* Posts by Ugotta B. Kiddingme

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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Re: So exactly what they've been letting AtGames sell for years?

AtGames also has another version of the same thing here. Perhaps one is a US version and the other isn't? No idea but I do remember seeing that particular one on store shelves last Christmas. It's also considerably less expensive than the version you cite although I'm uncertain why.

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Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables

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Re: Ben Tasker

upvote for your last paragraph

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El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot

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I say, I say, I say: What's the difference between a king penguin and liquid?

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"Well, what's on the television then?"

"Looks like a liquid."

Or, if you prefer: "It's just got 8 o'clock and time for the liquid on your television set to explode."

Just doesn't have the same ring to it...

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Not one, but 20,000 black holes hiding in Milky Way's heart

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I've asked before but...

the surrounding facts keeps changing with new discoveries and theories like this. Therefore: Could these "new" black holes account for at least some of the missing mass required to bind the galaxy together and keep it spinning at current speed?

IIRC, currently identified baryonic matter accounts for about 15% of the total mass required for the galaxy (and by extension, the universe) to behave the way it does. If there turn out to be significantly more black holes in existence than previously thought, then perhaps baryonic matter makes up a greater percentage of the total.

I am not a physicist nor any other form of scientist - just a bloke trying to wrap my mind around the concepts and actually learn something.

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Doomed Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 crashes into watery Pacific grave

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not bad, all things considered

If it came down anywhere near Point Nemo, that's probably about as good an outcome as one could hope for, is it not?

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Boffins stalk house-hunting bees, find colony behaves kind of like a human brain

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[SadlyNoddingHead]

"User interface designers will be familiar with the Hick-Hyman law as an argument for reducing complexity in design, before ignoring it and festooning their sites with a bewildering variety of options." [/SadlyNoddingHead]

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Foxconn embiggens footprint with nearly a BEEELLION for Belkin

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Re: Ok so...

Sounds like you are on the way to destruction...

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Veteran NASA probe Dawn: Winter is coming on Ceres (sort of)

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Re: Negative Reactions

"What are the common failure sources of the reaction wheels, frictional/wear related?"

an older answer to your question, but presumably still valid and interesting.

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The Expanse

If you aren't familiar with this series, I HIGHLY recommend it. One of the very few that tries to get the physics of life/travel in space correct without resorting to technobabble and exotic theories*. It's one of the few shows SyFy channel got right.

* NOT including one of the key plot points which I won't spoil. Strictly speaking of how the show addresses working/living/travelling in space.

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Former Google X bloke's startup unveils 'self flying' electric air taxi

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Re: Not again!

While the inclusion of the word "ever" does add some ambiguity, I think the meaning is still clear - that the first flight of the Wright Brothers was at Kitty Hawk, not that the Wright Brothers were the first to fly. Personally, I would have left out "ever" and replaced "manned" with "powered" but even that, as you point out, is subject to debate.

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Android P will hear no evil, see no evil, support evil notches

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Peeps

marshmallow chicks known here in the former colonies as Peeps

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Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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All I need

is my tiny umbrella and I'll be fine.

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SpaceX's internet satellites to beam down 'Hello world' from orbit

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Re: a recovery vessel, dubbed Mr Steven

well, if they are referring to the vessel as a "catcher's mitt" then why not name it after one of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame catchers? Johnny Bench, Yogi Bera, and Gary Carter are the three I can name off the top of my head. I know there are several others.

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A dog DNA database? You must be barking

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but has there been

any comment from Baskerville Hall? One might think they'd be keenly interested in such

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If at first you don't succeed, you're likely Intel: Second Spectre microcode fix emitted

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Thanks Paul

for the Sean Lock reference. That was rather amusing. Definitely must look up more of his Stand Up bits.

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A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

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Re: "Why do you want feature X?" is always a really good start.

Agreed. Nothing at all wrong with asking a simple question.

Sometimes, the requestor just needs a bit of training to understand the requested feature is actually already available, perhaps in a slightly different form. Other times, the developer is enlightened to a use method not previously anticipated and the requested feature is worthy of addition. And then, every so often, one must patiently explain why the request cannot be granted because [valid reasons]

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Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

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dodgy maths?

I generally suck at maths so I could be all wet, but it seems to me that there is a problem of accuracy in Kafle's statement.

Kafle FTA: "Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, is over a trillion times heavier than our tiny planet Earth..."

Space.com: "Recent measurements have weighed the galaxy at between 400 billion and 780 billion times the mass of the sun. "

Swinburne Uni: solar mass is "about 333,000 times the mass of the Earth."

quick back-of-the-napkin calc: Milky Way is roughly 1x10^17 Earth masses.

That makes the article statement off by several orders of magnitude. That scale of error is like saying "more than 1000 people live in China." It's technically true but not realistically close to accurate.

UPDATE: Ah, I see my error now. Long form trillion, not "American trillion". See? Told you I suck at maths.

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Mars is red, Earth is blue. Here's a space laser story for you

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It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

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Re: @ Pedigree-Pete

Jessica Rabbit had one of the best ever one-liners:

"I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way."

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BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support

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One might think

that this will NOT end well for Steven - assuming he did not use the cattle prod on himself as suggested upthread

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Re: - if it doesn't fit: force it

- if it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.

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ServiceNow plans non-devs writing non-code for real enterprise apps

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I confidently predict

that good quality "no code" development in ServiceNow will be as ubiquitous as flying cars, personal jetpacks, and paperless offices.

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Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird

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Re: Some things were just never meant to fly.

This gives me an idea. I should try to board a flight with my emotional support turkey. Then, when denied access, I can utter the inimitable words of Mr. Carlson. To wit, "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly..."

* for my British cousins who might not know, "WKRP In Cincinatti" was a late 1970s sitcom about the amusing and bizarre life of a radio station and its staff. For context, here is the full episode

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Re: NoneSuch

"I'm sure her comfort animal would be welcome on a train. In the baggage compartment."

or the galley...

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You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen

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but hang on a bit

I thought we already had a proper solution for SPECTRE

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You publish 20,000 clean patches, but one goes wrong and you're a PC-crippler forever

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that one time

"When you're crying, no one notices your tears. When you're worried, no one feels your pain. When you're happy, no one sees your smile. But fart just one time..."

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Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

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yet another reason why I read The Register

You learn something new every day. I had always been told it was illegal to pass on the right, at least in my state. After reading this article and comment thread, I decided to look it up for myself. Turns out that it IS legal to pass on the right, under certain circumstances, since at least 2011.

https://law.justia.com/codes/louisiana/2011/rs/title32/rs32-74/

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Mass limit proposed so boffins can tell when they've fingered a brown dwarf or a fat planet

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tangentially relevant question

If a brown dwarf were to somehow acquire more mass in the form of hydrogen or other fusionable* material, would it ignite and thereby drop "failed" from its "star" status?**

* yes, I know that's probably not the correct word but I don't think fusile or fusible are correct because they can mean blending materials together by simple melting

** not trying to be a smartass. Trying to ask a legitimate question to expand my knowledge.

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Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

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Every time I read one of these articles

I'm reminded of the apocryphal* story of some random guy who purchased an RV/motorhome and took it on holiday. During the trip, the vehicle ran off the road and wrecked. When asked by the local constabulary what happened, the clueless driver responded that he'd put the vehicle on cruise control and went to make himself a sandwich.

* I've heard at least half a dozen variants of this tale going back to the early 1970's

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Take a former NSA head hacker, a Raspberry Pi, weird Kiwi radios and what do you get?

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Re: "Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wizards in Winter"

I love that one but my ALL TIME favorite light show of this kind isn't Christmas themed. Rather it's Halloween themed and, appropriately for a British site, set to the music of Queen.

Bohemian Rhapsody Halloween light show

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Baywatch hero drone saves silly struggling swimmers Down Under from going down under

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Pint

audio?

Was there audio in the original video? If not, how could the pilot see that the swimmers were actually in distress and required assistance? It doesn't seem immediately apparent to me that they are in distress. It's pretty obvious they are POTENTIALLY in danger but less obvious to my untrained eye that the danger is real and/or imminent.

Either way, MANY props and pints to all involved. That's a fine example of using technology to improve the efficiency and efficacy of an important job.

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NASA is pretty pleased with its pulsar-sniffing intergalactic GPS tech

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Re: Intergalactic satnav

"recalculating..."

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US House reps green-light Fourth Amendment busting spy program

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Big Brother

Shock! Amazement!

or, you know, actually none whatsoever...

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Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

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Re: Bah!

A World Out of Time by Larry Niven

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Sounds interesting

although if only available through Netflix I might not be able to see it. Will definitely give it a view if I can.

As for SyFy, not everything on there is "assorted trash." 'The Expanse' is incredible, as was their first big space epic 'Farscape.' It's the other 99% of content that give SyFy a bad name...

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Soz, guys. No 'alien megastructure' around Tabby's Star, only cosmic dustbunnies

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Re: what will happen when it sneezes?

According to scholarly somewhat apocryphal reference material I've read, the Jatravartids refer to that event as the Coming of the Great White Handkerchief

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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easy solution?

"It is vanishingly unlikely that a leaky gland seriously affected the carrier’s ability to operate (we encourage older readers not to draw comparisons with their personal situations)."

MOD Procurement specialist on phone: "Yes, I'd like to order several boxes of adult nappies, please. Size? Well, they're for 'Big Liz' so, I'd say extra extra EXTRA large..."

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Poor NASA sods sent to spend Xmas in Antarctic ahead of satellite launch

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Exploding alien bodies' space death-rays gave Earth its radiation cloak

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Re: Radiation shields to maximum.....

which storyline do you prefer for said joyride? the recent one from newish show The Orville or the classic Trek story which seemingly inspired it, For The World Is Hollow and I Have Touched The Sky? Hopefully NOT the one where we all eventually become Cybermen

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Sigh. It's not quite Star Trek's Data, but it'll do: AI helps boffins clock second Solar System

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let's hope...

...that our B-Ark doesn't pass their B-Ark on the way.

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Checkmate: DeepMind's AlphaZero AI clobbered rival chess app on non-level playing, er, board

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... just until I need glasses?

"playing against itself, a technique in reinforcement learning known as self-play."

For some reason, I read that second word as "with"

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Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel flawed net neutrality vote

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minor correction

"Increasingly, observers are convinced that Pai and his fellow commissioners simply don't understand care how the internet actually works, and have formed a view of the internet built almost entirely on the cable industry's perspective what the cable industry has paid them to think.

FTFY

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Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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A Little Piece of Heaven

by Avenged Sevenfold

(linkage)

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As the singularity approaches, neural network pens black metal album

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ear of the beholder?

"The Dillinger Escape Plan's seminal "math metal" debut, Calculating Infinity, was also given the treatment and somehow sounds even more incoherent."

Actually seemed quite the improvement to me...

What my head feels like after 10 seconds of Dillinger Escape Plan ----->

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Barracuda gobbled up by private equity sharks

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"probably the best scenario for shareholders"

rarely equals "best scenario for employees and/or customers"...

For everyone's sake, I hope this transaction disproves the maxim.

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