* Posts by Richard Wharram

937 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008

Nature pulls ‘North Korean radioactivity’ story

Richard Wharram
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Norks

Norks.

Teehee

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MIT boffin teases space-station probe's DARK MATTER DISCOVERY

Richard Wharram
Meh

Oooh

I'm detecting an imminent dark matter event now.

Bloody Guinness.

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

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Devil

Not a big deal

Won't this mean some of us grow goatie-beards, wear leather and plot to murder our boss? (not all changed then)

And Apple will be a charity for the homeless and abandoned kittens.

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

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Devil

brew

I'm a big fan of "letting it brew"

I don't like tea though.

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Oracle wants another go at Google over Android Java copyrights

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FAIL

wtf

That is the worst analogy I've ever heard. It's like two pigs... in, err, dresses... trying to... err... do lawyery stuff... err...

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LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

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D'oh

Forgive my memory but Sooty is who from somewhere else? :)

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Richard Wharram

Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?

Also is LO4 available on the Ubuntu Software Centre or do I have to install manually?

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Earth-like planets abound in red dwarf systems

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Re: Interesting but speculative

Despite the abundance of planets around flare stars in Elite 2 I always understood that they would be extremely hostile to life due to their variability. Coupled with the fact the planets are much closer and will be tidally locked, the sunny side is going to get regular toastings.

Maybe in a trillion years when they turn to blue dwarfs they'll be a but nicer. I'm probably not going to be around to find out though.

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Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

Richard Wharram
Unhappy

No puppets?

I suspect we could solve the UK energy crisis by attaching a turbine to the late Gerry's grave :(

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First video inside thinking fish's brain captured by boffins

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Keep this away from me.

What if I'm having impure thoughts round the office?

Keep out of my mind!!!!

Mmmm, boobs.

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'Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

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Re: Advice please

It's very hard to keep a straight face when these suppliers talk about where their electricity is generated when you actually stop to think how electricity works.

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Richard Wharram

wtf?

As previously mentioned, I grew up in the Selby area with is surrounded on all sides by coal-fired power stations. As far as I'm aware Selby cancer rates are not abnormal.

Now if you'd made a joke about it turning local residents into boozy, fighty near-humans I could have laughed along with you but you didn't.

So I'm not.

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Richard Wharram

Indeed

The fact that those who build wind turbines don't have to provide the back-up gas / unspecified-and-unlikely-energy-storage to cover their downtime is ANOTHER subsidy for wind power.

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Richard Wharram

Re: Unfortunately

Having lived in the Selby area I'm very familiar with coal-fired power stations including Drax, Eggborough and Ferry Bridge.

They may be quite big up close but for the amount of power they generate for the UK they are a mere speck on the landscape. The amount of space required for wind turbines to produce equivalent power could eclipse whole counties.

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Re: Nuclear always costs more than it's supposed to

@Ledswinger

Epic post!

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Revealing new pics of galactic princess Andromeda

Richard Wharram

Re: Just wait a few billion years.

You're an Inhibitor aren't you.

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Oracle 'fesses up: Java security flaws more than storm in teacup

Richard Wharram

Is there a more secure VM?

Could users replace Oracle Java with IBM Java or some other version for a more secure experience?

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The Oric-1 is 30

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5 years after the Orac design was unveiled.

They should have copied it. That seemed way more fun.

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

Richard Wharram

RedLetterMedia

Looking forward to the review for the new film already!

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Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 INTO BOOZE

Richard Wharram
Mushroom

Re: News flash from 25 years in the future...

No CO2 from cars is good though surely? What's the greenhouse effect of drinking booze? Beery-farts smell like the end of the world to me.

Also, I think the efficiency might need improving a touch to make this a cheap fuel for cars.

And farts for that matter.

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Richard Wharram
Pint

More likely...

More likely to produce methanol than ethanol at a guess.

My reasoning is that it current mainly produces formic acid. In humans formic acid is produced from the chain:

methanol -> formaldehyde -> formic acid

The reactions being triggered by the enzymes alcohol dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase respectively.

The chain for ethanol (non-tramp booze) is:

ethanol -> acetaldehyde -> acetic acid.

So from only my hazy memories of how hangovers work and why tramps go blind I deduce that it is more likely to produce meths than single malts.

Of course meths can run cars. There's a campaign for it somewhere. It's not a top tipple though.

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Climate shocker: Carry on as we are until 2050, planet will be FINE

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This is good news then?

Possibly?

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Megaupload outed file-sharers to Feds months before Dotcom raid

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@Fibbles

Best. Post. Ever.

On this subject at least.

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Global mercury ban to hit electronics, plastics, power prices

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Thiomersal?

Does this just apply to straight mercury or to compounds as well?

There's enough scare stories about Thiomersal from anti-vaxxers making it difficult to get vaccines with the appropriate preservative for hot countries as it is.

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Mega launches with mega FAIL

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Re: Hmm, this guy.

@AC

As I thought. He did DDoS Barrysworld in a hissy-fit as 155&Rising remembers here:

"And beating l33t professional hax0r www.kimble.org and his aimbot in ra2, only to have him nuke b0rk.co.uk's irc bouncer afterwards and throw dos attacks at Barrysworld for the next week or so in revenge. ph34r the hacker dog ;)"

My old Barrysworld chums will be full of stories of his great prickery.

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Empire says ‘primitive’ Earth not ready for Death Star

Richard Wharram
Boffin

Easily explained.

Because the galaxy is both a long long time ago AND far far away, a message sent via non-relativistic means then and there would reach us here here and now now.

Just requires some Force precognition to look into the future to know to send it.

(I can't believe I typed that to be honest.)

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DoJ to Kim Dotcom: We never asked you to retain files

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Re: Dotcom is an utter cock

It's nothing like the Assange sex allegation. My calling him a cock is because it is a fact. He used to cheat at Quake and Counter Strike and would DDoS anyone who called him out on it. He's a tool and I'm nothing to do with the US.

As far as I'm aware, using an aimbot is not an extraditable offence. It just makes you a cock.

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Re: US Authorities

@Dante

"Yes, he may be a cock but in no way does that excuse what the US Gov have done here."

I never said it did. They are two quite separate matters.

1.) The US has made a right royal fuck up of this affair.

2.) Kim Dotcom is a fat cocktard.

Different propositions using different words. Different.

Sorry, I'm getting into Compare The Market now...

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Re: US Authorities

"This Kim guy is fighting back against..."

You obviously don't know him very well. Do a bit of research on what an utter cock he is before lauding him as the new Jesus just because he happens to be doing something you approve of at the moment.

Bring on the downvotes...

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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Browsing

The USP HMV had over supermarkets and the like was a large back-catalogue to browse through. Unfortunately that's been completely undermined by online retailers where you don't have to browse, you can search. From home.

A pincer movement of market developments has left HMV with nothing to offer.

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Hey Lenovo, want to kill Apple? Look to Samsung hitman for tips

Richard Wharram

I have an IdeaPad for the lounge and a ThinkPad for the computer room. Am I a bit weird?

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Apple appeals judge's decision to boot out its Moto patent suit

Richard Wharram

That's $1 per sale?

Not in total, ever, period.

Just checking.

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Brazilian slammer guards nab mobe-smuggling CAT

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It makes no sense

How do you persuade a cat to enter a prison?

Presumably only by standing in front of the gate and giving it a boot at the right moment. If you're going to do that you might as well just chuck it over the wall.

(The contraband, not the cat.)

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US patent office: Nice try Apple, but pinch-to-zoom is NOT a new invention

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Re: It doesn't matter.

What's that?

I have CM10 on my SGS1 and am unaware of such a feature :/

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AFACT wants ushers to confront pirates

Richard Wharram

Ushers??

I vaguely remember those as a kid but noone ever enters to tell the teenagers to shut up now. I doubt any staff would ever notice filming happening.

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Judge: There'll be no US Samsung ban, BUT no new trial with Apple either

Richard Wharram

No new trial?

But this isn't the same thing as 'no appeal' is it?

I'm lost.

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

Richard Wharram

Re: AltaVista.digital.com

I'd forgotten about that. Thanks for the memory :)

I visited altavista.com a few times at work and was left desperately scrambling for ALT-F4.

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Shh! Proxima Centauri can hear us!

Richard Wharram

Proxies surely.

(body)

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

Richard Wharram

Re: Get some imagination...

Wasn't me downvoting you but I got 10 downvotes already for dissing Arial and TNR so they must have some fans on here :)

Test: ARIAL SUCKS !!!!!!!!

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Richard Wharram

Re: If it gets rid of Arial and Times New Roman...

Arial is boring and was overused in the 90s. Get some imagination and pick something different :)

Personally I'd go for Ubuntu web-font for websites and Verdana for Windows but there's plenty of decent choices that don't make you look like a bank 20 years ago.

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Richard Wharram
Stop

Re: I'm sold

There are more than 3 fonts on Windows!

Calibri/Cambria is OK. Much better than the pre-2007 Word defaults of Arial and TNR.

Verdana is more readable though.

Comic Sans is not an option except for dicks.

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I'm sold

If it gets rid of Arial and Times New Roman then this is the best patch ever!

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Second Higgs possibility pops up in CERN data

Richard Wharram

Re: Time out a second...

Gives mass != has mass

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It's Mrs Higgs Boson.

Look out at double the mass for the Higgs Boson's mother in law.

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Dexter malware targets point of sale systems worldwide

Richard Wharram

Windows POS only?

Not 4690 then?

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Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

Richard Wharram

Re: Governments aren't serious about combatting tax avoidance

A little bit unfair on low-margin, high-volume businesses that idea and unfair on retailers in general.

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Stroustrup on next-gen C++: I didn't want to let go of my baby

Richard Wharram

Re: Preprocessor hate?

Hey, I've WRITTEN preprocessors but even I can see the danger in having huge amounts of code spewed out at compile time :)

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Is this the sleek new BlackBerry mobe that will save RIM jobs?

Richard Wharram

Glossy init?

Looks a bit glarey :/

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Review: Samsung Series 9 super slim notebook

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Re: 1600x900

It's the same as my 24" monitor too but you can have higher dpi than that. See fruity retina displays for example.

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Boffins spot 7 ALIEN WORLDS right in our galactic backyard

Richard Wharram

Names

Couldn't they call one of them Lave?

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