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* Posts by toxicdragon

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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

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Is it me or does everything seem to be suffering from an unspecified glitch lately?

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Kickstarter tin-rattlers offer reboot of '80s Integrated Space Plan megagraphic

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Re: Boots on Mars and break a leg

Spinning the rocket?

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Ab Hoc Possum Videre Domum Tuum

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Re: Once braked into a stable orbit...

In peter hamiltons nights dawn trilogy he explains this exact thing, basically the asterioids are moved into orbit, the ore is liquidized and foamed, then launched down onto the planet using aerobrake and lands into the sea. I will admit it is weaponised 30 seconds later but its something.

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Experts suspiciously eye LOHAN's cantankerous canards

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Re: > Let's see how that works out in practice...

Theory is when you know why something should work but it doesn't, practice is where something works and you don't know why. Where I work we combine both.

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Hey, remember the iPod Touch? Apple just did

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Re: I still want my 1TB iPod "Classic"

If you just want it for music I can recommend the sansa clip plus. Has expandable memory for micro SD and while the screen is very simple it seems to last ages on a charge.

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Google starts selling Glass to Brits – for £1,000 a pop

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Re: anyone wearing one who wants to talk to me

I cant find it but I am sure that there was an article on here about that very scenario, cant quite remember the outcome but it was something like they have to be provably off, ie not wearing them or something. Can't quite remember.

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Podule-lodged Brit nears two weeks atop ocean peak Rockall

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I don't really have anything useful to add, I just want to say that the word "podule" is fun to say. Podule podule podule.

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SPIDER-TROOP, Spider-troop, does whatever a spider troop can

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Re: "first known example"

They did, as did gadget show too

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World's first ever Nobel Prize winning integrated circuit to be auctioned

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Re: not much use...

What about the Managerium?

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Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?

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Re: Minecraft

Have to admit I play FTB, don't know of any servers running that.

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Re: Minecraft

Damn you, now I have to try that, so much for getting work done today.

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California gives green light to test self-driving cars on public roads

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Re: Dammit, it's always Hal

Because female robotic voices sound like they come from a computerised Monty Python style pepperpot woman.

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Giant pop can FOUND ON MOON

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The super nova advert worked perfectly, the nova 5 went a little awry

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Portable toilet mistaken for killer Nork drone

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Re: USA had Desert Storm..

I might be remmebering this one but didnt top gear have a few incidents with portable bogs?

Could be the next series might be in korea.

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ULA says to BLAME SPACEX for Ruski rocket rebuff

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@Elmer

Butthurt is not used as a homophobic thing on the internet at least, it basically defines this exact "teacher teacher the mean boy looked at me" mentality displayed by the ULA with this exchange. The only one getting offended here was you.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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Hang on.

"...from the likely (a car stopping at a red light) to the unlikely (blowing through it)." He has never seen the traffic round here then.

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Get ready for software-defined RADAR: Jam, eavesdrop, talk and target ... simultaneously

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Its not really the same as having your own system but there are quite a few online SDRs, I go on http://www.160m.net/ myself. (requires Java)

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Tokyo to TXT warning of incoming Norks nukes

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Re: In this particular case, why bother?

Always wondered about the point of a fallout shelter besides peace of mind, I was born in the late 80s so I missed the nuclear crises so maybe its just because of that I don't get it. And even if it would help who still has a fully stocked shelter today? I have seen some odd sets of stairs and odd coloured concrete slabs with those slots for removal in places around my universities campus which I have never seen people use, admittedly that's not proof of shelters but hidden in plain sight and all that. Surely they still wont be actively stocked?

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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@Jake

http://xkcd.com/250/

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SACRILEGE! Hitchhiker's Guide game's back ... and it TWEETS at you

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Re: Is it my age?

Mid 20s here so close to the intended audiences age on social media. I get that urge too, never understood it.

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It's a BLOCKBUSTER: Minecraft heads to the silver screen

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Re: Well that will be worth anticipating

Punch trees, fall in lava, kill stuff. How is that not a traditional holy wood plot?

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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The one I go on is robocode, still fairly active too. http://robocode.sourceforge.net/

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Mars Orbiter spots FRESH IMPACT CRATER

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Re: nice lump in middle too

It was the creatures from Klendathu, just their aim was a bit off.

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US feds want cars conversing by 2017

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Re: Carnage on the streets

Or the system goes sentient and we get driverless Burnout.

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NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT

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Yup, they were all recorded on a sound stage on mars

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Big Trak

I wasnt old enough for the original Big Track but managed to find a couple for last christmas, if anyone wants this is the site: http://www.bigtrakxtr.co.uk/

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Dixons selling £68k gold, diamond, ruby and sapphire iPhone for Xmas

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Clairvoyance or time travel?

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Is that you, HAL? No, it's NEIL: Google, US Navy pour money into 'associative' AI brain

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I would love to have one of these locally to play with. Would have to be a slower version I admit but still.

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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Re: How is this a tablet?

"Enormo-Slab ... Phlablet".

I prefer the all in one moniker "Fondleslab"

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Lead ONTO your pencil: Bill Gates pours cash into graphene condoms

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Re: Err, what?

Probably digging myself into an even deeper hole but TENS does not hurt that badly.

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toxicdragon

Err, what?

"while being more conductive than copper"

They will probably need to fix that before I use this.

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If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

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Re: Class 1 A.I

Nice system, would recommend one small change though, I think your steps 11 and 12 are the wrong way round, would think that classifying it as smarter on earth then the universe would make more sense under this system.

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SPACE, the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of the star probe Cassini

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Missed a trick here

Why not "You are here, your luggage is in alpha centauri"?

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El Reg seeks new mobile, wireless tech writer - could it be YOU?

toxicdragon

A bit more than just disappeared, everything he did has been erased.

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/34672/

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Fanbois shun 'crappy plastic' iPhone 5C

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Re: David

I'm David, and so is my wife.

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Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

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Re: I wonder...

<McBain>

Zats ze joke

</McBain>

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Here at last, our 3D beauty: Vulture 2 spaceplane flies in

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Re: Where did the design come from?

Those are forbidden words in these kinds of projects

http://xkcd.com/1244/

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

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Mistakes?

This has probably been said already, but the phrase that sticks out most is "There were no mistakes like that at all."

To me this implies that any privacy breech was done intentionally. Or is my parsing broke today?

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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Re: mmm

spoon.

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toxicdragon

Re: mmm

Just remember a sponge for the blancmange

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Feeling HORNY? RHINOCEROS INCEST project underway at Cincinnati Zoo

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Re: Cloning

"DNA jiggery-pokery" I thought that's what they were doing?

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Gadgets are NOT the perfect gift for REAL men

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Re: Simple enough

Ach! Milk? Gross!

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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

toxicdragon

Re: PCs?

Hatred?

How quaint.

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NASA serves up Curiosity's billion-pixel panorama

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Is there a version not in teeny eye-strain-o-vision?

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NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days

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Re: Speed demon..

I never did find out what Zion dub was.

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SimCity Classic

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"They took out the micromanagement like power lines and water pipe"

They did? Don't know about the others but they are there on SC3K and 4.

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Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE

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FAIL

Re: They also had to invent a new level of fire danger.

Fire danger warnings, as in a potential for how safe it would be to light a fire, not what it is now.

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Twin brothers nabbed for scrap over sex with 'shared' girlfriend

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Re: This reminds me

You actually had to experience that to consider it a bad thing?

Wow.

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