* Posts by Gobhicks

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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

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Space Wombles

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Re: Kif Koker

Kif Toker?

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

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"My Mind is Blown" - Eraserhead pic would be good, but might have licensing issues.

"Are You Tripping?" - sunshine blotter design, maybe?

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Apple to settle with Samsung? Korean honcho: 'Fuggedaboutit'

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Optional

Pertinaceously, I favour "pertinacity" over "pertinaceousness".

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Swedish boffins: An ICE AGE is coming, only CO2 can save us

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Re: Ice age?

Which hand?

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Bond fans: Test your 007 trivia, now!

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17/50

Yes, I was clicking at random (most of the time).

Took my 11-year-old to see Skyfall last weekend. He thought it was brilliant.

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Monty Python legend Eric Idle and rockstar boffin Cox write a song

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Happy

14 Billion Years

This probably doesn't answer bolccg's question, but it's pretty cool...

http://scaleofuniverse.com/

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Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

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Headmaster

Re: Uh...

You must be a Merkin. Over here the first floor is the one on top of the ground floor.

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Voyager's 35th birthday gift: One-way INTERSTELLAR ticket

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Happy

Awesome achievement...

... but I bet NASA's sorry they caved in and shelled out for the extended guarantee

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Robot rover Curiosity sets out on first long Mars trip

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Happy

OR

Spacetruckinlasertotinnukepoweredrockerbogiedgalerovinlifesensincooltechof....NASA!

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Jury awards Apple $1bn damages in Samsung patent case

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Headmaster

Re: So

It is, in fact, very common for the US patent appeals court (the CAFC) to over-rule first instance findings. In a case of this complexity there are likely to be multiple grounds of appeal on different aspects of the original trial, each of which could be reversed or returned to the court of first instance to be looked at again in light of directions from the CAFC. Beyond the CAFC there is the Supreme Court, but there is no automatic right of appeal to the Supremes.

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Hidden Grand Canyon-sized ICE-HOLE hastens Antarctic melt

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Boffin

Obligatory HP Lovecraft reference re any Antarctic wierdness...

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ITC was wrong: Apple, RIM owe us $1bn for that patent – Kodak

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Holmes

Re: What exactly is 218 patent?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. This patent originated in 1994. Read the background section. We tend to forget how quickly techniology has evolved in recent decades, and to undervalue the vision and ingenuity that made this possible.

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The Higgs boson search continues ... into ANOTHER dimension

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Happy

Re: "what happened before the big bang"

...Bang/Crunch/Bang/Crunch/... not a new idea. I recall musing on the possibility of sentient entities that might persist through Bang/Crunch cycles. Aye them were't days, lad, the days of shrooms and poses.

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NASA counts down to nuclear tank invasion of Mars

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WTF?

Is this for real?...

.. or has reality been confused with an episode of the Big Bang Theory???

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Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers

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Linux

Damn...

...someone beat me to the penguin!

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Canary Islands host long-distance quantum teleportation

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Paris Hilton

All very interesting...

... but (off topic, but not completely): while we are diligently surveying Universe with all kinds of instruments at all kinds of wavelengths, are we systematically collapsing the Cosmic Wave Function towards one out its many potential states, and when this process is complete, will cats inherit whatever remains?

Paris, cuz you know she thinks about this stuff all the time.

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New Apple keyboard patent may spell trouble for Android

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Stop

RTFP

From claim 1:

"in response to an input by a user, displaying simultaneously a plurality of objects that correspond to the plurality of soft keyboards; and, in response to selection of one of the plurality of objects by the user, displaying in the first area the soft keyboard that corresponds to the selected object"

The other independent claims have similar limitations. You need to do something before you get a choice of keyboards to select from. I'm not saying it's patentable, but it doesn't cover an Android keyboard with a permanently visible keyboard-toggle button.

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US dope farmer in Walmart rattlesnake chomp shock

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Re: You better stay away from Copperhead Road

I had a feeling that would come back to bite me. Must do more research.

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Stop

You better stay away from Copperhead Road

Just a pity that a copperhead is a viper and not a rattler...

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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

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Black Helicopters

... or so "they" would have you believe

You may never touch the Master, but you can tickle his creatures

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Apple sued for every touchscreen device by Flatworld prof

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Re: Read the Patent

Then again, the patent does seem to be talking about "throwing" individual items off the screen, rather than switching screens. This would be a matter of claim interpretation, which in the USA involves a preliminary hearing. The judge decides what the claims actually mean and the jury is constrained by the judge's interpretation. The judge's interpretation is not always intuitively obvious (ahem...)

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Gobhicks

Re: Read the Patent

Hmmm - you might have a point there...

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Gobhicks
Stop

Read the Patent

All of the independent claims include this or similar wording:

"when the image is being dragged ... and the system detects that the velocity with which the image is being dragged exceeds a threshold velocity, the system responds by removing the image from the display without leaving any representative thereof in the display"

i.e. you can kinda "flick" items off the screen without actually dragging them off the edge.

Do iPhones do that? I'm pretty sure my Android doesn't.

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Google founders, James Cameron, go asteroid mining

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FAIL

"...emerging concept..."?

... mining the asteroid belt has been a staple of science fiction for decades!

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Plastic that SELF-REPAIRS using light unleashed by prof

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Meh

Cool as far as it goes...

... but where is Imipolex after all these years since Gravity's Rainbow?

Possible answer: already invented, now highly Classified?

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Daniel Craig like Connery, Skyfall helmsman suggests

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WTF?

Amazing...

... just amazing, that anyone even cares about James Bond in C21...

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Apple wants to OWN YOUR VERY SOLE

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Headmaster

BTW

Before getting one's (smart) knickers in a twist, one should look at the actual patent, which cites hundreds of prior art references and has really quite narrow claims....

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Gobhicks
Happy

Try getting in to a night club...

... wearing those "smart garments"...

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Banana war: Velvet Underground shoots holes in Apple bag

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Meh

Hmmm - interesting

Their argument seems to be that there is no artistic copyright in the image (dubious) over which the Warhol Foundation can exercise control, but that VU have acquired trade mark rights through extended use (at least potentially valid - you can acquire (limited) trade mark rights even in commonly used words in such a way, and the VU banana is certainly distinctive). There is likely some conflict between respective copyright and trade mark rights - I very much doubt that in the heady days of the Factory these fine legal nuances would have been thrashed out between the VU and Warhol.

Predicted score: lawyers 5 - 0 other parties. I'll settle for All Tomorrow's Parties.

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Intel ignores Steve Jobs, adds touchscreen to Ultrabook

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Unhappy

Cohabitate?!

Urgh

Clearly inhabitated by illiterates.

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Vint Cerf: 'The internet is not a human right'

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To be continued later, down the pub...

I hardly think that an El Reg comment thread is likely to resolve one of the great questions of the human condition - the meaning of “human rights” - especially on a Friday. I will say this though:

There is a difference between rights to exist, think, speak, associate etc. without being oppressed and rights of access to any particular resource, whether that resource is clean water, any medicine you care to name, education, the Internet, etc.

The former can be declared to be rights that any society claiming to be civilised must assert.

The latter are dependent on a society’s ability to deliver them. Any society claiming to be civilised must surely set standards for itself in relation to such rights, and such standards must necessarily evolve over time.

Not so long ago, literacy and numeracy were the preserve of a tiny elite. Now, some minimum standard of literacy and numeracy must be regarded as a basic right in any modern civilised society; i.e. a right of access to some level of education.

A right of access to the Internet is in the same category, it’s just a question of what society chooses as the minimum bandwidth that should be available to all.

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