* Posts by The last doughnut

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BOFFIN: Will I soon be able to CLONE a MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? NO

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Pint

Get the muscle genes into a vat-grown meat process and churn out those woolly burgers I want to know how it tastes.

Friday beers all round!

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

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Re: Ahhhh. The Guardian

You don't see any peado-bait sidebar young hotties on the Grauniad website, do you?

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Re: Ahhhh. The Guardian

Yes the Guardian, perhaps one of the last examples of actual journalism anywhere.

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Universal Credit white elephant needs 'urgent breakthrough' says MP

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IT Angle

In terms of government IT this is just a pretty standard colossal fuck-up. One has to conclude it was put in the hands of IDS to ensure its failure.

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Devs, welcome your EVIL ROBOT OVERLORDS from MIT

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When I'm not hacking merrily away I'm secretly working on my masterpiece - set to revolutionise the automated generation of code based on pre-idealised functional N-vector text space re-use - I call it regurgicode.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Economists and markets

You can regulate a market. And you can design a system. But the two verbs and the two nouns are quite different.

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Pluto plastered in what looks like 1970s orange wallpaper – proof

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A tremendous feat of engineering. I doff my hat to those involved.

Any chance of an in-depth El Reg article about the technology used at the receiving end, to pull the data out of the noise?

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Verizon promised to wire up NYC with fiber... and failed miserably – audit

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To be fair, the Telco are just doing what they do, trying to reduce costs and make profit for their shareholders. The real failure is on the part of the city authorities and regulators to ensure the Telco deliver according to contract.

Also, nice use of "We're victims of evil trade union" tactic.

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Sharing Economy latest: Women's BREAST MILK is the new 'liquid GOLD' of the internet

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That's why I read El Reg - to keep abreast of developments.

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Version 0.1 super-stars built the universe – and they lived all the way over there, boffins point

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Nice article but a bit annoyed they've used an artists impression as an image without saying it is such.

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

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Last time I tried Cinnamon the blocking point was not being unable to place the menu/task bar in a vertical configuration on the side of the screen. This is essential for me on a letterbox laptop screen. I'll give it a go if they have added it. Otherwise sticking with XFCE.

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Only good thing about Twitter CEO storm: 140 character limit gone

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Re: ...and has 3,900 employees...

They must have fairly large compute resources so I guess some proportion of that are in IT.

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No Silicon Roundabout U-Bend U-Turn: Build that peninsula boys

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Earlier this year I had to travel that route by car. It was not by choice - I simply had to take that route into central London. I could not use the tube or a bus or a bicycle or a taxi. I am not a London resident but I do have an Oyster (we snoop your movements) card. It givse me great joy to learn that it may become more pleasant for the locals, and I can say that with only a minor amount of sarcasm. But please spare a thought for those who travel in a private car.

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Kaspersky Lab reveals Duqu 2.0 attack ON ITSELF during Iran nuke talks

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That's nice but if a virus is believed used by <Nation A> spies does that stop <Nation B> from using it? I think not.

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

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I am not offended by this but somebody else may be so therefore he must be humiliated across the entire internet.

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Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

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Re: Jamming.(@ The last Doughnut)

Er - ok. You all make several assumptions. And you seem to think that perhaps 4G or AM SSB is more robust in the presence of jamming than TETRA. And you forget that the TETRA base station is not necessarily in the cop shop or car or that there may be more than one of them, or ...

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Re: Jamming.

I think you underestimate the abilities of the Home Office, the Police and other government agencies.

Jamming police radios, even with a "cheap chinese jammer" of some sort, would put you on the wrong end of an attempting to pervert the course of justice change and you'd be looking at 6 months in jail. That's no joke. But at least you'd never be called for jury service.

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Re: Jamming.

And you think the Home Office aren't able to find jammers and send the operators to jail?

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Re: why?

TETRA, which is based on GSM technology works a lot better than the old UHF radios they replaced. Plus the UHF units did expose their users to fairly nasty RF radiation, and were open to eavesdropping.

The real question is why are they replacing TETRA at all?

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Remake, remodel: Toshiba Chromebook 2

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Yes you can get very cheap underpowered (windows 8.1) 'tops now. Just replace the 1TB hard drive with a 64GB SSD, load your choice of Linux and away you go.

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HTC execs: Oh dear, did we say we'd sell lots of smartphones? Our bad

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If its water and dust proofing you want and better battery life, you should have bought the Sony Xperia.

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Hubble spots Pluto's moons are a chaotic mess of tumbling rock

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Happy

Uranus is also strange, having its axis of rotation inclined at 89 degrees.

Personally I'm very excited about seeing the results from New Horizons.

Please feel free to snigger/make jokes about the name I still don't want to see yours thanks.

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Sorry we called you a fatty, say Kiwi spies to Kim 'Slim Jim' Dotcom

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Here is a man who appears to give not a f*** about what anyone says about him, his girly name or his physical appearance and for that alone I salute him. Have one on me, Kim

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KFC takes legal axe to eight-legged mutant chicken claims

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Re: Fried

He meant median, But "Think about how dumb the median person is ... " isn't quite so catchy.

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Facepalm

What can anyone say about food that is served in a bucket?

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'iPhone 6S' to push fanbois around with 'Force Touch display'

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I heard a rumour that Apple are going to skip the 6s and 7 and go straight for the iPhone 8. They plan to release about a dozen different versions that are all fundamentally incompatible with each other. Then withdraw support for all but a few within 18 months. Now that's what I call customer service!

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

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Happy

Indeed a lovely shot - he's even managed to leave the propellor a little blurred.

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School's in for Chromebooks, Google's the top swot in class

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Created by Google as a low-cost method for increasing the number of people using the internet without feeding the Redmond monster.

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

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Re: the real problem with the Gimp

Work has been in progress for a number of years! But anyway 8 bits is plenty for most purposes.

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Happy

UFRaw.

Or, if you're really handy, a custom C++ program to do the job

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BARMY bio-boffins are growing DINOSAUR SNOUTS on CHICKENS

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Nandos

I think this now explains two of the world great mysteries:

1) what happened to the dinosaurs

2) where do Nandos source their not particularly appetising low-cost protein content

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It tastes just like chicken

Interesting angle on the molecular link to evolution. Seems to support the theory of evolution through natural selection. Except of course its a load of bunkum - the world and all of the earthly creatures were created in just five days about six thousand years ago.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Facepalm

There is another interpretation. The media need to sell a story and the best election story would be something like "Election too close to call - say pollsters".

And does the media ever properly explain how polls are conducted and what statistical methods are used? They don't usually even state the size of the sample.

The Scots independence referendum polls were accurate to the eventual result right up until 2 or 3 weeks before the vote, then suddenly they were declaring it undecided. And look at the outcome of that.

Even worse, the parties fight their campaigns according to what the polls are saying. Look at how that worked out for Milliblub.

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Malfunctioning Russian supply podule EXPLODES above Pacific

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"ceased to exist"

Made me chuckle and for that Jennifer wins the Friday pint

Cheers!

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ALIEN HUNT: Water similar to life-bearing Earth lakes FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

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Re: Why not simply look for proportions of elements

That would be an icy moon fart. Nice!

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Cop in gay porn film advised to put his helmet away

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Perhaps his further police career would be somewhat curtailed by the general knowledge of his - ahem - acting career.

Anyway at least these guys are being disciplined for their misdeeds. May put off others from doing the same.

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Nvidia ices Icera modem division, says it's leaving mobile chips biz

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Re: Again, $100m's are wasted

In order to be trusted in taking risks with other peoples money (the shareholder capital), the directors need to be paid an amount that gives the impression they are of sufficient calibre.

In this case the gamble didn't pay off.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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At last! Endless chat and kitteh pix.

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

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Re: impressive effort

I hope they spent rather more on it than you did

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Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

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QUOTE: In a nutshell, the tick list for successful candidates combines a logical and mathematical mind with an ability to solve problems and a good understanding of business needs. “They may not be coders, but the sorts of people who can translate user requirements in a way that a customer understands and a developer can work with,”

In other words, we need engineers.

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SpaceX in MONEY RING shot, no spare juice for tail backdown this time

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Re: Door to Hell

There are also places in the world where coal seams are alight and can't be extinguished.

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MIPS quietly bares its processor architecture to universities

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Lost of bugs, usually

RTL is the design source code. We haven't been using schematics to design logic circuits for years now. Instead we use a hardware description language at the register-transfer level.

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Astroboffins mine data in pursuit of lonely, homeless RUNAWAY GALAXIES

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Re: My little runaway

True, they may not all be runaways. Some of them may be delinquents from bad neighbourhoods.

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Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters

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Re: No natural disasters in Norway then?

My Sony Z3 has an FM receiver function and yes it needs the headphones lead as an aerial. BUT if it was DAB it would need two leads for diversity receive AND would still suffer from the dreaded bubbling mud.

Dead As Betamax.

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JetBrains releases CLion - new cross-platform IDE for C/C++ users

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Coat

Promotional feature?

Hmm smells fishy to me

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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Re: Radioactive?

I often perform the Philadelphia experiment in my kitchen. Favourite is between two digestives.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

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Fabulous! New observations may enable us to throw out some old theories about solar system formation. My guess? The asteroid belt is the remains of a rocky planet that was smashed up early in the story.

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Android gets biometric voice unlocking

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To all you lot who say that voice recognition isn't secure enough. This is just one of many options available under Android. You pick whichever suits you best. Better to have a weak protection that you use than a strong one that you don't use because of the relative inconvenience.

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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Pay a bit more and get a 16:10 panel with IPS then hang on to it.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Trollface

You guys suck. Twice!

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