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Sun-seeking NASA boffins steer FLEETS of satellites... BY HAND

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Re: It's not just the speed up.

BTW the "zero energy pathways" thing I think refers to passing between 2 orbits in this universe with zero energy expenditure

Yeah, that's what I thought. An example would be kicking a vehicle just hard enough to take it out of Earth orbit and into a solar orbit which intersects with, say, the future position of Mars. It effectively uses the Sun to fall from Earth to Mars, the trick being to arrive with just the right velocity to insert into Mars orbit.

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NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

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Re: Giveaway

That's the giveaway line, no American NSA insider would ever use the word "arse".

That's what they want you to think.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Some people are so utterly convinced, against all evidence, that their particular form of woo works that they will die for the cause -- or be killed by an equally-convinced "practitioner".

The worst story I heard was of an Australian woman with bowel cancer. She started off by acting on normal medical advice, but hated the surgery and chemo that she went through. That's understandable, but it caused her to abandon medicine and turn to a homeopath who swore she could be cured by "gentler, natural" means. Sadly her disease progressed and she stuck with the homeopathy even when her abdomen was visibly distended by the mass of tumours. In the final four days before she died (most probably of dehydration), her blocked bowel caused her to vomit faeces.

Of course if she had survived, the homeopath would have claimed it was due to homeopathy rather than to the earlier surgery and chemotherapy.

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Surely, according to homeopathic principles, the less penicillin contaminant there is, the greater the allergic reaction?

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

Rich 11

Re: When I was at school

If that was at a boarding school he'd be more likely to claim not to have had sex with a Sixth Former.

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Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death

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Re: Plenty of free advice sites

Well, I just glanced at the WebMD website (partnered by Boots...draw your own conclusions)

Does it offer homeopathy?

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Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

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So who do you think will win in this battle of the boffins?

The group which can buy the most politicians.

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Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

Rich 11

Re: The ultimate test

The cat litter can be gently heated in an oven to restore its effectiveness.

Does that also work for general use?

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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Re: Headline grabbing

What legal action do you have in mind for sites not based in the UK? And what proportion of global porn do you think is served from the UK?

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Rich 11

Re: I-Spy

* An upcoming election

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Re: The politicos said that grumble flick websites should require a credit card

My second thought was to wonder which large and established pornographer(s) will get the most benefit from shutting down all the free porn sites.

Did you have a certain newspaper publisher in mind? I suppose we'll find out when we see the headlines of his tabloid tomorrow.

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

Rich 11

Re: Threat Identification

That's aboot right.

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Rich 11

Re: most likly countries

How about North Korea, Somalia or Ecuador?

There are only three phones in North Korea, and two of those don't work.

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

Rich 11

Re: Models

Their models are broken, the results fudged and lied about, their aspirations are purely political and self-serving.

Oh no, it's a conspiracy!

Bored now.

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

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The cynics among you might try to claim that everything at Amazon is offered at a 20 per cent discount because of its advantageous tax arrangements

No, I'd claim Amazon was offering everything at a 16.667% discount.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

Rich 11

Re: Which reminds me..

She doesn't like anything large in her toolbox?

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Slash tuition fees for STEM students, biz boss body begs UK.gov

Rich 11

Re: Lower tutition fees please

PS if the CBI was serious about lack of skills, why do most of they members play "Poach the decent staff" with each other instead of training up new ones?

Short-termism and stupidity.

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Rich 11

Re: Open source or closed source funding?

They could start by paying their taxes in the first place.

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Forget superstars, this HYPERGIANT star is 1,300 times the size of OUR SUN

Rich 11

Re: Black hole in the making?

I've just finished reading the paper. The authors suggest that contact between the two stars may only have happened 30 years ago (well, ~12,030 years ago, but you know what I mean) and that's what's responsible for the apparent cooling. The mass-transfer could last for tens of thousands of years and depending on how that changes the orbital distance between the two stars, their evolution is uncertain. Fascinating stuff.

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Rich 11

Re: Black hole in the making?

Yep. It's about twice as massive as necessary for it to end up as a black hole. And if it's been cooling noticeably over just 40 years, it may not be far off going supernova.

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Bletchley Park board member quits amid TNMOC split-off spat

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Re: Disgraceful; but more women ain't the solution.

A dominance of emotional thinking and nuance-free hysteria rarely leads to good relations in teams of people.

Thank you for your utterly rational thought with all of its nuanced common sense.

Read your own comment back to yourself, FFS!

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Re: This comes off as a pretty sexist statement and is offensive to me.

I'm not familiar with the full details, but perhaps she simply wasn't very good at making her case in the first place.

I'm not familiar with the full details, but that's not going to stop me commenting either. Perhaps she was very good at making her case but a couple of people in positions of influence valued their own opinions far above those of anyone else.

Just another possibility she may want to admit to.

Just another possibility you may want to admit to, given the general tendency for people in power to entrench themselves and to exercise their prejudices.

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Boffins build bendy screen using LEDs just THREE atoms thick

Rich 11

Re: New panoramic 8K TV anyone

Pixels only a few atoms thick and wide?

Yeah, but you'd probably only get one photon at a time out of each of them. Pixel density doesn't need to exceed what the human eye can distinguish and there also has to be a lower limit to the luminosity else we won't be able to see much. A wall-sized screen with a low weight and low energy consumption would seem possible; the majority of it in practice would be a surface sturdy enough to stop your toddler licking the pixels off your telly.

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Indestructible Death Stars blow up planets with glowing KILL RAY

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Re: Orbital velocity

Plus the disk is not very dense -- it's hard vacuum to anyone other than an astronomer. There might be only a few dozen solar masses of gas and dust in the disk, most of which would have been blown away in the few million years after its star ignited anyway.

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Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic

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Re: I wonder

<blockquote>The chances of two stars colliding during a galaxy merger are very small as galaxies are mostly empty space.</blockquote>

Stars may be unlikely to collide but they do risk being slung out of the galaxy and losing the protection against cosmic rays which the galaxy's magnetic field provides. There's also the problem of stars passing nearby which trigger the infall of comets, threatening a system's planets with bombardment.

Anyway, when Andromeda hits the Milky Way it won't matter to us. The Earth will have been swallowed up by our expanding sun before then; in fact we've only got about 800 million years left before our oceans start to boil away.

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Google Glass: Reg man tests tech specs

Rich 11

Re: Speech Recognition

"OMG, I was like, Glass?"

I think even Google Glass would be embarrassed to respond to that.

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

Rich 11

Re: No wonder Americans are scared

On a side note, I propose that the El Reg Standards Soviet adopt the BED (Banana Equivalent Dose) as their unit of radioactive exposure.

Seconded.

A banana a day keeps the doctor away.

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Fine, you can mock us: NSA spies back down in T-shirt ridicule brouhaha

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They're certain you could. After all, they know what you eat.

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'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

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Re: 238 YEARS OF HISTORY

<blockquote>The USA Founding Fathers would be considered terrorist commies these by the very country they founded.</blockquote>

They wouldn't be considered True Christians, either. And that's only the ones who actually were Christians, rather than agnostics or deists.

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Tinfoil hats proven useless by eleven-year mobe radiation study

Rich 11

Re: Tin Foil Hats

<blockquote>"a 5 euro muffin would be nice about now..."</blockquote>

I had a 5 euro muffin once. She was worth every cent.

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Trials of 'Iron Man' military exoskeleton due in June

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Re: Hey, TALOS is a fine acro for this!!

Nor did they watch the telly at Xmas when they were kids:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77AkKu0rnzU

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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Just to rub Gove's nose in it.

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

Rich 11

Re: Ha ha ha

Robots like that would sell well in Downing Street.

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Rich 11

Re: In the UK?!

They're not hearing anything from me. I line my digestive system with the tinfoil Cadbury's so kindly provide.

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NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP

Rich 11

Re: Google Aspies

The variation was probably chosen by someone who knew this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspis

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Boffins build electronic tongue that can distinguish between BEERS

Rich 11

Um, don't the Yanks still use the Fahrenheit scale?

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Rich 11

Re: Please...

I wouldn't inflict low-alcohol beer even on a robot.

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

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And to terrorists who have been successfully prosecuted and jailed, rather than put under some half-arsed control order (or if not British-born, have their citizenship revoked merely on suspicion, as Theresa May now wants) because they couldn't gather enough evidence even with all the spying.

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Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others

Rich 11

Re: "pretty much all the IT people in the land and then some"

Not to mention different browsers on each device, along with various tracker blocking mechanisms (probably more likely to be used by IT folks than non-IT).

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Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

Rich 11

Re: Tell me another..

You'd really like that to happen, wouldn't you, Mr Obama?

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Rich 11

Re: A license to do what they please and no oversight - perfect combination

what would be your MO?

Explain things to him very slowly and carefully, monosyllablically if necessary. He's earned that right because at least he's had the sense to hire me.

Anyway, your analogy doesn't hold up. A country's population isn't all composed of really stupid people -- only half of them are of less than average intelligence, and a significant percentage are going to be more intelligent than half of the people making up the government.

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Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

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It isn't the likes of us on this forum who will be taken in, but more the proverbial 'little old lady'.

True, though even my mum, at the age of 79, has recognised these callers for what they are and told them what they can go do with themselves.

I suppose it helps that she doesn't own a computer.

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Supermassive BLACK HOLE to stuff MYSTERY gas BLOB into open maw

Rich 11

Dense enough?

with the black hole only getting a few sips of the gas while the star passes by, dense enough to escape the event horizon

"Dense enough"? Don't you mean "having sufficient momentum"?

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Simpler days...

My fx-550 finally gave up the ghost six or seven years ago. The modern calculator I bought to replace it just doesn't seem as intuitive.

I've still got my log tables, though. I used to be able to make good approximations purely with mental arithmetic, having memorised the logs of 2, 3 and 5, working by interpolation between those and their multiples (but I can only remember log 2 now). I've also got my dad's slide rule tucked away in a box somewhere, although I never really taught myself to use it properly.

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We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

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"This Mail Online story"

You could have stopped right there; we'd have guessed the rest.

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Ignore the GIGANTIC assets write-off, Universal Credit IT 'is working' – UK.gov

Rich 11

Re: "Is Duncan-Smith right?"

I agree, except for the bit about him meaning well.

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QUANTUM COMPUTER in WORLD RECORD qubit stunner

Rich 11

Re: Exciting

Rejoin its herd? Don't you know that there's only one electron in the universe? ;-)

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Norks unlikely to beat the USA in the death-ray race

Rich 11

Screw EMP...

...I want to know how close the Norks are to perfecting the hafnium bomb.

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HUMANS all come FROM AFRICA: HERPES does not lie

Rich 11

Re: Dear Mr Mammoth

That's quite enough from both of you.

Regards,

Amin O'Acid

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Snowden: NSA whacks US in the WALLET, slurps millions of contacts books

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Re: How could one check

How could you be sure that either your request or the server's response hadn't also been interfered with?

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