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* Posts by Crisp

2035 posts • joined 16 Jan 2012

Boffins lay bare exotic Lara Croft meteorite element ununpentium

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Element 115

You can't really run an X-COM operation without it!

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Boffins' keyboard ELECTROCUTES Facebook addicts

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This would be a scathing post about self-discipline

But here I am wasting time on El Reg.

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Samsung to bring 55-inch MONSTER curvy-telly to the UK

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Re: People with a lot of money don't need a 55' window on the world.

They have actual windows that big.

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Re: "hardcore analogue-lovers"

Just try typing that phrase into a search engine.

Damn you Google autocomplete!

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Re: CGI has never IMO come close to the models

This is the biggest reason (among many others) that I mourned the passing of Jim Henson.

If you wanted a believable on-screen alien that could interact with the rest of the cast, that's the guy you went to.

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NASA: Full details on our manned ASTEROID SNATCH mission

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Re: Moon landing

No.

It would take less Delta V to park it in orbit, and require a less massive ship for the astronauts to go and visit it.

(I am not an astrophysicist. Much of my knowledge of orbital mechanics has been cribbed from Kerbal Space Program.)

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Re: A really, really, really, RE-EAH-LEE expensive mission to...

Get a chance to discover new and wonderful things about our solar system, its origins, its history, and what it's made of.

At that doesn't even scratch the surface of all the technology they'll be inventing to actually do it, and all the spin off technology that will inevitably come from that.

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Botched court doc outs Google as respondent in national security flap

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Re: Can I just say....

No.

Apparently you ███'█.

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Wall Street traders charged with stealing company code via email

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Re: Other Methods for Extracting information

They could have always just read it and memorised it.

They can't throw you in jail for remembering stuff.

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An autopilot the size of a postage stamp

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Re: Micro-AA guns

If they don't come with lasers to turn drone copters into rapidly disintegrating fireballs, I'll be sorely disappointed.

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Our Vulture 2 spaceplane sprouts sleek pointy beak

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Knocking up a model of it in Kerbal Space Program now

It looks like it should fly!

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Russian spyboss brands Tor a crook's paradise, demands a total ban

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Anti-child-abuse campaign

You could ban the entire internet tomorrow, and I doubt it would have any effect on child molesters hanging around the local park.

It seems to me that Aleksandr Bortnikov is trying to treat a symptom rather than trying to treat the cause. ( If we assume that he is in earnest and he really does want to protect children )

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Hacktivists boast of English Defence League KO after website downed

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Hacktivism

All Anonymous seem to have done here is raise awareness of the EDL and make them look like victims.

Nice job breaking it anon!

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Fame-hating planets don't need to hang around STARS – boffins

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Re: MIndbogglingly big

Larger than a breadbox, but smaller than a solar system.

It's all relative.

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

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Re: No....

I don't think Americans are really aware of a world beyond their borders.

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Legal bible Groklaw pulls plug in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm

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Doesn't this violate attorney/client privilege?

Or does that only apply in the case of criminal proceedings?

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Space-walker nearly OPENED HELMET to avoid DROWNING

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I was playing Kerbal Space Program with my son...

And we tried recreating one of the Apollo missions. While we were building testing, (then rebuilding and testing again) and finally flying our rocket, we talked about the real life missions and all the training astronauts had to go through to not only get to the moon but to deal with almost every conceivable thing that they could think of that could possibly go wrong.

It's hard enough when the expected occurs. When the unexpected occurs, it's ingenuity and bravery like Luca Parmitanos that saves the day.

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Palestinian Facebook flaw-finder getting $10,000 payday in online appeal

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Security is everyone's responsibility

Every security flaw that can be found and eliminated is one less flaw an attacker can use to compromise a system and use it to attack more systems.

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

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Does this not strike anyone else as cruel and immoral?

They aren't just marginalising the employee, they are destroying their soul.

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

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Ladar Levinson has made a courageous choice here.

I applaud his bravery.

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Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

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Re: You had to explain the meaning of exoplanet?

Yeah, there's no way we could work out what that word meant from its Greek roots.

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Infosec analysts back away from 'Feds attacked Tor' theory

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Don't the details of the exploit use insecurities in FireFox? Not Windows?

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NASA boffins release Europa mission wish list

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That lander package is missing one important item...

And that is a small submersible robot that can melt its way through the ice crust.

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UK plods cuff another bloke in Twitter violence threat probe

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Re: Nasty man say things on bus? Get off bus/change bus.

But I have to use the bus. How else am I supposed to get to work?

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High-profile women gets protection from police

Are low profile women going to be able to get the same quality of service?

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End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

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Re: Noooooooooooooo !

You could implement something like blink with css though (if you really really hated your users). Why use the blink tag when it only works in one browser?

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Good riddance to bad markup

Nice to see blink going the way of the marquee tag.

Off the the graveyard of bad design choices.

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Facebook turns tables on profile stalkers with News Feed tweak

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And yet still no way to actually see who's stalking your page

Rather than give me information about my friends that I'm already following, how about telling me who's looking at my information?

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Top Brit biz giants love to outsource IT so much, they're gonna do it more

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The promise of reducing costs is the main driver

And, like with any other service, you tend to get what you pay for.

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US feds: 'Let's make streaming copyrighted content a FELONY'

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Black Helicopters

I like to use VLC to stream content from my media player

Is that black helicopters I can see circling overhead?

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Re: making it a felony to be a corporate whore while in office?

You could get american politicians under their bribery laws. Good luck finding someone to charge and prosecute them though.

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Did a bunch of bankers fax a stranger's sensitive privates to YOU?

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Bank fined £75K

Pays for it in loose change.

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Transdimensional rift appears above Australian bolt supplier

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Re: Gate

Gate? What Gate?

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Re: Gate

What Gate?

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Tor servers vanish as FBI swoops on kiddie-smut suspect

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I don't think that law enforcement carried this out.

If they had then they would be crowing from every rooftop about this.

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Terror cops swoop on couple who Googled 'backpacks' and 'pressure cooker'

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Land of the free, home of the brave

Why do they need a shadowy secret police like some sort of communist cold war state?

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You're doing WHAT with friends? Zynga sues Bang With Friends maker

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Zynga - which says it owns the '...With Friends' brand

Bugger! I was going to go to the pub with friends tonight.

:(

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Google SELLS OUT the INTERNET HIPPIES! AGAIN!

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Re: Someone consistently running 500MB in and out 24 hours a day

They would be running a torrent client. Not a server.

(Although technically, most torrent clients have a few ports open for other clients to connect to, which sort of makes them servers.)

It doesn't have to be a torrent client though. I can eat up 500Mb of bandwidth just copying a database.

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Define: Server

Because my home machine constantly sits with port 3389 open for access. Most people have some sort of port open waiting for inbound connections, because it's a requirement of the software that they run.

I don't see how they can legislate this fairly, without screwing over 98% of ordinary users.

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Obviously, they frisk each other.

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WikiLeaker Bradley Manning found not guilty of 'aiding the enemy'

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Re: what emeny

America is now in a perpetual "War on Terror".

The great thing about the "War on Terror" is that it's wonderfully vague and no one really knows what it's all about.

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UK the 'number 1 target' of online gangsters in 25 countries - e-crime report

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Report on e-crime

After clicking on the house of commons link I was very unsurprised to learn that they are still hooked on chasing pedoterrorists.

I predict e-crime will only go up as we get laws banning the use of certain words in search engines.

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

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Re: Compression

You'd probably come out a bit pixelated at the other end. I don't want a face like a JPEG compression artifact!

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Plods probe death threat tweets to MP - but WHO will rid us of terrible trolls?

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Re: Kinda pointless if you live in a safe constituency, though.

It's thinking like that that makes it pointless.

Get out and vote. Use your voice, or someone else will say things in your name.

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Alert Trolls Mum

Best idea since the youtube utility that reads your post back to you before it's sent :D

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Re: who will rid us of these terrible MPs!

You could stop voting for politicians that you don't like.

Or you can get out and vote for ones that represent your interests.

Those are pretty much your options.

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Russia's post-Snowden spooks have not reverted to type

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None of the stories in the Western media directly referenced any primary source

I thought that's how journalism was done nowadays.

Someone issues a press release. Other news outlets copy and paste it. Sometimes verbatim, with no research done, no facts gathered and no witnesses interviewed.

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Japanese boffins build 'robotic skin'

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Robotic Skin?

Naked robots!

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Robot cop called in after MAD BONGER blown up in LIQUID MARIJUANA EXPLOSION

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Re: Very unfortunate...

They were smoking pot, they don't deserve a death sentence.

What is wrong with you?

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Bank of Thailand bans Bitcoin

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Re: Tax mechanism?

And just what's wrong with the current mechanism of, "Give us your money, or we'll put you in prison?"

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