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* Posts by Tank boy

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R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph

Tank boy
Trollface

"The total cost for the LADEE mission was $275m, slightly less than two F-35 fighter aircraft."

And probably a lot more useful!

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Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'

Tank boy

Staged

Let's see, a former KGB operative that changed the law so he could be elected (?) again isn't spying? Sounds legit. Or more like Snowden got shown his future accommodations should he go off-script.

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Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

Tank boy
Unhappy

Let them try

Pandora probably doesn't have deep enough pockets to really put up a fight, which is sad. The music industry really missed the boat when it didn't see the digital age coming, or they would have started their own streaming service in the early 00's. So what, are they going to go after radio stations that stream live broadcasts too? Why not just let people get a taste of the music so they go and purchase what they like? Unbridled greed, this is part of the reason why people are not buying your shitty music.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

Tank boy
Pint

One of Murphy's Laws of combat applies here

If it's stupid and it works, it isn't stupid.

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Win XP usage down but not out as support cutoff deadline looms

Tank boy

Re: Qualys who?

Right? If there's hospitals or other closed systems, no worries. They'll just keep what they got and march on. I suspect there will be a market in the future for folks to patch up their XP software.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

Tank boy
Mushroom

Stop it already

He contributed a measly 1k . With the cash in his pockets, he could have done a lot more. The fact that he quit outright speaks volumes. Whatever. He's probably guilty of a lot worse than sending money to some frivolous campaign, and he knows it.

One would think a person of his stature would realize that being in a region with deep LGBT communities he would have known better. That's probably why they shitcanned him.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

Tank boy
Facepalm

Good article.

MS really missed the boat on this one. They could have rolled out a new version/upgrade/update/etc. for people that absolutely need to keep XP because of the software they happen to be running/need. They could charge a nominal fee to keep the lights on at the HQ to make sure that XP stays safe, and although it might not make a lot of money (might even cost them money), consumer trust and more importantly brand trust would stay intact.

But they didn't, shortly after Windows 7, Windows 8 rolled out, and we consumers are stuck with what they offer.

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

Tank boy
Pint

Re: I've had a Win 7 menu from day 1 on Win 8

I did the exact same thing when I got my new laptop. I was so frustrated with the tile thingies and trying to rid myself of the bloatware, just got to the root of all the problems to make my life a little easier.

The best part: even the wife can use it now. Although that's a bit of a mixed blessing.

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Yahoo! keen! to! slurp! news! video! distie! site!

Tank boy
Trollface

Keep the band playing to calm the passengers

Excuse us while we re-arrange the deck chairs a bit. Nothing to worry about folks.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

Tank boy
Childcatcher

Re: Great but not for business

It works good for smaller businesses. A mega corporation, probably not so much. For chit-chat among workers/managers for non-sensitive communication it's really hard to beat free. Plus you don't have to send an email using sexydaddy123455@whatevermail.com to send a message to an employee.

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

Tank boy
Windows

So...

Is this like when they renamed Metro? Call it what you want to MS, it's still probably going to suck until you get the bugs worked out. Sort of like Windows 8.1.

Sadly, my new laptop had 8.1 installed, but I'm stubbornly keeping it for 6 months until I migrate back to Linux.

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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

Tank boy
Holmes

Snowden has nothing new to offer. He's just coming up with things to make sure his people know he's still alive and not in some gulag. When Putin tires of his ass, we won't hear shit from him except that ambulance chasing lawyer of his will just send out press releases. Snowden isn't dropping bombshells, he's just being Captain Obvious at this point.

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ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

Tank boy

Crimea river Snoden

You're running out of 'secrets' to sell, probably just a couple minutes away from a grand tour of a Siberian gulag.

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

Tank boy

Hold on here

He's so broke that he has to hire a lawyer to clear his good name? Smells of a heaping pile of horseshit. The last time I had to hire legal help the gentleman wanted to be paid up front win, lose or draw. What's this clown been doing to keep the lights on? Working with the 'geek squad' at the local Best Buy?

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

Tank boy

Re: Not much to do with Windows 8 (or 8.1)

"Had MS made an upgrade path, maintaining installed software, I would have done that in a flash."

Dare to dream.

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Tank boy
Unhappy

Microsoft missed the boat, as per usual

MS could be printing their own money if they had come out with even a modest upgrade to XP (for a nominal fee of course) and keep it afloat for a couple more years. Call it XP2014 or V.2, whatever, just let people keep what they got and more importantly, what works.

Win 7 isn't awful, but they really went off the rails with 8. So now I have to wait around for a new sucky Win 9 (codenamed; Aw fuck it, we just want your money), and deal with this mess that is 8.1 until they can work the kinks out. I didn't know what all the fuss was about until I got my new laptop, now I do. I'm sure 8 is great on the billions of tablets that they've managed to sell, doesn't translate to a laptop, and for my old ass, I really don't want to learn how to use a new OS.

Now get off my lawn and give me something good!

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Brit Bitcoin dev: I lost 'over £200k' when MtGox popped its socks

Tank boy

They'll get right on that

I suspect they'll have their crack detectives working in shifts to get to the bottom of these shenanigans. Your money is totally safe dude, it should be getting back to you shortly after they have sorted out the nefarious details... Oh it just goes on. There's a sucker born every minute

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

Tank boy
Pint

Re: Not sure what to think

"I wonder if her father made it clear that they couldn't tell others about the settlement?"

Of course not, it's Florida. It really should be it's own country, because they aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer down there.

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Tank boy
Facepalm

Make me read a little bit will you

You had me at Florida. Can we please force it on Spain? I'll even go back in the Army if we have to fight to force them to take it back.

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Final LOHAN test flights codenamed 'Punch' and 'Judy'

Tank boy
Thumb Up

Good luck with your endeavors. Remember, you can launch a train into space if there's enough thrust.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

Tank boy
Black Helicopters

Fatwa?

Yeah, America has drones for that.

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'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the WARMEST Januaries EVER RECORDED

Tank boy
Facepalm

I'm no scientist

A couple of cold days doesn't mean that there isn't a problem with climate change. It's not the weather it's the trends. I don't believe a word that comes out of Rushies mouth, or Trumps (the only person in the world that managed to bankrupt a casino) because they are bought and paid for shills.

I'll go with Bill Nye, who isn't a climatologist, said that climate change is real.

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HDS inks deal with Symantec: Plans to borg archive tech for DO-IT-ALL product set

Tank boy
Trollface

Re: AIMstor?

They'll probably roll it all up into one huge piece of shit.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

Tank boy

Re: wii - works for me

Precisely. We have a young nephew who comes by time to time (more now that we have a newborn) and after 5 minutes of meet and greet, he wants to fire up the Wii. We have no problem with that, we have a bunch of family-ish games (I have to hide the Mortal Kombat) that I picked up second-hand on the cheap. The wife likes the fit games (also picked up second hand, to include that thingy you stand on), and likes the idea that our young son (he's only 7 months) can inherit this system when he's old enough to play, and will be nice for a starter. I'm a non-gamer so this is good enough. I don't like that it looks like dog-ass on my HD tv, but for what it does, it was and is a good investment.

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

Tank boy

Almost pulled the trigger

I was getting frustrated with 8.1 I really wanted to put linux on my new laptop. I'm not a fan. It's not bad, but it ain't good. Mileage may vary.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

Tank boy

Re: Do people return?

Just got a new laptop with Win 8.1 after using Xubuntu for several years with my desktop. I'm really keen on the idea of maybe taking Mint for a spin to see how it does. I do want to give 8.1 a chance before I ditch it completely. Or perhaps I'll wait for Window$ 9.

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

Tank boy
Facepalm

I got it!

Buy another computer.

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

Tank boy
Pint

Re: What to do?

"Imagine an OS that's malware-proof because it recognizes obnoxious behaviour and self-heals."

Dare to dream. M$ would be printing their own money just on the initial rollout, and keeping the lights on with upgrades for years if they could crack that particular nut.

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Google bus protests are Kristallnacht against the rich – tech VC legend

Tank boy

Another way to say it

I got mine Jack, keep your hands off of my stack.

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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

Tank boy

Re: This calls for a conspiracy theory! Calls for some Pink Floyd...

"Did it go to sleep because it is on the dark side of the Moon"

There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark.

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Snowden speaks: NSA spies create 'databases of ruin' on innocent folks

Tank boy

Whatever

Snowden is at this point so out of the loop, he can say pretty much anything he wants and pass it of for truth. He could say that he has definitive proof that the tooth fairy exists and the NSA is keeping tabs on the situation, people would probably believe him.

Come on back to the states Snowden. You'll get your victory parade, replete with a police escort. You can make all the wild accusations you want from a Supermax prison in Colorado, which is better than you deserve.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

Tank boy

Re: Facebook is plenty strong

I agree, the rumors of Facebook's death are highly exaggerated. Are people leaving because of privacy concerns, yes. Are teens going to other social media, again yes. There's always going to be people that tire of something, but facebook if it can make a few tweaks, will still continue on, and not become the next myspace.

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Army spaffed MILLIONS up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report

Tank boy
Facepalm

So it isn't a problem only found in America

The US Army dumps piles of cash for recruiting, and shovels more money trying to keep Army Knowledge Online afloat (with diminishing returns on both). Having worked shortly with the Recruiting Command here in the US, I'll say that if some joe or jane isn't smart enough to figure out where the nearest recruiting station is located, they probably shouldn't be carrying a firearm or put in charge of multimillion dollar pieces of equipment.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

Tank boy

Re: It's part of a bigger picture

I was in the US Army, which just to add some degree of difficulty uses both Imperial (we call it standard) and Metric. The odometer on the tank reads in Kms, which must be documented, but we measure the fuel in gallons. Doing the math (or maths if you prefer) to convert Kms to miles is painful. It's even worse if you happen to be calling in naval artillery (that hasn't happened for a while) converting Kms to Nautical miles. Not a task that has to be done often granted, but c'mon now.

Don't get me started about the toolbag. Yup, metric and standard.

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Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man

Tank boy
Pint

Re: Norton gets my vote

Nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

Tank boy

Re: Battlefield Realities

Guess you haven't been briefed in about the concept of pivot steer. Please enlighten a tank commander how you would solve the problem of presenting a larger target to the enemy. Pretty sure I can pass on whatever you know to the Armor community.

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Tank boy

Oh dear

"I reckon the exoskeleton's processors will have a higher IQ than the grunts wearing it."

Guess you've never had to plot and call in an artillery strike on the move with just a map and compass have you? Call in counter battery fire based on the 'flash-bang' method? Thought not, stick to the video games.

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Tank boy
Boffin

Re: Battlefield Realities

You don't know a whole lot about tanks or armored tactics.

Most of the armor is towards the front, which under ideal conditions, you want to be pointed towards the bad guys. Turning sideways gives the enemy a much larger target to engage, the armor isn't all that thick, except on that beautiful Chobham armor on the turret and the skirts of an M1 family (mileage may vary on the Challenger II or the Leo family). Yes, the armor on top is weak.

Modern tanks are designed based on a very old standard. They have to travel by rail or by heavy transport on road (. The M1 can ride on a rail car with 6 inches of track hanging of on both sides (and yes, they do use a ruler to check). The wider stance helps to spread the weight, the added value is that it has a lower profile (in the Armor community we call that less to shoot at).

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Tank boy
Flame

Another boondoggle.

When I was in the US Army, they were looking for systems like these at a feverish pace, the tech just wasn't there when they started the much vaunted Force XXI Project. That actually bore some fruit after a few years (and much trial and error, sadly some in actual combat), but overall the Army wasn't tech saavy enough or really in touch with what the actual trooper on the ground wanted or needed. This will be a failure simply because the more power a system needs, the bigger the battery. That also means the longer the recharge time and something even more crucial, weight. Anyone that's been in a fight knows that lighter is better and the less that can break is worth it's weight in gold.

Speaking of breaking, can it be fixed in the field with a Leatherman, some duct tape, wire and a little elbow grease? Because if it does go titsup because it's damaged, but all it needs is a reboot, fine and dandy if you happen to be sitting in a tent. From my experience, things in combat rarely break under the most ideal of circumstances.

Just more money grubbing to try and fight that mythical "next war". Because clearly, the US Army and the civilians have been doing a bang up job so far with what is called "future planning". Just google Stryker. Or M2/M3 Bradley. Or MRAP. Those programs cost a lot of money, and don't get me started about what the Air Force and Navy have shoveled into the proverbial latrine.

Sorry to be ranty. I'm an old Soldier and subscribe to the KISS philosophy. Keep It Simple Stupid.

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Snowden leak journo leaks next leak: NSA, GCHQ dying to snoop on your gadgets mid-flight

Tank boy

Snowden has been out of loop for so long, any information, if any of it was legit in the first place, is well past it's expiration date.

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JAILBREAK! US smut spam king Kilbride flees minimum security prison

Tank boy

Re: Miserly

"USD $1 million is NOT "significant funds""

No it isn't, but that's probably just the money the authorities could find. Perhaps he busted out of the hoosegow to move some money around.

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Torvalds: Linux devs may 'cry into our lonely beers' at Christmas

Tank boy

Re: Perhaps he's been trying to install it on a dead badger?

We don't need no stinking badgers.

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The Pirate Bay changes domain again … TWICE!

Tank boy
Pirate

Perhaps they should get a domain in Somalia, they already have a lot of pirates.

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Harvard kid, 20, emailed uni bomb threat via Tor to avoid final exam, says FBI

Tank boy
FAIL

Happy this is over with

The wife and I live south of Boston, this story was the news all day. The Keystone Kops probably couldn't put 2 and 2 together that a bomb threat got called in on a day of finals so shut down half the city. Great work, now go get your coffee and doughnuts and sit in your cars checking your phones. Sad day for the Boston PD.

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Los Angeles' weather is just like MORDOR, says Brit climate prof

Tank boy

Re: Greetings from Los Angeles! Clear and cold (for us) this morning.

I always thought that the area in and around FT Irwin in the Mojave desert was very Mordor-ish.

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Submerged Navy submarine successfully launches drone from missile tubes

Tank boy
Thumb Down

Fantastic.

Is this how the US Navy is squandering it's money? Please Navy, tell me how you plan on recovering said drone, or is this just a "fire and forget" type of waste?

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

Tank boy

Yeah...

I live in the United States, I've been to that pawn shop, and there's more than one commercial to bear Rick's ugly mug. They are in the business to make money, plain and simple, further, they know a little about a lot. Pretty sure they aren't the most tech saavy guys. Chromebooks are great for what they do at their price point. I read a lot of the comments about people who install Linux (whatever flavor) to make them just a bit more functional. Which tells me several things; People that are good at fiddling around with their gear (or kit if you prefer) can make these things useful, or that for grandma to sit around and surf the internet makes this machine viable. If I had the extra bread laying around, I might buy one second-hand to fiddle with it (have to ask the wife about that first), but I couldn't justify using it as what we call a "daily driver".

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Saturn's moon Titan had swamps, say astroboffins

Tank boy
Pint

Re: Warning! Danger!

Everyone hates a redneck until they need one.

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

Tank boy
Pint

I like to see articles like this. There's no harm in trying to repurpose old equipment, and I appreciate any pointers. I thought about buying my wife a netbook on the cheap, stuffing some Linux in it so she could play games and such, but there just wasn't a lot of versatility to it, making it a unitasker. Coupled with the shortage and rarity of parts now that they are all but gone, couldn't see that kind of investment of time and money.

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GTA San Andreas: Now smack that disobedient hooker on your PHONE

Tank boy
Facepalm

Re: ...and I'm sure it will only need all of my available storage

That's what I was thinking too for my Kindle Fire. So they'll either dumb it down, or come up with something that crushes my Kindle. Worse yet, they'll make it playable from that cloud thingy everyone is screaming about.

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