* Posts by Andy The Hat

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Raspberry Pi adds PIXEL eye candy to desktop

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Icon makeover?

'Icon makeover' and 'choice of wallpaper' sounds dangerously close to the slippery slope of bloat ...

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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Re: ID?

"a devent PVR is far better and does not spy on you."

Still have 3 Humax boxes in the house ... much prefer them to streaming the Great British Break-Up on a slow connection.

"Did you know this is available in HD?"

"Yes, do you know how much bandwidth the user needs to watch you bleedin' service in HD without it looking like a damn chessboard after a evening out with the BOFH?"

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ID?

Why not just ask for the tv licence number and post code of the property and done with?

On the other hand, given that most users are on DDNS, can smart tvs store trackable info (like an iPlayer cookie) for streaming services? If not, every time you try to watch The Great British Bog Off the thing is going to ask for id info ... "ERROR : no cake without a cookie" ...

All this prattling about is doing my head in.

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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Weapon of war

This is an aircraft for hostile environments - guns and bullets and missiles and other pointy bangy stuff - and also hostile environments - wind, rain, hail, sand, dust, heat and cold - and also hostile environments - sea, swell, spray, short runways and moving decks.

All I've seen so far says I should be only operating any variant of these from a Californian Airport in a cool summer ...

Bit scary for the "Defence of the Realm" and all that ...

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Plusnet outage leaves customers unable to stream Netflix. Horrors!

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38Mb?

If they dropped their speeds in June how come they advertise, and I recently signed up for 76Mb/s broadband with 19Mb/s upload?

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Samsung intros super-speedy consumer SSDs, 'fastest M.2s ever'

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Re: Um...

This is the EVO version so *should* be used in retail situations where the majority of work is read not write. For that, 365Gb per day is a fair old whack ...

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Rosetta probe's final death dive planned for just after last call next Friday night

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Re: Exciting times

He can wear what he likes!

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Exciting times

Praise be to the gods of Physics that can work out how to do this stuff.

I've managed to organise a whistle-stop lecture by Dr Matt Taylor later in October ... don't tell anyone but <silly child-like excitement mode /on>! :-)

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

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All old stories

'Old stories' but not meant in a bad way. It's generally the case that books 'whisle blow' and 'blow the doors off' to sell copy but in this case Marge was forthright at the time an disliked for it. All she's done is collated all the crap she was trying to wade for through all of those years.

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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Re: Obligatory EU thread

Thinking back 25 years or so, when the first chipped inks came out, wasn't there a EU court case that forced the printer manufacturers to allow third party inks?

If so, it's not thin ice they're on but more of a rapidly melting patch of sea ice with killer whales circling ...

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Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge

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Clarkson ...?

V8 powered blenders? V10 turbo fan ovens? Probably the noisiest kitchen ... in the world ...

But seriously, does £25million make economic broadcasting sense?

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: So in summary....

But of course, if you need to work 14 hours a day to pay for it, the education must be better because it costs more and has a glossy brochure ... Welcome to the world of marketing.

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Thank heavens it's harmless ...

... as long as you ignore the MSDS for nicotine:

"Potential Acute Health Effects:

Very hazardous in case of skin contact (permeator), of ingestion. Hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of eye contact (irritant), of inhalation. Severe over-exposure can result in death.

Potential Chronic Health Effects: CARCINOGENIC EFFECTS: Not available. MUTAGENIC EFFECTS: Mutagenic for bacteria and/or yeast. TERATOGENIC EFFECTS: Not available. DEVELOPMENTAL TOXICITY: Not available. The substance is toxic to the nervous system,

cardiovascular system, upper respiratory tract, central nervous system (CNS). Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage. Repeated exposure to a highly toxic material may produce general deterioration of health by an accumulation in one or many human organs."

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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The yanks may be xenophobes but at least we (a major UK astro society) hosted a big Yuri's Day celebration in the UK for the 50th anniversary ... science milestones are science milestones, whatever colour they are.

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Tesla to stop killing drivers: Software update beamed to leccy cars

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A total solution ...

Do a recall (or a s/w update if there's no physical button) that does a global search/replace of the term 'auto pilot' for 'assisted cruise control'. Marketing would get jittery by *nobody* could complain about the muppet behind the wheel getting killed because they were reading a Twatter feed instead of looking at the road.

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

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Massively beneficial ...

I'll save money because when I turned the kettle on I found it was one of the largest consumers of wobbly-amps so I'll only use that at 2am.

Then the oven is a real problem. Again that uses wobblies by the pound so I'll not use it until 3am which is handy as I'll be up to do my washing - again the washing machine sucks lots of wobbly amps because it, along with most others, no longer has a hot feed (for efficiency reasons) which my waste-wood-fired heating system could have delivered ... so I'll be using that at 2am, unloading it at 3am to put the next load in and get the tumble drier going until 6am ... meanwhile my dinner will be cooked just ready for me to get up and go to work ...

Someone hasn't thought this through.

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Little boxes made of ticky-tacky: What Dell's record-busting $67bn EMC deal means

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R&D budgets?

Anyone else curious how Amazon spends $12,5bn purely on R&D? Even the BOFH knows that much beer would be noticed on expenses ...

Blue Origin isn't on the Amazon account either ... unless they are doing research into really express deliveries so Amazon can pay BO ...?

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A partial de-cloaking of Samsung's mystery Z-SSD

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Hmm

Don't you just lurve getting your teeth into a juicy non-story ...?

<Report starts> "As reported, Samsung are developing a fast nv memory device." <report ends>

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IoT manufacturer caught fixing security holes

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Re: Household insurance

Brrrring ... NMI enabled ...

The force is quoted as 10KN which is roughly 1000Kg static vertical mass. The average bag of spuds is 25Kg (we're talking proper sacks of spuds not your wussy, washed, sanitised and polished, placcy bag encased supermarket variety but proper man spuds ...)

Thus it's 40 bags (at 25Kg) which makes your jubbliness a factor of ten out. So the lock should resist 650 Jub-pair interactions ... assuming they are placed gently on the door and not jiggled around or bounced up and down ... I'm going for a little rest ...

The question arises as to whether a single 'Jub' is a valid unit as they are nearly always combined into pairs and are very difficult to separate ... unlike Bulgarian Funbags which are boxed as singles ...

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Demise of Angler, the world's worst exploit kit, still shrouded in mystery

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Facepalm

Excellent video ...

About 2 minutes in:

"Rhimsky, we must mask the drivers face with a blur."

<clicketty click>

"Ah, good, Zhossky is unreconisable and will not now be shot in several nasty ways by the Russian Mafia!"

"Petrov! I think Zhossky has moved!"

"Arghh. I feel the hint of Siberian winds biting around the Urals! Rhimsky, help me! How do I move the blur right? What, CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-SOMETHING WEIRD IN CYRILLIC? Thank you Rhimsky, that has indeed moved the blur! ... I think we are safe. We could redo that bit but I don't think anyone will notice and Zhossky is totally unrecognisable apart from his face and most people will be admiring his excellent wardrobe by Jacamo anyway ..."

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SpaceX lands another rocket

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Hit the target?

Must be faked like the moon landings. If you look closely on the video you can see where the Gerry Anderson-esque winch-line lowering it has been photoshopped out and the 'made by Airfix' label on the plastic moulding has been erased ...

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UK govt digi-chief confirms he is standing down after ... 9 months

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Severance?

As he's left after only 9 months does El-Honcho get a fat severance cheque?

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Dark scientists' LUX-ZEPLIN doubles down on WIMP hunt

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Dum dee dee dum diddy dum diddy dum ...

"a large cylindrical time projection chamber"

Aha! To save money they're just reusing V1.0 of the TARDIS :-)

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Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

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Re: Nothing is determined

Is that modification to the experiment introducing the measurement problem? The very act of measuring - or even intending to measure (this is horrible!) - the current state (in this case via a stopwatch) will in itself define the quantum state, the wave function will be collapsed and everything is hunky dory (or not if you're a poisoned cat!) and non-quantummy-wierd.

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Celebrated eye hospital Moorfields lets Google eyeball 1 million scans

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Anonymised ...?

... yet since every one is potentially identifiable by their retinal scan, how can it be?

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Opera cries foul over Microsoft Edge power-slurping claims

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tabbed browsing

careful what you say ... Opera invented, innovated and drove a load of these features then, because they were loved by too many and management were stupid, they removed the more useful ones to the detriment of wider browser development and resulting in a load of their loyal user base defecting.

At least they're put power saving at the top of their list as Chrome is apparently so crap ... sorry? It's now based on the Chrome engine? Umm err ... well at least they must have polished around the edges to reduce power consumption ...

Opera was, but no longer is, a real challenge to the non-mobile market incumbents.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Re: Have not used them since finding CPC.

CPC=Farnell=Swiss buyout (see above). Bye Bye CPC? It was nice knowing you for so long ...

Rapid Electronics were great and I've used them since the late 80s or early 90s. I still use them but, since the Conrad merger/buyout, things are not quite as good.

Maplin had a good patch in the 80s but when as soon as they stopped sending you a catalogue and opened high-street shops they were doomed. I remember walking into a store for a couple of emergency bits and picking up a catalogue. They tried to charge me for it and I asked for the catalogue free. "No Sir". I spend £20k a year on components and other kit ... and have a company account with you. "Oh I'll speak to the manager ... Just this once I suppose we can let you have one." Haven't bought from them since.

Screwfix were sold out to B&Q and opened high street shops and are now total crap (quality and price).

Is there a theme here?

What RS like now? Haven't used them for years. They used to be expensive but had nearly everything you wanted in at least two flavours, the best set of catalogues of any supplier, a great Data Library and customer support second to none. Obscure components they didn't carry came from Farnell who were nearly as good ... back then anyway.

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Intel still chip, chip, chippin' away at the European Commission's anti-trust fine

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Daniel Beard ...

... stamped his feets and tearfully sobbed "But it's just not fair!" in true Enid Blyton fashion."Oh woe is me!"

And then his demeanor became more hostile and his thin, lawyery lips hissed " ... and what the hell is a Euro-dollar anyway? I know the fine was a billion of them 'cause El Reg reported it ... We'll pay up when we can find a currency matching that description ... probably as soon as TTIP is ratified and the US controls everything."

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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But when it comes to fat we seem to get plenty. When is a Mars Bar not a Mars Bar? Are the Aussies short changed on additives? Note:

UK Mars ingredients:

Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Sunflower Oil, Milk Fat, Lactose, Whey Powder (from Milk), Palm Fat, Fat Reduced Cocoa, Barley Malt Extract, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Salt, Egg White Powder, Hydrolysed Milk Protein, Natural Vanilla Extract, Milk Chocolate Milk Solids 14% minimum, Milk Chocolate contains Vegetable Fats in addition to Cocoa Butter

But Australian Mars ingredients:

Sugar, Glucose Syrup (Sources include Wheat), Milk Solids, Vegetable Fat, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Barley Malt Extract, Cocoa Powder, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Salt , Egg White, Natural Flavour (Vanilla Extract).

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Telia engineer error to blame for massive net outage

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Misconfingered... again?

is it just me or does this story sound familiar?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/19/eu_cable_outage/

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Gravitational waves: A new type of astronomy

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Re: RE:"was greater than all the energy radiated by every star in the observable universe"

It was the power output of the gravity wave burst as the two black holes coalesced. One was accelerated from 0.3 to 0.5c in about 0.15seconds ... not bad for a few solar masses.

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Re: Poor science

Two independent detectors producing time displaced, near identical signals. An error would have to have been replicated independently ... twice now ...

No, actually amazing science, just poor interpretation by an AC

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

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Can you be a bit terroristy? Isn't that like a bit pregnant or a bit of a twat?

There should be a scale - what about Brian (a very naughty boy) via Goldfinger (a misguided teenager) and Hans Gruber (a properly bad boy) to Nero (properly annoyed)?

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Euro Patent Office prez's brake line cut – aka how to tell you're not popular

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Re: The difference between genius and stupidy?

Indeed genius has it's limits - the patent they filed has lapsed, presumably because the 'bicycle' the specified includes a frame but no wheels ... doh!

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ISS pump-up space podule refuses to engorge

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Red faced ...

I note no video of Tim Peake, red faced, out of breath and still desperately blowing into a small tube ...

"How big did you say this balloon was...?"

<edit> sorry, I have to report I just has a major Airplane flashback!

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ISS 'nauts to inflate pump-up space podule

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Not very inflaty

It doubles its length and gets a bit fatter.

I find that lack of expansion somewhat surprising considering the supposed benefits of the blow-up system and the size of the proposed habitat. Perhaps the skin is relatively thick so on a small installation like this it's a significant volume of the unit but, assuming skin thickness stays constant and there's little more 'structural' material, becomes significantly less as the size increases?

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Bearded Baron Shugs hired by Gov.uk to get down with the kids

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Founded Viglen?

He didn't found Viglen, he found Viglen as something to make money from.

I bought my first 'real PC' from them and was looking to buy a load of kit from them quite some time before old Beardy McBeardFace got his sticky paws on them.

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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Re: No no no no no no and no

... and I'm sure running across rooftops in high-heels would be bad form.

Though "Emma Peel" always managed by changing into a tight jump-suit before a fight scene ...

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Blighty's Virgin Queen threatened with foreign abduction

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One of those auctions ...

Seller: "We'll offer this to the open market at £10m ... we've no idea if anyone will pay that much, the eBay and Paypal fees will be very high for a start."

Country: "We've got to raise £10m to buy it because that's what it's worth - the money-grabbing seller told us so it must be true ..."

It's only some greasepaint on an old bit of sailcloth. Either take it for the nation as it's of historical value and "it's ours because it's a picture of Queeny", or tell the seller to get stuffed and offer them sixpence as a starting bid.

I can't get £15k from the Lottery for a popular, totally voluntary educational outreach programme for 25000 people over 10 years, just watch them cough up a £5m donation for this ... Perhaps it can share vault space with the Churchill Papers to save money?

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Hypersonic flight test hits Mach 7.5

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Is this news?

It seems to me that the collaborative team have launched a two stage rocket. Hell, loads of amateurs do that every week around the world.

If there was a scramjet ignition or other test then that would be news but, at the moment, "A small, high speed sounding rocket was launched by the Aussies" is about as far as it goes ...

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

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Comp sci grads unemployed?

Only ywo hours before, El Reg published an article bemoaning the prospects for Comp Sci grads and blaming the quality of courses ...

Now that there are yet another 800 staff on the job seeking circuit, isn't there a clue there somewhere?

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NASA flashes cash at advanced aerospace concepts

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"Torpor Inducing Transfer Habitats..."

Ooh ... hibernation chambers ...

Pack the pulse rifles, Alien here we come!

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Nuisance caller fined a quarter of a million pounds by the ICO

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Auto report

Given the connection method used by telecoms companies, why can't we 'auto report this call' - even 'we do not have the number' ones - with a button on the handset or something? The operator would at least be able to scrape some caller info from the call set up information to accumulate as evidence.

What's quite worrying is that 6million+ connected calls only generated 200+ complaints. Surely that says it's too difficult to report them? Or is it that Mr Telecom operator takes a cut per call so it's not in their interest to provide an easy method of preventing/reporting such calls?

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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memories ...

I went for a visit many years ago. It was great fun but I remember one thing - hitting the sheep/cattle grid at the entrance at only about 4mph and the car rattling so hard it ejected the CD and broke the main dashboard mountings! The woman showing us around said "Oh yes, it is vicious but it still doesn't keep the sheep out." :-)

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Non-police orgs merrily accessed PNC without authority, says HMIC

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Who is the data controller?

Surely it is the Data Controller who should be taken to task for allowing access? This was not a breach of security but misuse of data by the data controller. Therefore the data controller will be subject to the relevant fines/prison sentence as defined in the law ... won't he/she/they?

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Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

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Clue please ...

Anyone point me at how you use reflectivity and infrared absorbance/emission to estimate planetary size?

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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

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Question ...

I'm no archeologist but what do you use an axe for, even that you've spent time polishing, when the scale shows only a 5mm edge? How small was the shaft - a twig perhaps? How did you physically tie it on? Even ye olde hand axes had cutting edges inches across for the dismembering of ye even older hairy bison,or felling of ye ancient great Eucalyptus or whatever ... Perhaps they were cave-cabinet makers producing fine dovetails?

Looks more like the basalt equivalent of a sharpened flint flake knife to me (held between the fingers to cut meat, skin etc) ... but I'm no expert.

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

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Re: Sounds like

and, as there's "no veneer in 'ere", there's no risk of catching veneerial disease ...

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Mercury to transit Sun: Viewer discretion advised

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It's dangerous?

Yes you do need a small telescope to see this event and at least 60x magnification therefore:

Yes it's potentially dangerous.

Yes you could potentially be blinded.

Yes you could be knocked down by a bus tomorrow.

But no, none of this 'dangerous stuff' will happen with a bit of care and common sense. Safe solar viewing info is all over the web and both white light solar filters and the *correct* filter medium to make diy filters are available quite widely. No need for anything expensive - £20 will get you enough "Baader Solar Film 5.0" and cornflake packets to make several filters and you can use the filter all summer ...

Watching stuff on a screen is never as interesting as seeing it happening in front of you.

If you're worried then NASA is a great option but it need not be dangerous to watch it live yourself.

Be sensible, be safe, enjoy it.

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Come get your free Opera VPN (and bring along something to read)

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Severe slow down?

Sorry, silly me, for a minute I thought the slowest said 43Mb throughput!

... haahaahaa ... haaaahaaa hee

Doctor Doctor! I think I've just developed rural broadband hysteria ...

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