* Posts by AbelSoul

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Space paparazzo captures bipolar butterfly

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Good old Hubble

Still producing spectacular images.

Long may it continue.

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'Edward Snowden' discovered hiding in Indonesian river by boffins

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Re: They both taste like chicken?

All of my life

I've been lickin'

Ed Snowden's Crayfish

'Cause they taste like chicken

Oh boy!

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Re: Parallels...

... between the crustacean and the former NSA contractor are tricky to discern

They're both slippery creatures?

Anyway, fair play to the researcher. As he pointed out, there are plenty of other examples of famous monikers attached to obscure critters so why not Mr. Snowden?

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NASA's Dawn gets intimate with Ceres

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Re: the Roman god of harrowing soil

There's a god for that?

Wish I'd known that earlier; my last harrowing soil resulted in a day off work.

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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Re: maybe that's just me being a cynical Aberdonian

Is there any other kind?

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Manhattan-sized iceberg splits from glacier – and spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: 12.5 square kilometers across

Whit?

Square ones, you say?

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Second Ashley Madison dump prompts more inside-job speculation

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Re: Surely they can't survive as a going concern after this.

Who knows?

We live in a society that happily resurrected careers for Uri Geller and Peter Popoff despite both being spectacularly demonstrated as charlatans by James Randii.

I suspect there are still enough gullible fools willing customers around the planet to sustain a diminished version of the site.

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

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Honey, some Nigerian prince wants to give me FOURTEEN MEEEEEEELION U.S. DOLLARS!

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Nice 'phone but everyone seems to be ignoring the gorilla in the room.

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Collective noun search for security vulns moves into beta testing

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Hatstand

Is leading.

This reasserts the faith I already had in my fellow reg readers.

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Computer Science GCSE male dominated, but geekettes are ready to rise

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Re: Gender question

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11668169/Why-arent-we-doing-more-to-encourage-men-to-be-primary-school-teachers.html

An article about more men being needed in traditionally female jobs.

Primary teaching was going to be my choice before doing my IT MSc. Turned out the application / intake dates were so far ahead that I would have had to wait another year to start so I did IT in the meantime.

The last few years of living with my primary teaching partner has shown me what a bullet I dodged. I'll stick to hacking out code for the time being.

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Gas giant cores actually built from shedloads of gravel

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Re: Southwest Research Institute in..

...Pebble Boulder, Colorado.

Bravo!

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Mumsnet founder 'swatted by misogynist griefers'

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Re: looks a lot like a traveling man with a wig

Hello, Dave?

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Re: graffiti in the bogs is anything to go by then there is no shortage of women

Whit?

You consider bog-wall-graffiti a valid barometer?

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Boffins identify world's (possibly) first flowering plant

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the idea of the 'first flower' is "technically a myth, like the 'first human'

No first human?

I don't Adam & Eve it!

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Spain triumphs! Fascist anthem hails Spanish badminton champ

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Re: Marcha Real is the current, correct one.

Yes, the current one without words.

The article itself states:

Written in 1928 for the already-existing Royal March, the words were adopted by Franco and chums following their 1939 victory in the Spanish Civil War. They were finally consigned to the dustbin of history in 1978, and since then the anthem has been played without words.

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Parrot drone pwned (and possibly killed) with Wi-Fi log-in

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Re: Pwning for the sward...

Pwning for the sward, what kind of talk is that?

HELLO POLLY!

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BOFH: Why, I LOVE work courses. Please tell me more, o wise one!

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"My name is Philip."

"Yes, but Dave's easier to remember. Anyway Dave...."

Outstanding and, of course, stolen for my own purposes.

Cheers and thank you for reminding me that pub-o-clock is nigh!

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Reddit caves to Russian fungus censorship demands

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Re: Reddit is done.

Haddit?

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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Re: Personal responsibility? FTFY

I left my front door unlocked and was surprised to find someone in my house, well woop de fucking doo

That actually happened to me about three or four years ago. I came downstairs one Saturday morning to find a complete stranger had slept on my couch. He seemed a decent sort so I made him a cuppa while he waited on his missus / pal (can't quite remember which) coming to pick him up, although I tend to lock the door at nights nowadays.

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Want Edward Snowden pardoned? You're in the minority, say pollsters

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Re: XonEarth Would you believe?

@Matt:

Ironic use of the FAIL icon, given the content of your linked article?

Cheers for lightening the mood, intentionally or not.

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Re: Maybe an FSB agent, if my Russian friend has it right...

You have a Russian friend?

Oh, well, I guess that settles it.

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Get thee behind me, Satanic mills! Robert Owen's Scottish legacy

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Re: Well worth a visit...

It is indeed. I took my elderly father there for a visit last year and we had a grand day out.

From the article:

It’s a lot to absorb. Fortunately, you can do so over lunch at the Mill Café which offers Victorian afternoon teas, plus you can sample the Mill’s own, home-made ice-creams – so good, they’ve earned a place on Scotland’s Ice Cream Trail.

Said café also does a mighty fine fish supper, if the smile on the old man's face was anything to go by as he scranned it down.

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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yeah, that'll stop thum pesky terr'ists

Utterly absurd and almost as depressing.

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Happy birthday! Rosetta starts second year around comet

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A year already?

It's flown by. (sorry)

More seriously, here's to more excellent science from this wonderful project.

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PALE BACKSIDE of lovely Luna flits past in imagery from 1 MILLION miles out

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Re: "the wardrobe sized DSCOVR spacecraft"

How many buses in an Olympic-sized Wales?

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

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Re: Is this a preview of a new series of Brass Eye?

Ah, the "Cake" episode. An absolute classic.

Mr Edmonds made a royal fool of himself.

"The most dangerous thing about Cake is that it's a made up drug."

And not to forget the other episode in that series where assorted celebrity pals were literally talking Nonce Sense.

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Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

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Re: "..switch between lights and sounds.."

Does it have to be one or the other?

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Too much vino? LG brings Wine Smart oldster-mobe to Europe

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Re: Another advantage with the flip phone

"is open to answer and close to hang up!"

Which in turn provides the added benefit of making you feel just a teency bit Star Trek every time you use it.

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Hacklands introducing geeks to something called 'outdoors'

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Re: super cow powers.

Imoone to biological weapons?

Udderly indestructible?

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Nearby exoplanets circle naked-eye-visible star

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Re: denizens of city centres (who deserve what they get).

Seems a bit harsh but I'd be happy to hear why you feel this way.

In some areas "dimming and trimming" that works best with new lighting control gear means if you'll stay up late the night skies are darker still, but there's little public acceptance of that, and (counter intuitively) the financial case for LEDs is compromised if they run for less hours.

The idea of a post-midnight switch off was briefly floated here before being roundly shouted down as irresponsible and dangerous by the local think-of-the-children brigade, so I don't hold out much hope for them accepting dimming either.

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Re: unembuggered by light pollution.

Indeed. I was fortunate enough to receive a telescope as a gift recently but my city-centre location means I usually only get to see Jupiter, Venus and latterly Saturn.

Beautiful though they are, it'd be nice to have a chance to view the skies minus the local street lights.

I've been meaning to take a late-night, weekend drive to somewhere darker but the Scottish, aherm, "summer" cloud and non-stop pishing rain have so far put paid to that plan.

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BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

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The hitchbot

Stood by the side of the road

And leveled his thumb

In the calm calculus of reason.

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Comet 67/P CAKED in LIFE-GIVING RUBBLE, say astroboffins

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Re: I get granules about that size in my gravy

Oh aye? Is that what the kids are calling them these days?

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Re: Thumbs up

...for probably being the only article written in any news publication today that correctly uses the word 'literally';

"we've just about literally only scratched the service of the worldlet on which it rests

It's so nice to read material written by a literate journalist!

"scratched the service" sounds like an unfortunate, crockery-themed mishap.

Hope it wasn't the good China plates!

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Re: granules less than 10 cm across

That's still pretty impressive for a granule.

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Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police

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Depressingly...

I fear we will see a gradual but steady increase in this type of intrusive pish over the coming years.

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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Re: It's some boring 'there is a planet nearby' thing

Not boring to me but yes, it does indeed seem to be this option.

"Close cousin to the earth and our son."

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Re: cool, gives me time to get home from work

Bugger - means I can't watch it at work.

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Re: Furikake Meniscus....

I like it - in fact I even like saying it!

It would make a good name for a baddie:

"It's Meniscus!"

"Hairikake Meniscus?"

"No, his wee brother, Furikake."

"Bollox, we're doomed!"

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Re: definition of the Scottish "dod"

Around my neck of the Caledonian woods, it equates to roughly the same amount as a bit and I can at least confirm that it is substantially more than a smidgeon, as in:

"She skelped him aroon' the heid wi' a dod ae wid and he's been doolally ever since!"

or:

"Are you sure that soup is enough?"

"Aye, but gie's a dod ae breed wi' it."

etc.

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Re: it refers to any manufacturer of dairy products.

Shuddup, big nose!

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Pluto revealed as KING of the Kuiper belt

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Re: I was thinking of Uranus

Well, that's hardly surprising; it's a cracker and you're not made of stone.

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Re: it might have to be something like Bes

Does that also mean Charon and Hydra get to be maracas? (Not sure about Styx and the rest of the gang though.)

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Mighty CHASMS, craters FOUND ON MOON of Pluto

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Looks to me like a Death Star that's been at the bottom of a lake for a few millennia.

That's no lake!

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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Papa don't breach: Wannabe singer jailed for hacking Madonna

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Re: Going for the obvious...

No need to apologise. I think your post is a little Ray of Light and it looks like you got right Into The Groove.

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NASA pops open a big can of red planet whup-ass with Mars Trek

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Re: It's like another world.

You just gave me a Flashback.

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Re: launched a freight train

Launched a train you say?

Makes me think of this

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NASA chooses ace SPACE PILOTS who'll take the USA back into manned flight

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Re: One fifth of a Monkey?

Or four ponies.

(Sometimes referred to as a donkey-shop quartet.)

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