* Posts by Scott Pedigo

155 posts • joined 29 Aug 2012


Former Microsoft tester sent down for 9 years after $10m gift card fraud

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Volodymyr Kvashuk -- Is that Russian for....

full load o' my cash?

No Mo'zilla for about 100 techies today: Firefox maker lays off staff as boss talks of 'difficult choices' and funding

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I still use it, but...

they annoyed me greatly when they stopped allowing me to install my own plugins, that I wrote myself, in my own Firefox installation, in the name of increased security.

Yes, I know why they did it (to stop naive people from installing possibly infected plugin files they downloaded from who knows where). Yes, I could still do that in a developer version, and yes I know that somehow, by some arcane process, I could submit my plugins for official approval. But I was never able to figure out the latter, and couldn't be bothered to do the former, and my plugins weren't anything that the general public would have been interested in, just some helpful menu items for some browser-based game I was playing. But it definitely killed my enthusiasm for learning Javascript and how to tinker with web pages.

What was Boeing through their heads? Emails show staff wouldn't put their families on a 737 Max over safety fears

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Manufacture Crap And Sell

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Re: "the FAA remains focused on [..] returning the Boeing 737 MAX to passenger service"

>> It seems that the plane should be retired and a new one made from scratch, properly this time.

That's what I was thinking. They should stop production and scrap the existing planes.

From what I've read in various news articles, they needed to add bigger, heavier engines to get more power or better fuel efficiency, and this changed the center of gravity to the rear, making the aircraft less stable. To compensate, the MCAS was added.

I suppose the proper thing to do would have been to change the engine mounts or move the wings farther forward, but doing that would have counted as a significant design change and necessitated a costly re-certification. Which is what they were trying to avoid.

I recall several old adages, such as "There's never time to do it right the first time, but there's always time to do it again.", or "You can pay me now, or you can pay me later."

Like all engineers, software developers, and any other professional who has a sense of responsibility and takes pride in their work, sometimes I want to choke the bean counters.

Interestingly, for fighter planes, this kind of instability is important for superior maneuverability. There are bombers and fighters which are difficult or impossible for human pilots to manually control, and fast acting computers are needed to constantly adjust the control surfaces to stabilize the flight. But there, the trade-off makes sense.

National Lottery Sentry MBA hacker given nine months in jail after swiping just £5

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Might be worth investing £5

for the fun of seeing some hacker get a vacation in the slammer.

I could imagine getting some debit type credit cards, loading them up with £5 each, setting up some e-mail accounts under various usernames, setting up some Amazon or other on-line vendor accounts using those same usernames, and deliberately using the same username / e-mail and password on some other crap websites, and then waiting.

When some skript-kiddie get the credentials from the inevitable breach, he/she can order a maximum of £5 worth of stuff.

Chance of skript-kiddie being identified and getting caught? No idea, so don't know if this would pay off versus just losing the £5 quite often.

But if the chance of getting caught were high, it would be worth the £5 to see them get busted.

Does it count as entrapment if it is not the police doing it?

Remember the Dutch kid who stuck his finger in a dam to save the village? Here's the IT equivalent

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De-Nuking It From Not In Orbit

Many decades ago, in my first job after getting an engineering degree, I worked on the staff of a nuclear power station. There I heard the apocryphal tale of a mishap due to the Big Red Buttons (yes, plural) being inadvertently pressed. In the control room, there were two big red emergency shutdown buttons for the reactor (presumably mirrored on the other side of the control room for the second reactor). Both had to pressed at the same time to initiate an emergency reactor shutdown.

In addition to not being something you'd want to do accidentally, due to dropping the power production off the grid, that would have the additional consequence that due to some basic nuclear physics, it would require many hours to restart the reactor. Why: at steady state, the number of neutrons being released by fission is equal to the number consumed by (a) causing more fission, i.e. the chain reaction, and (b) absorption by nuclei of other elements, e.g. atoms of water molecules, atoms of iron from the reactor vessel, and... radioactive decay products of previous fission components, some of which had a high affinity for neutrons, and are referred to as neutron poison. As the fission daughter products with a relatively short half-life decay, the amount of neutron poison increases. If these aren't being fed by a steady stream of extra neutrons from an ongoing reaction, which upon neutron absorption converts them to different isotopes, they'll hang around for awhile before further decaying. When the amount spikes after reactor shutdown, it reaches a level where a chain reaction becomes impossible, because too many neutrons will be non-productively absorbed. At that point, there is nothing to do but wait a few hours for those decay products to decay further. With the concomitant loss of revenue from not generating and selling the power. At the time it was probably about $1 million worth of lost sales.

The Big Red Buttons didn't have any covers, but they were spaced far enough apart that it would be impossible for a human to press both with one hand.

Unfortunately, when an operator, who was wearing a hardhat, leaned back in his swivel chair, facing away from the console, he fell over backwards, and the hardhat was just wide enough to hit both buttons.

Homeland Security backs off on scanning US citizens, Amazon ups AI ante, and more

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Big Brother

The Motivation For Face Scanning Is (Presumably)...

to recognize wanted criminals, people on a no-fly list, or potential terrorists, but...

recent shootings at U.S. military bases were:

(a) Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii : a 22 year old disgruntled service member, who killed two contractors and then himself (probably not terrorism)

(b) Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida : a Saudi pilot in training, at the base for two years, who bought a Glock 9 in a local gun store, and then used it to shoot some sailors at the base, killing three (categorized as terrorist attack)

I don't know what the existing facial scanning may have stopped (because whatever it was didn't happen, and didn't make the news), and same for the "Muslim ban" on flights from certain countries (conveniently not including Saudi Arabia), but for sure neither of those was able to stop the latter terrorist attack, whereas better vetting and monitoring of the Saudi pilot might have.

UK Home Office: We will register thousands of deactivated firearms with no database

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Waiting for the inevitable...

lawsuit from Oracle, because they didn't get to bid on a contract for it.

Here we go again: US govt tells Facebook to kill end-to-end encryption for the sake of the children

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Big Brother

Low Barr Would Have Been Happy If...

Trump's conversation with Zelensky had been over an end-to-end encrypted Facebook Messenger connection, instead of listened in on by NSA / State Department / Intelligence Service / Russians / ? / and Barr himself. It sort of came around before it even got to go around.

Wombats literally sh!t bricks – and now boffins reckon they know how

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They should make dice for D&D players out of the cubes.

They when a player complains that they "rolled shit", it will be literally as well as figuratively true.

Will someone plz dump our shizz on the Moon, NASA begs as one of the space biz vendors drops out

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Robidog to the rescue

If we can first get a Robidog planted by one of the cheapo space biz vendors, then the astronauts can use baggies but leave them in the refuse container, rather than flying them home.


Get rekt: Two years in clink for game-busting DDoS brat DerpTrolling

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Who Will He Deny Service To Now?

All his base now belong to the inmates.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin unveils 'Blue Moon' lander, making it way too easy for manchild Elon Musk to take the piss

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Considering What The Rocket Reminds Me Of...

it should carry TWO moon landers.

Samsung's tricksy midrange teasers want your flagship catch

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Doesn't Replaceable Battery Mean Crap Waterproofing?

I like my Samsung Galaxy 7edge because:

- doesn't have the fingerprint sensor on the back

- does allow a memory card

- is somewhat waterproof (I ruined a Galaxy 2 back in the day by swimming with it)

- has quick wireless charging (I love it putting it in a cradle rather than plugging in a cable)

It's probably already difficult to make the phone waterproof while still leaving a USB port, headphone jack, and SIM / memory card slot. If the whole back came off easily to allow a battery replacement, I can imagine that it would be hard to keep water from leaking around the edge.

I also have had horrible experience with obtaining a replacement battery for my ASUS ROG laptop. ASUS doesn't supply them. The ones for sale on Amazon etc. are cheaply made pieces of crap that either don't work at all, hold about 20 minutes of charge if they do work, and give up the ghost completely after 11 months into the 1 year guarantee.

If the desire for a replacement battery is more because of running out of juice during the day than extending the life of the phone, then one of those external batteries is probably a better alternative. I have one about the size of the phone itself that can charge up the phone 4 times, and can be used with any phone that has a UBS charger connection.

So if you have an old(er) phone and there is no longer an official replacement battery from the OEM, I'm wondering it getting a quality replacement is possible. If not, then the battery replacement feature trade-off versus waterproofing looks even worse.

Never thought we'd ever utter these words, but... can anyone recommend a spin doctor for NASA?

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The point defense Gatling guns are spinning up.

Swiss electronic voting system like... wait for it, wait for it... Swiss cheese: Hole found amid public source code audit

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How Swiss Voting Currently Works

Every resident must register with a municipal office when they move into or out of a municipality. The person's nationality is part of the registration. If you are not Swiss, you must of course have obtained a residence / work permit in the first place. This registration is checked by your landlord and employer, so you won't be able to legally rent a flat or work, or take advantage of any government services, if you don't register.

Voting typically happens several times (I think a max of 4 times) per year. It always takes place on a Sunday. Votes have to be in by 12 midday on Sunday. The results are often known within a few hours. There are only 8 million residents, of which about 1/3 are non-Swiss, so not a huge number of votes to count.

About a month before the day of a vote, ballot packets are mailed by the municipality to all the voters, i.e. all the Swiss, or depending on the canton, to even non-Swiss who are allowed to vote in some local elections. The packets contain paper ballot slips for federal, cantonal, and municipal elections and/or referendums. Elections happen every couple of years, like everywhere else. Referendums happen all.the.time.

The ballot card, on which your mailing address was printed, must be signed. The ballot slips can be filled out, placed into an inner envelope with no identifying information, and mailed back in the same pre-paid outer envelope -- you just turn the ballot card upside down so that the return address is shown in the envelope window.

Or, on voting day or the Saturday before, you can go to any of several local polling stations and personally hand over your ballot. The polling places and opening times are all conveniently listed on the ballot card.

I believe that the e-voting being tested is a "keeping up with the times" thing, with the view to someday supplant the paper ballots with voting over the Internet. I don't see why they'd want electronic voting machines in the polling places, because if they got rid of the paper ballots and didn't have voting over the Internet, then people would be forced to go to the polling stations, a big step backwards in convenience.

Further, I doubt that saving money, or getting faster results is the impetus. They have a proven system which already has fast results. If anything, it is being considered as a further convenience for the voters, who would no longer have to mark the ballots and carry the envelope to a post box or to the post office, and also wouldn't be confronted with having to show up at a polling place on Sunday if they procrastinated until it was too late to mail in the ballot. They could vote over the Internet up to the last minute.

Florida man's deadliest catch forces police to evacuate Taco Bell

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Speaking of Magnet Fishing...

I remember having a toy magnetic fishing set as a child, similar to this (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Digabi-Magnetic-Fishing-Toys-Colorful/dp/B07DLQ63CK/) but the magnet wouldn't have been strong enough to pull out a grenade.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Re: Size vs position?

> It has to be a large ring.

> It is not possible to accelerate uncharged particles, such as neutrons. When you accelerate charged particles (or decelerate, as in X-ray machines), energy is radiated away. Circular motion means sideways acceleration, same thing.

> So it has to be a large ring, i.e. small curvature.

The particle is being accelerated by alternating electrical fields along the path, both pushing it and pulling it. It's pulled as it approaches a given field, then when it passes, the field is flipped to start pushing it. If the field didn't flip, then it would start pulling it back and slowing it down again. Assuming a constant distance for the parts which generate the fields, as the particle gains speed, the rate at which the electrical fields alternate must increase in proportion.

If you want to gain a high energy with particle speeds approaching the speed of light, then if you made a linear accelerator, you'd need either an extremely powerful one (very strong electrical fields for quick acceleration) or else a very long one (more fields for longer acceleration).

If instead you use a ring, then the particle(s) being accelerated can make many revolutions, with the rate of alternating the fields increasing with each revolution. As the particle gains speed, it will gain relativistic mass, and strain against the magnetic field keeping it in the ring, which is why you need those big super-cooled super-conducting magnets. The magnetic field is vertical, and as the charged particle travels through it, it experiences a sideways force, which keeps it traveling in a circle.

A ring lets you get more use out of those expensive field generators.

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Demolition Derby Track

If the FBC and LCH are built slightly overlapping, as shown in the picture, then maybe they could cross connect the rings to allow particles to travel in figure eights, in both directions of course (courtesy of counter-rotating beams), and then hold a super destruction derby.

OK, OK, I know that the magnetic fields of the LCH wouldn't contain the more powerful beams of the FBC.

But still, as someone who used to squirt lighter fluid onto plastic model u-control planes for more realistic crash scenes (Will the burning plastic pilot escape the wreck? Of course not!), I immediately start thinking of how one could created a really big bang.

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

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Paris Hilton

Boldly Not Going Where Man Has Gone Before

I'm hoping that things pick up steam if the BFR stays on track or close to it.

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

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Re: How much is it decelerating by?


Dammit, in that case, maybe we could ask Frederick Douglas.

Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

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Aren't Vendors Supposed To NOT Store The CVV?

I have a vague memory of reading somewhere that vendors were not supposed to store the CVV, but rather only use it to validate the CC when it was entered. Is that correct? Or do they need to store the CVV to be able to use it every time they charge against the CC when the customer logs in to his/her account and orders ticket on-line?

Prenda lawyer pleads guilty to moneyshot honeypot scheme

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His Biggest Mistake Was...

that he didn't call Saul.

NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

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This time, said Baron von Harkonnen...

looking hungrily at the enormous tank -- the size of a small moon -- filled with liquefied tax dollars, you aren't going to pull the plug on me!

My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

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I Caused A Small Fire In A VMEbus Rack

I was working on a real-time military application where the hardware was a mix of proprietary and bought-in boards in a VMEbus rack. One of the vendors sent us a new model, and at some point I needed to update the firmware.

I was accustomed to a 3-pin connector, let us call the pins a, b, and c, where there was a 2-pin sized jumper. If you put it on a-b, you had the normal 12-volt operation of the memory. If you moved it to b-c, you had 24-volts instead, which allowed you to reprogram the EEPROM.

The new board had *two* sets of 3-pin connectors, for separately enabling the 12v and 24v power, where a given connector enabled or disabled the connection to that power. As usual, I moved the one connector to enable the 24v power, but not realizing there were now two connectors, I didn't disable the 12v power. I put the board back into the VMEbus rack, turned on the power, and there was a nice fireball which destroyed the board (about $2,200 at the time) and singed another board a few slots away. Luckily for me I had spaced the boards apart in the rack.

Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

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Fines Up To $40,000 per User?

If only.

If only that would be paid out to me, rather than just go into to the government coffers.

Now if there were enough Mexican Facebook users, then...

The population of Mexico is about 130 million (I rounded up from a 2010 number). Let's assume 50 million are on Facebook (number pulled from thin air, since it is a nice round one) x $40,000 per user = two trillion dollars!

Yes, enough to pay for the wall!!!

But unfortunately 4 or 5 times the market cap of Facebook.

Dammit. Mexicans still won't pay for that wall.

Stephen King's scary movie reboot provokes tears from 'legit clowns'

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Spawn Spawnned An Evil Clown

My favorite clown is the evil one in the 1997 film Spawn (based on the comic).


FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Federal Bureau of What?

"University of Cambridge senior research associate Sergei Skorobogatov has laid waste to United States Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) ..."

That would be the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Naked, drunken Swede assaults chicken shed after 60th birthday

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The Old Joke...

Someone asked him if he'd ever seen an eggplant, after he got drunk.

Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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Paris Hilton

Re: Nachos

No, not everyone loves nachos. It tacos. So we have to wait for six more versions of the OS.

Paris because, I've seen the taco.

The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

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> As a very extreme example, I had a customer in UAE stiff me on the final third of his bill.

Maybe leave some licensing check in the code which activates three months later, and only give them the license key if they'd paid in full?

Game over for Xbox 360

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Re: Another Microsoft issue?

I assume that they'll continue selling the successor, X-Box One, or whatever comes after that. The article didn't say that Microsoft is abandoning the console gaming business.

Blighty's nuclear deterrent will get a software upgrade amid cyber-war fears

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Re: Obscured by clouds...

Is it the Microsoft Cloud?

Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops

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Re: How gullible

Thankfully, we have these guys to protect us:




Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science

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sheblindedmewith.science is now being shown as "available", as a "premium" domain, with a "Make An Offer" button. So domain squatter hoping to cash in. What a surprise.

This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

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I like to see the show combined with Californication: the XXX Files. Or what those alien grays did to me after they kidnapped me.

Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Re: Just to throw in a subject for debate...

We'll have grown up over these things when a teacher can say "ok class, who's heard of bukake?"

If they'd asked me that in school, I would have had no idea. I guess I would have had egg on my face.

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Does this mean no filming in boarding schools?

I thought caning was the traditional punishment for sassy boys in boarding school. Has that been banned now too?

Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Big Brother

Not Allowing Fingerprint Storage? Got A Passport?

Last time I renewed my Swiss passport, they took a digital picture on the spot (which saved me from having to bring in a passport photo for them to glue on) and the fingerprints from both of my forefingers (right and left hands), and that data all goes in their system and - I assume - on the chip embedded in the passport.

Last time I travelled to the U.S. using my Swiss passport, I had to stick a forefinger on a reader. Don't tell me that the U.S. government isn't permanently storing any fingerprint they come by.

That's not the same as letting a private corporation store your fingerprints, but the point is, if you want to travel internationally, you're not going to totally avoid having your fingerprints stored.

Private corporations can't do much to you (apart from the evil ones in films), but the government can. I would think that you'd have more fear of government abuse than of business abuse.

One of the things I don't like about businesses storing my private information is that I know the NSA is going to have it, along with any law enforcement agency that wants it, and probably a few hackers. So if the government (mine and others) already has it anyway, it's not such a big deal.

Scott Pedigo

Color Me (Still) Skeptical

"They have pretty much answered all the objections that have been in the market, they are taking away all the advantages that competitors have."

So now I'll be able to buy a cheaper model with less memory, and then insert a 64 GB micro-SD card for extra storage? And I'll be able to just stick the USB cable into my PC or laptop and drag pictures and MP3 files between the computer and phone, and dispense with the cumbersome iTunes software?

Women-only town seeks men

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Send Frank Miller

Did this remind anyone else of Sin City? I say, send Frank Miller there for inspiration.

Naughty mask, because, that's what the men are going to be forced to wear.

Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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Re: Why?

The IT angle: I can see a tenuous connection with various Unix commands. Here's my "man" page:

type: she was his, and vice-versa

tee: what she was wearing

strings: he has a nice trophy collection

touch: how this all got started

wait: what they failed to do

strip: what they did

head: what he wanted

tail: what he got

expand: what happened to the burrito (that's a little donkey, right?)

join: the connection between burrito and taco

time: there wasn't enough

nice: right up until the police arrived

split: what they tried to do once the police arrived

alias: what he and she tried to give to the police

what: the crime of combining burritos and tacos in public

Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Recycled Pork?

I don't get it. Everyone, even those who prefer spending money on unmanned space probes, more or less accepted, if not promoted, the Orion space capsule + Constellation program development which started back in mid 2000's. In a time frame longer than it took us to go from a V-2 to a Saturn V, and which consumed a good chunk of the NASA budget during the interim, the big aerospace companies working on the project failed to deliver much of anything. The plug got pulled when the expected delivery dates were being pushed back years, if not over a decade, and the emphasis shifted to letting private industry have a shot. Now Boeing and Lockheed-Martin are themselves private companies, yes, but I'm assuming that what was meant by private industry is letting smaller companies propose and develop their own ideas, and then try to sell them, rather than having NASA give out huge development contracts for dream projects. Now that the private industry idea is working, Space X can resupply the ISS with cheaper and reusable rockets which don't use cryogenic fuels, now they want to go back to the old way, and recycle the same type of legacy products which could not be delivered in the Constellation project? I can see the need for a heavy booster, to lift stuff into LEO which has to go in one piece. But how much is that? Wouldn't it be cheaper to, say, launch components for a Mars mission into space using smaller boosters and assemble them in orbit? Or is that not technically feasible? Or are the components all going to be too big for that?

Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Iron Sky Curtain?

Putin is dreaming of the Helium 3.


My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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Replace Your Handwarmer with a Gamer Laptop

If you can afford it, you should consider getting rid of the HP and replacing it with a gaming laptop.

You cannot judge by the stats alone. The HP laptops look great on paper, regarding the CPU, RAM, etc. in the price/performance department. In actuality, some models have heat problems. The last time I went looking for a laptop, I did two things: (1) walked through a large electronics store, putting my hands on the keyboards of the running demo models and looking closely at where the exhaust ports are located. An HP laptop keyboard almost burned my hand. An ASUS model by comparison was cool to the touch. (2) I looked at user comments on review sites, and low and behold, there were many complaints about overheating and freezes in the HP same model that was so hot.

I purchased an ASUS Republic of Gamers laptop that has two large fan exhaust ports at the BACK of the case. One for the CPU, one for the GPU. Large enough to get decent airflow, and they blow the air out straight out the back. The only thing you cannot do is jam it up against something, because that would block the airflow. Duh. No hot air on the mouse hand. The keyboard does get warm while gaming, but not unbearably hot. However, I never notice that anyway. I use a Logitech Unified mouse and keyboard, so I have just one small USB connector for both, have a full-sized keyboard that I can turn off/on, turn upside down and shake out, and position how I want. It's usually propped up on the bottom edge of the laptop.

Gaming laptops seem to be a hit-or-miss proposition regarding quality. You probably have about a 10% chance of getting a lemon. Judging by the comments I've read, you either love yours or you hate the manufacturer for having crappy support. The same manufacturers that get 5 stars for great laptops also get rated as "never buy one from here again" by the people who get the occasional bad one.

SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

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Is the NSA Paying for This?

"OneDrive users with Android devices can also receive an additional 3GB of permanent storage if they enroll in the service's new automatic camera backup feature, which stores photos online as soon as they're snapped."

First they came for my browser history, then they came for my friends list, then they came for my phone numbers, then they came for my call list, cell towers, wi-fi hotspots and GPS coordinates, now they come for my pictures...

Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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"After a few bouts of Tennis, the machine was left to gather dust and disappointment."

Yep. I played the heck out of Paper Mario, which I thought was great. But that wasn't thanks to the Wii. I would have liked playing it on any game console. My wife played through that and Mario Galaxy, but then lost interest part way through Galaxy 2. The Wii gets turned on for occasional bouts of bowling or kart racing when guests come to visit. Otherwise it collects dust. For awhile, I checked for new games, but I never saw any that caught my fancy. It is too underpowered to play a shooter, most of the third-party games look like cheap and simplistic games shoe-horned into the Wii style of control, and the sports games like the tennis and golf are neither good simulations nor much fun to play with friends over for a party, leaving just the bowling and kart-racing. Which got old after awhile.

I was hoping for something better with Wii U. It didn't impress me enough for me to upgrade.

DON'T PANIC! No credit card details lost after hackers crack world's largest casino group

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Wasn't This Supposed To Stay In Vegas?

Breaking into a website is one thing, but violating the unwritten rule?

Thought mobe banking apps were safe from nasties? THINK AGAIN

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Re: More security company FUD

Angry Birds have to put their money somewhere, and the Piggy Bank apparently cannot be trusted with their nest eggs.

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Consumer Rights Need To Catch Up

Every time I personally go to my bank, I am urged to use their on-line banking system. I always politely decline. I'm not a philistine when it comes to using the Internet. I have no problem using my credit card to order from Amazon, or using PayPal to pay for some other things. With the exception that I also refuse to sign up for the "Verified by Visa" program. With my credit card, my liability is limited if there is fraudulent use. With on-line banking, the banks shove the risk of fraud onto the consumers. They claim that their multi-factor authentication systems are fool-proof. Therefore, if your account is emptied, it can only be because you didn't properly keep your password, or one-time use sheet, or whatever safe. It is up to you to prove that you weren't at fault, that the on-line banking system has a security flaw, and that is effectively impossible. I know that the chances are small that with a multi-factor authentication system my bank account could be plundered. But the chances are not zero. I won't let the bank simply wash its hands of any responsibility, so until I get the same level of consumer protection that I do with a credit card, I won't use on-line banking.

If I do decide to ever use it, I can see how a mobile application would be at the same time very convenient, and -- being a new technology -- have new attack vectors, so I'd probably stick to using a dedicated computer.



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