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

Chris 244

Re: Lets clone it. @MrDamage

Let me know if you plan on pursuing this approach. I can provide you with a recipe for some nice curried lentils and beans.

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

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Re: Flour

Comment caused much chuckling , nearly made me slap thigh and ride the wa...

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LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

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Re: Never seen that airlock before

Wrong search phrase. If you check the article you will realize the correct search is for "SHAX BUBBLER" not "shax airlock".

Which, uhmm, returns your comment above as the first result and also a query as to whether you meant to search for "SHARK BUBBLES" instead.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Missed the point

The article is written by a Brit on a British website commenting on the British populace being sold out by their elected leaders for a fraction of a fraction of the value of what is being sold.

Facebook/WhatsApp is the setup, the HSCIC scheme is the punchline.

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Apple patents touch-sensitive controls for MacBook

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Facepalm

Yes, they did just patent the ON/OFF button

"The location of the sensors may be placed at strategic locations."

"In one embodiment, a proximity sensor or touch sensor may be placed near a feedback indicator such as a sleep indicator. When a user approaches and/or touches, the sleep indicator or area around the sleep indicator, the electronic device may initiate a sleep or wake function. For example, if the electronic device is already in sleep, the user action may cause the computer to wake (or vice versa). "

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App-maker King hopes to CANDY-CRUSH $500m from IPO

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Trollface

FIFY

Candy® Crush® Saga® by King®

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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WTF?

Re: I just wish I could remove the ****ing Facebook app

What FB app? Not a part of vanilla Android.

Blame your manufacturer or your provider for that app, not Google.

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Google v Intellectual Ventures patent spat jury: Soz judge, we're stumped on this

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Billion-dollar IP firm

But they can't get stuff to scan squarely, guess someone else holds the patent on that. The court filing including patent numbers is here:

http://www.intellectualventures.com/assets_docs/complaint_motorola.pdf

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Judge sighs at 'whack-a-mole' lawsuits as Apple deals blow to Samsung

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Re: Hang on a minute...

No no no, this is not a patent for boring old predictive text, silly. This patent is for predictive character strings on a portable electronic device with a touchscreen, using gestures!

Totally not the same thing.

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Amazon patents caches for physical goods

Chris 244

Re: Two patents by noon

Prior art.

https://www.dmr.nd.gov/ndfossil/poster/hellcreek/images/coprolite_cropped.JPG

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Your squirty insecticides make bumblebees SHRINK, warn boffins

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Re: could be shrinking

Bumblebees are solitary. Honeybees are not. Bumblebees use size to gain an edge. Honeybees use numbers. One dead bumblebee is the end of the genetic line, equivalent to killing the Queen bee. One dead small worker bee is but a minor energy cost to the hive to replace. Solitary bees are very different from colony-forming ones.

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Blame Silicon Valley for the NSA's data slurp... and what to do about it

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Re: Nah, Andrew had it right

By definition an incline is neither horizontal nor vertical. And what if the jetpack is opposing the downward motion of the elephant? Otherwise, I agree with you 110%.

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Chris 244
Headmaster

Nah, Andrew had it right

By definition, kleptomania is an uncontrollable urge to steal for reasons other than personal gain. So someone with a sweet tooth stealing from a sweets shop does not fit the definition.

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China's 'Airpocalypse' forces pilots to learn BLIND landings in smog

Chris 244

Re: Note to travelers

Surgical masks are useless for this task. They only reduce droplet exposure. For particulate matter you need an N95 mask at a minimum (some of which look like surgical masks), and a P100 if you are dealing with truly nasty stuff (e.g. asbestos). P100 are full respirators, and ironically the cheap ones at Home Depot are made in China.

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

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FAIL

Re: Drive sizes?

"To test this I set up a RAID 1 array with two WD Red 3TB disks"

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Our Sun menaces comet 'of the century' ISON with FIERY DESTRUCTION

Chris 244
Headmaster

Re: Couple of minutes

More like a fraction of a second. Sun fuses some 640 million metric tons of hydrogen per second. Comet Ison has a mass estimate of 3.2 billion metric tons at the top end. Even if all of that mass was methane ice (which it isn't) methane is only a quarter hydrogen by mass. At most, we're looking at one second of reaction mass, likely much less.

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Meet the FOUR-TON DINO that made little Tyrannosaurs SOIL THEMSELVES

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A few years ago

110, to be precise. Marsh's error was realised in 1903. Didn't stop the USPS from issuing a Brontosaurus stamp in the 80's.

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Google's secret search offer to EU antitrust chief LEAKED by rivals

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FAIL

Gumby physics fail

Distance from Paris to Lenoir, NC is 4150 miles. Round trip at the speed of light is only 45 ms. Full trip around the equator only takes 134 ms.

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

Chris 244

Re: "Massive" 300MB update?

"For what it is, it is rather curious that the download would be so large." Then what do you make of Win 8.1 needing 3.4 GB to add a crippled Start button?

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Unwarranted Apple dig

Sony CD rootkit predated the iPhone by a couple of years.

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Chris 244
Trollface

"Massive" 300MB update?

Or almost 1/10th the size of the Windows 8.1update package! Anyone know what that is in Reg units?

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Apple: SCREW YOU, BRITS ... no unlocked iPhones for you

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FAIL

Re: Why would anyone want one?

Because you can actually buy one? Shades of Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 sold out within hours of going on sale. Towards the end it listed "ships in 3-4 weeks" (which is more like a pre-sale than actually being on sale) and now is sold out and probably will stay that way for a month or more. I like my Nexus 4, but I'm under no illusion that Google isn't playing the game just as much as Apple is.

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Anonymity is the enemy of privacy, says RSA grand fromage

Chris 244
Big Brother

Minority Report

Around here you'd be better off asking "what's that short story..."

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Apple accused over 'secure' iMessage encryption

Chris 244

Fixed it for you

Their plans have already been changed by secret court order, the existence of which may not be revealed or even alluded to under any circumstances.

Not really any point posting as an AC, is there?

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Brit boson boffin Higgs bags Nobel with eponymous deiton

Chris 244

Re: These guys are old.

Correction: the prize CAN be awarded posthumously, as long as the Nobel committee announces the award before it becomes aware of the death. Happened in 2011 for the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

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TUPPERWARE FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

Chris 244

With a seat right next to Apple

I take it you haven't heard about the "new" iPhone 5c?

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Cold-blooded, INHUMAN visitor hitches ride on NASA moon rocket

Chris 244
Flame

Poikilothermic not cold-blooded

I seriously doubt this particular frog at this particular moment was cold-blooded.

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Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

Chris 244
Facepalm

Re: Direct Flights

LH 500

Took me longer to post this comment than it did to find a direct flight from Frankfurt to Rio.

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US feds: 'Let's make streaming copyrighted content a FELONY'

Chris 244

Does this apply to NASA?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/06/curiositys_sam_sings_itself_happy_birthday_for_martian_anniversary/

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NASA gets red-hot shots of Sun in action as IRIS goes online

Chris 244
Facepalm

Re: AC on Unclear power

Sun = fusion

N-plant = fission

There's a difference.

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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Re: play videos stored on your device

Windowed and transcoded on the fly, yipee. Google calls it a beta feature, and reviews of it are not so hot right now.

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Google's new Chromecast spills its simplistic guts

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FAIL

You missed the point

"Sorry, but the point of this is a cheap way to replicate whats on a device to a TV screen.". Except that it doesn't. Can't, in fact. It streams Google and Netflix content to your TV via the Internet. Period.

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Chris 244
Facepalm

So sorry but please RTFA

16 Gb. Somewhat less useful than 16 GB.

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Darth Vader's old gaff awaits exogorth desert DUNE DOOM

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Re: Only one Matrix movie

Have to slightly disagree. While it was released straight to DVD, The Animatrix is worth seeing. And what are these "prequels" you speak of?

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Heavenly SPEARS gives LOHAN a hot satisfying BANG

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Coat

Thought you Brits had already solved this design problem

Just need to include a live chicken.

And clearly I'm not from the civil service.

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Human error blamed for toxic Russian rocket explosion

Chris 244
Flame

Re: Er, Fail Comment Fail

If the only way to test your equipment is to press the big red button ...

... I'll just wait to catch the next flight, thank you.

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Hey Google, Facebook has a 'Reader' that might actually make money

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Google Currents

Don't understand your Huffington Post wheeze, Currents let's you pick which feeds you want to follow (including El Reg and Groklaw). Settings > Background Sync > Disable or > Only if Charging. Sorted.

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Cuba bound? Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong

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Oh Canada

Guess no D-Notice here. Despite massive flooding in one of our major cities, Snowden story is on front page of :

thestar.com

theglobeandmail.com

cbc.ca

Amazingly, even our right-wing paper The National Post has fairly balanced coverage.

"The Espionage Act arguably is a political offence." Direct quote from the author of their latest article, albeit used to poke at Obama.

Canada, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

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NASA probe will ease through Saturn's ring to grab Earth snapshot

Chris 244
Coat

Re: Being a proud Aussie

Venus?

Surely you mean Uranus.

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Facebook's Sean Parker fined $2.5m for tasteless eco-trashing wedding

Chris 244
Facepalm

Wow

What a complete Berk.

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Court orders Feds to hand evidence over to Kim Dotcom

Chris 244
Trollface

Re: I'm reminded of this

Yeah ... except that's not mud.

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Ground control to major strum: ISS's Hadfield sings Space Oddity

Chris 244
Angel

Re: Good man.

Prime Minister of Canada.

One can always hope...

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Brit adventurer all set to assault ex-Reg haunt Rockall

Chris 244
Mushroom

Re: Must ask

Just strike a match to cover the smell...

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First, the bad news: EA bags Star Wars games rights

Chris 244
Go

TOR

What is this TOR you speak of. Oh, wait, I can find out for myself, just have to click on one of the several TOR ads being served up to me here on this page.

And no I can't Adblock/NoScript. I'm at work, so that means I'm using IE6.

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Scramjet X-51 finally goes to HYPER SPEED above Pacific

Chris 244
Headmaster

Re: On course for UK - Oz in 30 minutes

A quick look at the Apollo 11 launch profile shows it hit 2 km/s (~Mach 6) at about 2 minutes post-launch. So no pancake.

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Shades of Monty Python

Anyone else immediately think of the King of Swamp Castle?

"...So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up."

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

Chris 244
Trollface

Includes free gift

For sale, one bespoke USB cable. Bidding starts at $3000. Winning bidder also receives one set of Google Glass as a gift, absolutely free of charge.

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

Chris 244
Joke

Re: FS999

A handgun is the perfect tool in this case, just make sure you use hollow point to minimize overpenetration. I guarantee a single round to center mass of the operator will bring down the drone.

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Not wormholes

IIRC it was neutrino-like particles that were used to visually reconstruct a view of any event anywhere. Originally the inventor thought it would allow researchers to peer back to any moment in time, but it turned out that signal-to-noise issues limited the time range to a few days. You could specify any viewing location, however.

Keeping the subject in frame must have been tricky, given all the wobbling and weaving our little dreidel called Earth does as it hurtles across time and space.

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Chinese boffins crack cloaking tech for camouflage

Chris 244
Coat

Dave 126 / three small bushes

Better first ask Mr E.V. Lambert of Homeleigh, The Burrows, Oswestry about how well that worked out for him.

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