* Posts by Ugotta B. Kiddingme

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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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Joke

"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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Jun-OH-NO! NASA's Jupiter probe in busted helium-valve drama

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Re: As an aside to the actual article...

indeed. The only thing missing was a Don LaFontaine-like* voiceover.

*sadly, we would have to make do with an imitation as the most recognizable voice in movie trailers died about nine years ago.

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FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations

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@diodesign - Re: This story only got written for the headline

":) We really want to do a podcast or some kind of recording of our headline writing, if only we had time. It's mainly us shouting puns at each other across the office."

PLEASE make the time to do this. That should be a most amusing listen that I think most here would enjoy.

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Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

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in the absence of higher density/capacity portable energy storage

TeslaBorg: Resistance is futile.

Meatbag: [pulls power cord from wall outlet]

TeslaBorg: Oh bugge...

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UK prof claims to have first practical blueprint of a quantum computer

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:):

This makes me happy and not happy

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Ex-FBI man spills on why hackers are winning the security game

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so am I the only one

who saw boobs in their logo?

Perhaps I should get out more...

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Cattle that fail, not pets that purr – the future of servers

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thank you for that

"Fifteen years later, the son became a printer technician to spite his father."

I actually chuckled audibly.

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Vintage Space Shuttle fuel tank destroyed by New Orleans tornado

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Re: Build in a flood plain ...

Flood plain, yes, but New Orleans is definitely not* in "tornado alley." Tornadoes in this part of the country are actually less common. According to my own recollection, since I moved here in the early 1980's there have been a couple dozen tornadoes in this part of the state. According to potentially more reliable sources, there have been 122 in the vicinity of New Orleans since 1950. Contrast that with, for example, the area around Norman, Oklahoma which has received nearly triple that number in the same time period.

*HURRICANE alley, yes, but those are comparatively slow moving storms which come with plenty of warning for people to get themselves and their stuff protected or out of the way. Plus, most hurricane wind damage is from so-called "straight line" winds. The size of hurricanes makes it difficult to experience vortex wind effects unless one happens to be sufficiently unfortunate to be in/near the center "eye" of the storm. Tornadoes wreak greater destruction but over a much smaller area - partly because of the swirling nature of the wind and partly because tornadic winds tend to move rather faster on average. Few hurricanes achieve wind speeds comparable with most tornadoes.

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Pulsating white dwarf described as a 'dynamo' found, no, not in the back pages, 380 LY away

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Re: ~10.000 @druck

you might wish to review a few things such as...

this or perhaps that or maybe even the other for the most detailed explanation.

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Hacker: I made 160,000 printers spew out ASCII art around the world

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Re: That's no robot

indeed. Saw that and my first thought was "OK, I suppose Mechwarrior is relevant and/or appropriate for the circumstances."

Here. On me. ------------------------>

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

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none of the above

While I fully realize your list of choices was presented with tongue firmly implanted in cheek, I must say "None of the above" and plead for Sean Pertwee as a legitimate contender.

What bothers me most is that I really like Capaldi in the role. The odd awful script aside, I've really enjoyed his portrayal of the Doctor and will be quite sad when he departs.

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New measurement alerts! Badgers, great white sharks and the Lindisfarne Gospel

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and it's not even Friday yet

Thank you for this. Although I must now clean my monitor, desk, and a co-worker who walked by at just the wrong moment...

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Twin brothers. One went into space. The other didn't. NASA reveals how their bodies differ

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Re: A bit miffed?

Probably not much. Mark Kelly retired from NASA in 2011 at least in part to care for his wife Gabrielle Giffords, then a Congressional Representative, who was grievously wounded in an attempted assassination.

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Father of Pac-Man dies at 91

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Re: Let me the first to say

or, perhaps more appropriately at the moment, this sound

RIP, Nakamura-san

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'Maker' couple asphyxiated, probably by laser cutter fumes

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Re: @ Number6

"Search Google for 'resin 3d printer'."

You might also search this very site for the construction details of the sadly long-delayed LOHAN project. Like this, for example...

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Huzzah! Doctor Who comes to Playmoverse

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Re: "Baker" @ Robert Helpmann

indeed. When Gotham has run its course, I hope there is a conveniently timed opening for a new Doctor. Sean Pertwee would, at least in MY opinion, make an excellent Doctor. The gruffness of Ecclestone and Capaldi, tempered by the panache and man-of-action from his father's portrayal of the titular character.

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"Baker"

Q: who is the best Doctor (pre-2005)

A: [grunt] Baker [/grunt]

Q: who is the worst Doctor (pre-2005)

A: the OTHER Baker*

* personal opinion: to be completely fair, looking back upon it now, he wasn't really that terrible. Like Sylvester McCoy and indeed Malcolm Tucker Peter Capaldi, Colin Baker suffered some pretty awful scripts BUT in any ranking system, there is a first and a last place and my comment above therefore stands.

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Forget Tony Stark's Iron Man – exosuits of the future will be spandex

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Re: "They're techno-trousers, ex-NASA, fantastic for walkies!"

but do they come with Gromit to save the day?

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Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

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"Depending on circumstances, however, it might still be the right move."

If for no other reason than to reduce the possibility of more $400 hammers and $800 toilet seats.

"Sure, Mr. US-based Defense Contractor, we'd LOVE to buy your Killz-A-Lot©®™ Integrated Weapons System. But, you see this nifty product designed and built by our NATO allies in Europe? It performs better and costs less. Come back to us when you have something with similar performance and pricing. THEN we'll seriously consider 'buying American again.' "

And that's when I, a US taxpayer, awoke from such a lovely dream...

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We've found a ‘vaccine’ for fake news. Wait! No, we really are Cambridge researchers

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Re: There is another way @ Naselus

But your proposal would actually enable and even encourage the citizenry to [gasp!] think for themselves?!?

Smashing!

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Li-ion tamers: Boffins build battery with built-in fire extinguisher

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Re: Obligatory XKCD reference

Unfortunately, the people of Boston, Massachusetts might have a comment or two about "the worst thing that can happen if you misuse a pressure cooker." Granted the original XKCD question specified "in a kitchen" but still...

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Japan's terrifying techno-toilets will be made foreigner friendly, vow makers

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Re: "purpose of the spray is to go in little circles."

brings to mind the classic joke:

What do bidets* and the Starship Enterprise have in common?

Both circle Uranus looking for Klingons.

* as a Yank, this was originally heard as toilet paper.

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Elon's SpaceX gets permission to blow up another satellite or two

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what goes up

must come down - HOPEFULLY in a very similar number of pieces.

Best of luck to SpaceX, et.al. Have several AFTER successful launch -------->

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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

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Re: Anonymous Custard

Q: "For the drone or the husband?"

A: yes.

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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expensive and only moderate shelf life

apparently this stuff is even MORE expensive via Amazon US. The price is $69 for 21 meals which, at today's exchange rate, works out to £2.68/meal. Granted that cost DOES include delivery.

If this product had a reasonably long shelf life (2-4 years) then it would make a very good emergency/survival/disaster ration. Unfortunately, according to their website, the shelf life when stored properly is only one year. And speaking of "stored properly", I find it curious to note that the packaging calls for it to be kept in a "dry and dark place." I completely understand dry but why dark? It's in an opaque foil bag.

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Astroboffins glimpse sighting of ultra-rare circular galaxy

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Ringalaxy?

Looks like Larry Niven has the subject for his next novel series

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Major maser microwaves Hubble

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Re: A masing galaxy amazes

You should apply to write headlines for El Reg. Bonus point for the alliterative sub-head as well.

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Santa's sleigh gets 21st century makeover

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Re: No cup holder!

not only IS there a cup holder but it also serves as a cup WARMER for keeping your cocoa hot. Marshmallows optional. (third picture on the website listing, thoughtfully provided by commenter Rabbit80)

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US Congress seeks small claims track for copyright claims

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If Google and lawyers don't like it

then it's probably a very good idea.

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China is building a full scale replica of the Titanic to repeatedly crash into iceberg

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Re: A three hour tour

Given the size of the vessel, I'd say harder to get tossed. And since it's on a lake, then with OR without the courage of a fearless crew, harder to get lost.

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