whale numbers soar to historical levels, say boffins

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Re: TOO MANY HUMAN BEINGS?

That problem is solving itself. With fertility rates dropping below 2 births per woman in the UK, US, China, Japan, S. Korea (really low), and many other countries, the exponential growth predicted and portrayed in dystopian sci-fi movies, may not come to fruition. Japan, for example, could see a population decline of 30% in the next 30 years... and even more so for South Korea.

Source: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.DYN.TFRT.IN?order=wbapi_data_value_2012+wbapi_data_value+wbapi_data_value-last&sort=asc

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Interesting times

In science, you can't prove a theory to be true. You can only prove it false.

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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Mushroom

a near miss

If something nearly misses, isn't that a hit?

/pedant

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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probability...

"It's highly improbable in the limitless vastness of the universe that we humans stand alone,"

Show me the maths. Just because you want to believe something, doesn't mean it's probably true. Don't you need at least 15 or 16 samples to make a statistically significant statement? So far, we have 1. It's been a long time since college stats class, so I could be wrong.

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What's your game, Google? Giant collared by UK civil lib minister on 'right to be forgotten'

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"[Google] is effectively republishing the same information over and over again."

This is a fundamental misrepresentation of what Google is. If you don't want people finding your dirty laundry, don't soil yourself. It's pretty simple.

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ANGRY ALIENS hit by BEBO SPAMGASM probably don't exist

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Re: This seperates the "science" from the real science...

Real science has little to do with "facts". Science is simply experimenting in an attempt to prove your theory wrong.

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China blocks Flickr and OneDrive

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Re: Let them eat cake

The cake is a lie

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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Re: Past of future history

I could not agree more. I know it's comic book cannon, but the name is still awful.

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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someone tell the NSA...

Someone tell the NSA about the unlimited snooping potential of everything being connected to the internet, and we (the USA) will mandate IPv6 adoption in 2 years. Then there's no rush for our brothers across the pond, as that should free up quite a few IPv4 addresses for the taking...

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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

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i'm so lazy...

If only they could use this technology to allow me to remotely change channels on my TV... er... wait.. I don't have a TV.

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Bank of America: Bitcoin could become THE currency of e-commerce

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Re: I think Bitcoin will die a death very soon

"Gold and silver are -in my opinion- a shitty way of guaranteeing currency. They have no practical uses except for jewellery and (in small amounts) for making some electronic components."

Gold, for thousands of years, has had value. Bitcoin has had value for what... the last 2? ... and really had value in the last year of its existence. Gold is useful in its own right. And if the whole world economy collapses, aliens invade, or zombie apolypse... etc., gold will have value. If the proverbial shit hits the fan, no one will care about bit coin. You may dismiss the value of gold, now, in our civilized society, but it's its resilience in trying times that makes gold such a good hedge. I don't own any, but I would buy gold long before I invest in bitcoin, even though amazon doesn't take gold... the guy down the street that sells honda gas generators would, if the world was coming to an end....

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'Weird' OBJECT, PROPELLED by its OWN JETS, spotted beyond Mars orbit by Hubble

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looks like a comet to me... must be ALIENS.

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Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

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Re: There's science and then there's wild guesswork

"We have this data, but don't really know what it means," is not really a very good story. And boring stores don't get you research grants. Truth be told, the margin of error for distance, mass, brightness and other measures is massive, in comparison to terrestrial measurements. This research is an amalgam of theoretical physics and bit of statistical "looking the other way" on the part of scientists. Don't take my word for it. Just do a bit of research on how we calculate the distance to relatively close stars, betelgeuse, for example, paying close attention to the margin of error. Then apply that same procedure to a galaxy or star cluster that is 100 million times farther away. The statistical error grows massively. But, that's a bit boring.

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F-16 fighter converted to drone

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situational awareness

The bottom line is, fighter jocks don't want to lose their jobs. Also, where are we gonna get airline pilots if we don't man jets in the military anymore? Oh wait, we don't need pilots in those either.

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'NSA PRISM spies' shake down victims with bogus child-abuse vids claims

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the other day

A friend of mine came to work the other day saying his fiance was freaking out about having to pay $300 to avoid being prosecuted for downloading child pornography. Granted, she is hardly the most computer savvy person on the planet. My friend reassured her she won't have to pay anything, but in the process, she grilled her son, who vehemently denied watching anything "he shouldn't" on the web... but after an hour of tears and yelling, finally admitted to frequenting a couple of sites for which the internet was invented. Poor kid. Two days later, our IT guy came back from holiday and rid them of their locked computer.

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Paypal makes man 1000x as rich as the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE

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Flame

Re: Are you telling me...

We, americans like a boring sport, if you can call it that, where you sit down half the game... but at least they're not lying on the grass faking injuries for half the game... to each their own.

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

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Facepalm

Re: Optimism yes, but restrained, restrained...

.... because all salts are the same, corrosive substances that turns your muffler into dust...

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

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Facepalm

call me a science denier

... or a skeptic, but correlation does not imply causation. I wish I could ram this into the brain of every human alive. They'd be a lot less gullible when politicians or anyone else with an ulterior motive speaks about statistics, safety, security, global warming, etc.

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Study: Megaupload closure boosted Hollywood sales 10%

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statistics 101

Correlation does not imply causation.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Coat

If you want to blame anyone, blame the freetards that steal software. They're the only reason EA has done this. Sure it's a terrible implementation of DRM, and I own the game, well sort of, if you count not being able to play it owning it... but the real culprit, which no one wants to talk about are the idiots that think they can get something for free, and the other idiots that don't care, but still show up to vote and complain on forums, amazon, etc.

flame away... mine's the downvote proof coat...

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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

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Linux

Re: Wrong...

"but for some reason manned space travel never followed that same path"

I think that has a lot to do with the fact that just getting into space is way, way more dangerous than sea exploration, flight, computing, etc. On average, 1 out of every 67 space shuttles blew up. Would you get on an airplane if 1 in 70 ended in a fireball? Not to mention we find incredibly useful things via terrestrial exploration. Until we haul a million ton, platinum asteroid into orbit, I fail to see any benefit from going into space. Granted, technologies that are developed trying to get there can be valuable.

The penguin will never make it higher than 20m AGL, without a rocket attached to its back, either...

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Ad-titan Google blocks Adblock Plus in Android security tweak

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Pint

no one is asking...

How is adblock plus making its money? Adverts? Surely not... donations? I don't see anything on their site. So what then? Here's to hoping they're not selling my data, lest they be a pot calling the kettle black.

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Obama signs Executive Order on critical cybersecurity

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IT Angle

Re: At least they're doing something

I'd much prefer they do nothing, if they're not sure it's "the right track", as you put it.

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Don't like your cell network? Legal unlocking ends TONIGHT in US

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Pint

crony capitalism

I wonder which politicians had stock in which companies when this legislation was passed... so glad I'm an American, but more often infuriated. I'll drink one to hoping this doesn't spread across the pond!

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Big Blue bigwig: Tiny processor knobs can't shrink forever

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limits are made to be broken...

if man were meant to fly, god would have given him wings... 4 ghz... that'll never happen.... supersonic... that'll never happen. Sure, the transistor as we know it may have a 12 or 7nm limit, but that does not mean computing power is going to hit a giant wall. It will just require a different innovation path... like near-threshold voltage processors...

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Astroboffins to search for mega-massive alien power plants

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Re: We are

how is it a statistical improbability that we are alone? last time I checked, you needed a sample size larger than 1 to determine anything from statistics... we know of 1 planet that has life on it... not 15, not 300, not 10,000... just one. p-value gonna make your master's thesis explode on that one sample size...

furthermore, why is it so hard for people to just say the words, "I don't know." You don't know, and may never know if there is any other life on other planets, and any statement to the contrary, given our current data is simply speculation.

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Cops cuff Google exec over YouTube Brazilian whack vid

Brandon 2

Bravo for google and youtube for standing up for free speech! Why jail the exec, though? Why not the author of the video? He could have taken it down himself.

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Second win for Apple as Galaxy Nexus sales banned in US

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worse than the judge owning an i-thing

Would the judge not have to recuse herself if she owned an i-thing? or worse, i-stock? Forgive me, as an angry american, I think every politician and judge is in some way in bed with the stock market (read "throw them all out").

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Facebook's viral activism is really good... for admen

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Usually, charities raise money to do good things... like feed the hungry, provide mosquito nets, help child burn victims, etc.... not kill a man. Is that fish I smell, or diamonds?

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Weeing Frenchman sues Google over Street View photo

Brandon 2
Linux

reasonable expectation?

If you can be seen by a car on the road with a camera on it... then you can most definitely be seen by pedestrians. Is that your definition of reasonable expectation of privacy?

Penguin because they would most definitely utilize the garden in such a way...

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US Navy preps railgun for tests

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Linux

If my vote counted...

I'm pretty surprised this hasn't been touted as a "green gun" or a "zero emission sabot slinger." I'm more curious about which senator invested in which stock(s) prior to the funding of this lead-sled than if it will actually work, which I doubt. Not that it won't ever fire really fast, over-sized pellets, but I seriously doubt it will ever be effectively weaponized. Then again, if man was intended to fly, God would have given him wings. Penguin, because God gave them wings, and they still can't fly.

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Hypersonic missile successfully hits Ronald Reagan

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WW2

Tell that to the previous inhabitants of Nagasaki. The "fat man" was only 21kT.

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Server, disc glitches mar Battlefield 3 launch

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hardly a good comparison

Kind of apples and oranges there. The last time I checked, Activision weren't developing their engine from the ground up. I expect the MW3 launch to go more smoothly than BF3's, but it's not nearly as complex of a game, and the changes are not nearly as drastic.

That said, BF3 has had nary a problem for me. A couple servers have lagged a bit, but it was all taken care of in the first 24 hours, and i proxy-unlocked mine (thank you korean time zone). In other news, the sun will rise again tomorrow... oh and EA made $600,000,000 since Tuesday... <shrug>

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

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just so you know...

below the hard deck doesn't count... you should probably get your butts up to Viper's office...

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High-frequency traders attract regulator’s interest

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Paris Hilton

Let them eat cake...

So, you'd like to charge everyone a flat fee to conduct a transaction, making it even more difficult for companies to generate revenue? And you want to reduce unemployment?

Paris, because she understand that the US Federal Government serves her, not the other way around.

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Billion dollar telescope snaps galactic head-on

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Mushroom

it's pretty but...

... is intelligent life any more likely in "that mess" than anywhere else in the universe? Aside from the United States' Congress, of course?

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Neil Armstrong: US space program 'embarrassing'

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Mushroom

waste of money...

I'm all for science for science's sake, but at some point, the engineers must turn it into something useful and marketable. In the last 10 years, what has resulted from the Shuttle program that the millions of tax paying citizens that fund it use on a daily basis? Hopes and dreams? Thank you, but I'll go read a book. There's your answer to, "why the space program is in decline." It's not this administration (as much as I'd like to blame every bad thing on the planet on it), or that administration (that did not inhale, mind you), etc... it's that the risk-benefit analysis sucks.

Also, 1/70 of the shuttles blows up... you'd have to certifiably insane to get on an airplane if 1/70 of them blew up. There's a fine line between bravery and insanity, and when a program ceases to produce usable results, it leans toward the latter. Was it really worth risking 7 or 8 astronauts' lives to put glasses on a telescope? Or should they have just built another one and measured twice before cutting the mirror?

Not with my tax money, thank you very much... I'm busy funding a ponzi scheme...

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Netflix: How to completely screw up

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so...

Let this be a warning to you... if you want to do something painful to your customers or constituents, boil the frog slowly, not all at once, or they'll jump out of the pot!

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Google's Native Client goes live in Chrome

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Coat

ya..

variety is the spice of life... how ironic...

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Al Gore wants to borrow your Facebook and Twitter accounts

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Alien

I want to believe...

Because thinking, with its logic and statistics and data, is work. Work is pain; pain is to be avoided; ergo, thinking is to be avoided in favor of believing in Al Gore, Ted Haggard, and alien invasions.

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