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2527 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007

Apple unsheathes MacBook 13-incher

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Re: The only snag...

No nVidia = no CUDA = no use to me. I also MUCH prefer ethernet, as I routinely do need bandwidth. Real pity as this machine ticks a lot of boxes for me. It looks really nice, I love the high resolution, and light weight. My current lightweight (13", 1.69kg) really needs replacement, but I need a machine with nVidia graphics and ethernet. Using a dongle is a pain, in my view.

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Big data to be normal by 2020

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Re: GiGo

Agreed, Steve, it is! it is fucking obvious

Somehow the fucking obvious escapes many people

Take politicians. How many projects are out there based on the premise that as long as we collect ALL the data we will be in a better position to find terrorists/paedophiles/other undesirables? Lets take fingerprints from everybody entering the country! Hooray!! We have struck a blow in the war on terror!!!

No, you are just showing the general public that you are doing something, by pissing them off big time every time they enter your country.

When will these guys learn that data is not the same as intelligence?

Mine is the one with the shiny new degree from the UFO (sorry, couldn't miss the chance to hijack that acronym for the University of the Fucking Obvious)

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Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Re: GiGo

Too true: "Adding hay does not make finding needles easier" is one of my favourite sayings when discussing pattern recognition. The key to successfully finding things is in reducing data by knowing exactly how to obtain all relevant information rather than just flinging more data at the problem.

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Black hole spews out 2-million-light-year-long stream of WTF

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Largest things in the universe?

It depends on what you think is a single "thing," I suppose. Clusters of galaxies are larger than 2 million light years. Super-clusters are bigger still. These are organized in walls and filaments, and these in turn form the cosmic web. Quite a few people say the cosmic web is the largest thing.

Still an impressive jet.

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Astroboffins out FREAK 'BI' GALAXY

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One of the coolest galaxies

just got even cooler! I just downloaded the paper and it is really fascinating. I am surprised to see such a well-defined spiral inside the galaxy.

I spotted this fella with 15x70 bins from down-under. I would love to see it through a bigger scope,

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Man rummaging for lost laptop in skip gets tipped into garbage truck

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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This should be called a "Near Darwin Award Experience"

he didn't happen to be from Darwin originally?

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Oldest unreadable alphabet yields to 'tablet' computer

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Re: TBottom image

Undoubtedly this was attached to a packet of peanuts

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Curiosity scoops up SHINY BITS from the RED SANDS of MARS!

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Re: Opal

Unless it is The Luggage, encrusted in opal. Be on the look out for lots of little legs!

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The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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I was right to keep my old Tungsten T3

Still works, and my youngest (8) loves playing with it.

See, I knew there was a reason.

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Moon was formed when PLANET SMASHED INTO EARTH

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Re: There are many ways to skin a cat...

Many astronomers now say the moon is not really a satellite of earth (hence "That is not a moon" ;-) ), because it is not many orders of magnitude lighter than the Earth. The Earth-Moon system is a double planet (much like Pluto and Charon is properly called a double dwarf planet).

Most moons formed in orbit around their planet, as mini solar systems (and can have a strikingly different composition from their parent planet, and even each other, depending on the distance to the planet). Some, like Phobos and Deimos of Mars, were probably captured asteroids.

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Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Re: Pah, nothing but liberal lies, I tell you!

That date is 15 minutes off (Pratchett and Gaiman, 1995).

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McKinnon case is NOT a precedent – says his own lawyer

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Re: You used the wrong icon

I expect to hear black choppers in the distance when mocking certain governments

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Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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But it's not 'Merkin' justice!!!

As was said, it would be nice (if perhaps unrealistic) if the US showed the courtesy to respect the judicial system in other countries

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Morse! Shoved! Out of! Yahoo! Beneath! Giant! Golden! Parachute!

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Doesn't it hurt?

when a giant golden parachute hits you on the head after landing.

One would almost hope so

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Ice sheets may stabilise for centuries, regardless of warming

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You forget all the pollution of the air, and the electromagnetic spectrum. We are DOOMED!!

Let me lend you a tinfoil hat

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Users grumble after Adobe cancels Acrobat X Suite

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Re: Pratchett, already!

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

seven o'clock on the dot!

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Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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Re: But wait

Please refrain from feeding the troll

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Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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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Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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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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

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
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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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