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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

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Re: Should have included some buttered toast on the feet

If a cat is super-glued to the underside of a space probe and there is no one there to observer it then it is in both a state of aliveness and deadness. As such, cats can survive in space without any viable form of life support making them far better suited to exploration of the cosmos than man.

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It's space WAR: Comet launches fireballs at space-invading EARTH

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Re: Information please

I would say lucky bastards but a lot of people topped themselves thinking it was the end of the world!

The end of days finally arrives; the good are to be whisked off by angels whilst everyone else burns. So what do the most fervent religious types do? Commit a mortal sin.

/slowclap

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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I think even amanfromMars would struggle to make sense of it.

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Re: Sad, y'know?

El Reg didn't start a #shirtstorm. Feminists did.

I wouldn't call them Feminists, I'd call them SJWs. This was about attacking something they found personally offensive, not equality.

As a side note; the shirt was given to him as a present from a female friend.

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Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

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Re: EddieD It's catching

I guess you haven't been following the WoD release fiasco Matt?

Two days after release and the servers are still so unstable you'll be lucky to get 20 minutes of gameplay before finding some progression breaking bug, getting stuck on a loading screen or plain old booted from the server. Blizzard's only solution so far is to reduce the server population caps so that on busy realms it now takes up to 5 hours of queuing just to get into the game. Lowering the caps has done bugger all to help stability or latency but it has made the random disconnects all the more infuriating.

Apparently the instability is "totally unexpected" as if they couldn't have foreseen that their entire subscriber base playing in the same zone all at once might stress the servers. It's not like they've had 5 previous MMO launches and 10 years of experience...

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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Re: pics

The photo will likely be greyscale as it'll be generated from images taken in the non-visible spectrum.

The comet is about twice the distance from the Sun as Mars (so 'daylight' is quite dim,) and the surface has an albedo similar to coal. Such conditions don't really lend themselves to colour photography.

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

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Re: Staggering Pictures

*cough*

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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So CERN found a particle and it behaves as they expected a Higgs Boson should. Now a bunch of Danes are saying it's not the Higgs Boson, it's some mystery particle... that also happens to behave exactly like you'd expect the Higgs Boson to.

I realise scientists should always be trying to disprove current theory but surely if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck...

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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So why was it seized? Simply because it hosted information deemed inconvenient?

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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The Doctor, poised to kill the Master.

I was on the edge of my seat. Finally, some decent character development for the Doctor instead of everything resetting back to normal at the end of the episode as per usual. Before you go scrambling for the reply button; no, losing feisty female sidekick 4792 doesn't count as character development since feisty female sidekick 4793 will be along presently resulting in no meaningful change.

I could have forgiven the episode for being rather rambling and cheesy at times if the writers had let him do it and then cut to the punching console scene. It would have been a bit of a downer but probably the punch to the gut this series desperately needs. Instead we got the inevitable deus ex machina to keep the Doctor clean and kiddie friendly.

I think I'm done with this series.

NO MORE.

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EU cyber-cop: Dark-net crooks think they're beyond reach (until now)

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Re: Not even a Blip

Once you realise that it took significant effort from the top intelligence agencies of numerous Western countries to arrest 17 cannabis dealers this announcement loses a lot of its fanfare.

You could arrest more by stopping strange smelling cars with tinted windows on a Saturday night.

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Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

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Re: Sorry.....

Hit the nail on the head but not the way you thought you had.

The market will bear full retail price for her albums; this is evidenced by the millions of albums she sells. This being the case, selling her music for less (i.e. streaming through Spotify) is actually undervaluing her music.

I'm not a fan of her autotuned Disneyfied faux-country music but I think she'd be a fool to sell it for less than the market is willing to pay.

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Re: Seems Reasonable

Ah, the old "work for free and I'll pay you in publicity" chestnut. No matter the field of work in question there's always some moron that will try it.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re: Still available

You can actually just do the following. The program is smart enough to extract the PID itself.

get_iplayer --get url_to_appropriate_iplayer_page

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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*cough* Skateboarding... *cough*

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Re: Undedicated follower of fashion

They make skate shoes. Some of you here are trying way too hard to be cool by showing just how much you don't care...

On topic: I'd recognise their usual logo which is their name capitalized with a line extending from the 'V' over the other letters. I've never seen the 'squiggly line' logo that the article refers to.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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Re: Many a 10p

Comes to British news site; complains everyone is British.

Troll / 10

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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Re: Way to miss the point

You really don't think this is about Apple? Remove Fruit Corp from the story and the headline becomes "Rich white man living in California tells world: 'I'm proud to be gay'". It's not exactly man bites dog is it?

Whilst I'm glad Tim Cook is happy with his self identity, I don't think his coming out is going to contribute much to 'the cause'. Now, the governor of Texas (or someone in a similar position,) coming out; that would be worthy of the attention this story is getting.

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Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories

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Re: Fox?

skeletally clad girls

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Microsoft shows off spanking Win 10 PCs, compute-tastic Azure

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Agreed. Windows finally gaining an integrated command line package manager with the ability to use custom repositories is surely much more interesting to the corporate world than whatever app store UI Microsoft have slapped over the top of it.

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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I was taught French for two years by a number of substitute teachers who could not speak French. Needless to say, I did not do well in my GCSE.

I had this experience as well. One the the exams involved listening to a recorded tape of questions all in French whilst filling in a multiple choice answer booklet. My understanding of the language was so bad that I couldn't tell where one question ended and the next began. To my embarrassment I closed the answer booklet a good 10 minutes before the tape finished playing.

Surprisingly, I got a D grade for my French GCSE. I'm still at a loss as to what would be required to achieve one of the four grades below D.

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Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody

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Re: Overrated

As I said, he is a brilliant crafter of worlds. The peoples he describes are richly detailed each with their own customs and history. This is mostly what kept me reading, though there was also the nagging thought that "I've come this far, I may as well finish" each time he released a new book.

I just think his ability to create a cohesive narrative is severely lacking. He has good ideas and then he writes and writes and writes, ad infinitum. There's no consideration for pacing or whether he's repeating himself or even if what he's writing makes an interesting story arc. He puts words on a page and, presumably, when his manuscript is so large that his word processor keeps crashing, he publishes it as a book. That doesn't mean the book is a well rounded story.

Don't get me wrong, Erikson has written some stories I enjoyed thoroughly. The book that introduced Karsa Orlong (I forget its title,) was particularly good. I've never read a book before or since that has conveyed the idiosyncrasies of tribal life in a warrior culture quite so vividly.

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Overrated

Am I the only only one who thinks Steven Erikson is massively overrated? After struggling through the 10 main books of the Malazan series it's obvious that he's a brilliant crafter of worlds but by god is he in desperate need of an editor. He makes some interesting points in his books but then he insists on retreading that same point from the perspective of four or five more characters all in succession until I just want to scream at the book "OK, I fucking get it!".

Also, would it kill him to throw in some more proper nouns? I realise that in real life when people converse that we're not constantly using each others names but in a book it becomes increasingly difficult to figure out who is saying what.

The Malazan books seem to suffer from what I can only term 'philosopher syndrome'. Essentially every character, regardless of age or education seems to be able to soliloquise eloquently on the deepest meanings of life, the universe and everything as if they were some wizened sage. Obviously every character should be capable of some level of insight but when they become so blatantly a mouthpiece for the author then I just lose any suspension of disbelief I once had.

And finally, 'dissembling' and 'precipitously' are nice words but that doesn't mean you have to use them every other sentence. Buy a thesaurus.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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Oh Leonard...

Perhaps people would be more polite to you if you weren't such a twat...

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Gotham gets the Smallville treatment with Jim Gordon in lead role

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I quite liked The Flash pilot. Having never watched Arrow I found the crossover to be confusing and, well, pretty cheesy. It was definitely the low point of an otherwise decent pilot.

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Three episodes in...

And I still can't decide if I like this show or not.

The Jim Gordon focus is interesting but the writers really need to flesh out the rest of the Gotham PD ASAP if they want to continue down the police procedural route. Harvey Bullock (Gordon's partner,) especially is in desperate need of rounding out so that he's not just a one dimensional jobsworth.

Fish Mooney's sole purpose in the show seems to be to provide everyone with convenient answers. I'd much rather see less of her and more actual detective work.

The whole Barbara Gordon thread just seems to be descending into 90210. I realise that comic book wives/girlfriends are usually just there to look pretty and listen to the protagonist's monologues when they get home and I appreciate that the writers have tried to make her more than that. Still, her storyline so far just feels so out of place in comparison to the rest of the show.

The main reasons I'm still watching are Falcone, the gloriously old school mob boss, and Penguin who's storyline is going from strength to strength.

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Hardened Hydrazine the source of Galileo satnav FAIL

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Re: Only if

But....he only launches through windows.

That's not strictly true. He also launches chairs across conference rooms.

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It's not you, it's Three. Mobe network goes titsup across UK

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Re: remember for a lot of people

I've just looked at that Down Detector site. Their map of outage reports shows a big red mass over London and sod all anywhere else.

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Can't say I'd noticed. Three's network has been working fine all day in the West Midlands.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: cynical remark

Should've just gone all the way to 11.

Mine's the one with the guitar picks in the pocket.

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Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

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Re: while it may look cheesy

I'd be surprised if steering behaviours / flocking wasn't involved somehow. It's just simple vector maths.

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Re: Defeats the whole purpose....

Did somebody say toast?

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

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Re: Autocorrect?

hire_a_proofreader@theregister.co.uk

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Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

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Re: I say good for them

Blizzard is one of the few companies able to look at a product being built, after a lot of work done, and say "not good enough". They've done it before, with the adventure game that was supposed to be about Thrall's youth.

Blizzard really aren't the same company they were 14 years ago, especially since they've been bought by Activision.

I'd also point out that a large factor in the cancellation of Lord Of The Clans was that the market for point and click adventures had pretty much died during development.

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Re: In unrelated news...

Realising it won't work and refusing to throw good money after bad in an attempt to save face is still a bold move. Cutting your losses can be applauded sometimes.

Nothing at all to do with Titan being way too similar in concept to the recently released Destiny then?

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

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Re: From the 4chan /tinfoilhat/ channel

NSA is pretty far fetched. The FBI is at least plausible though.

> Set up website incriminating 4chan

> Reveal site as hoax and call for 4chan to be banned

> Await DDOS from angry b-tards

> Arrest DDOSers

> Make claims to the mainstream media about 'cracking down on those nasty guys at 4chan who leaked all those nude celebrity selfies'

> Enjoy PR coup

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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False Flag

The website emmayouarenext.com was allegedly created by the viral advertising firm Rantic Marketing.

http://imgur.com/NhFVA2X

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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I don't know how MS have implemented it but on XFCE I can have, for example, a web browser and file manager open on one desktop whilst having an IDE and and command line open on another. I then just use the mouse scroll wheel over an exposed area of desktop wallpaper to switch between them. That's far easier than switching users.

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Re: Case Sensitive File Systems...

Absolutely false. User type the file name when they create files, and they may send them around and get them back after they've been modified - if the file for some reason change case they may screw up when saving it back.

That's such a ridiculous example. If the file name is different then it will be saved as a separate file. The user won't have lost any data, they'll just have "file1.txt" and "FILE1.txt" both existing in their file system.

Imagine a situation where the user sends out "file 1.txt" and receives back "file_1.txt". Would you suggest that the file system should conflate underscores with whitespace?

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Re: So...

Who in their right mind is going to click on a link in something that they can't read?

Never underestimate ignorance and naivety. I remember being 14 and receiving an email from a Nigerian prince. How my dad laughed when I tried to tell him how rich we were going to be...

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I thought they already moved on to encrypted ZIP archives which can't be extracted by automation since the password to decrypt them is hidden carefully in the text of the message

Surely there comes a point at which the usual tech-illiterate victims of email malware become unable to actually open the payload?

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For the few people who can mirror read and write

Wait, wait, wait... You mean most people can't?

Time to update my C.V.

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Not pro Bono: Apple's audio junk mail made spammers' lives easier

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Re: "...it's my device..."

It really isn't.

My rooted Android device says otherwise.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: Let's try to see if coding works @ El Reg

Goto?

Do we really want to be teaching kids how to program spaghetti?

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EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday

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Re: I left EE when my Loyalty had expired apparently...

For the love of $deity stop saying good things bout Three! The last thing we need is a congested network.

Ignore the above posts, Three is terrible! *boo* *hiss*

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Re: Sex Sells

Nowadays?

* cough *

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is hardly a positive image for loving relationships between two equal women

Perhaps not, but not all characters in fiction have to be role-models.

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

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Re: Not surprising

I don't know why C is getting so much flak. It's not a particularly difficult language, you just need to be attentive to what you're doing. That said, I prefer to use C++ because of RAII (amongst other things).

As mentioned above, bad programmers will produce bad code regardless of what language they're using.

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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Re: Maybe the answer is that people are moving from base linux flavours

You're reading the graph wrong IMO. Assuming the frequency of search queries correlates with interest in each distro and assuming that the sum of the distros listed on the graph represents total interest in Linux distros as a whole:

- Interest in Linux was flat from 2004 to 2006ish.

- Interest roughly doubled around the release of Ubuntu and stayed that way for a few years.

- Interest in Linux has fallen and flattened out back at 2004 levels.

This goes against MIller's assertion that interest in Linux distros has waned since 2004 - 2005. It just happens that interest in his preferred Linux distros has waned since that time.

You'd be able to see this more clearly if Google Trends allowed for plotting a line representing the total of all the others. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to give that option (or at least I can't find it anyway).

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