* Posts by twelvebore

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Protesters stop ground breaking on world's largest telescope

twelvebore

Ugh. Nuanced PR spin.

Europe has *already* started construction of a larger telescope (E-ELT, with a 39m primary mirror). That is scheduled to start operating in 2024.

So it's a case of choosing words very carefully - "world's largest telescope when it starts operating in 2022". Better than "construction of the world's second largest telescope delayed - again" I suppose.

I hate PR.

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

twelvebore

Re: remember for a lot of people

"Most people of any importance anyway :-P"

In their own estimation, maybe.

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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Coat

Re: Also, that Alienware console is gorgeous.

Gorgeous? If you're sixteen maybe. At my age I prefer faux mahogany or walnut veneer :)

I hope this thing has a UHF output for my TV, and is compatible with the controllers from my Colecovision.

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Forget Mars: Let's get someone on the Moon – NASA veteran

twelvebore

Re: Time to get off this planet for survival of the species

Hmmm.... it's been a while since I listened to that album, or even read the book, but I thought it was the "perfect" hi-Q society that was forced to prey upon the Earth-based losers with their envious eyes, etc?

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twelvebore
Meh

Re: Time to get off this planet for survival of the species

So you need to find a source of funding that's not coupled to "world leader asses". While you're at it you might like to take stock that the section of the population that are most efficient at breeding are, broadly speaking, the moron section. The moron section that, once it reaches voting age, votes in the world-leading asses.

Have you tried firing up a Kickstarter for your Moon colony ambition? Shoudn't be too difficult to find a select group of very rich people who pay to get away from the scum that inhabits this rock to found a new colony of the best and the brightest on the Moon.

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Indian military pondered attack on Venus and Jupiter

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Happy

... assuming they can get a mobile phone signal

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Amazon's profit-eating machine revs into overdrive

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?

So is Amazon "spending the year dead for tax reasons"?

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HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash

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Happy

Re: I cant wait

I visited Shetland a few years ago and was highly amused to see lots of the brown Scottish Tourist Board road signs had had the thistle and the word Scottish spray-painted over. The sort of thing you see in Scotland and Wales on anything with an English slant.

I certainly got the impression that someone there wanted the Scots to git forked.

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UN to call for 'pre-emptive' ban on soulless robot bomber assassins

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Coat

Re: Not sure I get this

So the UN is making a stand against recycling??!

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Congress: It's not the Glass that's scary - It's the GOOGLE

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Happy

Well...

A better example would be you recording me walking into M&S without me knowing... then when I get home and start using my PC/tablet/whatever to read The Register, I get lots of pop-up ads telling me the great deals on lingerie I missed in M&S today, and how I might like to visit the pizza restaurant you went to after you filmed me in M&S.

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UPHEAVAL as Otellini retires: Will Intel look inside?

twelvebore

Re: Big challenges

"They screwed up big time with 64-Bit. Producing Itanic and then letting AMD produce the 64-Bit architecture we have today"

... and they've then gone on to crucify AMD with their own instruction set. To the point that certain websites are predicting AMD leaving the parts of x86-space where 64-bit is relevant.

I've not great love for Intel, but I have to say when they stop messing about and concentrate on pure technological execution, they can really get the job done..

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Earth-sized planet found at Alpha Centauri B

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WTF?

Embargo

Did you just break the Nature embargo? Or was that someone else?

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iPhone 5: skinny li'l fella with better display, camera, software

twelvebore

Re: And?

Maybe not a good upgrade for your 4S, but it looks like a nice replacement for my 3GS!

You don't *have* to change your phone every 12 months!

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Hands on with LG's 21:9 monitors

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Unhappy

Ugh, 1080 again.

Waiting for the 40" 3972x1600 pix version for some proper wide-screen desktop and games playing.

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Beck's open-source challenge to freetards: play it yourself!

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Coat

Dear Mr Beck

Some guys from 1880 called, they want to chat about you nicking their ideas...

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

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Happy

Re: I'm more concerned...

So phone them up.

I downgraded from the 20Mb "old-L" package to a 30Mb "new-M" package, they were round to fit my new modem within a day or two. This despite my area being marked as due for the doubling upgrade months from now.

My broadband bill is now £10 cheaper than it was, my broadband is faster, the caps are less silly, the new modem was free.

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New gov.uk site hits beta, flashes SINGLE typeface to punters

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Font choice

Not sure how to take this.

Is this the ultimate sign of Mr Cameron's austerity measures kicking in? The size of the UK public debt means that our government can only afford one font license now?

Is this a left-over from Mr Brown's premiership? One Font To Rule Them All, One Font To Blind Them?

Or is it Mr Clegg's influence? Looks good at first glance, but in doesn't work in any real-life? But at least it's scrupulously fair, in that it's equally crap for everybody.

On the bright side, at least it's not Comic Sans.

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Does Britain really need a space port?

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Happy

A good place to ascend to orbit...

...how about Ascension Island? It's roughly as close to the equator as Kourou. It's surrounded by ocean too, so less chance of pissing off the Germans or Scandinavians if something goes wrong.

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Nvidia drops veil on game-changing might of VGX

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Coffee/keyboard

From thin to thick and back again

21st century X-terminals then.

Didn't SGI (Silicon Graphics back then) push this sort of stuff a couple of decades ago?

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Virgin Media site goes titsup in Pirate Bay payback attack

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WTF?

Re: Well Well

Hmm. Let me see...

- VM throttle my 30Mbit connection to 15Mbit if I download more than a certain amount at peak times

- no other ISP in my area is capable of providing more than 6Mbit *at any time of day*, regardless of what I or others are doing

Yep. Makes sense to ditch VM and go elsewhere, for sure!

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Mobile phones still safe... probably

twelvebore
Black Helicopters

Re: Where's all the DoD/MoD/Russian Data

So I guess the important points in your proposition are that:

a) the evidence is there, it's all been known for years by Some People

b) the evidence is being kept secret from The Other People

I can't put my finger on it, but this sounds very familiar. I'm sure I've heard this before, or maybe seen it on the telly in some programme or other.

Can you tell me, is deja vu a symptom of having my brain fried by RF radiation? Or have I been hanging around the Internet for too long?

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twelvebore
Coat

Off the top of my head, here's a few candidates for the next Big Health Scare that I'd like the Daily Mail to pick up and run with:

1. worrying about stuff you don't understand causes stress, and consequentially leads to an increased risk of heart disease, and other stuff you don't understand (hence causing more stress, see point 1).

2. reading Daily Mail headlines leads you to worry about stuff you don't understand, whilst simultaneously failing to educate you about said stuff. This leads to an increased risk of heart disease, and other stuff you don't understand (see point 1).

3. listening to people who read the Daily Mail causes stress, with a consequent increased risk of heart disease. See points 1 and 2.

4. apparently there's been a massive increase in heart disease over the past few years. I should be worried, because it's all due to stuff I don't understand. According to the Daily Mail and a bloke I met down the pub. See points 1, 2 and 3. And 4.

5. Sod it. I'm off to drown my sorrows in alcohol. Apparently this isn't good for my health. According to the Daily Mail. See points 1, 2, 3 ... 4... and most of the rest of the book.

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IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

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Facepalm

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the attitude that leads our children to be brought up in such a way that they're utterly incapable of dealing with the way things work in the real world.

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Fretting Googler retracts anti-Google+ rant

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Headmaster

So do you reckon that the Google "bulldog" enforcers got to him?!

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Multimillionaire's private space ship 'can land on Mars'

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Coat

OK

Chop chop then. If you can do it, do it. Mars is only 18 months away, so what's stopping you? Looking forward to the first tweet from Mars. All privately funded of course.

Would be even better if the technology had been entirely privately funded, rather than "standing on the shoulders of giants", with the giants being the giant piles of cash spent by the Western and Eastern Bloc governments throughout the Hot and Cold Wars developing the basic under-pinnings of this private-sector-poster-child technology.

So much easier to do stuff on the cheap if you build it on someone else's IP without paying the full costs.

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NASA's Glory climate-data sat crashes into Pacific on launch

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WTF?

Oral hygiene

Why did I first read that as "Sabotaged by the dentists"? Must be pub time, it's been a long day.

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Antique Nimrod subhunters scrapped – THANK GOODNESS!

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Boffin

History

Erm... have you clicked on the 'History of SOFIA' link on that web page?

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Bletchley Park to rebuild pioneering EDSAC computer

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Coat

I want to know...

...how this mother is gonna overclock. Are they shooting for the 10Hz record?

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Why did my server just die?

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Badgers

<title>

Are you sure that this story doesn't say more about the pitfalls of virtualisation? In particular in virtualising production and test platforms onto the same physical server?

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World of diamonds bigger than the Ritz discovered

twelvebore
Boffin

It's big

WASP-12b is 1.4 times the mass of Jupiter.

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Gov decides not to have scientific advice on drugs any more

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Megaphone

Title

To be honest, if they're going to continue in the vein they have been to date, where the influence of science on policy comes a distant third to the Daily Mail and the Catholic Church then I'd rather there weren't any scientists on the ACMD. At least then we can do away with the transparent pretence that policy is based on evidence rather than the whimsies of the "I don't like it so you can't do it" brigade.

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USA to bin colour-code terror warning system - report

twelvebore
Badgers

Brown alert

Surely there should be a level above red alert, ie. brown alert?! For when all those things you've been worrying about have just happened and it's just hit the fan...

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Virgin demands ISPs end broadband speed 'con'

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Megaphone

Line rental

The other con that they can stop is failing to quote the proper headline price when advertising their broadband - they forget to mention that you need to pay an extra £12/month or so renting a phone line that you may well not want.

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Colonel who slammed Afghan HQ PowerPoint culture is fired

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Thumb Up

Haha!

"His duty position and responsibilities did not offer him the situational awareness needed to validate his postings to the media"

translation: he don't know what he talkin' 'bout sucka! He jus' jive talkin'!

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Samsung R780 17.3in laptop

twelvebore
Pint

My personal take

Well my missus has one of these, it's a decent machine but my biggest gripe is that the inclusion of a numeric keypad shifts the main part of the keyboard to the left. This makes for a somewhat weird typing experience for a touch typist, especially in the dark.

Oh and while we're on the subject of typing in the dark, when are all >£500 laptops going to get with the 21st century and include an illuminated keyboard?

Other than that it's a decent bit of kit.

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What can Google's tablet deliver?

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WTF?

Huh?

Posts like this confuse me. It's like people are willfully missing the point of consumer-oriented tablets like the iPad and so on.

The executive of any company that makes a tablet aimed at the "I want SSH and X11" crowd should be taken out the back and shot by its shareholders.

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80% of devs chafe at Apple's App Store cash split

twelvebore
WTF?

In other news ... Pope craps in woods, bears are Catholic

So basically they asked developers if they'd prefer to get more money for their apps, and on average the answer was yes? Where can I get a job asking these questions?

Would these devs prefer a 33 / 33 / 33-and-you-foot-the-bill-for-production split of a more traditional distribution model?

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Big Phone to US: 'Give us spectrum. Then shut up'

twelvebore
FAIL

Newsflash

In other news, foxes have called for de-regulation of access to the chicken coup.

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Jobs: I'll decide what to do with Apple's $40bn cash pile

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Badgers

Content

My money would be on them buying a media company (Time Warner is about $40bn from what I can see). Need lots of content for that $1bn data centre to stream to all those iP[ao]ds.

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Google's Android code deleted from Linux kernel

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Coat

Forking hell

Google in embrace, extend, exterminate shocker . Who'd'a thunk it?

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AT&T plans $2bn wireless overhaul

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Coat

Timing

Building a network worthy of the first decade of the 21st century.

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Report calls for mandatory shared back office

twelvebore
FAIL

Centralise

Central government should take over the role and aggregate the back-office functions of *all* English local councils into a single, large, central, multi-billion pound facility. What could possibly go wrong?

Oh, wait...

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BT names 63 more exchanges for fibre upgrades

twelvebore
Troll

Stoneygate

That exchange serves more than just the posh bits of Stoneygate - it's my local exchange and my area solidly blue-collar.

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Outrageous new means of megastar demise spotted

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Coat

Well

An Arcturan Megabeetle of course

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NASA's Kepler telescope finds 5 new planets

twelvebore
Boffin

Simple and pretty secure

The way the density is derived is fairly simple, it's basic geometry and Newtonian physics. The major uncertainty comes from estimating the size and mass of the host star, and typically it's less than about 10% in each of those - certainly well enough understood to know that these exceptional planet densities are highly unlikely to be due to errors. Put it this way - if these estimates are way off then we seriously misunderstand how our Earth orbits our Sun!

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twelvebore
Boffin

Other way round

The orbital period (or more intuitively the distance from the star to the planet*) determines the planet temperature, not the other way round. Basically the closer they are to the star, the more energy they receive from it.

(*) orbital distance and orbital period are closely related through Keplers Laws.

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twelvebore
Boffin

Very uncertain, probably very distant

The patch of sky Kepler is looking at mostly contains stars which are a fair distance away (thousands of parsecs). Measuring the distances of stars that far away is difficult, the results usually have large error-bars. That's probably why the distances aren't mentioned - they're unknown to a precision worth quoting.

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Google 'open' memo betrays deep corporate delusion

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FAIL

Not evil, just hypocrits

You're misreading the article - it's not saying that "Google is evil" it's saying that Google are a bunch of hypocrits. Which they are.

Your PC experience is far improved since the arrival of Microsoft (yes, even if you don't use Windows). Would you trust them to go unfettered and unchallenged in the marketplace?

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Quickening satellite quickens pulses at ESA

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Paris Hilton

@AC 17:01

You don't really understand how science works, do you?

This effect may well end up re-writing the laws of physics, but before we get to that point we have to be damned sure it's not due to some phenomenon that's well currently well understood by the laws of physics, but not factored in to the models used to predict the positions, movements and accelerations of spacecraft.

To paraphrase Sherlock Holmes “When you have eliminated the possible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” What teh boffins are going through currently if the first bit, eliminating the possible. There are many possibilities, these effects are exquisitely subtle. This is definitely a two-pipe problem.

Believe what you will though.

Paris, because she's defied the laws of physics live on video.

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Hands off our boffins!

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Boffin

Priorities

Given how well science works in this country and how poorly the government performs in comparison in delivering "economic and social value-for-money", maybe they should first get their own house in order?

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