* Posts by Martin Budden

1982 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!

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Re: Ceterum censeo!

I don't know why Dabbsy couldn't just stick with PITA anyway: arse is a perfectly good English word. He even uses it himself later in the article.

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Hubble hits 25th anniversary IN SPAAACE – time for telescope to come home

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Joke

Build a space elevator next to it, then stick it on with gaffer tape.

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'Granola-eating tree hugger' takes plunge, becomes IoT upstart

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Re: Smart Radiator Valves

My major concern is that your smart TRV on every radiator has batteries. In a house with, say, 10 radiators, I'd expect at least one smart TRV to need replacement batteries every month. What a PITA (especially now that the batteries are hidden behind teenager-proof armour). I want my IoT doohickeys to make life easier, not to force me to struggle on my hands and knees behind the sofa because the sodding batteries have gone flat again.

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Re: Covering the US

"The good news is that the rest of the world would share in the bounty"

Fortunately for those of us in the southern hemisphere the bounty won't be shared equally ;-)

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SEX: Naughty female stegosauruses offered it on a PLATE

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Re: Some questions still remain

"marsupials"

Nope. The vast majority of marsupials have bits like ours. Only two species have the single-opening arrangement: platypus and echidna. These two are collectively known as "monotremes". All the others (kangaroos, wombats, possums, bilbys, etc etc etc) possess the kind of undercarriage you'd normally expect of any mammal.

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Facebook fiddles with News Feed algo. Brace yourself for CONTENTGEDDON

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Re: she / he did/said <insert random> and then his/her response will <insert more crap>

Something like this but for clickbait stories? http://stoptonymeow.com/

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To defend offshore finance bods looting developing countries of their tax cash

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Re: nice one tim....

"Corporations live to maximise profit at any cost."

Here in Australia, they are legally required to do so. Any board of directors found to have not done everything possible to maximise profit for their shareholders will be prosecuted - as individuals. They don't want to go to jail, so naturally they go profit-crazy.

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Nobody should have to see their own rear, but that's what Turnbull's NBN will do to Australia

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I have a sneaking suspicion Turnbull always wanted FTTH - that was the impression I got before the election, anyway. So why is he screwing us with unsuitable FTTN? Because he's doing as he's told. Loyal to a fault.

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Got a big day planned in 15 BEELLLION years? You need this clock

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As good as the new strontium clock is, I'm even more impressed by this one:

Clockmaker John Harrison vindicated 250 years after ‘absurd’ claims

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El Reg assembles mighty Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse

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Whatever the reason, divorce is never easy - especially when there are children involved. I wish them all well.

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Best of British, chaps!

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Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

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Re: the answer

Ah, that would be Foucault's moon.

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Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

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Re: @Robert Helpmann: obvious solution...

Anchoring the stilts directly to the bedrock is a cunning plan, and here in Australia that is easy to do because in many areas our topsoil is very very thin.

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Holy crap - 603 is just shy of half a Mach!

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Re: maglev is the way to go

I need to correct myself: Elon Musk isn't proposing maglev for Hyperloop, his train will float on a cushion of air (kind of like an air-hockey puck, but with the air coming out of the puck not the table).

Fail icon is for me.

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Re: maglev is the way to go

One small issue with Maglev: Cost of infrastructure.

OTOH maglev has lower ongoing maintenance costs (both track and train).

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maglev is the way to go

I've always thought that maglev is the way to go, and it seems both the Japanese and Elon Musk agree.

If the mag-rail-thingy is raised on stilts it will cope with undulating land, won't have any problems with wandering animals/people, won't split farms in two, won't be subject to flooding, etc.

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Go

It's a duck-billed people-whoosh.

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The content business wants Netflix out of Australia

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Re: Just give me a decent legal way to download.

Good point about which Ass.

I sit corrected.

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Just give me a decent legal way to download.

Just give me a decent legal way to download. I'll use it.

$1 movies and $5 series, HD, all titles available. I'll use it for the convenience and quality of service. Almost everyone will. And the content owners will make a fortune, simply because of the sheer volume of sales. Everyone wins.

(But this won't happen because the Recording Industry Ass. of America is too greedy & stupid.)

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

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Re: Beer anyone?

The brewery and the dwarf planet were both named after the same god. The name of the god means "to grow", with particular reference to growing grain: the main ingredient of beer.

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"worldlet"

I thought you'd just made that up, but it is actually in the dictionary. I learn a new factlet every day.

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Flying giant octopus menaces New York

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Re: Buffalo burghers

Likening the weight of something to a measured weight of something else seems a bit redundant, no?

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Australia mulls dumping the .com from .com.au – so you can bake URLs like chocolate.gate.au

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Re: Shop by URL

If I'm looking for flowers I go out in my backyard. YMMV.

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Boring fixed 'net users still dominate Oz market

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Three reasons.

1. Although fixed broadband is slow, mobile is even slower.

2. Although fixed broadband is expensive, mobile is even more expensive.

3. Low population density means very large areas with little/no mobile cover.

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Re: ....deadly weapon

ergo a magnet for abuse

A fridge magnet probably wouldn't count, but a big heavy magnet might.

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Re: commit "a sexual act on a tree"

So... did he get a root?

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So why exactly does almost ALL tech live in Silicon Valley?

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Re: Question:

And let's not forget about Silicon Roundabout!

On second thoughts, let's.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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Salt is essential for omelette.

Potato omelette even more so.

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Don't shoot the Messenger: NASA's suicide probe to punch hole in Mercury

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Re: Set the controls for the heart of the Sun!

Aside from the fact that getting to the sun is really difficult (there's a huge Δv needed to stop orbiting and start plummeting) it would be pretty undramatic because the probe would just fizzle away long before it reached the photosphere.

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Re: Star Trekkin

Not Mars Attacks, the OP had it right: Star Trekkin!

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KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

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Pull a positively-buoyant rig down with a harpoon&reel? Well I'll give you a point for thinking outside the box, although I suspect the hot air balloon needed to hold up that rocket would be prohibitavely HUUUGE.

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@Zack Mollusc

You forgot the Joke Alert! icon.

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Oz energy company AGL promises to decarbonise by 2050

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carbon capture

"It's worth noting, however, that the policy's aims don't signal the company will walk away from coal or gas, just make sure their CO2 emissions are captured."

What is going to capture all that carbon? Invisible pink unicorns? Even if we call it carbon dioxide capture it still ain't gonna work.

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

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Re: Human brain...

So I'm not forgetful, I'm hyper-efficient?

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Scientists tail whales, hails their tales of record 14,000-mile migration

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Re: I'm more intrigued to know how you attach a tracker to something that big.

Is that the "research" the Japanese do in the Southern Ocean every year? Shooting metal stuff into whales to see what happens?

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Stateside security screeners sacked for squeezing 'sexy' sacks

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Re: Sarcasm, surely?

"Someone I suspect is talking bollocks"

Yes. In fact I'm surprised El Reg didn't manage to shoe-horn that pun into the story... a bit of a cock-up if you ask me.

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Graphene spintronics crowned latest Moore's Law extender contender

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Re: Wow.

alternatively

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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

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Is there an app to measure hypochondria?

Cos I'm really worried I might have it.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Re: "The local authorities apparently recommend shooting"

I'll say it again and this time I'll add emphasis:

Lots of guns with trigger-happy owners.

There are millions of responsible gun owners in the US but they aren't the ones I'm talking about. It's the millions of other gun owners that are the problem, and if those ones didn't have guns the problem would go away.

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"The local authorities apparently recommend shooting"

Remind me again why there are so many accidental shooting injuries/deaths in the US but not in the UK? Oh yeah, lots of guns with trigger-happy owners.

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NASA to put the stars in your hands with coming-soon-now API portal

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“is as popular as Justin Bieber”

I reckon there are more people who dislike Bieber than like Bieber, which means he has negative net popularity.

OTOH nobody dislikes the Astronomy Picture of the Day service (admittedly many are "meh" but that's not dislike) and so it has positive net popularity.

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Google wants Marvin the Paranoid Android's personality in the cloud

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Paris Hilton

Re: Am I really the first to say "SEXBOT"???

Why are you talking about celebrities and personalities at the same time?

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee........

Go fast enough in the right direction and you will never hit the planet.

But that isn't "falling".

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Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee........

"drugs to combat osteoporosis during long periods in free fall"

Is it even possible to fall from high enough that osteoporosis becomes a problem before lithobraking becomes a problem? Alan Eustace only fell for 15 minutes and he's the current record holder.

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Last time around I thought there was way too much lateral velocity, but I put that down to the x-wings running out of fluid... now I suspect the excessive lateral velocity first time around was no different from this time around.

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Scummy transients FOUND ON MARS by NASA rover

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Na, got it all wrong the correct solution is Finchley Central superoxide dismutase.

I don't see what sodium has to do with it, and Finchley Central superoxide dismutase is insoluble.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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T is just the first of the four new designs. Once they have all been implemented, the letters T F A R will repeat endlessly across the countryside. How's that for wind power!

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Astronomers battle plague of BLADE-WIELDING ROBOTS

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Re: Meh

Three downvoters didn't see the Joke Alert! icon.

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