* Posts by Benchops

294 posts • joined 23 Oct 2009

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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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The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

Benchops

these days

a vertical resolution of 769 probably counts as uber-hi-res

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

Benchops

Re: we know it has happened at least once

"There are those who believe...that life here began out there"

so All Of This Has Happened Before And Will Happen Again

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Benchops

Re: Secret mode?

I thought it was 6031769

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

Benchops

I'm waiting for them to conclude that

"Philae ended up in shadow wedged in between a cliff and a double decker bus"

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BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

Benchops

+1 for John Lewis Customer Service

I got a price match for John Lewis online and a quick delivery (in fact they reduced the price in general by the time I ordered) of a new telly. It turned out the analogue input had dreadful motion blur (and it was in a second room where only analogue input is available). I emailed the customer services about it and after making some settings suggestions (which worked to a certain extent, but still some faces were not keeping up with turning heads!) and checking for firmware upgrade (none), were very happy to arrange a collection at my convenience for a full refund (this is after about two weeks of use). I don't think you can beat that for customer service. On paper the model (Samsung UE22H5000) should have been perfect, but it's good to know that if in practice it doesn't turn out to be JL will happily take it back. I would have gladly exchanged it for another model but alas they don't have anything else that quite fits the bill. There are other occasions I've had unquestioning excellent service from them with regard to electronics and clothes.

Now, can anyone recommend a good 22" or 24" 1080p television with 2 HDMI inputs, good analogue picture and a stand that doesn't reach the whole width of the 22" screen (the stand it'll sit on is about 18" wide)?

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

Benchops

All it needs

is more of that watch band hinge and they could sell it as a smart-sleeve

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

Benchops

Is this the real outcome of

the sex space geckos?

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

Benchops

Wouldn't it be even easier

to fake the nvidia video?

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SpaceX blasts a mischief of mice, a 3D printer and a cuddly toy* into SPAAAACE

Benchops

Every little helps

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Mathematica hits the Web

Benchops

Open source maths packages

It's been a long time since I was actively researching maths, but even then there was (and still is) a fantastically fast number-theory based CLI environment called PARI/GP (sudo apt-get install pari-gp) http://pari.math.u-bordeaux.fr/ and a massively comprehensive algebra package called GAP [Groups Algorithms and Programming] (sudo apt-get install gap) http://www.gap-system.org/ . Both still being actively developed.

They didn't have the GUI or comprehensive coverage that Mathematica or Maple had then but they covered their own fields pretty damn well. I daresay there are other packages for other areas of maths.

Having said that, not really very school-pupil friendly unless you're already a programmer.

I guess the problem, in the field of pure maths at least, is that once it is known a solution exists the researcher loses interest in actually finding it, so once there's a CLI, they lose interest in actually building a GUI on top (that's just /bookwork/)! ;)

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4th Century GOBLET could REVIVE CORPSE of holographic storage

Benchops

> they didnt create that *gramme* nazi icon for nothing! use it!

> hmm *ill* go and give myself a good talking to

they didn't create that troll icon for nothing! use it!

;)

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

Benchops
Joke

> names that reflect local culture.

umm, given the scale of this thing -- that's pretty darn localised! ;)

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

Benchops

Re: "Happily no one was hurt"

"Happily no one was hurt"

Did anyone else read that in a Liverpudlian Ringo Starr accent?

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

Benchops

Re: Well my cousin will be happy

It may seem boring now, but wait until Assange actually exits the embassy and starts talking to him.

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Vulture 2 strapped to speeding van before delicate brain surgery

Benchops

> This is science and not chidren playing

I get the feeling this is science AND children playing! (and nothing wrong with that)

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What the world needs now is... a Bluetooth-enabled baby's dummy

Benchops

Re: Guessing game:

Excellent!

Can it be calibrated so that it will let me know when the tea has cooled to 72 degrees C?

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

Benchops

Re: Hang on a minute ...

> My son (who left home a few months ago) called me up a few days ago, asking for the passcode I had set on his TV, when he was younger. No way could I remember, despite going through all the obvious ones I use. And this is just a 4 digit number. Imagine a randomly generated password ...

Next time your son's home, hold on to your credit cards... ;)

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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

Benchops

It's a decoy!

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Experts suspiciously eye LOHAN's cantankerous canards

Benchops

> Let's see how that works out in practice...

Oldie but a goodie:

What's the difference between theory and practice?

Well, in theory there is no difference, but...

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Benchops

Re: Interior Feed

interior camera... we'll look into it... just me?

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Mobe battery flat? These ELECTRIC PANTS will pump things up

Benchops

Re: Gas powered?

crotch-dynamo

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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

Benchops
Joke

Re: When do we see the eBay phone and Walmart phone then?

Why would eBay and Walmart link their phones to Amazon's store?

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

Benchops

> "How the flippin' heck does that work?"

It's odd how actual moving parts seems more complicated than the "magic" of a touchscreen to the younger generation!

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Google slings SSD persistent disks at huge 'n' hungry servers

Benchops

Subtitle brought back great memories!

Haven't read the article, but can't help saying

"Send out the AJAX to brrwing back his <body>"

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

Benchops

Re: A plea: bring back real boffins on TV!

I used to love James Burke's programmes. Oddly though he was an English graduate and lecturer (I think) before getting into TV presenting. I suspect he got into science presentation from being on Tomorrow's World. However this was long before the autocue and probably script-writers so he definitely seemed to understand his stuff. Ideally that's what you want on telly for the masses -- someone who understands what they're saying and can string some words together not inelegantly;)

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

Benchops

Re: Isn't a number that is almost infinite, er, infinite?

Decimal expansion is just one way of representing numbers. We're familiar with others, e.g. fractions, but there are deficiencies, e.g. can't represent sqrt(2). Also we would quite happily realise that 1/2 and 2/4 actually represent the same number. It's not just that they're equal -- they're just different representations of the /same/ number.

Well decimal expansion is just another way of representing numbers. It has its own deficiencies, e.g. you can't concisely represent 1/3 (without a recurring symbol), or sqrt(2). It also has multiple ways of representing the SAME number, e.g. 1.0 and 0.999... It's not that they're equal numbers, they're the same number written down different ways.

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Benchops

> And don't even get me started on infinitesimal.

I want to get you started on infinitesimal.

But not very much.

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Benchops

What's the uptake

in Scotland like at the moment?

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NASA beams vid from space via laser

Benchops

Re: "equivalent to

I reckon it's equivalent to some very high tech and expensive equipment "holding" a laser pointer and training it on the end of a very predictably positioned human hair whilst travelling smoothly in a predictable direction.

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Benchops

"equivalent to

a person aiming a laser pointer at the end of a human hair 30 feet away and keeping it there while walking"

It's not really equivalent to that, because if it was it wouldn't actually have worked.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

Benchops

"You work with computers don't you?"

.... "ye-es"

"Do you know how to work the microwave in the kitchen?"

Trouble is, of course I do, it's a microwave!

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