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Dragon capsule arrives at space station for Easter Sunday delivery

Pigeon

Thank you very much

Mr. G. D, I thought I was going mad.

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

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Re: FWIW...

I, too, was confused. This method may be to reduce the multiplication of errors. If k is < 1, then the error in k is not magnified. There are other schemes for matrix operations and polynomial evaluation. None of them make *much* difference, except to boffins.

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Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

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Go

Mine of information

I always wondered how Google search works. Well done.

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

Pigeon

I worked on an Algol68C compiler long ago, and have a disturbing memory of a single awkward situation where a space was needed. I hope I am wrong. It was so long ago...

By the way, FORTRAN was supposed to be simple too, but I wrote a helloworld type program with one character per card (using continuation flag thingy), and it didn't compile with a particular compiler. How dumb is that?

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Re: Pulse dialling?

When I were a lad, I think a light went on in the exchange when you lifted the receiver. The operator would then plug her (usually her) headset into your socket, and say, "Which number do you require?". So, I suppose, tappy tapping it would cause a flashing light alarm. My phone number was Honiton 709, when I was six years old.

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Ask Google this impossible question, get web filth as a reward

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Pint

Re: INTERNET SCUM

Is Big Dumb Guy 555 tampering with your keyboard? Screen lock is advis(z)ed when getting more beer from the fridge.

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Meh

Re: -1.4142 or 1+1i,

Remember your BODMAS from early schooling. Brackets, Powers(Of), Division, Multiplication, Add, Subtract. The Bing result is correct, and interprets it as - (4^(1/4)), which is a +/- real result. The other interpretation gives +/- Root2 +/- Root2 i (there are four roots, with evenly spaced arguments. By the way, I'm a little rusty too. The unary minus is interpreted as (-1) * 4 by Mathematica, so I can see the confusion here.

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BIS, bash, bosh: El Reg solves BlackBerry 10 email bafflement

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Holmes

U Bend

Before you go, I would like to mention that toilets have S bends. There was a lovely lass at my university with that nickname. (No malice intended, of course.)

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

Pigeon

ECT

Oh, go on then. Electro-Convulsive Therapy. I'm just waiting to see if we can score eadon, bazza shitpeas, and obviously! like earlier.

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Canadian astronaut warns William Shatner of life on Earth

Pigeon

Re: "...damped by gravity..." ???

I wondered about that too. Strings vibrate initially in a plane, but then the plane rotates. Maybe the speed of the rotation is affected by gravity. This would affect the sound produced, say by reducing the rotation.

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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Re: All this presumes...

Someone I knew (?) told me that his band sang "Ten days of felch" instead of "Ten days of hell", just because they were bored. (btw felch is a silly rude word).

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Re: Dad was Right After All

My dad would listen to football on an earphone, watch the news on the telly, and snooze at the same time. If you changed the channel on the telly, he would wake up and say "Hey, I was watching that". Is that multitasking?

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What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks

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Happy

Re: I try to write clear code

You won't get 100'th downvote from me. You could have written some rubbish. Good luck in your quest.

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Experts troll 'biggest security mag in the world' with DICKish submission

Pigeon

I didn't read it fully, but...

Does this have to use the Completely Underground Network Tunnel?

--Basil Brush

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Mmmm, delicious new sugar batteries keep gadgets up all night

Pigeon

Re: "... a battery anode, which is the negative (-) terminal of the device."

The OP is right. My old chemistry teacher taught that "oxidation occurs at the anode", which is equivalent to removal of electrons. Batteries are the other way round to electrolysis cells.

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Exhibitionist Shamoon virus blows PCs' minds

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Happy

Windows 200

I grant you copyright. It's cool

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Party like it's 1999: CDE Unix desktop REBORN

Pigeon

At least I understand it a bit.

My ancient Sun Workstation runs CDE, and most of the software is Motif (I run Motif MWM on my laptop too). It's clunky, but no-one has pointed out that it has a good facility for sysadmins. You can install menu items at user-level, server-level, and network-level. It's still pretty primitive, though. I've got used to the consistent button-press behavior, hints, and shortcuts of Motif (missing in many other desktops for Linux).

And my favourite application is xteddy :-)

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It's the ALL NEW FUTURISTIC WEAPONS Black Friday Roundup!

Pigeon

Don't despair

There might be a selection box at Guns R Us

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Climategate: A symptom of driving science off a cliff

Pigeon

That picture is worth a thousand. Anyway, what about pickled onions? I just ate a whole jar.

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Airbus brews Scandium smackdown for carbon Dreamliner

Pigeon

The strength of carbon fibre comes from the absence of fractures. Often rockets etc. are wound with fibre, and then embedded in epoxy. Once you chop it up, it's useless.

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Asian countries dominate global spam deluge

Pigeon

Some folks don't care

I told a chap that his ip address appeared on the cbl blocklist, even though the router got a different ip address each time it rebooted. He just didn't care. It's good business for the spammers. I don't know whether port 25 is used, and could just be blocked, but many PC owners aren't going to do anything about it.

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Ten... mono laser printers

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Hey, you stole my rant

Agreed. I thought I was the only one who thought that. The industry gangs up against ignorant customers, inventing new things that don't need to be invented.

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World Solar Challenge: Why the winners were so good

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Coat

Flies

If you hung corks on the front, then you wouldn't have to keep stopping to wipe the flies off.

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US radio evangelist: Apocalypse now

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Pirate

I'll take the title option

I haven't been paying enough attention to this thrilling story, but I thought he died recently. Duh.

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Facebook's complexity will be its doom

Pigeon

Coo, FOTW material

/040, damn this body thing.

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MPs: 999 HQ revamp FAIL cost £469m

Pigeon

I think it was bike sheds

I've never seen so many people in agreement Depressing, isn't it.

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Ten years after the Twin Towers: What's the Reg angle?

Pigeon

Re: Static pages

I worked for Yahoo 10 years ago, and they had 12 home-page servers dedicated to delivering the static home pages. The engineers mandated it. I look at it now and despair. Obviously, the engineers do not run the show anymore.

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Sea eagles menace Scottish children

Pigeon

+1 Oscar, or something

You are a lucky chap. You don't need a god when you have this experience. I have been close to a deer that zipped off in a flash. It doesn't happen very often.

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Yahoo! reads! your! emails!

Pigeon

How is yours idle?

I only stopped using Yahoo mail because they deactivated my account every time I didn't use it for 3 months or so. I got fed up of adding extra digits and creating new ones.

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Facebook quietly switches on facial recognition tech by default

Pigeon

You can't escape

This reminds me of the dumbed down world in the Ben Elton book, "Blind Faith". The Government cross-correlate data on every tiny thing, to home in on the 'dissidents'. The populace are kept in an uneducated Facebook existence. Most amusing was an observance that their computers held more data than there were atoms in the universe. Needless to say, there are plenty of folk who don't understand the logical impossibility of that one He has a government mole with a whole team to fabricate a bogus profile.

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'Great Reversal' as world's forests stage a comeback

Pigeon

Sort of

I read something today which said that the carbon is only captured until the plants die and rot. Woody trees will store carbon for longer, but even they rot, unless they become peat and coal. So some forests aren't even long term carbon sinks anyway, unless they become waterlogged and fossilised, like good old Scottish peat bogs.

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Attorney General threatens Twitter injunction-busters

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Go

There's a superinjunction on a song about Gordon.

Asgard is the new Shakespeare. And why can all the commentards spell on this article thread?

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Belching cattle apocalypse menace sniffed in cowpats

Pigeon
Meh

This has been done.

Humans have shared their shelters with cows since the bronze age. It's a bit smelly. I wouldn't want to spend more than 5 minutes in a house with a running automobile in it.

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Oxfam's 'Grow' world hunger plan: More peasants

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Childcatcher

Damn, You all got there first.

Malthus observed a basic truth. All life produces more offspring than will reach maturity. He also concluded that doom will fall on humanity soon, which didn't happen. This does not mean that his observations were wrong. Seedlings shrivel. Children die. It's life. And that is what influenced Mr. Darwin greatly.

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Google pits C++ against Java, Scala, and Go

Pigeon

You might be right

I used to do most of my computational stuff in a macro assembler (under Primos). When I disassembled compiled code, Fortran77 compilers were almost as good as assembler. Other compilers produced utter tripe (especially C). The Fortran model is good, although I really didn't like using it. F77 was far enough: all the guys with problems could still present me with non-indented (etc) POS's and ask whats wrong with them.

A previous post mentioned orders of magnitude. This is my recollection. I haven't got the hang of assembly programming in unix. It just seems like too much work.

Down with complexity, I say.

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Entire London 2012 Olympics' cultural events database held on Excel

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Happy

EDLIN

Real men use EDLIN. It did not edit filesizes over some arbitrary limit (which was very small).

I wonder if it still ships

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Gordon Ramsay menaced by enormous TURKEY

Pigeon

I've no idea either.

I went to a internet cafe after work, which have these plug-ins, and the video shows one frame saying 'This bideo has been removed by the user." (My niece calls them bideos). Hot dang!

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Britain mounted secret 2010 cyberwarfare attack on al-Q

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Joke

My Toshiba workshop manual

must have been collateral damage. All the important words are 'gibberish', whatever that means. It looks like a severe kerning problem, with the letters overprinting. Maybe the publisher used the wrong point version of their pdf distiller (if that's what is's called). At least it didn't start with "Lorem ipsum...". Blame Adobe.

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Chicago lawyer deploys distractionary dumplings

Pigeon

Appendto[Case,<post]

No!, new icons cool.

Anyway, I went to a small claims court in UK once, and it did'nt have a jury. Good ol' Cook county take their courts seriously.

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Pigeon
Big Brother

I kno where you live

or used to live. Hmm... which icon

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Pigeon

No Handgrenade

Oh, yes,1. You have to blow the whole village to hell now.

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Billionaire Zuckerberg kills to eat

Pigeon

Ian S, I hope you stay at 0 - 0

I have had no issue with your previous posts. Just go and kill something/someone. We are all edible animals. Even pigeons eat meat, they just don't have the ability to catch and kill prey.

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Pigeon

You just wanted to use the new icon.

No offence intended!

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Brit expats aghast as Denmark bans Marmite

Pigeon

Yeast extract is tricky to make

I kno, cos I saw it on someones telly. I think the salt breaks open the yeast cells, or osmosifies their innards out. The chef tried the product, but wasn't too keen. It might improve the flavour of cheap lager.

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B12

I only started eating Marmite for the B12, which is supposed to be rare in a vegan diet. This news prompted me to pop round to Jim Sainsbury's emporium, where I bought a Marmite 'XO' (extra old). While I was at it, I got Branston, Colemans mustard, and hot pepper sauce, just in case of a shortage. I bet dogs would eat it.

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Rapture postponed as world inexplicably fails to end

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You saved us unrighteous ones

Even though only 7 signatures. Is voting closed after the date?

I'll make sure my underwear is clean tomorrow.

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Apple, Amazon trademark spat turns surreal

Pigeon

Argh, I'm on a tangent, Not Exactly

I don't identify with 'Band Aid', maybe it is a US brand. It reminds me of the unshaven musician guy. Elastoplast sticks in my memory, so I just rooted about and found 'Fast Aid assorted plasters' - quite catchy, and Porous wound dressings. Seems like I've been down the Pound Shop(TM). I also have Clotrimazole cream, at 1/4 of the price of Canestan, but not so catchy. Ok, I'll try to be serious next time.

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Pigeon

Pity the lawyers

The lawyers do their best for the clients, even if it is madness. Therein is the difference. They didn't start it, and are part of the system, like soldiers, etc. I won't downvote you for the title, though. After reading some of the learned posts on here, I can see the fun + money in the whole thing

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MobileMe drove Steve Jobs to foul-mouthed fury

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Unhappy

Thanks, mate

I Can't spell areal anymore. Maybe that is the right spelling?

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Pigeon

Wachu talkin about

I'm sure you've done a bit of research, but a 2.5 W supply will not charge a device using 24W. You Don't have Watts/Hour. 24 W seems quite a lot of power for a small device to use anyway. You probably got it nearly right.

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