* Posts by Ben Bonsall

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Chicxulub

That's not an asteroid impact crater, it was made with a spoon.

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Big Data shocker: Over 6 million Americans have reached the age of 112

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Re: Or, just *maybe*

"One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach; all the damn vampires"

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Droidberry dangles: Why the BlackBerry-Samsung alliance is big potatoes

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Droidberry dangles sounds serious.

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Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected

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Re: I'm having trouble visualising the scale of this thing

Depends. It's exactly the size of one standard Galactipool table though.

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World’s oldest IT dining society breaks into the House of Lords

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Re: Damn good show.

They tried that, unfortunately government rules say you must have a secretary present if a decision is to be taken. So the official decision is taken after the lunch, when no one can quite remember what was decided before the brandy arrived. Because of course you wouldn't want the secretary taking notes over lunch.

(Dramatization, may not have happened)

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The Platform?

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The Platform?

What is it and when did the link appear next to the channel?

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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...including the aviation-related environmental impacts...

I.e. Crashes.

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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Re: Threepwood!

"How to get ahead when navigating?"

"Hey, this sounds interesting!"

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: the hypocracy

I should possibly qualify my previous statement- even when Belgium doesn't have an actual government, there are still 6 other sub-governments up and running,

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Re: Not to be confused with Project Satan

Made from the evilest parts of the evilest browsers from history?

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Re: the hypocracy

"Shortage of government?"

Is there such a thing?

Yes. Every time Belgium has an election, there is a shortage of government for up to a year and a half. Interestingly, things generally improve during these periods, and then go crap again once they all stop infighting and start working out what they can break.

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Re: Strange, but true

delphiDeveloper, dD

Obviously, the usually used unit would be micro dD, because there's not a lot of use for the full unit.

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Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science

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Omni.science is gone :(

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US trade bods: No, your iPhone can't detect CANCER

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Re: Paging - Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard....

Mostly it's used in snake-polishing.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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The texts aren't the problem. The people trying to convince others that it is 100% true and using persuasion sticks to help are the problem.

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Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver

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Re: Harumpf!

Thanks. I just had it stuffed.

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Drinking games: Tapper 1983, this Bud's for you...

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Check out the range of bars on Discworld Mud... And the range of drinks. You can get so unbelievably pished that you fall unconscious or wander blindly, have an unbelievably strong coffee that sends you out the other side of sober, have absinthe that makes you see bunnies... There's even badly rolled cigarettes and dodgy mushrooms if drinking isn't your thing. And a type of pepper you snort and sneeze so hard it blows you across the room...

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Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, Dead Girl Walking and Chasing the Scream

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I know that it is considered bad form to divulge too much of the plot in tales of this nature, but I will say I found the rope descent wearing Louboutin heels unfeasible – though, not having tried this stunt myself, I can neither verify not deny its possibility.

It wouldn't be the first on-the-edge-of-disbelief rope descent in a parlabane book... I'm thinking of Be My Enemy here

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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Re: Spotted what's missing?

Southhampton is pretty flat- but the contour lines are there, just very faint in that screenshot... look around the motorway intersection at the bottom left.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo

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Re: That is not Saag Aloo........

Saag is actually generic greens- Palak is specifically spinach

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Lost SPACECRAFT believed FOUND ON COMET

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Re: When philae wakes up

They're all the one true hitchhikers :) I;m sure Addams said they all happen in slightly parallel universes because some jokes don't work in some universes...

Except the movie. Because most of the jokes are there, but only the first half of them. And because Marvin.

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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There's only one feature I want in a new browser:

Tree style history and back and forward buttons- so I can look at three links from one page and see what order I visited them, or go back 3 levels and up another branch of the tree and still be able to click back and see the pages I visited up the other branch

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BOT AN ABOMINATION: Mechanical DRONE VAMPIRE spreads wings

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Terminator

Well, I for one welcome our new robot vampire overlords...

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SpaceX ROCKET HOVER-SHIP space station mission now on Friday

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Re: Flying milk cow ?

For example, NASA wants a huge lasso in space now.

For catching the cow again, obviously.

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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Re: Burden

So everything that there isn't a law demanding it be keep secret... goes on a public sharepoint site.

Thus absolutely guaranteeing that no one can ever find it.

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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But good god, please not Justin Beiber.

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Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

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Re: Eight-minute empire

upvote for recommending Hey! That's my fish!

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Full Carcassonne - or small world

The spinoffs- hunters and gatherers and ark of the covenant are not a patch of the full game... Particularly not with a full set of expansions (well, not catapult or wheel of fortune... too random).

A full set has over 200 tiles and takes several hours, there's a lot of politics around who you attack with your towers, who you can talk into making a different move that advantages you...

Small world with the expansion (also available on android) is an idea starter game (and if you get it on a tablet, an idea pub/waiting for train/on train/pub again waiting for people type game), it takes about 5 minutes to learn the rules (there are only really 3...), and a total beginner can get lucky with a race and do surprisingly well and want to keep playing, even if they drop back to not doing so well in the next few games...

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

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Re: There is one excuse

In the developed world, no, but if you came from Lancashire and didn't know any better then I think that's an acceptable excuse. After all, we shouldn't criticize those less fortunate than ourselves.

If you come from Lancashire and haven't yet crossed the border to God's County, well... Tripe eating might be understandable. But not excusable.

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There is no excuse for ever eating tripe. Its whole reason for existing is to be indigestible.

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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Meh, it's nothing new, didn't someone already put a statue of a massive cock next to some bronzes in Trafalgar square?

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Snowden files show NSA's AURORAGOLD pwned 70% of world's mobe networks

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Re: Ben Bonkers The lunatics are in the hall.

Heh, someone isn't a Pink Floyd fan :)

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Re: The lunatics are in the hall.

All that you touch

All that you see

All that you taste

All you feel.

All that you love

All that you hate

All you distrust

All you save.

All that you give

All that you deal

All that you buy,

beg, borrow or steal.

All you create

All you destroy

All that you do

All that you say.

All that you eat

And everyone you meet

All that you slight

And everyone you fight.

All that is now

All that is gone

All that's to come

and everything under the sun is in a giant NSA data center in Wyoming.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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It doesn't have to be better than classical physics at actually doing machine learning, just better than humans at finding the model you need to train in order to show that data -> answer.

I'll take some magic quantum sauce on my quantum chips please :) Hopefully, the quantumness will ensure exactly the right amount of sauce per chip. Or at least demonstrate that the amount of sauce on that particular chip is exactly the right amount, with workings.

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It seems to me that quantum machine learning could build a system like Gordon Way's Reason. Ie. you feed in all the relevant data, and you train the quantum computer with the answer you want, and it generates the simplest way to get from the data to the answer...

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Boffins find Jackie Chan's SUPERCOP is good for something

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Re: Surely there were more appropriate films to use?

Man With The Golden Gun, seeing as it was about a highly efficient solar cell.

(For certain values of 'about')

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Re: I know what it is..

Wireless charging spot for Androids tablets

Fixed it for you :)

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El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle

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There is no blood stain in that stairwell... I'm assuming the non-duplex t shirt printer hasn't arrived yet?

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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When you touch it, a small worrying sign lights up saying 'Panic' and it transforms into a bird.

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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Re: Still wondering why

Do you mind? I am originally from Yorkshire and the people there are...feck it you're right, they are different! :-)

Me too. But not different. Better.

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Caption this: CERN needs pic tags. Serious answers only, kids

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The first one looks like solenoid winding.

The second, no idea, but I want one.

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Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future

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Both twig and dropping +1

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Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries

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Re: Textonym

It should now be two words that Autocorrect can randomly pick when you attempt to type something on a tiny keyboard with fat fingers.

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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"...and her grandmother only speaks Chinese. When Priscilla and I decided to get married, I told her grandmother using Chinese. She was really shocked"

Probably because he said "I wish to marry your sheep."

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Re: "The risks are secondary" @Pascal Monett

There's elements of Neil Asher in there too

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

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Re: It's Grim Up North

Not to mention Peniston

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Re: Are Eccles Cakes subject to the appellation controlée laws?

Don't forget that most English of products, the Belgian bun. Which no one in Belgium has ever heard of. And generally react with surprise and alarm when shown something named after them.

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SHOW ME the MONEY: Payment code spied in Facebook Messenger

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CSRFF- Cross Site Request For Funds...

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Meh, Who has been crap since the last Sylvester McCoy episode. (actually, since just after, the last episodes with Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred were awesome. Or possibly Ace.)

Billie piper was the one redeeming feature of the new Who. Ecclestone was passable. Since then it's been downhill all the way.

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