* Posts by AbelSoul

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NASA sending five-metre THERMO-HAMMER to Mars

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"See video below"

Not sure if it's an issue with my browser or what not but I don't see any video attached to the article.

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NASA's Jupiter moon mission becomes acronymathon

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Re: if you're going to stick something up Europa..

Perhaps they're saving it for the next Uranus mission?

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NASA picks tools for voyage to possibly LIFE-SUPPORTING moon Europa

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Re: Don't drill the ice, melt it.

I really hope to live long enough to see a through-the-ice mission carried out.

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

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setting an orbital record for a reusable spacecraft...

... with a 674-day mission last year

I'm surprised they found the time to squeeze it in.

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Virtual reality pr0n on the Rift? 'Why not?' says Oculus founder

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Re: Monkey spanking specs or Bishop bashing bins?

Hector

Spector

Four-eyed-erector

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Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – a true monster in the making

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Re: Just bought the 1st Witcher

Never played the first one but got about two thirds of the way through the second one before getting stuck somewhere and never going back to it.

After reading this review, I think I'll go home tonight and fire it up again.

(Might check out the first one too.)

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: most jokes will be udder rubbish

Yoghurt away with it though.

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Never trust a developer who says 'I can fix this in a few minutes'

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Re: after dark when they're less stroppy.

Stroppy lions? That's tigers you're thinking of.

Lions are uppity.

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PHOTON SPACE SAIL successfully Kickstarted into orbit

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Re: How thick is an average trash bag?

About four times the thickness of a photon sail.

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Re: Spanker, Spinnaker, Sphinx-ter?

I had no idea that a Spanker is also a type of sail.

Nor was I aware that the word Spinnaker came from Sphinx, mispronounced as Spinx, which is probably a fortuitous mispronunciation or else cries of "raise the Sphinkter" may have been heard for the last 150 years.

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

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Re: hopefully the 'chopper' is an autogyro

Or even more fun, how about this well known Australian chap?

Icon because.... well, how else can I get away with three choppers in the one comment?

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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how big are these reflective spots? Presumably much bigger than the Reg-SI unit of a fun-bag but smaller than a blue whale? Or perhaps it's several Olympic sized swimming pools?

Olympic sized fun-bag?

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NASA plans electrolysis-powered ROBOT EEL for Europa's oceans

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Re: here in the U.S., where we have the right to arm bears

Bravo sir!

Thank you for raising a smile at the end of an otherwise tedious Monday.

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Fox gives Minority Report the nod – precog goes primetime on tellybox

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Re: buy the rights to books and then turn out a film that doesn't resemble the book?

One of the most outlandishly unrecognisable examples of Book != Movie has to be The Lawnmower Man

Not that the original was necessarily any better than the movie (both pretty poor IMO) but undeniably a completely different story.

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ALIEN HUNT: Water similar to life-bearing Earth lakes FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

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Serpentinization

The discovery of serpentinization makes Enceladus an even more promising candidate for a separate genesis of life

Space Serpents?

Snakes on a Moon?

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Oculus Rift VR bucket will be seen on noggins near you in 2016

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Re: You won't see people walking down the street wearing one

You sure about that?

Wish I had your confidence.

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Shut up...

.... and take my money!

More seriously, I don't even have a computer capable of utilising this wonderful thing but I haven't been so excited about a new piece of technology for some time so will probably invest when the time comes. Let's hope it lives up to expectations.

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Ryanair stung after $5m Shanghai'd from online fuel account

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Couldn't have happened to a nicer firm

There are very few companies that I refuse to have any further dealings with but that bunch thieving liars are one of them.

Aaahhhh, Shadenfreude!

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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Re: Cock Jockey

I once changed Tim Westwood's wiki page to read "cock jockey" instead of "dick jockey"

I'm going to take a punt here and guess that you meant disc?

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BATWINGED DINO-PIGEON causes FLAP in bone-boffinry circles

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Flaps

Henry Gee stated that he expected the paper "will cause a great deal of flap."

Which is probably a bit more than the unfortunate little Yi qi was able to achieve.

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Calamity cargo capsule DOOMED: Space station pod in fireball re-entry

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It'll all be OK...

... as long as everyone remembers to Duck & Cover!

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ROBOT telescope discovers ENORMOUS planetary neighbours

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Re: a Pink Floyd track title from the olden days!

Several Species of Large Furry Planets Gathered Together 'round a Star and Grooving with a G&T?

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Re: Darker skin?

From the article *and* a previous comment:

Natural pigments appear not to have any effect on the Watch.

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Re: will it work on black or brown people?

From the article:

Natural pigments appear not to have any effect on the Watch.

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Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

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Re: recruiters are looking beyond IT

I spent a year an a half as a recruiter, long before I got into IT properly.

It was a windy road though, having previously had a brief gig as a site engineer (civils), then a year serving pints down the local boozer, going via 10 years with BT (shifting routers and leased lines), then a brief stint at Sound Engineering college before learning (just about) to programme, which has kept me occupied for the last 30 months.

Still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

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Re: Inspiring Entrepreneurs

Down with this sort of thing.

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Singapore's PM personally programmed C++ Suduko-solver

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Re: if they allow conscientious objection, I wouldn't object

I would.

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Cheer up songwriters, there's shedloads of money rolling in

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Did we tell you the name of the game, boy?

We call it riding the gravy train.

That said, last time around, I received my biggest PRS payment yet - a whopping £19.72.

Kerching!

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This will crack you up: US drug squad's phone call megaslurp dates back to 1990s

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Re: a functional multi-party system

If only that were true.

Alas, despite some baby steps in the right direction, come the general election we'll still end up with one of two cheeks from the same arse.

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Saturn's rings, radio waves ... poetry? At home with Scotland's Mr Physics

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Re: Whilst in the area....

I had no idea about this. Cheers for the head's up.

As an aside, I'm guessing the Edinburgh station in question is Waverley and not one of the several other stations in the city ?

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Irvine Welsh offers A Decent Ride, while the The Discreet Hero is yet to be revealed

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Re: Bizarre as it may seem

Indeed.

Apparently they can be beneficial where the gut of the patient is lacking helpful bacteria, such as after a course of strong antibiotics.

A quick search turned up this clinic, who appear to specialise in said procedure.

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Al Franken to FBI: We need MORE revenge smut arrests

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It could be argued that it is the prudish and prurient attitude of society that really harms the people whose pictures are released. If they were treated as no big deal then the blackmailers would have no leverage and little incentive.

I've been saying similar for years.

The utopia depicted in Iain M. Banks' Culture novels, where nothing is taboo so long as it doesn't hurt anyone else, may be fanciful and unobtainable but is certainly worth aspiring to.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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Re: "GAYGESTAPO"

The Reg already nailed said commentard succinctly and accurately by describing them thusly:

... said one moron

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

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Re: ..what the hell am I doing here???

"I don't belong here...."

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V&A Museum shows Guardian's destroyed MacBook as ART

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Re: >The art isn't the item you're seeing

This is not the droid art you are looking for.

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Tidal music launch: Pop plutocrats pour FLAC on rival Spotify

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Re: The number of people with hearing extending beyond 24000hz is ZERO

There's an online test to check your own threshold here (clicky)

Nothing above 16kHz for my auld, battered lugs.

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NASA to take MARTIAN FLYING SAUCER for a spin

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Re: What a waste of Helium

Such a precious and limited commodity to be pissing it away into space.

But at least you'd be pissing with an amusingly high-pitched squeak.

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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Perfect way...

... to draw an otherwise stressful Friday to a close.

I was smiling through most of that, cheers.

Almost pub 'o' clock.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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I have friends who are not power users, with maybe 20+ icons in the dock on a 13" laptop, the dock hide feature turned on and magnify turned on...drives me nuts to use their laptop.

I'm sheepishly raising my hand in confession here. (Well, apart from the 20+ icons - it's nearer 10)

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Bloodborne: An immersively thick cut above its gaming rivals

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Re: A small point of order here...

That was news to me, thank you.

Everyday's a school day.

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Blockhead fugitive Snapchats himself into police custody

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Re: "There's one place we didn't look."

Sarge: "We found this spoon, sir!"

Centurion: "Well done, sergeant!"

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Google Glass NOT DEAD. We're just making it 'ready' says chief

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Re: It's not dead, it's resting!

Googling Pining for the fjords.

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Samsung puts eight-core processor IN A WATCH

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Re: Battery life

The Citizen Eco drive Proximity never needs a battery replacement as it's solar powered - still has bluetooth 4.0 and the usual functions but doesn't have a power draining display.

Nor does it have anyway of letting you know who is calling you, meaning you still have to fish your 'phone out of your pocket/bag/orifice to check whether you want to answer it.

That makes it completely redundant for the only use-case that appeals to me so far but each to their own.

It's a nicer looking watch than most of the others though.

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Rezzed: Indie gaming shows off its finest

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Roto chair

Nice idea but not likely to have much of a market for home users, given the cost + space requirements.

OTOH, your idea of the local boozer having one installed is rather appealing.

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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Re: Jet ski + Motorcycle

Your post got me thinking that I'd actually quite like one of those and a quick search turned up this.

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Zuck: Get your FULLY EXPOSED BUTTOCKS off my Facebook

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Re: down with this sort of thing!

Careful now!

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Dread Pirate Roberts' first mate Peter Nash faces life behind bars

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".. faces life behind bars.. "

Yikes!

Seems a bit harsh, to say the least.

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SpaceX to deliver Bigelow blow-up job to ISS astronauts

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Re: infeststion space hamsters

Or Spamsters, as we like to call them.

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ALIEN LIFE drenched in HOT FLUID on Jupiter's Ganymede – is that so?

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Outstanding piece of boffinry

"If you observe the aurorae in an appropriate way, you learn something about the magnetic field. If you know the magnetic field, then you know something about the moon's interior."

Cap well and truly d'offed.

95 miles under the surface though? "Cat, are you drilling?"

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Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected

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Re: *applause*

You think you're one of the Macc Lads?

You're too f*cking tight.

I've spilt more ale down me waistcoat,

Than you've supped the night.

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