* Posts by Rick Brasche

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Roll up, roll up, as LG launches stealthy Bluetooth keyboard

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Re: Hmmm... not sure, personally.

yeah, they were awesome keyboards. But you can't get em anymore.

last one I had, I paid $80 USD for a *used* one that gave me about 2 years before it started having keys that wouldn't respond.

the only thing bad about the unit is the fact they're not being made :(

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I had one of those for years

it finally started to wear out (a couple of the keys wouldn't work) and last I checked, they stopped making them. :( best portable keyboard ever IMHO

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Still 3D printing with one material? We can use TEN, say MIT eggheads

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how about gasket material?

is there anything yet that can print a fuel proof rubbery gasket material? for carburetor diaphragms on vintage motorcycles? Or the stiffer rubber carb-to-cylinder intake mounts?

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'Web brothel' CEO, staff cuffed on prostitution rap – clue: the website is called Rentboy.com

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it's not prostitution! it's an app!

it's an app, that connects people with a "ride" with people who want to pay to "ride". At least that's the excuse Uber uses, along with radio slots telling you that "you can make big money on your own schedule" by working for them. Their defense that they're "not a taxi company" should be applied by any decent lawyer to protect any sort of "app" that connects any sort of "legal when given freely" service with anyone willing to pay for it.

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BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

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Report all suspicious devices!

Homeland Security probably "defused" the poor thing.

Remember peeps, Americans are not their government. It's proven harder to remove the idiots now that more of us think rotten leaders will leave if you yell at them. We've forgotten that bad leaders only leave when they're afraid of their charges, and DC isn't afraid of twitter accounts.

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Hacking Trump: Can we not label web vandalism as 'terrorism', please?

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Re: It is simply direct "fair comment"...

or worse, somehow, he gets elected.

as a "rabid right winger" , gun totin' evil white conservative, Trump scares me. I expect something resembling diplomacy in a President. Don't need some A hole mouthing off and p*ssing off our enemies AND allies more than current and previous regimes already have done!

Save the A hole action for the general public, I say. Government doesn't need to do my intolerant commenting for me! :P

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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as we say around here

"it's a thermostat, not a throttle!"

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Small number of computer-aided rifles could be hacked in contrived scenario

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and still even with all the doors opened

they still cannot force the rifle to fire without user authorization. Which means the primary safety design was met. Better than GM cars which we were told not too long ago, "there was nothing to fear from car hackers" as they "could not" affect drive systems remotely.

as a recreational shooter the tracking point device is useless to me. It's like google glass. the only instance where as a civilian I would want a tracking point system is one where I *needed* it to put food on the family's table and missing a shot would have serious consequences. But if I had the money to buy the TP rifle, well, I have enough to make sure I have grocery money.

kudos to the design team to make sure that even user security stupidity does not significantly affect the safety of the rifle (the hacks at best would cause a significant miss at distance, but if you have people or animals behind your target within the scope's FOV you should NOT be taking the shot-and the hack cannot physically realign the scope mount for serious risks)

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Giant Facebook SOLAR LASER DRONE to FEED interwebs into YOUR FACE

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even better

every gasoline powered vehicle is a 12V generator. Even a little 2 stroke 50cc can have 12v tapped off it with enough current to charge a cell phone or small radio. If the place has a village tractor, then there's enough power for emergency use.

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SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

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Re: But, but, but ... What about the poor oil company handouts?

taking less from somebody is not the same as giving no matter how much you may wish it so.

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You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'

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which means

with proper hacking, the car can do more.

there needs to be a racing class where stock Model S's, Nissan Leaf's (Leaves?) and Prii are handed out to teams. Only physical modification would be roll cages and safety gear provided by the league.

Everything else is software and telemetry. Hack it like you mean it. Best hack and best driver wins.

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2015 Fiat 500 fashionista, complete with facelift

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and still

can't get the sub liter motor in California, US :( so most of the "charm" of an urban commuter the 500 would offer, isn't available

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

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what bike are you riding?

I've test ridden the Zero S a couple months ago. I owned and daily commuted a Gen II FJR for 6 years. While I like the new Zero it comes nowhere close to out-pulling a 'Busa, or even the Feej with a much lower power/weight ratio.

Having the Zero loaded with the options I want puts it also $4K over the cost of a new FJR. I sadly sold mine because I could afford to only park and maintain one vehicke-no charging ports in apartment parking lots anywhere I can afford to live either.

Fun toy, but definitely not in the 'busa class. More like the Triumph Speed Triple. Which is a third the price last I checked. Can buy a LOT of fuel for the extra $10K.

Course that's also because for some reason, Zero doesn't get the government largesse Tesla does, or the entire Zero line would be actually affordable and I'd have one right now. Zero must not have enough politicians in the payroll yet.

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Google: Help us! Our search engine is STUFFED FULL of your 'revenge smut' pics

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so how about politicians pecadillos?

so if a politician is "caught out" can he (or she) get the "offensive" material removed simply because it contains nudity? How about "revenge email" or "revenge text"? or anything else once sent consentually but now potentially damaging to one's reputation or career?

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

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Re: Cuppa included

put another stop on my wish list! :)

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admiration of great engineering knows no national boundaries

if I ever have the wherewithal to travel across the Atlantic, the boat tour is definitely on my list.

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All right, who guessed 'street mapping' for those mystery Apple vans? Congratulations

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so if they were just doing street mapping

why did they have laser scanning units? the one I saw in San Jose had two oscillating mirror scanners as well as the multiple cameras and a hub connected sensor.

GPS and the cameras give all the necessary street view for maps. Scanners are for machine level recognition of relative positions. Hub mounted sensors for speed and distance travelled are best for dead reckoning navigation, which isn't very good when satellite positioning is available.

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Spy: Acres of comedy talent make this smart spook spoof an instant classic

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seems familiar

Scarecrow and Mrs. King, anyone?

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Re: Jackboots

sadly the Naugas were driven into extinction during the 70's so they aren't a viable replacement

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

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getting into space is relatively easy

it's "staying" in space that's difficult. And getting back alive.

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KFC takes legal axe to eight-legged mutant chicken claims

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people "believe" a lot of stuff.

check Facebook for examples. Chemtrails, military government conspiracies to create mind control vaccines, weather control, HAARP, you name it.

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just like anti vaxxers, 9-11 truthers and chemtrail believers

I have a crazy uncle who posts this sort of thing. He can easily apply "logic and science" to any religious belief he happens to hate, but can't apply it to anything like mutant chickens, chemtrails, or government conspiracies to vaccinate us against WTC bombings or whatever.

The evil Military can do anything and is under direct control of the President, except when it's "his" President, then that Prez knows nothing of the vast conspiracies under his watch...but my crazy uncle knows The Truth that the "super intelligent" President cannot find out or something.

KFC, I can take or leave it. El Pollo Loco, surprisingly (when you find a site managed properly, its worth it) is better.

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Oz dad-and-son team rattle tin for homemade reusable spaceplane

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so it's LOHAN-Lite?

Without the boost phase, it's pretty much PARIS.

Not big on Kickstarter to redo what's already been done.

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It's the Internet of Feet: Lenovo shows smart shoes, projector keyboard phone

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amazing technology!

they can actively project "black"! :P

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Boffins have devised TERMINATOR style LIQUID METAL – for an antenna

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the last necessary conceptual step

towards the "perfect" software defined radio system.

Stand back, things are gonna get AWESOME in the next decade for radio fans

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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being currently involved in a military vehicle restoration project

I understand their concerns. But as I'm helping crawl thru the bowels of a 158 foot long WWII vintage combat vessel that spent too much time in salt water, spending weekends trying to stop rust and dodge toxic lead and asbestos, I know the reasons why we gotta keep trying to keep these relics afloat (or flying) as a reminder of what history MEANS. It's one thing to read about an event, or watch a dramaticized, sanitized movie about them. But with the popular contempt of defeated enemies, until you FEEL what it was like when your combat power screams overhead, or the tight sharp edged conditions our sailors lived in 24/7 for months at a time, you have no real idea the fear and doubt that drives an enemy into retreat, or defines the actual sacrifices made by all the "normal" people of the Greatest Generation.

As an aviation fan, let me add a despairing "NOOOOOOOOOooooooo *inhale* OOOOOOOOOO!" I'm not rich enough to get to Britain in time!

www.mightymidgets.org

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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they stop all the time by themselves. Do you not see many cows not in constant motion until a "driver" stops them? Reality isn't a cowboy movie and a stampede, Earl.

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Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse chap in 'desperate' cash shortage

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oh the horror!

leftovers?! what horror is this?!

oh wait. no big deal for most of us.

This whole "challenge" looks like "what most people did to survive college". With less ramen.

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Rand Paul is trying to murder net neutrality. Is there a US presidential election, or something?

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Re: Hmm

this silliness is countered by the same comparison to saying Kennedy wouldn't be accepted by current Democrats.

Hillary Clinton cannot be determined as a "centrist" based on anything but the current message her campaign is trying to sell. Unless you believe Bill Clinton's entire Presidency was actually HER in charge, which then one could demonstrate an actual centrist position. But on her own actions, of which there are very very few (legal) accomplishments to work from, we've got nothing but advertising copy.

And as modern individuals, we should have learned in our childhood just how trustworthy advertisements actually are.

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Apple will cut down 36,000 acres of forest in 'conservation scheme'

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well, good idea actually

if they stick with it, not only can they work off of replanting "sustainable" operations, but can also add all sorts of marketing buzz with special breeds of trees that can only be found in Apple packaging or something.

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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now for the nucleophobic hype

nevermind it's been down there for decades. suddenly hundreds of people will start experiencing "symptoms" that only manifested AFTER they heard about this recent discovery.

Me, I'm upset that no superpowers nor interesting mutations have manifested.

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'Arkansas cops tried to hack me with malware-ridden hard drive'

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heh, this might be the first time ever

where the old saying about "never attribute to malice that which can be caused by incompetence" was ever more likely true.

As in, I bet the malware was already all over the place in the police systems.

I mean, come on. you cannot sit and talk about how "dumb" the police are always supposed to be and then give them the intelligence at the same time to do something clever. Cognitive dissonance, natch.

(whoops someone beat me to it)

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Bone-tastic boffins' breakthrough BRINGS BACK BRONTOSAURUS

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Re: Not what I expected...from the headline.

nice to see it wasn't only me-thought this was like using fossil DNA to recreate the wooly mammoth, but in big dino lizard form. My first though was the bronto burger.

WILLLMAAAAA!

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now for Pluto!

now to get Pluto reclassified as a Planet, and all will be right with the world :)

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

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Our apologies

we here on the other side of the ocean would like to apologize for the creation of Facebook and Google and what's being done to the world's informational/intellectual freedom in the name of crony capitalism.

It may be that's what we're doing "better" (for values of "better" actually negative) than Britain for "making" corporations. Press and political hyperbole aside, it doesn't seem as if your government is choosing winners and losers based on transparent (also for values one would consider "opaque") financial largesse and appointment of crony personnel into critical industry monitor apparatus.

In other words, I don't think it's a bad thing Britain lacks a Google or Facebook. one could have a dozen companies producing a thousand jobs each and the consumer (and society) be better off than one company with 12 thousand jobs.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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the scary part is

when someone tells her that one can make reasonable boomstick materials from stuff found in the back of almost every Mexican (err, "undocumented") groundskeeper's work truck.

High nitrate fertilizer? stump remover? sulphur additive for pesticide dust? some irrigation pipe?

And that's before one hits Home Depot for the pool cleaning supplies.

good thing she's retiring soon. Discovering that her enemies (the Little People) had the capability for decades to do what she feared most, yet DID NOT in spite of all her shrill doomsaying excuses, might be more than her elitist mind can accept.

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heh, if they cared about security they'd PROMOTE these books

because often, there's some critical bit of information missing that, if one really has no clue about dangerous chemical reactions or nature of explosives, either makes a rather unimpressive flare instead of a BOOM, or makes that BOOM when being manufactured.

Darwinism in action.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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there is a reason to SUPPORT this legislation

because it lets you KNOW where you stand. As it is, forcing people to accept your business, when they would rather not, means you're paying good money against your own best interest.

Me, I WANT to know what business hates me and why, so I KNOW not to go there.

Forced tolerance, means hidden hate. Open that sh*t up and expose it. Don't force it to hide.

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AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

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Re: San Francisco to Seattle, eh????

having done the San Jose to Olympia WA (closer than Seattle) run quite a few times, 14 hours is average.

Unless one is peeing in a water bottle and never stopping for charge, and going up the pass, and not encountering any traffic at all around Portland, this cannot be done at legal speeds to get the "average".

I might know individuals who might have done this run in under 12 hours and they might have been on motorcycles and quite possibly have exceeded 130mph in order to get that time. But I could be totally mistaken and not actually have been involved in such a thing. Maybe it was Brian Williams who did it.

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Chappie: The AI tale that’s about heart, not intelligence

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Re: I'm so fsck'ing happy

they've "seen" this for years. and for some reason, "shades of grey" equals exactly the same "worst of everything except for a few bright spots"

and have been remaking the exact same theme hundreds of times in the last decade or so. Only difference is the level of dystopia.

Nowadays, a "golden age" movie with an actual position of optimism would be "edgy"...

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the problem with this type of story

is not that it's an "exploration" of anything. The writer/director has a message that is the whole point of the production. The story will be manipulated, cut, shoved, and forced to meet that message.

Exploration is about taking a set starting point and seeing "where it goes". This often does NOT go where the writer/director wanted it to all along.

Too many "special conditions" are shoved in here to make sure the message is met. And that's what breaks these sorts of films. It's preaching, pure and simple.

The only "trick" to commercial success of such a film is making sure one already has an audience at the pulpit who want to hear the sermon again with a different "twist".

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Holy Zuck! Facebook fraud suspect VANISHES

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easy enough to find

probably following his lawyer's advice and spending 80 days to circumnavigate the globe

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

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Re: Last gasps of the battleship

don't forget the Landing Craft Support that was built in WWII. True littoral capability and rather impressive firepower for the size.

Disclaimer: my grandfather in law is William Mason so he's always "hassling" me to help with maintenance on this little gem:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_LCS%28L%29%283%29-102

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Nvidia waves 4King big Android Shield at games console warzone

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but..

I absolutely suck at shooter games while using a "controller". With a keyboard/mouse at least I can aim/move and do reasonably well.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Re: Smart kettle and an Aeropress

at work I just use a generic presspot and a cheap "heats the water till it boils then shuts off" water kettle. I don't mind "micro grit" and don't want to have to replace "micro filters" or anything else.

other than the "fancy" stainless steel micro coffee grinder (hand cranked japanese import) my whole "caffeine infrastructure" was $50 USD.

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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Re: Also in US?

LOL also comes in "New Clear Case".

Piers Anthony fans just got a chuckle outta that.

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

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this was needed a year ago

maybe this scenario might have caused some common sense in our Management. But it's too late now, and we're barelling down the route the BOHF described

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Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

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never saw the minivan version

but did see this exact sensor suite parked on top of a small SUV on Saratoga on the edge of Campbell.

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Elon Musk's Tesla set to unveil home storage battery

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Re: I've already got the system beat.

careful, as soon as Buffet and a few of the really big "green energy" people know you've released a version of their little secret, you'll end up disappeared.

Unless it's already too late. :P

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TITANIC: Nuclear SUBMARINE cruising 'Sea of KRAKENS' may be FOUND ON icy MOON

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Re: Density

if they design for neutral buoyancy in heavier fluid, and it turns out to be lighter, aren't they headed straight to the bottom?

Wouldn't it be better to plan on the lighter medium, at least for flotation purposes, but concern with depth as the heavier one, hybridizing the two?

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