* Posts by Grikath

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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Re: Small issue of infrastructure @ AC

You are, of course, right in the fact that there's stuff missing in the calculation.

However, the first thing that gets shouted about when it comes to desal plants is the energy requirement, and pointing out that in the grand scheme of things the energy requirement isn't impossible and actually quite fesible, provided, pulls that particular barb.

Also not included is that with proper waste water treatment you can use the same water several times over, as with a properly set up water management scheme the only water you lose is through evaporation to the air, which is mostly agriculture (this is including the green lawns and golf courses..).

The whole picture is , as ever, a bit more complicated. But Lewis has a point purely from the perspective of energy used.

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Kim Dotcom to create Wikimedia-style open source Mega 3.0

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Edison was the forerunner of the current crop of patent trolls/NPE's/IP lawyers, and many of them worship at his altar. Steal what you can, and make use of patent jurisdiction to maximise monetisation.

His greatest "invention" was not what he's usually know for, but setting up modern laboratury structure by setting up the contracts that had people sign away the rights to their own discoveries,"*and* non-competition clauses. And employ PR and FUD in the modern sense. By all means, not a Nice Man, and most certainly not "the greatest inventor who ever lived".

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Comet 67/P covered in life-giving rubble, boffins say

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Re: Scratch and sniff

Death... for us at least..

" methyl isocyanate, acetone, propionaldehyde and acetamide" plus some of the usual stuff makes for a heady sniff.... of Doooom.

Mind.. I'm still waiting for apologies from some people who laughed in my face in the 90's at the notion that molecular precursors to bio-organics could exist in open space, as indicated by Miller and others....

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Alien dwarf 'star' flashes her dazzling brown rear at stunned space boffins

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Re: Stupid Fight

two words: Victorian Morality.

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Your voter-trolling autodialer is illegal: The cringey moment the FCC spanks a congresscritter

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Re: The politicians may love them, but ...

You mean US american political candidates don't actually campaign on... y'know.. merits, competencies and actual strategy?

who'd have thought...

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Re: What about 8.1?

likewise some people were happy with ME/Vista.

I guess there's a strong streak of masochism in some people.

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Re: 512 apps ought to be enough for anybody...!

But people only ever use 10 at most...

The Internet

Email

Facebook

Game *7 (of which half is rarely ever used)

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Voyager's Golden Record now free to download

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Re: Privatising the search for extraterrestrial life

and if we're lucky that civilisation will have advanced sufficiently to have come up with a, preferably terminal, solution to Lawyers.

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Oh, Obama's responded to the petition to pardon Snowden. What'll it be?

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Re: So?

Actually, I've the feeling that whoever would be President would pretty much make no difference whatshowever..

Snowden upset the Status Quo of some people who are, judging by all that's passed in the last two years, a lot more powerful, especially in the sense that they do not have to explain what they've been up to to Joe Public, than any US president past or present.

The only thing that's kept Snowden safe is the fact that Putin does not play ball nicely, and the very harsh fact that any alternative in the former USSR region is far, far worse.

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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"who, for unknown reasons, hates the game of golf. "

It's golf.... for starters.

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

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Sentiments wouldn't be as bad if the Greek government would actually be able to, or even actually tried to, get its affairs in order. So far Greece as a nation is the boozing cousin who borrows to keep up his lifestyle, promises to pay back, and never delivers. This tends to tick people off, especially those who are told that their pensionable age must go up, their belts must be tightened, etc.. Because We Must Live Within Our Means. As long as the Greeks insist on being able to live well outside their means that problem stays, and will only grow worse.

Of course, Greece is small fry compared to the absolute whopper that the US is going to be eventually, but that wouldn't affect the current crop of politicians, and will give the Economists something to intellectually tut-tut about a couple of decades from now.

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MEGABOFFIN Stephen Hawking to rattle off answers online for MORE THAN A WEEK

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Re: I've always wondered....

My guess is...

A serious amount of *whoosh* as he breaks out the Math .. ;)

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: Major change needed

Ah, but informing citizens of waht the government really is up to has always been an act of Terrorism.. Can't have the hoi-polloi play by the same rules on an even field now, can you? Something with a closed cabinet in a disused cellar with a sign "Beware of the Leopard!" , or the Alpha Centauri equivalent comes to mind.

He's obviously touched a couple of fuses amongst the Powers that Be ( aka the Civil "Servants" ). A politician would have been warned off by his staff long ago not to try this line of attack..

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SPACE FARMER 'nauts arrive safely at International Space Station

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Re: Composting @Grikath

I'm quite aware of composting, yes. A compost heap is, in fact, a bioreactor. It does not, however, present nitrogen and to a lesser extent potassium, sodium, sulfur and magnesium ( your ultimate goal, after all.. ) in a way plants can actually use. The same goes for the urea left over from the urine distillation: plants cannot metabolise it directly. For hydroponic fluid you ideally want the pure salts as an addition. Soil is a very complex ecosystem, which major output is "plant food" in the form of those salts, but if it was easy to duplicate every greenhouse would have a bloody big reactor, sorry, "compost heap", next to it already..

Incidentally, not using human faeces for human food production is not a taboo, but rock-hard science. Something to do with the nastier shades of pathogenic colon bacteria being spore-formers and the inevitable end result of bouts of explosive diarhhea, or worse. Which you most definitely do not want to happen in a space station.

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You'd need a serious set of bioreactors to process faeces ( and non-edible parts of plants, and...) to plant food. The equipment simply isn't present on the station, and given the cost of launching stuff it's probably more efficient to simply lift a suitable nitrate mix to where it's needed than a load of tanks and piping.

Farming in space ( and the associated problem of closed ecosystems) is a terribly complicated and technically challenging issue, and indeed well worth researching.

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Galactic BIRTH: ALMA peers THIRTEEN BEELLLION years into Dawn of Time Itself

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Re: This is maddening

Well technically speaking we can "see" up to the moments right after the actual noise stopped, it's the cosmic background radiation. There's only so much you can learn from an echo though..

As far as electromagnetic detection (including visible light) is concerned we're pretty close up to what we possibly can see, given that the period before the one "seen" now the universe itself was .. well... pitch black, given that it was still so dense that any radiation that occurred would have been intercepted by all the other stuff in the way.

Even this observation is more like seeing a candle through London Fog.

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Hark, the Hacking Team angels sing, it’s not us who’ve actually sinned

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Re: Mega Winge

They're good contenders, but there's been a couple of whoppers regarding Snowden and aftermath, Apple's ebook "misunderstanding of terms", and various others that are right up there with the Hacking Team's effort at ..damage mitigation.

I propose we call the fenomenon BBS ( Burnt Bum Syndrome) and measure it in BAUD ( Belligerent Arguments Under Distress )

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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Re: Worth a closer look to see how bad it is

Well you can't, of course, use any actual successful female gamers for this kind of research. If they don't piss themself laughing first, they're not really likely to participate in fluff like this. They're too busy teaching immature twats that "gender" is not a game stat, and as such won't save your bunny ass when playing [game X].

Especially when, at least in my experience over the past decade or so, most female gamers are not attracted to Frag-fests like Halo, but instead prefer the long-term RTS/economic style games, where actual intelligence and strategy matters.

And never forget: The kiddies may rant and rave. Their sweet tears of rage and frustration fuel your Legions... ;)

edit: well gender does come into game politics.. Most female gamers I know do regularly Fluff Up the Cleavage, Put On the Smile, and Flutter the Eyelashes. And there's still blokes that fall for that one, and get led to their inevitable doom.. ( and much hilarity...)

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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

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Re: Precedent exists

I can see the judge raising an eyebrow, Vetinary style, if an idiot like that does sue..

"Yes, sir, you do indeed have a right to sue for damages, and the footage you have shown us does indeed clearly show the county sherriff disabling your drone with a firearm. We will assume this case proven and move on to the next issue: Interfering during a declared emergency, endangering emergency personnel during said emergency by your actions, the cause of preventable collateral damage during said emergency, and assorted mopery and dopery, for which you have kindly provided us with evidence..."

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Re: What about the firehose option?

firehoses get a decent distance, but usually not enough to take the things out.

A decent rifle should get the job done easily enough though.

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Much more Moore's Law, as boffins assemble atom-level transistor

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Re: Well, we've created this computer that uses single atoms for transistors...

Ummm Nigel...

As a proof of concept it's nice, and a SEM isn't as big as it used to be, but you still need a roomful of equipment ( assuming you want the vacuum pump in the same room, wear earplugs...) to make it go..

Mind.. from an aspect of biology this thing is interesting, as it has the potential to answer some questions about the how-and-why of the molecular processes that make us go..

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What makes our planet's clouds? Tiny INVISIBLE CREATURES. True story

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well yeah.. except there's the matter of total amount, concentration, and the fact that the classic "acid rain" problem occurred in the northern hemisphere, in places where the stuff ordinarily would not land even if there were algal blooms on that scale in the Atlantic/North Sea.

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FEMALE BLOOD-SUCKERS zero in on human prey by smelling our BREATH

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Re: Not convinced.

you all forgot smelly feet...

That one was good for an IgNobel award...

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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Re: No mention of the neutron bomb?

NO, no... It was most definitely not exaggerated...

The disadvantage of a "standard" nuclear device was that it destroyed *everything*.. Which was, and still is, deemed a waste of precious resources. The neutron bomb caused *much* less damage, but instead turned everything into ( mostly) extremely short-lived radioactive hell. It's an "anti-personnel" device, killing *slowly* through radiation poisoning.

It was, and still is, the ultimate genocide device.

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Leonard of Quirm....

"But mylord.. No-one would ever actually use such a device. It's too terrible to use!"

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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Re: Slightly disappointing to read the detail

probably after changing your pants....

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Re: 2.0013% of the maximum velocity of a sheep in a vacuum.

you forgot being propelled by a superheated column of radioactive plasma without any cooling mechanism.

My bet is the plug became an integral part of the escaping plume within the next couple of milliseconds.

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Pluto Pic: Is it a DOG? Is it a HEART? Or is it ... is it ... BIGFOOT?

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El Reg, you're being too modest...

It's obvious your own Vulture Central logo is burned upon pluto for posterity.

Don't try to deny it.. We're on to you ...

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Pluto revealed as KING of the Kuiper belt

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Re: Whats Wrong with being a Dwarf?

well there's the mandatory beard (especially now that those damned hipsters hijacked the look..) , the chafing chainmail underwear, and the eternal doubt whether to wear a pickaxe or an axe to the pub...

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Comcast: We're twice as fast as Google's 1Gbps Fiber (for x4 the price)

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Re: Not sure why I'd need that much speed

You'd be surprised at how fast you run out of bandwidth (read: where internet connection is not the bottleneck) if you got all the Stuffz running in a household + kids. It's not the one PC pulling in stuff anymore.. It's 2 PC's/laptops streaming/downloading/gaming Stuff, the TV, 4 phones on the home network, the console(s)... It all adds up pretty quick.

One Gig is..superfluous.. but a solid 200 Mb down line (local standard offer) has had me installing a proper switch in one of my friends' housholds to throttle Stuff to ensure Mum and Dad could actually *use* the TV as intended. ( The killswitch to the Kids' individual connections was, of course, entirely accidental and in no way meant to enforce some of the house rules.. O:) )

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New Horizons mission to Pluto prepares for terrifying silence on Tuesday AM

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Re: Not sure the 10-year mission would be a "failure", no matter what the outcome

the probe has already sent back more detailed pictures and other science than we've ever had from the couple of pixels even Hubble can generate. So never a failure, and at least a "partial success" for this one little probe.

Mind, I hope for a full success where they have to correct for speed-blur.. ;)

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Hacking Team: We're the good guys, but SO misunderstood. Like Batman

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He may have a point..

tinfoil hat conjecture time:

Hacking Team have been trading "software solutions" to.. less than desireable customers... who are, if not under embargo, then at least under heavy scrutiny.

It's not inconceivable that our dear vulnerability hoarders have had a nice request to ..reconsider.. some of their contracts in the past, and flat out ignored this. After all, it's a small world, and doing business with regimes that are ..not currently in favour.. will get you Looked At by some people with Opinions, and the clout to do something.

Now officially [Agency X] can't shut a business down. But Accidents do happen, and there's a fairly long list of organisations who are quite capable of making such an accident happen, directly or by proxy. In the end the result is the same: Hacking Team is for all practical purposes dead in the water, the vectors they used will be plugged ( which may or may not be acceptable collateral damage) and the customers-who-are-not-in-favour will lose their spyholes. No actual victims, and a good chance the next set of negotiations with a dodgy "data solutions provider" will only need a nudge and a wink.

It's almost ..Italian Style.... ;)

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PC sales go OFF A CLIFF to under 300 million a year

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WTF?

Can one tell me...

How to apply for an analyst job at Gartner?

Getting paid for stating the obvious for exactly the wrong reasons seems like a good job out of the sun ( and reality) to me.

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'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker

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@ dogged

Actually, given that SOE's history as a Sony subcompany goes back to 1995, has run uninterrupted up to february this year, and has been intimately tied to Sony's core gaming business ( to the point of the 2011 no-we-used-separate-servers, really, honest SNAFU..) I don't think your comparison to a recent corporate acquirement quite holds up there.

But hey...

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"No, of Sony Online Entertainment. Not SONY."

You eat from the trough, you get tarred with the same brush.

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He who shall not be namerrrrmmm.....

Well when it comes to Eadon, I do not think anyone currently active can garner so much...passion.. and translate it into thumbs, regardless of direction. ( no, not even you , Jake.. :P )

I do think/remember he has been the only one to have reached Gold status [ with gold status set to Editors' Pick or "this is ridiculous"-amounts] at some stage, simply because of the amount of downvotes he got on his posts. On a good day he could hit a couple 100 downvotes, per post.

He really moved the posts when it comes to "tinfoil hattery" and "internet warrior" to near unachievable heights over here.

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

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Re: I understood that tiny blackholes were very unstable.

well, the big 'uns, by all data to date are formed by a runaway fusion reaction of stellar scale pushing down towards the bottom of a gravity well on a core of neutronium ( itself generated by a runaway fusion reaction of stellar scale pushing... well you get the picture..).

Mind.. in absence of any matter or radiation they still evaporate, it just takes 100's of billions of years.

The little ones... well if the LHC manages to somehow bash things together so hard neutrons actually fuse ( which in and of itself should give off a pretty distinctive signal) and a black hole is created... you run into some interesting problems..

There's the Schwarzschild radius ( for all practical purposes, the event horizon) , for instance, which for a mass of the mount everest would be less than a nanometer, let alone for a couple of neutrons. The lifetime of such a black hole would be femtoseconds, if even that long. Even if one is formed, a black hole that size would not have time to interact with anything.

Mind.. I like worst case scenarios, so let's see..

The LHC does manage to create a black hole, and by sheer coincidence it's smack in the middle of the beam, so it actually gets fed mass and energy by the LHC itself. pretty scary stuff..

Until you realise that all that would happen is that the black hole could "eat" no more than the mass + energy in the beam. As impressive as the energies in the LHC are, that would still never amount to more than a couple of kilos in mass. Giving us a black hole that would be far less than a nanometer across, and doesn't live long enough to interact with anything it isn't fed directly.. Its disintegration at that mass would be a bit tricky though, it'd make a nice Bang!.

But even in that scenario all that would happen is that the beams in the LHC suddenly "disappear" , followed by the random destruction of a lot of expensive equipment ( and perhaps a bit of real estate). The black hole itself would never be able to "swallow the Earth" , it simply doesn't live long enough.

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Bootnote: The Land of the Free - Ha!

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Re: Umm

Yes... and (descendants of) ex-slaves were awarded equal rights as citizens when exactly?

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Brit boffins teach mere PCs to find galaxies in Hubble pics

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Re: Hanny's Voorwerp

well I'd say they will put in a "Hey, that's funny... " flag somewhere. The whole idea of these things is basically to identify ( and categorise) the Normal Stuff automatically and hopefully accurately.

After all, the real trick is not picking out what you expect to be there, but the things that "shouldn't" be..

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'Real' vampires reluctant to 'come out of the coffin' to social workers – barmy prof

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"reluctant to come out of the coffin."

Now assuming there were actual real vampires they would not only be reluctant to talk to social-whatsevers, they would not talk to them at all, except the brief "Come hither, Food."

As Pratchett pointed out in Carpe Jugulum: There's a solid reason why vampires would be Traditionalists.

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Welkom in Nederland: Laid-back, chilled, and MONITORING everything

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Re: change the photo

heh.. yeah .. Everybody Knows the dutch habitually dance around in clogs, 19th century clothing only ever worn by the ultraconservative religious-nutter inbred fishing communities, around and between our windmills, holding bushels of tulips while we're at it.

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Behold the mighty Swiss SPACE JUNK NOSHER PODULE

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Re: Not so sure

"Everything else we launch is in relatively low orbit and will end up reentering within a few decades anyway."

Except, like a teenagers' room or your average bachelor pad the junk stacks up faster than natural degradation can cope with. There's a reason they can move the ISS about, y'know...

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So what you really want is a Dragon equipped for ground-controlled extended maneuvering, with a large catchers' mitt, a trash compactor, bin liners, and an ejection system.

Or borrow an X37.. ;)

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Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

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Re: microbes (for which there is *no evidence*)

Science for a relative value of [Science]...

Occhams Razor states that complex carbohydrates can, quite easily, be created from some of the more common stuff around in our solar system ( water, methane, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, nitrous oxide ) as long as you supply energy. And gee-golly, between our sun and Jupiter, that comet gets irradiated hard, so it's really no big surprise it's covered in "organic" goo.

That, however, is still no indication of life ( even as "cosmic goo" ) .. For that we'd need to find carbon-based molecules which can catalise chemical reactions "against" the entropy gradient, which from all data to date picking apart cellular mechanisms on this rock, means either metallic radicals buffered by deoxiriboses (like the heme structures in our red blood cells, or the exchange-Fe-for-Mg chlorophill in plants.), or short-chain RNAs comparable to rybozimes, at least.

The heme structure especially is, besides being crucial for anything chemotrophic or phototrophic, very easy to spot: It absorbs specific wavelengths. It's why blood is red, and plants are green. And why this comet should be anything but black if this stuff was present in any amount needed to give credibility to the idea of "life" being present and active there. By now the conditions should be such that any life form suitable for such an environment would be racing to take advantage of the Big Thaw, and would affect the comet's spectral profile.

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Migrating from WS2003 to *nix in a month? It ain't happening, folks

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Re: Sorry... @tomato42

I strongly suspect the tower you're referring to is the one you're sitting in, given the way you completely miss the relevant parts of the article where TP clearly indicates he has, and will move towards a 'Nix solution if given the opportunity, a feasible time table, and a case for a reasonable ROI. But hey....

I'm also quite surprised about peoples' reactions regarding TP being a microsoft partner. Anybody who has paid attention knows ( or could have read up and figured out) he's got his feet firmly planted in both IT biotopes and cultures, and uses either where applicable. He does not, afaik, try to fit square pegs in round holes, and has always been very vocal about the tunnel vision the more ...extreme afficionados... display when it comes to "solutions to problems".

And really.. given the specifics of the real problem: 4 weeks to cut-off, you're working on a problem that has very little to do with actual IT, but with Management. You're in a situation where the decisionmakers FUBARed, and you're never going to get them to admit they dropped the ball. So all that can be done realistically is have them sign off on the upgrade to the next iteration of [the current devil] and hope and pray it won't break too much, or anything important.

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Florida cops cuff open-carry, balls-out pirate packing 'operational' flintlocks

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Re: Strange...

That's because you don't as much "carry" it, as "lug around"...

and to add insult to injury, the complementary bajonet that is essentially part of the weapon gets you into trouble more and faster than the actual firearm...

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Uitsmijter

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The uitsmijter in its basic variety: 3 white bread slices, one with cheese ( gouda or edam) , one with ham, one with rosbief ( sliced roast beef) , three eggs on top. Any green/vitaminy stuff is a sidedish and should never, ever be used as a topping...

There are many interpretations possible from this basic recipe. The most common varieties are (extra) cheese, usually melted on top. Spek (dutch variety of bacon) in many variaties depending on area, grilled or not instead of the rosbief. Rye/dark bread for (to) taste in case you want the fibery stuff.

To the Barbarians here: an uitsmijter is never stacked, it's a treasonous offense to do so and will get you foul looks/immedeately pegged as a dumbforeigner. You eat it with knife and fork, however messy it may turn out to be.

Given that it's originally a farmers' breakfast dish, ordering it in the morning or during lunch works quite well, and with the proper hung-over look tends to have anyone around you treat you with a proper amount of caution. In a sense it's the dutch variety of a full english, and soaks up the post-party malaise quite well.

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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Re: Wrangel Island

Point in question is still the same..

The beasties were still around when "Mankind" had already progressed into "civilisation" ( and then some). Of course.. all the stone age megalithic sites in europe/north asia, many predating the pyramids, do, of course, not count as "civilisation". The buggers didn't write anything down after all, and being practically nextdoor they are less interesting.

Whether or not we should re-introduce an elephant species in its more-or-less original environment? Well, we're talking about the siberian tundra and taiga. The local insects wouldn't mind, they won't disturb the birds much, and the bears and wolves would love the extra protein. It may even give the tigers left there there a chance on a decent lunch. And it's not as if the area there is prime real estate for its biggest potential enemy: humans.

I'd say it's worth a shot.

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It's the hottest day of the year. So check out John Lewis' Xmas tech range!

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Re: Food processors...

Ummm Simon... whatever Domino's claims, whatever yellow stuff they put on top of their cardboard-in-a-cardboard is not cheese.

The stuff they use is specifically banned from being called "cheese", at least in this be-diked country. Funnily enough "cheddar" seems not to be as well protected here, so guess what they put on top nowadays...

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