* Posts by ravenviz

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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Re: @Trygve Henriksen re: @Hugh Pumphrey - Track Stand? Bah.

Why? I always enjoy being blinded by brake lights!

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Re: Track Stand? Bah.

"no point"

Eh?

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15 gears?

Well, 15 gear combinations which you'd never sensibly use all of*. My bike has 21 gear combinations (3 front x 7 back) and I use all 7 on the front middle cog, and about 2 backs each on the other two fronts, so in all is 11 +/-.

*apparently you can weaken the chain links on some combinations

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Re: nearside and Gary Larson?

Ahem, I believe it is nearside and offside!

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The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

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Dating sites

I did actually meet someone on a dating site and had a lasting relationship (which ran its course). It was a difficult road though, with most messages to prospective ladies ignored, initial conversations ended abruptly, and even meetings with no further communication, not even a thank you. So just like real life then (apart from the trolls).

What I will say is that I did set up a fake female ID 'to see what would happen', and within minutes of setting up the account, without a photo, the ID was bombarded by other men, the number of messages went into multiples of 10 within an hour. That certainly did not happen the other way 'round!

Message to myself was that I was proud to have actually managed to find someone and we got things underway, as is the supposed intention.

My message to everyone else, dating sites are a nightmare and I have a lot of sympathy for women who have the bravery to continue to actually use them. And a lot of respect for anyone who manages to actually find a partner within all the chaos.

More fundamentally: recognize a real life opportunity for what it is when it comes!

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Boffins unwrap honeybee black box recorder project

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Eric the half a bee

Is this wretched demi-bee

Half asleep upon my knee

Some freak from a menagerie?

No! It's Eric, the half a bee

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White Stork mates with ISS, delivers bundles of resupply joy

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Hopefully Kimiya Yui will now be seen sipping ryokucha?!

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

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USS Gerald R. Ford

Cost: $12.8 billion + $4.7 billion R&D (estimated)

How many bits did they take from the USS Enterprise!

Just sayin'.

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Rock reboot and the Welsh windy wonder: Centre for Alternative Technology

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Wish you were here...?

The Reg has gone all Judith Chalmers!

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Veedub flub hubbub stubs car-jack hack flap

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I use double security: first cover the steering wheel in shit, second fill the car with wasps.

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Riddle solved: Do bears crap in the woods? No – they're stressing out over drones instead

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Re: Stressed by hovering thing

giant hornet monster thing is probably a European hornet, and apparently they are quite docile, "there has only been one documented case of a European Hornet sting causing someone to seek medical attention" (Wikipedia).

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Re: Kill the buggers

We fuck things up big style

Who says? We do.

Circular argument?

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EU clears UK to give £50m to SABRE space launcher engine

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"HotBlack Desiato"

I remember being in the Dublin Castle pub near Camden once, suitably refreshed after an evening's socializing, and seeing said estate agents across the road. Being a H2G2TG fan it quite freaked me out at the time.

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Aussies turn to comic cat videos for comfort

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Sounds like a tall tail to me.

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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Re: In my day

A cub leader friend in St. Albans (= posh), asked about good deeds they had done in the previous week, one lad seemed very proud to say that he had helped his nanny load the dishwasher!

DYB!

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LCD line previews?

Luxury!

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Put it away: Dwarf's 'supermassive' marvel is actually smallest thing boffins have ever seen

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886 metres in diameter

Aww, I'd like to ruffle its hair.

If it has any.

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Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free

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Re: No thanks

the only music app without an actual "play" button

In fact there are Play buttons everywhere, Recently Added has Play buttons and selecting an album shows a Play button for that album. Selecting a track doesn't need a Play button, it rather assumes that you want to play it if you select it.

The Add to Playlist function is quite comprehensive as well and even allows searching while browsing tracks to add. This is all on the phone.

I admit I didn't like the new player when it came out, but I have got used to it and now think it is better.

About the article though, I won't be signing up for Apple Music.

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Re: No thanks

You can change their assignment fairly easily, or use playlists (very easy as well). In fact playlists are very handy indeed.

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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Isn't that Queen Victoria?

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Re: Deniers?

2 thumbs up & 2 thumbs down

Very clever I see what you did there.

On balance, as of now, there have been 138 posts with an average:

8 thumbs up & 5 thumbs down

So: I hereby declare climate change article comment up and down votes to adhere to the following algorithm:

If UpVoteSelected Then

UpVote = UpVote + 1

DownVote = DownVote + (5/8)

ElseIf DownVoteSelected Then

DownVote = DownVote + 1

UpVote = UpVote + (8/5)

EndIf

There.

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Re: Deniers?

I hereby declare climate change article comment up and down votes to adhere to the following algorithm:

If UpVoteSelected Then

UpVote = UpVote + 1

DownVote = DownVote + 1

ElseIf DownVoteSelected Then

DownVote = DownVote + 1

UpVote = UpVote + 1

EndIf

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What a shower: METEORS will BLAZE a FIERY TRAIL across our skies

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Re: Halley's Comet

I somehow managed to just glimpse Saturn's rings with a 2.5" refractor in the 80's! I was amazed that here was this 3D object right there, hanging in space. And I didn't even feel sick.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: A few things

When driving my camper van in Europe I just tootle along at 60 and no-one bothers me. As long as I remember to allow lorries in from the right at a motorway junction

If I do have the misfortune to have to overtake two lorries in two lanes, going up a hill, I'm very thankful as people flash their lights into my tailgate, the added photon pressure makes me go just that little bit faster.

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Happy birthday! Rosetta starts second year around comet

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But mayflies

Just to think we are just visitors, 67/P is going to be around long after we have gone. Do you think it noticed us?

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

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Re: Scum

Not a professional stuntman anyway!

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Re: Cockwomble

Presidents aside of course!

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Re: Is this a preview of a new series of Brass Eye?

Er, I think it was the Brass Eye production team that made a fool of him, he was acting in all good faith putting his popularity where his mouth is and backing a (what he thought was a) worthy cause.

Chris Morris' talent though is without question.

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PALE BACKSIDE of lovely Luna flits past in imagery from 1 MILLION miles out

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Albedo

Wolfram Alpha says 0.367

Vangelis says 0.39

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'Please, choose to be a good citizen and DON’T ask Siri about 9/11'

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Re: Silly people

@Pen-y-gors

'999' comes from rotary dial telephones. Dialing 999, three full rotations, forms a deliberate act and isolates real emergency calls from e.g. a child playing with the phone, where 111 could actually be inadvertently dialled very easily.

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Voyager's Golden Record now free to download

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Re: The sound quality

I don't think that cable will be long enough!

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Comet 67/P CAKED in LIFE-GIVING RUBBLE, say astroboffins

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Those yogurts are probiotic, but I like what you did!

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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Re: "an application to put up surveillance cameras has been denied."

Most Norwegians I know buy their booze at Heathrow!

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Galactic BIRTH: ALMA peers THIRTEEN BEELLLION years into Dawn of Time Itself

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Re: That is the most astonishing thing . . .

We all are part of the structure of the Universe!

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Re: This is maddening

The light left there 13 billion years ago!

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YOW! Pluto STUNS boffins with HAZY, SHRINKY atmosphere

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I think it's about time the gas giants were reclassified as dwarf brown dwarf stars since some rules I made up say that if a stellar body does not have a lithosphere diameter > 85 - 90% the diameter of the entire body, and gives out more heat than it receives, then it's a brown dwarf.

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ROBOT SEEDS to be scattered into upper atmosphere of JUPITER: NASA scheme

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Re: Lightning

Do the scars go away when they get older then?

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Re: Lightning

Don't want to make them too large as they'll get attacked by the gas-filled denizens who evolved to survive perpetually aloft!

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Re: Jinxed

@Mark 85, anyone such minded could use that strength to their advantage and turn the Earth into a battlefield, a Battlefield Earth if you will...

/here

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SPLAT! STAR THWACKED, GUTS flung into space at 15 per cent of LIGHTSPEED

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The Universe

A very violent place!

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Mighty CHASMS, craters FOUND ON MOON of Pluto

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nearly featureless ball of ice

Even that was a vast improvement from the first ever pictures! This is so exciting!

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NASA pops open a big can of red planet whup-ass with Mars Trek

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My, what a strange place!

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DOUGHNUT (donut?) and whale FOUND ON PLUTO

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Perseverance

Being a planetary mission scientist is one of great risk, and also of being able to make the best of whatever unexpected events get thrown your way. Many stories in the past of projects being in planning stages for years then for the mission to be destroyed on the launch pad, soon after take-off, or into the mission. Or some aspect not working properly, or as expected; always able to be creative in the face of adversity and extract new science out of seeming shortcomings.

Great stuff guys, your patience is really appreciated!

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Soyuz source replenishes international space station

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Re: a sensible and easy to understand decimal currency system...

Good spot!

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Re: El Reg units...

Metric conversion and decimalization both came in after significant social upheavals which provided a good opportunity for making a change when people were used to things "being different around here".

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Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

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The Blob

Soon up for a remake starring Samuel L Jackson!

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WHY did NASA probe go suddenly SILENT - JUST as it was about to send pics of remote ice-world?

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confident that it can restore operations before the scheduled flyby

Well even so, all would not be totally lost given there are plans to go on to one or a couple of Kuiper Belt objects.

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Oil & gas? Pah. We’ve got a MASSIVE 3D printer, beams Dubai

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Re: First??

So then they will also install a 3D printed 3D printer into the 3D printed building.

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Get your WELLIES to MARS: Red Planet reveals its FROZEN BOTTOM

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Re: Wet for 1.5Billion years @ the 7th tom

The lights go out once per day.

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Yikes! Facebook will run on TELEPATHY, thinks Zuck, in Q&A

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Small thinking

Why not just go the next step and take the technology out of the equation completely?

Oh, hang on, that's called conversation.

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