* Posts by Big John

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Re: look at the great log in youir own eye ..

> "Trouble is, journalists are being replaced by the self editing mass of people on the internet who can say pretty much whatever comes into their heads whenever it comes into their heads without fear of rejection by an editor."

I take exception to the word "replaced." It appears to me that many (most?) journalists (formerly known as reporters) are not so much being replaced by the unwashed masses as they are joining those masses. Further, I see this as a correction to normal for the journo biz, not an aberration.

The aberration was the several decades preceding the current period, when journos actually had pretenses to being "fair" and "unbiased." Well, some of them did, and a majority of the public seemed to buy into that notion too. It was a strange time indeed.

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Pointless US Congress net neutrality vote will take place tomorrow!

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No. That's because there was no single popular vote, but rather 50 separate popular votes, and he won enough of those to become president. It was designed that way to prevent the large cities from controlling the rest of the country. You could argue that's a bad thing, but I tend to think having the inner city government dependents in charge is sub-optimal. They have a slight conflict of interest.

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Re: Just Political Ad Fuel

Doug, I honestly believe you're whistling past the graveyard. Trump has no huge problem with women that I'm aware of, outside the Left's echo chamber. Why do you think several prominent leftist women have recently badmouthed other women publicly for voting Trump? It's a disgraceful national "name and shame" operation, and it's going to fail miserably, as it should.

And the GOP's chances are not solely based on the tax cut by any means, regardless of its true impact. There's plenty of other things to point at, assuming it's real Republicans we're discussing and not "Never-Trump" fake GOP'ers. Of course, most of those aren't even running, knowing they will get their heads handed to them should they do so.

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> "...but can we perhaps not have these almost bot-like posts of X party is better than Y party?"

I must disagree here. Many of the comments on this thread are actually suggesting that locally elected legislators should do their jobs, in opposition to calls for top-down control at the federal level we're usually treated to by the "botish" commentators.

It's quite different from what's been happening lately, and most refreshing. Further, the "we're better than you" tone (on all sides) is finally muted a bit. I'm seriously wondering if there's a sea-change going on.

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Re: What do you want them to do?

Mark, I totally agree with you on this. Let Congress do its job, period. Obama's great sin was to eschew congress and go it alone. If his ideas were so great then they could have been passed by Congress, regardless of GOP opposition (NN included).

T'was ever thus.

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Re: One good thing

> "America has the finest politicians money can buy."

Not in the White House. Mrs. Clinton massively outspent Trump and still lost. Sometimes money cannot overcome a poisonous personality and a huge smelly baggage train.

Not that Trump is a lily, but his personality is merely loud and brash, not actually repellent (except among those already opposed). And Trump's baggage is mostly just inflammatory stuff he has said out loud, while hers is composed of equal parts influence peddling, money laundering, underhanded electoral dirty tricks, and outright rigging. No contest, really.

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Ah, "Rebuilding." So that's what massively inflating the national debt (with nothing to show for it) is called. I was wondering...

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Astroboffins spy the most greedy black hole yet gobbling a Sun a day

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Re: Scale is awesome

At the time this thing was emitting at max the universe was too young for our kind of life. It took a few billion years for enough supernovas and planetary nebulas to "cook off," thus seeding the galactic media with the necessary materials, like oxygen, carbon and nitrogen, plus a sprinkling of heavier elements.

I suppose there might have been some kind of energy-based life, reveling in the glow of a really big accretion disk, but alas, such life's time has passed, leaving the universe to us moist mundanes.

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Get over yourselves: Life in the multiverse could be commonplace

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Re: We don't even know what's going on, but we do computer simulations of it

I was gonna say the same stuff, but you did it way better. --->

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

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Re: Of course the moon exists

> "It's a completely real hologram."

I don't know about the Moon, but in that publicity still shot this morning you can clearly see what must be a hologram projector hovering over the building. I guess those big woofers hidden under the launch pad must have temporarily knocked out the cloaking device...

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Collateral carnage as ZTE sanctions see Australia’s top telco dump mobe-maker

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Concerned (sorta)

I happen to have a ZTE Tracfone. Are the Chinese spying on me, and if so, should I care?

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US border cops told not to search seized devices just for the hell of it

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Re: But mah gunzzzz!

TM, you're assuming the NRA wants to defend armed criminals (because like, they got guns...), but defending violent thugs is actually the prerogative of the Democrat Party, as seen with their beatification of Saint Trayvon.

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

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Re: Peanuts metaphor

> "...somebody needs to hold the "football" in order for it to be kicked?"

Not entirely true. I could never understand why Charlie Brown didn't just get himself a football tee and dispense with Lucy's assistance.

BTW, there's a theory out there that Charles Schultz modeled Lucy on his own loud-mouth, domineering wife. Sure would explain a lot...

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Microsoft reckons devs would like an AI Clippy to help them write code

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With folded hands...

"Hi! I see you're researching code APIs to find the best solution. Want me to do that so you never have to learn anything, ever again?"

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Zombie Cambridge Analytica told 'death' can't save it from the law

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Pass out the torches and pitchforks!

I get it, CA are terrible people. But I'm seeing a uniformity of posts here so far that seem kinda vicious, as if CA was staffed by actual demons in human form rather than living, breathing fellow humans. Is this the tone?

Must all political villains be two-minuted hated like this on El Reg now? Is there a rule I'm missing? Do these people really deserve only death, disfigurement or durance vile? For a mere FB information mining operation that Facebook apparently felt was okay?

Seems to me there'd be fewer extreme remedies suggested here were I to mention that Barrack Obama himself benefited from a similar Facebook privacy invasion back in 2012, which helped him get elected.

Or is that just "Whataboutism" and thus safely ignorable nonsense?

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Cookie code compromise caper caught and crumbled

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Re: Explain It To Captain Stupid

> "...could some cynical bastard explain it in terms of alcohol and sexual innuendo?"

Okay, I'll bite. ;-/

Node.js is a local, open source app that can be "extended" easily by strangers, and be made to do lots of bendy stuff. Being Javascript based, rafts of people can easily fiddle with it, and how!

The bigliest use-case (I believe) is as a local dev environment that handles serving, complying.. excuse me, compiling, and many other automated dev tasks.

I can't find a way to include alcohol in this discussion, but node doubt it's "in there" somewhere.

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Could this exploit be tried on another framework, besides Express.js?

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Texas residents start naming adopted drains

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I've been in the summer mid-afternoon rainstorms along the Mississippi coast many times. You can set your watch by them! They don't last too long but wow, the volume is something to behold. "Frog strangler" comes to mind.

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Tut tut

WolfFan, I do understand you have visceral feelings against the man, but if you're going to criticize him, you would better maintain your credibility (among intelligent people) by using his right name and title:

United States President Donald J. Trump

Sorry if that puts you off your feed...

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Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

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Re: "it was ignored"

It wasn't widely known because the liberal press sat on it. Does that excuse it?

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Re: Obama

My point is it was ignored when a Liberal did it, but let a conservative do it and suddenly we need to fix the problem. There's a hypocrisy problem here.

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Re: Of course they'll come back

If they are so evil, then how do you feel about Barrack Obama doing exactly the same Facebook mining in 2012 during his reelection campaign, and bragging about it too?

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NASA lunar rover trundles to a meeting with Doctor Hacksaw and Mister Axe

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Re: Rocket sighings

"They?" You mean the Federal Business Opportunities Agency? Why would they be measuring distances in space in any kind of units?

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Grab your lamp, you've pulled: Brits punt life-saving gravity-powered light

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Re: When there's no more magic left it's time to stop.

Precisely. The wind up radio is good for an hour on a couple minutes of winding. This light is just the same idea used for lighting, so nothing new here.

I'm a Yank and I've actually used Trevor's radio, yet a whole bunch of Brits seem not to know about him, a fellow Brit. Odd.

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North will remain North for now, say geo-magnetic boffins

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Re: There is no pole flip.

European medieval world maps often had East at the top. Something about the Holy Land being in that direction...

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Facebook confesses: Buckle up, there's plenty more privacy lapses where that came from

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Re: We got the joke already

> "Try waiting until Mueller has submitted his report and after you read it, you decide."

Mueller won't be submitting a report any time soon. We all know this investigation's value (to the Dems) exists only so long as it continues. The minute Mueller has to admit he's got squat, that value ends.

Besides, when a witch hunt is in progress there's no obligation to patiently wait for its findings.

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Re: We got the joke already

> "Kindly stop the puerile rendering of Analytica as Anal..."

Well, this author also wrote:

"Rather than admit it helped put Donald Trump in the White House by endlessly broadcasting and writing up his rallies and speeches, American media..."

Notice the almost unconscious assumption that Trump must be blamed on someone? That's not how his supporters see it, but the American media these days (and sadly, El Reg it seems) generally ignore popular attitudes that don't fit their world view.

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Mannequin Skywalker takes high ground on Bezos-backed rocket

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Re: Yawn

It's not really a launch vehicle, it's a glorified carnival ride for suicidal rich kids. Besos is just filling a niche.

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Form follows function. It's just a cosmic accident that a 1-stage sub-orbital rocket that can land on its own will have the form of a big wanker.

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> "All these billionaires and their big, huge rockets with massive thrust. What can they be compensating for?"

Um, gravity?

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It's not rocket science! Actually it is, and it's been a busy frickin week

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"The four solid fueled stages are estimated to be able to lift a payload of 1,000 kg into orbit."

How do they achieve an accurate orbital insertion with no throttling ability at all?

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Cosmic prang probe: Euro space boffins to smash sats, virtually

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Re: Throwing themselves into the void to escape all this hideousness!

What are we, monsters? Those innocent comm sats have no way to view what's in the bandwidth they're relaying. People aren't stupid, you know... ;-/

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Danish submariner sent down for life for murder of journalist Kim Wall

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Too bad the victim isn't here to rebut your glib statement.

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DON'T PANIC! America's net neutrality won't be ending today after all

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Re: And the other 14% didn't understand the question

> "Hey John! You know what? Here in the US, you ARE allowed to think for yourself, regardless of what your political party of choice tells you."

Jake, you do watch the news don't you? Because if you do you know that the Democrat Party no longer tolerates dissension within its ranks. At least it sure appears that way. Certainly the left in general now has a 100% 'us vs them' mindset.

It's gotten so bad that the right is being forced to respond in kind just to avoid being steamrolled politically. THAT is why we ignore all the wild charged leveled at Trump 24/7. And the left made it happen. Proud of yourselves?

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Re: And the other 14% didn't understand the question

You will let me know when it's okay to think for myself again, right?

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Astroboffins build AI to chase galactic blue nuggets in space

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Re: Seems a bit odd...

It's not that this AI would be more accurate than human inspection, but that it could go thru massive data sets must faster, pre-segregating said data into more relevant chunks for later study.

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Bungling cops try to use dead chap's fingers to unlock his smartmobe

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Re: The Lazurus effect

"It's... iLive...!"

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Re: Animation

Please, not "corpse," but "iDead".

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Re: Why stop there?

No need for face-peeling, just acquire one finger and 'galvanize' it a little with some electromotive force. The finger will touch the screen of its own accord, satisfying even the most stringent liveness tests.

Oh wait, those muscles are back in the forearm. Hmmm, better take the whole arm...

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

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There's an old saying:

"An elephant is a mouse built to government specifications."

And why have one when you can get two for twice the price!

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Europe wants cloud giants to cough up data from anywhere in 6hrs

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Re: handy vs journalists and opponents

Yes, terrorists rarely threaten the elites directly, but the journalists do!

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Re: CLOUD act meet Eu Directive, Eu Directive meet CLOUD act

Keep your popcorn dry, this is just the opening act.

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Net neutrality advocates freak out as lobbyists pull rug from California's draft net neutrality law

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Re: CA government is so corrupt

> ""It's outrageous that California democrats would produce a document that looks like it was literally written by lobbyists for AT&T and Comcast..."

Don't see the GOP mentioned (and they have no power in Cali anyway), so let's focus on the actual perps here. Democrats.

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Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair's creepy grasp on US telly

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Re: Red tape is socialist

It isn't self-regulation, it's free market competition, something red tape strangles. It's the artificial red tape and its associated rules that lead to cheating.

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German sauna drags punters to court over naked truth

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Re: Badewelt

If that's so, then I see an opportunity here. What about charging people to "turn in" rule breakers for "punishment?" Okay it's not BDSM, but it's as close as some Germans are gonna get to it, I suppose.

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Re: Big John

> "Ads that run alongside Bootnotes are mainstream and thus low CPM."

Wait, so you guys actually earn less on non-IT stories? And if you get just a bit too raunchy, those big advertisers will shy away and undercut your business model? Yet you do it anyway? Tricky.

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Re: Stamp it out.

El Reg's true subject matter is extremely dry to most people. Allegedly titillating articles like this one draw in a much larger crowd of eyeballs, enhancing ad revenues greatly and ensuring El Reg will be with us for years to come.

The trick is to keep it to a minimum, so as not to over-torque the core IT readers. If El Reg becomes just another sleaze merchant it will lose definition and eventually disappear, with no one even noticing.

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Nah, the briefs are legal.

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How life started on Earth: Sulfur dioxide builds up, volcanoes blow, job done – boffins

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Re: So .....

No, millions of them...

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Re: Earth has 800,000 cubic miles of Uranium with 4.4 billion year half life....

Faux Science Slayer normally has a link to his/her/its crackpot "science" site. I looked into some of it once, a spiel about supposedly recent and strange blast craters in Mexico.

A quick squiz via Google Earth revealed the truth soon enough. The "crater" in question is a sizable natural erosion basin with a defined outlet, ringed by a thin flat caprock layer. It happens to have the vague appearance of a blast crater when viewed from above, especially when the photo is grayscaled and noised up a bit as it is on that site.

So yes, we have a genuine crank on our hands.

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