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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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Re: Soviet Products

There was never Soviet vodka in the Soviet Union.

We had Soviet Whisky, Soviet Gin, Soviet Champagne but vodka was always "Russian" or "Moscow" or "Stolichnaya" etc. 8-|

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Apple CEO Tim Cook tells world: 'I’m proud to be gay'

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Re: Principled guy

No, he just suggested they should consider investing elsewhere if they don't like the way he runs the company. Just a little bit of a hubris here, not the evidence of a principled position.

I guarantee you, he would have been less defiant if he knew that the people he proposed it to had enough votes to sack him, though.

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"Do you have similar 'logical' objections to people saying that they're pround to be Russian/British/American/etc. or proud to be a member of the Plouzhnikov/Ly/Jackson/etc. family?"

Yes. Proud for their achievements but feel lucky/happy to belong.

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One cannot be proud of being (or not) gay as that is not something one can achieve by one's own labour or skill.

Being proud of something means taking credit for it and you shouldn't claim credit for what nature gave you through no effort of your own, Mr Cook. You can be grateful or resentful of it but your pride is misplaced.

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BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

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Lucky escape for the pad

A bit of a consolation is that the falling rocket just missed the pad and the tank farm and crashed onto an empty bit of sand, so the damage to the facilities looks mainly cosmetic:

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There are no signs of any rocket remaining though!

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Re: Whereas....

A human on Earth (say in Antarctica) won't last 20 minutes if you leave him outside naked. But people don't go outside naked in Antarctica (unless from out of a sauna and then only for a few seconds).

Dressing appropriately for the occasion is the key.

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Yep. Let's see how well can the Opportunity wipe the dust off its solar panels. Ah, no, let's not look at that, let's just watch the Curiosity switching that spare tyre... What do you mean it drives backwards now?! You mean it can't swap a tyre?

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"humans are no longer necessary in space exploration"

How so?

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WHITE HOUSE network DOWN: Nation-sponsored attack likely

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Re: why would any

"You know the PA booking a flight."

Hello! Air Force One? This is the White House. Ah, I'd like to book 1 first class, 20 business and 82 economy return tickets to Nu-, no... Neu-, no... New-port. Yep. Ah, you're fully booked on that day? Oh, that's a bummer. Yes, I heard there's going to be a NATO summit, that's why... What? Ah, you have availability for the following week? Well, OK but throw in some free tickets to Stoned Hedge or something, you know... HOW MUCH DID YOU SAY IT IS?!!?! You know what? I'll just book Virgin Atlantic over the internet, thank you.

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NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA

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Really puzzling, this one

I mean - everyone knows that movie theatres are in business of selling popcorn. Why are they so concerned about some movies being copied?? Conspiracy!

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Re: So it wasn't supposed to do that then?

Obviously, a major malfunction...

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Re: just like the good old days.

Turbopumps are notorious for being a failure point but it appears in this case either a nozzle or a fuel line has ruptured. Although the video is not of sufficient quality to say for sure but before the explosion there was a big flare up in the direction of the exhaust, which suggests that the fuel was still being supplied at pressure for a while but it was burning outside of containment.

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El Reg spends One Night in Hell with Queen's Brian May

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Re: Typo

Crosseyed viewing works very well and I use it all the time (see sites like phereo.com) but parallel viewing has some advantages. Mainly, it retains the perception of scale (where crosseyed images appear smaller subjectively). But parallel free-viewing is only possible for very small-size pairs - so a viewer like OWL is usually required.

There are more expensive adjustable prismatic or periscopic viewers which allow one to view cross- or parallel-eyed stereopairs of virtually any size, but OWL works just fine with the "standard"-size cards.

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Re: Excellent!

I have it and it's good fun. The only problem is that the print resolution is not as good as that of a photo film and, inevitably, you see the dots making up the image. But that is the fault of the media and not the authors...

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NTT thinks it's defined the PERFECT AMPERE with a cunning trap

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Re: What is the El Reg Unit of Current?

I don't know but would propose "electron-deadbolts" for the former and "sparks" for the latter...

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Re: @Reg Number of electrons != current

Yeah, this thread is going to cause a great re-Volt in modern physics...

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Definitions

"Damage to national security" = "a major embarrassment for the government, resulting in it having to publicly admit disregarding the law and making further manipulation of public opinion more awkward or difficult"

"Damage to the environment" = "a Cabinet minister being forced to resign due to exposition of a sexual impropriety/financial irregularities/drug abuse"

Bless them, the politicians. Sometimes they are as transparent in their motivations as little children...

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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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"we strain sinews to locate hostages imprisoned in dark and dangerous places"

What is the point of searching for hostages if HMG will then do bugger all about them and make it look like it is some kind of extremely clever and brave thing to [not] do (when in fact it is just a matter of washing their hands of any responsibility)?

"Hey Mr Hostage, we've found you! At last! Now, because, as you may very well know, we don't negotiate with or pay ransoms to terrorists, we will await with interest the appearance of the videos of your head being separated from your neck. That will give us a nice propaganda point and will remind the public just how much we care about our citizens, should they get into trouble in a conflict zone which we helped so much to create... Oh, wait a moment - scratch that last one!"

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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Re: No Amazon Lock-in is possibly the best feature.

I'm buying ebooks from Amazon all the time and all of them are DRM-free and not locked-in. Not anymore, that is. *cough*

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Re: Endangered Species

"I'm still using my original Kindle, sadly the damn thing simply won't die, so I've got no excuse to upgrade."

Now I'll have to - some time ago they sent me a questionnaire. Standard stuff, "do you like this or that about Kindle", "what would you like to change" etc. So, I replied - "I want page turning buttons - add the buttons and I'll buy a new one". And what did they do? They've made a new one with buttons!

Now I'll have to buy a Voyage when it's out - man has to keep his promises and all that...

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Re: i.amPULS

No acronym. Just a rapperist way of saying "I am a bean" (or "I am a lentil")...

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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Make it like a memory!

Why? Because of Barbra, of course...

Didn't I like to holdguide you inwith my handmouse

I was doing you no harm

I made you understand

All my life I've been that way

It happened long ago

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Hardened Hydrazine the source of Galileo satnav FAIL

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Re: This ain't rocket science

I'm sure they are using the liquid He for fuel tanks pressurisation. It's also a well understood and tested solution. Which makes the whole thing a really frustrating head-banging moment for the engineers.

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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Re: DRM-Free Library

Actually, I think Kobo is using the Adobe Digital Editions DRM system, so it is probably just as screwed.

I personally use Kindles where de-DRM is easy and if it will ever start getting difficult - Amazon can kiss goodbye to my custom. Kindle has an option where it reports the page you are on to their server so that you could synch to it if you read the same book using another Kindle, but it can be switched off (which I invariably do).

Also, I normally keep my Kindles in offline ("airplane") mode and none of them has ever complained. So far. Just like with DRM, if this ever changes - out goes the Kindle, but I think Jeff Bezos knows this and he won't do it.

Adobe, on the other hand, is staffed and run by voyeuristic control freaks - you can see it designed into all of their software. They are pushing hard the always-require-connection-home always-ask-daddy's-permission model in every area - licensing, DRM etc. They would claim it is the evil publishers that demand it from them but that's crap - they are the culprits.

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Revenge smut bullies who send 'grossly offensive' messages WILL be prosecuted

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"Old fashioned morality wasn't created to spoil people's fun, despite what many people think. It's there because it's good for you."

It was never there because it was good for you. It existed as it provided stability for the societies of the time and made them controllable, given the low average levels of education, medical knowledge and technology.

As societies evolve and become more sophisticated and advanced, a lot of old rules becomes obsolete and only destabilises them instead. In a similar way to rules that make sense for controlling pre-school children not being suitable for teens or adults.

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

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Re: Afghanistan

Well, why won't Mr Bristow then go to Afghanistan and sort that thing out once and for all? Lead by example and all that stuff...

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Truth hurts

“The [rogue NSA sysadmin Edward] Snowden revelations have damaged public confidence in our ability, ......, to access and use data in an appropriate and proportionate way,”

Well, if you'd accessed and used the data in an appropriate and proportionate way in the first place, then no rogue sysadmin's (or anyone else's) revelations could have damaged public confidence in your ability.

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

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Re: Future of space colonization...

Yes, I have great hopes for this concept, although I'm a bit surprised they are going to test it by connecting it to the ISS...

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Not a problem - he can always join forces with Russia. Oh, wait...

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Re: ...except as...

"I Hope You Leave Here And Walk Out And Say, 'What Did He Say?'" - George W Bush

Well, I certainly will...

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Re: Just some food for thought...

An assortment of quotes from a mix of unrelated celebrities, taken out of context and possibly of dubious attribution does not make a good argument for or against anything - me, October 5, 2014

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Re: Defending against the government in the US

Ca-naa-dian?? OMG, that's gross!

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Re: From semi-auto to auto

There are/were select fire pistols - variations of "normal" models like Beretta 93R or so designed from the start, like the broomstick Mauser, Stechkin etc. The reason they are not widely used is that they are impossible to control without additional implements, like stocks and front handles, otherwise all rounds after the first one go up into the ceiling. And if you have to attach all sorts of external things to your handgun - better just get an SMG.

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I am generally in favour of civilian gun ownership, if anything, because I feel that when a criminal can own a gun without restrictions but a law abiding citizen can't, that does seem a bit stupid... but I think the gun ownership should be properly regulated.

I believe the current regulation in the UK is ridiculously paranoiac (even sports handguns are prohibited unless muzzle loading - wtf??) but the US gun "controls" are a complete joke. The optimum lies somewhere in the middle.

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Re: Defending against the government in the US

The reasons why the gun control is so relaxed in the US is simple:

While the rednecks stroke their toys, revel in the feeling of freedom from oppression and deceive themselves with the dreams of the revolution, the few oligarchic families who actually run the US can screw them however they want.

And no, I am not a conspiracy theorist, it's just the way the world works.

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Air-slurping solar battery will slice energy costs – boffins

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a special process for transferring electrons between the solar panel and the battery

Finally, that Maxwell's demon's been put to good work, the shirker!

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Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

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Re: So sad...

Talking of salmon...

Mix a table spoon of assorted spices (ground peppers, paprika, allspice, nutmeg - proportions to taste) with two tbsp of salt and one of sugar.

Take a good fresh ("fresh" is really important here) raw salmon steak, wash well, rub the spice mix into it from all sides generously, put it in a self-sealing plastic bag under some weight, keep overnight at room temperature. In the morning, put it in the fridge after draining any accumulated liquid from the bag. Ready to eat when you're back home in the evening.

Also works great with herrings.

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So sad...

It's kind of sad and disappointing to know that there are people in the world for whom eating is an unbearable chore and who would be prepared to voluntarily give up the taste, texture and flavours of the real food in order to replace eating with refueling (can't stand to be distracted from their Playstations or XBoxes or what??). Maybe an IV feed would suit them even better?

To me - the number of meals I will ever have in this life is finite and I'll try to enjoy every last one of them...

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Music-mad Brits drive up hardware sales too – claims BPI

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Not quite sure I get it

How did they get from "music sales have a positive impact on sales of some hardware" to saying that "each copy of something made in the cloud is valuable in its own right" (if I understood the coda correctly)?

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Re: Missing Data?

Looking at the data for Japan I am sure it's the latter.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Re: Irreversible encryption

The poor and wretched bureaucrat probably meant "encryption with forward secrecy" instead of "irreversible"...

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I would add

"Full encryption of communication and storage online will make life very easy for the criminals and terrorists and very difficult for law enforcement and law abiding citizens."

I would add that it's about time to do away with that outrageous interference with the police and anti-terrorist forces work and finally ban the door locks and window curtains for good! Enough is enough!

For how long should the law abiding citizens suffer the necessity to repair their doors and reinstall those locks after an innocuous dawn raid? For how long should the valiant detectives risk their lives and dignity trying to peek through the curtained windows?

And while we are at that - why should the hard-working staff at the Crown Prosecution Service have to explain themselves about the way they collected their evidence, almost as if it is them who are being tried in the court of law?

And why should the criminals in-all-but-name, sitting in the dock and answering the grave and just charges in front of an honourable judge be allowed to put sand in the wheels of justice by, wait for it - defending themselves?? How dare they???

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Apple sues Steven Lamar over Beats co-founder claims

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Re: "Beats also wants treble damages..."

Yes, they completely de-base themselves with those petty claims...

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Like your mom said ...

"Made me laugh. I'm a BASE jumper!"

Touche. But would you do it without a parachute?

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Re: Like your mom said ... @Craigness

"@vlad you don't own the music even if you strip the DRM."

Yes, I do. Not the rights to the music - I still cannot exploit it commercially - but I can do whatever I want with my physical (or virtual) copy because it is in my possession and under my sole control.

"And I didn't need to ask permission because I already had it."

The fact that you had the permission does not mean that it will always be there. They can revoke your right at any time if they decided to shut down shop or sell themselves to somebody or simply if they feel like it.

Every time you press "play" on a streaming service, you in fact press "may I kindly ask you to let me hear this or that song, please please" button, and the answer can just as easily be "No, you may not".

"I was bored by the limited selection. When something is free you use more of it, and with music (as with beer) that's an amazing thing."

Different people have different needs in music.

For me, quantity does not mean a thing. Too much stuff too quickly means I won't remember who is playing which piece of music and from which album/period does it come. When I get some new music I need to listen to it several times to classify it as something I like or not and the last thing I want during that process is to hear some other unrelated and unfamiliar stuff.

Oh, and there is no such thing as free beer! :-)

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Re: Streaming wins

I think you have your head in the cloud :-)

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Re: Streaming

"You are living in the past."

Well, life's a long song... ;-)

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Re: Streaming wins

"I envy the digital generations who have none of that."

Well, and I don't. A generation that owns nothing = values nothing and cares about nothing. Disposable human fodder.

I don't think that will ever happen, though. The instinctive need to own things is too deep in us to be eliminated. The universal failure of communist ideologies is a testament to that.

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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H to He Who Am the Only One.

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Re: Panic! - you're bunch of arm chair chemists

It's protium hydroxide, you amateurs!!

The stuff that kills you if you try to inhale it or drink too much of it!

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