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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Re: Because then we're probably not alone

There is little doubt that other life exists elsewhere in the universe, it is the existence of other life in this galaxy that is under investigation here.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg

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Missing Ingredients ...

When I read the recipe at work, it just didn't look right. After checking my recipe book to refresh my memeory, I'd suggest a good, metric dollop of mustard powder and Worcestershire sauce adds zest to the sausage meat.

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> Hot, carbs for absorption, fat for taste

My favourite post pub snack fits that description too - char siu pau with a steaming mug of tea.

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NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM

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Well done, folks

I am pleased to see that my fellow commentards have avoided any immature humour involving Ladee and woman drivers ... because that would be sexist and wrong.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: Why is everyone so down on Google Plus these days?

I like G+ ... it's the perfect social platform for someone with no mates.

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Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook

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Re: Tim will be remembered for allowing Yosemite on his watch

I thought the name was chosen to boost sales to Israeli hipsters ... Yo, Semite!.

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Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl

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The footage shows one of the teams has a duck mascot. What are the odds it's called Waddle?

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Ancient Brits 'set wealthy man's FANCY CHARIOT on FIRE' – boffins

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Re: When archeologists aren't quite sure

... so it belonged to the Man from the Monastery?

Next best thing to a Jim the Great icon -->

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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Re: It's All About Sex

Apparently the author has had a particular rash this month ...

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The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it

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How cool is that ... An article on excited atoms has it's own Lewis notation.

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The week in tech news with cracking coverage from Regina Eggbert

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It's Rumoured ...

Regina does three or four soldiers at a time.

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Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched

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Dead Steve Jobs

Oh no ... another metaphorical grave for Reg writers to dance upon.

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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Re: Recent news on Page 2 - the Knowledge Economy

Not really the same thing. In your example, The engineer is only paid once for exercising his talent. Copyright means that for the rest of his life the engineer gets paid every time someone else chalks a cross on a faulty part.

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Football legend Gary Lineker in TWITTER POO TROLL SCANDAL

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I remember that game ...

... the only time Gary managed to dribble past an entire defence. Impressive.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Re: I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science

Just because the reviewer is unfamiliar with science, it doesn't follow that the novel is 'exclusionary'.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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A Policeman's Lot

When a writer's not engaged in his employment

Or maturing journalistic little plans

His capacity for innocent enjoyment

Is just as great as any honest man

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Missed Opportunity

> 1. Order a refurbished one from the US site to your or a relatives hotel in the US.

If ever there was a comment that deserved the Paris treatment ...

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Re: 1000 quid!

> As for the price: you get what you pay for and, as I tend to keep my kit for several years, skimping to save three or four hundred now makes no sense.

It's important consider total cost of ownership. The estimated resale value is just as important as the purchase price, and Apple products retain their value well. I've recently sold my Late 2011 Macbook Air for £100 less than it's original cost and 33 beer tokens per annum for a laptop is pretty hard to beat!

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: GIF's?

> Fink, you are a dick.

> Lionel Baden was responding to the attention seeking Mole's completely spurious response to a question about GIF's.

If doubting that El Reg benefits by self-appointed forum police making pronouncements on the motives behind other's posts makes me a dick, then so be it.

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Re: GIF's?

@Lionel

Like Luis Suarez, your excuses just don't ring true ...

> my reply actually had something to do with the previous post

It looks to me like you prefaced your off-topic reply with a throw away comment in an attempt to cover yourself in case of criticism. I would suggest that pointing out an internet site which contains funny GIFs hardly contributes to the discussion.

> I wasn't replying just to try and grab the second spot on the page

Funny, I get exactly the opposite impression.

If you felt strongly about perceived attention seeking in others, then the proper thing to do would be to start a newly titled comment. If your motive was draw attention to yourself by criticising a fellow Commentard, then you've succeeded. Unfortunately, calling another's motivation into question attracts the wrong kind of attention.

You've been here long enough to know better. The Register's message boards are thankfully free of the pettiness you exhibited and I, for one, would like them to remain that way.

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Re: GIF's?

not sure why your replying to Mr Hill's comment as you talked about something completely unrelated , if were cynical about the whole thing my presumption would be you want ed to have your comment read at the top of the page instead of being 4 comments down ....

Pot, meet Kettle.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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> So how is this different from BMW incorporating a HUD in their latest models?

The BMW has undergone all the relevant safety certification. There's no indication that this product will even be submitted to the safety authorities.

If you were involved in a collision (even as the innocent party) with this gizmo fitted, the other party's insurance company could and would claim that you had wilfully obscured your view of the road ahead. Not only that, but your own insurance company would probably jump at the chance to refuse payment on the same grounds too.

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

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Re: Ten Summoner’s Tales

> The one thing that a pun is supposed to do is sound like another word. Sting's pun doesn't even have the same number of syllables.

Sorry to be a Yoda about this, but ... the original Canterbury Tales contains both 'Somonour' and 'Somnour' so there is precedence for pronouncing Summoner with two syllables and a silent 'o'. Mind you, Chaucer was a 'slogardie tuwel' when it came to spelling.

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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Re: *every* IT post?

> After that time they begin to realise that they don't know it all and then start learning.

That's been our experience with graduates too. On the other hand, school leavers have the 50% pass mark syndrome - it takes them a while to realise that in the real world anything less than 100% effort is unacceptable.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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@S4qFBxkFFg: Did you realise you put your password into the "Name" box? ;)

@S4qFBxkFFg's password is probably 'password' ...

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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"So you don't like US citizens because of policies the US government "?

That's just not true. We don't like the United States as a country because of the policies of the US government. We don't like US citizens because - as the original poster pointed out - they are loud, boisterous, obnoxious and uninformed of the local culture.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Realism

"Assuming a proportionate share, then Scottish licence fee payers own around 10% of BBC Worldwide, and 10% of future revenue streams on current productions, because they paid for it."

Doesn't it follow that non-Scottish licence fee payers own around 90% of BBC Scotland - or am I missing something?

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Re: Typing texts at the wheel is incredibly dangerous

> a driver *can* cause a massive amount of damage to themselves and innocent bystanders, even at a low speed

That's why instances of unlawful mobile use should be punished with a weekend of community service in an A&E department.

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Re: Ban? What ban?

> I specifically stated the camera was to be fitted to the rear of your car, which would record both the drivers face and the number plate.

If you are going to operate a surveillance camera system from the back of your car, you'd need to be in compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code Of Practice. The code contains twelve guiding principles and, as far as I can tell, you'd be hard pressed to conform with any of them.

Apart from anything else, operating a vehicle fitted with surveillance equipment with the expressed intent of capturing traffic offences (even a fully automated system) is likely to be just as unsafe as using a mobile phone while driving. I'd report YOU in an instant ...

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Fear a terrifying killer robot revolution? GET A GRIP: Boffins invent cyborg hand for humans

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Wowsers!

> smugly reject anything new

What's new about a mechanical arm that pops out of a hat? Inspector Gadget has had one for years.

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Chaos!

The Russians have found out how to grow Mandelbrot sets.

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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Re: Someone with a firm grasp of Latin grammar

Does he go around saying 'hujus, hujus, hujus' as if he were proud of it?

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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Re: probability...

> Citation needed.

I sense hostility.

This stuff is basic physical cosmology, so I suggest you check out a current cosmology text. Failing that Parallel Universes Max Tegmark, Scientific American - May, 2003.

> There's a finite number of decimal digits, therefore the decimal expansion of pi must start repeating at some point. Oh, wait.

Not a good analogy. Nevertheless, pi is a normal number, so it it is conjectured that it will contain any a finite sequences of digits. One possible finite sequence is the coordinates of every particle in the observable universe ... and, if it contains one copy, it can contain an infinity of copies.

> Sometimes there seems to be an infinite number of people making sophomoric arguments that don't stand up to a moment's scrutiny, but I'm sure that's just an illusion.

True, that is just an illusion on your part. Physical cosmology is a branch of physics that is concerned with the scientific study of the universe at the largest scales. As Richard Dawkins remarked, “science replaces private prejudice with public, verifiable evidence.” I'm also reminded of another Dawkins' quotes “Science is interesting, and if you don't agree you can fuck off."

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Re: probability...

> It's better to argue with laymen with measured facts we know than seemingly fantastical theories.

"Eppur si muove"

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Re: A quote from Hawking

> Resources on a planet can for the most part never actually be used up.

It's posited that a Dyson sphere could require more material than all the planets in a solar system could provide.

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Re: probability...

> The idea of there being duplicate Earths in the same dimension requires a few assumptions that it's not yet fair to make.

To be fair, the OP stated "the limitless vastness of the universe" as a given.

Nevertheless, there is some strong physical evidence in support of an infinite universe / duplicate earth scenario:

The WMAP mission measured the microwave background; and by mapping the hot and cold spots, was able to determine the topology of space. NASA's conclusion was "that the universe is flat with only a 0.4% margin of error." This suggests that the universe is either infinite or very, very large.

Similarly, three-dimensional galaxy distribution studies have shown that, on extremely large scales, the visible universe is monotonously uniform. This isotropy / homogeneity argues against the finite matter / island universe model. Indeed recent background radiation data gathered by Planck telescope seems to indicate the gravitational pull of matter outside our Hubble volume.

Even if there were huge fluctuations in the distribution of matter, there would still be an infinite number of Hubble volumes identical to ours in the universe - they would just be further apart.

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Re: probability...

> Show me the maths.

Space-time is infinite. There's a finite number of ways particles can be arranged in space-time. Space-time must therefore start repeating at some point.

An infinite universe is thus guaranteed to contain multiple versions of you. The distance you need to travel to find a duplicate earth is a simple calculation.

There are 10^118 sub atomic particles in Hubble space. The number of possible arrangements of these particles is thus 2^10^118. Multiplying the number of arrangements by the diameter of the known universe - 8x10^26 meters - gives an average distance to the nearest duplicate earth of roughly 10^10^118 meters.

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Re: A quote from Hawking

I suspect Hawkins quote predates the discovery that telluric planets are relatively commonplace. What possible resources could we offer intelligent life that could not be found on any of the many rocky exoplanets we've detected nearby - McDonald's?

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ALIEN BODY FOUND ON MARS: Curiosity rover snaps extraterrestrial

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Re: That's not a rock...

... it's a holy Martian relic.

It is a gift from the Gods that fell from heaven on a column of fire. It has been worn smooth by the adoring mandibles and tentacles of untold millions of Martian worshipers.

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Re: Point of Order

Terrestrial means Earth-like, hence there are four terrestrial planets in the solar system - Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.

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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

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Re: The Register = quite wrong here

> As are all other pedants who think mediocre Google skills makes them feel a bit like god almighty.

Don't lean on me, man, coz you can't afford the ticket.

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Re: Shmoptional

> Where is the 'A' in "SPICE GIRLS"?

In Birmingham.

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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> the land was used for farms instead - without any associated eco-disaster.

There was no eco-disaster because pre-Columbian agriculture was associated with intentional soil improvement (see terra preta). This is in stark contrast to 'modern' slash and burn agricultural practices which are highly destructive.

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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Re: But, but, but...

> a large sign outside saying "Tony Bliar Lives here"

Tony Blair lives in one of a row of homes with identical frontages in Connaught Square. Blurring his particular house just makes it more conspicuous.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Re: Hmmmm

Wireless charging pads will, no doubt, present ample opportunities for antisocial behaviour - especially as your e-car will be left unattended for extended periods. For example, what's to stop someone interposing their own charging pad between your car and the ground pad?

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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

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Etymology

A knowledge of insects always comes in handy ...

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