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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

Paul_Murphy

Re: I was thinking of another type of hologram

Well there could be two differently lost socks or, potentially, the same sock at different points in it's existence (though the same point in ours) though of course that could be used to prove sock time travel, which would open up a whole new can of worms - or a whole new washing machine if using the sock-idiom.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

Paul_Murphy

Re: "teenagers hogging the phone line "

C20 for the lazy, CXX for the latin-trained

:-)

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Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7

Paul_Murphy

Re: Nice!

No idea, but maybe these servers will have liquid cooling as standard or something.

Which is about time to happen IMHO.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

Paul_Murphy

Re: Irrelevant observation number 1:

I use a speedview (http://www.speedview.co/) after market HUD, which just shows your speed - which I think is all you need, apart from voice navigation perhaps, else there will be too many distractions.

The idea of handling calls when driving is just wrong.

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

Paul_Murphy

My suggestions so far

Safe Landing Under Trees System

High Altitude Rentry Detect Correct Or Reject Emergency Software EXample

Careful And Methodical Extraneous Local Tree Observation Engine

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

Paul_Murphy

Re: Random factoid.

Well you could have started a discussion about the Buccaneer, or the TSR2 I suppose.

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

Paul_Murphy

Re: Heck no...

My 990 is still going Ok, and I bought mine in the new year - I have found one location that doesn't allow either sim to work, but away from there it's normally fine - the tunnels out of Kings Cross can be troublesome though :-)

After all a quad-core (1.5Ghz), dual sim, dual camera, microSD (up to 64Gb) phoe with 2Gb RAM and 32Gb ROM for £200 from Amazon is worth a try isn't it?

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

Paul_Murphy

Re: Even accounting...

A space elevator would be far more useful.

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App permissions? Pah! Rogue Android soft can 'place phone calls at will'

Paul_Murphy

4.2.1 is SDK >=17 and vulnerable on my Zopo Captain S

My particular version wasn't listed on the website, but the call came up despite no permissions granted to do so.

Of course there is no OS update available from the manufacturer yet - and Cyanogenmod doesn't seem to be available for my phone yet :-(

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

Paul_Murphy

Re: Why did we publish this?

And of course we are the ones paying for it.

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IT'S ALIVE! ISEE-3 responding to commands

Paul_Murphy

amazing

Also the whole story behind it http://www.rockethub.com/42228 and more at NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/content/isee-3-an-old-friend-comes-to-visit-earth/ is well worth a read through.

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Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

Paul_Murphy

Re: The tank used for the illustration ...

I was wondering if I were going to be the first to notice and post :-) not by a long shot,

Concurr - ISU122 sp assault gun

Thats why I read the Reg comments..

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

Paul_Murphy

Re: American GPS stations

I think you have to be american for that to make sense: ie. the World series, MIss Universe, .com etc.

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SpaceX touts latest gear: new module, rocket demo

Paul_Murphy

Space Elevators

I think that more effort should be put into building space elevators, rockets are rather a dead-end as far as the future goes.

The LiftPort Group (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiftPort_Group) are trying, but more needs to be done.

With the development of usable graphene we are seeing the first of the real technical hurdles go down.

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

Paul_Murphy

Re: Why bother with...

Hmm, you're taking my thought experiment seriously? that's just as odd don't you think?

Maybe I should have put a joke icon in there somewhere :-)

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Paul_Murphy

Re: Why bother with...

Ooh - that is an expansion on a previous thought of mine, and it sounds much fairer than my version.

Other rules might include 'accidental' injuries or death of referees (sniper is red-carded), linesmen (yellow) and people on your team (round(s) replaced and given a stern talking to), and the handling of ricochets (maybe ballistic helmets for people in the first three rows?)

Much kinder than mortar fire, siege engines or longbows (ah those were the days - those 'football' mathes with the French eh?).

Sadly I suspect that none of these improvements will be taken up.

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Paul_Murphy

Re: Why bother with...

Since I don't like football in the slightest I have long held the idea of an audience participation model where each person gets their moneys-worth by being able to select an area of the pitch with goes 'live', if a majority of the audience chose the same area the land-mines would activate and the players would then be earning their money.

Nothing necessarily deadly - just crippling would be interesting enough.

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WIMPs wipe each other out in giant radiating spot at galaxy's centre

Paul_Murphy

Re: Interesting, but

I have wondered whether our universe is actually closed and curved, so that though it is indeed very large (as per HHGTTG) it's as though we are looking around the curve of a sphere, our line of sight (so to speak) never ends, but just keeps on going around and around, with the same objects being seen multiple times at different wavelengths since they would be at different positions each time.

An idle thought anyway.

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Paul_Murphy

What's 10,000 light years across and smells of gamma radiation?

Your mum!

Sorry - I haven't had my first cup of coffee yet.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

Paul_Murphy

Re: I've had an idea

Well look into space elevators and the materials that would be needed for one of those - graphene (or something similar) is the main step along that way.

As for patenting it there have been way too many prior publications - try Fountains of Paradise, Pillar to the Sky or any of the many othes.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=book%20about%20space%20elevators&kl=us-en

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

Paul_Murphy
Joke

I hope...

That the surgeon wasn't washing his hands after and wondering where his watch had got to.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

Paul_Murphy

OpenOffice?

Wouldn't Libre Office make more sense, I understand it gets better support and updates?

Admin tools like Fing and advanced port scanner for networks, an ISO mount utility, a linux boot USB drive (and CD) for just in case a HD fails, Gpart, robocopy (does that come on 7?) or similar for backup tasks (will there be a NAS on the network?), printer & scanner drivers if necessary.

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Schneier: NSA snooping tactics will be copied by criminals in 3 to 5 years

Paul_Murphy

Re: Well, perhaps not all the tactics.

By definition if it's against the law then they are criminals - if it's legal then they aren't.

Wait - who are we talking about? governments, big business or criminals? it's so easy to get them confused.

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Worlds that could support LIFE found among 715 new planets

Paul_Murphy

Drake equation

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation

The Drake equation is:

N = R* . fp . ne . fl . fi . fc . L

where:

N = the number of civilizations in our galaxy with which radio-communication might be possible (i.e. which are on our current past light cone);

and

R* = the average rate of star formation in our galaxy

fp = the fraction of those stars that have planets

ne = the average number of planets that can potentially support life per star that has planets

fl = the fraction of planets that could support life that actually develop life at some point

fi = the fraction of planets with life that actually go on to develop intelligent life (civilizations)

fc = the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space

L = the length of time for which such civilizations release detectable signals into space

so fp seems to be 1,

ne seems to be what 1 in 10 maybe?

So hopefully N is non-zero - we're getting closer...

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Paul_Murphy

Re: Gravity??

Depends on density and composition I would say - is it all rock, all gas, or somewhere in between, a 2.5x rocky planet is likely to have higher gravity, but a gassy one far less.

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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

Paul_Murphy

Re: Wow

The bright light - just where the arrow is pointing in the lower left.

The moon isn't know for producing these on it's own (whereas the sun does it on a boringly consistent basis) so it's pretty noteworthy.

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Fandroids get their very own PERVY SMUT browser

Paul_Murphy

Not if everyone does it (the opting out of the filter - not porn (ab)use).

The most effective form of control is one that people do themselves.

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SkyMapper turns up oldest star ever found

Paul_Murphy

Re: What type of star is it?

Wasn't Dave supposed to kick-start the next universe using jump leads from Red Dwarf?

OMG, we're living in Dave Listers universe...

:-)

Oh, actually it was from Starbug, nevermind, ignore this post and carry on :-(

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UK spooks STILL won't release Bletchley Park secrets 70 years on

Paul_Murphy

Re: Post war operations

Apparantly the Russians were taking any enigmas, and presumably Lorenz, they found during and after the war as well, so no doubt they were very useful in getting a picture behind the curtain.

What is strange is that the Russians were being given some Ultra intelligence during the war, but never seemed to realise it was from the Enigma and Lorenz machines.

What is staggering is the total secrecy that BP worked under - even (or especially?) people that met there and married each other never let on what they did,

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

Paul_Murphy

Re: A message from the target of these 'improvements'

There is no need to limit a letter to one person, Think your MP, Bletchley local councillors, local and national newspapers, the education board, BPT trustees - the list goes on.

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Paul_Murphy

Re: Time for The Register to weigh in methinks.

My Thought:

The Register picks a saturday and published it to it's readership.

The Register designs a NMOC 'flag' for people to print

On said saturday the readership does it's damnest to attend TNMOC, not BPT, with printed flags,

When leaving the TNMOC people leave their flags with a personal note on the back.

There is no profit, aside from a point being made perhaps.

ttfn

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Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like

Paul_Murphy

>you cant polish a turd?

Sounds like you haven't even tried:

Freeze it,

Varnish it

Polish it.

Let us know how you get on :-)

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Chinese Jade RABBIT SIGHTED ON MOON by NASA probe

Paul_Murphy

Well done China.

And NASA of course.

Another country breaking into space exploration, maybe I should transfer my childhood dreams to China now, especially if the US is going to be spending more money on bailing out banks and less on space.

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

Paul_Murphy

Re: Yawn

Well it's one thing to have a defined and definite enemy, as with the cold war and the IRA, but it's another to have a society systematically trawled for all it's information regardless of it's value.

I'm all for finding and thwarting terrorists - but the NSA and GCHQ have been busy intercepting internet traffic and, it is alleged, this has not made any substantive impact on terror attacks.

I think that Snowden is right, has taken extreme risks in what he has done and it's instructive that the one place that he has been able to find asylum was, up until recently, the very worst of countries (we assumed) for monitoring it's citizens.

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World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

Paul_Murphy

So..

>BT, for example, has told us that it uses its system to block access to sites promoting proxies

>and anonymisers.

So already it's being used for blocking other sites which have nothing to do with 'protecting the children' and I wonder how many other sites will be included.

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Calling all Spare Rib veterans: Sisters, don't lose your rights!

Paul_Murphy

I can't help but feel that they (the British Library) don't want this to go ahead, unless permission is assumed if the author doesn't get back to them to deny permission? then the default will be not many contributors getting back to them - let along giving permission.

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Euro satellite to count a BEELLLION stars, find origin of Milky Way

Paul_Murphy

Long term planning

20 years in the making and it's going to take 5 years to 'complete'*, producing a pentabyte of information for astronomers to trawl through.

Ok, so I'm not living in a hotel on the moon, nor do I have a flying car, anti-gravity belt or robot butler, but by gum in 20 to 30 years from now I'll be pretty sure of where I am in the galaxy! **

I'm glad to see that people with vision can still get projects like these off the ground.

ttfn

*Yeah right - 5 years from now the controllers will be thinking 'how many more can we do before it packs in', I suspect it will be going for a long time.

** beware of the total perspective vortex - it might ruin your day.

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WIN YOUR OWN HADRON COLLIDER pop-up book with El Reg

Paul_Murphy

Re: Complaint in Writing

Well that's YOUR story started then....

:-)

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

Paul_Murphy

Re: I had the Sharp PC-1500 in 1992

A friend and I had one each and I remember writing a program to work out starship specs (for Traveller - a D&D in space) which worked pretty well as I recall.

I also have a 2600 in the loft, but I also enjoy listening to Johnathon Coultons '2600' which is a tribute to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu1bRm7XXNo

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Malware+pr0n surge follows police op to kill illicit streaming sites

Paul_Murphy

Re: City of London Police

Ha Ha - you're funny....

Think - why is it called the 'City of London Police'? and exactly what sort of 'clients' are there in the City for the Police to look after?

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Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

Paul_Murphy

Re: Yooof ?

Traditionally one way to deal with an over-population is to take someone elses' land- using any excess males to do so.

hmm.

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Amazon floats 'Prime Air' drone delivery plan

Paul_Murphy

Other options

Bundle deliveries together and use the Amazon B52 delivery system - can target urban areas with the new 'package-let' technology.

High speed and precision deliveries by 'Ama-cruise' - only useful for high-g tolerance packages

Or the 'Blimp-Fling' (tm) which will catapult your package from our cruising blimp and be guided in by laser targeting - please remember to not look up at our blimp

Amazona - a re-commisioned USA WW2 battleship will deliver your package as long as it is not larger than 16" in diameter, and the delivery address is within 20 miles of the coast.

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Sony's new PlayStation 4: Early faults ENRAGE some buyers

Paul_Murphy

CAD has it covered

http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20131115

:-), now where's that joke icon....

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That time when an NSA bloke's son borked the ENTIRE INTERNET...

Paul_Murphy

Re: I can't find* the report a spelling mistake button so...

> Ducklin's post reflecting on tyher Morris Worm event

s/tyher/the

I suspect.

*Actually I can see it when I do a post, but my browser asks to set up my browsers email client, and I can't be bothered.

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

Paul_Murphy

Re: Faggots? Yuck!

>Your IQ needs recharging

Hmm, reminds me of:

' Prime Minister of New Zealand Robert Muldoon was asked about the increasing exodus of New Zealanders leaving the country to work in Australia. His comment was that by doing so, they were raising the average IQ of both countries.'

source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_humour#The_Trans-Tasman_rivalry

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HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

Paul_Murphy

Cop says "So for this gentleman to be as lucky as he is, it's a good day for us."

I would say a jolly good day for the clerk as well, the police save some paperwork and he gets to live.

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Why Bletchley Park could never happen today

Paul_Murphy

No easy answers

Well the only 'easy answer' I can think of is:

We do not spy or collect information in a general manner on anyone.

We will use RIPA and other laws/ techniques to investigate any reported suspicious behaviour'

Please tell us if you see anything suspicious.

The hearts and minds approach to getting a population on your side is to ensure that the general population see that it's in their own interests to help.

Without the willingness of the people to help it's only a matter of time before there is anarchy/ revolution/ civil war.

Give people back the sense of the country actually being theirs and they need to help look after it.

(wishful thinking I know, but hey - Friday!)

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

Paul_Murphy

Re: "netflix4k stealer"

Interesting - combine streams from a variety of sources, taking alternating frames from each source (hmm a BitTorrent/ BOINC cross-over?) and make a copy (sorry, create an idependant work) of the original.

Some effort, but would there be enough information in a single frame to identify the source? if so then would combing each frame from various sources sort that issue out?

I'm sure people much more cleverer than wot I am will find other ways around this - though as mentioned is it really worth the effort? just stick Fawlty Towers or Red Dwarf on.

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NSA's Project Marina stores EVERYONE'S metadata for A YEAR

Paul_Murphy

US Gov shutdown

Hmm I wonder if todays US Gov shutdown (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24302508) will affect the NSA at all?

I assume that the NSA will declare themselves indispensible.

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Paul_Murphy

Spelling

I can't find the 'submit spelling corrections' button but:

'so that analysts can pore over it' the 'pore' should be 'pour' since a pore is in your skin, not under it where the NSA want to be.

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