* Posts by Ugotta B. Kiddingme

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Curiosity rover rendered armless by short circuit

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Oh, THAT explains it...

this picture, taken right before the arm short circuit, might explain a thing or two. Anyone seen my spare Illudium Q36 Explosive Space Modulator?

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Here comes Vulkan: The next generation of the OpenGL graphics API

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Sheesh!

Come on OpenGL guys, keep it straight. KLINGONS come from Khronos, not Vulkans... [/eyeroll]

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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UK users getting screwed on price?

probably due to currency fluctuations, but the Mad Catz US site has it for £119 which, by today's conversion rate is USD$184 or a bit under €164.

Yet, that same page shows the EU price as €149 and US price as USD$150. Perhaps the difference is VAT? I don't pretend to understand European tax structures nor how they factor into online purchases.

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COSMIC FATTY from the DAWN of TIME simply can't exist – astroboffins

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Re: So it's a red hole!

No, rather the result of overusing one.

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Must-have sports tech: No, not an Apple Watch, a TOMATO GOB-STUFF BOT

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Re: very sadness

Much like! So gratitude!

As with so many things Japanese, even a bemused "WTF?!?" simply is not sufficient. Gotta hand it to their ingenuity. Surely at least a few of these "solutions in search of problems" have ultimately led to major innovations that benefit everyone.

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Unhappy

very sadness

"video has been removed by the user"

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Royal Mail's Colossus move gets ex-WREN's stamp of approval

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tankards up

to all the men and women who designed, built, ran, and now preserve the history of such important tech and its vital work. Cheers!

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Boffins now one step closer to male birth control pill

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Re: vasectomy discomfort

Piece-o-cake for me. I scheduled mine to coincide with a needed sinus surgery where I knew I would be under general anesthesia. Talked to doctors into tag-teaming. I saw the urologist walk into surgery right as I was going under and awoke to bandages on my nose and an ice pack on my nuts. I correctly anticipated being sufficiently miserable with the sinus thing that I never even noticed the tender bits below.

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PENGUINS are just TASTELESS, say boffins

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Re: Not to Killer Whales

"Penguins is practically chickens..."

Note: before the Grammar Nazis blitz, it's a quote from a 1950 cartoon

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Upgrade or be deleted!

so this is the latest baby step toward the creation of the first Cybermen?

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Watch: FIRE-SPITTING time-lapse images of Sol showcase NASA's sun-gazing highs

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Re: Beautiful...

and, for once, an appropriately majestic soundtrack

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Net neutrality: Growing flames of criticism lick FCC chief's secret plans

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FTC and FCC - a general explanation

FTC - Federal Trade Commission - tasked with regulating commerce between the 50 states, various territories and, to a lesser extent, between the states/territories and foreign interests doing business here.

FCC - Federal Communications Commission - tasked with regulating electronic communication and the transmission/reception/interactions thereof.

The grey area and subsequent confusion over which (if either) should do what is caused by the fact that the internet is simultaneously a medium of communication AND of commerce.

The FTC, or at least the principle behind it, is significantly older because regulation of trade is one of the cornerstones of Federal power in the US Constitution (Article 1, Section 8). However, the FCC also has a valid point because the electronic communication capabilities of the internet allow users to conduct commerce in ways and with trading partners previously unavailable by other means.

It is my opinion that NEITHER should have anything even remotely close to "full" control over the internet, but each should probably have SOME control over certain things that happen within the borders of USA. That is their chartered responsibility. It is the responsibility of Congress (and those of us who supposedly elect them) to ensure that the FCC, FTC, and other Federal agencies do not EXCEED their charters and are appropriately smacked down when such excess is attempted.

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El Reg's plucky Playmonaut eyes suborbital rocket shot

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playmonaut photo

props for including the mythical F19 stealth interceptor. Many oddities would have done there

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Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

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Re: @ Arnaut the less

Arnaut, I have no beef with you whatsoever. I was merely providing information to counter what I perceived to be an incorrect statement. Offense was neither intended nor taken.

And I do agree with the assertion in your OP title. Calling Pluto a planet WAS indeed traditional. I, too, dislike the apparent double standard.

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Re: Calling Pluto a planet was traditional too

um... no. Pluto was named for the Roman god of death.

Citation 1

Citation 2

Citation 3

Although, I can see how your mistake was made:

excerpt from citation 3

'In 1930, after Lowell's death, American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh observed Pluto. By tradition, the discovering astronomer of a new space object gets naming rights. But it was an 11-year-old British girl's idea to name the planet Pluto. Venetia Burney told her grandfather that the name fit the new planet because it stayed hidden for so long, and the Roman god Pluto could disappear at will. Venetia's grandfather wrote to Tombaugh and offered the suggestion, and Tombaugh chose it, happy that the name also honors Percival Lowell — the first two letters of "Pluto" are Lowell's initials.'

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Just out of curiosity

what IS the Reg record for most commented story? Shirley this one ought to be a contender, eh?

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This optical disc will keep your gumble safe for 2,000 YEARS

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Re: @Dave126

"And then they discover that it is a Rick Astley video"

well played. Now I must order a replacement box of screen cleaning wipes

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FCC chair refuses to make net neutrality rules public before approval

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Re: "I kid you not, cable TV as it looks now will be gone within 3 years (or sooner)."

I'll take that bet - at least for the US. This is very similar to the landline-to-cellphone-only switch. Yes, many have ditched their landlines, but we are nowhere NEAR the "death of landlines." The death of "cable as it looks now" will be slowed significantly for the same reasons - older and/or technophobic users. My octogenarian mother can spell "internet" and that's pretty much her limit. She has a DVR and television service provided by her cable company. It works the way she wants it to and she is VERY averse to major change. On the other end of the spectrum, my 20-year-old University student son will probably NEVER use cable as anything more than a fast ISP. And if, as is currently planned, Google Fiber appears in his part of Austin, TX, then he'll tell the cable to shove off completely.

On paper, the innovation and subsequent change should be driven by younger consumers. However, reality is that a good many of younger consumers have far less disposable income than older/more established folks. As long as cable companies are making money off "old school" television viewers, the change will be slow. And almost certainly painful for all.

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GRUNTY CHIMPS 'blend in among locals' after moving to Scotland

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adapting

when in Rome er... Edinburgh

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Symantec sees profits crash ahead of corporate divorce

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I don't suppose...

... the fact that both their Enterprise and Consumer security product lines are mostly steaming piles of dung had anything to do with the results.

My company recently switched to Symantec Enterprise security. The false positives are piling up rapidly. Color me unimpressed. The Eset products we were using worked well (and still do on my personal devices).

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

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or maybe...

... none of them are interested in ape-descendants who still think digital watches phones are a neat idea

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SPITTLE SPATTER as America weighs into FCC net neut shoutgasm

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um... yay?

IF (and that's a very large if) I am correctly understanding The Whole Sordid Saga Thus Far©®™, then this is good news. Of course, there are still dozens of ways this could end up horribly wrong, even with the best intentions. I remain cautiously optimistic.

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OH HAPPY DAY! Lawyers replaced by AI

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Re: "(No I'm not ashamed of this joke)"

nor this one:

Q: What's the difference between a catfish and a lawyer?

A: One is a scum-sucking bottom feeder. And the other is a fish.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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Pustule Nickelback McHitler III

well done. Bonus points for including Nickelback.

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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

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Re: HOW much?

Not sure your definition of "pretty basic" but, according to the Comcast website, that price gets you a 25Mbps service. Apart from areas served by Google Fiber/Verizon FIOS/etc, "basic internet" in the US is typically 5Mbps or less, depending upon the carrier.

I do agree it's overpriced, though. I get twice that speed for US$50 from a rival cable carrier - and with significantly better customer service, too.

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Virtual Vulture 2 swoops into Spaceport America

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the mind boggles...

"Andrew Tridgell will remotely monitor the spaceplane's status from his sofa in Australia, so we'll have an element of expert input - depending on the connection - available to us."

It's expected and routine for nation-states with huge aerospace/military budgets but, for a bunch of hobbyists in a quasi-garage project to do this in more or less real time from around the globe is really cool. Cue "back when I were a wee lad" and such... Really looking forward to a successful flight - $DEITY knows you lot have put in the requisite time/effort. Cheers and best of luck - including with the FAA

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SPACE the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of COMET PROBE ROSETTA

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Re: "Strange, no Isis?"

probably didn't want to give any unintended additional exposure to the extremists whose acronym is sometimes similar...

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Cortana conversation

situation: cooperative gaming session

Friend over headset: "Take out that guy behind the car."

Me: "I'm fucking trying"

Wife's Win10 laptop, suddenly awake: "No. Try not! Fuck, or fuck not! There is no try"

Friend over headset: "um... what?"

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

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"politeness should put the kibosh on universal voice recognition"

SHOULD, but probably won't. For example *...

* Yes, that's a commercial but it's a) not that far from the truth and b) what most of us would really like to see happen to such jerks.

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Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

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Re: Pinball

Holy crap! A pinball with full LCD back glass? That would certainly be distracting, but very very cool. Must learn more about Jersey Jack and their pinballs. Thanks for the tip!

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Persephone

aka Rupert. Perhaps we should send New Horizons by there to peek in on the Grebulons?

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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Re: Ouch

"I quit smoking cold turkey."

"er... That's great. What do you smoke now, bacon?

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Jammin', we know you hate jammin' too: Marriott U-turns on guest Wi-Fi ban

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Re: Be a real shame

Oh, sorry squire, I scratched the record network -

sorry squire, I scratched the record network -

sorry squire, I scratched the record network ...

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'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

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Re: Well...

the sad part is that Klingon no longer appears as an option on translate.google.com. Fortunately, we're (mostly) all nerds educated professionals here so Q'pla' with that...

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CES: WELCOME YOUR ROBOT OVERLORDS... and, er, co-workers

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Re: "exactly how does one ork a cow?"

you might start with flowers and light poetry, although the cow will just nibble the flowers while you read. The second stage is more difficult because it typically takes FOREVER to get the cow to use the trapeze properly...

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

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Re: 'just' 470 light years away

"I mean, you might think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's but that's just peanuts to space."

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Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

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or ...

greasing the wheels of something or other

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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@ Martin - Re: I think your

Thank you. I've often wondered about the origin of that but never got around to actually checking. Have an upvote.

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SpaceX: CATS with FRIKKIN' LASERS to blast off to space station

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Re: I'm calling my lawyer...

CATS: All your station are belong to us

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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@ Worstal - Re: Good question

The problem with breaking any US system into smaller/efficient units is portability - both of coverage and patient.

At one level, the US is a single jurisdiction. However, there is a second level with 50 separate jurisdictions - each with their own ideas/laws/etc. However, there are no restrictions on movement between these sub-jurisdictions. It's a simple matter for me to drive or fly to another state and my health coverage needs to work there as well. If we break down the health system into smaller units, cross-unit coverage between jurisdictions will be just as problematic as it is today between private insurers.

Example: Outpatient Procedure X costs me $200 if I use an "in network" provider. Once my annual deductible is met, my "out of pocket" portion of that is 10%. If, however, I use an "out of network" provider either by choice or because I am across the country on vacation/assignment, that procedure now costs $500. Furthermore, because I am "out of network", my portion of that is now 30% - double whammy.

Any designed segmentation of the US system into smaller and more efficient units must also take the above example into consideration. It could work, but must be done very carefully. Given that politicians and for-profit people will be involved, you can be certain they will get it wrong. Very VERY wrong. The ACA ("Obamacare") is a shining example of exactly HOW wrong they can be. All politics aside, the intent of the ACA was laudable, but the execution ultimately made a flawed system even worse.

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Can't stop Home Depot-style card pwning, but suppliers will feel PCI regulation pain

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@Jimmy Page - Re: FCA

UK are now using the Ferenghi Commerce Authority as a regulator?!? Wow. Yes, that would definitely be an organization with "teeth"...

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El Reg's mighty rocket spaceplane Vulture 2 arrives in US of A

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Re: Westmalle or Duvel

As much as I love a good microbrew (and there are many here in the US), if you have Westmalle or Duvel, you don't necessarily NEED microbreweries. Given the choice, I'd opt for a Leffe Brun but that is sadly impossible to get in my neck of the woods

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LOHAN's Plucky Playmonaut touches down at Spaceport America

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so does this mean

that we are FINALLY about to see some hot roborocketglider action?

I shiver with antici...

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...pation.

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Boffins cure BONING PROBLEMS in 'virtual lab'

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which name did they choose for the process?

GLADOS or Wheatley? Inquiring test subjects want to know.

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

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scrubbed

no go today. :-(

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FCC puts AT&T and Comcast gobbles back on the table

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Re: "Rollerball Night in America"

but only if the game is based on the 1975 original movie, not the shit 2002 redo.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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also @Dalek Dave

don't you need to go exterminate or something? Run along, dear, and do be quiet about it.

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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Re: US Politics needs one "Lone Wolf"

That would be nice. It really would. However, I do not believe it will ever happen. What US Politics really needs is equally unlikely - a clean sweep.

The Plan:

1. Vote them ALL out. Every last one. Replace every single elected official.

2. If The People's business doesn't start getting done in a more sensible/reasonable/cost-effective manner, repeat step one as many times as necessary.

That, of course, will never happen. Many folks don't even bother to vote. Most of those who do are more concerned with updating Farcebook or what's on telly to be bothered with politics. However, if one is going to dream, might as well dream big...

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