* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Slip road limits

Quote: Unfortunately, it couldn't work out whether a speed limit sign was on the motorway, slip-road. If it is just reading them, it is tolerable. It is no different from the nag on my GPS which cannot determine if it is on the slip or on the main carriageway until they separate by at least a few meters.

Now, deccelerating at each and every 406 junction so the psychotic behind you rear-ends you there and then - forget it. How can this pass for safety is beyond me. By the way - 406 is not a special case, most UK inner town dual (or more) carriageways has similar bogus signage.

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You misread the continental speed limit

German speed limits will make a lovely use case. They have speed limits like 120km/h on motorways which are vehicle, weather and time of day specific - up to 3 additional markings to parse.

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Now we know...

I thought it hit somewhere in Lancre, not in the middle of the Last Continent.

Anyway, I can go consult the library, just need to be sure that I do not ask any questions about DANGEROUS ANIMALS as this may result in me being burried under an avalanche of books.

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Re: Devonian?

There is a few more options.

We may be overestimating the effect of the asteroid and underestimating the effect of other factors. The Cretaceous extinction event coincides with the Deccan traps eruption. According to quite a few palaeontologists and geologists, the unpronounceable and unspellably named boulder hitting the gulf of Mexico is just the "final straw". The extinction was already on the way courtesy of the Deccan traps. It only accelerated it.

The great dying before that (240M years ago) coincided with a similar eruption (in Siberia if memory serves me right). And so on.

Also, it depends on how it hit - angle, velocity, etc and what did it hit - shallow sea, earth, etc. Dunno, it will take quite a lot of digging until this gets into the textbooks on par with Chicxulub. I just hope they do not name it as unpronounceably too.

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Layla enjoys a Sanskrit makeover: Clapton set to become one of several Gods

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Happy

Hehe

This is what you get when you translate poetry into a language which is so strict that it was once considered a candidate for human-machine interaction.

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Cops cuff Colorado girl for allegedly poisoning mum after iPhone ban

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Re: @Kain It is Ma that needs help here

@adnim

Psychopaths are not born, they are created. Some are born. It is an unfortunate fact of life that it is possible for nature to do the same thing which is normally achieved via a specific type of lobotomy. Depending on how you do the cut you can remove usual "social animal" inhibitiions and produce a raging sociopath. The same effect is commonly observed in 3rds stage syphilis for the same reason (Lenin, some of the 17-18th century royalty, etc being a classic example).

These however (both born and created by surgery or disease) are _NOT_ a majority, they are a minority.

The majority are exactly as you say - raised to be such as a failure of parenting - total inability to set up an appropriate value system.

In any case, I will reiterate, it is Ma who needs help here. The fact that a 12 year old was flashing about with a 500$+ phone (even if it was a hand-me-down) in the first place tells me all I need to know about this case.

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It is Ma that needs help here

Frankly, sometimes I start thinking that requiring a license for parenting is not such a bad idea.

After all, it is quite clear that Ma has failed in her duty to teach the offspring what is right, what is wrong, what is a proportionate response and are you entitled to even consider the idea of responding prior to being able to foot the bill for a 500$+ iThing as well as its running costs.

Disclaimer - I got two kids, one of which is ~ that age.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Re: I just want a dumb car

Quote: I just want a dumb car

There is no need for an agreement. MSFT and Android support Mirrorlink, Apple as usually is trying something of its own. The sole problem I have found with Mirrorlink is that it will not display just anything. Part of the mirrorlink certification is to display only vetted apps when the vehicle is moving. Ditto for Apple's equivalent.

The reason is quite simple - insurance and liability. So you can expect only apps from developers that are big enough to shell out for the certification to show up on the display. For example - Google maps has the relevant magic incantations to convince a mirrorlink phone to display it in-motion on a mirrorlink stereo. Smaller nav app vendors like Cygic do not (for their standard editions). And as far as trying to display your mail or messages on the console while driving - you can just forget it.

I have a mirrorlink capable phone and a mirrorlink capable stereo. I tried it and I do not use it. Plain and simple - nearly all cars I know have the stereo too far outside your field of view. This means that you keep switching your attention between the road and the stereo display (showing whatever app you are running - f.e. maps) and that is a disaster in the making. This is the same as a car satnav vs a satnav on a phone in a well positioned holder (f.e. on the A pillar). I will prefer the latter any day, so the stereo in the dash having a satnav is pointless.

As far as the tech being obsolete, I would not be so sure. If it is upgradeable and the software is upgraded/updated regularly (f.e. the way Tesla does it) it can happily do 5-7 years before it looks dated. The problem is that I do not see VW doing it. Ever tried to get new firmware for your stereo from your "friendly" VW dealer? Even under warranty and if it is buggy? Try that - it is like pulling wisdom teeth without anaesthetic.

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Amazon issued with licence for delivery drone madness

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Hmm... Line of sight... Hm....

Right, Put the delivery NOC into a baloon gondola, and hoist it 10 miles up above aircraft corridors.

This gives 100 miles or thereabouts line of sight - more than the range of the drones.

So what were you saying once more?

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Microsoft open sources MSBuild, aims for cross-platform dev tools

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Ugh...

Another one... If Maven was not enough (the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of XML controlled build systems).

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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I guess you parents failed your first 7 years

Looks like your parents failed during the first 7 years. The ones where traditionally it is their responsibility to teach their offspring:

1. Respect for the dead

2. Respect for the ones that are greater than you

3. Respect for what other people like or dislike. While we may disagree with what other people do or honor, that is no reason to treat everyone else with disdain.

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On 50th anniversary of first spacewalk, Aurorae light up two planets

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Re: What Vodka is that colour?

Real vodka is coloured. Percovka. Peter the Great's fav drink.

It will put you into low earth orbit too from one glass. A pint will probably kill you.

By the way - beware of lots of NSFW results when googling as some of the side effects are traditionally NSFW too.

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Motorola Mobility up before the beak over alleged IP infringment

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Re: Hard times... Maybe they can...

If it has a "technical effect" and passes the originality test it may indeed patentable.

That is what the rules say at present. Anyone with objections - write to your congresscritter/MP/whatever to change them.

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AMD, ARM, Imagination, Samsung alliance publish official shared GPU-CPU blueprints

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The elephants in the corner of the room

Nvidia is missing. So is Intel.

Interessssssting...

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Big Data shocker: Over 6 million Americans have reached the age of 112

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That's OK

They are not getting draft summons (as a lot of them were born in the day and age of draft).

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SpaceX to deliver Bigelow blow-up job to ISS astronauts

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Re: I can't quite see it

Read bigelow prospectus, this is considered too.

I am surprised it is so small. It looks tiny compared to whatever it is connected.

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Re: "four to six million recorded telephone calls a day"???

Scam popularity based on emails to a tarpit email bucket.

1. PPI

2. Debt relief

3. Solar

4. Pullman, F1 and Rally experience excursions

5. Cold calling and forced selling courses

6. Fleet vehicle tracking

7. Up to about 1-2 months ago - eye laser surgery

8. Insurance for 55+ year olds

One of my older email addresses ended up in a british scammer database which operates an extremely professional SPAM racket. They register one shot domains for each mailshot and _DIFFERENT_ domains for the corresponding websites, etc so the mails never get high enough score on a spamchecker. I ended up abandoning that address and directing all the mail for it directly to razor, pyzor and a few other spam databases. I still keep a copy to keep abreast of the current scams. Just in case someone somewhere else provides me with an "opportunity" on one of these so I can take their head off straight away without even listening.

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It used to be possible

It used to be possible to remote taser them 30+ years ago prior to the days of digital telephony. Unfortunately progress did with that idea.

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Hackers' delight? New Apple wrist-puter gives securobods the FEAR

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Re: Productivity

For example - By detecting specific type of hand motion which you should not be doing while working from home during working hours. Though for that the typical watch "carrier" will need to wear it on his right hand.

Me coat.

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

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Re: Cyanogenmod, anyone?

It is fine if you do not use bluetooth. Bluetooth does not work on my N7 and has had a variety of problems on other devices I used to have with Cyanogen - Xperia Arc, Xperia Mini Pro, etc. Otherwise Cyanogen on the Nexuses is pretty good.

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nakasig (Nexus 7 3G) is as usually fashionably late

Not that any of the binaries on Google past 4.0 actually work. They include a broken bootloader from Asus which bricks your device nicely. There is a workaround (I have 5.0.1 on mine), but it is ugly and not doucmented.

So I will wait until they post it and it becomes usable via normal device update.

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Chewier than a slice of Pi: MIPS Creator CI20 development board

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Media Center

I have looked several times at Pi as a media center and have discarded it every time. Sure, if you shell for the various extra licenses from the foundation Pi shop it can just about do HD media playback. None the less, media is and will remain its secondary function.

This board however, comes to M2M land from the other direction - from multimedia. I would expect it to do the job of "drop in replacement" for the 4 Debian based media center boxes I have around the house (a hodge-podge of ultra-small factor AMD E series and recycled thin clients). So if there will a half decent case for it, I will probably buy 3 of these without batting an eye lid. They will pay back compared to a PC (even a thin client) running MythTV/XbMC in 2-3 years time just from electricity power costs. Add to that the fanless/cool nature of the beast and the fact that it does not take any living room shelf space and it definitely starts to be quite appealing.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Re: Not really newsworthy

While keeping that data is a reality in britain, querying it without due cause is an automatic sacking for gross misconduct in public office.

One of the reasons Britain is in such a dire privacy state despite the fact that the police and HMRC databases can be described as omnishambles is exactly this - that record access is not enforced (neither administratively, nor technically).

If you compare that to the average Shengen country, there in theory even the lowly registrar has access to the database. However he cannot access records outside the scope of his day to day duties and trying to do so will raise an automatic alert accompanied by a visit from the applicable police department. One of the reasons why SI3 is still in the works is exactly this - for the next revision the Germans have tightened up the reqs on that even further so nobody can implement them at present (without many man-centuries of extensive development). It is also the reason why Britain can never be in Shengen as the culture of "do not stick your nose where it does not belong" is not something you will find amidst the powers that be who have access to your data and RIPA entitlement to snoop.

Your friend should have pressed the point and filed a complaint with the IPC there and then. One swallow spring does not make, but we still have to try.

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Uber XXXs itself out of South Korea

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An expected development

It was only a matter of time.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

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Try the russian version

It is known as сырник.

1. Separate the yolk from the rest of the eggs. Mix the "outer" mix - flour, etc with the yolk only. This makes it nice and sticky while runny enough to envelop the cheese.

2. Instead of trying to fry the cheese whole mix feta cheese, cottage cheese and the remainder of the eggs (without the yolks). This makes the inside set nearly instantaneously when thrown into the deep frier so it never runs out. Some places also add sugar to the feta+cottage cheese mix. This is a matter of taste and if you are doing a post-pub super-cholesterol hit you may want to skip on that.

Rest is same as in the Czech version. By the way there is also a Ukrainian, Belorussian and several Russian versions :)

Anyone after that telling me that slavs differ signficantly culturally from country to country can go and discuss should try discussing with a Bulgarian and Serb is the traditional Balkan slavic cheesecake Banitsa or Gibanitsa).

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US watchdog: Anthem snubbed our security audits before and after enormous hack attack

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Re: Proof of government stupidity!

It is a proof of government stupidity.

They did not cancel any VA and Federal employee cover there and then. As they should have for non-compliance.

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VMware sued, accused of ripping off Linux kernel source code

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Re: interesting

Discovery That is USA.

Not in other countries (Germany included) if memory serves me right - there the court usually appoints a mutually aggreable 3rd party to perform expert analysis.

Also, even in USA you are supposed to put on the table reasonable grounds for suspicion to trigger the discovery phase. It will be interesting to see what will be given in court for that part.

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Re: interesting

He is alleging copy of the SCSI subsystem. That is easy to prove without code by behaviour only. Linux SCSI subsystem as it is now was influenced by a multi-year pissing contest between Helwig himself + Linus on one side and Jörg Schilling on the other side. It does not behave in a way which is similar to any other SCSI system out there in existence. BSD, Solaris, Irix, AIX and Windows all behave differently and have distinct behaviour quirks which allow you to identify the underlying code by behaviour alone.

So if ESXi behaves in a manner which is identical to Linux that is sufficient ground for major suspicion. In addition to that there are various quirks, bugs which are not bugs but features, etc across the board. So, if ESXi replicates at least some of them that would be sufficient to ask the lawyers to prepare a subpoena.

All in all, it is an illustration of the old adage: "In how many places do you terminate a SCSI cable? In three - one end, the other end and terminate a black goat with a silver knife at new moon in the middle. Then it may work".

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

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Re: Bonkers!

Bonker reliability? Or maybe not?

So what happens if the ring is broken?

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Re: what a rip-off

Actually not. You are tunneled back to your original GGSN. You _CAN_ be reassigned to a local serving GGSN, but you are not. This is done on purpose to justify high charges.

It is the same with voice. Theoretically - a roaming mobile is assigned a temporary number. A call to that mobile is routed to the temporary number instead. So if someone is calling you from the local country their operator in theory can get the temporary number via SS7 signalling from your operator and short-circuit the call. So the call is local instead of to your home country and back. It was in there in GSM 3GPP spec from the first release to support roaming. It is also indicative that it was never ever implemented by anyone as would have removed the technical justifications for half of the roaming rip-offs.

In any case - as far as "same as domestic packages" - they are making me laugh. All of the suspects - Voda, O2, 3, etc have a daily cap on roaming and will charge you above that. That cap depending on your package can be as low as 25MB. I would not call that "same as domestic consumption". Not even close.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Re: Where to put it?

ailed launches from the UK?

Depending on the location - Central and south Eastern Europe and parts of Middle East or thereabouts. Out of all possible Eu locations Britain is one of the most useless.

There are reason you know why Russians are building their new facility all the way on the Pacific Ocean coast.

So if there is to be another (besides Kuru) Eu facility, Azores are probably the best location - lots of sea folllowed by Sahara desert Eastwards from there. If the facility is to be "100% British", then Ascencion island is the best choice. It has the right size of runway too and complies will all other criteria.

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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Re: Outsourcing to India - Payback

1. They would have done it even if we did not teach them. It is not that difficult.

2. They suck as scammers. I have seen scams of "your son is in an accident", "tech support", etc executed in Eastern Europe. India is nowhere near.

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Re: It had to come

Hehe... The older generation is sometimes better than the baby boomer onwards in that. I have a recording somewhere of my mom explaining a scammer exactly what to do with various body parts using docker vocabulary in 3 languages.

They tried to scam her (very professionally too) that I got myself in an accident and urgently needed some financial assistance. They knew I was abroad and in which country too and quite a bit of personal detail too. What they missed was that as a bilingual I would have been talking to her in her language, not my official native language. At that point she hit the record button, followed by "fire at will".

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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Re: Violence for comments

You are failing to see the difference between a comment and an expression of desire for physical violence of a sexual nature.

The latter does not qualify as a comment. It does not qualify for any protection with regards to freedom of speech either.

The only thing it should qualify as far as I am concerned is self-administration of the aforementioned threat by the issuer to himself. Recorded for posterity.

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How does a global corporation switch to IP Voice?

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Excuse, 20th century called...

A global corporation that is not _YET_ using VOIP? You ought to be joking.

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

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Re: Two words

Alternative two words: Builder trousers. Mine got a grand total of 6 pockets each with the ones on the thigh perfect for a phone - you can never bend it in one of those. You can also easily extract it from there in an emergency.

Yeah, I know - not fashionable.

You need to wear early 1980-es style elasticated jeans nowdays to be kewl - the type we had in secondary school. Also stick the phone in the front pocket to ensure that the elasticated pants keep it in the correct position so it bends. Once again - it is key to kewlness. And key to idiocy too.

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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The old adage

A 5 kg bicycle needs 10 kg lock and chain

A 10 kg bicycle needs 5kg lock and chain

A 15kg bicycle needs no lock and no chain nowdays - that is heavier than the worst pseudo-mountain bike dual suspension piece of badly welded steel rubbish from Walmart (or Tesco on this side of the pond).

I am not going to even comment on the idea of a 20kg bicycle with a fixed transmission. They could have at least used Peugeout (in-hub) gears in the rear wheel. These are preferred for city/commuter use anyway because they are much less susceptible to rust.

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Google Chrome suffers brain freeze on Android Ice Cream Sandwich

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Re: Moving on..

Which in my experience has been about 5 microseconds

Depends on the manufacturer and not only on the manufacturer.

Google themselves keep everything up to date - you can get 5.0.2 across the board.

Sony and prior to that Sony Ericsson keeps them reasonably up-to date for a couple of years. There were some exemptions where an operator has refused updates (hello O2), but otherwise looking at my phones they are at 4.3 or thereabouts while shipping initially with 4.0 or 4.1

Samsung _ALSO_ keeps them up to date regardless what people say, however it does it only for the generic builds. If you have a phone or a tablet customized for an operator you are stuffed.

LG and HTC - do not know

Lenovo and prior to that Motorola as well as everybody else - you are stuffed.

You just need to factor this into what you want from the phone. Foregoing the operator penny is a good start - any updates will need an operator certification and they simply cannot be bothered to do it.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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No Pasaran

They are getting enough as it is. No pasaran.

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Pebble Time Steel ready in May. Plus: Now you can strap on sensors, GPS ... Geiger counter

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Light years ahead of competition

It is still light years ahead of the competition.

Compared to that the "last a whole day one one charge" can only make me laugh.

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Google's broadband-in-the-sky goes TITAN-ic

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20km is above jetstream

20km is above jetstream level. So it cannot hover. It has to go down to 12 km or thereabouts which means that it will enter the altitude range where it is obliged to comply with FAA (and other agencies reqs, have a flight plan and a transponder). So the idea of hover like a kestrel (into wind) is off the menu.

Otherwise, an LTE (or similar tech) network with antennas pointing downwards will work quite nicely at radio level. At higher layers it will get intresting - there are way too many places in the code in the mobiles, provisioning system, switching, etc which were written using the basic premise that a base-station does not move.

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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Twentieth? More like 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th altogether.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: are you sure ?

LCD is 'OK' but all the LCD sets have artefacts or other limits

Try a new Led backlit Tosh (make sure it is one of those with the Cell inside to do image processing). You may change your opinion - I did.

Imho the max size in inches is ~ distance in meters from the telly * 10. Anything above that and no magic image processing will prevent it from pixelating. So a smaller screen will actually look better as a result.

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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Re: So...what?

No. The plotline is Puppet Masters. If in doubt, read Heinlein, you will find what you are looking for in there.

In the last paragraph a spaceship is being launched to Titan.

In any case - the membrane is an important part of the story, but not the most important. The most important is a source of energy and something which can participate in a redox reaction to produce enough of it. There is nothing in a methane atmosphere to do that. You are more likely to find life "not as we know it" in a place with let's say hydrogen chloride (the has, not the aqueous solution) than in a pure methane environment.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Live Long And Prosper

It is a prophetic testament to our state as a race that we need an alien as a consciousness and it takes an alien to remind us to Live Long and Prosper and what does it take to do that.

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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My exact thought

Fight fire with fire, err... bloatware with more bundled bloatware.

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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How about a review for titles with proper gamepad support

Two titles off the top of my head:

1. Leo's Fortune

2. Galaxy on Fire HD

If those two play decently I may actually shell for this device (as it will be an effective pacifier).

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Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

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Re: Well, I imagine that Churchill drank good stuff

I would not be so sure about that. In fact, I suspect a fake - it should have been perfectly preserved by its original alcohol quotinent.

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FinFisher, the spyware loved by cruel dictators, stomps all over human rights, says UK govt

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Re: Well gee... no crap.

If it is not them, it will be our Chinese friends to produce it. Just like this. Now, what were you saying about nefarious purposes in the "no-privacy" century once again?

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Oh No, Lenovo! Lizard Squad on the attack, flashes swiped emails

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Re: And what now?

I can tell you what now:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Videokamera-Professional-Surveillance-Accessories-Investigator/dp/B00MLB4V92/

Now, tell me, "what are the civilian^Wlegitimate applications"

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