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Flurry of solar flare-ups sets off COSMIC PLASMA EXPLOSION

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appropriate misread?

"..captured at extreme ultravioleNt wavelengths..."

I REALLY need to get new glasses. And possibly relax more...

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Feds salute plucky human ROBOT-FIGHTERS

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Re: death penalty fir 1st time offenders

"He's nothing but a low-down, double-dealing, backstabbing, larcenous perverted worm!

Hanging's too good for him.

BURNING's too good for him.

He should be torn into little bitsy pieces and buried alive!" - Hanover Fiste

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LOHAN wrapped in vinyl as Kickstarter campaign hits £18,000!

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Re: Better hide

sigh. One day... ONE DAY, I will learn to swallow that sip of coffee before reading article comments. In the meantime, I shall (yet again) retrieve an emergency substitute work shirt from the credenza.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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well done that woman

<respectful applause> Bravo. Standing up for principles. </respectful applause>

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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or perhaps

the universe is the next generation of computer built by the pan-dimensional beings who, in our existence, resemble white mice.

Deep Thought provided the answer. Earth was commissioned to provide the question. When that came back in somewhat nonsensical form, The Universe was commissioned to explain the question in such way that the answer makes sense.

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Re: I was thinking of another type of hologram

The sock is a lie!

Or was that cake? I always get those two mixed up. Perhaps I shall have a lie down...

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Euro space boffins narrow down lander sites on comet doing 135,000km/h toward Sun

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harpooning a giant space duck

in space, no one can hear it squeak

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Sony's 'Lizard Squad' battered PlayStation Network staggers to feet

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Re: Why?

Because annoying little turds:

a) can only wank so much before it begins to chafe and

b) lack the skill required to steal anything useful/profitable (which is just as well, eh?)

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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

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VERY well done on the intro and exit logo animation

that, for me, was the best part

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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Re: Gee thanks, Space.com

"I don't know why I bother with the interwebs."

Because all those cat videos are just so darned CUTE!

or, um..., so I hear.

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LOHAN gets laughing gear round promotional mug

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Black is not practical in Texas

or for those of us who are a bit flaky. er, I mean dandruffy...

Something in a light or medium grey, perhaps.

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pint glass (screened/imprinted rather than etched)

echoing others who have asked for a pint glass. I know you earlier mentioned that etching was frightfully expensive. However, the imprinting technique used on the coffee mug should also work on a pint glass. I have any number of imprinted beer glasses that are completely dishwasher safe and regularly used. I would dearly love to add one or more with the LOHAN and/or SPB logos.

Ideally, you could offer in three versions: LOHAN (US), LOHAN (EU), and SPB logo on one side with Vulture on the other. Several more choices would cover combinations thereof so as to avoid the aforementioned extra fees

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Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio

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Re: It can't be any worse than...

yes it can. Four words to strike dread* into the hearts of all:

Duke Nukem: The Movie.

* dread because while this COULD and SHOULD be a wonderfully amusing and irreverent action movie it will, in all likelihood, be even worse than Duke Nukem Forever - the game that shouldn't have been.

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Go

dafter comment thread than usual

I heartily approve. Well done one and all.

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VM herder Tintri tries on Red Hat, plans support for Microsoft Hyper-V

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"VM herder Tintri tries on Red Hat"

but are they scruffy-looking?

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Just when you thought you were alone in the bath: Hi-res mapping satellite ready for launch

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Re: 30cm?

obligatory and applicable trunk reference. Mildly NSFW language.

One of comedian Buddy Hackett's best bits

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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Re: My suggestions so far

+1 for CAMELTOE

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Vulture 2 strapped to speeding van before delicate brain surgery

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if you are going to roof-rack it

then go the rest of the way and put it in a big honking gimbal. That way you can also do a bit of out-of-tunnel wind testing of your control deflections, etc.

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If you ate at one of these PF Chang's restaurants, your bank card is at risk

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Re: Colorado 2

you may wish to investigate further. See link. Scroll to the bottom, item 10. They are essentially doing the same thing Target did in offering 12 months credit monitoring. It's not enough, but it's definitely more than nothing.

PF Chang's Security page

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Kiwi satellite earth station recycled – as radio telescope

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now THAT

is useful recycling. Good job and beer all round.

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Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

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"Curiosity II: Nuclear Boogaloo"

Because NASA shouldn't be allowed to miss such a naming opportunity.

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Plane grounded so cops can cuff semi-legless passenger

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so apparently

the Hokey Cokey really IS what it's all about...

The BOFH and this. Friday is now complete. Cheers!

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NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark

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Cheers Opportunity!

your plucky grit and determination are inspiring to all us meatbags.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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link to source

many false leads but, I found this - which appears to be the source document. Kinda long at 108 pages.

http://mincore.c9x.org/breaking_av_software.pdf

or, if you prefer:

http://www.slideshare.net/JoxeanKoret/breaking-av-software-33153490

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

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@ stucs201 - Re: Bad luck...

"Bad luck... and lack of a space program"

not for lack of trying.

Robot Chicken Dinosaur Armageddon

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Re: An Old Favorite

or "Carpe Carp" (Sieze the fish)

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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here's to hoping

that they find New Earth within easy tapping distance of the Beer Nebula.

"Kirk, my old friend, do you know of the Klingon proverb that tells us Beer is a drink best served COOOOLD...? It is very cold in spaaace." </RicardoMontalban>

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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or go full-on Firesign Theater

Non ut illum Pumilio, da da per forcipem

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still more quasi-latin

Quid infernum, ne?

(Why the hell not?)

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Give an exoplanet a new name: Fill in this form and hope these astro-boffins pick your $input

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Magrathea

or Kakrafoon. Either one, to pay proper homage.

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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smashing idea, but...

This sprinkler system idea is brilliant and I will immediately begin working on such a system for my elderly mum. The hard part for me is to get the system to distinguish between cats and my small dog* who sometimes accompanies me over there. Any thoughts on how to accomplish that? In principle, I don't mind the dog getting wet. However, then I'd have to dry him off before I return home or he'd ruin the car upholstery.

*Schnauzer/Yorkie mix, so not much larger than your average house cat.

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LIFE on Titan: If there's one thing aliens HATE, it's a SALTY BALL

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looking for signs of methane outgassing

My wife is pretty good at that. She walks into the room, sniffs, and then shoots a menacing glance at me.

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Experts suspiciously eye LOHAN's cantankerous canards

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something you probably already thought of...

...but I don't recall reading in the details thus far. It hadn't previously occurred to me but as JonW pointed out, "The air's very thin up there. Relative airspeed will be low, so large control deflections will be required to control the vehicle. The force needed to move the control surfaces will be correspondingly reduced."

Of course, as you descend through ever thicker air, the opposite becomes true. The servos are sufficiently beefy to handle the extra force required, but I am wondering about the deflection. Too little up high or too much down low and you've got a serious control problem. If your receiver can switch to servo half-rate on the fly, then perhaps program that to kick in at a certain altitude. Seems to me that would be the simplest way to deal with changing requirements during descent. If your current receiver can't switch servo rates in flight, then it should be simple and relatively inexpensive to replace the receiver.

If you've already thought of and/or resolved this, then I withdraw my suggestion and will return to admiring your progress from a safe drinking distance. In any case, smashing job thus far and best of luck.

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Aereo presses pause on 'tiny antenna' TV-streaming service

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what happened to "we have no Plan B"?

A couple months ago, in several videotaped interviews, Kanojia clearly stated that if the Supreme Court decision didn't go their way, they were essentially dead. "We have no 'Plan B'" is what he said. The only "next move" I can immediately think of is to become something of a cross between Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime's video service - but that would basically be a "me, too" operation so why bother?

I was rooting for Aereo (assuming that they weren't adding any content, just DVRing and retransmitting unaltered feeds) because the service was innovative. It forced broadcasters and content providers to keep on their toes to get/retain viewers and/or subscribers. For example, my cable provider recently began offering a Hulu-like service for their subscribers. I have been told that the Aereo situation has gotten them moving to add live TV to the streaming options. That's the real difference between Aereo and all the other streaming content providers - live events and "simulcast" of scheduled programming. Even though the decision went against Aereo, there is still a chance that consumers will benefit - albeit somewhat less so than if Aereo had won.

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

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Sad? probably. Surprising? no.

IF Aereo were rebroadcasting "closed" content such as ESPN or other cable/satellite-only content, then I would agree that they were violating copyright. Likewise, if they were adding to or subtracting from the content in any way, that would infringe the copyright. However, if neither of those conditions took place, then I agree with Aereo's assertion that they were merely a cloud-based DVR service for freely available OTA signals.

My cable company pays the broadcast networks to retransmit their signals. However, included in that price is a space allowance for cable-company-generated commercial slots. Out of boredom one evening, I put a broadcast TV and a cable-connected TV side by side on the same channel and watched for a few hours. Everything was identical except for four 30-second commercial slots where the broadcast TV showed an ad for some local business but the cable TV showed an ad for some different service offering from the cable company. Because they have that ability, I agree that they should pay to retransmit OTA broadcast stations - they are adding their own content to the signal. If Aereo were to do that then they, too, should have to pay. If they did not do that, they should be able to stream the content using their stated model.

I think the Supremes missed a great opportunity to clearly define emerging and evolving tech. However, given the average age and technological knowledge of the Court, I think this decision would have come down the same way even without all the lobbying from ABC, FOX, et.al.

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FAA shoots down delivery by drone plans

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good thing then that the SPB isn't located in the US

or the LOHAN project might have to be binned!

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Re: noooo

Narrator: "...known to his friends as Very Little Anything At All John. But in good faith his name is, verily, Little John."

Penfold: [indignation] "It is NOT! Verily's a GIRL'S name" [/indignation]

best. episode. ever.

DM: "Well, my guess is the varactor tripler has gone astable with the earth-loop emitter strap on the announcer's microphone." Almost peed my pants laughing at that one.

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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well...

When I have sufficient time for "proper" gaming, I fire up the PC or console.

However, tablet/phone games do have their place. When I've only a short time available for playing or am away from the PC/console, I pull out the tablet and use a number of different "free-to-play-BUT..." apps. When I inevitably run into a spot that I can't get past without additional purchase, I switch to a different app. I have, to date, never purchased in-app add-ons to a mobile game.

I HAVE, on occasion, liked a few enough to buy outright - the app itself, NOT add-ons. When a developer crafts something I deem worthy of hard-earned cash, he/she/they should be appropriately compensated. Anything less makes me just another freetard and that simply won't do.

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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lovely acronyms

reminds me of the delightfully classic Special High Intensity Training memo

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Spaceplane design nipper Ariadne gets a promotion

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I'm jealous

You guys are having FAR too much fun.

And, yes, bring back Cash-n-Carrion with all manner of PARIS, LOHAN, SPB, BOFH, and other acronymic delight.

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

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Re: Don't get it?

"If G Lucas couldn't make a decent one after Empire, then why bother making any more?"

For the same reasons we have "new" versions of Spiderman, Fantastic Four, Star Trek, Godzilla, Robocop, etc, ad nauseum - because so very few movie makers have the testicular fortitude to do original material. So much easier/safer to take an existing story/character set and "reimagine" it. And then they wonder why so many of us no longer wish to shell out hard-earned cash for their (frequently shit) remakes. After not having been to a cinema for several years, I took a chance on JJ Abrams second outing with Star Trek. Once I realized it was a bad rehash of Wrath of Khan, I walked out. And sometimes, as you and others point out, it's even a bad idea for the originator to do more material in the same universe.

If producers and studios want to continue churning out crap remake/sequel after crap remake/sequel, that's their business. Just don't expect me to pay for or even be interested in watching it. There are far too many great and original stories remaining to be done.

/cranky old bastard

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

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With apologies to Ray Parker, Jr.

"When there's something strange in your closing tag, who you gonna call?"

"CodeBusters!"

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Evidence of ancient WORLD SMASHER planet Theia - FOUND ON MOON

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terrestrial cetaceans have eight words for you

"So long and thanks for all the fish"

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

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Re: A possibility:

could be, but where are they hiding the shark?

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Get ready for Europe's ROBO-BUTLERS: Billions of €€€s pledged to electro-slave dream

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but can they make it say

"Here's yo drank, Mr. Hun."

For my occasionally humor-impaired USAian brethren: it's from a Monty Python skit, not what you might have been thinking...

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Lupita Nyong'o, Game of Thrones' Brienne join Star Wars cast

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Re: I'm glad...

but in space, no one can hear you go "pew! pew!"

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Is the answer to life, the universe and everything hidden in Adams' newly uncovered archive?

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The Salmon of Doubt

I wonder if this new book will have much the same or (hopefully) different material from which to draw. According to Amazon's description, The Salmon of Doubt is a collection of letters, fragments of book/movie/TV ideas, and random thoughts on a variety of topics. It unfortunately SOUNDS like the same source material as this new biography, just from a different perspective. I hope to be incorrect about that as I would very much like to enjoy both works without essentially reading the same thing twice.

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

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Re: Save the badger

Mushroom Mushroom!

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Re: AWACS - Airbourne Wolf Alarm Communication System

and risk becoming The Bureau Who Cried Wolf?

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