* Posts by Ugotta B. Kiddingme

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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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The most frustrating thing to me

are all the retailers who have the new readers capable of taking chip-n-pin cards but also sporting a hand-written sign saying "chip reader not operational yet, please swipe your card." If the reader had been installed last week, I could understand. However, yesterday I explained to the manager of the grocery I use that I would no longer shop there because those hand-written signs were still in place SIX MONTHS after the readers were installed.

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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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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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<standing ovation>

Oh, bravo! With pub o'clock in two hours, this has made my Friday. Thank you! </standing ovation>

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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

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Re: Bah!

Well I, for one, liked it and thank you for providing it. As someone who came of age in the late 70's, I enjoyed Kraftwerk and even used their lyrics to attempt to improve my laughably bad German. My girlfriend at the time was somewhat disillusioned when I explained that the lyrics to one of their biggest hits were simply "We drive, drive, drive on the motorway."

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UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

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is this a new twist on or corollary to

the Streisand Effect? Perhaps we could call it the Indirect Streisand©®™. The article seems to indicate they were trying to pad positives to balance out negatives - as opposed to a more conventional Streisand Effect; i.e. the results from attempting to actually REMOVE negatives.

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SpaceX: We'll land on Mars in 2018 (cough, with NASA's help)

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on the plus side

Wall-E um... Sarcastic Rover will have a place to put all that stuff it's been collecting.

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

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I'll pass, thanks.

"But the bigger question of course is: why do car owners actually want a connected car?"

Well, silly, to make it even EASIER for ne'er-do-wells to hack into my vehicle.

"The main advantage of the device, according to Zinchenko, is that it might enable you to get smaller insurance quotes – because the company would be able to see how safely you drive."

More likely, 'because the company could use that data against you to deny claims, etc.' Especially when one remembers how Samsung got caught gathering privacy-invading data via their smart TVs and the like.

"That's going to be a very, very hard sell to consumers."

On the one hand, I'd call that El Reg's understatement of the year so far. On the other hand, looking at electoral results I see that people will fall for pretty much anything so this will likely garner "Product of the Year" honors or somesuch...

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What do you call an old, unpatched and easily hacked PC? An ATM

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physical intrusion

while I can't speak for the rest of the world, here in Yankville, most (not all, but most) ATMs by "major" banks are "through the wall" where the user has no access to USB or network ports. I consider those highly tamper resistant and they are the only type I will use. The ones you have to be very wary of are those in convenience stores/chemists which are free-standing devices. In addition to the often exorbitant fees associated with those, you have no way of knowing who has accessed the innards and tampered with it. I avoid those except in dire cash emergencies. And given that my chip-and-pin debit card works almost everywhere, very little qualifies as a dire cash emergency.

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Brainwave-controlled drone racing is here

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not exactly "exciting" yet BUT...

it's a decent start. Who knows, in a few years, this could translate into an extra head-mounted widget on your Oculus or other VR headgear and become a really fun, cool, and immersive experience.

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US intercepts Bermuda Triangle bubble podule

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Darwin and Davy Jones

were in a heated round of Rock/Paper/Scissors to see who got first crack at Baluchi when interrupted by USCG "spoil sports"

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

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question

given that this is using microwaves to produce propulsion, might we need to be careful where the thing is pointed? Could be problematic at the other end of a journey when you turn round to decelerate. I can't remember which scifi author used something like this - using a ship's exhaust as a weapon to the roast a planet on approach.

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Soyuz to loft Sentinel-1B Earth-watching sat

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assembly

"The Russian horizontal assembly method... is a lot simpler than hoisting everything up for vertical mating, "

Well, if you don't have handy a giant building with enormous cranes built specifically for that purpose, then I suppose horizontal would be decidedly simpler. NASA opted for the megabuilding to assemble the Apollo rockets. At one time, it was the largest building (by volume) in the world. I went there as a child (unfortunately narrowly missed one of the latter Apollo launches). The scale of that building and the crawler which transports the assembled vehicles to the launch pad boggles the mind.

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NASA injects cash into solar electric motor

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Re: @Alistair

If you manage to generate 1.21GW and get it down in size/weight so as to be vehicle-portable...

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NASA spools up ultra-high def aurora movie

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fiery streak at 4:48 mark

Bottom center of the screen. Is that a slow-moving meteor or space junk burning up on atmospheric entry or a rocket launch, presumably headed for the station?

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Obama to admit Moon landing was faked?

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Re: Not similar at all

"The Saints were 25-1 to win the Super Bowl at the start of that season, not even the longest odds in the NFL as there were a few teams at 100-1."

That may be, however the 43 long and often humiliating years we fans suffered through prior to our moment of glory cannot be downplayed or overlooked. There are only nine NFL teams older than the Saints who've never won a Superbowl. And of those nine, only two (Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions) have never at least MADE IT to the Superbowl *. New Orleans Saints were good enough (and lucky enough) to win it on their first try. Many of the other 43 seasons were SO bad that fans often went to the games with paper bags over their heads.

* IIRC, the Minnesota Vikings hold the dubious record of "most Superbowl appearances without a victory" at 4.

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