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1091 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

China to take women to heaven and back

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<Sigh>

I miss Sarah.

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Airbus brews Scandium smackdown for carbon Dreamliner

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If airliners and bikes are made of the same materials

does that mean we'll see Airbus investing in bamboo plantations in the near future?

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Boffins' PETMAN robot mimics human gym rats

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"fine-tuning neck articulation". Nonsense!

They just can't get the eyes to glow the appropriate evil shade of red.

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UN wants two-thirds of the world online by 2015

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Hygiene

Code for "realising you don't have to have your clitoris chopped off" (among other things).

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Just seven solar cars reach Adelaide alive

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But, as a Queenslander, welcome to the state. I hope you see some of it that isn't the Gold Coast. Cavill Avenue on any given night isn't exactly representative <shudder>.

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Solar-furnace powered steampunk racing car

I think el Reg might be on to something there.

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Rupert's MySpace mea culpa

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You have all failed me! Prepare to

get another well-paid job.

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Cable employee admits replacing Superbowl feed with porn

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how does that workwith lesbian porn?

You can never be sure who came first.

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Gigantic KRAKEN fingered in prehistoric murder mystery

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Chuck Norris can't time travel

He just kicks the Earth into the future.

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Security by obscurity not so bad after all, argues prof

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Facepalm

The post is required, and must contain letters.

-> letters

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Violent videogames reduce crime

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Save your breath

That sort of horror story only works on an audience which is ignorant on the subject which we here are not.

BTW, you do know that the stories at Not Always Right are ,shall we say, not always true.

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Murdoch organ intrudes into readers' private places

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Where can I complain

about the hideous image you've just inserted into my head?

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Apple loses bid to trademark 'multi-touch'

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Would it be infringment

if I wore just one rubber glove?

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Hackers of Japanese military contractor fluent in Chinese

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No

they mean Simplified Chinese as in the modification of the traditional Chinese writing system developed for use in the PRC. (That last bit being, I suspect, significant).

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Virtual and real worlds collide in gamers' minds

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Doesn't

every gaming site have a "Signs you've been playing to much X" thread?

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Boffins step closer to steam-powered Babbage computer

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No

they gave up on Crysis comparability when they decided to go for a tablet form factor.

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Dinosaur-murdering space boulder family found innocent

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@@Nerdo

I'm also sure that the Earth would recover from humans breaking the climate - after it eliminated the cause that is.

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1-in-3,200 chance* that a fiery satellite chunk will hit someone on Friday

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Yes, because

everything that goes into space automatically becomes radioactive and as a bonus if it's living it acquires super-powers.

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Google reveals 'leap smear' NTP technique

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"If the sun isn't overhead, I should probably be sleeping."

You just lost your geek licence.

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NASA: Beam me up some power, Scotty

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Once you have the technology

there's nothing stopping you putting the power station in orbit (theoretically).

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Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker

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On the other hand

I like the fact that you're not forced to buy two when you only need one.

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LOHAN deluged with Reg readers' interjections in REHAB

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Or just use a sacrificial camera glued to the top plate. It's not like decent quality webcams are expensive these days.

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Australia to issue passports for males, females and... X

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If you really believe that surgery is a requirement you need to to some research on what I believe are correctly described here as specialist websites.

Executive summary: gender is about a lot more than whether you have a vagina or penis or what clothes you choose to wear.

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Intel shows linear scaling with MIC coprocessor

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And

it:'s not like we didn't already know physics simulations.work well on massively parallel co-processors.

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Intel pitches netbook-cum-tablet 'hybrids'

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Yes

It's a Transformer but without the convenience of something that actually transforms.

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Powermat crafts wireless Duracell Bunny boiler

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You might be right

about the Powermat. If so that means it isn't doing induction charging right. The touchstone on the other hand is induction charging done right. It answers all four of your points.

1. It needs a PSU ,yes. but what charger doesn't and this one's the size of a C cell.

2. It's slightly less portable but there's nothing stopping you taking just the plugpack and USB cable.

3. It takes up less desk space than the phone itself.

4. The plugpack plugs into the mains socket. The USB cable connects it to the charging stand. No mains cable needed.

You can call me lazy but tracking down the end of a USB cable (especially when the whole thing has decided to disappear behind the table) is a daily ritual I can do without. Plus when my phone is sitting on the charger it turns into a very nice bedside clock.

Yes, I'm enthusiastic about the technology. But since it's turned keeping my phone charged from one of those constant annoyances of modern life to something I just don't think about, I think I have good reason to be.

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Did Bahraini activists closet anti-gay bus baron?

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On the other hand

while I have no time for homophobes I don't think I could be bothered to mention www.briansouter.com.14feb-youth.com.

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Gravity wave detector gets more sensitive

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To paraphrase Star Trek IV

How do you know they haven't just invented them.

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Miranda Kerr suffers digital deletion

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Flash in a pan - hardly

She's around 30, been a model for over half her life and been Australia's best known model for maybe half that. The thing is - she's a professional - she doesn't do phone slinging tantrums or coke-fueled binges which is probably why you've never heard of her. And why El Reg will never name a special project after her. At least I hope not.

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Glow-in-the-dark kittens to help produce cure for AIDS

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I suspect

they didn't need the glow-in-the-dark gene for 'tracking' - they were just after the free publicity.

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Hacker defaces Irish Catholic paper: 'Gotta love false hope'

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Defacing a web site

is no more terrorism than teaching children that they'll burn in hell if they think "bad" thoughts.

Oh wait. I think I'll need to adjust my analogy.

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Apollo 17 Moon landing: Shock revelations

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I've said it before

But obviously someone who has just piloted a spacecraft across 300000 km of space and put it down safely at the designated landing site wouldn't have the technical ability to take an in-focus and properly-framed photograph.

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Obviously fake

Where's Harold Holt?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Holt

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E-cars: unaffordable until 2030 (or later)

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I smell FUD

Anyone claiming to be able to make quantitative predictions about technology 20 years into the future is talking through their arse.

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Boffin melds quantum processor with quantum RAM

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As I understand it

that the problem with quantum computers - you get the right answer(s) along with the all the wrong ones, hence the need for a secondary non-quantum computer to sort it all out.

No joke.

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Sony Tablet P in pictures

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This will be a great idea

once they find a flexible screen to put on it.

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You like Flash, you like cache: Put 'em together to form ...

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Only if you're turning Japanese

Mine's the one with the early eighties compilation CD in the pocket.

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Father of Java abandons Google for floating robot cloud

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"unmanned ocean-going robots"

Wouldn't a "manned" robot be a sexbot?

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Samsung outs 5in Galaxy Note as new smartphone concept

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Every Smartphone

is a colour Palm Pilot. We're just arguing about size.

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Samsung 'mulls bid for' HP's orphaned webOS

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Don't worry

Everyone else forgets about Windows Mobile as well.

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Samsung unveils 20Mp EVIL shooter

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Bright Sunshine will be no problem

I'm sure they'll come with a large black blanket like a nineteenth century view camera.

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Sony to ship VR-style 3D headset in November

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I reckon

most buyers won't pay the equivalent of $600.

Maybe they could try $99 in six month's time.

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Toshiba launches thick Thrive tablet in Europe

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I'm tired of these slabs

Wake me up when someone makes a PADD.

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World ostracizes firm that issued bogus Google credential

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re:RE "Who would want to target Iranians?

So you're suggesting that the Iranian Government uses Gmail and Google Docs to do it's secret business. Seriously, even if they did, the CIA, NSA, whatever must have a dozen more effective and less clumsy (meaning you will never find out about them) methods to snatch the information.

And yes, the Iranian Government certainly does monitor it's own networks. But here's the thing: the Iranian opposition movement contains some very smart people and there are a lot of them. The Ayatollahs' boys aren't fully in control and they know it. This is just the sort of stunt they are likley to try.

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Who would want to target Iranians?

The Iranian Government, perhaps.

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Biofuel boffins pimp panda poo

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Correction

That'll be 20 thousand cubic kilometers (ATW). Not that any of the cleanup workers cared after they'd got through the first few litres. Most successful disaster cover-up in Soviet history that was.

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Yep,

Can't have a repeat of the time that brewer's yeast escaped and turned Lake Baikal into 20 million cubic kilometers of alcohol.

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What vegetables are best for growing in Spaaace?

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Shit,

I think you've you forgotten something.

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Ten... budget Android tablets

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The answer as others have indicated

is Slatedroid. Porting Debian to tablets is an official sport over there.

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