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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

Roger Varley

Re: Son of Voyager

I doubt it's even noughties technology - you don't send bleeding edge technology on space missions, you send well understood, proven technology - it's probably using the space industry equivalent of Windows 98 tech.

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

Roger Varley

" but it has become clear to me that the present situation has become a distraction from the vital work this Government is doing to turn our country around."

So she's resigning for altruistic reasons rather than the fact she got caught fiddling 45K worth of expenses?

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

Roger Varley

Re: You have got it all wrong....

Why would you even have wheels fitted to your bog? Inquiring minds and all that .....

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BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website

Roger Varley

Pardon?

"We, in BT, continue to manage efficiently our allocation of IPv4 address space and are also taking the necessary steps to manage a transition to IPv6."

Hmmm -> http://btsupport.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/44044/c/6433

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

Roger Varley

Re: Who are these people who would willingly pay more?

If the BBC moved to a subscription based service and expanded the scope to include the ex-pat community, they'd probably be awash with subscribers and no-one would need to pay x2 or x3

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SAY MY NAME, ALIEN SCUM. NASA to send 'you' into SPAAACE...

Roger Varley

Wow

Someone just has to send a 'Kilroy was here'

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Boffins invent LUMINOUS PIGS again, glow-in-dark bacon sarnies presumably imminent

Roger Varley

All pigs can fly. It's just a matter of calculating the trajectory and then applying sufficient impetus.

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Chinese Jade RABBIT SIGHTED ON MOON by NASA probe

Roger Varley

Re: Well done China.

I can't tell the difference between one little white dot or the other little white dots, other than two of them have arrows pointing at them. Unless someone can come up with a convincing theory as to how they got there on the lunar surface, I too call hoax.

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Dry, cold and volatile: How to survive Mars, and your fellow crew

Roger Varley

Re: So only about 140x further than human kind has *ever* traveled

So that would be the Arcs A,B & C then?

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

Roger Varley

Re: Totally useless "technology" "invention".

> A ten-story rocket is definitely a bit bigger and a lot less stable when balanced on the blunt end.

Ok - I'm curious - why doesn't it just topple over?

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

Roger Varley

Seems a small price to pay ....

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Think you're ready to make a big career bet? Read this first...

Roger Varley
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Re: keeping your skills nearer the edge

>It always amuses me when you get people in their 40's/50's who get made redundant and are then shocked >to find they can't get another job on the same salary, because after all their "years of experience" is all that >should matter. Yes you have years of experience - of knowing very little.

I hope that you still find it equally whimsical when, god forbid, it happens to you.

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

Roger Varley

Re: pronunciation

Ironically, in modern greek as spoken here in Cyprus, gamma at the start of a word is pronounced 'y'

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BOFH: My HELPDESK HELL - lies, phones lines and statistics

Roger Varley

Priceless

"No, it's statistics with a very high margin of error" - brilliant! I *will* be using that line at some point in th enear future.

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Ancient revellers came to party... and build Stonehenge - boffins

Roger Varley

Re: What?

Actually, Berwick is the end of England, not the start of Scotland

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Roger Varley

What?

Walking from Scotland to Stonehenge twice a year must be the earliest known example of the phenomenon known today as "Painting the Forth Road Bridge"

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Micro-computer bakers open Raspberry Pi shop

Roger Varley

Re: Pah!

>> I used to love adding a "cheat", such as infinite lives/ammo to character 1 or removing collision on a certain wall, for when I played multiplayer with a friend

I had fun with "Snake" - programmed the shift key to reverse the left & right keys of my opponent. Provided much hilarity until he realised what I had done.

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Roger Varley

Re: "The Pi Shop"

And here was me thinking old Chris was from Genoa.

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'Build us a Death Star, President Obama' demand thousands

Roger Varley

Re: @ Michael Luke

Nah - we'll be OK. Most yanks have never heard of the UK, and of those that have, most of them think it's place near London.

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What happened to the 'Most Read/Commented' list of articles on the front page?

Roger Varley

Re: What happened to the 'Most Read/Commented' list of articles on the front page?

Yes - +1 to bring it back. I too used it as a major navigational tool - particularly the most commented.

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OLYMPIC SECRETS to stay locked up for 15 YEARS

Roger Varley

Re: Brazil

What is it that our gubberment keep saying ....? Oh yes, 'If you've nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear' .

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It's Lego's 80th birthday party, but only the boys are invited

Roger Varley

>On another note, when I was young I used to have some lego-like construction bricks which belonged to my >dad, which were made of a type of rubber, rather than hard plastic. Anyone else have anything similar?

I remember those - one of my friends had a set. Buggered if I can remember what it was called though.

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Santander's banking website craps out

Roger Varley
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Re: Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland.

That's because nobody expects the Spanish Aquisition.

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Brooks, Coulson to be CHARGED over phone-hacking

Roger Varley

Re: Long past time

Other way around I think. I'm pretty sure we had MP's before newspapers.

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Cockfighting Reg hack cursed with cancer

Roger Varley

ROFL

Yet another good day for keyboard manufacturers. Nice one Lester.

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Bank Trojan crooks trouser £800k from 30,000 Brits

Roger Varley

Hardly the most successful scam of all time ...

all that time and effort to net, on average, a tad under GBP 27 per sucker.

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US defence biz fined for busting China arms embargo

Roger Varley

Unbelievable! One law for them ....

A US defense contractor breaks US arms embargo by selling software designed for miliatary use, lies to the US government about it and gets fined. Christopher Tappin gets extradited, locked up and faces 35 years for allegedly selling batteries that *might* be useful in a missile.

Why do USAians wonder why the rest of the world hold them in such contempt.?

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Raspberry Pi to skipper microship across Atlantic

Roger Varley

More Excellent Reporting from El Reg

If the author had actually bothered to do some research instead of simply scraping the front page of the raspberryPi.org homepage - you know, something radical like going to the homepage of the FishPi project everyone would be aware that the boat in question is simply a proof of concept to see if it can be made to work and will be spending its life on considerably smaller bodies of water than the Atlantic - such as the local boating lake.

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Turing Machine brought to life with Lego

Roger Varley

What a job

To get paid to build things like that!

Almost as good as being Quality Controller in a brewery.

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Mad Apple patent: Cloneware to convince trackers you don't like porn

Roger Varley

Re: Would use of such a service be seen as an attempt to pervert the course of justice?

>One thing I did notice - they mentioned something along the lines of participating in an online forum on >your behalf using a crude AI.

They've obviously been testing that bit in here. Would certainly explain AManFromMars

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Linus Torvalds drops F-bomb on NVIDIA

Roger Varley

Re: Great now we have a child

>> (BTW you're talking crap about Live Aid "being wiped out").

AC - I think you've got your sarcasm detector switched off.

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Raspberry Pi IN THE SKY: Wallet-sized PC is disaster drone brain

Roger Varley

Supply problems

Why is it El Reg seem to be unable to mention the raspberry Pi without getting in some snarky remark about being able to get hold of one. We all know that there were problems early on due to huge demand. We all know that the situation is improving. So give it a rest El Reg it's starting to wear thin.

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We'll pull the plug on info-leak smart meters, warns UK.gov

Roger Varley

How the hell do they work that out?

I can see how access to the data will show when the property is occupied and, by extrapolation, I can just about see how you may be able to infer the number of people in the property - but how in the name of all that's holy do they manage to work out your TV make and model?

What else could you extract from the data?

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Earth bathed in high-energy radiation from colossal mystery blast

Roger Varley

Re: hitsorical record

Damn you sir. Just hope no one from Hollywood saw that otherwise there'll be a film next year. And the Mericans will win!

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The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate

Roger Varley

Re: Lewis biased, again

@DaWolf. You forgot to include or read the quote which immediately follows the conclusion you object to;

"It does not follow, however, that nothing can be done ... Effective strategies include use of culturally diverse communicators, whose affinity with different communities enhances their credibility, and information-framing techniques that invest policy solutions with resonances congenial to diverse groups. Perfecting such techniques through a new science of science communication is a public good of singular importance."

So - it does rather look as if a equals b in this instance.

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Telly is becoming moving wallpaper for constantly online Brits

Roger Varley

Don't know

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Indiana cops arrest violent 6-year-old

Roger Varley

>>What's the age of criminal responsibility in Indiana? -9 months?

No - that's the age when you can legally marry your cousin.

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TV?

Roger Varley

Re: Game of Thrones

New Series? Damn - missed that. Where's it being shown?

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ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. - Humans begin artificial CO2 emissions

Roger Varley

> and the Stephensons got railways working properly.

and probably the first & only time they did.

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Game of Thrones Blu-ray disc set

Roger Varley

Re: Best ever?

I think you will be very pleasantly surprised when you get a chance to see the TV version. Martins style of writing it in chapters from the viewpoint of a single character makes it particularly easy to translate to the screen. Series 2 started transmission last Sunday, so they'll be on a torrent near you soon.

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FTC, RockYou settle after 32 MILLION passwords pillaged

Roger Varley

Brilliant

> We will, we will fine you.

That made me laugh. Now I can't get the chorus out of my head - damn you.

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Smoked by Android: Microsoft coughs up free laptop

Roger Varley

>That said, with my phone (10 quid Asda special) if I wanted to know the weather I would have to >phone my wife and ask her to check on her laptop.

Wouldn't it be quicker to look out of the window?

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BOFH: Dawn raid on Fort BOFH

Roger Varley

Re: Cynical; moi?

Mine had floppies in as well. Not your modern 5.25" jobbies, but your original 8.5" floppies. Just wish I had something to read them with - just for curiosities sake.

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LOHAN's fantastical flying truss menaces kiddies

Roger Varley

The problem with this sort of thing is that yes, it does remove the more irritating and mindless cr@p, but you do miss out on the occasional gem of outstanding fsckwittery

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LOHAN to straddle meaty titanium rod

Roger Varley

Re: Two comments

Why would you need to monitor the tension on the balloon anchor line? Surely it would be enough to detect that upward motion has translated into downward motion?

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Tourists follow GPS, drive into sea

Roger Varley

Nothing changes

Lindisfarne was near my childhood home. The causeway came complete with "The Refuge" (think large garden shed on very long stilts) for those who could neither tell the time or recognize the difference between an incoming or receding tide..

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NHS trusts beg IT suppliers to manage eHospital plan

Roger Varley

Job Titles

What is a Benefits and Business Change Lead and what does he/she actually do?

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Android clobbers Siri in Japanese... and English

Roger Varley

@Metavisor

You might think that directions to a hospital might be a bit over the top for a simple "stomach ache" but I can understand why Siri thinks it appropriate.

You are an intelligent human being. You can tell the difference between a touch of indigestion and something potentially more serious. Siri cannot. A stomach ache could be the result of an acid attack due to over indulgence, appendicitus or god knows what. Given the propensity of Joe Public to believe whatever a computer tells them despite evidence to the contrary (see the idiots who drive into fields because their sat-nav told them to) you can see that anything that hints of a medical matter should be directed to the nearest health professional, if only to cut down on lawsuits.

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Could tiny ebooks really upset the mighty Apple cart?

Roger Varley

Re: Price of e-Books already gone down

So, has any one got a list of Luxemburg proxies?

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Brits trapped in confusing council website labyrinths - survey

Roger Varley

Nostalgia ...

You are in a confusing labyrinth of counsel websites.

It is dark.

You are likely to be eaten by grue.

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