* Posts by squigbobble

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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Re: Depends...on when people noticed the debate...

Dear fucking God, this shit's spread here as well :/

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PEAK PLUTO: Stunning mountain ridge snapped by New Horizons craft

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Cryovulcanism

Is my vote for the mountains on Pluto.

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Forget Nokia: Finland's promising future is to be server central

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Re: Iceland Is Another Country

The fish is nice. The Tri Franskur (I might've misremembered that) restaurant still serves whale, owing to the owner buying 2 tonnes of it just before whaling was banned. I should've tried puffin the last time I was there but it didn't occur to me till afterwards.

There's also plenty of vacant buildings left over from the boom.

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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Re: Were Neanderthals really stupid?

A few other things I gleamed from a documentary about them (so decreasing the credibility) was they lacked the ability to verbalise as well as sapiens (they couldn't produce the same range of sounds) giving them inferior communication abilities and didn't organise themselves into groups as large as human ones. They had much bigger occipital lobes than humans so they're presumed to have better eyesight, though that seems like a bit of a phrenological conclusion.

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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mgp vs gph

My parents last 2 Fords (Focus & B-Max) all switched to gph on the instantaneous fuel consumption display when the car was stationary. From this I learned that Ford auto boxes waste 2x as much fuel when you're stationary and idling in D as they do in N.

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Chips can kill: Official

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Re: OMG Tasty foodz can killz you

He has mousey hair but no. No oblique Nazi references, I'm afraid.

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Re: OMG Tasty foodz can killz you

Valar Dohaelis.

My friend in naming his currently unborn daughter Arya... better than Khaleesi, at least, or Sansa*

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SanDisk_Sansa

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Anyone remember the last time?

When some goof found that acrylamide was poisoning cattle and decided to ring all the church bells. Shortly after someone found that humans can tolerate a much higher concentration (I think it was orders of magnitude) of acrylamides in our food, probably because we've been cooking it for so long.

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Chlorine gas horror leak at Apple data center puts five in hospital

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Re: I hope

Add gaseous ammonia to that list; as soon as it touches a wet part of you it hydrolyses to ammonium hydroxide. It'll kill you in under a minute by stripping the flesh out of your lungs. It's also a lot easier to get hold of and store than fluorine.

Then there's NOx where you can get a fatal exposure and not even notice till 8 hours afterwards.

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Sex disease surge in US state partly blamed on hook-up apps

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But...

...oral herpes, oral gonorrhoea, HPV-induced oral cancer...

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Nutritional needs unmet

The brothel had the wrong type of grass.

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Why does Uber keep its drivers' pay so low? Ex-CFO: 'Cos we can'

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Re: I've told my wife this thousands of times

That works both ways round. I bought a monitor from amazon.es 'cos it was cheaper than it was on amazon.co.uk.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Coat

Yay for pants old cars

If you don't have remote central locking, you don't have this problem, though I went as far as buying a car where the central locking is only operated from the driver's door :S

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Facebook is VIOLATING your SEXUAL privacy, warn Belgian data cops

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FB ads vs. my life

The only thing I've noticed about them is they consistently try to sell me something I've just bought or sold (yes, sold) on eBay.

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Stupid skim-reading brain

misread it as "Facebook is VIOLATING your SEXUAL potency"

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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Re: no heating needed

Melted power sockets sounds impressive.

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Sold my Antminer S4...

...about a month ago when the weather turned warm enough that I didn't need to heat my flat.

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You can't keep a Secret and nor can anyone else: the app is closing

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Re: reductio ad hitlerum

Probably, I stumbled on that term in the encyclopaedia dramatica.

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reductio ad hitlerum

Obliges the fifty Hitler post, or it would if I could post images.

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Tinder Plus charges oldies MORE to ogle young hotties' pics

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User base engineering

They're just trying to skew their userbase a bit more towards teh yoof.

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Bank of England could mint own brand of Bitcoin

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Instead of the usual borderline/actual fraud...

...perped by the financial institutions we'll have them locked in an ASIC arms race trying to do a 51% attack.

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Interstellar sci-fi WORMS its way into spinning black hole science FACT

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Re: Can't be right

Certainly not the x-ray dose you'd get from the accretion disk.

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Elon Musk's Tesla set to unveil home storage battery

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Re: I've already got the system beat.

You have a house with 2 grid/mains connections?!

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: "nor is it particularly compact..."

On the plus side I can work out how much space it'll take up by putting my fist in my pocket, it's about the same cross-section.

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Ross Ulbricht, in the library, with the laptop: Silk Road boss found GUILTY of all charges

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Re: Picking on the puppet

...and the US didn't have issues like the Jake Walk and spiralling organised crime during prohibition.

But yeah, there's no right answer.

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APT devs are LOUSY coders, says Sophos

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Neo?

I assume that's meant to be the highest skill level in that table.

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4Chan man Moot logs off as admin for last time

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Financial position

4chan has a revenue stream?!

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Re: The writing was on the wall....

Thus 8chan was begat.

Also, did anybody else notice the coincidence between encyclopaedia dramatica being shut down and the emergence of Anonymous? It's like a cohort of bellends suddenly had nowt to occupy themselves...

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Re: GOURANGA!

I remember that appearing on bridges over various roads for years after that game came out.

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SpaceX: CATS with FRIKKIN' LASERS to blast off to space station

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Re: I'm calling my lawyer...

"What you say?"

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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Re: US only?

That's exactly what the Investor State Dispute Settlement chunk of TTIP does.

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HOLD IT! Last minute gifts for one's nerd minions

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No Kleinsteins?

For maximum crockery nerdage. The graduations on them are the best bit.

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Lonely this Xmas? Nerds, n00bs and no-hopers' guide to dating apps, Pt.1

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Alien dating?

Do they have Trill? Irathians? Castithan?

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STAY AWAY: Popular Tor exit relays look raided

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Re: Protecting my current TOR client

I've had a PC with a microswitch built into the case that was triggered when you took the side off it, I think it logged an event in the BIOS or somet'. Presumably it's the same sort of thing for a rackserver.

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

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Re: Efficiency % important for niche applications

Yes but you don't have to buy a new $2.5B plant every year. Assuming a lifespan of 20 years (and also ignoring the ongoing maintenance 'cos I've no idea how expensive that would be, except that it won't be $2.5B/yr) that brings it down $330/ton of avoided CO2 which is still pretty eye watering though it seems to be in the ballpark for the retail price of bulk coal in the UK.

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Shhhhh! It's a Swiss Sunday shutdown. Kill the lawnmower, punish the kids with CHEESE

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Re: Sunday shutdown...

"armed with M-16s (or similar)"

It'll be a SiG 550, Switzerland's home-grown assault rifle.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: still have a backdoor though right?

"for IOS anyways from what I've read it seems the contents on the phone are encrypted, but contents stored in icloud are not encrypted in the same manor"

Indeed, they're stored in the shooting lodge.

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

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Re: Only the pleasure of eating?

I like milk.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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"solar storage"

Google it. Pretty expensive, though :/

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Re: Then we're fucked

The wood fired plants are doing well because it allows them to hit their CO2 targets with minimal changes to the machinery. There isn't enough land mass, let alone arable land, on the planet to provide all of humanity's energy needs via biomass.

Also, photosynthesis is far less efficient at capturing energy than photovoltaics and you have the added inefficiency of converting the heat from burning the plants into electricity.

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Vulture 2 spaceplane tumbles onto BBC World Service

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Read the Welt article...

...don't recall Vulture One being rocket powered.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: Useful debris

Yeah but try intercepting and docking with it. Just lofting enough fuel for all the manoeuvres would be an arseache.

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NASA launches new climate model at SC14

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Enlightening

I find it interesting that all the CO2 makes a beeline for the North Pole in winter, might be something to do with the greater degree of melting up there vs. the Antarctic.

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Feds to auction off second tranche of Silk Road Bitcoins worth $19 MEEELLION

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WTF?

for a more entertaining take on it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

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ZZZAP! Climate change means getting HIT BY LIGHTNING is likelier

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Flame

An actual outcome of this...

...will be an increase in the number of wildfires started by lightning, esp. as the researchers claim that precipitation will not increase as much.

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CAMERON DIAZ covers top BOFFINS in GOLD at Breakthrough Prizes

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Not so esoteric

"Alim-Louis Benabid, Joseph Fourier University, for the discovery and pioneering work on the development of high-frequency deep brain stimulation (DBS), which has revolutionized the treatment of Parkinson’s disease."

My dad had one of the first DBS units implanted in the UK (he was in a clinical trial) and it gave him about another 8 years of mobility.

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Re: Who's going to flip the burgers...

http://momentummachines.com/#product

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If you're suing the UK govt, Brit spies will snoop on your briefs

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Re: Heal UK!

I think you meant to use the 'Joke Alert' icon.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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Re: Formula 1

ABS came from the aviation industry where the braking is almost always heavy, the runways are not always dry and, proportionally, you're stopping a car that's fitted with the wheels from a mini-moto.

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Re: Can we just agree...

Mmmmm... Dr. Czerski.*

*I suspect that was the effect that the Director of Programming intended.

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