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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Star Wars (The Reagan version).

Sounds just like the American wheeze to destabilize Soviet Russia, same hype, same 'insouciance' as to whether it can ever work; the hype and the workout for the scientific/industrial team is well worth the money, and it will impress the uncritical masses too. Overall, a (small) win for China.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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“If we find a noise we can’t get rid of..."

Good luck to the Boffins on this one! If I remember correctly, the last lot that found 'a noise they couldn't get rid of' had to spend a very long time tweaking and measuring, including time scraping bird shit off the antenna, before they could reasonably say that the noise probably wsn't an artifact.

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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Re: 23 Years

"And still waiting for it to become mainstream" is a bit of clapped out stupidity. Microsoft based software was a huge industry when Linux was born. There has never been sufficient reason for business and private interests to drop Microsoft and invest in a new (and different) system. So why expect any other result than the continued success of Microsoft software? This is a race that can only be lost by Microsoft, not won by an outsider (and an outsider with almost no budget for advertising and market management, to boot).

The wonder is that from 'amateur' beginings Linux + GNU has matured into a world class entity, chosen on its merits the world over. That is something truly remarkable.

Beer for all those who contributed to a brilliant acheivement.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: Reading that law, it looks like it's YouTube's fault

The troopers did storm in, but they got bogged down in the defensive ring of free food canteens and toys. They have called in all their mates as reinforcements.

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

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Re: Babylon 5

On Earth the path of every ball thrown is a still a curve, which means that a 'curve ball' is one that deviates from the standard curve, which means that on Babylon 5...

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Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away

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Legs modified for chewing

“The peculiar claws of Hallucigenia are a smoking gun that solve a long and heated debate in evolutionary biology ... ” said Dr Smith.

Top notch boffinery!

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Anecdote

Not a big sample but where i worked the "obligatory regular password changes" resulted in about a third of the passwords being written on a post-it stuck to the bottom of the keyboard or laptop.

I couldn't believe it untill I checked one evening after working late. The regular change policy didn't last, probably because IT staff got tired of people moaning that they had lost their post-it. Mind you, I checked again later and a lot of the post-its were still there.

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Love that noise

Many years ago also - Cape Cod, Mass, US of A. The parents found a nice camping site with surprisingly low prices. In the middle of the night we found out that we were at the end of a runway with single engined planes taking off on full afterburner. Think they were Starfighters, they had ridiculously short wings. Fabulous, never seen flames or heard a noise like it - but four big piston engines on a WWII bomber trumps it.

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'POWER from AIR' backscatter tech now juices up Internet of Stuff Wi-Fi gizmos

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Available Power

Health and safety laws around the world limit the allowable level of 'background' radio signals to something of the order of a few watts per square meter, weak but potentially usable with skill.

Solar cells + batteries are cheap, easy and much, much more powerful (unless you live underground).

I rest my case m'lud.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: "no need to get into high dudgeon"

So why all the high dudgeon?

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'Impossible' drive

Did someone spill a nice hot cup of tea over it?

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Warm, perhaps ALIEN LIFE-bearing water gushers FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

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Re: Pleanty of bears, plenty of houses

What are the current and future limits of observation from Earth or near earth? It seems a bit tricky to look for geysers on small moons of planets faf, far away. (Tthe diameter of Enceladus is only 500 kilometers, 310 miies). I would be much more in favour of flinging a few petri dishes at Enceladus (and perhaps Europa too).

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China: Microsoft, don't shy away from our probe

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Re: bring back all the production ...

... sadly (for us) they'd probably carry on as before and people would still buy Chinese because of the price.

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The Register is HIRING technology hacks for the WORLD

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Re: Amateur Hour

There is an Amateur Hour after every article.

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We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

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Re: Impressive and I'd expected it to be *much* colder

The lower levels of glaciers here on Earth end up looking pretty murky because of the dust in the ice concentrating on the surface as the ice sublimates and melts. Might possibly be something similar on comets.

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Hurrah for Boffins.

Just arriving 'alongside' and getting ready for orbit around a comet is mind boggling. Sticking a box of tricks on one will be sheer fun for us spectators wot don't have to do all the hard work. Well done Boffins, you're a credit to humanity.

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Ever wanted to be a Playmonaut? El Reg's Vulture 2 spaceplane sim reveals what it's like

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HSI is for wimps...

... real playmonauts use magnetic trees for navigation.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Exercise to strengthen back muscles to allow corect posture

An MRI scan showed that my lower back vertebrae were like a badly stacked pile of assorted crockery.I had regular bouts of back pain, simple pain killers (aspirin, paracetamol) were no good. Went to doctor who also suffered from bad back (tall) and was prescribed his own three pill cocktail (anti-inflamation, muscle relaxant, pain killer - can't remember the names) which was wonderfull, iboprufen was the emergency substitute (about half as good).

The bouts of back pain slowly got worse and included trapped nerve pain. I tried physiotherapy as a palliative and it worked. Basically, excercise built up the abdominal and back muscles,and I (re-)learned a better walking posture (straighter back). It has worked well.

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Re: Security

Read the article "according to the NSA, [it] had the ability to seriously disrupt the exchange's activities". How would you like a live bomb under your house?

(Oh dear, I used the word bomb. Dear reader, and dear snooper, I am comparing malware to a bomb under someones house - both are very bad - I do not advocate either).

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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

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Re: Ransom

Negociating a good price for specialized software from Microsoft or any other source is one thing but the perennial 'Win n+1' and 'Office n+x' shenannigens do have the smell of a licence to print money. Nothing a tough negociator with the clout of the NHS couldn't handle of course, (aided and abetted by the combined purchasing depts of the gummint one would hope).

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Re: As listened to by God

Proably far too loud for me (and my neighbors).

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@ AJ MacLeod

Wow ! Let me help you up again. That was a spectacular slip-up you had there.

Think again about what was written concerning time accuracy and the effect of bass reflex and transmission line designs. There is also mention of sealed loudspeakers. Then there is the stuff about compensating for room acoustic effects. Does that not seem like some real engineering going on?

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British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal

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Re: brontoburgers

Did you and Sarah Palin go to school together?

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Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

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Natural Selection

I don't use Facebook so I don't know much about it. I would guess that it is in business to make money, which is ok, and to look after its own interests which may or may not be ok. The traditional approach to this situation is free competition and the handicapping of monopolies.

As a disinterested onlooker may I suggest nuking from LEO and seeing if a replacement occurs and if it is any different; purely as a sociological experiment, and in the interests of pure science, of course.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Re: laptop switched on all day

Yeah, I should have thought of that. And a giant watch linked to a giant phablet is also a no (for me anyway).

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I don't have a smartphone...

... but would it work with an android pc in my backpack?

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One amazing reason why NASA boffins are celebrating Curiosity's 687th day on Mars

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Re: need another space race...

In one year Curiosity has provided conclusive proof that the conditions for life existed on Mars (a long time ago), and given some evidence that even if life got started there it didn't flourish. Right - what do we do next? The prize for the space race doesn't seem to exist. The science is there but the glory is not - cue in-fighting for budgets and slow progress for anyone who tries it.

All the more reason to praise Nasa and the USA for doing as much as they have.

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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Big Brother is slurping you

Someone has to mention 1984.

Now that we have confirmation that most of the kit for universal surveillance is in place, is being used and will not go away, our right to privacy can no longer be assumed, and in any case has already been permanently removed in many areas of life.

Where are the safeguards? Where is the audit that believably shows that anything and everything is not being prepared for use against you (just in case). The UK is policed by consent (so they say) where is the consent to this, where is the reason to allow it? Fear of terrorism only goes so far; clear law and believable oversight would go a lot further.

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

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Re: Logic Fail

@Squander Two

The original post contained both data and an indication of the confidence level of the data, your post didn't.

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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Re: Humbug.

Fink-Nottle, you're a cad.

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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Re: It's gonna be painful...

So the Russians kill Snowden in one of their trademark ways - why? - so that everyone thinks it was the Americans - because ? ... no, you've lost me.

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Re: Damage

There is also damage to a free society* caused by rampant bugging of everything that can be bugged, and the non-stop analysis of the data. There is also the damage caused to a free society by the neutralisation of democracy.

This damage is inflicted by the security services on the people they profess to be protecting - that is what has to be balanced against any damage done to the security services.

* free society on an international scale also

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Microsoft challenges US gov over attempts to search overseas data

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Re: Data hosted in Ireland

Microsoft may lose this battle but they sure as hell won't lose the war. I'd bet on a bunch of corporarate lawyers beating the Feds any day.

p.s. The standard method for US companies to be washed whiter than white over baksheesh is to do business with a local - who then does business with the end user. Might work for data centres too.

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

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Re: @stanimir

My sometime correspondant in Germany was Dr. Ing. Dipl. Ing. Reibling. Very resptectable name and titles, and very melodious.

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Re: Doesn't hide the major problems with Uber, though...

Re: " It just means they haven't been caught yet."

That is the crappiest argument I've ever seen in El Reg.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Re: Thoughts

I'm betting on the Whitehall mandarins keeping their support for noisy cars (Green cross Code: "Listen as well, because you can sometimes hear traffic before you see it."

My interest is the aftermarket opportunities for custom sounds.

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Re: Thoughts

Re: People should learn to look where they are going.

People usually do look where they're going, but they can't look behind at the same time - that's why ears were invented.

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Brit lands on Rockall with survival podule, starts record attempt

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@Linda Smith

Man walked into a pub......teetotaller walked round it.

The beer is for L.H.

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

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Re: OMG Mirrors!

Talking of newspapers and printing, did our forebears have to go through this farce when printing was developed (all that type you've set up there is a mirror image of my book, pay me!). I suspect not.

Tar the noble Lord, feather the noble Lord and run the noble Lord out of town.

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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Military Intelligence

Elsewhere in El Reg:- DARPA crazytech crew want to create HUMAN-FREE cyber defence systems.

Crack a joke in the twittosphere and a drone will be on its way to make your day go with a bang.

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Watch: Sun BELCHES PLASMA large enough to ENGULF 35 EARTHS

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Re: Units check...

I find the Nasa system of measurements confusing. Just how many sheets or curtains will fit into a football stadium, or is it the other way round?

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: FUD

Every so often, when a TV programme maker has run out of ideas to fill a five minute slot they assemble a bunch of film clips from Tomorrow's World or old GE advertisments for the home of the future and we all laugh at the crazy predictions. But neverthless we do have lasers and touch screens and intelligent washing machines (whatever those are), it's just that progress is not a predictable science.

So we will have a safe, individual, 'door to door' transport system in place sometime relatively soon. But I'd be very surprised if it was anything like the current Google system, and I think Google would be equally surprised - and worried - if it was.

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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The real reason...

... is because they can, without consequences, and anyway, your (and my) opinions are of no significance.

"The rich are different from us" said Scott Fitzgerald. "Yes" said Hemingway, "they have more money."

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Jade Rabbit nearly out of hop

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Yawn

... may I lazily reach out to insert the obligatory references to German V-1 rocket design teams, US involvement in industrial espionage, pots, kettles and the fact that anyone with enough money and a well functioning higher education system could do it. Kudos for having done it.

Thanks - now, where's that coffee.

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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

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Re: don't do it again.

A colleague of mine used to work for a small company where people had to make quick decisions on the fly. They had a 'mistakes book' where all bad decisions and goofs were recorded. You could make any sort of mistake as long as it wasn't in the book. He said the system worked well.

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Did NASA probe detect a KILLER GAMMA-RAY burst in Andromeda?

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Interesting

Well it got my day off to a good start anyway.

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NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

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Re: GPS is shite ....

GPS, at the moment, is shite for an inner city real time navigation system. There is nothing stopping someone putting together an almost perfect satnav+ system except cost and the likelihood that not enough people would subscribe to make is viable.

Problem is that it wouldn't take much more competition to drive black cabs off the road. Then you would have the worst of all situations, no decent taxi navigation infrastructure and no decent human based taxi navigation system.

That is what Paris has at the moment (it's my closest example). Can you live with it - of course, but the much denser Metro/Underground system helps a lot. There is obviuosly a 21st century technological solution for taxis but it isn't here yet and pushing for a more is better solution is a delusion.

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Re: Monopoly

Ever been outside London? Try Paris. Highly regulated, very expensive and bring your own map if you want to mitigate the ignorance of the driver. Same in a lot of countries in my experience. Nothing against the taxi drivers themselves, but they didn't have the knowledge. London black cabs, in my experience, are places to relax in while you go quickly* to the address you gave.

*quickly for London.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Linux

Lifecycle

The problem being that the definition of lifecycle for Microsoft includes direct and indirect profits generated. XP is truly dead; it is an ex-OS.

Icon - because.

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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Re: say what

My ones certainly did. Home movies - meh.

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