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1021 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Want to BUILD YOUR OWN Tardis? First, get a star and set it spinning...

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Yes

Space-time: don't get kinky without it.

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LOHAN sees bright red over Vulture 2 paintjob

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A Cunning Plan

A 3D 2D printer?

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Forget invisible kittens, now TANKS draped in INVISIBILITY CLOAK

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Re: Emporers new cloaking device

Of course I can see the tank in the picture - it's the invisible one just to the left I can't see. </Eccles mode>

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Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

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Crosses several boxes for me

iOS only, air, Facebook, low resolution, limited controls but it might be a hit with the target market. Might, given it's relatively expensive and really needs a tripod. Plus automatic connectivity will be fine for some but if you can't share your work with just anyone it won't take off. My prediction: Apple will do this right in two year's time while claiming they invented it.

Now, what I had hoped this was is a small camera with a built-in motorised pan and tilt head. Do that for the same price (alright probably a little bit less) and I'm in.

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Japanese PM holds on FOR DEAR LIFE in self-driving car

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I hope self driving cars will be well marked

so I can just ignore them and concentrate on avoiding the idiots "who are really good drivers and don't need a computer to tell them what to do".

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Latest global menace: ELECTROPULSE NORKS, apparently

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Yes

The rest of us have learnt to expect to be disappointed.

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Microsoft Australia calls fibre-to-the-premises 'best outcome' for NBN

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Facepalm

Re: Save me from kitchen table budget thinking.

Face. Palm.

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Wayback Machine hardware up in FLAMES (but interwebs' DeLorean WAS backed up)

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It was Marcia from accounts

She printed out the internet some time in 1997 and took it home. Now the Elders of the Internet want it back.

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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

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Yep

It will be Ewoks as as the eye can see from now on.

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Could Doctor Who really bump into human space dwellers?

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Re: Lack of imagination is the problem

Spending a million years as downloads doesn't seem much fun, I mean I spent a month as a pirated copy of the Beatles White album and I absolutely hated it.

And yes, I've been waiting since 2007 to use that one.

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Re: Problem with getting rich people to pay

My understanding is that in the later years of its life (and before 9/11) BA made Concorde pay by the simple expedient of charging what it cost to provide the service. It turns out that when your company's paying or you're just obscenely wealthy price is relatively elastic. Of course, that was in the context of development costs having been covered by the taxpayer and obviously wasn't viable in the long term. But it does suggest that you shouldn't be too cautious in charging what might seem to be outrageous prices from day one.

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

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Re: Modular = Large?

Phones have been getting larger for years. This wouldn't have work five years ago but now, provided the standard modules are thin enough I don't see size as being a problem.

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Linus Torvalds seeks REDEMPTION for every coded SIN

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Re: Woodland Creature?

I took it as a reference to inter-arboreal defaecation but are creatures of ursine persuasion moronic? I get the feeling that treating one as such might be a little bit of a mistake.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

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Shocking news!

Education in the richest country in the world is better than in one of the poorest.

I don't think your arguments get any better from there.

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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Paging Dunning and Kruger

"There's enough material here for a whole conference."

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We'll build Elon Musk's Hyperloop ... if you lob us ONE-MEELLION dollars

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Re: Fast horizontal elevator?

Trains have windows - technologically unnecessary - but psychologically important to the people who will be paying the bills. I seem to recall it was the lack of windows that doomed the blended wing airliner.

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WD slips bullet between teeth, gets ready to hand $706 MEELLION to Seagate

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Indeed, you can't tell people what to think

but you can tell them not to use specified trade secrets just as you can forbid them to use any other specified IP. In general, it might be more difficult to demonstrate unlawful use of a trade secret, but in this case the facts seem to have been pretty clear cut (and faking evidence obviously didn't help).

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US aviation watchdog approves $75K balloon ride into SPAAAACE!

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I thought that looked odd

But the article does suggest that the parafoil is already deployed during the freefall. (If you've got a capsule full of tanked up rich people it's probably advisable to end the freefall as gently as possible.) And since there's probably insufficient air density at the release altitude to reliably inflate the parafoil (correct me if I'm wrong) I suspect the idea is to use some sort of lightweight frame attached to the balloon. (Or maybe, heaven forbid, a truss.) The animation shows a fan of cables attached to the centre of parafoil and the capsule itself supported by parafoil lines which doesn't seem practical but is probably a lot prettier than the reality.

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Hard-as-woodpecker-lips MOUSE GOBBLES live scorpion, LAUGHS off stings to face

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The explanation's simple

grasshopper mouse just don't give a shit.

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Oz racehorse shod with 3D-printed titanium hoofwear

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With all this talk about 'living' plastic

I'm starting to wonder if el Reg has been taken over by the Autons and Lester is desperately trying to get the word out before he's replaced by something disturbingly shiny and emotionless.

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Anonymous and pals gather in support of girl at centre of rape case

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Re: @lunatik95 - The subject was rape NOT grammar

One of the pleasures of this site is the entertaining and informative byways that discussions here often wander down but I can't help thinking that, in this case, there is a certain amount of, no doubt unconscious, derailing is going on. This is an utterly horrible case, and I can understand people wanting to look away, but maybe the best way to do that would be to keep quiet and leave the thread to people who are prepared to treat the subject with the seriousness it deserves.

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SEX CRAZED FISH keeping hapless Southamptonites awake

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Re: @ Sir Runcible Spoon - Sir

Just don't try thatin the US. There, by convention, it signifies an 'attorney'. There has been at least one prosecution, albeit malicious, of a person who dared used the title in a state where they were not registered to practise law.

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Long time ago? Galaxy far, far away? You ain't seen nothing yet

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You may call it Z8_GND_5296

but to me it's home.

- Grynklefyvth III

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Deploying Turing to see if we have free will

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Re: Free from what, exactly?

Exactly. The (hidden) premise seems to be an evolution of the wobbly old idea that quantum indeterminacy can somehow provide a physical basis for free will (as if being driven by a random number generator in the brain looks anything like freedom).

The thing is, I'm most free when I can act in ways that are meaningful to me and those ways tend to be easily predictable by anyone who knows me. Of course, maybe free will isn't the same thing as personal freedom but if it isn't I don't know what it is bar a meaningless theological concept.

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Snap-happy blogger babe posts catcalling blokes' mugshots online

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Welcome to the wonderful

post racial utopia that is the USA. </sarcasm>

And of course the only reason a women would complain about harassment is that she want the attention. (Sorry, I lied about stopping the sarcasm. Sometimes, faced with a certain sort of bone-headedness nothing else will do.)

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Hypersonic MEGA METEOR pulled from lake, then Russians drop it

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I disagree

I don't believe that Elron even at his most drug addled ever believed the guff he peddled. This guy, on the other hand, I suspect is just a common loony who we'll never hear about again. (or he's a prankster in which case "well played".

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Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

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It's been a while

but I seem to remember textbooks tend to be very heavy. Maybe they should go with octacopters. Even then I'm not sure I'd want to be underneath one when something goes wrong.

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Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

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Have you forgotten

that in certain places 'liking' bicycles is a big no no and will get you on the register and in The Register

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Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper

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Well, telling me what toilet paper to use

is just the sort of thing my mum would do so nothing's changed there but yes a good* headline.

*By definition not the best since it doesn't contain the words "FOUND ON THE MOON".

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Samsung touching up ROUNDED, CURVY plastic enhanced MODEL

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Only if you're

Kate Moss.

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Thai kids find free tablets hard to swallow as govt scheme hits trouble

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Re: What is the point...

I'm not sure what elementary grade 1 is but I'm guessing these kids are around five so they're not about to tap out The Great Thai novel any time soon. This is education for the 100%. Get everyone into the habit of reading as early as possible and everyone benefits including the 1%.

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'Stupid old white people' revenge porn ban won't work, insists selfie-peddler

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Ah, his scumbag is

a leftist thug. You know, I was confused. I thought this guy was just another jerk looking to get rich off the misery of others. But that's just the American dream and how can that possibly be bad? But now you've explained that he's a leftist and a thug to boot it all makes sense. Obviously it's all part of Obama's plan to destroy the US and annoy old white guys. Thanks for explaining it.

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TUPPERWARE FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

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What you don't understand

is the Register. And, you don't appreciate a good "ON THE MOON" headline. So what the hell are you doing here?

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The LSD trick cyclist, the 1980s pop-star and video games to REPROGRAM YOUR BRAIN

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A computer game reprogrammed my brain

Unfortunately it reprogrammed it to kill Stroggs which so far hasn't proved to be a terribly useful life skill.

Non flippant version: "reprogramming the brain" is otherwise called learning - if you claim it means something else you're talking nonsense. (Susan Greenfield, I'm looking at you.)

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Reg readers! You've got 100 MILLION QUID - what would you BLOW it on?

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Re: Simple:

I have a problem with the ninja outfit. My personal army would be required to wear something more flattering.

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

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Concrete

There's a thought.

Yes, there's a size limit to concrete vessels before wave motion starts to produce uncontrollable cracking but you're not going to mount your wind turbine on a replica of the Titanic are you? I'm not saying corrosion isn't an issue but I'm not convinced that with sensible choice of materials it is insurmountable.

And, yes let's get cracking with thorium.

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Michael Gove: C'mon kids, quit sexting – send love poems instead

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And we know where he is

The scoundrel is hiding in Westminster Abbey. Dispatch the plod immediately!

OK, he might be a little bit dead but dig him up anyway and charge him forthwith. They did it to a pope* why not a poet. Can't have dead people making a mockery of the law.

*Pope Formosus for those who might care.

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LOHAN hero playmonaut STRANDED on Spanish mountain

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Reminds me

of the cosmonauts who came down far off course and had to spend the night fighting off wolves with a pistol. Are there wolves in Spain? Did anyone think to equip the playmonaut with a sidearm?

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Assange fails in bid for election to Australian Senate

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Dammit

So the revheads get a seat but those of us who prefer to keep our recreational activities indoors are left out in the cold.

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Re: "to build an exact replica of the Titanic"

Not really. Diesel engines and a full complement of lifeboats is pushing the definition of 'exact'. I think 'loose replica' is more correct.

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The future of PCIe: Get small, speed up, think outside the box

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"without the pricey active cables"

and without the Intel control.

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Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

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Yes, cute

Which is why it breaks my heart to see them hunted.

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Forget Mars: Let's get someone on the Moon – NASA veteran

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well, judged on the basis of the current example

the only thing we have to worry about when it comes to machine intelligence is a minor annoyance.

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

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I still have no idea how big this thing is

Can someone translate it into Tasmanias?

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Mother/daughter team jailed for million-dollar internet dating scam

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Re: It shows many things

The fact that the real scammers have to hire dupes* like this is evidence that the banks are asking questions. I'm no friend of banks in general but wanting them to ask more questions looks to me like a case of "beware, your wish might just come true".

*unscrupulous, greedy and probably not to bright but dupes nonetheless.

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Skype: 3D video calling is the FUTURE

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I hear they're getting

Anthony Weiner to endorse this.

You know it makes sense.

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