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LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane

VeganVegan
Pint

Artistic license

Most of the Union Jack is missing, as well.

It's the thought that counts.

Beers to all for a splendid outfit for LOHAN.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

VeganVegan
Paris Hilton

Re: What is heartbeat used for?

Upvote. I have the same question for the reasons why this was ever implemented.

It seems to me that to keep the connection alive, you could just send a single byte, or a SYN-ACK, back and forth, no need for elaborate stuff.

Anyone knows the logic for what is being done?

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Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

VeganVegan
Thumb Up

This raises a potentially interesting possibility

Why not take all the obsolescent 'smart' phones, and recycle their compute modules?

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NASA's LADEE: A Great Gig in the Sky, now on a death dive to the Dark Side of the Moon

VeganVegan
Pint

Lumpy gravity

I had originally read it as "lumpy gravy".

Working too late, must get food...

Beer, in lieu of a food icon.

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HIDDEN OCEAN of LIVING SOUP found on Enceladus, moon of Saturn

VeganVegan

Re: I'm ...

It's also known as pissing into the wind.

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VeganVegan
Happy

I really do like enchilada soup.

A primordial pleasure.

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'I like big butts and I cannot lie, hackers take Pinterest on a joyride'

VeganVegan
Joke

They should examine the butts for

pin worms.

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

VeganVegan
Joke

Re: I'm angry

Or, despicable me.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

VeganVegan
Happy

Qlp

<Where is the Klingon script when you need it?></>

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

VeganVegan
Black Helicopters

The only thing for sure is

that some new unimaginably cringe-worthy, diabetes-inducing species will be introduced.

This was the case even before Disney got involved: Ewoks and JJ Binks* being prime examples.

* The conspiracy theorist in me wants to scream, "JJ Abrams and JJ Binks!!! Are you kidding me!!" (plus much more foam-flecked frothiness)

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Watch the MIT MER-BOT – half droid, half soft 'fish' – swim by itself

VeganVegan
Linux

Meh. Fish and chips,

but inedible.

Throw it back.

Let the penguins have it.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

VeganVegan

Re: brilliant

Did they include Windows 8?

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Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

VeganVegan

And this is filed under Security?

The fossil is securely locked in rock?

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What did you see, Elder Galaxies? What made you age so quickly?

VeganVegan
Mushroom

Re: Run that by me again...

Some of the confusion comes from the unit of measurement, light 'year', that measures distance, not time.

At the risk of making it even more confusing, time dilation implies that (subjective) time progressively slows down, relative to the rest of the universe, as an object travels at ever increasing speed (hence the twin paradox). For photons traveling at light speed, it took very little (subjective) time to travel all those light years.

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Delhi police forget passwords to corruption portal, ignore 600 crimes

VeganVegan
Holmes

Re: And where did this ruse come from?

At the peak, there was no more than a few thousand Brits running the entire sub-continent.

IThe only way to stay in charge is to make the system Byzantinely unworkable.

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VeganVegan

Re: Hey! Don't knock Japan !

It's no coincidence that Carl Orff's Carmina Burana starts off with "Oh, for tuna!"

(looking for the fish icon)

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Apple fanbois DENIED: Mac Pro deliveries stalled until April

VeganVegan
Pint

Too much drama

The 6 or so weeks for delivery hasn't changed much since a few days after it became available to order back in December.

An order put in in early January should arrive late February / early March.

It's now on the cusp of March, so orders put in today plus 6 weeks is going to push delivery to April.

How much of this is so difficult to understand?

The part that is interesting is Apple's ramp up plans. If we assume some constant level of demand (after the initial madness), either there are no plans to ramp up production, or, they have ongoing production problems (supplier, QC, whatever).

Beer (brown MacPro) o'clock.

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50,000 women knocked up by big data, wearable tech, crowds and cloud

VeganVegan
Devil

That's a laugh,

at the time I submitted this, the world has had (http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/) >260,000 births today .

Devil's spawn indeed.

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Worlds that could support LIFE found among 715 new planets

VeganVegan

Did they check

that the observations were simply wonky at a subset of the stars, that are then imputed to have multiple planets?

I do so much want not to be disappointed!

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

VeganVegan
Go

I need to set up a factory to manufacture gob

more boffins need smacking.

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

VeganVegan
Devil

Re: Ballmet is effing brilliant.

Or maybe it's damage control:

Knowing that Nokia is headed, at least in part, towards Android, and will bring unwelcome comparison and competition to WP, Microsoft had to buy Nokia to control the future, to kill Android on the Nokia platform.

Just my jaundiced view of the whole saga.

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Rise of the Machines: Robot challenges top German player at ping-pong

VeganVegan
Happy

Coming off the Olympics,

I'd like to see a robot do the grand slalom, or the halfpipe.

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Sina rumoured to be prepping Weibo for $500m US-based IPO

VeganVegan

But does it come with Greatwall enabled?

<see title></>

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BlackBerry nabs 'The Sims' to head up crucial Services unit

VeganVegan

Doesn't anyone else see the alliterative possibilities?

After major trim, ex-RIM nabs Sims to run its sans-SIM* services (PIM**, FIM***, OIM****, CIM*****), in a mim race, but with vim, against Tim & co.. Not a whim: RIM cash is lim., not brim. Sadly, it's like UIM****** on KIM-1, or moving to QIM*******, ex-RIM's prospects are dim, even grim.

* Personal Information Manager

** Subscriber Identification Module

*** Federated Identity Management

**** Online Identity Management

***** Customer Interaction Management

****** Universal Input Method

******* Quartier international de Montréal

Sorry to all; too much stim (caffeine) today.

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Samsung poaches Apple store guru for US retail push

VeganVegan

Ask JC Penny how well they made out

letters

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Boffins: On my command, unleash REMOTE CONTROL BULL SPERM

VeganVegan

Meh.

Tell me when they make that nanotube a laser...

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

VeganVegan

Re: Reinvented cuckoo clock

My thoughts exactly.

I wonder why they went for the descending weight method, versus a coiled spring that you crank to tighten up, like the old fashion wound-up clocks (& toys). With a mechanical regulator, the dynamo could be spun at a reasonably constant speed to generate juice.

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Microsoft's new partner will TOUCH IT DOWN UNDER

VeganVegan

Nice title

Micorsoft does need a good goosing up the rear end to stay relevant.

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Hear that? It's the sound of BadBIOS wannabe chatting over air gaps

VeganVegan

Powerline communication?

Unless an isolated (air gapped, light and EM tight) room has its own fuel dump & generator, there is that electrical cable leading out of it.

Ethernet over powerline?

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Rare gold iPhone 5s goes up against 50 caliber high precision rifle

VeganVegan
Mushroom

But does it blend?

Call me old-fashioned, but the up close and personal blending, even sans slo-mo, is more appealing to me.

A high velocity bullet is just not cricket.

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Google reveals its Hummingbird: Fly, my little algorithm - FLY!

VeganVegan
Alien

C the ruby-hroated hummingbird get eaten by the python

C title

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Apple trademark filing may provide peek into iTunes Radio capability

VeganVegan
Joke

That's because of accessibility limitations

They had to trademark "Live Listen", since they can't be sure that zombies are coordinated enough to use a phone. Otherwise they would have simply used "Listen", or, if they wanted to target that consumer subset, "Zombie Listen".

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Middle America pulls up sagging pants menace, belts repeat offenders

VeganVegan

Re: Remember when

"Can you honestly say that you never wore anything absurd, offensive or impractical?"

No.

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VeganVegan
Trollface

Re: I still dont get it though

It does makes some sense from an evolutionary point of view.

It's like the peacock's tail, it hinders his ability to get away from danger, but the fact that he does have that ludicrous tail and yet is still alive and strutting in front of a peahen demonstrates his obvious higher fitness.

In the same way, saggy pants need one hand to keep them from sagging the rest of the way (a hand that is not available for offense/defense), and running away is, at best, a fast waddle. It demonstrates higher fitness!

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Knocking China with shocking phones and mocking tones

VeganVegan
Headmaster

Re: - a fool

I must disagree, from what I know about Tang dynasty rhyming guides for poetry.

Some of the rhymes no longer make sense in Mandarin.

Cantonese preserves many of the rhymes. Mandarin makes a mess of it.

Somewhere I encountered a poem that makes this point. It's a nonsense poem about about some chickens on a knitting machine, or something like that.

In Mandarin, every character in the entire poem is pronounced in exactly the same way. So the poem is nothing but a string of undifferentiated "chi, chi, chi, chi...".

It makes perfect sense (other than the nonsense story in the poem) when recited in Cantonese.

The story I've ben told is that the "civilized' folks moved South during the Sung dynasty, because of the invasion by "barbarians" from the North. As a consequence, the Southerners preserved the spoken language much better than the Northerners.

Not that language bastardization is a bad thing, look at the glory that is English!

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Reg readers tumesce as they get their tongues round 'podule'

VeganVegan

Poltroons

a podule of poltroons, Polish or not.

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NASA signs off on sampling mission to Earth-threatening asteroid

VeganVegan
Mushroom

But..

For the text, it looks like if we wait long enough, the whole asteroid will fall into our laps anyway.

I'd propose a mission that waits until it does so, and then spend the hopefully well-invested mission funding scooping up whatever bits that survives Earth entry. (Oh yes, and help pay for whatever damages it causes)

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Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack enters the final furlong

VeganVegan
Pint

Have a well-deserved one, tomorrow!

Ignore the nabobs of neg. As they say, no good deed goes unpunished.

btw, it's a large genus, and on this side of the pond, it's the American robin.

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Apple: You thought Google dodged taxes? Get a load of THIS

VeganVegan

Re: What will they do with the overseas assets?

They have a huge amount of cash overseas, accrued profit from their operations there (generated from working cash flow: pay for expenses, collect revenue from sales).

Maybe they will use a big chunk of that cash to buy back their own stock, a move that was announced in parallel with the increased dividend payouts. One can envision Apple UK owning a piece of Apple USA, etc..

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Cat ladies turned brand-squatters poke fun at religious right

VeganVegan

Re: Just how many do you need to register?

also, what's with the definite article? Did the Reg pull a Gambia gambit (not just any old Gambia, but THE Gambia)?

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VeganVegan
IT Angle

Re: Just how many do you need to register?

Out of curiosity (I know, it killed the cat), does anyone know why "The Register" is named the way it is?

For example, www.register.co.uk is clearly not www.theregister.co.uk.

I can't imagine that The Register came late to the game when registering domain names, but then, the vulture being a scavenger...

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British bookworms deem Amazon 'evil'

VeganVegan
Pint

Re: queueing for half an hour to speak to a 17-year-old fuckwit who can’t spell or use a mouse

Nice rant, Sir, nice rant, and so very nicely just that little bit off topic.

Have a beer on me.

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VeganVegan
Devil

Re: Re "famous Neil Gaiman"

I believe the issue is'nt not knowing how to find out,

it's not wanting to know at all, as in:

"I'd be ashamed to know that".

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Ants have careers; you don't want them

VeganVegan
Black Helicopters

If you had to work close to her fat highness

you too would gravitate to the relative freedom of the outsides.

Did they measure the disgruntlement index of the nurses versus the cleaners and foragers?

(icon has some remote semblance to an ant...)

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Why I'm hiring the BRAINS and BALLS of CONSERVATIVE 2.0

VeganVegan
Flame

Bong!

Is it really wise to add one more Sativa to the Bong, when it is already stuffed full with the other sativa (Cannabis)?

And, what happened to your Thai stick, มาลัย?

(light it up)

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LOHAN must suck juice while mounted on rigid rod - but HOW?

VeganVegan

Avoid the problem in the first place

Granted, there has to be wires for setting off the rocket, but I'm not so convinced of the elegance of wrapping LOHAN's motor in a heating blanket + its trailing wires, and somehow contriving to have the blanket+wire not get in the way of launch.

Think outside the box for a moment. Actually, within the box:

Put LOHAN and her rail within a styrofoam box, just like the electronics. Keep the interior nicely warm with a heater blanket glued to the walls of the box: no worries about wire and such. A side benefit is that it should protect LOHAN somewhat from the wind buffeting.

The tricky part is: how does LOHAN get out of the box come launch time?

Perhaps put a hinged door at the exit end of the box , with a motor that opens it a minute or so before the ignition signal is sent to get LOHAN on her way.

Alternately, have the door hinged on the bottom side, and a solenoid that releases a latch, to allow the door to swing down by gravity.

One could also include crafty, purely mechanical capture latches to ensure that the door stays open once it is opened.

Another possible advantage of an insulated box is that LOHAN can now ride on top of her rail, instead of hanging her there. Further, the rail need not be so protected from icing, etc..

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Patent shark‘s copyright claim could bite all Unix

VeganVegan
Happy

Nice April Fools article.

Could have asserted that the original social media, Usenet, especially its alt.sex groups, were some of the first to trigger the nsfw daemon.

Then again, maybe copyright claims that were violated & left un-protested for so many years may be deemed abandoned, much like spam, kleenex and xeroxing had entered the lexicon, to the chagrin (or tacit approval in the case of spam) of the respective owners.

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Giant solar-powered aircraft to begin cross-country flight

VeganVegan

At the risk of being too pedantic,,

Beyond just being tired, what does the pilot do about food and water, and what about going to the bathroom?

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Reg man bested in geek-to-geek combat - in World War 3 nerve centre

VeganVegan

In comparison, pity the poor Germans come WW3

The "joke":

Q: How far apart are German towns?

A: 1 kiloton.

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Want faster fibre? Get rid of the glass

VeganVegan

As the surfers say

Totally tubular!

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