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Shields up! Nvidia crams Tegra K1 into gaming slab to rival your PS3

Rick Brasche

Re: Controller?

the controller is supposed to support PCs, but for me the "win" is that it works with the current Shield portable. Gives a lot better control options especially when patched into a TV and runnning "console mode" or running my desktop PC remotely.

the ability to "stream" not only games but to run your desktop remotely -even outside your home network- from a tiny portable is all kinds of fun. Don't need much speed to fire off an email that pretends you're home, and you'll never use a 3DS or Vita to do a quick edit to an Office doc (i have one of those tiny bluetooth keyboards) while out and about.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

Rick Brasche

Another lesson learned from Tyrion Lannister

best to ask "where do the whores go?" BEFORE getting into a relationship where they try to kill you.

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Like frozen burgers, 'Bigfoot' DNA samples have a touch of horse

Rick Brasche

one thing to keep in mind...

one thing to keep in mind. DNA samples of polar bears may not have actually been obtained in the Himalayas, regardless of the claims of whomever submitted the sample. Before rethinking any theories, make absolutely SURE the samples are both actually from their claimed location, and/or were NOT planted for some honest yet overzealous cryptozoologist to conveniently find.

I Wanted To Believe...Then I Grew Up. :(

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

Rick Brasche

Re: Perfect for the pollies.

you DO realize Zuckerberg, et al, funds and supports the DNC in all things and is a whole lot more likely already doing this for HIS preferred politicians.

Who was it that was able to make a direct phone call to the President to complain? Someone paid a LOT of money and favors to do that. Who helped organize and support the $5K a plate "fundraiser" here in San Jose a couple months ago?

It's funny watching people cast aversions on one side while ignoring the actual observed facts about the other. What you think the republicans "might" do is a lot less critical than what the democrats ARE doing RIGHT NOW.

Worry about the GOP if it ever gets "in charge" again.

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

Rick Brasche

going to need on-site electrical storage

the service station of the future is going to need a large onsite storage bank- no way mains power is going to be enough to supply on-demand to the half dozen or so stations down any reasonably busy urban road. Especially at lunchtime/after work. Since it only needs to hold the charge for a couple hours between peak usage, would supercapacitors be suitable?

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Déjà spew: US would accept higher bills for less CO2 by two-to-one

Rick Brasche

any bets this poll was taken at around 11 am or 1PM local time?

so when they call the people who are home all day - ones who are either rich enough to have 3 hour lunch breaks, or don't work to pay their own bills, I'm sure they get plenty of people who won't sweat any difference in their bill.

the rest of us were at work and didn't answer the phone call that caller ID says is coming from some telemarketing firm.

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

Rick Brasche

so in other words,

it's a box you could build yourself for less, except with user controlled multicolored lighting. And zero upgrade path?

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Dallas Cowboys to return 'dumbass' Texan's chopper

Rick Brasche

Re: Nice

that's because it's not Texas but the FED who is bringing in the FAA to create the drama.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

Rick Brasche

Thank you for saying it.

Thank you for coming out and saying it. Just as I can't play NBA level basketball, nor bear children, some people are NOT mentally structured to code.

Yes, Virginia - some people are better at some things than others. And some people are incapable of doing certain things. There ARE differences and talents in individuals, and not everyone gets every trophy.

Some of us square pegs are gonna seal up the square holes better. throwing money at some skillsets just to be politically correct ain't gonna change that.

Spend your government into the ground all you want, but you're not gonna produce a nation of Hemingways, nor make most people worthy of even typing an El Reg headline.

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Myspace: Where are you going? We still have all your HUMILIATING PICS

Rick Brasche

the moral of the story:

this will happen with FB too, when the plebes get bored. And the next "big social network" after that..

your data will be theirs to use against you as they see fit. No matter how "permanent" you believe your Current Important Thing really is - it will not last forever, or even very long at all.

Government agencies all abuzz about Cloud services should really think twice about handing over critical client/public data to companies that have been in existence for much less time than that Agency has existed continuously. Remember all the IT juggernauts of the 2Ks that are already forgotten? They were prime, unbreakable, solid as granite. And now their buildings are leased to arcade/pizza places for kids and to fly-by-night importers of grey market Chinese knockoffs.

Ten years, 20 years...very few companies in the computer/information processing services have lasted that long. Many government agencies have run unbroken for nearly a century.

What do you do when your social media tanks with your data? What do you do when your Cloud Service tanks with two decades of your client/citizen data?

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Former Microsoftie becomes US ambassador, opts to swear in on KINDLE

Rick Brasche

Re: Was the UK tax paid?

your ambassadors fail to pay any taxes here, so why should we have a different reciprocal agreement?

"Diplomatic Immunity" means all foreign ambassadors kick their speeding, parking, etc tickets to the curb.

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

Rick Brasche

Music may hold an important, special place in our hearts

but here at Apple, nothing is in higher esteem than snake oil!

Next up: Apple to acquire Monster Cable and promote all gold plated fiberoptic digital linkages.

Sell the sizzle, not the steak.

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

Rick Brasche

It's not supposed to be used on the lap.

it's a gorram "mobile workstation" for those employers who got a BYOD bug up their kiester. You keep it closed until you get to your desk, then open it up, and wait for a completely different set of RSI and posture related pains to begin.

Or you just dock it, then never use the screen or keyboard on it at all.

Only time I saw anyone open one of these behemoths outside of the employer/contractor desk over the years (Dell used to make a rather epic one "back in the day") was at the coffee shop or restaurant trying to get some paperwork done before having to run to the copy shop to find a place to send the files from, or to plug into a phone line and hope the toll free modem number was available :P

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Beautiful balloon burst caught on camera

Rick Brasche

now eagerly awaiting

your review of the replay XD. Size, numbers and price look amazing, even in comparison to the HD Hero series.

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SpaceX billionaire claims Air Force official 'likely' made job-for-spy-sat-contract deal

Rick Brasche

great, back to the "same old same old"

Mr. Musk is back to the tried and true "smear the other guy to get ahead" techniques of government contractors of the past.

This disappoints me greatly. I expected "innovate until the opposition begs to be bought up" or at least "innovate until the competition has no choice but to pay billions to acquire us".

Playing skeevy political games (the opening salvo in this whole engine fiasco) is the stuff of those who are *not* brilliant and *cannot* innovate.

We've already got enough companies, private and public, doing this, Colt, lookin' at you.

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

Rick Brasche

too little too late

if these had come along a decade or so sooner, I have family members who couldn't give up the butts who'd still be alive. For them it was the nicotine. Dad switched to e cigs about a month before the spreading lung cancer essentially squeezed his heard to death. Mostly because he had started on oxygen and real cigs would have been explosively risky.

I just wish the 'second hand" smell wasn't the same as radiator antifreeze leaking onto a hot exhaust manifold. I hope that's the next evolution-complete stealthy and stink-free. Somebody's face shouldn't have ppm emissions worse than their arse.

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Japanese cops arrest man with five 3D printed guns at home

Rick Brasche

huge difference in (mono)culture

you could airdrop real guns all over Japan and most of them would be turned into the police, with most of the remainder kept as a collectible (ooh! Series 1 original with the Airdrop paint scheme!). Any significant increase in violence would be primarily accidents and small children.

Here you have an ever growing self-limiting "victim class" who is led to believe every failure is "someone else's fault" or an "-ism" which leads to no desire to improve oneself but increasing hatred at those you believe who "held you down". A gun and a million grudges are a dangerous combination.

Different place, different people. Lack of diversity helps keep friction down too.

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US officials vote to allow Bitcoin for political donations

Rick Brasche

so the question is..

for the purposes of campaign finance rules:

is the value of the donation counted as the value of BC at the time of the donation or the time it is translated to cash?

Because with the suspiciously controlled volatility of BC, I can see a "donate low, pump high" plan among those politicians with "friends" in high social media circles.

Even this shows the problem with BC. No politician is buying her posters, her airtime, her expensive hotels with BC, her campaign is gonna liquidate it at the best possible price and convert it to USD to stash in the war chest.

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SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store

Rick Brasche

how do you fence that stuff?

aren't the serial numbers of all their inventory known? and cannot be used or activated without calling home to iTunes?

seems simple enough to blacklist the missing merch and wait till complaints come in from "boot sale" suckers. Follow it back to who sold them and Bob's yer uncle.

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Ninten-DON'T: Wii U bomb blows Mario Kart giant off track – but new console promised

Rick Brasche

Re: There is one possible business model

selling my dreamcast was something I did only out of the drastic need for cash.

This is the machine that finally got me into fighting games. Soul Caliber did for me.

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Rick Brasche

simple enough to understand

I love games. I love the Wii. Wife still plays it more than I do. I've 4 different Nintendo home consoles (NES, Super Nintendo, Game Cube, and Wii) and every version of their portables from the original DS up to the 3DSXL.

But I wasn't interested in any of the latest gen consoles, much less the U.

Why pay such a premium for such little improvement? Or the biggest killer of all: No ultimate must have butt kicking games that would make me want to spend a ton of money for a new system,

I bought the wife a 3DS instead last month, and have had a Nvidia Shield for myself for almost a year. We're just not spending that much time in front of the TV playing games anymore.

So basically, if Nintendo can't interest a family of Nintendo Reservation members in the U, I suspect they aren't going to interest new blood either. Hell, I was ready to abandon Nintendo's mobile platform but the wife really wants her latest Cooking and Camping Mama games.

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'A proper British BOFFIN': Famous Martian prof Pillinger dies aged 70

Rick Brasche

may I suggest to the Vulture SPB

some sort of homage built into the LOHAN project, in Prof. Pillinger's honor?

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Norwegians trial Oculus Rift in tanks: The ultimate battlefield simulator

Rick Brasche

I've read of similar ideas in sci fi

take your 360 camera/sensor view. compress the image horizontally, more so at the edges than center of view. Now with some training and practice, your gunner can see movement behind him and head track to ascertain threat. If targetting is handled by computer, all the gunner needs to do is be aware of targets and give fire or ignore orders to those targets, handling multiple threats simultaneously.

I'm thinking Pournelle's Hammer's Slammers series did it first/best.

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Voters pick luminous tech spacesuit as NASA's off-world fashion statement

Rick Brasche

now if only

we could actually get these and some explorers to other worlds to test them, instead of just CGI and deserts on Earth.

What good is a surface exploration suit without a method or will to get these onto otherworld surfaces?

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

Rick Brasche

it's a portable wifi hotspot?

so Apple is gonna launch a 4G service and this is their wifi hotspot module?

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

Rick Brasche

Re: Bravo!

to be pendantic, the mini revolver mentioned only has a 5 round cylinder.

So it's "did I fire 5 shots, or 4..." :)

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

Rick Brasche

its a question of convenience or "what you need"

My problem is, the DSLR (well, micro 4/3rds) is only awesome after I spend a f**kton on extra lenses. Any kit lenses are insufficient, as is any budget flash.

To get adequate range out of any higher end dedicated camera and the satisfaction of getting seriously excellent photos, you need more attachments. Like the bazooka lens in the article.

Cell phones might catch up to a really good point-and-shoot really soon, which is what most of us want. It's when you're getting artsy-f@rtsy that I need the goodies.

Like land speed records, the horsepower to go the first 120 isn't that hard. it's each 10 mph after that. It takes almost takes more money per mph after 200 than it took to get to 200.

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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

Rick Brasche

is it still being a patent troll if you patent fantasies, never build actual hardware on those patents and are one of a few huge Silicon Valley tech companies who paid for their politicians already and got some nice "no competition" clauses secretly in place with all the big players?

Or is that only reserved for the smaller companies who do it?

I think I see how it works, as long as you have at least one (perceived) valuable product released, everything else is kosher. Even if the patents have nothing to do with your one release.

Or is buying patents and locking them up never to be used the difference?

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Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!

Rick Brasche

these came out when I was working my first real job after high school graduation. sadly, minimum wage didn't cover rent and one of these. My stepsister already had one at six years old though. Being #1 son and not in an Asian family sucked LOL

By the time I was making enough to get one, the GB Color was out. And rumors of better systems.

First new handheld I bought was the original DS. then started the "if you wanna play the new game you need the new system" carousel. Which worked at first by me handing down everything after the DSLite to my girlfriend-now-wife until I got the nvidia shield....and her a new 3DSXL since all the new games she wanted would not work on the DSiXL :(

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R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph

Rick Brasche

that's easy

space is engineering - it either works or it does not. if the politicos or spinmasters screw things up, the results are catastrophic.

fighter jets (or electric cars) are about politics and marketing. How well they work is a question of what the public is told, and who benefits from their success or failure.

getting to the moon is getting to the moon, regardless of spin. Like getting to orbit and delivering a payload, vs selling a car. SpaceX vs Tesla.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

Rick Brasche

Re: give me a break

turtles are not flat.

Consensus says the turtle is male. Heretic :P

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Rick Brasche

Re: give me a break

since when is a complex model, in which EVERY experimental result was nowhere near predicted results, so the complex mode is modified to match experimental observation, considered "reproducable"?

real science is not making observation match hypothesis. Review the scientific method again if you've forgotten. Nowhere does it say "play up for government grant money" or "if it doesn't work, do it until it does".

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Rick Brasche

most survey takers...

...for the purpose of this article, "most Americans", don't understand economics either.

But for our foreign counterparts, realize that most surveys are either voluntary, filled out by people whose job it is to fill out surveys, or people who are always home during the business hours in which productive citizenry is either commuting or at work.

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LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane

Rick Brasche

hopefully not like it's namesake

sure it's real pretty, but will it crash and burn? is there enough tail authority with the vertical stabs to handle any sort of off center thrust, wind shear, or to correct spin on launch, especially at altitude? If this goes into a flat spin any time after thrust cutoff, can it recover?

Or will it fall mostly flat like PARIS with the glide slope of a whale and a pot of petunias?

The art of flying means actually going forward farther than going down. it's really the landing where you throw yourself at the ground and try to miss most of the impact.

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Github cofounder resigns after clearance in sex-harass probe

Rick Brasche

so...

when did you stop beating your wife?

this is how all corporate takeovers will be handled in the future. passive aggressive backstabbing with character assassination.

May the Most PC win. :(

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'Maybe I'll go to Hell, but I think it's a good thing' says plastic Liberator gunsmith Cody Wilson

Rick Brasche

Re: Crime before Govt regulation

yes, because laws take away the ability of one side to defend itself.

Slavery was legal in your nation and mine. The lack of deaths due to the slaves being unable to reach parity of force with the slave owners was NOT a good thing.

People are so hung up on "peace" and lower statistics that they never bother to realize that the numbers may not be a good truth. A genocide of unarmed people has less body count than one where the other side fights back, and "peace" when all other diversity of belief and opinion has been violently erased, is not a noble ideal.

On the cattle and sheep ranch, there is peace. the horns are removed and one side puts the other to the pneumatic hammer.

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Rick Brasche

this shows the problem behind the anti-gun crowd

this automatic belief that possession of a firearm equals "shooting somebody who appears to be threatening me".

That may be YOUR problem and why YOU should never possess a firearm. But to project that failure of character on everyone else, is rather arrogant of you.

I've been possessing BB guns and firearms since I was 9 years old. Legally carried a concealed weapon for 5 of those years. That still adds up to (next month) 34 years of not shooting ANYBODY regardless of perceived threat status.

Hell, I've only killed two three birds (defending the family pie cherry tree) and one deer (I claimed the kill but Dad fired the same time I did) in all that time.

Interestingly enough, other than the amount of game meat downed, I am NOT unique among firearm owners.

Your fantasies of violence that seem to only be curtailed by the lack of a means to realize them, should be addressed. You might find a firearm someday.

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Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?

Rick Brasche

not my cup of tea but

I can find you about a hundred Korean immigrants who pull this off even with the prices and taxes of California's Silicon Valley.

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Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'

Rick Brasche

Re: "Jews need to register in Russian-controlled Ukraine" and other shite.

huh?

news flash: Bush hasn't been in charge for over six years. In fact he's almost been gone longer than he was around.

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Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

Rick Brasche

Re: Lobbying is how you get sh*t done in the US

I wish we'd call a spade, a spade.

People get all bent about companies like HP "bribing" officials in Mexico or elsewhere, but here we change the name to "lobbying" and pretend it's somehow different.

A rose by any other name, etcetera. Except our example stinks.

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Google shuts Glass store and nixes Video Call feature

Rick Brasche

Re: I wonder how much it costs to make one of these

that assumes the staff and all the other expenses are not being utilized by other programs, which I suspect they are. R&D teams are not solely working on Glass but are both working off of other projects before them as well as producing advances that are monetized in other products.

If Google were a small company that was trying to develop HUDs only, then I'd agree with your example completely. But I'd bet my last dollar and yours that advances made by the Glass team are incorporated in other products that already profit and help subsidize the whole thing.

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Rick Brasche

I wonder how much it costs to make one of these

Not like there's that much Google funded development going on that isn't also leveraged elsewhere. Charging people for the privilege to develop the "killer app" and provide the majority of both content and advertising, and at an obscene premium, is the business model all in itself.

It'd be like begging for a chance to pay $1500 USD for a Newton, and waiting for someone in the "user community" to attempt the handwriting recognition software.

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Oracle's Larry Ellison has the MOST MASSIVE PACKAGE IN PUBLIC

Rick Brasche

all that money

and nothing to do but buy elections. And force a city to host his boat race.

I wish Ellison would get into powerboating. Or something like that "rocket racing league" that Xcor wanted to start up.

Something where "buying the fastest there is" is still no guarantee of success, because the field is still trying to find out what "fastest" is. Technology pushed in the sailing regime that had any use outside of billionaire boys' club projects already worked its way into industry years ago.

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Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

Rick Brasche

so..

how many of you regularly wear your bluetooth headset/headphones for hours of the day? Seems even with market penetration that wearables only fantasize about, most people still prefer some sort of speakerphone arrangement.

the killer app will be some method of presenting visual data to the user without a headset, a "visual speakerphone" of sorts. Something all contained in the phone itself and no extra hardware.

damn, that's just vague enough to get by the US patent system, if I was an already rich company. I'll draw pictures and spit the revenues 50/50 to the first person who wants to finance this and play the patent troll game :P

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

Rick Brasche

kids these days!

four whole days? Why back when I was a youth we'd have done this in two, with nothing more than some store shelf gelatin and some back copies of "2600"...

But even back then, just like now, people still believe things are "secure" even when the press is open about the problems. Just like locks, only the honest crooks are deterred.

Complacency is the second biggest security threat, next only to the criminal element itself. Never assume you're smarter or "better" than the thieves. The moment you do that, you're only defense is not being a juicy enough fruit to pick. Though with modern bot harvesting methods, simply being on the tree is enough to get nailed for a pittance (to scale) these days.

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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

Rick Brasche

not that worried

the most dangerous sponges in California are human by classification.

except maybe Squidbob Cthulhupants...

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Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

Rick Brasche

in spite of all this

BC prices have been increasing steadily all week. Barely dropped below the "magic $500 barrier" for a couple days and then back on the rise with no rhyme or reason.

Seems even fishier as the worse the news gets, the higher the price goes. If this worked anywhere else, Enron would be the most valuable shares in the world's history right now.

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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

Rick Brasche

more proof

once again, proof that it IS rocket science, and kinda hard.

Now El Reg SPB can't laugh AT SpaceX, they can only laugh WITH them.

Blown fuse, leaky thrusters-the devil is in the details.

So when do glide tests/ground launches of the airframe start? Gotta make sure it actually flies and can stabilize under boost...don't want it spinning or rolling like the SS1 tried to do.

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Google to open up Glass program to anyone with $1,500 to spare

Rick Brasche

Re: $1500

duh, because I'm using it as a PHONE and I receive phone calls and mobile data on it.

Any phone, without service, is useless unless you're in your parents basement gaffling someone else's wifi.

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Rick Brasche

Re: $1500

duh, because I'm using it as a PHONE and I receive phone calls and mobile data on it.

the Glass needs that paid for ON TOP OF the $1500

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