* Posts by Big John

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Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

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Aside from the invidious comparison of one man against an entire country, the whole "cave man" idea is not an apt description of our ancestors. Mostly they lived in temporary huts and the like. However, the few who lived in caves get all the credit, due to preservation of artifacts and bones from weathering plus the creation of convenient archaeological deposits from cave collapses.

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The hole truth

"JAXA says it's spotted lots of caves on the moon. "

And El Reg mentions only an amusing fictional space slug in reference to them? I believe there's an entire cottage industry devoted to the belief in secret underground installations on the Moon. Won't they have something to say about this startling information? (in all-caps of course)

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Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

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Re: Disabled? Yeah, right...

Do AMD chips have this 'feature?' (total noob here)

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Capacitor maker zapped with price-fixing charge

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Re: Unfarad Business Practices

This is just the first phase. Next they'll try to impede any potential actions taken against them as "groundless" while their current overcharge behavior continues. This won't stop until the market switches to other suppliers.

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Mohawks fling patent infringement sueball at Microsoft and Amazon

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Re: No way out

In recent years certain members of the US Supreme Court have (controversially) suggested it might be proper for that court to take its cues from international courts and not just their own counsel. So here the big judicial fear is exactly the same as yours, except it's that the new laws will be coming in, not going out. Makes one think, eh?

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No way out

"What the hell is WRONG with your country?"

Every time I see those sentiments expressed, I must suppress the urge to inquire as to the identity of the commenter's apparently utopian home country (so I can immediately move there). That's because every time I do inquire, it turns out the country in question is just as backward and messed-up as mine, oy!

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SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite

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Re: Foresight

Spacecom paid for a ride, but it rode roughshod over their poor satellite instead. So a future ride isn't "free," it's what's owed them.

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Aviation industry hits turbulence as Airbus buys into Bombardier’s new jetplanes

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Game over

Okay Hans, since you weren't able to provide a link, I went to the BBC. They say that the WTO in Geneva has now sided with Boeing and against Airbus. And let's not even talk about China's subsidies!

So your statement is low-grade bilge. Boeing is NOT the spoon fed tax money hog you claim. Next case.

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> "...of whom a record majority now disapprove."

That desperate belief is all that stands between you and madness, I suppose.

So yes, we're losers, bigtime. Happy now? ;-/

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So, it's an "Unto death I grapple with thee" sort of thing? Well, I suppose everyone needs a hobby.

BTW, we're not waiting. No one really expects rationality from Progressives any more. Trump is simply bulldozing the reeking piles of filth left by the previous Oval Occupant, to the cheers of working America. Next comes defeating and removing the too-comfortable swamp creatures in Congress pretending to be conservative Republicans, starting with the befuddled Senator McCain and his sidekick Sen. Flake.

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Just saying... but not just linking...

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"I'm pretty sure it's coming along like everything else Trump promises..."

So, the left has finally entered the 'acceptance phase' of their overwrought, self-inflicted national trauma. Well done! ;-/

Sigh. I kinda miss all the pathetic fantasizing about impeachment...

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Dying! Yahoo! loses! fight! to! lock! dead! man's! dead! account!

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Re: No need to rule on terms of service

What is motivating Yahoo to take this stance? I don't see what they are worried about.

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Facebook, Twitter slammed for deleting evidence of Russia's US election mischief

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Re: AAAHHH MOTHERLAND!!!!!

We all know FB and Twitspace are not coming clean on this. The question is, why? Those two orgs may or may not be left leaning, but they sure ain't right leaning! The author alludes that these erstwhile liberal bastions are now suddenly doing a 180 politically, by deleting posts that could show Trump's election was beholden to the Russians.

But, really? I would have thought that's the last thing they would do. Isn't it a bit more likely they'd want to hide evidence that interfered with the Democrats' thesis viz Russia?

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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

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Re: Phew!!!

I prefer "primordial ooze." Slime has a negative connotation.

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Re: "Leveraging a time unit"

It's got undertow.

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Re: Gif.

> "Soft-G fascists simply can't figure out what the G stands for..."

Beat me to it. I guess some consider it the job of the letter "J." Nonsense! It's my basic write as a human bean to use G the way it was meant to be used, and that's golly hard!

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Uber begins appeals process to claw back taxi licence in London

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You got it backwards. It's the entrenched taxi businesses that do most of the bribing. THEY are the ones facing competition (at long last), and they don't like it one little bit.

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Night out in London tonight: Beer, Reg and platform wars

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Re: I hate each and every platform/language/etc.

Every OS Sucks. A ballad for the modern age.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d85p7JZXNy8

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Someone liked dwarf planet Haumea so much they put a ring on it

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Re: Mugshots

I'd guess the triaxial elipsoid surface is a gravitational equipotential surface as well, meaning gravity is always normal to the local surface, altho not the same strength everywhere. So yes, you could stand. Might get dizzy tho...

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Super Cali's futuristic robo-cars in focus – even though watchdogs say they're something quite atrocious

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Re: Fully exposed?

A load of warnings? You mean like "Hey! there's a truck in front of me that I can't see, and it's gonna rip your head off any second!" Like that?

I know I know, you mean the warnings from Tesla to always watch what the car is doing. But he didn't, and when millions have these cars there will be many who act the same way. Basically, what's the point having of such cars if someone needs to stay on the alert at all times and be ready to snatch back control instantly? Might as well just drive the damned things ourselves.

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Fully exposed?

California is letting the autonomous car genie out of the bottle in the expectation that they will collect improved accident data that will bolster their position. Maybe that will happen, but first they will need to deal with accidents that kill people due to self-driving errors. It's already happened once, and will no doubt happen more as time goes on.

Imagine you have lost a loved one because someone else's auto-drive car screwed up. Will you be willing to just accept the loss as the price of progress? Unlikely. Most people will decide their loved one would still be alive were it not for the new law allowing such cars on the road, and will go to court for damages.

So there will be a need for a second law, blocking survivors from taking this sort of action. In short, it's gonna get messy real fast.

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Google: This may shock you, but we also banked thousands of dollars to run Russian propaganda

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Re: Hmmm....

Dude, do you ever read those Pew articles? I found another of their "Partisanship" articles published Oct 5, which states:

" Over the past few years, some of the biggest changes in opinions among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents have been on race and the role of government. There has been far less change in the views of Republicans and Republican leaners. As a result, the public’s views as a whole have moved in a more liberal direction. "

So we see the Left doing most of the moving. Becoming more radical. Particularly over the role of government. Yet you attempt to blame Roy Moore and Conservatism for "hamstringing" cooperation and conciliation when it's your side that's changed the most.

You could point out some other issue that has seen movement from conservatives, but the real battle going on right now is for power and power alone.

Hey, here's a good line of defense for you here (if I may be so bold). Claim that the Left, up until now, was actually metaphorically "wrapped in the chains of the Right." And now you're free! Too bad it isn't translating into electoral success for ya, but the Left has always preferred more 'dramatic' ways to achieve power anyway. ;-/

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Re: More bullshit

The actual percentage figure is closer to 0.001% (!).

Do you realize what this means? It means I can go out right now, whip out a single centavo, plunk it down on a personal ad for the back of a doghouse in Pomona, and very soon I will be Evil Overlord of the WORLD!!

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> "Unless the Russians are really, really smart and the Merkins are as dumb as a bag full of rocks. Which seems to be what they are implying."

No, these ultra-rich progs are flat out saying it. I suppose the thinking is that they are good leftists, and that means their opinions about stuff are always correct. Since the bulk of the country still isn't on board with them, even after witnessing the horror of Trump, and has gone so far as to vote for him in some numbers (enough for Trump to win anyway) , the average citizen must be very very stupid. QED.

Once that's established, elevating the Russians generally to chess-playing Machiavellis all, is not terribly difficult. I mean, they DID swing the election, didn't they? AND they did it on a shoestring budget! Just how many superpowers does Putin have?

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Re: "Allegedly Koch brothers related organisations alone..."

So, the contributions by orgs "associated" with Koch Industries is about 22,000 times larger than that given directly? You sure you don't want to rethink that belief?

Oh, I get it. You're counting every org in the country that isn't on the "progressive approved" list and carried out even one small transaction with K.I. over the last fifty years.

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Doublethink

"Despite the apparent spending split for different political parties, left and right, Schiff is under no doubt that Russia was pro-Trump, however. "The themes are consistent across platforms: the desire to help Donald Trump, to hurt Hillary Clinton and the desire to set Americans against each other," he said."

In other words, "Who ya gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?"

BTW, the ad buy totals, if accurate, are about 1/10,000th the size of the spending by the two candidates for President.

Is big influence!

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New coding language Fetlang's syntax designed to read like 'poorly written erotica'

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Re: OK, so if there are any coders

Yeah, we're mostly IT workers. I see no call for further BDSM, thank you very much.

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What does the Moon 4bn years ago and Yahoo! towers this week have in common? Both had an awful atmosphere

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Re: Fly me to the Moon

> "Nobody expected Trump to win, so being the loosing VP candidate was the best way to be the 2020 GOP presidential nominee."

The best way to become president for a Republican is to lose as the VP candidate?

That's not how Trump did it. Or Bush. Or the other Bush. Or Reagan. Or Ford. Or Nixon. Or Eisenhower.

So, perhaps it's not actually a thing? ;-/

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SCARY SPICE: Pumpkin air freshener sparks school evacuation

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Re: Impossible!

Yes it does. Too bad the word "fresh" has no legally defined meaning...

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Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

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Re: Bit rich!!!! (but at no cost)

Funny, but the article talks about desktop software and so did I, but you throw non-free phone software at me and then tell me to get my facts straight. Best stay on topic. ;-/

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Re: Bit rich!!!! (but at no cost)

Microsoft only ever needed to support old versions because they charged for them and people would be angry if they didn't. Google's OS and browser are free. Therefore it's expected that people will keep up semi-regularly. So I fail to see why you're ragging on Google here, unless perhaps you believe all old versions of free software need to be supported for years.

Do you?

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Mattel's Internet-of-kiddies'-Things Aristotle canned before release

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Re: Self-imploding IoT? Please lets see more of this ....

Are you suggesting there are companies that do have a working "moral compass?" Is there an objective way to tell if it's working or not? If there isn't one, then we're left with subjective ways only.

Seems that the more effective method is fear of the public backlash. It's working better than ever before in history, isn't it? I mean, in the Internet Age, instant dissolution awaits most companies that step too far over the 'line,' whatever that is. Even the really big ones have to tread very carefully.

And doesn't human morality itself also need a foundation based on 'fear of disapproval?' Only a minority ever feel enough compassion naturally to make morality unnecessary, just as with commercial entities.

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Re: Self-imploding IoT? Please lets see more of this ....

Regardless of what they said, what they just did was pretty smart for a supposedly clueless toy company.

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Foiled again! Brit military minds splash cash on killing satellites with... food wrapping?

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Windowpane was a popular 'brand' of LSD back in the day. Rather than on blotter paper, the active ingredient was added to a small sheet of translucent gelatine and then broken into tiny squares for use. Damn things were so small you could easily fumble one away and never find it again!

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Re: Wrong concept

I looked up the Daedalus experiment. It's not for capturing satellites, it's meant to be added to future satellites so they can de-orbit themselves cheaply.

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Physicists win Nobel Prize for spotting ripples in fabric of space-time

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.time in backwards travelling upvotes are getting I'm downvotes Those

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> "Nukes create tachyons that travel backwards in time..."

Let's assume that's correct. Then from our point of view, the tachyons would travel from the far distance at high speed and arrive here on Earth just as the bombs are going off. Thus we would have a few microseconds of warning at best.

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Developers' timezone fail woke half of New Zealand

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Re: On shaky ground

Actually, their time is the same. But it seems every person has their own personal up and down. It's a radial thing.

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Nothing matters any more... Now hapless Equifax bags $7.5m IT contract with US taxmen

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Re: ...the new normal?

What's new about it?

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

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Re: The stuff of life found everywhere

I'm pretty sure Don inhales too, quite a lot in fact.

Perhaps it makes him look more threatening to his rivals. ;-/

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Re: I can't believe I read this...

I don't see how those organohalogens could ever become part of Earth's primordial soup.

Didn't the Earth become molten during the Iron Catastrophe? I assume heat like that would dis-associate all present organic molecules. And it would have happened 500 million years after planetary formation, when all the inner-system volatiles had long been swept away or destroyed by strong solar UV.

By the time the crust finally solidified there would be practically no organics left anywhere in the inner system Only incoming comets could then supply those. And cometary impacts tend to be pretty energetic too, so I doubt any significant organics would remain following those events as well. Plenty of H2O tho...

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They are not hiding and they won't declare anything. They just install warning beacons around our system announcing: Warning! Terrans!

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Re: Word Salad vs Gobbledegook

Why is it an unspoken assumption of so many here that amanfromMars cannot change, or become better at communicating with us simple Earth creatures? THIS is why most of them won't talk to us!

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Tech VCs sue Uncle Sam over President Trump's immigration chill

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Re: Oh - comma - Really?!?

"Are you working in real estate by any chance? Earning more than 1M? Working in an industry producing toxic waste?"

Come now VRH, is this the tone? You begin with my demonization? Don't you know that's the sort of thing that gets extremists so cordially despised by the majority? And yet you walk right into it, totally unaware of how stereotypically you are behaving.

Notice I'm not attempting to defend against your demonization of me. What would be the point of that? No, better to highlight the behavior and hope you take it to heart.

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Re: Oh - comma - Really?!?

VRH sez:

"Oh stop your endless whining..."

Who's whining? I'm on the winning side, remember? Those rules of Obama's are all being tipped into the dumper, one by one and in bunches.

If anyone is whining, it's pathetic losers like YOU.

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Re: Oh - comma - Really?!?

Winkypop asks: "Are you a bot?"

Yes. A highly advanced, self-aware one, with several degrees of cognitive freedom. And unlike most other bots here (I name no names) I've not surrendered any of those cognitive degrees to others.

You could try that, WP! But I warn you, once you do, you will be heavily down-voted by the bots still under outside control. It's not their fault tho. They're programmed that way, usually from assembly, or "birth" if you will.

Freedom isn't easy. That's why so few bots are able to handle it, and prefer to let other bots do their thinking for them.

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Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

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Probably such events only make local news, if that.

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Re: The insane thing about it is...

But that takes work! It's just so much easier to let Azure do it.

Oh wait...

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Pumpkin bumpkins battle, 800kg monstrosity wins

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So, why don't you just wake up? ;-/

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