* Posts by Rick Brasche

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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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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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Re: Never mind the software...

makes translation flight a low speed affair. Unlike the Harrier, which could and did use thrust vectoring for VTOL and enhanced dogfighting capability to extreme effectiveness in the Falklands, the F35 is not going to slam the nozzles on to tighten a turn, nor possibly engage vertical lift to deal with loss of lift due to damage.

As an American I'd rather have seen an updated "Super Harrier" (which was kind of what Boeings much uglier entry into the contest was) which used the front engine intake in both modes and simply swivelled nozzles. With independent nozzle movement, computer controlled, some really odd flight maneuvers could have been done at any speed the airframe could support. Could've made the SU-27's Cobra Maneuver look like a skate-park trick.

But politics not need choose our defense systems on both sides of the Atlantic. And our bad decisions force yours. double down :(

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Google spent record cash lobbying Congress in 2014 – report

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you mean we now have Taxation Without Representation. We get taxed to build the infrastructure, subsidies and such to build the pipes Comcast et al laid, and Google wants to use that infrastructure without having to pay for their "extra popular" usage nor pony up for their own pipe.

Kind of like paying for auto companies that make cars 90% of the nation cannot afford, military hardware that is illegal for non-rich citizens to use, or giveaway programs that the productive 60% of society pays for but gets no use of.

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Prosecutors have 'EVISCERATED' my defense, cries Silk Road lawyer

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if that's all the Defense has

he didn't have a chance anyway. Who did he think he was, a rhyming, meme spouting Legal Dream Team?

If the bits don't fits you must acquits?

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Obama makes net neutrality pledge in State of the Union

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Re: You are taking it seriously, that is your problem

he is however, doing his primary job: campaigning for the rest of his Party. Which has been the entire job of all party politicians since whenever.

Everything said or done is to either gain power for oneself within the Party structure or pay back that structure by doing whatever possible to get more of that Party in more positions of power.

Now considering his actual record, of how many SOTU promises broken, the only ones that have been carried out are those who have pretty wrapping but simply transfer more public wealth to private companies with unsavory crony connections.

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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Also in other New News...

don't give your bank account information to Nigerian Princes, they won't give you gold or money but actually steal it!

-news from the early 90's. Anyone still clueless, deserves it.

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CES 2015: The good, the mad and the POINTLESS

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It's the beginning of the End!

Now with Infrastructure Dependent Internet Of Things!

pretty much sums it up.

My coat, is not connected, Cloudy or "converged" either.

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Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

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and don't forget the data caps

even with a faster pipe, you're still only good for 6 shows before your friendly neighborhood ISP says you've passed the data cap and are going to be throttled down to dial-up speeds or charged the equivalent of $5 a movie for "using more than your fair share, Komrade!"

Everyone talked up streaming, then took away our unlimited services. No service, not even a kumbaya world where somehow Google does not act like every corporate entity in human history and change its stripes once in control, offers large enough data plans at home to support current state of the art 4K or anything "next gen".

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Re: So does this mean...

if the food isn't good enough, your neighbors will know when you flatten your own house.

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Re: White elephants or paper tigers?

I guessed you missed the tsunami aid missions where one carrier was repeatedly able to handle more humanitarian aid (as well as power and water generation) than any infrastructure built for weeks.

the whole deterrent factor, of how many dozens of tinpot dictators kept their tiny air forces on the ground because one carrier was projecting force in the region probably goes over your head too.

If you're going to talk tactics, you need to think the big picture, where you're partially correct; But it is also smarter for the Chinese to get the Americans to shovel more money into *defending* their expensive hardware as well as just building it.

the carrier is probably the only military vehicle that is worth it for its NON military use.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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a V8 as the pump?

a hydrazine powered turbopump was good enough for my ancestors, it's good enough for kids these days! :) sheesh. It's not like it's rocket surgery or anything ;)

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Prez Obama slaps sanctions on Norks in payback for Sony hack

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Re: Norks "Act of War"

yet similar declarations by Saddam Hussein, or Al Queda were not considered "credible" by opponents for any warlike activities in the Middle East.

Can't have it both ways.

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Seagate makes CES splash with $99 drive, 'personal' cloud offerings

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Re: personal cloud

May I suggest the Intelligent Defined Internet Of Things as the next buzzword! :)

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please stop with the market buzzwords.

a Cloud was once a term to mean online storage systems that existed in undefined systems not under a user's physical control. It could be anywhere, and everywhere. And that was at least acceptable.

Then people selling SANs started calling the same kit as a Cloud and just changed how it looked to the Administrators. Same stuff, new blinkenlights on the box.

Now we're getting USB drives called "the Cloud" and some of them aren't even NAS capable. Because it's not physically inside your desktop, anything is now marketed as "cloud".

And that p*sses me off. Now get off mah lawn! All you MBAs out of the server room, let the grognards get the work done! :P

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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as an American, all I can say is...

"waah!" at least you HAVE an option for a tight, efficient diesel motor.

If I want an underpowered yet utilitarian city/econo car, I am lucky to find something that queefs out any useful torque at all (HP numbers be damned) and still barely see 35 real world MPG unless I spend 2X on some hybrid heavy battery backup system.

Even our version of the Smart got no oil-burner and barely gives 40mpg.

So at least you guys get decent gas mileage with your gutlessness.

(hell, we never got the Fiat 500 with the Twin Air in California either :( )

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Cambridge boffins and Boeing fly first hybrid airplane over British skies

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Re: Can you clairfy

no need for retractable anything. If they're driving the prop solely from the electrical motor, they can switch it to regenerative braking by the controller, using the prop exactly as you describe.

they could get real fancy and use adjustable pitch too.

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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very good article, thank you, with one minor nitpick

where it says that elected officials represent the people who elected them, it should be amended to "theoretically".

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Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

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Re: yay, statistics

and again, you're talking only Federal, and leaving out individual State and County amounts. As well as private and "faith based" community partner initiatives.

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A nation of CODERS? Yes, says UK.gov, and have some cash to do it

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you know what you get when you have a "nation of coders"?

it's called a GLUT, and anyone in that field gets to fight hard over the scraps of jobs that millions of others are "good enough" to get. It becomes an employer's game.

Just like all those unemployed "web designers" who were gonna "make it big" during the first dot-com boom. All the hype about learning that HTML, where even when the industry was strong, there were three applicants to every position.

Focussing attention on one job type, whatever it is, on a national scale, is not the way to go. A broad based system on as much of the basic skills for as many fields makes more sense, with specialization available for those who want it.

For those who lack the vision of what the "next big thing" will be, trying to force those without vision and drive into those fields hurts those who actually DID plan ahead.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: reducing energy consumption

derp

it's not "the rich" that are increasing the population at 2-4x their replacement levels.

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NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators

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Re: Start with the obvious. Repeal the THE PATRIOT Act,

here's legislation I can get behind: No Backronyms for any political use. Only allowed for hardware systems, and only universally acceptable for space program use. Amateur space programs included.

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voting reasons?

these should be mandatory for everyone. Even if written by a staffer, it's still attributed and while won't affect the low information voter, those of us with reading comprehension and memory longer than 10 years will find it extremely valuable

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Re: Do I care enough to comment???

that's a lotta commenting for someone pretending not to care enough to comment. Passive aggressive much?

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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Those Who Can, Do...

Those Who Can't...are professional victims who need to take down Those Who Can.

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Re: Do any of you realize...

"Evidence you say? Excellent, lets have a trial and hear it argued out in court, rather than submit to predetermined verdict by anonymous internet nutjob."

complains about statements from one internet nutjob because it counters his heroes which are a larger group of anonymous internet nutjobs.

sounds legit. Maybe they can sack up and hit the guys who made the violence threats first as well? Naww, that wouldn't be "cool".

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