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We all owe our EXISTENCE to lovely VOLCANOES, say boffins

Gobhicks
Alien

Cthulhu, Lovecraft, Mountains, Madness etc.

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
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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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

Gobhicks

"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'

Gobhicks

Optional

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

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

Gobhicks

Re: Ice age?

Which hand?

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Bond fans: Test your 007 trivia, now!

Gobhicks

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

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
Happy

OR

Spacetruckinlasertotinnukepoweredrockerbogiedgalerovinlifesensincooltechof....NASA!

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Jury awards Apple $1bn damages in Samsung patent case

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
Linux

Damn...

...someone beat me to the penguin!

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Canary Islands host long-distance quantum teleportation

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks

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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Gobhicks
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'

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks

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

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
WTF?

Amazing...

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

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Apple wants to OWN YOUR VERY SOLE

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
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

Gobhicks
Unhappy

Cohabitate?!

Urgh

Clearly inhabitated by illiterates.

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

Gobhicks

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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NASA detects 'heartbeat' of pint-sized star-sucker

Gobhicks
Happy

D'oh!

This headline got me confused with the Foo Fighters seismograph thang - who was that pint-sized star-sucker?

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US.gov: We aren't hiding any space aliens

Gobhicks

Not...

Obama isn't an alien. He was grown in a vat by the CIA. GH Bush started the program. GW Bush was a first, not very good, effort.

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Peat bogs will not cause runaway global warming

Gobhicks
Boffin

Fine...

... but what about thawing permafrost?

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Apple shouldn't bother with TV...

Gobhicks
Happy

Sony Bravia internet TV (iPlayer, Youtube, LoveFilm etc), D-Link powerline adapters, bog-standard USB HDD + Android Sony Remote Media app... simples (and much more simples than I anticipated). OK, still a way to go in terms of complete access to everything anywhere, but getting easier and cheaper all the time.

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Apple versus Samsung: key points in the ruling

Gobhicks
Meh

Ackshly...

Don't know if you're aware of the extent of patent shenanigans surrounding Electronic Program Guides for TVs...

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

Gobhicks

US Patent 8,032,843, issued October 4, 2011

US Patent 8,032,843, issued October 4, 2011

Inventors: Ording; Bas (Sunnyvale, CA), Jobs; Steven P. (Palo Alto, CA), Lindsay; Donald J. (Mountain View, CA)

Assignee: Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)

Claim 1

A method for displaying graphical representations of launchable applications on a display of a device comprising: displaying on the display a visible mechanism for launching one or more launchable applications, wherein the visible mechanism comprises multiple user-activatable graphical representations that respectively correspond to multiple launchable applications; detecting a position of a user input proximate to at least one of the graphical representations; in response to the detecting, increasing in size the at least one of the graphical representations; and increasing one or more of the remaining graphical representations to one or more respective sizes, each size being at least approximately inversely related to a distance between the respective one of the remaining graphical representations and the detected position.

No comment

It won't be his last. Steve is named as an inventor in numerous patent applicaitons still pending.

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Belgian buccaneers invade Rockall

Gobhicks
Headmaster

Re Anthrax

You're thinking of Gruinard Island, which is actually less than a mile offshore and was quarantined from WW2 until 1990.

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China's patent EXPLOSION could leave West behind

Gobhicks
Headmaster

Actually...

... a PCT "International" patent application does not turn into an "International" Patent. You need to prosecute it to grant separately in each country where you want protection, ending up with a bundle of independent national patents. The main benefit of a PCT application is to keep your options open at relatively low cost before committing to the expense of those individual national applications.

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Larry Page sees 'tragic' future for Google

Gobhicks
Devil

The dream of reason...

... produces monsters. AKA the law of unintended consequences.

Accidents of history and the vagaries of fortune do it too. A runaway success like Google, and like Microsoft before it, creates a virtual monopoly/monoculture that ultimately isn't good for anyone without a vested interest.

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Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the hard disk

Gobhicks
Pint

Lest we forget

Let's also blow a trumpet for Rodime, the Scottish-based company who (arguably) invented the modern HDD as we know it.

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'Apple is not going to change,' new boss says

Gobhicks
Devil

IMHO

The iPod/iTunes would never have gained traction without Gracenote, and subsequent history would have been very different.

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Seven Dwarfs password gag declared Fringe's best

Gobhicks
Meh

uh-huh

Comedy is a serious business. Funny that...

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NASA Legonauts set for Jupiter voyage

Gobhicks
Happy

Title

From New Scientist’s Juno story:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20765-waterscouting-probe-to-take-off-for-jupiter.html

“… no one knows what matter does at the extreme pressures inside such a massive body.

“These pressures are estimated to be 50 million Earth atmospheres, says Bagenal: "Think of 100 elephants standing on top of each other with the bottom elephant standing on one foot – on a stiletto heel."”

50*10^6 A = 1 hecto-jumbo-mono-something?

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Jupiter spacecraft mounted atop bloody big rocket

Gobhicks
Alien

Come on you Reg

Oi, where's the Reg's own First Earth Trojan story?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14307987

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Fingerprint scans learn to spot chopped-off fingers

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FAIL

News?

see US Patent 5737439, published in 1998.

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