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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

Michael Dunn

Re: Secret mode? @Javapapa

"In the beginning, God said the four-dimensional divergence of an antisymmetric,

second rank tensor equals zero, and there was Light, and it was good."

(Can't remember where I snitched this from - apologies to originator)

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

Michael Dunn

Re: Does it follow @Martin Maloney

I was an avid reader of Len Deighton's works when they first came out, and on later seeing many of them transferred to the screen was surprised to note that the central character had acquired a name. My hazy memory informs me that the only times he was ever addressed by a name in the canon was as "English" by Colonel Stok.; am I wrong?

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Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER

Michael Dunn
Joke

Re: Take that @ TechnicalBen

Remember Emo Phillips's one liner?

"A computer beat me at chess; but it was no match for me at kickboxing."

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Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

Michael Dunn
Headmaster

@dogged

The "est" is superfluous - perhaps you haven't read much Tacitus?

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SanDisk's record-busting 512GB SD CARD will fit perfectly in your empty wallet

Michael Dunn

ICL EDS30

Worked on testing these - hydraulic head actuators!.

Went on to EDS60s with voice-coil head movements, and with "New Range" we had 100Mb drives with bthe platters running in sealed containers with pessurised Helium; the unit was the size of a fridge-freezer.

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

Michael Dunn

@Andy the Hat

I saw that as "manmade walrus" - gave me pause for thought!

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Michael Dunn
Joke

Re: George Osborne is the saviour of the Universe @ AC '6 hours ago'

You wrote: "Any quantity of virgins over 3 is unlikely going to be *heaven* anyway. Anyone who has a few sisters knows that the recipient is not going to enjoy himself very much.."

And think of 46 mothers-in-law!

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

Michael Dunn

Classic reply to "Why did the chicken cross the road?"

For most of my life, the "witty" answer has been "For some fowl purpose." Which led to my making up the following: Why did the dolphin cross the river? For some foul porpoise.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

Michael Dunn

Re: Good @ Yet anotheranon.....

As to wor4king in Data Mines - remember PICK?

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

Michael Dunn

@ Vincent Ballard

¨Ad astra tabernamque¨

I aḿ not happy about that ´que´; it implies an equality between the two things named by the nouns. Remember the great schism, the split between Rome and the Eastern church, was prompted in part by by the inclusion of the word ´Filioque´ in the Nicene Creed.

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Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system

Michael Dunn

Re: Sorry about this..

Etonian graduates, not to forget Fettes, Harrow, Charterhouse, Westminster..... graduates!

Why are we eginning to use th American phrase: ¨high-school graduate¨?

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

Michael Dunn

Re: femtobarns @Arnaud the less

The quote was _inverse_ femtobarns; could be pretty large!

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German brain surgeon flies in for vital LOHAN operation

Michael Dunn

Re: Yes a stein

An upvote for the Franziskaner Dunkel!

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

Michael Dunn
Headmaster

Re: I beg to differ @ Sebastian BBrosig

Tacitus, and most classical Latinists, would not have needed the ¨est.¨

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

Michael Dunn

@ Grease Monkey

Don´t forget, also, that you _MUST NOT_ silence the ads on TV, nor FF over them on recordings!

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'Sterile neutrinos' re-ignite 'we found dark-stuff' debate

Michael Dunn
Joke

Re: Missing matter? @Martin Budden

¨You could call her Newt for short.¨ And if sheś very small, you could call her ´My Newt.´

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Coulson GUILTY of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006

Michael Dunn

Re: Brooks is FOUND innocent @Red Bren

You get my upvote for that "unless", a point I have repeatedly had to make to commentards who say "until."

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NHS slammed for MAJOR data blunders as scale of patient info sell-off is revealed

Michael Dunn

Re: Nobody will take the rap @dan1980

And don't forget the "Lessons have been learnt" mantra

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

Michael Dunn

Re: Entire article fails to mention the other factor... @Nick Ryan

" I'll be buggered if I know how to use a slide rule either." Poor chap! I got my first one at age 11 - celluloid glued to paper glued to wood. Necessary for School Certificate Physics and Chemistry.

Plastic eventually took over, and I've still got a Faber Castell I used much later.: folded dual scale (so 10" was effectvely 20") with reciprocal scale in the centre of the slide, sin, cos, tan scales on the back (not to mention the bibulous shin, cosh, and tanh), and a little KW to HP coversion offset on he cursor..

Who needs a calclator?

Yes, I know, some Japanese whizz-kid with a soroban (abacus) can do it faster!

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Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins

Michael Dunn

Re: Industrial scale

"Urine from farm animals ..." My first job after leaving school in 1950 was as a technician in a pharmaceutical company development research lab.After settling i, I was given the task of synthesising a number of androgens. Considerable literature research was necessary to find suitable methods. I was amazed at the fact that in those days a major source of steroids and hormones entering aademic and industrial laboratories for investigation was pregnant mares' urine.

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Michael Dunn

Re: Best sub-heading ever! @Steven Raith

Must say I'm a devotee of the Keith Floyd school of cooing myself!

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Evidence of ancient WORLD SMASHER planet Theia - FOUND ON MOON

Michael Dunn

Re: Back and forth@AC

I remember this book well; read in early '50's. Also remember the furore it caused and the accusations that boffins had closed minds.

What happened to Adamski?

And then, later, we had the Von Daenniken oeuvre.

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New XSS vuln hits eBay as rubbish passw0rds persist

Michael Dunn

Re: ICO are worthless

The enforced dismissals is the clincher; responsibility doesn't stop at the clerk/office worker actually making the mistake, they have supervisors and setters of security policy.

A local authority justt laughs at a fine: therre are plenty of taxpayers! Start sacking officers and managers, and you could 'concentrate their minds.'

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'Executed ex' of Norkers' bonkers Kim Jong-un rises FROM THE GRAVE

Michael Dunn

@ Nigel 11

It's when they issue official denials of official denials it gets interesting.

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

Michael Dunn

Re: 1st thing created @ a3aan

And get the explosion on the word "Light" in Haydn's Creation!

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Michael Dunn

Re: Stop using Boffin's puhlease @Richrd 12

"The Dail Mail, Fox News etc tend to report on trick-cyclists as if they were actual boffins." Or even homeopaths!

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Michael Dunn
Joke

Re: Get your tin-foil hats here -- at these prices I'm cutting my own throat @Rob Carriere

"The positrons would be the anti-matter bits." From the positron's point of view surely the electron is the anti bit!

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Michael Dunn

Re: Whats the matter? @Richrd Gladsden

"QFT people tend to dislike "virtual particles" as confusing." QFT people wouidn't be half as confused by VP's as ordinary folk like me!

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WORLD LOSES MIND: Uber valued at TEN BEEELLION DOLLARS, Pinterest pegged at $5bn

Michael Dunn

Re: Get in Early @Tom 38

"A cab cabal" Love it!

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

Michael Dunn

@Blane Bramble

WS3.3? How effete! I remember in WS 1 having to hex-edit a few bytes near the end of the program to determine which (dot-matrix) printer it would output to.

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Boffins search for dark matter in abandoned Australian mine

Michael Dunn
Pint

Dark Matter?

An ant, or a stream of ants, crawling up a table leg to get to some spilled sugar, is unaware of the table, or even the concept of a table, or indeed of the concept of a universe in which tables, makers of tables and spillers of sugar do or could exist.

Physicists being somewhat more sophisticated than ants can measure and speculate about the universe as so far revealed to their understanding, but are still very much in the 'dark.'

Postulating a 'missing' 90 odd percent of the mass of our universe for which they are unable to account they come up with the 'dark matter' idea.

Could not this matter actually be the hardware on which the current simulacrum of a physical universe is running?

Dum bibo spero.

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We're from the SAME DUST CLOUD, BRO: Boffins find Sun's long-lost sibling

Michael Dunn
Joke

"but won't the stars be the other way up in Australia?" And, no doubt, swirling counterclockwise!

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

Michael Dunn
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Re: Breaking News!! @ Michael Wojcik

"Of course, per the Cartesian Evil Genius argument, even with mathematics we can never be sure that our thought processes haven't been deranged by some outside influence, and so what we believe follows from a series of formal propositions may in fact be illogical."

Nice Line.

Rember Russel's quote: "Mathmatics is the subject in which we neither know what we are talking about no whether what e say is true."

This after completion of Pribcipia Mathematica with Whitehead.

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Michael Dunn
Happy

Re: Breaking News!! @ Naughtyhorse

"Wasn't it recently established that you get better government by randomly picking names from a phone book than from ANY of the diluted flavours of democracy currently practiced?"

You've read Chesterton's "The Napoleon of Notting Hill"?

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

Michael Dunn
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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

Michael Dunn
Headmaster

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

Michael Dunn
Devil

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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Michael Dunn

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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Michael Dunn
Happy

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

Michael Dunn
Happy

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?

Michael Dunn
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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

Michael Dunn
Joke

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

Michael Dunn

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'

Michael Dunn
Headmaster

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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Michael Dunn
Joke

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

Michael Dunn
Happy

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

Michael Dunn

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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Michael Dunn

Re: 1.3 billion?????

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

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Michael Dunn

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

Michael Dunn

@ 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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