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

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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

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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

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It's a decoy!

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Experts suspiciously eye LOHAN's cantankerous canards

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> 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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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

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Re: Gas powered?

crotch-dynamo

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

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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

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> "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

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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...

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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'

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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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> 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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What's the uptake

in Scotland like at the moment?

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NASA beams vid from space via laser

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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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"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

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"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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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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"You win and you die"

is not exluded by "You win or you die."

However "You win xor you die" is not so snappy.

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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Re: CryptTrue

TrippedCrew

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Linux users at risk as ANOTHER critical GnuTLS bug found

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List of software affected would be useful

There's a bug! Sounds serious! Am I affected? ... dunno.

Which software is actually affected? sshd? Apache/SSL? Psi/SSL? I don't know.

FTA: "Users of other affected software will have to sit tight until their developers incorporate the fix. Until then, they'll remain open to malware attacks."

Well, no, they could turn off the affected systems until a patch makes it downstream to their distro repositories, or even patch the affected library themselves, but since you're not reporting the affected software I have no idea if I should be bothered! For "I" read "lots of your readers" ;)

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Toshiba's CB30-102 13.3in Chromebook – imagine a tablet with a keyboard

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I read(/scanned) up to

x768

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IT'S ALIVE! ISEE-3 responding to commands

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Now...

Let's see if they can get cyanogenmod on it

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

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Re: Ruh Roh

I nearly used it to find a scam train that I would have boarded and paid the scam conductor my fake money.

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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

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@John Young 1

+1 for using "bored with"

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Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

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I assume it isn't illegal to answer them with a random number. There's no oath or purgery involved and it's not like you asked them to ask you! Remember Benford's law applies!

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Re: Oh FFS

> I fail to see how you can attach any financial significance to it in anywhere but America.

This is in America so there's no problem.

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot becoming mere pimple

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> it therefore retains the power to make us all feel utterly inconsequential

We've got a close up photo of it. That's not inconsequential!

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Internet rejoices over Star Wars, um, clapboard pic

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Re: If it is another Episode 1 he'll be known as....

I do hope the bad guy is called Darth Rambaldi

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Re: Does anyone else invent their own words for t'theme?

You mean, like this?:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4Q3AS3HOtw

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Excellent article

I'm only passingly interested in this subject (I enjoy listening to music, not necessarily the reproduction of music, and I don't mean live I mean just hearing the notes and interactions of instruments), but this article was a compelling read all the way through.

It also contains my favourite sentence of this week: "If you think the quality is going to be maintained, then you have redefined thinking."

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The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

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Re: The colour represents self expression, new thinking, and new horizons.

To my mind this isn't a pastel colour -- looks like pure cyan to me (no I haven't been bothered to colour pick it!), which is a secondary colour (or primary colour of inks, no matter what your art teacher says)! Fully saturated. This would make it similar to the new styles of iOS7 and Windows 8, but the whole cyan circle is definitely cyanogenmod!

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Re: Finally catching up?

We can now all be as cool and paradigm busting as the British Library! How did they get bl.uk ?

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Re: The colour represents self expression, new thinking, and new horizons.

s'funny. It screamed CYANOGENMOD booting up to me!

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Truck-sized asteroid slips silently between Moon and Earth

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slips silently...

silently is fine. It's when you can hear them that you /really/ need to worry

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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

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Re: Smart consumers

Well as an O2 migrator I was ready to switch when it was first announced over a year ago. However, offered a year's free broadband I stuck with it, resisted Sky's sly attempts to get me to switch early (before the legal transfer), and stayed on the O2 hardware for a year getting excellent service.

The actual switch to Sky servers (or perhaps the renaming/domains of the O2/BE servers, except that I needed to adjust some configuration in the router so I suspect a hardware change) only happened a month or so ago. Very importantly I have said no to switching my phone line to Sky so now have Sky broadband without having to have them kill my phone line (which is still with BT, with Primus as CPS and an Orchid Dialler rerouting some calls). So far so good, although with BT Openreach FTTC arriving at my exchange at the end of the month I might just go back to Plus.net who gave me excellent service before I switched to O2 (who had LLU equipment at the time and thus faster speeds).

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

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Re: "There is no question of HMRC selling data."

The way I interpret that is that it's a no-brainer they are going to.

Right I'd better go back and read the rest of the article now to find out.

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap fears for his waistline

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> So, is Toby's stomach going to be half empty or half full?

It's going to be twice as big as it needs to be

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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True, but any human encountering those things for the first time don't handle them well either!

Once it's been taught what you do there it would be okay.

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It woz the Reg wot won it: UK mobe network EE fixes voicemail hack flaw

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Re: Huzzah! A victory for common sense!

Agree it's good the register article got someone to do something sensible... but... the thought of the reg with power -- shudders.

Remember Reg, great power great yada yada yada

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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> fairy dust to make it better

It won't just be better, it'll be ... magical

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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> have less samples

Not disagreeing with your sentiment but it's fewer samples

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Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?

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Re: having to take a teapot to work

You can't use teapots at my work. Every time someone tries they get a 418 error

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Re: Laptop resolutions...

Agree entirely -- laptop screens are useless at affordable prices.

However, what are you waiting for? I'm going to get one of these and see if I can set it up as a second monitor.

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Crap flap-app flap chap yaps: Yes, FLAPPY BIRD is comin' back

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> I got a life!

I heard you get an extra life at 500. Thought it was a myth.

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

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"instant after that moment", "grapefruit sized", "mere moments"

Are these measurements going in the El Reg official units of measurement?

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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> I'm rather glumly looking at a box of paper-clips as we speak.

I think you're writing a letter!

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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Re: Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.

If you define Pi to be the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter (which many people do) then all you need to do is significantly warp space-time (a singularity would do it) to alter the value of Pi (in the vicinity of the warp). Perhaps this is what they're aiming for in Indiana?

If the universe is a hypersphere (debatable, the hyper torus looks more yummy) and you draw a circle big enough (imagine you're standing at the north pole and draw a circle around the equator) then Pi is equal to 2. Make the circle bigger (you standing at north pole and drawing a circle round the south pole) and Pi becomes less than 1 (the diameter is longer than the circumference), shrinking down to 0.

Yep, you heard it here first -- Pi is variable and depends on the size of the circle and your locality.

Oh wait, Euclidean geometry? balls.

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166 days later: Space Station astronauts return to Earth

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Re: that man-made dot in space

I remember going out in 2000 to see it go overhead with my mum (I mean I was with my mum, she wasn't on board). She'd seen the original Sputnik go overhead in the late (19)50s, but seemed oddly unimpressed by the dim ISS that went across (BUT THERE'S PEOPLE ON THAT ONE MUM!!!)!

14 years on and it has a tonne more solar panels and so can be VERY reflective (and I love it when it just disappears mid flight as it enters the Earth's shadow) outshining Jupiter at even positive magnitudes. Well worth a look. The http://www.heavens-above.com/ site has magnitude estimates as well as the info on the NASA site so you can see if it's worth staying up to watch :)

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Bletchley Park board member quits amid TNMOC split-off spat

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The problem with all the old outdated kit is that they don't use the same I/O standards or protocols so no real communication can go on between them.

The machines are quite old too.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

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Re: Are they blond?

I asked my solicitor about this and he said the rates were completely unreasonable (+£10.30). For some reason he was also interested to know if Dell were hiring.

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