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METRE-LONG DINOSAUR POO going under the hammer

SW

Never mind the quality and length

How much of an eye watering girth was it - El Reg units only please

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Headmaster

Latin is a language...

Ah, that brings back memories (although it certainly does not bring back any knowledge of the subject).

I remember taking Latin for one year at High School, we had a teacher who's accuracy with the blackboard eraser was lethally accurate, but I digress. My point being that it brought back this...

Latin is a language, as dead as dead can be

It killed the ancient Romans

And now it's killing me.

Curabitur in maxima eruditorum commentariis.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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We already have 100MW of solar power here with a heck of a lot more to come.

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Re: Power usage..

@Andy Tunnah - It's already under construction. Reactor vessel construction this year and expected fueling in 2016.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Joke

Phnaar alert

Shame that Qualcomm used a 2009 registered pair of vehicles for their promo video - a 2006 motor would have provided even more snickering.

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Speed of light slower than we thought? Probably not

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Boffin

Re: One of these things is not the same as the other...

Zero - unless it's one of those new fangled electric horseless carriages.

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Beautiful balloon burst caught on camera

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Is that the 'globe' of helium that remains for a few frames?

Fantastic quality images.

As per subject, is that the helium that remains visible for a while?

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

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PPE

I trust that the appropriate level of Personal Protective Equipment was donned by those in the room at the time of this destruction.

Can just imagine a belted and braced Health and Safety Executive of the Grauniad insisting on it.

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Happy first anniversary, Curiosity!

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Human or not?

"leaving an awful lot of boffins – and countless interested homo sapiens"

Leaves me to wonder what species the boffins are

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Chinese 'nauts return to Earth after vigorous space coupling

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Re: You came in that thing?

Wow, cramped or what - my car's bigger.

? Was the taikonautess sat in the middle - fnaar fnaar

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Speech-to-text drives motorists to distraction

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Mushroom

Re: They missed an obvious distracting task to measure...

Another bug bear of mine is those idiots who drive with their frikkin' dogs on their lap/roaming free in the front of the vehicle.

If you think that's bad you should try it out here in the Middle East - it's more often the case of children sitting on the driver's lap (crunchy airbags is the nickname) !!!

As for using the mobile, well local attitude is that if you can't drive/mobile/eat/scratch/smoke at the same time then maybe you ought not be on the roads.

Me, handsfree and voice operated works perfectly well.

Self-explanatory icon for this = usual result of the local driving style.

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The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex

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Mushroom

Don't forget the Mistley Anti Aircraft Operations Room

Also in Essex...

Used to play around the site when I was a kid, we lived in the village.

Not as impressive as the Kelvedon Hatch one but still of interest... http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/m/mistley/

Was fun trying to get through the fencing around the facility.

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TARDIS materialises in Sydney

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Paris Hilton

Re: Second picture, girl in TARDIS dress...

And if they are bigger, then she would no doubt respond thus...

"Are you pleased to see me or is that a Sonic-Screwdriver in your pocket?"

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PERIL in ORBIT: Emergency spacewalk as ISS takes a leak

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Facepalm

Let me guess, you're probably of a similar opinion about man's exploration in the other direction, I believe they also use the 'man in a can' method to research the oceans.

Duh.

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VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

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Joke

Re: All I can say is V22 Osprey not a friendly aircraft

And we all know that ducted fans are absolutely shit at decapitating hoards of rampaging enemy cluttering up your intended landing site - now that's the real reason for open blades.

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SW

Re: I don't see the point

The 'point' is in making a product that has an envisaged market.

There are always people out there who want (must have) the latest gizmo irrespective of the cost - what's so wrong with providing them with the objects of their desire?

If I had the money, space, acquired skilset then I'd be interested.

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New NASA rover lands in frigid alien hell tomorrow

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Re: Optional accessories?

But is it not likely that the shark would/could be at the controls initially via the WIFI control link - I don't think it was mentioned exactly who's got hold of the joystick.

(we need a shark icon methinks)

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SW

Optional accessories?

Looks like there's plenty of room to add further equipment on to it.

Hm, frickin lasers spring to mind - can never have enough frickin lasers on an autonomous vehicle.

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Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

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Joke

Never mind the quality - feel the width !

"elephant's tampon girth"

Do I see a new candidate for inclusion in El Reg measurement standards?

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Dubai splurges on 700hp, 217mph Lamborghini police cruiser

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Saw it last week

Whilst I was poodling around the touristy areas of DXB. Would hate to be in it (or anywhere near) when it comes across one of the gazillions of speed humps on the roads (other than Shk Zayed) at high speed. Why do you think they prefer the 4x4s out here?

Also read that this wasn't going to be used to chase perps just to show that Dubai is back in the game - finance speaking.

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Inside Adastral: BT's Belgium-sized broadband boffinry base

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Low tech badging

For such a high-tech facility I feel a little 'let-down' by such a low-tech visitor badge.

Where's the gizmos? Was there an RFID chip?

Wasn't this the location where one famous (but can't remember his name right now) had a chip implanted so that the building would open/unlock doors for him?

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Is UK web speech regulated? No.10: Er. We’ll get back to you

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Devil

Re: Pile of c**p being disseminated by the media

DJ, you just got yourself a +1 for the new term...

"Demoncratic society"

Someone will most certainly be demonised for this.

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Reader slain? 'Even the Google apologists on G+ are p****d off'

SW

Transferring from a supposedly non-popular aggregator

Ha, just imported my subscriptions into theoldreader.com

Result =

Thank you for uploading your OPML file. We will soon start importing your subscriptions, which might take up to several hours depending on the amount of feeds you have.

There are 20536 users in the import queue ahead of you.

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Yep, that's 20k users in front of me, all coming from a supposedly under utilised service !!!

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

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Re: iGoogle

Thunderbird and many other desktop software I'm sure are capable.

But that method doesn't work when you use multiple-devices during the course of the day.

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FAIL

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Subject says it all.

/Goes to cry into his beer/

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Elon Musk's 'Grasshopper' hover rocket scores another test success

SW

Strange URL

What gives ?

Quote... http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2013/03/12/miracle_anti_ageing_drug_australia/

Where's the anti ageing story?

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SW
Pint

Was this a 'manned' or a 'mannequined' trial...?

A beer to the guy standing just above the engines that went up and down without even losing his hat !

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Business sues for $750,000 over bad Yelp review

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Headmaster

A court has now granted a preliminary injection...

Of what?

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Hero Playmonaut lost at sea as SPEARS ditches in Channel

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Wot no butter...?

Are you men or mice, SPB eating BBs without butter!

Nay, and again I say Nay to the dry butties...

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British boffins 3D print electrical sensors

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Headmaster

Spell-checker not working chaps...?

---> BRITTISH - shame on you.

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European Space Agency clears SABRE orbital engines

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Mushroom

British engine, so why

is the example flight to Sydney originating from BRUSSELS - unless the first unproven test flight is stuffed with a few nameless Brussels bureaucrats.

<--- Visual result of SABRE ingesting politicos.

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Chinese e-cars to turn London cabs green

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Unhappy

I smell a Chinese plot here

This news coming in the week that it was announced that Manganese Bronze may be going under because of the recall involving the steering box which surprisingly is supplied by their Chinese partners smells a little fishy to me.

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BOFH: Uninterruptible patsy supply

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Pint

Re: Mmmm, uninterruptable pasty supply..

Upvoted as you beat me to the punch.

*Goes out to find a pasty (pastie) to go with my pint.

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Ultimate bacon sarnie scrap starts to sizzle

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Re: Congratulations

Ah but is not the 'flavour' the actual Bacon and associated juices - don't want the bread to distract you from the ambrosia that is bacon.

(Posted from somewhere that the posession of said bacon could have very DIRE results).

Where's the Bacon Butty Icon...???

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Swedish cops contain fermented herring menace

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Thumb Up

Re: Sounds even worse than durian fruit

Ah, that brings back memories of Malaysia, me sitting there with a nice ripe Durian ready to chow down on it - the wife running around in circles with a cloth over her face desperately trying not to throw-up.

Yumm.

Why did I eat it - same answer as why we climb mountains - machoism and because it was there !

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

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Facepalm

Don't ya just hate canned laughter

Well that's 30 seconds I'm not going to get back - suspect that the canned laughter in the show might well be the only laughter that this sort of **** incites.

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French minister: 3 strikes anti-piracy rule a 'waste of money'

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FAIL

Re: Cost

Knowing the French legal system, a thousand years to process that number of cases is one heck of an understatement .

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LOHAN gasps at stiff and slippery tube

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Pint

To Plunge or Not to Plunge

"when we'll take the opportunity to plunge the rod and tube into the cold box, and see what happens"

Is this such a good thing to do - I would have expected a more gradual drop in temperature rather than a sudden plunge into something so frigid !

Mine's a cold one for obvious reasons

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UK government says no to turbo e-bike

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What about the VAT

Surely the government would also have to take into consideration the 750 quid they'll be losing in VAT.

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440m2 screen has fewer pixels than iPad

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Devil

How hot...

And just how hot is it going to get when running video ?

Keep your 'nads' well away from this wee beastie

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LOHAN to straddle meaty titanium rod

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'Elf and Safety

If the launch fails and LOHAN returns to our mighty globe without firing the motor - how are you going to be certain of reaching her before some local yokel comes along and inadvertently/accidentally manages to fire it up whilst holding it?

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Encyclopaedia Britannica - Ah, the memories

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I like the way...

the complete encyclopedia looks on my bookshelves - certainly a lot more impressive than a single (or two) DVD cases.

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GIANT blood-guzzling Jurassic fleas ambushed dino prey

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Meh

Quote "double the size of today’s pesky critters"

When was the last time you saw a 1cm long flea?

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Ancient Iceman murder victim was lactose-intolerant, sickly

SW
Paris Hilton

Re: Re: Now look

I thought that the acronym for "Mammal Infant Nutrition Fluid" would be MILF

Fnaaar Fnaaaar - Paris obviously

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France: All your books are belong to us

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Pirate

Re: Just One Of Their Brainfarts

France won't be too worried about any EU laws put in place - they do their own thing anyway irrespective of an EU law being in place.

France always picks and chooses which EU dictates to abide by - until such time as it no longer suits them.

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Epic net outage in Africa as FOUR undersea cables chopped

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FAIL

Geography failure

Unless Nigeria has shifted east by a LOOOOOOOOOONG way.

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Portland Jedi jailed for lightsabre rampage

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Joke

Pun or wishful thinking

The Orgeonian...!!!

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'Space Monkey' craze: Texan students 'get high' by choking each other

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Pint

Another way for the 'merkans' to speed up the complete demise of the human race (or most likely the western hemisphere).

As per El Reg standards I think I'll go on with the tried and tested way of deleting brain cells by way of good old alcohol, at least that way I guess I'm helping the economy through my purchase and taxation of it.

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French get unlimited mobile for €20

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Rural

With France being so rural it's going to be a long distance between routers that you can WLAN connect to. That's if Free had a complete coverage of customers with the requisite boxes. It might work in towns and cities but I certainly wouldn't expect it to work out here in the sticks - which presumably then the phone would revert to bog-standard mobile phone communications - so maybe for us rural customers it would be a way of getting nice cheap comms whilst still utilising the existing GSM networks.

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