* Posts by Bleu

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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

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Re: Humans are dumb.

I think you are either missing the point or do not explain enough.

So what if this German gent wanted to take a pic. of himself with Stonehenge in the background?

Likely had some artistic reason for doing so, sounds like a time there weren't too many people about.

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Re: Just maybe they meant,

Beautiful comment Jonathon!

Why do people make ostentatious displays of taking photos on tablet computers? The photos are always crap.

The point always seems to be 'look at me,look at my Apple corpse tablet' (sorry, I have only ever seen Apple tablet owners pull that shitty attempt at showing off).

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Re: So does this mean...

Maa,you can do the same thing with a small tripod without the podes being spread.

... but you will have a more stable platform if you hold the camera as far above your head as you can, pick the best position, and stand on tip-toes.

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Re: Wouldn't this problem take care of itself?

I have visited there, they are a strange nation of conformists pretending to be brave individualists, and relying in all of the cities on a London-style property boom for their futures.

They have no productive industry. The economy is built on, in rough order, real-estate and construction bubble, minor stock markets by regional standards, mining, bureaucracy, and agriculture.

Of course, all of those except agriculture are a net loss for most in the medium-to-long term.

Interesting place.

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Re: I don't watch much TV.

Well, aren't we the charmer?

As I pointed out to a similarly retarded commentard to you, I prefer at times to ask directly when I know there are people about who know.

That is the point of reg. comment threads, to respond to the article, to argue about things related to the article, and to ask questions and converse on things related to the article.

Maybe you will catch on some day.

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Re: I don't watch much TV.

No, I just have a camera that has sockets for attachment to accessories for the GoPro. I have never seen a GoPro camera, except in a photo, I suspect that the Sony cameras for similar purposes do a better job.

The one I have is largely made here, but not Sony, and not claimed to be rugged, so I need an umbrella if it rains (as now) or snows (as it will be at times where I am going from Wednesday).

Results so far are good to great.

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Re: I don't watch much TV.

I look forward to viewing the flowchart (too tired now), pretty sure I neither need nor want the stick.

Thx.

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Re: I don't watch much TV.

I think I don't need one, although one or two of the other GoPro mount attachments look like they might be useful.

Narciss-stick! Love it, Mr. Woods!

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Re: I don't watch much TV.

I avoid Google 'search' as I would the Ebola virus.

This site has a 'reply' function for two reasons: to argue with people or to converse with people on the topic.

I prefer to ask people who know for a direct reply much of the time.

You have displayed great ignorance with your reply.

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Re: I don't watch much TV.

Well said.

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Re: I don't watch much TV.

Thank you, I guessed that may have been the case from checking the accessories for the GoPro mount on my non-Gopro camera.

Nice comment in general.

That camera does not have live wifi AFAIR, so I may as well put it on a tripod to gain height at music events where it may be useful.

Don't have a great interest in the selfish and vain 'selfie' phenom.

Again, thx.

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I don't watch much TV.

Even less sports on TV. What is a 'selfie stick'?

I think I may have seen one when checking if there is anything useful to attach to the GoPro connector on my not-GoPro camera, but am not sure.

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FROSTY MISTRESS of the Outer System: Pluto yields to probe snapper

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Re: When it took off.

I believe the mission organisers have been paying close attention to that, at least one of the moonlets was discovered in obversations to assist the craft.

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Re: Billion

Sorry, you are wrong. It is the US vulgar billion that is born of exaggeration and error. Every European language had it as ten to the twelfth.

Of course, we in the east reckon in fourth powers of ten, so multiples of third powers are irrelevant.

Much US english originates in error, from the fucked-up pronunciation of 'forehead', so that the little girl with the little curl rhyme doesn't work in most US english, to all of the morons pushing stupid prepositional usage, like 'based off' instead of 'based on', avoiding 'with' when it is perfectly correct, and using 'to' instead, never using the perfect verb tenses when they are not only correct, but add to clarity of expression, easy to name many more.

'I could care less' is one of the most nonsensical vulgarities, someone reversed the sense to make the statement rubbish, but murricans probably don't even understand how that is a logical fallacy, while 'couldn't care less' is not.

All (except for the fucked-up pronunciation of forehead), very recent or pretty recent innovations. The fuck-up of the pronunciation of 'forehead' is also recent and I gather not quite universal, but at least pre -WWII, the rhyme about the little girl who had the little curl was popular in the US, too, so it must have worked at the time.

Read US literature, you won't find the other vulgarities I mention, until very recently.

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It is exciting!

Such a long wait, it is moving.

As for an ionosphere, they must be joking. No doubt this is the presage to earnest articles about a tiny amount of electromagnetic activity that may or may not have been detected.

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Re: Billion

Russell Crowe made a comment about banking 'bail-outs' seven or so years, he said something like 'Why don't they divide it up and just give x thousand dollars to every member of the population.'

He was widely ridiculed for the comment, particularly in places where, until recently, 'billion' had the correct definition of 10 to the twelfth power, not the ninth.

I checked his calculation, it was correct on that basis.

A great testament to short memories and the ignorance of so many journalists.

The mockery on that point from US journalists can, of course, be excused, but there wasn't much.

For those from other places, where there was a lot of mockery, it just displayed their ignorance.

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Thailand: 'The nail that sticks up gets hammered down'

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It is

出る杭、not出る釘。

I found that comment intriguing, wonder if it might not have originated in Thailand?

There must have been some cultural influences both ways when the relationship was especially close.

I like Mr. Croasdell's comments on a few points, 'asbestos innards' is priceless. Wish we could have authentic Thai or Korean food, but too many people don't like chili.

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FBI-baiter Barrett Brown gets five years in chokey plus $890,000 fine

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Re: depicts Abuse of power at it's best

How are to know to know he informed on other anons he knew?

More to the point, if he had, he would not be getting almost three more years in prison.

Great to see that you are a fan of prison rape and assault, Mr. Bryant.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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That is very frightening. I think I will still be able to find a legit. copy second-hand in Akihabara, but how evil is it to tie the product to the motherboard and chipset?

Very.

I cannot extract the Windoze 2000 from my old IBM Thinkpad, but I believe I should be able to if I want. I bought it. They have a 'recovery partition' system, but that makes it very difficult to make new partitions.

That has been the case for laptops since ages ago, in any case, for any OEM license for assembled hardware.

The Internet sure has many bad consequences.

If I set a device up, I sure do not want Internet connection and control to be compulsory, major reason for avoiding the iPod for one.

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Re: Most hated version of Windows

I never had the misfortune of experiencing ME, but 3 and 3.1 were very bad. Interesting that it was also the point where Windoze took off with management.

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Re: It's not difficult you know

I saw what you did there. Well done. Can't see what the drones downvoting are on about.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Re: Readable review

Thank you,

I did try some research, it is not an uncommon complaint.

With the 'ribbon' interface, it is so hard to find anything.

However, I will try your suggestion next week.

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Re: Commercial use forbidden?

One colleague has a Surface. He seems pretty happy with it.

Not for me, though, I hate that type of keyboard.

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Readable review

Not in the market.

I have not set up a gmail account in Outlook, but an over-enthusiastic boss set up my Yahoo account here in it.

It eats all arrived mail, so when you open the account in a browser, everything before the last time you received or sent a message in Outlook is gone. The only copy is in Outlook.

I haven't had time to go through more than a third of the mail it ate, just have to be very careful not to do anything else with that account in Outlook until I finish.

Would not be surprised if it does the same to a gmail account. I would consider it at least malware behaviour, if not a security problem.

This whole subscription software thing is rotten, does it just die if you don't re-suscribe within a year?

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Nice SECURITY, 'Lizard Squad'. Your DDoS-for-hire service LEAKS

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Entrapment

Maybe this is Hector 'Sabu' Monsegnor or Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer's latest project for their new boss.

I was surprised to see that weev's case was thrown out late last year.

Results from a quick search were led by claims that he now wears a white hat and breathless articles about what a hero for the cause he is, apparently his release ranks up there with that of Solzhenitzyn.

Not that I don't think weev's sentence was overly harsh for the case *he was tried for*, my opinion would be a little different re. some of his other exploits, sure, perhaps he just made it all up.

Very odd to have the case dismissed entirely.

Rat Sabu is also said to be a hero according to the top hit in a search for 'Sabu'. This is because, to paraphrase, he is a Puerto Rican bro from 'the projects', not some white guy.

Just checked, Ryan Cleary was also quietly released under odd circumstances, running a large for-profit botnet for hire and theft apparently isn't a problem once you make the right deal.

Lizard Sec seems to be so brain-dead and so obviously modelled on Lulzsec, it just *has* to be a set-up of some kind: recruitment, a morality play (where they end up with their own Sabu, or even Sabu doing a reprise), a guided DDOS operation against non-USA governments and businesses ...

Other suggestions please.

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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I did all of them in Chinatown Wars

Still boot it up at times to redo missions and to work out how to get the top ratings for them. Not easy.

Must try the old top-down view ones some time, I seem to have the wrong impression from the lameness of the graphics given the platforms they were on.

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Never played the old GTAs.

They looked a little lame to me.

Chinatown Wars on the DS (the original version) was great.

For a top-down view, a real work of art. Fun to just drive around and admire the scenery at first.

I got to 6 wanted stars and still escaped. Record was over 24 hours (game time) pushing wanted levels higher and higher.

PSP version did not look as good, but did look good.

I can't imagine how it would work on a touch-screen device, dabbing on bits of the screen for control.

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Microsoft has made excellent software, you pack of fibbers

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On a 128-K mac,

did you ever try anything more than changing the tiled wallpaper?

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OS in ROM

The HP Journada or Jornada had an MS OS in ROM, still think it was a great machine for the time.

I was unfortunate to buy a Psion 5mx instead, that it was designed to fail after being used a few tens of times was criminal.

Psion should have offered a gratis fix for *all* owners.

The mx and Journada were both popular in Tokyo, saw more people using the mx on trains, until the screen cable inevitably broke.

Earned Psion a lot of well-deserved hatred, was probably the main factor in their collapse on consumer hardware.

In Akihabara, you can still find a Journada in good shape.

Haven't seen a 5mx in a shop for years, not because it is a sought-after rarity, but because everyone hates Psion for the design fault. The shops wouldn't stock them even if somebody offered an unused one that was still going (which would only be possible if it was unused).

No fan of CE, but the Journada was a good CE-based product.

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Re: Microsoft's good software

It is also a pretty crap text editor, unusable for programming, html, etc. OK for a quick note, sure.

Try the ?ix world for some good text editors, many take up much less space and do a lot more. Ones with similar capability to Notepad are much smaller and make much smaller files, as are many that do much more.

Bang for byte, Notepad is pretty crap.

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Re: Microsoft's good software

I have been forced to use that, too, it is clunky, opaque, and irritating.

You are only saying it as an Apple cultist.

The underlying software design for MS Word on GUIs is admirable, what they use it to write is generally not.

A couple of versions for 2000 and XP were alright, but certainly never great.

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Re: Microsoft's good software

I agree with both of you.

Still have a Thinkpad running 2000, mainly for some old hardware, music (tracker) software, a couple of other things I suspect would not run well in WINE or under Win 7. It is not connected to the 'net.

MS Word 5 had some great design points, I especially liked the clear separation between style sheets and the ability to directly edit the style files and many other points. Recent versions with the f****** ribbon (hey, let's design the new version explicitly for morons w h o a r e a l i t t l e sloooowww and don't want to do too much) instead of a visible menu and, as an added bonus, elimination of certain key sequences, are like torture.

I taught myself VB and the relevant classes so that I could fix stupid crap MS does *every time*, decided that doing that was a waste of energy a while ago.

I am aware of the downloads to change the latest one, but that would violate policy at work (DIY mods did not, when I bothered).

5.5 was even better, sure not as capable as DTP programs of the time, but a great product, fantastic interface and much the same design for style and layout as 5.

Noone much saw it because it coincided with the big shift by mgmt. to Windoze for officey stuff.

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Apple in 2007: Who wants a stylus? Apple in 2010: We want a stylus!

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Re: Apple, a fortune built on ...

Jaitch,

You are overstating it a little, but I agree that they are a particularly dirty company in the sense you imply ... but they are only one of the complex of US 'national champion' companies, seems the USPTO, like the POTUS, always grants those companies whatever they want.

Also great hype merchants, seemingly from the Apple II, but real innovation, other than cosmetic (love the look of the eMac), was usually a failure, even St. Steve's NextStep was pretty much a flop, I think it sounds like a rather brilliant design, but much too expensive.

The crucial innovation that really did cement Apple's rise *was* Jobs insisting on a touch-only interface. I suspect that was more a slap at Scully (sp.?) for the Newton than a genuinely inspired choice on his part.

It pisses me off, you can't even find styli that are not for the DS now, except the ones for people with fingers too fat for their 'smart' phones. Those styli have no accuracy, thanks to the interface model.

Snow here.

Before it is over here,

Happy New Year to all on the Reg!

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Proxima and Ultima: AI, hard sci-fi and multiverse – ALL GOOD. Romans – not so much

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Re: I very much doubt that the publisher is responsible,

If you bothered to to read what I said, it was that I liked some of Baxter's short stories.

Nothing hysterical. The main conceipt of The Light of Other Days was stolen from the concept of a Damon Knight short story, I read the former and thought it was silly just about seven? years ago, bought a collection of older american writings three or four years ago, included the original of that, the copying was clearly paint by numbers.

Don't try to be patronising to me, it is not right and not polite.

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Citing New Scientist as any kind of standard

for science is a laugh.

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but it is quite clear that they advanced science as well as technology.

They didn't put it on a pedestal, and as easy to see in Suetonius' account of a job-eliminating device being rejected, you cannot say 'that is only engineering '

Sorry, sweetheart, there was a social factor, retain jobs that the people doing them generally liked. More than a touch above modern western thought

There is also a knowledge factor, the proposal came from someone with a very good knowledge of mechanics, sorry if you like to differ on that, you may also look at their elevator systems, knowledge of structural forces. much more.

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I very much doubt that the publisher is responsible,

except by publishing crap.

One of the ways SF has become crap now, is the competition to write the next Star Wars, when the only things Star Wars stole from literary SF were from Dune..

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Re: Read it, bored of Baxter.

I am surprised that anyone could plough through most of his books, congratulations to you for staying the distance!

Stopping well short of reading all he writes, his novels are, well, I won't labour the point.

Short stories, though, I buy old magazines, he did write a few that were really good, writing was clunky, ideas were great, a long time ago, even a couple that were episodes that became parts of his crap novels.

Baxter the hack, he has descended to the level of the Kevin Anderson and Brian Herbert partnership.

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Only other point

'Aztecs, Incas, Romans dominant in steampunk, in the present, in the future (including space) have been done many times.

The only unique contribution Baxter makes to this trope is in creating the most moronic, unconvincing, and arbitrary scenarios to date for how they got there and what they are like.'

Sure, might be a nice easy read on a long plane or train trip, at a guest house with nothing else about, but having long ago seen through Baxter the hack, I'd try to find something else.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if he's copied some of his own descriptions of the Proxima planet from the earlier book, or books for all I know, he does love to recycle things.

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Re: I haven't read this, but

Corrections:

'... the hard SF side of mundane science fiction ...'

and

'... technobabble to create the illusion of hard-SF elements.'

... to be ctd.

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I haven't read this, but

have read the review and enough of Baxter's short stories and novels to add the following lines that could have been in a hypothetical review.

'Baxter is overly fond of recycling deus ex machina and tropes. In this case, we have wormholes (or more precisely, whatever agency placed them on the moon) and the planet around Proxima Centauri. Both appear in, at least, The Light of Other Days.

Wormholes are all over his work, but these are not just your garden-variety wormholes. Their structures, scales and properties have nothing to do with the wormholes of speculative physics.

They also have made-up effects unrelated to the theory, in this case creating magical portals to ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSES, another prop that Baxter has flogged like a dead horse. The phantasmagorical wormholes so fortuitously at hand to the inteprid monkeys of the present worn also ...'

Alright, but I'd bet, on Baxter's form, they do or enable more bullshit.

'Hard SF is a spectrum, ranging from mundane SF, where all technical devices exist or are based on known theories and may plausibly be implemented in current circumstances, to the two types of hard-SF-proper: those relying on proven principles, but implementing the devices may be forever beyond our reach, and those that rely on phenomena and properties from speculative physics. These may well not exist in reality.

Baxter's short work very occasionally falls into the latter category.

The vast bulk, however, is not any form of science fiction.

Like this work, it is best described as fantasy plus thick dollops of feverish technobabble.'

Tbc.

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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

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Re: What nonsense

Not to mention that 'monkey' is a not uncommon pet name and affectionate nickname for children, friends, and lovers in many cultures, including, I suspect, *with reason*, korean.

Not saying that was the sense in which the Nth. Koreans were using it, just that it further undermines the 'ooh, racist' thing.

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Re: Explain!

She wouldn't happen to have been ethnically malay and muslim by any chance? They are muslim by constitutional decree in Malaysia, though not, of course, in Singapore.

I am not sure if Islam considers monkeys unclean in the same way as dogs, but I suspect it does. While in Singapore, I witnessed the huge outrage that ensued when an acquaintance called an ethnic malay a dog, not without justification given the latter's behaviour at the time.

I do know, however that hatred of monkeys is widespread among at least the more red-necked malays.

This is as a way of getting at the ethnic chinese, since monkeys have a special place in chinese folklore and religion, both folk religion and the sino-buddhist tale of the mission to Ghandara.

In more than one case in the past, monkeys in public places were poisoned just to spite the ethnic chinese.

By the way, it isn't wise to generalise from 'Malaysia' to 'south-east Asia'.

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What nonsense

Calling someone a monkey or an ape is not necessarily racist, and when it is racist, it is an equal-opportunity insult, thrown around in all directions.

Reminds me of the old off-line (and later on-line) meme:

'Aww, you jes' sayin' that 'cos I'm black.'

I thought their descriptions of Kerry as a wolf having a hideous lantern jaw (which he does) and the pres. in Sth. Kor. as a whore were also funny.

Shame on a reg. writer for thoughtlessy aping such manufactured outrage.

Offended?

You do know that 'ape' in that sense has no direct connection to simians, right?

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Re: Now we KNOW where the Sony hackers got "G.O.P" from

I came out with a subtler take on the same a week ago. In before!

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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Re: Bleu AC Offensive

As I have told you before, Assange is not my hero. He is also not a rapist, sleazy perhaps.

The British justice system tried to overcome the impasse only last month, the Swedish prosecutor absolutely refused to co-operate, gave no good reason, that is a simple fact.

The initial report to the Swedish authorities only followed collusion between his groupies, both of whom are on record as having even been somewhat proud of their conquests at the time. Both stated that they didn't want him charged, the prosecutor forgot it, another prosecutor oddly decided to attack much later.

There are good reasons to suspect the initial groupie of being at least 'an agent of influence' for some other place, I am sure you will be aware of her political past and of where she went to hide out in the immediate aftermath of creating the problem for Assange.

Assange seems to have been trying to parlay Wikileaks information for cash, while drip-feeding even the least sensitive information. Such a slow drip-feed that Domsh**sse was able to delete or give away important documents on banking scandals, I would be very surprised if Domsh**sse received no financial reward for destroying or passing on information on financial crimes by banks.

I would love to see any record of above-expenses payments by, for example, the NYT, to Wikileaks.

I am also aware of Cryptome's claims about Wikileaks, but the man running that is also very selective about what information is released, and IMHO would have an axe to grind regardless of how Wikileaks operated, seeing them as operating on *his* turf.

That is not to say that all of his points were invalid, I am just a little suspicious of the motives for his statements re. Wikileaks.

I do suspect that you may be more interested in propaganda than any truth, at least on this issue.

Will leave off there.

Merry Christmas to you, Matt, and to all Reg. commentards!

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

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Re: More to this story

That is real *engineering* not science! Seriously, it is so tiresome to constantly hear 'science' take the credit for good engineering.

Otherwise, thanks for an also informative post.

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Re: More to this story

Hey, we are not all American here, please be aware of that, but you get a vote from me for a cogent description of what is wrong with Orion for your put-upon taxpayers!

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