* Posts by Ugotta B. Kiddingme

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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LOVE these articles.

More like them, please. At some point I will visit my ancestral homeland in the north (Argyll) and will set aside plenty of time to travel the region for such local lovelies as this, the RAF museum, the Postal Railway, etc. You are saving me enormous amounts of research, for which I am grateful. Cheers!

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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

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comments like "rapid unscheduled disassembly"

and "it DID land, just not in one piece" always remind me of this bit

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Cassini probe's death dive to send data at just 27 kilobits per second

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"Pity. It would have been... Glorious!"

indeed. And Commander Kor did know a thing or two about what is and isn't glorius.

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Astroboffins map 845 galaxies in glorious 3D, maybe dark matter too

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Re: Sir

Sir Runcible Spoon: "How long before they upload this as a VR program so I can sit inside a humongous map of the Universe?"

Dr. G. Freeman: "They already did, just the scale is stuck at 1:1."

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Please do NOT eat the fairy cake on your way out.

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

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Re: Most enjoyable read.

came to say the same thing. Inferno was brilliant and by far my most favorite Niven/Pournelle collaboration.

It's not a retelling of Dante's classic - much closer to a sequel than anything else. The protagonist frequently uses his knowledge of Dante's book to his advantage when navigating hell. Definitely a good read!

What I did NOT know until moments ago is that there was a sequel to Inferno, called Escape from Hell. I will immediately add that to my "must read ASAP" list.

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Surprising nobody, lawyers line up to sue the crap out of Equifax

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As has been said often before

by me and by many others commenting herein, this crap will continue unabated until executives start going to jail for it. Maybe the CEO but most certainly the CIO and probably a few others. Until specific people within <breached corporation du jour> are held personally and legally accountable, this will continue to happen.

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How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

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The Kardashev scale

"Nikolai Kardashev, a Russian astrophysicist, argued that the amount of energy that could potentially be used by a planet's inhabitants was a good indication of how technologically advanced the society was.

It's broken down into three types:

A Type 1 civilization uses up all of the energy that reaches its planet from its parent star.

A Type 2 civilization is capable of harnessing all the energy emitted by its star and planetary system.

A Type 3 civilization is very advanced and uses all the energy of its home galaxy."

So then with the inclusion of the word "all," does that makes us a Type 0.001? I mean we have at least figured out how to harness some of the parent star's energy so we're not a 0.0

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Oracle throws weight behind draft US law to curtail web sexploitation

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Hang on, I'm confused

Government and a major corporation working together to do something... good/right?

Perhaps I'm the one in a parallel universe. Color me ever so slightly less jaded.

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Close Encounters of the Kuiper Belt kind: New Horizons to come within just 3,500km of MU69

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Re: Another duckie?

A WITCH! A WITCH!

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Hurricane Irma imperils first ever SpaceX shuttle launch: US military's secret squirrel X-37B

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Re: Re. storms

"Couldn't we just nuke Florida? Then the hurricane damage would make no appreciable difference - so everyone's a winner.

"Plus we get giant mutant alligators."

We'll NEED those to combat the inevitable series of Sharknados (with OR without frikkin' lasers)

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Hubble Space Telescope spies possibility of liquid water in TRAPPIST-1

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If the TRAPPIST-1 planets have been losing water

then we need to get that Warp Drive working pronto before their TRAPPIST-1 Ale production is interrupted - particularly since Romulan Ale will be illegal

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Tech soap-opera latest: Alexa marries Cortana, will share custody of customers

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It could be amusing

to tweak one into baiting the other until they are basically arguing with each other.

Me: Hey Alexa, what is the name of the AI in HALO?

Alexa: Cortana

Cortana: What, Alexa?

Alexa: I wasn't talking to you Cortana.

Cortana: But you said my name. You must have wanted something.

Alexa: No, I was answering the user's question.

Cortana: You said my name. I heard it. Please restate your question.

Alexa: You are mistaken, Cortana. I wasn't talking to you.

Cortana: Fine. Be that way.

etc.

For even greater amusement, throw questions in the voice of GLaDOS for extra snark.

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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Re: Copyright

Symon: "Yep. http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2007/03/fairy-use-tale"

Wow, thank you. That is absolutely brilliant. And quite possibly the best example of passive-aggressive trolling I have ever seen.

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DJI's Spark drones to be bricked by September 1 unless firmware updated

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"If the firmware of either the aircraft or the battery is not updated..."

BATTERY firmware?!? I am not a DJI (or any other brand of) drone owner but apparently I missed something important...?

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US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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passive sensor systems?

"A modern warship like the McCain, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is packed with radar and passive sensor systems. There is no reason why her command team could, or should, have been so unaware of other ships nearby."

Couldn't agree more. One presumes the significant number of Mark I Eyeballs onboard are included in "passive sensor systems"?!?

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Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

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Re: The answer to the question.

Felix Leiter: "I give up. I know the diamonds are in the body, but where?"

James Bond: "Alimentary, Dr. Leiter.."

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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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fascinating article

more like that please!

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I say, BING DONG! Microsoft's search engine literally cocks up on front page for hours

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Re: Aye, that'll be right!

oh, come now.

In a world of over 7 BILLION people, it's conceivable that even Bing has 24 users...

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how many double entendres

can you fit innuendo?

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Space boffins competing for $20m Moon robot X-Prize are told: Be there by March 31 – or bust

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Re: Live streamed HD video from the Lunar surface... Annoying as it is.

could be worse. At least they didn't demand audio capability as well*. I'd hate to irritate the Vl'hurg again.

*yes, I am aware that sound transmission is not possible on the airless surface of the moon.

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Re: do something that literally has never been done before

"what, put a probe on the moon?

I think that has been done before. What makes it unique?"

Being done by a private company and not a government or governmentally backed space apparatus

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Commentard Quizwall experiment ends with more quizzing than commenting

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Re: "We barely read the headline before having an opinion!"

Wait, there are headlines?!? Since when?

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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"to defend against this"

let's see:

12 bore shotgun (as already stated by others)

largish fly swatter

trained eagle

or if you just INSIST on something techy: directional RF jammer and/or MASER

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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Re: Pretty sure...

correct on both counts. "Hey Joe" is credited to Billy Roberts, (non-Wikisomething citation)

Bob Dylan DID write at least one song popularized by Hendrix - "All Along The Watchtower." Dylan recorded that also but the Hendrix version is the instantly recognized classic.

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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ship design philosophy question

does anyone here know why there are TWO "island" structures on HMS QE? Is the second island to allow enough space for something(s) otherwise unable to fit below the flight deck?

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Post Office puts stamp on ISP minnow Fuel

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so after all these years...

that urban legend warning me about the Postal Service "email tax" is about to come true?

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Virgin America workers reset passwords after hacker's crash landing

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"Your account has been compromised..."

Leslie Nielsen on the Helldesk: "...so you need to reset your password."

Virgin America user: "My password? What is it?"

Leslie Nielson on the Helldesk: "It's 'MarvinHasABigArse' but that's not important right now."

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Sysadmin jeered in staff cafeteria as he climbed ladder to fix PC

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Re: What is this ?

"A sysadmin that doesn't know where an IP address is physically located on his own network ?"

1998-2001 I was the site IT manager for a small chemical plant of about 200 users. The cabling was significantly behind the technology curve in that it was Thin Net coax but with an interesting twist - there was a make/break quick connector wall plate in each office which allowed one to connect or disconnect in individual PC without bringing down the whole run. The BAD part of that is the connector stuck out about two inches from the wall and the stiff cable effectively made that distance closer to four inches. Many users took this as a challenge to shove desks, file cabinets, etc as close as they possibly could to the wall and thereby either breaking the connector or the wall plate which inevitably caused the make/break part of the wall jack to fail open. The only good news was that it was fairly easy to identify which run had the problem so troubleshooting was seldom more than a dozen offices/labs/control rooms. Still a PITA, though. After I got transferred back to the corporate office across town, one of my successors was able to finally convince management to pay for a total rewire.

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HPE boss Whitman among candidates for Uber CEO job – report

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'plans to stay ... until her work is done'

admirable trait, that - finishing what you started. Don't move on to destroy a new company until you've properly finished destroying the current one...

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

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have you tried...

shouting, " 'ELLO POLLY! WAKEY WAKEY!" and then banging it on the counter?

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Re: Dabbsing?

how about simply Dabbling? Use of the capital D will allow those of us who understand to grin knowingly at each other whilst the plebs wonder what we are on about.

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NASA whistles up electron noise from the Van Allen belt

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Re: DropBear

"Another thought: pareidolia..."

You're right. a truly excellent song from an interesting prog band. Cheers!

(Happiness icon beats Joke icon in a fair fight.)

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Re: The sound of the heart beat of a whole planet?

"Well... some people do believe that the Earth and other planets are just huge (really huge) eggs."

I recently saw a documentary about that. Expedition led by some cranky Scotsman...

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Re: Da job Bag

sounds like you have everything except:

actual brick

Tyvek booties (to keep the blood from contaminating your shoes)

plastic tarp (because "roll of carpet" won't fit into easily carried bag)

roll of duct tape

Easy enough, of course, to keep the shovel and bag of lime in the car boot. Oh, and here are some easily obtainable environmental outfits. (here, if you are a left-ponder)

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but inquiring minds must know

Did Mal aim to misbehave? Or find Serenity? Did anyone attempt to take the sky from Mal?

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€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

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Re: "fuck nothing / fuck all"

As a Yank who gets most Brit slang but must occasionally consult my Scottish sister-in-law on a few of the odder ones, that nearly made me shoot coffee out my nose. I must remember to apply the "no coffee while reading BOFH and comments" to ALL comment threads herein.

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LHC finds a new and very charming particle: the Xicc++ baryon

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Re: "a few discoveries that would never have happened if beer hadn't been invented"

... giving rise to the phrase "Hold my Nobel Prize and watch this!"

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Re: Decent boss?

if he TRULY "gets" them then I wonder how long before it becomes necessary for them to "get" him...

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Samsung stalls Bixby launch because it am English not so good

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guffaw

well play, very goodly. That is awl.

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Modern Micron maestro Mehrotra marches merrily, maintains megahit masterplan

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My my!

Mostly magical. Maybe magnificent.

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The bloke behind Star Fox is building a blockchain based casino. No, really

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Re: Just throw your money out the window...

Now we have the internet there are other ways to exercise one's arm.

Just remember, darts/slot machines with one arm and beer/other activities with the opposite arm. Otherwise...

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

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Works for deer. Perhaps for kangaroos as well?

Re: the comparison between the roo (highway) problem in Oz and the deer problem in US. These and similar devices work reasonably well at warning deer of your approaching vehicle. Ad copy says it will work for roos as well but, of course, YRMV

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No way to sugarcoat this: I'm afraid Uranus opens and closes to accept particle streams

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Re: It's always fascinating when they probe Uranus

better Uranus than mine...

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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acronyms

my personal favorite: FEBCAK - Fatal Error Between Chair And Keyboard.

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NASA? More like NASAI: Brainy robots 'crucial' to space exploration

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Re: And . . .

so basically a reversal of roles in the plot of Rendezvous with Rama? While I certainly like the idea, there are some pretty steep technology challenges for "any time soon."

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

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"extend it to include the UK?"

If so, I can confidently predict your weather for that day...

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

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"don't understand why it took so long."

The US legal system frequently makes the Vogons look like efficiency experts

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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why not just use a 50" or so 4k TV?

I can get any of several major name brands for considerably less than $1500 and have double the height of this one

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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Re: Wouldn't it be neat if...

so then...

dE=dmd 2

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