* Posts by Grikath

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ExoMars probe narrowly avoids death, still in peril after rocket snafu

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The chance of any live microbes from earth arriving on Mars from this launch are so small they're effectively negligible.

Even if one of the pieces manages to hit Mars ( a very big If, given that there'll be no course corrections for the debris, and a different momentum for each piece..) , there is the cold, the radiation, and the heat of re-entry without a heat shield or parachute.

But the odds are easy to demonstrate.. Take a bit of steel, and drop it on the floor of your average pub loo at closing time ( or a healthy compost heap if you're squeamish ) . This guarantees Contamination. Then drop it in liquid nitrogen, and place it near a convenient gamma source for 7 months. After that , take the piece and put it in an induction ring at full power until orange-yellow. Let it cool until safe enough to swab, and inoculate some agar plates, see what grows.

It's pretty safe to say that piece of steel will be more sterile than anything classified as such here on Earth.

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Cosmic bonks, breakups led to birth of Saturn's moons as dinos died out

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Re: Cosmic shotgun...

actually , we have already been shown who's really to blame....

Good Going, Skrat!!

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Yahoo! kills! more! passwords! with! push! notification! app!

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YaWho?

The post is required, and must contain ...Stuff...

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True believers mind-meld FreeBSD with Ubuntu to burn systemd

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Beliebers..

Could. Not. Resist...

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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Re: Smoke and mirrors

Or... the FBI brass, being tried-and-tested political creatures, are well aware of the attention span of the US Media and Public General, which happens to be akin to the lifespan of your average mayfly, and chose this tactic to ensure any continuation would at best reach page 5 news when the trials recommence.

Also smoke and mirrors, because you can't use *that* as an excuse to hold up a court case, but whether this "third party solution" works or not, they'll have their month.. in election season, with 150% chance any different SJW issue will have the Twats in Arms when the trials recommence. Even more time given that picking up the case starts out dry as dust, and the next Blip will be the verdict pro or con Apple, with option to appeal.

It'll be almost summer before anything definite happens again...

If they would continue now, win or lose, the FBI would suffer tremendous political, social, and operational damage. This smacks more of damage control than any real solution to cracking that phone.

If they were sure of a method that *worked* , they'd be dropping the case and crowing victory.

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Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

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Re: 30 seconds of my life...

Umm.. what did you expect? There hasn't been any articles anywhere on anything seriously new regarding mobile tech in ... months. Minor jiggles, lots of "in a couple of years", but nothing new.

So whatever new product of any brand will bring is a reshuffling/resizing, half an update, and 200% more Bling/Bloat. And Hype.. Apple is the master of that..

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Microsoft will rest its jackboot on Windows 7, 8.1's throat on new Intel CPUs in 2018 – not 2017

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Re: M$

"A week, I've spent, trying to get my wench's PC back into playing games."

And you're sure that the issues aren't , in fact, those games?

Given that between Win7, Win7compatibility mode, and DOSbox you can pretty much run anything gamey created since the dawn of the PC. or with a different emulator quite a few other platforms as well...

Lemme guess... she likes the dime-a-dozen bargain bin pointy-click "adventure puzzle games" or any other Zynga-type knockoffs?

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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She'd probably be offended by that as well, if not more, because that would reinforce the stereotype even more in her eyes, plus being Forced To Watch Male Flesh, and stuff.

Mind.. a quick look at her twats teaches that she's pretty volatile, short-fused, and prone to CAPS!!, so there's probably no pleasing her to begin with.

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'Millions' of Android mobes vulnerable to new Stagefright exploit

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Hmmmm...

User experience: click linkie.. video plays...crash... click linkie again, video crash.. click linkie again..

That video had better be something people *really* want to see. Most people won't bother after the first crash, most certainly won't after the second crash. The technique may work, but given the delivery method, I doubt that the potential footprint would be "millions".

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Apple tells iPhone court 'the Founders would be appalled' by Feds

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Meh...

If you look at the intention of the ideas set out in the US Constitution, and what the US has become, you more or less can use the spinning corpses of the Founding Fathers to solve the world's energy crisis anyway.

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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

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"Many countries already have laws governing hobby aircraft and where/when/how they can operate."

Make that all as far as I know.. Any Mintellect that flies anything in , on, or near an airport/flight path without proper authorisation is breaking a serious set of laws and regulations, and simply deserves anything the Book can throw at him ** if caught.

The only thing that's changed is that with a drone any moron can attempt to fly one. RC controlled flight is simply no longer a rather peculiar and expensive hobby for enthousiasts. The downside to this is obvious, but nothing that the proverbial ton of bricks can't solve.

Incidentally.. the same odds were quoted for Space Shuttles Blowing Up... So it's simply a matter of time then, isn't it?

** Yes, male.. girls tend to do their Stupid in other ways.

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Middle-aged US bloke pleads guilty to iCloud celeb nude photo hack

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Re: Middle aged?

well... according to your average Teenager anything over 20 is "old"...

Perspective is everything.. Personally I'm on final approach to 50, but I will apply Interesting Times to anyone who calls me/treats me as Old. I am, however, slowly starting to entertain the option that "middle aged" may or may be applicable in the near future. Say.. the next decade or so..

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Who'd be mad enough to start a 'large-scale fire' in a spaceship?

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There have been tests, on all spacestations. Thing is they were really small-scale experiments, under very controlled circumstances, and nothing like the "someone tossed his smouldering ciggie stub in the trash"

Microgravity fires are weird.. hardly any convection, slow-burning, *almost* self-smothering, but retain ignition temperature a lot longer and get hotter overall, so any draft could get them going again with a vengeance. A firefighters' worst nightmare, really.

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Your unpatchable, insecure Android mobe will feel right at home in the Internet of Stuff era

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Ummmm yeah....

Given that your average (dodgy) android app + average user = install + insane/unnecessary access without checking anyway... Isn't this a little bit....fancy?

Oh wait. Terrible Danger!!! .. Big Drama Reveal !!!1!one! ...Much Hype!! So Terrible!! [/unimpressed]

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Millions menaced as ransomware-smuggling ads pollute top websites

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Re: "accidentally pushing out booby-trapped adverts via ad networks"

Interestingly, the big websites tend to run the big campaigns, which are usually pretty well vetted given the potential for backlash. But still they served up the bad ads.

May be tinfoil hattery, but this makes me suspicious. My bet is that somewhere down the line one of the Big Ones got one of their servers compromised.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

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Re: They don't understand

Of course they don't understand, and neither do most people..

The magazine publishing earning model, even in the dead-tree era, was never about articles, it was about selling ad-space. The articles were purely to create the vehicle to sell that ad-space. With the shift to internet, that earning model has not changed for the majority of publishers. They switched medium, but not their earning model.

So, no, they wouldn't understand... They're still stuck in an economic model that was already failing 3-4 decades ago, and have failed to evolve.

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Here's what an Intel Broadwell Xeon with a built-in FPGA looks like

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Re: Wanna play? Get it with ARM today.

Specialised...definitely..

Very yummie though..

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Boss of classified ad website Backpage.com faces first contempt of Congress in 20 years

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Contempt of Congress...

You mean he's simply voicing what other people think?

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Linus Torvalds wavers, pauses … then gives the world Linux 4.5

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Re: PS/2 Mice

and then some.. It may be oldfashioned, but it doesn't involve the whole USB layer, which has its uses. The fact that it's supposed to improve touchscreen behaviour may be a hint ;)

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Former US anti-terror chief tears into FBI over iPhone unlocking case

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Funny..

I have no love for the NSA whatshowever, but I do find their rather underplayed attitude of : "Dear FBI, could you pull your head out of your arse, and maybe ask us Mandated Professionals for this kind of thing, because we, y'know... are supposed to be able to do that and all.., and may already have a solution to your problem." quite hilarious. Internecine warfare at its best.

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SAP backs UK remaining in the EU ahead of vote

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Re: New Headline

I have no doubt a good many people that have had to deal with SAP would gladly give it to the UK if they Brexit. Free of charge.

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Re: SAP backs UK remaining in the EU

Something like that..

"Big Business worried about Upsetting Changes in Status Quo" , in other news....

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Don't snoop on staff via wearables, says Dutch privacy agency

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Re: Oh really?

actually, it's C) : it's a Bong­¡-type consultancy, mainly operating in the healthcare administration and regulation business.

Dutch consultancy speak is ..different.. from english and doesn't translate well, but imagine their web page being full of the pro-active thinkfluencing with a Smile! guff you can expect from the british equivalent. To quote Marvin: "It's all rather sad, really..." Pictures say more than words.. look at the way they present their consultants.. doesn't need translation, really.

And they're definitely the type of company where this kind of thing would be seen as a Pilot Project into the Bright Future etc.. They *probably* intended to use this as a showcase for the potential of these devices for outpatient monitoring ( where it makes sense ) without considering that the way they've gone about it would push a couple of Buttons in the privacy department.

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Software dev 101: 'The best time to understand how your system works is when it is dying'

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Re: Basic testing really

"No point having test systems that are unrepresentative of actual use."

You try getting the projected man-hours and resources from Manglement, prodded by the Beancounters about Budget, and by Sales about Delivery to do that..

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Alien studs on dwarf's erection baffle boffins

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Hmmm..

Looks to me like something hit hard enough to end up under the surface right next to the crater. Ceres has gravity... a whole 0.3% of Earth's, so you can expect the surface to be... porous... Although the right word would be more like fluffy, I guess..

If that was indeed something containing a lot of water, there's a decent chance whatever minerals the surface is made up of got hydrated, and expanded pushing up the dust from below into the mound we see.

With a surface gravity where a decent sneeze would have you attain escape velocity, pushing up some dust wouldn't take that much force.

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Dead Steve Jobs is still a crook – and Apple must cough up $450m for over-pricing ebooks

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What surprises me most..

Is that it's run the mill in 5-ish years..

That's practically F1 pitstop speed for the US...

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Meh

was looking for the phrase,,,

"The battery storage systems developed with Arpa-E’s support are on the verge of transforming America’s electrical grid, a transformation that could unfold within the next five to 10 years, Williams said."

SSDD... That's what they all say.. pics or it simply hasn't happened.

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

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Re: Turn it off? Not no way, no chance, no how. @ Andy Non

"F**k all that! How do people use the web without an ad blocker?"

We simply do?

There's a fair amount of sites that *do* make sure their "source of extra income/hosting cost mitigation" behaves within acceptable parameters. They get the ad-blockers turned off. Unless they take the piss, of course.. The others.. well.. let's say you only get One Chance.. ( El Reg, for instance, has borked theirs several times already.. ah well...)

And of course.. being "safe" behind your adblockers and noscripters has not given you the necessary desensitation and necessary knowledge to Not Go There Without.... that people who do regularly turn off their blockers, or do completely without have. By being militant about blocking, you failed to grow the callouses you need, and never learned to use the ads themselves as indicators of whether or not a site is worth visiting. You are the little lab rat that never saw the outside world, and has no clue, and no immunity..

So the icon is for you, for making the crucial mistake of Ivory Towering, and acting all surprised when that does. not. work.

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Net neutrality: Email trail reveals how Prez Obama bent the FCC to his will

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Re: rolleyes

"It should be highly concerning that an independent agency like the FCC could be so unduly influenced by the White House, "

As opposed to the wholly wholesome influence by the sponsors of these senators, of course....

Oh , was that sarcasm?

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We're doing SETI the wrong and long way around, say boffins

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easy answer....

Are there any stars, with confirmed solar systems, containing rocky planets in the goldylocks zone, which have an indication of supporting liquid water, within that narrow band around the eclyptic, and within, say, 60 lightyears?

Those would be the only systems that could possibly support a civilisation to have detected the presence of Earth, and may possibly have detected the extremely minute change in the radio spectrum any TV/Radio transmissions may have sprayed out in that direction.

I'm pretty confident the answer to that one is a resounding "no" .

Anything intelligent further out than those 60 light years would be seeing nothing more than "there's a planet with potential for life" there, with no indication of any form of technology. And seriously.. if anything shows up on our doorstep tomorrow, they must have either cracked generation ships, or FTL travel. Both of which are well beyond our current technical capabilities. In other words: we'd be royally fucked.

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Mathletics promises security upgrades after parents' security gripes

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Re: As someone who is affected by this..

or crashed the entire thing.. so Homework evaporates altogether.. ;)

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Tor takes aim against malicious nodes on the network

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They may or they may not. If they're doing it well, you could never tell..

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Google screening missed hundreds of malicious Android apps, researchers say

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hmmm....

"Each app has been downloaded an average of 3600 times."

No they haven't.. A bit of looking further in the original article, and finding the actual list of trojans and apps shows that the'"average" is skewed by only a few really successful campaigns ( [popular game title] + "free" will attract a guaranteed number of idiots.. Quite often repeat idiots.. ), but most have download numbers in the 10's and at best 100's.

That's an awfully low success rate..

It does surprise me that the "[popular/major game title] + free " names don't immediately cause red flags to be waved though... That trick is as old as well... Ugh! the Caveman.

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Samsung off the hook as $120m Apple patent verdict tossed

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hold on..

They've gone and invalidated the slide-to-unlock?

Of all the miracles....

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Lose the onion tears, Tor fanboys: CloudFlare may consider binning CAPTCHAs, says CEO

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walk the walk....

get tarred with the same brush..

Of course, the screaming ninnies could turn down their Paranoïdar a bit and simply not use TOR when approaching perfectly ordinary websites. It's not as if visiting El Reg or others of such nature will get you on the Five Eyes Illuminati Lizardmen hitlist of d00m.

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Android users installed 2 BILLION data-stealing, backdooring apps

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Re: Hang on

"Sheesh, I'm starting to think that mobile phones lower your IQ by a fair number of points."

No need.. The same people that were great at bollocking up their PCs through <clicky>-ohdear!, now own and operate the mobile stuff...

It's a shift in population to handheld stuff, not a shift in general st00pidity.

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D&D geeks were right – their old rule books ARE worth something now

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Re: How about Hell No?

"I *might* be willing to take my stuff to my local Library & have them unbind, scan, & rebind the books, so THEY can offer digital copies for customers of the Library, because that would not only treat the books with the respect they deserve, it would ALSO result in the information being Made Available for the low low price of a Library Card."

This would cause a Great Rising of the Lawyers from WotC. And they're near-impossible to strike down, unless you roll a natural 20 and have mr. Slant as a Retainer/Follower.

WotC are ..nice... like that..

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Re: Or am I supposed to believe that WoTC doesn't have some copies lying around ?

They want the old TSR stuff, yes..

And indeed.. there is no way I am going to mutilate the originals of pre- , first, and second ed v1 that I have for their profit. Not that any real fan of the Old Stuff would even remotely consider giving WoTC anything other than a firm, spiky boot deep up the arse.

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ADpocalypse NOW: Three raises the stakes

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Re: Ad-Lite

I've a feeling their network is drowning in Ads.. With the resultant stress on network capacity and delivery. Given how bad mobile advertising has become, I've a feeling they can free up something in the order of 10's of percent of bandwidth capacity this way. That's a BIG gain...

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Yahoo! is! up! for! sale! – so! how! much! will! you! bid!?

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Re: And Marissa

Alphabet just might to put it out of its misery.. They could spin it as a service to Humanity and should be up for a Medal of Honour for that..

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SAP’s Byzantine licensing leaves its customers feeling exposed

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SAP

Severe Anal Probing.

Always has been, but hey..starry eyed managers...

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New NASA theory: Moon radiation drops so HULK RIP MOON LIKE SHIRT

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Re: Just out of interest...

The real question is: how much water are you talking about? With masses the size of Charon you're looking at several different other things that happen besides evaporation into vacuum as a surface effect....

Besides, all the water on Charon arrived frozen already... It didn't start out as a liquid ball...

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Re: Useless ice

not quite.. if you're going out that way you might want to use jupiter or saturn for a slingshot. Them gravity wells is good for making turns y'know..

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LISA Pathfinder drops its gravity-wave-finding golden boxes

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Re: billionth-of-a-metre accuracy @ DougS

This is just the test setup.. The full setup will use an orbital triangle with arms of rather impressive length, with a verymuch higher resolution than anything we could possibly hope to build on earth.

Because.. well... earth isn't big enough for starters.

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Yahoo! axes! websites! you've! never! heard! of! and! lays! off! staff!

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Merging Yahoo! and AOL...

What would you get by mating two zombies? One wonders...

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Boffins' 5D laser-based storage tech could keep terabytes forever

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Re: Re:1974 film Zardoz @ charles 9

Not possible ever, just like the warp drive that gets trotted out every other month. But hey... Starry-Eyed dreamers and all... It's almost like watching your average startup trying to become a Unicorn...

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What would happen if Earth fell into a black hole?

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Re: Worse than being sucked into a black hole is colliding with the sun in the process

Before that would happen the earth's glowy, and quite hot, inner bits would have come through the quite significant cracks in the crust. We'd have been reduced to greasy vapour well before any spaghettyfication could possibly affect us.

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Big, fat fail? Here's how to avoid that: Microservices and you

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Re: Every component of the application (should) be retested

Lysenko indeed has it.

Ah well.. at least we know the next reason to gently detach the Cattleprod from it's comfy wall mount..

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Thirty Meter Telescope needs to revisit earthly fine print

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No doubt there'll be a polite missive stating "cut your losses and have a look here, it's purdy.." soon enough.

I wonder.. would the Hawaiians still practice Sacrifice to Volcanoes as a way to appease the Gods? There's no doubt going to be a number of other locals looking for involuntary sacrifices if the project does turn its back and end up going somewhere else. That's a fair amount of employment, economic value and scientific bragging rights threatening to go up in a smoke plume..

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Reports: First death from meteorite impact recorded in India

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Karma...

That bus driver must have had some serious demerits then...

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