* Posts by Rich 10

19 posts • joined 9 Mar 2018

Falcon 9 gets its feet wet as SpaceX notch up two more launch successes

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Why would NASA have concerns over a failed return booster? They just care that the mission was successful - SpaceX is the one who cares as they are trying to reuse as many of these boosters as they can - and the landings of the boosters are still considered experimental. A controlled landing into water for a giant empty sealed tube that floats and can be retrieved for analysis is not a really bad outcome, just not the one they wanted. This is nothing like a critical failure during launch, not even close.

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

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OK, every other month, a new battery or battery formulation is announced, yet it's sort of like the fusion reactor thingie, always "just 5 (50?) years away". I would someday like to see something that is really in the system and/or on the retail shelf. All we get are Lithium Ion + + (++++) because the 10 nm, whoops wrong promises, newer composition batteries vanish into the post "we've done it!" atmosphere.

Tired of cheshire cat-ions.

Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Had a 19" CRT come in with warranty complaint, back when 19" was 30 bucks per inch. Turned on and screen was all bloopy. Ok, so we start the paperwork to take it in, when the 6 year old daughter turned to her mother and said that little brother had been running a magnet on the screen........

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Ciggie smokers - the insides of machines don't turn yellow and brown and sticky without the ciggies

NASA's Chandra probe suddenly becomes an EX-ray space telescope (for now, anyway)

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Once again, a piece of NASA hardware has long outlived expected service time, and it is experiencing a probable transient fault, and the article makes it sound like a major failure. Doesn't the Reg realize that Scottie is just pulling his "I'm giving it all I can" thing so that when he does get it fixed he will look like a hero?

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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And this is why I backup 8 different ways, even to the extent of keeping a copy in my safe deposit box (neighbor's house burned down and it seemed to be a rational step after that)

If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?

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I started out with a Kobo, transitioned to a Nexus 7 2012, and now have a Samsung 8" - I don't want to pay for a $600+ phablet with a screen too small to easily read a book, which my tablet provides and is primarily used for - as well as browsing the web and a lot of email (voice to text is convenient)

My phone is a device for calls and a camera combo that can do basic internet stuff if needed. My tablet has supplanted my notebook because it is so much more portable and powerful enough to do a lot of the notebook based stuff of years gone by. The notebook sits in the case like a the just in case fire extinguisher, waiting for that travel moment, which more and more the tablet has taken the place of.

If I am at home, I would much rather work on my 8700k desktop with dual monitors than the 15.6" laptop that cost as much as the upgrade to the 8700k.

Long live the $300 8" tablet!

Top tip? Sprinkle bugs into your code to throw off robo-vuln scanners

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Whatever you can create, someone else can create a filter for - the assumption is that these fake bugs will probably be very similar, so that ultimately a filter can false flag a false bug, and be trained to ignore them.

Can you help rattle Facebook copyright people's cage for a friend of mine?

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Can you help rattle Facebook copyright people's cage for a friend of mine?

I have a friend, has been chasing and recording severe weather in the US for many years. There is someone who is posting his video on Facebook illegally, and Facebook can't seem to understand where the copyright violations are and won't delete the illegal video from the their system. Please use your bully pulpit to assist my friend.

https://www.facebook.com/cld9trs?hc_ref=ARRY2p1-PvGmGbjDVh4YjN7vGM4kahoLWixPaD0LTeN0MMXrKE1TQPy2Og32BVdcI74&fref=nf

look for the post with the hail in the frame - it will be perhaps a few posts below the top, but it is quickly found.

Great time to shift bytes: International bandwidth prices are in free fall

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Great, now "Microsoft Tech Support" can call me and Jake from India(nna) can tell me that my computer will explode unless I buy their lifetime tech support for $999.99, and it will cost them less.

Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

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Black Helicopters

I worked for a company that went through a very traumatic experience. One of their employees got their smock caught in a piece of machinery and was unable to break free - the site was gruesome and they went through and set up all their machinery to have an auto-stop if any tension even slightly approaching that level was detected. I knew long time employees there that were excused from working in that room.

Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

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Disco was the absolute worst

But it was where all the girls went, in packs, and all they wanted to do was dance. Hell has a sparkly ball hanging from the ceiling and posters of the BeeGee's on the wall.

If you guessed China’s heavy lifter failed due to a liquid hydrogen turbo engine fault, well done!

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Score another one for SpaceX - China is still trying to get a big rocket to the moon, while SpaceX is on the road to Mars with their first try - though the great Elon said he would not be surprised if the FH blew up 200 ft off the pad.

Storm brewing? Weather buff uses deep learning to predict patterns

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Ummmm, the USA NWS starts issuing categorical risk of severe weather 8 days out, and more detailed risk of Tornadoes, hail and straight line winds 3 days out.

Internet of insecure Things: Software still riddled with security holes

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and in still other news, dog wets fire hydrant, sun rises in the east and oxygen is a by-product of photosynthesis

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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The thing most SETI enthusiasts, vs. the scientists with interest in this area, fail to realize is that size matters. Even with articles like this, it is really hard for the average person to come close to wrapping their minds around just how much space and time are involved in even just this galaxy. And the universe is far larger than what we can see (only 13.4 billion years or so worth).

Ex-Equifax exec charged with insider trading after bagging 1 MEEELLION dollars in stock sale

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At least one of the guilty parties in this Uber-FUBAR situation is going to get something of his just desserts. That entire technical management team deserves to get charged with at least criminal negligence.

Tim Berners-Lee says regulation of the web may be needed

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Twitter is going to die of "old man's disease" - what kid is going to want to use something that is dominated by 60+ year old's - especially politicians and social trolls, false news and pundits.

China looks set to pip Uncle Sam at the post in exascale computer race

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I Exspecter a core Meltdown.

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