* Posts by imanidiot

1731 posts • joined 19 Mar 2012

Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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@cray74:

You are correct, I had completely forgotten about the slats... --> I'll go hang my head in shame somewhere.

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NASA used similar tech (without the titanium) on the lunar rovers. The spring mesh wheel idea isn't the novelty here.

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Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

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Surprised

Surprised is not what I am right now. Anybody who knows anything about the Intel ME could have seen this coming a mile off. And it won't be the last hole found either. I suspect the ME is FULL of holes. Plugging one or two holes in a sieve doesn't fix much.

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Tesla buys robot maker. Hang on, isn't that your sci-fi bogeyman, Elon?

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Re: Selling factories?

What they bought with the nummi plant was a building on a large plot of industrial real estate and a bunch of people with knowledge. The production line for one kind of car is pretty much useless for any other type of car not on the same platform. They had to pretty much strip the entire factory an build it up again from scratch. The people they bought with the factory could have helped them with that, but from what I've been told they were pretty much summarily ignored.

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Re: Selling factories?

I'm not surprised. The modus operandi of any Musk corporation seems to be: Burn em up, spit em out, chew on the next guy. SpaceX and Tesla both have a massive churn rate, with MANY reporting the expected workload and hours to be absolutely insane.

Right from the start Tesla have always shouted they'd built their own damn factory. With blackjack! And hookers! Their timelines and production line set-up were,from what I've been told by someone who works for a party that bid on a contract to do some of the work, "completely and utterly insane". Going completely against everything the rest of the car industry has been optimising for the last few decades. Ignoring many of the lessons learned that experienced contracters were giving them.

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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Re: Youtube in general is shit

Gahh....

Do not reward quality but pretty much only quantity.

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Youtube in general is shit

Youtube have screwed over their recommendation algorithms so much that even the good and reliable content has been disappearing. It's algorithms and reward mechanisms do not reward quality but pretty much only quality. Don't upload a 2, 6 or 19 minute video? No recommendations for your videos. Don't upload a new video at least every week on a regular schedule? No recommendations for you. This goes on and on. Just search youtube itself and you'll find Youtube has been royally pissing off real content providers for the last 2 years or so. Making things worse and worse for the true educational channels or those with worthwhile content, and easier and easier for the content spamming bots.

It's no surprise they can't get a handle on YT Kids then either. A simple first step would be to limit upload rates to 1 per day for YT Kids. Word salad titles should not be that hard to find, natural language filters exist. If they are found, ban the channel and any IP adress associated with it. It won't be possible to stop this completely, but stop the revenue of the automated spam uploaders and things will decay.

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Dumb autonomous cars can save more lives than brilliant ones

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But WHEN are they better

I might well be that autonomous cars are 500% better (what does that even mean?) in normal driving conditions, accounting for most of the mileage, but absolute shit in unusual situations where it's much more likely to kill it's occupant than a human driver is. SO overall it's like 100% better right?? THe question becomes, would you accept a car that runs perfectly fine most of the time but which is likely to kill you next time a heavy snowstorm hits?

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Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

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Yeah... No....

I don't see this working at all. Probably fine for straight line moves, but they running a curve and you'll probably be tripping over your own legs. Plus you miss the force needed to propel your mass forward, meaning it'll feel like you're running on ice and flailing your legs wildly.

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AMD, Intel hate Nvidia so much they're building a laptop chip to spite it

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Because designing graphics means optimizing for parallel processing lots and lots of data at the same time. A CPU is a mostly serial device, doing only a few calculations at a time, but doing them with much better precision, specific fault handling, etc, etc.

It's like asking why Lamborghini don't make TGV's. Surely they both go really fast on wheels? Can't be that different.

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NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload

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Re: It's needs a Dyson...

Mars dust, similar to moon dust is highly charged and sticks like shit on a rug. Using a vacuum could make it worse and suck more dust onto the surface.

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Robot takes the job of sitting on your arse

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Re: re: Arsey McArse Face

Botty McButt Bot, shirley?

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

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Why stick to the big brands

If all you wan't is a decent phone with limited bloat, there's plenty of other (direct from China) brands available for much lower prices.

Recently bought a Doogee Mix (which is a blatant rip-off of the Xioami Mix), which at €150,- was cheaper than most "entry level" crap available in stores here from the usual suspects. If it goes TITSUP getting any sort of warranty will probably be difficult, but we'll see when we get to that. I've factored the lack of support into the gamble of just trying it out. So far it's a fast responsive phone, with a good quality screen, decent battery life (2 days of light use), and MUCH better camera than my 3 year old Samsung gt-i8730.

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Re: Just like Apple

@Stargatesg7

uhhmmmmm, 30-clip AR-15??

Clips, Magazines, drums, rounds, cartridges, bullets, casings... None of these things are anything like the others.

You might be thinking of this but even then it doesn't use "clips".

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Boffins befuddled over EU probe into UK's tax rules for multinationals

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Re: My first thought was ...

Apple paying Ireland means higher income for the Irish government. More income leads to having to pay more to the EU.

So yes, a portion of that money goes straight to brussels.

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Re: F-35 Normal state is TITSUP

Option 3 needs to be combined with option 1, as there are currently no V(S)TOL UAVs in existence or in development (apart from helicopter based designs like the MQ-8C Fire Scout with limited range and speed)

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Algorithms, Henry VIII powers, dodgy 1-man-firms: Reg strokes claw over Data Protection Bill

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"The fact that public authorities can’t use legitimate interests is a real problem for things like fundraising and alumni work"

Read: "Guilt-trip and/or pester anyone whose ever met an alumnus or student of our "institution" for more money. " No thanks.

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Drones thrown a bone: Americans can ask nicely to go where FAA says they can't roam

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Re: Stop it!

I want progress. I fly quadcopters myself. I'm not being hysteric. I know a plane flying directly over a city has very few failure modes that leave it suddenly plummeting straight down. (Though for instance the El Al flight 1862 incident shows that there is still some risk in unusual situations). Also, air traffic over cities is still restricted and avoided where/when possible.

Manned aircraft and helicopters remain controllable and landable for most failure modes involved the power systems. "Drones" have only one way to go. Straight down.

Aviation has a long history of finding the safest way of doing things (as far as practically possible while keeping this workable). People seem to think that somehow the rules that govern a 1200 kg flying thing don't apply to a 1.2 kg flying thing, when in fact many of the same principles can be applied. None of them are hard to grasp. Something like "avoid getting into situations where you can't avoid hitting someone if things go wrong when there are other options" is not rocket science and should be applied.

I'm not saying don't use/fly drones ever. I'm saying be sensible about how, when and where to use them. Overhead of large crowds is just NOT a good idea. Ever. Out of line-of-sight means no way to see and avoid other air traffic and because of limited field of view, limited situational awareness, making it easy to hit something or someone. I'm not saying don't allow it, but don't make allowing it the default. On a 500 square mile ranch with no neighbours, people or airports for miles around it can be allowed below a few hundred feet, but this is only a very limited sub-set of "drone" use. The VAST majority of "drone" flying is still numbnuts with a DJI Phantom making video's or possibly thinking they can imitate Team Blacksheep video's without any sort of planning, preparation or permission.

Name me ONE good benefit for flying a "drone" directly over a large crowd of people. Give me ONE good argument to actually allow it instead of the "it's unfounded fear" strawman. I've given you plenty of reasons why it's a BAD idea. I've not seen one single argument to prove it's a good one.

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Re: Stop it!

@Stu4, like that octocopter that nearly took out a skier a while back? Or the numerous other incidents involving "professional pilots" using "professional equipment"?

I'm a pilot, I know the rules and regulations I have to follow, one of them avoiding getting myself into any situation where I can not avoid potentially hitting people if something goes wrong. Like flying low over built up areas.

For some systems on multirotor aircraft there is NO redundancy, even on the so called professional level units the control unit is just a single unit. Motor-controllers are starting to get integrated into a single package. There's only a single battery aboard, using a single battery protection circuit that can cut battery output if it thinks the battery might get damaged. Yes, an octocopter can still fly with one motor out, possibly with 2 out, depending which. But what kind of failure is going to lead to only a single drive unit failing in flight? Only a very small sub-set of them. To get a shot of a group of people, most of the time a simple large pole does the job just fine. If you really need more flexibility or height, there is still no need to fly a drone directly OVER people.

Keep distance and maintain margins for errors from yourself, your hardware or other people. You know, like you get drilled into you when you start learning to safely operate an aircraft.

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Re: Stop it!

Allowing a drone to fly over a crowd of people, or beyond line of sight IS NOT COMMON SENSE AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED.

I get pissed off at these sorts of idiotic ideas every time I hear them...

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

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Voice control

NO. ABSOLUTELY NO! NEVER, EVER getting into my house. Why the *expletives deleted* do people feel the need to voluntarily bug their own homes?

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BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?

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The PFYs doctoral is coming along

Seems the PFY is getting ready to finally finish his doctoral level BOFH training. How long before Simon can safely retire in the knowledge the young PFY has been given all the knowledge he needs? (Or before Stephen attempts another coup)

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Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

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I would still be a dick about it. Just because they are director doesn't mean they can just dump personal items in a work environment without problem. Tires/wheels and such do not belong in a comms room, so they don't stay in the comms room.

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No need for urgent maintenance. Just send out an email: "The junk from the comms room has been moved to the corridor. The owners WILL retrieve their Junk before date X. On date X any remaining objects will be dumped in a skip. We are NOT responsible for loss of items."

There is no need to NOT be a dick about it.

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US energy, nuke and aviation sectors under sustained attack

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Re: A hint to recruiters...

Yes. Especially in big companies people don't generally get to top management positions by being smart, critical and sharp witted.

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Re: Find the weak spots

The problem is they go after "high-value targets". I.e. upper-manglement. The types that don't get fired for being idiots, and the types more likely to be idiots when it comes to IT. Which further supports my notion that while upper management can be a necessary evil, they should not have access to any actually operationally sensitive data. Accounts spreadsheets and the like is just fine, but there is no need for them to access wiring diagrams, product drawings or production data. Sort of an internal firewall around manglement if you will.

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Plants in SPAAAAAAACE are good for you

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Re: Weed

chivo243,

It's JUST BORIS!

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Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

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Re: Wardsback

Exactly what TheOtherMatt said. SpaceX went with 9 engines to have less need for deep throttling ability, which they found was detrimental on the performance and reliability of the engine. Blue Origin is probably going for the 7:1 ratio mainly for the specs needed for the ULA launchers. Either they'll go with 7 engines on their lower stage, they found a smart way to achieve deep throttling ability or they will design a different spec of the same base design to achieve the thrust levels they need for New Glenn.

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Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

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Re: I prefer the more mundane explanation ...

@AC, metal swords aren't cast. They're forged and ground. Cast metals aren't strong enough. It needs to be worked to gain the correct strength and grain structure. The closest you'd get is casting a rather short, fat-ish bar of metal to save on the hammering a little bit, but it would in no way resemble a sword at that point. Even after the forging it's only roughly sword shaped. It doesn't become something we'd call a sword until the grinding is completed.

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Europol cops lean on phone networks, ISPs to dump CGNAT walls that 'hide' cyber-crooks

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Thank god for IPv4 shortages then

From what I understand of the issue (admittedly not much) there's not much chance of ISPs dropping GCNAT for IPv4 adress space, since none of them have enough adresses to run their network otherwise. So tough luck for the coppers, they'll have to actually do their job the right/hard way.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Re: Libertarians have created a real nightmare future

WTF does this have to do with "libertarians"??

It's probably just some idiot who never realized there's actually planes flying up there. Or he just wanted some cool footage of one flying close by.

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Beware the GDPR 'no win, no fee ambulance chasers' – experts

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Re: Sweet!

Yeah, good luck with that. I HIGHLY doubt those T&Cs are enforceable.

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Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

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Re: What happens if...

That Netflix example isn't hacking though is it? It's a breach of contract. Not punishable by time in jail but by cancellation of the account and any other punishment/compensation agreed upon in the contract.

There is also a huge difference between sharing a Netflix account and pilfering the entire customer database from a company for your own commercial purposes. One is perhaps unethical, the other is a crime in it's own right. Even if it's done by gaining the legitimate password through social engineering.

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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Re: So, is Sonos in trouble financially then?

That is the same argument is "I don't care if they spy on me, I have nothing to hide". It's false, EVERYBODY has something to hide. Similarly those 2 points are exactly what make the data valuable for sale, as it shows they can better target you with non-generic ads.

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European Patent Office's document churning snatches Germany's attention: 'We are concerned about quality'

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Re: But at least one government subsequently picked apart that report …

I'm not sure the proceedings on these sort of meetings are public record. There's a good chance they are not available.

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Fresh chips from Intel (yay?) at 14nm (awww)

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Re: DougS Intel's 14nm is roughly equivalent to TSMC & Samsung's 10nm

I've had some insight into Intel's fab processes. I doubt they'd EVER got with a foundry structure. They do things differently and with much tighter control than most foundries can provide from what I've seen. I'm not saying it's impossible but Intel currently has many reasons to stick to producing in-house. (Also, there's not foundry big enough to support Intel production next to anything else. If they sell their fabs they'd then be renting them back at probably twice the cost)

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NASA readies its asteroid warning system for harmless flyby

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Bit late ain't it?

Bit late to fire up the astroid WARNING system if you know it's already there and know exactly where it;s going to be. I'd think the ones we DON'T see and of which we don't know where they are that we should be warned about.

And are we sure it's an asteroid? "Those aren't moons!"

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

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Re: Word Salad vs Gobbledegook

@PirateDave, looking at the account numbers it would seem there was amanfromMars (Without the one) that last posted on 10 June 2009, then amanfromMars 1(with the one) that FIRST posted on 10 June 2009. So unless the account actually got transferred to someone else it would still be the same person.

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Re: Word Salad vs Gobbledegook

He's been known to make sense every once in a while. I am however not sure if it's because he is ON his meds at those times or OFF them. Or possibly because I'm as insane as he appears to be at times.

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Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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Home for kids

"Youngsters can ask a Home unit to play tunes for musical chairs, play animal sound games, and read classic and modern stories for them"

Because god forbid you as a parent actually have to have some damn interaction with your offspring!

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NASA tests supersonic parachute, to help us land on Mars

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Re: But how...

Yes, choose the correct altitude and speed and conditions are near enough you can get the right data.

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Premature release?

Seems the parachute went off a bit sooner than they wanted to.

Let's not be too hard on NASA, it happens to the best sometimes. All that excitement probably got to it a little bit.

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ISIS and Jack Daniel's: One of these things is not like the other

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Re: I wonder

You'd have to be pretty godawful drunk you can no longer distinguish the godawful stench of MEK from a bottle of hooch.

Ahh wait, we're talking JD here. As you where.

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Re: Justifiable concerns

@Jake, thanks, I learned something new!

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Developers' timezone fail woke half of New Zealand

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Stuff like this

Shananigans like this is exactly the reason I hate the current plan of the Netherlands to discontinue the alert siren network and go with cell broadcast messages for emergencies. The problem is I sleep straight through alerts like this at night, and in the daytime while busy with stuff it's really easy to miss and alert if one is issued. (Happens for stuff like fires with asbestos or dangerous chemicals released for instance, advising people to stay indoors with windows closed if at all possible). There is currently a perfectly serviceable (air raid) siren network running. Yes it's more expensive, and requires testing once a month, but it works, alerts EVERYBODY in an area without fail as it's very hard to miss and is much less prone to failure because of a simple config cockup on either the network, the phone or the emergency centre sending the alert (cockups like sending an alert message to cells on the other side of the country for instance have already happened).

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Re: Aukward moment

For those who have no idea just what is involved this video from Computerphile will begin to give a clue, and it's by no means exhaustive in explaining all issues.

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Dropbox thinks outside the … we can't go there, not when a box becomes a 'collection of surfaces'

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Is it just me?

I don't even care about the exact look of the logo, I ascribe no "qualities" to any logo whatsoever at any time, but the accompanying drivel makes me want to find person that wrote it and hit them with a clue-by-four... I'm not a violent person, ever, but this sort of bullshit just angers me somehow.

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Rosetta probe's final packets massaged into new snap of Comet 67P

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Re: Amazing!

And hours of fiddling with them. Probably finding that intercept and then just overshooting a tad EVERY SINGLE TIME... (or is that just me).

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BOFH: Come on, PFY, let's pick a Boss

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They did say they had SEVERAL prototypes in the basement...

Tune in next week. (or whenever Simon feels like giving us the next episode)

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We went to Nadella's launch of Hit Refresh so you didn't have to

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Re: Will it be viewed cynically as corporate propaganda?

A Preacher fan, Mephistro?

(Please no spoilers, I've only seen up to the end of Season 1)

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