* Posts by g e

2934 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Fiery old geysers FOUND ON MOON: Volcanic past explained

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Huff post has a cracking debunk of lunar conspiracy

One of the debunks proving we visited the moon being that the astronauts came back with lunar rock that's identical to rock found on earth. Awesome.

Neil Armstrong's face is another debunk bullet-point, lol.

Can't work out if the huff is secretly working FOR conspiracists or not.... there's some quality drivel in that post, good for a giggle.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/18/apollo-11-fake-proof_n_5599372.html

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Re: Holey information loss, Batman!

Mind you, weren't lasers 'guessed at' not so long ago ?

They're pretty good at this guessing game, has to be said.

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AshMad search outfit Trustify to El Reg: 'Trust us, we're the good guys'

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Also: "Not on this site"

That's changed, too, by the look of it...

http://www.trustify.info/check-no?User[adult_friend_finder_possible_email_address]=ceo@trustify.info

Will take you to what you get when you enter an email addy, plonk any email addy you like on the end there, as far as I can tell. Not received anything in my inbox yet so perhaps the 'Clear yes/no' is already long gone in favour of hoovering emails up.

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More deaths linked to Ashley Madison hack as scammers move in

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Cyber-bullying?

Aren't there various laws about that carrying some stiff jail time, especially when it results in deaths?

If I were impact team then I'd really be hoping I could walk the untraceable pro-haxx0r walk as well as talk the guff right about now.

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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Re: Do vat grown brains dream? @ Hollerith

I assume you don't have any kids. Whilst I agree completely with your point, by 8 months you can clearly see a lot of human cognitive behaviour in your offspring plus personality. Language is already beginning to form, albeit at a rudimentary Neanderthal-type grunt for bikkies, shout for not-pleased, gurgle for pleasure kind of way.

I'd actually say 2 months absolute maximum, based on experience, possibly even from 8 months in utero although you'd not be having meaningful (in your sense) communication with a human that small.

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Samsung goes to US Supreme Court to wriggle out of paying Apple millions of dollars

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Re: A mere sideshow

And not paying out 1/2BN USD would surely help those profits a little

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Snowball spud gun shows comets could have seeded Earth with life

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Well Martin Budden seems to have solved that... take a planet/body/thing which has amino acids on it. Hammer it with some meteors/asteroids and you get peptides. leave it a while to develop into more life-y stuff then thwack it with a very big asteroid, spraying some of that stuff off and into space.

Repeat over billions of years and million-to-one chances happen in their thousands. Life only needs a few hundred million years to go from soup to people.

Hardly beyond imagination.

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Re: But... but..

Oh dear oh dear.

I just scan-read that as Golden Vagina.

Time for a little lie-down perhaps.

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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Re: True - but unlikely

Card co's will let you store a unique token which is associated with a card within the Card Co's sytems so you have not personal card data to hold. That's one way of potentially rebilling without having the card details.

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

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Re: So where do the Amazon-phobes shop online?

Depends on what it is...

Ebay, Dabs, misco, RS, Wickes, locally if practical

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Re: I've been wondering about this for a while.

Or perhaps perpetuate it...

MUHAHAHAH!!

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Responsible (ethical, presumably) corporate citizen

Largely an oxymoron, surely? Duty to the shareholders n all that

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Colleague

Does mean a fellow employee, though, regardless of your day-to-day or social interaction with them. Even the CEO is 'a colleague' though generally the work relation would be taken to be somewhat closer than that, say between goods-in team and the top brass

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Donald Trump dumps on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

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Mind you

Most of the papers I've seen reported by El Reg that emanate from, say, MIT have 'immigrant' surnames on all that excellent work which is, presumably, advancing US interests.... Not that they're not necessarily x-generation of such but they ain't come from 'round here, so to speak.

Merely an observation. Cake / Eating conflicts?

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Drone racing sells robot soul to Mammon with launch of racing league

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Micro Machines mini drone league needed!

As per title

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TXT message leaves Corvette wrecked

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Joke

HTC ?

Hack

That

Corvette

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Wrist-top virtualisation comes to Apple Watch

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RDP from a phone is useful

But it's a bit of a last resort thing. Better on a tablet but you're still constantly zooming to read stuff, etc

I like(d) MS's own RDp client until the latest update just slings out something like Error 0x4 and fails to connect to the Win7 Vbox headless I have running on the (Ubuntu) server at home... so switched to Afree RDP (from memory).

Might well try Parallels, though

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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@Chris Miller | Re: @RIBrsiq

"Cultist" or "Fanatic", probably

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Samsung looks into spam ads appearing on Brits' smart TVs

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Re: Easily solved.

As part of a subscription, though

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Re: Easily solved.

Actually, yes.

The SKY box emits HDMI as does the Netflix-playing PS4. The Pi2 runs openElec Kodi which deals with everything else.

Just need a 50" HDMI panel, really. Also, no license required if it can't receive TV?? We don't actually have an aerial plugged into either smart TV, thinking about it.

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

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Cockwomble

I laugh every time I see that word now.

Plus it must confuse the shit out of yanks who probably think it's pronounced kok-woom-ul

Cos they don't have Wombles.

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Intel doubles its bounty for women and ethnic minorities

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Re: Questions

If people don't want to work for Intel then they don't want to work for Intel, not really anyone's fault, particularly, unless Intel have a rep as horrific to work for (more so than their rivals, at least)

Likewise not Intel's fault (presumably) if people of the 'correct ethnic diversity' don't have the qualifications to be accepted for available roles, either.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Re: 'Cheap' in terms of food, now means selling your privacy too.

I don't remember being asked for a licensing pound of flesh for the last 3 TVs I bought, thinking about it and they were bought from a store, not online which would already have my delivery address

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Boffins turned off by silicon switch to TILTING MAGNETS

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It's all in the Congo??!?!!!??!?

What's the Worstall that can happen?

Coat. Got.

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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"Also for the climate"

Until winter when you're actually heating more.

There's two sides to this coin...

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What balls! India blocks 0.00008 per cent of web in anti-pr0n move

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Re: Government

Problem is, that leaves you with 'Churches'...

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Seminal.

snigger...

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Austria joins the long list of Pirate Bay access deniers after court order

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ISPs to pay costs???

Ummmm it's their fault, how? Or should they kowtow immediately to every webby whim of the MAFIAA 'in case' ?

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

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Re: Oh well

Yeah, shrinkwrap licenses were exactly what it reminded me of

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Re: Oh well

If the conditions are on the back of the ticket then how you you consent prior to purchasing?

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Re: 5 minutes

Perhaps it's more of a 'force people to somehow register' thing so someone somewhere has 'A List Of People'

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: Well that's what you get....

Hence free for a year.

Of Beta-testing

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Joke

Close but no cigar

THIS is a Cortina Search...

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/search/used/cars/ford/cortina/postcode/cv239df/radius/1500/onesearchad/used%2Cnearlynew%2Cnew/quicksearch/true

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Oh, Obama's responded to the petition to pardon Snowden. What'll it be?

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A few Americans...

Roughly 1% at a quick guess.

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'Untraceable' VoIP caller ID-spoofing website accepts Bitcoin

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Just register a premium number

And call it for 1.3p/min for 99p+ payout per min

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Pope loses grip on Antarctica: Clergy withdraw from austral landmass

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Re: "Tiny Nuns"

Hmmm, Frank Zappa's Thing Fish for me....

Bit of a worry, that...

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Antitrust this! EU Commish goes after HOLLYWOOD’s big guns

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For its part, Disney said

We. Are. Disney.

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Hark, the Hacking Team angels sing, it’s not us who’ve actually sinned

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Re: Blah, blah, weasel words, weasel words

Did Smith & Wesson or Lockheed Martin have any comment?

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Re: Mega Winge

I suggest (but then, I would) the ApPLe scale - after the Apple Patent Lawyer

A lot like capacitance it would generally be measured, of course, in micro-APLs or uA's, As a whole APL would be an awful lot of disingenuous butthurt-ness

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TITSUP: Apple Music, App Stores, iCloud, iTunes, Radio, iBooks

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Re: I hadn't noticed

Does that mean you're recommending burning it to CD to rip it back again ?

Buying a CD sounds way less faff.

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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

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Re: Nail the bastards part 2

Agreed, natch.

Until maybe a bystander needs a Canon 700D prising out of their skull, perhaps, from a taken-out drone?

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: Licence 'rewording" required?

And you can get paid subs for t'internet, like wot those Netflix and Amazon chappies do.

Seems to me someone could work out something like plumbing your license number into the iplayer and getting access to everything on one IP at a time (to reduce the benefit of sharing your license# with pals) and people without licenses could pay for individual programs/channels/series to be streamed as they wanted, charged pro-rata in line with the BBC's own published viewing figures for their programs/channels or something

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WINGED VELOCIRAPTOR 'from HELL': Closest thing ever to a real DRAGON?

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Hang on.. 6 limbs?

Four leggy things and wings too? Has anything like this been dug up anywhere else?

I usually think of non-insecty things as having four limbs (or none for snakes, bar vestigal thingies), two eyes, nose & mouth. Even fish broadly fit that generalisation, though I'm no zoologist for sure.

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Account at HSBC? BAD LUCK, no iPhone bonk-banking for you

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Re: NFC? No thanks.

My wallet is easier to pull out than something the size of my S4 and I don't need to 'thumb it', just placing the wallet by the PDQ machine does the job (yes, there's only one NFC card in the wallet).

The bank sent me that card (ostensibly) for free, too, saving 500+ quid. Bonus.

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

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Re: Shy Metaller

They have armadillos in their trousers...

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Apple's chip'n'firmware security demands behind HomeKit delays

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Re: Apple's landfill chip

iCloud

iSilo

FTFY

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The Empire Strikes Back: Disney tractor-beams StarWars.co.uk from Brit biz

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Mind you

If Disney are butthurt so badly they want to litigate until the heat death of the universe (and beyond, quite likely) then hell, let those lawyers milk them and buy yachts.

Not that I'm in anyway condoning Being An IP Lawyer, you understand, I just think Disney is a greater evil which makes the lawyers OK by comparison. Sort of thing. After all , someone has to Set The Lawyers Going.

Kinda like guns aren't intrinsically bad, it's how they're used that's bad.

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Nominet are

Getting pissed up on the backhander and looking forward to enjoying free Disneyworld access for family and friends for the foreseeable future

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Sony phone chief vows to keep losing money forever and ever

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Agreed

My Z4 tab is awesome, a no-brainer upgrade from my (still) excellent Z2. Shame about the magnetic charging dock connector omission, though :o/

Expecting to switch from Samsung to SONY for my next phone, too, at this rate (and oh, how novel, still be able to use my apps on another maker's device, chortle).

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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"Play-Doh", apparently

I thought that what you did when impersonating Homer Simpson...

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