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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

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"EX-Queen guitar man"?

I thought Brian May still IS the Queen guitarist. He's certainly TOURING as "Queen + Adam Lambert"

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D-Wave promises chip that could SEARCH THE WHOLE UNIVERSE

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Meanwhile...

machine: "@!#?@!"

user: "My word! This quantum computer is swearing at me."

IT: "Let's have a look. Ah, I see the problem. You got the 1000 Q*bert model, not the 1000 qubit one."

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

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"There is phlegm to add more gravitas in front of a non-german audience, but I digress"

+1 for that. MANY years ago at university, my Foreign Languages professor explained the German "ch" sound thusly:

"in Munich, you simply pronounce it like 'sh', but in the north... hock up a big ol' loogie." It should be noted that hearing more or less correctly pronounced German from someone who otherwise speaks with a distinctly Southern [US] drawl is very amusing.

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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Shooters Sandwich

Takes a bit of prep, but neatly avoids any potentially dangerous kitchen activity while inebriated.

This is the version which captured my attention

and here is an alternative more to my own personal taste (add bacon, hold the mushrooms)

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US National Vulnerability Database contained ... yup, an XSS vuln

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if this isn't the quintessential definition of "irony"

then I don't know what is. Perfectly amusing way to end the workday.

Thanks, Reg. Off to the pub!

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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Re: Why IoT

Because Boobs (SFW-ish link because it's Friday)

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ROBOTS in sinister public-relations push ahead of coming WAR ON HUMANS

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"tincandroids"

+1 for that.

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DARPA unTerminators gather for Robotics Challenge finals in Hell*

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Re: "Standing on two feet is easy when..."

Centaurs don't NEED vehicles. They have their own built-in um... attached horsepower.

seriously though, I wasn't necessarily meaning for this specific challenge but more in general. For this specific challenge, any vehicle designed to be driven by someone in a wheelchair could be driven by an appropriately sized CentaurBot2020©®™

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"Standing on two feet is easy when..."

This is precisely why I have wondered the following: Why is no one trying a Centaur-like design? Four legs for stability but a humanoid upper torso for dexterity, etc. Not only is the four legged design more inherently stable and require less processing power for balance, but it also provides space for power generation and significant carrying capacity for tools, rescued meatbags, etc.

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LG G4: Be careful while fingering this leather-clad smartie pants

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Removable battery, micro SD expansion? Walk this way...

"If I could walk that way..."

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Google launches native Android Smart Lock password manager

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Now THIS is something to cheer for

"Google announced other initiatives to tighten security screws including the ability to approve or decline specific app permission requests, rather than the present all-or-nothing approval process."

"HUZZAH" anyone?

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FCC to crack down on robocall spammers' beloved loophole

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Re: Indian Scam Baiting Story

"par excellence" indeed. If this isn't COTW, then the selection criteria is possibly flawed. Well done, A Ghost, well done.

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what about DIY phone service?

I am strongly considering dropping my current VOIP provider and switching to a device like Ooma. Anyone know of a possible advantage in that for blocking/screening unwanted calls?

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NASA picks tools for voyage to possibly LIFE-SUPPORTING moon Europa

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Re: would it go shooting off into space like a deflating balloon...?

In space, no one can hear you go "PBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBPT!"

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

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mouthful of seawater? No thanks.

"... there are roughly 200 million viruses in every mouthful of seawater, and most of those viruses are infecting the roughly 20 million bacteria found in every mouthful of seawater."

um... ew.

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Time to get your babble on: Microsoft opens Skype Translator Preview to all comers

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Re: take back what you said to the vl'hurg

No need. My small dog is at the ready.

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PHOTON SPACE SAIL successfully Kickstarted into orbit

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Re: spanker?

Hardly know 'er!

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

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how about a parakeet cull?

I hear that worked well with pigeons in Kingston*

*at least according to the story's epic comment thread

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ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

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love the "mission logo"

seen 9 seconds into the video. Orbital Outhouse Team. classic.

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ALIEN HUNT: Water similar to life-bearing Earth lakes FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

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All these worlds...

are yours except Europa. And, erm, Enceladus. Attempt no landings there. Or there.

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Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

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Re: "With no GUI, we should really stop referring to it as Windows."

OK, then.

Walls...

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

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Re: Here's an interesting poser that I have posed elsewhere.

"you'd probably only want two rather than four engines"

Actually, four smallish engines might solve the CG problem someone else pointed out.

And remember, with modern computers and fly-by-wire, even the ludicrously unstable X29 flies more or less normally

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El Reg assembles mighty Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse

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is it just me

or does Lester's nephew resemble Arthur Darville, albeit with a beard? Which then leads to the next question regarding any potential resemblance between Matthew's significant other and a certain bonnie Scottish lass.

And, of course, best of luck to all participants in the challenge. While I lack sufficient commitment to restrict my diet that severely, I shall be contributing to the cause monetarily.

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Nork hackers no pantomime villains, but a hugely unpredictable menace

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"Thailand’s Loxley Pacific"

So when, exactly, did Robin Hood expand his operations to Thailand?

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Windows 10 MURDERED your Lumia? Microsoft says it may have a fix

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from what I've read

about Win10 on phones, I think I'll just stick with 8.1 on my Lumia even AFTER they've got the kinks worked out. Yeah, 8.1 has its flaws and shortcomings, but it does what I want, reliably, without compromising battery life (2+ days between charging) or usability. I HATE that interface on a laptop, but find it very usable on a phone.

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US Navy robot war-jet refuels in air: But Mav and Iceman are going down fighting

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one wonders

if, after the successful refueling, the controller thought to say "our compliments to the [X-47B] and regards to Captain Dunsel" (19:30 mark of video for source reference).

I find it fascinating that this very thing and the very same reactions were forecast 48 years ago in a sci-fi television show (along with a particularly stern warning about the potential consequences).

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Bank-card-sniffing shop menace Punkey pinned down in US Secret Service investigation

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Re: this will never change @Ugotta B. Kiddingme

agree. And I thought I had implied that. Thanks for clarifying.

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this will never change

until someone OTHER THAN the consumer gets a thorough reaming. When a few top execs get publicly humiliated by their (hopefully former) employers and/or said businesses are forced into liquidation to pay for the mess they themselves created, then and ONLY then will they begin to wake up and fix this. If the culprit is an outside contractor/firm, then they should be held financially liable for any and all breaches. Only then will they be truly interested in securing their devices and the transactions thereupon.

/soapbox

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What's that THUD sound? It's your Lumia's best feature after unflashing Windows 10

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Who'da thunk it?

Something that makes Windows 8.1 actually preferable?!? Wow. Just... wow. *

* full disclosure. I am a Lumia 635 owner. I actually like Win8.1 on my phone but agree it is an abomination on PCs.

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

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"faster than New Horizon"

well... it WAS until Voyager 6 fell into that spatial anomaly and emerged on the other side of the galaxy.

At least, that's according to the Spock-unit.

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Life after Nokia: Microsoft Lumia 640 budget WinPho blower

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over.

"Coming Soon" to the US?!?

I have a Lumia 635 and like it quite a bit. It's very simplistic and has a few critical shortcomings, but it's less than $50 and no annoying contract. I want a 640 but will apparently have to wait.

I also agree with several posters above regarding Windows on a phone. I like the 8.1 interface for a phone or tablet but absolutely DESPISE it on a laptop.

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PATRIOT Act axed, NSA spying halted ... wake up, Neo, it's just a dream in the US House of Reps

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Re: I wish them luck"

Me too, but... You heard it here first. This stuff is here to stay. And this might truly be a case of "better the devil you [sort of] know" than anything new and more hidden.

Sometimes I wish I weren't so jaded and cynical about politics but, every time I try to be more optimistic about it I notice the self-serving, snake-in-the-grass types drawn to it like moths to the flame. I suppose I should take comfort that I am at least still paying attention and haven't given in to apathy.

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo good to go after six-week recovery effort

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"Galileo good to go"

Magnifico - o - o - o

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Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

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Re: energy for cloud-cuckoo land

Yes it would BUT how would you get the power from those uninhabited remote deserts to cities all around the world?

Some companies already are planning to do just that. Like this. (link goes to pic of transmission lines coming from the Hualapai Valley Solar project in Arizona)

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Re: energy for cloud-cuckoo land

There are fairly large swaths of desert in North America (southwestern US) and Australia. Replicating "Sahara carpeting" in the other two regions would get much closer to 24 hour coverage, would it not?

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Re: presumably because

Well that depends rather largely upon whether or not you like the cat...

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LOHAN chap compiles 'tenner a week' cookbook

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Re: £20 a week next

This, please! Upping the monetary limit to a still relatively modest level should, in theory, greatly expand the options. That would be very useful for helping university students break out of the "Ramen Rut" and also allow some healthier* choices.

* I acknowledge that definition varies based upon whom is asked.

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ALIEN LIFE drenched in HOT FLUID on Jupiter's Ganymede – is that so?

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With apologies to The Police

"it's likely Ganymede's hot iron core, and the proximity to Jupiter, will keep the sea rather warm. Under such conditions life could be a possibility, although only in its most basic form."

Many miles away

Something crawls from the slime

At the bottom of a dark [Ganymedean] lake...

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US bares its net neutrality enforcement regime to world+dog

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waiting for the other shoe to drop

this certainly SEEMS like a decent enough plan. Given that this is a politicized organization (not to mention one going up against well funded/connected opponents), I'm very curious to see how big the ultimate clusterfuck will be when good intentions inevitably go horribly wrong.

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25 years of SNK's Neo Geo video gaming platform

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Metal Slug series

is what finally convinced me to build my own upright cabinet about 10 years ago to play this stuff on. Thanks for suggesting some NeoGeo titles I don't recall having previously tried. Must fire up the cabinet tonight.

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NASA: Curiosity rover's BROKEN ARM doesn't SPELL DOOM for Mars mission

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Re: Are they sure

+1 for the Heinlein reference.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

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Re: Try the russian version

Sheesh! (and, for that matter, "kebab!") Properly pronouncing smažený sýr is tough enough. Now you throw in Cyrillic?

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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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