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SpaceShipTwo Flies Again

Ecuador Glide test? (22 comments)

According to the linked article this was a glide test, not even a powered one. Given the fact that SpaceShipTwo (a bit of a hyperbolic name - RocketPlane would be more accurate) has flown dozens of times, some of those powered, I don't get the "news" aspect exactly. Is it that they had stopped for a few months and it is "news" that they resumed? Still how does that translate to "competition heats up"? And when we say "competition", which other recreational high altitude planes are we talking about and how are they doing?

yesterday
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3-D Printing Comes To Amazon

Ecuador Meh (62 comments)

Perhaps they should wait a bit until they had something more interesting to launch? They are just some quite expensive novelties for now. Perhaps when you can print your own tiny violin things will start to get interesting.

2 days ago
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Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

Ecuador We are talking about Oracle customers (96 comments)

If they really did mind about a $23k option enabled by default on each CPU, they would not be Oracle customers, would they?

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Ecuador Re:Not so bad (571 comments)

And I cannot wait to learn who really shot down MH 17.

I usually don't take sides, but it must be the side who doesn't let anybody else approach and destroys the evidence?

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Ecuador Re:Memory Troubles: (571 comments)

I think you're forgetting that they invaded Georgia when George W. Bush was president.

It wasn't much of an invasion though, they couldn't even reach Alabama or Tennessee.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Ecuador Re:Great... (571 comments)

So, the problem is that Putin goes half-way helping the separatists? He should just go ahead and send in the Russian army? Well, I guess that would be honest...

3 days ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

Ecuador Re:Another example (114 comments)

Yeah, it is a deplorable thing when a company suggests that you spend an extra $30/per capita for science, but it is fine when your politicians at the same time have you spending $2100/per capita for the military. Unless your problem is not the proposal itself but who makes the proposal. Perhaps you are more comfortable with the established method of only lobbyists being able to affect where taxpayer money goes. So SpaceX should hire lobbyists and pressure the house and the congress instead of participating in "panels".

4 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

Ecuador I had a Greenpeace membership once... (288 comments)

Being a geek kid I used part of my allowance for good, such as a Greenpeace membership. But, being a geek kid I had to look into exactly what they were doing with my money and found out there were much better ways to spend if you want to protect the environment. I was 14 at the time IIRC. So, I probably would say it doesn't take a genius to figure Greenpeace out, but I can't be sure. I mean the local Mensa told me I scored the max of the preliminary test (around 140?) so according to them I was some sort of genius, but then said I would have to pay them monthly for the privilege of me being a genius (after "verifying" with their longer non-free test), which made me doubt their finding. So it does or does not take a genius to figure out Greenpeace for the posers they are.

5 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Ecuador Re:Alternative explanation (394 comments)

Except Verizon here lets just some "low capacity" cables connect them to Netflix's provider on purpose (as illustrated in a recent /. article), so there can be no other reason apart from extorting money. And for the speed to actually going down with time it probably means that instead of "upgrading" capacity they are probably doing the opposite to force Netflix. And they are lowering the speed slowly otherwise their customers would figure it out and start rioting (but many don't have any recourse as in, alternative ISP).
Remember, Netflix actually offers installing their servers within the ISP's network for free, which would mean no interconnection.
And, finally, this is 1 week old "news for nerds". I have read about it in so many tech sites, I was certain it would be a dupe (but a quick search seems to indicate it is not).

5 days ago
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Public To Vote On Names For Exoplanets

Ecuador Right, how dare they... (127 comments)

Let's all gather here, on this #1 geek news website and protest. Because how dares the IAU only implement this pointless naming platform exclusively in English! Just be careful to only use Latin characters in your protest. At least for now, because after 15+ years of development we might be close to Unicode support - who knows!

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

Ecuador Re:Things are simple... (309 comments)

Well, I did mention "bailout" didn't I? I wasn't talking just about retail stores. Obviously if a bank tries to make more profit by taking more risk, it should not be bailed out when that risk backfires, otherwise you compromise the basis of our economy - we would all be investing on a casino's roulette and expect to be safe when the ball does not go our way.
Similarly, bailing out one of the worst-performing car manufacturers in the world is not a good idea, no matter how big they are. Turns out there were deep-rooted reasons they were doing so bad, including incompetence, negligence, malice etc.
And you should not even stop there. Protectionism is bad in other areas too, not just regarding corporations. For example subsidizing a crop that is not useful will lead to all sorts of cascading effects, like a nation replacing sugars with what looks like an unhealthier substitute, or the ethanol craziness, or in other cases the casual destruction of the extraneous production etc.

about three weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

Ecuador Things are simple... (309 comments)

You should never try to protect at an overall cost an established business, however small, cute etc it is. Bookstores have to close. Not all of them, but a lot of them. The ones that actually provide value to the customer will stay due to people actually visiting them. For example I love Amazon, however there is one small local bookstore that provides a great personalized experience and does not gouge prices to which I go first. I see a lot of people not minding a surcharge when they get even more value out of the experience, so this bookstore will servive. Also that small bookstore has found things to bring that Amazon doesn't have etc. Protecting or bailing out failing businesses is always bad for the community as a whole in the long-run. Yes, poor buggy whip makers will be out of jobs in the short term, but we can't all be riding carriages into the future...

about three weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

Ecuador Re:NSFW! (311 comments)

Well, then it is not *that* nice a cafe, is it?
But in any case I think the context made it clear what you should be expecting....

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

Ecuador Re:Sue them for all they're worth (495 comments)

The 93% sounds serious, but it just says that these specific infections choose No-IP.com, which is a very common dynDNS service. You can counter with the fact that 100% of the systems targeted by Bladabindi-Jenxcus infections are vulnerable due to Microsoft software.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

Ecuador Security cameras (495 comments)

Security cameras is another common usage. A low cost installation has some IP cameras on a residential dynamic IP internet service, so you use no-ip for access. I can't access my vacation house feeds today. For all I know there might be gnomes partying around the premises right now. Thanks MS.

about a month ago
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Julian Assange Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show

Ecuador Re:Hey... (173 comments)

You would think that, but I can't confirm it personally.

about 1 month ago
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Julian Assange Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show

Ecuador Hey... (173 comments)

What's wrong with the Ecuadorian embassy?

about a month ago
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AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

Ecuador Re:That's only an excuse. (65 comments)

Sorry, but you are wrong. The AC mentioned Experian, so I guess this is a quick example: http://www.experian.com/screening-services/tenant-credit-check.html Only name and address needed (and annual income if you want them to make a decision for you, but not for the credit check). But you could also ask the hordes of people who are surprised when they find out their car dealer ran their credit with only their name and address (hint: if they never gave permission they can pursue the FCRA violation).

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

Ecuador But you can fix it easily (65 comments)

... by adding a "pinky swear" checkbox.

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

Ecuador That's only an excuse. (65 comments)

I know that is often used as the "excuse" but you don't actually need a SSN to run a credit-check. Name and address are enough, which is why e.g. a landlord can avoid sounding too obtrusive by not asking for the applicant's SSN - they can get the credit report just fine with the name and previous address.

about a month and a half ago

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Man with tiny brain lives normal life

Ecuador Ecuador writes  |  about 7 years ago

Ecuador (740021) writes "In a story that is sure to spur Civil Service jokes, Reuters reports:
"Scans of the 44-year-old man's brain showed that a huge fluid-filled chamber called a ventricle took up most of the room in his skull, leaving little more than a thin sheet of actual brain tissue.
"He was a married father of two children, and worked as a civil servant," Dr. Lionel Feuillet and colleagues at the Universite de la Mediterranee in Marseille wrote in a letter to the Lancet medical journal.""

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