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Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes

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Meanwhile, at amazon.com.au...

*crickets*

Nobody knew about it and there doesn't appear to be anything worth buying there anyway (i.e. business as usual for amazon.com.au). Imagine amazon.com without any of the interesting products and the Australia Tax alive and well. At least it avoids the reverse buyer's remorse from not getting a better price on something because you refuse to participate.

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Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

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FAIL

Smell that?

Desperation.

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Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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Re: 1.6 litre!

The biggest problem is that people haven't been taught the driving style change needed to get the better mpg out of them.

These modern small capacity turbos have been designed to short-circuit fuel economy test cycles and don't hold up in real world use. Fuel cycle testing standards are now being revised because it turns out that when a real human gets behind the wheel of one of these new turbocharged economy cars, it can easily consume 50% more fuel than rated. Meanwhile, the equivalent naturally aspirated vehicle is only 10-20% over its rating, so it usually ends up using less fuel.

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Re: 1.6 litre!

I should say 10-15 years.

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Re: 1.6 litre!

VW make a 2.0 that produces the same power output as the 3.7 V6 in Ford's Mustang and has higher peak torque (at 1800 rpm)

One of those engines is turbocharged and the other won't be shagged in 15 years.

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For €10k, Fujitsu will tell you if your blockchain project is a load of bull

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2. No - it'll probably work, but that's not really a blockchain any more, is it?

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US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

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Joke

Well I suppose it is hate speech if you're George III

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When Google's robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call?

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"This guy is running important multimillion dollar production on a consumer plan. This is on him, not Google," observed one Reddit member.

Well, sure, but Google arbitrarily threatening to delete all his things isn't...

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Oracle gets busy with Lazy FPU fix, adds more CPU Spectre-protectors

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WTF?

Version history

Spectre is already up to version 4?! Where does this end?

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Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

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Re: @Rich 11

'It's just what we asked for, but not what we want!'

Ahh, government clients...

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WTF?

Wait a minute...

The first of the month was an edge case?

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Indiegogo lawyer asks ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Where's the cash?

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Re: " We need to act before it’s too late and London’s success is threatened. "

Crowdfunding absolutely has its place, small investments in small businesses has existed for centuries, with the Internet opening new opportunities to contact potential investors. And investors is what they are - you risk a small amount of money up front for something later.

That's a customer, not an investor.

BECAUSE IT IS AN INVESTMENT IN A STARTUP

An investment typically gains you equity or interest in the success of the venture. Crowdfunding doesn't provide any of that. It's a speculative pre-sale, often without a solid guarantee that the product will be delivered as described (or even delivered...)

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Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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Re: Oracle got there first

Everything involving Tesla these days is newsworthy, because reasons.

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At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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Re: What shocks me...

Ever watched a white house press conference?

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NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Re: velocity of a sheep in a vacuum in El Reg units

I don't know that, but it is an unladen vacuum.

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SpaceX flings SES-12 satellite into orbit, but would-be lunar tourists should probably unpack

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Re: "wrestling with an uncooperative antenna"

Indeed, but I couldn't resist

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"wrestling with an uncooperative antenna"

The Russians are still using AE-35s?

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Russian battery ambitions see a 10x increase in power from smaller, denser nukes

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Sounds expensive

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

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Re: Start it off with an easier challenge

An AI to interpret amanfromMars first please

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Amazon can't or won't collect sales tax in Australia

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Re: "Fall Creators Update"

They'd have to block mail forwarders too, in that case.

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Remember that $5,000 you spent on Tesla's Autopilot and then sued when it didn't deliver? We have good news...

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Re: If you are contracted….

At least in my neck of the woods, in assessing consumer law the courts tend to take the view that a promise doesn't need to be written in the contract to be considered an enforceable condition of that contract. It just needs to have been made by the seller. If, as in this case, it was written down, so much the better (and easier).

If the contract contradicts a promise the seller made, a bit like children crossing their fingers behind their back, I believe the courts often side with the customer too.

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Re: If you are contracted….

Preface: IANAL.

When you enter into a contract (such as when you buy a car), all parties make certain representations. For example, the buyer promises to pay the seller a certain amount and the seller promises that the car has particular performance and features etc.

In this case, the customers paid extra for the promise that they would receive certain additional features by a specified date*. Tesla appears to believe that it's operating in the wild west of software, where features are added and removed at a whim, might not even be fit for purpose and promises of delivery dates are ethereal. I doesn't work that way with motor vehicles.

* While perhaps not common for motor vehicles, this is not an unusual clause to see in a contract. Once when I bought a property, the seller promised to have certain structural certification work completed by a particular date after the contract settlement. There was a financial penalty associated with them failing to do so.

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Perhaps, but there is apparently only one party to blame if that occurs. If you are contacted to deliver a product or service by a particular date and fail to do so, whether you do in future is not an extenuating circumstance now.

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The great wearables myth busted: Apps never, ever mattered

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I also began wearing wristwatches again after many years as a result of the smartphone. In the last few years I replaced a very old Nokia with a 5" smartphone and found that digging it out of my trouser pocket just to know the time was often a major PITA.

Since then I've spent many times the value of the phone on watches, but that's a different problem.

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Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

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Big Brother

JTFC

Rockets landing on their tails are cool enough but on balance I hate this "future". Stop the train, I want to get off.

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Orbital ATK launches another Cygnus without anything blowing up

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Re: Environmental impact of burning tons of space junk in earth's atmosphere?

The environmental impact is about the same as for SpaceX, but with much less publicity. But since these guys don't have a narcissist fronting them, this question is asked of these guys but not of the cool kids.

I see you've never read the comments section on an article about a SpaceX operation.

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NASA’s new exoplanet-spotter survives sling past the Moon

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Re: Impressive use of orbital design to extend probe life without increasing weight.

The different perspective it shoots suns out should also pick up candidates probes in the ecliptic plane do not.

???

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Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Now it turns out he was a football player.

Ban football.

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Facepalm

But an aresnal isn't required.

Neither is an arsenal.

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But an aresnal isn't required.

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Great Scott! Bitcoin to consume half a per cent of the world's electricity by end of year

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Re: cost of real money?

I can tell you with 100% certainty that when I bought a coffee this morning, the transaction didn't require the combustion of 140 kg of coal.

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Re: What a load of bollocks this bitcoin is!

It used to be that only governments could "create" or issue money. With Bitcoin, et al, that has left the hands of government. So maybe that's a use?

Bitcoin (and all other cryptocoins) aren't creating any money. They're just moving existing money into the hands of early adopters and electricity generators. There's no economic productivity involved.

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Re: Black Mirror, yet again..

Bitcoin et al. are becoming more and more assimilated into the mainstream banking system

lol no

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nbn™ scoreboard: miracle needed to hit FY 18 construction targets

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Re: Mobile will kill the NBN

Can already get mobile data for $1/Gig

So only $999/mth to go!

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America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

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Re: the whole setup was pretty crude

"By the skin of their teeth" essentially describes the space race from start to finish. Early on this was by necessity, but by the time of the Space Shuttle there were unfortunately other factors at play.

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And THIS is how you do it, Apple: Huawei shames Cupertino with under-glass sensor

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Re: Priority P1 Severity S1 - yep, that's a bug Jim

Clearing your Play Services cache fixes the issue - until the next reboot.

How often is a reboot necessary?

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Primark

Is "primark" a typo or am I just failing to keep up (as usual)?

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NASA will send tiny helicopter to Mars

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Re: Why?

On a planet with an atmospheric pressure 0.6% of Earth's?

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First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit

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It's people!

Also worth mentioning is that this is the version of the rocket SpaceX expects to use to carry live humans into orbit.

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I remember the first time I saw GATTACA, I thought "those rocket launches look completely unconvincing". Likely because I was used to seeing grainy technical footage from the 60s-90s.

It turns out that real daytime launches of kerosene-burning rockets, shot on modern high quality equipment for publicity rather than technical purposes (Falcon Heavy being a particularly good example of this,) really do look like they do in the movies.

Publicity shot from this morning's launch

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Chap charged with fraud after mail for UPS global HQ floods Chicago flat

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Trollface

I'm going to take a stab and say that USPS did absolutely nothing.

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

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Re: AFAIK audio CD has no way to name songs...

Many stereos supported the feature but the only CDs I remember seeing with CD-Text were CD-Rs.

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Virtue singing – Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists

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Re: dangerous policy

And how do you decide which death metal band is satyrical and which is clinically insane? The lyrics are the same.

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Ahh, but isn't that the point of the The Pope Song?

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Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

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FAIL

Having a bad day? Why the need to turn this into a rant about something completely unrelated?

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In Australia we send up a police helicopter. Anyone who's stupid enough to lase airliners is usually stupid enough to have a crack at the chopper.

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Re: When USB sticks are illegal.....

The only way to stop a bad guy with a USB stick is a good guy with a USB stick.

*shakes evil black USB stick*

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Australian foreplay: Bum-biting in an underground hole

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Wombats have it all figured out

It's not a proper date unless...

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So when can you get in the first self-driving car? GM says 2019. Mobileye says 2021. Waymo says 2018 – yes, this year

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Re: wrong direction...

And then we can pave the unused roads with solar cells!

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

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That's what I assumed it would be after reading the headline.

Having read the article however, it's making fun of censorship, not abortion IMO.

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