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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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New radio tech could HALVE mobe operators' bandwidth needs

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Boffin

I think anyone who really knows anything about radio system engineering will tell you this just isn't worth spending any time effort or money on.

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Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS

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That's it for me

I bought into a closed system that's turned out to be insecure because of sloppiness. My 4 will remain on iOS 6 and my next phone will be an android.

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Doomed Cassiopeia star was sloshed just before deadly supernova blast

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That is a tremendous amount of neutrinos. Thank you for confirming - what I only worked out for myself - about them being spin or angular momentum carriers.

@DAM: Maybe its time to STFU. Then again maybe not.

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Ericsson and Kodiak in Europe WALKIE-TALKIE-style push-to-talk push

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Nobody mentioned Japan

Where PTT has been popular for years. Text messaging is not so useful for them but a short voice message does perfectly well.

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Play.com tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber

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Re: Cyprus based?

So at least someone will get to enjoy the photos your mum sent me

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Plan 9 moves out from Lucent licence space

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Lucent

Bell Labs - A company with a serious history in technological innovation behind it.

Lucent - A company named after what they did with all the investors money.

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IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ

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Unhappy

There are a great many self-important idiots on these comments pages

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Spanish cops tweet handy dope-smuggling advice

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Your country doesn't need you

I seem to recall from my yoof - narbis use makes you crap at learning and I suspect not very good at working either. My yoof coincided with the early eighties and my inability to learn soon morphed into an inability to get into any of the few jobs there were for uneducated yoof back then. So I gave it up and got educated.

Anyway the point of all this is, if your country has failed you - no job prospects, having to live with your parents etc - you may as well fail your country, and get high.

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Amateurs find the 'HOLY GRAIL' supernova – right on our doorstep

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Mushroom

That is tremendous

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Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'

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Nothing to do with me

No, honestly

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Optical filters head to Germany for Solar Orbiter build

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Interesting, but

helping in turn to predict the behaviour of solar winds and geomagnetic storms, which will feed into climate models

What? I thought only carbon dioxide emissions could affect the climate.

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Intel shutters BRAND NEW chip factory as PC market storm rages

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Re: so over it.

We do quite a lot of that here. I'm hoping he's finally going to get the message and retire.

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Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

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This merely betrays the intellectual prowess of the Staffordshire plod force.

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Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

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Re: 'announced plans to put Brits' driving records online.'

In your dreams, haggis boy

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China ALSO building encryption-cracking quantum computer

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Re: Re. magnets

Ferromagnetic materials saturate at around the 2T range. To go stronger you need electromagnetic coils probably superconducting ones.

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Bit negative?

Or indeed learn to use the apostrophe.

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

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Re: Dear Google

What makes you think that's your hard-drive?

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Low power WON'T bag ARM the server crown. So here's how to upset Intel

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Like, er, hello

Why is anybody listening to this dude?

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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Dead As Betamax

And just another reason never to buy another BMW again.

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

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I've seen Lewis on the TV

And he looks quite normal. Can I be downvoted now please?

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That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

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Re: This is business

Okay it may cost perhaps 50 million to develop the processor and a similar amount for the remaining hardware. But the lower power design means you can pack more of them in the same space (chip, board, box, rack, centre) so it becomes cheaper to operate. With the economies of scale they have it just works out better value for them.

Why else would they do it?

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This is business

That's why I come to the comments section - endless uninformed comment.

The limiting factor with microprocessors is energy. It costs money to house, power and cool a server centre. Google have worked out they can build a better server centre more cost effectively if they move to an ARM-based server processor architecture. Yes they have the cash and organizational ability to do it. No they probably won't add any special sauce to the design - they are better off with a general purpose machine that they can put their clever software on.

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Thought of in-flight mobile calls fills you with dread? Never fear, US Dept of Transport is here

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Re: This is not unreasonable

I always thought the real reason for the ban was because mobile phones are not licensed for airborne use. The cellular system breaks down when mobiles are used high up, because each can communicate with far more cell basestations than a ground-based mobile can. This causes a lot of interference and effects large numbers of users over a large area.

I'm sure someone will downvote me for suggesting this.

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Blighty could put a (WO)MAN on MARS by 2040, says sci minister

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Willetts

Surely one of the most stupid people alive. Generally regarded as having "two brains" by those in Whitehall.

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World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...

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Re: All lies

That's the same reason we ran them out of ours :-)

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IDS finally admits what EVERYONE ELSE already knows: Universal Credit will be late

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Trollface

Because all of the projects that ever go wrong/late/over-budget are govt ones, right chaps?

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NSA collects up to FIVE BILLION mobile phone locations daily

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Re: Guilt by Coincidence

The police are literally above the law.

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Hey, George Clooney. LOST in SPACE... and thirsty? Visit these 5 ALIEN worlds*

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That's great guys but what we really want you to look for are habitable planets with a measurable quantity of martini in the atmosphere. Gin or vodka is fine. Thanks chaps.

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Women crap at parking: Official

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Yeah - we like kind of did some brain analysis stuff, then convinced ourselves that our commonly held preconceptions were real. You know, like in the '60's.

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RBS MELTDOWN LATEST: 'We'll be the bank we should be ... next YEAR maybe'

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FAIL

To be fair it may take them a while to work out what has actually happened - according to hearsay the hastily assembled banking behemoth has a wide variety of legacy systems and a dispersed and cheaply procured IT operation.

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Microsoft leaks reveal 'Threshold' projects looming in 2015

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Happy

Re: Microsoft announce more FAIL

We're going to have six. Ha-har!

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Top comet-watcher pens ISON's emotional obituary

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Cold birth, hot death

Alas poor comet ISON

You flew too close to our Sun.

It was a nice try son,

Roll out the interplanetary Dyson.

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

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Full ubuntu runs slow on some older graphics chips, xubuntu is a much better bet and has a more traditional Gnome-based UI.

Buy a replacement battery for the laptop if necessary. Fill its memory slots. Slap a new hard drive in there if you have to.

Should run well for the forseeable.

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Sinclair's FORGOTTEN Australia-only micro revealed!

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Is this similar to the French Minitel?

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THIS ONE WEIRD CHIP cuts weight from data centre power bills

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Stop

This appears to be little more than a product announcement.

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False widow spiders in guinea pig slaughter horror

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Alert

My mum got bitten by a garden spider. That is all.

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Exotic physics takes an arrow to the knee with new ATLAS results

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Super smashing great

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