* Posts by TrumpSlurp the Troll

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Samsung's graphene batteries promise to charge five times faster – without exploding

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Re: Still not what customers really want

A phone that lasted a day and charged in two minutes would do me. It would be trivial to couple it to a charger for a couple of minutes to keep it topped up.

Only an issue if you spend your life away from electricity.

So not most 1st world customers.

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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A different name for every site?

Sadly, after a while it poses similar problems to having a different password for every site. You end up having to keep complex records to remember who you are for sites which you only visit every month or so.

I assume you would end up being Nidea, Ivor on the vast number of sites, and only maintain discreet aliases for the sites you frequent on a weekly basis.

Next up, a password manager upgrades to a full identity manager.

Anonymous because......then again why bother?

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Hunt for Planet X finds yet another planetoid, just not the right one

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Doing my head in.

At the furthest distance from Planet X the gravitational pull must be minimal. Inverse square and all that.

Why doesn't it just keep on going?

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Want some of that sweet government contract money? Obama's CIO gives tips to land deals with Uncle Sam

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Single malt and steak dinner?

Is that a special thing?

I've got steak in the fridge and a range of single malts in the cupboard so does that make me special? In a nice way, of course.

These days my boat is more likely to be floated by something I wouldn't cook for myself.

I assume doubly so for movers and shakers.

Oh, and if you haven't helped to write the Invitation to Tender then you shouldn't waste your time bidding. You aren't close enough to the customer to understand the requirements.

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Too many apps

Never follow a stream or gully.

It will take the shortest and easiest route down which is often vertical.

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Re: Hahaha...hard to make walking expensive

Walking boots £250.

Waterproof jacket possibly with fleece included £250.

Waterproof trousers with multiple pockets. Say £125.

Shirt. Oh, go on, to you £85.

Need a small rucksack? Hat? Walking poles? GPS?

Not hard to spend a grand or so, especially if you are a badge fairy who loves North Face.

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Microsoft: We busted Russian Fancy Bear disinfo websites

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Black Helicopters

Heard this on the radio as well.

As others have said, not sure why Microsoft are policing the Internet in this way.

Unless MS$ is now a TLA.

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Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

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Gimp

Can I have a Copy please?

Only my partners and the goat have said they would like to watch.

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Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets

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All this vitriol

Nobody mentions a second term. At the moment I wouldn't bet against it.

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Lawyers for Marcus Hutchins: His 'I made malware' jail phone call isn't proper evidence

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Miranda?

"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?”

What I don't see is anything that says " Oh, and by the way, 'speak to me' includes anything you say to absolutely anybody at any time including over the phone. Oh, we might bug you talking to your lawyer but we can't use this directly as evidence."

A literal minded computer geek without direct experience of USA law could well not have realised that giving a Miranda included the right to tap phone calls to use as evidence.

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Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

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Irresistible force vs immovable object?

Say that as an EU citizen (for the moment) I have a ".com" domain registered with a USA based registrar. I assume that USA law applies to the way that the registrar behaves. How is the EU going to prosecute the USA based registrar for correctly following USA law?

Is this conundrum, perhaps, why the registrars of the ".eu" domain wanted to ditch non-EU registrants? Not the spiteful petty revenge portrayed by the UK press?

If you solve that one can the same solution be used to prosecute all the Indian call centres who use my personal information to call me because I have a virus on my system?

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Software development slow because 'Most of our ideas suck'

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BuSab?

Someone needs to slow these crazy people down.

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America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

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Re: the final crewed mission of the Mercury programme

From the accounts, the whole setup was pretty crude.

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UPnP joins the 'just turn it off on consumer devices, already' club

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Re: Having UPnP open on the Internet facing side

So is the significance of UPnP that it can be configured without needing user ID and password?

Or is the assumption that the router is open to the world with manufacturer's defaults and UPnP is a convenient way to open random port numbers when tromboning an attack through the router?

Because if you have full access to the router you could probably configure it as a proxy and/or a VPN.

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Scrabble, anyone?

"The company's Avishay Zawoznik, Johnathan Azaria, and Igal Zeifman".

Wonderful on the Scrabble board, but aren't there any security researchers called Joe Blogs or Bill Smith any more?

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Just for clarity

My limited understanding of UPnP is that it is there to allow software (mainly games) to open a port on the router firewall on demand and listen for incoming calls/traffic. I can see this should work as it is better than leaving ports permanently open and in theory software inside the firewall is trusted. Obviously only to be enabled if you have software requiring this feature.

Having UPnP open on the Internet facing side, though? Why would you? It implies that you have nothing listening on a specific port (or it would already be open) so what handles the unsolicited incoming call? Where is it routed on the internal LAN?

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Mining apps? We're cool so long as they admit to it, says Canonical

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Crypto mining in general

From my limited understanding, to be cost effective you have to have masses of specialist equipment designed for crypto mining. If you just mine in your own home then the value of the coins mined is less than the cost of electricity. This is the weak point in the arguement that allowing mining pays "free" software developers for their effort. It is more cost effective to pay them directly than to pay the electricity supplier a cut as, effectively, a currency converter.

The alternative to using your own electricity is to use someone else's. Hence mining on other people's computers.

I was just wondering about all the places where electricity comes included in the package. Hotels, some trains, airports, camp sites, some coffee shops. You could, presumably, if you frequent these places carry a small mining rig around with you and plug it in at every opportunity. Road warriors could mine almost full time. However I have no idea how long it would take to recover the cost of the rig. I assume that the big win with distributed mining code is that the sum of all the inefficient parts makes up for the inefficiencies.

Edit: P.S. I just thought of another way; build a rig into your EV and mine whilst charging at free charging points. You could pull a lot of power without anyone noticing.

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Boffins build smallest drone to fly itself with AI

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Limited lethal force only

Just enough to target and destroy all the shagging pigeons cluttering up the roof tops and chimneys around here. Oh, and clear out all the predatory gulls in places like St Ives which attack grockles for their pasties. Oh, and........I think the list might be longer than first anticipated.....

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Google shoots Chrome 66's silencer after developer backlash

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My browser already has this feature

It is built into the AdBlocker.

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Ex-CIA man fingered as prime suspect in Vault 7 spy tool manuals leak

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Encrypted container?

So who supplied the key to decrypt it?

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Astroboffins spy the most greedy black hole yet gobbling a Sun a day

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Scale is awesome

Enough energy to sterilise a galaxy (or at least mandate the evolution of extremophiles) and still growing when observed.

Is this the kind of thing the Pierson's Puppeteers were running from, or was it a super super nova? Now imagining the burning galactic centre being eaten by a supermassive black hole. Makes our planet seem fragile and puny.

I assume this is large enough to at least have a go at bending space and time.

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Decades-old data reveals shows Jupiter’s moon sprayed alien juice over Galileo probe

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Reaction Mass?

Isn't one of the issues of long distance space travel gaining access to substantial amounts of reaction mass in a convenient form in a convenient gravity well?

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Get over yourselves: Life in the multiverse could be commonplace

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Three wise cosmologists?

Hear no matter, see no matter, speak no matter?

Aliernatively, please complete :

Oh, dear, where can the matter be?

Oh, dear, where can the matter be?

Oh, dear, where can the matter be?

Johnie's so long at the.........

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OpenWrt forums lost as hardware failure again crocks open Wi-Fi router

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At least

As far as we know it wasn't a router software failure.

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Trained for?

From what I've read (which may not be accurate) nobody has yet managed to replicate the successful landing on the Hudson River using a simulator.

So simulator training may not reflect real life.

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UK's Rural Payments Agency is 'failing on multiple levels' – report

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Battle Bus Update

Apparently the cost of Brexit will be more than covered by the end of fines for not meeting CAP timescales and conditions.

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S/MIME artists: EFAIL email app flaws menace PGP-encrypted chats

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WTF?

Turn off encryption and remove plugins?

So there is a reported vulnerability in your front door lock which requires a lot of effort to use.

The recommendation is that you should remove your front door lock and leave all the windows open?

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Britain to slash F-35 orders? Erm, no, scoffs Lockheed UK boss

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Re: Platform use

Could also moor them in the Thames and lease them to NCP for much needed car parking.

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Re: England Expects ... !

I somtimes suspect that the people writing scholarly articles have the same prejudices as those reviewing, say, old British motorbikes or iconic car brands like Lotus.

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German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way

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Ikea love/hate

I like Ikea because the products are generally innovative and cheap (sometimes both) and there are the occasional timeless gems like the Poang chair.

However the aisles where you go to load up the goods are a bit of a nightmare.

As for checking that the item is in stock, unless there are large numbers on the shelves or you live next door then there is no guarantee your item will still be there. Granted that you can be pretty sure of a wasted trip if the item isn't in stock.

I recall making the 2 hour drive to our nearest Ikea and managing to get the last flat pack off the shelf. Then a woman arrived looking for the same thing. Empty shelf. Me with item on my trolley. "I've driven nearly two hours to get this." she said, with a sort of hopeful expectation that this big strong man (I lie a lot) would take pity on this poor helpless woman. In this instance her expectations were, sadly, not met. Especially as I was irritated by the assumption that my time was worth far less than hers.

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Africa's internet body in full-blown meltdown: 'None of the above' wins board protest vote

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Sounds just like the UK

Family lived there for generations but if your skin isn't the accepted colour you are obviously an immigrant and not a real resident.

I wonder what Africa's version of Windrush is?

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Robo-callers, robo-cops, robo-runners, robo-car crashes, and more

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Alexa, phone Bob's Siri and annoy it please

With more complex software the possibilities are endless.

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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Re: Had the fire brigade called to a five star hotel, in Malta....

Perhaps name it after a seaside town known for hotels? Torquay,for example.

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Microsoft vows to bridge phones to PCs, and this time it means it. Honest.

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WhatsApp Web

Gives you WhatsApp on the PC.

Good starting point.

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Congratulations, we all survived Star Wars day! Now for some security headaches

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GPON routers?

I hsd to look and check.

http://www.gpon.com/how-gpon-works so GPON describes a technology not a particular brand of routers.

So this is a report akin to "there is a vulnerability in ADSL/DOCSIS 3.0 routers". Fine. Which ones???

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Huawei P20: Snappish snaps, but for £200 less than Pro, it’s Notch bad

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WTF?

All about the camera?

First it was a phone, then a computer, now all the adverts are about a camera.

So why not start with a decent camera (good sized aperture for plenty of light and an optical zoom) and then tack a phone onto it?

Then again I think someone tried that a while back but it didn't take off. :-(

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BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave

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Mandhill Borth of Reeds

My rhyming chip is borked.

Took me far too long to link this to the phrase "landfill North of Leeds". :-(

Edit: however I think I may have a contender for my new password which may resist a dictionary attack.

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Re: Utterly painful

Locare someone who likes playing NetHack and tell them that the support system is the Gold Upgrade version.

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It's World (Terrible) Password (Advice) Day!

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Re: Correct horses

Maryhadalittlelamb

Shekeptitinabucket

Andeverytimethelambgotout

Thebulldogusedtoputitback

Just don't use the first line.

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Re: I might be wrong, because I don't know

As posted upstream, how do you know how long the words are? How do you know there are only two words?

The only way this would work was if the site insisted that the password contained two words each of a known length. Which would, on the face of it, be a pretty dumb approach to security.

Edit: having said thst it would be interesting to see the math on breakability against a truly random string. However if you rule out punctuation and stuff, a two character password can only have roughly (32 * 32) options because of the limited number of different characters. However the number of available WORDS in a dictionary is enormously higher.

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Password Manager?

I seem to have potentially conflicting requirements,

Long complex password

Entered automatically (to avoid having to read and input a long random string)

Password store not vulnerable

Available across all platforms (3 OS types minimum, that is Android, Windows, Linux) and fully synchronised

Can be used on machines owned by trusted friends (I do a small amount of free maintenance)

This implies that it must be on each device - I have {counts} at least 11 devices I use fairly regularly. Howevet this implies storing the passwords on the Internet to form a single target.

What would be good would be a secure device I could carry with me which could interface with any of the target devices. However not all devices have a working USB port, or bluetooth, or WiFi so I think I would need a (secure) stub on each computer dowloadable from the Internet plus a multi-interface on my security device which can pair with the stub over a range of different connections. This gives me a personal store with some physical security and no global Internet presence. Still vulnerable to flaws/backdoors in the stub plus coercion on me, but the risk seems lower. Anything like this around?

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Foolproof (or proof of fool) password?

#JustGoFuckYourselfIncomingIn321

Works well if someone claims the right to know it.

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Dictionary words

"for example 'my head is painted green' is only a 5 character password as it has 5 works".

I do not believe this is accurate. Five characters doesn't take a lot of breaking by brute force without using a dictionary. However your example is 20 characters and the first task of brute forcing for a dictionary attack is to work out how long each word is and also how long the total password is.

As far as I know dictionary attacks only work well against single words and well known phrases.

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Lakes on the moon? Boffins think they've found the evidence

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No traces of dairy, then?

So my blue cheese doesn't have a lunar origin?

Domage fromage.

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GoDaddy exiles altright.com after civil rights group complaint

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Commercial sale rules? Gay cake?

I seem to recall, from various instances of items being incorrectly priced, that the price tag is an offer to trade but there in no obligation to trade. So "I'll have this computer for 50 quid please because price tag" carries no force in law. If the vendor even feels that the prospective purchaser was rude and unhelpful then there is no obligation to trade. There are all sorts of reasons not to conclude a sale.

I do wonder, therefore, if you could refuse to take an order for a cake UNLESS the prospective customer phrased the order in a way that included a reference to something covered by anti-discrimination laws. That is, you can refuse without reason unless discriminatory terms are included in the order request, or even unless discriminatory terms are used in the refusal.

Wandering slightly back towards topic, could you refuse to bake a cake with a fiery cross and six hooded horsemen?

I can see that there is no easy answer to the GoDaddy issue. Can you be forced to trade in a way that adversley impacts your business? Activists often use a boycott to pressure a business not to deal with something they don't agree with, be it fast food, sweets, oil, animal products, whatever. I can't somehow see Harrods being forced to sell real fur because freedom.

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Fresh fright of data-spilling Spectre CPU design flaws haunt Intel

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Re: "Protecting..customers’ data..ensuring the security of our products are critical priorities"

I assume you include AMD in with Intel.

Although I'm not sure that a full Window port to ARM would solve all these problems.

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FTC Commissioner refuses to budge until Trump fulfills promises

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Doesn't this raise more of a question....

.....about the incoming member?

Presumably it is on public record that the sitting member had agreed to step down IF she was appointed a judge.

Due diligence before quitting your high paid job should include double checking (with the sitter) that the seat was going to be vacated.

Granted that the length of the process through Senate confirmation hearings might have made any answer highly speculative, but surely she at least waited until after the Senate confirmed the appointment before quitting the previous job? You don't normally quit your current job after a successful first interview. You wait until you have a signed job offer. Unless, of course, she is guaranteed to be paid whilst sitting in the corridor waiting for the seat to be vacated (and to cool just enough to not be yucky when she dives for it).

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TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

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Tested under fire?

Does this mean that when it is finally working that it has undergone far more rigorous testing than the latest iterations of the legacy systems?

Kind of like watching a depressing NCAP test when all that is left is broken pieces, then realising that at least you know the passenger compartment survives intact. Unlike your classic vehicle which was too old to have ever undergone a similar test.

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45-day drone flights? You are like a little baby. How about a full YEAR?

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Re: Why just police?

Well, yes, continuous photography and mapping without needing a satellite would at least ensure that Google Maps would be up to date.

Speaking of which, when is the next round of StreetView?

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NASA demos little nuclear power plant to help find little green men

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Re: Weight?

So roughly a Volvo Estate.

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