* Posts by Fink-Nottle

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Re: Have you ever lost anything you wanted back

> I seem to get socks that aren't mine. With 9 toes.

In my part of the multiverse, socks don't have toes. I suppose it's the local black hole that causes the loss of digital information.

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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* newsflash *

An eyewitness provided a description of the iPhone thief. Police are inquiring into the whereabouts of known Chelsea supporters and expect an arrest imminently.

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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Unhappy

Dissapointed the router's not in the shape of android mascot ...

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Has anyone lost 37 dope plants, Bolton cops nonchalantly ask on Facebook

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The Facebook Generation

This is just shoddy police work. Back in my day every police statement concerning drugs had to include a hugely over-inflated estimate of street value ...

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Hey, Apple, we’re watching Faulty Tellies. Gonna tell us why?

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I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue

Dear Mr Vulture,

The "TV Times" I bought from a newsagent last week has neither screen nor tuner. It should be illegal to be marketed like this.

It's only a 2nd rate magazine - I couldn't even watch BBC Cymru on it.

Mrs Trellis,

North Wales

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Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted off Angolan coast

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> Jones’s colleague Philip Pugh then nailed the creature as probably Bathyphysa conifera.

Barney McGrew concurred, citing an article in Nature by Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb.

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Lettuce in SPAAACE: Captive ISS 'nauts insist orbital veg is 'awesome'

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Ground Control to Major Tom

Your lettuce is red, there's something wrong

Can you hear me, Major Tom?

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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IT Angle

OS X

I see an image of the OS X finder icon guy in the rock to the right of the woman.

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: Yeah...

> I'm sorry but what the heck was the person flying the drone doing in the first place? Flying low through peoples gardens with a camera attached?

Ars Technica states that the drone had been hovering at 200 ft for around 20 seconds when it was shot down. The pertinent question is, what the heck was the shooter doing?

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Re: Yeah...

> Regardless, someone was watching the feed to fly the thing. You don't need to record the feed to note down access points, valuables in sight through the window etc.

A drone flies with the aid of a forward facing camera. There's no guarantee a drone hovering directly over a garden actually has sight of that garden. Certainly, if the drone operator had the garden-in-question under surveillance, he would surely have taken evasive action when an angry man with a shotgun appeared in camera.

I'm a firm believer in the Hanlon's razor. From the video report it looks as if this guy's property backs onto a park or open ground (in addition to surveilance-ready trees). I'd be inclined to speculate that the drone operators misjudged distances were under the impression they were hovering over open ground.

> The trees aren't providing the possibility of surveillance, a camera mounted in the trees would be.

No, trees offer a platform for surveillance in just the same way a drone does. The shooter had no proof of surveillance when he shot down the drone. He might as well chop down a tree as a precaution that 'they' might mount a camera in it.

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Re: Yeah...

The guy said he didn't know if the drone was actually recording imagery when he short it down. That seems analogous to removing a neighbour's trees as a precaution against the possibility of surveillance. I'm sure that kind of thing happens, we just never hear about it because there's not a drone involved.

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Re: Yeah...

I notice in the photographs that the guy's garden is overlooked by a solid wall of huge, climbable trees that could easily hide surveillance cameras. I assume you wouldn't object if he cut them all down because, as you say, he has a right to privacy in his own garden?

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: Terrible--And Wrong--Common Opinion

> You say, "...users of such infrastructure should be the people paying for such infrastructure."

> This is such a common and completely wrong opinion that I couldn't possibly let it go without a tirade: Are you NUTS!

Johannesburg is currently in the midst of this debate. The powers-that-be decided that, as Jo'burg has some of the busiest roads on the African continent, it would only be fair if the users paid an e-toll to contribute to their upkeep.

The authorities argued that as Jo'burg's roads took the lion's share of the nation's budget, users should pay a premium to use them. In effect, the users should pay for the infrastructure.The population of Johannesburg boycotted the system en mass.

One of the most compelling arguments advanced for non-payment was that while Jo'burg's roads took a lot of upkeep, the city formed the backbone of the South African economy. However much smaller towns and rural areas felt disadvantaged by the disparity in spending, they're feel a lot worse if SA's economy was to break down as a result of a lack of maintenance to SA's economic 'engine'.

What it comes down to is that even if a rural farmer (for example) never uses a main road from one month to another, he is an indirect beneficiary of the transport infrastructure that supports the nation's economy. How, then, can the farmer's intangible benefit be assessed - progressive income tax!

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: Hah! Luxury!

>all we had was an abacus and storage was dried peas lined up.

I started in AT in the 60's when pea technology was still new.

In those days the bean counters would scoff, but we'd tell them to give peas a chance.

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Aussie bloaters gorging on junk food 'each and every day'

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Re: FTFY

You sound fat.

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Safe as houses: CCTV for the masses

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Re: "the use of rules which allow you to specify the action"

> A rule that releases the hungry lions. Yes, that would work.

But, but ... you're just playing into their hands. That's exactly what the roving bands of lion-killing dentists want.

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Bitcoin can't be owned, says Japanese court, as Karpeles sweats in cell

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> Care to explain how one would trade unicorns within the law?

Easy ... just don't break any laws when you're buying and selling unicorns.

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Clueless do-gooders make Africa's conflict mineral mines even more dangerous

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> A division of Marines.

The word that immediately sprigs to mind (from the comfort of my armchair) is 'quagmire'.

Much better to provide support for the SANDF and other African troops already in-country as part of the UN stabilisation mission - coupled with funding a meaningful, African led program of social upliftment.

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> Repeat at intervals until the bandits have transmogrified into an elected government.

No. Just no. No mater what Bono might say.

This is a perfect example of the half-baked Western do-goodery that has contributed to Africa's plight in the first place. While this results in a state that is accommodating to western business, it does nothing to address the underlying problems that led to banditry to begin with.

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Want to avoid a hangover? DRINK MORE, say boffins

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Happy

Some of Buddy Holly, the working folly

Good Golly Miss Molly and fairs

Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet

Jump back in the alley, and nashi pears

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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Re: Transporting water?

> I thought part of this great idea was that it was powdered, and the transportation cost would be kept down?

So ... Soylent isn't green.

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VIAGRA found in Chinese 'Kung Fu rice wine'

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The ban was put in place after an inspector got a hot tip.

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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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