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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Re: "beware: fibre optic cables"

It's really because they come with gold-plated plugs and Google doesn't want you stealing them.

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ESA's spaceplane cleared for lift-off in February 2015

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You don't

If you have a look at the animation linked above you'll see it lands by parachute like just about every re-entry vehicle before it. The difference here is that re-entry is done forwards not backwards* and the flaps provide some degree of control at high speed unlike in a capsule design where at best you have limited controlled by shifting the centre of mass. I'm speculating here, but I suspect more control in re-entry would yield a fuel saving since you wouldn't have to pre-align your orbit with the landing zone plus it would give you more freedom in an emergency.

*Yes, I know, feel free to make your own joke.

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Pervert's Guide man's new book, an urban myths tome and Youth, an underrated gem

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Are you suggesting that

you're a bigger bullshit artist than Zizek? Some things just aren't believable (and I believe everything Steve Bong writes).

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CIA crypto-king offers new 'clock' clue to crack Kryptos code

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Re: $$$$$!

I suspect it's more like compensation for having to deal with cranks.

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What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant

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Dreams . . . can come true

There's this couple called Bubba and Jay-lynne who would quite like to meet you.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Well of course China will get it first

They just have to move them from the factory to the warehouse conveniently located next door. "Designed in California Finland" made in China is how it works, isn't it.

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You know those WEIRD glass sheds in New York? They'll be replaced with Gbps WiFi

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If the equipment's supplied by Apple they'll be fine

unless they have a Scottish accent.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Interesting read

but given that these are "vintage" phones let down by the lack of dates.

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Dark side of the DUNE: Probot snaps shadowy comet surface selfie

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It seems Philae

wasn't the only one to bounce on delivery.

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

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Re: Proof?

Depends on what's written on the canvas.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Plan Ten from Outer Space

Seriously Moffat, when you're reduced to stealing plot ideas from Ed Wood it's time to go.

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Billionaire's pet DRAGON SPLASHES DOWN off Pacific Coast

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Re: Wiseman

Yep, for an authentic Aussie feel he should have gone with "Sinny".

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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Reminds me of the time long ago

when someone complained that I never labelled the discs I sent them. Of course the discs they sent me were all labelled "disc for Francis" which was much better.

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Vulture trails claw across Lenovo's touchy N20p Chromebook

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monetisation

Since "monetisation" as it's now used doesn't mean "to make money" but to "find a way of making money from something" you could argue that i's just a metaphorical use of your preferred meaning. Short of setting up a government department to enforce poetic licences you can't stop people using metaphor.

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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You mean

you don't have this installed on your android device. Shame.

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Hardened Hydrazine the source of Galileo satnav FAIL

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Only if

Steve Ballmer's new job is with Arianspace.

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

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I would love to explain

what that's all about but in deference to the mods maybe you should just read the. ahem, fan fiction.

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I rewatched City of Death again recently

and pretty all your complaints with the possible exception of 'touchy-feely"* apply to it. What would you expect when you have the genius of Tom Baker combined with the genius of Douglas Adams (and Lalla Ward in a schoolgirl outfit. It seems your main problem is that DNA is dead.

*From the 'chemistry' between the leads I expect there was plenty of 'touchy-feely' going on behind the scenes.

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And in news just in

Moffat has announced plans to address your concerns. All writers have been informed that future episodes must take place in Midsomer. This will of course mean toning down the explosions but on the other hand the number of deaths per episode can be cranked up in compensation. When asked about the plausibility of having Midsomer invaded by aliens every other episode Moffat's only response was a blank stare.

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

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Re: What if energy comes from clean sources? Does it then matter?

"Now if that is what it appears to be, as described in that article, then oil and coal is going to end very soon."

It will take more than a blatant scam to make that happen.

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Rise of the Machines: FIRST HUMAN VICTIM – 2015

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Re: Crime as a Service?

The idea that you will be able to hire bad people to do bad things just blows my mind.

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Google wants to KILL apps with the 'Physical Web'

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Google doesn't know you like the blow up pink donkeys?

If it didn't it does now.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Exactly

Giant Space Dragons. Is that a meme yet?

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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Re: Eh????

If the copyright owner is the one that uploaded it, then it's that persons responsibility, and they have effectivly entered it into the public domain.

Publishing equals giving up copyright. Interesting concept.

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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You become the "new" Wierd Al

God forbid.

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Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey

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SySS

Have rather too many esses in their name for my taste - especially for an outfit from Germany.

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NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'

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You Know what else is an "unnatural perfect stone sphere"

Mars! The truth will out. Those Magratheans can't hide forever!

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FAA clears SWARM of MOVIE DRONES for take-off

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or maybe

take your meds?

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Must be frustrating

We live in a world where everyone has a telescreen in their pocket but the Party can't get the video feed.

P.S. Maybe Comey should move to Australia. I'm sure Abbott and co would be only too happy to give him everything he wants.

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HOT WET ALIEN world discovered in constellation Cygnus

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Science Illustrators - they're a thing

Who do you think makes all those nice pictures of dinosaurs.

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ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7

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No problem

Just add some more AAs - it's the El Reg way.

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Fake tape detectors, 'from the stands' footie and UGH! Internet of Things in my set-top box

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Re: Law abiding Mongolians

Can't say the same for the Brazilians. It's a jungle down there. Even the Russians can't compete.

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Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files

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I'm afraid you're double dipping

To say that the limit of human hearing is 20khz (or whatever) is to say that the highest frequency a human can hear is 20khz. But there's only one "sound" that's completely defined by it's frequency and that's a sine wave. If you could tell the difference between a 20k sine wave and a 20k square wave (or anything else) it would be because you were hearing the higher frequency components which you can't do - your ears don't have hardware to respond to those frequencies.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Aye

keelhauling be too good for such a scurvy poltroon. He best be hanged from the yardarm for speaking so strangely.

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What's an Ultrabook? Now Intel touts 2-in-1 typoslabs to save PC biz

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Re: Steve Jobs is alive!

Except then you forget to put it on the mat and come back to find it dead. I had a Logitech wireless mouse and I gave it away before the paint wore off which with Logitech is a very short time. When they make a mouse that works like a Roomba then maybe I'd be interested.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Typical Microsoft ignoring the real issue

What are El Reg's contingency plans to ensure that the sacred isle of Rockall stays British?

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Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility

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Re: Your drunk, The Register, go home

Try submitting a paper to a scientific journal that's all data and no method and see how far you get.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: Consumers who care about quality?

I've never understood why people hate letterboxing. Maybe If I create a screen with a mechanically driven bezel that automatically adjusts to the picture's aspect ratio that will make it acceptable.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: SpaceX's cheaper Dragon capsule has room for seven

They don't need a steering wheel - they run Ardupilot.

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Penicillin?

Florey wasn't Scottish.

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MIT boffins cry havoc and let slip the ROBOT CHEETAHS of Whoa

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Yes, but at least

the Google version will show you a selection of the worlds funniest ads before you die.

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Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces

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Why bother?

Now we have a Lego version. (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/10/lego_computer/ for those who missed it.)

Seriously, I wish them success. With a bit of luck there are many similar treasures waiting to be discovered.

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Airbus developing inkjet printer for planes

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Silly idea

They should just 3d print the planes in colour!

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Remind me to

replace every 'less than' sign in my code with the 'fewer than' when I figure out what that is.

Seriously, mathematically speaking, integers are just a subset of numbers so I don't think the fewer/less distinction has that much utility.

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Re: "replace them when [...] their hard drives start making nasty sounds.

Surely you mean Celine Dion terrorist weapon.

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New USB spec offers two-way power flows AND double-sided plug

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You'll create a feedback loop that will generate a metastable Higg's boson and destroy the universe.

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So DRM was behind the fact that you can't copy from one flash drive to another. Nothing to do with the fact that flash drives are cheap devices that don't include a cpu and that USB deliberately uses the cpu to make that cheapness possible. But that's a bring technical explanation. Conspiracy theories are more fun.

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Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS

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If you thought

the Register's system of measurement (SR, SeR?) couldn't get any stranger it now turns out that "bloody ENORMOUS" is just slightly smaller than "big".

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Fedora gets new partition manager

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Not just Diskdrake

I miss approximately 50% of the Mandriva Control Centre features.

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