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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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Re: DDG?

Must be a slow day in Redmond.

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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Re: On YouTube

Try this. A little pixelated but perfectly watchable.

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Re: The big problem up there

"The stuff in a polar orbit does not fly at the same altitude as stuff in an equatorial orbit or a LEO."

Have they assigned flight levels to the various types of orbit? Not that that would work - apart from being non-circular, orbits change and decay hence the need for station keeping. If something's in a fixed orbit it's because someone wants it to stay there.

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'Aaaah FFS, 'amazeballs' has made it into the OXFORD DICTIONARY'

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I think In Oz

we call that an Abetz.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: uh, no

I'd go with 30mm rotary cannon like on the A10 and the first person I'd target would be whoever came up with the stupid idea of connecting a smartphone to a HUD. On second thoughts, make that the marketing director of Navdy. (The CEO would be second, then the person who thought up the idea.)

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: "Best is cheapest"

Cheapest is usually crap because there's always a manufacturer out there willing to compromise on a critical component. Cheapest plus 10-20% is a good rule if value is what you're aiming at but as always exceptions. The trick of course is to recognise them and there's no rule for that. (Except reading el Reg comments that is.)

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Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

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Re: Speed of light

or 700 thousand Angstroms. Things that happen fast tend to be small.

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Farmville maker Zynga delays new games after losing 57 MILLION users

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“Inside Zynga, we recognise that our products have the potential to live for multiple years and with nurturing, refinement and investment, they can grow and scale. We are purposefully competing, and while we would like to be further along, we believe we are making the right decisions to grow our business and unlock long term shareholder value," said chief exec Don Mattrick in a statement.

I hope it was in a statement. He doesn't really talk like that.

Does he?

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Kiwi satellite earth station recycled – as radio telescope

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Re: Excellent!

I think I saw Arecibo on there once but I had to pass since there was no pick up option.

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REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

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I only ever use the Vulcan salute

I suspect I might be missing some subtext here.

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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Assuming

they're not being deliberately misleading and are quoting the efficiency at 100 cycles because that's what they've tested (rather than because, say, it drops off a cliff at 101 cycles) I'd suspect that at 1000 cycles it's still pretty good. (99% efficiency is good for any technology - 99.9% is better.) But as always with these new battery technologies it's wait and see.

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Pinterest diversity stats: Also pale and male (but not as much as Twitter)

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I don't know

but you might start by looking at the demographic stats in the country where your "perfect company" is located.

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When the robot rebellion comes, this Jibo droid will BORE you to death

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Siri

on a stick. But definitely no treat.

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Huge FOUR-winged dino SPREAD LEGS to KILL – scientists

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Proof

that Bert Rutan has/will invent(ed) a time machine.

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Re: I wonder how many manhours and expense ....

Didn't you know, they outsource it to the El Reg headline writers. It's a nice little sideline.

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Phone charging log helps to convict murderer

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Re: Is it really metadata?

Well if you wanted to be ultra-pedantic you could argue that any data on a system that is not (directly or indirectly) user-generated constitutes metadata but have an upvote anyway.

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DRONE WARS: Killers, spies? Nah, they're IDEAL for snapping pics of hot models

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The pics would be useless too

Who wants to see just the edges of a hot models?

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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or maybe

Per ardua add alcohol.

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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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Looks more likely to me

that they were on the awning of the pizzeria next door (much more visible, easy access via the conveniently located windows, news reports are always wrong about something) so can we please restart this thread with Italian jokes instead.

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Dead letter office: ancient smallpox sample turns up in old US lab

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Time to arm

the fuel air self destruct system. They do have one, don't they?

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: smashing idea, but...

Well the paintball sentry gun in the video above appears to have a colour rejection mode so I suppose you'd just have to paint your dog blue.

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Come on

if if doesn't work against an alien what chance does it have against a cat.

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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

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I'd like to see the day

when Top Gear confines its insults to the Welsh.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Re: Battery Times

"Fact is Hydrogen is the cheapest & cleanest plus fastest Tech we have today"

Pity it's efficiency is on a par with an electric powered steam engine.

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Shine on you crazy diamond: Distant dwarf may hide space jewel

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Re: But what I want to know is...

Appraise it. They're probably working on sending a Death Star to disintegrate it. Can't have the price of a common form of one of the most abundant elements in the universe fall to it's natural level.

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Is there too much sex and violence on TV?

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watching avidly on the tellies in their room

Don't you mean snuggled up under the covers with their phone watching Porntube.

The relevance of this comment is left as an exercise for the rader.

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NASA pulls FLYING SAUCER out of Pacific ocean

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Well I've heard

it's Lego all the way at NASA.

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Shrew'd boffins spot TINY ELEPHANT species

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Oh dear

El Reg tries to avoid being sexist and ends up being (mildly) sexist and racist at the same time.

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

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I'd like to see you say that to

Tommy Flowers

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WORLD HISTORY in SELFIES: So AMAZEBALLS your EYES will EXPLODE

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Impossible

Cracked is actually funny.

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California gives green light to test self-driving cars on public roads

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Dammit, it's always Hal

Why don't I ever get the sexy female AI?

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

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A Tüftler

sounds like someone who would appreciate a bit of hot photon-on-photon action.

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NASA preps flying saucer ballocket flight

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A website where you can make playmobil reconstructions

sounds pretty damn good. O, the joys of being fifteen again.

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Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

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I don't think

I'd let him anywhere near my balloon.

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

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Maybe Huawei could rename itself 'Kodak'

It's supposedly easily pronounceable in every language on the planet and isn't been used for much these days.

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

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Re: Motivation

Unfortunately what it wants to do will be determined by its creators and in ways that they don't even begin to understand (cf. children). And that's reason to be afraid.

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Lost treasure of Atari REVEALED

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It's New Mexico

so it probably means they were really looking for $80M in cash buried in plastic barrels.

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Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc

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Can I get it as a nipple ring

or even a prince albert. "No officer, I swear I was just unlocking my phone".

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Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES

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It's the new Apple masterplan - patent everything they think Google might be going to invent.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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What about it?

Some people are Mormons, others are Sufis but this study wasn't about that. By all means cling to your comforting consequence-free beliefs but the issue here is precisely that non-evidence based belief does have significant real-world consequences.

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Boffins brew graphene in kitchen blender

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Re: So not actually making graphene then.

What I was thinking. I suppose that at four or five layers even a tiny speck is essentially a very thin sheet and has all the nice electrical properties but you're not going to be making a cat's hammock let alone a space elevator with specks.

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NASA finds first Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone around star

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Re: general ignorance question

Well, you're half way to aperture synthesis interferometry. Useful for increasing angular resolution of measurements. See the Square Kilometer Array for an example of the technique at radio frequencies.

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Lazy troll

is lazy

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Win gorgeous strap-on, enter whole new world with Reg compo

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Re: How can I be the first one to say that another sort of strap-on

Well since this thing is 3D it's probably the perfect way to experience having your eye poked out with the other sort.

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Porn

cat videos, and photos of cupcakes on Pinterest. Probably in that order.

Something for everyone, really.

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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I watched the Mythbusters 'impossible' episode yesterday

It was all about squeezing shit into bags. And pigs.

It was, of course, not relevant to anything here.

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Putin's ego

FOUND ON THE MOON

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Old enough

to remember the mechanical calculator - the preferred business machine for most of the twentieth century. Slide rules where for science and engineering types.

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The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods

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Re: Disappointing

Chris Morris may be a genius but when you need someone to say "God Damn These Electric Sex Pants" Matt Berry's your man.

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