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Brr, feeling cold? Galaxy is home to plenty of WARMER Earth twins

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Now I get it!!

The reason we've never seen aliens is that, instead of building interstellar craft utilising esoteric drive technology, they're all chillin' on the beach with an ice cold alien beer.

Fair play, alien dudes, fair play.

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Adobe demands 7,000 years a day from humankind

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Re: Good article

Lost? Pfff. Those are years of enlightenment.

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Voyager 1 arrives on ‘magnetic highway for charged particles’

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They're suppressing the data!

If you speed up the changes in the magnetic flux, then play it backwards, you get rickrolled. The pandimensional overlords of the universe are a bit behind the times, joke-wise, but you'd be a fool to point that out.

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

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Re: Thoughtcrime

Yes, but they seem to have caught the 'mummy knows best' mentality from the last lot.

A few brave souls have stuck to their principles (David Davis) and have been labelled 'courageous' i.e. 'you're on your own, sunshine' by the party leaders.

At least ID cards have stayed dead.

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Children increasingly named after Apple products

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Xbox

Surely an intriguing name for any girl, especially one with an unusually shaped piece of their anatomy...

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Who's using 'password' as a password? TOO MANY OF YOU

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The first person (apart from me)...

...to mention Horses, Batteries, or Staples should get a special "obvious post of the day" badge.

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Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

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Way out of this

You know, if Samsung and HTC diverted some resources into properly manning the US Patent Office, and manning it clueful people, they'd be quids-in over the long term.

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Staples to offer in-store full color 3D printing service

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Re: This is a handy service for all sections of the community to use!

1. "Gimp", not "Slave"

2. A paper ball gag will not last long, unless you plan out making your gimp eat it

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MONSTER QUASAR BLAST blows stunned astro boffins' WIGS OFF

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Yeah, well my quasar kicks your quasars ass in gamma ray output.

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'Microsoft to make its own Surface phones' - mutterings

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Yay!

I hope the new phones come with Clippy, everyone's favourite little metallic friend.

My productivity at work has plummeted since he was decommissioned. Although the internet might have had something to do with that.

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Android seven-inchers swipe rug from under Apple

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Does it matter?

Of course it does. Any market dominated by a single player is bad for consumers, and bad for innovation.

Seems to be good for patents, though...

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Android users: More of them than fanbois, but they don't use the web

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Simples

Android users are smart enough to use Wifi.

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Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U

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Re: Atari?

Yeah, he sold the Atari business for $26m to Warner in 1976 (and that's when $26m was worth something). He got booted out a few years later after falling out with the new owners.

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Mall lurk man: Apple smashes Microsoft in Black Friday fondle wars

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Obvious, innit. Why do you think Mother Nature gave us TWO eyes.

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10,000 cities, 1 salesman, 6 nodes: It's LittleFe cluster CRUNCH TIME

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Salesman conference

He could make all the sales meetings with zero travel if someone came up with a videoconferencing system that wasn't UTTER F*CKING B*LLOCKS.

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Convert your iPad into a foosball table and relive the dot-com days

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Must...buy...iPad...

This is to the iPad what Halo is to the xbox, Uncharted is to the PS3, and Mario is to the Wii.

Probably.

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BlackBerry 10: AWESOME. If the hardware matches it, RIM jobs are safe

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It would be the greatest comeback since Lazarus

RIP Sid Waddell.

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Pirate cops bust LITTLE GIRL, take her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop

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@AC 13:39

I wasn't trying to suggest that piracy is good, but that learning that people can track what you're viewing, who you're talking to, and what you're saying is a very important lesson. This applies to ill thought out comments on Facebook or political criticism on another forum, both of which are real issues which can severely impact a young person's life and happiness.

When people can search your house on the grounds you tried and failed to download £1-worth of music in Finland - a relatively liberal country - the implications for less enlightened regimes comes sharply into focus.

For the record I think piracy is wrong. I also think that enabling something is a long, long way from doing it.

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On the upside...

This sort of thing will hopefully motivate millions of kids to:

a. understand the importance of online privacy

b. research and implement online anonymity.

Which, in my view, would be a very, very good thing.

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Sailboat cracks 100 km/h for first time

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French sail-powered hydrofoil known as the ‘Hydroptère’

While we have now beaten the French (hurrah, three cheers for blighty, etc), the Hydroptère is a truly beautiful piece of engineering, much prettier than Sailrocket 2. And a proper ocean-going vessel to boot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ-gdqo35os

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Judge to Apple: You WILL tell Samsung what you got from HTC

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Good news

We might see a sensible settlement.

After which I'm sure Apple and Samsung will kiss and make up, hold hands, and skip off happily into the sunset together.

Oh look, a porcine aviator...

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Patent suit targets Formlabs and Kickstarter

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Speaking of Kickstarter

Apologies - this is tangentially on-topic at best.

I see that funding of the new Elite game has ground to a halt. This rather comical chart on Kicktraq tells the story (ignore Kicktraq forecasts, they're useless unless you have smooth income. I'd guess they're going to come in well south of a million, meaning nothing happens.

Real shame, mostly because of the daft prices (£30 for a PC game on Kickstarter, delivered who-knows when?! £15 just to reserve your commanders name!). Bitten by their own greed, sadly. Shame, shame, shame.

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AARGH! We're ALL DOOMED, bellows UN - right on schedule

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Sorry, third world, you need to STAY POOR

Seems jolly unfair to suggest that developing countries should stop their industrialisation, and the third world should stay undeveloped, just so the west can retain their standard of living.

'Cos realistically that's the only way CO2 production is going to stabilise and fall. Not going to happen, is it...

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Quantum crypto - with nothing more than STANDARD broadband fibre

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Re: Needs more work

"it would seem more work is needed before this actually turns into a useful technology"

Well that wins the "No Sh*t Sherlock" award for the day. You'd have scoffed at the Wright Brothers too, I'd imagine.

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Swedish woman cuffed for sex with skeleton SHOCKER

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So...

Which end of the femur did she use? Inquiring minds need to know.

(and seriously, am I really the first to use this icon? poor show, commentards)

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Glorious silicon globes could hold key to elusive PERFECT kilogram

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Re: It's a kg!

kg not Kg; K is for Kelvin

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Petraeus appeal: STOP BUBBA the Love Sponge FRYING a KORAN

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Re: It gets weirder...

Bubba the Love Sponge released the tape, that is. Not Petraeus.

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It gets weirder...

He was the one who released the Hulk Hogan sex tape. He left Hogan and his wife after sanctioning the tryst, but failed to tell either of them about the camera.

We need a "Twilight Zone" icon.

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Apple said to have let the name of the next OS X cat out of the bag

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Re: Surely ...

Clouded Leopard, I think you meant. But admittedly that's not as funny.

Most beautifully patterned cat there is, IMHO.

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John McAfee blogs for help, offers $25K reward for neighbour's killer

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He has a brain virus

You don't need crappy antivirus software to work that out.

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Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

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Madness I tell you

Sounds like the perfect way to breed a poison-tolerant rat.

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Power to the people - if you can find a spare socket

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Re: USB

And wait four times as long as it takes a proper charger to do the job?!

I think not.

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Samsung readies bendy smarties for 2013

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Re: Bendy??

You could use the reflectivity to your advantage. Make a parabola and have the finest cigarette lighter known to man (assuming it's sunny).

Those under the legal age will of course resort the time-honoured tradition of frying ants.

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Lord to sue Twitter users who falsely accused him of abuse

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FAIL

Seriously?

You're still trying to make this political?

(And doesn't "Torries" play for Chelsea?)

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Nintendo Wii U set to out-sell predecessor at launch

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£50 for 24Gb

Did you see that, Apple? Did you? Huh, HUH?

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Apple stops Caring in Italy, probably all Europe soon

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Poor old El Reg

Apple's naughty step must have a vulture-shaped dent in it by now.

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Brits swallow Google Nexus 4 supply 'in 30 minutes'

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Re: Losers

That is a good idea. You can be my new friend, and together we can laugh at people with only 10.

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Losers

I has Nexus 7. It is 3 better than a 4 lol so I win!

My friend has a 10. He is not my friend now.

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BOSS Bang boffins: DARK ENERGY spreading across the Universe

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Re: Is it me?

"Dark Energy" sounds very much like a theory based on sub-standard SF.

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RIM sets date for BlackBerry 10 reveal

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Meh

Might be FANTASTIC

But, sadly, very few people will care.

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Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 1

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Ah, geeks

Named after the ship on Blake's 7, no doubt :)

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Walmart workers filmed playing iPad frisbee

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Idiots

The corners aren't thatround!

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Swedish boffins: An ICE AGE is coming, only CO2 can save us

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Without getting into the debate about whether warming is super-damaging or not-a-big-deal, I thought this rather elegantly shows the "last 10/12/16 years have not shown any warming so AGW is a crock" statement to be a load of denialist bollocks.

Funky gif this way.

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A bitter spill to swallow, or 'how to smeg up your keyboard'

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Re: Simpler soloution

100% Ethanol is very highly toxic. ... It also tends to contain benzene (carcinogen) as an impurity.

You are hereby stripped of your 'boffin' icon.

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Re: Simpler soloution

Ethanol isn't a solution, it's a single compound. Even combined with water it would just be a mixture.

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Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

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Yep, my first thought too. Lo and behold, a fair few drives, nothing over £500, and most of it a damn sight cheaper than that.

Common sense: the NHS has heard of it.

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Sellafield's nuclear waste measured in El Reg units

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Best. Bootnote. Ever.

Time and time and time and time again I'm amazed by the hysteria that nuclear power and radiation provokes.

And before anyone mentions Fukoshima: we do not live in an active earthquake zone.

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Cray scales to over 100 petaflops with 'Cascade' XC30 behemoth

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"engineers sometimes keep ideas in reserve for emergencies and continued employment"

And it will be ever thus.

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Kirk: How much refit time before we can take her out again?

Scotty: Eight weeks, Sir, but ye don't have eight weeks, so I'll do it for ye in two.

Kirk: Mr.Scott. Have you always multiplied your repair estimates by a factor of four?

Scotty: Certainly, Sir. How else can I keep my reputation as a miracle worker?

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