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RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

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while I'm not sure why they thought it had any chance of surviving

I'd be very surprised if they thought it would survive.

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Yes, you can remotely hack factory, building site cranes. Wait, what?

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Cranes vs Cranes

I'm confused about the article's distinction between overhead cranes used inside warehouses and factories, such as the one pictured in the article, which are operated by remote, and the "building site" (e.g. mobile or tower) cranes mentioned in the headline, which usually contain human operators.

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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"I do think, looking back, in the future, you will answer that question, Apple's most important contribution to mankind has been in health."

They're going to cure cancer?

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

I simply used an independent product comparison website, it really wasn't that onerous. You may also choose to use a trailing commission refund service to claw back the thousands of dollars the mortgage broker makes off you (or, if you don't use one, that the bank keeps for itself).

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Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

Like mortgage brokers, I also don't understand how and why travel agents still exist.

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Pint

With the exception of 11 and a slight curiosity towards 3, this list warms my heart. Cheers Mr. Dabbs!

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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Coat

Re: Even in Australia

Of course the operating theatre in an Australian hospital would have spiders in it.

Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS

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Re: Free advertising

So the "natural healthy" aspect isn't for me.

You're in luck. It's the "natural healthy" aspect that's the scam in this case.

Razer offers freebies to gamers who descend into its coin mine

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FAIL

Welp

I don't own any Razer products but this absolutely guarantees I never will.

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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Russian TV has increasingly been creating entirely fake news segments and pushing them as real – a step that not even Fox News in the US has so far taken.

Surely you jest?

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Modding!

Overhauls like Brutal Doom have even kept it (more or less...) fresh.

Did you know that iOS ad clicks cost more than Android? These scammers did

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Gimp

iOS users are more suggestible than Android users? Say it isn't so!

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism

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Re: Whoops

That at least would have been cleverer

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Trollface

He was posting, he said, so Linux.org user would know "that the actual linux.org servers were untouched and no data was leaked."

Hah!

Why is my Windows 10 preview build ticking? Microsoft reminds users that previews have timebombs

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Unhappy

Ticking?

I thought that meant it was literally sending ticking sound effects to the audio buffer. That would have been brilliant.

Infosec's Thanksgiving turkey triumvirate: Tesla, Tumblr, Trump (as in Ivanka)... and tons more

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While it is easy to joke about internet funbux, a number of people have had their lives profoundly impacted by money lost on cryptocurrency investments, and if the markets were being manipulated illegally, whoever was behind it should be brought to justice.

Eh. I don't feel sorry for someone who loses his/her shirt at the roulette table, why should this be different?

And the casino industry is at least regulated...

Then there are the people who made huge capital gains in the 2017 tax year and then lost it all in 2018. That's going to be fun to explain to the tax man.

Two platitudes come to mind: 1) you can't con an honest man; and 2) play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

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Hear that?

It's the sound of goalposts being moved.

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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Re: You'd have to be a Dummy,....

Blue Origin's effort that was successfully landed had a velocity an order of magnitude lower than that required to reach orbit - it touched the top of the atmosphere and came back down again.

And not even that! Its lateral velocity was pretty close to zero. "All" it needed was a thrust:weight greater than 1 and enough fuel to get up and back.

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Re: Starship

@Arthus is correct. A "hard start" is explosion of the rocket motor when first turned on. RUD is what happens subsequent to an otherwise successful takeoff.

Lithobraking may or may not also be involved.

UK's national Airwave terminal procurement framework awarded to Motorola and Sepura

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\m/

But a bit odd for them to partner with a Brazilian groove metal band?

Rocket Labs mean business, Brits stick pin in Mars map, and Japan celebrates HTV-7’s dive into the atmosphere

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Re: Business Socks

I was expecting the mission name to link to youtube. Missed opportunity Reg!

Third Soyuz does not explode while auditors resume poking around NASA's big rocket SLS

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Re: SLS and Orion: not actually made by NASA...

While less powerful, the SLS's LH2-fuelled upper stage will always be more efficient, which will likely make it measurably more effective for interplanetary missions. But yeah, the cost...

FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface

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Trollface

The shield has a diameter of 91 inches and is 0.37 feet thick.

Astroboffins spot one of the oldest, coolest stars in the universe lurking in the Milky Way

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Re: Bah!

I thought stars cooked metals themselves, at least as far down Mr Medeleev's bedsheet as iron.

They do, however stellar nucleosynthesis depends very heavily on the mass of the star. This one is too light to do much more than slowly burn hydrogen to helium, so its metallicity today is probably very similar to its metallicity when it formed.

Apple replaces boot-loop watchOS edition with unconnected complications edition

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Re: Complications

Apple's "complications" even follow the tradition of borderline uselessness

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Happy

A humble suggestion

Doktor Merkwürdigliebe

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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FAIL

Re: I can't get the sensor to fit

Clearly the Russians have a systematic quality assurance problem

So systematic that it caused a single failure.

Now if you'd mentioned the problem they had with defective gas generators being installed in RD-021x engines during 2015/16, which ultimately killed off the Proton rocket, you might have had a point. However, that was due to attempted cost-cutting, which is the kind of thing you expect to see in the west...

30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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the agency had become too reliant on the system, which was originally intended to only be a temporary communications channel

There's nothing as permanent as a temporary fix.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Here on the other side of the planet, our banknotes have poetry on them, written in tiny text readable only by kiddies with perfect eyesight.

IBM struggles to sign up shipping carriers to blockchain supply chain platform – reports

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Re: Perhaps - just perhaps -

The "problem" is that there is no intersection between the sets of those who understand blockchain and those who think they need a blockchain.

One down, two to go. Russia inches closer to putting a crew on Soyuz while celebrating 50 years since the first Return To Flight

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Re: Hybrid Rockets

A hybrid combines (some of) the complexity and cost of a liquid rocket and (some of) the inflexibility of a solid rocket. Solid rockets are very powerful, simple and cheap, while liquid rockets are very controllable and have very much higher performance.

In the most common configuration of hybrid rocket, a solid fuel is burned with a liquid oxidiser. The flow rate (and hence burn rate) of the oxidiser is controlled by the oxidiser pump/valve, but the burn rate of the fuel is affected by the exposed surface area of the fuel grain, which is in turn dependent on how much of the fuel has already been consumed. If you attempt to throttle the engine by reducing the oxidiser flow, it runs increasingly rich and performance suffers. You can certainly turn them off if you need to, but they can't throttle nearly as well as liquid rockets.

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Russia returned its troubled Soyuz booster to flight last week...

Is it fair to call it troubled after a single failure?

Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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WTF?

Apart from the dog poo, I have no idea what's going on here

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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Re: Thunderbird

As an Opera 12 refugee, I find Thunderbird to be pretty good as a feed reader.

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Self-driving cars may not have steering wheels in future, dev preview for PyTorch 1.0 is here, etc

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Re: No wheel is one thing

This would be madness, as it's highly likely to exclude all other road users (motorcycles, bikes, horses, pedestrians, non-self driving cars, etc)

A lot of those are already forbidden on highways, so I'm not sure that's a great argument.

That depends very much on where you are. In India for example, if it moves (or you can imagine it moving,) sooner or later you'll see it on a highway.

Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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Re: I watched the broadcast

It wasn't so much Musk's awkward style, which I'm used to by now, but Maezawa's!

Also, Elon Musk's nipples...

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WTF?

I watched the broadcast

It was utterly bizarre

FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

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Facepalm

This guy would argue that black is white

A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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When you're set up to fail...

...but succeed anyway.

No wonder the boss was upset.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Joke

It's fine

It seems to change every time I visit!*

* I use RSS so I don't visit the front page very frequently...

SpaceX dodges lightning while storms keep Japan earthbound

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Headmaster

Re: drone ship

Malaysia? It was Thailand.

Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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What was the storage capacity of the typical PC when XP was released?

More than 8GB

Strewth! Aussie ISP gets eye-watering IPv4 bill, shifts to IPv6 addresses

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Re: Finally?

The surprise for me is in a (or perhaps the) premium ISP reselling a budget ISP's services.

But you're right, it might be a little surprising but not entirely unexpected or unpredictable.

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Re: Finally?

Blimey, dogs and cats living together!

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Finally?

It's worth noting that some Australian ISPs have been offering IPv6 for years, some even to residential customers (e.g. Internode). However, between them the top 25 ISPs still host only 4,248 unique IPv6 addresses...

Huawei Mate 20 Lite: A business mobe aimed at millennials? Er, OK then

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Does it have to be for narcissistic millennials only?

Why the discrimination against narcissistic Gen-Xers and boomers? Most of them probably got it from their parents after all.

Given that the oldest of the "millennial" Gen-Ys are now in their mid 30s, why shouldn't some of them want a "business" oriented phone?

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