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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Where did it all go wrong?

It was all a gambit in the Cold War.

We got there first. Things cooled in space, didn't cool Earthside.

Reagan came along and his advisors dreamed up Star Wars. Not as a national defense, but as a money drain on the Soviet economy reflecting our efforts.

It worked.

Then, Bush the Elder found we needed a service economy. In an economy gearded toward the Reagan professional.

The rest is attempting to achieve third world status.

For, the well educated populace is impossible to control. The ill educated populace, triviial to control.

As for paranoia, I learned about OBL back in 1982.

Do you *still* want to play and attract *more* NSA attention?

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Well, shove your asshat northward.

I long knew this and more.

I watched the lunar landing live.

I remember Apollo 13 as clearly as I recall JFK being shot in the head, both of which I watched live.

I also watched the US decline as the USSR declined, then work hard toward achieiving third world status.

Something I *never* enlisted to achieve.

So, sod off, sonny.

Lest I become far less polite.

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Re: sign of times ?

By your standard, Columbus would've been better served with a bottle and a letter.

Still, the US is a faded giant, lacking an enemy that offers more challenging interests.

The US *only* went to the moon because the Russians put a rover there that did *extremely* well. Facing some nonsensical lunar base military force that did not exist, paranoia forced the US to put men into an aluminum can about as stern as a beer can and shoot them at the moon.

Then trumpet it a bunch of times until the populace found a trip to the next town more interesting, as they didn't comprehend the danger of the lunar excusursion.

In short, it was all cold war bravado.

Something I tired of after losing a few friends in various events that "never happened".

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Re: Chinese chest puffing?

Actually, I'd give *real* money to see it happen.

It'd jog the US off of its "successful" ass of mediocracy and into innovation again.

For, now, we're awaiting the barbarians at the gates to rescue us.

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Re: Not Complete non-news

Well, when I was in my teens, I recall some newsworthy event in 1976. Some bicentenial thing about colonists being revolting or something.

I also recall 52 birthday celebrations, OK, 51. Can't recall my first birthday, my earliest memories are from when I was around 18 months old.

Then, there was that Edison anniversary.

Various and sundry other celebrations on technology and I'll not even go into our national worship of things warfare.

The latter being somewhat special to me, as I'm a retired veteran, but really don't find warfare worthy of celebrating, only its end.

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Re: Complete non-news

Erm, dude, I was gone from 2005 to 2010 from the US and a bit preoccupied with some war thing and rather strong men trying to kill me and my teams.

But, I recall seeing more than a few stories on just this subject, both before I deployed and since I returned.

So, I'll suggest that either you failed to pay attention due to life events or you choose a better news outlet for your information.

I tend to use CNN, Al Jazeera and BBC for general information. I have a handful of special interests that also include other foreign news sources, but they're outside of this context.

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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OK, reality check here

In my first three minutes of research, upon learning of this recent hole in the ground, I learned some interesting facts.

First, it's a near-permafrost area. Near, not permafrost.

Second, it's an area with a decent amount of water in the ground and soil.

Third, the area is lousy with natural gas.

Fourth, the area is lousy with shallow methane deposits from decompsition.

Add point three and four together, as natural gas and methane are pretty much the same thing (there's some very modest differences, but it's in dilutant gasses for the most part, isotopes being the larger part).

What one geologist suggested seems likely.

A methane bubble formed long ago. Ice and water did their thing, melting ice freed its "cap" and let it vent as a big bubble of fart gas from hell.

The rest is "mystery".

There's no hint of conflgration. There's no hint of detonation. There's less than no hint of impact, vaporization, photon torpedoes, phasers, disruptors or anything else mythical.

Only earth tossed about by modest pressure and nothing heated/burned.

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Spinning SPACE DUCK is comet-chasing Rosetta probe's PREY

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Re: the Age of Miracles & Wonders

If it's all the same to you, I'll pass on the flying cars.

People can't drive them on the ground, I'd hate to see what a crash in mid-air would bring raining down on my roof.

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: Why am I not surprised by this?

" But I wonder, if they intercept a 13 year old's sexy pic, will someone charge them with child porn?"

Actually, yes. The NSA is part of the US DoD and hence, has anyone viewing, trading or collecting child porn arrested and charged for the crime.

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China trawls top-secret US personnel lists – report

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Re: Congratulations to the Chinese for ...

You're not much of an IA type.

The baseline configurations were DISA issued, via the gold disk. They most certainly were not NSA issued.

The NSA likely had input, but so did NIST and JTF-GNO.

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Re: No attack necessary

OPM is for government employees, military and contractors.

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Heh, same here.

Though, it's long been a dream of mine to meet Buzz and tell him happily, "Buzz, you most certainly did *not* walk on the moon! You shuffled, you hopped, you fell on your, well, everything save the top of your helmet. What you did *not* do was walk.

That is something reserved for much nearer one G or a bit more (much more ends up a different shuffle).

I suspect I'd not get punched, but receive a rueful chuckle.

For, indeed, it *is* the truth.

Walking isn't an option under lunar gravity from someone born, raised and *very* recently still living under one G.

And something I learned from NASA lunar archives that were suppressed for decades. The Lunar Follies, where astronauts were spending more time falling than walking. The shuffle being the worst for causing falls, due to unseen rocks beneath the regolith dust.

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In a way, our unenlightened OP was correct.

Evolution is far from slow at times, positively glacial at others.

It all depends upon major changes creating pressures and vacancies in an ecological niche.

Consider the humble domestic turkey. A creature evolved by man, which we proclaim as breeding, to its desired proportions of what we can purchase at market today. In a remarkably short amount of time in *human lifetime years*, that bird was bred from the wild version that is a far, far cry from that domestic bird.

How much harsher a taskmaster is nature itself?

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Printed diode can slurp power from phone signals

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"You can make a diode out of a piece of coal and a wire."

Forgot about that one, did remember POW's using a razor blade and a wire for a diode for a radio.

Years ago I considered gathering and rectifying stray currents from mains current usage. Right until I calculated the wavelength.

Of course, today, our environment is so much richer in frequencies and "lost" signals of a much more easily utilized wavelength.

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Don't panic! Mega cloud biz group says NSA just one among many threats

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Re: No cloud is still the best option

Why, you're absolutely right!

Why, in 2008, the US DoD networks were able to ignore cloud attacks.

By actioning other vulnerabilities to over one billion dollars on first response, the second response (due to your thinking pattern) was classified, but more.

In the civilian world, the cost ends up confidential, but an onus enough to bear significant expenditures in protecting.

Under your candle, everything will be compromised, hence isn't worthy of protection.

The *reality* is, one monitors, then proceeds on a value based computation of a plan.

Rather than jump into a bear trap, leaping for some rabbit.

Or be Target II...

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Crypto thwarts TINY MINORITY of Feds' snooping efforts

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Re: "terrorism-related investigations"

"IOW the other 500million+ US citizens being spied on 24/7"

So, somehow the US acquired 200 million additional citizens this week, huh?

Learn about what you're going to go on about, you'll look a lot less foolish when you comment.

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Re: Goal Defines Intelligence?

With a modest amount of respect, terrorists are not idiots.

Indeed, based upon direct, personal experience, many are quite bright.

But then, I've spoken with some during questioning or after my teams captured them.

It's the body bomber that isn't very bright, in a way, but over average intelligence. The reason is that one cannot get a moron to conduct any attack that would likely end his or her life. That is something studied by multiple governments, as no sane nation would enjoy sacrificing their brightest, rather than sacrificing their dullest.

The planner, manager and supervisor types *are* quite bright, otherwise they'd have been captured.

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Re: If the police state

Because, people lost the capability to speak in person and write down notes. Right?

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HESS-II scope spots its first pulsar

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Re: Oh dear

Well, gamma ray or particle moving at relativistic velocity.

One determines which is which by the amount of energy in the signature.

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Your Android phone is a SNITCH: Wi-Fi bug makes you easy to track

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Erm...

"...The idea is to conserve battery by allowing a phone to connect to known Wi-Fi networks even while in sleep mode, since Wi-Fi uses less power than the mobile data radio."

First, that is a well known *feature*, not a bug.

Second, only the most seriously mentally challenged cannot Google the result to turn off the "offending" service.

I did it a while ago, as it annoyed me that wifi kept trying to connect and worse, successfully drained the battery more quickly.

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Future Apple gumble could lock fanbois out of their own devices

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A patent does not equal a product.

The capability is present, hence, Apple patents it and can then generate income from those who would, on good faith, create a product that did perform as this patent suggests.

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Oh SNAP! Old-school '80s Unix hack to smack OSX, iOS, Red Hat?

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Re: dot and slash

"...could be hijacked by hackers abusing a hard-coded vuln that allows them to inject arbitrary commands into shell scripts executed by high-privilege users."

Erm, compromise the high-privilege user, own the system anyway. Be it a user with ill will or a user managing to have a malware product installed.

The simple truth is, anyone with high-privilege access essentially owns the system at worst, the entire network at more worst. Hence, the story is nonsense fluff that warns about excessive privilege granting.

In short, something that *should* and largely is, industry standard.

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

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Re: Damn - now I need to go off-grid as well

Gotta go with you on psyops, but I suspect it's more innocuous, a factor of poor understanding of what is required to track *global* power fluctuations in manpower alone.

It'd be annoying to just track London, bewildering to track New York city. Incomprehensibly man hours horrific globally. Even for remote monitors to send data on grid fluctuations in a particular area (which would be, by necessity small, due to ground current differentials and assorted other phenomena.

So, I'll go with an ill informed (sparse are those truly informed on the subject) correspondent reporting on "well, I don't know, it *might* be possible".

Hell, with the saturation level required, we'd have a massive payoff in monitoring wind, temperature and humidity and get 100% forecast accuracy.

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Brit SPACE HEDGEHOG team flies student Mars payload

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Re: Is one of the experiments...

"Mind you, they taste so awful that actually they'll probably find that there is some medicinal quality to them!"

Strange, I have heard the very same thing said of Marmite.

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NIST shows off one-way photon-passing metamaterial

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Re: How about using a magnestrictive or piezo substrate...

I was thinking of that initially.

Then, I started thinking of standing waves acting as waveguides...

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Re: Sir

"...but at only one-thirtieth of the original intensity."

Reminds me of early germanium transistors.

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Re: Useful!

"However it was later determined that using a laser to blind a human violated the Geneva convention..."

Wrong convention. It is the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, which is protocol IV of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

That said, if one had a laser with enough power to kill, that would not be prohibited. Only blinding is prohibited.

Don't blame me, I didn't write or ratify the conventions. :/

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Re: Useful!

"Do sniper scopes have a problem with transmitting light in the wrong direction?"

No, but they do have the annoying tendency to reflect ambient light, such as sunlight back at the target.

Thereby making the sniper a target.

That said, this would be useless for a sniper scope.

The rest of your comment was spot on. :)

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Re: Very clever.

EM field can rotate polarization.

One could also use different substances that would alter emission/reflection.

Just a couple of quick thoughts off of the top of my head.

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Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

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By the principle used by Microsoft, I can claim control of any superhighway, as criminals use them for a quick get-away.

No proof needed, only some logs of activity and claims that the activity is illicit and the superhighway is mine. Just as the domain is Microsoft's.

Who needs law enforcement? We have the corporations rescuing us from our wallets contents.

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Microsoft in hunt for the practical qubit

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Re: "whoever successfully builds a reliable, mass-producable qubit"

"Do you honestly think that an HP or an IBM is going to let Bob's Bit Shack and Hot Dog Emporium come to market with a technology that could render them obsolete..."

Erm, you *do* realize that quantum computers won't replace those companies "bread and butter" product lines, don't you?

That said, both corporations would likely license any mass produce-able quantum computer technology and produce their own high end products. Especially Big Blue.

You're not even comparing apples to oranges, you're comparing apples to granite slabs. Not even in the same kingdom, vegetable and mineral, quantum and binary.

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Re: Practical?

"Admittedly, a lot of what they do is take someone else's work and refine it..."

You mean butcher it, "giving" out an emasculated version, rather like their first antivirus solution, their stolen first disk compression solution, terminal services that are chopped up versions of Citrix, etc.

Microsoft either steals or buys products, giving a limited and sometimes broken version with the OS.

That said, Win 7 beat the crap out of Vista. But then, one recalls Win ME...

New tech from MS tends to be... Broken.

Then, next version gets it somewhat right and later versions finally get it right.

But, a *good* OS is one one does not have to reboot weekly.

Full disclosure:

I have long been a Windows SA and AD admin, as well as *nix admin. I'm not an information security professional. I'm comfortable enough with Windows of any version as to happily delve into the registry and perform a bit of surgery as needed. Even to the point of manually exterminating malware, just for a bit of fun and figuring out what the crap is actually doing.

Not to drop too many versions, but I can still edit win.ini and system.ini on a Windows 3.1x and can still administer a Windows NT 3.51 server, NT4 server, 2000 server, etc.

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Re: A quantum computer running Windows?

"Say what you will about Microsoft, but they have done a damned fine job of delivering ever more functionality while requiring less and less horsepower to drive it."

And in another century or two, they'll finally catch up with *nix.

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NASA uses new technique to snap high-res asteroid images

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A bit of cooperation, a bit of innovation and a lot of perspiration gives us these magnificent accomplishments.

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DINOSAUR BLOOD: JUST RIGHT, as Goldilocks might say, if drinking it

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Re: Say what???

Gotta go with Mark there, otherwise we have to change all of the laws of aerodynamics.

As aircraft *do* fly under those laws, I'll discard the nonsense about the atmosphere being super dense and requiring more lifting surface in that denser medium.

Or as a hint, fish "fly" in a far, far, far denser medium than the claimed four times denser atmosphere. Note how their fins are tiny, compared to wings on a bird.

Now, speaking of birds...

Remember them? The surviving dinosaurs? That rather knocks the global notion of all dinosaurs being of a tepid temperature blood.

Other theories suggest a mixture of exothermic and endothermic dinosaurs, which, considering the wide variety of dinosaurs, one could conceive of a wide variety of body temperature.

Mother nature seems to have been experimenting quite with abandon, throwing all manner of thing against the wall to see what stuck.

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Anonymous plans hacktivism against World Cup sponsors

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"You're making the classic mistake in assuming that 'Anonymous' is some big sinister organisation..."

Which is why the vast majority of the "group" are simple script kiddies.

Of whom stealth hacking is an unknown art.

Frankly, being threatened by Osama bin Laden or being threatened by Anonymous, I'd be more worried about OBL.

And he's well and truly dead.

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New Apple iOS to help fanbois thwart Wi-Fi network spies

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Re: Alternative Title

It's security theater.

That said, I'd be a bit interested to see the scheme. It could eventually proliferate where a MAC collision would occur.

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Plastic is the new rock, say Geologists

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OK, let me get this straight.

You say the following:

"The paper identifies four types of plastiglomerate, namely: "

Then, promptly contributes *precisely* three types.

Then spouts off nonsense.

Then ignores geologic weathering effects.

Screw it, ignores frigging reality.

Spanks for nothing.

Reality, plastic is an environmental problem, be it "harmless" or a cancer causing agent.

But, that isn't the topic of your alarmist bullshit.

So, with no due respect, SOD OFF!

I'm seriously and honestly reconsidering my subscription and network filter rules, after many years.

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YOU - NASA. Enough with the ROBOTS, get some PEOPLE to MARS

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OK, a few things first

My first niggle is, I'm not an American. I'm a citizen of the United States of America (and a few pet names, at some times, during certain political environments. Suggest fascist or similar). To call me an American is to diminish my neighbors of Canada and Mexico. Of variable worthiness, due to our own nonsense over the centuries.

OK, the last century or so. Thank heavens for the north, as cold as it is... ;)

OK, on a more serious and mixed honesty note, considering the above was purely honest, but some things I'm not permitted to speak of honestly...

The moon thing: Pure cold war. Otherwise, it'd still be cream cheese, or whateverinhell your culture called it. Not a dusty, nasty, vacuum laden version that defeated Dante's hell in logarithmic spades!

Mars.

Cold war done. Who cares.

Reality:

Sun gets hotter and hotter.

Earth gets more, erm, interesting due to our pollution.

Meanwhile, the Earth *will* become utterly uninhabitable, regardless of human or political interests.

But, zero planning is made for immediate changes, zero planning is done for short term changes, zero planning is done for long range reality.

Humanity is doomed to undergo a brief period of strangeness, with some drowning, mixed desertification, really weird annoyances, then blast furnace on steroids heat that melts the crust of this pebble.

Annoying to me is, I'm handing over this mess to my grown children *and* my grandchildren, knowing that assholes will continue to screw the works up.

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

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Re: Eh Hello?

Already done.

"assuming weekend visitors don't let their wives/girlfriends venture out alone at night."

Mothers in law are encouraged to venture out alone at night.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

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Re: Yank my chain

Methinks El Reg fumbled this one a bit.

I know quite a few Brits who *love* crispy bacon, aka American bacon.

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Jade Rabbit nearly out of hop

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That is a great effort at a first go!

Let's see now.

They launched a rocket into orbit. They escaped low Earth orbit and successfully transitioned into Lunar orbit. They then managed to soft land the probe.

Of course, the Chinese didn't have to contend with two incompatible measurement systems, like we do in the US.

They then managed to activate that probe for a bit.

Now, likely as not, they'll have better materials science to support future and even more successful space operations.

Space is hostile enough, adding a solid body into the mix complicated things tremendously.

As NASA learned when Armstrong nearly ran out of fuel landing, then learned that lunar dust was a tenacious beast that followed astronauts everywhere.

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How about printing your electricity?

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Re: umm, no

"Also include the ancillary costs of compliance for US here in everyone-is-free-land..."

Tell me about it. I noticed our township has a bucketload of ordinances on solar panels alone.

Thankfully, we have no homeowner association to contend with. We refused to buy any home where the literal tyranny of a homeowner association exists.

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Beautiful balloon burst caught on camera

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Re: Is that the 'globe' of helium that remains for a few frames?

"Probably talc for the abovestated reason."

Probably, but it sure remained in close to the same volume for a *very* long time. I believe that model records at 60 FPS, which is quite a long time when gas (and debris within that gas) becomes rapidly decompressed by confinement loss.

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Privacy International probes GCHQ's mouse fetish

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Re: This is very puzzling

It's called punitive damages. Destroying senseless items as punishment for an "offense".

Law enforcement in the US used to be infamous for it, destroying random items during the course of a search and seizure under a search warrant.

Eventually, the courts explained to law enforcement that a search warrant was *not* a search and destroy order and that law enforcement had to compensate for damages done to private property.

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

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Re: Hang on...

The problem with Red's theory is, explosives don't create a vacuum (there is a low pressure component behind a shockwave, but it's not a vacuum). They don't consume oxygen, as their oxidizer is included in the mixture.

It was a combination of crushing the well head, covering it with debris and flame separation that was pretty much dumb lucked into the original research.

Now, what can go wrong with a brush fire and explosives?

Other than blowing hot fuel, vaporized oils and embers about?

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Space hackers prepare to reactivate antiquated spacecraft

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Re: Very nice

Give it time, the far right lunatics will come out blasting how the money shouldn't be allowed to be wasted.

It seems that if they don't like something, tax dollars *and* everyone else' money should be prohibited from being spent upon it.

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

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OK, to simplify it by a lot. There is no such thing as matter, it's all energy vibrating in the form of strings.

Those strings that sit around, combined with other strings can create that stuff we normally refer to as matter.

Now, take a gamma ray photon, let it slam into an electron, it'll release an electron and positron in opposite directions. Combine those (or any positrons and electrons), you'll get a gamma photon flying out in opposite directions.

Now, to get really strange. Loads of energy in a confined area won't permit that matter stuff to form, too hot and energetic for that rest thing (OK, trainloads of math there). Expand things and let things cool off, matter can form. There is charge-particle symmetry. For all matter particles, there should have been equal antimatter particles. Something double plus ungood if one is trying to make stars and planets. But, there isn't. So, symmetry is broken and some ideas are about that suggest why and how that is.

Proving which one idea is right (or every one of them wrong) is why high energy experiments are performed.

With more knowledge about how the universe works, the more cool things can be invented. Tunneling diodes immediately come to mind, which makes microwave communications cheap and easy. Like with cell phones.

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Re: So by slamming electrons into a block of gold ...

Fine by us here. We'll suggest that, just as soon as you can shit out positrons.

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Re: Cart before the horse?

Well, the theory is quite well established. It'd be nice to see an experiment prove or disprove the theory.

Of course, many an experiment that had an "Hm, now *that* is funny" has lead to major breakthroughs in science and technology, some of which we're benefiting right now from.

Just as some complain about the cost (apparently, anyone with money must spend that money the way commentards decree it), forgetting that that "pie in the sky" science has resulted in the very computers that they're bitching about it all on.

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