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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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Err...

'The actions of this aircrew are wholly unacceptable and antithetical to Navy core values,' said a statement issued by the NAS Whidbey Island airbase.

Penises are antithetical to Navy core values?

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Parity's $280m Ethereum wallet freeze was no accident: It was a HACK, claims angry upstart

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contacting law enforcement agencies may be the right next step

Almost the definition of irony.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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"It'll also trash your add-ons"

How many times is that now?

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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

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WTF?

"as the external world becomes more animate"

WTF does that even mean?

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

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Wait...

Winter is coming? You mean summer is cancelled?!

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Is this a test of our credulity?

Well?

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Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

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The final printed part is then first placed in a "debind" fluid that breaks down the wax and most of the plastic before being placed into a furnace where the rest of the binding agent (which has a boiling point of just below the metal) is burnt off, leaving just the metal.

Presumably the binding agent's boiling point is just below the metal's melting point, not its boiling point...

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Astronomers find bizarre 'zombie supernova' that just won't die

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Re: More than one sun ?

I think it would be an incredible coincidence for a stable multi-star system to form in the first place, and then after potentially hundreds of millions of years, for them to all go off within a few decades.

I don't know how close an ageing star would have to be to a supernova to be "set off" by the shockwave, or if that's even possible, but it also seems pretty implausible...

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Re: Antimatter supernova

Pulsational pair instability was my first thought from a reading of the article, until I got to its mass. They're definitely right about the need to revisit that theory if it turns out to be the case, since this one is much smaller than the agreed lower mass limit for that type of supernova.

I particularly like the fact that pair instability supernovae leave no remnant, generating enough energy to completely disrupt the star. Returning all of a star's material to the universe in that way feels less wasteful than leaving behind a degenerate object like a neutron star or black hole.

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Telstra drops nbn™ in it as it wears compo for broadband speed ads

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Re: NBN should remove speed tiers on FTTN & FTTB

iiNet operates a VDSL2 network on which it operates two pricing tiers, best effort ("up to" 80 Mb/s) and 30 Mb/s.

Something similar to that would be reasonable, I think.

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Absolutely Beautiful

"it is not possible to accurately determine what speed the NBN can deliver to a customer prior to connection"

Those poor dears. Telstra can swivel. How do they like the shoe being on the other foot?

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Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280 MEEELLION in Ethereum

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Cryptocurrency

Teaching libertarians why we have financial regulation since 2009.

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Re: A culling program

Do Aussies want to stoop down to that historical madness?

We did have a go at the emus once...

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Re: A culling program

Oh I know! They fly in flocks over my house at the crack of dawn. It sounds like the world's ending.

Cull them all.

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A culling program

It's the only thing for it.

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Tesla hits Model 3 production speed bumps, slides to loss

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Re: 100 MW of batteries

It has a capacity of 130 MWh and will deliver 100 MW peak

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Woeful NBN services attract ACCC's attention

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It seems to be one of the things it's about.

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Yes well if people insist on signing up with the cheapest, nastiest ISP they can find (e.g. DODO) of course they're going to run into trouble.

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Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

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Re: Well done, IoT wanksters...

A doorbell that doesn't work because a server 20,000 km away has gone TITSUP?

What a time to be alive.

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Backup bods Datto to merge with Autotask in suits' shopping spree

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That's not a Datto

This is a Datto.

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Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

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Re: Building a factory in 'bama will also have helped no end.

"...Why would they want to build a factory in a former US president?

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Oh, right! Huntsville."

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Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang

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Re: Holding them for days at a time is impressive, given Neutrons last < 15 mins outside an atom

While true that free neutrons have a mean lifetime of about 15 minutes, this experiment was conducted on confined anti-protons. I'm not sure where the neutrons are supposed to come into it?

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Telstra said its 7-incher was really an 11-incher, left customers frustrated, unsatisfied

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Par for the course

One wonders whether Telstra would survive if it couldn't falsely advertise something.

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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"The problem here is the different parts of the aircraft become supersonic at different times..."

Can someone explain this to me? As I think he's talking shite.

He's saying the F-35 is an helicopter

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Raspberry Pi burning up? Microsoft's recipe can save it and AI

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"Egg frying"?!

Have you tried to "fry" an egg at just 85°C?

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

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Re: encryption

Who's moving towards digital currencies?

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

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Re: Actually

If Trump wants the media to stop repeating the ridiculous things he says, he just needs to stop saying ridiculous things.

Icon because it does seem to be rocket surgery.

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Elon Musk says Harry Potter and Bob the Builder will get SpaceX flying to Mars

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Re: I am now sat at work humming

There is even a modern CGI version of Thunderbirds, although the idea was the original creator's.

However, if they do a CGI version of The Trap Door...

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Western Dig's MAMR is so phat, it'll store 100TB on a hard drive by 2032

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Re: Microwaves? :-/

What they didn't say is that microwaves in metal things is absolutely fine!

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It's 2017... And Windows PCs can be pwned via DNS, webpages, Office docs, fonts – and some TPM keys are fscked too

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Exploitable flaws in TPM

Delicious

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Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

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Re: Mathematically impossible...

About that... it's missing the solidus, so it's anybody's guess what "214" is supposed to mean...

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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The Claptastic Voyage campaign for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel contains pop-up ads. They literally pop out of the floor as you approach, to get in your way.

Presumably the next iteration won't be just for giggles...

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Bad news! Astroboffins find the stuff of life in space for the first time

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Re: Word Salad vs Gobbledegook

Perhaps his, ahem, algorithm, has been improved.

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Re: Word Salad vs Gobbledegook and Real Alien Virtualisation

Nope, nope. I'm not failing the (reverse?) Turing test today.

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Re: Word Salad vs Gobbledegook

Waiiiiiiiiit a minute, you're not the real amanfromMars. I know this because I can understand what you're saying. What's going on?

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Re: Word Salad vs Gobbledegook

amanfromMars...

...complaining about word salad and gobbledegook!

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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260 working days per year

Do those poor bastards not have public holidays?

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ISIS and Jack Daniel's: One of these things is not like the other

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Re: Ignorance knows no borders

Recommending the replacement of JD/JB with JW? You'd better be talking about the Green Label...

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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Re: Interesting stuff

I don't think you know what "socialism" (sorry, "SOCIALISM") means.

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Re: Economy price flight = NONSENSE

Ugh, I edited that poorly. With any luck it still makes sense though...

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Re: Smooth as silk?

I would certainly define it as exciting, however!

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Re: Economy price flight = NONSENSE

I repeat: F9 launch costs haven't moved very far despite now being substantially reusable because they're still amortising paying off the development costs for the reusability technology. You're assuming that situation remains true forever. SpaceX is assuming it won't.

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Re: Economy price flight = NONSENSE

F9 still costs a significant fraction of what it did when it was fully disposable because they're currently amortising the ~$1bn they spent developing the reusability. That's going to take a little time.

Now that they've worked that bit out, they're counting on developing rapid turnaround with minimal refurbishment for hundreds, perhaps thousands of flights. Hence, flights for the cost of fuel and not much else.

Ambitious, certainly, but not the thing you said.

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Setting aside my own scepticism for just a moment...

Slower than flying depends very much on the corridor. London to North America takes 8 to 12 hours and to south-east Asia takes 12 to 14 hours. London to south-east Australia can't even be done in a single hop, but when it can it's expected to take 20 hours to Sydney.

Tanking before passengers have boarded may well take some bravery from legislators, operators and passengers alike, but a lot of the other pre-flight checks don't require passengers to be around. That's going to take some interesting work on the sequencing, I suspect.

How long the boat journey takes depends on how far out to sea it is. That's quite an unknown at the moment.

I think it's fair to say that personal spacesuits for each passenger aren't likely to be terribly useful; if the craft has lost cabin pressure at any point in its journey, I'd expect a raft of other individually catastrophic (and terminal) failures to also have occurred! However, the spacesuits used by national space agencies are as complicated as they are because they are required do a lot more (and for much longer) than would be required of these ones.

I enjoyed the video because it shows they're thinking about crazy things. I just love the madness of some of these ideas and I don't mind at all that they will likely never happen.

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Re: I'm not buying any of this

I don't believe it's SSTO. The slides show the second stage's fuel depleted once it's in orbit and requiring in-orbit refuelling before it can proceed to the Moon, Mars or wherever he decides it should go next.

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Australian PM Turnbull's AU$1.1bn 'Ideas boom' revealed as a bust

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"Policy hastily cobbled together using woolly advice, lacked clear objectives, measurements"

That describes the last four years.

(And possibly much of the last ten, but if you're going to go back that far you might well need to keep going.)

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Nokia updates classic comeback mobe 3310

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Bah

If only this was available 12 months ago.

Given the imminent (at the time) end of the 2G networks here, I gave my dad an entry level smartphone last christmas to replace his ancient feature phone. He's turned data off and doesn't use any of its smart features, in fact they only manage to confuse him.

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If you need to replace anything other than your iPhone 8's battery or display, good luck

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I hear that the glass rear cover is easy to break and difficult (+expensive) to repair.

So I suppose the solution is not to buy one?

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Now I will freely admit to not being terribly imaginative, but what would the average owner need to replace other than the screen and battery?

The headphone jack?

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Ethereum will have transaction chops of Visa in 'a couple of years', founder claims

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As before...

Wake me when they're done.

We're still waiting for sidechains, coloured coins and the "lightning network".

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