* Posts by imanidiot

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Dutch court says BREIN should get e-book uploaders' names

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Re: BREIN

BREIN claims to be representing artists and claims to pay out to those artists it represents. Similar to Buma/Stemra. Also similar to Buma/Stemra however there seems to be "some discrepency" in how much comes in versus how much is payed out.

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Bezos' Blue Origin's first live Webcast a no-explosion yawnfest

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Yes, Origin are reusing the same hardware for each launch. It'll be interesting to see just how many launches they can pull off with the same hardware. That thing must take a beating on each launch. The hardware engineering calculations must be interesting to say the least.

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Re: Coming in very slowly

What Seajay said. And added to that the fuel reserve for SpaceX is extremely limited. They are basically doing a suicide burn designed such that the rocket reaches 0 velocity right as the landing legs touch the ground and right as the fuel runs out. They have very very little room for error in terms of fuel load and timing. (As the last SpaceX landing attempt showed)

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Lester Haines: RIP

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RIP Lester. My condolances to family and friends. The good ones always seem to be taken too young.

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Space Data dudes say Google lifted Loon balloon tune

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smart move or loonie move?

If I were that company I'd have left my patebts out of this. Breaking the NDA is much easier to prove and a heavy enough reason to get google to shut down their loonie project. NOW they risk Google bringing in a "person skilled in the art" who goes " well duhh" and invalidates their patent. Throwing their nice little niche wide open.

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Prenda Law's copyright-trolling shakedown scam slammed AGAIN

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Re: Interesting

Because they where immediately sanctioned by the judge in question. It was a rather unprecedented move from a US judge, which is why it keeps dragging on.

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Chinese loan sharks seek salacious selfies as collateral

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Re: Shurely

You'll be hard pressed in china to find anyone that doesn't care about their image/reputation. "Face" is highly important in Chinese society.

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Astroboffins' discovery gives search for early life a left hand. Or right

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Re: As Science notes, propylene oxide isn't an organic molecule;

Not just that day ;)

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Cygnus spacecraft on fire

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Re: IRONY

Does that qualify as ironic though?

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

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Re: Why didn't they...

Given the guy knew where to find the phones an knew his way around the perps had insider info. Possibly an inside accomplice got his hands on the badge of a coworker or they stole one from an employee

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Eds off their meds: Does this headline REALLY need to be so astronomically long it can be measured in parsecs?

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Journalists hate this commentor for one simple trick. Click here to find out:

Well donr indeed. Though that headline could have been longer. It's not overly long until it breaks the site layout!

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Cork data centre will offer super-speedy US to Europe data times

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Re: But *why* 320 km from a nuclear installation ?

Its because some radiophobic twat with no clue what a nuclear installation IS or what can realistically happen at one (very dependant on type) decided what a minimum safe distance should be to avoid being impacted by any sort of exclusion zone...

In other words it was pulled from the air and is based on pure bovine excrement.

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Grim-faced 'naut Malenchenko prepares to return home

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Re: Russian

Was about to post the same. Have an upvote.

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Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague

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Re: News at 10

For incidental messaging the one time pad is unbeatable.

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Re: ...or anarchy

No its not. The result is that there will have to be a better way found to deal with the issue. The problem is that the average terrorist nowadays has already learned not to communicate using the standard (broken) channels. The attackers in Brussels for instance had been pretty much silent on social media and communication accounts. Which means all this talk on breaking or banning crypto achieves is reduce privacy for the average citizen!

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Norway might insist on zero-emission vehicles by 2025

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Re: Hydrogen

@Jeffypooh, you are correct. Doesn't really change the outcome in terms of efficiency.

@aks. I know that. I'm also not saying that. I am only drawing a parallel between what the Hindenburg disaster did for airships and what would happen in a new hydrogen incident.

@sir alien, there is no such thing as low pressure storage for hydrogen if you want any sort of approximation of efficient energy density. Hydrogen for these purposes is stored at 200 barg or even more. Petrol (and diesel even more so) is surprisingly hard to ignite and even harder to get a proper explosion. Not so with hydrogen which will explode at a very wide mix ratio band, has an extremely low ignition energy threshold and can burn from even tiny leaks. On top of that the flame from a pure hydrogen leak is almost invisible and very very hot. Much hotter than a fuel explosion.

I have worked with the stuff and it really is not to be taken lightly. It is not even close to comparable to working with petrol of natural gas.

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Re: Give & take

The same sort of discussion is happrning here in the Netherlands, but is it really that strange that temporary incentives are just that? Temporary? I find it only logical that as the amount of electrical vehicles increases the amount of subsidies drop as well.

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That would be pretty much any vehicle produced after circa 2004 or thereabouts. Not really a realistic proposal

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Hydrogen

For when stuff needs to be well and truly complicated. The wait is for the first large hydrogen explosion to claim lives in a busy area and hydrogen will be dead in the water again. A modern day Hindenburg if you will. From experience hydrogen is a pain to work with and the consequences of doing something wrong can be severe.

On top of that, where do people think the hydrogen gas is coming from? The most efficient way we have is frakking oil. And that is not exactly energy efficient or environmentally friendly. AFAIK noone is running an industrial scale electrolysis plant for hydrogen production.

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NASA 'naut to boldly enter pump-up space podule

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The module isnt made to collapse again in space. On top of that its too big for any space vessel remaining in service for return to earth. And even if it were, return handling costs would far exceed any sort of hostorical value.

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Would YOU start a fire? TRAPPED in a new-build server farm

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Percussive maintenance is a tried and tested method proven to be 100% effective in showing why equipment is non-operational.

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Re: Could you not

Did you not read the article? His laptop had already died, and there was no other equipment around...

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Re: stern words warranted

My current place of employment has a mandown system for those who have to work alone for some reason. Basically an oldtimey cellphone shaped thing you clip to your belt that starts beeping if you havent moved for over 60 seconds. You then get 30 seconds to cancel the alarm or it sends an automated alarm to the securitystation and the security callout line and also starts beeping like all hell.

I personally hate the things but do see the use.

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stern words warranted

That situation warrants at the very least a sternly worded letter to your boss and the highest boss of the DC involved. It all worked out this time, but that was a seriously risky situation to be in.

Also, am I the only one who thinks it strange someone is allowed (let alone wants) to work in that situation without a buddy present? Accident happen. Even a minor one can turn deadly if there is noone to help you out. At the very least it'd be someone to talk to to while the time away.

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On her microphone's secret service: How spies, anyone can grab crypto keys from the air

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Re: OT

It seems the average commentard builds upvotes at rougly the same speed. So anyone that was around when the badges were instituted is reaching the silver requirement at pretty much the same time.

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BOFH: What's your point, caller?

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The boss and the PFY have become rather patient of late... What is going on here? Has the boss secretly switched their coffee supply to decaf? Tranquillizer aerosol into the mission control air vents?

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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Re: Why do they *never* have reasonable sizes?

I am also normally a size 11, but this is basically on the very edge of what most stores seem to stock. Some don't go over Euro 45 (why I don't know as I'm quite sure size 46 is actually pretty much standard for the land of Cheese and Windmills)

Now try finding a pair of womens heels that would fit my dainty feet! (Never let your friends record you while you are all too smashed to otherwise remember a drunken bet the next day, is all I'm saying). Impossible to find in a real store, eventually managed it online for a price that wasn't too eye-watering to keep said drunken bet

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UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

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Childcatcher

but its all to protect you

Think of the children will you!

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TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

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This is why

You don't keep banking and payment sites logged in or store the password on the machine.

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Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?

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This just reinforces my opinion

that 99% of hiphop and rap is just pure unoriginal shit. Can we please just stop calling these people "artists"?

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: Good. Simple is best.

In the garage? More like up and running to do the household balance sheets while doubling as a space heater and cat perch.

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ISS 'nauts to inflate pump-up space podule

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Its not really about the drag. A different module is planned to be attached to that particular port after BEAM gets removed (cant remember what atm). The station doesnt have that many suitable ports left and BEAM isn't set up for long term habitation (hence the 'nauts only entering it a few times for short periods) so BEAM gets ditched for something better

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Goats boost solar power

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Re: Weed whacker is more eco

Pretty sure human powered pruning sheers are even less energy efficient. Humans tend to need a lot of high energy foods too. Not to mention all the other stuff a humanoid weed extermination device likes to have.

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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

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and the ZuckerBook begins to show its tentacles

No doubt this implementation of DRM happened under pressure from FaceBorg. If it breaks their company, they deserve it.

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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Re: Betteridge's law of headlines.

@massivelySerial,

The answer to that last one is actually also No! Its just that nowadays the old metrics used to measure "innovation" have become pretty much useless.

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Modular phone Ara to finally launch

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too much bother

For the average consumer this will be too much of a bother. I predict it'll be a massive flop.

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: What was he thinking?

What I don't understand is that "possession of a firearm while intoxicated" is not already a crime in the US. Either you get to carry a firearm or you get to drink booze. Either, Or. Not both. Firearms are dangerous at the best of times. Having easy access to one while boozed up is just stupid. Drinking and driving is already (rightfully) heavily penalized. Even sitting in a car with the key in the ignition while fast asleep is enough to be charged with a DIU (intent to drive, basically). So why isn't having a firearm on your person or close-by ready to go a similar offense? The consequences of having an accident are greatly similar.

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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Repeat after me:

Correlation does not equal causation!

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TalkTalk customers decide to StayStay after £3m in free upgrades

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contract lock in and expiration

So how many of that stable base remained because they are locked into a fixed lenght contract they feel they cant break open? There might be a delayed drain coming.

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UK.gov pays four fellows £35k to do nothing for three months

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Had almost exactly that sort of job once

Would not do it again.

Doing fuck all for a day is fun for a day or 2. Then the boredom sets in...

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'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

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Re: "How can I prove it?... How can I prove it?..."

That stash isn't actually worth that much as dumpong onto the market is sure to dilute the value considerably. Its still a lot but the size of the first hoard means the total number of bitcoins remaining is a lot lower and this scarcity is what makes bitcoins have any sort of value.

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Meet the malware that screwed a Bangladeshi bank out of $81m

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SWIFT said that the attack didn't exploit a vulnerability in its security systems and was entirely dependent on an attacker compromising a local terminal

I'd call that exploiting a vulnerability in the security system. ..

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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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I suspect the boss will soon follow

The boss might find himself stuffed soon too. Into a roll of carpet, in the back of a white panel van, next to a sack of lime and a shovel.

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Re: "A bigger hammer was employed" [...]

If it doesn't fit, you need a bigger hammer.

If it breaks, it needed replacement anyway!

--> The one with the 2 pound lump hammer in the pocket please.

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Soyuz to loft Sentinel-1B Earth-watching sat

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Re: assembly

When it comes to building rockets the size of the Saturn 5, vertical assembly is pretty much the only way to go.

Horizontal assembly brings with it a number of challenges that put extra strain on the vehicle body, which requires extra material for it to withstand those strains. Doing so on something the size of saturn 5 means adding a lot of extra kilograms and so losing a lot of weight you could be using for fuel and cargo. IIRC horizontal assembly was considered for Apollo but decided to be too difficult and complex to work. Vertical assembly was actually the simpler option!

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Flame

I'd think making mating jokes when talking about giant flaming fallusses was kind of superfluous.

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

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Re: Did the rules change?

The yanks are very protective of AF1 itself as well. Don't want anyone snooping around there either!

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Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app

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Next step

The "real" free range farmers come up with a new label to mark their eggs as being provided by happy hens. And thus the overgrowth of different labels and "quality brands" begins.

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It's high time the US finally overhauls its election system, because as it is now it's beyond broken.

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