* Posts by Rich 11

2883 posts • joined 8 Jul 2009

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Re: I see oppotunity

Which states should house the beam dumps?

People say tabloid hacks are always looking for an angle. This time, they'd be right: Tilting disk of proto-planets spotted

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Re: And matter is just +ve -ve and electric force

I have to congratulate you on having a fuckload more patience than I have. The problem is that anyone so far down the rabbit hole as to think up and write down that shit in so much detail just isn't going to be reachable. Sometimes its so bad that it's not even worth debunking point by point in the hope of reaching the fence-sitters. This sort of drivel is so far out that it makes anti-vaxxers look rational*.

*But not homeopaths. Homeopathy is just too fucking stupid for words.

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Re: Venus has a weird spin.

Yeah, but it's the ones which are weird and stable which are really interesting.

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Re: And matter is just +ve -ve and electric force

*rubs eyes*

Well, that's five minutes of my life I won't get back.

Army had 'naive' approach to Capita's £1.3bn recruiting IT contract, MPs told

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Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch

For some reason I had a flashback to 1970s television: an image of a gorilla wearing a bizarre helmet and riding a horse.

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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Alec Issigonis must be turning in his grave.

A three-point turn.

What's the fate of our Solar System? Boffins peer into giant crystal ball – ah, no, wait, that's our Sun in 10bn years

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Joke

Re: One things for certail...

No, that's not right. You can't claim certainty there. After all, the AI Singularity is just around the corner, not more than 30 years away now. Honest.

No plain sailing for Anon hacktivist picked up by Disney cruise ship: 10 years in the cooler for hospital DDoS caper

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This is one of those cases where I'm happy that he strategically manoeuvred himself into a longer sentence.

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

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Re: Just to play devil's advocate here

then you would expect 60% of layoffs to be of people over 40.

Except that it's the people with greater knowledge and experience who tend to survive layoffs, because most rational businesses recognise that they need those people most when they are under pressure. When the business recovers or the market expands once more, the business can quickly build up their numbers by hiring and training up young people from the large pool straight out of university.

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Smartphones gateway drug to the Antichrist, says leader of Russian Orthodox Church

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Re: The so-called "beast" of Revelation was an STD ...

I would thank gawd/ess for antibiotics if the useless bugger/ess hadn't waited until 1927 before scheduling their discovery.

Despite vows to spend more with smaller firms, UK.gov sure does seem to love legacy lock-in

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Re: Virtual Realisation of Brand Spanking New AI Beginnings

Verstehen Sie?

Nyet, tovarisch.

Reg Standards Bureau introduces the Devon fatberg as coastal town menaced by oily blob

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Re: But seriously though...

And only use wood ash from apple or oak, unless you want the soap to turn your face grey.

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Re: But seriously though...

Poopkrete.

Yeah, I've laid one or two of those. They hit the water like a bomb from 20,000 feet, once you can finally get them out.

If you've been dying to run some math on a dinky toy quantum computer, IBM may have something for you

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Re: It's not a 900lb gorilla ...

What Lies Beneath ...

...was a naff film. I watched it once and gave the DVD to a charity shop.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: How long until the new referendum will be called?

So if we don't honour what those people wanted, then we're not being democratic.

The great thing about democracy is that we're allowed to change our minds. Maybe you think it's wrong that every few years some nutter gets on his hind legs in Parliament and calls for a return of the death penalty or the end of abortion, but personally I get great comfort both from him losing that motion by a factor of ten and from him being allowed to make that speech.

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Re: How long until the new referendum will be called?

(a) the death of the Tory party

Yes, but what do you think will replace it? Something kinder and gentler and pleasingly fuzzy around the edges, like a Sunday morning sermon delivered by a young Anglican vicar in his first parish who doesn't want to upset the flower ladies?

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Re: How long until the new referendum will be called?

'Remainers' that then refused to allow any other direct consultation of the UKs membership of the EC/EU for 41 years.

There wasn't anything like a national movement looking for a new referendum for most of that time, not even during Major's Maastricht troubles. Sir Jammy Fishpaste's Referendum Party wasn't founded until 1994 and promptly fell apart after Goldsmith failed to get elected in 1997. It took UKIP a dozen more years to gain any sort of impact (except within the racist, nutter and fruitcake sector of society, of course), and even then they never managed to get their leader elected to Parliament.

There was little to refuse until Cameron got scared about a handful of defections from the Bastard Wing of his party and stupidly gave in to his fears. And now look where we are. Still, never mind. It's keeping Putin happy.

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Re: How long until the new referendum will be called?

Of course they will. They've spent two years telling the rest of us 'You lost -- suck it up!' so if there's another referendum and they lose that then they'd be hypocrites to do other than accept the consequences. They can campaign for yet another referendum, of course -- that's democracy.

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Re: Is this the stupidest idea ever?

It seems likely to have a rectal origin.

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

And it was the only option for those of us too short to reach the top shelf.

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Re: Is this the stupidest idea ever?

nobody does this just to ban between 1-50 sites per year.

I'm afraid you may be underestimating politicians trapped in a policy concocted by their own ignorance and rhetoric. Do you think anyone in government would now be willing to stand up in the Commons and say, "Nah, forget it. We realised it's daft and unworkable. You can keep your porn after all. Happy wanking, everyone"?

Dark matter's such a pushover: Baby stars can shove weird stuff around dwarf galaxies

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Re: Mexican Wall of Shame

I get the impression that you've never written a grant application in your life.

Germany hacked: Angela Merkel's colleagues among mass data dump victims

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Joke

Can you imagine a safari park that translated their "do not leave the vehicle, wild animals" signs into German (Das Auto verlassen, wilde Tiere - leave the vehicle, wild animals)?

More to the point, why would the safari park address German tourists as if they were wild animals?

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: "Hospitality"

When the 0.1% have killed the rest of us to solve global warming, the 0.01% will promptly turn their attention to subjugating those with less than 8-digit fortunes into drones worthy only of wiping 8, 9 and 10-digit bums.

Hope you're over that New Year's hangover – there's an Adobe PDF app patch to install

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Re: " ...APSB-02..."

Maybe it's a tiny, tiny, tiny patch for a tiny, tiny, tiny bug.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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Re: Electric sheep

Obviously some types might survive as objects of religious veneration.

As a proud proponent of religious freedom of speech, I've always wanted to nail a chimpanzee to a cross and ritually drink its blood. I consider that much more moral than quietly moving priests to parishes containing yet-unraped children.

The glorious Brexit uncertainty: The only dead cert on data rules for tech biz in 2019

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Re: My prediction is...

...flying in the face of reality.

And whether we have people in government who understand economics, technology, how to actually negotiate, and infrastructure.

You don't seem to recognise that we are already lacking such people. Look at what austerity has done to the country, when so many other countries have already recovered from the 2008 crash by managing investment. We have a minister who didn't realise Dover was an important port, and another who didn't understand the fundamental split in Northern Irish politics -- there are 12 year olds who know both those things!

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Re: The only thing certain is

What will be will be.

No thanks. I'll carry on lobbying my fuckwitted free-enterprise worshipper of an MP in the hope that he'll finally see sense instead of throwing us over the cliff edge. Fortunately he only has a slim majority, the constituency is about two-to-one Remain and he knows he only scraped in in 2015 because the Lib Dems made themselves so hated.

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password

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Backdoor man - pedantry alert

The blues culture that Robert Plant was quoting from (or ripping off wholesale, if you prefer) used the term 'backdoor man' to describe a man who would slip out the back door of the house as his lover's husband came home. No entry implied. Fortunately the idiom that was used to get song lyrics past prudish mid-20th century American censors has much more amusing interpretations and you have to marvel at the lack of imagination of those censors 70 years ago -- but maybe that was an unavoidable result of the job spec.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Re: Somewhere, deep in space, three hundred years hence...

Have they tried playing John Williams music at it?

The score for Superman might upset them if they've been oppressed by Kryptonians in the past.

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Re: How about a high power laser burst ?

All y'all seem to have been thoroughly beaten into submission by the namby-pamby set in the last 70 years

It's true that we don't have free-fire zones in our back gardens, Jake. I know that some Americans find that quite upsetting, but on the whole it works for us.

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Re: Won't someone think of the great, great, great grandchildren.

it's the third world doubling its population every 30-50 years

Your information is 30-50 years out of date, as indeed is your terminology. But given the content of the rest of your rant I doubt you'll care.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: I wonder if...

standard issue eyeballs

For most of the time it's been dark and raining.

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Re: I wonder if...

FFS, we're trying to forget Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin!

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Re: Merry Brexmas ...

Yeah, sovereignty. The right to vote for whether the economy will be badly fucked or merely trashed, and the freedom to ignore consequences such as the sale of the NHS or the importation of hormone-stuffed beef grown in a pen. But at least Johnny Foreigner won't get to tell us whether we should go down the pan clockwise or anti-clockwise, and that's all that really matters.

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Re: Meanwhile Mayhem in still playing chicken with the British economy

Oh, don't worry! They'll come back after Brexit. Once the Tories have finished turning the UK into an offshore tax haven and won the race to the bottom, companies will flood back in, all anxious to take advantage of our liberal tax regime. OK, so admittedly the overall tax income won't be anything like it is at present and nothing like enough to pay for NHS beds or pencils in schools, but who cares? Only the little people will be affected, right? It's not like the cost of a place at Eton will go up by much.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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Re: Enigma?

Gaffer tape came unstuck? How long had the post-it note been up there, thirty years?

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Re: "Devotional postcard?"

Surely, there must be studies done on such things.

Yup. Criminals in religious nations where many judges, jurors and parole boards can be assumed to be religious readily profess a religion themselves. It doesn't always gain them some leniency, claiming that the blessings of Jesus/Allah/Buddha/Vishnu have helped them to turn their lives around, but it doesn't stop them from trying it on.

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

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Re: Embarrasing

specifically for his complete lack of I.T. knowledge

Maybe his boss wanted to have someone to blame for all the cockups arising from his own policy decisions.

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

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" Any interaction must be managed responsibly"

Not a chance in hell that will ever happen. Which rock has this idiot been hiding under for the last 20 years?

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Re: note the sound of farts

Wind in the Willows.

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

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Re: A bear of little brain asks...

Or is it a reaction that takes place on Earth - the supernova radiation striking an atom (regular Iron presumably?) and converting it to Iron-60 on Earth?

I'd tend to think not. If you've got Iron-58 (the heaviest stable isotope, but don't ask me how common it is) on Earth, you'd need to slam two neutrons into it to form Iron-60. What would be the energy required such that a neutron would become part of the atom rather than split it, and what would be the odds that two such neutrons struck the same atom (rather than none, only one, or three or more, or one followed by a fast neutron)? If there is a bath of radiation capable of generating such neutrons when it strikes the atmosphere, how intense must it be and how long must it last to free or create enough neutrons of the right energy to give the results we see?

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Re: Shouldn't have it impacated animals living on land even more?

Anyone know the lifetime of a visible neutron star? I rather suspect it will have cooled below the visible spectrum long ago.

If they behave (thermally at least) like a white dwarf, then they will be extremely hot and cool down very slowly, effectively being a stellar core only able to lose heat by radiation. It's more likely that they would be difficult to spot visually because of their extremely small diameter (~20km) rather than because of their lack of inherent brightness.

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The universe's equivalent to renewables is gravitational potential energy. It just needs a spike in the output of the resultant nuclear energy to complete the cycle.

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Re: I guess it's possible

Such as laser-beaming eyes?

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: Verbal subjects

Don't expect me to agree. You've just demonstrated once again your lack of comprehension regarding the nuances of English, thinking your tortured example is in some way shedding light on the matter. Go find a primary school teacher willing to spend an hour or two to explain it to you.

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Oh wow, a shouty diehard fan of the Bush Doctrine. Do you belt people in the street for looking at you funny?

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

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Re: And what about

Sideways

Everyone's got their own technique for fisting a turkey.

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Re: Sprouts

And who will leave the house before you curse ever getting double-glazing.

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