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CIMON says: Say hello to your new AI pal-bot, space station 'nauts

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"CIMON may be useful as a plastic pal that's fun to be with."

But will it, or the marketing department responsible for it, be first against the wall when the (space) revolution comes?

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Teradata lobs sueball at SAP, alleges HANA based on its 'trade secrets'

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Re: Forcing HANA

"I was working at one of the biggest SAP shops in the world (Unilever) when HANA was launched and there was no rough stuff."

Maybe not then, but my company is going through a long-overdue SAP upgrade now. The very obviously implied meaning now is "Say, that's a nice business you got there. Shame if something were to happen to the ERP running it." Not quite Dinsdale Piranha, but almost.

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kinda surprised

that SAP didn't just buy them outright like they did Ariba. I suppose they must have thought they could beat any lawsuit that might arise.

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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not sure if this is a good thing or not but

from the picture, Mssr. Duval could easily pass for a third Sklar brother

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That was quick: Seattle rushes to kill tax that would mildly inconvenience Amazon

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Re: "Or perhaps more likely Amazon threatened to leave if the plan was implemented."

This. I rather strongly suspect Seattle was reminded that the soon-to-be-selected "New Second HQ" city could very easily become the "New Only HQ" city...

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

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in the immortal words of Leslie Nielsen

"...good luck. We're all counting on you."

And regardless how it turns out, thanks for all the science

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Dems push Ryan to vote to help save America's net neutrality measures

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don't hold your breath

Paul Ryan announced earlier this year that he will not be seeking reelection, so he has no reason to fear public backlash or outcry. As pointed out in the article, the House action was just a formality with zero chance of success.

This is one of the things I find most frustrating about our two party system. In my limited understanding of your parliamentary system, it seems you lot have (in theory at least) more options from which to choose and (also very much "in theory") more chances for a reasonable compromise outcome.

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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just to tweak PETA

the locals should rename Fiskargaten to something like UtsöktFiskargaten - Delicious Fishes street, according to internet translation. Cross streets can be renamed Baked Avenue, Pan Fried Lane, and Grilled Road.

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DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Re: full circle....

Indeed, bashing things is the basis for all technology

In the words of the inimitable Douglas Adams, "We'll be saying a big hello to all intelligent lifeforms everywhere and to everyone else out there, the secret is to bang the rocks together, guys."

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Clock blocker: Woman sues bosses over fingerprint clock-in tech

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Hopefully

this will become a landmark case, ultimately leading to such protections* at the national level. Or at the very least I hope my state will follow the example of Illinois.**

*PLEASE don't wake me up. It's such a pleasant dream

** far more likely but less useful in general.

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Get over yourselves: Life in the multiverse could be commonplace

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I wonder...

If the brane model multiverse (or something like it) is correct then might perhaps "dark" energy affecting this universe be "normal" or "light" energy in an adjacent brane? Maybe it's "dark" and only indirectly interacts with normal matter/energy in our visible universe because it's not actually IN our universe but just outside in the next brane over.

The preceding Wild-Arsed Guess is purely speculation on my part for conversation's sake only and any connection with actual facts would be a rather enormous coincidence. I lay NO claim to any scientific knowledge or professional credentials/education with which to make any such statements authoritatively.

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NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

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Peanuts metaphor

Maybe it's simply a Yank vs Brit pop culture thing. There may indeed be a better metaphor out there than the Peanuts reference but many (and probably most) of us left ponders thoroughly understand that one and consider it appropriate for this subject.

Key to understanding its relevance here is that Lucy does this every year and Charlie Brown falls for it every time - much in the same way that NASA and/or the President say "we're going back to the moon!" and people get excited but, then it never goes beyond that comment. Unlike Charlie Brown, most of us USAians have all but given up on NASA doing anything significant on the moon and, given the timelines and technology and costs involved, remain VERY skeptical of a manned Mars mission any time soon.

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Where to find dark matter? $34m says go look 2km under Canada

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Re: Lian Li Yacht case

very nice.

While not a ready-made option like the one you presented, I've always been fond of this classic custom case or, if you prefer, this more recent one

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LESTER looks up, spins its wheels: The Register’s beer-butler can see ...

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"the original error was gone. It was replaced by a slew of new ones"

99 little bugs in the code.

99 little bugs.

Take one down,

Patch it around -

127 little bugs in the code.

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Re: Sometimes they need a nudge or two

into an open elevator shaft.

But I digress...

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New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

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Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

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Joke

"And a happy ending, too."

Wow, that's great <cough>customer service!</cough>

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The Rocky Planet Picture Show: NASA Mars InSight ready for launch

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It's just a launch to the left

And then a star to the right...

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BOFH: Guys? Guys? We need blockchain... can you install blockchain?

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Peak of Inflated Expectations and the Trough of Disillusionment

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Thanks for that. Cheers!

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That's no moon... er, that's an asteroid. And it'll be your next and final home, spacefarer

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Re: Three generations of kids going "are we there yet".

"Imagine how happy they will be when step out on the cool wet grass of a new planet"

I imagine the first and biggest problem would be that they collapse under the crushing weight of gravity because they lived their entire lives at, let's say, 0.09G. Luna's gravity is 0.1667G. The energy required to get an asteroid THAT size/mass moving in the desired direction would be collossal so it is reasonable to assume a much smaller asteroid. It is also reasonable to assume that "artificial gravity" as exemplified in movies/TV remains a product of science fiction. If they have the technological capability to produce artificial gravity that doesn't involve spinning wheels, then they probably don't need to build ships out of asteroids. Just my opinion.

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Scratch Earth-killer asteroid off your list of existential threats

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Re: We need sentinels out past the asteroid belt looking for incoming.

Yes. However, even if we do put the requisite number of sentinels in the described area, that alone is insufficient. We must also develop the technology to eliminate or at least mitigate an incoming threat. Otherwise, knowing that one is coming only affords us the opportunity to place heads between knees and kiss our arses goodbye - which admittedly does in and of itself have some value.

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Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...

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Re: Apps

"Much as I'd have liked to [continue to] play around with a Windows phone, I've come to find those apps far too useful to lose."

Indeed. That is the only reason I gave up mine.

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LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

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Re: Any volunteers?

or Fester Bestertester * the LESTER tester.

* from the delightfully twisted mind of the late, great, Don Martin

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Musk: I want to retrieve rockets with big Falcon party balloons

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The most interesting use case

that unfortunately never panned out was the Rogallo Wing planned for the Gemini crew capsules. While not technically a balloon (or at least not ALL of it), the Rogallo Wing concept was a great example of out-of-box thinking for spacecraft recovery.

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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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