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2362 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007

Users grumble after Adobe cancels Acrobat X Suite

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I think I will stick with pdflatex

not to everyone's taste, but sufficient for my needs.

And, yes, I know the acrobat suite can do a great deal more than just generate pdfs.

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Snoopers Charter is for 'incompetent criminals, accidental anarchists'

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Re: He almost sounds sensible?

I know what you mean. You must however realize that despite extensive screening, people of real ability, integrity, and intelligence sometimes slip through the meshes of the net and end up holding even cabinet positions. Do not worry unduly, however, at the next cabinet reshuffle these good apples will be removed.

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Amazon seeks 50,000 temporary elves to wrap up America's Xmas

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50,000 Elves? Sindar or Noldor?

Mine is the one with the the Silmarillion in the pocket

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Ukraine navy to deploy DOLPHINS WITH GUNS ON THEIR HEADS

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Straight from a Bond movie

No mister Bond, the dolphin expects you to die!

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Miniature Baumgartner jumps from 128,000ft

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Neat!!

Absolutely neat!!

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Australian boffins have a ball with lightning maths

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Re: Oh how perfectly dreadful

Jake: it is www.theregister.co.uk

Americans do not get to dictate British spelling (yet).

Therefore, and because it's Aussie boffins: maths

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Orally urinating turtle boffin in nominative-determinism classic case

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Ig Nobel Material

If ever there was!

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MYSTERIOUS GREEN GLOW seen on iPhone 5s

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Kryptonite?

Mine is the red cape

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And the latest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is ... the EU?

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Throughout history, France has the "better" track record in terms of number of invasions than the Germans do (and not just when Napoleon ruled them).

Still, all of us EU citizens now have 1/503,492,041th of a Nobel Peace Prize. Let's raise a glass to that (not that we need such a flimsy excuse).

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World+Dog hails 50th birthday of the LED

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So who is going to blow out the LEDs on the birthday cake?

OK, OK, I'm going

;-)

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40,000 sign petition to oust Rep. Paul 'pit of hell' Broun

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Re: Pratchett, already!

"Your milk was on time though...."

seven o'clock on the dot!

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I must say what most gets up my nose is that they insist on literal meaning of the bible when it comes to facts, but tend to ignore the more important moral and ethical message it has.

As a kid, I was an atheist at a Catholic (Jesuit) school (in the Netherlands). That school had very sensible ideas about science and religion, and how the two need not be at loggerheads. I was especially invited by a Jesuit priest to join a discussion group on philosophical and religious issues, precisely because I was an atheist. He did not want to convert me, he wanted someone to challenge religious dogma. "I want the pupils to think about religion, not just accept what I say" were his words.

There were, and are many scientist who are devout Christians. Let any one of them take over this idiot's place in the committee.

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Re: Earth is 9,000 years old...

Remember Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman have shown that the date and time derived by bishop Usher and his co-worker was inaccurate.

By a quarter of an hour

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Linux on ARM breakthrough to take away Torvalds' arse pain

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Re: But wait

Please refrain from feeding the troll

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One small step for a kernel, but one giant leap for penguin-kind

Sorry, couldn't resist

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LOHAN plugs into some hot LiPo treatment

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My only point is that it is unaffected by the low density of the air. It is convective transfer (along with a bit of diffusion) which takes a dive. If the object is in direct sunlight, radiative transfer may cause it to warm up.

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At altitude, heat will still radiate away, as radiative heat transfer still works in a vacuum. It is convective transfer which will be much less. However, the very low temperatures may offset that (larger heat gradient).

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US trounces UK in climate scepticism jibber-jabber

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May I still enjoy my popcorn?

Carbon neutral, organic, corn, heated with a little bit of polyunsaturated (organic!) oil, of course!!

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Home-grown drone finds ‘missing’ hiker

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And at even higher accuracy, you can hit him on the head with it!!

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Re: Improved accuracy

I suppose you would like it to have a fixed undercarriage, a curious crook in each wings, and designation JU87

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EU green-lights 'copyright land grab' law on orphan work

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@Kevin Johnston

"I assume by 'reliably tagging' you mean finding a way to stop media companies 'accidentally' stripping out the tagging information supplied by the creator."

Precisely: this is what digital watermarking is about: this inclusion in the actual photograph of a data identifying its origin. A well-designed watermark cannot be stripped accidentally, but requires a concerted effort. Ideally, stripping the watermark should degrade the image enough to make it useless for many purposes. In practice, many attacks on existing watermarks exist, but watermarks are getting better. Digital watermarking is still an active area of research.

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'X Factor for tech is going to be OUTTA THIS WORLD'

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"X-Factor for Tech will be out of this world!"

Does this mean Elon Musk is involved?

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Prehistoric-super-tooth dentists drill DIAMONDS into duck-billed 'saur riddle

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Sounds like these beasts could rid us of bracken

No other creature seems to want to eat that stuff. Forget getting velociraptors for a Jurassic Park experience, get us some hadrosaurs to chomp away at bracken!

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4K vs OLED: and the winner is...

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Re: Ummn

25% of brain power? 25% of the brain power of an amoeba suffices for a dreadful number of shows on the tele (X-factor, anyone?). Sometimes I feel the only way to enjoy shows is to switch all higher brain functions off completely.

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Perth porkfest crowned ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

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Re: Oh Noes Another Church ??

No worries: Pasta and bacon go together very well (witness spaghetti alla carbonara)

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Archaeologists resume Antikythera Mechanism hunt

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The Ultimate Prior Art?

I bet Samsung is hoping they find the case of the device, and that it has rounded corners

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Samsung claims Apple jury foreman LIED to get REVENGE

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Re: Peers ...

A jury of pears would have been an improvement over a jury headed by someone who has such difficulty telling the truth

Hogan really missed his true calling, he should have become a politician

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New telescope tipped to spot 700,000 galaxies

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I am surprised they use dishes at all

The LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) is using a phased array approach. Much cheaper, no moving parts.

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'It is absolute b*ll*cks that contractors aren't committed'

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The BOFH is a contractor

who should be committed

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Bone-bothering boffins pull TINY fanged dinosaur from drawers

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One thing we will never know is

did it taste like chicken?

Mine is the one with the cookery book in the pocket

More seriously: nice work finding this strange creature!

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From Dr No to Skyfall: The Reg's one month of Bond

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Re: Of course my favourite one has to be the 1967 version of Casino Royale

'Who is this "le Chiffre"?'

'Nobody knows, not even "le Chiffre"!!'

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Whopping supersonic-car rocket rattles idyllic Cornwall

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Re: Coolness check-list

good list, but shouldn't the motorbike goggles be peering through a tiny little windscreen at the fron of an open cockpit?

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Boffins get black hole double-vision

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Re: time travel?

However, as you travel through this mangled space, you might e in for some serious mangling yourself. Bit of a downer, that.

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Interesting stuff. M22 is magnificent in my 8" scope, as my son (10) also agreed to when we observed it from France this summer. I will tell him he has seen the home of a black-hole binary system. I bet he will be excited.

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Romans, Han Dynasty, kick-started climate change

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Greelanand?

I am dyslectic Borg. Your ass will be malted!!

(Thanks to Mr. Spock on Stargazers Lounge)

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Boffins prescribe SNAKE VENOM as future pain killer

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Take zis pill, it will take ALL ze pain avay, I perzonally promise!

This really sounds like one from Igor (or Junior Postman Groat, for that matter). Mamba poison does kill all pain (quite quickly), along with the rest of you.

It also reminds me of the proposed surgical treatment for migraine (amputation of the head)

Still, kudos to the scientists if this works well.

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Adele's Skyfall poised to fall from sky

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Bondfest?

Now that is a phrase which could easily be misunderstood

No, mine is not the black leather one.

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Oregon farmer devoured by own hogs

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Tragic, however...

it reminds me of:

Ravenous bugblatter beasts of Traal often make a good meal for visiting tourists

versus

Ravenous bugblatter beasts of Traal often make a good meal of visiting tourists

The bacon sarnie that bit back.

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Pastafarians: Get your noodly appendages off that Facebook suspect

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Deary me

Those "Golden Dawn" ultra right wingers and the church are taking themselves WAY too seriously,

Oh, wait.....

Maybe it is mandatory to undergo a full humourectomy before joining either

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Simon Cowell plans X Factor for Tech

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Can't you just see people vote

One a really nifty new way to handle loads of database transactions 10 times faster on the same hardware?

You're right, I can't either.

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HP Spectre XT 13in Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review

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Intel Graphics == No use to me

I like to do some CUDA stuff on my laptop. There are some pretty decent 13" laptops out there, with nVidia graphics, and a lot more processing clout, for less money. OK, they might not be quite as thin, but they are still quite light (I have seen an ASUS of just 1.78kg). Much more useful to me.

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Draft UK libel law forces websites to axe mudslinging comments

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One whole load of foetid dingo's kidneys

Will that still be OK?

After all, it is just a quote from the great Douglas Adams

And at least I didn't say Belgium

Whoops!

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Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113

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If they really wanted to create an explosive atmosphere

Sukakuium would be the name of choice

In Chinese textbooks that would have to become Diaoyuium

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Space Station ready to SWERVE sat junk hurtling towards it

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Re: Navigational Deflectors?

And what about jet-packs, I want a jet-pack! It does not even need antigravity, for goodness' sake (or slood for that matter)

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Hobbyist star-gazer cops amazing eyeful of Jupiter's space ball

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It's an 11" Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain

Even without the image on his website, the aperture of 11" tells you it is the Celestron C11, one of the only 11" scopes out there (and the big brother of my C8). Excellent planetary imaging scopes. You do not want a DSLR for this work, a decent webcam (CCD-based for preference) or a specialized planetary camera, which can maintain 30-60 FPS at VGA resolution is generally best.

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Blazing new comet may OUTSHINE THE MOON in 2013

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Re: "Or not."

Same here in the Netherlands.

Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake were pretty good though. And anyway, a comet like this would be visible for quite a long time. Time to get that astronomized DSLR ready.

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NZ bloke gets eel stuck up jacksie

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At least it wasn't an electric eel

That would have been shocking

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Berkeley Lab proposes 4D clock

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Infinity is a very long time indeed

The authors do assume the nuclei have infinite life span. This might not be correct. And anyway, some klutz in a lab coat is bound to drop it at some point (he might even be called Ponder Stibbons).

Interesting work, otherwise

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Google promises autonomous cars for all within five years

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Re: Future consequences

I have this sudden sense of deja vu

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Brave copper single-handedly chases 'suspicious' Moon

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Calling Sgt. Angua

Mine is the one with "The Fifth Elephant" in the pocket

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