* Posts by Symon

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Official: AMD now stands for Avoiding Miserable Death

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A cynic might say...

Intel can't afford for AMD to go bust because then they would be a monopoly and would get broken up like Ma Bell.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_System

If AMD get into deep trouble, expect more 'deals' like this to keep them afloat!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Micro_Devices,_Inc._v._Intel_Corp.

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Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

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Re: A human not a car

Either you're Mr. Logic out of Viz, or you're about to hack into the FBI's network and you want an Asperger's defence against deportation. The neural firings over the synapses in the frontal lobes of the organ situated in my cranium, lead me, in a series of logical steps, to accept the former is the most probable likelihood.

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Re: And I'm protecting you all

@Cpt.Daft

http://time.com/12597/the-ukraine-or-ukraine/

“Ukraine is a country,” says William Taylor, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009. “The Ukraine is the way the Russians referred to that part of the country during Soviet times … Now that it is a country, a nation, and a recognized state, it is just Ukraine. And it is incorrect to refer to the Ukraine, even though a lot of people do it.”

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Re: Private

@Prof. Are you Dave Gorman?

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Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

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"hunt for these particles in vats of chlorine liquid"

No, that's not how to do it. You use a vat full of something like tetrachloroethene. Liquid chlorine would be far too dangerous and would have to be pressurised or cooled, and is generally nasty stuff. Cf. The Great War. Anyway, your dry-cleaning fluid has chlorine-37 atoms in it, and occasionally a neutrino will interact with one and turn it into an Argon-37 atom which can be detected, as it's radioactive. To be fair, to find this out, you have to read the whole Wiki article, rather than just the intro part.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutrino_detector

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Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno

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Re: Dead man's curve

@Danny, I've seen this one myself. Very impressive!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lockheed+SR-71A+Blackbird/@37.3640512,-120.5780618,104m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1

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Re: Dead man's curve

@Kevin, like the U-2?

"To maintain their operational ceiling of 70,000 feet (21,000 m), the early U-2A and U-2C models had to fly very near their never-exceed speed (VNE). The margin between that maximum speed and the stall speed at that altitude was only 10 knots (12 mph; 19 km/h). This narrow window is called the "coffin corner",[30][31] because breaching either limit would likely cause airflow separation at the wings or tail.[32] For most of the time on a typical mission the U-2 was flying less than five knots above stall speed. A stall would cause a loss of altitude, possibly leading to [] overstress of the airframe.[17]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_U-2

Flying on the Edge. Sorry, couldn't think of a Boneo pun.

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Get some.

Sorry, can't resist...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S06nIz4scvI

Anyway, drones don't kill people, people do. Aim at the twat with the controller. (I don't really mean that)

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Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

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Re: Also

He's the spit of Ron Mael. That's why the band was called Sparks.

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Boris Johnson 'NIGHTMARE'

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All a big mistake.

The new PM had a list of MPs, and next to Boris she wrote F-off.

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Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

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Re: Tsk

No, you don't have to defend it no matter what. See Dominic's post below. Here's the link again.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/11/trademark-law-does-not-require-companies-tirelessly-censor-internet

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"justify his container" ?

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Stuff like this?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_generic_and_genericized_trademarks

It seems there are words like heroin which are now generic, and words like tannoy and hoover which aren't. Although, if Hoover tried to enforce their trademark, they'd probably lose in the UK.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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What are they doing...

...wasting their time on this. They've come up with a solution looking for a problem. They need to focus their research on something more important. I remind everyone that it's 2016 and I'm still waiting for my monkey butler.

Edited. Like this:-

http://metro.co.uk/2008/10/07/japanese-restaurant-gets-monkey-butlers-4121/

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: Andrea Leadsom...

About 26 MPs have a STEM degree. That's 4%. Of the runners and riders for the Tory leadership, only Dr.Fox (not that one) is on the list. Sad. Maybe we could replace the "House of Lords" with a "House of Labs", and just appoint/pressgang more STEMers into government.

https://duncan.hull.name/2015/05/08/scientist-mps/

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Re: Andrea Leadsom...

@Titus. To start with, I disagree that "she is in tune with the will of the people" as you put it. Kenneth 'The Bruiser' Clarke said it all. "I don’t think Boris or Andrea Leadsom are actually in favour of leaving the European Union" and Leadsom is "not one of the mindless, tiny band of lunatics who think we can have a sort of glorious economic future outside the single market". Despite her campaigning to leave, she never expected to win.

So, what you really have is a choice between "a bloody difficult woman" and someone who is "not to deliver on some of the extremely stupid things she’s been saying”. I suggest website ratings are one of those 'stupid things'.

http://www.politico.eu/article/ken-clarke-on-tory-candidates-bloody-difficult-ridiculous-stupid-and-wild-michael-gove-theresa-may/

p.s. I reckon Ken Clarke knew exactly what he was doing when Sky News recorded that conversation.

p.p.s. To which great female leader do you refer? Boudica? Elizabeth? ;-)

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Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

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Re: Every time I see "<3"...

I had to look it up on the urban dictionary. Apparently, it can be modified to show even more love.

<=3

Or if you're really pleased to see someone:-

<====3

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Bloke 'lobbed molotov cocktails' at Street View car because Google was 'watching him'

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Re: Looks like...

"Must have been drinking it way too much!" No, very rarely. In fact, once in a ...

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Australia's ABC suspends presenter over 'Wi-Fi is dangerous' claims

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@Gordon. "PEEDO's ATE MY BABY"

Thanks. Now I've got 'Jet Boy' as an earworm.

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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Re: I would just point out. .

Indeed! Cf. "I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order."

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Juno enters Jovian orbit

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Pictures or it never happened. Oh, wait.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/LEGO_Figurines_Aboard_Juno.jpg

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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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Re: An immigrant PM?

Reminds me of Stewart Lee's rant against that Paul Nuttals of the Ukips.

"You get back in the sea. You finned cunt." Starts at about 12 mins in...

http://subsaga.com/bbc/comedy/stewart-lees-comedy-vehicle/series-3/2-england.html

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Re: "...Theresa May, who is considered more moderate..."

"cancel human rights legislation"

No longer, old chap!

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/06/30/theresa-may-ditches-plans-to-withdraw-from-human-rights-court-as-she-bids-to-be-pm/

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Not so much the weather, more this:-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Universities_and_colleges_in_the_San_Francisco_Bay_Area

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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Re: Let cooler heads prevail...

It's now time for the return of King Arthur.

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Magnetic, heat scanners to catch Tour de France electric motor cheats

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Re: Being blessed with a body honed by sitting at a desk all day...

Yep, gotta be good. However, in the TdF, surely the judges must come down like a ton of bricks on that. Motorised bikes is not a sportsmanlike way to run this race. You might as well be carrying bikes on the top of a car.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D568_-2E2Uo

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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@wolf I think you'll find that Farage voted leave. I hope you put your X in the correct box...

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Re: Cue The Clash!

White riot?

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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

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Wrong breed.

They don't want a black Labrador, they need a fifty shades of Greyhound.

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You lucky creatures! Mammals only JUUUST survived asteroid that killed dinosaurs

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Re: Yep, there's a huge difference between ''wiped out" and "nearly wiped out".

Larson has more than one theory on that!

http://moodle.solanco.org/pluginfile.php/607/mod_page/content/1/Freas_Favorites/Far_Side_Cartoons/Far_Side_-_dino_conference.gif

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Microsoft cancels Remain speech after death of Labour MP

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Re: Debrief.

Lee's said all this already. Up there ^^^^

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As Pedro's campaign manager is Napoleon, is he for 'remain' then?

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Gravitational waves: A new type of astronomy

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"supernovae bursts"

Too much plurality! Cf. "balloons bursts"

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London Mayor election day bug forced staff to query vote DB by hand

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Re: UK elections.

I'm glad to know that your ball ache is more important than electoral fraud. I guess you don't live in Tower Hamlets?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32451429

"Can I bring my children to show them how it works?

Of course. Polling station staff are expected to be welcoming to under-18s so as not to put off the voters of tomorrow. In exceptional cases where there are large numbers of young people in the station, presiding officers have the power to ask them to wait outside. If someone has several young children, a member of the polling station staff can look after them while the parent or guardian votes."

Also, if you have a genuine emergency:-

http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-proxy

"When can I apply to vote by proxy [if] I miss the deadline but can't go to my polling station?

If you have a medical emergency after the deadline, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy if the emergency means that you cannot go to the polling station in person. You can also apply to vote by emergency proxy if your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only become aware of that fact after the deadline. You can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day."

What I'm saying is that postal and proxy votes should be the exception, not a matter of convenience. You f*&ker! :-)

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UK elections.

Personally, I'm becoming more and more worried about the way that UK elections are run. The proliferation of postal and proxy votes is, in my opinion, undermining democracy rather than enhancing it. The scope for electoral fraud is getting bigger and bigger, postal votes can be coerced and proxies can vote however they want in the privacy of the polling station. To get a postal or proxy vote you should have a bloody good reason. "I'm going to Glastonbury" isn't good enough. You make the effort to show up in person to be counted. As many aids as are necessary to assist disabled voters should be, and generally are, made available. And that count needs to be done by hand by the WI or similar organisation, not by some shitty piece of software.

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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Re: Understand

Dogs vs. Cats

http://www.marketingfirst.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/gary-larson-what-we-say-to-dogs-what-dogs-hear.jpg

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP* in South London due to painful piles

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Re: loved the sample tweets

Oh, I forgot this:-

http://www.mpsonline.org.uk/mpsr/

The mail preference service.

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Re: loved the sample tweets

You can opt out of unaddressed mail.

https://personal.help.royalmail.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/293/~/how-do-i-opt-out-of-receiving-any-leaflets-or-unaddressed-promotional-material%3F

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Astroboffins' discovery gives search for early life a left hand. Or right

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Re: Enantiomers (mirror image copies of a chiral molecule)

@Christopher. It's in the linked article. "While L-glucose was an excellent candidate to be a low-calorie sweetener, Levin found that his company could not make it cheaply enough for commercial use."

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Re: Enantiomers (mirror image copies of a chiral molecule)

@Mage. The "natural" sugar glucose is right handed. That's why it's also known as dextrose. (It rotates plane polarised light to the right, i.e. clockwise) You can make L-glucose, and it tastes exactly the same, but it "cannot be used by living organisms as source of energy because it cannot be phosphorylated by hexokinase". So there!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L-Glucose

http://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2004/ch_4.html

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NASA's astroboffins spot the largest ever Tatooine planet

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Re: Great

Two suns are not enough. Try six.

https://www.uni.edu/morgans/astro/course/nightfall.pdf

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

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Re: Curious minds want to know

No, it's not. You would never hear it all the way from Oklahoma.

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Re: Strange Sign

@Martin "bulking out bread flour with white Lead"

That doesn't make any sense. Lead carbonate is, and has always been, more expensive than flour. Gimme some evidence! Oh, and 'lead' isn't a proper noun.

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Idiots in charge of drugs regulation.

I read today on the BBC about how the danger from ecstasy, aka MDMA, is higher than ever! Crikey!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36503623/danger-from-ecstasy-greater-than-ever-say-drug-experts

It turns out that the new "danger" is that there's more MDMA in each tablet. That sounds like more value, rather than more danger, but I see their point. Anyway, at the end is a list of three things that users can do to stay safe. They missed one out, the zeroth rule should be to lobby your MP to get the stuff available on prescription from your GP so you get decent product at a known strength. I'm not a MDMA user, but I don't understand why it's a class A drug while alcohol is perfectly legal and more harmful in every way that my beer addled brain can think of.

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/drugs-alcohol/drug-ranking.htm

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Brit Olympian defies Zika with frozen man oysters

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Ginge

Well, if it goes unused he won't be able to get shot of it in Denmark:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15001467

It'll have to be tossed.

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Welcome to the jumbo: Axl Rose tries to take a bite out of 'Fat Axl' internet meme

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Re: As Homer Simpson said when accepting the award of master in gaining weight

And only eating foods which made the napkin go see-through...

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

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@Vimes. To be fair, if you're the leader of a party then you sometimes have other work to be getting on with. In this case, I guess he has been busy trying to keep the country in the E.U., which is the Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition's current position, I believe. Often, an MP will agree with another MP who would've voted the other way to also not vote, so the end result remains the same. That's the case in a single line whip. A double line whip requires attendance and a three line whip "is a strict instruction to attend and vote, breach of which would normally have serious consequences."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whip_(politics)#United_Kingdom

Anyway, he was _registered_ to vote. He just chose not to!

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