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It's space WAR: Comet launches fireballs at space-invading EARTH

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Re: Meh..

to decide that life requires a diurnal cycle

Decide, requires? I think you'll find there wasn't much choice in the matter.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: The bible is a book ?

The bible is a book ?

The clue's in the name ...

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Hey, Apple! We can land a probe on a comet, but we can't have a 12.9in iPad 'until mid-2015'?

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Trollface

Re: Flying fucks given;

"O"? so that's 24 flying fucks then?!

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

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Re: Approved standards

Can this be added to the standards converter? i.e. 1 Central London = 10 aircraft carriers?

We already have Brontosaurs & Wales for such measurements, so they'd be a bit redundant. However if/when Philae is successful, maybe it could become the unit of measurement for size of space probes? Philae almost sounds like a unit already!

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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Re: Is there space for the Mother of All Colliders in Denmark?

If they built it on the Isle Of Skye they could probably blag some funding from apple!

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Zuck on The Social Network: Nobody wants to watch my REAL life for 2 hrs straight

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Re: Cinema alone

"Cinema you east stale popcorn and can't chat."

sadly you're right about the popcorn, but not about the "can't chat" bit, or play with your phone with the distractingly bright screen, or sit near me and eat tantalisingly tasty smelling* hot food...

"And does Zuck resemble Cameron more and more?"

Cameron Diaz?! I don't know what you're drinking, but I don't want any if that's the effect it has! ;-)

*I know, I know - but it always smells sooo good...

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

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Which is/was entirely the problem with this series. Apart from Listen (? - the one with the hands under the bed) the rest have been ever so meh... saying that the bank one was OK too, but still 3 out of 11... not a good ratio.

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Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING

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Trollface

Correlation

At least this explains the rise in the number of trolls in recent years!

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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Re: Applies where?

2nd para - "The Austria-based drinks maker is to settle US lawsuits out of court..."

I was going to say that people should've known better, but I reckon they did and are just exploiting the false claims Red Bull made in their advertisement. In this case I don't really imagine anyone took them seriously but if we want all companies to stop making false/misleading adverts then Red Bull are fair game.

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Etsy security rule #1: Don't be a jerk to devs

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Re: Do competent sub-editors exist any more?

They're probably trying to get in on the act - let a few 'bugs' through & eventually they'll be offered tee-shorts for finding typos in articles.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: Tiles should replace icons fully - everywhere.

If Microsoft were clever they'd offer you the choice of tiles or icons or make each instance configurable so you could have tiles for some things and icons for others.

Just saying.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Heh, I'd forgotten about the gap series - cheery stuff as I recall. I'm not sure it'd work as a TV series - there's no-one/anything you can really root for or particularly care about, though Angus makes a good anti-hero (with most of the emphasis on the "anti")...

Not sure about the Mars one's either Red & Blue where OK, but Green was heavy going.

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NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

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Is it just me...

... or are the seemingly endless stream of videos of people destroying their iPhones getting just a little boring now? "Let's expose an iPhone to temperatures of 2.5k C and see what happens!!!1", well, yeah it melted. Don't get me wrong, the blending thing was kinda fun the first few times but now...

it is just me isn't it?

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Alien condoms. Stuck to the wall. That's entirely normal, y'know

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Re: Gloo...

I guess you must be the target market for those condoms!

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

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Re: Hillary's fever dream!

Wait! There are wars, poverty, pollution, envirocollapse and everything? This seems to be confirmation that "there is no daylight" between World Government and the Bad Guys. Maybe this is aaactually a sly psychological thriller which cunningly hides the key to a deeper layer of the story? Read it again, dear reviewer, and report back."

I did wonder how someone could get such apparent crap published (by an actual publisher, dodgy as they seem), and that maybe it was all deliberate...

...and yeah, i'll be starting "Acceptance" soon, though with trepidation that it's going to be a let down after the first two...

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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Joke

Is something happening in Wales then?

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Gee, everyone who wants a tablet has a tablet. Waiddaminute....

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Re: Nice, but...

Well yes, but surely 99% of what the "target audience" want could be handled by a custom UI that could be installed on any tablet (it could even just be an option when buying a tablet so they wouldn't need to install it themselves)? it doesn't need another half-arsed 'landfill' tablet for that.

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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accidents waiting to happen

the last two taps with the boiling water options are just accidents waiting to happen - you can just see someone going to wash their hands and pulling the wrong lever or with tap on the hot setting...

this is based on the the number of warning signs i've seen at workplaces next to the hot water boilers (where it's obvious) & the number of times someone scalded themselves comes up at safety meetings (OK only maybe once a month, and not usually serious, but these are well signed & we're repeatedly told to be careful with them - in a home that isn't going to happen)

anyway it's saturday morning, time for another nice cup of COFFEE!! ;-)

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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The classic case here is American inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who thought that the telephone would be a method of listening to concerts remotely

Sooo, he was right then?

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JonP

Re: On what planet does The Guardian recruit?

facilitate

verb

past tense: facilitated; past participle: facilitated

make (an action or process) easy or easier.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Re: That Ancillary Justice looks very interesting

Well worth reading. It's just won a Hugo as well.

That's what she said.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Dr Freeman would be proud*

... but I imagine he's getting more than a tad frustrated being held in limbo waiting to find out what happens next for 7 years!

*obligatory HL2 ep3 / HL3 whine.

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Joke

"... which distracts from that can affect the value for money that taxpayers receive." - what no one wanted to admit was that efficiency increased when everyone was running around answering FoI requests rather than doing their jobs!

And, to be fair, the asteroid one (meteorite) possibly wasn't the most stupid question...

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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(via google translate rather than any proficiency in Latin whatsoever...)

Da Da Per Forcipem

(Give Me The Pliers)

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

JonP
Terminator

Re: Why did it take them so long to start

And why are we still wasting millions on tying to find the aircraft. Most unlikely to succeed without the pinger. And what would we learn? That pilots are human?

You could argue that it's not really a waste of millions, rather a real-life training exercise (the best kind) - think how much the rescue teams and other organisations are learning from all of this. Also that's the reason for finding the plane (apart from closure for the families), finding out what went wrong (be it system failure or terrorism) is important so we can try and prevent it happening again. If all we learn is that the pilots were human it could be an argument for taking even more control away from the pilots...

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

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Re: So Red Dwarf was right

So, how long before someone commits first degree vending-machine-icide?

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Guys, this isn't difficult.

Naughtyhorse - I think the huge failure of the later movies is not the way they stack up against the original 3, but the way they stack up against the movies the fans think they have, inside their heads.

IMO they all fail on that count. I remember being taken to see it at the cinema when I was about 4 or 5 (I remember the start but that's about it) and then the excitement when it was first shown on TV several years later and I got to see it again and actually take in the story, and then Empire and then Return of Jedi. Hell I even thought the Ewoks were cool back then. Problem was as I got older the plot holes became more obvious and the dialog got clunkier (don't even mention parsecs). But my overriding memory is that they were great films, it's only when I actually watch them that the illusion is shattered. I'd guess kids who saw episodes 1-3 when they came out genuinely thought they were great too, they probably even liked Jar Jar. I expect Abrams and Disney will do a reasonable job (can you imagine being the guy/company who killed off the star wars franchise!?) and I'll still watch them, but they're going to have to be bloody spectacular to win me over.

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

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WTF?

er...

Did I read that right - that the system crashed because an operator entered a value that was outside limits that the system could handle and the system didn't flag this up? And, worse still because there was no altitude on the flight plan, the operator just 'guessed' what this value might be?!

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

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It matters not how much is down there. It will still run out. Not if, just when.

This is (IMO) the main problem with fracking (environmental concerns aside) - the best estimate I've heard for the UK is 20-30 years supply. And then what? Yep right back where we are now. Fracking will just be a short term solution to our energy problems - we'd be better off coming up with long term solutions now, instead of all this usual political dicking about.

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Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

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Re: Starting point of graph is deceptive to unscientific brains

OK yes, I missed your point there about the millions years. But the last 20 (still more like 10/12) years of lack of warming is insignificant, there have been other flat periods over the last 100 years followed by periods of increase. If it continues flat for another 20 years or starts to continuously decrease then it might indicate something (assuming there are no other significant changes).

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JonP

Re: Starting point of graph is deceptive to unscientific brains

What happened a million years ago or even 100,000 years ago is more or less irrelevant now - the climate and environment changes all the time. It's the correlation* between the fairly rapid temperature increase and the increase in production of CO2 due to industrialisation that's significant here; there's a very real chance that we might be affecting the climate and so we might be able to prevent things getting 'worse' (obviously a matter of perspective). The last 20 years of stagnation isn't significant yet, the overall trend is still upwards.

Personally I think that trying to achieve some kind of political consensus is pointless now, and that it's probably easier for each region to try and mitigate their own problems - if they can do it in a way that doesn't screw neighbouring regions over, all the better.

*Yes, I know.

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Laser deflector shields possible with today's tech – but there's one small problem

JonP

Re: "spin and a highly-reflective coating"

"No, still a chance as the USPO largely ignores publications and prior art."

"on a mobile device."

5. Profit.

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Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

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Re: Maybe more than $100

Yeah that's my impression too - that the $1500 is to ensure that only people (developers, journalists etc.) who are actually going to do something with them will try and buy a pair. For $1500 you're less likely to want to see how well they blend, and more likely to do something useful...

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New .london domains touted tomorrow amid usual tech hypegasm

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Re: why .london instead of...

Surely .nodnol would be for a Bulgarian site?

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Canadian taxman says hundreds pierced by Heartbleed SSL skewer

JonP

Re: Was it a MITM or what?

Agree, this seems odd, they even know when it was supposed to have happened - "The theft reportedly happened during a six-hour period after the security flaw was discovered..."

Maybe they just tried the exploit themselves, realised what could have been acquired and just said they were to cover their backs.

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

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Re: Unit police

I wonder whether they should also publish max, min & typical current flow for these things - I'm sure they (manufacturers) must measure it, and it would be of interest to a few people. That way we could actually put the 2300mAh figure to some use. Let's face it as people have said, on their own they're pretty much just numbers...

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

JonP

Re: Nice suit

They could always ask the Russians or the Chinese...!

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GIANT FLESH-EATING DEVIL CHICKENS roamed North Dakota

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It's just a bigger version of the chickens KFC use.

You mean like a tiger?!

;-)

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JonP

Re: Not original

A domestic pussy cat would be terrifying if it was scaled up to 500 lb...

You mean like a tiger?!

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: Eh?

How does an air defence system prevent hijacking? We don't even know if it was hijacked.

It doesn't but at least you'd know where the plane was. I agree with the original point, since Sept-11, I'd've thought that any airliner being detected as inexplicably going off course would have as much available tracking gear pointed at as possible, even to the point of scrambling an interceptor or two to see what it was up to. Even if it turned out to be nothing it would be a good 'live' exercise.

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Heroic Playmonaut wowed by LOHAN's bulging package

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PAVA Antenna

The PAVA ... has three antennas, which are actually guitar strings.

"G" strings, I assume?!

(someone had to say it!)

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Hey, MoJ, we're not your Buddi: Brit firm abandons 'frustrating' crim-tagging contract

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Yeah, I'm not sure what you do with products that don't yet exist other than develop them... but as others have said the MoJ not paying for this development and then keeping any IP they come up with as a result, seems a good a reason as any to let some one else do the development.

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Apple 'hid AUD$9 BILLION' from Australia alone: Report

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Re: Just goes to show ...

Er, if they weren't making a profit they wouldn't be tax "cheats". The tax they're avoiding is the tax on their profits... gets a bit circular.

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Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

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I couldn't really give a shit about people that look at pictures as long as they keep their hands to themselves.

The problem is that the pictures are only taken (and hence children abused) because people want to look at them. It's not a smokescreen for the real problem, it's the cause of the real problem - in much the same way that the demand for ivory or tiger bones is the cause of the poaching. If there was no demand it wouldn't make any money, and so wouldn't happen. But, yes it's a global problem and more local laws aren't really going to make much difference...

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Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

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Re: Headline

....a misinformation-peddling tard.

Or "journalist", to use the vernacular.

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

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Re: Yes we know you...

>Perfectly said. If I may sum up: "Dear NSA: Work for it, bitch!"

Or more likely - Ask your buddies in GCHQ etc.

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Pics: 'Bitcoin ATMs' spring up in the US

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Re: Sigh

Yeah, BitCoin seems like a good way of transferring funds around, but not as something you'd want to actually hold those funds in - not for long anyway. The value seems to fluctuate wildly and worse this seems to be due to unpredictable events; at least regular currencies have their value based on the economies backing them. Bitcoin appears to be valued purely on demand.

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'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the WARMEST Januaries EVER RECORDED

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Yes, the temperature has risen and fallen many times. At the moment though it's rising again, and this will become a problem for the survival of the human race. I'm not sure it will mean extinction, but it won't be nice. The argument is really down to whether it's down to something we've done - e.g. pumping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, or whether it really is just natural variation. If it's down to us we can try and reverse it, I say try because I honestly don't think we'd have a hope in hell even if someone offered 100% certain proof tomorrow. I think the best we can do is try and predict what may happen as worse case scenarios and try and plan contingencies. The problem here is that the wet period we've experienced in the UK actually had a higher probability of being a dry period, OK that just means the models/calculations were screwed, but you see the problem...

but yeah, "she'll survive us all perfectly well when we're all long buried and dead".

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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We have a nuclear deterrent for two reasons:

The USSR.

It makes us seem important.

FTFY

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Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

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point and click

Looks like one of those '90s point and click adventure games, but less responsive. An awful lot of effort and waiting for a couple of paragraphs of bland text and a few links to other websites.

Still, a bargain for only 4 million...

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