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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Re: Choose your poison @Trevor Pott

mmmmm Talisker or Laphrog Quarter-cask!!

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Re: INFANT? @ heidilee2

I'm glad you raised this point - as a confirmed pedant of 80 years, I can really go to town on it.

The word 'infant' is strictly a legal term from the Latin 'infans' = 'not speaking', meaning one who was unable to 'speak' in a court, or unable to make a contract. Until fairly recently, the term 'infant' applied up to the age of 21, later reduced to 18 - when I was a National Serviceman, liable to be sent to fight in the Korean War, I was unable to vote.

Kindergarten, primary, secondary and in some cases even in university (I had uni entrance at 16) we were all infants.

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CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

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Re: Einstein's answer: @Steven Goldfarb.

And, thinking about my previous post: would an anti-electron-neutrino be a positron-neutrino?

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Re: Einstein's answer: @Steven Goldfarb.

Antimatter behaves like matter going backward in time. Most properties are the same, but the charge is opposite.

Is there such a thing as an anti-neutron?

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Re: And if it doesn't work...@ Michael Wojcik

"It's not divisible by 2. Glad to contribute!"

Nor 5!

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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Re: Erm...@Bert 1

Hey, I posted that last year, and was suitably corrected by a kind commentard who pointed out that 31st April was May Day.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: "In conjunction with Electronics Today International. " @ Fr. Ted Crilly

"One word, 'Proops'" Now you're talking. Remember Smiths of Edgeware Road - cases and cases of EF50's; and all the 'surplus' shops in Newport Street cheek by jowl with St John's Hospital. We actually used a fair amount of 'surplus' gear at work, adapting some of those aerial cameras as recorders for oscilloscopes. Gernsback's Radio Electronics, Wireless World were my staple reading on the train home from work long before ETI came out; they were only 2/6 each at W H Smith's in Victoria station.

Mind you, the department I worked in did still have a couple of gold-plated quartz fibre electrocardiographs wirg rgeir massive magbets - sadly no longer in use their place having been taken by the Almqvist and subsequent 'tronic models.

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Boffins say dark matter found with X-ray

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Re: Paranoia @Wyzrd1

"Obviously not even Mars." I don't know....when you get that awful goo under your denture, you begin to wonder!

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NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP

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Re: Stop this nonsense forthwith, saith the icon @frank ly

"Then those external sources download their own Javascript, etc. and have their own pointers to further external sources."

As Pope wrote:

So naturalists observe the flea

Hath smaller fleas that on him prey.

Or in the vernacular:

Little fleas have smaller fleas upon their backs to bite 'em.

Smaller fleas have smaller fleas abd so ad infinitum.

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Japanese quantum boffins 'may have the key to TELEPORTATION'

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Re: I think I speak for most when I say...

Yeah, back to the statutory Feynman quote: "Anyone who thinks they understand quantum physics doesn't."

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Re: How the hell do you squeeze a vacuum?

Use the Denis Healey method - tax it till the pips squeak!

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

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Re: I'm not some kind of hippy or anything, and it's an interesting experiment....

"The people making money are the people selling this sort of tripe."

As the old saying during the gold rush has it "You make more money selling pickaxes than prospecting for gold."

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Army spaffed MILLIONS up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report

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Re: @Capita @Douglas83

There's probably some rule at work here, just as in court, a jury is not allowed to know of a defendant's previous convictions.

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Re: 1.3 billion?????

"Are there any polite words to describe those involved in defence procurement?" No!

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Blunders

Got as far as this line: "a series of blunders after Capita was awarded the contract in 2011." and immediately thought: "That was the first blunder!"

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

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@ Chris Miller

"The amount of magma in the rig is << 1 cubic millimetre."

Still burn a good sized hole in a safety-spec lens, and the material behind it!

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Boffins: On my command, unleash REMOTE CONTROL BULL SPERM

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Re: Not Harmless @Wizrd1

You wrote: "But then, a delivery system that is destroyed when done is a good delivery system."

What about the Fe/Ti nanotubes? They could clog up your arteries really seriously!

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Re: Not as worrying as... @ Kevin Johnston

I recall that when I was in the army, each sheet had "WD Property" printed next to the perforations. That was fairly nclose to the Izal standard, as well.

There was also a requirement that one had to have two sheets in one's fully packed 'small pack' at all times.

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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Re: not a tongue twister @ Sir Digalot

Ah! Spoonerisms! The Thais mentally carry on spoonerising everything you say to them, so you have to be quite careful when speaking to avoid certain combinations of words and there are actually rules laid down for writing poetry which stipulate sets of words which cannot be used in combination.

You cannot say "The teacher is ill." you have to phrase it as "The teacher is not well." The first form will automatically be spoonerised into "crab's penis."

There are some nice ones in English, however. "After our hymn: 'The shoving leopard' a meeting will be halled in the hell below the Church."

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Re: I'm not the pheasant plucker ... @ Pete 2

Nuclear - or as Homer Simpson says: "That's pronounced 'nukular.'"

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Re: Red lorry Yellow Lorry @ Khaptain

Must say that when I was in Chiang Mai, the students had difficulty with "Red river, Yellow river."

Quite a few Chemistry students had difficulty with the concept of "red lead,"

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Creepy US spy agency flings WORLD SLURPING OCTOPUS into orbit

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Re: Wrong logo @I ain't Spartacus

Eh? Tuck in the dormitory? What would matron say?

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Blighty's winter storms are PUNY compared to Saturn's 200mph, 15,000 mile wide HEXACANE

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Re: Why a hexagon?

I seem to recall that Buckminster Fuller was largely into hexagons (hexaga?) when devising geodesic spheres - (hex-penta-hex-penta....). tensegrity at work.

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Lead ONTO your pencil: Bill Gates pours cash into graphene condoms

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Electrically conductive condoms - wow!

I thought that graphene, being a monoatomic sheet of carbon was a net made up largely of hexagonal holes; is this what one wants in a condom?

(OK, I know - spermatozoa are rather large compared to the inter atomic distances of atoms in graphite/ene, but it was just a thought. If you're trying to persuade people to use graphene condoms, you have to counter the idea those people might have that you're just selling them net curtains.)

Raincoat, obviously (Thai slang for a condom!)

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Vintage WINE laid down in SIXTEEN HUNDRED BC was 'psychotropic'

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As any fule no

At the end of the dig, the team discovered two doors leading out of the wine cellar. They plan to explore these in 2015.

These are an essential part of any drinking hall - they lead to the toilets!

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Astronomers spot 13-BEEELLION-year-old hot galactic threesome

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Re: Errmmm....what?

"So however you phrase it, you're going to upset somebody."

Yes, but it's going to take 13 billion years for their complaint to reach us, added to the 13 billion years needed for them to get the original signal and be offended, so we'll probably have moved on by then.

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Tiny, invisible EXTRATERRESTRIAL INVADERS appear at South Pole

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Re: Neurinos have mass,

Didn't even know they were Catholics!

(Courtesy Dan Brown:Angels and Demons.)

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HELIUM-FILLED disks lift off: You can't keep these 6TB BEASTS down

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Re: Wouldn't a vacuum be better? Uncle Slacky

Naturally!

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Re: leaks....

Graham's Law: The lower the vapour density, the faster a gas will diffuse.

This is not really new. I recall working at ICL when they were producing "New Range". One of their tech triumphs was a 100Meg Disc drive with the actual platter/head chamber filled with pressurised Helium.

They were the size of a fridge-freezer.

Made a change from the old ED30's 30Meg drives the size of a washing machine, with replaceable "Cake-cover" 14-plate disk packs, and the heads driven by hydraulics!

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Shy, bashful HUMPBACK DOLPHINS expose themselves to boffins

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Re: Wow

Oh, come on Frankee; they've been using us as experimental animals for cnturies; luckily they're humane researchers.

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Re: ok. @Theodore

Depends how blithe you are!

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Pac-Man GHOST nebula is literally the coolest thing in the universe – boffins

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Re: MIT? Bah! Humbug! @Sandtitz

"The 1 nanoKelvin reached at MIT is rather warmer than the 100 picokelvins reached by the boffins in Finland."

I always thought 1 nanokelvin was the ambient temperature in Finland - listen to "The Swan of Tuonela"

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HUMANS all come FROM AFRICA: HERPES does not lie

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Scipio?

Ex Africa semper aliquid novum?

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Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

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Re: It's a good start.

"Nazi Germany had Christian's in it but Hitler was not a Christian he believed in Arianism, which was a mystical belief system that they were superior to all others."

I think you're a little mixed up here - the Nazi theoreticians believed that the _Aryans_ were superior to all others; I doubt if any of them could even have explained the Arian heresy, let alone have followed it.

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

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Re: Noise pollution @Dr Paul Taylor

"Just play the f**king music!", I frequently yell at it.

Just like me - while still in UK I eventually gave up listenig to R3, and considered Classic FM 'cruel and unusual punishment.'

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New Terminator-style 'bots can self-assemble, leap, climb and SWARM

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Re: Control

So they're just like Chinese ghosts, then.

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LAST CHANCE to get yer cut-price Iridium satellite comms unit

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Re: Really can't find an excuse to buy one

Know just how you feel!

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Austerity BITES: Greece ends extra hols for civil servants forced to use hated COMPUTERS

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Re: Bankrupt - No wonder @LarsG

A joke going the rounds here (in Crete) has Angela Merkel arriving at Athens Airport and being checked by an immigration officer who does not recohnise her; the conversation goes like this:

Name? Angela Merkel.

Nationality? German.

Occupation? No, I am just here for the conference.

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Chaos Computer Club: iPhone 5S finger-sniffer COMPROMISED

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Re: OMG @Daniel B

"Nobody would leave their car unlocked on the street with the ignition key on," A sight frequently seen in Crete even with engine running (and with the hazard lights on, parked in the middle of the road)!

Comment from a Cretan taxi driver when asked why we never saw any police "We don't need police here; we are good people!"

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One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

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Re: Apple is indeed in decline...

Rather like the WWI Officer (disobeying a 'retreat' order) sending the message "Retreating at full speed towards the enemy."

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Re: Wanted: Thieves with good eyesight

Reminds me of our Lada - no one ever twoc(k)ed a Lada!

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Here at last, our 3D beauty: Vulture 2 spaceplane flies in

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@Sir Digalot

> Those were the days, you never forget your first airfix, which generally came a long time before the first woman, but on the whole was probably more enjoyable and somewhat quieter...

Cue the Roger Vadim blockbuster: "And God Created Airfix"

Actually in my day it was balsa wood, pins, razor blades, balsa cement and tissue paper ... and you could get the rubber band (motor) if you showed the shop your completed model, rubber being a scarce wartime commodity.

Bottle of banana oil dope in the pocket.

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

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Re: Doesn't matter much @LazyLazyman

Mongolian may look like Arabic, I'll grant you (even though it seems often to be written vertically), but Tibetan surely bears more resemblance to Sanskrit. Can't comment on Manchu - never knowingly seen any.

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Re: No wonder @Goldmember

Was it Stephen Leacock who wrote "Nobody can read Russian, that is why all their books have to be translated."

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Boffinry breakthrough OF THE DECADE: Teens 'influenced' by friends

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Re: Time for some social engineering

Reading books while helping elderly people across the road could be somewhat dangerous!

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Boffins confirm quantum crypto can keep a secret

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@ Frank Haney

We all know what happened to Desdemona - Shakespeare's still collecting royalties!

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Air mattress blast blows German man across room

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Re: Something not quite right.. @Seven of Five

At least "Bild" means picture(s), so in Germany you don't have to get the oxymoron "Bild reader" paralleling UK's "Sun reader"!

(Incidentally, could you get me an introduction to your sibling Seven of Nine?)

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

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Re: Poor guy @ I ain't Spartacus

Ever read "Lamb Amirstan"? Short Story - don't remember the writer!

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Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

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Re: Twin blades shave you better?

Alternatively, just grow a beard!

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

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Re: Guy Fawkes too

My respects to Glubb Pasha!

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