* Posts by Benchops

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Pope loses grip on Antarctica: Clergy withdraw from austral landmass

Benchops

But what about the beta gate?

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YOW! Pluto STUNS boffins with HAZY, SHRINKY atmosphere

Benchops

I always thought geology was specifically to do with the earth (because of the "geo" bit). As in geocentric, apogee, perigee ...

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New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

Benchops

"Consider the distances involved. NASA threw a probe over three billion miles through the Solar System, using the gravity from our largest planet to get it up to speed, and has now slung it past Pluto so close that it's less than an Earth-width distance away. Its relatively puny thrusters have given fine tuning abilities, but the mechanics of such a feat are immensely complex."

Yeah yeah, we get it. It /is/ rocket science.

Also... "Pluto could harbor extraterrestrial surprises". Whereas a terrestrial surprise, well.. that really /would/ be a surprise!

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From doodles to designs – sketch it out with a stylish stylus

Benchops

> This is convenient as long as you have a horizontal USB port handy, such as those on a MacBook.

Not the new ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHZ8ek-6ccc

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

Benchops

Re: Two self driving cars...

This happened first decades ago...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCY1pmBxg90&t=4m23s

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Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

Benchops

This is another great chance

for practical reverse-astrology to change our future.

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Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

Benchops

Hmm, my watch seems to be running about 20 years slow.

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

Benchops

Re: She could always have taken the offending banana and throne it in the freezer....

She needs a bird next.

Then a cat...

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

Benchops

It /should/ have been done before

MacGyver on Mars...

actually I remember the Robinson Crusoe on Mars from seeing it at a very young age and I'd watch any space film. I remember it being quite good. But it wasn't anywhere near as good as MacGyver.

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

Benchops

> I found that these emotional entanglements made life very difficult

Clearly that is talking about his own shortcomings, which the article finishes by saying he said.

Although the logical conclusion ought to be to keep Tim Hunt out of the lab, not women.

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MONSTER GALAXY spotted hiding behind IMMENSE BLACK HOLE

Benchops

Re: Just so I understand this right...

far, /far/ away?

DDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA da da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

etc

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

Benchops

> Quarterwits

femtowits

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

Benchops

Manic Miner

an JetSet Willy.

They were even written by a Timelord

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Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise

Benchops

Re: Is this really going to affect many people?

Well I have a Pebble Steel and /would/ swap it for an Apple Watch. But only so I could sell that on eBay and buy pebble steels for the whole family! It is /incredibly/ useful, and I easily get 8 days use out of it between charges.

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Amazon reveals KiddieKindle and pocket money scheme

Benchops

> tested on a 13 (for 3 years now) ... year old

Been reading The Picture of Dorian Gray?

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

Benchops

If you have a neighbour who's a ham-radio enthusiast, AND you really want to annoy him/her, buy some homeplugs.

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Benchops

Re: 802.11 ay?

As farmers are forced to diversify and have cellular towers erected in their fields, I expect it won't be long before the standard signal is based on 802.11eieio.

And on that farm he had some antennae, eieio.

With a DG DG-A-DG DG-A-DG DG-A-DG DG-A-DG here and a...

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

Benchops

> boring grey is a suitable colour then they are parked on concrete.

Why don't they just paint a load of planes on the tarmac? Perfect camo!

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Benchops

Call that an answer??? We expect you to get back up there with your LG G4 and take another snap!

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Benchops

Re: I agree

Soon the camo will be slightly red at the front and slightly blue at the back to compensate for the blue/red-shift when accelerating ;)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

Benchops

Re: The only bit I liked

On a trip to Peru I got a chance to try a small portion of guinea pig (not a whole one -- I got a back leg I think). It was cooked the boiled and fried-to-crisp way and it tasted not unlike duck. I would certainly eat it again. Much to my neighbours' children's worry.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

Benchops

> we need to use the moon as a spaceship.

> With nuclear propulsion on one side and a moon base on the other?

For the benefit of the younger readers, this is clearly madness because the attempts to do this 16 years ago completely missed Mars (see the documentaries on youtube).

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

Benchops

Re: Humans

Clearly what's really happened here is that there is a secret table of 512 different randomly generated 16 character passwords that every member of staff has memorised. The sticker on the monitor simply tells the operative that they should use Password number 1.

Just like when I memorised the colour code sheet for JetSet Willy.

I'm joking, I didn't.

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Surgery-bot can be hacked to HACK YOU TO PIECES

Benchops

<MEDI-BOT>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pud2-fsgMtI

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Aussie priest BLESSES an APP – and the sacred iPad it runs on

Benchops

Can I install this alongside Plants vs Zombies without breaking the latter?

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

Benchops

> Burying

Yes! Put them under the roads!

1) No unsightly cables

2) HEATED roads -- no icy accidents in winter

3) Council/Gas board will ONLY dig up the road when they ABSOLUTELY have to, and then only as little area as they need to!

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Strange radio telescope signals came from microwave ovens

Benchops

Re: Diet change

How long to heat up a cup-a-soup placed at the focus of one of the microwave dishes?

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

Benchops

Re: Not on PB yet

I can't wait for this year's general election coverage. I am CERTAIN that one of the presenters will say

"You know nothing, Peter Snow" after an early swingometer clip.

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

Benchops

Re: I'm reminded of NASA's convention

Reminds me of the Mitchell and Webb sketch where the pompous brain surgeon introduces himself to the NASA engineer.

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

Benchops

Thank the gods they didn't do it like they do their dates!

http://theregister.www.co.uk/

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

Benchops

Cyanogenmod, anyone?

Maybe it's time to try cyanogenmod. I think it's supported and maintained on more nexus devices than google maintains raw Android.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

Benchops

Re: Tawnie Lynn (pictured)

> When I see a regular expression with an asterisk on the end, I read it as part of the expression.

There was clearly a space before the '*' which means it would match

Mr

Ms

Mr␣

Ms␣

Mr␣␣

Ms␣␣

...

in fact to express it succinctly,

M[rs] *

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

Benchops

Re: Where to put it?

> Somewhere close to the equator, would seem like a good bet...

Sri Kanda mountain on the island of Taprobane

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

Benchops

Re: ...Fall back?

Maybe Madonna is providing the entertainment?

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

Benchops

Re: "But how do I connect it to a lightbulb?"

Actually it's both. Originally invented for US military (I think) and adopted for genuinely fixing ducting together, there is now a branded Duck tape too. Either way, it and sugru have it covered!

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

Benchops

> about 70,000 years ago

...

> any objects the star disturbed are not going to make themselves known for many millennia

So where are they????

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

Benchops

Jonny Ive design?

More pastel coloured beams.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

Benchops

Re: Sing it with me...

No Neoc, there must be more to life.

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Turing notes found warming Bletchley Park's leaky ceilings

Benchops

Also a draft copy

of a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird

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BY JUPITER: The science behind Friday's Solar System light show

Benchops

Re: Dont stare at the sun

Well, if you see it slowly going dark then you'll know to turn away. Or at least put your sunglasses on. Time to cancel that probe to Europa too.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

Benchops

Backgrounds

Start the home-made video, and at 14 seconds in start the one with the alien in it.

Then watch the background blobs.

They are spookily similar for some time. Don't know if this is just the same algorithm having been used, but if you watch them together you can see why they got automatically got flagged up.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Benchops

Cheaper alternative to truecall

Is CPR Call blocker. One with a display and one without, both with pre-programmed known marketing numbers and you can add new numbers during or just after a call (or add in new numbers). You can also optionally set interntational or withheld or no-info numbers to be blocked. It's not exactly the same as truecall but it has a similar aim.

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ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET

Benchops

Re: One for the budget fetishists

Indeed. I love Arthur C Clarke's point that

"the reason the dinosaurs died out is because they didn't have an effective space programme."

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

Benchops

Giffgaff?

Any news/thoughts on what will happen to giffgaff?

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

Benchops

Re: If only..

> All you actually need to do is stick a couple of metal brushes on the bottom of the car, and turn all pedestrian free roads into giant Scalextric tracks.

This actually ties in with my idea of burying all high voltage cables under roads to

a) remove unsightly power lines

b) underheat roads so they don't get ice

c) make DAMN sure no-one digs up a road unnecessarily!

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Benchops

Re: If only....

> the laws of physics and chemistry allowed a cheap small, light, high capacity battery to be constructed...

Ye cannae change the laws o' physics, captain!

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Boffins open 'space travel bureau': Come relax on exoplanet Kepler-16b, says NASA

Benchops

Re: Damn

Inkscape will SVG (trace) those bitmaps for you no problem, then the print shop's printer's resolution is your limit!

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Git thee behind me, Git crit security bug!

Benchops

Re: Talk about cr*p journalism

Copy and paste from the source -- it's the only way!

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Benchops

Talk about cr*p journalism

The article says (and uses quotation marks):

' “Linux clients are not affected if they run in a case-insensitive filesystem,” the service's warning reads'

whereas the warning actually reads

'Linux clients are not affected if they run in a case-sensitive filesystem.'

I'd correct that pronto.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

Benchops

Coming Fall 2016

The Silmarillion: Dawn of the First Age

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