* Posts by John 174

7 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Oct 2009

Pirate Bay dropping torrents after magnetic attraction

John 174

Well, logic isn't your strong point. The correct analogy would be if you had the fruit and a veggies you grew in your garden for sale, but your neighbors wandered in and took them out of your patch and didnt pay you for them.

C and Unix pioneer Dennis Ritchie reported dead

John 174

Speaking of Old School


Ah, grammar nazi making a typo. As classic as C. Well, almost....

New RAF transport plane is 'Euro-w*nking makework project'

John 174

Talk about old news....

15 year old news, to be exact. Lewis is using the PROVEN cost, payload, and range figures in his argument, which include the shortfalls you mentioned.

Those cost overruns are history and the CURRENT, fixed price is half that (of course, THAT number is just a guess) of the A400. It's also had a long time in service to work out bugs. Lewis is spot on here.

Google accused of hard-coding own links in search

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Google has a monopoly on search

Since when? Granted, a lot of people use it, but it's not the only game in town by a long shot. When installing Firefox, you are given a choice of default, you don't have to use Google.

When you install or update IE, the most popular browser, does it default to Google search? Last time I did one it changed my home page, in addition to my default search. That bother's me much more. Do you think Bing or Yahoo doesn't skew their results? They're proud of it.

The forgotten, fat generation of Mac Portables

John 174

Actually, it's true...

But we now have the real reason why: Overcharging

The "memory effect" was caused by the primitive chargers in use back then. They never shut off. Most products sold today have a peak detect circuit, which are now much cheaper to supply.

Ares I: What's the point?

John 174

If only it were true...

"....has questioned the value of NASA's Ares I rocket, just days before its first test flight."

Ummm, no. That's not Ares 1 lifting off, or anything even close. It's a hollow shell:


Ares 1 is still billions of dollars away from a test flight. This flight consists of a Shuttle SRB with a dummy fifth segment added, a fake Ares shell, and a fake Orion.


Top speed mach 4.7 and only going up about 150,000ft. Nothing much to be seen here other than vibration data. The most useful vibration data would come from the fifth segment, where they think the heavy vibrations will occur, but sadly that will have to wait till the next flight. Mostly what they will get out of this one is tweaks for the flight control system and a preview of what some of the ground handling issues are. Of course, with no complete gantry and no fueling of the upper stage, this benefit is slim at best.

Hotmail phish exposes most common passwords

John 174


AC wrote:

"1. Download sensitive client data onto laptop

2. "Lose" laptop. 815 to Waterloo seems to be popular

3. Post sensitive data on Wikileaks

4. Call journalist with scoop. Describe security routine. Name boss.

That should do it."

You are Simon Travaglia, and I claim my 5 pounds....