* Posts by Martin Budden

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SO. Which IS more important to humanity: Facebook, or Portugal?

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Hopefully Deloitte wasn't that dumb.

Such optimism!

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NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

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Re: So-

...cleared out all the space around the object of smaller objects (fail).

The new definition has always bothered me because Pluto's orbit crosses that of Neptune, which surely means Neptune hasn't cleared its orbit of smaller objects, which surely means Neptune is merely a dwarf planet and not a proper planet? Yes I'm aware of the resonance which means Neptune and Pluto don't collide, but still... crossing orbits!!!

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SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

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Re: Pedant Icon @ PNGuinn

"Tnankyou"

I think you meant to type "Thank you".

Thank you.

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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Re: Nuclear batteries

Do nuclear batteries last a lifetime because the batteries last longer or because your lifetime is shorter?

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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Re: AstroPulse= a 2010 Parks project ??

eh?

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Unless the event is traveling towards us very very very quickly?

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Re: Space is big, my brain just ain't

That's a tough one because El Reg doesn't have a standard unit for energy, but it does have a unit for mass. The font of all (dis)information Wikipedia says the energy output of the sun is 9.192×1010 megatons of TNT per second, which is 7941888000000000 megatons of TNT per day, which is 7941888000000000000000 tons of TNT per day, which is... drumroll please...

the energy of 1.89e+24 Jubs of TNT exploding, in just a few milliseconds!

I think we can all agree that is more Jubs than anyone can safely handle in one go (no matter how much you might want to).

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: The best urban transport

"the most energy-efficient person mover ever invented."

Nope, that would be a boat. OK I admit I'm gratuitously making the most of how you forgot to say "urban", but the fact is there is no more energy-efficient way to move than sitting still doing absolutely nothing while the wind and/or current pushes you gently along.

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#CASHTAGS are a thing: you can now bank on Twitter

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This certainly sounds like a massively convenient payment system.

I bagged my twitter username when twitter first started, just in case, and I've used it on average only about once every two years. But I can imagine using twitter far more often in the future for this feature.

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publicly visible?

Are banking tweets publicly visible? I know that receiving the one-time password is via a direct message but the article isn't clear about subsequent transactions.

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Is is a Bird? Is it a Plane? NO! LOOK OUT it's an ASTEROID!

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Frozen? in that case...

let it go, let it go

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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"look here wait a minute"

The thing is the skeptics are NOT merely saying "look here wait a minute" as Lewis Page suggests. The skeptics are actually saying "look here wait several decades", and the thing about that is this: if* the warmists happen to be right then several decades is too late.

*(however big an if that may or may not be)

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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It is not a closed system, it is an open system and yes it did "run out" of fluid. A recirculating pump for a small-tank closed system would have added more weight than having a big tank and a pumpless open system. Unfortunately the tank was not big enough by 10%, so next time's tank will be 50% bigger.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: Fusion - limitless clean energy

Did anyone yet work out what to do with all those high-energy neutrons coming out of the thing? After the plant has been running for 10 years, how radioactive is it going to be?

Fusion doesn't have to produce neutrons: there is aneutronic fusion, and one of the most promising reactions is 1p + 11B → 3 4He + 8.7 MeV (or to put it more simply hydrogen + boron → helium + energy). Look up a thing called "focus fusion" to see it in action.

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Re: He's at least trying

Enterprise: to boldly go...

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Re: Let's be fair here

Hyperloop is also known technology: the idea of running a train through a low-pressure tube has been around since the early 1800s, and Vallance's prototype in 1824 actually worked. Hyperloop simply adds some modern tweaks, all of which are also known tech.

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Re: Pure Genius

The man is bat-shit insane - in the best possible way! Full speed ahead etc :-)

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PlayStation-processor-powered plutonium probe prepares Pluto pics

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Re: Good thing it doesn't have an AI

It can't get depressed: it only has a 32-bit 12MHz Mongoose V processor, not a brain the size of a (recently-demoted dwarf) planet.

Icon: Marvin, innit.

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Earth-bound exoplanet hunter's eyes blink open

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Re: par...ANAL?

The para prefix can mean either "beside" (as in paramedic, a person who works alongside a medic) or "preventing" (as in parachute, a device for preventing falling). Therefore paranal could mean either beside the anus (indicating use of an alternative orifice) or preventing anal (I'll leave it up to you to interpret that one).

Of course it could just refer to the mountain Cerro Paranal, but that's boring.

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Australian desert deluge demonstrates why we're doing it

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Land Cruiser with a tinny on the roof? And extra beer to help with delays.

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Ground control to 2014: A year in SPAAAAAAAAAACE

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Re: First time ever? I think not.

You forgot to point out that "out in the depths of the cosmos" is not an accurate description of an object that is well within our solar system.

You forget that the comet being studied by Rosetta is also well within our solar system, in fact it will get closer to the sun than Mars does.

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Icelandic brewers knock up whale 'nad beer

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Re: Nadweiser?

Whatever you call it, it's still a load of old bollocks.

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Computers know you better than your friends

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Re: @ James Micallef (was: Sniff)

jake says: "Eddy Ito apparently has a RealLife!"

RealLife ≠ commenting on El Reg*

*and I should know (better than to be commenting on El Reg)

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

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I suspect there is a small crater directly underneath which wasn't there 11 years ago.

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Let's face it: it was never a spacecraft in the first place. At best it was an attempt to test whether Mars has gravity too.

It most definitely was a spacecraft: it successfully travelled through space from Mars Express detachment to martian atmosphere entry, at which time it transitioned to "air"craft. Things had been going fine up until that point...

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ROBOT-ON-DRAGON GRABHAND ACTION: SpaceX supply podule arrives at ISS

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Joke

He got a t-shirt too but he's busy holding the camera. What is really surprising is that among three super-smart astronauts not one can work out how to use the camera's timer function.

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India digs deep to bury neutrino-hunting chamber

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Inter-Institutional Institute

Catchy name! I like it.

I wonder if we can make it even better?

International Inter-Institutional Institute for Inferring Interesting Intermittent Interstellar Interactions

The acronym is IIIIIIIII

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What an ACE-HOLE! This super-software will whip you at poker, hands down

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Re: Numbers printed without challenge

I am even brillianter ;-)

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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Re: According to a certain Mr Arthur C Clarke...

With apologies...

There are two type of statistician. Those that can extrapolate from insufficient data.

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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Re: Hat's off beer raised

"Hat's off beer raised"

Do you realise that means "The mouldy beer belonging to the hat has been raised"? Unless you are a grocer, in which case catastrophe averted because apostrophe expected.

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SpaceX ROCKET HOVER-SHIP space station mission now on Friday

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Re: Flying milk cow ?

first let us consider a spherical cow...

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Real Ale TWATS: In SPAAAACE, no one can churn your cream

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Re: beers

TNP is ok I suppose, but Sink The Bismark is genuinely good.

/beersnob

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Never say never!

That's the first Lewis Page climate change article I actually agree with. Have a virtual beer LP!

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El Reg's mighty rocket spaceplane Vulture 2 arrives in US of A

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Re: Westmalle or Duvel

I'll have a Westvleteren 10 thanks!

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MARSQUAKES shook up range of hills in ancient lake bed

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Re: Soggy Bottomz

^ that post contains much of this >

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If only you'd instead said Kant and made reference to structural features...

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Cool Large Hadron Collider to fire into doubly powerful ring

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Anti-matter

Who says the Big Bang created unequal amounts of matter and antimatter? I reckon it created equal amounts, with the anti-matter zooming off in one direction* and the matter (including us) zooming off in the opposite direction.

*This neatly explains why One Direction doesn't matter.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Anti-matter, anti-time?

I've always thought that there may be another* universe which is (pretty much) all anti-matter, explaining why ours is (pretty much) all matter, providing the balance we crave. If so it seems to make sense that the anti-matter universe has anti-time: time which flows in the other direction to ours.

*Where is it? Well, it could be half of the same universe as ours: imagine a single universe with two hemispheres, one hemisphere made of matter and the other made of anti-matter, all created by the same Big Bang. We are in the matter half, and far enough from the border that we can't see the anti-matter half (it is beyond our observable universe).

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: cloaking metamaterials?

I can see (no pun intended) how dirt and sub-100% efficiency might cause problems, but limited wavelength response shouldn't be an issue as long as you pick the wavelength which matches that of the laser. That's one of the things about lasers: precise single wavelength.

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cloaking metamaterials?

Just a thought...

We've all heard of cloaking metamaterials which will (one day) bend light around a shed/tank/boat. While it's true that this stuff is still in its infancy, when it is actually scaled up, presumably it will provide 100% protection against lasers because the beam will just bend around and continue on its merry way?

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Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit

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Re: @ Stevie

Of course I would never dream of shouting (*polishes halo*), but on the very rare occasions I want to type in all uppercase I hold down the shift key.

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Re: Bah!

Everyone except me. Years ago I prised the Caps Lock key off my keyboard and put it in my desk drawer, where it still resides.

I've often thought that Caps Lock is the most useless key on a standard keyboard, and I would love to design a new keyboard layout which is identical in every way except that it replaces the Caps Lock key with the oft-need-yet-non-existant Any key.

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Re: @snorlax

Fight! Fight! Fight!

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Rosetta beams back colour pics: 67P shades of grey are SO HOT right now

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Where have I heard that before?

It's been said many times that the moon is as black as coal, but here is a really good explanation of why we need to be careful about such statements: clickety

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Boffins cure BONING PROBLEMS in 'virtual lab'

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Re: only....

Unless you can legally define a group of humans as sub-human test subjects, animals are the only biological alternative.

Years ago when I was a medical student a legally defined group of human test subjects did in fact exist. It was called "medical students".

Protip: don't put bradykinin on exposed dermis, it really fucking hurts.

Icon: white coat

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Did rock-hard aliens turn young Earth MOIST? New probe data emerges

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Re: Agglomeration

You can't measure something which is no longer there.

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Boffins: We have found a way to unlock the MYSTERIES OF SHEEP from old parchments

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Re: And for an encore

Also I'm not convinced you'll get any DNA from squid ink, what with it being a secretion which does not generally contain nucleated cells.

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Boffins unearth the ultimate antique art - 500,000 years old

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Counting?

The glyphs / and V can make an effective tally system. If that is what is going on here it shows mathematics, writing and bookkeeping. Far more impressive than mere art.

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

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I'm looking forward to Orion joining the Club in ZERO gravity.

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