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Cyber-coin crackdown continues: Commission charges couple crypto-currency company chiefs concerning 'conned' customers

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Re: Aren't all Crypto Currencies

No, that is just something spouted by those envious of those that got in early, got out at the right time and paid off the mortgage...

So... just like a traditional Ponzi scheme.

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Re: Aren't all Crypto Currencies

Technically, no, but they certainly appear and behave very similarly.

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Blockchain rebrand sends Stapleton Capital's shares soaring

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That it is, but for the moment it is also hilarious

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US govt shutdown lobs spanner in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

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Re: Slightly Offtopic

The American Way™

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Re: Long live marketing

It's worth pointing out that Falcon Heavy isn't just designed for LEO.

Neither was Saturn V...

Saturn V could carry 140 tons, but couldn't carry it very far.

Both being LEO figures, Saturn V could lift 140 tonnes precisely as far as Falcon Heavy is designed to lift 64 tonnes.

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New Zealand joins the Space Race

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Unhappy

What Great Barrier Reef?

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Headmaster

What happened to four?

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Re: Splash down target - Canberra

Bugger off. Bomb their electorate offices.

Why do you want to punish us Canberrans when it was you idiots who elected the bastards in the first place? All we did was try to keep the country running.

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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Re: Isolation

And don't give your undergrads your most important and irreplaceable piece of office equipment for use as a "prototyping" tool!

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Crypto-cash exchange BitConnect pulls plug amid Bitcoin bloodbath

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Re: HODL = Hold On for Dear Life

A backronym; it was originally a typo.

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Re: Hodl o-on loosely...

It's been around for a few years.

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Play stupid games...

...you know the rest.

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Re: Poor choice of words..gives Emirates the opportunity to squeeze the hell out of Airbus.

Boeing looked at the market when Airbus was designing the A-380 and said ...NAH

My understanding is that it wasn't because the concept was flawed; it was that the market wasn't big enough for a second option.

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Ford giving 'leccy car investment a jolt to the tune of $11 BEEELLION

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I'd really like a fusion electric!

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WTF?

Re: Give me range...

Performance is better than an F1 car

Err...

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Meltdown/Spectre fixes made AWS CPUs cry, says SolarWinds

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Kafka? Cassandra?

I think these guys are pessimists.

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Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

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Re: They will never work in an urban environment.

How is an automated car ever going to get through a housing estate, with kids jumping out in front of them, playing chicken and just being annoying?

Machine guns behind the headlights.

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Up, up and a-weigh! Boeing flies cargo drone with 225kg payload

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Terminator

With that payload capacity it could drop pianos.

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Q: How do you get YouTube to stop funneling ads to your vids? A: Make jokes next to a dead body

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Headmaster

it's just not the USA populous

It's also the USA populace?

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Cryptocurrencies to end in tears, says investor wizard Warren Buffet

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Unless the only thing produced in the Netherlands is electricity, the GDP is not based on the amount of electricity. The 140 Terawatthours mentioned in the article would cost a few hundred million euros.

"Uses as much electricity as the Netherlands, produces as much value* as Dominica"

* Just kidding. Cryptos don't produce anything of value.

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Re: Cryptocurrencies - The ultimate capitalism

<u>If</u> banks are hostile to cryptos it's because they operate under financial regulations that compel them (with varying levels of success) to know who they're dealing with and not to launder money.

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Good lord, Kodak's stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin

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Good book, that

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Re: Zombie brand

I don't care what Kodak still makes film for. All I know is that they took MY Kodachrome away

Isn't there an Instagram filter for that?

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Desperation

Also, KODK.

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Re: Professor of Cunning

Could the blockchain (I hate there KodaKKrypto - KKK?) be encoded within the .jpg? That would serve a couple of important aspects of identification.

No more than encoding a standard copyright notification.

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Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets

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b**tards

I'm trying to work out what the two letters are that would make the word offensive enough to require censorship. Can anyone help?

They're not "as". I've worked that out for myself.

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Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage

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Falcon Heavy

Being a liquid propellant rocket, the Falcon Heavy static fire tests will be conducted in its launch orientation, i.e. vertical.

Some more coverage of the preparations:

Rocket goes up (28 December 2017)

Rocket goes down (29 December 2017)

Photos and video coverage from SpaceX

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Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

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Re: This is such a worthless bit of reporting

That and whatever Jadallah took before writing that press statement

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Australian central bank says 'speculative mania' and crime fuel Bitcoin

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Re: Mining new coins

It becomes harder to mine the more mining power the network has. It does not depend on the number of mined coins.

The block reward halves every 210,000 blocks, which is about four years. This doesn't make mining more difficult in itself but it absolutely does make it more difficult to earn the same number of bitcoins, even if the network hashrate doesn't change. It's also means that if you know how many coins have been mined, you can easily determine what the current reward is. The reward began at 50 and has halved twice so far and the next halving will likely occur in less than three years.

The network adjusts the difficulty to keep an average rate of one block in 30 minutes.

One block is mined every 10 minutes on average. Because the mining is a bunch of random busywork, you might have two blocks mined within a few seconds of each other, or no new blocks for an hour or more. The difficulty is adjusted every 2016 blocks, which is two weeks at the average block discovery rate, but is generally shorter than that in periods of mining power growth. If the network falls in a heap at some point, you have to wait until the end of the current 2016 block period to adjust it, which could take some time...

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Reminder: Vast majority of serfs toiling away as Mechanical Turks for megabucks Amazon earn less than min wage

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Re: Poor relations

Is it fair to use one nation's standards to judge work done by people in another?

Is this a trick question?

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The eagle has been grounded: Dutch anti-drone squadron retired

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I've a solution

Mandate that UAVs either look like, or wear, little cyclists helmets, and then let loose a population of Australian Magpies. You'll have clear skies in no time.

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SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

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Re: Coming soon?

I think the Official Euphemism "flight proven" is amusing enough itself.

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Re: What?

Oh of course. He must have been making an omelette.

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Re: SpaceX has discerning taste

They once blew up some of Heston's food too.

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: Despair over Brexit and Trump?

Two con jobs. The best things to happen in 2016.

Okay then!

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Lap-slabtop-mobes with Snapdragon Arm CPUs running Windows 10: We had a quick gander

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Is the only "smartphone" feature here the SIM slot?

That's been available in laptops and tablets for years...

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"Three in one" because they combine a laptop, a tablet, and smartphone-like connectivity in one.

ASUS did this (more or less) with Android on some of its Padfone products. A smartphone with a dumb tablet "skin" that could then be attached to a keyboard.

The concept was abandoned years ago, but at least a Windows laptop is useful.

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nbn™ chair Ziggy Switkowski says HFC remediation mess is business as usual

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Oh right, no worries!

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro: The unfashionable estate car wants to go to town

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Re: Close but no cigar .....

I don't know where in the chain the problem is, but listening to music from my phone over a bluetooth connection on my car stereo is a terrible experience. It sounds awful compared to the same files read directly by the stereo from a USB flash drive.

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Stop

1.6/27 ASPH

That lens doesn't look like it's >17mm across.

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SEC's cyber-cops cyber-file cyber-first cyber-fraud cyber-charges

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...all the way down...

I'd like to see an ICO that isn't a scam.

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As the singularity approaches, neural network pens black metal album

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Gimp

"Coditany of Timeness is by no means unlistenable"

Then it's not tr00 black metal!

\m/ -_- \m/

The gimp mask is a bit more Manowar (or, perhaps, Cradle of Filth...) than Immortal, but it'll have to do.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: 17.46km/HOUR???

But they can hear over the radio if you have the runs.

Apollo 8?

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Hardly anyone uses Australia's My Health Record service

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Re: Why would you want to give the government your medical data?

It's a necessary tool for a government that provides healthcare to its citizens.

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Meh

Perhaps they could conduct a survey by sending everyone a letter...

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Russian rocket snafu may have just violently dismantled 19 satellites

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Re: Oversimplifying the simple.

"Instead, it fell back to Earth, possibly still carrying its payload, and was destroyed by air friction, with the debris falling safely into the sea, we're told."

As a red-blooded Reg reader it would be remiss of me not to also point out that on re-entry from orbit, the heat and mechanical stresses come largely from compression of the air in front of the object rather than friction.

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Early suggestions are that the Soyuz rocket performed its job and a flight control programming error in the Fregat upper stage (which is used with multiple launch systems) is likely to blame.

https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/11/28/russian-weather-satellite-and-18-secondary-payloads-feared-lost/

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Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

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Re: Presumably, Danny 14 ...

let's ban ROCKS, too, while we're at it - because some border patrol agents were recently killed by ROCKS...

and we'll ban knives, and cars, and airplanes, and ...

...all of the things that are well known for their being designed to kill people?

Oh wait.

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