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IRS kills off PINs citing increasing suspicious activity

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flat tax form

Here's how * the flat tax would work. A simple 3x5 card form:

Name:

Address:

Telephone:

email:

1. How much did you make last year, including all forms of income?

2. send that in *

* only HALF joking because some politicians on both sides really would like to see that - if for no other reason than to torpedo such a common sense argument as "flat tax" or any other tax system that people can actually understand.

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Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

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well done to the flight crew and ground personnel

I raise my glass to the flight crew and emergency personnel on the ground who performed as trained and handled the situation well, ensuring the safety of passengers. Bravo.

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Physicists build simulator, hope to stand up beautiful Standard Model

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wow

came to make a snarky comment along the lines of "c'mon lads! This is for SCIENCE! We can afford more than four calcium ions."

Then read the article, picked up my jaw, and slunk away in awe. Hooray science.

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Re: And here's me...

"Two peanuts valk into a bar. Vun of zem vas a salted. peanut."

It's been around for many years but much more amusing when recently told to me by ein Deutscher mann who worked in my division. Yes, this was after much bier.

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

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"freedom of (my and others') movement"

As a Yank, I must say that freedom of movement is a glorious thing. Many of you lot over there might not realize that while from without, the US appears to be one homogenized unit, from within it is actually 50 individual states each with their own culture and unique characteristics. The overarching Federal government structure gets all the press but, a huge amount of the governmental load-bearing is done at the state level - each with its own bureaucracy, etc.

As to the subject at hand, freedom of movement, this affords us the opportunity to see a wide variety of different areas and people where the only common denominators are language and currency. Perhaps this is why we frequently get such a bad rap as tourists abroad - we are so used to going wherever we like and getting what we want when we get there that when we don't we become obnoxious about it. I freely admit to being a sterotypical Yank tourist and unapologetically so. I am, however, actively trying to tone it down and play nice with others... Cheers.

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Tim Peake to return to Earth after six months floating around in space

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"accidentally mis-dialled a wrong number from space."

Wait, I'm confused. Does this mean he dialed the correct number by mistake or that he got a wrong number even more wrong?

Either way, job well done!

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Fair winds and following seas, good sir.

Deepest condolences family, friends, and colleagues. Although I only knew him through his often brilliant writing I, too, am lessened at his passing.

Thank you Lester for everything. May you rest comfortably and eternally. Cheers, mate.

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Amazon music stream splash

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could be good, could be very bad

depends upon whether this new $9.99 fee is for those who DON'T have Prime or includes those who DO as well. If the latter, then Amazon can FOAD. I already pay $99/yr for Prime which includes streaming music and TV. If they want to offer the music to those not subscribing to Prime for $10/month, then fine.

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Study of asexually reproducing honeybee ponders: But why the mass murder?

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Re: Hang on there

That was my question as well. If the parasitic bees and their offspring are still doing "bee work" then, apart from the scientific curiosity and genetic diversity implications, is this a problem or not? And if so, why?

If, on the other hand, they are NOT doing "bee work" then I understand the problem and withdraw my question.

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Cold space gas? Sure, supermassive black holes can eat that. Nom, nom, nom

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And now we have a general idea...

of exactly how "Black Hole Sun" comes to "wash away the rain."

I just love it when science explains song lyrics, don't you?

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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Re: Orealy?

"Just don't expect that £80 phone to be upgraded past the OS it has, it will only get security updates."

If we actually DO GET the security updates then that, in my opinion, will be a satisfactory outcome and vastly superior to what many get now.

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New periodic table names

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always good for educational value

Thanks to this story, today I learned that Nihon is the semi-official word for what we call Japan. Like many, I always thought it was Nippon (and it sorta is. See link for disambiguation or possibly FURTHER ambiguation as the case may be). My research enabled me to learn the differences between and story behind the whole Nihon/Nippon/Japan thing.

I am now ever so slightly more enlightened than before. Thanks, Reg. This is one of the reasons I come here.

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Tivo's new owner ponders binning its own boxes

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Re: I always feared the worst

" I fully expect that one day, my lifetime subscription will turn in to the lifetime of the device which means that once they end-of-life the product, the subscription will expire."

That could be difficult to do for existing boxen. Not impossible, but certainly difficult, at least in the US. I have papers on all my Tivos, going back to an ancient and not currently in use Series 2 box which plainly state that the Lifetime Subscription is for the life of that unique and serial numbered hardware device. When that discrete and physical box dies, the subscription dies with it. Not before. Altering that is almost certainly tantamount to altering a contract. Because I have actual paper and not some stupid and alterable web link, it's theoretically harder for anyone to alter it until that contract expires upon death of the device.

Now, that being said, they could certainly change that for any NEW purchases and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see them do it. This is why I plan to buy the latest model very soon before they enact any such shenanigans.

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Astroboffins create music from SPAAAAAAAAAAACE

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with apologies to Kraftwerk*

"Wir fliegen fliegen fliegen auf der Astrobahn"

*given the electronic nature of so-called "space music", the reference seemed appropriate.

pint for our musically-inclined astroboffins

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NASA firms up Space Launch System nanosat manifest

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actually, Lars, I'm hoping we can use one of said rockets to send the current leading presidential candidates on a lovely vacation, exploring the wonders of... er... anywhere other than THIS planet. I hear the Orion capsule is quite roomy. Perhaps we could send a few other current or potential heads of state along as well.

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Re: @phuzz - 20kg payload on a 90,000kg rocket to nowhere.

As someone who DOES pay taxes in the US, I'm all for the idea of bloody great rockets. Especially those pointed outwards and not somewhere else on the planet.

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China confirms moonshot

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Here's hoping

that EVERYONE's* future space plans are successful.

* Well... Maybe not those nasty Kanamits who want "To Serve Man"

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Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

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Re: Movement

Surely that must be COTW. I cannot imagine much to top that one.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: Some Department of Commerce weather alert systems use Fortran

This is precisely why I was tasked with keeping a late 1980's era VAX 4300 running for a single user until he retired seven years ago. That one user was among the foremost authorities on Thermodynamics and used his own custom Fortran programs to model his processes. I got stuck with it because I was the only guy left who remembered how to administer VMS. Good times, in a way.

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Troll seeks toll because iPhones work

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"Proving yet again...

...that if the law is an ass, patent law attracts Sir Mixalot fans."

Oh VERY good, he said, reaching for the screen wipes.

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Asteroid-sampling spacecraft prepped for September launch

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flappy bird... er, space probe?

The pictures, especially that first one in the article make the solar panels look like flapping wings. This, for me at least, increases the nerd-cool factor considerably.

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The underbelly of simulation science: replicating the results

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Re: Flying snakes?

Just another of those countless "Australian Things That Will Kill You" ?

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Toyota not shybot about whybot it will trybot the iBot

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in theory...

Toyota's ability to utilize manufacturing economy of scale should deliver pretty consistent quality at a lower price point than Kamen was able to offer before. Plus the technology is a bit more mature now. This is hopefully good news for those with impaired mobility.

I'm already a fan of Kamen for his FIRSTInspires organization which get kids interested in STEM through various robotics programs. I'm a mentor for a local FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) team in my area and find it very rewarding work.

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Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

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Re: picture?

Correct, Vince, including your supposition of the question behind the question. Thanks.

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picture?

What is the source of the picture at the top of the article?

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Same person or different?

Larry Niven's very excellent A World Out of Time took this to another level. The story begins with the protagonist waking up in a strange place and in a "new" body. Then he remembered doing something stupid which had led to his accidental death. Then he remembered having expressed his wish to be cryo-preserved. Then they explained to him that "he" was some criminal whose memory and personality had been wiped and the RNA of some frozen dead person had been introduced to create what they believed to be a new person. The protagonist, Corbell, distinctly remembers his "original" life and struggles to determine whether or not he is now, in fact, the same person with a different body.

That's only a small part of the story, but it's a very interesting premise in a very interesting novel.

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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reminds me of...

the in-flight movie during "Airplane!" which I believe were excerpts from this documentary. Around the 6:00 mark, IIRC.

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Wayne Rooney razzles in X-Men: Apocalypse plug

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now that might have been brilliant IF

at the end, Sophie Turner had rolled her eyes and said, "You know NOTHING, Wayne Rooney!"

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The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey

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bloody brilliant!

Verily I say unto you, this hath made tolerable the remaining hours of the work week.

"6. And they did also make Delphi for Android. And they made versions for Ice Cream Sandwich, and for Jelly Bean, and for KitKat, and for Lollipop, and for Maketh My Teeth Hurt Just Reading This"

Cheers!

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Reavers! Google patent would affix pedestrians to car hoods

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so the documentary... er, movie was only off by a few years...

Death Race 2000

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Android Lollipop sucks at security, says researcher

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Re: Banging the drum for Wileyfox

it certainly would be nice if we could get those on THIS side of the pond. Perhaps some day but not this day... dammit...

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NASA's stadium-sized sandwich bag overflies Oz

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spiffy!

now all we need is a 515,000m3 sandwich to put in it.

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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Numpty

because Google certainly seems to lack understanding about how updates are supposed work...

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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

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" HMD Global Oy"

so... Nokiaussie?

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Smartmobes in spaaace: NASA deploys Android nanosats

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Re: Spring?

depends upon your budget. A good quality "spring" should cost around $10. On the other hand, a similarly sized "pre-loaded molecular-bond energy-storage system" is typically $2000-$3000 because, you know, government contract reasons.

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Brit twitchers a-tizz at bearded vulture sighting

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but inquiring fans want to know

Is Reg the Vulture getting excited about a possible wingman?

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Art heist 'pranksters' sent down for six months

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Re: "Pranksters"?

or "future Darwin Award winners."

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UK needs comp sci grads, so why isn't it hiring them?

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"so why isn't [UK] hiring them?"

hiring, you say? pfft. Because too busy firing those already on payroll.

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NASA flashes cash at advanced aerospace concepts

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but they had such a great backronym!

"Sadly for fans of tremendously cool if somewhat improbable space tech, California's Made In Space didn't make the Phase II cut with its 'Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata' proposal, "

then linking up with the project later would have truly been a Rendezvous with RAMA...

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Re: Cruachan @ Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese

yes. Said article may be found here

In fact, I would very much like to see a Reg article comparing these two power stations and how available technology at time of construction influenced the differences in design, function, and output.

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Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing

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that must have been nice

In 1999/2000, I was the site IT manager of a chem plant for what was then a smallish manufacturer and, like most of the folks here, spent months ensuring my site was compliant, ready, etc. I, too, had to be on site all night during the rollover. My compensation for all the work? A small cash award that was barely enough to buy a nice steak dinner for myself and Mrs. Kiddingme.

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We're calling it: World hits peak Namey McNameface

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“It is not uncommon for moderate length sentences - say 20 or 30 words in length - to have hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of possible syntactic structures,” Petrov writes

And that's assuming no major grammatical errors or mistakes due to "second language" issues. Given the deplorable spelling and grammar exhibited by much of the internet generation, the problem may be even worse than Petrov states. Of course, it is possible he factored that in with the phrase "or even tens of thousands."

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Germans set to make schnitzel out of controversial Wi-Fi law

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

strikes again.

I certainly understand and agree with the need to reduce piracy and general freetardiness. However, the unintended consequence hurts the "innocent" as much or more than the "guilty." At least some in the EU hierarchy appear to be able to work out a compromise position.

We could use some of that "rational thinking" stuff on this side of the old pond. (looks at likely November ballot) Oh, sorry. Never mind.

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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

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I am (perhaps naively) hopeful...

that this will have a positive impact. On the other hand, however, are perfectly valid reasons why "We're from the government and we're here to help" is the punchline to quite a few bad jokes.

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SpaceX blast-off delay

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to paraphrase an old mariner's blessing

Fair winds and [calm] seas

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Paying a PoS*, USA? Your chip-and-PIN means your money's safer...

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Re: The ones who've adopted Chip 'n Pin

Last three times I've used my chipped debit card (at retailers who actually HAD that function enabled), I've entered my PIN and not a signature. In fact, I cannot recall a single instance of signing when using my chipped card - granted this is a debit card which takes directly from my checking account and not a traditional credit card where one pays the bill at end of the month.

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Engineer uses binary on voting bumpf to flag up Cali election flaws

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Re: Boaty McBoatface

Donald Trump is Shouty McShoutface.

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