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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDiver View Post
    Trivial for us- Stefan might be sweating

    Stefan Thomas, a German-born programmer living in San Francisco, has two guesses left to figure out a password that is worth, as of this week, about $220 million.

    The password will let him unlock a small hard drive, known as an IronKey, which contains the private keys to a digital wallet that holds 7,002 Bitcoin. While the price of Bitcoin dropped sharply on Monday, it is still up more than 50 percent from just a month ago, when it passed its previous all-time high of around $20,000.
    The problem is that Mr. Thomas years ago lost the paper where he wrote down the password for his IronKey, which gives users 10 guesses before it seizes up and encrypts its contents forever. He has since tried eight of his most commonly used password formulations — to no avail.
    “I would just lay in bed and think about it,” Mr. Thomas said. “Then I would go to the computer with some new strategy, and it wouldn’t work, and I would be desperate again.”

    He is not alone

    "Of the existing 18.5 million Bitcoin, around 20 percent — currently worth around $140 billion — appear to be in lost or otherwise stranded wallets, according to the cryptocurrency data firm Chainalysis. Wallet Recovery Services, a business that helps find lost digital keys, said it had gotten 70 requests a day from people who wanted help recovering their riches, three times the number of a month ago."

    If that all poor Stefan needed to worry about whilst in bed, he deserves to lose it.

    Still, I hope he finds it after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4bee View Post
    If that all poor Stefan needed to worry about whilst in bed, he deserves to lose it.

    Still, I hope he finds it after all.
    The other "$140 billion" locked/lost up is possibly resulting in a few peoples sleep being a little disturbed On a ship in Sydney a pay packet with CASH was dropped and blew over. With a nod from the Skipper I was shirtless and recovered the very soggy paper cash with a nice dive for the distraught careless twit who did buy me a beer so only reminded about it frequently

    Paper cash flash back

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDiver View Post
    The other "$140 billion" locked/lost up is possibly resulting in a few peoples sleep being a little disturbed On a ship in Sydney a pay packet with CASH was dropped and blew over. With a nod from the Skipper I was shirtless and recovered the very soggy paper cash with a nice dive for the distraught careless twit who did buy me a beer so only reminded about it frequently

    Paper cash flash back


    If it had been Gold Bullion you would have had to say to Skip. " 'ang about Guvnor while I robe myself in my proper clobber, the Voyage to Hawaii will have to wait, 'igh tide or no 'igh Tide"

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    technical performance of the planned weapon and concluded that its advertised -Fake?

    The next FAST things just might not be as cool as stated?

    Military experts call hypersonic warheads the next big thing in intercontinental warfare. They see the emerging arms, which can deliver nuclear or conventional munitions, as zipping along at up to five miles a second while zigzagging through the atmosphere to outwit early-warning satellites and some interceptors. The superfast weapons, experts say, lend themselves to surprise attacks.
    President Trump has bragged about his “super-dupers,” even referring to the planned weapon as “hydrosonic,” a brand of electric toothbrush. Last year, his budget asked the Pentagon to spend $3.2 billion on hypersonic arms research, up $600 million from the previous year’s request. And as President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. takes command of the nation’s military, he will have to consider whether to sustain the defense work undertaken in the Trump years.
    Now, independent experts have studied the technical performance of the planned weapon and concluded that its advertised features are more illusory than real. Their analysis is to be published this week in Science & Global Security.
    In an interview, David Wright, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an author of the new analysis, called the superweapon a mirage.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/15/s...gtype=Homepage

    Honestly wow. Sounded so cool yet not

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDiver View Post
    The next FAST things just might not be as cool as stated?

    Military experts call hypersonic warheads the next big thing in intercontinental warfare. They see the emerging arms, which can deliver nuclear or conventional munitions, as zipping along at up to five miles a second while zigzagging through the atmosphere to outwit early-warning satellites and some interceptors. The superfast weapons, experts say, lend themselves to surprise attacks.
    President Trump has bragged about his “super-dupers,” even referring to the planned weapon as “hydrosonic,” a brand of electric toothbrush. Last year, his budget asked the Pentagon to spend $3.2 billion on hypersonic arms research, up $600 million from the previous year’s request. And as President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. takes command of the nation’s military, he will have to consider whether to sustain the defense work undertaken in the Trump years.
    Now, independent experts have studied the technical performance of the planned weapon and concluded that its advertised features are more illusory than real. Their analysis is to be published this week in Science & Global Security.
    In an interview, David Wright, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an author of the new analysis, called the superweapon a mirage.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/15/s...gtype=Homepage

    Honestly wow. Sounded so cool yet not

    Are those the same weapons that were recently trialled at Woomera one wonders?

    Over the last few years & lit up the sky around Adelaide on it's re-entry. Japanese mob.

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    Wow- might be a tad boring Lived in Chicago's international airport for three months

    A man too afraid to fly due to the pandemic lived undetected in a secure area of Chicago's international airport for three months, US prosecutors say.


    Aditya Singh, 36, was arrested on Saturday after airline staff asked him to produce his identification.


    He pointed to a badge, but it allegedly belonged to an operations manager who reported it missing in October.


    Police say Mr Singh arrived on a flight from Los Angeles to O'Hare International Airport on 19 October.


    He reportedly found the staff badge in the airport and was "scared to go home due to Covid", Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Hagerty said, according to the Chicago Tribune.


    He managed to live on handouts from other passengers, she told the judge in the case.


    Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz expressed surprise at the circumstances of the case.


    "So if I understand you correctly, you're telling me that an unauthorised, non-employee individual was allegedly living within a secure part of the O'Hare airport terminal from 19 October 2020 to 16 January 2021, and was not detected? I want to understand you correctly," she said to the prosecutor who outlined the allegations on Sunday.


    Mr Singh lives in a suburb of Los Angeles and does not have a criminal background, according to Assistant Public Defender Courtney Smallwood. It is not clear why he was in Chicago.


    He has been charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanour theft. He has been barred from entering the airport if he is able to post the $1,000 (£738) for bail.

    I think the Tom Hanks movie was odd- this takes the cake
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    trapped in a colapsed mine- what do you ask for?

    I hope these guys get out.
    My other thought is what type of sausage? Spice pork......

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-55718423

    Trapped Chinese miners say thanks for medicine, call for sausages


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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDiver View Post
    I hope these guys get out.
    My other thought is what type of sausage? Spice pork......

    Trapped Chinese miners say thanks for medicine, call for sausages - BBC News

    Trapped Chinese miners say thanks for medicine, call for sausages
    Well, depending on the sausages, a Coopers may be OK.
    Thank the Gods for the bottle recycling at Dayboro m20210120_085747_resized.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDiver View Post
    I hope these guys get out.
    My other thought is what type of sausage? Spice pork......

    Trapped Chinese miners say thanks for medicine, call for sausages - BBC News

    Trapped Chinese miners say thanks for medicine, call for sausages




    It took more than a day for the accident to be reported, meaning rescue teams lost precious time to start their attempt to reach the miners.
    Sounds about normal for the Chinese to react to anything but certainly faster than for the Virus.


    Bat Sausages anyone? "Oh sorry, we have only Pangolin left. Four for a quid, can't say fairer than that guv."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saitch View Post
    Well, depending on the sausages, a Coopers may be OK.


    Thank the Gods for the bottle recycling at Dayboro m20210120_085747_resized.jpg

    That lot would have played a merry tune on the road.

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