* Posts by Fink-Nottle

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

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Kids these days ...

Too prone to 'errors of judgement' to post on a web forum but old enough to vote in a Scottish referendum.

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Three-mile-high pyramid found on alien dwarf world, baffles boffins

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Re: Naming features

I propose naming the pyramid Mount Neher in honour of the first manufacturer of aluminium foil.

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Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming

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Amazon prime is available as a monthly subscription.

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YOW! Pluto STUNS boffins with HAZY, SHRINKY atmosphere

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Re: I didn't know Nitrogen could freeze

> The Universe really is mind-boggling

You need to remember that the melting point and boiling point you quote are at a standard atmospheric pressure of roughly 1 bar. A cursory look at the N phase diagram of shows that at pluto's atmospheric pressure of 10 microbars, nitrogen sublimates between gas and solid without an intermediate liquid phase.

Mind you, the physical chemistry of terrestrial snow and ice is surprisingly complex and still not completely understood. The behaviour of Pluto's icy, hydrocarbon-y, nitrogen-y snow is likely to equally challenging to understand in detail.

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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I thought it was government policy to let them eat cake.

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Re: Has anybody ever been convicted of format shifting?

So ... the courts have now overturned government legislation that made format shifting legal.

Does that mean that anyone who took advantage of regulations to rip their own CDs might now run the risk of prosecution? Or, conversely, if one was nabbed for format shifting could one argue that the format shift took place during a period where it was legal to do so?

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Russian billionaire: GET me the ALIENS ON THE PHONE. Do it NOW

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Re: Only one?

''Hawking III: The Reboot"

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Dwarfworld PLUTO may not have a real DOG on it - but it does have a TAIL

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Re: Astroid with 90 million tons of platinum..

> Because of its terrestrial rarity, there are few large-scale uses for platinum. It has industrial uses as a chemical catalyst ...

Also used on posh rabbit hutches. There's the possibly apocryphal story of the plant worker who sheepishly owned up to 'liberating' a sheet of gauze from work for his daugter's rabbit hutch, after he discovered a VERY expensive platinum catalyst had gone missing.

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Science sub spots lost Revolutionary-era SHIPWRECK

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Lacks credibility

Marine lab director Cindy Van Dover's statement didn't contain a single 'arrr' or 'yarr'. The terms 'avast' and 'ahoy'and 'shiver me timbers' were also conspicuous by their absence. I bet she doesn't even have a peg leg!

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WINGED VELOCIRAPTOR 'from HELL': Closest thing ever to a real DRAGON?

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Keep digging, Steven ...

... where there's a dragon, there's bound to be a hoard.

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

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Re: Convenience?

> "HOLY SHIT I WISH I DIDNT HAVE TO SPEND A GOOD 2 SECONDS OF MY LIFE TYPING IN A PIN"

On the other hand, a surprising number of people have either physical or visual issues which make entering as pin anything *but* convenient.

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Did MARS once have OCEANS? Curiosity discovers continental crust

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Re: Do they speak Italian on Mars?

Extraterra cotta, as any fule kno.

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Pluto revealed as KING of the Kuiper belt

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It's more disconcerting that these so-called scientists describe themselves as astro-geologists, as Pluto is clearly neither star-like nor earth-like.

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

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The planet of the dwarves ... I can't wait for the pics!

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Pirate Bay founders 'cleared of copyright crimes' in Belgium

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The Belgian Entertainment Association also stated that all heavenly bodies revolve around the Earth.

Although, technically speaking, they agree with Mr Galileo.

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

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Re: Maybe they will find

the secret base where the Padishah Emperor Cheney is training his Imperial Sardaukar.

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

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> mammoths may have been led to become fatter and hairier than the elephants by a particular gene called TRPV3.

... known in the trade as the Demis Roussos gene.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Re: Must have been an interesting sight

> What is a 'Nazi tank', anyway?

It's the kind of tank Margret Thatcher commanded back in '41 when she served with the Waffen SS on the Russian steppe.

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> If the old guy wants an old tank, let him have an old tank.

As with a lot of stories on tha interwbs, there may be more to this than meets the eye. For all we know, the innocent old man could be a rabid nazi bent on reliving the glories of his youth.

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Calm down

It's just a guerrilla marketing scheme that went wrong.

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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

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Re: To quote Mr James May

Well, I think it's refreshing to see a big dick who isn't presenting a motoring program on TV.

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

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Re: Stereo optical control?

If driver assistance was the main consideration, Subaru wouldn't be my first choice; for the same money I'd feel safer in a sensibly specced Mercedes GLA with pre-safe braking.

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

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Re: So he's been discharged from hospital then…

> Has the experience left him with an electric personality?

If anything, the experience has left him more grounded than before.

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Get your WELLIES to MARS: Red Planet reveals its FROZEN BOTTOM

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Liquid water is considered essential to the existence of life potatoes.

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Triple glitch grounds ALL aircraft in New Zealand

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> Anyone know what a gitch is

A gitch is a malfunction in a computer chup.

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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Bunny chow

No rabbits involved.

A hollowed out bread loaf filled with meat curry that's Durban's traditional post-whatever 'dish' that tastes best at silly-o'clock in the morning.

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Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

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> But you can have an account with the Bank of England.

Interesting. Clearly there are differences between the two institutions - I know the Reserve Bank was never nationalised and still has shareholders - however it is the consensus of my SA friends and I that the Reserve Bank was never a deposit taking organisation.

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> Considering that Shuttleworth sold Thawte for hundreds of millions of dollars (and hence billions of Rand), the RBSA held the money on his behalf.

That's daft. VeriSign acquired the company for $575 million in stock. It is therefore naive to imagine that the Reserve Bank held a wad of 'money' on Shuttleworth's behalf at any point.

Although the foreign exchange was probably in the form of securities rather currency, the cross-border transfer out of SA would have to be carried out an 'authorized dealer' - one of the commercial banks. It turns out that Shuttleworth instructed Standard Bank to act on his behalf - and to do so he'd need t5o open a non-resident transmission account like any other Joe ...

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Re: Living in SA now

> Since the SA finance minister personally made this piracy happen, there's _zero_ chance the Shuttleworth Foundation will now encourage new ventures to launch in SA.

The point is, SA's finance minister did not personally go after Shuttleworth. You might as well say that VAT in the UK is a personal attack by the Chancellor on Beardy Branson.

Capital flight and exchange control are basic economics principles. I came across this paper which explains exchange control in SA-ian context. Like Bill Clinton said, 'It's the economy, stupid'.

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Yes, but ...

if he felt so strongly about constitutional issues in SA, why wait until leaving the country to pledge money to the cause?

As the article you quote points out, At the appeal’s court judgement, the following point was made: “it appears to us that Shuttleworth’s primary purpose was not purely altruistic but to secure repayment of the ten per cent levy paid by him.” So the judge had it wrong, then.

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In 2008, he tried to withdraw R2.5bn (US$204m, £128m) from his account in the South African Reserve Bank. The bank, under orders from the SA finance minister, withheld 10 per cent of the transfer as an exit charge.

A bit of jouralistic hyperbola there ...

The South African Reserve Bank, like the Bank of England, is the nation's central bank. As such, is not a commercial bank and there is thus no way Shuttleworth could have held an account there.

As the state institution that manages a country's currency, money supply, and interest rates it is, naturally, 'under orders from the SA finance minister' and it does as a matter of course, withhold '10 per cent of the transfer as an exit charge' for all capital leaving the country. However this is not a punitive measure directed against Shuttleworth, but a sovereign nation's financial policy.

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Re: Living in SA now

> this sort of chicanery is totally normal, unfortunately ... sees cash leaving and grab at some of it.

The idea that this case is some form of state sponsored piracy or corrupt practice is nonsense.

South Africa's policy of exchange control legislation was first promulgated in 1961. Shuttleworth , like all South Africans would have been well aware of exchange control regulations at the time he and / or his legal financial team allowed the funds to enter SA following the Thwaite transaction.

The fact of the matter is Shuttleworth attempted to claim special privilege under the law - and when things didn't go his way, he attempted to change the law motivated purely by greed and self interest.

That he has not been successful in his attempt to subvert the law speaks volumes for the integrity of Judicial system in South Africa.

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Re: El Reg was unable to contact Mossad for comment

In late breaking news, a Mossad spokesman said "You've got to pick a pocket or two, boys. You've got to pick a pocket or shoe."

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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Re: What a great idea

> Not that the councils will actually do anything about it lol

Issue all councillors with Range Rovers ...

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

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Re: Why Apologise ?

> Finally, never piss of a man who can kill you instantly.

So, apparently destroying a person's airway and spine somehow preserves 'civilisation'. I bet you miss the good ol' days of Schultzhaft ?

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Re: Shame

> It would have been nice if he has looked at his audience

You're having a laff. Boffins don't look at people; they stare at their shoes.

If they're really extrovert, they may stare at your shoes.

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Re: Political correctness taken to an extreme

> You can't really treat women as equals with men as they will still pull out the "weaker sex" card when they don't like what's being demanded of them.

I've worked in laboratories where some of my female colleagues, while expecting to be paid the same as their male counterparts, point-blank refused to do any of the dirty, smelly or physically demanding work required by the job.

I blame the Uni faculties who were prepared to bend over backwards to attract female students to the Sciences for inculcating this attitude.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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Re: Horses for courses

> If it's wrapped up in a shiny shiny then that's a bonus.

When I started my first graduate job, my boss gave me a brand new HP-85A. Now that was shiny. People from other departments would come to marvel at the high tech wonder of 256 x 192 graphics.

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Nude celeb iCloud hack: Feds seize Chicago man's computers

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Kids! Here's why you should spent more time reading books than memorising movie dialog ....

Herrera, notably, has not been charged — nor, it seems, is he even considered a suspect.

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Power your temperature sensor with this BONKERS router hack

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Re: Cow Fart Powered Cars Anyone?

> Studies show that with the right diet cows can be persuaded to fart even more methane.

That's only true for spherical cows in a vacuum.

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Re: I was a bit sad ...

> You mean the one they errected because they took offence at the fact that we (or at least some of us) play cricket?

That's the Boycott barrier.

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Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

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Re: Not a word

> on fuel economy

I heard the Motobility approved model gets good milage ...

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LG G4: Be careful while fingering this leather-clad smartie pants

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Re: The leather cow-hide clad one

(Cow hide is hairy leather.)

Not sure if that'd be a good look for a phone, but you'd certainly have loads of free hair time.

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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Re: As the old saying goes...

> I believe you can connect a Macbook Air's Thunderbolt port to a miniDisplayPort monitor, or to a miniDisplayPort to VGA adapter.

Funny you should mention the MBA.

The 13" MBA Thunderbolt to miniDisplay 'just works'. On the other hand, there are issues with 11" MBA's connection. It would seem that the two machines use different port hardware, which Apple simply assumed would behave identically. Given that a company as meticulous as Apple can drop the ball on a single port spec, I don't hold out much hope for industry wide implementation of USB-C.

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