* Posts by Barely registers

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Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

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Cremation

I'm done, thanks.

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Pusher's purist: Five steps to reaching your DevOps zen

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Megaphone

FIVE steps? I can do it in one....

Do not let DevOps evangelists in the building.

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Hey, Atlantis Computing. What the heck is this in your EULA?

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Re: Fighting back

I like that.

"Up to 100% of customers did not say they were satisfied."

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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Stop

Just don't

Waiting for the first person who shoots themselves* through the head when they pick up their gun-phone when their phone-phone rings.

* in the event of such confusion, "themselves" is the better** outcome compared to "someone else".

** but still nobody wins

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US govt says it has cracked killer's iPhone, legs it from Apple fight

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Re: Every device being hackable

Hidden messages aren't cryptography - it's stenography, and is ultimately security by obscurity which ultimately isn't security at all.

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How long is your password? HTTPS Bicycle attack reveals that and more

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Trollface

El Reg

What's HTTPS?

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Password-less database 'open-sources' 191m US voter records on the web

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Permissions...

Is it read-only?

Also, Bobby Tables.

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HPE's private London drinking club: Name that boozer

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Pint

HP Instant (Dr)Ink

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IOCCO: Police 'reckless' for using terrorism powers on journo sources

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or Police Scotch-land, as attributed to the homeland of the "plod" by the article itself.

Not funny or clever.

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Blocking out the Sun won't fix climate change – but it could buy us time

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Re: Utter Tosh @Phil O'Sophical

(correction to withdrawn comment owing to maths fail)

The Total Solar Irradiance measurements taken during the satellite era show a variance in the range 1361 to 1364 W/m2, or about 0.22%

Professor Hunt's comment about mirrors directing "say 2%" away from Earth is therefore some 10 times the effect of Sol's own variability, so I think it justifiable to say that such a scheme would have a measurable impact.

Quite whether it is justifiable to block 27W/m2 of solar energy from all of Earth's plant life is another matter, given how much plants have evolved to compete for sunlight. It's side effects like the possible failure of crops that lead me to want to invoke the precautionary principle on such schemes.

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Re: Utter Tosh

No inference should be drawn on what position this commentard holds re climate change. I believe the following to be an absolute.

No scientific consensus is "overwhelming" - it matters not what, nor how many, scientists think, only what Nature does. To believe otherwise is hubris.

Ask Barry Marshall - Nobel Prize winner for his theory bacterium-induced peptic ulcers, and his experience of trying to advance his theory in the face of a lucrative antacid industry

Ask Daniel Shechtman - Nobel Prize winner for his discovery on the structure of quasicrystals, having been "ridiculed" and "treated badly" by his peers.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-15181187

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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From his underground Linux lair, Linus Torvalds explains whose way is the right way.

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"Lens Flare-o-vision camera test roll number one. Subject: Me - J.J. Abrams"

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What would you give to create Vulture Sweat?

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May I humbly suggest a second event?

The 24 Hours of Le Mans cycle race.

At the Le Mans circuit.

In Le Mans.

20-21 August 2016 - http://www.24heuresvelo.fr/en/index.html

Enter as a relay team (2/4/6/8), or a collection of solo riders united by a common purpose.....

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El Reg celebrates Back to the Future Day

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The p̶a̶s̶t̶ future is like a foreign country - they do things d̶i̶f̶f̶e̶r̶e̶n̶t̶l̶y̶ exactly the same there.

h/t Douglas Adams

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Yes, I can do Angular.

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Agile development - you're doing it wrong.

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Now _that_ is Agile development.

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Faked NatWest, Halifax bank sites score REAL security certs

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Accountability?

Before I trust someone to validate something on my behalf, I try to make sure that I've got comeback against them if they do a bad job.

What's the comeback on Comodo et al for issuing a fake bank certificate? e.g. How many strikes before Google decides to blacklist a CA certificate in Chrome?

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

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Boffin

So you've reached 0.5c...

and you left the energy source behind when you set off to ride a beam of laser light across the heavens.

How do you slow down?

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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2043AD - Lewis Page finds inspiration for his latest "Climate Change isn't a problem" article from the Kentish badlands.

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

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OK - I'll bite, now reel me in.....

I suspect Zoot means that without CO2, there would be no plant life, hence no food, hence no life.

In that respect, CO2 is a very good thing, but yes, you can have too much.

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The last post: Building your own mail server, part 1

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Windows

Fixed IP?

Does any of this solution require a fixed IP address from your broadband supplier? If not, how does the rest of the web know how to reach your physical server?

Asking for me, not a friend, out of total ignorance of how Internet routing works.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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"As ideas for 'Post-pub nosh neckfiller' go, it wan't his brightest. Shame." said the PFY.

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Biting the hand that writes IT.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Hire me as your tester - I eat bugs for breakfast.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

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More afraid of IT than IT is of you

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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Genius.

Get on over to the caption competition whilst you're on form.

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Iridium sat comms module comp goes completely TITSUP

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Headmaster

SPB HEROES

Spanish Petty Bureaucracy Hinders Exciting Research - Organise Experiments Stateside

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STIFFY

Stratospheric Test Indicating Fit to Fly, Yes?

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Megaphone

FFS

It's the acronym for Final Flight Shakedown, FFS.

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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Black Helicopters

Earth Hour - now mandatory

I suspect a plot - Earth Hour is now to be enforced centrally.

You can go about your business now.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Let's get together and call ourselves an institute

Hey - ain't we uninstalling the same software together on the very same day?

I propose the ultimatum tweet:

@AdobeFlash #Flash #FixItOrNixIt

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Re: Cherry picking Ooh. Data.

Thanks. Most interesting.

The 128km^3 figure is not derived by performing the subtraction between two actual measurements, but by comparisons between model outputs. The model is derived from 369 days of data starting in january 2012, and then applied to data taken between 2011 and 2014.

From what I can understand, the model is an 8th order polynomial curve fit. To quote John von Neumann, "With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk." Here we have eight parameters.

The error bars on the result are nearly of the order of the result: -128km^3 +/- 83.

The claim of a factor of three increase in rate of volume loss comes by comparing the output of two different models. When you consider that the thrust of the article is that the models aren't stacking up to reality, conclusions drawn by comparing two model outputs don't seem wholly reliable.

Climate science is worrisomely veering to the "models all the way down".

Give me measurements.

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Re: Cherry picking

Ooh. Data. Can you post a link please?

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Re: Cherry picking

When you observe a cherry that says that an entire continent of ice and snow has grown by more than 4 standard deviations above its baseline average, it just screams to be picked. Much like the cherries which have been picked highlighting record lows in Arctic ice area and extent.

When the cherry represents a measurement that flat out goes against the predictions of a globally warming world, and laughs in the face of models being used to justify billions of pounds being directed to "alternative" energies and the like, then it fucking well should be picked and held up to the world with at least the tagline "hold on just a second....."

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Just when you thought you were alone in the bath: Hi-res mapping satellite ready for launch

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Black Helicopters

25cm limit

If I read it right, 25cm resolution is the limit "for sale".

I find myself wondering what the _actual_ capability of these sats is?

Fetching coat, and hat, and dark sunglasses.

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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GOT WOOD

Gets Out The Way Of Obstructive Deciduousness.

/contrived

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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Coat

Finally, a good excuse....

to ditch FB.

It was Adam Kramer's comment "it was in 2012, and we've come a long way since then" that really sent the chills down me.

You do know that the more recent mobile phone versions have your permission to read your texts, right?

Coat, leaving.

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Ditching renewables will punch Aussies in the wallet – Bloomberg

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14GW of renewables capacity....

equals how much actual reliable baseline load?

I actually want to know - references gratefully received, ta.

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IBM accidentally invents new class of polymers

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Boffin

Terry Pratchett gets the patent though...

From "The Long Earth" with Stephen Baxter:

"He was after all the founder of the first 'serendipital laboratory'. The logic was that since so many important new discoveries in science were made by accident, then the process would be speeded up if you set up a situation in which a very large number of accidents happened and watched the results carefully."

Kudos though to the researcher who at least thought "that's interesting..."

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The Reg Quid-a-Day Nosh challenge: What's the point, exactly?

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Boffin

Balance of nature

Wiping out malaria - I'm all for that.

As I understand it, we either destroy the parasite itself and/or the vector that it spreads by. My question is, what would happen next?

If the parasite is eradicated, how will the balance of nature shift? I've found a fair few examples of what could happen if mosquitoes themselves were wiped out, which was interesting on its own, but nothing about whether losing plasmodium falciparum would have unintended consequences.

Note - I'm _not_ invoking the precautionary principle here.

I think sickle cell disease would drop markedly, as there would be no further evolutionary benefit in having it (it's less fatal then getting malaria, it seems).

Anyone got any other theories?

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Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON

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If this was Wikipedia, that reply would look like this

"issued by the GWPF who are ALL IN THE PAY OF BIG OIL" [citation needed]

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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Actually, we're cutting down the trees because

then we can burn them in "CO2 neutral" biomass power stations.

(having shipped them across the ocean in bunker diesel powered ships).

You know it's fucking stupid when even the Guardian quotes people calling it an insanity.

May 2011 http://science.time.com/2011/05/10/why-does-the-ipcc-want-us-to-cut-down-trees/

April 2012 http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/apr/02/eu-renewable-energy-target-biomass

May 2013 http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-22630815

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Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'

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Mushroom

If it moves again....

then _that_ would be news.

And then nuke it from orbit.

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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Re: Optimistic - Given the right components

>> sugar, custard and ... a little strawberry jam

Agreed - anything to take away the taste of the rhubarb.

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Boffins agree: YES we have had an atmospheric warming pause

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WTF?

Ozone causes (a) warming (b) cooling (Delete as politically expedient)

(a) Warming:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100125192016.htm

(b) Cooling:

http://www.nature.com/news/ozone-hole-treaty-slowed-global-warming-1.14134

(c) More money to research the problem

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