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Comment Re:Not a reflight (Score 0) 338

Correction: This was a brand new rocket. The first customer to fly on a used rocket will be SES.

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For SpaceX, the private space company owned by Elon Musk, it was the "first launch of [a] flight-proven first stage," the company says. The mission was using the same rocket booster that sent the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station earlier this year.
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Comment Re:Failure on the *pad* not the rocket (Score 0, Troll) 338

This wasn't a used rocket. The first reuse will be for the SES-10 launch in a couple of months... assuming this doesn't push back the timeline.

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For SpaceX, the private space company owned by Elon Musk, it was the "first launch of [a] flight-proven first stage," the company says. The mission was using the same rocket booster that sent the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station earlier this year.
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Comment Re:Predictable (Score 0, Informative) 338

This rocket was brand new it was the first that would have been SCHEDULED TO REUSE later after this launch.

Wrong.

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For SpaceX, the private space company owned by Elon Musk, it was the "first launch of [a] flight-proven first stage," the company says. The mission was using the same rocket booster that sent the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station earlier this year.
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Submission + - New Fantom Ransomware Poses As Windows Update (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: A security researcher for AVG has discovered a new piece of ransomware called Fantom that masquerades as a critical Windows update. Victims who fall for the ruse will see a Windows screen acting like it's installing the update, but what's really happening is that the user's documents and files are being encrypted in the background. Fantom is based on the open-source EDA2 ransomware project, and unfortunately there's no way to decrypt the files without the culprit's help. The scam starts with a pop-up labeled as a critical update from Microsoft. Once a user decides to apply the fake update, it extracts files and executes an embedded program called WindowsUpdate.exe. As with other EDA2 ransomware, Fantom generates a random AES-128 key, encrypts it using RSA, and then uploads it to the culprit. From there, Fantom targets specific file extensions and encrypts those files using AES-128 encryption. Users affected by this are instructed to email the culprit for payment instructions. It's not clear how much it costs to decrypt the files or if the person responsible even follows through once payment is received.

Comment Re:Parking? (Score 1) 118

From Wikipedia: "Since 1996 she has been docked at Pier 82 on the Delaware River in Philadelphia."

What does it cost to leave something that huge parked in (what I presume is) a good spot in a major city for twenty years?

Currently $60,000 per month, but I don't know who owns the dock. It's right by the Walmart and there's a lovely view of the ship from the Ikea cafeteria across the road.

Submission + - Elon Musk: 'One In Billions' Chance We're Not Living In A Computer Simulation (vox.com)

An anonymous reader writes: At Recode's annual Code Conference, Elon Musk explained how we are almost certainly living in a more advanced civilization's video game. He said: "The strongest argument for us being in a simulation probably is the following. Forty years ago we had pong. Like, two rectangles and a dot. That was what games were. Now, 40 years later, we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it's getting better every year. Soon we'll have virtual reality, augmented reality. If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, even if that rate of advancement drops by a thousand from what it is now. Then you just say, okay, let's imagine it's 10,000 years in the future, which is nothing on the evolutionary scale. So given that we're clearly on a trajectory to have games that are indistinguishable from reality, and those games could be played on any set-top box or on a PC or whatever, and there would probably be billions of such computers or set-top boxes, it would seem to follow that the odds that we're in base reality is one in billions. Tell me what's wrong with that argument. Is there a flaw in that argument?"

Submission + - Angie's List To Charge User $1000 For Any Post That Runs Afoul of New T&C (angieslist.com) 2

Kagato writes: Customers of Angie's List may end up regretting not reading the new terms and conditions. Effective June 1st they added the following to the terms and conditions: "If You post Content in violation of this Agreement, You agree to promptly pay Angie’s List One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) for each item of Content posted in violation of this Agreement. We may (but shall not be required to) to issue You a warning before assessing damages." It's not clear what the consumer oriented website intends to do with the stipulation, but the rest of the terms and conditions are vague enough that they could attempt to fine members for just about anything they find objectionable.

Comment Re:Bad reasons (Score 1) 211

If you made a list of internets, it would be a short list. Hard to claim that "internets" have become generic when there's only the one.

More correctly internet (small 'i') has always referred to any network, such as your local LAN or maybe a multi-site network. Small 'i' internets are countless. The Internet (capital 'I') refers to all of the interconnected internets.

Comment Re:Its just the phone company billing data ... (Score 1) 143

In high school (early 70s) we had use of a computer timesharing service (Leasco Response Inc utilizing HP 2000A computers) via a TTY Model 33KSR and an acoustical coupler, but a dial lock was placed on the phone outside of normal class hours. A small bunch of us would frequently stay after classes and dial up using the pulse method on the hook button.

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