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1019 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Boffins develop nanoscale vacuum tube running at .46 THz

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Not just van Vogt

That murmuring you can hear is a thousand golden age SF writers whispering "I told you so" from beyond the grave".

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Return to Castle Wolfenstein

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While I understand the reason for it swastika avoidance does irritate me. Blood Rayne, for example ,used a three-armed pseudo-swastika. If was as if in the game's weird alternative reality Hitler was Manx.

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Russian satellite beams home 121-megapixel pics of Earth

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Re: Cold War

The Russians never got Scotty into space so there's that.

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Google warns against ISPs hard on web filth

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Re: Who are we protecting here?

Education and awareness perhaps that sex is actually a mutually enjoyable activity to be conducted with a partner as well as, a fantasy object? FTFY.

Or do you propose to outlaw fantasy?

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Well according to Google

Pornhub features "Free porn sex videos & pussy movies" so maybe yes.

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Boffins cram binary data into living cells' DNA

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That's what I got from it as well

Any sort of gene manipulation can be viewed as a process of encoding data. What they've done here is to make the write process more user friendly.

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Apple design chief Jony Ive knighted - but not by the Queen

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Re: Doubt it

Dammit, we need a zombie icon!

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Report: SAP exec charged with $1,000 LEGO bar-code caper

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Also "alot"

Let's not forget my favourite.

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Review: Raspberry Pi

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"First generation Atom netbooks"

Luxury! In my day we had to make do with Celerons.

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SpaceX Dragon, first private ship to the ISS, launched successfully

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Coat

Eggs

Mutant space spiders/trout/whatever - what's not to like.

<- I think that's a Fantastic Four comic in the pocket.

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Brit knits jumper for NASA space chicken

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Re: Space Chickens

Not just space chickens. Rubber Chickens from Beyonf the Stratosphere. Where's Ed Wood when you need him.

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Resistance is futile? Memristor RAM now cheap as chips

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Re: A ways to go? More like several continents away

WUWT? It's still in the laboratory. There's no reason to make it small until you need to make it small. That would just be making life difficult for yourself.

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Txt-speak is a sign of humanity 4 U

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Good point

I'd forgotten about the iTelegraph.

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Watchdog tells Greenpeace to stop 'encouraging anti-social behaviour'

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I really can't tell you

how terrified I would be at the sight of the word idiot painted on a chimmney.

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Roman roads get the web maps treatment

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Built the aqueducts

then privatised them. That was Romans wasn't it? My British history's a bit vague.

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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Re: abandon the imperial and metric...

For extra points I suggest using the Australian beer system(s). Makes el Reg units look positively sane.

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'IT is no place for the little ladies', says Dell mouthpiece

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Rolling pin?

Probably not a good idea to get your material from out of copyright books.

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Only global poverty can save the planet, insists WWF - and the ESA!

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Re: BTO

Bacon, tomato and onion? OK I get that CCS is probably carbon capture something but BTO genuinely has me flummoxed.

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75,000 Raspberry Pi baked before August

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On the other hand

there's those of us who have been waiting for the Arduino Leonardo (the real one, not a clone) since something like September so it pretty much balances out. Of course sales numbers are meaningless here. For example, no one really knows what percentage of Atmegas end up as de facto Arduinos. These aren't commercial projects folks. They aren't competing projects. I wish people (who should know better) would stop talking as if they were.

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Japanese operator to test quake-proof floating phone-mast BLIMPS

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I can't help feeling

that this is the aerial equivalent of "lets build a monorail".

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Freecom Hard Drive Sq 2TB

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"No flashing LED indicators"

And you call this a geek treat. Admittedly, on past form, the entire series should be renamed "treats for people who really like Apple products"*.

*I'll spare you the f-word.

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Samsung sheds light on low-cost WinPho blower

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Re: Oh look...

So its not pointless - just crap design.

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Study reveals high price of smut addiction

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Re: @ blofse

If there is rigid online censorship in Australia I have yet to come up against it. The reality is that there have been persistent failed attempts at online censorship. Failed, because no one supports them except a few unrepresentative lobby groups which unfortunately have the main political parties running scared.

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Boffins crack on with ultimate roboass

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"Robot Politician"

Only if it were fitted with a speaker.

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Story withdrawn

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Re: Ill make this quick. Title "how to stop viruses"

Called Keith?

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Germans hail Vulture 1 spaceplane

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Re: Erm...

Boffins!

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Wayward footballer turns to iPod cure

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Re: You get a point for missing...

Darts must really confuse you then.

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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

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Unfortunately

there are several. I suppose that, in some obscure way, it balances out all the fart apps.

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Want to be a better marksman? Play shooting games

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Re: Well bugger me sideways

According to that logic I should be able to fly a 747, drive a Formula One car, and pilot the Space Shuttle.

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Google KNEW Street View cars were slurping Wi-Fi

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Re: Google's magic wand waving

Yeah, but he had a lousy sense of timing.

It's all in the timing.

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Boffins cross atom-smasher streams, 'excited' beauty pops into being

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Re: any other accelerator built by humanity

You should see the one Slartibartfast used to cut out the crinkly bits in the fjords.

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Ghost of HTML5 future: Web browser botnets

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"Customisable pop-ups that appear outside the browser"

Who the hell thought this was a good idea?

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TV Now was too good, and that was its downfall

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Or to put it another way

would you trust a coder who thought that bothering to use the static keyword was "splitting hairs". like programming the law is about getting the rules right at the start so everyone can follow them without getting any nasty surprises.

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Re: Ye Gods, how many ways can a hair be split

You may call it splitting hairs. I call it the precise application of the law. It's what judges are paid to do. And in the end it protects us all.

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Major science fiction publisher to zap DRM

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Re: If only they could make a decent website

That's just tradition. Baen covers are notorious for their crappiness so the website has a lot to live down to.

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Reader experts thrash LOHAN's mighty rod

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Is it just me

or has El Reg's double entendre department taken a turn towards the kinky?

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Turing's rapid Nazi Enigma code-breaking secret revealed

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Re: Unbreakable

Any security system that relies on users acting like machines rather than humans is inherently flawed.

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Met issues mug-shot gallery mobe app to finger wanted crooks

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Wot no jokes

about RIM helping to finger it's own customers.

How soon we forget.

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Barclaycard slaps pay-by-bonk plasters on mobes

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I thought

that was taxi drivers.

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Hands on with the Nikon D3200 DSLR

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Re: And still no built in GPS

A camera adds nothing to the function of a navigation device while a GPS device adds to the function of a camera. It's why some of use carry GPS data loggers around with us when we're ou taking photos.

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Boffins tout solar efficiency boost

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Re: Great News

Edison's problem was not that DC is inefficient but that given the absence of DC transformers he had no way to distribute it at high voltage.

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Massive organ blown with Kinect

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Call me a philistine

but I prefer Faboy Slim's up tempo three minute twenty-two remix

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I liked the singing

Pity there was some bloke wanking his organ all over it.

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Vintage alien tech crash-lands in field

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Nothing to see here?

Just River Song being overly dramatic again. Jeez, why can't she learn to use email?

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Matt Groening reveals location of Simpsons' Springfield

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Re: Indeed

I'm even older than that and I still can't remember when Tracey Ullman was funny.

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Dark matter hits you once a minute

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Re: Mass of everything

The clue's in the name. Since WIMPS interact with ordinary matter only weakly you can't weigh them. (They'd pass right through any scale). Indeed so far we can't measure them in any way. Ergo they can't affect any measurements of mass. The only way we know of their existence is through their contribution to gravitational effects at very large scales. As to why their gravitational effect is not apparent at smaller scales - well you have to remember that that matter in the universe is near to non-existent. O.K. maybe not non-existent, but on average the universe approximates a pretty good vacuum. Assuming dark matter is not clumpy like ordinary matter (i.e. that WIMPS don't strongly interact with anything including themselves) space with WIMPS in it is effectively just space but very slightly less tenuous. It's net effect on anything on a human scale is going to be zero.

Of course, anything that anyone says about dark matter is ,of necessity, highly speculative but the basic idea is actually pretty straightforward.

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Eight... Rugged Cameras

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"The smile detector is a neat feature, making that hanging off a cliff-face, or free-falling skydive shot that bit easier to achieve."

Is there a sheer terror detector setting that I can use?

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Minecraft maker plots ultimate videogame for coders

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Billions of years into the future

They promised me a matrioshka brain and all I got was a lousy 16 bits.

Do I at least get a hologram for company?

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Arizona bill makes it illegal to 'annoy or offend' online

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Re: Read the ANDs and ORs

So basically it's a law to ban ODFO.

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