* Posts by Ugotta B. Kiddingme

1085 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009


Opportunity's mission is over, but InSight almost ready for a driller thriller below Martian surface

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Re: a few melancholy memorials to our brief existence

such as this...?

I highly recommend muting the soundtrack.

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats

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Re: "Alexa" Get rid of the pigeons!

"OK. Ordering more pigeons."

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surely one need look no further than

the Surrey Comet* to provide a variety of solutions.

*mundane story, epically silly comment thread

Canadians moot methods to embiggen moose monument and make Mac great again

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Re: First Darwin award?

Nope, not even close, according to noted historian Gary Larson...

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This is not good...

Based upon the pictures, it appears that Norway has created the Moosinator M1000, significantly more deadly than the CanaDyne Systems M101

Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...

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Re: Thank you!

It's been a few years but when my son and I had season passes to area amusement parks, one of which was a Six Flags location, the pass included a somewhat grainy B&W photo of the person for whom the card was issued. At entry, said pass was scanned by the Mark I eyeball of a teenager manning the gate. Within the context of amusement park entry, there is NO good reason for ID confirmation more complex or intrusive than this. Just because you CAN use shiny tech to achieve a thing doesn't always mean you SHOULD.

The most annoying British export since Piers Morgan: 'Drones' halt US airport flights

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Re: "A slatted fence... - ...adjust the height near instantly so you can block the drone's path.

so essentially this? Inquiring coyotes who operate drones want to know.

Q. How exactly do you test car seats? A. With this sweaty 'robutt' that twerks for days and days

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Re: This is why seats fail

"This test is IMHO incomplete.

There is considerable wear caused by swivelling in and out of the seat when entering and leaving the car. Some of that is at full body weight, and that causes a heck of a lot more friction than just sitting in it whilst driving."

So then you mean tests more like this or, even more realistic this?

Typical! You wait ages for a fast radio burst from outer space, and suddenly 13 show up

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Re: Fingers crossed

"I really really really hope FRBs don't turn out to be as embarrassingly mundane as FMBs."

Fast Methane Bursts? I was thinking along similar lines - galactic farts.

Smartphones gateway drug to the Antichrist, says leader of Russian Orthodox Church

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"And the beast was given a mouth uttering blasphemous words: 'We value your privacy'"

That has to be an early contender for Subhead Of The Year. /slowclap

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports

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Re: Hmm...

Maelstorm, I think your information is a bit out of date. As of late 2018, updated FAA regulations state that "recreational fliers and community-based modeler organizations must register." To wit, "Even if you're only flying in your backyard, drones that weigh more than 0.55 pounds* must be registered." And the operator as well.

"Certificated** Remote Pilots including Commercial Operators" can fly craft up to 55 pounds (25 Kg) but still must register the craft and, of course, the operator.

I fly fixed wing RC and the groups I belong to have been watching this fairly closely. Due to the idiocy coming from a subset of multi-rotor operators, we may ultimately get onerous regulation of us generally more responsible club-based fixed wing operators as well.

*250 grams

** something wrong with Certified?!?

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Re: Yet another...

"African or European?"

You have to know these things when you're a king, you know.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: OK, I'd like to add another one

different strokes, I guess. I came to say that I actually LIKED that particular musical selection. Of course I also occasionally like (relatively small doses of) Jarre, Jean Luc Ponty, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Larry Fast/Synergy, etc as well so I suppose it's all a matter of personal tastes.

Forget 2019's tech biz takeovers, here's the mega-merger everyone's talking about: Milky Way and LMC, coming soon

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Re: There is no mass, their model is wrong

That is a fascinating series of assertions and I think I understood at least SOME small portion of it. I do, however, have a few questions. Are you saying their model does not account for mass or are you saying that there is no such thing as mass?

Do you have any particular scientific credentials or peer-reviewed corroboration to bolster your argument? Please note I am NOT trying to mock or be sarcastic. Indeed I am attempting to learn something that would definitely be new to me.

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@Pascal Monett

read Larry Niven's excellent novel "A World Out Of Time". The story itself is interesting but a principle plot device in that story is in line with your point. In order to escape the expanding sun, a giant fusion motor was put into the upper atmosphere of Neptune (I think, long time since I last read it) and the resulting massive "pilotable planet" was used to gently move Earth into a "safer" orbit around Jupiter.

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Re: "Knock us out of the Milky Way and into interstellar space"

if we are thrown out of the Milky Way, perhaps the Snickers galaxy will take us in.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Re: Azipods in reverse?

"The QE Class Carriers were originally designed with azipods but when it was realised that they'd have to be specially made as there weren't off the shelf ones powerful enough they went back to a more traditional drive train."

Although I wasn't sure, I suspected as much, hence the parenthetical part of my comment.

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Re: Azipods in reverse?

"I thought they were fixed pitch and fixed rotation. If they wanted to back the ship up, they simply spin the Azipod 180 degrees."

That's the way it was explained to us landlubber tourists by the 3rd Officer of MS Eurodam on a recent cruise. He also mentioned that they could point the pods perpendicular to the keel to slow the ship rapidly before rotating to apply reverse thrust. There were pictures from dry dock posted on the back wall of the bridge wing to illustrate what the azipods looked like. That particular ship (and presumably similar vessels) had three sets of thruster controls - one on each wing for use during docking maneuvers and one in the center at the main "helm" position. The officer explained that, although Eurodam didn't have one, the large traditional ships wheel on other HA ships did actually work but was largely ceremonial. Steering was normally accomplished by a simple joystick and the thruster controls. I would think nearly all recently constructed vessels above (and possibly below) certain tonnage thresholds are designed with azimuth thrusters - providing flexibility and agility to what would otherwise seem rather ponderous indeed.

New Horizons probe reveals Ultima Thule is huge, spinning... chicken drumstick?

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cracking good science

How wonderful it is that such feats have become sufficiently routine I'm no longer amazed by them (although I remain suitably impressed). Top notch engineering and astroboffinry.

Postmates plans rollout of autonomous delivery robots in US

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Re: "headed first to LA"

Even though you are quite correct, in many other places LA automatically means Los Angeles. Ordering something on the phone one time, the person attempted to confirm my address as "Baton Rouge, Los Angeles?"

um... no.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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Re: Tech or pretend-tech?

wibbly wobbly, timey wimey...

Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle

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Re: Basically it's depressed galaxies

Do these galaxies have a pain in the diodes stars down their left side? Has a certain "plastic pal who's fun to be with"©®™ visited there?

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

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This is why I read the Register

"The first human eyes to see the far side were the crew of Apollo 8, and one of them told Arthur C. Clarke that they had debated radioing back news of a large black monolith on the surface, having seen the film 2001 before launch, but that wiser heads prevailed."

I did not previously know about said debate among the Apollo 8 crew. I clearly remember being 7 years old and hearing Boorman, Lovell, and Anders read from Genesis on Christmas Eve of '68 but in all those years since had never heard about them potentially pranking humanity.

Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Re: Before Steve Perry

couldn't agree more. Prior to Steve Perry and the conversion to sappy junk pop, Journey were a very good rock band

Goodnight Kepler! NASA scientists lay the exoplanet expert to rest as it runs out of fuel

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Re: A song

wow, that was simply outstanding. Thanks for sharing that.

Motorola: Oops, phone busted? Grab a spudger and go get 'em, champ

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As a current Motorola phone owner/user*

I heartily applaud this. All four lines on my current plan are Motorola phones. As the family tech-support person, this will make one small part of my life a bit easier. If I wasn't already a Motorola owner/user this, for me anyway, would tip the scales in favor of becoming one.

* "Why?" you may ask. I have found certain Motorola phones to strike the perfect balance between features and price. The cameras/batteries/screens/memory/storage/etc are not the best but they ARE the best for the price I want to pay (especially considering that I must buy them four-at-a-time). YMMV, of course, but like what I get for the amount paid.

Hate to burst your Hubble: Science stops as boffins scramble to diagnose gyro problem

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Re: I ain't Spartacus' "One can only hope"

"I propose a chewing gum manufacturer, giving us the Hubba Bubba Space Telescope."

Or, if one prefers a chewing gum sponsor, then perhaps the more assonant Dubble Bubble Hubble Space Telescope ©®™.

Hunt for Planet X finds yet another planetoid, just not the right one

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Re: 2000 AU in context

well that IS farther than down the road to the chemist.

Salesforce dogged by protests, leaked emails, and guerrilla blimps on first day of Dreamforce

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"Metallica, formerly known as the Recording Industry Ass. of America’s "

perhaps it's a Queen's English thing but I'm wondering why you inserted a stray period and that "apostrophe S" at the end...

Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

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Re: Obvious

Perhaps Curiosity is too busy attempting to prevent the use of the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

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Re: "After all, Curiosity killed the cat."

Indeed it did

Martian weather has cleared at last: Now NASA's wondering, will Opportunity knock?

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"Hopefully that site will not end up being the final resting place of the elderly rover."

no. As Randall Munroe prophesied, Opportunity has chosen to cease communicating with us

M-M-M-MONSTER KILL: Cisco's bug-wranglers swat 29 in single week

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props for the Unreal Tournament reference

That was such a great game.

US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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how about

we return to the good old mechanical lever voting machines?

One disadvantage is a delay in results because such devices cannot report results to an off-site governmental agency tasked with tallying the votes. This means that, GASP, a living breathing human must read the vote totals and report the results manually. The other disadvantage is the fact that these machines mostly no longer exist in this country. The advantages are that it's nigh on impossible to hack a non-electrical, mechanical-only device, and although slow it's still faster to tabulate than paper ballots.

Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier

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Re: "Secure Wireless Access Protocol?"

Total Wireless Access Technology

or, if you prefer

Consolidated Universal Networking Technology

First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

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Re: Pedantry

well, at least [current # upvotes] of us got it the first time...

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: @nematoad's "Pyramidiots"

thank you for that. If you don't mind, I'll appropriate it for later use in lieu of sending a cleaning bill for the awful mess on my desk, monitor, and hapless nearby coworker.

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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As a freshly conjured bowl of petunias I must clearly state

Oh no, not again.

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?

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.

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

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...

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

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.

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.

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."

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

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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.

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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