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Motorola Z2 Force: This one's for the butterfingered Android lovers

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Fruit

A haggis in the fruit bowl? Much better!

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OMG! OIG to audit SLS: NASA probed over big rocket project's big budgets, big delays

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$18bn! (or twice that!!)

It looks like trying to reuse all that Space Shuttle tech is still biting them in the arse.

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Now SpaceX with very little money has already launched a missile with greater lift capacity than SLS

Falcon Heavy is rated at 64 t (fully expendable) while SLS's lightest configuration (Block 1) is currently designed to lift 70 t.

Although I suppose, technically, you could say that SLS currently has a payload of 0 t...

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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

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Re: Unisys screwed up

And intentionally so!

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Australian Feds cuff woman who used BTC to buy drugs on dark web

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Re: Whew - dark web crime is no more

/sarcasm off.

Does that mean sarcasm's now on?

/pe(n)dant

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Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security

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Re: No money in it

Not really the same point, but you can certainly consider ROI a factor in haute horologie. General rule of thumb is that if a watch costs less than $5k it will depreciate over time, whereas those costing more than $5k will appreciate. Hence ROI.

Rolex doesn't dabble in haute horlogerie, presumably because they sell strongly enough already. That "rule of thumb" is not something I've come across before. Only very few watches (and in the case of Rolex, only a handful of models) have historically appreciated in real value, regardless of list price.

ROI... As with cars, I can only say good luck to anyone who wants to invest in luxury watches!

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Re: No money in it

There's a reason why the iPhone X can retail for 250 pounds more than the Galaxy S9 and still get away with it.

Is it the same reason Rolex can charge $10k for a watch it cost $2k to make?

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 poised to fling 350kg planet-sniffing satellite into Earth orbit

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Re: Launcher

I wouldn't think so. Procuring spacecraft and launch service from different sources isn't anything out of the ordinary.

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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Meanwhile

The race was an absolute cracker. Bit of a slow burn initially, spiced up by a safety car at about two thirds distance.

I just wish the sport didn't require SC interventions to be interesting...

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WTF?

Re: If he was a really good reporter

Because that's clearly what an F1 commentator and his audience cares about...

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Re: RE: Re: Fwd: "hillbilly OZ V8s"

AKA "V8 Supertaxis"

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Re: The modern F1 car is basically a wheeled computer,

Räikkönen, race driver that he is, is a simple man. He sees the go signal, he goes!

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When SecureRandom()... isn't: JavaScript fingered for poking cash-spilling holes in Bitcoin wallets

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lol

The entire cryptocurrency community really is the worst.

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The true victims of Brexit are poor RuneScape players

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Jagex says that, as of June 4, the cost of a one-month membership in the US will go up to £6.99, while three-month memberships charges rise to £18.99 and one year of gameplay now costs £62.99 per person.

Okay, those are the new prices. What are the old prices?

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Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

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Re: This has happened to me for years

I am constantly receiving emails intended for multiple people with the same name as me. I even called one on the phone to warn them, but I think that just freaked them out.

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Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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winfile.exe?

I thought I remembered it being fileman.exe, or was that something else?

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Twitter whacks 270,000 terror accounts, majority flagged by internal tools

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Trollface

Was @realDonaldTrump one of them?

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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

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Re: Dune (1984)

He's getting on, but Alejandro Jodorowsky is still alive so there's still a chance!

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Ariane 5 primed for second launch of year after trajectory cockup

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@Killing Time

The Space Shuttle is not widely regarded as an example of economic reusability...

But it's true, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand how much of a black hole the Space Shuttle program budget turned out to be. It cost approximately US$240bn, or $1.8bn per landing (2018 dollars).

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We put Huawei's P20 triple-lens snapper through its paces

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Why do you have a zucchini in your fruit bowl?

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Floyd Mayweather-endorsed cryptocoin startup knocked out by fraud allegations

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@soulrideruk

I suppose you could say it has value to you because you came out ahead.

However it is not economically productive and on balance has no real value. Moving money from the pockets of newcomers to those of early adopters and miners* is at best a zero sum game.

Cryptocoins can't seriously be called currency because they're not in common use and aren't trivial to use.

* and through the miners, manufacturers of mining equipment and power utilities.

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Donald Trump jumps on anti-tech bandwagon, gets everything wrong

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"when was the last time you sent a letter or a check in the post?"

When was the last time you drew a cheque?

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SpaceX has a good day: Successful launch and FCC satellite approval

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Re: There is a question from the tinfoil hat brigade

That even surprised the NOAA: https://twitter.com/NOAAComms/status/979738481231650817.

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No Falcon Way: NASA to stick with SLS, SpaceX more like space ex

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@ArrZarr

The BFR is a glint in spaceX's eye

You might have noticed the same is true of SLS, other than the eye being NASA's (and its contractors').

It's only fair to compare one non-existent launch vehicle to another.

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Convenient of them to ignore BFR when comparing payloads.

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

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Re: Bummer

Do you think you'd have had a big sulk?

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Hip hop-eration: Hopless Franken-beer will bring you hoppiness

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Re: Brahms and Liszt

CAMRA blokes

I think the official term is slapbellies

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US watchdog: Scam scammers scamming scammed in scam scam

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Huh?

I thought scammers targetting previous scam victims was common. They've already proven their gullibility, and you know they're probably even more desperate now.

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Seagate's HAMR to drop in 2020: Multi-actuator disk drives on the way

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I think someone doesn't like pr0n

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Multi-angle, stereoscopic, 60p...

Now with smell-o-vision!

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Bitcoin's blockchain: Potentially a hazardous waste dump of child abuse, malware, etc

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Re: Does every , um , wallet have a complete copy ,

Full nodes need to have a complete copy. There are light wallets that don't, which work by talking to a remote full node.

Whoops.

The documentation for the Electrum wallet software mentions the use of a technique originally described by the creator called "Simple Payment Verification", which allows it to work by downloading only the headers (currently ~40MB by my reckoning.) I suppose this is much more important now than it once was, considering the size of the blockchain.

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Quite right. What I meant to say was "until now". Downvotes earned, I suppose.

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Re: help with the basics pls

1) Yes, it contains a complete list of every transaction since it began in 2009

2) Every wallet must maintain an up-to-date copy

3) It passed 160GB just over a week ago

4) It has doubled in size in the last 19 months, however since blocks became full, its growth has been approximately linear since then (at ~1 MB/10 min). See here.

5) I suppose so!

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Re: ITT

Probably a reference to the current shortage of high end gaming GPUs caused by the crypto-bubble making small-scale mining of "ASIC-resistant" coins such as ethereum quite lucrative once again.

It really has become quite ridiculous. It's like bitcoin's GPU era all over again, but this time everyone knows about it so demand is through the roof and so are prices.

Stand by for the flood of (ab)used GPUs on ebay when the bubble bursts though...

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Re: Potentially?

In other news, the price of Bitcoin - has not dropped at all since this story appeared.

That's probably because the price of bitcoin is not related to anything real and this is not a new idea.

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I'm surprised this is only coming up now, considering it's been talked about for almost as long as it's been possible to encode arbitrary data into bitcoin's blockchain.

What surprises me is that none has been found yet. Embedding illegal material should be a perfect way to get bitcoin banned anywhere you like.

I do remember that a few years ago the bitcoin blockchain triggered a false positive in some AV software.

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Re: Since when is currency clean?

They're likely not contaminated with child abuse material though...

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Nest reveals the first truly connected home

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Re: The question is...

It's pronounced twat, rhymes with cat.

But that's the pronunciation that sounds silliest...

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Re: The question is...

As a colonial, "twat" just sounds too silly when people actually say it to possibly be rude. It immediately loses whatever impact was intended.

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Crypto crackdown: Google bans ads for unregulated currencies

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Re: Greater Fool

the blockchain can be used for some purposes

Someday, someone might even demonstrate one...

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Re: being wealthy on paper as long as they don't try to sell them

Nobody has a good idea what these are worth.

I bet I do!

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Bitcoin prices plummeted...

...after news of the ban emerged, dropping from $9,144 at today's open to a low of $8,700 at the time of publishing – and doesn't seem to be picking up.

Moving by 5% is a normal hour or two for bitcoin.

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Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

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Being unfamiliar with European and/or British consumer law, do consumer goods there not carry a statutory warranty? This ensures that, among other things, if the retailer that sold you the goods no longer exists, you can simply deal with the manufacturer (or local distributor) of the goods.

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There's more to blockchain than dodgy cryptocurrencies

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It's not even really a database, it's just an immutable* list of transactions.

* Except when it isn't.

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If it's not snake oil, it doesn't need evangelisation

If it works, it will slot seamlessly into existing systems, and the users need never even know it's there.

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Russian anti-antivirus security tester pleads guilty to certifying attack code

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Rant launches Eric Raymond's next project: open-source the UPS

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Joke

What?

No blockchain?

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Good news: Apple designs a notebook keyboard that doesn't suck

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Gimp

Re: Doesn't suck, but it might blow

when the key is depressed air is forced out

Apple has invented the one-way valve!

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