* Posts by ian 22

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China has a chip to fry with y'all: Wants its own chip smarts and fabs

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All it takes is oodles of Renminbi

I've always wondered why China didn't purchase a load of FABs and begin riding the technology escalator. They certainly had the cash - more then than now.

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Oklahoma bloke cuffed for Chrimbo caprine coupling

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OMG!

El Reg really ought to warn us before springing lascivious photos on us. Completely NSFW!

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'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

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Big Brother

Re: Well that's a good solution

Republicans are idiots. Texas Republicans are demented idiots.

They all look up to Big Brother, as long as he oppresses nonRepublicans.

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TERROR in ORBIT: Dodgy rocket burp biffs International Space Station off track

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Re: True "Big Red Button" story....

IBM S/370 mainframes had a Big Red Button on their console, meant for emergency power off. I was warned that pushing it would also destroy some hardware bits, so no touchee!

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US Navy grabs old-fashioned sextants amid hacker attack fears

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Re: Computer?

No one's mentioned inertial guidance and dead reckoning. I've not kept up with ICBM technology, but as I recall, they used optical gyroscopes to achieve targeting accuracy to within several meters.

If we can entrust doomsday to inertial guidance, surely the Navy can trust it.

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Weight, what? The perfect kilogram is nearly in Planck's grasp

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Pirate

Re: Heavy science

Arr, we'll all walk the Planck, and wish it were longer than it be!

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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Re: Stones and Glass Houses @cirby

The model outlined by the OP is just a refinement of the one developed by Hiram Maxim, inventor of a particularly deadly machine gun prior to WWI. He was having trouble selling it to the US Army, when a friend suggested he sell it to the Europeans, as they all hated one another. Voila! Maxim licensed his gun to all sides in WWI to his extreme profit.

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Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

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Frugal Fiorina

Fiorina is known to be frugal with the truth... Especially when it is to her benefit. A perfect example of this is her boasting she increased HP's revenues (true, but...) she crashed HP's profits simultaneously. She also claimed Steve Jobs was her friend, but see https://medium.com/backchannel/how-steve-jobs-fleeced-carly-fiorina-79d1380663de

What a lovely piece of work she is!

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WATER SURPRISE: Liquid found on Mars, says NASA

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Re: @Chivo Let me be the first

The 8-breasted Martian babes will win those wet t-shirt contests every time!

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Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

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First maglev train to be Japanese

Eh, perhaps that should be 'Chinese'.

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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

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7 years later...

Steve Jobs reached out from beyond the grave and killed Flash.

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Full duplex! Bristol boffins demo Tx and Rx on the same frequency AT THE SAME TIME

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Transmit and receive on the same frequency?

I must be missing something here, as we've been doing this for donkey's years. If this is meant to be two transmitters on the same frequency being received with no mutual interference, then yes, new and exciting stuff. Although we have been extracting useful signals from vehicles (see New Horizons) in space by statistically eliminating random noise generated by the Little Green Men.

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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California's aquifers are being drained as we speak. Parts of the central valley have subsided more than 10 meters as the farmers pumped the underlying aquifer dry. Aquifers are the most efficient way of storing water- no evaporation!

Given the above, it would seem best to operate desal plants 24x7x365, rain or shine, and pump the resulting potable water directly into the aquifers until full. I'll suggest a backronym free of charge: the California Aquifer Restoration Project (CARP).

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: Stupid?

Good on him. There have been multiple reports of idiot drone operators interfering with emergency aircraft, they need this lad to come round and lend a hand.

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Hawking, Musk, Woz (and Riley): ROBOTS will KILL US ALL

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Too late...

Self-driving automobiles are due to appear commercially soon and if I can envision self-driving car bombs and self-driving lorries loaded to the gunnels with AMFO, so can others.

Off-the-shelf killer robots for the asking.

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How British spies really spy: Information that didn't come from Snowden

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Re: Stop abusing statistics

Sounds much like Captain "Round up the usual suspects" Renault in the movie Casablanca. And as corrupt.

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Re: Screw jobs

Libertarian are you? Snicker.

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Re: A reality check

Is that you Anon? Why, yes! Yes it is. Your post is so familiar! What is your feud with Elon? Did he rap your knuckles?

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The Register's resident space boffin: All you need to know about the Pluto mission

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Whisper from space

The transmitter aboard New Horizons produces only 10 Watts. Amazing it is detectable at a distance of 4.5 light hours!

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You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'

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Re: Notice the ruse?

A further problem with hydrogen is low energy density, another way of saying the Mirai has a large gas tank and a small boot.

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Is this part of ....

... The National Barrier Asset?

(http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/01/clandestines_prompts_british_barrier_border_blockade_france/)

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Re: TE2100 + Climate Change + Design

I've read somewhere (I can't be arsed to find it) the Dutch have begun studying plans to adapt the dikes for sea-level rise. Something to do with Climate Change I think.

Not being nautical, though knowing naval architecture has moved on a bit since 1973 (see Panama Canal widening), does TE2100 planning consider the larger beam of modern vessels? Does the Barrier limit vessel size now?

Excellent article!

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

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Re: Geothermal Power

@efros

Good idea. Have your people talk to my people.

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New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

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American exceptionalism?

Now the USAians have visited all of the traditional planets, the only ones to do so. Is that exceptional, and if not, why not? Essay answer, please.

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Pluto probe brain OVERLOAD: Titsup New Horizons explained

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Headmaster

Your wording pains me

No. Mariner is not and was not a "satellite" unless you consider it a satellite of Sagittarius A*.

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‘Clandestines' prompt British border blockade in France

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Why are they coming to Blighty?

I'm certain these are gastronomic refugees, fleeing atrocious French cooking. Coq au Vin? They want bangers and mash! Pate de Foi Gras? They want fried Mars bars!

The sun never sets on British cuisine.

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Space station cabbage: To boldly grow where no veg has grown before

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Breathtaking video

So close! Not mentioned in the article is the fact that SpaceX flies many changes/revisions on each launch. An interesting modification to the "build early and often" principle in software.

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: Argies are too late

Perhaps the Argies would accept .fkall. Or even .fkarg!

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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Re: I find it interesting

Racialism in all it's manifestations and symbols must be eradicated. Any fool flying the 'stars and bars' will now know what others are thinking of him.

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Tesla says Model 3 is still on schedule, despite being delayed again

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2018?

It's all well and good for it to be on offer in 2018, but it had better be self-driving otherwise it'll never compete with the many other cars with that feature due in 2020.

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SpaceX gets ready to crash barge-land ANOTHER rocket

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@Annihilator

Good point. Also, assuming SpaceX successfully implements first stage reuseability, how many customers will want to risk their precious payloads to refurbished launch vehicles? I understand the mechanical stresses of launch (and now landing) are immense and may seriously degrade the launch vehicle's airframe.

I hope SpaceX succeeds, but won't be surprised if reuse is more expensive than anticipated.

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Re: I'll go with Wernher von Braun there.

"That's not my department". It was in 1944/45.

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FLICK my FLINT and SNIFF my TREE on the streets of Naples

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Re: Another hazard of Naples

Did Little Trees ameliorate (lovely word that) Vesuvius' sulphurous exhalations? Imagine the conflagration when lava comes in contact with millions of those disposable lighters.

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Graphene sheaths could boost processor signal speeds by 30 per cent

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Graphene, is there anything it can't do?

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Re: Frankie is changing my mind about Popes

@James O'Shea

Lovely, and I thought I was the only bomb thrower! Well said! 'Ave an upvote.

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Re: In other words, "When to act"

Who to trust in regards to AGW? Scientist, the majority of whom (in many disciplines) say that it is happening? Or right-wing politicians and plutocrats. Hmm. So hard to decide...

Then the Pope steps in and says it is a moral issue, and a (at least one) right-wing politico (American, Republican, presidential-candidate-of-the-week, Roman Catholic, not naming names) tells the Pope to sod off and to tend to his (religious) knitting. This in spite of RC theology stating papal inerrancy in matters theological. If the Pope states an issue is a religious one, then he is inerrant, and the pol is either a schismatic or a heretic. I'm waiting with bated breath to see which Santorum is.

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Re: IT angle?

Hmm, sneakernet! Must have dropped a packet. Clearly he's using Unreliable Delivery Protocol (UDP).

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Apply Occam's razor, and you'll agree it was poltergeists. Clearly the simplest explanation! Either that or MI5.

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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It may speak volumes that Mr. Peters considers cows to be sentient.

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Re: Jackboots

And do they really know how many vinyls have to die to upholster their Tesla?

Don't have a cow, man!

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Large Hadron Collider gives young ALICE a black-hole ray gun

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Re: "The LHC is absolutely safe," said Hawking

"... and nothing terrible happens."

Yet.

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By the Rivers of Babylon, where the Antikythera Mechanism laid down

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Re: It's not a computer though

there is thinking that the device is an astronomical calculator used specifically to predict when the games in various Greek city states were to occur.

A bit like a calculator would be used nowadays to compute the size of a bribe to FIFA needed to buy the location of the next World Cup games.

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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"Last week, Airbus CEO Tom Enders had complained that the company needed the black box data, which was being withheld by Spanish agencies, to conduct its analysis of the crash."

Aha! So that's Enders game is it.

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Candlelit vigil planned to honour executed Newcastle cow Bessie

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Aye, the grass is always greener...

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Re: Uh oh....

Gaia wants to kills us all!

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Hubble hits 25th anniversary IN SPAAACE – time for telescope to come home

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Re: Who really believes the mirror tale anymore?

WTF? Lockheed didn't make Hubbel's mirror! That was Perkin-Elmer. With such a name (sorry, Elmer Fudd) what could have been expected?

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Re: A lot can happen...

Very likely we'll be buying tours of the "Orbital Greats" from Mr. Musk (or Sir Branson). Hubble being one of the major attractions, of course.

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Tests show HTC, Sammy phablets BEND just like iPhone 6 Plus

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Re: It is all about the case

Not all about the buttocks? Surely those with more curvaceous glutea maxima will cause greater damage to their maxiphones.

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Are you clever enough, and brave enough, to give a Register lecture

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I've nothing to say

... But I can speak at length about it.

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

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Re: Last gasps of the battleship

@Destroy All Monsters

"Why not stay home in that case?"

That is a question best put to the likes of Messrs. Bliar, Bush, and Cheney.

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