* Posts by JDPower666

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Blue Monday for Blue Origin as rocket bursts into flame

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Come on Reg, serious clickbait, it didn't burst into flame at all. The flame you see is the capsule engines firing to separate it from the booster after the booster engine failed.

Windows 11 update blocking some users from logging in

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They are truly excelling themselves with Windows 11. It's almost like they heard someone say "Windows can't get any worse", then.... **hold_my_beer.gif**

Meta disbands Responsible Innovation team, spreads it out over Facebook and co

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20 people, spread out across the whole company? Isn't that approaching homeopathic levels of uselessness?

No, Apple, you may not sell iPhones without chargers

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Re: The rest

What the hell are you doing with your chargers, playing swingball? I've never had a charger fail, crack or fray.

Nadine Dorries promotes 'Brexit rewards' of proposed UK data protection law

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Re: More bad news

Thatcher had a brain. Truss is Boris, minus his single brain cell, in a Thatcher tribute act. A terrifyingly moronic human to be leading the country. And it says a lot about party members that her only policies were tax cuts and don't help the poor, and that got her elected by them. Oh and not being black, but I'm sure that had no impact.

Microsoft mistakenly rated Chromium, Electron as malware

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Re: glass is half full or half empty

As humble brags go, that's pretty poor

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Re: Mistakenly?

Someone's had a sense of humour failure

NASA scrubs Artemis mission yet again because SLS just can't handle the pressure

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Re: Third time's a .... ?

Of course they do - deliver late, over budget, and broken.

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None that would prevent launch. The actual scrub was due to a sensor showing an incorrect engine temp.

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I'm as critical as anyone regards SLS, but the ship isn't leaking - the first scrub was a sensor issue, this scrub was on the lines pumping the fuel IN to the rocket.

It is obsolete by design and bordering on a dead duck, but let's be factually accurate.

USB-C to hit 80Gbps under updated USB4 v. 2.0 spec

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Re: EU will love this

If you haven't got at least one box packed full of ancient cables that'll never be used (and will never contain the one you need), what sort of geek are you

Twitter edit button coming later this month ... for some

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Re: Mastodon has Delete & Re-draft

Hence the 30 min edit window, although too long in my opinion as a tweet can get quite some traction in that time. Should be just long enough to fix typos and that's it. Maybe 5 mins.

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30 minute window? 10 mins is more than enough, as any self respecting website knows

Former Microsoft UX boss doesn't like the Windows 11 Start menu either

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How come all the common sense speakers from Microsoft always manage to keep all that common sense to themselves till they actually leave?

NASA scrubs Artemis SLS Moon rocket launch

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Was always gonna happen, made on the cheap (whilst costing a fortune), and obsolete by design. It's the very definition of a dead duck, but they'll keep pushing it for fear of admitting their mistake. At least until one of the private companies is launching successful moon/Mars missions, then they'll quietly switch over to that, whilst proclaiming SLS was a huge success in the interim.

T-Mobile US and SpaceX hope to deliver phone service from space

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Read the article:

the service will initially support text messaging "practically everywhere in the continental US," plus Hawaii, parts of Alaska, Puerto Rico, and US territorial waters, starting with a beta in select areas by the end of next year.

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Re: Will there be nowhere

By the time this is working you'll be able to claim you had no signal cos you were between planets at the time.

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Global coverage. As long as you're in America. And only text. And have a massive phone battery.

There's a reason satellite phones are chunky with sizable antennas on top - this may theoretically work with existing phones, but will require a whole new generation before its practical.

Twitter, Meta kill hundreds of pro-Western troll accounts

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Wow, nearly 200 accounts (or 235, depending which paragraph you read) from five years. That's almost a whole one a week, across three platforms. Pat yourselves on the back.

Meet the CrowPi-L – a clever, slightly rustic, Raspberry Pi laptop chassis

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Wow, you're taking the negative comments really personally.

Commercial space station Orbital Reef's design phase passes NASA review

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Re: Why deorbit the ISS?

Yes, it is so worn that it can't be rehabilitated. Not only would it be bordering on needing a complete rebuild (impossible in orbit), but is largely outdated anyway. There's also the ongoing expense of maintenance, far higher than would be the case with a new station.

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If its Bezos backed it'll probably be left at a neighbouring planet.

Windows 10 update breaks audio for some systems

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Would it not be easier to only report when a Windows update DOESN'T break something?

$2.8m gene therapy treatment is America's most expensive drug ever

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Greed, plain and simple.

Software developer cracks Hyundai car security with Google search

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Joke

Don't publicise it, these are the security holes we all want left in our cars so we can easily crack the firmware after manufacturers decide to lock every function of the car if you don't give them money every month!

Artemis I will get 3 launch attempts after termination system extension agreed

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WTF?

Hang on, how did I miss the news that Shaun the Sheep was going to space? Sod cost of living, drought, and potential world war 3, THAT is the headline news I'm looking for!

Microsoft open-sources its emojis as part of new design philosophy

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Re: There be dragons

Don't worry, a 2gb patch will be released on Tuesday to fix them.

Facebook hands over chats to cops in post-Roe abortion case

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How is this a "post Roe" case if it started before Roe was overturned and was being investigated under a different law? Also, taking (questionably sourced) abortion pills and burying the fetus is not quite the same as attending an abortion clinic and having it done with appropriate medical care.

I get the point the article writer is TRYING to make, but they're really reaching in trying to make this case fit the desired narrative.

(and for the hard of thinking, I'm criticising the article, not the principle, before anyone has me down as some sort of god fearing anti-abortionist fruit loop)

Microwaved fish could help scientists create sustainable LEDs

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Could they not have come up with a better name than nano-onions?! What next, pico-turnips? Femto-fennel?

Maybe have it with some micro-chips.

Atari Video Computer System returns in Lego form

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Could the Reg not afford a photo?

One to watch: Open-source code that measures your exposure to CCTV

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If they were interested in that data, they would. That they're not tells you that your theoretical app is also of zero value.

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Why would you need that, just use a geiger counter. That already exists, no crowd sourcing needed.

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Yes I have, and according to that there's no cctv cameras in my entire (large) town, nor within a 20 mile radius, including the next nearest town. Both of which have plenty of cameras.

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As they say, but that will never be effective as mapping even half of all cameras will never be achieved even if every person on the planet had the app. In reality only a small fraction of people will be interested, and that small fraction can never effectively report every camera in the country.

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So it just requires two data files to work, location data and a database of every cctv camera in existence, the latter of which doesn't exist, and never will.

Anyone wanna invest in my unicorn delivery service? Haven't got any unicorns yet, but the van's all painted and ready to go.

Samsung adds 'repair mode' that hides data on Galaxy smartphones in South Korea

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Or they could just make them more repairable then I don't have to hand it over to anyone.

Scientists use dead spider as gripper for robot arm, label it a 'Necrobot'

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Surely killing a creature is the most extreme form of abuse going. Never mind doing so just to play with its dead body.

Aviation body wants views on rocket plans of Virgin Orbit

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Re: HEAT APOCALYPSE!

Nurse, he's out of bed again.

Browsers could face two regimes in Europe as UK law set to diverge from EU

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Started reading this and for a second thought, finally, something good from brexit, no more ruddy consent nags. Then I got to "Conservative government says it wants to make data protection law more flexible and allow data sharing with other nations"

You never have to scratch to deep to find the real motive behind tory plans.

Russian ChessBot breaks child opponent's finger

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Joke

People thinking this is an accident, the robot knew what it was doing. Kids will think twice about trying to embarrass it in future.

NASA stalls water-seeking VIPER lunar rover to 2024

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You definitely don't want to use water for breathing.

Judge approves Twitter's request to hurry along Musk trial to October

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Re: An elongated fine?

You're only NOW thinking he didn't want to buy twitter? Most of us have been saying that from day one.

Engineers on the brink of extinction threaten entire tech ecosystems

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The headline talks about electrical engineers, then the article goes on to talk about electronic engineers. They are not the same thing.

And speaking as an ex electronic repair engineer, the repair side is a career dead end now. There is very little expertise involved in repairing any more, you just open it up and replace the board with the fault on it. When I qualified it was a skilled job, now anyone with a screwdriver and a basic level of aptitude can do it without any qualifications (hence why every man and his dog has opened a mobile phone repair shop in recent years)

Mars helicopter to take a breather, recharge batteries

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Re: Thanks NASA!

No it's not. There is no belief required to think something non-existent doesn't exist. America isn't made of cheese and populated by golden unicorns farting out rainbows. That is a false statement, it requires no belief. Same with atheism, the lack of a god is the default position, not a belief.

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Re: In that case....

Yeah but connecting the earthing strip to Earth would be troublesome.

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Re: Thanks NASA!

It may not be propping them up, but it is providing significant financial resources and tax breaks.

And whilst atheists may be outnumbered, their number is rising. Does that mean religion is "failing"? I don't know, but it's not a good sign.

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

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Re: Are

Congrats on making the exact same joke as the sub headline

Meta asks line managers to identify poorly performing staff for firing

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Whilst not defending Metazuckbook, isn't it pretty standard practice to lay off rubbish staff?

Now-frozen crypto-lending biz Celsius accused of devolving into a Ponzi scheme

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Devolving INTO a ponzi scheme?!

Rufus and ExplorerPatcher: Tools to remove Windows 11 TPM pain and more

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Re: Minor Correction to article

So you think people are stupid to remove these features?

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