* Posts by JCitizen

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Re: Why go to the moon?

Nah! We'll all be crispy crittered by a gamma ray burst event, and the whole solar system will be uninhabitable.

Maybe someone will perfect warp drive! ;)

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Not even GCHQ and NSA can crack our SIM key database, claims Gemalto

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Re: No air-gap?

There's more than one way to jump an air gap - I think Snowden has featured some of them.

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Google looks to scrape away scumware, as only it can

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Re: Download.com and the rest

I hope you don't include MajorGeeks in "the rest". I rarely have a problem with crapware over there; in fact I can't remember one incident, although I'm sure they get by occasionally.

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Visa's tokenisation scheme to debut in Australia

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Not sure this is the end all solution..

Or even close - Just read on Krebs on Security about it and see what you think for yourself. There is no mention of P2P encryption, which depending on how you implement it with the token, could possibly make all the difference in the world - doubt Australians would want to afford that - it would probably be horribly expensive.

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Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver

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Re: re: The meteor ... didn't hit Earth so much as we hit it

I do have a problem with that "from behind" report, as the factoid of 45,000 mph sounded way to fast for that vector!

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Security hawker gives the bird to mid-east hack group

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The lack of posts so far -

Pretty much indicates how much of a threat we feel so far. I'm surprised Kaspersky even filed much PR on this one. I'd defer, in the future, if I were they.

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A cookie with a 7,984-year lifespan. Blimey, Roy Batty only got 4!

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Re: ... don't forget the LSO "Super Cookies"

That's right - this is really old news, as CCleaner has been removing all known LSO's for years now! I have never read anywhere, that it can't verifiably remove any tracking data no matter what form.

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Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

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Huh?

Maybe in your narrow point of view yah - but all we hear on this side of the pond is daily, how he has overstepped his authority! But I also notice no one is actually posting a constitutional challenge to what he has done yet. So I reserve any opinions until he is challenged in the courts.

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Re: Refreshingly intelligent statement

I have not heard such good words from our President for years! This is the one time since his last election cycle that I've heard such encouraging words! The only way toward freedom in the world is complete informational security for all; including the rebellious lot among us! History has proven that we already had the 911 miscreants in our sights before it happened, but we just had too much protected information gathering in place, to coordinate a defense. Now we have gone ham handed toward the less freedom friendly side of the scale - and not really anymore safer in the whole of it! I would rather have as complete a guarantee of free speech and reasonable expectation of my 4rth, 5th, and 10th Amendment rights; even if it meant a few terrorists got through! Live free or die - I always say! As freely as you chaps on El Reg communicate, I'd expect you'd agree! Maybe not!

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Check Point buys bare-metal security upstart Hyperwise

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Just a lift up on CheckPoint

I've been using CheckPoint's Safe@Office UTM appliance for years, and even weathered concerted attacks for some of those periods during 2005 to 2008, where by they were never able to break through, despite some mistakes on my part, which I quickly learned how to mitigate.

All during this period, I was supplied monthly attack analysis on who, what, and where these attempts were spawned. My top attack IP address put them in China at a military installation, which was also responsible for industrial manufacturing of the veritable AK-47 that was popular in the US as a semi-automatic sporting rifle. I thought this to be a bold attitude, but then it migrated over the years to universities in China, and finally to undefined addresses of commerce ISPs inside China's borders. Now I can't guarantee you will have such an exciting time in the near future - but I have a feeling this is why they (CheckPoint) are attempting to continue to stay on the bleeding edge of security technology.

I cannot speak for enterprise level companies, but as a small business, I can only say that we were given an edge over some larger businesses in our protection. And this gave us a survival stature, that brought us over the top. I'm not actually saying they had the best tech out there, but they had something a completely clueless small business could make it on, and if only you were aware what was going on, you'd realize just how good it was. It is the lazy or ignorant owners way to a front row security posture.

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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Re: JeB Bush? TL;DR

I actually think Jed Clampett would do a better job as President of the US! HA!

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Re: Voting market stifled for lack of choice

Not if I can help it. I go to the caucuses and vote for the candidate I want in the primary elections. However, I'm only one member of one state - you can't control all 50 of them. We actually do try to select who we want before the election starts - Don't folks in the UK do the same?

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

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Re: Still Unclear on Concept

You can tell it has Microsoft rattled, because they have messed up more updates in the last two patch Tuesdays than they have in 5 years! I'm going to have to stop doing them right away, and wait at least 24 hours to see which ones are causing freeze ups, and every other order of grief for the end user.

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Wink if you want to see more of me, say Swiss boffins

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Re: Useful

That's for sure! Can you imagine what a person would look like with silver irises? I shudders the thought!

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Uber hits PANIC BUTTON after India threatens to BAN dial-a-car firm

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Preferences

I'd much rather be driven by a robot any day!

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Keylogger: Somebody STOP ME! Oh hang on, I just did

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Re: QFX

It will pass some of the AKLT tests but not all of them. However IBM endpoint can take care of the rest. I might try the test kit on SpyShelter, I haven't used it in years. I use QFX when I'm not in an SSL session, or the browser is closed. Rapport cannot protect you, or doesn't claim to, then. There is still screen capture and/or video capture though. It would be nice to block that all the time; a good HIPS is all you can do to hopefully fill in the gaps in a blended defense.

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Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

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Flash

Seems like most sites play with any modern browser without the flash application installed. For those of us that have to have flash installed for other applications to work you should have version 16.0.0.296 for all types installed.

Many experts on Krebs on Security maintain it did not completely mitigate the vulnerability. It is causing a lot of confusion, but having EMET 5.1 is always a good thing to have on board. As far as flash goes, Chrome uses their own in house version, and the Chrome update addressed a pot load of vulnerabilities to that browser as well. All modern browsers newer and including IE-11 seem to play most flash videos without any special Adobe products in your programs folders. There are two applications:

1. flash for Internet Explorer - Active X

2. flash for non-IE browsers - Plug-in

As far as I know number two is only for FireFox; any corrections are welcome.

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Symantec data centre security software has security holes

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Ach! Geeze! Symantec!!!

We always advised against that company at everyplace I ever worked. Fortunately our CIO always listened.

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Top senator blasts US Homeland Security for leaving cyber-drawbridge down

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Devil

This is probably why he is outgoing...

HA!!

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ALIEN fossils ON MARS: Curiosity snaps evidence of life

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I'm completely open to the truth myself...

Because I am a Christian. I have no preconceived ideas about creation, because I strive for the truth, as much as is humanly possible. God works in mysterious ways, and I'm not qualified to judge it at all. The Bible is truth, it is just that the creation story is also just a representation of the truth, just like any parable written within. If wondering about creation were easy, there would be no need of faith!

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

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470 years is nothing...

What would be amazing is if these planets didn't end up like the earth, of whom very likely was struck by a mars or smaller size orbiting companion planet - which means we might actually be BEHIND this newly discovered planet by about 4.5 BEEELLION years! HA!

I welcome our new overlords! 3:)

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NUKE HACK fears prompt S Korea cyber-war exercise

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Re: I would hope ...

U.S. Star Wars program tests with actual existing "smart" interceptors have proven that they can change direction instantly and at high speed. We don't even have to speculate into the future, it is already here. The thrust of some of those things equals the weight of a battleship, so yes they could do that maneuver quite easily, but the movie was silly to suggest no computer control - as if alien worlds would have such clumsy computers matching our old Earth technology in a far flung galactic history.

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New fear: ISIS killers use 'digital AK-47' malware to hunt victims

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I say!

Citizen Lab has a rather nice ring to it! I'm not sure why? (nudge-nudge)

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Re: Fake beard jihadi chic

Dear AC: yes they had a good anti-recidivism rate - because they also participated in the Jewish Pogroms. They weren't prejudiced, they just killed everybody.

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Funny how SONY..

an organization, that might as well be a card carrying member of the Yakuza mob, and found enough chutzpah to use computer science to spy on all of us - thanks to the MPAA in their back pockets - but were too stupid to realize that similar outside influence could not possibly finger them for attack as well! Pure languor on a large scale, I'd say!

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Re: What got hacked exactly.

It has been my experience in the past that nation state bad actors do not change their colors much, as they are so arrogant they don't feel the need to act as smart as you and I, as geeks, would assume they would. It would not be unusual to assume they have learned their lessons in the past 5 years or so - but I wonder; because when you look at the notes left in a compromised network by the attackers, it is very difficult to write a comprehensive shit list to total fantasy. I'm saying reality bites, and the bad actors have no imagination to make it look like anyone else is truly at fault.

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Chinese responsible for 85 per cent of website scams

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Coat

Unfortunately there are still be...

enough of the old Apple users who were spoon fed the adage that Apple is invulnerable and nothing can possibly happen to you if you use an Apple device. Oh well!

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Taxi app Uber plugs 'privacy-threatening' web security flaw

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I'm not worried anyway!!!

If they try to "boof" me, they will find out too late my CCW permit. And if they try to tap my home, they will run into my "gang" and some nasty booby traps! HA! I say the honey pot is worth it to catch some scabby bastards!

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Microsoft lets YOU kill POODLE in Protected Mode sites

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Tested all browsers under x64 format..

All tests defeated POODLE - you make it look like Microsoft can take away the protection - this sounds ridiculous to me, because we are all dropping obsolete secure socket layer conventions without complete Microsoft overview. - Just say'n!

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Net neutrality: Cisco, Intel, IBM warn FCC NOT to crack down on ISPs

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Hmmm..

ARPA started the internet with our money....all of a sudden ISPs think they should profit immensely!...Hmm!, maybe the whole world is not in our bailiwick, but we in the US have a right to comment - I have commented to the FCC three times now - the 1st time the servers at the gubbamint crashed because the US gubbamint doesn't know how to craft a decent web site - but they claim they can regulate it - Humm? So then I have commented once by direct contact by a staff member at Chairman Wheeler's office, but that was not apparently enough so I have left a message to punctuate my displeasure at his office once more. We citizens need to get off our arse to defend our rights, otherwise they will be usurped by posers who claim to have our best "interests" at heart. As far as wireless, these bastards have very little right to take over OUR airwaves as WE definitely OWN that!! End discussion!

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Sony Pictures MEGAHACK: Securobods pull out probes, analyse badness

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Mushroom

Re: Proof the N.Koreans did it

HA! Good one Guido!

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DNA survives fiery heat of re-entry on test rocket

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Holmes

Re: Andromeda Strain.

Or the old harbinger of doom - great comets in the sky. History is replete with plagues after such events - kinda makes you think a space virus could have floated down the atmosphere off cometary dust, and directly caused such calamities. Dust would not necessarily reach velocities that would burn up on the atmosphere, because it could have been going at almost the same speed of the earth as it entered the dust trail. This lower velocity would mean the dust could float down, without enough gravitational acceleration to burn up in the 1st place, and terminal velocity would quickly be reached. Most of the incidental dust orbiting with earth is going 38,000 mph and would burn up, but I'm assuming the comet would kick things in gear by adding some velocity to match the earths speed at 66,000 mph in orbital velocity. I don't see it as impossible at all.

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SandWorm thrived thanks to botched MSFT patch says HP

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If I were HP

I wouldn't throw rocks in a glass house - even if they are right. I've not been very impressed with HP software either!

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Texas boffins put radio waves in a spin

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Re: allow full-duplex operation of a phone on a single frequency

Well from the state that brought us Texas Instruments, who came close to beating Intel to world wide CPU dominance, I have confidence they'll work it out.

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EFF: VPNs will crumble Verizon's creepy supercookie stalkers

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Avast offers SecureLine VPN..

I thought that offer was a little excessive, but now I see why. Of course ALWIL Software would probably track you too, but no more than most cookies do out there anyway. I'd have to read their EULA to see how invasive they are.

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Plasma-spaffing boffins plan spaceships driven by FRIKKIN' LASERS

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Re: Fascinating concept

With today's tracking capability it is no problem to track the rocket engine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_9ac-w4DW8#t=40

The tests I saw used hot air blasted by the laser to power the jet. No fuel was needed except the electricity to power the laser. The laser can be based on the ground by a fixed point, and track the engine for thrust. Science like this may save huge amounts of fuel for the regular aircraft industry, as it could aid in liftoff, which is where most of the fuel is burned in the first place.

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Virgin's SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave Desert during test flight

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FAIL

To add to that..

The US press is saying that it was pilot error and not part of the proper test procedure.

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Pilot error...

(or co-pilot) The news has said. I'd never live that down if I survived the crash! :^(

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Spooky GHOST LIGHT reveals DEAD GALAXIES torn apart over 6 BEEELLION years

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Re: Now what we need here

Speculating on the chaos that would happen to the planetary orbits of such ejected stars is amusing. I imagine they bounced around like being on rubber bands, and some of them would be flung off as well! The tidal forces on the individual planets would be disastrous to say the least.

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Popular Science site shrugs off malicious code infection

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Devil

Apparently..

that type of "science" is not popular enough! HA!

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Re: Nuclear

I was sure that a recent study with a new reaction chamber, was capable of a specific impulse that would make a NERVA system unnecessary. In fact, the propulsion was going to need almost as much energy to slow the space craft down as the original acceleration. I seem to recall it used a new microwave chamber to ionize the fuel, and got fantastic specific impulse figures!

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Securobods RAGE over $600k Kickstarter Tor box components

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Devil

Like the Chinese didn't put back doors in the chips anyway.

OOPs! There goes any resemblance to privacy!

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What's happened since Beijing's hacker unit was exposed? Nothing

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Boo fricken HOO!

I've been against all this since the "Patriot Act" was signed back in 2001, and I've been against everything they enacted since! Why? Because I knew it would be turned against us, and was totally unnecessary to keep us safe! Democratic Republics can be SO STUPID! When they turn into fraidy cats! WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HOME OF THE BRAVE!!??

/rant off

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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Re: I'm not worried about spam...

As far as I'm concerned Bill was right, but it took until 2013 or so. I never get any spam - just my junk mail box does, and even very few of them are exactly spam, just annoying emails from legitimate businesses. I check it every blue moon to see if any legitimate actionable emails need to be reclassified. I never get spam in my inbox in Windows Live.

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X-Men boffins demo nanomagnets to replace transistors

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Yeah, there was no in the rear with the gear in the 'Nam!

My computer science instructor was a punch card tech with one of the biggest central personnel computers in Vietnam, when his hooch got hit with a rocket. He said it landed right where his head normally would have been and blew up his wall locker. Even the nerds got shot at over there!

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You dirty RAT! Hong Kong protesters infected by iOS, Android spyware

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All your devices are belong to us!!

Honestly - does anyone here seriously think the PRC doesn't have back doors and/or circuit hijinks built right into the chip technology? A friend of mine (who shall remain anonymous) caught such a design at a lab in Malaysia of a die destined for China, when he/she started asking questions they hurried my friend out of the lab right straight away! How can any of us honestly confirm there isn't a Chinese ghost in the machine of any device sold all over the world - Chinese chips are everywhere! Is our governments actually checking on any of this? I doubt they even check devices made for critical departments of the Armed Forces!!

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'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault

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Rare?

I'm sure it isn't an everyday thing to find such fossils, but maybe it would be more common if paleontologists did more volunteer work, instead of just paid work studies. I've probably worked for free at least 1/4 of my life probing, walking, and digging for anything interesting, and I and my buddies have found bullets not made since 1886 embedded in bones and other artifacts, fossils with sharks teeth embedded in bone of who knows what, in fact it isn't sure what animal bit what other animal, but I am lucky enough to live in a region where one of the largest shallow seas was existent in the CT boundary. We've also found paleolithic arrow heads, knives, and spear points embedded in antlers and bone from the period - these are not tools or such fabrications but obviously from chaotic happenstance - my buddy is a collector and doesn't want to sell them, so he does not share the booty with archaeologists. I've been trying to get him to keep notes and at least record the GPS coordinates so scientists can follow up with studies some time in the future! Perhaps these boffins need to get out more?

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'Space bubbles' may have helped Taliban down 'copter in bloody Afghanistan battle

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The news I got may have been inaccurate...

but I got mad as hell when I heard it, because everyone knows if you going to run an LMG out the back of a shithook you BETTER hookup the safety line!!! This should be muscle memory to everyone that is air-mobile - I know the heat of battle can rattle your cage, but I still don't see it as an excuse.

The biggest DOH! About the whole affair is that after ALL we learned in Vietnam, and we still don't send gunships with these missions! Ridiculous!

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Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

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Dat gun wasn't even loaded!..

HAA-CHA-CHA-CHA-CHAAAA!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdYQvMYWP5k

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Obummer promised we'd gain respect in the world..

Then he pulls so much stuff the US is in worse condition as to opinion world wide, that it is even worse than when "W" was in office! Then he makes a statement like that! Believe me, we in the US know full well how stupid our politicians are here, but we can't vote in any better because the choices is limited! Sorry - Republican Democracy is messy - it always has been - ask the Germans about the Weimar debacle. For those of you who may be confused the word "Republican" does not refer to a party but a concept of a Democratic Republic - not "Republicans" - Thank you very much!

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