* Posts by Rich 11

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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using its ion drive

I can't really describe just how much pleasure these words give me.

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Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report

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Minor flaw

"...and for in-coming government to have a credible plan."

What are the odds of one of those ever getting elected?

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Microsoft: You want on-prem wares, UK.gov? We'll make you pay

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Are we talking about GCHQ?

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Re: Horizon no more...

Every time Horizon shows a gas fireball against a black background to represent the Big Bang, I cringe.

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: And of course

Typewriters? Too easy to compromise. I'm going back to a clay cylinder and a cuneus.

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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Re: Better than expected

You reckon £350 billion is wasted? Let me guess: you only want money to be spent on the roads you drive on, the schools your children use, the hospitals you attend, and maybe -- just maybe -- the people you like. OK, got it.

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Cortana to form CIRCLE OF LIFE in Windows 10

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Little charm, but much strangeness.

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Mad Frankie Maude hangs up his axe

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Blearghh

our brilliant chancellor

That tells you everything you need to know about Maude's judgement.

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Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

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Re: How about ...

I don't know if that was a twat but it might have been a Hunt.

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Re: "Anyone care to define the word "direct" in this context?

ThieveDirect.

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Re: Nothing wrong here

I'd like to register my vote for daft apoths. Prior to my next opportunity on 9th May, of course.

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Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...

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Re: Yuk, not again

It was the House of Lords, nobody voted for them.

Not quite. Ninety-two of the once-hereditary peers were voted to stay on by the rest of the Lords. Once they've all died off, though, we'll finally have an upper chamber appointed entirely by politicians.

Yuk, indeed!

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

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Re: Mine...

Robocop 2

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Re: Maybe the only way to prevent this

I rarely have anything good to say about Labour, but to say they drove the economy off a cliff is utter rubbish. The greed and recklessness of the investment banks drove the economy off a cliff. This is why so many other countries also have trashed economies, or are you going to blame Labour for that too?

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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: Terrorist are naughty

> We need a government that isn't blind to the fucking obvious

But governments are made up of politicians, whose entire agenda revolves around hiding the fucking obvious.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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Re: Liff's too short

My preference is to use words with the fewest least letters.

Except, presumably, when your choice of shortest word introduces ambiguity. 'Least' is used with mass nouns, not countable nouns where 'fewest' is more accurate and unambiguous. 'Least letters' suggests that set of letters which are held in the lowest regard or have the least importance.

</pedantry>

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Re: Well, I don't know what you lot are going to do, but i'm....

I'm going to spend it in the pub. There's no time to waste.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Re: Keep up El Reg

If you've already seen this next week then you can also be assured that your current hangover is going to fade into a period of oblivion, followed by a session of merry jubilation. Sadly, though, you'll soon have no memory of the pleasure you gained from catching that STD.

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Car-crash IT: HUGE write-off for Universal Credit - PAC

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Re: I was watching Yes Minister last night

I wonder how high we will need to make the gallows for this one?

A seven-foot drop is enough to snap the neck of an adult human; fourteen feet or more often ends in decapitation. Your choice.

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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

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Re: Mood changers

For our senses to detect this there must be some sort of interaction.

That might be something to do with spotting big, dark clouds in the sky.

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By the Rivers of Babylon, where the Antikythera Mechanism laid down

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There is a real need for someone to invent the chronoscope.

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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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