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Marc Merlin's 2014 Burning Man Report For Tech Geeks

bruce_the_loon Re:Warning: page TOO FAT ! (54 comments)

Might I ask what specs/OS you're running? Firefox on Windows 7 on an i5 didn't even hesitate with the page.

3 days ago
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NASA Expands Commercial Space Program

bruce_the_loon Re:Can somebody fill me in? (24 comments)

I think the difference here is the same as the difference between buying your own delivery trucks from Mack and contracting FedEx to deliver your products from factory to retail store.

The earlier days of space flight were like buying the various bulk components of a truck, engine from GM, chassis from one metal shop, driver's cabin from another, electronics from Lucas and then building the full truck up. Come the era of the shuttle, the delivery truck came fully assembled from Mack, but you still have to pump the diesel, change the tires, load the cargo into the back yourself.

Now it looks like calling FedEx and telling them you've got fifty packages in London and you need them in Bogota by Sunday. They pick it up, containerize it and ship it.

Hope that helps?

3 days ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

bruce_the_loon Re:And the speculation was completely off (188 comments)

I think the companies knew that multiple contracts were an option, but judging from the press coverage in the week or two leading up to it, the business pundits thought it would be the traditional multiple proposals, one winner option.

I don't know what will happen if both deliver a fully functional vehicle by 2017 within the budget. We still could be in the Y stage of the process, e.g. the YF-22 and YF-23 fighter technology demonstrators which were functional aircraft leading to the choice of the YF-22 to go into production as the F-22.

NASA could also go head post-2017 with both companies supplying vehicles and launches. We'll have to see.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

bruce_the_loon And the speculation was completely off (188 comments)

Not Boeing alone, and not SpaceX alone. This is the best possible outcome for NASA, not reliant on a single supplier like before.

The fact that to deliver the same development and certification process costs $1.6 billion less for SpaceX over Boeing is also interesting. Some are already saying that it is a bigger win for Boeing and that SpaceX is a backup plan, but since the amounts are what the two companies bid on the project, it shows how economical SpaceX believes they can be.

And that there are two companies still competing should reduce the risk of deliberate cost-overruns and delays. If one can get to full certification a year or more ahead of the other, it will be a huge blow to the second-place finisher's chances to win the final operational contract.

about two weeks ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

bruce_the_loon Re:Real results announced here (200 comments)

And according to Kathy Lueders at the press conference, both companies bid on the same process, so SpaceX believes they can do it for nearly half the price of Boeing.

about two weeks ago
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

bruce_the_loon Re:Restoration (99 comments)

It takes that long because trying to keep every tiny porthole and edge in the exact same place, and the paint work the specific colour so that that geeks and nerds don't write up 1000 pages on their blog about the horrific damage and destruction.

It took a couple of weeks to build because the model maker had a rough guide of x decks and y windows and slapped it together from bits and pieces and painted it to work on the screen. The poor restorer has to keep that work accurate.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

bruce_the_loon Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

As long as the rotation pattern isn't discernible from past numbers and the number is only valid for a single transaction, then collisions shouldn't be a security issue. In fact not letting the full 1000 numbers cycle before re-randomizing the list would probably be a good thing.

As long as the randomization isn't predictable, and attempting to process a transaction with an invalid CVV forces a regeneration of a new one, it could be an incredibly hard system to crack. Then again, they could just be using a statically salted rand() call :)

about three weeks ago
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After Weeks of Delay, SpaceX Falcon Launches Communications Satellite Payload

bruce_the_loon And the Boeing investor poster strikes again (32 comments)

Several weeks of delay != 11 days. At best you can call it a couple of weeks, but that's still pushing the definition.of couple.

Go SpaceX, beat the bastards.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

bruce_the_loon Re:Seemed pretty obvious this was the case (311 comments)

One day Facebook is going to tell you the answer to your mother's maiden name question appears to be incorrect.

about a month ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

bruce_the_loon Re:Let's see (161 comments)

It will start by downloading the wrong size image first, then repeatedly redownload the image each time the screen refreshes or resizes until you run out of mobile data.

about a month ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

bruce_the_loon Re:Free speech but not trade (312 comments)

It's because society has spent centuries observing how immoral individuals use lack of regulation to rape, pillage and torment those less capable of defending themselves, whether it be via trade, relationships or employment, and has decided as a group to regulate those areas to protect those incapable of protecting themselves.

Yes, some regulations go too far, and others don't go far enough, and a lot are outdated because society evolves too fast. But it is needed, and changes are needed too.

If German society as a whole thinks Uber is getting a bum deal with this ruling, then they must tell the authorities in no uncertain terms that they think that. Not just a vocal minority as is happening now. If the majority don't do so when given the opportunity, then they do have concerns about clean and safe vehicles and properly trained drivers which Uber needs to address before society will trust them.

about a month ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

bruce_the_loon Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Definitely agree with you there. Sex while driving for one, anything to do with non-hands-free devices while driving for another. :)

about a month ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

bruce_the_loon Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

Says the chap who has fallen for the desperate propaganda by the coal, oil and burning-the-forests industry to not have to lose their businesses.

See, propaganda can come from any direction.

about a month ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

bruce_the_loon Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

Penguins are actually 1%ers, look at how they wear tuxedos all the time.

about a month ago
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New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

bruce_the_loon Re:Are Mastercard paying for the privilege? (62 comments)

Is MasterCard a bank or a franchise? In South Africa, I cannot get a MasterCard or Visa that isn't an offering by a separate financial services provider, unlike American Express or Diner's Club. MasterCard gets transaction fees from vendors and the annual anniversary fee from myself. The FSP holds the account and the actual credit/debit balance.

about a month ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

bruce_the_loon Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Not defending the cop, but have a read of the law itself, not the FAQ. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc23123_5.htm.

Paragraph e in the section permits it for emergency services personnel in the course of their duties.

A lot of road rules have emergency services exclusions. e.g. driving against the flow of traffic, ignoring control and command signs and lights, ignoring speed limits etc. They ARE expected to be trained to do so safely and only when absolutely unavoidable. If the LA County Sheriff's Department didn't instruct the deputy properly, then they should be held liable.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

bruce_the_loon Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

Some of us do understand it. Others define it as a copyable bunch of electrons because that allows them to steal movies and TV shows and games without listening to their conscience.

Others, like myself, understand digital is still property, but do it anyway because our own countries don't show these things on anything like an acceptable schedule. And we partly mollify our consciences by buying the DVDs later.

about a month ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

bruce_the_loon Re:What's the point? (511 comments)

You've got a dangling pointer in there. Just one. I'll leave you to find it before it dumps the stack via the VGA IO space.

about a month ago

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