* Posts by F111F

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Boffins turn to AI to zip through piles of gravitational lenses

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Have I Got This Right?

<quote>Yashar Hezaveh, co-author of the paper and researcher at Stanford, told The Register: “It’s hard to say” what features the CNN learned to extract to arrive at its output answers.

“In fact we don’t really know. As we show the examples to neural networks and ask them to make the correct predictions, they may find very complex features in the data that they can use for their predictions. We can sometimes look at the features, but they will be highly non-intuitive.

“I usually think about it like opening the brain of someone and looking inside it: it doesn’t tell us much about what the person is actually thinking about or how they see the world.”</quote>

They're using results of a computer analysis but don't understand how the "neural network" got the results? How do you replicate and/or validate the conclusions/results independently?

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Sun of a b... Rising solar temp wrecks chances of finding ET in our system

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Re: yep, we're interested in the water UNDER the ice

We'll find out when the ice melts...but there is precedent for ice (pressure) holding back eruptions in Iceland.

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

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Re: At Wolfetone, your MILTB...

I walk my wife through the steps, but being a nurse she writes my directions down in her medical shorthand. That avoids "computer speak" from me, it reinforces the actions to take in the correct sequence, and it's in a form she's comfortable with.

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Sailor Moon? More like sail to the Moon: Japan vows to set foot on lunar soil by 2030

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Facepalm

Moon Space Station?

The other bit of odd news in the article was that JAXA will use a NASA space station orbiting the Moon in 2025...since there is no firm plan for this beyond a few PowerPoint presentations, and 2025 is only 8 years away.

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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Re: Issues With Automated Traffic

1) Automated traffic would, by definition, be remotely accessible, as each vehicle will be coordinating with all the other traffic within a certain radius.

2) Traffic lights in my city are automated at the intersection, not from a central traffic control operation. People spoof the signals already, getting straight green lights (though only one case has been reported in our city).

5) Why leave this to some judge to legislate from the bench? We need to figure it out long before then.

6) So you'll be the sheep that lets a programming issue get him $$$ in fines and tickets?

7) LOL, we don't make it mandatory in a number of states to wear a helmet or protective clothing while riding a motorcycle, why would this be any different?

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Issues With Automated Traffic

1) Some country will find a back door and program 150,000 head-on collisions at the start of hostilities.

2) Some script kiddie will not want to go to work/school and will hack the city traffic to cause gridlock

3) Some late for work/soccer practice idiot will buy a 1-time illegal "speed pass code" for $5 (same as a Pepsi) and cause chaos for everyone else as he/she streaks through traffic.

4) Adjusting to ever changing road conditions (degradation, repairs, upgrades, weather, rules and marking changes from one locality to another, etc) will be ginormously challenging.

5) How will liability be assigned for fatal or injurious accidents?

6) If the system doesn't see the speed limit change because a tree limb blocked the camera(s), who pays the ticket?

7) Will some gov't agency have access to your vehicle's information so they can trace your whereabouts in the past or even in real time? Is that a violation of either privacy rights, or self-incrimination protection?

Just some issues to think about...

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Re: Humor vs. Stupid

GFP: See Don Rickles...he often offended everyone in the audience with one joke or another, yet we all still laughed. I had the privilege of seeing him live in Las Vegas a few decades ago...wonderful show!

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

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Re: SW was never about our future.

Those poor people on Gilligan's Island... :-(

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Re: SW was never about our future.

I still think Kate was sleeping with her cameraman...about the only way she could get video from a hotel room window of the USAF F-111s flying overhead in the attack on Libya, and comment on it at the same time...not to judge, mind you, it was a neat bit of reporting.

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Fake invoice scammers slurp $5bn+ from corp beancounters – FBI

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Unhappy

They claim pay, too...

My company (of 45-50 people) was sued for back pay from wrongful termination by an individual who never worked for the company, in a state we'd never worked in. We went to court with the documents to prove our company had never employed anyone by that name. It's happened before to us and turns out it's a fairly common scam. Whenever the company doesn't settle, the claimant just says: "It was an honest mistake, I mixed up (whatever)." The judge dismisses the case and it's too expensive to pursue charges (prosecutors are not interested in such small fry).

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Boeing details 'Deep Space Gateway' for Mars mission staging

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Missing Link?

Did I miss something? Where is the detailed list of equipment Boeing thinks it needs for the "Gateway"?

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US Navy runs into snags with aircraft carrier's electric plane-slingshot

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Boffin

Re: We all need less stress...

IIRC, the first USN attempts at catapults were with hydraulic systems, until the RN came up with the steam version. Apparently, steam can be "ramped up" to prevent instantaneous load on the aircraft (though it's still pretty damn quick), unlike hydraulics. EMALS probably has the same issue in programming the load on the catapult, ramping it up quickly enough to launch a fully loaded aircraft while keeping stress on the airframe below ratings.

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Boffin

Re: Has surge recxently been redefined & I missed it?

The combat rating is 160 sorties/day, normally conducted in a 12 hour window. The remaining 12 hours are used for repairing said aircraft, performing inspections, and readying for the next flying "day" (which could be at night of course). This also allows for inspection and repairs of the launch and recovery systems, and other shipboard systems used to support flight operations.

The surge of 270 sorties/day is for short periods only, usually a few days. After that, aircraft and ship discrepancies and inspections build up enough to pull out of combat ops to repair/refit/inspect.

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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Coat

Re: Mopeds?

Worldwide pizza delivery already covered, with a CEP of only a couple hundred feet...

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZLJMl6GSxfc/UmwCMXrog-I/AAAAAAAANsI/wMyjk_Wc4s0/s1600/blast+door+we+deliver+3.jpg

Mine's the one with the Minuteman II in the pocket...

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Europe trials air-traffic-control-over-IP-and-satellite

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Big Brother

IMHO, implementation will have to show that there is no increase in "heads down" flying to read instructions, reply, etc.

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Don't panic, friends, but the Chinese navy just nicked one of America's underwater drones

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Trollface

Upon Opening:

They read: Made in China

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China is building a full scale replica of the Titanic to repeatedly crash into iceberg

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Stop

Next ChineseTheme Parks:

The Donner Party Experience...

The Spanish Inquisition...

The Amelia Earhart South Pacific Tour...

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New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'

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Alert

Re: Wedding Parites

While living in Saudi Arabia, I heard my Saudi counterpart's smartphone on speaker with sounds of gunfire. I joking asked "Family reunion?" His reply: "Yes! We were celebrating a wedding!" I asked if they fired the guns in the city, and the answer was yes, they did, but they used the small bullets as they "disintegrate in the air". I corrected him, but not sure if it really sunk in...

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F111F
Headmaster

Base Names

RAF put their service designation before the base name, the US does it opposite. So, RAF Lakenheath works for the UK, but it would be "Creech AFB in Nevada", or " the USAF's Creech Air Force Base in Nevada"; or something similar.

/rant

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Just what Europe needs – another bungled exit: Mars lander goes AWOL

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Coat

Schiaparelli II?

See title...

...and mine's the one with crushable hat in the pocket, thanks.

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SpaceX starts nine-day countdown to first flight of the new Falcon

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Angel

Re: Focus!

Since Elon is our closest thing to Iron Man in real life...maybe the Clean Sweep initiative is in order?

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Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss

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Headmaster

probably probably = possibly?

See title

/end grammar rant

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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Joke

Re: Does it have hard mount points for weapons?

More like the 5th wheel attachment points would suffice to hold a brace of .50s or something bigger, depending on gross weight rating...maybe Toyota has a rating for weapons like they do for towing/hauling.

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F111F
Boffin

Re: Direct Sales

Tip o'the day...those aren't the same Camrys and Mercedes sold in Europe or the US...amazing how much cheaper they are when substandard parts are used and safety equipment isn't installed...

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NASA greenlights SpaceX and Boeing to carry crew to ISS in 2017

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Coat

Re: 17000 parts, all bid at lowest cost

You obviously didn't see the Boeing contract...

...mine's the one with the extra $ billion in the pocket...

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UK.gov STILL won't pop a cap on stolen mobile bills

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Coat

If You're Gonna Talk Like a Gangsta...

The phrase is "Pop a cap IN your ass", not on...sheesh.

...mine's the one with the Saturday Night Special in the pocket...

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Adobe axes R&D lab in China, insiders blame mandarins and pirates

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Holmes

Rampant Piracy in China

My brother's software company was doing business in China, only to find on a visit to the lab that a locked backdoor was actually the entrance to the pirating lab that was industriously copying their work every day...

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

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Call Harrison Ford..

...looks like we found one of the leftover paper bombs from operation "Clear and Present Danger".

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Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

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Joke

The Real Question...

Where does Jasper keep his watch that he worries about his bum looking big?

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Coat

Put the Display on Your Palm...

and the porn industry would make this work...

Mine's the one with the pictures in the pocket...

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

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Joke

Maybe They Used

The old version of Apple Maps?

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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Boffin

Re: Just one question

Because it was going...not sideways? (though it did go in every direction there at the end)

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Stop

Re: I think...

...if you're taking my money I DO get an opinion...

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Welcome to the ISS. Don't mention Ukraine if you ever want to leave

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Not Forever

...just until 2017 or so, unless SpaceX, Boeing, or SN get man-rated earlier. AND it would mean setting the record for time in space, bonus!

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Tesla's TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

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Joke

Re: Battery recycling

That's EXACTLY what happened to the US in the Gulf War. They brought all these recycling containers, had everyone trained to separate and segregate properly and thought the Saudis would be quite happy. They were quite pleased with themselves. Then, some TCNs (third country nationals, probably Bangladeshis) just picked up each container, dumped it into the common garbage truck, and drove off to the dump. LOL!

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

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Coat

Marriage EULA?

MS obviously stole this from my wife...

...mine's the one with the 4,600 page marriage EULA in the pocket (abridged version)..

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NASA spots new Mars meteorite crater

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Coat

Re: Way of the Velociraptor

Clever girl...err boy?

...Mine's the one with the map of the park in the pocket.

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SpaceX billionaire claims Air Force official 'likely' made job-for-spy-sat-contract deal

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Coat

Re: I reckon Musk has the goods on Correll about trying to get a job off Spacex

I don't have any evidence either that Aerojet's real reason is to schmooze more contracts, but having been in a company that did get contracts from the military, it was standard practice. We'd hire retired civil service or military (including me), for two main purposes. First, to bring expertise on a current contract effort, and second, use our contacts and knowledge to get our business development team positioned to make a sale. We weren't allowed (depending on rank and whether or not you had access or oversight over government contracting) to work on any project we had access or control over, or even help on the bid for about two years after we departed government service. So, while Correll may not be directly working with any projects he was associated with, he will be certainly opening doors for the business development team and pointing the company to work that the government wants to outsource, or can't get done in the normal scheme of things (not enough manpower, facilities, etc).

...Mine's the one with the retired ID in the pocket...

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Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS

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FAIL

Re: This is the result of NASA wlaking away from LOX/RP1 engines in the 1970's.

You need to re-check your history. It was LBJ that frittered away our youth and money to prosecute a land war in Asia. Nixon was the one that got us OUT of Vietnam.

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Facepalm

Re: Space Race?

Except the GPS constellation is being replaced as we type. GPS II satellites are going up to replace the originals, and GPS III satellites are in design/development.

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Facepalm

Re: Oderint dum metuant

Gee, where to begin on a reply which demonstrates so clearly the neo-Euro viewpoint, where you rage against those who have stood by and with you for generations, securing the lifestyle to which you are used to.

Yes, I have been around the world at various US, NATO, Japanese, and Saudi bases, I proudly say that, having stood watch on the walls and guarding the gates that have protected Europe and the world for 70 years now, a second generation as my father also stood watch in the Fulda Gap and on the battlefields of Vietnam.

Yes, we do go around with weapons locked and loaded, for Bear, pirates, etc, You should be thanking us for doing so, but no, you're petulant about being reminded of your own weakness.

And that brings us to the current weaknesses of Europe's militaries. Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a steady and significant decline of will, capability and lethality. With the sole exception of the UK, not a single European ally had the ability to transport, sustain, or maintain their forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. In every single case, the US had to step up and keep units in the fight to cover for European ineffectiveness. Finland has just concluded that Sweden's military cannot fight beyond the first few days of a war, for lack of supplies, transportation, and sheer lack of numbers. Although not a NATO partner, Finland was planning on Sweden coming to the fight, but now will have to look at Norway and NATO.

Bosnia and Libya are perfect examples of how European militaries simply cannot function without direct US support. In neither case could Europe a) work together, b) provide enough forces, or c) support said forces for more than a few days. In both cases the US had to provide leadership, planning, sustainment, and crucial force multipliers (tankers, EW, transports), to get the job done. Europe simply can't defend themselves let alone project power in any meaningful manner.

Other than the UK, our NATO allies don't train enough, aren't modernizing effectively, and are rapidly degenerating into ceremonial forces, who look good in parades but can't fight their way out of a wet paper bag. The Russians know this, they know Europe is once again weak, despite the bluster about Crimea and the Ukraine. There is absolutely nothing Europe could, or would do militarily, if Russia simply took the Ukraine. Mark my words, they WILL take the Eastern Ukraine, either peaceably, or just roll the tanks in and end all the speculation.

So go ahead, look down on the ones who hold the wolves at bay, the ones who do the hard, dirty work in places you can't, and wouldn't dare to go. We'll still be out there, keeping your butt safe, at least for a little while longer. Keep it up, the anti-American rhetoric. Soon enough you will get your wish, and the US will turn to isolationism once again, and when the wolves are prowling about, you will remember when there used to be guards keeping your family safe, because you won't have the nerve, tools, or training to.

Anti-American sentiment is on the rise because the pampered European peoples (and many Democrats) want desperately to believe the age of war is over. All you have to do is talk it out, or just lecture sternly, pointing one's finger at said culprit. Reminds me of the movie "Demolition Man"... You field militaries who expect that just showing up will cause the bad guys to quiver in their boots and meekly repent. Or, all that's needed to stop aggression is a talk show host, who looks very sad at the bad guys, and they repent on air. You don't like being reminded that there are genuine psychos out there, some in command of armies, and others in charge of entire nations.

Boku Haram is a perfect example. Almost 300 girls in Nigeria are kidnapped and who does the world turn to? You somehow expect the US to have the ability to travel halfway around the world, take out a brutal thug, and rescue the girls, overnight. Oh that's right, we can only do that if we have the experience, training, and equipment, in the right place, which none of the mainland European militaries have. Even France had to use US C-17 transports in their latest African rumble, as the A400M is not ready for action. Neo-Euros lament a strong US presence world-wide, but can't man-up to take our place on the wall or at the gates. We could go into Nigeria, but how many of you Neo-Euros would decry the US acting unilaterally once again? Why should we put more of our young people on the thin red line when (in this case) Nigeria won't. The same will be asked of Europe. Why should we stay when you obviously won't hold up your end of the bargain?

So, to wrap-up, get your house in order and step up to the job, or stop yer whinin', 'cause it's startin' to seriously bug me and my friends.

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Flame

Re: Where have you been Murphy?!

You should be terrified of us. Because we kick rear end and take names, unlike the rest of the milquetoast nations in Europe, excluding Britain. Bosnia, Georgia, Crimea, and now Eastern Ukraine, all show just how weak the European militaries really are. The single factor keeping some sort of stability is the freakin' lopsided amount of funds the USA pours into NATO every year.

And I have traveled the world, served in the military, was stationed in Europe, and have a far more intimate knowledge of why planet Earth has had no, as in zero, world wars since 1945. The single largest reason you enjoy the prosperity you currently have is due to the sacrifice of the US men and women willing to guard the walls and gates of the world. We ensure the air and sea lanes are open for commerce, free of charge. We gave the Internet to the world. We opened up our GPS assets for all to use, free of charge. Frankly, if it weren't for the USA,'s Marshall Plan the European economy would still be climbing out of WWII's destruction and Europe would be a forgotten player on the international stage.

We don't ask for your money, we don't ask for services, we don't ask for your vote. A simple "Thank You" will suffice.

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Mushroom

Re: Where have you been Murphy?!

No. The US and the UK were fighting 3 nations (Germany, Italy, and Japan) on 3 continents (Europe, Africa, and Asia) and across two oceans (Atlantic and Pacific). The USSR fought exactly one nation and fought on exactly one front in Europe, (Eastern) while the Allies were fighting entire theatres of operations in Europe (Southern and Western, three, if you count ops in Norway), Northern Africa, India/Burma/China, Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, and the Atlantic.

So, the bulk of the winning in WWII was done by the US and the UK, not the USSR. To give due credit, the Soviets held the cream of the German army at bay for years and bought enough time for the Allies to launch the largest amphibious assault the world has ever seen, and hopefully ever will see.

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Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it

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Go

Vacation Plans

I plan on taking my wife to Loch Ness this summer to see if we can find the "monster"...

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APPLE FAILS to ditch class action suit over ebook PRICE-FIX fiasco

F111F

I Already Got Mine

Payments (credit to my account) from Amazon and Apple, both. More to come?

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Re: Ooooo

Current guess is 4,590 years (not sure what that equates to in El Reg)

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F111F
Trollface

Honor?

It's officially called 2012 VP113, which the discovering team shortened to VP, and then eventually Biden to honour the current US vice president.

Let's see, a dim object circling far the center...right you are then, carry on.

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

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Coat

Please Don't

...put the flashy lights on the suit. I anticipate there will be backscattering off of the helmet that will interfere with getting tasks at night accomplished. On the other hand if one is going to attend a star-studded disco...

Mine's the one with the disco ball attached...

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

F111F
WTF?

Diving?

With that draft, where are the divers going to go? Unless they're planning on turning the underside into a coral reef, swimming about in the open ocean gets pretty boring after a while...

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What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK

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Coat

Subtitle..

Did anyone else read it as "A Pole for your short-arm selfie?"

...mine's the one with the pole in the pocket...thanks.

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