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* Posts by Richard 81

803 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Brit boffin brews INSTANT HANGOVER RELIEF

Richard 81

Re: Part of his point is the *serious* damage alcohol does to a brain.

I don't disagree that alcohol can have some pretty nasty side effects, if abused, and I don't believe that criminalisation of drugs works, but are you seriously putting heroin alongside a pint of bitter in terms of danger?

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Re: Why bother at all ?

It means the scientific conferences Prof. Nutt attends are going to be just as fun in the evening, but without the otherwise inevitably sparse audience for the poor sod giving his talk at 9:00 the next morning.

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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Unable to watch as at work, but...

Is that ship supposed to be captained by Thin Lizzy?

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Google Street View goes INSIDE a Royal Navy submarine

Richard 81

My little brother farted on that submarine once.

A good laugh was had by all.

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Google's new Glass: Now with audio connection INSIDE the SKULL

Richard 81

"Google has also said that the new hardware will support "future lines of shades and prescription frames," making them more accessible for users who already use other eyewear."

I really don't see how.

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ROBOT PODS to INVADE Milton Keynes in frenzied automatic MAYHEM

Richard 81

Re: Milton wrote about a vision of Hell....

Since it's in Buckinghamshire it's in the South East region*. Yes it's also in the Home Counties, but then big parts of the Midlands, South East and East of England are too.

*Our regional definitions are silly.

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

Richard 81

...and if they're using their phone, tablet, phablet etc. to take notes, or look up something that you're talking about to make sure they're on the same page?

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

Richard 81

Also a few more bosses with at least a passing understanding of programming wouldn't go amiss.

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Chrome for the slurp-weary: Cookie-binning Aviator browser arrives

Richard 81

Re: Referrer

Pretty much all of them, I think.

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Re: Secure? D'oh!

"Why is Java even enabled by default? Java can be disabled 99% of the time, and enabled for that one special occasion when you need it."

Unless you're in certain lines of work (e.g. medicinal chemistry), in which case that "one special occasion" is all day, every day.

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Volvo: Need a new car battery? Replace the doors and roof

Richard 81

I'd like answers to many of the questions that others have posted, but still, Volvo aren't stupid. They won't commercialise if it isn't viable.

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Last living NEANDERTHALS discovered in JERSEY – boffins

Richard 81

Re: @fandom - 18/10/13 10:42

...and then there are those who evolved directly from reptiles into an entirely separate, cold-blooded, species; the most prominent examples being Mr Cameron and Me Osborne.

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Loathed wiggly-word CAPTCHAs morph into 'fun' click-'n'-drag games

Richard 81
Holmes

Re: Ugg, grocer's apostrophe in that sample

Centroid of course.

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Richard 81

Re: Less annoying than mangled text?

"Less annoying than mangled text?" Yes.

It's still bloody annoying and I certainly don't approve, but it is slightly less annoying than having to click next image a hundred times before finding one CAPTCHA that doesn't have r merged with n to look like m etc.

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'Computer GEEKS' snatch NOBEL Prize for chemistry - without using chemicals

Richard 81

Re: Numbers, Big numbers, and Random numbers

Just look at predicted LogD; it's usually way off experimental results because almost no one predicts it in 3D and accounts for solvent accessibility. But meh, good enough for government work.

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30 years on: The day a computer glitch nearly caused World War III

Richard 81

Re: Don't fret

Just make sure it's as close as possible to a primary target.

...or super far away and start building fortifications.

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Boffins have constructed a new LIGHT SABRE. Their skills are complete

Richard 81

Re: " Wonder what kind of application photon matter would have"

"Read the link might be an idea?"

That's not really fair to say to someone when the article is behind a paywall, now is it? OK, so in this case an example did happen to be in the abstract, but still not everyone has a subscription to every journal. Of course, the authors could have gone open access, as we all should these days.

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

Richard 81

Re: per cent

A horrible Americanism, maybe, but sadly it seems to be the international standard these days.

Like spelling sulphur with an f.

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

Richard 81

"it's more likely to appeal to people who are currently PC gamers than it is to attract console gamers"

Not quite. If you're a PC gamer you've probably got a decent PC, so why not move your PC to the TV rather than buy a new machine? On the other hand, a hardcore console gamer is probably going to avoid this in favour of an XBox One or PS4. I expect this to find a market in middle ground: people who own a fairly rubbish laptop and maybe a XBox 360 or PS3 (with no intention of upgrading), i.e. casual gamers.

...of course success in that market relies somewhat on the price.

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'Bet Lynch' types BANNED from zoo for upsetting not-so-wildlife

Richard 81

This isn't a medieval menagerie, they have plenty of space.

OK, it's not their natural habitats, but it beats being a stuffed head on a wall.

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You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's

Richard 81

Good idea

There are location-based apps that do the same sort of thing, but who the hell walks around with their GPS on all the time?

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Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?

Richard 81

Re: Fair prices for technology

Those round corners don't make themselves you know.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

Richard 81

Re: Police Involvement

They should have told him off for wasting their time.

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

Richard 81

Question 1: Why the hell do we have premium numbers anyway?

Question 2: Why can BT et al. not simply block numbers for us?

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Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

Richard 81

Re: Probably didn't look too hard

I ordered mine from B+N too. No hassle processing the order... but it took nearly a month to be dispatched, which was several weeks after the dispatch date it continued to display.

Still, happy now.

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Bureaucrats foil Nestlé's bid to TRADEMARK KitKat's chocolatey digits

Richard 81

Re: Four Toes

More Kit Kats are probably sold in the 2-finger format in multi-packs than the full four.

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

Richard 81

...and it's ultimately the consumer that suffers. As always.

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Virgin Media signs 3-year telly deal with BT Sport

Richard 81
Flame

Re: Unexpected item in channel area

Free? Don't you believe it!

Remember that "free" network upgrade? I fully expect all of our bills to go up very soon to pay for this.

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Xbox 180: Microsoft scraps mandatory Kinect policy

Richard 81

Re: Off Switch ????

Not if you want to keep playing the xBox. No Eye of Sauron connected, no playing your games.

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Google to snub Samsung, hand Nexus 10 to Asus – report

Richard 81
Devil

Re: Ugh

"Happy holidays to ya!"

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Tough luck, bumpkins! Blighty broadband speed gap misery worsens

Richard 81

Re: what are you planning on shoving down a pipe bigger than 10Mbps

"Would you expect all the people in a shared house to use only one car, or phone, or bed..."

Yes. Yes. Well maybe 150 years ago.

The one car question depends on where you live, but 20 years ago most people I knew only had one phone.

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Richard 81

Re: If you want the benefits of city living...

"Can you show me the person holding a gun to your head forcing you to be a farmer?"

There may not be one now, but when all the farmers give up and go to the city to... be unemployed I suppose... then there'll probably be one or two gun wielding persons who want to know where all the food has gone.

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US federal judge: Yes, Bitcoin IS MONEY

Richard 81
Trollface

Re: not quite

You know we've had this thing called "money" for a while and have built up quite a lot of legislature regarding how it may be acquired, traded and used. Just because some folks think the world started with the internet, does not make it so.

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

Richard 81

Re: and a word in support of oneliner ifs

When I were a lad we'd get the cane for writing "goto" on anything.

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Richard 81
Flame

Re: @Robert Long 1

Code style, shmode style. I vote "grokked" or "grok" or whatever be banned for ever.

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

Richard 81
Trollface

Worst. Insult. Ever.

So if you're a fanboi, you're a Republican? Ouch.

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

Richard 81

I've seen "what colour is the text?"*, or "what is this a picture of?". Ridiculously easy for a human. Not impossible for a computer, but difficult if you change the image and wording of the question each time.

*That one might catch a colour-blind person, of course.

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Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

Richard 81
Boffin

Re: @ ElReg!comments!Pierre - We stand to have access restricted to 3D by spooked bureaucrats.

Speaking as a chemist, Cronin may have been pushing his ideas a bit far. Essentially what that paper is about is building tiny reactors with reagents inside, i.e. "lab on a chip" technology. Now that's pretty cool, but it's no where near (or even moving vaguely towards) playing around with DNA or actually printing a drug.

As for "tailoring drugs to your DNA", we have enough trouble tailoring drugs to particular proteins.

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Virgin Media blames scruffy students for HUGE drop in cable subscribers

Richard 81

Re: NTL

@AC: How are you connecting to your VM modem now? When we moved and got a silly super hub I stuck with it for a while, until I got fed up. I then set it to modem only mode and connected to the same old router I used at our old flat. I generally get the 30Mb connection I pay for now.

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Terror cops swoop on couple who Googled 'backpacks' and 'pressure cooker'

Richard 81

The brute force approach

Visit 100 people a week and ask them "Are you the enemy?". If they say yes, shoot them.

Now, if only they could increase the number of "Are you the enemy?" checks a week, then this would be an excellent methodology.

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

Richard 81
Trollface

Re: Guy Fawkes too

Guy Fawkes? That Catholic, Spanish-loving, nutter???

I don't think so!

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

Richard 81

Re: being off grid

Great if you can do that. Not really practical for everybody though.

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Richard 81

Re: Has this been tried on real people? @Tony W

"Government don't understand the mechanism of supply and demand. The Oxbridge educated fools think that if price increases, demand goes down, because (hopefully) the undeserving middle classes all use a bit less."

It's not just the politicians. The morons that run our railways think it works like that too.

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Curiosity team: Massive collision may have killed Red Planet

Richard 81

RTFA

"a planetoid the size of Pluto"

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Richard 81
Flame

@AC

No, actually this news story comes from a press release that describes one idea that they do have, based on the evidence that they've gathered. Finding evidence and coming up with theories that explain the evidence and allow you to make predictions is called science. If you don't like it, I suggest you consult your nearest homoeopathist, who'll no doubt help you through the trauma.

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Ground control? My space helmet is FILLING WITH WATER!

Richard 81

Re: It the Shuttle was still operative...

Were Shuttle launches much more frequent then the Soyuz ones?

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

Richard 81

Re: Mature market.

"There's no more upgrading, because the technology reached the point of 'good enough' around the Core 2 Duo - ancient chip now, but still quite capable not just of office work but playing games too."

While the console market remained static, true. As they move up the next generation though, PCs will likely be more taxed. Top gaming PCs will remain unfazed, but mid/low end systems won't be able to cut it.

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LG's curvy telly and Samsung's Galaxy camera seen in the wild

Richard 81
Black Helicopters

Re: Curvy screen... why?

So there must be an LG marketing bod snooping around here. Who else would down vote Dazed & Confused

and ColonelClaw.

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Apple builds flagship store on top of PLAGUE HOSPITAL

Richard 81

Well yes

This is Europe, where the history comes from. You can't dig a hole in this continent without discovering something.

It's a bloody nightmare for gardeners.

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Giant human-powered quadricopter wins $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

Richard 81

Re: Leonardo, you WERE right on the money!

...and significantly lighter than the materials of his day would allow.

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