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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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Samsung slams Apple patent jury, wants new trial in US

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Re: Jury was fatally flawed.

Interesting reads. At the end of the first, the phrase "Sulk Hogan" sprang to mind,

I wonder why?

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Half of Milky Way's mass found in million-Kelvin gas cloud

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Interesting.

Similar clouds have been known to surround galactic clusters, but not around our own. That is of course hard to do, and has been likened to "drawing up a map of the city whilst standing in the market square." A more accurate analogy would be "drawing up a map of the city whilst standing on a playground somewhere in the (unfashionable western) suburbs"

Thumbs up to the scientists for attempting perhaps not the impossible, but at least the very, very improbable!

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Christian footie match ends in almighty brawl

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Maybe they were followers of the Holy Shoe and the Holy Gourd!!

HE IS NOT THE MESSIAH, HE IS A NAUGHTY BOY!!

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NTT demos petabit transmission on single fibre

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Cool, seriously cool!

I visited their lab with two dozen students eleven years ago. They do a lot of seriously cool things there (like transistors that switch based on a single electron on the gate: talk about low power). The students were suitable impressed, even the guy who tried to do a limbo dance underneath a manipulator arm of a vacuum chamber set-up. Needless to say, our host was seriously relieved that I grabbed this student by the shoulder and gave him a very severe reprimand (think sergeant-major Shut-up Sahib).

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Ig Nobels 2012: Physics of ponytails, chimp arse-cognition and more

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Proud!!

I am proud the Dutch managed to get another two IgNobels!

Here's to research that makes you think and laugh (I am not picky about the order)

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'Apple's iOS 6 maps app is SHOCKING, rushed and half-baked'

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Biggest thing??

"Windows 95 was certainly the biggest thing in the last 20 years until now. I think Windows 8 certainly surpasses it."

What is Balmer smoking? Windows 95 the biggest thing in what? Computing? I would think other things in computing have been bigger (or at least better) in the last 20 years. The world-wide web, for one. OK that made its first wobbly steps in 1990/1991, so outside the time frame, but it only really took off the years after. The Mosaic Browser (1993) was a seminal event in computing. Windows 95 was not.

In my view, Windows 95 improved upon Windows 3.1(1) in that it camouflaged the fact that it was a graphic shell overlaid on MS-DOS rather better. It did a bit more than that, and popularized the WIMP-style (windows, icons, menus, pointer) GUIs still with use today. Yes I know MS did not invent them, but W95 did bring them to a big audience, and took the MS-DOS crowd away from the command line.

Pirate icon because I was ill on "Talk like a pirate day"

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'Programming on Windows 8 just like playing bingo' - Microsoft VP

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On the photograph

Soma seems to be doing an impression of a flounder. Is this to suggest Microsoft are floundering?

Darn, I'm hungry now

Mine is the one with Rick Stein's "Seafood" in the pocket (OK, in the backpack).

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Win8 tablets may cost MORE than iPads – AND LAPTOPS

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Re: Seriously?!

Absolutely! Can anybody explain to me why an $800 device (including keyboard) with Windows RT would be better than the latest incarnation of the Asus Transformer, with its much higher resolution (1920x1200) and roughly the same price point down here (just shy of 700 euro)?

OK it has a version of office. Big deal!

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Memo to openSUSE 12.2: More polish, less angst

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Neat!

I'll upgrade my home system shortly!

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Microsoft bod dreams up 'Star Trek holodeck' games console

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The description of a device or method is enough for a patent

The US government patented ships with nuclear propulsion before they got it working. The description as to contain enough technical detail to show it is inventive.

Countless patents have been awarded on perpetual motion devices (now no longer allowed), and there are patents for algorithms that compress any bit string (including its own output) by at least one bit without loss of information. This is clearly impossible, but it has been patented.

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Opportunity finds new patch of 'berries' on Mars

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Re: It depends on whether you can get it to stay onna stick.

Jam will stay "inna bun"

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Get your Martian Blueberry Jam right here!!!!

Lovely! Rich in iron!

C.M.O.T. Dibbler would try that.

These old rovers (hopefully) never cease to amaze. I once pointed out Mars to my kids, and added: there are two robot cars driving about on that planet. Now they want to be space scientists

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I spy: Drug drops and foxy couples

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Of course

Real men carry binoculars like these

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Reg hack uncovers perfect antidote to internet

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Re: BTW, what is a diving rod?

Oh really?

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BTW, what is a diving rod?

I cannot find any in the nearest scuba shop.

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HTML5 isn't Facebook's 'biggest mistake'

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Re: HTML5 is actually a mistake

MInE is tHe oNE WitH The booK ON ProPeR raNDom CApITALiZatiOn

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BT gets postcode knickers in twist, plants Shoreditch on Mount Everest

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This was brought to you by

The expedition to scale both peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46btEgKmCTo

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One more try: Metro apps are now 'Windows Store' apps

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Re: Ikea catalog[ue]

"HAHAHAHA!"

No that is a lamp, not a chair

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Re: Ikea catalog[ue]

Alternatively as

Bålmer Prøjektil

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Humanity facing GLOBAL BACON SHORTAGE

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Re: Doooooomed!

As you were, private Fraser!

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Hate the Windows 8 touch UI? Try Kinect-like finger shaking instead

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I have given various programs two-fingered salutes

Not that they respond

But then I usually give the salute when the %$#@ software is not responding to keyboard and mouse either.

I also think that gesture-controlled, just like voice-controlled software, is a really good idea for open-plan offices. Methinks the BOFH would have a field day.

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New guide: Bake your own Raspberry Pi Lego-crust cluster

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Lovely idea!

I think I will show this to my students when next I lecture on parallel computing

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