* Posts by Ugotta B. Kiddingme

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Spaniard claims WWII WAR HERO pigeon code crack. Explain please

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Re: probably something like

"Have you a match?"

"No, I use a lighter."

"Better still."

"Until they go wrong."

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BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall

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Re: nobody who does any actual work likes open plan offices.

even those who DON'T do any actual work dislike open plan offices.

Hard to concentrate on updating farcebook with the latest cat vid with all that incessant "work" babble and phones ringing and printers printing. And don't EVEN get me started on the difficulties of napping...

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First pics of flagship Lumias for 18 months released … or maybe not

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does it or doesn't it

have a µSD slot? That would be a deal breaker for me and a shame, too, because this is pretty close to the perfect phone for my needs.

I have a Lumia 635 and like the interface. As I've mentioned elsewhere in this forum, Win 8.1 on a phone is a nice interface. And with the ability to run Android apps, I will have to rethink my hesitation about Win10. And if the 940/950 does indeed have a µSD slot, then I'll probably bite.

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Re: "Does this mean he has a cyber-willy?"

no, it means he's cyber-incontinent

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Obi: These ARE the 'droids you're looking for

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might be interesting

to see the SF1 in head to head to head comparison with MotoG and Sony Xperia M4 Aqua.

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Space paparazzo captures bipolar butterfly

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question

so was this formed as the result of a nova or supernova? And if so, might it have been visible to the unaided human eye? If so, there should probably be some record. For example, both the Mayan and Arabic civilizations of that period were noted for being clever with astronomy

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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Wileyfox phone looks nice but...

Wile E um... a canine friend wants to know if it can catch certain species of limited-flight avians native to the deserts of southwestern US...

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3D-printed robot hand grabs Dyson award for UK

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Well done!

and for bonus points, helps to limit the ever-increasing costs of health care.

Here, have a pint of natural healthy goodness. On me.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Ugandan 'rolex'

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Re: Over here we'd call that a breakfast burrito

Like minds. I saw the preparation and was going to ask: what exactly is the difference between a flour tortilla and chapati? They look pretty much identical. The gentleman of Indian descent in the office next to me wasn't entirely sure.

And you can get these handily prepared by the presumably sober folks at quite a number of fast food establishments in my area (and not just the one with the Bell...), some of which are open 24 hours.

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Euro X-ray 'scope snaps Milky Way's 'tumultuous heart'

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What is Matt holding

And why is it not a pipe? He's wearing a proper coat for boffinry but the pipe is curiously absent.

EDIT: After a bit of digital zoomery, I conclude it COULD be our intrepid LOHAN pilot, presumably antsy from all this waiting for launch, but difficult to tell. The secondary question, however, stands. It should be a pipe.

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

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an IOTa of flaws

or, to merge two other suggestions: a phistfull of flaws

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Gas giant cores actually built from shedloads of gravel

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knowledgebase expansion

The rate at which we discover knowledge of the universe (and particularly our little corner of it) is expanding rapidly. (Or perhaps I'm just paying closer attention now but, I don't think it's that.) The scientific gains in the last 50 years seem to be coming faster and faster - whilst simultaneously tending to be more and more profound.

I raise a glass for astroboffins the world over. Thank you.

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Japan's 'White Stork' soars heavenwards to ISS

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Re: secondary usage

maybe even fit a deployable "scoop" to snare and drag with it some of the smaller bits of space junk. After a dozen or so resupply missions, LEO might be a bit less hazardous.

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Android apps are flooding on to jailbroken Win10 phones

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Re: @Ken Hagan

"If the next generation of Windows phones can make a decent fist of running all your favourite Android apps, you might *prefer* to buy a Windows phone over a "real" Android phone because the former has an update system that allows the OS vendor to patch security problems. "

Not only that, but a new Lumia 640 without contract is about USD$80 - less than half the cost of most mid-range Android phones.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Spanish summer soother salmorejo

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tomato variety?

What variety of tomato was used in this preparation? The flavor profile would be subtly altered with different tomatoes. Perhaps a smidge more boffinry is in order?

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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Re: Actually been there ...

I drive by there frequently as I have family in the area. The visitor center (where you catch the shuttle bus to Stennis) is right off the I-10. First eastbound (or last westbound) exit in Mississippi. They recently opened the new Infinity Science Center adjacent to the visitor center. Haven't been in the Infinity addition yet but looks pretty awesome from what I can see passing by and from their website.

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Feeling a physical present: Ten summer games and gadgets

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Jam Trance Plus?

Pfft! Radio Shack made a primitive form of that in the 1970's called the Light Organ. As I recall, you could get it fully assembled or in a DIY kit.

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NASA primed for 9-minute live test of mighty rocket motor

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Re: Changes Earth orbit?

They face one test east and the next one west so they effectively cancel each other out over time.

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locals should be able to hear it

A cousin of mine used to live about twelve miles from Stennis space center. If weather conditions are just right, they could hear these tests. She said the big ones "sound like distant thunder that keeps going far longer than thunder should. Kinda freaky, really..."

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ICO fines anti nuisance call company for making nuisance calls

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Re: One small step

one mosquito buzzing around your head is annoying. Five are distracting. A hundred will cause you to go elsewhere.

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Re: In the US...

citation/details please? I'd be DELIGHTED to put this knowledge to use myself - as I'm sure other US-based Reg readers would as well.

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Texas senator Ted Cruz serves up sizzling 'machine gun bacon'

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Re: The republican clown car.

That, good sir/madam, is highly insulting to perfectly respectable (albeit somewhat creepy) clowns the world over. [/indignation]

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ROBO-TENTACLE with mind of its own wields deadly electrical power – turns on Tesla car

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How long before

it starts asking for Sarah Connor?

Now where did I leave that phased plasma rifle (in the 40 watt range)...?

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Happy birthday! Rosetta starts second year around comet

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Well done!

Hearty congratulations to the ESA and associated teams. Even if we learn very little else, this entire venture must surely go down as smashing success. PhDs may scoff and sneer all they like but, engineers made this work.

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PALE BACKSIDE of lovely Luna flits past in imagery from 1 MILLION miles out

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Re: Wow! seconds apart!

like minds, appreciating what is perhaps the greatest rock album of all time. And most certainly a significant contributor to my current level of hearing loss... Cheers.

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Re: Dark side of the moon

"There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark." [/heartbeat]

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The cosmic humor

We've been mooned. BY the actual moon.

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Want to avoid a hangover? DRINK MORE, say boffins

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Re: 1:1 ratio

The only times I've been above 3km have all involved commercial aviation, so it definitely works at lower altitudes. I've used that formula for decades and, as a result, the last significant hangover I had was in 1982. Recently taught the formula to my now college-age son.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bacon and egg sushi

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Re: no such thing as blue, fuzzy food

Don't be so quick to write off fuzzy food, especially if you've been off world.

To wit, the obligatory Hitchhiker's quote:

"[Arthur] almost danced to the fridge, found the three least hairy things in it, put them on a plate and watched them intently for two minutes. Since they made no attempt to move within that time he called them breakfast and ate them. Between them they killed a virulent space disease he'd picked up without knowing it in the Flargathon Gas Swamps a few days earlier, which otherwise would have killed off half the population of the Western Hemisphere, blinded the other half, and driven everyone else psychotic and sterile, so the Earth was lucky there." - Douglas Adams, So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

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BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

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reminds me of the time...

"It wouldn't surprise me if Wi-Fi for a couple of building radii around us has been overwhelmed with oddball interference..."

Broadcast radio, too, if done right. WAY back in the day, the drone in the next cube had an AM radio set to mind-numbingly stupid Country music. Late one evening, I took the back off her CGA monitor and scraped out as much of the graphite spray-on "shielding" as I could manage - on the sides not facing MY cube, of course. Next day, she was quite unable to get any AM stations without horrific noise. Her being too cheap/broke to buy an FM radio, then "problem sorted!"

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Alien dwarf 'star' flashes her dazzling brown rear at stunned space boffins

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with all the recent rapidfire advancements...

... in astronomy and astrophysics, it's an interesting and exciting time to be alive, is it not? Now, if we can just manage to settle our comparatively petty differences, humanity might one day be mature enough to venture out there and see the sights up close.

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Your voter-trolling autodialer is illegal: The cringey moment the FCC spanks a congresscritter

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"political groups have expressed concern that the laws could hamper their ability to run campaigns"

You say that as if it were a BAD thing...

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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Phantom of Feculence

my new favorite phrase. Must find a way to get into work conversation this week. Thanks, Reg!

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World-beating TWO-QUADRILLION-WATT LASER fired by boffins

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Re: NOW your talking!

now my talking what, exactly?

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Voyager's Golden Record now free to download

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The sound quality

"The sound quality's not going to give any audiophile aliens out there a reason to hotfoot it in our direction"

I can recommend a superduper whizbang high quality cable to improve upon that.

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US beats Iran as Japan's tincan footie team wins robot World Cup

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nice competition

I thought it pretty nifty that the robot was able to right itself when falling over (0:50 mark). It's also entirely plausible that I am too easily impressed...

I mentor a prep school robotics team and really enjoy guiding/encouraging the next generation of engineers/programmers/roboticists

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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

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Re: what was wrong with using phenylephrine?

Because for some people, myself included, phenylephrine is ineffective. For most of the calendar year, I suffer from awful allergies and sinus conditions. Pseudoephedrine allows me to breath normally through my nose. This is especially important at night because I am unable to sleep more than an hour at a time if forced to breath only through my mouth. Breathing through my nose therefore becomes a significant quality-of-life issue. Pseudoephedrine is less expensive than other medicinal or surgical options.

I truly wish phenylephrine WOULD work for me. I am very annoyed at being treated like a criminal every time I go to the pharmacy but, my only choices are be annoyed for a few minutes every two weeks or be miserable all the time.

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Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

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matter of semantics...

Surely a botched robotic prostate surgery would be the OPPOSITE of a "cock up", would it not?

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Comet-invader Philae goes silent, mothership Rosetta forced to retreat

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"has more or less been silent for days"

and "is obviously still functional, because it sends us data, even if it does so at irregular intervals and at surprising times."

So, then... rather like Mrs. Kiddingme when I've done something she considers stupid and/or annoying?

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Fragmented Android development creating greater security risks

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Re: Who cares

THIS user does. That's who.

I can't/don't speak for any others, but I care rather a lot about this. My android devices are used for casual gaming and casual web browsing only. Nothing involving credit cards or banking is EVER done on an Android device or, for that matter, my WinPhone. Yes, I give up some cool and convenient functionality. I can live with that - and the ever-so-slightly better security of my personal data that goes along with it.

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Dwarfworld PLUTO may not have a real DOG on it - but it does have a TAIL

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The egg-shaped object...

90 million tons? That must be the one carrying Jonathan Winters. Robin Williams was a bit lighter.

Sadly, BOTH of these brilliant comedians have passed from this plane of existence and we are the worse for it.

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas

I have been there. Twice. I can attest that the horrific and devastating results of nuclear bombing are not downplayed. They do take the position that dropping the bombs was to save lives vs. direct invasion of Japan. A small theater displays a film with some RahRah political aspects,etc, but the bombs are only PART of the full story in this museum. There is also significant space devoted to nuclear energy for electricity and research. To me, the most interesting parts were the exhibits devoted to human naivete surrounding radiation and its effects. Much of the museum is intended to demystify and set right any misconceptions about all things nuclear - bombs AND energy production AND scientific/medical research. The present the Bad and the Good and at least attempt to strike a balance between the two. I do hope they update their energy production section with more recent info on newer reactor designs.

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Large Hadron SMASHER: Boffins BLOW OPEN the PENTAQUARK's secrets

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anti-charm quark?

Is that like the loutish brother-in-law who pees on your front lawn after drinking all your beer because he dropped in, unannounced, at an inopportune time?

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Cell division: The engine of life – and of CANCER. Now some of its secrets are revealed

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a kinetochore is

the ability to empty the rubbish, clean house, and take Rover for walkies via telekinesis.

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Robot SHOOTS into the air with hot gas from its soft round behind

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Science!

so this is a natural progression from this recent work at MIT. Well done.

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GIGANTIC galaxy-chomping black hole rips boffins a new one

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"gigantic black hole within a normal size galaxy"

perhaps a few billion years ago it was a "moderately large black hole within a large galaxy" that became a binge eater.

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Han Solo to get solo prequel flick in 2018, helmed by LEGO men

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so does this mean

we finally get to see what a young nerf-herder looks like before he gets all scruffy looking?

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Mars rover Opportunity shuns dodgy flash chips, relies on RAM

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Plucky little fella!

Here's to ya, Opportunity.

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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

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"open the car doors HAL."

HAL: I'm sorry, Dave, I can't do that.

Dave: Then at least roll down the window.

HAL: I can't do that either.

Dave: What about the bloody engine? Can you turn THAT off?!?

HAL: Would you like to hear a song? Daaaaisy, Daaaaisy...

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Ginormous HIDDEN BLACK HOLES flood the universe – boffins

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so...

Genuine questions*: Might this account for some of the so called "missing mass" of the universe, lessening the need to rely on more exotic theories like dark matter? OR has this been presumed all along and already factored into the universe's total mass?

* because I am NOT trying to be snarky, sarcastic, or pedantic. I truly wish to learn.

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