* Posts by Mike 140

102 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

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A bigger splash: The mathematics of spilling beer

Mike 140
Pint

"It took the researchers more than seven years to study the mechanics of what makes liquids leak."

And much fun was had by all.

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

Mike 140

Re: Ironic...

"You get that the import taxes would be set according to WTO rules in the event that HMG can't negotiate a position where they get free trade to europe.."

Bollocks. Any country is free to have no import taxes on any imported items. WTO sets a max for those in the WTO, but with exceptions.

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

Mike 140

Re: Freedom of movement

"If we trade with Europe freedom of movement is still going to be happening..."

So any company that trades with an EU country has to open their borders to EU inhabitants? Oz, Canada, USA, Japan ,..... ?

Rilly?

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It's not us, it's you: Boffins ditch supercomputers in lust for new materials

Mike 140

But did it tell them whether the cat was alive or dead?

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

Mike 140

"And yes, the cats would all land on their feet, even from 33.5km."

But what if each cat has a slice of toast, buttered on one side only, strapped to its back with the butter upwards?

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AI no longer needs to fake it. Just don't try talking to your robots

Mike 140

"Don’t underestimate [sic] the importance of wheels to early 21st century "

Underestimate? It was that trivial?

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As we all know, snark always comes before a fall. Mea culpa

Mike 140

Choosing a spread ...

.. is straightforward.

'Which size of marmite jar shall I buy?'

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

Mike 140

Re: More neutral language please

On the right track, Zog. 'Discount' implies a reduction of some kind, but Aldi, Lidl don't discount on previously higher prices, they're just cheaper than the others.

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We can change a bit from 0 to 1 WITHOUT CURRENT, say boffins

Mike 140

Re: All our yesteryears

No, glass is a new one on me. I only go back as far as LEO II.

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Mike 140

All our yesteryears

Ferrite core memory? That takes me back to my younger days. Will they discover mercury delay lines next?

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Solar-powered bra maker suffers 20,000 TITSUPs all at once

Mike 140

Hunh?

Removing the bra makes the tits go up? How does that work?

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

Mike 140

Comparing against 10 million mugshots will take a lot of tea.

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NASA eyeballs SOLAR HEAT BOMBS, MINI-TORNADOES and NANOFLARES on Sun

Mike 140
Headmaster

Re: "200,000 F" - Who converted the ºK to ºF for this verbiage?

Degrees Kelvin???? Go to the bottom of the class. It's K.

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

Mike 140

Sounds like the NIH 1998 redefinition of overweight from 27.8 to 25 BMI, and similar for obese. Same has happened here on the correct side of the pond, again no reference to it in the alarmism.

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

Mike 140

It'd better be <= 1600 watts.

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'POWER from AIR' backscatter tech now juices up Internet of Stuff Wi-Fi gizmos

Mike 140

No more Wogan?

So with all these billions of devices slurping up the EM power contained in RF, will there be anything left for my venerable wireless to receive?

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Ditching renewables will punch Aussies in the wallet – Bloomberg

Mike 140

Re: If renewables can compete on price ...

If their suncatcher is producing power, why do they need a light on?

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

Mike 140

Re: Virtualisation

Nope. CP/67 was the forerunner of IBM's VM. Ran on S/360

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

Mike 140
Headmaster

Re: Deiberately missing the point???

In the UK, gas and oil belong to the state. See https://www.bgs.ac.uk/mineralsuk/planning/legislation/mineralOwnership.html.

Ownership of the land above it is irrelevant.

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

Mike 140

Every household?

I live in a large house converted into 5 flats. One leaflet was delivered.

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

Mike 140
Coat

reliable, as always

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-technology/public-nowhere-near-ready-for-reversible-usb-2013120581747

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Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

Mike 140

So..

... nobody there breathes then.

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LEO, the British computer that roared

Mike 140
Happy

I'll see your III/4 and raise you III/1 at Hartree House in Bayswater. There was LEO II/5 just across the corridor. Aah, happy days.

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

Mike 140
FAIL

Bit late aren't they?

About 90 years or so. Met Office discovers NAO. Hold the presses.

They might even get round to the PDO and AMO in another 10 years.

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Microsoft and pals: Save the global economy by NOT ripping us off

Mike 140
FAIL

"Quid pro quo, paid-for software would deliver £1.6bn in additional economic value to Blighty's fragile economy, "

So instead of spending £1.6 bill on other things it is spent on paid-for software. I make -1.6 +1.6 = 0.

Or is that unpaid 1.6 bill just kept under the mattress?

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LOHAN teases with quick flash of spaceplane

Mike 140
Boffin

Looks strangely familiar

Have you got a stash of issues of Eagle?

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You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

Mike 140
FAIL

"The scientists estimated the figures by running a model based on a new cat murder algorithm. The research authors described themselves as stunned by the scale of the bloodshed they discovered."

Discovered? Discovered??!!?? They discovered nothing. The model which they built produced the numbers which their parameters were designed to do.

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Rude web trolls should NOT be jailed, warns prosecution chief

Mike 140
Black Helicopters

Re: The sad part is ...

It's not a union. It's ACPO Limited. Registered at Companies House as Company No 3344583

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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

Mike 140
Holmes

Re: Databases

It's in their genes.

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

Mike 140
Big Brother

Pah!

Paedophiles talk to each other. So do terrorists. Therefore all converstaions must be recorded. Or do you eat babies?

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

Mike 140
Big Brother

There is only one

From the Golden Age

http://www.alteich.com/oldsite/answer.htm

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Google, Apple, eBay shouldn't pay taxes - people should pay taxes

Mike 140
Headmaster

"However, these deadweight costs vary depending on what type of tax we use to raise revenue. A handy OECD chart is excerpted here"

Tim,

last but 1 para on page 1. That last word 'here' should be a link to the OECD chart.

VftS

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Pollster predicts mega UK smart TV sales

Mike 140

Re: People tell lies on surveys

Yup. You can collect peoples' answers until you're blue in the face. It's their revealed preference that doesn't lie.

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LOHAN slips BRA over BOOBIES in ballocket backronym buffoonery

Mike 140
Mushroom

Are you going to take this lying down?

Never mind all this acronyming. A major upgrade to Lohan is clearly needed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/weirdnewsvideo/9668659/Harvard-students-send-hamburger-into-space.html

Bacon sarnie payload.

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Another systematic SCADA vuln

Mike 140
Facepalm

More than that. Why connect them to the net in the first place?

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MYOB users didn't want no steenking cloud

Mike 140
Boffin

MYOB

CEO must be a fan of the golden age of Sci-Fi. Eric Frank Russel's short story 'And then there were none'. I commend it to the house.

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Apple's brilliant plan to fix iOS Maps: Get YOU to do it

Mike 140
Pint

Customer Service Announcment by TfL

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rQ9KExUsWsY/UFx1I1pKAlI/AAAAAAAB-B0/rJH6gD36gyg/s1600/tube_2346388c.jpg

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Reg readers serve up bacon sarnie amuse-bouche

Mike 140
Holmes

Tricky decision

http://themellowjihadi.com/2012/09/15/yes-bacon-money/

Eat it, or spend it?

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Ultimate bacon sarnie scrap starts to sizzle

Mike 140

Bread?

Who needs it? Just copious amounts of bacon served between 2 slices of bacon.

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eBay invites mystic wrath over ban on spells, potions and lotions

Mike 140
Alert

Re: Tarot Cards

Boiled or fried?

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High tech toilets receive big prizes from Bill Gates

Mike 140
Pint

for the definitive comment - http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-technology/guardian-readers-order-500-tons-of-microwaved-african-toilet-charcoal-2012081638277

Tom Logan, from Hatfield added: “So Bill Gates is recycling shite. Plus ca change…”

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IBM tells electrons to strictly come dancing in spintronics first

Mike 140
Happy

Reminds me of a spoof storage device from the early 70s that was going to replace disks – spherical storage. Complete with its own set of hardware instructions. I can only remember a few, no balls, twirl balls, and of course, all balls

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Disaster strikes Doyenz disaster recovery cloud

Mike 140
Facepalm

I see a gap in the market. A Recovery Service to protect against Recovery Service disaster.

Iterate as necessary.

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Fatties are 'destroying the world'

Mike 140
FAIL

How much?

".. 34% of the world's biomass " A widely acccepted figure is that +70% of the biomass on earth is bacterial. (citations if I can find time) Add the claimed USA blubbermass to that and it doesn't leave much for any other fauna, flora, fishes, fungi, .....

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LOHAN sucks 27 inches

Mike 140
Trollface

They're coming to take you away, ha ha, hee hee, ...

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/celebrity/interest-in-lindsay-lohan-classified-as-mental-illness-2012052428430

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US space programme in shock metric conversion

Mike 140
Pint

Re: all or none

Could be tricky. There is no official SI equivalent to the year.

Enough of this. Time for a few 568mls.

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Mike 140
Headmaster

the civilised world of SI

It's been a pleasant 295 Kelvins today.

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Embattled Foxconn raises wage slaves' salaries

Mike 140
Headmaster

For an alternative explanation, http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/02/17/foxconn-raises-pay-karl-marx-explains-why/

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Drink diet pop all the time? Look forward to VASCULAR DEATH

Mike 140
Headmaster

"the size of New Mexico"? What's that in British Standard Wales?

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