* Posts by stucs201

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Marathon race ace FOUND ON MARS – NASA boffins overjoyed

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Obligatory xkcd

https://xkcd.com/695/

(yeah, I know that was the other rover).

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Actually I think el-reg have the point entirely.

The terrorists want us scared and to an extent normal reporting of their activities helps that aim. The approach taken here of pointing out how little they're actually achieving and making them seem rediculous is the best way of avoiding giving them the sort of publicity they want without resorting to censorship of the news.

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BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

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Re: Misread the tag line

Don't give management ideas...

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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I actually do have two fridges.

The main fridge freezer in the kitchen and a small one next to the computer in the spare bedroom with beer, coke, pork pies and other snacks in it. That second fridge is about quarter of a century old (dating back to when I was a student). Back when I originally acquired it I'd not yet even discovered JANET, never mind such fancy internet stuff as Telnet, FPT and Usenet. Somehow I don't think it has an internet connection...

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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Also, 81 MPH is a high rotate speed for this class of aircraft

Indeed, it's only 7mph off time-travel speed.

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SpaceX to deliver Bigelow blow-up job to ISS astronauts

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Joke

No. look at the picture it's blue and silver, not green.

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Yay! Wearables! It's the future! Uh-oh! I'm going to be sick

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I've already got all of the monitoring of my body I need.

It's completely unobtrusive and will last my entire life. It's called my central nervous system & brain. I get all sorts of feedback from whether I got a good nights sleep to how hard I'm having to work to do physical tasks to whether the ambient temperature is good etc. True it doesn't give me numbers to post to facebook for bragging purposes, but it does automatically translate feedback to a form I intuitively understand.

True, sometimes when it detects a serious problem I'm going to need to go and get expert active from a Dr about the details, but that is to be expected.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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It has a compatibility problem with it's target market.

I'll believe there is a market for an expensive and blingy phone accessory.

But isn't much of that market going to want it to work with their expensive and blingy Vertu phone?

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Ban Minecraft? That's jive, Turkey!

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Re: Huh?

Perhaps their real problem with the game is that it encourages the raising of pigs for food and hence the eating of pork?

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the combat functions .... encourage the mistreatment of animals

No, it's the efficiency of building automatic breeding and cooking machines that does that.

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Coat

Cortana and Bob

So if Cortana isn't a direct descendant of Bob, but does inherit some things does than mean that Bob's her Uncle?

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The problem with putting the Windows task bar at the top (or left) of the screen is that most application which try to remember and restore their previous window position will drift by the size of the taskbar each time they are closed and re-opened. This obviously gets annoying when the title bar disapears off the top.

It is possible to write programs which remember correctly if you remember to account for it, but the obvious implementation will have this problem.

I suspect that making this problem less obvious would be part of the reason for it being at the botto by default.

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Re: It looks like you're writing a letter.

Didn't rover search for files for a while?

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Minecraft debuts new block – one that blocks Java crapware, that is

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Re: They would also have lost the entire Linux market

1% of the users according to the graph Dinnerbone recently tweeted. Though the 5% that are OSX users would be a more significant factor.

http://media.dinnerbone.com/uploads/2015-03/screenshots/09_11-06-09_QLAhnzHO25.png

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Re: I guess that's a start

I'm not so sure.

Writing it in something other than Java to start with may have been better. Converting it now might not work so well if people get bored because it freezes the feature-set for too long or breaks all the 3rd party mods.

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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Re: So you pay no insurance, VED, servicing, MOT costs?

I'd still need the car anyway, I'd not be able to do every journey by bike. So there would be no saving to make on those fixed once per year costs (I get it serviced at MOT time even though I wouldn't need it on millage alone), just fuel and saved millage.

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Re: Frack Bicycle Hub Gears and any gear change at the hub, always a really stupid idea!

Do you have some specific alternative in mind? Something in the bottom bracket? Part of a shaft drive? Or just a general wish for something better?

I ask because I think one of the reasons I've hardly ever ridden my bike is that it turns out I *hate* derailers, so if I was to buy an alternative my inclination would be towards hub gears - not that I've much experience of those either (my previous bike was a BMX as a kid), but vaguely recall them being much nicer from having a go on a mate's Grifter.

I'm not sure I'm too worried about punctures being a hassle, they would be anyway for me (fixing the last one involved whinging "Dad....!" about quarter of a century ago). Similarly changing rims - I can't think why I'd do that other than a crash bad enough to bend a wheel, in which case I've got bigger things to worry about than the labour cost of getting someone to rebuild the wheel.

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Re: Electric bike prices do seem rather high.

600 is somewhat more realistic, at least thats less than my annual fuel bill for the car (I only fill the tank once a month)

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Re: Gazelle e-bike

Electric bike prices do seem rather high. The cost of one that's at all likely to be reliable seems closer to motorbike prices than pedal-bike prices (*), despite most of their parts being shared with pedal bike. Are batteries and motors really that expensive?

I'd quite like an electric bike to get to work on, but for the relatively short distance involved and these prices it makes more finacial sense to just carry on putting fuel in the car and forget about a bike.

* Yes I know some people spend this sort of money on pedal-bikes, but they tend to be enthisiasts wanting the lightest possible bike, whereas the electric bike seems more suited to the commuter who doesn't fancy arriving at work half-dead from strugling up hills.

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Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

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Re: Bigfoot?

Its the wierd units confusing them. To clarify things we're talking about a resolution of 2.1429 Linguine.

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Curiosity rover RENDERED ARMLESS by short circuit

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Re: Quick!

It looks the the Martian special forces took their mission to disarm our laser-tank a little too literally.

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Perhaps someone will lend them a hand.

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SpaceX lofts two all-electric ion-drive comsats to Clarke orbit

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I'd not exactly call a TIE fighter sleek and shiny. Even less sleek for the TIE bomber.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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2 Buttons? Luxury! First remote used had a single 'next channel' button.

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

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Re: A series of tubes?

..you mean Transport Control Protocol/ In Pipes?

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Re: Is this intended to be a permanent fixture?

I'm not sure he cares about the money. We're getting awesome stuff, which is surely of more real value than numbers on a bank balance.

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Watch as a car key?

So how's that going to work when the car is left at a garage for a service or is left in airport parking while going on holiday? I'd much rather leave behind a single-purpose piece of metal than a fancy watch I might want for something else.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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Can't buy hollandaise in the shops?

Yes you can. Comes in jars. Obviously not 100% the same as freshly made (since they have to stabilise it so it lasts long enough to sell), but a much easier option when hung-over.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Fair point.

Can we leave them under the exhaust nozzles too?

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Or better yet placed under the exhaust nozzles of the first stage.

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

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Re: Smash

As in "yellow, foamy, comes in cans" I assume, not the mashed potato stuff.

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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I really hope this is all he's come along and meddled with.

Don't want to end up with this:

http://www.dailymobile.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Apple-death-star.jpg

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FOCUS! 7680 x 4320 notebook and fondleslab screens are coming

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Re: 576

Doh! I'd like a 16K screen then please - that'll sort it out :)

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8K screens are actually nice for low res content too

4320 is an integer multiple of each of 480, 720, 1080 and 2160. This makes an 8K screen the only one that you can use to display content created for all of the common lower resolutions (of the same aspect ratio) with pixel-perfect scaling.

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Microsoft loves Surface pen maker N-trig so much it bought it – report

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Re: Wacom has a far better technology, wasted money

Reducing the number of layers in the screen isn't just about device thickness. It's about reducing parallax differences between where the pen is and where the detecting layer registers it.

Also the bluetooth pairing is only for the onenote button. Its completely unrelated to the main pen technology.

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W3C turns BROWSERS into VIBRATORS

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I'll give it about 2 weeks...

...before everyone terms it of because of overuse by adverts,

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FACEBOOK even from BEYOND the GRAVE: CHOOSE your Legacy

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write your Facebook password on a piece of paper and seal it with any other documents

No, no, no.

Boring admin type documents probably need to family.

Facebook however knows too much. That first needs to go to a close and trusted friend for sanitization. Someone who already knows everything because they were there when it happened.

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Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins

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Re: @big_D

Yes that does need addressing. Probably sensible to ensure that robot cars are tested to higher standards if we're going to ask more of them (and if we're not then why bother with them?). Perhaps program this into the controlling software: no recent safety check and it refuses to join the high speed road train.

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Re: good distances between cars is just good for overall traffic flow

With human driver who have to respond to each other then yes it is. With robot cars that can accelerate as one, brake as one and negotiate upcomming manouvers in advance then the best traffic flow comes from not wasting road space and only opening up a gap when it is needed to let another car join the group or let another group through at a junction. Saying robot cars should leave the same gaps as humans need for traffic flow reasons is like claiming a train would be better with more space between the carriages.

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Re: Roller coasters

Of course the safe distance should get a lot lower for groups of autonomous cars. At motorway speeds recommended distances are more to do with reaction time than actual stopping distance. Since computers react faster than people that distance should come down, especially if the cars were in communication with each other and in a dedicated lane.

It sounds like human nervousness could limit this benefit though.

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Re: cough

Productive as a passenger? Not for everyone. I don't get travel sick except under one condition: if I try to read or do other things that mostly involve not being able to spend most of the journey looking out of the window.

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Well this could kill some of the major advantages.

I'd really been hoping that self-driving cars could improve motorway congestion and travel times by having closely packed (determined by computer, not human, reaction times) groups of cars travelling at high speed (perhaps about 90mph?). Sounds like nervous passengers might break that idea :(

Similarly for the idea of getting more cars through green lights at junctions by having the entire queue start moving at the same time when the lights change, instead of the delay between each car that you get with human drivers.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: Nice Recipe

This is a Dave Lister recipe. You really think anything except pre-sliced white bread is authentic?

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SWELLING moons of ice dwarf Pluto snapped by NASA spy-probe

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Re: Its a planet.

Dear IAU,

Your Mom thought I was big enough.

Yours sincerely, Pluto.

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

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Re: huge background of all the crap spewing out of that big fusion reactor close by

In the range of radio frequencies we use for broadcast it isn't a huge background - the Earth actually outshines the sun in that range, so a should produce a nice big spike on any alien's spectrograph.

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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How to easily get more people to vote:

Put a "none of the above" option on the ballot paper. Many of those not voting will be not voting because they refuse to vote for someone they don't want.

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NASA: Give us JUST 0.5% of the federal budget and we'll take you to MARS and EUROPA

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All these worlds

are yours except

Europa

Attempt no

landing there

That said a proper investigation of Europa's ocean is one thing I'd definately like to see.

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Samsung gets KINKY with new Galaxy in 50 SHADES OF GREY

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Re: A phone comforming to the curve of your head

"a shape that angles up at one end, kind of like how some calculators angle up the display portion of the case. That fits well with the photo but I don't see why you would want that shape in a phone."

You mean like the HTC Hero? I seem to remember that doing reasonably well at the time.

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