* Posts by Ugotta B. Kiddingme

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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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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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