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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?'

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

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it was so seekrit

that there was video and everything LOL

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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wow

it's as if the entire aftermarket of covers with bluetooth keyboards and wireless mice that's sprouted up around all the iPad models didn't exist...

Anyone who wants an iPad laptop can make one with an order to Logitech or a hundred chinese accessory companies.

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Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app

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surprised?

expect this to happen to the users of WhatApp next.

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AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

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wow

power draw on this card is almost what my entire quad core alienware gaming system (with it's big GTX card) draws now.

I remember when half a kilowatt for the entire PC was considered extreme.

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Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight

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pendant alert!

not flying solely on PV....it's running batteries at night! :P

Does it get enough power from sunlight to take off or will the batteries be precharged from sitting the aircraft out in the sun to allow for charging the day before and the use battery and PV for extra power?

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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the last hardware bane of desktop hardware support

even Executives should be able to figure this out now!

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show is GO for Saturday

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not bad but

as a yankee rocket scientist wannabe, I believe more duct tape is necessary to insure success.

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

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waitaminnit

eBay is practically right down the street, tied into the same utility grid as my office. How do they know what power comes from coal and what doesn't once it enters the grid?

Electricity doesn't come in flavors. Or have identifying packets.

this is too much witchdoctery and straight up propaganda.

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Nvidia, VMware join to pipe high-quality 3D graphics from the cloud

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Re: More cloud frauds going on...

I'm already playing modern games across their GRID service using the Nvidia Shield handheld and a 4G WiFi hot spot. Plays reasonably well and I'm definitely not on a gigabyte pipe here with this setup. Seems the system is smart enough to degrade graphics a little to cope with lag issues.

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

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86K of British money, on site, for an ATM, in a department store? That's a whole lot of $USTP!

Most ATM's are filled with less than 5K (US) and if more is needed, it is delivered from the bank the morning it is loaded.

Do they have 16 fully stocked ATM's in one store?

Something smells dirty to me.....

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MtGox finds 200,000 Bitcoin in old wallets

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Re: ::shakes head::

the dirty "secret" is that it's almost true.

whomever has the most bitcoins under their control, IS essentially bitcoin. Unlike the USD that takes the entire weight of a nation like China or a hundred billionaires to manipulate a few percentage points (not counting the US politicians who can do so as part of their jobs), one or two controlling agents can bomb or build BC's value. And are doing so. It's a lot easier to herd cats than millionaires, but either way, herding one or two is a lot easier than a hundred or more

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

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now they do a lot of bleaching with oxygen. Pure O2, cryogenically stored on-site (Weyerhauser, early 1990's) at significant energy cost to produce, transport in large dewar bottle trucks, where a significant portion is lost due to venting while stored and travelling through pipes.

Not sure there's a net savings there either.

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

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people are trying so hard to eliminate the tried-and-true fact that there ARE actually crazy/evil people out there in the world, that do real bad things for no logical reason that the rest of the world can understand.

All these special theories of fires that somehow overwhelm absolutely everyone in seconds after the pilot has made a deliberate course correction, while simultaneously shutting down almost all telemetry from the aircraft, and activating absolutely no indicator or sensor prior to this 3-5 second window stretch things a lot harder than repeated proven historical precedent of deadly acts by insane individuals.

It's a huge world out there, and for those who disparage religion, it's important to remember that also means the world is not somehow required to make sense. Bad sh*t happens, at random. To believe there is always a "reason" other than this, is to actually be participating in the same "crutch" that the religious depend on.

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Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4

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so no more gaming point in my brother-in-law's 55 inch 3D capable telly that the PS4 is plugged into?

This sort of technology could be very disruptive to the "Upgrade your Telly Every Tax Return" business model. Way too many people not playing games or watching TV with friends or family, and paired/multiple headsets would satisfy the gaming crowd.

For those who do not interact with the real world whilst imbibing their virtual entertainment, the need for uber screens will fade.

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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Re: Yes, because if we don't say its name, it'll go away...

if living in and around SF for over a decade has taught me anything, the guy spewing "faggot" the most these days is gay himself and using the term without irony.

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Some "offense" more allowed than others of course.

"freaking out the straights" was quite the cool thing until those freaks became the new straights and then started the official cult of Litigious Butthurt.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

Rick Brasche

Re: A translation

Zuckerberg and many of the Silicon Valley elite are among the largest financial contributors to the DNC. Not to mention their propaganda functions and media saturation that don't "count" even though they'd cost millions if paid for that exposure.

Prez answers the phone because he knows who gave him his seat.

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Battling with Blizzard's new WoW expansion and Diablo revamp

Rick Brasche

all I (and a million Koreans) wanna know..

is Where TF is the last piece of Starcraft II? Is the WoW cash cow and D3 auction house all there is to Blizzard anymore, where an expansion using the same game engine and many of the same assets, with only "balance" tweaks and a few new units, takes two years? We're 4 years out from the original release, so let's get this over with. then we'll leave Blizzard alone to milk their WoW players.

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Tiny fly-inspired RoboBee takes flight at Harvard

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and taken out by the slightest breeze

as was explained on the box of a toy helicopter:

"these are basically 1/40th scale helicopters. Full-sized helicopters can't fly well in high winds-if a full size helicopter has difficulty in 50 mph wind,your model will have difficulty with 1-2mph. There's nothing to be done about it."

A lot more power and wing area that can be used to fight wind than a robofly and they're useless at anything stronger than the flatulence after Taco Bell. Turn on a decent fan (or hell, the A/C) and these "drones" are at the mercy of the system.

Increase the power through some sort of future-wish battery and motor tech? People will hear the flying dentist drill from two closed doors away.

AAA-CHOO! and the latest snooper pastes itself against the wall...Hopefully not carrying some sort of antipersonnel chemical agents when ya swat it.

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CLIMATE CHANGE forces women into PROSTITUTION - US politicians

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this used to be a joke about Yellow Journalism

and now it's day-by-day headlines accepted as fact:

World Will End Tomorrow, Women and Minorities Hardest Hit.

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Outsourced space trucks battle for US middleweight lifting title

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good.

civilian competition in the orbital launch business. Now a passenger lift/manned lunar mission/mass lift record isn't about national pride and propaganda, it's about corporate bottom lines and earning customers. let the new "space race" begin!

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Want a coffee with Tim Cook? Better start saving now

Rick Brasche

I was all in for the Musk interview

until they said it was only a tour of the LA headquarters. I've seen all sorts of offices already. I want to go where the real magic happens. No one is assembling Merlins in LA. No one is doing airframe work, getting their hands dirty and making dreams actually perform in the real world.

Seen enough dreamers. Want to hang with the do-ers.

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US to hand out wads of green (cards) in bid to staff tech industry

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Re: We're not all here to export your jobs to India...

is it fair US Citizens who have NOT murdered several people and are NOT incarcerated in the middle of Texas have less rights as well?

thought not.

But if we executed the multiple murderers or didn't treat them as poor broken victims and make sure they didn't feel "disrespected", how much whinging from your side of the pond would we get then?

Meanwhile all of us here who have been working our entire adult lives to support those on the dole and in the System, get it from both sides.

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'Charge memory' boffins: Hungover Li-Ion batts tell fat whoppers

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In the radio control and EV world,

we have always been warned against depleting a lithium based chemistry battery. Problems with cell balance and "venting with flame" were significantly reduced when our speed controllers automatically shut down before any cell in a battery gets too low.

In other words, "Never Go Full Discharge". :)

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Get lost, drivers: Google Maps is not for you – US judge

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from my cold dead hands..

I run Google Maps on my iDrone..errr..iPhone as a GPS, the device mounted in a cradle. I use it for realtime navigation just the same as if I were able to afford some newer car with a corporate subscription plan navigation system.

It's "hands free" by every definition.

So bite off, nanny state. Some of us aren't so defective that we cannot process instrumentation and external conditions at the same time.

What's next? gonna force us to cover the gauge clusters so those needles and displays telling us vehicle status aren't too "distracting"?

CA needs to quit legislating to the lowest common denominator. This "Idiocracy" thing is getting very old.

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US funds Europa mission

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gah

we can blow trillions for banks to buy up their competition, millions to fly presidential families to vacations around the world (with their multiton armored vehicles, royal retinues and security/military personnel. We can throw away more in foreign aid and to people who haven't contributed anything to society other than crime statistics in three generations.

But we can't find money for our own supercollider, or a Mars mission or a deep solar system probe.

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Wisconsin man cuffed over Koch-blocking DDoS attack

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Joke

headline Reg slacker?

Anonymous Wipes Out Northern Website

Role Reversal: Anonymous @ssholes wipe out TP.

there's got to be better bog roll tie in headlines or memes out there.

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You know how your energy bills are SO much worse than they were?

Rick Brasche

I wish they'd sell "green" honestly and without FUD or hype.

It is what it is. green(I hate that term, I prefer sustainable") energy, like electric cars, CAN stand on its own merits and even continue to command premium prices-but NOT if its sold with vapor, unicorn f@rts, well-wishes and lies.

All that does is p*ss people off and disappoint those who are truly giving the technology an honest go. It's better to sell a program truthfully, so people get what they expect, than to hype it up and have all your early adopters being disappointed.

Don't sell sustatinable programs as being "cheaper" if they're actually not-forget about long term and intangible future promises or breakthroughs. But you CAN sell on a history of improvement and use that to draw a possible breakthrough as a selling point.

But if after all that, you can't show any benefit, then government subsidy is NOT the way to go. However I don't believe this to be the case-we just need to get the profitteers and "true believers" off the podium.

For example, try something like this: "Wind power-it's not for everyone. When it works, it produces power with minimum emissions, but don't expect it to work all the time. We're working on improvements-last year our best turbine produced X kilowatts over the year, while our newest one today produces X + Y kilowatts. Our testing, financed by the admittedly expensive rates we're charging, lead us to believe next year's unit can generate X+Y+Z and reduce maintenance costs as well- you can see our research at nosmokeandmirrors.com"

Be honest, and people WILL pay. Not all, but enough. Blind us with brilliance, don't baffle us with Bullsh*t. companies like ZAP promised us the world with their golf cart EVs, hiding the flaws behind greenwashing and advertising. Nissan says "here's an electric car, run it and see if it works for you."-and I've personally witnessed dozens of Leafs while Ie seen TWO Model S's in the wild (and I live less than 20 miles from the factory!) Tesla seems to be losing sight of that with the NYT debacle-they created perception about the Model S that isn't being met, even though the technology performs as designed. Had their marketers and shills been open up front and honest about "you're gonna have issues in the cold" with as much fervor as "rich movie stars and moguls say their Model S will save the planet", then the NYT article would have offended and surprised nobody. Jus like no one expects most cars to run far if there's a hole in the gas tank.

computers, cell phones and even gas cars were crap when they first came out. They didn't get better because their producing companies claimed they were already perfect and needed no improvement. People knew the limitations of being an early adopter. Now look where we are.

Sustainable energy needs to follow their example.

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Victoria and Albert museum in narrow escape from Napalm Death

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loudest music?

the sound of all 4 of the Concorde's engines at full takeoff power. Music to me ears

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Reg man goes time travelling at iconic observatory

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time for the nuclear hotfoot?

the tasteful wall to keep the spaced out youth from breaking in before they're harvested?

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Samsung: We're doing smart watches too

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old news?

I stuck my last-gen iPod Nano into a cheap Chinese watch band.

all it needs is 3/4G and bluetooth.

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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

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story is lacking

where's the link to sign up?

the wifey loves sitting on FB almost all day as it is. Give us plenty of videogames and we're all set.

seriously :)

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Journo says Elon Musk apologized for Tesla battery fiasco

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Big Brother

LOL

so "normal use" is to sit on your @rse for hours to do what any normal car does in a few minutes?

And doesn't require the use of a monopolized charger whose very technology is controlled by a single entity?

Does anyone but me worry about the amount of telemetry Musk was able to get from both the car and charging stations?

Big Brother Musk is watching you. Correcting the "truthiness" of your narrative.

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Higgs hunt halts as CERN prepares LHC upgrades

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more power!

Scotty would approve.

if it's not running on the edge of failure, it's not trying.

Oh yeah!

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

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DS9's biggest accomplisments?

Having the lead character hating, not admiring, previous Enterprise captains.

The defining moment of the series? Where Q shows up and challenges Sisko to one of his little "games". They're in a virtual old school "smoker" (boxing match) and Q uses his typical goads and challenges to try to get a reaction, like he did with Picard. Sisko throws a punch and lays the demigod out on the canvas.

Q: "You hit me! Picard never hit me!"

Sisko: "I'm not Picard."

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China seeks ‘Oceanauts’ for deep sea exploration

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Re: I wonder if they will go the U.S. route....

@ Kharkov

glad to see someone else remembers this movie, full of white folk poorly disguised as Chinese...and the pneumatic tube travel system..

can't forget the Heroic Male Lead warning the Professional Yet Attractive Female vulcanologist to stand away from barely-cooled molten rock after the laser test because she wouldn't possibly know it was still dangeously hot. :)

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ViewSonic Pro 9000 laser hybrid LED projector review

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why not true laser?

I can get lasers in red, blue and green. Most of them are capable of extremely rapid switching.

why not simply write the entire image with laser resolution? Are there no MEMS scanners that can move fast enough?

I know televisions were patented demonstrating this exact scheme, but the patents appear to now be owned by companies still making money on LCD and LED panel systems.

Is there actually a technical reason full laser projection can't happen?

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