* Posts by 2Nick3

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How do you like them Apples? Farewell sensible sized fones, forever

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Bonus to the bigger screen - more battery!

The iPhone 8+ has 50% more battery life on screen-off use than the 8, and ~10% better with screen-on use. Since it is a phone having longer standby and talk times are valuable to a lot of users.

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: German Efficiency

If someone finds a way to apply their own software updates this could get ugly very quickly...

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Re: Just no - just look at Shannara

Post-apocalyptic setting, with no electricity, yet they manage to have a rave, complete with a DJ and lighting effects. I think they had explained that away with a generator - because after hundreds of years it would still run and the fuel would be available...

But then the show was on MTV - I can't imagine what they'll do with it now on Spike!

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Just no - just look at Shannara

Look at what they've done with the Shannara storyline and shudder in fear. And that's with the author still alive!

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Re: Why hasn't anyone done a Thomas Covenant series/film?

There are 10 books to the series. If Hollywood split each one into 3 films, at 3 hours each...

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Soon after Desolation came out I found a copy of the old Rankin-Bass version on DVD - maybe 80 minutes long (it was a TV movie, so 2 hours with commercials, back in the 70's), and it stayed very true to the book. Not nearly as "exciting" as the new movies, but then it didn't need to be because it wasn't stretched out.

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You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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Re: " Secondly being committed to a military nut house does not bar you from owning guns."

Back in the 20's and 30's there were a number of US Presidents (Commander in Chiefs) who did not have military experience. There have been a few others along the way as well, but not in groups like that, until recently. 3 of the last 4 Presidents have lacked military experience (and there are those that claim GW Bush's service wouldn't count - that's a different topic).

So the two worst downturns in the US economy were during strings of non-military CiCs. Yeah, correlation isn't causation, but digging deeper there would be interesting.

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OpenSSL patches, Apple bug fixes, Hilton's $700k hack bill, Kim Dotcom raid settlement, Signal desktop app, and more

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Re: LOCK HER UP! LOCK HER UP!

"Is drumpf going to utter those idioticimmortal words this time round? Or, like with so much else, is that only for his enemies?"

Because apples and oranges are the same thing - the word "Confidential" is really key here.

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Re: "Suppression of free speech!!!!"

My point is that if this happened to someone else, that having their account disabled like this and it just disappearing would have people screaming about it being to suppress the right to free speech. Substitute Al Sharpton for Donald Trump (trying for someone toward the opposite end of the political spectrum) and the same people responding about how 'great' it is this happened would have a completely different reaction.

Not everyone agrees with what Al Sharpton says either, but that's not the group chiming in about how 'cool' it is that this happened to Trump.

Even though, as you say, having a Twitter account is not an inalienable right.

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"Suppression of free speech!!!!"

That's what everyone would be saying if they agreed with what was posted on the account. Be honest with yourself - if you change the account here to someone you like does your response to this change?

That's the problem with universal freedoms - they apply to everyone.

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Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

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Re: Some people.

I had a coworker who's Thinkpad had the WiFi switch glued in the On position by the site IT guys. He never noticed it, but was happy that his "internet stuff" didn't quit on him any more.

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FBI: Student wrestler grappled grades after choking passwords from PCs using a key logger

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Re: @johnfbw FBI make federal case out of school keylogger

" and remedial steps taken to update the Uni security is approx $67,900. "

Who knows what all remedial steps were taken update the Uni security. Just bringing in a consultant could run more than the $68k!

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Facebook vows to double staff with new cadre of Net Police

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What should we expect?

Really, what should we be expecting from a site/company that was founded to help find the hot chick you met at that killer party last night?

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Verizon whips out Big Johnson to lure FCC into axing US states' net neutrality, privacy rules

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Re: Lisa Simpson said it pretty well

"Taxation without Representation" is the tag-line on the Washington DC license plates (or at least was). No Senator and a non-voting representative in the House make that pretty accurate - they even have an income tax there (not all states do).

But the referenced communities aren't in DC itself, they're in the surrounding areas in Virginia and Maryland.

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They've only gone and made a chemical-threat-detecting ring

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They have: http://hitchhikers.wikia.com/wiki/Joo_Janta_200_Super-Chromatic_Peril_Sensitive_Sunglasses

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Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...

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Hardware design direction?

So I think I see where Apple is going with the hardware design. With wireless charging, wireless ear buds, and the changes to iTunes that move app management to the phone (which is really already in place for music and movies - note that DVD/CD drives are being removed from more and more laptop models), you don't need any ports on the phone itself. Speakers and microphones are it, and those can be through membranes or even through the face of the phone. No ports means you can go thinner, or add additional battery capacity, and manufacturing becomes easier as well.

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Ex-Harrods IT man cleared of stealing company issued laptop

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"I've never had a system which was rendered a complete brick by being offline"

AD will let you see where a user is logged in, push a logout to that device, and revoke their ability to login. Add a VPN connection so the machine is on the network, and you just prevented the user from getting back into it (with their AD credentials, at least).

Which means Herrod's has a procedure when an employee separates, and they follow it.

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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Re: Hollywood being moribund

+1 on "Dragon in the Sea". Frank Herbert has a lot of great stories that don't have Dune in the title. I'd also love to see a version of "Destination: Void", "Hellstrom's Hive" or my personal favorite "The White Plague". That book scared me to no end when I first read it, and the premise is even more plausible today. Even so I'd love to see it done in the original setting, but I doubt that would ever happen.

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US yanks staff from Cuban embassy over sonic death ray fears

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Megaphone

Can you hear me now?

EOM

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Re: Crashing with style?

Ejection "seats" for the batteries?

(and yes, if you can do it for the batteries, why not the passengers?)

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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The unanswered question is how long did it take with this same iPad running on iOS 10? If it went from 9 to 12 seconds, with all of the background activity still going on, I'm not too worried about performance (but I still will wait for a few updates to come out). 2 seconds to 12, yeah, that's an issue. 20 seconds to 12 (doubtful from the context) and the Bootnote is misdirecting.

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Video nasty lets VMware guests run code on hosts

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Re: Guests already do execute code on the host

I agree - Cloud is not all that new. Most of the attributes of Cloud are found in MVS and VM.

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Apache Foundation rebuffs allegation it allowed Equifax attack

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Re: @Sane ...

"It also doesn't protect the way access is gained to this database by other DBs, systems, employees, etc."

I think the purpose is to protect ME when they do have a breach. Because it will happen.

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

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"Obviously it sank because he opened a hatch; that was his biggest mistake."

After all, there is a reason subs don't have sliding glass doors.

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Big Tech fumes over Prez Trump's decision to deport a million kids

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Re: call me cynical

I'm with you. If it's really about "everyone should be equal in everything" then why do these CEOs have the big salaries, big houses, expensive cars, etc, etc, etc.

When they start flying coach and driving a Ford I will start caring what they say. Until then it's a lot of hypocrisy.

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Give a boffin a Xeon and a big GPU, get a new big prime number

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Re: So "known" primes could be invalidated?

So there is a way to prove a prime without checking if every lower prime number is a factor of it. Cool!

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So "known" primes could be invalidated?

This is all well past the math I studied, but if this is the 12th largest prime number, isn't there the possibility that we could find two new "lower ranked" primes that are the prime factors to a "higher ranked" prime?

Say we "know" Prime2 is a prime, but discover Prime12 and Prime7, and they are the two prime factors of Prime2, so that Prime12 x Prime7 = Prime2. We just invalidated Prime2 as a prime number.

We know 11 is a Prime number because we know all of the prime numbers below it. If we assume 221 is a prime but don't know 13 and 17 are primes we are wrong because of incomplete information. If we subsequently discover that 13 is a prime number, we then invalidate 221 as a prime.

Or is there a better proof that someone has come up with?

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Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

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Re: Doesn't sound right

Parts of the 180GB of music on my laptop is copied out to 5 devices, so that's easily consuming 600TB of space. I bet that's the number they are using. Or call it 4TB if you use the uncompressed size of the data on the original CDs.

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Need separation for backup data

"What we would really like to see is this product instantiated as a software app integrated with macOS or Windows and making its data part of the host's file:folder system so that apps there can work on the data as locally stored content."

Um, no, not if it is being used for backup. Too easy for ransomware to get to your backup data as well as the primary copy on the host machine. You need some level of separation between primary and backup data for the backup to be safe.

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Telcos waive bills during Houston hurricane recovery

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Holmes

If all of your worldly possessions are submerged, and your first thought is "Cool - I can download a ton of porn without it counting against my data limit!" then something might be messed up with your priorities.

But then I know a few people who would take advantage of the situation to torrent all of GoT...

(What, no icon for "Winter is coming"???)

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US Navy develops underwater wireless battery-charging tech

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Re: Charging station ?

You could have a wave action, tidal or ocean current generator for the charging station. Or a field of them. This technology existed in the 70's, it should be ready for this kind of application by now. Position the charging station in an optimal location for the generation of power, store it in batteries there, then when the UUV comes in it charges up. The charging station would be almost unnoticeable, having a very localized signal to get the UUV from "very close" to "properly aligned". Make it look natural to the area - rock, coral, or for outside a shipping harbor a discarded shipping container.

If you move the data away from the location physically - long cable, another UUV, etc - the charging station would be almost impossible to identify once deployed. If the UUV is detected have it not return to the station and then just deploy another UUV from a safe distance and you're back in operation.

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Re: Fines?

I was thinking the exact same thing - I'm pretty sure it's not legal to leave the emissions from your dog's behind behind in California, and you just announced to world+dog that you will be doing exactly that, with the when and where (linked to your name and pictures of you and your dog, too).

Plus annoying the poop out of a bunch of alt-righters always ends well. Provoking people who are already angry and tend to be prone to violence - good plan.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Re: One side is not enough

"You shouldn't be saying anything to a colleague you wouldn't say to a customer, unless it's company secrets."

I agree with that, but sometimes you have to say things that you aren't ready to share with the customer. Of course that implies having a professional conversation to begin with, but the ability to tell your colleague, "As A, B, C and D didn't work I'm out of ideas. Do you have anything to try?" or "Crap -

can you find 'Hail Mary' Harry and see if he has any ideas?" or something along those lines, without having the customer hearing it can be important.

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Fujitsu's Australian cloud suffers storage crash, outage

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Re: The reality of cloud

"Pretty poor show for a bank though."

If it was just test/dev (as the article indicates) that is normally not treated with the same expectations as prod, so running it on Cloud isn't so egregious. If it is running in-house it would be on a secondary array, possibly old Tier1 storage, and they aren't always backed up.

So the customer may have known exactly what they were getting here, and there may be no panic at all.

Just some IT staff having a busier Monday repopulating the test/dev environment from prod.

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

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Potential hearing damage from this song

How many people wind up thinking there is something wrong with their iPhone or car stereo system because nothing is playing?

Turn volume up, still nothing. Turn volume up more, still nothing. Realize you're listening to the silent track and hit Next - there go the ear drums!

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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

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Re: Fascists marching in the streets

"First up, the noise levels need to be turned down - politicians, media, PC brigade, rabble rousers, FOX, anything that acts as a distorting filter."

You missed CNN in that list. They're the mirror image of FOX - exactly the same, just switching right and left...

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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Re: Intelligence in the reader

The switch and the dimmer do. For a light that isn't plugged into a wall socket (which is over half the lighting in my house) you're working with the physical wiring.

The problem with a smart bulb in those installations is that if someone turns off the switch, no matter how smart the bulb is, it will not turn on from the app.

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Calling it a bit early, El Reg?

"It took far too long to get here but the smart home may have finally become a reality"

I think that may be a little early to make that call - what we have here is the ability to illuminate all of the other IoT gadgets that aren't working.

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Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

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Re: Long live tape !

DougS already covered it, but you must be doing something very wrong to have that low of a restore success rate.

I've been on the Backup/Recovery side of IT for 20 years and can count on one finger the number of times I had a tape cause a restore failure, and that's for probably tens of thousands of restores (most of them tests).

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Re: Long live tape !

"Though you might have the tape in ten years time, the cost of the drive to read it becomes prohibitive quickly. Given that it's supposed to be your insurance against disaster, having to source another compatible tape drive rapidly, installing the software, restoring from the tape, etc. can take DAYS."

it sounds like you're envisioning a restore of 10 year old data to recover from a disaster. There isn't an organization out there that can survive rolling their business back by 10 years. The exact timing of the change is debatable, but 10 year old data is an archive (for reference), not a backup (for restore/recovery/resumption of business).

Not to mention that Backup/Archive Management Systems have provisions for migrating data to new media. So you wouldn't have data you need quick access to on media that you can't access quickly.

"I'm sure in large datacentres, etc. the regime is different..."

Yes, yes it is.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Re: grep and awk and redirection

"Yes, 'grep' and 'awk' and redirection. I get that with Cygwin on winders. "

Why run a bunch of nearly-similar tools in the CMD.EXE shell when you could run Ubuntu with bash for the shell?

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grep and awk and redirection

Just having CLI access to grep and awk, and input/output redirection, on a Windows 10 machine makes a lot of tasks so much easier. Yes, there are other ways to do it, but having it neatly packaged up with a shell I'm used to working with them in is the way to go, as far as I'm concerned.

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Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

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"Anyway, what if everyone pointed and laughed? Or it turned out the code was written in crayon, by an infinite number of monkeys?"

I think a lot of people would say "I KNEW it!"

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Sensor-rich traffic info shows how far Silly Valley has to drive

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Car industry != Music Industry

"Knocking over the car cartels is proving to be much harder than skittling the music industry."

Cars have to pass certain standards to be released. (Unfortunately) Music does not.

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User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

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Re: Has a customer ever apologised to you?

"It worked, and I am always willing to work for cake."

Baked goods always work for me, too!

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

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Re: Dodgy Picture

There are so many things wrong with the picture that I'm trying to figure out if it's supposed to be a mix of Dune and some other series. Just can't figure out what the other one would be.

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

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Re: Daniel Gould The power of suggestion

"A friend did something similar - a fake change warning"

Your friend should have lost his job for that. As soon as IT breaks trust with the users (for real, not the way the users always complain about) they become a liability in the company instead of an asset.

The next change comes up, and it's an important one, say to patch against the latest Ransomware, and everyone just remembers the hoax and doesn't pay attention. The joke just caused a major disruption to the function of the business, one that it may never recovery from.

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O Rly? O'Reilly exits direct book sales

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Re: As long as they're still publishing dead tree books ...

..."there's no amount of electronic gizmos that can top having the book on the desk beside you with a dozen post it notes in the important places."

Exactly - there are times where you can find something in the book by feel - how thick the stack of pages is on each side. I have a number of reference books I can flip to within a page or two of what I want without looking at the TOC/Index just based on feel.

That and it's hard to take notes in the margins on an eReader. If you do manage it they tend to be visible on everything you read after that...

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Murderous Uber driver 'attacked passenger and the app biz did nothing. Then he raped me'

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I know their plan!!

With all of the negative press for Uber, they'll be able to claim that no jury could be considered impartial, and therefore they can't receive a fair trial.

It's brilliant, really.

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Re: A luddite writes... @scatter

Cutting the flight time between the US and India from ~16 hours to ~7 would make a huge difference for me, and I'm just a line grunt in my company. That's a whole day saved on the round trip - definitely not insignificant to me.

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