* Posts by Martin Budden

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Curiosity rover rendered armless by short circuit

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I'm going out on a limb here: unlike Earth, Mars is not mostly 'armless.

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

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Re: Mine worked fine until about 2 years ago

Is the tritium is slightly less safe once released from the capsule?

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Re: UV blue

well what does "violet blue" mean then? Isn't violet purple?

Purple = red + blue (or to put it another way, purple = white - green).

As has been explained above, violet isn't really a thing, it's just the edge of the rainbow where the blue fades out of our visible spectrum.

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NASA upgrades Rosetta, Voyager and moon landing tracker

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No, there was an awful made-up load of claptrap called "The Dish" about a completely different facility hundreds of kilometres away in Parkes which *didn't* relay the first images of the first moon landing.

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which bird?

I think it's a crow. Not a magpie (their beaks are light grey), not a currawong (their eyes are yellow).

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THANK YOU for getting the correct location for where the signals from the first Moon landing were received!

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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Re: But they are yanks!

I don't know who down-voted John 98 but come on: Americans do this sort of thing with units really really really often, so it is to be expected. John 98's comment was spot on.

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Boffin: Use my bionic breakthrough for good, and not super cyborgs

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Re: Once

Dances with Smurfs? Avatar was just a big-budget remake of FernGully.

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

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Re: wouldnt it be better...

I'm fairly sure he would build a sky lift, if such a thing could be done. More research into ???limpet teeth??? needed first.

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Re: Tesla Showroom

A couple of days ago I saw a Tesla driving in suburban Canberra. The numberplate was TESLA.

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Re: Secure transport system?

We do want the stuff that goes in one end to come out the other.

How will we know if there's been a man-in-the-middle?

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Re: Is this intended to be a permanent fixture?

Paypal, sure. Not that I've ever used it, seen many complaints.

I use Paypal all the time, it works great. Never had any trouble whatsoever after many years of use. Don't be scared of it.

Caveat: I only use it for paying, not for receiving.

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Re: How they going to fund it?

If the ruble is down the toilet it's got plenty of liquidity.

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Must-have sports tech: No, not an Apple Watch, a TOMATO GOB-STUFF BOT

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Variety is the spice of (freakin' weird Japanese) life

The fruit-bot appears to work superbly with a standard-sized Alicante, but how would it cope with a Campari or an Azoychka? Enquiring tomatophiles want to know!

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Love rats show sex while drunk will sober you up, say boffins

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Re: Not ALL 12 step programs

@ Anonymous Coward your post contains so much fail it is hard to know where to start... at the beginning I suppose.

Getting off drugs and alcohol is easy to do by yourself. Go to jail and dry out.

Your suggestion that people should intentionally acquire a criminal record in order to go cold turkey on drugs or alcohol is highly irresponsible: a criminal record is in itself going to cause further problems which will only make life harder, thereby increasing the chances of falling off the wagon. Then of course there is the added problem that drugs and alcohol are available in many jails, which means being in jail does not force a person to dry out.

If you don't have a belief structure then you really have no right to criticize those who do. Your criticism is nothing less than hate speech.

skeptical i did not criticise having a belief structure: the criticism was that science and fact should not be overruled by a belief structure. That is not an unreasonable opinion to hold and it is certainly not hate speech.

Not that I've tried it but there are drugs like Ayahuasca that do something simliar to Oxytocin (Block bonding sites)

Does Ayahuasca block bonding sites? Yes. Are those bonding sites similar to the GABA receptors blocked by oxytocin? No, Ayahuasca does completely different things so your mention of it is irrelevant.

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Re: Sex when drunk

"waste of sex" is an oxytocinmoron.

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Want a MEEELLION-year data storage? Use DNA of course

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Re: You could duplicate it ...

The real challenge is self a self describing code.....

Forget the DNA stuff, this would be a valuable thought exercise in its own right, something Randall Munroe would probably enjoy.

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Boffins grasp Big Knob, get ready to go ALL THE WAY at the LHC proton-punisher

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Re: The Higgs Boson has been found!

(This joke is best viewed in a Liverpudlian accent)

Q. What's the difference between a buffalo and a bison? A. You can't wash your hands in a buffalo.

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Prawn cocktail offers hot new way to make solar cells

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Re: 'Once we've improved their efficiency...'

Catapult? Except that the landings are hard on the pig and also whatever he/she lands on...

A parachute could save their bacon.

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Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver

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You go and tell Buzz Aldrin that he is among "the worst of the species", I dare you. Then after your face has stopped bleeding you can have a think about what sort of people get picked to go on very expensive and dangerous space missions.

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Why is El Reg dumbing down the sciencey bit?

I read this story in a "normal" newspaper and it was a great article which actually explained why limpet teeth are so strong and why they stay strong even at larger sizes (it's to do with thinner fibres being less susceptible to flaws, knowledge which has obvious potential benefits in carbon fibre manufacture).

But the El Reg article has completely skipped all the detailed sciencey stuff and instead aimed the article at disinterested numptys. Why? Does Kat Hall not realise that we come here for fun FACTS???

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Re: 0.8AU or 0.8 Light Years?

Last story of the day before I headed out for an interview.

When someone asks you "Pint of the usual then?" that's not an interview, it's a pub.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Re: In space, no one can hear you say "cut"

If the colony is actually self-sustaining then presumably they won't be eligible for Darwin awards due to the possibility of a continuing line of descendants.

That's a very big if, natch.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Other triggers?

OK so the Canary Island landslide hypothesis has been debunked: it ain't gonna happen. But what about other possible causes? A large earthquake can also cause a tsunami, as Cornwall discovered in 1755 when they suffered "great loss of life and property" in the tsunami caused by the Lisbon earthquake. That same tsunami also destroyed some of the city wall in Galway, Ireland.

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Re: Slopey shoulders

Sadly I've had the same experience when complaining about a factually incorrect advert in Australia.

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Re: Mega Tsunami?

...But clearly there's a slide down hill. Perhaps this will eventually lead to a tsunami...

I saw what you did there.

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Implanted inside the skull or worn on the skin?

The article doesn't specifically say: is this thing going to be surgically implanted? If yes, why specify a low $10 price when the cost of the surgery will be a hundred times that? If no surgery is needed then I can understand the low cost requirement... although it does then raise the question of how the device will stimulate the cortex effectively through skin&bone.

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HIGH-RANNOSAURUS WRECKED: Druggie dinos tripped balls on psychedelics – boffins

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Re: Pterodactyl in the sky with diamonds

Is that a Bonio in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

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Europe just flew titchy reusable SPACEPLANE IXV around the planet

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Re: IXV??

14?

(p.s. "The post is required, and must contain letters." So here they are.)

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Worried you got PINK EYE when you shook hands? Doctor Google will see you now

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Re: Stop the world....etc.

No you can't (shouldn't) because glassing while driving is DANGEROUS.

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Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins

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Re: Driverless Mobile Homes

Rocking'n'rolling ;-)

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Swedish National Font marches to the sound of whalesong

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Re: Ever more surprises

Up the daisy's what?

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Amazing, cool, wow: Humans naturally use POSITIVE words, and that is GOOD

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There is an xkcd for everything. And sometimes there are two...

http://xkcd.com/202/

http://xkcd.com/481/

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HISTORIC HOVER-ROCKET takeoff held up by 'SLEDGEHAMMER' winds

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I'm hoping for a fog-free touch-down on the barge so we can see video of it. Bring it on!

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NASA plots methane-detecting laser in SPAAACE

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Is there a laser which can detect the presence of methane-producing cows in the atmosphere (presumably mid-jump over the moon)? First we'll assume a spherical cow...

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

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Re: WTF

"slip one in" hehe very good! Keep it up ;-)

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'If someone in Australia says lick my toad, it's not a euphemism'

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Re: Marmite?

Vinegar kills most of the fermenting processes.

Vinegar is the end product of fermentation by Acetobacter ;-)

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Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

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Re: Gutteral throat sound...

Professor Hubert Farnsworth: I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all.

Fry: Oh. What's it called now?

Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Urrectum. Here, let me locate it for you.

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SWINGBELLIES! Take heed! Drinking WINE is good for your LIVER

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Re: El reg needs to read the article...

I'd be interested in seeing the mouse samples.

I can't imagine why this would be of interest, but who am I to argue: clickety

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Re: Good news!

What apparatus do you have to measure this? I tried drawing lines on the side of the bath but they were too close together

Divert the bath outflow to a bowl sitting on some kitchen scales. Get in the bath, fill with water right up to outflow. You are now ready to start measuring one pint of wine. Drink wine until scales read 135 MicroJubs. Congratulations, you have finished measuring one pint of wine while at the same time protecting your liver and getting clean(er).

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SWELLING moons of ice dwarf Pluto snapped by NASA spy-probe

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Re: Its a planet.

[Pluto is] exactly where it should be according to the titus-bodes law.

No it isn't, and neither is Neptune.

Neptune should be where Pluto is. I wonder what bumped Neptune into the wrong place? I wonder if Pluto is a remnant of that event?

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BEHOLD the magnificent lunar backside in our MOON VIDEO

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Re: Unknown

Or like Paddington's original home in Peru.

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Re: Dark Side

Either that, or it has something to do with the dynamic friction of the tensor light cone on The Far Side™.

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Re: Dark Side

I'd have thought the far side would get slightly more sunshine than the near side because the near side is sometimes in shadow during a lunar eclipse. But I'm no astronomer so please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Official: Single people need to LOWER their EXPECTATIONS

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Re: Why is there an xkcd for everything?

There should be an xkcd explaining why there is an xkcd for everything.

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Forget robo-butlers – ROBO-MAIDS! New hotel staffed by slave-droids

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Re: Did I miss anything?

By speaking non-Japanese!

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LICKED: Behold my TOAD-PROOF ERECTION, boasts Aussie boffin

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Maybe we could use the camels to ship out the toads too?

(Oh dear, now I'm thinking of "camel-toad"... say it out loud)

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Re: That fence will exclude everything not just the toad

True, but I doubt the farmers would agree to blocking off their dams from their livestock completely (as it would inevitably result in deadstock).

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Re: Begun the Ad Wars have

> > On a TV I mute the adverts.

> How will you know when a new season of Archer starts up?

He said he mutes adverts, he didn't mention trailers ;-)

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Re: Begun the Ad Wars have

On a TV I mute the adverts...

You say that like they wouldn't unmute them if they could.

Spotify pauses ads when you mute/lower the computer volume. This could conceivably be a feature of TV ads at some point in the future. I really really hope not.

p.s. If your computer has external speakers with a volume control, you can mute the ads there without Spotify noticing.

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