* Posts by LINCARD1000

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North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

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Re: Would anyone like to...

That's actually rather funny :-D

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Google's brand new OS could replace Android

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Devil

And I wonder how much telemetry it would be passing back to the Gobble mothership after installation - is this Google's Windows 10?

They monetize everything, Shirley they're not doing this out as a freebie to world+dog out of the goodness of their shriveled, black, advertising-bedecked hearts?

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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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Would be kinda neat to airships plying the skies again, even if they are used only for cargo. That said, I reckon there would be a fairly healthy market for passenger airships. Perhaps not huge, admittedly, but enough to be financially viable I would have thought.

Given the novelty of the method of travel, the relatively slow speed would be a feature on such a trip rather than a hindrance. After all, nobody takes a trip on an ocean cruise-liner for the speed of getting from A to B :-) For business and the like where speed is necessary you take a plane. For pleasure, why not be lofted through the air in comfort and style? I'd sure as hell pay good money for that.

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Computers vs Ebola: Scientists use big data to predict future disease hotspots

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Re: Batty, just completely crazy

Nananananananana BAT-FLAN...

/me dies laughing

Don't mind me...

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Pint

Curious

Will have to do a bit of research to find out just what the process of transmission from bat to human is.

The mind boggles otherwise. Bat blood transfusions? Having hot unprotected bat butt sex? Catching it off a toilet seat that a bat has used? Bat sneezes?

Righty ho, Friday afternoon and I am outta here. Have a great weekend all :-)

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: Blame It On A Transporter Malfunction

Or why Ferengi (etc) couldn't just use replicators to replicate gold-pressed latinum (that would quickly make it worthless, but let's not tribble, I mean quibble...). Or replicate replacement bits for various parts that get blown up on spaceships (modular? We've heard of it).

Etc

Etc

Etc...

...sometimes you just need to turn off your internal critic and enjoy it for the entertainment it's supposed to be. Not always so easy when you've got more than a couple of brain-cells to rub together and plot-holes are big enough to swallow a galaxy class starship, but I digress... :-)

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You can’t sit there, my IoT desk tells me

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Happy

Re: Let's talk balls

Been using one for about 9 months or so now, and have to say it's quite good. You very quickly get used to the fact that it's not as mobile as a regular chair and although you can be all slouchy on it, it's actually not that comfortable to do so. It also encourages you to get up and off it every now and then which is good for you anyway :-)

Only downside is the office clowns who make the same tired fucking joke every time they see you, about wanting to kick the bloody thing out from under you.

Happy bouncy fun time balls go! (we like balls)...

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Huge double boxset of Android patches lands after Qualcomm disk encryption blown open

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[expletive deleted]ing Samsung [expletive deleted]unts.

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We'll smash probe into comet 300 million miles away for kicks, er, sorry, ... for science

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Mushroom

Re: We really need better power sources

Some of the more intelligent kids brought up in a very anti-nuclear weapon/power environment work out okay in the end.

Not that I'm hugely intelligent, however I've come to realise that nuclear power was unfairly demonised by many in the early days, most likely as an off-shoot of the dislike of nuclear weaponry (which was and is justified, IMHFO).

We need nuclear power (alongside advancements in sensible forms of renewables) in order to move forward as a species. weapons not so much. Bring on cheap and safe thorium reactors! :-)

What the 'phobes don't seem to get is that while a rocket carrying a RTG type payload going "poof" wouldn't be a particularly wonderful thing, it wouldn't be the end of civilisation as we know it that many make it out to be. The benefits to science and our understanding of the universe around us vastly outweigh the slight risk of such an accident.

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Re: Root cause

Well there's your problem right there - the LASER equipped shark they used for altimeter purposes that was strapped to the side obviously caused the rocket to use up more oxidizer as it came in for a landing than they expected.

SpaceX may wish to investigate the feasibility of using smaller sharks, and perhaps strap two of them to the first stage so they have a back-up.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Pint

I had hoped this was some sort of sad joke...

...but it doesn't look like it is. Not much to add that hasn't been said already and more eloquently by others. Never met him in person but always really enjoyed his work here over the many, many years.

Wow, this has got me tearing up.

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Telegram crammed: Hackers find way to send massive messages

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Re: Telegram?!

Wrong... they are best for apple pie. Presuming of course, that you are speaking of the granny smith apple and not granny smith who lives down the road.

Oh, I don't know...

BRB, checking on my fava beans and a nice Chianti.

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UCLA shooter: I killed my prof over code theft

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Go

I hope someone remembered to feed his kitten.

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Toyota not shybot about whybot it will trybot the iBot

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Joke

Idly speculating whether or not Toyota will try and cheat on the emissions test for this thing... :-)

In all seriousness this has the possibility of positively impacting on many people's daily lives. So here's to Toyota making this sort of tech far more accessible to more people.

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Russia faces Ukraine and Georgia in Eurovision deathmatch

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Happy

Here in NZ we got the UK feed with Graham Norton's voice-over. Geeze he's a snarky wee fellow at times, isn't he? Crikey.

Great entertainment* as always :-) Although I thought Poland's jacket should have won. Not their entry, but the singers jacket. That was epic. Ukraine's entry was a bit... meh. Bring back Svetlana Loboda from a few years back, her entry was amazing.

* entertainment does not necessarily mean some of the entries were any good. Bad can be entertaining, after all.

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

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Mushroom

Re: Crappy power supplies! GAAH

Ooooh... that sounds familiar. Sleeve bearings (or similar).

I worked a few years back for a certain video conference equipment manufacturer (since borged) in their reverse logistics group and noticed a pattern of fans failing on a certain popular and high-end model of codec and did some investigation.

Sleeve bearings.

And they all began failing at once all around EMEA and APAC on codecs of a certain age. I alerted our service centres at the time to stock up on replacement fans (with ball bearings) and informed our R&D and production groups about the epidemic. I don't think they cared because the up-front cost was less for production - they didn't care about the back-end cost for repair/replacement as that didn't affect their budgets, despite it being a higher cost to the company in the longer run.

Deep sigh.

Icon for the system temperatures of some of the units. Our service centres sent me occasional photos of various faults for shits and giggles... many of these in a lovely shade of toasty brown.

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AI, VR, bots and YOU? A survivor's guide to The Future™

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Terminator

Re: Softly, Softly, Catchee HyperRadioProActive IT Power with AI Command and Control ‽ :-)*

I actually upvoted you, because I think you are El Reg's pet AI project based on what you write and when the AI apocalypse comes I want you to remember that I was nice to you and not kill me please, Mr. AIRobotMasterSirYourMajesty.

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Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: a tractor company producing real sports cars

A friend of mine refers to eggs as "bum nuts"... and now it vaguely creeps me out every time I eat one :-)

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Dick Smith database, web store sold to Kogan

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Opted out as soon as I got the email this morning, but it's actually kinda nice (if a little surprising) to see that the receivers are acting in such a responsible manner with regards to privacy of customer records and the like. Good on 'em - you don't see many such actions these days.

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Greybeard monobrow baldies rejoice! Boffins comb out hairy genes

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Trollface

Re: Meh

There's a certain irony about your Register username and your statement about being all shaved... :-)

(troll icon in lieu of a 'laugh out loud' or amused equivalent icon)

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Eurovision Song Contest uncorks 1975 vote shocker: No 'Nul point'!

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Gimp

@x7 - I LIKE PAIN :-)

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Happy

From a dirty foreigner's POV....

I love it.

Politics aside, it's just plain entertaining. Even the utterly horrible entries are entertaining if for nothing else but the train-wreck effect. And every now and then there are some truly great songs, although I wish more countries would sing in their native tongues even if the words are unintelligible; as someone else pointed out, you don't have to understand what they're saying if the way they're presenting it is beautiful.

Even though they never get anywhere, it's also rather neat to see some of the comedy entries from countries who know damned well they're not going to win, but go out there and have a good time anyway.

It's very easy for some to take it too seriously, get upset with the politics and the fact that it's several hours of Euro-fluff, but from my POV, it's just great entertainment.

As an aside, I happened to be living in Norge when they won in 2009 (I think it was). The partying in the streets afterward was something to behold. Was at a EV party hosted by a work friend and everyone there went absolutely mental. Great times. So down vote away as I know I'm in the minority here based on most of the comments so far, but just understand that from the outside some people just accept and enjoy it for the outrageous, silly but fun spectacle that it is.

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Samsung: Is gadget lust still a thing in 2016? Nope

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What djstardust and asdf said - upvote for you, upvote for him, upvote for EVERYBODY!

Burned when I bought an S4 and then found it was effectively no longer being updated less than 2 years after buying it. A premium handset should have a longer effective lifespan than 18 months - 2 years, Samsung.

That and it's loaded down with all sorts of unnecessarily fruity crapware you cannot get rid of without rooting the damned thing. And you shouldn't HAVE to do that.

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DARPA commits to brain-computer interface development project

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Devil

Call me paranoid (but not Shirley) however if they ever perfected this sort of tech what would stop them from implanting it into someone unwilling? Say POWs or prisoners or even people just suspected of being whatever the flavour du jour of pedoterrorist* is?

Would make interrogations a lot easier, possibly? Or control over the person?

* definition as suggested by whatever dodgy govt happens to be in power

While I have faith that there could be a lot of really beneficial, positive spin-offs from this sort of technology (eg for the disabled), I have little faith that it won't also be used for nefarious purposes by various agencies, which is far more likely.

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Kill Flash Now: 78 bugs patched in latest update

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Re: I want to cry...

In this instance it's two external vendor sites, so nothing we've got any active control over.

I've tried just about every kind of voodoo short of gutting a live chicken on the boss' desk to find a work-around as well.

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I want to cry...

While it's not on my personal machines at home, we are forced to have it on the comps we have at work for some business critical applications (payroll and vehicle booking). The people who make decisions here didn't even consult and the PHB didn't think to object either when these solutions were implemented.

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ISS 'nauts prepare for Cygnus space truck consensual grappling

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: All it needs is The Blue Danube as a sound track.

I say, old chap!

Don't scare the horses! :-)

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Aussies' distinctive Strine down to drunk forefathers

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Re: Kiwiland

Do you take muwk un your coffee wuth those fush'n'chups, au bro? :-)

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Huawei Q3 shipments soar, expects to shift 100 million mobes abroad this year

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Headmaster

According to the people who work for the company, "Wah-way" - the H being one of those strong, silent types.

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German football hero battles Nazi doppelgänger

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Terminator

The Matrix must be running low on memory - it's recycling faces a little too often now ;-)

(Termy icon because it's the closest I can think of)

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Shocker: Net anarchist builds sneaky 220v USB stick that fries laptops

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Black Helicopters

A tool for the paranoid...

I think this is rather neat, actually, if for nothing else but to cause a bit of mischief to prying eyes of various border security or aforementioned TLA agencies. Get stopped at the airport and ordered to hand over all electronic devices so they can be "examined" for dodgy things? Sure, here you go... Fzzzzt goes some expensive hardware.

Might possibly earn you a jolly good rubber-gloving by angry officials, however.

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Find shaving a chore? Why not BLAST your BEARD off with a RAYGUN

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Mushroom

Lasers? PFFFT!

How terribly yesterday. I'm going full-fat nuclear. Kick-start my new Razonium(tm) plutonium powered razor! It'll nuke those hairs back into the stone age and give your skin a nice, healthy* glow. Forever**!

The first 50 kick-starters who give me $50,000 each will automatically be eligible for the model that shoots frikkin' sharks from the handle!

* For very small values of healthy

** Forever being whatever plutonium's half-life is

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Pope Francis' first act in America: Halt iPhone 6S, 6S Plus deliveries

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Joke

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!

...actually, I cannot believe nobody has brought up something along the lines of "Jesus mobe" in this context!

*Edit* goddamnit, pipped at the post by Chairo... well played that, Sir and/or madam :-)

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OFFICIAL: Facebook growth BIGGER THAN ... JESUS, the INTERNET!

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Devil

TFTFY

...content free ad network...

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SPOOKY new Pluto snaps will make the HAIR RISE on the back of your neck

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Alien

Re: One Way Mission to Dwarf Planet X

Queue the theremin sound-track! :-)

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BOFH: Power corrupts, uninterrupted power corrupts absolutely

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Ah, the good ol' ET server...

"We need an engineer!"

Thassokay, Simon - I'll have my flamer and/or mobile-MG ready and waiting for you on Friday night :-)

(flame icon for my favourite BOFH roasting weapon)

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Nano – meet her: AMD's Radeon R9 4K graphics card for non-totally bonkers gamers, people

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This Actually Looks Kinda Neat

I've got a slightly aging but still quite well spec'd out Shuttle XPC gaming rig that something like this would be *perfect* for. Yeah, the price is a little high but damn if those aren't some good specs for something that size. Most cards designed for smaller cases aren't particularly powerful beasties so this makes for a pleasant change.

3 display ports is also rather spiffing eh wot! :-)

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Ads watchdog slams Mind Candy for upselling subscriptions to kids

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Paris Hilton

Bin Weevils?

AKA maggots? :-o

(Paris icon because it's the closest icon in the list that looks like a maggot)

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Parrot drone pwned (and possibly killed) with Wi-Fi log-in

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Coat

Yarrrrrr...

RAWK! POLLY WANTS A HACKER! POLLY WANTS A HACKER! RAWK!

*runs for the hills screaming like a loon*

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AI finally understands primitive sketches – aka marketing presentations

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Facepalm

You forgot to put "paradigm" in there somewhere :-)

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TPP partners plot milder copyright takedown rules

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Mushroom

The thing that...

...irks me the most is the ridiculously secret nature of the whole thing. Our respective governments (at least in nominally democratically ruled countries) should be working for the people of that country, and deliberately withholding details of this whole detail is contrary to that and infuriates me.

Our respective governments should not be bending over and handing the rapist the fucking lube!

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Meh

Re: I'm curious about the quality of the audio, myself...

Wouldn't entirely surprise me - I've not tried any other OS on the thing than 8.1.

Problem is the interference (if that's actually what it is) is also evident on the HDMI output as well (when I run it through my amp). And because one of its main roles is listening to music, that's a bit of a nuisance.

Appreciate the response, though. Thank you :-)

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Windows

I'm curious about the quality of the audio, myself...

I've got a previous gen one of these and the audio on it... well, let's just say it leaves a little to be desired. There is some sort of noise interference that comes across whether you're using analogue or digital audio connections to the thing - and it occurs when something is moving on the display (i.e. scrolling a website or document, moving a window around etc). Manifests as a buzzing sound.

I'm not the only one experiencing this either, had a look around and there are a few others. Guessing that there is some sort of crosstalk (?) from components being crammed so close together on the mainboard of the thing. I'm not an engineer or electronics expert, pure supposition on my part.

Fixed it by getting an external USB sound-card.

So far my searching hasn't turned up any instances of this for this new generation of micro-boxen, which is good as they're actually quite nifty little devices and I'd be well tempted to buy another if it deals to the sound issue.

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Another CEO goes overboard from Jay Z's Tidal music website

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Facepalm

And...

...not a tear was shed by anyone.

Well, other than a few multi-millionaire musicians, of course. Not entirely sure they thought through a business model where the music-renting public would be expected to pay more for less than they could get through a competitor.

Personally I prefer to own* the music I listen to rather than rent it.

* For various values of "own" as defined by the f-ing RIAA or whoever the hell it is.

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Mozilla flings teddy out of pram over France's 'Patriot Act'

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FAIL

France as a shining beacon of human-rights promotion?

I'd jump in the Rainbow Warrior and sail away from such hypocrisy, but then the French secret service agents would bomb it before I even left the harbour, killing someone on board. Then the agents would be captured by my countries authorities, but traded back to the French government in order to avoid trade sanctions of dairy and meat products into Europe...

Those shining beacons of human rights promotion?

Not sure what's worse. France or the NZ government. Both are surrender-monkey parasitic cowards.

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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Boffin

Conspiracy nuts need to shave more often - I hear Occam makes a fine razor? :-)

As others have pointed out, it's likely Ceres has a fairly dark surface covered in dust/grit/alien-poop etc, much like the comet the Rosetta mission is currently molesting. Many of the pictures released to the public are 'over-exposed' to make it look slightly less like a lump of coal being photographed in a cave without a flash. The bright spots I'm (educationally) guessing are probably relatively fresh impacts from smaller chunks of crapola floating around the belt that have blasted away the dark, crusty surface, melted some of the ice which has re-frozen fairly smooth and so simply reflects more light. Thus appearing as bright-spots as the image is lightened for visual consumption by us flesh-bag Earthicans.

Well, that's my crack-pot theory and I'm sticking to it.

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Boffins turns landfill WinPhones into microscopes

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Devil

Just playing "spawn of satan's" advocate here for a moment - it might not be the professional's tool of choice for serious lab work, granted. Wouldn't this be the ideal sort of thing for the developing world or in remote/rough locations where lugging around professional-grade kit isn't recommended or an option, however?

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Devil

It amuses me how many of the self-identified Christians posting here have begun with posting what initially sound like reasoned arguments, only to descend into name-calling and self-inflicted victimization. It isn't like you're a persecuted minority, unlike many of those who you have issues with. You stand to lose absolutely nothing if the various minorities have the same rights that you do in the eyes of the law.

I suspect that once all minorities (or whatever you'd like to call them) have all the same rights and privileges as everyone else that the activists will go away. That's all they're after - equal rights, the right to be treated like anyone. Everyone stands on their own merits after that.

It also amuses me that the concept of my (legally recognized) gay marriage might cause someone, somewhere to have an aneurysm :-) I'll think of you the next time I kiss my husband.

XXX

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

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Devil

Re: I wonder

Quite well I'd imagine if you gave it a decent push from the top of the staircase...

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Winning a brand new BOFH T-Shirt is as simple as...

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Devil

Re: I prefer the Bloke

Do want.

The t-shirt's not bad either...

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