* Posts by Mark 85

12384 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

Staff in a huff, personal call with Trump, picking fights with Twitter, upsetting civil-rights groups – a week in the life of Facebook's Zuckerberg

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Zuck and Trump

Zuck met with Trump about a year ago. This might be a result of that meeting. From the coverage of that meeting, it feels like Zuck is really on the Trump side of things. So with that in mind, is any of this latest surprising?

As Twitter blocks white supremacists posing as anti-fascists, FBI appeal is flooded with images of cop violence

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Overall, this is pretty sad and scary state of affairs and not the first time this has happened nor probably the last.

The guy at the top hasn't said much to calm people down it seems. Mostly the opposite with his silence except to scream about his enemies and the fire and fury he'll bring down which will do the opposite of opening dialog.

I note that Zuck doesn't seem to care what goes up on FB as long he makes profit. So read into that what you want in order of things going on.

As for the rest of us, i hope we stay safe and try to calm things as best we can. Yes, there's outrage at what's happened not only to George Flyod but others not only black but just about any race other than white. Those stirring the pot have their own agendas and many of those are not about peace but destruction.

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks at International Space Station

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Re: this is only half the trip

From up, the only direction available is 'down'.

Well there's also "more up"... "left" and "right". None of those are good though for this flight. Down would be the preferred flight path to get home.

They've only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station

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Pint

Re: Awesome...

Only 2 hours of watching here due to other issues. But it was grand and excellent. Icing on the cake was hitting the landing of the booster. Adult beverages all around!!!!!!

Watch SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype accidentally self-destruct in a rocket test burn

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No one said it, I'll do it.

Obligatory: Rocket science is easy, it's the rockets that are hard.

Guess who came thiiis close to signing off a €102k annual budget? Austria. Someone omitted 'figures in millions'

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There have been a few cockups of epic proportions due to different units. Seems one of the space craft to Mars (if I remember right) had that problem and reduced itself to component parts on landing/impact.

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Missing Matter?

Ok.. a question, maybe it's dumb.

Have we discovered all the galaxies in the universe? Maybe that there's more undiscovered galaxies and that's where the missing matter is.

Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands

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As a token of appreciation for the inevitable bail out they be getting at some stage perhaps they will donate a Max for use as Airforce One.

I thought they were using the Max for a tax write off for profits from the arms side of the company. But still a great idea on donating one.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Careful there. You mentioned Coronavirus and if a certain high ranking elected US person sees it, there will suddenly be press conferences and lots of questions to the Surgeon General about "you'll test this right?", etc.

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

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Black Helicopters

Re: Thoughts and prayers

So, if it's the older population that dies then there goes the Congress, the Supreme Court, and much of the Executive branch including the guy at the top. Not to mention many of the top corporate guys.

Unless this the result of younger operatives in the party, someone didn't think this through. Or did I read your post wrong?

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Re: Trumpetsters Trumpet Drumpfs Lumps

He can't stop Tweeting. He'll loose his base which cant' handle more than 250 words at any one time. And then there's the self-ego thing of his which he reminds everyone regularly (in 250 words or less).

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Re: Worst American president ever

Well, he keeps telling us he's he best, etc. etc. etc.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: Strong men, thin skins

Did someone contradict the shite he spouts? So not fair!

It kind of hard to contradict that much crap because there's so much of it spewed. His average Tweet Storm takes about 2 day for the press to analyze and rebuke it. If he'd spend the time doing his job instead of watching Fox and spewing, things might actually be better.

I don't see things changing but only getting worse. Various shrinks and psychologists seem to think he's into dementia, paranoia, and mental degradation. Seems like that might be true having had a family member hit by those issues.

With his killing of treaties, and general belligerence I hope that who ever has the launch codes won't give them to him.

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets

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Re: Free speech?

Yes, on is free to speak, but media is not obligated to spread it.

More importantly, Trump obviously never learned "It's better to remain silent and let people think you are a fool than to speak and prove you are a fool."

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Re: Rootin' Tootin'

It would be perfectly fine with him if Twitter killed off all the opposition tweets. But his... are huge, brillant, best ever, ad infinitum ad nauseum. Ask him. He'll tell how perfect he is.

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Re: It's a coup

"You don't make more money by keeping an epidemic going"

If it's not about money, then it's about power and power controls the money.

Dude, where's my laser?

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Re: "Of course, in the '70s, active correction of the beam was not an option."

Not if you've got a big enough laser!!!

So the solution would also involve bigger sharks and bigger boats? Seems reasonable.

Well, that's something boffins haven't seen before: A strange alien streaks around Jupiter

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Re: Looks like a job for...

Why would squids or any other variety of aliens want to invade a planet overpopulated with 7 plus billion cantankerous entities who appear to be completely lacking in any useful skills and utterly unable to manage their own affairs? Nothing good could possibly result from such an invasion.

Food! We tasty with crunchy bits (ketchup optional).

Runaway Latvian drone found meditating in tree after shutting down nation's skies

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Re: There was no word as to whether a Playmobil figure was at the drone's controls.

One can only hope for the Playmobil to return. That and perhaps the flight of LOHAN.

Yes, I"m sitting in the Wishful Thinking Department.

Virgin Orbit at last ready to live up to its name: Branson's other space adventure set for maiden flight this weekend

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Re: These are the voyages of....

. Was there any comment from him on his private Caribbean Island?

So it's not an island with a dead volcanoe? Won't someone think of the cat?

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

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Re: Too many return() statements in the code?

Back in WWII, the US had problems with it's torpedoes. Some would explode immediately after launch, some would hit the target and not explode unless hitting at an angle. And several subs were lost when tor torpedo did a 180 and hit the sub.

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Re: Of course it was going to hit the boat!

Health and Safety officials would have a heart attack at the mere idea these days; I'm not even sure how he got away with it back then!

We have to remember that back then Darwin's Law was still permitted. So, model rockets, bicycles without helments, kids going off the local woods without adults, and other stuff that today would be cause for police action. Have to think of the children, right?

If you don't LARP, you'll cry: Armed fun police swoop to disarm knight-errant spotted patrolling Welsh parkland

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Re: IT Angle?

I'm curious what a "bust stop" is? On the other hand, I might not want to know. Must be something that's part of British culture. Or a Monty Python thing.

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Re: WTF ?!!

I must be blind as I'm not seeing a grenade launcher but state of the art rifles. On the other hand, a guy in armor with a sword might justify a grenade launcher.

Twitter sticks a beak in, Clippy-style: Are you sure you want to set your account alight with that flame?

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Re: Sorry Dave ...

Make that "Sorry Donald... " That would be a winner.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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I don't think they're hipsters anymore since they use India a lot for workers. So maybe Software Currry.

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Re: I'll give it a go...

Microsloth.

There's a black hole lurking within 1,000 light years of Earth – and you can see stars circling it with the naked eye

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Re: Side track for a mo'

Possibly, but with any luck on his part, someone, somewhere might offer a grant. I think too many nuts and not enough fruitcakes applies.

NASA signs deals to put a rocket under Artemis flights until 2029

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Re: They

Doesn't everyone love the smell of pork? It's the smell of profit for favored companies.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate

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Flame

When I met this machine, most of the card bracket had been sawed out, and the cards held in with wood screws and hot melt glue!

I ran into a few like this,. The one that was really borked had the metal shavings and filing debris from the chassis mod left inside and everything inside was coated with metal bits. From the damage and soot, I daresay the flames and sparks must have been spectacular.

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Re: DIMM Slots

"Oh, with some difficulty, but I got it in, I thought it was just a bit tight in the unused socket"

This probably required the judicious use of force involving a hammer.

Google is a 'publisher' says Aussie court as it hands £20k damages to gangland lawyer

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Right to be forgotten?

I thought Google implemented that. Or did they decide to stop doing that?

Apple chucks $3 at iPhone users after killing FaceTime on iOS 6 because it didn't want to pay connectivity charges

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Ah... Lawyers

What a career... win or lose, they get paid and always a large pile of the settlements.

ATLAS flubbed: Comet heading our way takes one look at Earth, self-destructs into house-sized chunks

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Re: That's not a comet...

Not us, all we need to do to cripple earth is to wipe out your supplies of Tea, Coffee, Wine and Beer!

Oh the horror.. the humanity. Have they no compassion? Were doomed. Doomed I tell you.

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

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Alien

Well, the logical explanation is -----------------------------------------------> <see icon>

I go find my tin foil now and make a nice fedora.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Re: Is he even capable of a full sentence?

Pro tip: If he uses words larger than two syllables, he's reading a script. Otherwise, it's just him.

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Re: [email protected] @DCFusor

So, we're afraid to blame the educational system for failing to educate people enough to make things like this not a problem?Too long to copy the rest.

You are correct in this. Critical thinking went away starting in early 70's with the teacher's union deciding we needed more sheeple, less independence, etc. We are now reaping what has been sown. And since Darwin or really hardly any science is being taught, his law is running amok in the population.

As an American, I fear for the Republic and the Constitution. Both are under attack by both parties.

Fright at the museum: Bored curators play spooky Top Trumps on Twitter over who has the creepiest object

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Re: The Wellcome Galleries at the Science Museum

I'm surprised the Mutter Museum hasn't entered. http://muttermuseum.org/

Fomalhaut b exoplanet may have been cloud in a trench coat: Massive 'world' formed after 'mid-space super-prang'

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Spoilsports.

For awhile there, I was sort of hoping that the boffins figured out it was a type if Death Star with cloaking device.

ICANN delays .org sell off after California's attorney general intervenes at last minute, tears non-profit a new one over sale

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Follow the money.

Seems that no one is following the money both where it's coming from and where it's going to. So far, no one has said who is buying and no one has said who get's the cash from the sale. I have a feeling that the board of ICANN will make some serious pocket change from this deal.

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'

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Re: you may laugh

going back to a more serious level, what would be the point of such tv farce, I wonder? Presumably, addressed at their own population?

Power? Control? Much like the super warplanes they've shown of late.Gotta' keep the masses under control somehow.

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Facepalm

Hmmmm...prior art?

A masked official also idly waves about what appears to be an unobtanium shield.

Looks like the pot lid from my kitchen.

As for the antenna part... looks like a dowsing rod.

They look so serious like maybe they're afraid to giggle which could get them shot.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Facepalm

The longer I live, the stranger things get...

I must be missing something. Are these for the laptop or boxen? I and most people I know, don't move our boxen and who needs wheels on a laptop? These must just be to prove that a fool and his/her money are soon parted.

At least someone's making out like a bandit: Scammers have pocketed $13m in Coronavirus fraud from the US this year

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I'm getting on average, 3 phone calls a day that are probably fraudulent and the number of spam mails telling me how to get the government money, shopping deals, etc. has really jumped.

It would all stop if a) People didn't answer their phones for unknown callers and b) examine the sending addy of all email unless you know who it's from. I guess the dumbing down of folks is well in progress since critical thinking or even logic isn't taught anymore.

It's official! Space travel increases the brain size of astronauts, even when they're back on Mother Earth

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Re: This is a spanner in the works.

Or rotating stations... no need for sci-fi.

I was hoping someone would remember those. For "reasons" the space boffins seemed to have abandoned that idea. Though I wouldn't be surprised if in a few years/decades some boffins says "let's try this big spinning station".

Rewriting the checklists: 50 years since Apollo 13 reported it 'had a problem' – and boffins saved the day

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Re: From a time when small furry creatures from alpha centauri

Apollo 13 is a great metaphor to throw at short-sighted managers who want cut-and-dried solutions to basic problems and employ script-droids as admins.

Like those who insisted the Shuttle launch "on-time or else"? Sad situation when managers can override engineers. Luckily for Apollo, it was the engineers in charge.

Stop worrying – Larry Ellison and Prez Trump will have this whole coronavirus thing licked shortly with the power of data

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Re: I'm just surprised they didn't look for advices from...

Well, noted medical person Bill Gates seems to be spewing an awful lot these days about how to win the virus war. I'm puzzled by this sudden "love" by the press for him and what his credentials are.

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle

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Re: Where on earth is that handle?

I wasn't calling that an ejection trigger but "grab bar" to hang on to.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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Re: petty power

Since when is "walking the dog" not essential. Try telling the dog that. If he/she listens, expect your carpets to be soiled and furniture shredded.

Upstart Americans brandish alligators at the almighty Reg Standards Soviet

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But where can I get a large alligator, if the shops are closed?

Good point. An alligator would be an excellent way to ensure others keep their distance from you.

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