* Posts by Mike Moyle

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Judge says tech-addled jurors undermine justice

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Collecting evidence

The problem of the juror going out and collecting his own evidence (either in person or via the net) seems to be missed by some.

Any evidence collected (physical evidence, forensics, depositions, etc.), by either side in a case, requires two things:

1 - a clear chain of custody such that it can be shown unequivocally that the evidence has not been altered in any way since it was collected, or that any alterations made (a snip from a piece of material for chemical testing, say) are clearly noted, and;

2 - Full disclosure is made by both sides to each other so that each side can be prepared on the day of the trial to answer to that evidence. It is impermissible, for instance, for the police to present evidence at the trial that the defendant's attorney has not had time to prepare a defense against.

Both of these qualifications allow for the trial to proceed on as level a field as possible.

Evidence collected by a juror violates both of these requirements, since neither side has had opportunity to vet the source and relevance of the evidence, nor had opportunity to prepare to answer to it.

Further, jurors are, theoretically, expected to form no opinion on a case until all evidence has been presented (unlikely as that is in reality, it is, nonetheless, the attitude that they are supposed to be cultivating.) and collecting evidence, even if only to have further questions answered implies a violation of that criterion for a fair and impartial trial, as well as violating the evidentiary rules.

In short, it's a really, REALLY dumb move by someone who clearly thinks that he's the smartest guy in the room (and we KNOW how well THAT usually turns out!)

DARPA: Self-repairing, learning kill-robot tech is go

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Electropulse Bomb...?

...and is that bomb's explosion initiated by a microprocessor?

...and is that microprocessor programmable?

...and can that programming be done remotely, over a network?

...and is that network accessible by the self-healing, self-programming, self-replicating Robo Brain Boxes?




Net provider accused of coddling crooks yanked offline

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Checking the math...

"Statistics from SpamCop showed a drop in the amount of spam being blasted out to the world. Starting Tuesday afternoon, spam volumes dropped from >>> about 30 junk messages <<< being sent every second to >>> less than 15 <<< at time of writing.."

"Even with the termination by Hurricane Electric, a second provider, Global Crossing, continued to provide connectivity to McColo, according to the CyberCrime and Doing Time blog. So far, Global Crossing's public relations reps have been vague about their plans for McColo (...)"

So, doing the math... if cutting off ONE of their TWO uplinks cut spam in HALF, then cutting off the OTHER one should...

...Now, let's not always see the same hands...!

Batman sues Batman over Batman

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Too little, too late...

As Hoover, Kleenex, and others found out, if you haven't defended your trademark in the past seventy years, it's too late to start now.

OTOH, I wouldn't be surprised if Warners, in a gesture of international chumship doesn't offer them a community recreation center or something as a thank you for keeping their property in the news and potentially boosting DVD sales -- what with the holidays coming up, and all!

Philips pops out the drug packing iPill

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At $1000 a pop, it seems that your insurance company would insist on a way to return the empty for a deposit after a... deposit... I wonder if there will be a price break if you are willing to use a factory-reconditioned iPill and whether the insurance companies will be able to require the use of pre-owned iPills, when available, to keep costs down?

I mean the obvious thing is to flush the used device when it's finished its job, but I'm assuming that, between microprocessor, sensors and battery there are going to be materials that by law will have to be recycled to separate toxic-waste disposal sites, rather than simply being... dumped... as it were...

That being the case, it seems likely that recycling services will be able to make the evacuated units available to the original manufacturer at modest cost, allowing for refurbishment and re-use -- providing the manufacturer with a secondary revenue stream.

In whose hands is the responsibility for separating the gold (not to mention the beryllium, lithium, etc) from the dross going to end up; that's what I want to know!

Polaroid PoGo handheld colour printer

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It could have its uses

For events where a standardized and adequate picture needs to be attached at time of submission to an applicant's paperwork, this would be useful.

The biggest users of Polaroid cameras and films are, of all things, television studios. I know of several TV game shows, for instance, which, as part of their application process, snap a Polaroid pic to be attached to the applicant's test results and questionnaire at the time of the interview. From examples with which I'm familiar, these productions probably go through about six to eight packs (10 shots per pack, IIRC) per day during a typical 120-day production season.

Being able to do the same thing with digital cameras and a few of these (since there are usually several intake people working at once) the same result could be achieved.

...Just sayin' that there might be a use for something like this.

As a side note -- my daughter, a fine-art photographer, was bummed when Polariod got out of the instant-film business. She had converted a Polaroid to a pinhole camera and was getting some amazing effects with it -- the long exposures required for a pinhole camera makes very dense images with a wide tonal range that you would never expect from an instant-film camera, and each picture is truly one of a kind.

US airforce online ad theme: 'Horror Meets Comedy'

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"...(an) exclusive opportunity for the Air Force to engage with our target audience,"

An unfortunate choice of words, surely...!

Smith's airport ID card plans cut back to small pilot scheme

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I just want to say...

...Best. Subtitle. EVER!

Anti-white-space lobby enlists God, Dolly Parton

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"A Divine Right"

...And her Left one isn't bad either!


US judge rejects lawsuit against God

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My bad... just rep[lace "Kansas" with "Nebraska" in my post above; the points still hold.

...But the '69 Mets were STILL a miracle!

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Just for the record...

@ Everyone who said "he's a Senator...?"

STATE Senator for the state of Kansas, not U.S. ... There is *some* difference...

Frankly, I suspect the REAL reason that the judge dismissed the case was the unlikelihood of finding 12 Kansans willing to rule against the almighty...

@ Alan Fisher

"then again, has God done any decent miracles since The Bible??"

The '69 Mets.

Man buys new MacBooks, pulls them to bits, takes pics

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@ Webster Phreaky


My experience with Apple hardware has been totally different:

PowerPC laptop (Wall Street) no problems except for weakening battery. Passed it off to my mother for web-surfing, etc., some years ago. She finally retired it a month ago.

500 MHz iBook G3 (Snow, Dual USB) Again, the battery is old and needs replkacement, but still used for travel (web surfing, writing, photo editing, etc.)

875 MHz PowerBook G3 had to replace the power brick when the wire frayed.

...and on a side-note: 875 MHz G3 tower, dual 1 GHz G4 tower and quad 2.5 GHz G5 tower, all working fine with the only repair needed on any of them being replacement of a dead HD on the G3 three or four years into service -- which was, of course, trivial to do myself.

Now, I will agree that (while you don't say what problems you had w/the first iBook) six logic board replacements and three bad screens is not a good record but the CONSISTENCY of the same repairs being needed repeatedly raises one question:

Have you considered the possibility that -- just maybe -- it's YOU?

No; of course Apple's product isn't perfect, but for the vast majority of us it works as advertised, right out of the box.

OpenOffice 3 goes native on the Mac

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OO.o for OSX PPC

@ Samsara and Bad Beaver

It's available on mirror sites but, for some reason, not on the home site.

I got mine here:


Just scroll down; you'll find it.

Installs and works like a charm!

@The BigYin

The same site has versions for both Intel and PPC labeled "*_Install_en-GB.dmg", so I'm guessing that you should be good to go.

OpenOffice.org overwhelmed by demand for version 3.0

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@ Alex Wright

"Only Intel MacOSX support. (...)"

It seems that yhey're hiding the PPC version...

Go here:


and scroll down to:


or, I assume, this one:


...if you're on that side of the pond.

Thus far, in the little that I've used it, it seems to run quite snappily on my machine and does what I want it to do,


Blackswift hypersonic plane cancelled

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Re: Black Pudding

@AC -- 11:45 GMT

"The first choice of weapon for disciples of the little-known Lancastrian martial art of Ecky-Thump."


So they want to make it a war of nutrition, do they...?


OpenOffice.org welcomes gatecrashers to version 3.0 orgy

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"Version 3.0 of OpenOffice.org natively supports Mac OS X without the need to install the X11 module to run the suite first."

The last time I checked, the OS X version appears to be written for Intel hardware; it's not a Universal binary.

Vista scrabbles for X Factor

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It has to be asked...

So, that'l be the "OS X Factor", then...?

Canada sex shop heist shafts proprietress

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@ Echowitch -- cram innuendo...? OW!

@ Brett Harris "...the clerk reading the charges in court!!!!!"

Some years ago, when local prosecutors were trying to close down some of the dirty bookstores, they would raid the places, confiscate a couple boxes full of books and magazines and try to get them declared offensively obscene.

Of course, before they went to trial, they had to list the details of the trial in the "legal notices" section of the classified ads in all of the local newspapers, notifying anyone who wanted to comment on the matter at hand to contact the court. This generally resulted in four-column-inch-long adverts -- in VERY small type -- listing such titles as... well, you can probably imagine... without any ellipses or asterisks to conceal the ruder words (since it WAS a legal notice).

I always wondered what the clerks working the Classified Ads desk, or the newspapers' typesetters thought when those ads came in the door!

US woman shot by cast iron stove

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Clearly, the cast iron stove is the "cranky old-timer" of the machine uprising:

"...You goddam young Renaults today don't know nothin' about nothin'! Ya don't get all fancy-schmantzy with yer throttle -- ya just shoot the sonsabitches... Goddam young punks...! *muttermumble*"

Ford cars to gain prang-preventing radar rigs

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Radar band

Do these operate in the same band as police radar? If so, they could ause two opposite -- yet equally amusing -- outcomes:

1 - Since every nimrod's radar detector will be constantly going off with no way of knowing when it's a police speed check, maybe they'll actually SLOW THE FUCK DOWN.

- or -

2 - All you'll have to do to get a speeding ticket thrown out is to claim a false positive unless the officer is willing to swear under oath that there were absolutely no late-model Fords on the road at that time polluting their signal.

MEPs vote to recognise flag, anthem, motto

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"...the EU motto "United in diversity"...:


"...Infinite Dversity in Infinite Combination..."


...sad, really...

'Podestrian' risk rising for drivers, warns insurer

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Stupid people to the left of them...

Trust me; there's plenty of stupid to go around.

Stupid pedestrians...?


Jaywalkers should be shot on sight, as it cranks up the drivers and puts the rest of us at risk. I'm actually pretty compulsive about using crosswalks and waiting for the light (my daughter calls me a "Crosswalk Nazi"). I obey the traffic laws that affect me and I damned well demand others do the same.

...and not looking both ways (twice!) when crossing the street is just beyond moronic even when you ARE in the right, because the one traffic law that trumps all others is "F = MA".

Stupid cyclists...?


I don't know about where YOU live, but where I live, cyclists are supposed to follow the same rules of the road as motor vehicles: ride WITH traffic, signal turns, yield to pedestrians, and stay OFF the fucking sidewalk.

Do they, my hairy ass!

Stupid drivers...?


Again, speaking only for where I live, pedestrian in a crosswalk or, lacking a painted crosswalk, in a "presumed crosswalk" (at a corner where a sidewalk is cut by the cross-street, then continues on the other side, drivers have to assume that people are going to want to continue walking down the sidewalk, hence have to treat it as if there were an actual physical crosswalk there), or when pedestrians approach within 10 feet of the traffic lane drivers are supposed to yield right of way to the pedestrian. Also, the little light that says "walk", or shows the little guy limping across the street means that drivers DO NOT FUCKING MOVE!!

Do they? See response above.

People who wait at the red light, then make their turn on the walk light are either scum or morons and should have their gas-pedal foot broken for each offense. (Unless they drive a standard... then the gas-pedal foot can be left alone and the foot they use for the clutch should be used... MUCH more entertaining!)

The only time that I have been hit by a car, I was wearing small fold-up style over-the-ear phones (CD player). OTOH, I was crossing IN the crosswalk, WITH the light, and the driver, who had stopped for the light, decided to make an (otherwise legal) turn on red... without checking to make sure that there was no pedestrian crossing legally in front of him.

There's a great plenty of Stupid to go around... and it's a renewable resource!

Renault looks to wee-hued windows to cut car power draw

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Solar cells...?

Please tell me that the production model will have a full-roof-area solar panel, rather than the artfully (?) arranged cells dotting the roof windows like so much high-tech pigeon poo!

...and what's with the smiley grill? Did somebody watch "Cars" a few too many times while designing this thing?

On the plus side -- it looks like it'll be easy to hose out after a night out with the guys!

DARPA seeks Special Forces submersible aeroplane

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Re: USOS Seaview and FS-1

@ Chris:

"It was done back in the 60's:


It was done back in the '50s:


Chrysler intros electric trio

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I'm confused...

"Chrysler claims eight gallons of fuel will allow the Jeep to run for 400 miles. "

So why can't ALL of Chrysler's cars get 50 MPG? If you can do that with the inherent power losses involved in converting internal combustion to electric to drive the wheel motors, why not just drop the battery and announce your 50 MPG fuel economy?

Boffin brews up 'Jurassic Park' beer

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I've heard of wandering drunks before...

"...Lebanese weevil trapped in Burmese amber..."

...But how the hell did a Levantine weevil stagger all the way to Burma?

MS wields price cutlass at Chinese pirates

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Great idea...!

"Microsoft has slashed the retail price of its Office 2007 suite in China by over 70 per cent for versions to counter widespread piracy in the country."

has anyone told the RIAA about this strategy?

Say hi to Haumea - our fifth dwarf planet

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"with a shape resembling a plump cigar", and "'joined in its orbit' by two satellites"...

They couldn't just call it "Dick"? (Or "Priapus", if they were going the mythological route?)

Apple ARMs up iPhone

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Applw SCC

Leaving aside Apple doing "cheap" anything, a netbook-sized, touchscreen-equipped, ARM-driven device...

...wouldm't that be the long-awaited (by some of us, at least) color Newton?

I want one -- these middle-aged eyes are starting to be unhappy trying to read Palm/iPhone/Blackberry-sized screens.

Street View operatives object to being snapped

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I wonder...

...what a batch of "Gppgle sucks", "Google, go home!", "We use Scroogle", etc. signs showing up on the spymobiles' photos would do.

S'kiddies light-up LHC website

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Am I the only one amused...?

"vanishingly small possibility that Earth might be sucked into a black hole"?

Vanishingly small...? Black hole...?

Well phrased, Mr. Leyden!

Prototype orbital seaplane in Texan blimp-base blast

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Water launch and landing

Well, first off, I have to say that I really LIKE the idea and I hope that they can make it work.

On the other hand, I see a couple of problems that may have escaped the builders:

1 --The inevitable whingeing from the "Save the Cute Animals" types about all the boiled dolphins washing up on shore after a launch, and;

2 -- Having your shuttle pilot suddenly scream "Where did that fucking SAILBOAT come from?!!?" while you're on final approach.

Chrome-fed Googasm bares tech pundit futility

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This could be vastly amusing, though...

Chrome could be the next great "never-ending battle for truth and justice".

First there was Microsoft vs the software crackers. I think we know how well that all worked out.

Then there has been the constant back and forth arms race between Apple and the iPhone unlockers.

So how soon will it before we get people writing ad-blockers for Chrome?

My name really is Ivan O'Toole, admits Ivan O'Toole

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At a university I attended...

...the organizational board outside the offices of the School of Public Health listed the lead researchers in the communicable diseases section as Dr. Clapp and Dr. C. D. Cox.

Lockheed demos AI-based roboforce command tech

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Re: ICARUS - surely they are kidding..??

@ Tony Barnes

"I know, lets name our warning of doom ridden technology after a historical character who failed spectacularly despite the warning of doom...."

...Mythological, surely.

Google cedes Belgium to Germany

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It's worse than you think...

It looks to me that they've got ALL of Switzerland, and Hungary, with just a sliver of Austria holding out against the Anschluss.

OTOH, if I'm reading the text correctly, the narrators seem to be saying that they're all Danes now, so it might be okay.

Wind turbines put bats under (low) pressure

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@ Kevin Kitts

Re: Go figure...

Please tell me tat this was an attempt at humor (or humour, if you live on that side of the pond)...

Surely you don't really think that the wind within -- what -- 300 feet of the ground carries all, or even the bulk of atmospheric energy...?

Even if that were the case (and how many hurricanes, for example stay completely below 500 feet?), unless the mass of windmills were such that it made an impenetrable band across the hemisphere, once it created a pressure area of sufficient size and strength, the excess air pressure (wind) would slide around or over it. We get those effects all the time in the summer in most cities, They're called "temperature inversions", where air heated by pavement and the like is trapped among the buildings and creates a bubble of high pressure that forces winds around and over. That's that "bubble" of smog and haze that you can see as you approach a city.

Is global heat transfer still happening, despite those bubbles...? You bet. It just moves around the blockages that we have built... and the natural blockages like -- you know -- those things that are really massively taller and wideer than anything that we've built... what are they called, again...?

Oh, yeah! Mountain ranges.

Now, when we start putting up a sufficient number of windmills that they start blocking the jetstream, give me a call; until then, go outside, find a breeze and chill.

DARPA seeks 'perch and stare' spy-fly robot

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Re: Gargoyle Mode

While I like the term, technically it's incorrect unless the 'bot in question is spewing water onto the target.

Gargoyles are, strictly speaking, ornamental drainspouts intended to divert rainwater from the foundations of the building on which they perch. The classic crouching-monster non-drainspout is properly called a "grotesque".

Perhaps the technique in question could be referred as "Batman" mode, if Warner Bros. will allow.

Otto Z. Stern possibly dead at 57

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Re: @AC @amanfromMars

@ The Voice of Reason

"Actually, I've been frequenting this fine establishment since year dot. Just the nym is new."

Coming back after being banned for trolling, then?

Reg server and chip hack molested by Gray Lady

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So long and hello

Will your stuff be showing up in the NYT's "Circuits" newsletter? If so, I won't be going into Vance-withdrawal.

Best of luck to you.

Re: Have a good one

"Be sure to drink heavily and pass out in a gutter as a last day at the office stunt."

And send pictures, or it didn't happen!

NASA's Ares V may crush Kennedy crawlerway

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Re: AC Pedant

Can we agree, then, that he was "hoist on his own pe(dan)tard"?

Mac users urged to ditch Safari

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@ Gordon Pryra

Re: they are saying

"That the same amount of Mac as Windows users get scammed

Except there are many many more Windows users

So a far higher % of Mac users get scammed than Windows user"

Actually, they are saying the exact opposite:

"Mac users fall prey to phishing scams at about the same rate as Windows users..."

That is, that approximately the same >>percentage<< get taken, not that the same >>number<< do.

Why flying cars are better than electric ones

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Re: Cable Cars

You're not really serious, right?

Are you planning on building redundant lines of towers so that you don't have to shut the entire "road" down when you need to do maintenance on one "lane"? What about when emergency services need to get through? Or are you going to build these AND roads?

As an in-city solution, where you can (possibly!) require all new high-rise construction to include cable-hanging attachments, this MIGHT work (although zoning and historic preservation districts would doubtless make planning and building one of these an absolute bear there, too), but outside of cities it's a pretty clear non-starter.

US Congress to vote on in-flight mobile ban

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@ Bill Smith

Shouldn't that be typed with the "CAPS LOCK" on?

I mean, you were *SO* close to FoTW, and all -- to miss out on the win because of a little mistake like using lower-case letters just seems so sad.

Greens: Abandon economic growth to beat CO2 offshoring

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Is it wrong of me...

...to wonder if the WWF's Mr. Bond insists that his Brie be shipped across the channel by sailboat and delivered by oxcart...?

Dr. Strangevote saves mankind with Luddite voting recipe

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Addressing a few points

Re: Multiple elections (...)

@ Anonymous Coward

(...) on the same ballot are a stupefyingly bonkers idea. At least have different sheets for each post under selection...

...so each voter is handed a sheaf of as many as twenty slips of paper, marks them each without dropping any, then drops each into a separate ballot box for each political race and ballot initiative without dropping any in the wrong one by mistake...

Not forgetting that, for every voting precinct, the municipality would have to own, store, maintain and verify the integrity of as many ballot boxes as they would expect to need in a worst-case scenario, rather than needing to do this for only one or two boxes per precinct...!

The city where I live, for example, is divided into 11 Wards, each of which is divided into 3 Precincts. Currently, that means, essentially, 33 ballot boxes (plus any small number of backups kept in case one or more "active" boxes is unusable) need to be checked before an election. A major election with ballot initiatives included could, as I noted above, have 20 different spaces to be marked on a sheet. Twenty different slips and ballot boxes would mean that we would need a minimum of 660 boxes stored, serviced, etc., for their once- or twice-yearly use!

Not happening.


@ jon


"Reminds me of that myth about the space pen that NASA spent millions on while the Russians simply used a pencil...

Could we have a Knight Rider icon for problems "that do not exist"?"

Not to go off-topic, but which myth was that...? IIRC NASA didn't finance the "Space Pen" Fisher Industries developed them on their own for use in areas where regular pens wouldn't work and brought the idea to NASA.

Also, I believe that either Armstrong or Aldrin confirmed the story that they needed to use their pen to start the LEM's return-module engine after the switch got broken off by one of their EVA backpacks.


Re: Why Perfect?

@ Wil Rockall

"For example if the wining candidate has 200,000 votes more than the second place one does it matter that 10 votes were not counted, or even 100,000? Even if they were all for the second place candidate the winner remains the same does it not?"

It's less an issue of "not counted" than it is an issue of votes apparently "flipped" by the software. There were reports in some areas (*cough*Ohio*cough*) in the 2004 elections where votes for certain Democratic candidates simply wouldn't register, but appeared onscreen as votes for the Republican candidates.

In the example that you give, if those 100.000 votes get flipped (as opposed to "not counted"), the race becomes a tie, rather than a 200,000-vote victory.

Steve Fossett may be alive, investigator claims

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Errr... just a thought...

To all of the "Well they didn't find those other planes before" posters:

Did you consider the possibility that, in the months after Fossett disappeared, OTHER small private planes might have crashed and that the CAP just *MIGHT* have had *CONCURRENT* searches going on?

Excerpted from Bloomberg:

"Private, or general aviation, flights are 82 times riskier than commercial airline trips and represent the overwhelming majority of aviation crashes and casualties in the United States. (...)

“In an examination of the crash risk of private flights, researchers found that general aviation flights averaged 1,685 crashes and 583 deaths each year from 2002 to 2005,"

I'm trying to be generous and assume that most of the posters taking potshots at the CAP were being "clever" (i.e. - kneejerk cynical), rather than genuinely obtuse.

Apple is Fisher-Price of sound quality, says Neil Young

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All due respect, but Neil is flat out WRONG.

It's the EYES that are the windows to the soul.

...of course, being a musician (of sorts), he WOULD get it wrong.

We graphics people, OTOH, understand these things!

Ballmer upset by Apple cart

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You can't make this stuff up...!

“Search is the key to unlocking the enormous market opportunities in advertising, and it is an area that is >>ripe for innovation<<,”

Well, that puts THEM out, then!

HP shatters excessive packaging world record

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Re: The norm for HP

"HP has been packaging their enterprise software product licenses in that manner for years. You know someone within HP has probably said something by now, only to be shot down. I can image an old HP exec saying, 'our customers have come to expect their licenses delivered without a single wrinkle.'"

I just pray that they don't ship documentation that way... shipping a 700 page software reference guide could deforest a small country!

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