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5.6TB helium disks could balloon, lift WD onto enterprise throne

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Re: Scene from the Hitatchi factory canteen

I just thought all your MP3s would go up in pitch.

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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

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Yep, me too. And it makes me wonder: were these thieves out for profit, or did they really want to salt into some people's wounds.

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Bendy screens are the future, screams maker of bendy screens

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I can think of an application: Dynamic posters for CS Conferences

I would love to have one of these in A0 size that I can put into a standard roll for posters, so I can show off my image and 3D medical volume processing and visualization algorithms on the poster itself. That would be seriously cool. All I would need is to hook it up to the laptop (for the required computational oomph) as a huge external screen. You could even support touch-based interaction.

I could even remove any typos I left, or let viewers supply their own images

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Now you can control ANY Win 8 kit with your EYEBALLS

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But I always glare at my windows box

Doesn't achieve much, I must say.

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg enters trials

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Re: niche

It does rather remind me of the nickname of LSTs (Landing Ship Tank) used during D-day: Large Slow Target

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Re: Nothing heroic or disaterous

Besides, Operation Market Garden was not a complete failure. It did not achieve all the objectives, and Arnhem was indeed a bridge too far. The bridges over the Waal and Maas rivers were captured intact, by paratroops. The southern half of the Netherlands (including me mum and her family, who lived in Nijmegen at the time) were liberated much earlier than the rest of the Netherlands, thanks to Market Garden.

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What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks

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In academia, students get to see PLENTY of bad code

They write quite a bit of it themselves!

Not all the code they see is in books. A lot of it is ill-documented scientific code written on the spur of the moment to check out a new idea. If it works, write a little MatLab wrapper and release into the wild. FUN!!

Yes, we teach our students how to gather requirements, write documentation, carefully craft the code. However, quite a bit of our own code is written quickly, and the scientific paper serves as the documentation. One reason we get away with it, is that many of our programmes are really rather small snippets reading data, applying the new algorithm to it, and writing some output. In many cases, the code does not get released as production code. Only in larger scale efforts do we apply any thorough software engineering skills.

So, us academics often don't abide by our own rules.

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!

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Do users have enough power?

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Whatever the outcome

New options mean new material for BOFH episodes

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End of days: Possessed POWERPOINT predicts Mayan Apocalypse

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DARN!!

Another application not available for Linux, or Mac!!! I feel left out!

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

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Re: Brilliant

"Like when atheists point at parasitic wasps as 'proof' there is no God? Equally weak arguments."

Agreed, I never said there is no God.

You would need a babelfish to prove that ;-)

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Brilliant

Now let's hope the creationists don't start using this as "proof" that evolution does not work

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Japanese firm lifts lid on Android-controlled toilet

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Does it have a button "Old Faithful"?

If so, look for the Bergholt Stutley Johnson label

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Baby got .BAT: Old-school malware terrifies Iran with del *.*

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Frightened by del *.*?

wait till they see

rm -rf /

(= F1 on BOFH keyboard)

or

shutdown -h now

(=F2 on BOFH keyboard)

And there is the even more powerful command for HEX:

+++ reinstall universe +++

+++ redo from start +++

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Information teleportation goes large-scale

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Re: I thought I was smart till I read this

Jet packs and flying cars!

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But can they teleport Schrödingers Cat?

Mine is the one with "Surely you're joking, mr. Feynman?" in the pocket

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Canadians nab syrup rustlers after massive maple sap heist

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Galette (buckwheat pancake) with good quality bacon and maple syrup

My all time favourite use of Canada's famous product, although quail with blood-orange juice and maple syrup is also quite neat. My recipe can be found here

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Naked Scarlett Johansson pic snatch bloke gets 10 YEARS

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$66,179 ?

They forgot the 42 cents!

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VCDX: The elite certification just 105 people hold

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Somehow

VCDX sounds like a nerve gas.

Maybe its just me

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North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

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Is the satellite simply saying:

"Hey, I am out that country, I do not have to listen to them any more. Hey, look what I can do! I can tumble! Doesn't seem to achieve much, but maybe I'll find out what it's for later"

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Siri: Can you make a Raspberry Pi open a garage door?

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As Archchancellor Ridcully would say:

"Well done, that man!"

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Re: Missed Opportunity

Or: "Open, says me!"

Sorry, I should really get me coat

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But does the door

generate an intolerable air of smugness just before it opens?

For extra points, make the door go

"ho-jummmmmm"

when opening and close again with a contented

"aaahhh"

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Shh! Proxima Centauri can hear us!

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Proxima Centauri ...

Wasn't the local planning office there (or was that alpha Centauri).

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Musos blast US copyright bods: 'ARTISTS MAKE LOUSY SLAVES!'

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And the porblem with kids today

is that if you tell'em they don't believe a word of what you're sayin'

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Second Higgs possibility pops up in CERN data

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Has the LHC developed a squint?

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Re: Funny you should mention 'pantheon'

In the beginning was the word, and the word was "Hey, ... you!!"

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Chinese spacecraft JUUUUST avoids smashing into Toutatis

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Re: Very very cool.

I would not be surprised if they have.

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Go Chinese!

Excellent work by the Chinese space programme. Great to see multiple space programmes of the ground (sorry, couldn't resist). Maybe a bit of competition will sting people into more action

I'll raise a glass of Sinkiang black beer to that, by Toutatis!

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NASA to smash its spacecraft INTO THE MOON

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Re: Newest crater on the moon

Every time I read about this mission I was reminded about Tim the Enchanter.

I now think I am not only one

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Stephen Hawking pushes for posthumous pardon for Alan Turing

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Hear, hear!

I can only applaud people putting pressure on the government for a pardon in this prominent case. Maybe the less prominent cases will get some attention after the first battle is won.

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Falling slinky displays slow-motion causality

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Re: 9/11 Slinky Truthers will be all over this story!

Fowl play? Chickening out, are we?

Deary me, it must be Friday!

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Re: Seems overcomplicated

Upvote for mentioning Wile E. Coyote!

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Sniff.. Phew! WORLD'S OLDEST CHEESE discovered in Poland

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Proto-mozzarella!

Pity they did not have any proto-tomatoes to make proto insalata caprese

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NASA reveals secrets of Curiosity’s selfies

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Re: Simple

Or it brought its own mirror. Flipping the result in any image processing programs easy

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Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

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Don't be evil!

My foot

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Internet Explorer tracks cursor even when minimised

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One more reason (as if I needed one) not to use IE

<- Nuke it from space, it's the only way to be sure

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Elon Musk's solar energy biz scraps IPO liftoff at last minute

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I like this

The delay bolsters my feeling that these people are serious about putting a proper value on the stocks, not just hype them up and rake in the profit.

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Stephen Hawking gets $3m physics prize from Mail.ru tycoon

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Or look at Google Scholar

Right here

Not only has he got a huge list of publications, having 4-figure citation counts on so many papers does mean something (at minimum that the authors of that many papers claim to have read those works ;-) )

Yes there are other physicists who deserve such a price. Maybe next time?

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Worldwide Gmail crash was due to Google Sync bug

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It must have crashed in the brief time span I was not using it.

Lucky me!

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Russian space research org targeted by mystery malware attack

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Which Korea?

A minor detail, but one which might be of interest to the readers

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North Korean rocket works, puts something into orbit

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Re: Well done!

I wholeheartedly agree it is an achievement, and the scientists and engineers involved certainly deserve congratulations. Raise a glass of Munbaeju for them.

However, the politicians might change their priorities. I might suggest "food first, rockets later" as a suitable mnemonic for a policy that will serve the people better.

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Re: Whatever it is up there, it's a lump...

I suspect it is a cabbage. Just to show everybody that there is food in North Korea.

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Re: "Kwangmyongsong"?

Precisely: Anybody remember the quote about the light of a thousand suns by Robert Oppenheimer?

<- only suitable icon

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Another Apple maps desert death trap down under

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Relying purely on a smartphone for navigation proves these phones are smarter than their users.

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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

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Re: The joys of open software

The joy of open software is that you can fork the code if you do not like where it is heading. Not trivial, but not impossible. You are allowed to. Try that with commercial code.

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Apple's iOS 6 maps STILL muddle Mildura

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Re: You couldn't get lost

That may be true, but there are people out there, with driving permits and all, who could easily get lost in a cul-de-sac. Sad, but true.

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Re: Big intake of breath

Sextant? Why trust such newfangled stuff! An astrolabe was good enough for me great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-granddad, so it is good enough for me!!

Deary me, they'll want to replace me old lodestone next!

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The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet

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Amen!!

brilliant!

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Last moon landing was 40 years ago today

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Re: I'm amazed there's no sceptics out there...

Please refrain from feeding the troll!

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I watched all the moon landings as a kid

That is what made me choose astronomy. I since switched to computer science, but happily I am working on astronomical image analysis (among other things). The Apollo programme was the most inspirational research programme bar none.

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