* Posts by Grikath

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: Reputable sites @ Dio

Could well be the AC was served something localised through your portal..

I've had the dangedest times with some T-Mobile/KPN ads served through El Reg that were clearly aimed at the Dutch market ( language and campaign was a bit of a giveaway there..) , which either crashed themselves, crashed the browser, used bugged scripts that went on forever, used unoptimised images, etc. etc., oh, and etc... The Works. Real fun, especially if you're on a less than stellar connection..

So you do have sections on your pages that can serve localised Bling which might escape the straightjacket you employ to Keep Things Within Reason.

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Bill for half a billion quid lands on Apple's desk in Facetime patent scrap

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Re: Why east Texas

Look up the sheer amount of "legal IP specialists" in that area..

It's become a local industry there.. And you got to protect the local industry...

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Hackers mirror 250GB of NASA files on the web

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Re: Too clever by half

Ah.. Doesn't work that way.. You're talking Conspirationists here....

Any data, however detailed and verifiable, through Official Channels would be automatically Suspect, because they came through Official Channels, and so must be Tampered with to hide the Evil that's Lurking in the System, so cannot be Trusted....

Now if we could find a way to extract energy from that kind of circular reasoning.... Hmmm interesting notion.. Would the energy-efficiency of a bank of Conspiracy Nuts be higher or lower than nominal if you feed them the right bias-confirming input in the right amounts in the Matrix? ;)

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Microsoft sinks to new depths with underwater data centre experiment

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Re: Why put it all below water?

Cynic.. a lab setup demonstrating the principle of communicating vessels =! the engineering and execution of a large cooling system.

But if you think so.. I have this plan for a wire hanging from a space station...

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Re: Why put it all below water?

Getting rid of heat easily, maybe? Immersing everything below 10 meters/30 foot ( below the inversion line for a decent body of water. For the non-divers : nut-numbing BRRRRRR!!! 24/7/365 ) gives a nice and effective cooling medium. Good thermal capacity, very solid and stable temperature differential.

Of course the article also mentions the main problem with that in an oblique way: barnacles... Your radiators won't stay clean very long, so you'd have to come up with something clever to keep the goo and beasties off to keep things efficient. Just about everything that lives in the water loves a free lunch, and a nice warm surface will do just fine, thankyou.

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State Department finds 22 classified emails in Hillary’s server, denies wrongdoing

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Re: "wasn't at the time". @ Big John

"I call BS on this. Let's hear you name some of these US officials, and don't forget to describe exactly how their actions are the same as Mrs. Clinton's crimes. Oh, and their party affiliation and level within the party would be nice. I won't accept some low-level flunky in Podunk, NJ with a rap sheet a mile long, okay?"

here

juicy bits here

corruption maybe?

here be dragons

not-so-small-fry then?

Ummm.... pick and choose? The lists are quite extensive, even if you limit yourself to just the past 10 years..

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Re: "wasn't at the time".

"I couldn't get away with the same rationality releasing buggy code: "oh well, I didn't know it had a bug at the time.". No, I have to treat all code as buggy until I test the hell out of it, including getting it tested by others, and "prove" that it is solid before I ship it."

Oh Charles... Nice ethic, but..... Which market in vulnerabilities was there again? On both sides of the fence? Ahhhh..... You had me in stitches there...

But let's see.. Assuming you are entirely correct, and ms. Clinton should immediately and irrevocably spend a fair amount of time cooling her heels at the States' expense..... Why specifically her? It's not as if the last decade has not had a rather luxurious selection of US officials who have done the same, similar, or even worse. That's made it out of the country into international news. Gods know how much has played out that didn't even make that grade..

What happened to those others? ummm.. lemme see....

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Re: Spot the oxymoron

"The emails are reported to contain retroactively classified material. That is consistent with the Clinton campaign claim that the messages were not classified, "

FTFY...

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Re: It could be much much worse...

nope.. that would be a good thing..

The rest of the world would then be *sure* the US has completely lost its marbles and can prepare for a preschooler with power tantrums sitting on top of one of the worlds' largest nuclear arsenals.

Not a pretty thought, but at least we'd be *sure* .

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Re: Spot the oxymoron @ big john

"and probably every bit of sensitive stuff she had on that insecure server is in the hands of the Chinese and Russians, at least."

That's a probably.. Not proof then..

Not that there hasn't been a spate of leaks from just about every important section of the US govt in the public domain, hasn't it? At least professional Spais are supposed to be subtle and ideally won't leave much trace.

But hey! It's Election Season! Moar! Mudslinging! Well done chaps.... well done...

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Re: Spot the oxymoron

Oh, it's even better.. They contain a "category" that has at a later date been made "top secret".

Could easily be there's nothing special in the emails per sé, a "category" is such a nice catch-all.

I can think op a couple that sound good in theory, but can render the most innocuous remarks as "Top Secret".

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BOFH: In-depth IT training needs a single-malt distillery

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Re: says:

Given that they're talking to the Director without a go-between, you can safely assume they are in that Nirvana where HR is desperately trying to find someone mad enough to take those two on, and stupid enough to fail playing tag-team with them.

Or they've found one with enough intelligence and sense of self-preservation to know when not to interfere.

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Axe to fall on staff at IBM's Global Technology Services 'this Friday'

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Re: a resource action will happen this Friday

Was mulling that one over as well.. Catches the eye, doesnt'it?

Just goes to show how "our valued and varied enablers" are truly seen by Human Resources..

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Safe Harbor 2.0: US-Europe talks on privacy go down to the wire

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Re: simple question.. @ YAAC

I very much doubt they'd do anything of the sort. More likely results would be extra paperwork at the airport, regarding the waiving of your privacy rights for information provided to be able to enter... etc. The big internet outfits may have to use a splash page warning their users about the inability to guarantee privacy, unless of course the companies involved could guarantee that data would be Euro-only ( which they can't..) .

There's a host of little things the EU could do that would push an issue that's (mostly) escaped Joe Average up until now right in his face. The EU won't ban much.. It will politely *suggest* that doing business with [x] may entail a privacy problem. Subtle-like.. It will be.. enough.. to be efficient.

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simple question..

Has the US, and their SuperSnoopers stopped as treating the whole world ( data or physical) as Theirs?

No? Move along then...

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Cunning Greek lizards seek skin-matching rocks

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Re: UV photoreceptors

On the contrary.. Lizards have a less advanced thermoregulation that doesn't allow them to keep their core temperatures well above ambient like us mammals do, but they are most definitely warmer than their surroundings when they're active. "Cold-blooded" is a bit of a misnomer, really.

There's a good chance the Boffins missed a bit by just looking at birds. Birds of prey, and opportunists, would most definitely not dismiss a snack of lizard. The pattern-matching is not perfect for visual detection ( as is clear from the pics), and if selection pressure would be purely visual there would have been a much stronger selection pressure to look more like the rocks.

Snakes, the other major predators of the lizards, don't go in for much acuity in the visual spectrum.. They tend to use infrared for their hunting. And when you're sunning on a rock that's more or less coloured like you, you tend to warm up the same, making you pretty much invisible from the infrared.

Dunno if they've looked at snakes as well, but you can't really explain a survival strategy until you've figured in all the other animals that use an animal as Lunch. It could well be the camouflage intended for snakes also works pretty well against birds. As long as they don't move....

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Net neutrality-lovin' Sweden mulls law to censor the internet

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Re: Mummy's censoring me!

Gambling, end the regulation of it, is very much a sovereign matter for EU member states.

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Re: Mummy's censoring me!

Not really.. This is the government using a tool that can be (a)bused in many ways for, in this case, the protection of a state monopoly defined by law.

Gambling is pretty black and white: either a gambling outfit is recognised under that state monopoly, or it isn't and is therefore illegal to Swedish citizens. So it's well within the rights of the swedish government to try and limit the accessibility to such sites for their own citizens.

Mind.. the internet gambling outfits can start a game of whack-a-mole as well to avoid this, but that's a matter of whether or not IP blocks are effective...

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China to set up its own virtual currency

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Re: Blessing

Because the US government does not control the banks in the way China does, by a long shot. Roughly the same in Europe, really.

China can pull it off by designing/developing the system, and force any bank in China who wants to stay in business to switch to the new government-mandated system on such-and-such date. There's simply no way to do that in the US and Europe...yet. The banks themselves would have to form a conglomerate to define their banking on a blockchain based system internally and internationally first. Voluntarily. While the current system works quite well for them. Not within the next 10 years at least, unless there'll be "encouragement" from the central banks.

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actually...

I'm surprised they've taken this long..

Paper money/coin has, in many places, stopped being relevant. There's an awful lot, if not the majority, of transactions where any form of "money" only exists digitally as we whip out a card with a chip on it that tells a system...etc.. Cash still has some relevance, but it's not the defining thing it was, your bank balance, expressed in Booyahs, or DigFarts, or..., is nowadays.

Like the Bitcoin funnymoney or not, the system itself has proven that it's solid, and if you replace "mining" with supply by a central bank, and replace the Exchanges with something a little less sensitive to fraud and theft you have, in effect, still the same banking system, only with an upgraded way to deal with the bits and bytes that represent "money".

"Incompatibility of Blockchains" wouldn't be a problem either. No doubt all the moneychanging agencies would happily trade one kind for the other... for a fee. Just as they do with all the other funnymunny now. Makes no difference to them...

What the Chinese would love is that with a blockchain-based digicoin coupled to bank accounts, coupled to real people, you can very easily trace what money goes where. There's ways to dodge that as well, but overall it would allow for a much greater level of control and monitoring than you have with the current systems. Oh yes, they'll love that one...

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Google forked out a whopping $16m on govt lobbying last year

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well the trend seems to be the politician have twigged on the presence of the Feeder.. Given that all lobbying spending has gone up , the one important statistic here is that your average bri... Gift to the Cause has gone up around 10-12% this year..

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Bounty hunters won't blink until you dangle US$1500 bug reward

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economics 101

Amazing.. When the official reward for a decent vulnerability <<< black market price, people look at the black market first. Whodathunkit.

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That one weird trick fails: Google binned 780 million ads last year

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Re: When they can guarantee that advertising wont be a malware vector...

Well Google, in this instance, is only talking about its own ad service, and serving. And Adwords is relatively well-behaved when it comes to serving stuff.

Which leaves a couple of 100 other cowboys/clowns who range from "mildly annoying" to "specialised in pushing dangerous crap" who most definitely are not well-behaved. And happily serve the stuff Google refuses.

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Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine

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Re: "...respiratory depression and severe allergic reactions"

"Respiratory depression is a well known side effect of morphine and other opioids, it's how heroin addicts die of overdoses."

yeah.. funny that.. when you overdose, you run into more or less acute side-effects which are detrimental to your health. Whodathunkit... /facepalm.

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Oracle blurts Google's Android secrets in court: You made $22bn using Java, punk

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nice tactic..

Wasn't Oracle, in effect, the biggest patent troll of them all?

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Women account for just one fifth of the EU’s 8m IT jobs

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Re: none issue

"And the best way to dismantle these barriers is to start with children"

There you hit a problem... No amount of "You Can Be Anything You Want" propaganda at schools over the past say.. 2-3 decades has delivered any real results in this matter. And it's not as if , in any western European nation, a school that explicitly or implicitly promoted gender bias would be allowed to live very long. Especially the ones that are preparing kids for a higher education, like IT.

This is compounded by well over two decades of Preferential Hiring practices, which as the numbers show, still haven't had any real result.

You'd be stupid to go in IT as a woman.. Especially if you're competitive and career-minded. Not when the corporate world offers a career in HR. Why join the tussle for Pasha, when you can be the Grand Visier, and one that's considered Hard To Replace as well?

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Ultimately, if you want to go out that far, it makes more sense to build a decent lab/observatory that can actually accelerate/decelerate and enter orbit locally. It'd give you a nice spearhead in the neighbourhood, and you can do Science for years, instead of just a quick flyby.

It'll be 'spensive, but long trips *always* are.. May as well do it right, especially since arrival, at the best of times, would be something for the next generation.. Good practice for them in Legacy Equipment ;)

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Well , given that we don't know where it actually *is* , there's a remote chance that if it does indeed exist it may be in a feasible flight path.

The research shows its likely presence from the grouping of a number of KBE orbits. It does not tell us where we can find it, other than a rather broad band of possible orbits depending on the actual mass. Where in that orbit the planet is at this point in time the research can't tell us. The planet itself could be all the way on the other side of the Sun, or straight on an extended flight path for New Horizons. We don't know until we find the thing..

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Re: Planet?

Well, the published article does pose an idea of how a mass like that would have ended up all the way out there, and if they're correct "orbit clearing" would have been on the menu before the core was tossed out by the Dance of the Gas Giants during our solar systems puberal tantrums.

Fair warning: the article is not Light Reading, and the Math it contains may well cause recurrent nightmares of Highschool Days Past or other feelings of inadequacy. They're also pretty fair about the limits of their models, so anyone owning a fat cluster with spare time : They Need Moar Cycles...

But yeah.. They make a solid case. Enough to warrant a serious hunt.

Edit: a brown dwarf would have shown up on at least IR already.. Besides the mass is calculated to be around the order of 10 earth masses. Nowhere near enough to rival any of the Big 4, let alone a brown dwarf...

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

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well those papers were partially there because the Shouting about the Next Ice Age was a Thing...

From what I can remember of the pop-science mags of my Youf, most of them agreed that we were indeed due for another ice age, eventually, and then proceeded on with Mammoths and Sabretooths, not unlike Dinosaurs today.. Mammoths and Sabretooths Sold..

I do like the fact that the article presents the Roman Warm in context: conditions were most definitely not the same across the globe. Which only goes to show that things are a weeee bit more complicated than just "global temperature". And we still only need a decent Big Bang from a (set of) volcanoes to make things rather chilly.. Locally or globally.

And really.. a couple of meters sea level rise won't kill the world... It may, however, inconvenience a couple of armchair activists who will find their comfy little safe world shaken up a bit. *shrug*

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Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed by six months

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Re: Yawn

Well actually this one was a rehash of just about all 6 movies in a more or less montage-style setup.

Which leaves them the problem that they now need to move forward with the Story , and have to be *shudder* creative.

And you have to admit... If there ever was a movie that manages to crowd Tropes and Themes together in one single movie, it's been this one.. Haven't been able to spot the Mary Sue, but you got to leave something for the Fanfic crowd.. For the rest all the major ones, and quite a few minor ones, are all in there. Repeatedly.

AH well.. we'll see.. eventually. They'll engage Hype-r-drive come summer 2017, after all.

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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tools...

"an automated tool like a password manager"

For which the user chooses/forces the master password to be.... Can't win that way..

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The planets really will be in alignment for the next month

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Re: Red thing?

You could on the old, slow Channel ferries on the night run. Especially if you could get the purser to Ignore you and got up to the roof.

Then you hit the problem of not being able to pick out the constellations because there were too damn many stars... ( yes, luxury problem, I know... :P )

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Re: But...

"Leeeeet the sun shine in"

Cynically also known as the "Bend Over Deeper" song... :P

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Ad-clicking bots predicted to rip US$7.2 billion from Mad Men

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Re: Bot Vs Human

hey.. The ad agency has already taken its cut, and now doesn't have to pay out as well... win-win-win...

Who'd have thought that professional con men would use any excuse to line their pockets?

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Trojan-filled Chrome extensions for Steam boil off gamers' assets

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Re: Add-ons

"Steam haven't helped making virtual crap worth actual money"

RMT has been an issue well before Steam ever reared its head.. This isn't helped by the simple fact that most gaming companies claim to combat RMT, but effectively don't give a damn. It detracts from any potential profit, as it takes time, effort, and manpower. Quite a few of them even encourage it, as various associated activities inflate subscription numbers and server population, boosting the perceived "success" of a game.

And gods know you only need a couple of overentitled teens with daddy's credit card to make it worthwile. And there's plenty of those around. The competitive "winner" culture of modern Asia and the US doesn't help much there either. Nor does the "beat-the-system" culture in eastern Europe and the old CCCP.

It isn't "Steam". It's that people attach Value to game tat. And anything with Value can be traded at the black market.

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How to get root on a Linux box, step 1: Make four billion system calls

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Re: typo

set up as p4$$w0Rd ... ;)

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"if it takes a Core i7 30 minutes to cycle through the values of usage, imagine how long 232 system calls are going to take on an ARM-based phone. "

Is that with or without considering all the other Always On and Phone Home processes competing for cycles? :P

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SpaceX: launch, check. Landing? Needs work

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The best you can say that it looks like it landed on the failing leg a tad early after the final correction, making it possible something sheared because it was pushed beyond design limits. Given that this was the old model, this would not have happened with the one they managed to land landside, since that one's been designed to be able to take more abuse.

They did get it to a full controlled stop, however briefly, whereas the previous barge attempts were more like a controlled crash.

No need for hats tinfoil or otherwise. This was a good, and nearly successful, attempt at trying to get a very heavy brick from Mach 5.5+ to a standstill on a post stamp. Using just the brakes...

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Re: Extinct volcano

Not exactly. There's plenty of volcanos that are extinct. Magma chamber completely solidified, if not collapsed, no feed, with the fault they're on no more geologically active than background.

The biggest problem there, of course, it that they lack the one feature mandatory for a Volcanic Lair: the Lava Lake. You could create some of the infernal atmosphere with a couple of blast furnaces, which could double up as Fiery Pits where you could hang the Hero's Love Interest over, of course. But in all that would sort of amount to using a gas BBQ instead of proper charcoal and skill: It works, probably even better when you consider control of eventualities, but it just isn't the same.

I am , obviously, a Thradhithionalisht in these matters. ymmv for the modern crop of youngster upstart Overlords.

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Re: Sad that the BBC news...

How on earth is this a "failure" ?

So far SpaceX has shown that for a given launch they can consistently have a very large piece of fireworks go Up, get a short but intimate roasting by the second stage, come down at hypersonic speed through several layers of atmospheric conditions that may or may not be Friendly to said speeds being in effect, decelerate it safely and consistently, and have it end up at a predetermined place within the margin of the famed "10-foot rope" with the right side up, balancing on its own flame. In the case of RTFM ( sorry... that is her name.. period..) there's also trying this in/on an environment that's not really known for its spatial stability and wind-free conditions.

Given that SpaceX cannot afford to do test runs, and has to treat any actual launch as a test run in this matter, I think they're actually doing rather well, given the extremely limited amount of tries they've gotten.

So what failure?... This is bloody impressive as it is.

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"you clearly have no idea what salt water does to a rocket.... "

Anything red-hot or worse will

a) cool down at a rate which any blacksmith will tell you is "Not Good"

b) react with any ions present, according to entropic preference, in a rather spectacular fashion, with both speed and heat creating a convection that ensures a continuous supply of said ions. And that's assuming the bits aren't hot enough to dissociate the water itself, which opens up another can of worms.

Given that the hottest bits are the engines, and the whole purpose of the exercise is to salvage the most expensive parts of the rocket: the engines, landing it in water, let alone seawater, is, all things considered a Pretty Bad Idea.

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Nude tribute to Manet's Olympia ends in cuffing

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Re: Unsure about this one

and a lawnmower...

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Re: Unsure about this one

"Ah, but in performance art the audience reaction is part of the performance."

Yes. For which you have two options: you do it in "the public space" , in other words: outside. Or people , for whatever reason, pay to enter a non-public area to witness the spectacle.

In this case the (ahem..) "artiste" "performed" unwarranted in a non-public space, to whit, a museum which charges admission for its own purposes of education and entertainment. What she did amounts to Hijacking the Stage, which tends to be frowned upon by organisors and public alike, regardless of any merit of the "performance".

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Re: Unsure about this one

Given that the "artist" could have gotten permission to make and film her "artistic statement" outside of public hours, at the convenience of the museum and herself, the way she chose to act in this matter indicates, at least to me, a significant amount of deliberate attention whoring.

The latter may be part of "the Arts", but tends generally to not involve dropping ones' undies in front of the Public. Even in France..

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Bigger than Safe Harbor: Microsoft prez vows to take down US gov in data protection lawsuit

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The crux of the matter..

"The government can do so because it recognises no territorial limits to US power in its laws: everywhere in the world is the United States."

And the rest of the world is gearing up to Flip the Finger to that particular notion. And rightly so.

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Comet halo theory for flickering 'alien megastructure' star fails

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Re: A theory

Given that we're looking "edge-on" for this system, anything not a gas would be applicable. Which is, in fact, quite a lot without having to resort to science fantasy. Could be as simple as an asteroid belt with density variation caused by orbital bodies we can't see/detect.

F-type means the star is hotter than our sun, and as such has a shorter lifetime. Which also implies it's a tad younger, and could well be in the formative stage when it comes to the rest of the Bits Around It™.

Besides that.. If a species has the intelligence and technology of building something on that scale, you'd expect them to choose a location that's much more likely to be stable and well-behaved, such as a smallish G-type, or lower. If you're essentially building for a good part of eternity, using up the resources that can only be supplied by the sum total of several other solar systems ( and all that implies) , you really would aim for something powering it that stays stable for a good number of billions of years. Which an F-type most certainly isn't.

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It's Wikipedia mythbuster time: 8 of the best on your 15th birthday

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Re: There was always a near monopoly on encyclopedic knowledge

"Wikipedia is far from perfect but is still a brilliant example of how the internet is better and providing timely, wide ranging and free information with no noticeable drop in quality."

As always there's the question of your definition of quality...

As Wikipedia is now, it is completely incomparable to an old-style encyclopedia to begin with. The dead-tree varieties were all heavily constricted by available real estate, which web pages, by their nature are not. Where an old encyclopedia could just about manage to give the highlights on a subject, and some sources for more specialised reading, an average wikipedia page displays the gist of a subject plus the remainder of "established" available literature on the subject. .

So if you must compare accuracy, you will have to take the factual accuracy of the rest of the "authoritative" publications that were part of the condensed encyclopedia entry into account as well, given that those are an integral part of the bulk of the wikipedia entries. If you don't you're effectively comparing apples and oranges. Not a Good Thing...

Even then you're not even considering the update cycle.. Classic dead-tree ( if you could afford it) published 3-4 Addenda a year, a new Edition every other year, at best... Wikipedia's cycle, for good or for bad, is slightly longer than the actual speed of Editing. Somewhere between two minutes and a day for most articles..

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You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

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Re: Hmm,

Well, if memory serves me correctly, in the early days of the internet there was a game where you fought Viruses eating your Files , and you had to chase them down and shoot them in your Admin Spaceship, as they got closer and closer to your System Files through the levels.

Except that the game did exactly that... Delete the files you didn't protect..

With literal Game Over if the viruses did reach your system files... Was pretty well done.. fun to play if you had a spare machine, or a decent image..

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NASA books space shuttle delivery truck

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Re: BOR-4

Even less when you consider that that lifting body has to deal with hypersonic speeds...

Leaves very little room for..creativity..

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