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* Posts by Michael H.F. Wilkinson

2544 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007

LOHAN sets clock ticking for explosive climax

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Cool, very cool indeed

Best of luck with the tests

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REVEALED: Everything Everywhere new 4G logo ... a SNAIL?

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Could be an ammonite

And they are extinct. Not just six foot under and pushing up the daisies, but many, many strata below.

Makes as much sense as the other explanations

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Curiosity spins its wheels and shoots up the Martian landscape

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Re: African or a European Brontosaurus?

And do they migrate?

Mine is the one with the Holy Grail DVD in the pocket

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Re: Interesting spectrographic output...

Calcium is a relatively common element in space (as are most even elements before iron).

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Ubisoft: 'Vast majority of PC gamers are PIRATES'

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I am surprised that nobody ...

used the pirate icon for comments yet.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day is just weeks away!

ARRH!!

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UK.gov's minimum booze price dream demolished

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Re: I'll drink to that!

wah whash that??

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Curiosity preps for first Martian road trip

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Neat!!

Love this kind of science, even if I first misread the "Russian instrument looking for water" as "Russian instrument looking for wodka"

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NASA gets funding for Mars InSight mission in 2016

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Hmm, seismic stuff

Tremble, ye Martians

Sorry, couldn't resist

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Work for the military? Don't be evil, says ethicist

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Igor! Pull the lever ...

Yeth, Marthter!!!!!

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Sally Ride, trailblazing Shuttle astronaut, dies at 61

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Sad news

I was very sorry to hear this news. She was an inspiration for many women to join in in the fun that is science and technology.

I will raise a glass to her memory this evening

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Hubble spots ancient spiral galaxy that SHOULD NOT EXIST

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Looks more like a Celtic Triskelon. No wories

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Re: Hmmm...

You are right about Northern Siberia: nothing to see except blizzards

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Pyrotechnic boffin poised to light LOHAN's fire

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Re: "The solution? A more potent igniter"

and if it breaks, it needed replacement anyway

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"The solution? A more potent igniter"

True to the spirit of Real Engineering:

- if it doesn't fit, force it

- If it can't be forced, use a bigger hammer

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McDonalds staff 'rough up' prof with home-made techno-spectacles

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Re: Kids

"Actually yes, but thats besides the point. No reason kids can't eat French cuisine. I'm fairly sure French kids do. I'd take steak tartare over a mc horse scrotum burger. I'm no fan of frogs legs, but escargot is awesome."

Agreed, my kids (8 and 10) love to try exotic stuff like snails, or eyes and brains of fish (they learnt that from a Croatian friend (I passed on those myself)). It gets them huge bragging rights at school.

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Nasa guides Mars Rover with Kinect

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But do they add an 8 to 40 minute comms delay

depending on the relative positions of Earth and Mars?

Just to add realism?

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Study: Users prefer Google+ over Facebook

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They didn't even include Stargazer's Lounge and CloudyNights in the survey

I'm miffed

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Finally some QUALITY apps for Android: PalmOS emulator ported

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$49.95?

I beg your pardon? I can get a two new batteries for my old Tungsten T3 for that?

Pity really, I loved the Astromist application for Palm

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iPhone 5 to be skinniest Apple yet SHOCK

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Hmm, 7.9 instead of 9.3 mm

And suddenly a whole new target demography fits through the doors of our stores!

Those 1.4 mm really count!

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?

I have recently had to edit some docx forms in both LibreOffice and OpenOffice. It almost made me scream! Actually, the almost in that sentence is wrong. Things kept changing position in unpredictable ways, bits of text in tables became invisible. I have had similar hassles with MS-Office for that matter. Exporting stuff to PDF is colourful as well (words stuck together, layout shot to pieces).

Ultimately I just hacked together a LaTeX style file to generate the same forms (as they wanted PDF sent in). End of (my) problem.

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US, Iraqi lawn chair balloonists blown out of sky

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Re: "The landing was very intense."

Best ever euphemism for a crash, I would say.

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Patent scrap loser RIM ordered to cough up $147m

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Re: Patent Nationalism?

Not just recently: try looking at the Philips Philishave patent spat with (IFAIK) Remmington.

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Fukushima powerplant owner forced to cough teleconference vids

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They should have claimed it was radiation damage

More plausible, but might be considered shooting yourself in the foot

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Prince Charles whips out jumbo red ball for Blighty's code-breakers

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In congratulation I would like to say

JFADF IUKHK JUYKL HLKHH DBXUW NWXPG HJDSG UYQWJ BXXXM

ZOPQW KSXWQ SLWHF AAGHF THEOPS GHFML QWEBN IITHQ

The people who need to know will get it

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Native Americans arrived to find natives already there, fossil poo shows

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Re: Hooray! New Textbooks on the Way!

"Clovis? It's just the name of a Town in Southern New Mexico again, where some people passing through dropped some arrow heads and forgot to pick them up."

And they weren't even fined for littering!

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Christians get God-optimized 'Edifi' Android fondleslab

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Holiest tablet since Moses was gifted by a burning bush

That made my Friday! Need to clean the keyboard now

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Hams: We're good in a disaster – UK Radio Society boss

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All ur comms are belong to us!

sorry, couldn't resist

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'Extreme' solar storm speeding straight towards Earth

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Aurora alerts always coincide with heavy clouds

Sadly.

I would have liked to have seen some of the fireworks on the sun in my little H-alpha scope when the flare went off, but alas, cloudy again.

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UK.gov's cost-cutting 'shared services' went £500m OVER BUDGET

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Ministry of Administrative Affairs, anyone

"Yes, Minister" was so right at so many levels

Sad really

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Fusion-io server strokers show off 2.6TB RAM extension

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Interesting

Might get a student to try something like that with the 320GB Fusio-IO cards in two of our compute servers.

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Watch out, Apple: HTC ruling could hurt your patent income

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Hear, hear!

A rare voice of sanity in that judgement: patenting should not be about the bleedin' obvious to a skilled team of designer or engineers.

I am not an Apple user (at the moment, their current hires display MacBook pro is tempting!), but I am quite happy to admit that Apple has done genuinely innovative stuff. However, this "invention" was a case of scraping the barrel. I feel it should. There are plenty of other players in the market scrapping the barrel in the same way. I do hope (vainly, no doubt) that this trends is brought to a halt.

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Is the Higgs boson an imposter?

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Re: Observer effect?

Precisely. Whenever we find out what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly be replaced by something even more bizarrely inexplicable.

Evidently, this has already happened

Mine is the one with cassettes of the original radio plays in the pocket. Douglas Adams, we miss you

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KIT drives off with memory win: 1-bit-per-MOLECULE storage

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Memristive spintronic memory?

Brilliant! The BOFH gets more ammo to apply Management Stack Theory

And of course spell checkers go bananas!

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Olympus MEG4.0 smart glasses will photoshop the REAL WORLD

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Re: view the real world with a brighter, friendlier glow.

Mo reimportantly, are they peril sensitive? will they black out the moment you might see something that could disturb you?

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Burnt Samsung Galaxy S III singed by external source, probe reveals

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Re: Another warning sticker

But where will that end? A 190g smartphone weighted down by 1kg worth of stickers?

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How would you like your smartphone?

Rare

Medium

Well-done

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Haggis pakora v huevos rancheros

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Re: ""Premium haggis in a tin" seems like the very definition of an oxymoron."

Is there a Feegle in the house?

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NASA was WRONG on arsenic-gobbling aliens, claim boffins

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Alien

Darn!!

Now we cannot welcome any arsenic-loving alien overlords

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My dad found the Higgs boson! Reminiscences of a CERN kid

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Re: Scotch?

but if he did, which one? Did he sound smoky, like an Islay malt, or smooth, like Speyside?

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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

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Re: My line with the boss...

I never had to work in the financial sector, but I did work at the University hospital. Whenever one particular senior staff member (non-computer science) tried to meddle in my work and ask what was going on (with an implication that things weren't going fast enough), I tended to explain in detail what I was doing, with as much mathematical jargon as I could muster (which is a lot when you are doing image analysis), in a friendly, fellow-scientist-to-fellow-scientist tone (i.e., I do not have to explain every concept in detail, do I).

The first mention of "fast Fourier transform" or "optimal convolution kernel" was generally enough to make them run for cover.

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Computer error triggers mass rocket launch

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This is just a practice run for the RotM

Next time they will do it using ICBMs!!!

We're doomed, DOOMED!!!!

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Re: Repeat after me

The programmer OR the user fucked up.

(not XOR, btw)

My bet would be on the user. But, as I write programs, it would be, wouldn't it?

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Rifle-waving Yank's premature detonation ruins city's big bang

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"area of outstanding natural stupidity"

Also known as Darwin Award country

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Disappearing space dust belt baffles boffins

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Scientists ar eon the lookout

for one humongous hoover

Just a thought

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The touchscreens that push back, thanks to Brit hi-fi boffinry

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I suddenly have this image of the touchscreen punching

when annoyed by the user

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

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High leccy bill? Don't look at me!

I never use any powerful hair furtling devices!

Never have, never will.

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First lady taikonaut and pals plunge into the dirt after space mating

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Good for them!

I'll drink to that (but not Chinese rice wine)

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Exotic proto-mineral 'panguite' from before the planets found in meteor

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But does it contain Narrativium?

That would be really surprising!

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Multimillion-pound hoard of 50BC GOLD PIECES found in Jersey

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Am I the only one with the urge to say ARRRRH!!!!

Buried treasure, after all.

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Microsoft loses appeal against EU antitrust smackdown

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Fins do not like to be called Swedes

see title

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