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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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Re: Containment Solution?

I expect this to happen because I have a sense of humour.

Next question.

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Re: Containment Solution?

"Yeah, greenpeace will be shouting "won't somebody think of the fish""

I'm already thinking of the fish.

I'm specifically thinking about the possibility of cod and chips from the local chip shop being a bit cheaper, because they'll get the cod already cooked.

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* Looks forward to the inevitable low-budget, made-for-tv disaster movies based around this concept, featuring some dodgy science.

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Design for the base, along with a design for a space craft for use there.

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Re: Fascinating@ Psyx

"I've been doing the UK lottery for 20 years - odds 1 in 14,000,000 - and am not yet rich."

Yes, but that's a fourteen million to one chance (and even that's approximate), not a million to one chance. It's million to one events that happen nine times out of ten.

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Re: Fascinating

"Looking at a thousand years of future, we'd be astronomically unlucky to get hit"

He said, moments before a lump of rock fell out of the sky and hit him on the bonce.

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Re: Fascinating

" and a few medium-powered lasers"

Don't forget the frickin' sharks on which to mount them.

You'd have to genetically engineer them to live in space.

Hmm. Genetically engineered space-sharks with lasers mounted on them. What could possibly go wrong?

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Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app

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"I could do with something to make it harder for people to contact me and to quieten my phone down a little bit. This will do nicely"

I just don't have any friends. I find that works quite well - it not only stopped people sending me messages on FaecesBook (when I had an account) but in any other context as well.

* Checks phone.

Oh look, no messages. Yay!

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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"and a Type C connector that's reversible, getting rid of the familiar two-attempt fumble it takes many people to plug in today's USB cables."

It's usually at least three, as others have noted above. Although - and I don't expect anyone to believe me, because it really does sound far fetched - I did once manage to plug in a USB connector on the very first attempt. I know, I know, I can't prove it ever happened.

The reality is that there is a risk that this new connector won't get rid of the multi-attempt fumble, but will introduce the infinite-attempt fumble. Somewhere, some poor soul will spend the rest of eternity* attempting to plug in a single USB connector, repeatedly turning it around because it just won't go in.

* Okay, maybe just the rest of his life, rather than eternity.

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Uh oh! Here comes the first bug in the Windows 8.1 Update

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"Microsoft has suspended distribution of April's Windows 8.1 Update to some enterprise customers after a bug was discovered that could bork affected machines' ability to receive future updates."

It turns Windows 8 into Windows XP?

Quick! Everyone get it NOW!

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Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight

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Re: Moody Planes

"It's not gravity, it's the ground trying to kill you."

Indeed. Gravity is merely trying to be helpful by getting you back on the ground as quickly as it can. It has no idea that ground is a serial killer.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Re: "not all Apple users are like that !"

You're right, they are. My bad.

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Re: So access to information

"That's not fair - not all Opera Apple users are like that !"

FIFY.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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"Surely the answer is a doughnut-shaped screen, completely encircling your head - plus a swivel chair. 360° viewing nirvana."

Don't give the crazy TV-folk silly ideas.

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Apple sued in Texas troll territory for iMovie patent infringement

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Re: It's OK

"If they prove to be entertaining and halfway "competent" the lawyers will be bought out and added to the front line of the Apple <--> Sammy war.. ;)"

If Apple suspected for one moment that Samsung might also be infringing the same IP, they'd probably buy the company rather than just the company's law firm.

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

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Re: Why bother with...

"Had you said something along the lines of "I'm an avid footballer but I find it a bit boring sometimes, so here's what I'd do to improve the game...", then it would have been funny, perhaps.

What you mean is that it then might have been funny to you. Different people find amusement in different things. Humour can be funny like that.

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Re: Why bother with...

"Since I don't like football in the slightest I have long held the idea of an audience participation model where each person gets their moneys-worth by being able to select an area of the pitch with goes 'live', if a majority of the audience chose the same area the land-mines would activate and the players would then be earning their money."

I also don't like football, so I've also had an idea to improve the game.

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'Dads from the Midwest' pull down their email-spaffing LinkedIn plugin

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Re: LinkedIn are dangerous amateurs

"I'm not trolling. Did you log in?

This is pretty much what the plugin does."

I logged in, and I only found the email address in the source of some profiles, but not all - and those were ones on which the email address is visible when you click the 'Contact Info' button (my connections).

From the article, this browser plug-in "sometimes (but not always) displayed email addresses that supposedly allowed users to contact LinkedIn users directly by email" - I can't help but wonder if the ones it displayed were the ones where the user would have seen had they clicked 'Contact Info' anyway.

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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Re: Apple Disappointing

"Are you a gibbering idiot? Name me one quarter ONE where Apple has made a loss on its iPhone's, Jesus they can't even make enough of them to sell."

While Dade's comment would probably cause even the most powerful grammar checker to overheat and die, I can't see the bit where he said Apple has made a loss on its iPhones, only that they "did not have the sales" - by which I suspect he means lost sales (which are very disputable) rather than losses.

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SmartTV, dumb vuln: Philips hard-codes Miracast passwords

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^ This.

That is all.

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Apple poking at idea of bayonet phone fittings

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Samsung need to counter this by patenting the idea of mounting a mobile phone on a tripod.

It doesn't matter if it's silly, or something that really, really shouldn't be patented.

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Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

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Re: Can't tell with a woman

"No wonder. We never look at their faces ... well that's what I keep on being told anyway."

You mean those aren't their faces?

Oops.

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

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Re: Beware what you wish for!

TISWAS

"Because it was on channel 5 on saturday night (and sunday on their +24 channel)?"

Ooh, excellent! I shall seek it out on Demand5 when I have a chance!

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Re: Beware what you wish for!

"I can see this thing catching on... and another silly imbecile meme is started with hoi polloi taking selfies doing this in front of [insert landmark] and pestering the interwebs with it."

Why am I suddenly feeling nostalgic about TISWAS and The Dying Fly?

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Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

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Re: Big endian vs little endian

Phew. I had myself worried there. ;)

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Re: Big endian vs little endian

Holy hot hedgehogs.

I've just upvoted Steve Todd.

That's never happened before.

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: 1 in 16 boys? seams low

'Hedgeporn' ?

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Re: Does not add up!

"To the article author, and the reg in general, kindly stop referring to it as 'smut' or 'filth' etc., you sound like children yourself"

You've made almost a thousand posts, going back as far as 2008, and yet you sound like you're new here!

Amazeballs!

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Re: grand theft auto -Lambeth?

ISTR a driving game called The Getaway on the PS3 (or possibly the PS2) being set in London - and it was pretty good, if memory serves. (I probably still have it, somewhere).

So despite the mickey taking, there are existing games that would have qualified if they were being written now.

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First pics: Comet-chaser Rosetta hurtles towards icy prey, camera in hand

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Re: And ...

When I read the article, my thoughts turned to a science fiction story I read donkey's years ago - but I can't remember who it was by or what it was called, nor whether it was a novel in its own right, or a short story in an anthology.

A manned mission lands on a comet (whether that the mission was something else and circumstances forced them to land, I don't know). When down, they found some kind of 'totem pole' on the comet, that appeared to have been built by different landing parties on the comet - different alien civilisations having landed there, and left their mark.

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LenovOUCH! Thinkpad's overheating batteries spark recall alert

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Gosh, yes, Chinese manufactured equipment is so unreliable, it's only taken four years for the fan in my T510* to pack up - you'd think something that is switched on almost every waking hour except when travelling between sites (and often left on through many sleeping hours), and regularly used in places that are very dusty, etc, would last at least forty years.

* Purchased in March 2010, so several months before the affected machines.

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Stop skiving: Computers can SEE THROUGH your FAKE PAIN

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Re: Cameras to the rescue

"Ok young lad, send me a selfie!"

Certainly. Here's one I prepared earlier...

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Ray-Ban to produce Google Glass data-goggs: Cool - or Tool?

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"I'm still not convinced I'll ever want Glass myself, but then again it was only a few years ago I thought I'd never get a smartphone and now I love my Nexus, so the lesson there is never say never."

My original thoughts about Glass were the same - but I can see potential applications that would be useful or interesting to me, such as using Glass, or something similar, to record a time lapse of hikes.

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We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

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Thunderbolt and pricing,

Not really enticing me.

Galileo, Galileo, etc

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Lost Acres

Lost Acres, by Robert Graves.

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How to Poo on a Date wins odd book title of the year

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Re: Wow

"Emptied out" wasn't a pooing reference, then?

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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"What did the last 5 odd years of TV development really get us?"

Stupid locations for some connections that we'd like to have in a more accessible place, all in the name of making the front of the TV look as untainted with, ugh, things as possible?

I'm thinking specifically of the headphone socket, because it's something I do use. On my current TV it is really awkward to get at, and seems to just as stupidly positioned on those I've looked at when considering replacements.

My preference? On the front, where I can see it, or failing that on the side so I don't have to reach around behind or under and behind (as I have to currently) to try to plug headphones into a socket that I can't bloody well see, and so struggle to find.

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TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

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Re: @Anonymous Coward

Indeed.

My glasses used to resemble what AC described, but haven't done for a long time - but I can assure him/her that the reason they are less unwieldy now is not due to some miraculous improvement in my eyesight; it's notably worse than it was back then.

Also, AC:

" I couldn't imagine for a second bolting a Google glass on top of this contraption."

So do you think you will be able to attach your lenses, that you say you only have the option of two sets of frames, to Google Glass? If so, that suggests you think the lenses can be (or will possibly be, in future) fitted to other frames, doesn't it? Otherwise it's a non-issue, because Google Glass won't be an option for you anyway.

My suggestion is not to bother considering Glass in the first place.

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" It also asks those considering a ban to remember that later models of Glass allow for prescription lenses to be added and may be needed by people to actually see."

The actual wording is:

"Just bear in mind, would-be banners: Glass can be attached to prescription lenses, so requiring Glass to be turned off is probably a lot safer than insisting people stumble about blindly in a locker room."

Requiring that people use ordinary glasses if they need prescription lenses doesn't seem unreasonable to me, and is not the same as insisting people stumble around blindly. It doesn't seem unreasonable that someone using Glass with prescription lenses be expected to carry ordinary specs for just such occasions - or to just leave Glass at home and wear ordinary glasses when it's inappropriate to do so.

(And I am speaking as someone who does need prescription lenses - and usually carries more than one pair of glasses for different needs.)

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Re: The garage door?

It's such a simple and obvious thing to do, and I am so glad that somebody has bothered to do so!

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Re: What's the big deal with charging every day?

"Depends how its done ... "

Indeed. My watch receives some charge most days - it's solar.

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Re: The garage door?

And now you could conceivably do the same using something like a Raspberry Pi, which your phone connects to via your home network It may not be in a typical smartphone app in use today, but that doesn't mean it isn't an option.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: A question of balance

They appear to have twelve sides - so that's a pretty neat trick, balancing a number of seven sided coins on edge so that they somehow gain an extra five sides.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

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Re: The trouble with an infinite number of possible parallel universes

You only have to start worrying when you see any Kromaggs wandering about.

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

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We see [cover-]art, which happens to involve bared boobs.

Apple sees very rounded corners.

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Daring danger-drone dives into VOLCANIC eruption – what happens next has to be seen

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Re: Good effort...

So what you're saying is that you got closer to the lava than the drone's operator, rather than closer to it than the drone?

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

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Re: Viruses and malware

"Win8 has no Touch ONLY interface."

Quite correct.

It has a Touch-only-with-a-barge-pole-unless-you-have-no-friggin'-choice interface.

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

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"The Galaxy S4 comes with nine sensors, including one to detect humidity and temperature. This sensor is used by the S Health app to work out the user's "comfort level". The phone also comes with a barometer."

Tsk. Bloody Samsung, copying Apple again. This blatant rip off has to be worth another $billion, at least.

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Brit 'naut Major Tim could carry YOUR name into SPAAAAACCEEE

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Mission Drax

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

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Re: Erm...

Does not the same objection stand valid against Overpuddlians telling us that a date denoted their way is significant?

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