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Flamewars in SPAAACE: cooler fires hint at energy efficiency

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Re: "heptane-based fuel"

The best bit about that sketch was the petrol-cheese switch on the back of the robot :D

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"heptane-based fuel"

errrr... petrol?

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Patience

The cops will still be sifting through the cack on their puters before working out what to charge them with. There's limited resource and suspected terrorists (and probably fraudsters too) are further up the priority list.

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Re: Retro...

I might've mixed it up with that. However, the addresses are read off the packages by machine vision (supplemented by humans to cope with my mother's handwriting) for the automated sorting machinery so you already know which sorting office it entered the postal system at (pinning down the probable source to a particular region) and the destination; filling up a database with that info is all that's missing.

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Re: Retro...

Royal Mail keeps a database of where every item was posted from and the recipient. Handy for traffic analysis.

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Re: What is the solution?

There is psychological help; people caught with teh CP are now more likely to be put on probation with a treatment course (there's an Internet Sex Offenders Treatment Programme) than in previous years. They still get a criminal record and got on the Sex Offender's Register, though. Obviously, if they're making it or distributing it (especially for gain) they'll get the book thrown at them. It's akin to sending junkies to rehab while putting the hammer down on the dealers and manufacturers.

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New Russian law punishes online 'extremism'

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"5 year plans"... ...Russian automobiles

Seems to be about how long they last, unless they're fibreglass. Though Lada Nivas keep rolling with horrendous tinworm, if autotrader is to be believed.

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Going out on a limb here...

With the assumption that you'll be able to post whatever you like as long as you're in Nashi.

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Star Wars: These are the 'unknown' actors we were looking for

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"Disney and Lucasfilm are, of course, saying nothing about the plot"

'cos there isn't one.

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

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You can recycle energy as well

Manufacturing glass from raw materials is way more energy intensive than recycling it so by recycling glass you reduce the total energy required for manufacturing new glass things. In a sense, you're recycling the energy that was put into processing the raw materials into raw glass.

Paper recycling, however, is more about saving the trees.

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Chip and SKIM: How dodgy crypto can leave shoppers open to fraud

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Can't wait...

...to see how netmums reacts to the discovery that chip&PIN terminals create nonces.

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

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IT Angle

Gooooooowld

Why are so many prototype science experiments made of gold?

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Scots team builds SONIC SCREWDRIVER to repair damaged nerves

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Re: Cumming tartan?

*cough* urologist *cough*

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

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Needs sounds effects...

...of Chekov doing the warp countup from Star Trek IV as it approaches maximum speed.

Also, why the hell do they need pressure adjustment? Is the lift airtight? Are the dynamic pressure effects so great when a lift is travelling at that speed?

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Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

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Re: Getting as bad as motorcycle and car shows

I had a different misheard version:

Get up in de morning, making de breakfast,

So dat every mouth can be fed.

Oh,

Oh,

Me ears are alight, yeah.

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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Putting the 'sink'

...in 'heatsink'.

Since reactor waste (including the knackered reactor) is usually buried, why not just cut out the disassembly stage and build the reactor in an underground cavern? Once it's had it, remove all the parts you want to keep and fill the voids with rubble and concrete. Dead reactor buried.

You'd have to pick your geology carefully but no more carefully than any waste storage site and the only operational risk this would introduce is the cavern flooding or bits falling off the ceiling in an earthquake. The cavern itself would shield the reactor from impact by energetic objects and the outside world from the reactor's gamma emissions.

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Re: .. Fukishima Residents Never Allowed Home?

"Greenpeace say 200,000 excess caner deaths."

What the hell were the Chernobylese caning?

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Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers

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Re: living a lie

It would be fair to assume that as soon as anything threatens the wealth of their estates they would become as self-serving as anyone else. However, they seem less likely to browbeat the country into military misadventures than anyone else that's been in No.10 recently.

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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

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asbestos plume of rickets

What a delightful name.

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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Re: Mumsnet: "By parents for parents"

"#PenisBeaker, how did I miss that?"

By good fortune/the Grace of God/Inshallah/his Noodley Appendage/$DEITY.

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Re: Mumsnet: "By parents for parents"

"Wasn't there some story on there about spaffing in a cup by the bed though?"

It was someone's story about her husband washing his nob in a glass of water post-boning. Not just once but as a matter of routine. It went viral.

PROBABLY NSFW, I DAREN'T CHECK.

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/mumsnet_classics/a1875847-Do-you-dunk-your-penis

...and the reactions

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/09/penis-beaker-mumsnet-thread-washing-after-sex_n_4070874.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/10367709/Mumsnet-creaks-under-the-strain-of-penis-beaker.html

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Information of value

Was there actually any to extract from mumsnet?

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GoPro's new lens: Like a GOOGLE STREETMAPS car... for your life

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Re: An actual use for this

Yeah, nobody buys a GoPro for that. I was thinking along the lines of the cheaper, less branded crashcams that are knocking about. You could do this with a smaller mirror if the optics were completely custom made for it instead of it having to work with the existing GoPro optics but it's probably cheaper to use an ultra-wide angle lens and a second camera pointing in the opposite direction to the first.

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An actual use for this

Would be dashcams. They're usually point forwards or straight back so they won't get a good shot of you being t-boned. A 300 degree field of view would also be useful for cameras mounted on motorcycles by ignoring the portion of the FOV that would be obscured by the rider. Similarly, 180 degree FOV would be useful for cameras mounted on the side of a helmet. I think the size would be a problem for helmet mounting, though.

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Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

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Re: Helium is *very* hard to seal systems against

I'd rather have a hydrogen leak than some of the other propellants like hydrazine. At least it's effectively non-toxic (with a lower toxicity than oxygen) and disperses quickly, leak detection is probably a pain in the arse though.

Are SpaceX using LHe to cool the LO2 tanks?

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Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon's brutal scale in annual letter

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One thing I love about Amazon operating separate national websites in Europe...

...is multilingual shopping around. The websites might separate but the backend logistics isn't. Find a product you want and then check if the price (after currency conversion and conversion fees) works out cheaper on amazon.de/.es/.fr. I bought a fancy monitor off amazon.es and it was shipped from *drumroll* Milton Keynes.

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TripAdvisor for the disabled: Euan's Guide quietly launches

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Internet entrepeneurs

This is how you're s'posed to do it.

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Major tech execs fling cash at heretical AI company Vicarious

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Countdown begins...

...for the first comment referencing Terminator.

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Samsung slurps up full charge in 30 seconds with bio-battery

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Re: What you sayin' about battery size, el Reg?

If you want a self defence phone, the titanium shelled Nokia 8910 is probably a good choice for hurting people. Being olde worlde phones, they're also small enough grasp properly so you can put some force behind them without them flying out of your hand.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Re: Just what are they droning on about?

Yes but it would be treachery for any Comrade of the People's Republic to use the decadent West's search tools.

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"North Korea has developed UAVs capable of attacking ground targets"

They obviously stole the design from somewhere, probably Tamiya.

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Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air

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We have sown the wind...

...and now we shall... *splutter* ...reap the... *wheeze*

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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I think I'll start selling...

...homeopathic distilled water. I could make my fortune!

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Terminator-maker 'Cyberdyne Inc' lists on Tokyo stock exchange

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I wanted to register Omni Consumer Products...

...and bid for one of the Police support contracts that Westminster put out but someone's beaten me to the name-

http://www.omniconsumerproductscorporation.com/

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Slingshot around the Moon might do it

If you're not bothered about the outer planets. I guess you'd wind up in a solar orbit of around 1AU mean distance but at such a close distance to the Sun you'd be able to use solar sails to adjust your orbit fairly effectively.

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Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

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Re: BitCoin or passwords?

BTC mining on anything other than ASICs is dead as of last year. Scrypt currency mining on GPUs is just about viable but the leccy consumption will eat a lot of your coins. I mined about £100 of various things (when converted to BTC and then GBP) in 6 weeks on a pair of GTX670s before giving up.

Scrypt ASICs are going to appear this year so GPU mining will be dead before Pascal hits the shelves.

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

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Re: Lawmakers and the law

I distinctly remember that, when someone from the opposition asserted in Parliament that the Prevention of Terrorism Act was too broad and could be used on a variety of not-very-terrorist things, the response was that 'this is not the intent of this legislation'. Doublethink or did whoever it was think nobody else knew that the UK legal system hinges on the letter of the law, not the intentions of whoever drafted it.

Makes a change from councils using it to investigate your bins or to brand and entire country as a terrorist entity because they had the temerity to swallow the bitter pill in dealing with a banking crisis, instead of going berserk with the gaffer tape.

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MtGox finds 200,000 Bitcoin in old wallets

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omnishambles

an omnishamble of cockwombles

Not unique by a long chalk. Coinex.pw got knocked over earlier in the week, I've got a whole 0.023BTC in there somewhere so not exactly crying about it... The admin's being a bit more positive than the 'eeeep' that the Goxists let out.

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The Reg's guide to cursing in Mongolian

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"The latter, presumably, is a deadly insult to Mongolians' yurts."

...and 'yurt' is a deadly insult to the Mongolians' girs (or gurs, I don't think there's an English spelling for it) which is what they call them, according to a Mongolian.

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

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can haz tuppence

My 2p- I don't think this guy is The Satoshi based on the fact that he's an unemployed dev. If he had the wit to cook up the bitcoin protocol he would've been able to program it as well. I think The Satoshi is a mathematician or cryptography boffin, that fits better with the subject matter and manner of publishing it.

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Re: Moderation

I thought everything was lightly moderated anyway?

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Re: Moderation

Fairy snuff, I overthought that one a bit.

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This does not surprise me.

Not after the 'trial' of Joanna Yates' landlord. Newspapers are like those people you occasionally meet who have a phobia of losing arguments (presumably perceiving this as a loss of face) and, once they've locked onto something, they'll just keep going on and on and on regardless of anything that contradicts their line.

It should be mandatory for the 'corrections' section of the newspaper to be on the front page with a minimum font size.

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Re: Moderation

"and I'm a boxer"

Oooh, subtle threats of violence. Classy.

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

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Every time I hear employers whining that they can't find people with the skillz...

...I think the same thing- "Spend some effort on training and development, you fucking lazy bastard."

Reminds me of a local TV news piece from around the time I left school (late 90s) with some PHB of an insignificant local company moaning that the school leavers he'd employed had no idea how to use a photocopier. I think I would've punched the guy on camera if I'd been there. If you're running a haulage company you don't go whinging that kids these days aren't coming out of school with an HGV licence. Just shows that that people with a misplaced sense of entitlement that the whole world should be set up in their favour at no cost to them have existed far longer than the Millenials-bashing craze.

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Space-junk RAYGUN wins Australian government funding

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Orbital Mechanics- what goes up must come down

With a bit of help from the atmosphere it's very easy to deorbit something by nudging it upwards, relative to Earth. Because you aren't adding any extra orbital speed, the upwards nudge makes its orbit more eccentric so that the lowest part of its orbit is now proportionally closer to Earth. Do this enough and the orbital trajectory will intersect the upper atmosphere which will do the deorbiting for you.

Also, you don't have to shoot the laser straight up, you could shoot it towards the object as it approaches a point above the laser, that way part of the force acting on it is perpendicular to the junk's orbit and it will slow down and drop to a lower orbit. However, there's a limit to how far you can angle the laser away from vertical as you'll have to shoot through more of the atmosphere which will absorb, deflect and distort the beam more.

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China to blow away smog with DRONES

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Re: State deodorant

At least it's environmentally friendly :/ They're probably trying to nucleate the smog aerosols or nucleate moisture in the air to rain the smog out. Yay for targeted acid rain.

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Re: Not enough Women in the Drainage and Sewer Maintenance industries either.

There's a lass on t'bins in my town. Someone asked how she puts up with the lads and she's never had any problem with them; she's coarser than they are.

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MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

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Re: I still call...

It bounced back last night. maybe the increased scarcity courtesy of Mt. Gox has boosted the price.

http://bitcoinity.org/markets/bitstamp/USD

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

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Re: Strange...

The most stable price seems to be on localbitcoins- http://bitcoinity.org/markets/localbitcoins/GBP

It wibbles by around £30 each way.

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