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SpaceX signs off on another successful mission with Pacific splashdown

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Worm form?

Sounds frightening. Does the worm form pose a threat to life on earth? Do we even know? OMG, it's here!

Parachute, splash down in the Pacific. Boring, all done so very many times before.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: What a shame

Efros,

I was trying to work out last night if my (very young) childhood memory of seeing one flying and on the runway in Singapore (yes, living in Seletar) was cooked up from later reading Look and Learn and being taken to see Thunderball by my father, or real.

So didn't mention it.

Not RAF, Singaporean school at the time. but seems it was not imaginary.

Thanks.

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I forgot to add,

reading about the history of development (not on Wikipedia), the programme seems to have been lethal for several test pilots.

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The V-bombers

Valiant, Victor, and Vulcan, were made with evil intentions, but they sure were beautiful machines.

The Vulcan, most of all. An evil beauty.

It is interesting that they used the 'V' such a short time after Germany had. I feel certain that an influence was at play there.

I have a book by a commander from Britain's H-bomb-dropping test programme, it is interesting (on technical and squadron points). He closes with a rant against disarmament. That was from Valiants.

So now, the UK poses as a nuclear power, completely reliant on US-supplied and US-controlled SLBMs, not that I particularly care (although I'd prefer they gave up the pretense and made the world that little bit safer), it is just a joke.

Do any of those companies (Avro, Handley-Page, Vickers) still exist?

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Re: What a shame

I agree with you VinceH, I had just enough money to consider going to the UK or USA and buying a Concorde flight at the time it was being shut down (sure was not cheap).

Work conditions, forgot the idea, suddenly the last flight was in the news. Probably the closest I (or you, perhaps) could have been to space.

I do think about the ballistic flights on fighter jets in Russia at times, it's little more than twice the price of a Concorde ticket.

Not the same as a flight from one place to another, but certainly better value than Branson's brain-fart (more than an order of magnitude above the price of a Concorde ticket, and still lands at the same place it took off, if it ever does).

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Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it

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Re: 417Mbytes?

GEOS on the C64/128 was eminently usable, particularly in comparison with the similar efforts on the 128-, 256-, or 512~K Macintoshes (much less usable and much less fun).

Generally, though, desktop environment? We had the reset button, we didn't need no steenking desktop environment (most of the time)!

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

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Re: no punishment

OK Niz, what you say makes sense.

I admit, this story had my bullshit detector on overload.

Given that, for example, sensitive military hardware control systems have not uncommonly been Internet connected (maybe not lately, but several examples were obvious at the time of the Iraq invasion, 12 years ago), are you 100% sure that no manufacturer would ever do such a screw-up?

I can see your logic.

If you read, for example, the Wired article, Roberts says he set up a simulation system at home, using some of the same components as in the real vehicles, researched the manuals, pulled off the tricks on the simulator, then repeatedly did it, at least to the data-logging level, on flights, and claims to have had control over critical systems at least twice.

Is it just a massive hoax or a massive flaw in design of the 'Dreamliner', presumably the aeroplane in question?

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I would wager

that only certain recent Boeing aircraft feature this idiocy. It strikes me as very odd that *none* of the several articles I've read about it mention the model of aeroplane concerned.

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Re: Similar comments...

Tieing things together reduces weight, I have no idea if this tale is true or not, I suspect it is, that there is an idiotic trend to tie all systems into a common network is undeniable.

Maybe it is all just disinfo, but I do not think so. Read the article on Wired.

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Un-fucking-believable

Having the hacker spirit myself, this chap sure pushed it a little too far. He is wealthy, I think a large fine and community service in the form of teaching and a bit of menial work would be fitting.

The central point, though, is WTF are the system designers thinking to put the flight control, entertainment, and everything else on a common system? It is hard to believe they are so stupid, but it seems they are precisely that stupid.

I am barely able to believe it, but it appears to be so.

Why connect everything to everythimg else in such a dangerous way? It is insane!

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Turkey president: Nuts to 4G networks, we're cutting straight to 5G

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Re: TIP TOP

Not a month, but the youngest of commenters in many places in Europe will likely live to see something like you say. The sad and the stupid.

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Mad Max: Fury Road – two hours of nonstop, utterly insane fantasy action

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Re: Insane waste?

It is not gasoline, it is petrol, I learnt English, thanks to the 'net, that seems to have been pointless.

The British seem to embrace all novel cretinisms from the USA as soon as they are coined.

I am not intending to insult 'murrican language, except Noo Yawk of now, which I really do despise, for reasons of reading and style, it is just so terrible that it is enforced as English in other places.

It is such an ugly form of expression.

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I suppose

someone must be silly enough to ask if you are the same as the pseudonymous, crap, and well-protected stencil artist.

So I am.

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Re: Another one

Well said, it is much more fun to play a good video game than to watch a pathetic 'reheat' from a 'franchise' that only had one good episode (the original, and to watch it now is to be reminded that the past is really a different country).

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Re: Hyped to the max!

That is the off the track comment, but Pitch Black was far from terrible, career best from 'vin Diesel'. Wonder what his real name is?

He was OK in that, have avoided his movies since, because that was so racist (no, I do not mean against people with similar pigmentation to Mr. 'Diesel', quite the opposite), and movies about driving too fast and being a tough arsehole put me off.

Still, he was believable as the ex-convict rescuer. Credit for that.

Some great cheap effects in that film.

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Loved the original

Instantly screaming 'cult classic'. Sequels were crap.

Will not grace this apparent pile of merde with the price of a ticket, not even a video rental fee.

It just looks so bad.

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

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Re: To all the downvoters

Only one one thumb down, I want a record-breaking collection.

We'd all like to imagine that the reg readership is relatively sharp in terms of processors, programming, etc.

I am requesting the massive down-vote from the troll and moron crowd. Get me up to 500, hell、 600 negavotes in 24 hours. I will really appreciate it.

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Re: To all the downvoters

and to you. If you cannot see the idiocy of the article, just fuck off. You are not earning some kind of extra credit for supporting imbecility on the scale of 'NaCl, salt to those to whom I try to condescend in my very lame article'.

FFS, try to raise your consciousness out of a gutter where you imagine you will get automatic praise for supporting the reg writer, even if he is direly poor.

Wander off to faescesbook or twitland, recruit another 14 or 30 downvotes for me. I am eager to see it, and I do not give a shit.

I do not give a shit for the opinions of people who are clearly just toadies at heart (if you don't know what 'toady' means, you may try consulting a dictionary, could be a little enlightment there).

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Re: Good lord, you are hitting new lows

Absolutely, it is my expert opinion on the poor quality of writing on what is clearly a copy-and-paste job by a rather dim bulb.

I am amused that I get so many down-votes for pointing out obvious idiocies like 'salt, if you didn't know, is NaCl'.

If you have a basic education, revisit the article, contemplate just how stupid it is, then tell me 'tut tut'.

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Good lord, you are hitting new lows

as presumably a paid reg 'writer'.

Not to mention the clunky style, all of the quotes below are insults to the intelligence or knowledge of any Regtard who isn't just hanging around for the occasional humour value, or as a school-aged troll having some time off.

'the pH value - the acidity or alkalinity'

No shit, thanks for your enlightening words.

'scientists to determine Enceladus' potential for acquiring and hosting life.'

WTF is that supposed to mean, although I suppose that there, you are just quoting whatever source you made your 'article' from.

'the same sodium chloride (NaCl) salt as our oceans here on Earth do, but additional sodium carbonate (Na2CO3)'

You may be an idiot, most readers here are not. Are you being paid by the letter? Way to sound like a condescending fool.

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Stolen an Apple watch? Want to pawn it off? Good news!

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I don't think

anvbody silly and spoilt enough to have the $17,000 edition is likely to be exposed to the usual level of urban terror your governments encourage.

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Re: "and they're losing faith.'

Who cares? C'mon everybody!

Srsly, Open/Libre Office takes the biggest faults of MS Word to an extreme.

I DO NOT WANT your idea of what automatic formatting I should have, what I DO WANT is easy and transparent control of format.

Seriously, between the MS 'ribbon' stupidity and the Open/Libre Office design's asinine assumption that I will always like their irritating auto-formatting (I never do), where is there to turn?

I can't see a place to turn Open Office's stupid auto-formatting off.

If only WordStar etc. had stayed competitive, good lord, many of the Commodore 64 word processor offerings were more usable than MS-Word of now, or what's left of Star Office.

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Amazon creating 500 ‘fulfilling’ jobs in the UK

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They also do the

mechanical Turk, sure as hell inhuman. How much money Bezos extracts from that, I have no idea, fact is, various parties are using and paying for the second-rate services of Amazon's mechanical Turk. Of course, neither mechanical nor Turkish.

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I want a job in hell

At an Amazon warehouse.

Not really.

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Re: "fun, past-paced warehouse environment"

'Fun' and 'warehouse' are a contradiction in terms, unless of course, your friends also work there, and you have the chance of a smoke break along the dismal day.

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Re: So...

This is amazing. We have several commenters claiming to have worked in intolerably hot conditions.

Come to think of it, so have I, and would not willingly do it again.

I am not to be the 'net detective, but it is hard not to suspect some of those commentards of shilling for Amazon.

After all, there are scores of shills for Apple, why not a few for Amazon?

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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Re: Only goes to show how thick the population is.

Agree. It is bizarre. Odd position for the SNP, they like proportional rep., but only almost wiped out anybody else there under first-past.

Observer from afar, but the drama has been worth watching.

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Re: @Omwhateverthatis: I read somewhere...

Does 'ESA benefit' mean European Space Agency benefit?

Were you secretly a euro-astronaut?

Enquiring minds want to know.

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The interesting tech. biz angle

would have been the presence of faescesbook and twatter people in the ITV live commentary group.

Being of another country, I didn't watch it, but did read about it.

An unpleasant surprise.

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Singapore's prime minister releases source code for his hand-coded Sudoku-solver

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Re: Not bad

It's not so much a paradigm, but intended to allow more readability in the many languages that allow it or aren't based on models that exclude it.

That, plus a little comment to explain what the loop variable is to count and why, a declaration leaves a neater space and is a better place to describe the variable in a comment, must be so out-of-fashion now.

Can't go trying to write readable programs, can we?

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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Many interesting comments

MS was second-rate from the start, but they gave a generation of unqualified and clueless IT managers a creed: nobody gets fired for buying Microsoft.

To their credit, though, they did turn it into a great gaming platform (eventually, I'm surely not the only one to recall how lame their early efforts looked in comparison with, say, games on a Commodore 64).

Good dev. tools, I would always want a *nix or *nux on the desktop, but would not do without Windoze too. Too many programs I like that won't run on anything else.

As for phone OS wars, really, who cares? I do like many Android programs, don't mind paying, but am disturbed by the chunk that goes to the Google monster. At least they are not as greedy as Apple (30%, FFS).

I would not even be writing this if I had not broken the USB port of my iTron phone, which I still prefer in many ways, and keep charged for the alarm, camera, and old downloads.

Would be writing something slightly, but not much, different.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Upper- and middle-class

tattoos are so ugly.

This is certainly a feature, not a bug.

Nice headline.

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SpaceX in MONEY RING shot, no spare juice for tail backdown this time

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Re: Watched the launch...

I have. Mentioned in an earlier comment, had to drive for about two hours to get there.

It was at the number two site, in southern Kyushu, the launch was of the Nozomi (Hope), to Mars.

At such a beautiful site, and in the early hours (about three in the morning), it was breathtaking.

I still feel sad about Nozomi, the agency's people did a wonderful job of getting it there late, despite problems, only to be ordered by the IAU to forget it, as there was a chance of it hitting Mars and it hadn't been sterilized to the required level.

Tears still, writing this.

More on our rockets, the pencil rocket, a tiny thing launched in 1955, is being billed around the station nearest where it was first launched as 'The Japan's first rocket', with, of course, a cute mascot.

Forgetting the war-time human-guided ones and the history of fireworks.

The pencil rocket programme is interesting, JAXA has a little on it in English for the majority of Regtards. It was quite close to the fireworks level, but metal, and the first step in a pretty successful programme.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Must disagree

We think of clockwork as analogue, but it really is not. The hands may all appear to sweep smoothly, but that is artifice, they are driven by a mechanical oscillator (pendulum, spring recoil, etc.) that pulses at a certain rate.

I liked programming assembler most of all, it is just like clockwork.

Some of the earlier electronic methods (out of use) might more aptly be described as analogue.

All this talk of watches, I have two at hand, but it really makes me want to find my old Seiko (battery, not Kinetic) and Swiss self-winder.

Still have them.

Never buying a 'smart-watch', like to read a map and ask people instead of staring at a display and living in a bubble.

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Thx 45RPM

Did see some publicity for it while ago, but forgot.

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You have an

electronic self-charging watch?

Sorry, don't believe it.

Which invalidates your post.

Better thinking on your next comedic brainstorm, you may have a little to say.

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'the right track, a small functional module that can be incorporated into a traditional analogue watch'

You are wrong on so many counts.

Clockwork is not analog. It is digital, just not binary.

Analog timepieces are sundials, sand or liquid~based timers, I am sure there are others.

How do you propose to economically place a digital electronics module in a clockwork watch and leave the beauty of the watch intact?

Granted, it could be done, but can't see the point.

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Re: Your cringeworthy article implies

Seems to have liked it too much to have sold it.

14 down-votes (so far). Must have been a recruiting drive on Apple fan fora. Although, interestingly, this is the second time I've made a very negative comment about an article, and the first also got an instant 14 Down's syndromers. Perhaps it is an automated function.

A further quibble, the claim of a 'hirsute wrist'. Are the photos of the magical device being worn all taken with it worn by someone else, or just altered to remove any evidence of hair?

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Re: I'll...

A year in the future.

'iOS 8 wiii no longer support the Apple Watch, but by then, your watch battery will be dead, so hey guys, just support us by throwing more of your cash our way. Just buy the latest one! Apple's gratitude to you, our valued mark, is unlimited!'

I recommend checking the repair plans, FFS, talk about gouging.

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Re: Obvious reasons

... and a very rapid and cynical cycle of planned obsolescence.

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Your cringeworthy article implies

that you bought the thing or the reg. bought it for you.

How hideous.

Did Apple promise to later slip you a cheque out of gratitude for your unstinting praise?

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C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17

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Re: New Keywords

Are these #pragmas or just comments?

I'll throw in 'perhaps' and 'wish_and_prayer'.

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C++ is the knees of a bee

for sheer sumptuousness of ways to write unintelligible code.

Sure, you can do even better with Perl, but those folks do it for the pure art of play, and it's in a different dimension of languages (translated, not compiled, meant for the quick fix, natter, natter).

Stroustrop likes to imagine that his book is up there with K & R's.

It is not, it is an opaque mess, his attitude is to talk down to the lowly reader.

Anyone unfortunate enough to have worked with early C++ will know that half the stuff in the book that isn't C JUST DID NOT WORK for years.

Since they finally made most of it work, there has been a never-ending effort to pile on more and more ways to write unreadable code.

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Dumb terminals

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Re: Dumb terminals

A pithier reply is in order.

miket82 hasn't the slightest idea what a dumb terminal is or was.

Way to display ignorance.

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Re: Dumb terminals

I think you are talking about something completely different.

A smart terminal had the hardware to handle things like scrolling and moving the cursor around in text.

A dumb terminal had a single active line at the bottom of the screen, display only above that.

Both were intended for use with something else, a mini or mainframe, or later, a workstation network.

I had to use a dumb terminal once during my thesis, because all of the other machines were taken. An interesting experience. It was hooked up to a workstation network.

My favourite smart terminals were the ones from IBM, hooked up to one of their mainframes. Very impressive!

I think that, by dumb terminal, you mean what thin client used to mean.

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Having had a Unix and proprietary mainframe

upbringing, and micros at home, I am less than impressed by Microsoft's efforts on the shell and command-line fronts.

After all, there was clearly a fight over whether or not to continue it at all. Nice to see that sanity prevailed.

That said, its roots in DOS are very clear, it isn't much good as a consequence. Also, useful.

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

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Re: Spelling Police

It's called semi-literacy.

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Re: Spelling Police

Paid by the word, perhaps? I can't stand the '... count' expressions, must be the influence of Sesame Street.

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