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Paul Allen latest plan: Space rockets on MEGA PLANE

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And only call off the lawyers when they promise to call it

LOHAN-2

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Codefinger: Brilliant

Elon Musk has the better Bond-villainesque name however.

Now where has that white Persian cat gone?

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Google gives £550k to Bletchley Park

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Good for Google

Given the importance to code-breaking history, should MI5/6/insert number here not contribute. Or maybe they did but want to keep that secret (force of habit, presumably)

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Google promises 0.001 of revenue to free the slaves

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Agreed

They did not have to do that, but they did. Well done.

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Nokia exec: Young fashonistas 'fed up' with iPhone

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Precisely

And the Windows brand is the first name that comes to mind when "security" is mentioned.

I wonder why?

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Jimbo Wales ponders Wikipedia blackout

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Wikipedia on strike?

Why does this remind me of the national philosophers' strike proposed by Vroomfondel and Majikthise. Deep Thought's answer is memorable:

"And, pray, who will that inconvenience?"

In this case the answer must be school kids and students who now have to look for original sources themselves (tip: try the library, you know, the place with all them books ;-) ).

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RIM execs chewed through restraints after in-flight fracas

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Maybe it was RIM's equivalent of the BOFH and PFY

they hacked into the navigation system before they were completely pissed out of their skulls. They would also go on junkets for the express reason to become plastered

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Because many of us can handle it

I have regularly had a beer or wine with a meal, or a little night cap before sleeping on a plane, and never thrown any kind of tantrum on board. Why should I be denied that because some goons in suits get plastered?

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Churlish gadget cusses those who use it

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Reg Hardware Award Candidate?

See title

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Beeb rescues old Who episodes

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But, couldn't they just ask the doctor?

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What!? You mean it's not real?

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Dell XPS 14z 14in Core i5 notebook

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Looks like a candidate

to replace my aging Vaio SZ. Quite compact but with a decent (NVidia) graphics card. Could do some CUDA/OpenCL stuff on that.

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REVEALED: People write things on Twitter, Media

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So

as I comment, I am write about you writing about .......... turtles all the way down

recursion: see recursion

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Voyager probe reaches edge of Solar System's 'bubble'

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"And one WTF?? - Voyager 1 launched September 1977, Voyager 2 launched August 1977 - why did they invert the numbering / launch out of sequence?"

There was an accident with a time machine, but that was all hushed up!

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I remember the excitement of each planetary visit

These probes have done so much more than can ever be expressed in terms of money!

A toast to all those involved in making all that possible!

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Christmas gamma burst stupendo-explosion DEATHMATCH

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Or then again

May the great green Arkleseizure sneezed just a little bit

Better get a B-ark ready and put all the lawyers, stockbrokers, and bank managers in it this time.

Whatever you do DO NOT put the telephone sanitisers in there

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Or then again

maybe the Great Green Arkleseizure had a little hick-up.

Ready a B-Ark, and put all lawyers and bank managers in, but NOT the telephone sanitizers, this time round.

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Clearly the astroboffins

got quite a present last Xmas.

Interesting stuff!

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Windows 8 fondleslabs: Microsoft tip-toes through PC-makers' disaster

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Windows will no longer be out of touch?

Sorry, I'll get me coat

BTW what is a "flay-away iPad"? Some SM fondleslab?

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US military pays SETI to check Kepler-22b for aliens

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Put differently

How long can SETI milk the military for funding?

Best of luck to them

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Navy pays 2x purchase price to keep warship docked for 5 years

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Are you suggesting

they should have put AMERICAN guns on the Victory?

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Former HP boss Patricia Dunn dies at 58

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in any other article this comment might have been funny, in an obituary it is somewhat misplaced.

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Snowbound Alaskan survives on frozen beer

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Coors light....

is only palatable when you have run out of all other options.

Here's to real beer, mine is a Westmalle Tripel

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Japan, Russia in plan for elephant to birth CLONE MAMMOTH

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Sounds neat

but then Malta is somewhat short on permafrost, last time I looked.

There were pygmy mammoths on certain Siberian islands as well, maybe that is the better option.

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Facebook disses Effin Irishwoman

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Effin awful!!

sorry, I'll get me coat

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Boffin's bot spots red light jumpers before they kill

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re: no enforcement = optionality

Maybe this would work?

http://micom.net/oops/SpeedEnforcement1.jpg

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Toads predict earthquakes: Official

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Coffee/keyboard

maybe he has less sense than the average toad.

A hypothesis that seems to fit all available data

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James Bond savages the Kardashians

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Agreed!!

I especially loved the down to earth: "I'm not judging it – well, I am obviously."

ROFLMAO

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Hasselblad H4D-200MS medium format multishot camera

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Awesome

Maybe the set-up we are getting (48 core opteron machine with 256 GB RAM) , and parallel code we are developing for 1.2 and 2.4 GB satellite images (moving later to 1.5 terapixel) would find applications in that domain as well.

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European court advisor slams software copyrights

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A patent is not for any idea, it is for an invention of a (feature of a) product or a process to create a product. So at the time of its invention you can patent a camera and assorted printing kit both as products in their own right, and as a means to create a picture. The idea to create a picture in itself is not patentable (at that point in time). Pure, abstract ideas such as scientific theories or mathematical equations are not patentable.

A nice paper in IEEE Computer argued that as all software can be expressed in an expression in lambda calculus (would you not hate to do that for say an OS kernel), all software is just a collection of mathematical equations, and therefore not patentable.

You can see I have been talking to IP lawyer too much.

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Thumbs up to Mr Bot!

Some very useful things can come out of Europe!

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The BBC Micro turns 30

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Now that brings back memories

Mainly of the Acorn Atom and Electron, which were used throughout the 80s and well into the 90s in various labs here. Two key aspects were that you had the complete schematic, and that all external buses were buffered. It is quite hard to blow up buffered TTL buses, and believe me, various klutzes in the lab did their best.

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Jarmageddon: Marmite spill sparks biohazard threat

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Causing the marmite love/hate balance to tip in the direction of hate, I suppose.

Just needs a truck load of toast.

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Backyard astronomer snaps Beta Pictoris dust disk

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Hang the font!

That is one cool piece of astrophotography! Outstanding!

I will raise a glass to that

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Phobos-Grunt 'crippled by US aurora station', 'is a bio-weapon'

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More plausible theory:

The shipboard computer of Phobos-Grunt has the all new GPP feature (genuine people personality) and is offended about being given such a silly name, and is moping in orbit. Meanwhile the telemetry system is angry about what the mission control computer said about its software, and is no longer on speaking terms with mission control. Mission control is offended that Phobos-Grunt did want to talk to the Aussies, but not to mother Russia. None want to work before someone else has apologised.

The lesson we learn from this is that the last thing you want is computers with human-like intelligence.

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Radio hams pick up Mars rover Curiosity's signals

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I'll drink to that!

Brilliant work. They may be amateurs, but they are of an Olympic stature!

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LOHAN fondles substantial concrete buttocks

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SHAKIRA

Shrapnel and

Heat

Absorbing

Kinetic

Impact

Resisting

Armour

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Scientists probe Earth's core, make mystifying discovery

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Am I the first to say

That is not a core!

I've got a bad feeling about this!

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Spillover from 400lb man squeezed fellow flier into galley

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Better still

Use an Antonov 225

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Was it the Dean of Unseen University?

always referred to as "two-chairs".

Mine is the one with the Unseen University logo.

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Exoplanet ranking suggests INTERSTELLAR WAR imminent

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Wouldn't any Gliesean Spaceship be rendered helpless

by the Trojan which no doubt hitchhiked along with this horrendous guff-blast?

After all, if SF movies are to be believed, all spaceships can be hacked using a Win-XP based laptop or MacBook.

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‘We know where dark matter is hiding’ claim boffins

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Gotta love the acronyms

WIMPs vs MACHOs

Weakly Interacting Massive Particles vs MAssive Cold Halo Objects

You cannot get a better pair of names for a scientific dispute.

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It's ALIVE! Broken Russian Mars probe finally answers calls

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Maybe it thought the the Red Centre was Mars

Good going by the Aussies! hopefully something can be salvaged from the mission

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Chromebooks: the flop of 2011?

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I never saw the point in Chromebooks

Tight cloud integration is fine, until you are abroad, and data roaming charges apply (arm+leg, generally), even assuming you have connectivity at all (try mountain tops in Indonesia, or Uganda, or even in many national parks in the US). I want something that works really well locally, without internet connectivity, AND has good cloud integration for when internet is available. Other offers at the same price point just make more sense.

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Nuclear power will let NASA Mars rover beat 1970s Soviet record

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First et it get there in one functioning piece!

Fingers crossed!

If successful, it could far outstrip Spirit and Opportunity

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Hideous orchid that just wants a one-night stand found

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Should this not have been posted under "Open.... and shut"?

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Apple boots MacBook Air wannabes out of slim case fabs

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Carbon fibre?

The casing of my (aging) VAIO SZ series machine is made of carbon fibre, and has withstood severe bashing around for years. Not perhaps as elegant as Apple, but if you want a tough, lightweight case, carbon fibre takes a lot of beating.

The MacBooks do look good in their simple cases, but I chose my machine mainly on combined merits of compute power, gpu power, and light weight. As we had just got extra funding price was not an issue. Looks did not come into it.

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Successful space station shift change by Russian rocket

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Anyone remember the Apollo-Soyuz project of 1975

Collaboration was possible in space even then

We make small steps, some forward, some backwards. Hopefully our random walk shows net progress.

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NASA nuclear Mars tank launch delayed by one day

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Did the name SAM after Commander Vimes?

Would be appropriate to have him looking for water (though deep down he just wants a drink)

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SQUID calls 'virtual photons' into real existence

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Schrödinger’s Cat has tunneled away years ago

Any cat can always appear at the other side of a closed door, even when you just observed it on THIS side.

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Jaguar to Titan? Not so bad…

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Dare I ask?

Will it run Crysis?

Mine's the one with the MPI manual in the pocket

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