* Posts by Herby

2816 posts • joined 14 Dec 2007

One year late, US senators act on fake net neutrality comments that drowned the FCC

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When...

Will they get serious about spam email. They tried once, but it really had no effect. Who knows, if "we" post more things in a congressman's name it might start something.

But I still have doubts. *SIGH*

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Good news: It's still legal for Apple to keep its MacBook, iPhone batteries from melting

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It all boild down to "Prior Art".

Which is all fine and good, but the patent office only thinks that "prior art" is that which is patented. Something outside that has been know for eons, just doesn't fit the bill.

In some cases, fortunately, we get judges, and (hopefully) juries that understand "common sense".

So, the patent office will patent, and the courts will continue to rule invalid. Life goes on.

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On 20th anniversary of Microsoft antitrust, US Treasury Sec calls for Google monopoly probe

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History repeating itself??

We all know what happened last time, and given the zeal (or lack thereof) of government agencies, I suspect that history will repeat itself on this one.

Nothing to see here, please go away.

(*SIGH*)

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IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Maybe is is because the IPv6 address space...

...has room for every grain of sand on earth.

When IPv6 was "invented" they needed a proper method of "transition" to the new way of things. As far as I know, this was never published. IETF is wonderful for standards and engineering, but the "transition" is a very political problem, and they really aren't good at it.

Of course, if Google only allows IPv6 connections sometime tomorrow, it could take place pretty quickly.

Oh, if spammers could be trapped by it as well, there might be another good case for it.

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Off with e's head: E-cig explosion causes first vaping death

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Obviously the wrong drug...

Please use the most common "recreational" drug (which I suspect we have all used) which is CAFFEINE.

Me? I take mine now as Coke Zero. Sometimes Coffee.

p.s. It is a much cheaper habit.

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Agile development exposed as techie superstition

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Uncertian, Complex...

Think Apollo Moon project.

Sometimes it can be done. It takes time.

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New law would stop Feds from demanding encryption backdoor

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A backdoor for one...

...is a backdoor for all.

Moral of the story:

Can you keep a secret?

So can I!

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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Yes, conveyor belt toasters...

They work just fine on sliced bread, but at one hotel I stayed at had one of these devices, and they found out that unfortunately thick bagel slices just don't work too well. Well, they get jammed up in the works, and stall the conveyor. Then the heating element gets in contact with said bagel, and after a short while the organic material decides to turn itself into global warming gasses and other combustion products. Usually this isn't bad, but the smoke detector was positioned right above said toaster.

No, the alarm didn't sound while I was there, but there was a hurried scramble to release the burning bagel of shame.

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Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

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Older stuff WAS simplier...

Back when I first got a microwave oven (late 1970's) it had 3 controls. First one was a small power level know, that usually was at 100%. The second was a nice logarithmic time control (the first minute was about as much space as the distance from 30-35 minutes) that was a nice round dial linked to a mechanical timer. The third was a nice button that basically started the whole process, that ended with a nice 'ding' at the end.

I have been looking for a microwave oven that has similar simple controls ever since. I haven't seen any, as somehow marketing droids have seen fit to encumber the panels with more and more buttons and displays ever since.

The only saving grace is the "Easy Minute" button on my current microwave oven that you can thankfully press multiple times to get nice even minute increments on cook time. I consider all the other buttons a big waste of time and effort.

Yes, I long for simpler days.

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Artificial intelligence is good for at least one thing – making hardware important again

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Artificial Intelligence...

Isn't.

Sorry it isn't in the 'info' pages Mr. Stallman.

Of course, it may not be a joke, but that is for another time.

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You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

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Jokes??

I remember that one version of make had a cookie (easily recreated in the Makefile):

sh-3.2$ make love

Not war?

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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Process 1 IS complicated.

That is the main problem. With different processes you get different results. For all its faults, SysV init and RC scripts was understandable to some extent. My (cursory) understanding of systemd is that it appears more complicated to UNDERSTAND than the init stuff.

The init scripts are nice text scripts which are executed by a nice well documented shell (bash mostly). Systemd has all sorts of blobs that somehow do things and are totally confusing to me. It suffers from "anti-kiss"

Perhaps a nice book could be written WITH example to show what is going on.

Now let's see does audio come before or after networking (or at the same time)?

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NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

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Soviet/Russian names??

How about Boris Badenov.

Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat...

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Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

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Microsoft will truly endorse Linux...

...when you see Word or Excel running on it.

As I really doubt that is going to happen, I will continue to use LibreOffice.

Sorry!

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Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

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Ely (Cathedral)??

While I haven't seen the Ely Cathedral, I Have been to Ely, Nevada.

Word to wise: Just gas (petrol) up and pass through. It is the original inspiration for the phrase "Nothing to see here, please move along".

Names ARE curious.

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BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave

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Quicklime and bodies??

This is good information. How about sulfuric acid and hydrogen peroxide, like they did on mythbusters a few years ago? Of course, you need a good bathtub, preferably well coated so as to not corrode. Of course, every BOFH knows how to clean up crime scenes.

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Crumbs...??

It is people like this (who pay their people little) that cause loons like Nancy Pelosi cause to celebrate with silly comments. I also note that he supports such causes all while keeping the $$$.

Well in some cases, yes crumbs (*SIGH*).

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Let's be Frank: Bloke drags Google to the US Supreme Court over $8.5m privacy payout

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Stating the obvious...

The only people who actually make out in a class action lawsuit are THE LAWYERS. Perhaps something should be done about this. Maybe the lawyer's fee out a single class participant. So, they get 33% of the $1.00 settlement. That would work for me!

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NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

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Computing power...

Of course, one might try using a Raspberry Pi for the computing, as it has close to the same power as an original VAX.

The prices for computing power have come down a bit over the years.....

As for data, good old nine track tape in 2400 foot reels works on just about any reader that can mount the tape.

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Failbreak: Bloke gets seven years in the clink for trying to hack his friend out of jail

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He forgot the most important thing...

He should have printed up a "Get out of Jail Free" card and mailed it to the guy inside. People have been let out for less.

Sadly these don't work for stays in the "Big House", they look at ALL the paperwork.

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if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders

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There should be a few rules for SO

1) RTFM

2) Have you tried a search engine

3) Think about it for a day or so.

4) Did you look at old answers in Stack Overflow?

5) You might have a reasonable question, so ask it. Please be brief and concise. Check your spelling grammar as well.

You're Welcome.

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LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

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Dual use??

Maybe the beer should be only dispensed in the afternoon (for various times of "afternoon"). Then it might produce coffee and crumpets (doughnuts in USA) in the AM hours.

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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Elevators?

I wonder what the proper procedure for elevator phones is. My parents house has a small (two story) elevator, and it has a nice phone inside the elevator car. There is NO WAY I'm going to have anything other that a proper POTS line serving the phone. If power goes out (the elevator gets stuck), you will need to summon help to get "rescued". My 99 year old mom can easily reach for the phone and call for help. A VoIP phone WILL NOT DO! I refuse to put one in for this service. I have my doubts about others in this circumstance would wither.

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Elon Musk's latest Tesla Model 3 delivery promise: 6,000... a week

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Promises, Promises...

Elon Musk needs to start a Broadway Play. Given his hype he might even make money if it fails. Or not.

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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Yes, there is video...

It is all over the local news here. Yes, every local channel that has a news organization (at least 5) has it on the air. Lots of cop cars visible in the coverage.

More at 6 & 11 pm (as they say).

Then I bump up one channel and get Jerry Springer. What a contrast.

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Cloudflare touts privacy-friendly 1.1.1.1 public DNS service. Hmm, let's take a closer look at that

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Maybe someone should...

Continue the trend and setup a DNS server at 10.10.10.10 and publicize that...

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous

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This reminds me of...

A conversation I had with an early Intel employee (before he went to Intel). He said something along the lines of "I was all for that healthy food stuff, but when they said that a barbecued steak was bad for you, that when I gave up".

Hi, meh (jr).

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: Spell Checkers...

Let's see:

C - H - E - C - K - E - R - S.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Health and Safety...???

I'm a bit surprised that H&S hasn't invaded. They might limit the speed to 80 kph for the entire track just to be "safe".

On the other hand, if you want to go "full computer", just give all the drivers an Xbox/Playstation and let it go from there. Animate for TV coverage.

Probably not, but it could happen. Lots of reasons one might be "for the environment" or something as silly.

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Follows old adage...

To err is human, to really foul things up requires a computer.

Looks like this was a classic foul-up. Augmented by really too many computers.

I long for the days when cars didn't have such things (like the 60's).

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How do you make those darn code monkeys do what you want? Just give 'em a little nudge

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You will get desert.....

When you eat your vegetables.

(or something similar)

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Toyota to flog 10,000 aaS wagons to Avis Budget rentals

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If you don't know who the sucker is...

...It is probably you.

This applies in Poker as well as online stuff. One must be very aware.

Note to self: Don't use the self service checkouts unless you get a discount.

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Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

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Lesson learned...

This is a general comment about lessons learned. If the "cost" of the failure is large, it is a lesson learned quite thoroughly. If the "cost" is minimal, you gloss over it and learn it many times before it sinks in. When it comes to backups, the initial "cost" is quite small and the lesson isn't learned, but when it becomes "large" it is like being hit on the head with a 2x4.

So goes human nature (*SIGH*).

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Vacuum??

"To hoover up the data?"

To "vacuum" up the data, I think you'll find.

This being a UK site and all shouldn't it be "Dyson" up the data??

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Europe is living in the past (by nearly six minutes) thanks to Serbia and Kosovo

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Power frequency off??

Looks like it is more than a few cycles off. The correct frequency for power is 60 Hz. So, they are a bunch (10 Hz) off according to my calculations. They should be spinning faster (3600 RPM).

Get with the program!

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Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email

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The real question(s)...

How long did it take to discover the problem?

Which begs another question:

What took them so long?

Inquiring minds need to know!

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Buffer overflow in Unix mailer Exim imperils 400,000 email servers

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There are alternatives...

Postfix comes to mind. Of course sendmail doesn't.

All of this comes to "pick your poison".

Mail IS difficult, and is best left to what some call "experts".

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Apple's new 'spaceship' HQ brings the pane for unobservant workers

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Obvious solution...

Require all employees to wear (bicycle) helmets when near the building.

Me? I would have the helmet concession at the entrance. A 'third party opportunity".

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Reg man wraps head in 49-inch curved monitor

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All this talk of monitor resolutions...

Has me thinking of people comparing their anatomy to each other, or at least bragging about it. Sure my monitor isn't that big, but for most things it really doesn't need to be.

My last job, I used a very nice iMac that allowed me to have a nice 50 lines with 80 characters on each nicely displayed on the monitor. For programming that is pretty good, and a long way from the 24x80 CRT terminals I used many moons ago.

I guess for the most part it is all relative. Lots of people want "bigger" even if they don't use it. In fact those that want it the most are usually the ones who don't actually use the big expanses of screen real estate (like many PHB's).

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BOFH: Honourable misconduct

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Don Martin reference...

Wonderful.

As for a BOFH production, wouldn't there be a different "boss" each episode. Kinda like _The Prisoner_ with interchangeable #2's.

As for beer, I remember a lunch break where four of us went to the local road house and we went through 3 pitchers of beer. I remember that I was the one that drank the least, and my head was spinning and the others "appeared" to be sober. Thankfully for all of us said road house (which is no longer there) was walking distance and they don't give WUI's (Walking under the influence) out.

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RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Thankfully, I live in sillycon valley...

Sure Radio Shack (Tandy) has all but disappeared, but we do have Fry's Electronics (they also sell refrigerators) and a couple of surplus stores that actually sell components.

Many moons ago, we did have Zack electronics (Palo Alto), but they went away in the early 80's just when Fry's was taking off. Sadly with the way things are built these days, we all strive for "instant gratification", and it is never soon enough. We buy and discard on a daily basis, and don't have time for the act of putting something together. That knowledge is hidden in the macro items we buy.

Such a shame.

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TVEyes blindsided: Fox News defeats search engine in copyright spat

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Ten minutes??

I'm surprised that anyone here in the USA has an attention span that long. Perhaps that is why news stories (and commercials) are short. I remember back in my youth that commercials were ONE minute long, and we could take breaks from TV watching to use the facilities. Now we have five second intros to YouTube videos that are all pretty short.

Yes, our minds are turning to mush.

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Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

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Re: Two stories:

Voltages on microphones...

Well unless you are using phantom voltage, the voltages in a microphone are usually VERY minimal (less than a volt most of the time). The typical mic has a small dynamic element and not much else. Yes, the phantom circuit is 48 volts (sometimes less) that provides bias to electret microphones need biasing and amplification.

Yes there is a problem around water, and I wouldn't go near it with audio equipment.

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We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?

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Just remember...

Lying in and of itself doesn't get you in trouble.

Getting caught lying usually does.

Then there are BOFH disciples. Neither applies.

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Audio tweaked just 0.1% to fool speech recognition engines

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Pay no attention...

...to the man behind the curtain.

Speech is noise if you don't understand it. And Vice-versa.

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Wanna gobble Google's custom chips? Now you can – its Cloud TPUs at $6.50 an hour

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Begs the question...

How much does it cost to mine bitcoin? Can it be done at a profit?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

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On AC and condensate

Many moons ago, I was traveling (for work actually) with a work companion in of all places Tyler Texas, where the motel rooms had occupancy sensors on the thermostats to "economize". Of course this was totally unacceptable as we wanted to return from our outings to a reasonably cool room rather than sweat it out while the AC attempted to cool things down in glacial time.

Our solution was to open up the thermostat and "bypass" (I believe it involved a screwdriver adjustment) the motion sensor. This meant that we slept comfortably at night and came back to a nicely cool room after the days outing. When we did come back, we noticed that the condensate which drained from the AC onto the exterior walkway looked like a river for our room, but the other rooms had barely a trickle. We just smiled and carried on.

Yes, Tyler Texas in the summer is both hot and humid.

No need to be part of the gunpowder plot, this was back in the 80's and the company is long gone.

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Re: @Chris King -- Aircon Leaks

Of course, Boris said to Natasha "Stroke, stroke, stroke".

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Why is Bitcoin fscked? Here are three reasons: South Korea, India... and now China clamps down on cryptocurrencies

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Fool...Money...

Soon parted. To me it seems that fools are the ones who dabble in Bitcoin. Given a chance, it can be rigged, and the mining is mostly a zero sum game when you consider energy costs (at least in the USA).

Sorry, I'm not using my machine to heat the house, especially since it is a nice balmy 65 degrees (F) outside. Winter is over.

Maybe that is the reason the value tanked. Winter is over (mostly) and nicer weather is around the corner, and soon we switch on the air conditioning. Sounds as good as any other excuse for the value of Bitcoin.

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NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely

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Re: Funding?

"I doubt ground stations would need to be *rebuilt* they just need to tune in to the correct frequency and position..."

This depends... Sometimes the receivers need special hardware to receive the data. If said hardware is lost/scrapped you need to re-create it.

Also the deep space network can get pretty busy looking after things, as there are bunches of satellites outside of earth orbit (quite a few in or about Mars).

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