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* Posts by Martin Budden

1599 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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There are a lot more Indian English speakers than there are English English speakers.

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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WTF?

Already in use?

What about the explosive-sniffing wands that get poked into handbags etc already at airport security points? How does this new thing do anything that the existing wands don't already do???

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Fear a terrifying killer robot revolution? GET A GRIP: Boffins invent cyborg hand for humans

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power supply

They want to make it fold away into a small wrist-worn container, which sounds nice. But you'll still need to either wear a big heavy backpack for the power supply, or plug into the mains every time you want to use it.

Power supply is always the biggest issue with personal robots.

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Alien

Re: It doesn't take a rocket scientist...

It looks like something of alien origin burst out of the ground. What we need to do next is search the opposite side of the planet for the entry wound.

It was either this icon or Joke Alert, take your pick.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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WTF?

Re: Is this really Apple gender discrimination rubbing out @ Don Jefe

A pomegranate cut in half looks like disease ridden female genitalia. It's OK to have second thoughts if you see a vagina that looks like that. Now a sheep on the other hand, that's a dead ringer for an Eskimo with her pants half down.

see icon

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: I seriously want one of those canoes

*something about Budweiser*

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

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Re: femtobarnes

"Other related units are the outhouse (1 μb, or 10−34 m2), the shed (10−24 b (1 yb), or 10−52 m2) and the "skilodge" (1 mb, or 10−31 m2)"

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Re: femtobarns

I'd like to take this opportunity to table a motion that Barns be added to the Official El Reg Units of Measurement.

Yes, the Barn should be one of the El Reg staple units. A Barnstaple.

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New photonic router works by flipping reflective atom's lid

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Re: I'll go pedantic

Transistor as a switch yes, transistor as an amplifier no. So it's a switch.

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German brain surgeon flies in for vital LOHAN operation

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Re: 13 month old son?

It's odd that people use the phrase "sleeping like a baby" to indicate sleeping well. When an adult says "I slept like a baby last night" I usually reply "so you woke up every couple of hours crying because you shat yourself again?". The look on their face is priceless.

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Re: Yes a stein

Witbier is a Belgian wheat beer, usually lightly spiced and slightly sour. Linus is more likely to drink a German wheat beer i.e. Weizenbier/Weissbier, which is not spiced but instead has delicious banana and/or clove aromatics produced by the particular local yeast strain. My personal preference (among wheat beers) is for dark wheat beers i.e. Dunkelweizen, keep an eye out for Franziskaner Dunkel which is especially good.

Cheers!

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Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT

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Re: I read today the UK is planning a spaceport in Scotland

Sorry but Ascension Island was recently purchased by Elon Musk a secret buyer, who was apparently quite taken with the island's volcano.

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Re: I read today the UK is planning a spaceport in Scotland

Why choose the bit of mainland UK which is furthest from the equator? Cornwall would make more sense.

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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FAIL

If they reduce the contrast on the display and make the fonts harder to read, I'll be distracted from effective problem-solving. I work best when comfortable.

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Huge FOUR-winged dino SPREAD LEGS to KILL – scientists

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Re: Seen a wedgetail eagle lately ?

A wedgie eating roadkill can ruin your whole day. You come over a crest at 100km/h, the wedgie takes off but it's big so it doesn't rise fast enough, and the next thing you know the massive eagle has smashed through your windscreen and into your face.

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Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

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Re: We kill and eat Wilbur. And Nemo (if not Nemo, several of his cousins). And Bambi. And Daisy...

Humans eat meat. Usually. ;-)

Thanks for including the word "usually". I choose not to, along with half a billion other people :-)

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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Re: A quote from Hawking

Park a telescope out around >550AU

As interesting as that sounds, it seems... tricky.

Firstly, keep in mind that Voyager 2 is still only a bit more than 100AU away, so we'd need to get the telescope a *very* long way. Of course we could use clever planetary slingshots to speed it up enough to knock a decade or two off the travel time, even so it's a very long-term project.

Secondly, how do we "park" the telescope when it reaches 550AU? Remember that it will be travelling very fast! There isn't any way to slow it down, so it will just keep on keeping on, zooming further out into the void, to be lost forever.

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Re: Only thing live for now.

God is not that cruel.

god who?

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Get an EYEFUL OF CURRY for the sake of your brain

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Re: @ jake

Curry is hardly important in this discussion.

Did you RTFA?

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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Re: Soon to be (unfortunately)...

If something is patented it can't be locked away, since a fundamental purpose of the patent process is publication.

Try telling that to Intellectual Ventures.

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D-Wave to bust 1,000-qubit barrier with new quantum compute device

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I can't tell if D-Wave are certain to succeed or certain to fail or something in-between.

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

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Re: "Traditional" unicorn colors

African or European invisible pink unicorn?

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Drones face privacy regulation under Oz government plan

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someone's gotta do it

If the Office of Fair Trading (or similar) don't bother monitoring & enforcing free-range labelling laws, is it really surprising that others are taking matters into their own hands?

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

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Re: Nominative determinism?

I saw that joke coming a mile off.

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Re: DARPA: The Better To Murder You With, My Dear @ Mikey

If a single round can be used to pick off a strategic target with little chance of missing, then that one round is all that may be needed to bring about a cessation of conflict

OTOH, remember how the First World War started?

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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

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Re: Poached Dinosaur eggs

I prefer my dinosaur eggs in an omelette with mushrooms and goats cheese and fresh truffles, but you go ahead and poach yours if you really want.

Icon: Should go nicely with a Flanders Red Ale, thanks very much :-)

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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"tasted a bit muddy"

Did it by any chance land in a ditch?

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Elon Musk to fund Tesla museum with 'ONE MEEELLION DOLLARS'

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Happy

I like this Elon bloke.

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Ham-fisted farmer fear: A peanut-butter-and-iPhone sandwich

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It is possible that you might get your phone back. You may even just have time to call someone and tell them "Help I'm stuck inmmmmmffffarghk". But yeah, the dying bit will ruin your whole day.

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Think Google Glass is creepy? Wait until it READS YOUR MIND

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Twatters-fear? (The entirely rational feeling of dread experienced when encountering a wayward hashtag roaming unfettered in the real world)

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10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

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Megaphone

I still want my NBN to be FTTH: fibre will *always* beat copper.

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IBM's $3bn bet on next-gen computers: Carbon nanotubes, neuro chips

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Meanwhile, the whole tech industry is built around the promise that chips regularly get faster and more capable. Unless someone solves the post-7nm challenge, the IT wagon could jump the tracks.

It might actually be a good thing if the focus has to shift to trimming the fat from bloatware.

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Cranial RAM cram plan aims to restore memory

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Re: Déjà vu?

Maybe they forgot.

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will catch up to $US2.5 million to create an actual “implantable neural device” – if the inter-disciplinary skunk-works' the universities put together manage to come up with an actual design.

They should go ahead with this part anyway: the brain-to-chip interface is the most important part of the entire thing. If you can get an interface working properly, you can then develop all kinds of different chips to plug into that interface: it doesn't have to be just memory functions, it could be wifi communication, knowledge databases, all manner of stuff.

The mind boggles! (sorry, couldn't resist).

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Secret Senate software stoush: Greens intervene

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This is good news.

We should know how our votes are counted. It's our AEC, after all.

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

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but the Passport's 4.5-inch screen can fit around 60 characters, which is closer to the printed-matter ideal of 66 characters

Why didn't they go all the way and make the screen fit the ideal 66 characters? Missed it by that much.

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'Dread Pirate Roberts' suspect's bid for freedom fails

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What was his response to the judge?

I hope he said "As you wish".

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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Re: Asymmetric laws and asymmetric justice

#9 seems quite reasonable to me.

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: Do you drink coffee? @ chivo243

It's not the coffee grounds working, it's your own cat.

Cats prefer to poo away from their own home, so your cat is not pooing in your own backyard. Cats are territorial, so your cat is preventing other cats from entering (and pooing) in your own backyard.

Your coffee grounds are as effective as elephant powder.

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Re: I love a video...

But, as this was in Blighty, it's not a hot wet pussy.

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'BIGGEST BIRD EVER': 21-foot ripsaw-beaked flying HORROR

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Re: Perhaps we need to consider the Frigate Bird as an example?

You are right, frigate birds do soar over water for a long time, snatch fish from the surface while still in flight (they can't take off from the surface of the water), and also obtain food by stealing from other birds such as masked boobies. All in all a very good comparison.

Icon: this comment includes both "snatch" and "boobies".

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Boffins urge European Commission to reboot electric brain project

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Re: Discount

The BIOS is messy as hell for the first couple of years...

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Nowhere in the list of demands do they mention that members of the panel must include either Sarah or John Connor.

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Storm-battered Rockall adventurer recalls 'worst experience of my life'

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lost buoyancy aid

Why was his buoyancy aid in a barrel outside the pod, and not with him in case he needed it if the worst happened? Seems like a very strange place to keep it to me.

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European Space Agency demos MARS LANDINGS BY DRONE

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I wonder how many takes they did before they got a shot of the lander missing the rocks?

(Just kidding, hence the icon. Well done ESA!)

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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Re: @Steve Evans

If a UAV takes a hit from a firework and goes down, odds are it crashes harmlessly, but those odds are far from 100%.

This firework display was over a huge area of water, so the odds of any quadcopter crash being harmless on this occasion were very close to 100%.

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