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Løvefïlm signs hit beards’n’berserkers series Vikings

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Hilarious (and gory)

Yep, this is high-quality junk television. Wobbly accents galore, far too pretty a cast and the same air of authenticity that the same team brought to The Tudors. Well worth catching.

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'Ring of fire' eclipse to burn Australia

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Re: Don't want a Ring of Fire?

On a sort of related topic - has anyone heard from Lester recently? I check the seismographs, but nothing obvious in Spain.

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Don't use Google+? Tough, Google Glass will inject it INTO YOUR EYES

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Re: meh...

You have so much more faith in humanity than me.

And it will get worse when they are available for prescription lenses because there is no way glasses wearers will carry around another pair of (expensive) lenses for the times when Glass is a social faux pas (that is most of the time).

Glass is pretty much doomed the moment the MPAA finds out it is possible to take a flaky, shaky recording of some of a movie in a cinema - the lawyers will have a field day. And in Google versus Hollywood I find it hard to pick who I'd like to lose more.

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Russian geologist claims finding chunks of Tunguska Event invader

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Well said.

Seriously - a geologist not producing thin sections is nearly as bad form as them forgetting to leave their hammer at home. Extraterrestrial or impact quartz would be immediately obvious under polarised light.

Why do so many bad papers come out of august Russian scientific organisations these days?

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Plans for fully 3D-printed gun go online next week

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Re: Pathetic Journalism

I must admit I've missed all the naked fat people in San Francisco.

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It's their political agenda we should be worried about

Wilson also said:

'The specific purposes for which this corporation is organized are: To defend the civil liberty of popular access to arms as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and affirmed by the United States Supreme Court, through facilitating global access to, and the collaborative production of, information and knowledge related to the 3D printing of arms; and to publish and distribute, at no cost to the public, such information and knowledge in promotion of the public interest.'

The word global is pretty worrying. Most of us are pretty happy to live in countries where people don't have ready access to firearms. Wilson and his weird friends seem to think that's wrong.

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Scramjet X-51 finally goes to HYPER SPEED above Pacific

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Come on Skylon

Let's show the Americans how to do hypersonics properly.

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The UK's copyright landgrab: The FAQ

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Re: International treaty vs national law

'If I am correct, an International treaty beats a national law.'

Treaties are enacted by Acts of Parliament. Under what passes for our constitution it is generally held that no Parliament can bind its successors, so a second Act could be passed to revoke the treaty. There's some disagreement over whether certain acts are 'entrenched' and cannot be simply overturned - the European Communities Act being the most commonly mentioned.

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37,000-machine study finds most reliable Windows PC is a Mac

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Re: Flawed but...

'It's a surprise that decent quality hardware is more reliable?'

It can't just be that, after all the Lenovo scored at the bottom of the table; traditionally they've been every bit as well-built as Macs.

Although, as the article suggests, perhaps its the extra software they insist we need that's doing it - my last X-series came with a mountain of bloatware that kept finding ways back on to the system everytime it needed an update from Big-L.

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Oz volcano's lava lake spills from crater

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Re: I think walruses are from the northern hemisphere

With chips please.

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This earlier image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ISS018-E-038182_lrg.jpg seems to show the volcano's structure better.

The shadow line at bottom right shows a breached caldera rim with glaciers flowing off to the left. The resurgent cone of Mawson Peak partially fills the caldera. The dark spot at the centre would appear to be the active crater.

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'I did hear once that the long version of the name is supposedly locals having a laugh, the volcano is Ejya, the glacier is Ejyafyallajokul, but the news carried on using the long name, so not sure if this is apocryphal'

The glacier is Eyjafjallajökull (literally the glacier on the mountain overlooking the (Westman) Islands). The south side of the massif on which the glacier is perched containing the volcano is Eyjafjöll proper, but most Icelanders call the whole thing Eyjafjallajökull - unlike the rest of us they don't seem to have problems round about the thirteenth syllable.

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Krakatau.

The earliest mention of Krakatoa is a misspelling in a telegraph message conveyed to the British press.

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Lava lakes are very rare and there are only four persistent lava lakes on Earth (Nyragongo, Erta Ale, Erebus and Kilauea), so it is quite possible the lava lake has drained back into the volcano and this is erupting through a vent at or around the crater rim. Bearing in mind just where Big Ben is located and the low risk it presents, I doubt any geologists will be hot-footing it there to take a better look.

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2 volcanoes

Australia has two active volcanoes. The nearby McDonald Islands had a series of eruptions between 1992 and 2005.

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NASA boffins: Space 'scope JUST missed dead Cold War spy sat

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Re: Units.

Coconut?

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UK.gov's love affair with ID cards: Curse or farce?

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No ePub?

Other eBook readers are available.

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One of the world's oldest experiments crawls towards a fall

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Re: A long time but...

There are some field experiments at Rothamsted which go back to the 1840s.

And of course Britain's ongoing experiment of the American colonies seems to be going nicely after more than 250 years. There is even some evidence you will soon be able to get a decent cup of tea on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Re: Glass is not a liquid

Or indeed the Earth's Mantle which is a solid so far as an earthquake is concerned, but loses heat through fluid convection.

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Brits on benefits: 'Dole office site only works on PCs over 10 YEARS OLD'

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Re: Do you know anyone on benefits? No, didn't think so

Because you might have bought your smartphone or iMac a while back but found yourself disabled, with a chronic illness or unemployed. I know it's hard to believe in the current Wirtschaftswunder, but people lose their jobs and are entitled to benefits.

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Another negative climate feedback: Warmer plants cool the planet

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Re: Also, don't forget

Average heat from the Sun 340W/m2; from the Earth's interior 0.09W/m2.

The Earth radiates an enormous amount of heat, but it is utterly dwarfed by the mind-buggering amount of energy arriving from the Sun.

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Re: Fossil fuels are being used faster than they are being discovered

There's a difference between total fossil fuel reserves and economic fossil fuel reserves. The new reserves are almost all at the very high end of the price spectrum and would have been completely uneconomic even ten years ago. We have adapted to a world where oil costs $75-100 a barrel, we might be prepared to go even higher.

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Bogus gov online test tells people on dole they're just SO employable

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Re: I think we should all email them the link to the picture of the cock on Mars

Are you proposing to put Iain Duncan Smith on Mars?

I'm good for a tenner.

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Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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'So, I'm in business, but one question remains: will the challenge prove harder on me or on my local bar owners, who greeted the news I'd be off the booze for a week with a mixture of disbelief and dismay.'

Well that's killed off the last part of the Spanish economy.

This isn't an elaborate scheme to have soft-hearted Reg readers bombard you with food parcels is it?

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Pirate Party wins seats in Icelandic election

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Re: What exactly do they think they are going to change?

Birgitta has experience in politics as she was elected in the previous general election. She led the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative's work with the Alþingi to introduce constitutional protections for human rights regarding the media, especially protecting whistleblowers. Not just WikiLeaks, but in Icelandic society as a whole, where tight interconnections between families and businesses allowed politicians and bankers to run riot in the runup to the crash. A large chunk of her work was agreed with all of the parties in the parliament which is generally more consensual than the nightmare at Westminster.

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Climate-cooling effect 'stronger than volcanoes' is looking solid

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Re: So in other words (warning, Heretical thinking within)

'Given that it survived the creation of the moon (assuming that impact theory is correct) and the Chixculub (sp?) extinction impact and still balanced itself back out, who'da thunkit.'

The Earth survived just fine. The dominant lifeforms (or organic molecules) didn't come out of it quite so well.

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Reddit: So very sorry for naming innocent man as Boston bomber

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Re: Call me sceptical if you will, but...

In America, celebrity 'I'm sorry's are usually followed by 'God has forgiven me, so why can't you?'

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New poll says Assange could win Australian Senate seat

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Re: The power of memes

'At the right moment, an accomplice can distract the guards by driving up in a flatbed truck bearing a cat playing a piano.'

Oh for that to happen, not just because the sight of the Home Secretary explaining that to the Commons would never get old, but for the gloriously po-faced Crimewatch reconstruction that would follow.

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Angry Birds fire back: Vulture cousins menace UK city's mobiles

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If it's that bad

Don't Vodafone have any of those temporary phone masts that are put up in disaster areas?

Judging by the state of the O2 network round here, there's a hell of a lot of peregrine falcons nesting nearby.

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Flexible flywheel offers cheap energy storage

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Re: You want to know if it'll work?

Didn't British Rail used to have some electric locomotives that used flywheels to carry them over gaps in the conductor? Or am I imagining something much cooler?

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

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Re: The problem with WRITTEN Welsh is...

The article mentions books being available in Cornish. Well that language is even more fragmented and marginal than Welsh.

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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One undeniably good thing

She met Mikhail Gorbachev in 1984 before he became Premier of the Soviet Union. They spoke, got on and she saw he was different from his predecessors. She persuaded President Reagan that this was someone the West could do business with. The rest followed. That's a huge achievement on her part.

She was also the first senior politician (and a scientist at that) to point out that pouring carbon dioxide into the atmosphere was not a good thing.

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

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Re: you forgot!

And plastic - just like Paris H.

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US Navy blasts drones with ship-mounted LASER CANNON

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Unanswered question

Does it make a really, really cool noise?

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MISSING LINK between HUMANS and MONKEYS FOUND

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The next experiment

Has to be giving beer to baboons to see if they then claim to be able to fix all the world's problems before throwing an arm around the nearest primatologist, slurring 'I luv you - I do!' and toppling gently into the nearest mangrove swamp singing the song about the pixies.

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Pyongyang to unleash NUKULAR horsemen of the Norkocalypse?

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Re: Missile fuels and testing

UDMH is the stuff that's so nasty it resulted in a series of fires and explosions of Titan missiles in their silos. One exploded when a technician dropped a spanner on to the rocket's skin. It was armed at the time. The warhead was blown out of the silo and landed almost intact nearby.

Nitrogen tetroxide also nearly killed the crew of the Apollo half of the Apollo-Soyuz test mission when a reaction control system malfunctioned during re-entry and bled fumes into the capsule. I seem to recall the crew suffered 'bleached lungs'.

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Norkoshop: How Pyongyang well and truly forked Adobe

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Is anyone sure that Lester's Special Projects Bureau isn't actually a front for the North Koreans? We've been worried about ICBMs, but perhaps the Register's very own Werhner von Braun has been working on a burro-bomb that can be sneaked into a perfectly innocent donkey sanctuary on the south coast of England.

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Disney shutters Star Wars game unit with 200 layoffs

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Re: Shame...

Some of those folks are still working. 'The Cave' from Double Fine is written by some of the people behind the LucasArts originals and has some of the same humour.

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Zynga bets the farm (ville) on UK poker, roulette web den

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'The e-gambling den will be run in partnership with operator bwin.party under a Gibraltar gaming licence.'

So lots of free advertising on Wikipedia then.

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ANCIENT CURSED RING known to TOLKIEN goes on display

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Re: "The only similarity is that both rings are round!"

The ring of power is also inspired by Norse mythology; especially Odinn's ring Draupnir which granted its owner control over the Nine Worlds. It's safe to say that Tolkein was an expert in many cultures and combined them with his own imagination to produce Middle Earth.

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US funds Europa mission

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'Why send probes, send people.....'

Because Jupiter's radiation belts would cook you.

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Rocket boffinry in pictures: Gulp the Devil's venom and light a match

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Re: Anybody working on superguns?

Not since supergun genius Gerald Bull met a nasty end at the hands of the Israeli secret service (allegedly).

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Re: Kerbal Space Programme....

And Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

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WTF is... the Quantified Self?

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Get up! Go to bed! Go faster! Stop! Eat this! Don't eat that!

Dude - save money and join the Marine Corps.

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Lost CASSiE search moves up a gear

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Can I raise the dread possibility that CASSIE has defected and is even now supplying North Korea with the necessary technology to bombard America with stratospheric Kinder eggs and soft toys?

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Pyongyang Photoshop tomfoolery shows wet Norks, skirts blown up

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Re: Good effort

The UK's best effort is the frankly pitiful faking of James Purnell's presence at a hospital opening:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/7018729.stm

Maybe that would read better as 'the faking of the frankly pitiful James Purnell'?

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Roomba dust-bust bot bods one step closer to ROBOBUTLERS

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Well just as long as they can make a Roomba that doesn't have a preternatural attraction for cables. No matter how I arrange them, I can be sure that I'll come home to find a guilty looking robot hiding under the sofa sucking on a mains lead like that scene in Lady and the Tramp.

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Watch the skies: SPACE HEDGEHOG plunges to Earth in Oxfordshire

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It'll be tragically ironic if CASSIE landed on a dual carriageway.

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Reg man goes time travelling at iconic observatory

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Is there a physicist in the house?

Okay MERLIN is a whacking great long line of radio telescopes which thanks to maths way beyond my level lets you pretend you have a dish a couple of hundred kilometres across. So what's better about a virtual dish one square kilometre in size?

Please try to be gentle.

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Japan's rare earth discovery bad news for China's monopoly plans

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Re: China only has a monopoly on willingness to pollute

Lighter REE are more common than the heavy ones such as dysprosium, terbium, europium, and ytterbium. Many of the reserves being brought online in the last couple of years have not added much to the supply of the heavy REE whilst reducing China's grip on the light elements.

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