* Posts by Swarthy

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ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay

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dot-inc

Actually, I could see a very interesting use for dot-inc; namely that the domain must match the incorporated business name. EG: Hershey's could register The_Hershey_Company.inc, but not hersheys.inc; this would avoid trademark disputes with, say, Hershey_Creamery_Company.inc

No more using product names for domains, Mars.inc could not have a separate Marathon.inc

Oooh.. and wholly owned subsidiaries are relegated to sub-domains: geico.Berkshire_Hathaway.inc

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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This is sad.

Sadly, as we can't really get at the culprits, we could try to get education publicly available, and common. What ever happened to the PSAs on (US) TV; or the after-school specials? The acting and dialog were truly dire, but they did address some issues of the time; I could see them being used for things like scam-ware and social media awareness. Just a little blurb in the middle of popular times announcing "The Police will NOT put a pop-up on your computer, that is a scam"*

*The police will kick your door in @ 3AM instead; that is legitimate police work.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Not bad movies, but a marathon I shant live down

One evening watching movies with a friend, the lineup was Apocalypse Now, Brazil, and The Wall. There were no recreational pharmaceuticals in use, and no boozahol.. but Damn did my head get bent that night.

The Fiend wanted to end the night with Memento but the movie wouldn't play.

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Facebook worth more than Portugal? Hell, it's worth a LOT more than THAT

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Big Brother

Re: Congrats to Tim...@YAAC

Just don't commit crime. How hard can that really be?
Well, givenof the propensity for vague new laws and the widening definition of certain crimes, I'd say it is becoming more and more difficult not to commit a crime.

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Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

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Nah, the whole Zombie thing is really a reference to "Les Schtroumpfs noirs". That has had a profound impact, but as they were looking at moves, it was left off.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: 1.5 MILLION SCOVILLE masala omelette

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Re: The curry equivalent to willy-waving

Just be careful to wash your hands between cutting the chillis and waving the willy.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Bill & Ted.

..Or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (not the new movie version but either of the comic or cartoon versions).

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PROOF the undead STALK Verizon users: Admen caught using 'perma-cookie'

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Re: I know the article specifically stated Verizon Mobile

Thanks. I had just finished answering my own question by writing one, but it's not pretty (just text on a white background), good to know that there are others, probably more professional.

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I know the article specifically stated Verizon Mobile

But do we know if Verizon is doing this to their terrestrial (Fios, etc) customers? and is there an easy way to test? perhaps a website that gleans all the HTTP headers and will let you know what they are?

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: Dear Mr Cameron @Dan Paul

But wishing someone ill is not a threat. A threat consists of saying that you will cause ill to befall them. Wishing that someone would get assassinated is a bit rude, I will agree, but is no more a threat than "May you fall through an open manhole". By your logic, telling someone to "fuck off" may be considered sexual assault.

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Paris Hilton

Re: Dear Mr Cameron @Dan Paul

Eh?! Dallas wouldn't be a death threat, nor even would inviting him to travel to (what's left of) Detroit. Requesting someone to do something is not a threat; it is not a threat if I ask you to use the joke alert icon in the future. A threat would have to be .. you know... threatening.

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If cities want to run their own broadband, let 'em do it, Prez Obama tells FCC

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Re: pouring billions into US broadband infrastructure ...@ Charles 9

If it were universal roll-out, I would be inclined to agree with you. However, it isn't. There are places not more than 30 miles from a significant city that has no cable, no broadband, and not much in the way of 'high-speed' internet. I have lived in one such place, the only internet option was dial-up until about 2005. This was not in the heartland either; but rather near the east coast - no mountains, no swamps, no difficult geography, but also not many people.

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Cash'n'Carrion launches big January sale

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A suggestion:

Make the SBP stuff available, and let them play with some of the proceeds.

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

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Re: Stuff the specs

Upvoted, but then I got distracted wondering it a obelisque is an obelisk sitting at an oblique angle.. and would that impact the MTBF of the spinning rust?

But a pair of those beautiful monstrosities sitting either side of the throne in my EGVL canted slightly forward to give the impression of looming over petitioners/peons with the growls mentioned earlier in the thread.. that makes me happy.

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Australian desert deluge demonstrates why we're doing it

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Holmes

re: propylene glycol coolant

And in a pinch, you could also add it to your vape...in case you run out of smokes.

And yes, this was a joke - but that -> icon worked so much better than the joke alert.

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Ross Ulbricht trial Day One: 'I DID invent Silk Road ... but I'm innocent'

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Pirate

Re: can't say if Ulbricht is innocent or guilty...

I do believe this trial will go on "to the pain".

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Toshiba tosses out uber-slim THREE TERABYTE HDD

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Re: Speaking of sexy names

Didn't the Bigfoot brand cover 5.25 inch drives? The Fireball was the 3.5" line. I guess they could go back and have Bigfoot as 3.5", and Fireball as 2.5" drives.... but it would be a pale imitation, and feel like it was trading on nostalgia - poorly.

If Seagate did roll out a proper Bigfoot 5.25" SATA drive with the same (average) areal density as these little nippers, that would be trading on nostalgia, and doing it right.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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Headmaster

Re: funny

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary."
- James Nicoll

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Dot-word domains 'a shakedown, designed to get money out of people'

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Re: The whole thing

I can relate to that.

A few years back my sister gave me a domain (registered via goDaddy) as a birthday gift. I pointed it to my host, and promptly neglected it. A year later when the renewal was due, I could not find the birthday card with the goDaddy username/password. I could verify my account holder status by verifying the CC# used to buy the domain; but it was my sister's, and she had shredded that card. So my option was to wait for the domain to expire, and buy it new. I woke up at 6AM EST on the 'magic' day to find that my domain had been registered by some jackass at midnight. I know they were a jackass, because I also had an email from them, to the admin account for the domain, offering to sell me 'my' domain for the low, low price of $300.

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So, these guys turn up with AK47s and offer me protection ...

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A Request for the ExPat files

Can you try to interview US-ian ExPats about working abroad? I would really like to hear about how working abroad from the US works.

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LICK THAT ATM: Diebold and Corning debug displays

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So...

No word on moving the USB ports to somewhere less accessible, or disabling them unless provided with administrator credentials? or any of the other attack vectors on ATMs?

Nope, just a new anti-microbial (that may or may not be anti-microbial) glass fitted to ATMs.

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Broadband isn't broadband unless it's 25Mbps, mulls FCC boss

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IT Angle

Question

This may have been covered in TFA, but if it was, I missed it:

Is the new speed what is required for a service to be advertised as broadband, or is it what is required for a service to be regulated as broadband?

Given Mr. Wheeler's career history and the waffling on Net Neutrality, I could see something like "broadband must be neutral, but this narrow band stuff can be shaped as needed." Leaving 90% of the US having the option to upgrade to 'broadband' or pay 2-5x for their Netflix (First to Netflix, then to the ISP for the Netflix package, then again to the ISP for 'Netflix management fees' etc.) etc.

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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WTF?

Re: WTF?

Getting?

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Cops think Mt Gox meltdown was an 'INSIDE JOB' – report

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Coat

Re: Sure you can

When you get your money for nothin and your chicks for free
I want my... I want my... I want my BTC

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Prez Obama slaps sanctions on Norks in payback for Sony hack

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WTF?

Re: Norks "Act of War"

Well, technically, they are Acts of War.. the US and SK only have a cease fire with NK, there is no truce, or anything; we've just been in a "temporary cessation of hostilities" for the past several decades. We are, officially, still at war.

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Re: Not so fast

But simple measures like expiring accounts when an employee leaves, the CEO NOT emailing his password in cleartext, and implementing something resembling security policies will go some way to reducing the effectiveness of disgruntled employees.

Also treating employees like people rather than "resources" to be used up and disposed of may keep a larger portion of the cattle employees gruntled.

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Zuckerberg asks the public to tell him where to go in 2015

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Re: Suggestions?

Shold he first get a screwed down haircut, like those cats from japan?

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

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Re: Same problem at the Cinema

In the US, the Ratings People are the MPAA. They are the movie people.

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*HIC*... tweet: Sloshed birdsh shlur songs, boffins say

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Unhappy

This is the kind of research the world needs.

Tho sadly, when reading about drunken birds in a British publication, I was not expecting to read about finches.

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DON'T PANIC! Latest Anonymous data dump looks old hat

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Boffin

Re: Couldn't help

The first bit doesn't apply, as all the gay men I've known love boobs. I'd go for the "small accident" as my guess.

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NUKE HACK fears prompt S Korea cyber-war exercise

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Alien

Re: I would hope ...

Say, a small exhaust port about the size of a wamprat.....

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Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

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Re: Hmmm... a conundrum (sic)

"the solution is to scream loudly until the companies treat their employees properly"
The topic of this article, and Mark's position, is not based on employees. I believe that is where your disconnect is. If Apple were employing these miners, even indirectly via contracting, you would have a very valid point. The position of the article is that these are not employees, these are poor people literally scrabbling through the dirt for something to help feed their families. There are no quotas, no KPIs, and no TPS reports. If one of these minors could feed their family off an hours work a day, they would have the choice to work 7 hours a week, and be at home the rest, or work more and get ahead in life - their choice. It seems like the 'feed the family' point is about 3 person-days per day, so they bring the children in to help out where they can.

Screaming for Apple or Indonesia to simply stop buying the ore mined by these people would not improve their lives, which is the whole point of screaming about this in the first place, no?

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

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Re: The real answer

His working was a bit odd; not in the maths department but rather his type casting. The binary was 52 50, which is ASCII for '42'. A bit the long way, and kind of awkward, but accurate.

Kind of makes sense though, that in this universe The Answer would be a string representation of a number, probably a mis-cast at that.

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Re: @Swarthy re the Print link.

I did not know that their print page was that robust. In which case I will update my previous feelings of "Meh" regarding the print button, to "Seriously Reg, you took out Accessability function? That's a worse idea than the all-white background was!"

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Re: Still no Print link?

If you can type Ctrl+F, can you type Ctrl+P? then there is no need to find a Print link.

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Spaceplane fan sips sweet nectar from LOHAN's copious cup

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I'm on my 4th Batch of V2-inspired mead

The last 3 have been scaled up to 5 gal (US) and have had some experimentation. Although I think I got the wrong kind of yeast... they don't stop @ 18%. The last batch tested at 30% ABV.

I shredded an orange into the mix prior to fermentation, it seems that fed the yeast enough to give them super powers. When everything was mixed (before the orange) it was rated at 28% sugar, when I racked it into the aging container, it had 0% sugar - I had to add more honey (~6%) to make it drinkable. After aging the hydrometer said it was 4% sugar. I did skimp on the aging time, I only let it age for 6 weeks. It was delicious stuff, but it would catch one by surprise.

For my current batch I started 3 months ago: replaced 1kg of sugar with 1kg of maple sugar, and have been aging it with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and 2 vanilla beans. I'll be handing out bottles as Christmas presents. It tastes like Christmas in your mouth.

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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Re: Early Stage?

I was hoping for discussion, not a vote count.. but I guess as of the current time 5 people don't think it'd be worth it, and 2 people think it would? If that's the case can I down vote my own post?

Maybe I should have worded the comment better: the discussion that I was referring to is the discussion that almost happens on frequent Google articles: What is your privacy worth to you?" I.E. would you trade privacy for unlimited sick time? Would you trade it for free email? (Gmail) Would you trade it for cheap, easy way to keep up with old friends? (Facebook)

I was hoping that a discussion on this would harken less to the old OS battles and actually get some views on the value of privacy.

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Re: Early Stage?

Hmm, this could be an interesting discussion.

In the US, you usually don't get 4 weeks of sick time, unless you had short-term disability, which usually kicks in around 2-3 weeks (just after you have used all of your sick and vacation time) and is often a 3rd party insurance.

Would it be worth the occasional covert surveillance to actually be able to use sick (not vacation) time, and not have to shell out for additional insurance, for an injury/illness that lasts more than a week?

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Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Who'd'a thunk it

It seems that taking off and nuking the site from orbit is the only way to be sure.

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Microsoft fires legal salvo at phone 'tech support' scammers

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Mushroom

'Bout Damned Time!

I have been wondering why no-one has taken a swing at these guys. It is a plainly illegal activity if they are installing malware/trojans. It is illegal (at least unlawful) if they are selling free software (i.e. distributing software for a profit without compensation to the original publisher - AKA Piracy).

It's a shame it had to fall on MS to take a swing for the civil case of trademark infringement; why haven't actual law enforcement taken a run? It's not like it's a small scale, with 65000 complaints, nor would it be difficult to prosecute.

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LEGS IN 2015: SpaceX Falcon's landing PUT ON HOLD

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Mushroom

Re: Hot fire test failure...

Launches are not something to be taken for granted. It is, in fact, rocket science (or rocket engineering, which is even more difficult).

Had Orbital done the same test, it is quite likely that they wouldn't be turning over launches, and Wallops Island would still be open.

Icon: for the brave Kerbals who have gone before.

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

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Re: Your politics are showing.

That is an El Reg stock image, from when they ran the story about HBO having to re-shoot that scene. Much like the use of the head in the show, the re-use of this image is about economy, not politics. El Reg didn't want to create/commission/beg/borrow/steal a new GoT-related image; HBO re-used the head because those things are bleedin' expensive, and they didn't think anyone would recognize the re-cycled shrub.

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ESA: Venus probe doomed to fiery death on weird planet's surface

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Re: RE: And will the Venusians complain?

With extreme heat, strong winds + true acid rain, will chunk of metal actually make it all the way down?

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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Beware of The Leopard (was: 6 years to get used to it?)

" ...You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them had you? I mean like actually telling anyone or anything.' But the plans were on display...' on display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.' `That's the display department.' `With a torch.' `Ah, well the lights had probably gone.' `So had the stairs.' `But look you found the notice didn't you?' `Yes,' said Arthur, `yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of The Leopard".'
-- Douglas Adams.

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Profit-shy Instagram adds 5 new filters for hipster-photo types

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Go

I guess this one's done

"Vulture Central's backroom gremlins still maintain that using Instagram filters is like looking at the world through a pair of urine-filled swimming goggles."
Can any of us surpass the above? I think with that gem El Reg has just shut down the comments on this article.

I am tempted to try resuscitation by posting something inflammatory about religion, Global Warming and income inequality. But, Meh, can't be arsed.

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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The joys of apathy and Slack

Friends exhorted me to buy this "special one-day deal" from CAH. I was almost tempted, but I got distracted, forgot to look at the "deal" and the day passed me by. I had actually forgotten about it until I saw this article.

In short: by not giving a shit, I did not get some shit.

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Real Ale TWATS: In SPAAAACE, no one can churn your cream

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Black Helicopters

Re: says:

I can't speak for the toilets in Westminster, but I do see an awful lot of pork pies coming out of there.

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Google vows: Earth will VANISH in 2015

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re: remote piece of rock

Didn't the Reg cover a British chap on Rockall earlier this year?

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Aged star could give us clues to HOT TEEN's behaviour

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Time to get started!

By the time we have an interstellar ship and make the 90ly journey, it should be mature enough to host us; without too much risk of pesky pre-existing life there.

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