* Posts by Ugotta B. Kiddingme

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NASA whistles up electron noise from the Van Allen belt

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"Another thought: pareidolia..."

You're right. a truly excellent song from an interesting prog band. Cheers!

(Happiness icon beats Joke icon in a fair fight.)

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Re: The sound of the heart beat of a whole planet?

"Well... some people do believe that the Earth and other planets are just huge (really huge) eggs."

I recently saw a documentary about that. Expedition led by some cranky Scotsman...

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Re: Da job Bag

sounds like you have everything except:

actual brick

Tyvek booties (to keep the blood from contaminating your shoes)

plastic tarp (because "roll of carpet" won't fit into easily carried bag)

roll of duct tape

Easy enough, of course, to keep the shovel and bag of lime in the car boot. Oh, and here are some easily obtainable environmental outfits. (here, if you are a left-ponder)

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but inquiring minds must know

Did Mal aim to misbehave? Or find Serenity? Did anyone attempt to take the sky from Mal?

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€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

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Re: "fuck nothing / fuck all"

As a Yank who gets most Brit slang but must occasionally consult my Scottish sister-in-law on a few of the odder ones, that nearly made me shoot coffee out my nose. I must remember to apply the "no coffee while reading BOFH and comments" to ALL comment threads herein.

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LHC finds a new and very charming particle: the Xicc++ baryon

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Re: "a few discoveries that would never have happened if beer hadn't been invented"

... giving rise to the phrase "Hold my Nobel Prize and watch this!"

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Re: Decent boss?

if he TRULY "gets" them then I wonder how long before it becomes necessary for them to "get" him...

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Samsung stalls Bixby launch because it am English not so good

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guffaw

well play, very goodly. That is awl.

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Modern Micron maestro Mehrotra marches merrily, maintains megahit masterplan

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My my!

Mostly magical. Maybe magnificent.

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The bloke behind Star Fox is building a blockchain based casino. No, really

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Re: Just throw your money out the window...

Now we have the internet there are other ways to exercise one's arm.

Just remember, darts/slot machines with one arm and beer/other activities with the opposite arm. Otherwise...

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

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Works for deer. Perhaps for kangaroos as well?

Re: the comparison between the roo (highway) problem in Oz and the deer problem in US. These and similar devices work reasonably well at warning deer of your approaching vehicle. Ad copy says it will work for roos as well but, of course, YRMV

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No way to sugarcoat this: I'm afraid Uranus opens and closes to accept particle streams

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Re: It's always fascinating when they probe Uranus

better Uranus than mine...

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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acronyms

my personal favorite: FEBCAK - Fatal Error Between Chair And Keyboard.

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NASA? More like NASAI: Brainy robots 'crucial' to space exploration

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Re: And . . .

so basically a reversal of roles in the plot of Rendezvous with Rama? While I certainly like the idea, there are some pretty steep technology challenges for "any time soon."

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

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"extend it to include the UK?"

If so, I can confidently predict your weather for that day...

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

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"don't understand why it took so long."

The US legal system frequently makes the Vogons look like efficiency experts

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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why not just use a 50" or so 4k TV?

I can get any of several major name brands for considerably less than $1500 and have double the height of this one

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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Re: Wouldn't it be neat if...

so then...

dE=dmd 2

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Earth resists NASA's attempts to make red and green clouds

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Re: Off message

"(other well-known soft drinks are available, but probably not in such easy colours.)"

One evening when the conditions were just right, with a high cloud deck that ended a few miles west of my position, the setting sun was able to illuminate the underside of that cloud deck with a color reminiscent of Irn-Bru. No additional boffinry required.

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After reusing a rocket, SpaceX tries reusing Dragon capsule for ISS resupply

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I just want to tell you [Musketeers]

good luck, we're all counting on you.

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Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

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Coffee/keyboard

"episodes of Nobpollishen and Inspektor Krotchlik."

Thank you for that. Now several coworkers are wondering about my sudden burst of mirth.

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America's drone owner database grounded: FAA rules blown out of sky

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Re: They won't give refunds.

The form is "in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.”

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And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin hologram ... Sir, it is only wafer thin

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Another good reason* why I continue reading The Register

* Not that I really NEEDED one, but still...

"An optical resonant cavity allows the light from laser beams to bounce around and reflect many times to create waves that are in different phases. The shifted positions of the light are more likely to create the illusion of depth seen in holographic imaging."

I am now more educated than I was. Thank you.

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Nukes tests caused space weather, say NASA boffins

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Re: Ivor Biggun

egad! Thanks, AC, for exposing me to such genius. For my fellow left-ponders not familiar, here it is with the music.

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Pay attention. We're only going to show you this once: OpenAI coaches robots to copy humans

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Re: Honey, I'm selling the kids and getting a Homebot!

Just be sure Mrs. Coward doesn't get the same idea and replaces you with a Husbot2000©®™ (complete with vehicle maintenance, lawn care, and... [ahem] "other" options)

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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off topic questions

what is the source of the picture at the top of the article? Better still, can anyone identify the actor on the left? I thought perhaps that might be Ian Wolfe but now am uncertain.

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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Re: What if the pilot and copilot both have the fish???

and hope you don't have to use the manual inflation nozzle... (37 seconds in)

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The rise of AI marks an end to CPU dominated computing

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Re: rise of AI marks an end to CPU dominated computing

Mage: "Wut?

"Someone has invented Asimov's positronic* brain?

"What does that even mean, considering there is no general AI, only pattern matching to big databases? OK, parts of the algorithm might use some sort off gpu, array processor or other specialised co-processor.

All still needs a conventional CPU programmed by humans."

Indeed. See also "paperless office", "flying car", etc...

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What augmented reality was created for: An ugly drink with a balloon

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Re: My first visceral disagreement with Mr. Dabbs

indeed! When Mrs. Kiddingme is away, I can turn up telly as loud as I want. Watching sports while she's away is better as well. I can use the Pause and Instant Replay function on my Tivo as much as I like without hearing snorts of annoyance from the other end of the sofa. When she's away I can perform chores and projects from the Honey-Do list as I see fit, without all the "helpful" input/advice. Definitely NOTHING wrong with occasionally being left alone at home

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Accept for a second that robot surgeons exist. Who will check they're up to the job – and how?

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Re: Level 5

Also of concern for a Level 5 (unsupervised) robotic surgeon would be this scenario:

a patient is having his appendix removed. Difficulty factor: said appendix has burst. The Level 5 robosurgeon must be able to spot this situation and perform the extra cleaning/disinfecting of all the nooks and crannies of the surrounding abdominal cavity to ensure the patient doesn't die a few days later of peritonitis.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Re: Really?

"Any of our American Cousins care to comment?"

In my experience, it's a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand Chip and Pin, properly executed in EU but largely NOT in US, makes fraud a tiny bit harder so one point for EU. On the other hand, Visa/MC/Discover policies in the US of "customer is (nearly) always right" pretty heavily favors the consumer so a point for US. If we could ever get PROPER execution of Chip and Pin over here, I think we could have the best of both worlds. Reality, however, would likely mean that the aforementioned consumer-friendly policies would be rolled back by the card issuers as "no longer needed." If I MUST choose between the two, I prefer the existing US "customer is (nearly) always right" policies, which I have used quite effectively the few times I needed them.

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Computer games to become medal sport at Asian Games

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Re: Darts is for the couch-bound and unfit?

"You need to check out Diamond Dave Delaney's Darts Workout.

'Exercise nearly all the muscles in one arm...' "

It has been my observation that this is why drinking is a standard accompaniment to darts - so that the other arm also gets an appropriate level of exercise.

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You just sent an on-prem app to the cloud and your data centre has empty racks. What now?

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'something less obvious than "8-ft Pool Table"'

1 each regulation sized Cavicci Team Building Exercise table.

1 set 15 Interactivity Spheres (plus one white Actuator Sphere)

4 each 150cm Cumululative Uniformity Enhancement devices (aka CUEs)

1 each wall-mounted storage rack for CUEs

1 each delivery/setup fee

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Blighty's £1.2bn space industry could lend itself to tourism – report

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Re: Spaceport in the UK

"Branson's own island is much closer to the equator than Prestwick, he could just build a launchpad there..."

But does it have a volcano?

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Far out: Dark matter bridges millions of light-years long spotted between galaxies

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Re: Exhaust trails perhaps?

Chemtrails. In Spaaaaaaace.

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US ATM fraud surges despite EMV

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The larger problem in the US

is mostly from retailers who haven't/won't update their POS terminals to accept the chipped cards OR they use chipped cards incorrectly. The ONLY US retailer I've run across which correctly uses my chipped debit card is Wal-Mart. Every other retailer fits into one or more of these three buckets:

- they have tape over the card slot with a handwritten sign to swipe the magnetic strip instead OR

- they accept the chipped card but if you hit the debit button instead of credit button, you are then instructed to REMOVE the card and swipe the magnetic strip instead OR

- you insert the chipped card and hit the credit button and are asked to SIGN rather than enter your PIN.

As much as I despise doing business with Wal-Mart, they at least did get the chipped card usage correct so I would rather shop there than a retailer who is too lazy/cheap/stupid to update their systems.

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BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

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@chivo243

"two sidekicks? I thought the Sith only worked in pairs? The PFY better watch his step?"

To paraphrase Darth Vader: "Intern, you can destroy the BOFH. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule the data center as new BOFH and PFY."

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DOOM'd! Quake god John Carmack lobs $22m sueball at ZeniMax

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"He should deathmatch them..."

chainsaws only

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NASA's atom-chiller ready to fly to the ISS

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Re: ooh! crappy sci fi horror movie premise time!

OK, so that's Bruce Campbell as Gordon Freeman.

How about Christopher Walken as the G-Man?

And who as Dr. Breen?

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Re: "witchcraft in SPACE!"

I wonder if microgravity raises the difficulty factor in mastering broom flight?

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Did your in-flight entertainment widget suck? It's Panasonic's fault, claims software biz

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pictured aircraft seat

What make of aircraft is that one pictured? Never seen a separate flip-down cup holder. Of course, if that's in the First Class er... "Preferred Seating" area, that would explain why I've never seen it...

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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"playing World of Warcraft or Half Life 2"

well which was it? Rather significant difference between...

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BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

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Re: Other uses?

already done. Sort of...

Discovery Channel show "Time Warp" which films things in ultra slow motion to see what happens did this with superstar drummer Mike Mangini. (currently of Dream Theater). Even HE was impressed at the magnitude of deflection.

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Who will banish spy-cam drones from US skies? The FAA doesn't want to do it. EPIC disagrees

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Re: @DougS

"...but since drones communicate using public airwaves that you can use too, there's nothing stopping you from jamming the frequency it is using so the operator loses control and it crashes."

Actually, that isn't true - at least not in the US. The FCC has some pretty clear prohibitions on jamming. For example this and also this so, jamming RF is just as illegal as the snooping you are trying to stop.

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Google's troll-destroying AI can't cope with typos

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Re: Misspeling

"If I was writing an automated tool to look for trolls, pretty much the first thing I'd do is flag up the ones full of spelling errors. It's not a foolproof test, but it'll pick up 90% of the idiots."

To further improve the catch rate, include grammar detection. For example: "They're st.upid, it's getting warmer..." only scores 2% toxicity, whereas "Their st.upid, its getting warmer..." should score at least as high as the original phrase.

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This week on GitHub: Facebook's forecaster and a sysadmin CURSE

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don't know about your side of the pond, but...

t-shirt cannons are quite popular at many US sporting events. Occasionally, of course, the "bigger is always better" crowd takes over and results in the sort of amusing lunacy which, one assumes, involves engineering students and plenty of alcohol.

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LUNAR-CY! SpaceX announces a Moon trip-for-two it'll inevitably miss the deadline on

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true cost?

"No figures were given on the cost, but some basic mathematics shows SpaceX is either going to lose a ton of money on these trips, or will have to set the price tag very high. The basic cost to SpaceX for a single virgin Falcon 9 flight is around $30m (no price yet for reused rockets), and three boosters get used. Then there is the cost of the capsule, supplies, and guidance and navigation and you'd not get much change out of $100m, even before trying to add on a profit margin."

Do those estimates include all the mission control and other support personnel required?

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BOFH: Elf of Safety? Orc of Admin. Pleased to meet you

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Re: Right Royal Softly, Softly, ...... Catchee GCHQ and Assorted Monkeys ....

someone's got into the "special" mushrooms again...

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Neuromorphic progress: And we for one welcome our new single artificial synapse overlords

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Re: Thinking Machines

"Isn't it just as likely we'll combine with a neural lattice to enhance our own abilities, rather than use a separate created consciousness. In other words, by the time an A.I. can be considered to be "alive", we'll have extended our own intellect using similar technologies."

So, the Borg Collective then? I admit the adaptive shielding and self-healing would be useful, BUT I think I'll pass

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