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India's MOM Mars mission makes final course correction

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Re: Nail on the head.

Have a downvote for your obvious strawman tactic.

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Before I Go To Sleep turns out tense enough to keep you awake ...

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I read somewhere that Hollywood films are often shown to a trial audience or two before general release. Comments and feedback are taken from the popcorn-munchers and often as a result the film may be re-edited, partially re-shot or even re-written.

You do wonder why we all expect more from this sort of thing, when in reality its creative drive originates in the spreadsheets of a vertically-integrated entertainment business.

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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All very good just don't add any extra weight to the helmet. Carrying extra weight up top can exacerbate any neck injury.

And sorry all you lycra-clad freaks out there, but you are already disqualified from having an "Intel inside" sticker.

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Check your Clungene, Irish women warned

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Wha?

It does sound rather like a sanitising product. I could be very rude about Irish ladies but I won't go there.

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Astounding: We're about to stick a probe in orbit of a COMET

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Re: What is the orbital period of 67P, and can Rosetta's batteries recharge from zero?

Sorry chap not thermonuclear power sources. That would be a bit much! Try radioisotope thermoelectric power source. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioisotope_thermoelectric_generator

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Re: Er....

Using a laser and opto-electronic detector to pick up vibrations from a reflective surface and convert the resulting signal into something you could listen to is pretty basic and could easily be done with no need for any fancy processing. Just some analog electronics.

This is a lot of very complex image processing and I for one am glad that the article did not try to reproduce any of the formulae involved!

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Flamewars in SPAAACE: cooler fires hint at energy efficiency

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Re: How useful is this really!?

Company has to return profits to shareholders at the same or higher rate they can earn putting it in the banks. And the banks found many ways of breeding money that didn't involve investing in anything real that actually grew. And that's where we are today.

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Ethicists say Facebook's experiments not SO creepy

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Similar to recruitment agencies who will offload their most inept candidates first - thereby pulling the same trick on the understaffed companies who pay them for their services.

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Meet the 'smallest GPU' for wearable gizmos ... wait, where did it go?

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Happy

You clever buggers

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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Meh

Its all very nice looking but

Where the hell has it stuck all of my documents now?

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Boffins urge European Commission to reboot electric brain project

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The El Reg neuroscience desk

Not only is the post vacant but the comments section glistening green brain icon is still missing.

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HP and shareholders to gang up against 'Brit Bill Gates'

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Buyer beware

It is the responsibility of the buyer (HP) to check that what they are buying (Autonomy) is worth what they are paying for it. They failed. Now the shareholders have agreed not to hold them responsible.

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SUPER EARTH possibly home to life FOUND in our 'solar backyard'

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Amayzing

Truly amazing now that we know the universe is teeming with planetary systems of all sizes, composition and relative positions. There must be other forms of life out there.

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Shine on you crazy diamond: Distant dwarf may hide space jewel

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Re: Arthur C Clarke strikes again?

I do - and in fact its a body-centred cubic structure. Same as Silicon. Rather like two interspaced cubic lattices.

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One amazing reason why NASA boffins are celebrating Curiosity's 687th day on Mars

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Re: Call me a science fangrrl if you will

humans are the most amazing monkeys _yet_

Corrected that for you

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US spanks phone-jamming vendor with $34.9 MEEELLION fine

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I am guessing you got a downvote because of what you said.

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Auditors blast Blighty cops over binned multi-million pound IT project

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Sargeant! Where is that software we ordered eight years ago?

It er - it fell down the stairs, sir.

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London Tech Week: All for the luvvies and the joke's on you, taxpayers

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Re: Shock

I note with interest that Triumph Motorcycles was reborn during this period

But for a journalist to complain about junkets .... the vulture does like to take a bit of a nibble from the hand that feeds it, eh?

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

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Stop

Do Abraham's initials really stand for Jar-Jar?

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Re: Niven has this one covered

@BillG

If this idiotic ditty is what passes for political theory then its no surprise we are all of us in such deep doodo, with clowns and morons like Cameron and Milliband as leaders.

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Semiconductor boffin: 3D NAND don't need NO STEENKIN' TSVs

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Boffin

Regular monolithic chips have vias and in reality these are through silicon vias too - they would be pretty useless otherwise.

Only the TSV your article refers to are intended to mean the sort of vias you would need to make a stack-of-chips work. Through Chip Via would have been a more accurate term, but that's not your fault.

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Balls to the World Cup: Brazuca wins in the wind

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Facepalm

A bladder full of hot air.

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TOADOCALYPSE NOW: Madagascar faces down amphibious assault

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Pint

Deploy the cricket bat

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Ballmer SLAM-DUNKS $2 BEEELLLION bid for LA Clippers

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Windows

Clippers

So can someone explain the name of the team/franchise for us UK citizens?

Are their roots in a barbershop union? Or bus conductors perhaps? More to the point, is Ballmy missing his old chum from Windoze days, good ol' Clippy?

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

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Farming vs local mammal species

We have the same problem here but in our case its dairy farmers trying to exterminate badgers.

Save the badger.

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Did NASA probe detect a KILLER GAMMA-RAY burst in Andromeda?

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Re: The Culture...

They would never be so indiscreet

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Disney plans standalone Star Wars movies to go with the main trilogy

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Re: Tolkien's in the top 5??

I think it was the hippie generation who rediscovered Tolkien. Boring old fart. Come to think of it, its the same bunch that are now running things. Hence lots of films that are only watchable if you turn your brains to mush before entering the cinema. Yes this is all making sense now.

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Klingon and Maori roar into 'mutt's nuts' dictionary

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Dothraki

I think you've missed this rather in-vogue language. Any real fans out there willing to translate? Perhaps something along the lines of "teats of the Khalisi"

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Scientists capture DEATH STAR in VIOLENT EXPLOSION

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Mushroom

That is tremendous

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Hunt's paperless future: NHS watches £60m vanish down plughole

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"integrated digital care"

I think someone needs to pull their finger out

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Indian climate boffins: Himalayan glaciers are NOT MELTING

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The developing world

Of course it is in India's interest to debunk the MMGW hypothesis. They have a lot of coal to burn and a very large number of people to lift out of poverty.

I am a skeptic and a leftie, so, go India!

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Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars

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Apparently Iguana tastes a bit like chicken.

Anyway I think we need to know his BMI. Anyone seen the film and can contribute estimates of height and weight?

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

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I salute your sir

For inventing this little money-making scheme. Someone will buy it. Lets have a beer and consider some more means of making money out of idiots.

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‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal

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Seniormanagementzilla

There! I've coined a new phrase for the teenies.

We have it here too.

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Sony on the ropes after revising losses UP to $1.3 BEEELLION

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Re: Pride goeth before a fall

They used to make nice kit. Nowadays its Sammy who make the nice kit.

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Actual spin doctors eye up ALIEN WORLD Beta Pictoris b: Young, hot ... and really FAST

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Re: Question regarding the Big Bang

"It is really a no-brainer once you think about it."

I see what you did there :-)

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Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY

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Re: Would this sort of frequency be described as 'random and light'?

No point panicking the populace until we are numerous enough and technologically advanced enough to put up a decent fight.

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New FEMTO-MOON sighted BIRTHING from Saturn's RING

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Orbital mechanics

Ok so start with a large cloud of matter rotating around a gravitational body such as a planet. After a while it tends to settle into a broad disc under the effects of its mutual gravity. Gradually the disc starts to form rings with distinct gaps between them, with small moonlets orbiting at both edges of each ring (what we see here). Eventually the moonlets gather up all of the ring material. What we are left with is a system of moons around the planet.

The Saturn system just has a lot of stuff that hasn't settled into moons yet.

Seems obvious to me?

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Citrix, Google kick XP's still-twitching corpse

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Re: Instant classic

Not to mention ways that make sense in the context of at least some anticipation of future business needs.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Something he probably didn't control for

The rise to dominance of a right-wing media and the decline of reasoned debate.

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

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Windows

At least its not going to get any slower

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BT befriends Google's lonely TV dongle – and saves YouView

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YouView isn't bad but unfortunately the box manufacture was farmed out to Lord stingy-arse Alan Michael Sugar so you can guess what the hardware quality is like.

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

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That sign is clearly blasphemous.

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Re: That's awesome, exciting and awesome (yes, I said awesome twice).

It may well be awesome but tremendous it is not.

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Inmarsat: Doppler effect helped 'locate' MH370

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Re: Gatso

I don't know anything about how the Gatso actually works. But clearly there are other methods of measuring an objects speed other than Doppler. Ping it every 10ms and see how far it has traveled in that time, for example.

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GIANT FLESH-EATING DEVIL CHICKENS roamed North Dakota

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Surf's up near Saturn as boffins spot waves on Titan

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Re: Hang Five?

Five lost to frostbite. Cheap wetsuit, see.

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Don't stare: SHRUNKEN Mercury lost 7km, but only 'cos it's COOLING

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Re: Extending the methodology

You should ask your mum. She knows this sort of thing.

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Forget superstars, this HYPERGIANT star is 1,300 times the size of OUR SUN

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That is tremendous

Should point out that it is only yellow on the surface. Inside all of that hot fog is an extremely hot core. No need to start worrying until it starts to collapse again.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

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Schmuck.

Funny to hear him still underestimating his opponents and attributing their success to "magic."

Samsung and android kicked your ass because you didn't (and still don't) think they would be able to just on their own abilities and initiative.

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