* Posts by ravenviz

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Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

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Such short term thinking!

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Opportunity has had a good innings and may well still yet survive.

Many lessons learned during these missions will no doubt improve / extend expectations for future visits.

+1 NASA

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'90s hacker collective man turned infosec VIP: Internet security hasn't improved in 20 years

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Re: The Whole Liability Thing

Yay, cyberblockchain!

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Re: Nostalgia

I remember when we ‘got the internet’ at work in 1996, Luddite I was sharing the office with’s first comment was, “So, can you get porn on that?”. A quick check at playboy.com revealed that indeed you could!

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Ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm kicks crisis meeting into long grass

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Re: They need that 2-week adjournement

It's not that bad!

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UK.gov online dating tips: Do get consent, don't make false claims or fake profiles

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Re: RE: Shadmeister

WARNING: DO NOT FEED THE TROLL

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Re: dont bother with dating sites

I was hovering on the upvote button until the sexbots comment.

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Re: Gender balance

Is your male friend "stout"?

/notthenineoclocknews

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Re: Gender balance

Just having reach 50 this year and ended a relationship a year ago I got onto match.com.

As other replies here, I sent about 15 sincere and genuine messages without any hint of reply before giving up (and meeting someone new the old fashioned way). Since I'm not the sort of person to spam just anything warm with boobs, it takes me a while to find someone I actually want to write to, and then to discover they may well miss my message because of all the other crap they get.

This age bracket is tricky too, many suitors are divorced and the traditional 'man older than woman' pairings are being explored with many women seeking an age range around their own but with a large bulge (ahem) towards the younger side: "sick of husband, divorced, young buck required for oo-la-la".

I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that (best of luck!), just that it is fanciful, as are dating sites in general.

My advice is that you are most likely to find a soul mate through normal processes but it may require some effort beyond a cursory look on your phone before going to sleep: join a club or society, frequent new bars, and keep going until you are noticed.

In my view dating sites can provide a glimmer of hope and allow you to at least view (hopefully real) examples of the gender of preference and wonder 'what if', while you go about normal life until someone real comes out of absolutely nowhere (as is often the case).

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Headless man found in lava’s embrace

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What a blockhead!

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Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

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Re: "a 180 degree turn away from the president’s promise"

At least it shows there is a hurricane!

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UK digital secretary throws cold water over bid for laws on kids' use of social media

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Re: "Everyone from the BBC through to Primark are responsible for this culture."

Pizza hut, Pizza hut, Kentucky fried chicken and a pizza hut, McDonalds, McDonalds

My Scouts used to sing that 20 years ago, it was just a “Scout song”, I never really saw any relationship between that and some sort of capitalist conspiracy.

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First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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Re: Marketspeak bingo

Nah, they missed ROI

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Re: Noticed that with BA

No pleasing some people

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Re: Ilike the 380

news about QF 32 was splashed across the TV

Reminds me of Airplane (1980) where the in flight movie is showing a fiery aeroplane crash scenario

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Re: IT?

The article was posted in the Science section.

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sovereign claims cannot be made

Why did they put a flag on it then?

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Astroboffins trace mysterious noise from hard rock in space

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An artist's impression of diamonds emitting radiation around a protostar

Diamonds - check

Protostar - check

Radiation -

Radiation -

Anyone?

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+1 for Nightwish \m/

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At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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There was cake, but they weren't allowed to eat any of it.

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Dawn spacecraft to get up-close and personal with dwarf planet Ceres

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potentially infect the asteroid with terrestrial trash

Sshhh, no one tell Philae it’s terrestrial trash.

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Calm your conspiracy theories, latest glimpse reveals Planet Nine may just be a pipe dream

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whopping eight billion miles

Even that not-planet Pluto’s distance is usually quoted on Astronomical Units, I have no idea how far billions of miles is.

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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Time slows down in a sweaty lift due to the zero point fart

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Boffins detect antimatter thundering down from Hurricane Patricia

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Other than spelling "NOAA" wrong

I even double checked it and still got it wrong! :-D

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Did the researchers fly their plane in a curve, you know, in NOOA’s arc?

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Surface Hub 2: Microsoft's pricey whiteboard gets a sequel

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Re: Expensive?

In our company (well, in our division), we equate a revenue generator's time at $15/minute == $15/minute lost opportunity* at each time solving badly setup AV in meeting rooms. I could predict a direct correlation between 'IT savings' (i.e. reduced overhead) on investment in proper installation and training that then gets passed on to the revenue generating part of the organization as a reduction in margin.

*10 participants waiting 10 minutes to sort out the AV before every meeting can start = $1500 lost opportunity** / compressed project time frame / late delivery / corner cutting to take account of the time / rework because of corner cutting / employee extra work after hours to make up the time / employee burn out ... it can add up**

***8 meetings a month x 12 months = $144,000***

***individual results may vary

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Microsoft hopes users will leap from their seats and prod the screens with excited fingers

I'd like to see some successful use cases, filmed in the actual environment they were used in, instead of compressing an entire product development into a few minutes of dramatic video.

What was presented is far too simplistic and requires significant C-level corporate vision, rather than a few SharePoint site collections splattered around the company network.

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Are you able to read this headline? Then you're not Julian Assange. His broadband is unplugged

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Re: I almost feel sorry for Le Singe

The Ecuadorian statement did not specify exactly what it was that Assange said to bring about the measure

Apparently, he called the EU an empty-headed animal-food-trough wiper, would fart in their general direction, that their mother was a hamster, and their father smelt of elderberries.

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America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

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Lots to see here

I was still a child when Skylab was around, but I loved the old Horizon programmes about it, really great stuff! The fact that you could moved around in normal clothes, and they always looked like they were having so much fun*, spinning themselves around (demonstrating the law of conservation of angular momentum), and swallowing floating globules of water. Even as a kid I was sad when Skylab had to end. :'(

But then of course we had space shuttle coming! :-D

*the bits on TV anyway

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German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way

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Re: Ikea trip rules...

I only go for the free pencils, and they're really easy to find.

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Decades-old data reveals shows Jupiter’s moon sprayed alien juice over Galileo probe

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life, albeit on a microbial scale

Aw, I wanted it to be those creatures on the front of progressive rock album covers.

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Re: It's not for everyone but for most it could be good

Just boot from floppy disk!

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Lakes on the moon? Boffins think they've found the evidence

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moganite, a grey-coloured oxide mineral with the chemical formula SiO2 (silicon dioxide)

Isn't that just quartz?

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Put November 26 in your diary: That’s when Mars InSight lands. Hopefully

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Re: Landing, that's easy

Indeed a feat!

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The Sun will blow up into a huge, glowing bubble of gas during its death

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New study shows the Sun will turn into a planetary nebula after all

Yay!

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What's Wikipedia? Everything's in my phone.

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two million sunblock

Since SPF (in theory) extends your normal burn time by 'F' times, if you would otherwise normally burn in 15 minutes, then you get to see the view for almost 60 years before having to go inside for a lie down.

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Astroboffins spot the first perfect exoplanet free of clouds

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Re: Hmm. Gas giant sized but with no clouds.....

Clouds usually aren't gas

Or churned up differently layered gas due to convection, coriolis forces, etc.

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Texas residents start naming adopted drains

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Michael Draine in Wet Carter.

I'll get my draincoat.

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I imagine s/he'd feel guttered.

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I'd call it a sense of community.

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Shocking. Lightning strike knocks out neuro patient's brain implant

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which caused heating in the brain

Ew!

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NASA demos little nuclear power plant to help find little green men

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Re: Read the post!

When can I have one at home?

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Re: So basically....

The sodium is to be added after the linguine!

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NASA lunar rover trundles to a meeting with Doctor Hacksaw and Mister Axe

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launch vehicles, lunar lander spacecraft, lunar surface systems

It's going to get awfully messy up there.

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I spy with my little eye ... a quantum drum with TRILLIONS of atoms

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In physics, "on the scale of" can be anywhere within an order of magnitude. Google says a human hair is about 30 - 100 microns thick, so 15 microns is "on the scale of" a human hair.

/IMO

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Motorised robo-coolbox biz Starship makes lunchtime pitch to campus-dwellers

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are often mugged and have their food stolen

What sort of country do we live in, honestly? I was surprised that this even went on, but a quick Google Search soon saddened me further.

Yours,

Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells.

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Re: There is a different (and useful) campus based application

Could be OK for enclosed / private / secure environments.

Much like the internet, was never designed with security in mind, my concern is these things getting stolen for their contents, or even their components. What about 'fake' ones delivering all sorts of mayhem?

How will the ne'er do wells see fit to exploit these little fellas?

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NetHack to drop support for floppy disks, Amiga, 16-bit DOS and OS/2

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Pirate

Many a fond memory of playing Hack then Nethack at poly in the 80's, oft a lecture missed due to playing, and still playing at midnight, getting dinner from the vending machine. Worthy notes: cockatrices, David's Treasure Zoo, swarms of orcs and bees, Maud, FOOBIE BLETCH, 'Nothing happened', wearing a cursed ring of levitation, and a wand of death bouncing back to you!

If you like the playability and want a modern take, try Wazhack.

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