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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Problem I have with the hologram theory...

Doesn't matter how small something really is; there's a fundamental difference between a 2-D shell in 3-D space and a 3-D object. Then again, considering electron orbits, maybe it is just shells all the way down...

So we were at least partly right with the turtles...

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Problem I have with the hologram theory...

How does a hologram encoded in two dimensions represent anything other than a 2-D surface projected into three dimensions? Holograms as we know them are merely infinitely thin projected surfaces; they're unable to encode any concept of solidity. One object hidden behind or placed inside another would cease to exist.

I supppose if you imagine everything to be at least semi-permeable to at least some form of radiation, you'd have the equivalent of nested coloured glass objects, which could be represented holographically. But still, is that enough information to represent the properties of everything intersecting a particular line of sight?

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Yes, and if you read the post, I'm suggesting a single hand-held directional device in the left hand; this still leaves you free to use a mouse in the right hand as a targetting device for FPS games. It can also give you analogue directional control rather than the contorted digital input of your typical WASD settings. Perhaps you could address the actual suggestion rather than your own straw man.

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Some of those mice may be responsive, but frankly, they look ridiculous.

As for playing games with a keyboard - why would anyone do that?

Two alternatives for FPSs that are infinitely more responsive and don't leave you with arthritic claws at the ends of your arms; (1) USB/Wii adaptor and a nunchuk analogue stick in the left hand. (2) PS1/2 adaptor and an ASCIIWare Grip pad in the left hand. Very surprised there's no direct USB version of either of these. Even if you run out of buttons, you can still reach over and jab a keyboard key without taking your thumb off the directional control.

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

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The expression "So What?"

does spring to mind...

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: A question for our British friends...

"This is the only way to have enough runny yoke to stick your soldiers into."

Which just goes to demonstrate that you've never had a good over-easy; it preserves much more of the yolk in a runny state than splashing with oil, which can cause hardening around the edges, particularly if then left on a hot plate for too long. The trick is to flip the egg while there's still some white left on top still to set, and not to be too eager to flip it back or it'll break the thin skin over the yolk. Or you could try learning how to poach an egg properly, but that's not so easily done!

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Re: A question for our British friends...

I dare say the sight of your version might make us feel a bit queasy; not every country seems to pile as much sugar into its breakfasts as the US does! Do an image search for 'Heinz Beans' - white haricot beans in a bright orange tomato-based sauce. Sounds like the ones you saw had been stewed far too hot for too long; if the sauce starts to dry out they break down to mush when you try and serve them up. Though if you add a dab of olive oil or butter and catch them at just the right moment they can be wonderfully sticky. Not that it seems you got the fried bread to serve them on; I suppose that could be forgiven on the Irish, but not a Full English.

On a similar note, be fore-warned that our 'French Toast' (Eggy Bread) doesn't contain the customary half-pound of cinammon in every slice either! However, I will admit that your 'over easy' eggs are excellent in a bread roll and a lot easier than the British way of doing a slightly whitened sunny-side-up fried egg by splashing the top with hot oil.

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Quick query

The thinner, reddish, sweet sausages they serve up with a Holiday Inn breakfast - any tips on what I should be looking for in a supermarket to replicate that lethal and presumably unethically sourced deliciousness?

(I do have a stash of Corfiot loukaniko in the freezer, but they're about to run out and I need to find a substitute soon).

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'Be super careful with AI. It's potentially more dangerous than NUKES'

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Today will not be known as Taco Tuesday

It will be known as freedom Friday,

but still on a Tuesday!

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Love that noise

Quite right. The ear-shattering racket of a Eurofighter Typhoon climbing on full twin afterburners is just so uncouth in comparison.

I was once on the M27 just passing the end of the runway at Southampton airport when the Lancaster took off heading for Bournemouth. I honestly ducked inside the car...

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Re: Is it just me...

Sorry, I'm wildly inaccurate and just have to settle for 633 Squadron.

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Re: There is a definite resemblance.

Except that no photo of Jimmy Wales is popping up right now in a million messages that end in the phrase "... has changed their profile picture".

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Re: Good article.

"If you own a monkey and the monkey takes a photo, do you own the photo in that case?"

Is that based on the primate facie evidence?

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Re: not likely at all...

I believe it has been pointed out repeatedly that the 'infinite number of monkeys sat at keyboards reproducing the works of Shakespeare' is entirely disproved by one quick glance at the internet.

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Re: Slater doesn't "Own" the photo, because he doesn't and the monkey doesn't

Yes it's different, because human art students have rights themselves protected by the law; their tutor can't claim their works as his own, unless they specifically sign them over. Animals and machines do not have such rights. If he set up a clockwork whirly paint sprayer in front of the canvas, he would be considered the artist. If he let a spider crawl through paint and walk across the canvas, he would also own the result. And if he put a brush in the hand of a monkey to see what happens, the end result would also be his. You cannot simply claim no-one is responsible for the result just because you feel like it. There is no legal grounds for denying him the rights to the artistry that resulted from a situation he was responsible for. Only another involved legal party can do that, and there are none.

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Re: Technically it is the monkeys

"the fact that it is the person who presses the button who is considered the owner of copyright , not the owner of the equipment"

If I may put this in terms you might understand:

[CITATION NEEDED]

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Re: Hold on! What about the legal rights of Simians??

"Some argue that New Zealand's protections amount to a form of weak legal rights".

Rational human beings with even the vaguest understanding of the law, on the other hand...

Those are prohibitions that apply to humans in contact with the animals, not rights that are conferred on the animals as individuals. What's next, healthcare and free bus passes for Grade II listed buildings? Or maybe housing benefit would be more appropriate...

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Well, he got a monkey and was paid peanuts...

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Re: Straw man. This is about intention.

No, this is about the law. the law does not recognise the 'person' or the 'intent' or even the 'who' of the monkey. Arguments about how other parties may involve themselves in the taking of a photograph are irrelevant; the monkey is not another 'party' (however plentifully supplied with PG Tips it may be ;-). You can only take Slater's rights away if there's another party involved that you can claim was at least partly responsible for the image, and there isn't.

And even if it was a Straw Man, scarecrows are similarly unrecognised. It's the lack of brains, you see...

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Re: Monkey Business

Could be worse - at least so far no-one's noticed the lack of tails and tried to tell us all they're apes...

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Re: Slater doesn't "Own" the photo, because he doesn't and the monkey doesn't

No, you're just making the same argument - that you can somehow say the monkey is legally responsible for taking the image and thus Slater has surrendered his rights to it, whilst at the same time asserting that the monkey has no rights. That's nonsense.

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And this is why we call them 'Freetards'.

The Wikipedia argument is based on the idiotic assumption that you can confer the 'Rights of the Artist' on the monkey and nominate it as the photographer (and thus robbing Slater of his rights), whilst at the same time asserting that the law does not allow the monkey property rights over the resultant image.

Since the monkey has no rights whatsoever under the law, Slater allowing the monkeys to use his camera on themselves is the only 'art' here; he is the artist, and he thus owns all rights over the works produced.

It's no different to the BBC Natural History Unit owning the footage they shot when they trained elephants to carry their cameras. I hope he gets a lot more than just loss of earnings when he sues their idiotic arses.

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Elite Systems promises to order ZX Spectrum revival in two weeks

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Re: Can't beat the original

Well, the real thing, just with an instant-loading flash card interface bunged in the back... ;-)

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Re: GameX 2:

Better: "Iniquity In Equity"

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GameX 2:

"Boom and Bust"

"Back the Futures"

"Equity Iniquity"

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Since when has the Reg been reviewing (non-electric) cars?

Ah, did someone get a free jolly?

And if I may differ, I would suggst that the gap between the top of the wheel and the wheel arch is more indicative of it having tiny fugging wheels on it.

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Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN

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Re: Hang On

Headlines like that write themselves; the press have a felidae with these stories.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Hearts and Minds

Why not just admit it has nothing to do with England; Scotland is voting on whether to divorce itself from the Tories. End of story.

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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Re: Noise cancelling

When flying I use some Sennheiser earbuds from HMV and some ear defenders from B&Q over the top. I'm willing to pitch my noise cancellation against BOSE's any day. Particularly when the money I save could pay for a couple of flights.

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Re: Outstanding

"A Taberna Ad Astra" then.

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Boffins fill a dome with 480 cameras for 3D motion capture

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But can it still track you

if you cover your other hand as you enter your PIN?

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: Stormtrooper turned good guy?.

"Nobody's going to be able to suspend disbelief if he actually manages to shoot anyone."

Let alone fly a fighter down a duct into the super-weapon and score a direct hit on its reactor...

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

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Re: a visit from one of your local spectrum police if you are really lucky

Presumably, if you're unlucky, the Mysterons get to you first?

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Ex-despot Noriega sues: How dare Call of Duty make me look like, like...

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Can I sue them too?

If I wear a yellow boiler suit and hold with my arms out, I swear I'm the spitting image of the plane in River Raid.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: remake of the "Vagina Monologues".

That'd be the Director's Cu*t.

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Star Wars museum to land in Chicago

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"the exhibits are expected to explain story-telling rather than focussing on Star Wars alone"

Lucas? Story-telling? I'd just stick to Star Wars if I were you...

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Dutch firm passes the world's first e-spliff to the left hand side

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Re: A dark day for reggae

I'm a draper,

I'm a japer,

I'm a midnight vaper...

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Re: I'm sure he'll end up in court over this one.

Would that be a miscarriage of justice?

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Glastonbury debuts festival wide Wi-Fi network - fitted to COWS

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Re: Im confused, ,

There there, calm down. Someone needs a pat on the head...

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LOHAN in FIGHT to DEATH with brace of cantankerous canards

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Re: Attacked by ducks.

You'd have to put it down as an Anas horibilis.

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Re: Pivot point...

Surely what makes it easier to move away from centre would make it harder to return from an extreme, and vice-versa? I doubt it's quite so simple, being all about manoeuvrability vs stability - it's not a stealth fighter flight computer in there.

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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I'd be more concerned

About Facebook slurping Facebook data.

If I gave them any, that is.

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Han Solo headed for lengthy stay in bacta tank after Bay Door Control cockup

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Re: Given all the splendid puns...

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good plaster.

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Apparently John Williams is to blame for him falling over on set

As they couldn't get Han's Zimmer.

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In the final edit,

Greedo falls over first.

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Going to be the best film ever,

Hans down!

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Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins

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Re: open cast mining laybys

No, Cameron will just license the energy companies to extract whatever they need from right underneath your frackables.

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