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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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The Governator did one too, it is well worth a look: http://images.huffingtonpost.com/gen/114612/original.jpg

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Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING

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Re: Correlation

Took me a moment to get that, but Well Played Sir!

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Re: Are you sure-

Clearly you've never used a chamois leather: they get bigger when wet and shrink when dry.

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LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved

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Given that the "incomplete skeleton" had been severely messed-around with by poachers, can they be sure that all the different bits are really from the same individual? Could the reason for the "ornithomimid-like arms, tyrannosaurid-like legs, Spinosaurus-like vertebral spines, sauropod-like hips, hadrosaur-like duckbill, foot-hooves" actually be that there were bones from parts of several different types of dino all mixed together?

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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Won't someone think of the jockeys?

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NASA eyeballs SOLAR HEAT BOMBS, MINI-TORNADOES and NANOFLARES on Sun

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Re: "200,000 F" - Who converted the ºK to ºF for this verbiage?

You know how old people often have an unhealthy obsession about one thing, and they complain about that one thing all the time? For some old people it's the state of the pavements these days, for others it's the clothes young people wear... you get the idea.

I must be getting old, because I'm becoming more and more obsessed with complaining about those stupid Americans still using their stupid units. GO METRIC ALREADY FFS!!!

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America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

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Any opaque sticky squirty stuff would count as "paint" for this purpose.

Doesn't have to be paint anyway, a blanket would do.

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Re-light my diode: Trio of boffins scoop physics Nobel for BLUE LEDs

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@ Lost all faith...

to be fair, he probably also said we'd be flying around in atomic powered cars

Here is a (bloody huge) actual photo of an actual atomic powered car. Admittedly you can't just hop in and drive it, on the other hand we did fly it to another frikkin' planet which some might argue is even more impressive.

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

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Re: Well this is fun but...

I'm really looking forward to the next bit of news about progress on Skylon. I realise it's very complex engineering, but it seems like ages since I last heard anything.

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Fun times with an inflatable?!

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ESA's comet-chasing Rosetta eyes up 67P's vital statistics

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"And now you can 3D print your own copy of the cosmic rock"

You're going to need a bloody big printer.

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Ice probe peers at hidden BOTTOMS of oceans from SPAAACE

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Re: Waiting...

Here he is, complaining as usual!

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DARPA joins math-secured microkernel race

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Easiest way to bribe a sysadmin?

Has to be either sex or shiny new kit. Probably shiny new kit.

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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it is difficult to store and distribute

I am storing lots of hydrogen in my body right now. I distributed some onto the lemon tree this morning.

The difficult bit is preventing hydrogen from getting too cosy with other atoms (until you want it to).

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Canberra drone team dances a samba in Outback Challenge

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Is Tridge tempted to launch a rocket-powered Playmonaut-enhanced plane from next year's UAV?

Special-projects-bureau UAV Entry - SUAVE

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I've heard that colour-blind spotters in helicopters can spot camo against background bush far more easily than normally-sighted spotters. Something to do with camo inks not matching natural bush colours properly. If true, this means the drone camera can be programmed to look for camo just as easily as a bright yellow jacket.

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DOLPHINS SMELL MAGNETS – did we hear that right, boffins?

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Nah, we're human, we'll just kill 'em.

Sad but true.

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Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT

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One glance and I see a couple of problems.

The news feed is full of stuff posted by complete strangers. NO THANK YOU!!!

When I try to edit my settings to hide my birthday I can't save it because "Profession" is a mandatory field. I DON'T WANT TO SHOW MY PROFESSION AND I DON'T WANT TO SHOW MY BIRTHDAY!!!

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Alien gimp gag or cosmic golf ball? NASA tackles question everyone's asking

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Re: says:

That's no moon. It's a (tiny) space station.

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NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'

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Re: Tiger Woods?

Is it in Africa?

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Re: Moon is a harsh mistress

If you can get nuclear waste out of the Earth's gravity well wouldn't you just fire it at the sun?

Because it takes three times more Δv to get from LEO to the sun than it does to get from launch to LEO. Getting to the sun requires a lot of fuel. You might find this diagram interesting.

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Re: India delivers to Mars

I always get a reliable delivery after a vindaloo.

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SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...

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Re: what sort of 3d printer?

A big magnet in the base?

Sure, if you want to make something out of magnetic metal. But I'd imagine that most spacey stuff should be non-magnetic.

(IANARocketScientist)

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Re: Flies

I wonder how well a fly flies in microgravity?

Anyway, don't leave any fruit lying (er, floating) around and the escaped fly problem will come to a natural end in due course.

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Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

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Re: Big nose, big h...

You know what they say about males with big noses... big handkerchiefs.

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'Space bubbles' may have helped Taliban down 'copter in bloody Afghanistan battle

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"62 miles (100km) wide"

I hate it when journalists do this. The original figure was 100km, which is only 1 significant figure. The journalist has then converted this into another (non-standard) unit and given the result to 2 significant figures, which of course is just plain silly. Should have said this:

"100km (roughly 60 miles) wide"

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Re: I've been tempted to do my own PARIS project

"What would these make me eligible for?" See icon ------>

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SpaceX breaks ground on first commercial spaceport in Texas

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Re: Good place for it.

Have you been to Mombasa?!

More seriously though, you are right: the Kenyan coast would be great, except for being a long way from customers.

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Good place for it.

I just looked up the location on Google Maps and I have to say it looks ideal (for an American company). Almost as close to the equator as you can get while still being inside mainland USA, and with plenty of water to the east in case of mishaps.

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"dreaming bolder"

Oh how I cringed.

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More exciting SpaceX news!

Literally ground-breaking, and also metaphorically ground-breaking.

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GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins

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Re: How not to do science

This is why Nobel Prizes can sometimes take decades to be awarded*.

*if the person dies in the meantime they become ineligible.

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NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

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Re: figure out how Mars went from being warm and wet to the current cold and barren dried-out

Putting a "Joke Alert!" icon on it doesn't stop it being outright misogyny.

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LOHAN wraps Kickstarter tin-rattling at £30,725

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Re: You've gotta be in it to win it!

There would be a certain appropriateness of fireworks night.

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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Re: Adobe

PDF = Pointless Document Format.

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Stray positrons caught on ISS hint at DARK MATTER source

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They found a source of positrons?

That's bananas!

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India vs America: Earthling invaders in race to MARS

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Every time there is an El Reg article about MOM there are comments about poverty vs science, unwanted aid, and general racism. Every. Fucking. Time. Can we please stop with this crap and concentrate on the mission itself? Please???

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SpaceX blasts a mischief of mice, a 3D printer and a cuddly toy* into SPAAAACE

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Has no-one else made the connection between the payload on this launch and the payload on SpaceX's maiden flight?

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What are the four towers around the launchpad? They look like mobile phone towers but I doubt the mice needed really good reception in the minutes before launch.

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Re: 57.7-foot ... robotic arm

One of only three!

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Plucky Playmonaut parties as LOHAN hits Kickstarter goal

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Re: Fantastic

No need for propellers. See here.

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Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight

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Re: The secret is...

"....most of the ascent"

It's the bit at the end which matters.

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Was Earth once covered in HELLFIRE? No – more like a wet Sunday night in Iceland

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Yes that is where the name comes from.

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India's MOM Mars mission makes final course correction

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Every time there is an El Reg article about MOM there are comments about poverty vs science, unwanted aid, and general racism. Every. Fucking. Time. Can we please stop with this crap and concentrate on the mission itself? Please???

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Re: The danger of kerning

The main title contains the words "MOM Mars mission", which highlights the danger of PNS Syndrome.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: What a total rip-off!

Unless Boeing performs better than SpaceX

I suspect SpaceX will perform better.

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Re: ... the greatest nation on earth ....

...fried Mars Bars, no underwear with skirts for men(!), bloody awful bagpipes...

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Re: Indeed, and it gets worse

What gets bigger the more you take away?

Hole.

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WTF?

Why would he be thinking that?

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Boffins: Searching for ALIENS is like looking for PIZZA among students

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Re: But even his theory...

Let's start with a life form which doesn't require pizza for example... then what?

ftfy

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