* Posts by Symon

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Ex Machina – a smart, suspenseful satire of our technology gods

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Ah, Supertoys!

In Mrs. Swinton’s garden, it was always summer. The lovely almond trees

stood about it in perpetual leaf. Monica Swinton plucked a saffron-coloured rose

and showed it to David.

“Isn’t it lovely?” she said.

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Someone paid $85,000 for hated GLITTER BOMB FACTORY

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Re: As one of my fellow commentards noted a while back,

You can lacquer a turd.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Supervolcano and/or bolide impact.

There's your two biggest risks, I reckon.

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Lies, damn lies and Wikipedia: Murder suspect NOT a Plaxo founder – ex-staffer

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Re: see icon

Doubly ironic in that in that song, there's perhaps only a couple of things that are ironic? The rest of it isn't. Unless, in a moment of sheer genius, the song is being ironic in that none of it is.

See (2) "A black fly in your Chardonnay" http://fgk.hanau.net/articles/ironic.html

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Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

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Unhappy

Bummer

So close!

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Australian desert deluge demonstrates why we're doing it

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Re: Yep Central Australia .....

"Do you put any additives in radiator water at all?"

I would have thought so. Ethylene glycol not only lowers the freezing point, it also raises the boiling point of water. There's also lots of corrosion inhibitors in the coolant, as engines are made of all sorts of different metals that are electrochemically incompatible.

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Use propylene glycol coolant?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylene_glycol#Safety_in_Humans

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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Re: Why?

"I wouldn't mind if they added extra seconds each day to compensate enough to get rid of leap years"

That's fine if you don't mind noon to be at night some of the time.

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@Allan, I'm quite happy with the earth slowing down myself. Extra time in bed! There's several ways to speed the planet's spin up a bit. My recommendation is to start by having a nuclear waste storage facility on the far side of the moon explode, sending the moon hurtling off into inter stellar space. Anybody unfortunately left on the moon would probably encounter an array of alien civilizations, dystopian societies, and mind-bending phenomena previously unseen by humanity. The best time to do this was 13 September 1999, but it's worth a go.

@Will, any better?

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The Earth is slowing down because of the Moon. The tidal forces between the Earth and the Moon are slowly moving the Moon further away and slowing the rotation of the Earth. (As is always the case for this type of stuff, it's moving away at the speed fingernails grow, c.f. continental drift.) Angular momentum is conserved.

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Re: can we ban printers instead?

@AC re: workplace BJ. How about this? NSFW I guess?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2giBAfDOGw

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Re: Trolleyism

Try this:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem

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Who is this P.C. Shutterstock?

Wait, I might have misread that...

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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Re: Well..

There's about 1.3e21 kg of water on the planet. Let say Hitler's last micturition produced 1 litre, he'd maybe been on the beer. Now let's assume all the water in the world has been mixed up thoroughly since then. That means one part in 1.3e21 of all water is last Hitler piss. Now, a kg of water has about 1e26 molecules in it. So, your next pint (0.5l say) contains 1e26*0.5/1.3e21 = c.38000 molecules of Hitler's last piss. Sup up.

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Re: Re:Could this be made small scale?

Hi Roger. " they need a shed load of energy"

I'm pretty sure Mr. Gates's machine uses a lot of energy also...

"They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated"

What about this?

200 litres/day per square metre of PV panel

Aquifier 200

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Re: Could this be made small scale?

1) Get a reverse osmosis machine.

2) Sail more than 12 nautical miles from land.

3) Throw sewage overboard.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Re: They've probably captured her password now

@Rainer "A pinhole camera"

Just saying, but they might have more success if they used a camera with a proper lens. The French have moved on from the days of Nicéphore Niépce, I believe...

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SpaceX: CATS with FRIKKIN' LASERS to blast off to space station

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Re: I'm calling my lawyer...

Japanese you say?

"CATS: You have no chance to survive make your time."

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NASA to launch microwave SPACE LASSO to probe Earth's wet spots

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Re: Other heavenly bodies.

@DB - "anything closer orbits *much* faster"

If you're going to use the brainiac icon, you need to do better than that! If it's 2 inches closer, that's not gonna be '*much*' faster at all. A *proper* brainiac would know that, for a small satellite orbiting a planet,

T² = 4π²R³/(GM)

T - Orbital period

R - Distance to centre of the Earth

M - Mass of Earth

G - G

Anyway, it's gonna be in low earth orbit. There's no need for it to be any higher, and the closer it is, the better the signal to noise ratio of the microwave thingy. Also, NASA says that it will be "covering the globe every three days".

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: SystemD

To quote the Fedora QA guy:- "it's systemd, all lower case"

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/12/18/fedora_21_review/#c_2392381

Unlike FreeBSD.

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Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

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Re: No to gnome, no to systemd

Do one thing and do it well, unlike systemd.

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IBM and Red Hat power up for virtualisation on Power systems

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Re: Unused CPU cycle myth

Those financial types and their depreciation. What do they know!

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Init system.

I wonder if that's enough money to make an uncontroversial init system for Red Hat 7? Probably not!

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Sounds like there could have been an airjam.

MORRIS: A large build-up of air traffic over London has tonight jammed solid in the sky. Thousands of aircraft have ground to a halt in mid-air and may soon start falling like massive buses.

REPORTER: The airjam started about two o'clock this afternoon, bringing chaos to Heathrow and Gatwick, both airports, today. In an airjam, there's a 3-D gridlock in the air, and no way out. The planes just slow down and stop. It's been known for years that airjam could happen, but no emergency measures were ever made.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Tristram.

From Damian Kavanagh's blog post.

"BBC Three launched in 2003. That’s before the iPhone, Facebook, SBTV, Netflix, Snapchat, driverless cars and a man jumping from space."

Has he never heard of Joseph Kittinger? Anyway, they jumped from the stratosphere, not 'space', which starts at 100km or thereabouts. This only goes to show that BBC3 is a fact-free wasteland, and any money it costs would be far better spent on Radio 4, making documentaries about moss.

(Apologies to Stewart Lee.)

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I never done it. I only said I did it so they'd take me bellend out the chilli sauce.

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No NAND's land: Flash will NOT take over the data centre

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Re: "what comes after is breathing heavily down the neck of flash"

We were doing so well. No mention of fucking rust in either the article or the comments, until you, Alan, couldn't resist. Is it because your surname is Brown? And what makes you think Cardiff City's winger would be betting on NAND? No one would do that.

FWIW. The recording layer in modern HDD discs is a granular Cobalt-Chrome-Platinum-based alloy with high uniaxial magnetocrystalline anisotropy.

http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1201/1201.5543.pdf

So there!

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

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Re: CA and pilot infalibility

Papal infallibility. "That would be an ecumenical matter." Sorry, --->

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

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Re: Linux future

Poettering ate dbus!

http://www.muylinux.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/funny-systemd.gif

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Re: Linux future

It'll all be fine after Torvalds. Lennart Poettering and Kay Sievers can take over. Only they can make the "Open Source community [..] one happy place".

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NASA prods sleeping New Horizons spacecraft: Wakey, wakey, Pluto's calling

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Re: Navigation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Minovitch

It's the mathematics developed by Michael Minovitch in the 1960's that really made missions like these feasible.

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Docker part 4: Microsoft CAN'T ignore it. Aux armes, citoyens!

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Re: Name recognition...

Even God supports Dockers!

http://www.printsome.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Robbie-Fowler-DoCKers-t-shirt.jpg

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Docker: Sorry, you're just going to have to learn about it. Today we begin

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FreeBSD for servers

A bit off topic, but, what with all this systemd controversy, (see below) is it time to give FreeBSD a shot for servers? Use the jails instead of containers? I already use it in firewalls, e.g. pfSense, so maybe that's a way ahead...

http://www.muylinux.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/funny-systemd.gif

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DNA survives fiery heat of re-entry on test rocket

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Hammer to crack a nut.

To see what happens to the DNA when it gets hot, rather than all that rocket nonsense, couldn't they just heat that stuff up in an oven?

Also, wouldn't a real meteor be arriving at at least the Earth's escape velocity of 11 km/s? It's not rocket science, you know. Wait...

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NASA revisits Europa with modern image-processing software

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Re: Motorways?

Europan, actually.

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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

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@Suricou, " Very low concentration, thus very high processing costs."

Please accept my apologies, you had to read as far as the third and fourth paragraphs in the link I posted to see that point addressed.

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Fission is renewable.

At least according to this bloke:-

http://sustainablenuclear.org/PADs/pad11983cohen.pdf

There's enough uranium in seawater to power the world with fast breeder reactors until the sun stops working properly, i.e. 5 billion years. Reactors like these:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_fast_reactor

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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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Stop signs at junctions.

Quebec :- ARRÊT

France :- STOP

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Has your STARFISH been DRIBBLING awful SLIME? Scientists now know WHY

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Re: "A method implies an actor"

@ratfox.

Right, I agree with your post, except for the 'impossible' part of your last sentence!

I like to be especially pedantic about natural selection. I agree it's awfully hard to keep from using words like 'method', but it's worth the effort I believe! There's a good web page that reflects my opinion here:- http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/evo_32

"Natural selection is the simple result of variation, differential reproduction, and heredity — it is mindless and mechanistic. It has no goals; it's not striving to produce "progress" or a balanced ecosystem."

So, no 'method' necessary.

What's more, and this is why I don't like your last sentence, although I agree with you that DNA mutation happens randomly, natural selection is not a random process. From the webpage, which says it well:-

"The genetic variation that occurs in a population because of mutation is random — but selection acts on that variation in a very non-random way: genetic variants that aid survival and reproduction are much more likely to become common than variants that don't. Natural selection is NOT random!"

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Re: Overpopulation in Starfish?

"a method of balancing the population"

It isn't a method. A method implies an actor. (Pun intended!) If it's true that starfish populations have increased, then it's a consequence of this rise in population density that enough individuals are present for an epidemic to occur. That's junior epidemiology.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: Panic!

@Billa

Not Goldeneye. You only live twice.

http://www.fantastic-plastic.com/SpectreRocket34.jpg

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Anytime the KKK are mentioned...

... I remember the pink sheet story!

http://www.glossynews.com/artman/publish/kkk-746.shtml

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ESNet's 100 Gbps Atlantic link almost ready to flow

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If only CERN understood the internet as well as Ted Stevens.

"They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material."

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Re: Vote

Re: James Blunt. Despite the unfortunate rhyming slang the guy is nowhere near the top ten music cunts. In addition to the Twitter thing (up there^) he avoided WWIII in Kosovo, sold his sister on the eBay, supports MSF, and appeared on Sesame St. singing (literally) the praises of a triangle.

As for Boneo, I found this Viz 'top tip' online.

"Bono is much more annoying than Guy Fawkes ever was. Make your Bonfire Night a Bonofire Night by placing some crap sunglasses on your Guy."

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Broadcast vs. Mobile network.

"Since the transmission began as IP, and a smartphone already has a high bandwidth IP path, why not just miss out the bit in the middle? "

Because 5 million radios at 128kbits/sec is 80 Gbytes per second over the mobile phone network. This would use up the total amount of data passed over the mobile networks in the whole of June 2013 in 4 days.

http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/research/telecoms-research/infrastructure-report/IRU_2013.pdf

fig.38.

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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Re: Viruses, Bacteria, Fungus, yeasts and Food

"Viruses are not a worry."

Try telling that to the Martians. ULLA!

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: Subsidised?

Gorgeous George.

"Who wants to mortgage their, and their children’s future on a finite resource that will soon be finished and the price of which is simply incalculable?"

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2014/06/spectator-debate-independence-is-the-greatest-threat-to-edinburgh/

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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

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Just to clarify...

...this (apparently mental) ruling applies to a trademark, not a copyright or a patent.

Trademark, Patent, or Copyright?

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. The term “trademark” is often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks.

A patent is a limited duration property right relating to an invention, granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in exchange for public disclosure of the invention.

A copyright protects works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed.

http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/basics/definitions.jsp

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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Re: @Symon - Doesn't kill anyone

@Graham, sorry, I was being faecetious. However, you inspired me to further research. How about this?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV/AIDS_in_the_pornographic_film_industry

Anyway, that's just pedantry, OP Terry made a good point.

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Re: Doesn't kill anyone

@Terry. I take your point, but it seems pron can kill! E.g.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lorry-driver-watching-porn-phone-3634358

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