* Posts by Phukov Andigh

201 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Mar 2017


Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

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might be a great idea over there

but if we started that trend here, people would be deliberately creating potholes so they can get their phallus painting done and demand more attention.

Descent of the Machines: Aussie firm boasts of underwater drone swarms

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undersea networking?

are these only able to swarm and network when on or near enough to the surface to get an antenna out? or has anyone came up with a decent medium range underwater communications system that can move data fast enough to be useful or allow mesh networking?

They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

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watch this space!

Congresscritters with a D tattoed on their ample arses, demand a thing. then after their majority passes it but a R branded arse sits in the Big Chair, within a few years, see the Ds ranting about how evil Rs are backdooring their software bcuz the R allowed the Ds what they demanded.

Reverse letters when appropriate.

The ones that do a "one cheek sneak" to break wind with the appropriate arse tattoo letter, are the worst as they blame when they don't get what they want and blame when they do, all by simply shifting to one side or the other.

Wut, you think political bloviation comes out their MOUTH?

You. FCC. Get out there and do something about these mystery bogus cell towers, huff bigwigs

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Re: An inconspicuous van

I'm more worried about the cardboard doggie treat box with the two convenient adjacent eye holes...

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we care about DC but screw the rest of y'all

but ignored similar complaints made, say from here in California where such sites were popping up and down with near regularity, for years. Law enforcement having convenient information on incidents that occurred and ended within an hour or so, but their evidence somehow started from right before the incident started to occur? as we're to believe that Law Enforcement was aware, mobilized, and got permission to deploy based on some sort of "warnings" so they had intel from the moments first shots were fired?

Or Occam's Razor, sharply applied-Stingray was ALREADY in place, ALREADY running 24/7 and just needed to go back thru the records to get what was needed?

Methinks they're just mad that its not "their guy" doing the snooping on congressional misbehavior. They'll have no trouble with it and more surveillance when "their guy" is back in power. Only "justice" in DC is more like "Just Us".

Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight

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Re: An idea...

hell no...oh wait..unless I can start claiming to be into the flat earth nonsense and y'all buy me a ticket.

no sense wasting even more money on the derpiest of society

Billion-dollar investor tells Facebook: Just Zuck off, already!

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isn't there a name for this?

so an Elected Government Official (most states if not all, Comptroller is an elected position), as part of a 4 year term, can use government employee money (very little if any of which is his own, or will affect him financially if its lost due to errors in his judgement or "bad luck"), to attempt to control a Private Sector company (by trying to use "big investor level powers" to change leadership), outside of any legal actions or law enforcement mandate?

isn't there some sort of near-derogatory term for that sort of government/business relationship?

2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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nailed it in one

without significantly chemically modifying one's sensory interpretation AND also causing their judgement to be significantly impaired or erratic, the movie does not warrant repeat views within any short timeframe.

One can pretend that long extended shots without even much background change is "art" and therefore one must like it or be labelled somehow inferior, but reality is, if there is a long shot, there are things that are to be picked up during that shot, many elements to absorb, changes happening during the shot, etc.

when nothing changes, nothing happens, it's essentially a video of a still painting, that's "dead air". Everything else, is Pretense.

Now if your synapses are totally misfiring on a chemical brew that makes Io look inert, your sense of time, color, and even reason affected to the point where your subjective reality fails to match objective reality at all, a movie "seen" or "remembered" in that context, is not what the unmedicated experience.

Much in the same way a movie taken from a narrow height has no emotional effect on someone who loves heights.

Donald Trump whines and dines Oracle co-CEO Catz – reports

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remember when Oracle was the darling of California's governors?

when the state of California pretty much mandated Oracle systems for all state services, and Oracle's leadership and "definitely not conservative nor GOP" governor Davis was all about praising their leadership and technical abilities? remember all the vitriol and complaints about cronyism and "follow the campaign donations" there were?

Oh yeah, me too. Almost none at all.

But replace the D with an R, nothing else changing, and suddenly it's the Crony Apocalypse.

The Reg needs less "Bay Area Bubble" ideological cheerleader writers. We read British sites because we're trying to avoid the "our team is perfect and yours is satan" crap American media spews.

take an example from the BOFH, who, like cattle prods and lorries with carpet rolls, cares nothing about your politics.

Magic Leap ships headsets at last, but you'll need a safe

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it IS hazardous waste, the hard core processing requiring some sort of Snow Crash type RTG generator to power it, a la "Reason".

don't use without the provided lead apron, and make sure to thoroughly use the NBC decontamination facilities at your local Army base before touching food, or any living creatures.

Watchdog growls at Tesla for spilling death crash details: 'Autopilot on, hands off wheel'

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expensive car company finds in its non transparent data collection systems, information that of course totally exonerates it from any responsibility.

If it weren't Tesla, Darling of the California Tech Community, no one would even give their self-defense a moments notice before tearing it apart.

Doomed Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 crashes into watery Pacific grave

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the missed opportunity!

time for an Asylum Pictures "homage" to The Andromeda Strain!

some "found footage" washes up on shore, shows "what really happened" and why the Chinese deliberately brought the station down...

..and what survived the crash!

Feel free to donate any royalty checks in my name to any future LOHAN project reboot :)

Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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if its all about the social validation and dopamine kick

then it won't matter. tell people heroin or tobacco is bad for them but they do it anyway

the FB faithful will not be swayed. Just as Snowden revelations didn't do d*ck to get people to understand that putting a D instead of an R on the presidential ticket means you're getting the same crap but in a better advertised bag.

Brexit in spaaaace! At T-1 year and counting: UK politicos ponder impact

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Re: Funny that there's no mention of...

I read something about them not too long ago. Incremental improvements and continued hard work towards a flight ready motor, Pretty sure they've demonstrated the most innovative bits within the last year or so and are working to integrate their cryo stage into the somewhat standard-ish turbojet stack

the same sort of boring but necessary work to truly innovate which doesn't get as much press attention anymore unless it blows up or benefits someone politically to crow about.

We won't hear any big positive press until they fly, I fear.

Poop to save planet as boffins devise bullsh*t way of extracting gas

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farmers been doing this for years

if you see what looks like a black inflatable greenhousy bag over a large concrete rectangle, you're seeing a farmer that's capturing methane to run generators to power his stuff.

been a thing for years. Y'all city slickers need ta get out more, I reckon! *spit* *chews on straw*

Bad blood: Theranos CEO charged with massive fraud

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Re: She should do serious jail time

if she contributed significant political money, which most famous start-ups do around here in order to hopefully score some big government pork contracts, she'll be allowed to fade into obscurity. Especially if she "reinvests" her 750m into political contributions. Talk of jail time will eventually fade away and nothing served in the Gray Bar Hotel even if they do slap some probation or "house arrest" on.

Unless some local and state pols lost a lot of money on her company. thats the only chance the state will actually prosecute someone of wealth.

Super Cali's futuristic robo-cars in focus. Even though a watchdog says tech is quite atrocious

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follow the money

nice to see the DMV like the rest of California is for sale to the highest politically-correct bidder.

Do we know Waymo's numbers are correct, seeing the recent el Reg kefluffle about Google skeeving its reports to the SEC?

Does the "remote" need to be demonstrated as mission critical reliable? or can a "4g cell link" be "good enough" to put any control interruptions into the telecom's "fault" if control is delayed? Will there be multiple remote operators monitoring each vehicle while it's out on the streets?

Lets find out who greased whos palms in Sacramento. And personally hold them responsible when the first "accident" occurs. Tho I suspect they'll be invisible to us on the streets, but we can probably figure them out by which execs refuse to be on the streets anywhere near these cars when their autonomous (except for a well staged photo op).

Notice that none of these robo car companies use their own product for even their security patrols - which if one has a simple controlled route to patrol, should be a low hanging fruit. But no Model X's with better cameras patrol NUMMI at night.

US watchdog just gave up trying to get Google to explain YouTube's huge financial figures

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the author has to guess that 10 percent figure. since its not actually released. could be much higher, much lower, or anywhere in the middle.

Nokia tribute band HMD revives another hit

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Re: Those were the days....

same here, but mine weren't spring loaded covers, you had to flip em down manually, which took some practice to make it look cool :)

Why, why, Mr American Pai? FCC boss under increasing pressure in corporate favoritism row

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so, NOW we care

too bad we didn't "care" about corporate favoritism the last decade, and will not care about such crony capitalism in about 2 1/2 years.

Sadly "aware" seems to be only partisan these days.

Is this why Facebook is such a toxic dump? HP, HPE sued for 'leaking chems' into office site

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When you realize

that most "higher education" is actually becoming a Real Estate company, you tend not to feel sorry for them. Land granted by donors or State to further education, being leased and rented to larger companies or turned into rental or condo properties. No classrooms there,

The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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the real irony

is people who believe WTC was "an inside job" with staged explosives, planned takeovers and a massive coverup, say that having an American version of the Blue Helmet Guy is impossible. People who make a fortune in new contributions and off of improved coverage due to anti gun rants after every massacre, surely wouldn't ever do anything nasty to make more and more money and influence? But those "other guys" will secretly start whole wars and blow up buildings to do the same?

Either both or none. Political party affiliation doesn't guarantee some sort of nobility and superior ethics. Often the louder a party virtue signals, the worse they truly are.

A game to 'vaccinate' people against fake news? Umm... Fake news

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the "tap's been opened" for DECADES

so why all of a sudden are people and organizations pretending to be concerned?

Any bets on how fast this concern will vaporize in about 3 years?

PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner

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mobile is for consumption.

desktop is for production.

as the worldwide Idiocracy grows and more people need to watch more slideshows on their social media platform to find out what to be Outraged Next about, naughty selfies from nigerian scammers, and an app to figure out what is the politically correct way to hang the bog roll (roll from the front, natch), of course there will be a higher percentage of sales of "consume" devices.

Those who actually produce, not simply modify someone else's work, still need large screen real estate, the ability to handle lots of processes at once, multiple input and storage options, severe number crunching power, and the ability to modify how their system functions.

Which you're not gonna do while wrapped in a hoodie, gaze down, ears blocked by headphones, thumbing away whilst standing on the tube getting to your Next Big Startup job.

Timeout everyone. Y'all know that Musk's $500 'flamethrower' is literally a Boring blowtorch?

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Feb 6?

crap I may be on the road all day! gonna need to know when to pull over to watch the livestream.

as for hype, I didn't even realize this was a "thing" other than one mention a couple of days ago that I took for a hoax.

Oh well.

When you play this song backwards, you can hear Satan. Play it forwards, and it hijacks Siri, Alexa

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a technological reason to tell the youth to "turn that sh*te down!"

I wonder how long until "pirated" audio or video tracks start "phoning home"?

Phishing with music files "traded" amongst associates?

with some of the craptacular techno modified stuff out there, would one ever know till it was too late?

Sili-spurned Valley! No way, San Jose! Amazon snubs SF Bay Area in search for HQ2 city

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good call

I wouldn't live here if my job didn't tie me here. I can't even imagine trying to run a corporate HQ here.

Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

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thats because you cannot effectively monetize or sell non hardware solutions. Not much geekery when there's a product to be sold, its marketing in the front and the "this would be cool" techies in the back

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this is why

this is why you should never use WiFi for FPV. 5.7ghz or go home :)

UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

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welcome to the "gig economy" "its an app" life

like Uber, you run an "app" that "disrupts" by having everyone else provide the services and take the risks while skimming off the top, you get to "own" the problems caused by those "providers".

Seems the terms "disruptive" and "exploitative" mean the same thing in "App" and "Startup" land

Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist

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what a f'd up situation

this dude's story changed more times than the average polician's stories about their mistresses. Maybe he's ready to run for office now. A little "dead woman at your hands" means you "owe everything" to whomever gets you in office, too.

Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

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Stop the presses! we've got a real CSI level Investigator Nanny right here. Specializes in fetish psychology, finance, pediatric medicine, and RF hardware expert!

Get rid of that Mueller guy, defund the FBI, Agent Nanny is on the case!

America's drone owner database is baaaack! Just in time for Xmas

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the big fallacy:

that "registration" equals "safety". At the very best, in the aftermath, you can "assign blame" but registration prevents nothing.

So you're 'agile', huh? I do not think it means what you think it means

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so, say you have gone "full Agile"

are you really doing anything "better" for your company, your customers both internal and external? Or did you simply give more MBA's stuff to do?

you can redesign a shovel every month but aside from advertising something new in Tacticool Gear Monthly, you and the other shovel manufacturers haven't really changed how well anyone digs.

Hey, we've toned down the 'destroying society' shtick, Facebook insists

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Re: facebook eventually imploding.

upvote for Asher mention.tho perhaps this is what happens *after* the AI wars. FB is the means to keep humanity from realizing we lost? :) Paging Agent Cormac to the white courtesy phone!

HMS Queen Lizzie formally joins the Royal Navy

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epitome of class, decorum, and what a Leader should be

Glad to see such a vessel named after such a Lady.

this is why us Yanks are so keen to "steal" your Prince Harry/ "Captain Wales" :)

The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

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so think about it. If you WERE suicidal, and you KNOW youve got some creepy system "looking" for you, what do you do?

you STOP using that system. You censor yourself. you WITHDRAW.

even the belief such a system is in place will keep those most likely to actually kill themselves (as opposed to attention whores and drama queens and politics driven fearmongers) will NOT want some system interfering.

The ones we need to reach the most, will not be there to reach. that last link to the outside world they may have maintained, will be self-cut.

Tho maybe FB is looking more for potential people who will be LEAVING FB. Ive heard deleting accounts called "facebook suicide" a bunch of times. When I killed my first account, I had people I knew in meatspace get all "concerned" like I'd already tried "down the road not across the street".

And that is really creepy. Cutting oneself from an ad spam political/emotional manipulation machine is considered BAD in today's society? Yikes.

Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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One guy, a criminal for shutting down incompetence

another, a hero.

Why can't we get some consistency here? BOFH's Unite!

Sysadmins Against Incompetence.

But lock out one PHB in San Francisco and it's jail time. Mess with a Federal officer, and youve got job offers.

Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

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and only electric CARS

you don't get 7.5K on an electric motorcycle either. which if we really wanted to cut congestion (and lower long term health care expenses lol) we'd allow that large subsidy for EV motorbikes. Organs for everyone! :)

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to be fair

they had electric cars for over a hundred years, but the Big Three have not carried anything in their sales line or been doing any continuous development until relatively recently.

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anyone able to afford a Tesla spends more than 7.5K on breakfasts and lattes on their work commute in a year or two. Pretending that amount caused serious problems and not the numerous other difficulties, both technical and personnel, is a real stretch bordering on partisan pandering.

when you're laying out over $60K USD on a *secondary* car, when your mortgage is well over a half million, and your annual vacations are overseas and over a week long, you don't stop a big purchase because of a sale ending-instead your buy SOONER.

So if there were really a belief that subsidy cuts were happening, people wanting a Tesla would run out and buy earlier, driving sales and value up. If they're not, its because they didn't really want a Tesla anyway and are looking for an excuse to buy something else. If that's the case, the problem is a lot deeper and 100% a Tesla corporate problem.

Subsidy-guzzling Tesla's Model 3 volumes a huge problem – Wall St man

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Re: Guzzling?

so now that there IS a Leaf and others, why continue the subsidies?

the "goal" is completed. Everything after the Model S is merely transferring money without generating any significant engineering. Paying for what is essentially "marketing" or "changing driver's minds about what an EV is" could be done a lot cheaper by hiring ad agencies instead of helping the wealthiest Silicon Valley residents get a 100K car for 80K.

Facebook vows to double staff with new cadre of Net Police

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Re: Facebook is finished

if what you listed was just all that Facebook hosted, I would actually be more inclined to keep it going.

when its used to manipulate public opinion, spread hate, lies, and politics (redundant I know) and sell product, thats where more and more users WANT it to fail

Tesla hits Model 3 production speed bumps, slides to loss

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I live less than 5 miles from the factory

only saw my first Model 3 "in the wild" yesterday.

Took almost that long from "we're in full production" until I saw a Model X on the road or on the lot too.

Or seeing any loading up on trucks to ship out.

What's that giant gridwork of pipes they're building? it looks more like a chemical processing plant than construction or office space framwork

US says it's identified six Russian officials as DNC hack suspects

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if the old card game taught me anything

it's the Girl Scouts who are behind it all. The cookies are merely the front and funding!

BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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Re: In the follow up..

that's what I had been expecting the outcome to be. BOFH outmaneuvered me too! Bravo! :)

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I must be losing it

I couldn't figure out the BOFH's game, kept looking for some sort of "accident"! Loved the real motivations!

this is gonna be one of the BOFH's Greatest Hits.

Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

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we don't fuel gas cars at home

so why the insistence on recharging electrics at home? a large battery/supercap bank on a ubiquitous corner "filling station" right along major electrical supply lines would allow more efficient charging and no worries about datasets and potentially millions of homes needing to update charging technology whenever standards change. No worries about intrusive systems to figure out "which power is used for the car so it can be taxed separately" schemes.

EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Re: Why or why?

have you actually HEARD the P180? it is the loudest (and has very unique sonic signature) twin turboprop Ive ever witnessed coming in our out of SJ Mineta. Even the (also twin turboprop) Rutan Starship is quieter by a noticeable amount. Only seen that one twice.

turboshaft engines are light. electric motors can be close. But batteries still weigh more than kerosene. which means less cargo, higher wing loading, etc. Engineering challenges mostly but the biggest challenge is the bean counting. Not sure what technology is in the current or near state of the art that'll fix that. :(

How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

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when all you have is Climate Panic

every problem becomes on of Creating Climate Panic. Climate Panic the coloring book, Climate Panic the T shirt! Climate Panic the Flamethrower! (kids really love this one!)