* Posts by Schultz

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We've found a ‘vaccine’ for fake news. Wait! No, we really are Cambridge researchers

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Goodbye to internet goodwill

The early internet was dominated by coders, scientists, and idealists who were enthusiastic about sharing knowledge. By now, everyone got online and started making 'content', so the internet is only as honest as the real world. Better get used to it.

Believing news on random websites / twitter / facebook is a bit like accepting a flyer on the sidewalk and directly accepting that scientology / latter day saints / the spaghetti monster offers you a path to salvation.

Why do we come to ElReg? Because this island of nerds still maintains some semblance of the early internet.

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Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

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Photo: a BFG-9000 variant?

Seriously, that's some cartoon weapon, right?

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Thanks, Obama: NSA to stream raw intelligence into FBI, DEA and pals

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Covering asses?

This might be an adjustment of the rules to cover ongoing practice? The Trump has some erratic qualities and I could imagine that some officials got cold feet about routine violations of law that might or might not be tolerated in the future.

I am, of course, just extrapolating from what I read on ElReg about the UK security services.

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Tell us about that $1m horse, Mr Samsung: Bribery probe slips deep into South Korean giant

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Friendly reporting: "Won a gold medal"

"Ms Chung is a professional equestrian who won gold in the 2014 Asian Games."

Less friendly reporting says her team won the gold medal. And guess why she got a spot in the team? $$$

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Now for a really cool micro-drum solo: Boffins chill gizmo below quantum limit

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"at absolute zero the atoms are motionless" -- not

At absolute zero, bound atoms still perform zero-point vibration. So you can approximately know their position and momentum. Just what Heisenberg predicted.

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MIT brainiacs wrangle 2D graphene into super-strong 3D art homework

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Science fiction

Atomic printing of hollow 3D graphene structures that are lighter than air!

Project milestones:

(1) Simulate it in the computer -- check

(2) 3D print it -- check

(3) Test the mechanical properties -- check

In sum, one of the best science fiction projects TheReg ever reported on.

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Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

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"internal devaluation will produce a continent where every country is as efficient as Germany"

Just like during the golden age before the EU integration? As I remember it, a lot of countries struggled to compete economically with Germany before the EU economic integration. Why should the future look very different?

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"It's only because the gov wants to clear it's debts that we are all suffering."

I hate to break it to you, but those are really your debts, taken on by your government in your name. (I assume that you interact with said government by voting, paying taxes, receiving benefits, using public infrastructure, ...)

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Feds cuff VW exec over diesel emissions scam

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Re: My car is not up to spec

What about all those other cars (especially SUVs) that belch out smoke and stink? Take a walk along any major inner city road and just watch and smell - the problem goes way beyond VW. I assume all those cars need their engine 'protected' when the accelerator is pressed. Maybe it's time everyone grew up and realized that you cannot drive a 3-ton truck with zero emissions. If it looks too good to be true ...

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Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

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Not very scary...

because according to my scientific study of aquarium zebrafish reproducing at a rate of 2000% per week, all biomass on Earth will be zebrafish by this time next year. What are the zombies going to bite then?

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British military laser death ray cannon contract still awarded, MoD confirms

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Re: operational in all weather

You misread, it says: "tracking targets in all weathers", not effective in all weathers.

So you want a decent radar for tracking. You may then proceed to shoot at the target in any weather and if the weather is nice, the target might take notice. Sounds realistic to me.

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The Register's Top 20 Most-Commented Stories in 2016

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The trick is.... (previous a. c. comment)

"the trick is to see who is making a reasonable debating reply that recognises the grey areas and helps widen everyone's education."

Take my upvote for this old-fashioned sentiment. There is gold in them hills (but you sometimes have to dig through a lot of dirt).

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Strong non-backdoored encryption is vital – but the Feds should totally be able to crack it, say House committees

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Why so skeptical?

All the US Gobmint has to do is offer some multi-million dollar grants to the companies / academics who can come up with that absolutely unbreakable and super-secure crypto that can be only unlocked by the intended recipient and the feds. They'll find many takers for the monies and they can met again a year from now to discuss the progress / shift the goalposts.

It's called the political process.

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Screw EU! Apple to fight back over €13bn tax bill

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"They pay tax in the US, because that's where the profits are made."

Erm, no, they sell phones internationally and make profit pretty much wherever they sell their products. And they don't really pay tax on those international profits, that's why they play the Irish sandwich game, routing all profits to this beautiful island. That's also why a Mr. Cook tries to convince a Mr. Trump that a tax holiday would be greatly appreciated.

As the EU has a common market, it's absolutely legal that they avoid the punitive ~15% German tax rates and instead choose to locate their commercial endeavor in Ireland, but that does not excuse them from paying the punitive ~12% Irish tax rate, or the 35% US tax rate (there are international treaties to ensure that they don't have to doubly pay tax on their earnings). As there are some companies paying the Irish tax rate, but Apple didn't, they did get some unfair state-aid that wasn't offered to the local plumber.

I believe the legal situation is quite simple, but it's also obvious that Apple would rather spend a billion Euros on lawyers than 13 billion on their tax bill. So buy the popcorn and prepare for a long show.

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US voting machine certification agency probes potential hack

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Probably ...

this is just squeezing some last bit of value from said vulnerability. The real value surely was to be had before the election.

Maybe?

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Trump meets Google – exclusive transcript

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Whow, this Trump sounds awfully coherent.

Seriously, have you ever heard Trump speak two complete sentences on a row, let's say with more than a dozen words per sentence?

Well, at least fantasy Trump can do it. Carry on...

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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Wrong reaction ...

Harold should have reacted by:

(1) Warmly praising his 2IC for brilliant leadership and the will to make hard organizational decision,

(2) asking about the budget that will be available for organizing the transition to new usernames, or

(3) requesting an external review to establish the required effort and budget to make the transition.

Most people only start thinking if it costs money -- so money is the argument against stupid make-do-work.

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Canada asks citizens: How would you like us to spy on you?

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WTF?

very simplistic idea of freedom...

"I think Brits have a very simplistic idea of freedom.

If you had been invaded by heavily armed terrorists who had "ethnically cleansed" your country and generations later continue to rape and pillage your people you might have a rather stricter demand for a heavy security presence to monitor the government, police, and courts"

So you think the Normans will just go home if you give the police some extra powers?

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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Two thumbs up for vaping...

it reduces the annoying side effects for bystanders by an order of magnitude.

Next up: vaping of legal Heroin and other hard drugs. That will also reduce unpleasant side effects, namely petty crime, organized crime, destroyed life's of addicts,... If you don't believe me, then go read up on the drug programs in Zürich in the 90s. I was there and saw it work.

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Wow. What a shock. The FBI will get its bonus hacking powers after all

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... to find the target's true location

So this is to identify the address of one 'target' (criminal) after having identified a probable crime, or is it a free-for-all to hack and sniff random computers that have used Tor or VPN?

Not that it makes a difference for us non US residents. As I understand, we are in the free-for -all category anyways.

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R3 four flew: What's driving banks to flee blockchain consortium?

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Not cynical enough ...

There is a more fundamental problem for banks: they mainly exist as brokers of trust to facilitate the exchange of money. We trust the banks not to steal our money, we trust them to properly account for our money, we trust them to transfer it to somebody else (but only if we instruct them to do it), ...

If we don't need to trust anybody for storing or exchanging our money, it removes the need for traditional banks.

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Geo-boffins say 'quake lifted bits of New Zealand by 8 metres, moved at 3km/second

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2 north, 6 up. 8. ?!?

Not according to my geometry book.

2 m north + 6 m up = 6.3 m.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Negative vacuum ...

Now wouldn't that require some kind of anti-particles? I mean real anti-particles (the ones we know behave just like ordinary particles and would mess up your vacuum).

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Theory or hypothesis?

If they didn't yet collect and analyse that data which would allow to test their theory, then it's more of a hypothesis. A hypothesis is a theory without supporting evidence.

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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On the upside...

This one can ride out the next big earthquake on a comfy cushion of compactable landfill. That's how it was planned, right?

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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"the mission was mostly successful because the lander almost reached the ground"

Indeed, it overachieved and landed 3.7 km early. Better early than late ...

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How to confuse a Euro-cop: Survey reveals the crypto they love to hate

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"Torture can work when performed competently."

Care to share the literature that would support this statement?

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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Re: Martian Ice - Sparkling or Still?

Martian water has never been peed in. That's one thing it has over Earth water, aka Dinosaur pee".

Just trying to fit this into today's toilet-themed theRegister issue.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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...and I'd really like to get one for Christmas :D

Here you go: smart toilet seats for every taste. Make sure to choose a Samsung, their battery operated models have this new ultrafast drying function.

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Ever used a Walkman, CD player, another Japanese gadget?

The Stop button is denoted with a rectangle (■). As for the rest of the buttons, it never hurts to know a few dozen Chinese characters; 水 for water, 强大 for strong, or 弱 for weak. You could look those up (Google translator) in the time your bum gets restored to spanking clean.

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CompSci Prof raises ballot hacking fears over strange pro-Trump voting patterns

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The good reason for investigating this issue...

is to ensure the validity of future elections, regardless of the outcome of this election.

It never cedes to amaze me that for many citizens (worldwide) and to the elReg commentards in this forum, the election process is discussed like a soccer match: my team won and I don't care if that referee decision was correct. The future of democracy, and thereby your ability to influence the future of your country, relies on a working democratic process. If you damage that process today, you might not have a working democracy in the future when it might be critical. Is it just for me, as a German, to see this as a problem?

Now somebody remind me again, why was it a good idea to replace paper ballots with voting machines in the first place?

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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

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Great coding lessons ...

Let's spend time with complex programs that relate mouse clicks into virtual blocks (minecraft), or into moving stick figures (Apple contribution), that'll teach them ... what exactly?

What happened to the bottom-up approach? Press a button to light an LED. Build a little logic to relate pressing buttons to LEDs. Use an Arduino to take over the logic. Proceed to programming a weather station, or whatever fun project you might do with the kids. Won't happen in an hour of code, but it might leave a lasting impression.

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Stolen passwords integrated into the ultimate dictionary attack

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Re: Sites also a problem

I find that generated random passwords with a slight sorting of characters and removal of some difficult-to-find special characters usually gives a decently typable password. Feel free to use any of my spares, (as long as you use them for your own account ;):

HAwwpy~QU356.uc

jazFURC=Lx+Gb143

iralwDQ+78wmCli

\99@NULC-J45xdc

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Samsung sets fire to $9m by throwing it at Tizen devs

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Pocket change for Samsung ...

to keep the Tizen option alive. Maybe they'll need it some day. Maybe they'll stumble upon the killer app. Or maybe times / fashions change and they suddenly have a winner at hand.

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Alleged 2010 flash crash trader loses latest appeal against extradition to US

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place a large 'buy'... and cancel the order."

"how it works, basically you place a large 'buy' and wait until the price goes up and then cancel the order."

NoNoNo,the usual flash dealer waits until your pension fund places an order, gets its own order in beforehand and then sells to your pension fund at an inflated price. It's completely different, nobody looses money (it's just pensions), it's fractions of penny's only in any case, so it doesn't count (don't ask about the billion dollar profit), and what were we talking about anyways? Oh right, those rogue criminals who think you can make personal profit by cheating he system when you are only allowed to make corporate profit by such means.

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UK minister promises science budget won't be messed with after Brexit

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Not sure if that is a big comitment

So they'll ringfence the UK science budget. But scientists may still loose a lot of EU funding. Will they add former contributions to the EU science budget to future the UK science budget? Or maybe they hope to continue participating in the EU science programs (like Switzerland), but that might cost some extra money in the future: "From 2007 to 2013, the UK contributed an estimated €5.4 billion to EU research and development, according to the UK Office of National Statistics. During that time period, it received €8.8 billion in direct EU funding for research, development, and innovation".

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Soz, folklore fans! Negligence, not Nessie, sank WWI German sub

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venting, ballast release are non-renewable...

I think that's why they didn't use those on proper zeppelins. A gas bottle and a pump makes your 'ballast' perfectly reusable.

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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So no basic income after automation. How about...

basic income because it might fix a highly unbalanced wealth redistribution program run by the government? A lot of benefits are doled out based on complex and exploitable rules. A basic income concept would be simple and transparent and might fix that. It would also help to overcome regressive benefit/taxation models that currently keep a lot of unemployed or underemployed out of work.

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Cheer up Samsung! You might get back $400m for copying the iPhone

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Interesting patent war resolution from the supreme court?

The supreme court position may offer an effective solution to the patent wars:

Don't fix the patent system for design, software, electronic hardware, but simply remove the money from said system. There won't be a lawyer to litigate your patent case if there is no money in it. And there won't be any money in it if the patent claim value will be divided by a factor proportional to the number of relevant patents.

It'll kill the whole patent inflation issue right where the patent inflation occurs. It doesn't require any fundamental reform of the patent laws or patent office. And it'll leave the traditional patent system in place in the areas where it actually works. Sounds like a brilliant solution.

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French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

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Re: Apple is a walled garden, get over it

Well, if you have a certain market share, then that 'walled garden' translates into a monopoly and should be broken up.

A "monopoly power exists when a single firm controls 25% or more of a particular market.". So Apple certainly has a monopoly position in some markets. It'll depend on French law whether they can get away with it.

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US govt straight up accuses Russia of hacking prez election

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Evil Russians doing evil ...

with plausible deniability, of course. Good thing we have the angelic Americans to protect the world. And be assured, they are willing to do anything to protect you. (Including breaking any law, violate human rights and the Geneva convention, ...)

Call me cynical, but I am still looking for the good side. Sweden - but what about the Assange weirdness? Switzerland - if they wouldn't play safe harbor to all that criminal money. It's a crooked world out there.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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Gerdesj: Dry water mist fire extinguisher

Sounds like an interesting idea, but it it not clear how that would improve on the CO2 fire extinguisher concept. If you use liquid water, the evaporation enthalpy will remove a lot of heat - that's why water is so great to fight fires. For atomized water, the heat capacity should be comparable to that of CO2, so it'll remove much less heat. Any further information on the concept?

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The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

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" I don't even want a digital panel. A knob ... is a far more appropriate interface.

My microwave has exactly what you describe: a knob to set the time and a start and stop button.

There are, of course, a multitude of other buttons. But they are all labeled in Korean and I haven't bothered to figure out what they say. Life can be so easy ...

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HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

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WTF?

Really gotta love Mr. Flaxman for his fine prose of business speak

"...dynamic security feature..." -- You won't know what hit you, stupid consumer.

"We updated a cartridge authentication procedure in select models of HP office inkjet printers to ensure the best consumer experience..." -- Some more bilk in that cowsumer? Lets ensure there is no more bilk in that consumer.

""We will continue to use security features..." -- There should be more milk in that consumer tomorrow. Prepare the bilking machine.

"...protect the quality of our customer experience..." -- Let's find that precise level of pain where that customer coughs up some more.

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"protect its brand from infringement" -- How do I infringe the HP brand if I use a syringe to inject some extra ink into my cartridge?

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Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?

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Re: Grandstanding and fear mongering

"The FCC's authority over WiFi comes from the airwaves, which are a public resource/commons. They have no authority over private agreements.", "passively sniffing the wireless, and asking users to leave? Not the purview of the FCC."

I disagree: they try to restricting your use of said airwaves, so they infringe on a resource that the FCC supervises. There are rules governing the use of shared resources (water use, air pollution, mining, ... and airwaves) and you can't violate the rules even if you have some 'private agreement'.

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Just as it is against federal law to "jam" radio waves.

Wow, 'free radio waves'. Next thing you'll tell me that I can't charge you for the oxygen from my living-room ficus tree. Communism, here we come!

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6-in-10 punters return their self-destructing Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Refurbished Note 7

So where can I get one of the cheap refurbished Note 7 models with replaced (non-exploding) battery? There should be a few million of those floating around very soon.

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Average temperature -55C, atmosphere almost 100% CO2.

The real problem is the lack of resources on Mars. On earth, we sit on the waste products from a few billion years of photosynthesis -- nice amounts of hydrocarbons, metals, amines, and oxygen. As a result we can eat, breathe, and dig up useful resources. It's the basis of stuff we call 'fire' and 'life' on earth.

On Mars, you have iron oxide and CO2 -- it's near the chemical equilibrium and there are few or no spontaneous chemical reactions. Chemistry won't be your friend, you'd have to bring the energy for every single chemical reaction you'd want to drive.

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Ever longed to be naked in Paris? City council votes TODAY

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Re: HmHmmm

"… we disagree strongly. A sexual pervert is someone who does other naughty things and not what we do!" - every sexual pervert in history.

But your well-mannered western behavior is completely perverted according to other cultural standards. The question of what constitutes acceptable clothing is a purely cultural convention. Or do you have a particular reason to be offended by female beast and hairy male legs in white socks and sandals?

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Australian border cops say they've cracked 'dark net' drug sales

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Re: "someone will always decide the risks are worthwhile"

Well, that's business school 1-01: you have to take a risk to obtain some gain beyond the market rate. Ask your resident economist to explain rational business decisions to you and you might find that those black market dealers are perfectly rational human beings.

Your government might be less rational in sinking your tax dollars into the police/prison system. Interestingly, that system seems to get a lot worse when you involve the free market (private prisons, or profitable police). Ooh, economics is so complicated that you might mistake it for science.

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