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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

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It goes to prove, the astronomers were right.

Mars blows.

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KILLER ROBOTS, DNA TAMPERING and PEEPING CYBORGS: the future looks bright!

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Re: How about?

Second upvote.

"...though the study found that personal flying craft..."

Damn! But, they can barely drive on the ground, now they want to play rush hour bumper cars in the air too?!

@Mark, better the family tree that is a straight line than those whose family tree is lousy with tight circles.

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Win gorgeous strap-on, enter whole new world with Reg compo

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Re: How can I be the first one to say that another sort of strap-on

Fair enough.

Such excellent and groundbreaking news!

I still have two sets of MyVu units here. Company came up, made noise and sales, then went tits up.

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Arts and crafts store Michaels says 3 million credit cards exposed in breach

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Re: They should offer money.

Gee, we know that we caught your house on fire, burning it to the ground. Here's a fire extinguisher.

Bloody hell, *over* a year of breach and it went utterly unnoticed until fraudulent activities were reported.

I guess Helen Keller was dug up and made CIO.

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Astronomers spot hint of first EXOMOON, possibly

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Exomoons are as unlikely as exoplanets.

If you have enough debris to make a planet, either impacts or capture is inevitable.

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Honeybee boffin STINGS OWN WEDDING TACKLE... for SCIENCE

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"If he takes a bullet ant sting to the balls in the name of science, I'll buy him a beer."

I'll buy him a room at the mental hospital. For after he recovers enough to be released from the emergency department.

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'Yahoo! Breaks! Every! Mailing! List! In! The! World!' says email guru

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Re: DKIM abuse

"Mail admin FAIL I think."

Well, hire the incompetent! They work cheaper.

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Re: The Good thing about Yahoo

Haven't had that issue here and I'm on some fairly high volume mailing lists.

Perhaps it's restricted to the web client? I use imap.

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Re: Yahoo shmahoo YES THIS

"So folks like jake who in their ignorance think certain domains should be discriminated against really rub me the wrong way."

I disagree. But, on the basis of performance and annoyances, such as spam.

If one domain leads the pack in distributing spam, it *should* be discriminated against until they get their act together.

Otherwise, one is constantly playing with the filter to let the spam leading domain traffic through, then catching merry hell for the spam coming in.

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Re: Yahoo shmahoo

"Have they come to the conclusion that email just doesn't pay?"

Yep! Right after they *finally* followed Google and let users use imap.

Can't push those adverts through imap.

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"Err, so isn't the fix that MailMan etc. need to rewrite the DMARC/SPF headers ?"

So, let me get this straight.

*Every* mailing list in the world must comply to Yahoo's changes.

Isn't that what Microsoft said when they bungled TCP/IP, Kerberos, well, pretty much every protocol that they didn't originate or steal?

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Re: usenet

"We need to handle spam somehow as it, and its variants in the form of ads etc., will kill a lot more of the net eventually, I fear."

Well, the US and pretty much every other nation has plenty of drones now... ;)

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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"Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy fame has posted an animated gif..."

Not really. I've known Phil for ages and am quite familiar with his blog.

He's really good at showing how some notions are wrong, but some people suffer from fixation.

They have their own view of what is and it borders on, or even crosses deeply into the realm of delusion.

And worse, they're not shy about sharing their delusions with anyone unfortunate to come across them.

"Either or both of these caveats argue for Curiosity to live up to her name, and to get the hell over there and check it out. But this is NASA, so they won't."

OK, I'll bite. *Precisely* where is "over there"? Can you provide precise direction and range?

That said, if it's repeated and the location of "flash" corresponds to the same area, it *would* give a decent range and bearing. I know of a lot of geologists who would *love* to know what mineral could withstand Martian sandblasting and still remain reflective.

I'd pay real money for it, get my glasses made of it so they won't scratch or chip.

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Re: Caesar's Commentaries on Marco Polo's Dinner with Prestor John

Wow, reading that took me from the bar scene in Total Recall to Earth Girls are Easy. ;)

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Re: Backlit dust devil?

"I thought it could be a backlit dust devil..."

The fact that it was front lit rather rules it out as well. Look at the hills and see what is better lit.

Now, if they kept getting something like that, it'd be worthwhile to see what reflective mineral survives being sand blasted, yet can still reflect.

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Re: Too bad

"As it plainly states somewhere in the first half of the Bible/Koran/DSM IV..."

Ah, but in DSM XVVIVXXI, it plainly states that lifeforms are all over the bloody place and that the intelligent ones are blithering idiots.

Got my copy from a Doctor, when I popped into the wrong Turdis that turned out to be a TARDIS.

Next time, I'll check the sign more closely. Can't get those pepper pot guys ichor out of my sand shoes!

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Re: "or similar..."

"Now back to NASA spokesperson, Captain Black, in Mission Control."

If we're going to play that show, I vote for an investigation by Captain Scarlett. Johansson. ;)

Damn, but did I give my age away in knowing what show that was.

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Re: "or similar..."

"Laser wouldn't hit just a few pixels in one camera, mon."

Unless the rover itself had the laser and that was the scintillation return.

As the rover doesn't have a ranging laser that I'm aware of, NASA would know if the thing was on and a lot more should be scintillating, we'll say that a laser is flat out wrong.

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Re: Now with added JFK

True enough. Everyone is more of an expert than the experts who work with the equipment that they designed and sent through space to another planet to explore is.

Even money, it's just a piece of schist.

Excuse the lousy pun, but it could as well be a flash reflection off of a rock. Some people forget that some rocks are shiny.

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'Graceful' solar flare erupts from surface of Sun – NASA vid

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Re: I did like

Something we both slept through?

Hence, the inability to recall its name.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Re: Choose your poison

Here, here!

I'll pass on the scotch, but will take a fine Irish whiskey.

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Re: So access to information

I'll side with the author's opinion.

Nobody wants to admit being affiliated with a bunch of assholes that are foaming at the mouth of a lot of nothing.

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Microsoft spells out new rules for exiling .EXEs

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Re: Pot meet Kettle..

"When I got there, I found 30 instances of 5 differrent click-jackers on the machine! It seems many came over from his old XP machine, which had around 200 instances of malware on it!"

Well, I had a brand new XP box and deployed to the Middle East.

Within a minute of *modem* connection, I saw connection to my $C.

I terminated connection and examined what Gateway sold me, software wise, in rather a bit of detail.

When I reconnected, I had already ascertained no rootkit nonsense, no new connections to C$ and admin$ was long gone (thank the Gods of careless Computing for letting me miss that!).

One burst of intracranial flatulence is all that it takes.

As for Microsoft, my wife had a Vista64 box that was incorrigibly slow. *Nothing* this old BOFH could do could make it run reasonably.

I upgraded to Linux.

The 64 bit system operates as advertised. Even her Facebook bullshit games work far, far, far, far better. Which means attempts at consuming 100% memory, but failing to and still operating.

Even better, it plays moving pictures of our grandchildren quite well!*

*Intentional use of a relatively ancient term. I'm equally comfortable in a low tech, no tech or high tech environment, operationally. I far prefer high tech for comfort. ;)

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Re: Kudos

"Man, the MS shills are getting up early these days! What are they paying you to say these things?"

I'm an information security professional, but a former BOFH.

My very first thought was yours, followed instantly by "what if" licensing bullshit.

Knowing quite well Microsoft's leverage habits and licensing games, I call bullshit and suggest it's a ploy to either extort other software providers fees to support their software and updates or the most laden in support requirements feature in the history of mankind.

Consider how many updates there are for the shitware Adobe Flash, Java and its seventeen million fixes, then consider smaller company software, such as Autocad and open source software.

Knowing Microsoft's history, it's either the most laden for support good idea or it's a poison pill, as any who refuse to pony up and is popular will lower the usage of the OS.

In one, I'm thinking in particular. Adobe Flash, as Facebook is built upon it and requires incessant updates for their nonsense games to work.

And to be honest, is the quickest reported problem in an the update system.

When the worker is pissed off that their favorite "program" doesn't work, the helpdesk overflows. We get notification.

So, with no due respect to either fanboy calls or fanboy denouncer nonsense, I'll sit back and kick into play either side of the aisle and see who remains standing.

My preferred vote is for one of the *BSD, though not Apple's version.

And for full disclosure, I'm using a MacBook Pro. Which gave me major heartburn to properly secure, but retain operational status.

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Re: Kudos

Know *my* first thought?

Adobe has to pay up or be blocked for updating by SCCM or other remote update.

The same for Oracle for Java.

Leaving all non-Microsoft software not updated and leaving *all* systems not using 100% Microsoft products vulnerable.

Well, unless they and all open source product producers pay up.

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

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Re: Why bother with...

Well, the US would simply use landmines.

For fellow US citizens, blow me. I'm a recently retired veteran. I *know* what we'd do in war.

And turning it into an ugly joke.

My preference was always what our teams did. Remove our claymore and bring it forward when we shared our misery with the miserable SOB who demanded our presence.

I'm just glad to be retired from such unpleasantness. :)

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Re: Hacked?

"Rubbish, just poor airmanship and an excuse to mitigate the insurance payout."

Or the equally common and increasingly common radio frequency interference.

But, no. It's the *hackers*! Murder-death-kill all "hackers".

I mean, really. Chances of a hacker controlling a frequency hopper is variable, they have to figure out the hopping scheme, control protocol (not that many, but still) and then take control and ram the drone into someone for what benefit?

Credit, that none have taken?

Profit, which none have manage to find?

Sorry, either bad airmanship or RFI.

Per my old drinking buddy, Occam. ;)

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NASA's LADEE: A Great Gig in the Sky, now on a death dive to the Dark Side of the Moon

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Re: Crash it where?

Hmm, that's a thought. A near miss might jog that rover back into operation.

After all, we all know that technology works better once one slams it hard a few times.

Works great for hard drives, never hear a complaint about one again after a few slams on the users desk.

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ACLU launches user-friendly database of every Snowden doc

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Re: My $1 says

I'd agree. First, they're already on foreign servers and the Streisand effect is in full force.

Second, even the NSA knows better than pick a fight on civil rights with the ACLU. The ACLU tends to win quite often.

Their reason for existence is to sue over civil rights and they're quite good at it.

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Re: Hey, ACLU, ever heard of the OSA?

The law gets muddied as to document presence and reading of from UK based services, such as Guardian. Still, as you said, foreign nationals accessing a foreign nation's secrets from a civilian site, that is not much of a starter in a UK court of law.

In a US court, it rather depends on the jurist's political party as much as anything else. :/

Well, that and how much money is backing the accused.

For, the US government *is* the best government that money can buy.

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Re: speculation

"Is it an NSA ploy to "amend" content in a way that obfuscates the original content?"

ROFLMAO! Apparently, you are ill informed as to who the ACLU is and their relationship to the US government.

We'll suffice it to say that the relationship is less than cordial.

Just shy of the slightly less cordial relationship the US government had with Bin Laden.

ACLU has managed to get more case law written on civil rights than any other organization in US history.

Which makes them rather unpopular with strong government advocates to the point of repeated denunciations without any shred of evidence that the ACLU are all "communists".

Typically be people who are utterly unable to explain precisely what communism is.

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Re: @AC: Better host it somewhere safe

"Nonprofits are not charities."

Wrong. Nonprofits may or may not be charities. What is required is that the corporation shall not retain a profit, but must disperse it to its contributors or through its efforts.

That the rest of your statements are predicated upon your misapprehension on what a non-profit entity in the United States is, the remainder of your complaints are groundless or totally incorrect.

That employees are paid competitively is not something of consideration for non-profit status, which is as well. Professionals should get pay in accordance with their works and worth. To suggest otherwise is a rather anti-capitalistic view!

I'm an information security professional. Your misapprehension suggests that if I am engaged as an employee of a non-profit organization, such as my local church, I should either not be paid or be paid a pittance that I'd not be able to pay my bills with!

The fact is, my local church, even the Roman Catholic ones, can't afford my services. Their higher echelons can, but again, your notion is that I'd need to be non-profit as well. If that were true, no church or other non-profit entity would stand in the United States, as no employees would be able to afford to eat.

Now, do we need some reform in the non-profit legislation? Absolutely.

But, one first must understand what the law says and not operate under some misapprehension of what it thought to be what the law permits and prohibits.

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Re: Better host it somewhere safe

It's a shame that you pay as little attention to law as you do to making intelligent comment.

DMCA won't impact any such "order", as the NSA documents are not copyrighted or patented. They're covered under the Defense Secrets Act of 1911.

Totally different animals, where one is a civil penalty and opens one to litigation damages by copyright holders and the other is a criminal statute that can land one in the house of many doors for decades.

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Tesla in 'Ethernet port carries data' SCANDAL

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So, let me see if I have this straight.

Tesla vehicles can be hacked via the ethernet port.

So, I now have to worry, if I were to get one of these vehicles, about someone driving alongside me, opening the car door, opening a blind dash compartment and inserting a custom cable and accessing my navigation and indication system.

Because ethernet and wireless are the same.

Or something.

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Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive

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Re: When they catch these crims

Sorry, but civilized people do not torture people to death, regardless of their crimes.

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Re: That's the sad bit

The NSA is part of the US DoD, which is prohibited from acting in a police capacity within the US.

As monitoring crime and providing evidence on that crime is acting in a police capacity, they are prohibited from doing so by the Posse Comitatus Act.

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

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Re: even my ipad is broken

You should see my macbook pro, with its extensive dents in the areas above the battery and hard drive.

Interesting fact, reading spectacles slammed down over a macbook pro hard drive will result in hard drive failure. Something I learned three times.

I've since learned to put them down more carefully in an emergency.

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It just turned midnight here, well, a half hour ago. I'm in the process of turning back into a pumpkin, which is a remarkable feat, as I am a pumpkin the rest of the time.

Still, my goal in the morning is to write up a fine post on my US Constitutional right to drunkenness. It will involve the repeal of prohibition, hence, my right as one not confiscated by the government on a Constitutional basis, to be drunk.

Said post will contain intentional logical and legal fallacies that Helen Keller would spot, be somewhat longwinded out of necessity of proving idiocy in a point and fall fatally upon the sword of reality, case law and history.

Hopefully, it'll even be humorous to all readers.

But, if not, my laser armed hawks will take care of them.

BOFH Mk II.

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Re: Rolf Apilo?

"Next we'll have Cat6 trees as crops when the spaghetti fields need a rest .."

Now you're in trouble. Monsanto was working on both.

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Re: Good effort

You obviously have no experience in interpersonal dealings between corporate executives.

It's the principle that counts, not the money.

But then, one ponders the date. ;)

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CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

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Re: What happens if a God Particle meets anti-matter?

Two seconds on Wikipedia found a cited statement.

"The Higgs boson is also its own antiparticle and is CP-even, and has zero electric and colour charge."

Hence, your fourth downvote.

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Re: Einstein's answer:

So, if anti-hydrogen were to meet with anti-oxygen and heat, it would not combine to form anti-water?

Wrong.

The electrical charge is opposite. The rest remains the same, according to all current observations and theory.

It is expected that gravity will attract the antimatter the same way that matter is attracted. As it's not been experimentally done before, it is being done now.

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Re: Errr, please describe the experimental setup...

OK, in small bits.

The beam must be well collimated as it is accelerated and hence, is well monitored to ensure it being so.

Otherwise, one would end up with eroded walls of the accelerator.

So, the beam leaves the accelerator, travels a distance and smacks the target.

The distance to target and velocity of the beam gives the target size. One uses a large target in case there are unanticipated results and to gauge noise.

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Watch your brain LIVE in 3D, then train your mind from inside it

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What is this in reality?

Biofeedback 201.

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Re: What do you mean there's no app for this?

Do stick your Android or iPhone device within the fMRI machine with you.

It will make for the most entertaining, if grisly results.

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Google researcher says government hack attacks on journos on the rise

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SSDD.

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Re: I want...

Head Too Heavy To Lift Man.

Titanium is midline between density and strength of steel and aluminum.

Calcium is far lighter.

But, go for it, oh, man whose head is stuck on the floor man. :)

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@TheFinn, I didn't watch the video, but am rather well acquainted with the complexities of facial bone-muscle attachments.

Daunting is to put the task at hand at a minimized level!

One ponders a medal higher than a mere Nobel Prize...

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Homeopathic bullshit relies upon the inane belief that a trace memory is present in fucking water.

Water remembers when you pissed in it a century ago, if you're that fucking old.

It remembers a trace of antibiotic that was diluted enough to not be noticed by a single bacteria.

This recall is because it wasn't so diluted it couldn't be detected. I read the original recall alert, as I'm on more mailing lists than Cater has Little Liver pills.

It was nearly at therapeutic levels, but sterility and quality was not assured.

So much for some homeopathetic bullshit. Selling Christ knows what level of antibiotic, with shit knows sterility level, as a medicine.

But, the US has The Best Healthcare System In The World.

For either the Queen or other billionaire. Sparse helpings for the ignorant masses.

Hence, patent medicine.

And yes, I'm a US citizen. But, learned from experience what *real* healthcare is from Europe and even from Arabs.

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

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Re: So strobe these things for hi visibility?

Good idea for an emergency. Makes finding the downed astronaut much easier.

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