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* Posts by Gordo Rex

36 posts • joined 16 Dec 2010

Golf bloke to Richard Branson: Get on board the future bus, where there's 'NO WEATHER'

Gordo Rex
Paris Hilton

I know I'm getting old ...

but what exactly is "the social enterprise sector"?

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German engineers demo ROBOT APE

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Trollface

Good to see...

that someone is re-using the set where they shot all the Apollo "moon" scenes.

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Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

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Paris Hilton

Stop being so dramatic

You're trying gin up (if you'll pardon the expression) the story with words like "elderly" and "oldster." The man is a mere 62. He (like myself) is just reaching his prime robot-fighting years.

(Paris because she, too, is no longer a spring chicken.)

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Sea Launch comsat rocket goes titsup 40 seconds into launch

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Stop

Re: Why not launch from altitude ?

You're joking, right?

So, we launch from a mountain in the middle of a continent, and if something goes wrong we just rain debris down on the populace below?

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Scientists spin carbon nanotube threads on industrial scale

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Trollface

One less use

If it can be produced on an industrial scale, that means it will soon be affordable, meaning that it can't be used in F1 cars. Ah, well, back to the drawing board.

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Titsup Windows Phone 8 orders user to cram 'boot disc' in mobe

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Coat

Re: It's so retro, It'll be chic

Sorry, but I'm not sure where they put the ANY key on those phones.

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Satnav blunder sends Belgian granny 1,450km to Croatia

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Re: satnav blunder? Really?

Well, she did notice that the signs changed from French to German to Croatian, and if that didn't deter her, why should a little thing like the Alps cause her to rethink her strategy?

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El Reg's 'Chuck Norris' faces down charging elephant

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Re: An alternative unit of Force

I thought The Force was measured in Jedis?

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Boffins create quantum gas with temperature BELOW absolute zero

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Holmes

Understement of the year nominee (already!)

"That might seem counterintuitive at first;"

This is in opposition to all other quantum effects which are intuitively obvious?

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Major new science: WOMEN MORE NUDE more OFTEN online

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Re: Stop the Presses! New Research!

Barbie had boobies!

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Gordo Rex
Go

Stop the Presses! New Research!

I just realized that when I was a young 'un, my sister's Barbie dolls spent much more time nekkid than her Ken dolls. I think that this was due to deep sociological and psychological factors that will be of the utmost importance to the future of humanity in the design of Barbarella-type spacesuits.

Where's my cash?

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China switches on 'BDS' civilian nav-sat rival to GPS

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Facepalm

Re: ICBM's navigation

But what if it's cloudy?

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Rocket 'Grasshopper' leaps higher than tall building in single bound

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Incredible!

The first thing I noticed was the absence of any kind of support gantry before the lift-off. How many millions of tiny corrections must they be making to keep that thing balanced?

Well done, SpaceX!

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Osborne stumps up £20m of your cash for wiggly wonder stuff graphene

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FAIL

The Wrong Place

The money is going to the wrong place. If The Chancellor had wanted some return on his "aerospace" investment, he should have directed the money on a well-run, pioneering effort, which is to say LOHAN.

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New York takes 2,100 pervs offline, gets gaming support

Gordo Rex
Childcatcher

Testing

If you see this post, apparently pervs are still allowed to post to El Reg.

That is all.

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365 days in SPAAACE: An interstellar glance at 2012

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Thanks!

Great recap!

(even though we all know that all of the "Curiosity" stuff was actually happening in a Mexican desert.)

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Fish grow ‘hands’ in genetic experiment

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Headmaster

There’s no hint that Dr Gómez-Skarmeta plans to try the same trick on sharks, thankfully.

Sharks are not fish. Fish have bones. Sharks have cartilage, rather than bones (although they do have boners).

Whether sharks have 5’Hodx, I have no idea.

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RETURN of the PLAYMONAUT: El Reg's space hero suits up again

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I've seen him before

I believe I just saw a documentary film about this chap. It was titled SkyFall or something like that.

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Boffin claims Bigfoot DNA reveals BESTIAL BONKING

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Paris Hilton

I can't believe I'm commenting on this....

So, Sasquatch is a hybrid of a human and an unknown species (which species, although non-human, is close enough to being human to be able to breed with humans). Which raises the question, what is the unknown species, and where did it come from? And why are there no descendants of the purebred version? And how could it have bred with humans 15,000 years ago when the earth is only 6,000 years old?

My head hurts.

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Dogs would say: SIZE is IMPORTANT, shape - not so much

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Holmes

Of course it ignores shapes

The test was done with a border collie. All sheep have the same shape.

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BRITISH BIGFOOT ON LOOSE in Tunbridge Wells

Gordo Rex
Trollface

Hmmmm......

"hirsute"

"red demonic eyes"

"shuffling"

"ape like"

"knees which came up under its chin as it walked"

Until I see the additional attribute "insufferably arrogant" ascribed to the beast, I, for one, remain unconvinced that it is Wayne Rooney.

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BLAZING HEAVENLY gas BRIDGE filament links galactic clusters

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Then again...

Some have theorised that the old Norse Bifröst may have been inspired by the Milky Way.

Or perhaps one of the great Norse heroes was able to cross back from Asgard to Midgard and tell the people what was on the other side.

What if the legends were literally correct?

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Vote NOW for the vilest Bond villain

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Devil

Blofeld

Perhaps it was just my age, but killing Diana Rigg is traumatically, absolutely, eternally, totally evit.

I know he was just an actor, but I could never watch Telly Savalas in a any role, ever, again.

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Mars rover Curiosity gets ready to blast its first rock

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Coat

72 Feet?

So, that's about 157 linguine per day. Guess they've got my GrandDad driving the thing. I've been wondering what the old guy was up to.

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Santander's banking website craps out

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It's a matter of priorities

But they are awfully good at sponsoring Formula 1 races. We can't expect the lambs to be good at everything, can we?

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IBM plans to axe staff in UK, Ireland despite hefty profits

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Coat

Wait -- the Strategic Outsourcing Delivery department is being sent to India? Who could have seen that coming?

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MPAA sympathetic to returning legitimate Megaupload files

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25 PETAbytes?

My goodness, but that's a lot of pron legal data.

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SpaceX Dragon chokes at the last second

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"Lift-offfffffffff"

Pity Lewis didn't include a link to the video of the event. I saw it here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/raw-video-spacex-rocket-launch-aborted-in-fla/2012/05/19/gIQAnDuUaU_video.html

The disappointment and confusion in the controller's voice as he tries to unsay "Liftoff" makes me hurt for him.

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Dish Networks locks horns with broadcasters over ad skipping

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WTF?

So Called?

"... so called 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ..."

What brought on this particular surge of venom?

I thought the 2nd Circuit was a well respected institution. Perhaps Faultline, a so called consulting firm, should have the work of their so called writers vetted by a so called editor before its published.

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University of Florida drops plans to axe CompSci for sports

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It's the Priotities

On the one hand, I can see where it looks like UF has its priorities all wrong.

On the other hand, in my two-plus decades as a programmer, I never had 90,000 people cheering me on as I tried to find a bug.

Plus, knowing that some of my best work was on a project that finally got optimized for the 8086 a mere 6 months after the 80386 was introduced......

I should have done more weightlifting.

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Prehistoric monster snake crushed prey under 1.5 Brooklyn Bridges

Gordo Rex

Constrictors kill by squeezing with sufficient force that the pressure in the thoracic cavity is larger than the heart muscle can overcome, basically inducing cardiac arrest. (I saw it on the Internet, so it must be true.)

I might have missed something, but is Jennifer Lopez starring in Titanoboa vs. Megashark?

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El Reg appoints Special Projects Burro

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Using His Talents

Because one of his stated talents is "Refusing to move," I would think he would make an excellent anchor during the inflation of the balloon, sort of like the gantry towers that hold rockets prior to launch. I'm willing to bet that the SPBW (Special Projects Burro Wrangler) could be persuaded to add her talents as anchor-tender by an appeal to patriotic and scientific duty, thus adding little additional cost to the endeavor.

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North America makes entry into dino fatty league

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So how big is that?

When I first read the article I was less than impressed. Then I figured that the thing was over 17 KiloJubs. That is huge by any standard.

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LOHAN fondles substantial concrete buttocks

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LOPEZ

LOHAN

Obstruction for

Protecting

Experimenting

Zealots

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So, how many rhinos does a tram weigh?

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Tram Speed

According to the video on this page:

http://www.yarratrams.com.au/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-233/268_read-1194/

the trams cruise at about 0.00000232 Ssx (sheepsecs).

Of course, there are several different types of trams in service, but I found information that one of these types has a maximum speed of 0.00000534 Ssx.

I hope that someone with better understanding of how to translate Jubs and Ssx to Norisses can furnish the final answer.

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Trust and risk in the cloud

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Your future is in the cloud

Computing resources will become a utility. Let's look at a couple of issues:

1) Security. Sure, you should be concerned about security. But most people have become pretty complacent about leaving the security of their money to the banks. As another example, if you collect gold bullion, you would probably leave it with people who know how to guard it, rather than keeping it in a shoe box under your bed. I was around back when people didn't want to trust their data to "bits" that they couldn't see, and preferred to keep everything in hard copy in a filing cabinet.

2) Reliability. The question is, What happens when the link goes down? Well, what happens when the electricity goes off? Of course it happens on rare occasions (at least where I live), but it is so rare that you just shrug it off and go on with your life. Perhaps the solution is to use redundant access points. (It seems to work for the Internet.)

This is a movement that is in its infancy. It will mature, and data storage and crunch power will become metered utilities.

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