* Posts by Yesnomaybe

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

Yesnomaybe

Re: How do they plan to get the heat out?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_energy_conversion

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

Yesnomaybe

WTF?

I mean.... You know.... WTF?

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El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

Yesnomaybe

Re: Inertial disc

Well, you would loose half of it. And the gyroscope would work against the steering, so the design isn't without compromises. Also, the point of gravity would be a bit higher. To outweigh those disadvantages, I'd get a "driver" with a background in RC racing. Those guys have reactions and neural pathways that would give a considerable edge.

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Yesnomaybe

Inertial disc

The various flipping and axe designs were quite common, but the most entertaining to watch because of the immense destruction it inflicted was Hypnodisc. I think a "robot" with that kind of weapon would work really well, with a few tweaks. First of all, I'd put the disc in a vertical position, so when it makes contact, it flips opponents UP and/or away. You loose the gyroscope effect that made Hypnodisc so difficult to flip, but in return, when contact is made, destruction should be increased, as our robot would have the floor to push against, and avoid being flung sideways. Secondly, the slow spin-up of the disc would be improved by adding a bottle of CO2 and a pneumatic turbine. Very easy and lightweight. Electric motor would be for maintaining idle-speed only, so would save weight and battery-capacity. The disc could be easily made from a lorry brake-disc. Direct-drive electric motor, and the turbine on automatic clutch sourced from a motorbike. It also was apparent that the robots that did well, were the ones that were the easiest to drive/control accurately. So a lot of work should go in to that area. Power without control normally came to a sticky end quite unaided.

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Grim-faced cosmonaut in ISS manual docking nail-biter

Yesnomaybe

Hang on

I admit I have been out of the loop a little, recently:

Gordon Brown's brother is a Russian? And a cosmonaut too??

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Help! What does 'personal conduct unrelated to operations or financials' mean?

Yesnomaybe

Could be...

sexual harassment.

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Einstein's brain to be picked by satellites

Yesnomaybe

Decca??!! Pah! LORAN was far better!

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When Michael Dell met Chris Mellor

Yesnomaybe

Lovely stuff

Nice bit of namedropping there.

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China, for one, welcomes our ROBOT SPACE ANT overlords

Yesnomaybe

Re: Let's not forget, Slowly, slowly, with China...

Keeps us Norwegians in jobs though, so mustn't grumble really.

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Gold bugs, concrete bog roll holders and frolic-friendly furniture: What IS it with designers?

Yesnomaybe

Lina Moon, not really original is it?

http://www.jeffbots.com/darkstar4.jpg

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Been sleeping well lately? No nightmares? Here's a lumbering Google bigfoot bot

Yesnomaybe

Re: "The robot shown in the video has an attached cord running into a human-carried power unit"

That's the first thing I was thinking: "Jeez, they are giving them a REASON to enslave us!!!"

But then again, perhaps being a meat-sack-mule for a robot overlord is better than being terminated...

I am assuming those are going to be the only two options.

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Put it away: Dwarf's 'supermassive' marvel is actually smallest thing boffins have ever seen

Yesnomaybe

Really?

"twice as small" ?

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French BIONIC EYE sits IN your peeper, feeds infrared light into nerves

Yesnomaybe

Re: How soon until I get Terminator vision?

That should actually be a trivial thing to build in to this system, as long as the implant is in the eye, any camera could be hooked up to give the feed going to the implant. I'm thinking x-ray or microwave vision!

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Atomic keyrings: Just how bright are they?

Yesnomaybe

Re: Green is best

Well I think the intimidating size and sheer scale of the glow-stick would be too bold a claim to be confused for my manly parts.

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Yesnomaybe

Green is best

I got a green one for myself, and a pink one for my significant other. I kinda knew green would have the highest output, and I'm very happy indeed. The pink one is noticeably dimmer but still glows OK. Oh, and the wife is a lot less "OMG, it's an ACTUAL nuclear reactor in MY POCKET!!!" than me, so she doesn't seem to mind too much about the output. She would have preferred flowers she said, but that wasn't on the cards that day, so she was happy enough to get a keyring.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

Yesnomaybe

I am overdue an upgrade from my (excellent) Note2, and have had serious difficulties making my mind up between the Note4 and the Note Edge.

This article has been very helpful, insomuch that I have decided the Note4 is the device for me.

Cheers!

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

Yesnomaybe

There is a cheaper way of doing this:

http://www.milweb.net/webverts/58508/c.jpg

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NASA asks world+dog to name Mercury's craters (back off, 4chan)

Yesnomaybe

Churlish

I think the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is being a bit strict with the naming here. I mean, the probe ITSELF is named after Melinda-of-the-superb-funbags, isn't it?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The fantastical Francesinha

Yesnomaybe

Oh you bastards...

Jayyysus, I'm STARVING!!!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

Yesnomaybe

Nice

You know; I had no idea he is gay. I take that as a sign we are living in better times, the man is judged on his ability rather than his sexuality. Good on him to come out officially though, still a lot of bigotry and homophobia out there, this can only help.

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

Yesnomaybe

Re: No teeth = excellent flyer

Crocodiles can't pick their teeth, and yet they have existed in one form or another for quite a while. I think this theory is lacking credibility.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

Yesnomaybe

Please,

please, please, please let it be true.

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IBM accidentally invents new class of polymers

Yesnomaybe

"Self-healing"

"Self-healing plastic", now that sounds really cool! But watching the video, it's like"Meh, it's "sticky", not "self-healing". I think I sneezed out something with the same self-healing properties earlier this morning. It was green mind, not blue.

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Hey, who wants a 40TB all-flash Pure box? I dunno, you got $160k?

Yesnomaybe

I too...

...don't understand the numbers. Usable capacity is normally LOWER than raw capacity. Normally lose some 20% or so.

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Boeing shows off 7-4-heaven SPACEPLANE-for-tourists concept

Yesnomaybe

Whaaaat??

What is the function of the giant T-towel holders? Giant T-towels??

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Privateers race to capture forgotten NASA space probe using crowdsourced cash

Yesnomaybe

Re: Complicated maths from a smart guy

"NASA's Farquhar has come out of retirement"

When did he retire? Judging by the picture, he must be in his early 40ies by now.

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Deep desert XP-ocalypse averted as Reg man returns

Yesnomaybe

Enjoyable

A very interesting and entertaining article. Fascinating stuff. Many thanks. Looking forward to more like this.

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

Yesnomaybe

Re: Some thoughts

"I would say a strip starting near belly button splitting into a V onto the shoulders could be one,"

Ah, so kinda like a glow-in-the-dark Borat mankini? Yup, gets my vote, all this space stuff is SOOOO serious...

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

Yesnomaybe

Me too. I have a Note II, and can't for the life of me think what to "upgrade" to.

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

Yesnomaybe

Re: Send him to Texas

I think it was more a comment on the political leanings of Texans.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

Yesnomaybe

Re: Please stop for a moment and look around

I would like to lend support to that point. I have lived in the UK for the last 15 years. You don't know the value of what you have, and you won't know until after you have destroyed it through greed, ignorance and indifference. Shame on you. The BBC is worth every penny, and more.

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

Yesnomaybe

Dyson and fembots

So obvious now, I understand why Dyson of all people is involved.

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Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar

Yesnomaybe

Re: lovehandles

There is something you can put on your lovehandles, it is called MRSA, it is quick and efficient, removes fat like you wouldn't believe!

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XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know

Yesnomaybe

Re: Meh, just as long as ...

Halo. 'Nuff said.

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Huge Antarctic iceberg: 1 Singapore? 8 Manhattans? This is CHAOS

Yesnomaybe

Re: Islands only

Even using islands might be a little difficult, it doesn't really work unless you compare with other bits of ice. So if we could measure things in Greenlands (Nano-Greenland, Pico-Greenland and so on)

I don't think using the south pole would be a good idea, as it could be too variable if global warming kicks in properly. We would have been stuffed if we had decided, say 30 years ago, to use "Average North Poles"

In my opinion, Greenland is best.

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

Yesnomaybe

Re: Monkeys in tin cans.

I think that possibly the "easiest" way of overcoming the speed/distance barrier in space around us would be to approach the problem from the biological science side. If we can prolong human life, (and perhaps build in a little radiation resistance in the process) then the problem is pretty much solved. Would still need a sizable ship, of-course...

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F-16 fighter converted to drone

Yesnomaybe

Re: And the first step towards Skynet has been taken...

"Fighters have now reached the point where they can turn tightly enough to generate very high levels of G for long periods of time. Pilots, subject to blacking out even with G-suits, can no longer match the aircraft's performance."

G suits are good, and have held back the point where humans are holding back the fighter planes performance, but it would appear we are reaching that point now. So how about submersing the pilot in a saline solution, in a tank in the cockpit. Would that work?

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IQ test: 'Artificial intelligence system as smart as a four year-old'

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Re: I am not trying to criticise the work, which I know nothing about...

"...but is this not in truth a computer-based software system developed specifically to approximate and imitate a narrow range of intelligent behaviour? "

I think we are talking about something a bit more complex than ELIZA here. Very impressive in my opinion. The problem seems to be with giving an AI the right background parametres. To program a 4 year old would appear to take about 4 years of streaming data to it...

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Boffins build headless robo-kitties

Yesnomaybe

Re: "The robot is thus naturally more autonomous."

"The robot is thus naturally more autonomous."

If it doesn't like your lab, it will quite simply decide to move in to the lab next-door.

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Desperate Venezuelans wiped clean of bog roll

Yesnomaybe

Re: "a cache of 2,500 rolls of the stuff"

iMuck

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Boffins fire up old dish to send interstellar SMS

Yesnomaybe

Re: Why the hell would they do that?

Good point. Where are the von Neumann probes, for that matter?

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Yesnomaybe
Terminator

Re: Why the hell would they do that?

They don't need to have solved FTL travel. They just need to have a physiology more resistant to radiation damage than ours, and (probably these two characteristics go hand in hand) have a lifespan considerably longer than ours. Suddenly the universal speed-limit doesn't seem to be such a problem. We will be OK though, it is following generations that should be worried, but of-course, the aliens could arrive any day now, we have been broadcasting for a while...

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Weary quid-a-day nosh hack fears colonal mass ejection

Yesnomaybe

Re: Situation normal

"Brace for core-dump!"

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Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

Yesnomaybe

Re: Watches

My Omega has a saphire for glass, and I can tell you that when I accidentally hit it with the edge of a spinning grinding disc on an angle-grinder, it saved my wrist from unsightly abarasion, and although metal was smeared accross the glass, this came off, and there was no scratch in the saphire. Incredible stuff, I'll be wanting a phone with that stuff as a screen.

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Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack forms foraging party

Yesnomaybe

Isn't the gathering and potentially the hunting of extra resources a bit outside the brief? One would assume the challenge would be to carry out ones normal day-to-day activities in spite of only spending a quid a day. I could spend £0,- per day if I dedicated my working day to gathering food in the wild. Good article though, I applaud the effort and so on....

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High-rollers’ shop pitches wallet-pounding, wall-pummelling MONSTER TV

Yesnomaybe

Re: Gawdelpus

Well you aren't really in a position to comment then, are you?

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Ants have careers; you don't want them

Yesnomaybe

Re: Could it be because foraging is more dangerous?

Spot on: Use the units nearest their end-of-life for the activity that carries the highest risk. You beat me to it.

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Chinese boffins predict iPad-sized supercomputers

Yesnomaybe

Re: Supercomputer Ipad

Super-Dooper Computer

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Pyongyang to unleash NUKULAR horsemen of the Norkocalypse?

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Mushroom

Re: If they were going to target the UK

Shipments of bananas and Brazil nuts don't set off alarms for no reason at all. Container-ports have detectors.

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

Yesnomaybe

Re: Fingers crossed...

I'm not so worried about what North Korea might or might not do. What scares me is what the US might do. And then what China might do, in response. FFS, if you see a rabid dog, why go and poke it with a stick? Why fly bombers over North Korea? Seems a bit foolhardy. Hope this won't lead to some humanitarian catastrophe. But you could argue North Korea already is one.

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