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2223 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007

US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

Anonymous John

Re: "They have supplies to keep them in orbit for many, many days,"

Most manned Soyuz flights to the ISS have taken a couple of days. This would only have been the fifth fast track docking..

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

Anonymous John

Guidance.

"A subsequent ICO investigation faulted Kent Police for the absence of any guidance or procedures in place to make sure personal information was securely removed from former police premises."

1) Take everything.

2) Leave nothing behind.

Sorted.

It could have been worse. The new owner might have found a skeleton in one of the cells.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

Anonymous John

Re: 3 per cent?

Think of it as the Big Society Quantitative Easing.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

Anonymous John

1950s obscenity law

It's a good job that all these websites are in the UK. Oh...

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

Anonymous John

Re: 'I can't see this being very convincing'

NICE has denied that the email addresses came from them, and as they don't deal with the public, wouldn't have any such list.

UK blood donors (who are blood tested every time) are regularly contacted by email, but not for clinical purposes. I can see that some of us would be panicked by this email.

The standard of English and implausible name says West Africa to me.

"We suggest you to print out your CBC test results and interpretations in attachment below and visit your family doctor as soon as possible

Sincerely,

Dr.Moon Earnest"

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

Anonymous John

A second entry from the Mail.

"25 years after a Briton dreamed up the internet... Who knew a biting baby and a sneezing panda would be such World Wide Wonders!"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2581461/25-years-Briton-dreamed-internet-Who-knew-biting-baby-sneezing-panda-World-Wide-Wonders.html#ixzz2w2TPuKam

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Anonymous John

Re: Ahh the WWW

TWTWTW

WW1

WW2

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

Anonymous John

Re: Re. Saves the pen issue straight away!

Not the "pencils in space" nonsense again. They are made of wood and graphite, both flammable, especially in a pure oxygen atmosphere. And bits of broken leads floating about in zero G isn't good either. NASA only buys Space Pens and did not pay the development costs.

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

Anonymous John

Re: Roll those eyes

Or imagine you overslept and are late for work. Then you find that your car is missing. The fridge has sent it to the supermarket for a pint of milk.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Anonymous John

Re: Two words (and an ellipsis)

Ah yes. Tandy. Didn't they invent the "£=$" concept?

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Child sex abuse image peddlers dodge UK smut filters and demand Bitcoin payments

Anonymous John

Re: Daily Mail headlines write themselves

There's still something missing.

"Bitcoin users are heavily armed East European drug-peddling Muslim paedophiles living in £1m houses using money from Bitcoin to fund terrorism and stop weekly bin collections!!!!!!"

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

Anonymous John

The first one I bought had no keyboard, just metal pads and a stylus.And probably still in a box in the attic.

http://www.vintagecalculators.com/html/royal_digital_iii___iv.html

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Anonymous John

Re: FX-7000G

Your girlfriend collects batteries?

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2013: A Space Odyssey - a cosmological review of the year

Anonymous John

add three per cent extra risk to the existing 20 to 25 per cent risk of fatal cancer

Is that really unacceptable? How about selecting from those with a lower than usual family history of cancer?

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Hot Stuff! NASA mulls 'urgent' space walk as ISS cooler conks out

Anonymous John

NASA still doesn't know the cause of the malf. So Russians only.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

Anonymous John

Damn!

I initially misread the headline and wondered when I would be able to travel on a gravity powered light ship.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 reaches MONEY RING with successful launch

Anonymous John

Re: How about a little perspective here?

ramps up to a flight rate of one launch per month by the end of next year,

@ John Smith 19

"Their big selling point is the long list of successful launches. IIRC their most successful size has 40+ perfect launches, the total for either Delta IV or Atlas V is 60+ each."

SpaceX is launching another comsat later this month and expects to be launching one Falcon 9 a month by the end of 2014. Nobody else can come anywhere near that. How long do the manufacturers have to wait to get a satellite launched? I don't know, but it's about to get a lot shorter.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

Anonymous John

Anyway

How would the drone put the "Sorry you were out" card through your letterbox? That's what I would call GPS accuracy.

And

http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2013/12/02/amazon-to-weaponize-xmas-shopping/

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Top comet-watcher pens ISON's emotional obituary

Anonymous John

So farewell then

Comet Ison

You decided to

move to

warmer climes

and

overdid it.

Comet E J Thribb (4.5bn years)

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Elon Musk scrubs lucrative MONEY RING debut again on Thanksgiving

Anonymous John

As I understand it, they started the second countdown in the hope they would be comfortable with another launch attempt. At T-1 minute they decided they weren't and went for a manual abort before engine start.

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Swollen Reg reader recounts FALSE WIDOW spider HORROR

Anonymous John

Re: That's not a false widow.

Shouldn't the male be a false widower?

And why give this story to El Reg when the Daily Star would put it on the front page?

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Thanksgiving ROAST in SPAAACE: Comet ISON faces FIERY SUN DEATH

Anonymous John

Re Since it was first spotted in September

September 2012 that is.

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'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

Anonymous John

Re: Theater, indeed

Twas doon by the inch o' Abbots

Oor Johnny walked one day

When he saw a sicht that

troubled him

Far more than he could say...

Now that's no richt wur

Johnny cried

And sallied tae the fray

A left hook and a heid butt

Required tae save the day.

Now listen up Bin Laden

Yir sort's nae wanted here

For imported English radicals

Us Scoatsman huv nae fear

(Not my own work)

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Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most

Anonymous John

Didn't most of that happen in Torchwod?

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

Anonymous John

How about an El Reg competition so that one lucky reader can win one?

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Three Men in a Tardis

Anonymous John

"sub-unity ordinal numbers"

Isaac Asimov was allowed the Zeroth Law Of Robotics, so you are in good company.

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Anonymous threatens cyberwar with Anonymous

Anonymous John

"We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive ourselves. We do not forget ourselves. Expect us"

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Star Wars VII set for Xmas release. Ho, ho, ho... not THIS Christmas

Anonymous John

This is not the Christmas you're looking for.

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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

Anonymous John

"What Do Social Science Graduates Do? "

Flip burgers?

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

Anonymous John

Re:30 fiddly little parts scattered

Pingfuckits as they are commonly known.

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WikiLeaker-in-chief Assange refuses to meet Benedict Cumberbatch

Anonymous John

Re Can anyone recommend any other films to watch for this weekend?

The Great Escape? Which, come to think of it, might have made a better title for the Julian Assange film.

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DEATH WATCH counts down seconds to wearer's demise

Anonymous John

Damn!

I've only got 10 seconds left to post this messa

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Basically RUBBISH 'COMET of the Century' ISON snapped by HiRISE in Mars orbit

Anonymous John

Re: However...

A useful dress rehearsal for Comet Siding Spring a year from now.

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Atomic clocks come to your wrist

Anonymous John

Cesium-powered timepiece loses just one second a millennium

Or your money back in 3013.

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Missing Brit SPACE HEDGEHOG RISES from the GRAVE

Anonymous John

Perhaps there's still hope for the missing Playmonaut.

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SpaceX Falcon boosts to glory from Vandenberg space force base

Anonymous John

Cygnus launched on 18 Sep, not 28.

It was a busy day in space yesterday. There was also a successful Russian Proton launch after one crashed last July.

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Google's robot army learns Spanish

Anonymous John

"Exploiting Similarities among Languages for Machine Translation"

What about the lack of similarities? Take Scottish Gaelic.

No indefinite article, no words for "yes" and "no" as such, no present tenses apart from the two verbs for "to be", no verb "to have", a separate set of numbers from two to ten used only for counting people, etc.

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Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

Anonymous John

ISS: "Cygnus, you are 700 yards away."

Cygnus: "What's a yard?"

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From launch to orbit: The new commercial space pioneers

Anonymous John

You haven't mentioned Dennis Tito's plan to send a couple round Mars in 2018. Something that surely has to go ahead.

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Cold-blooded, INHUMAN visitor hitches ride on NASA moon rocket

Anonymous John

What happens when his mutated descendants arrive seeking revenge?

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Teen buys WikiLeaks server for $33,000 – with dad's eBay account

Anonymous John

I wonder if Assange's escape plans were on it?

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Smartwatch craze is all just ONE OFF THE WRIST

Anonymous John

Correction

1970s LED watches were crap. I bought a late 1970s LCD one that I used for about 20 years. Accurate to less than a second a month, but that may just have been luck.

(Makes mental note to see if it still works.)

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

Anonymous John

Re: Battery lasts a day?!

I'd be tossing and turning worrying about breaking a $299 watch by rolling onto it.

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Australia's anti-smut internet filter blueprint lasts LESS THAN A DAY

Anonymous John

"Poorly worded " = "We meant to publish this after the election".

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Gov IT write-off: Universal Credit system flushes £34m down toilet

Anonymous John

Re "A £25m identity market "

Markets sell stuff. Identities?

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

Anonymous John

I bought one of these many years ago.

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/images/I050/10318351.aspx

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Google to snub Samsung, hand Nexus 10 to Asus – report

Anonymous John

Re: Ugh

Winterval.

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1,100 haiku heading to Mars on next NASA mission

Anonymous John
Unhappy

Down there somewhere is

Curiosity roaming

I'm stuck in orbit.

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UK plods cuff another bloke in Twitter violence threat probe

Anonymous John

Obviously not. I had in find those tweeting from home, and seemingly making no attempt to cover their tracks.

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Anonymous John

What if ISPs suspended Internet access for a week, if Twitter reported that an offensive tweet was sent from one of their IP addresses? There must be something in the T & Cs to allow this for clearly illegal usage.

Quite a deterrent, and no impact of an over-stretched police force.

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