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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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You always could drive to the pub. It's driving home afterwards that's problematic.

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

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Re: If it's on Google it must be free

Intent - it's fucking magic.

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Coat

And who knows what the ablative of WD-40 is?

I find a blowtorch ablates WD-40 quite nicely.

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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

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Re: Hmmmm ...

Why piss money away when a failed project (IT is far from unique in this respect) can move it from the pockets of taxpayers to special interests with no real accountability whatever.

That's certainly how it works in education and health, and arguably transport.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Re: Tax????

Funny you mention medicine...because in the U.S....the cost of many medicines is much higher for U.S. citizens...than the exact same medicines...made by the exact same companies...in many other countries...such as Canada.

That's because the NHS and the like can negotiate bulk deals. If you Yanks had a proper healthcare system instead of one designed to bankrupt sick people, you might see a benefit too.

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Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

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Holes in the ground

If it turns out they're no good for habitation, we can always use them to store all of our nuclear waste.

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Do you mean Morlocks?

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

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It will create a greater number of more energetic collisions.

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Plucky Rockall adventurer prepares to leave islet

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Re: Brit adventurer?

If he lost a load of food it seems quite reasonable he'd want to leave before he started going hungry. He wouldn't want to risk a safe departure by being too weak to climb down safely.

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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

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Re: In this case

Except that taking artifacts wasn't illegal in the 18th or 19th centuries, at least not in many countries. Now it is, and rightly so.

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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Re: Sunset clause

I forsee coalitions as being a way of life. Remind me, who do I vote for if I don't want this shit ?

The Greens.

Got to start somehwere, else it's just same-old, same-old.

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Re: Can someone explain ...

I’m not saying that you are in a minority of one but you do perhaps have to respect the will of the masses.

Are the masses voting on this issue, after a healthy, well-informed public debate?

Didn't think so.

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Are you married? Well, a word of advice...

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Universal Discredit: Gov admits Treasury HASN'T signed off biz case

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He believes that everything is A-OK and all will be tickety-boo.

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Boffins urge European Commission to reboot electric brain project

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Where's the cheese?

They do say they want to try to model a mouse brain in this first stage; a human brain comes later. Much later, I'd say.

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It's finally happened: Bloke builds BOFH-style goofing-off cattle prod

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Slapping and zapping? Sounds like this Sethi bloke has, um, specialist interests.

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Going up: Fancy a virtual flight to 30km above the PLANET?

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Re: Or

I know it's only a couple of hundred yards, but the taxi fare would be a small price to pay to avoid getting mugged by seagulls down Chip Alley.

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Boffins cage qubits inside superconducting silicon

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"Joint Quantum Institute"

Would that be two entangled organisations?

Don't look at it else it'll collapse.

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Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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but there are plenty claiming benefits they are not entitled

There's a telephone hotline you can call to shop the thieving so-and-sos. Go on, use it. Or go tell the bloke in the pub who told you about the fraudsters to use it. Or did you get your info from the Daily Mail? Well, I suppose the DM journalists will have called the hotline then, won't they? No?

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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"Forceps!"

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

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Re: Down With Skool

Usually pronounced "boffeeeeeeeen" for some unfathomable reason.

An inability to communicate in standard English?

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Re: Reaching out

Today's vomit-inducing neologism was the introduction of 'onboarding', used as a noun. I can just about guess what it means. I can also guess that my communications with that user will be kept to an absolute minimum.

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Re: @stanimir

tl;dr / executive summary: Dr. > Prof. > boffin

(and sociologist > C. elegans)

Dr AC, I think you've got your less-than and greater-than symbols mixed up.

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

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Away, wolves! No-one gets to eat my girlfriend except me.

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

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Re: So Red Dwarf was right

"Hi, I'm Toastie Toaster, here for all your toasting needs."

"Smeg off!"

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: This driverless car stuff is nonsense.

> We'd have it already if we really needed it.

Yeah, that's why I was born with wings and a jet turbine.

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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Re: Push-driven advertising and extreme greed?

There are solutions, and some of them are obvious

Does one of them involve nooses and lampposts?

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Re: For added irony, on the story's page

From now on, if I come across an interesting link, I'm sending it to my friends by telegram...

Pfft. It's pigeon post for me. Encrypted pigeon post -- I'm giving each of my friends one-time pads the next time I see them.

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US skywatchers get Earth's first peek at new meteor shower

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Re: Meanwhile in the UK

Situation normal.

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

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Re: What would be really nice

"The train now arriving at Platform 5 is the delayed 12.41 to Derby. We apologise to customers for the delay, which was caused by a meteorite swarm at University."

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Son of ACTA pours fuel on IP trade fire

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Re: It will be heavily watered down

It *needs* to be heavily watered down. If not scrapped outright.

http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/05/15/secret-eu-us-trade-deal/

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Re: And whilst ranting.....

> which would be better if the $%^&*() buses didn't stop every 10m

Yeah, it's a real bugger when public transport transports people other than yourself.

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China 'in discussions' about high-speed rail lines to London, Germany – and the US

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Re: Doesn't add up

Sidings.

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we HAVE high speed lines all the way from london to the eurotunnel...

And then it's all horse and cart after that...

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ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)

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Re: Wonderful

No. Probably.

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Super-heavy element 117 DOES exist – albeit briefly. Got any berkelium handy?

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Re: particularly clueless politicians

> 'There are some – particularly clueless politicians.' I'm not quite sure what this is supposed to mean.

a) Clueless politicians in particular

b) Politicians who are especially clueless

> But what is the alternative?

Encourage them to educate themselves a little before speaking, rather than to simply pontificate.

Part of the problem is the effect of 24-hour rolling news and social media over the last few decades, which encourages people to spout off without knowing the facts. When did you last hear a politician respond to a journalist's unexpected question with something like "I don't know. Call and ask me tomorrow, once I've had a chance to research the facts and give them due consideration."?

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Scariest NSA revelation yet: Spooks are RUBBISH at CIPHERS

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“want to know what it takes to work at nsa? check back each monday as we explore careers essential to protecting your nation.”

So they're happy for foreign nationals to apply? Best not let the local security service find out.

Anyway, maybe that's not the sort of protection we want from them.

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Actual spin doctors eye up ALIEN WORLD Beta Pictoris b: Young, hot ... and really FAST

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Re: Suggestion

In an area of mostly gas, collapse should be much smoother, and more of the original angular momentum is retained.

In an area of mostly gas, collapse would be much slower and more prone to disruption from all those planetisimals in your AUs-wide ring. Look at how Jupiter has kept the asteroid belt from forming into a planet. It would take far, far less to stop an amorphous cloud of gas from starting to spin in its own right, without something already at its centre to hold it together.

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Re: Question regarding the Big Bang

A singularity is a dimensionless point of infinite density, so it's difficult to see how it could be described as an explosion. Our mathematics breaks down at that point, but then our theory of gravitation breaks down long before, when the collapsing mass reaches the quantum scale, so really we don't know (and possibly can't know).

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Re: Suggestion

I see no reason why the gravitational collapse of fluids and the gravitational collapse of a collection of discrete solid chunks should be treated as the same.

Can the materials in the inner and outer systems be treated as chunks in the first and only fluids in the second? We're talking about dust and ice crystals, which will behave much the same while they remain small (an approximation to a fluid) but both will then accrete to become chunks. The ice won't become gaseous again until there's enough heat for it to do so (via Kelvin-Helmholtz, perhaps).

and secondly that although largely homogenous, local non-uniformity in a gas cloud will lead to uneven gravitational forces, and regional collapse. Matter will move away from areas of lower density, and towards areas of higher density. Conservation of angular momentum will lead to rotation of this mass in the direction of rotation of the parent gas cloud.

Those areas of higher density becoming planetisimals, which then compete amongst themselves to gather more gas and ice. How likely is it that one will grow large enough to grab the majority of the gas directly (which would gain its angular momentum from a dominant direction) rather than gain mass from collision with other planetisimals (which would have a more scattered distribution of momenta, due to energy loss from breakups).

Also, bear in mind that whilst a gas cloud may start off as homogenous, once a star forms at the centre and fusion begins, the solar wind exerts a pressure which sorts the elements by mass, with heavier metallic elements ending up in the inner planets, and lighter elements ending up in the outer planets. Hence rocky planets with metallic cores followed by gas giants and icy bodies.

Thanks, I'm well aware of that, but I meant homogeneous within an orbit, where you're expecting your spinning gas cloud to form.

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Re: Suggestion

Give me time to finishing typing! ;-)

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Re: Suggestion

There's only one gas cloud and that's the planetary nebula itself. It will be spinning in the same direction as its star. Accretion of ice crystals occurs first by electrostatic attraction, and then by gravitational attraction. At that point there are millions of planetisimals in an orbit, which eventually collect into planetoids and finally a planet, sweeping its orbit clear of debris. Your hypothesis requires something to separate a cloud out of that homogenous pre-planetary mess and give it rotation, but if there isn't already a planet there to do that, how might it happen?

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Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

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> The ultimate gamification of life.

The one who dies with the most dollars wins.

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

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Re: The dpartment that took £10m off Bernie Eccleston so he avoided paying £2 *billion*

The same department that sold all its estate to an offshore facilities leasing company with minimal UK tax liability? Surely not!

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Re: Welcome to our country

"But anyone who thinks about it has to accept that the gov doesnt make money and doesnt create jobs."

Complete rubbish. Government can invest to create jobs. It can subsidise projects to attract further investment. It doesn't have to make money on the deal, just get enough back from the increased tax revenue over the longer term (and the consequent reduction in unemployment and related costs) to match the initial cost of investment. Breaking even and creating social benefits is a perfectly good aim.

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Re: It's getting a bit like Facebook

"the problem being that anybody sensible would opt out of taxation given the opportunity."

And expect everyone else to pay for your use of roads, ambulances, etc. But what happens when everyone has opted out of taxation? Oh, yeah, a libertarian paradise. Right.

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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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