* Posts by NorthernCoder

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'Edward Snowden' discovered hiding in Indonesian river by boffins

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Nominative determinism strikes again?

Anne Schrimpf...

Search The Register for nominative determinism for more examples.

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

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Joke

Wrong recipient?

Is it just me, or does it sound like the (anonymous!) journalist intended to send this to his or her partner, and accidentally published instead?

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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Boffin

Re: "a room (or zone) controller" commonly called a thermostat.

To us, at my company at least, a thermostat is something which has two states; on or off (i.e. "not warm enough" or "warm enough" if it is set up for heating).

Controllers are our devices which have a regulator (of PID type) for calculating a suitable output, proportional to the difference between set point and actual value.

That is why I made the distinction, even if everyday people don't.

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Boffin

Re: Set to a range

They surely do.

I work for a company in the building automation industry, and we have such products.

You would simply set the Set Point to 22.5 degrees and the dead band to 2.5 degrees (although that is an unusually large dead band).

This is of course not a thermostat, but a room (or zone) controller.

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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I'm waiting for...

...the eco-friendly version, Soylent Green!

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Octogenarian accused of performing sex act with a SHRUBBERY

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I tell you

No beating around the bush there...

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

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I'm surprised no one has asked...

...what did the fox say?

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US FINNISHes Nokia-AlcaLu acquisition waiting period

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Tom Lehrer

Did you just make a Tom Lehrer reference there?

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Nissan CEO: Get ready, our auto-wagons will be ready by 2020

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Boffin

Have they tested it in...

I am sure there are a number of tricky situations that prevent a really self driving car for quite some time.

The first one to spring to my mind is the north of Sweden (and neighbours of course) during winter, where the entire road and the road banks are white except for the occasional 1.5m tall, 350kg moose lurking by the side of the road waiting for a chance to jump in front of your car and subsequently through your wind screen.

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Japanese astro-boffins race to recover pulsar-spotting balloon basket

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Joke

Re: Mad Max

The Japanese scientist's vehicles -> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/13/mad_max_fury_road_cars_encircle_reg_hacks/

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Smile! Brit transport plods turn bodycams on travelling public

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Big Brother

What could possibly go wrong?

See icon ->

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Starry-eyed hackers stuff Eurovision's voting app

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Headmaster

Melodifestivalen

It might be good to point out that Melodifestivalen is the Swedish "qualification/election" for ESC.

As far as I can tell the app was commissioned by SVT (Sweden's equivalent of BBC) and Christel Tholse Willers works for SVT, not ESC.

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

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Headmaster

Re: How do you say...

"För att avskräcka de andra" if you want to discourage or "För att uppmuntra de andra" if you want to encourage.

It should be noted that there is a difference of opinion between the young man and the city council whether he actually cooperated when the breach and malware was discovered.

Oh, and it should be "kronor", not "kroner" for the plural of the currency.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Boffin

Re: Never made it to civilisation.

The Nespresso pods are recycled as metal containers.

Once your country has a functioning recycling system, it is no hassle at all.

Living in an apartment building in Sweden, I just take the Nespresso pods and other metal containers out to a small recycling house next to the house where I live and put them in a bin for metal. The plastic, newspapers, cardboard, glass and food leftovers all have separate bins.

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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Re: Indiana Jones at the Mountains of Madness

I like how you think!

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Denmark tops European tech table, two other Scandis right behind

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Re: Scandis

Also, since the statistics are gathered by the European Commission, there is no data for Norway (or any other non-EU country).

I -think- this is the press release which this article is about, if any body wants to dive deeper into the charts:

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4475_en.htm

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Childcatcher

IoT

Internet of Toys

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How's your F-ITCH-bit? Surge gizmo sparks rash of complaints, watchdog's attention

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Fitch-bit

Is that a Spoonerism?

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

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Re: So that is why!

Oook!

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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

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There are a few errors in the article...

-The name of the political science professor is Ulf Bjereld.

-The translation of @framtidsminist would be "future minist", misspelled on purpose I suspect.

-The ending qoute is incorrect; "Det är inte konstigt eller ovanligt att finnas i sociala medier. Det är det omvända, att inte finnas där, som börjar bli konstigt" becomes " It is not strange or unusual to be in social media. It is the opposite, not being there, which is becoming strange."

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone movie: report

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I'll wait for...

...the (NSA) director's cut!

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Jurisdiction..?

If the photo was taken in Indonesia, why isn't it a question about what Indonesian law says?

And from there, international copyright treaties?

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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Black Helicopters

Re: And...

Morpheus, is that you?

And why are these suited gentlemen approaching my cubicle wearing sunglasses indoors?

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Tinfoil hats...

Would this make the tinfoil hat brigade reconsider their choice of head wear?

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Russia: There is a SPACECRAFT full of LIZARDS in orbit above Earth and WE control it

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June/July?

"The Russians managed to get a grip of Foton-M4 on Saturday, after they lost control on 19 June."

According to thrustworthy [sic] sources (Wikipedia, HuffPost etc.) it was launched on 19 July

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

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Pint

Alcohol abuse!

...and it's not even pub o'clock yet!

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Boffins untangle why your software builds fail

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Boffin

Re: Consider this

I suggest also considering the use of the compiler as a search function when you do a change in an API (in a project which isn't too large).

I.e. if you change the number of arguments to a function, instead of grep'ing for the calls to the function, you compile and then go to the places the compiler has pointed out errors.

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Drone-assisted Swiss construct virtual 3D castle

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Facepalm

What?

No 3D-printed model?

Swedish Spotscale has a similar idea:

http://www.nyteknik.se/nyheter/it_telekom/allmant/article3822333.ece (article in Swedish, take a look at the pictures for a general idea).

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

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Pint

Re: An idea..

Out of professional courtesy.

Same reason why sharks don't attack lawyers.

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TOADOCALYPSE NOW: Madagascar faces down amphibious assault

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Wrong amphibian, but close enough...

"Who let the frogs out? {Croak, croak, croak, croak}"

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Did you forget the <irony> tag?

"local snakes, lizards and other defenceless animals."

Surely, Australian snakes are anything but defenseless?!?

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Connectivity..?

I think I will connect it to SkyNet and call it Christine.

What could possibly go wrong?

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EXPOSED: bizarre quantum sibling LOVE TRIANGLE

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The subtitle...

...somehow got me thinking of Tom Lehrer's "I got it from Agnes":

"I love my friends and they love me

We're just as close as we can be

And just because we really care

Whatever we get, we share!

I got it from Agnes

She got it from Jim

..."

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

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Boffin

Water depth

Does anyone know what the water depth is in that area?

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UK.gov to train up 11-year-old cyberwarriors

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Obvious Star Wars reference

Am I the only one thinking they might be training an Anakin Cyberwalker, in the hope that he will bring balance to the Net?

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Get out your Allen keys: Facebook's cooked up flat-pack bit barns

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I must protest a little...

"Maybe that's because, as anyone who has made multiple trips to IKEA to retrieve missing parts can attest, even products designed for low cost and easy assembly can go awry"

Living relatively near an IKEA store, most of the furniture in my home comes from there. I have estimated that my wife and I have bought between 80 and 100 IKEA products containing screws.

How many screws, bolts or parts have been missing? Zero!

I'm guessing that nowadays it's products from other, even lower cost chains, that have missing parts; not IKEA.

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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

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Man pages

Naturally, the "Man pages" will be renamed "Woman pages".

Mine's the one with the Fredrika Bremer biography in the pocket.

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Boffins: On my command, unleash REMOTE CONTROL BULL SPERM

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In the voice of George Takei

Oh Mooo...

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Baldness fix from foreskin follicles

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Joke

Why..?

But why would you want to grow hair on the end of your penis?

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Japanese pussies slurp 'meow meow' sex wine

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Re: so what is the correct pronunciation?

Couldn't you just ask for the House of the Rising Sun?

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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Paris Hilton

What does automated trading add?

"This is as true of my buying some Royal Mail shares as it is of high-frequency trading, algobots, futures, options and all the rest. It is the very fact that people are trading on their knowledge and opinions..."

Algobots != People with knowledge and opinions, so how can they add or improve information?

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

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Trollface

Re: Testing in a representative environment

"...mpg figures for a car?"

Does it count if it is in a long downhill with the wind in the back, the sun behind me and an urgent need to find a toilet?

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Unknown Aussie and Dutch family car spring solar surprise

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Black Helicopters

Enquiring minds want to know!

Has the Dutch car been handed over to the Stig yet?

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Apple wins patent for entrance to retail store

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Re Re: To all commentards:

I personally do not approve of patenting of a building, nor do I agree with US PTO on what constitutes an inventive step or for that matter their definition of "obvious to a person skilled in the art".

However, saying that Apple has tried to patent a garden fence based on the summary of this patent is to me going a bit too far.

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To all commentards:

El Reg journalists have on numerous occasions published articles giving the impression that large companies (with Apple as the most obvious example) try to patent old things. Said journalists do so by quoting any part of the patent text they find amusing.

What they don't do is quote the appropriate parts of the patent text.

As I have written earlier about this article; the quote in the article is from the summary, not the claims.

The word "may" in the claims would never survive a legal test and Apple´s patent lawyers know this (unless it is much more carefully used).

Having said that, I don't agree with Big Business policies of patenting anything that can make them money, but please comment on the right issues (such as the good and bad sides of patents), not an illusion of evil companies created by taking quotes out of context.

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Re: Erm..

No.

The quote in the article is from the summary, not the claims.

What they actually have patented is "A glass building, comprising: a plurality of curved glass panels disposed adjacent to each other to form a cylinder...".

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Brits are world's most wired drivers, says fleet tracker CEO

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Re: Most wired drivers?

My first thought was

"Most wired"? -> Highly strung

Mine's the one with the half-pint thermos mug of espresso.

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

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IT Angle

Nominative determinism strikes again

Ulla Beckman Sundh...

Sund is Swedish for sound (healthy), with a silent 'h' added to make it obvious (to a Swede at least) that it is a name.

Oh, and "Where's the bootnotes angle"?

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LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms

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LOVER

LOHAN

Operator;

Vertical

Emergency

Remote

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Now your iPhone apps can be FAT losers: Apple gobbles data diet upstart

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Re: Because you're not worth it.

Perhaps they want to transfer considerable amounts of data to/from something smaller, such as between an iPhone and an iWatch or other iDevice.

Then the point isn't to save RAM, but bandwidth or more likely the amount of time the transmitter is active, thus saving battery.

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