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It's space WAR: Comet launches fireballs at space-invading EARTH

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Your cat can levitate?

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Rare Stegosaurus skeleton moves into plush London pad

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Re: " ... weighed as much as a 4x4 vehicle"

Does El Reg need a standard for refrigerator sizes now? Maybe one that will one sheep or two?

How about standardising on a fridge capable of holding enough beer for four people for a weekend? To get the beer per person value, divide the volume of beer drunk in the UK each weekend by the number of adults in the population, round it up to crates or firkins, then double it and add three*.

*Standard project task resource/duration modifer.

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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Re: Engineers in Parliament

And British Rail used to be run by engineers. Look at what the railway netowrk is like now that it's run by beancounters.

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FALL of the MACHINES: How to KILL the Google KARATE BOT, by our expert

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Weka point

That big tube hanging out of its arse is clearly a weak point

It'd be fair to say that of anyone.

How long before they armour-plate its arsetube?

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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Re: Science marches on then stubs its TOE

We still knew where the (known) planets, stars and comets were and could predict their paths very precisely.

Epicycles weren't exactly known for their precision. That's why people had to keep adding ever more of them.

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By the way, the world may end on Friday, because there is no absolute guarantee that Saturday will happen. We could actually encounter a day that resembles a Saturday.

As long as pseudo-Saturday starts with a bacon sandwich and a large mug of tea, I don't care.

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Re: Fine by me...

The robots will just learn to use the hoverboards.

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Rich techbro CEOs told to SLEEP ROUGH before slamming the poor

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Re: New depths of stupid plumbed by ... the above

Income inequality is not a problem? I expect you'll be perfectly happy to be homeless and living out of dustbins, then.

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UK.gov set to burn half a BEELLLION POUNDS on one-dole-to-rule-em-all IT, claims PAC chair

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The Civil Service has been sacking experienced staff for decades, in successive rounds of departmental cuts, outsourcings and desperate attempts to meet whatever 'waste' cuts ministers of all hues have demanded out of ideological ignorance. Few government departments have enough expert specialists left to determine how to avoid a project going off the rails or to tell when it is likely to do so, so they bring in consultants whose focus isn't necessarily that of the best interests of their client.

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BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

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It might help to recall the tragedies which struck the Mercury and Apollo programmes.

Regardless, it's the first hundred miles which is the hardest bit (followed closely by the final hundred miles).

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China lunar mission readies for return to Earth

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Sunlight

Comparing the two images, my first impression is that they were taken about five days apart (going by the portion of the moon in sunlight and trying to match up features on each). That assumes that neither image has been doctored, of course.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Re: a study from Canadian health researchers

It would appear on the surface that they asked a statistically quite small group of people some questions and then inferred some "results".

It could indeed appear so to someone with little knowledge of statistics or of the concept of prior plausibility.

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COMET 67P is basically TRAILING a HORRIFIC STENCH through space

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Re: Missed Cyanide?

If you take this mixture and autoclave it for a while you will get some of the basic aminoacids (in a L-R mix) as a result.

Shhh! You'll upset the Creationists.

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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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Blinded by his own rhetoric

Like all utopian visions, it was flawed because it failed to account for the persistence of the worst aspects of human nature.

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“The people who work at GCHQ would sooner walk out the door than be involved in anything remotely resembling ‘mass surveillance’,” he claimed.

Does he not see how the first statement can also be applied to the second?

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Re: Lots of skills are needed

(do we say "app" nowadays?)

No.

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Edward Snowden documentary premieres across the UK

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Local films for local people

Looks like Cheltenham Cineworld has no plans to screen it. Obviously there's a conspiracy.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: Size

A mass of 2*10^30 kg hydrogen by itself

To be pedantic, about a quarter of that mass was helium at the time; now about half of it is.

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Re: Game changer

For over 150 years all the life changing major innovations came from America,

Like the method by which you are publishing your inane comment?

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Re: Putting the Mars into Marxist

At 99p I'll read anything. Well, except Dan Brown, and Jeffrey Archer, obviously.

Reg, your link is borked:

http://harpervoyagerbooks.co.uk/2014/09/kim-stanley-robinsons-mars-trilogy-coming-soon-to-tv/

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'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault

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Having a tooth yanked out of your jaw like that probably hurt quite a bit...

I'm not sure about phytosaurs or rauisucids, but the later theropods were constantly growing new teeth and shedding their teeth, just as sharks did then and still do today. We've got plenty of examples of discarded, worn carnivore teeth from the period, including some found close to bones showing matching bite marks. It's the fact that a tooth got stuck in a wound (now that would have hurt!) and the bone healed around it that tells us so much more about these creatures than just another shed tooth.

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HOT WET ALIEN world discovered in constellation Cygnus

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There's plenty of booze out there, thankfully.

(If the science doesn't interest you, just skip to the final paragraph.)

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

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Thanks for amending it to say 'to embrace feminism', Jasper.

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in which she asked men to bow down to feminism.

Careful. Your bias is showing.

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Divinity Original Sin and Wasteland 2 reviews: Turn-based gaming's NOT DEAD YET!

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Re: Sir

I thought I would enjoy the first Traveller game (the one with the Ancient volcano threatening to consume Rhylanor within seven years or something), but the combat system was so lethal I never got even half my party to survive the initial ambush once they stepped outside the very first building. Ambushers with rocket launchers, for Imperium's sake!

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PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

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If M60-UCD1 can contain this huge event horizon

The black hole is about five light-days in diameter, while M60-UCD1 is about 300 light-years across.

I suppose the question is really "Is this galaxy stable?" Measuring the orbital velocity of a number of its stars might answer this.

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

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Re: Even worse if they'd taken the explosives out

That makes a change from them planting bombs on Greenpeace ships and murdering people.

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Re: the public was never in danger

Do you check all the pockets of a backpack everytime you fly?

Yes! Always have, always will do. I'd have to be daft not to.

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

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Re: Confirmed Identity?

Doggy practices? I honestly don't want to know what they get up to in the evenings.

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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A hundred quadrillion is about* a third of the number of water molecules in one-hundredth of a cubic millimetre of water. Does that help?

*If I'm out by an order of magnitude it's because I can't be arsed to find a calculator.

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Re: It's a long way down the high street to the chemists.

That's a pity, 'cos they've just put the kettle on.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Sucks more

But if it can't also polish my shoes while it's down there, I don't care how good it is at sucking.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: Some truth to some of what they say

In other words they never hashed it in the first place.

Or it was reversibly encrypted.

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Cops BUST RING, CUFF BLOKES in Skegness RAID

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Re: Well that took long enough

They've only been operating completely openly like that for over twenty years now.

Over thirty years. You can (or could) see them at Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes as well (I never, ever bought any VHS tapes from them at all, never).

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Hear ye, young cyber warriors of the realm: GCHQ wants you

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Re: Well...

Really? My sources tell me it was █████████ -- but without the cauliflowers.

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Longburn

In the US you can pretty well get them in Walmart

You'll find them next to the autorifle section, just along the aisle from the trained attack wolverines armed with rocket launchers.

Apparently it's where the Ferguson cops do all their shopping.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: Two girls and a cup

Should everyone that looks at the crucifixion scene or a bloody Christ dying on the cross also be considered as terrorists ?

Not if they consider the crucifixion a just and lawful act. That would make them supporters of the Imperial Roman hegemony, not terrorists. However if they didn't consider it just or lawful, that might risk them being categorised as opponents of the regime, and potentially rebels, insurgents or terrorists.

So not the best comparison, really.

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Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media

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Caption Competition

And two special constables were told to quit their voluntary jobs after being caught in a "compromising position" in a picture posted online.

"Is that a funny handshake or are you just pleased to see me?"

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This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives

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Vehicular kinetic energy exchanges

hopes to create a standardized vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) system in which cars and small trucks can automatically share data about their speed and direction

That's nice. Now, what about big trucks? You know, those things with loads of blind spots.

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e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt

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Re: Here's a novel idea for the uk government

Yeah, but compliant politicians couldn't be rewarded with profitable directorships if that were to happen. So it won't happen.

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Maybe, if they'd made their way into a large lump of ceramic. Without a heat shield it's unlikely that anything larger than a drop of molten metal made it as far as the lower atmosphere. Rock or ceramic would be a better material to hitch a ride on (well, in), since it would ablate and in doing so carry away some of the heat, possibly allowing bugs in the middle of the lump to avoid pasteurisation.

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Re: The big problem up there

The junk may be moving at 7km/s relative to the surface of the Earth, but anything else in low Earth orbit is going to be moving at much the same speed and general direction. That said, if you're out on a space walk and you get hit by something moving at even 10m/s relative to you, you're going to notice.

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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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Re: Oh, OK - Odd, But OK.

I don't need to be drunk to do any of that. Fortunately I can't type passwords properly when I've had a few, so I've also been able to avoid the drunken temptation to change all my passwords to something short and simple ('password1', perhaps).

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

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Re: HA!

Nah, he's the one who had his boll-OCKS sliced off at the age of five.

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Re: QFT

I still get annoyed at the BBC style guide which has a tendency to write acronyms in lowercase with the first letter capitalised!

In some cases that's quite reasonable (Nasa, for example, although I don't think they do Jaxa yet).

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Re: QFT

Too right, get rid of LASER whilst you're at it

Laser is an acronym, not an initialism. It can at least be pronounced as a word (and over time become one).

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

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Just goes to show...

Self-regulation is no regulation. Why do the politicians keep falling for it, when it fails time after time? Can't be anything to do with the potential for cushy non-exec directorships, can it?

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Spin doctors crack 'impossible' asteroid hurtling towards Earth

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Re: Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth

Or push the Earth into a slightly wider orbit, fixing global warming and taking us out of the asteroid's path.

Get it right and we could also do away with the need for leap years.

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Rosetta's comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is one FUGLY space rock

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Re: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

That and a Beckham direct free kick.

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Snowden leaks show that terrorists are JUST LIKE US

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which has repeatedly been aired by everyone from Sir Iain Lobban, director of Britain's GCHQ spy agency, who did so last year in front of a parliamentary committee

newly installed NSA chief Admiral Michael Rogers has played down the impact of the Snowden revelations on the spy agency's work

It's almost like one of them is lying.

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Re: Somebody got a universal translator handy?

At some point in the future things will get so big and complex within the organization, circles within circles etc, that it will no longer be able to support its own weight and entropy will do its thing that it does with all systems which are out of balance.

For all we know it might already be the case that two-thirds of NSA employees are there purely to watch NSA employees. It would certainly explain why they have to rely so heavily on contractors!

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