* Posts by ZankerH

63 posts • joined 12 Mar 2011

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Pre-digital computer 'cranks out' Fourier Transforms

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Re: be careful about calling it Non- or Pre-Digital

Gear ratios are only used as frequency multipliers and output amplifiers. As far as I can tell, the actual mechanism that turns the crank rotation into cosines or Fourier series coefficients is analogue.

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Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl

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srbia strong remove kebab

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Re: Shakes Head

Devil's advocate: What's the point of freedom of religion, if you don't have the freedom to obey the dictates of your religion?

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Virgin Galactic spaceship goes supersonic in second test flight

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Re: Virgin penetrates void

Whether a flight makes orbit or not has no bearing on whether or not it's in space. Once you're above 100km above sea level, you're in space. You do realise you can make a flight as far out as the Moon on a suborbital trajectory, right?

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

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Re: I must admit

The solid rocket boosters are, in essence, large steel tubes filled with high explosives. Liquid fuel rocket engines are much more easily damaged, and their outer shells don't tend to be as thick and durable as the shuttle SRBs, so "lob it in the ocean and come pick it up later" isn't really an option, as SpaceX learned in their earlier test flights.

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Cost of fuel per Falcon 9 flight: on the order of US$200 000

Cost of manufacturing a new Falcon 9: on the order of US$50 000 000

Bringing some excess fuel along is obviously cheaper than making another rocket.

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John McAfee 'captured'

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Devil

I bet he used ReiserFS

...to partition the body.

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What are quantum computers good for?

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Re: Ummm. Sort of helpful

That was back when electronic transistors were measured in microns and processors were simple enough to be understood by a single person at the transistor level. As it is, (silicon) electronics are hitting several brick walls of physics, namely gate size, transistor count, heat dissipation and switching speed. By the end of this decade, the only way to make more powerful computing devices with silicon electronics will be to make them larger (since MOSFETs will have been shrunk as far as is physically possible) and therefore more power consuming. That's why we _need_ a new paradigm shift, and quantum is looking as good as any other - unlike the 70s, bog standard hardware doesn't have much space for improvement left.

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Curiosity scoops up SHINY BITS from the RED SANDS of MARS!

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Unfortunately, at current prices of gold and space travel, retrieving gold (or just about any natural material) from Mars wouldn't be worth it.

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More 'iPad Mini' tat pics leak ahead of Apple's big unzip

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Re: cases also appeared for...

I could get behind that. I've been using TVs as dumb screens for my DIY HTPC for years now. I'd very much love to be able to just buy a 50" dumb screen, without all the bells and whistles I'll never use.

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NASA's spy sat snaps Curiosity rover burning tracks on Mars

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Re: NASA - missing a trick here !

Well, the Russians will be happy to draw you a pair of boobs on the Moon for free.

http://www.universetoday.com/60142/did-you-know-russian-lunokhod-rovers-created-memorials-on-the-moon-honoring-women/

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Euro NCAP to mandate auto-braking in new-car test

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Re: Hmm

Good. The thought of tons of aluminium and steel being operated at dozens of metres per second by an intelligent agent with reaction times measured in significant fractions of a second scares me. The faster we switch to robotic cars, the less people will die on the roads.

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Puny US particle punisher finds strong evidence for God particle

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Re: Nice article, shame about the title.

Titles (and figuring them out) is half the fun, silly.

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Re: why I read the Reg

TEVATRON IS THE SHIT, FUCK LHC FANBOYS AND THEIR PRETENTIOUS CONFINDENCE LEVEL LIMITS!!!1

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Stop

Re: Proof?

But even 5-sigma is just an arbitrary point at which they've decided to call it "okay, we're confident enough to announce". Even the current "inconclusive" evidence (3.6 sigma) amounts to a probability of .99973 - more than enough for sane non-physicists.

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Re: Ugh - God particle

"Higgsy" and "Higgsiness" need to become part of everyday vocabulary.

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Angel

Re:"Operating Systems", rather than the "Souls of the computer".

Take that back, filthy heathen!

We conjure the spirits of the computer with our spells!

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We conjure the spirits of the computer with our spells!

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Milky Way DOOMED to high-speed smash with Andromeda galaxy

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Happy

Re: The simulations look impressive

http://alcor.org/

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Richard Branson gets nod to strap rocket on SpaceShipTwo

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Boffin

Re: Virgin on the silly

But the SS2 couldn't possibly re-enter the atmosphere from LEO and survive, nor could it possibly carry enough fuel to reach orbital velocity, it's simply not designed with that in mind.

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Re: Virgin on the silly

But they are doing something useful - namely, launching millionaires on a highly risky and completely experimental spacecraft. If any of them succeed in not coming back, sir Branson is off my personal "eat the rich" list.

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Mars rover Opportunity spots WALL-E in crater ramble

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Re: time on mars

I'm not saying it's aliens, but it's definitely aliens.

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SpaceX Dragon chokes at the last second

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Go

To put it in Lübke English

Porcupines reproduce very, very carefully.

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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Trollface

Great

Let's stop driving on the wrong side of the road while we're at it.

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Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

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WTF?

It's more like a W-turn at this point, no?

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Facebook button triggers tidal wave of human organs

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Not if a sane policy for administering the aging cure is implemented. Like handing in your ovaries in exchange for it.

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6,000 sign e-petition to put Turing on £10 note

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Re: Errm...

You could argue Turing saved us from Nazis as well as inventing computer science. The U-boats basically had free reign over the atlantic before their encryption was broken. Darwin's insights remained purely theoretical until long after his death, whereas Turing helped win a war and started technology that's fundamentally transformed our lives.

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Boffins demo time-warp cloaking device

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Boffin

Space warp? Time bending?

This does it folks, we're now officialy in The Future.

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Higgs boson hunters have god particle in their sights

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Boffin

Seriously, I wish they stopped using "god particle". It doesn't convey any useful information, it's nonsense and it gives religious people scary ideas about CERN. I propose we use the original provisional designation instead - "the goddamn particle".

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2011's Best... Smartphones

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Flame

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE

Seriously, wtf? THE best selling and repeatedly highest rated phone of this year, and not even a mention?

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Microsoft's futurologists virtualise the poor

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Devil

Good

If I can't have my posthuman extropian weirdtopia, I at least want to not see poor people in the future. Although not having to put up with MS products would be pretty high on the priorities list as well.

See no evil, hear no evil...

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Samsung Galaxy Note

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Stylus double tap while holding the button opens up a quick note window. To take a screenshot, hold down the stylus button and hold the stylus against a screen.

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WTF?

The UK prices are completely outrageous. I've ordered mine from Germany for €480 - sim-free, unlocked.

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Rumoured iPhone 5 'will have 4in screen' against Jobs' wish

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Are you implying Apple listens to its costumers?

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Samsung Galaxy Note and Nexus rooted

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Will el reg be reviewing the note?

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Why can't civil servants keep a grip on their BlackBerrys?

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Holmes

This'll just increase the incidents of "mugging". Of course, the victims will have forgotten to identify the attacker or contact the police, out of emotional distress.

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China to take women to heaven and back

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Meh

Token?

I wonder whether this will turn out to be a genuine gesture of gender equality, or a one-of like in the soviet space program.

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Gay-bashing cult plans picket of Steve Jobs funeral

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Oh boy...

I hope they do show up. I expect they'll swiftly get mauled to death by an army of rabid apple fans.

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Obama+world pays tribute to Steve Jobs

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Devil

Nope.

He did not "pass on", nor will he "rest in peace". The pattern making up his consciousness has been destroyed, and he has ceased to exist.

Yes, Steve Jobs will be remembered by many, but stop the religious nonsense, Cthulhu eat ye last.

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Apple outs iPhone micro USB adaptor

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"to ensure fewer chargers need ship"

One still ships with every mobe, regardless of whether it needs to. I'm all in favour of standardisation in this area, but if it's to have any real effect, chargers should stop shipping with new phones by default, and be bought separate instead. I've got 5 micro USB chargers sitting in my drawers, what am I supposed to do with them?

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Kinect 'augments' Bulgarian airbags

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WTF?

What the **** did I just watch.

Japan - producing 87% of the world's weird shit since 1945.

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Samsung shows second second-gen 7in Galaxy Tab

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Happy

Choice is good

To summarise, samsung now offers or plans to offer android smartphones/tablets in the following sizes

3.5"

4.5"

5.3"

6"

7"

7.7"

8.9"

10.1"

Compare to Apple's "You want this, period" policy.

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Samsung's Galaxy Tab bicycle could be dangerous

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Headmaster

re: Doners

Organ doners? I prefer a good lamb doner myself, but to each his own.

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Boffins step closer to steam-powered Babbage computer

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Love it, but...

can it play crysis while tweetbooking about my cloud-enabled, social, geotagged bowel movements?

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Got a non-iPad tablet? Weirdo

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Well, there are the Dell Streak and Samsung Galaxy Note at 5 inches. It's becoming less of a divide and more of a continuity. I really see current tablets as a bridge between where netbooks are now and where smartphones will be in a couple of years.

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Hacker defaces Irish Catholic paper: 'Gotta love false hope'

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Megaphone

Everyone is entitled to their beliefs. Everyone with ridiculous, irrational beliefs they're incapable of evaluating critically is entitled to get laughed at.

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Headmaster

"beliveing"

I can't believe nobody pointed this out yet. I guess the skiddie kit didn't come with a spell checker?

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Meh

Would it immediately solve all of the world's problems? Nope. Would the human condition be fundamentally improved if the majority of mankind stopped blindly believing in unprovable hypotheses? You bet.

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Pint

I would have stopped at "totally irrational and unfounded belief", since all the "worldly" transgressions of religious institutions really originate from that fundamental requirement to convince yourself you believe something which can't be justified with factual evidence or the rational thought process.

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Samsung outs 5in Galaxy Note as new smartphone concept

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Nothing like the dell streak

Wow, this has the same resolution as the 10 inch android tablets. What's the dpi? Does it beat the jesus phone?

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Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 gets aired

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title

About three fiddy

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