* Posts by Gobhicks

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US Navy runs into snags with aircraft carrier's electric plane-slingshot

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Re: We all need less stress...

"He was famously described as having "played too much football without a helmet""

That was Lyndon B Johnson that was...

Something QI I just learned:

"Lyndon B Johnson is often [also] reported to have said of Ford that “He can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.” What he did say was “He can’t fart and chew gum at the same time.” The US media deliberately misrepresented the remark in the interests of decency."

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/presidents/gerald-r-ford-1451818.html

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Asteroid nearly gave Earth a new feature, two days after its discovery

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Re: Who's Piloting this Planet

Attention technicians of Spaceship Earth. This is your captain speaking. Your captain is dead.

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Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

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Whatever

George R Romero should be a billionaire by now if intellectual property had any credibility.

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Vinyl and streaming sales offset CD decline in UK music sales

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Convenience rules

That's why CDs killed vinyl. Most people aren't audiophiles. They just want hear what they want, when they want, with minimum hassle. I'll wager that most of the vinyl being bought now will never be played, ever. And that most of what gets played will be played on cheap and nasty decks through cheap and nasty outputs. Two words: Bluetooth Turntable. Give me strength.

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Re: Colour me sceptical

"but on any technical measure it will be outperformed by CD"

Well, you see, that's it right there. The quality of the listening experience is subjective.

I once got to hear Muddy Waters played on a top end Linn LP12 system, set up by the engineers who designed it, in their own factory demo room. Concrete and three-dimensional ... an audio hologram made of lead crystal. I remember it vividly. So there.

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Re: @ It's understandable...

OMG, the Femmes...

When I got my first half-decent hi-fi, mid 80s - Creek 4040 amp, Heybrook HB1 speakers, Dual CS-505 turntable - one of the first things I played was the Femmes first album. "Blister in the Sun" - brilliant, then "Kiss Off"...

...

It's not enough it's just a habit

Hey kid your sick well darling this is it

- DAHDAHDAHDAHDA-DA

made me, literally, jump out of my seat.

I've had much better amps and speakers since then and it has NEVER EVER sounded remotely as powerful in any digital format. The Jesus & Mary Chain also never sounded better than on 12" 45. Last year I dug my Dual out of the attic and got it to work, briefly, so I got a Rega RP1. "Two Tribes" on 12" 45 is just epic. What's the difference? Hard to describe. Better? Oh yes.

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NASA explains how 'Spiders' grow on Mars

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The Spiders from Mars...

... are pretty Ziggy (and, technically, made of Stardust). Bowie, ahead of the curve as always.

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Will Wikipedia honour Jimbo's promise to STOP chugging?

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What to do?

After years of using Wikipedia for free, this month I caved in and gave them £20. I paid by credit card so I guess I could get it back. Should I?

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NASA – get this – just launched 8 satellites from a rocket dropped from a plane at 40,000ft

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I'm reminded once again...

They're ain't have been some clever bastards.

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US Supreme Court slashes Samsung's patent payout to Apple

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Facts, good story etc.

The SCOTUS only decided a very narrow point here, which won't necessarily result in "slashed" (or even reduced) damages:

"Held: In the case of a multicomponent product, the relevant “article of manufacture” for arriving at a §289 damages award need not be the end product sold to the consumer but may be only a component of that product...

Because the term “article of manufacture” is broad enough to embrace both a product sold to a consumer and a component of that product, whether sold separately or not, the Federal Circuit’s narrower reading cannot be squared with §289’s text. Absent adequate briefing by the parties, this Court declines to resolve whether the relevant article of manufacture for each design patent at issue here is the smartphone or a particular smartphone component. Doing so is not necessary to resolve the question presented, and the Federal Circuit may address any remaining issues on remand."

Basically, they've said that the lower court's reasoning was wrong, but declined to say whether the conclusion reached by that reasoning was also wrong.

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Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK

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It's BOC time, obviously...

Canadian Mounted, baby police force at work

Red and black, it's their color scheme

Get their man in the end

(It's all right)

It's all right

(It's all right)

It's all right

(It's all right)

Ah yeah, my honies know it's all right

(It's all right)

It's all right

(It's all right)

It's all right

(It's all right)

Ah yeah, baby knows it's all right

You'd kill, you'd maim

(Ah, c'mon kill 'em)

You'd kill, you'd maim

(Look out)

C'mon my husky

Frontenac Chateaus baby I cross the frontier at ten

I got a whip in my hand, baby

And a girl or a husky at leather's end

(It's all right)

It's all right

(It's all right)

It's all right

(It's all right)

Ah yeah, baby knows it's all right

(It's all right)

It's all right

(It's all right)

It's all right

(It's all right)

Yeah baby,…

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

Gobhicks

Mars is too good for them

I wouldn't send those people to Mars. Mars doesn't deserve that. I'd just fire them off into deep space. And never mind about radiation shielding.

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Star Trek's Enterprise turns 50 and still no sign of a warp drive. Sigh

Gobhicks

Remember the Guild

Mutation and powerful psychedelics, that's the way to do hyperspace. Of course you also need a Holtzmann Generator.

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The Internet of Cows is moo-ving fast … no bull!

Gobhicks

Classic 23 there in the pic...

... what can it mean? And Pokemon Go is just another step in conditioning the population for when the real aliens come out onto the streets.

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Boffins boggle, baffled by blobs deep inside the Earth

Gobhicks

The Lobes of Cthulhu

Clearly

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Lester Haines: RIP

Gobhicks
Pint

Playmobil or it hasn't happened

Very very sad, Godspeed Lester, condolences to your loved ones

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'I am not a lizard' Zuckerberg proclaims in public Q&A

Gobhicks

It's all true

What's he like?

What's he Like?

David Icke

David Icke

David Icke

David Icke

What's he like?

That David Icke

(source: a friend of my bro's who's name I can't remember, but who's awesome lyrics I remember all too clearly)

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Let's play: 'IT values or hipster folk band?'

Gobhicks

Ennui, Existentialism and Enervation

No wait, that's me...

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

Gobhicks

Re: Dark Energy

Dark Fudge - my new favourite band, especially their killer tune, Big Bang Baby. If they don't exist, it will be necessary to create them.

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King Tut's iron dagger of extraterrestrial origin

Gobhicks

Re: So, just common iron then?

If you look up "Irony" in an American dictionary, it says "See: Ferrous".

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Curiosity find Mars' icecaps suck up its atmosphere

Gobhicks

Re: More information please...

Thanks! That's what I thought, but the article suggested there was something uniquely Martian about it.

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Gobhicks

More information please...

"Mars' orbit is elliptical" - unlike all the other perfectly circular orbits?

"...so the South receives less solar energy than the North..." - I'm genuinely interested, any chance of a proper explanation?

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I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

Gobhicks

Meta the Author

Meta-journalism, or something of that sort, I suppose. Droll. How Droll? In the eye of the meta-reader.

Go to San Francisco, spend a year in outer space, with a sweet little San Franciscan girl.

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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Re: A

@ adnim You really don't have a clue what kind of people do Mountain Rescue or why they do it, do you?

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Ouch! Subaru telescope catches astroid prang

Gobhicks

Does God play dice...

... or just billiards?

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Apple files patent for long-rumoured iRing-type bling

Gobhicks

Re: What not How?

This is a published patent application, not a granted patent.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Gobhicks

He's not the Messiah, he's a very nerdy boy

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POLAR DINOSAURS prowled ARCTIC NIGHT, cast doubt on COLD BLOOD theory

Gobhicks

So what? ...

... God planted some fossils in the wrong place. Nobody's perfect.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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If only there was some way to check out a Nail Bar before you get there....

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Boffins learn to send boredom-beating suggestions to smartphone-fondlers

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Physician Heal Thyself

I don't think its the users that need better ways to spend their time...

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ALIEN SLIME SHOCKER: Approaching comet probably NOT inhabited, say boffins

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Panspermia Rules

Prof Wickramasinghe - he of the Kerala red rain business... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_rain_in_Kerala

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Behold the mighty Swiss SPACE JUNK NOSHER PODULE

Gobhicks

Space Wombles

message ends

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Hold my vodka, comrade – I got this: Ruskies blast supplies to the ISS

Gobhicks

Re: It just boggles the mind!

The short circuit in the rear seat panel which killed Commander Powell continues to be faulty. Uh...Storage Area 9... And because he's sitting next to it, it continues to bother Pinback. Storage Area 9 self-destructed last week, destroying entire ship's supply of toilet paper. That's all.

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Rosetta spots potholes IN SPAAACE: Someone call the galactic council

Gobhicks

Badgers

Badger setts. Badgers are the answer to everything.

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

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Badgers

Shoot badgers at them with a rail gun.

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

Gobhicks

The power of "strange"....

Also, boffin = pologist, then? (anthroboffins).

Escaboffin doesn't really work though.

With sincere aboffinies....

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TERROR in ORBIT: Dodgy rocket burp biffs International Space Station off track

Gobhicks

Malfunction, eh?

Uh, HAL, what just happened?

I'm not sure Dave, perhaps you should go and investigate.

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BRAIN STORM: Nine mislaid cerebra found near railway line in New York

Gobhicks

The zombies are getting smarter...

... leaving animal brains as cop-bait...

Hfuhruhurr

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Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

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Devil

But for sheer mindless...

... blast as fast as you can for as long as you can keep it up.... does anyone remember a game called Backlash? (Atari ST, don't know about anything else)

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

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Happy

The Brunels, ladies and gentlemen...

... brilliant at engineering, rubbish at everything else...

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How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

Gobhicks

Re: Kif Koker

Kif Toker?

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Rosetta's comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is one FUGLY space rock

Gobhicks

Explains why comets get all dressed up when they come downtown...

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SCORE: Rosetta probe hits orbit of duck-shaped comet

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Happy

Only 24 Comments???

No-one could think of anything snarky to say about this, apparently, which is encouraging in itself.

Please allow me to add my most enthusiastic felicitations to those already expressed.

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Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89

Gobhicks

Re: colours look sort of iPhone 5C

Actually it's Adobe who have the exclusive rights to every colour in the visible spectrum. Their lawyers will be in touch soon.

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Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it

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Crowley Page Boleskine RAW

Crowley Page Boleskine RAW

Crowley Page Boleskine RAW

Crowley Page Boleskine RAW

Cthulhu!

Cthulhu!

Cthulhu!

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We all owe our EXISTENCE to lovely VOLCANOES, say boffins

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Alien

Cthulhu, Lovecraft, Mountains, Madness etc.

... message ends

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

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Go

Awesome!

That's what the 21st century should look like! More futuristic wackiness, s'il-vous plait, mes amis!

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NASA's orbiting space-broadband probe LADEE beams back Moon snaps

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Black Helicopters

FRESH IMPACT CRATER

I'm too late to post a comment on the original story, so I'll put this here:

How come the NASA images of the Martian impact crater are date-stamped 15/09/2009 15:51???

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Large Hadron Collider competition: VOTE NOW to choose the WINNER

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Sensation: Chinese Jade Rabbit FOUND ON MOON

Gobhicks

A bit of perspective needed

Personally I'm delighted to see humans pursuing the exploration of space and the things in it, and kudos to the Chinese for joining in.

But:

a) They haven't done anything that hasn't been done before

b) It would be remarkable if a nation of their size, wealth and capabilities couldn't do this, it's just a question of them deciding it's worth their while

c) Millions of people walk about with more computing power in their pockets than was used to accomplish the last soft landings on the moon, including missions that got real live people there and back again.

Come on China, do something pioneering and really impress us!

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