* Posts by A K Stiles

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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

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just missing the bit in the middle

With no comment on any ethical or moral issues, they can now create embryos 'in vitro', and artificially extend the 'in utero' portion where it ends prematurely, How difficult would it be to handle the portion in the middle? I presume there are a number of hormones etc that would need to be provided? Any medical experts with opinions?

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Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

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incorrect air-quotes?

I think that rather than having them around "save" they should perhaps have been around "beer" given the beverage in question!

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

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Re: Biggest problem is the apostrophe

I'm now left wondering whether your typographical and spelling errors were entirely deliberate or not - I believe 'spelt' is a type of wheat whilst 'spelled' is related to one's capacity for correctly arranging letters to form words.

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Switch on your smartphone camera and look how fertile I am

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Re: Bah!

Chippy! How fondly I remember thee!

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This story is no more

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Re: This story is no more

I thought that was just a particularly great click-bait headline... apparently not!

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

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Re: Brilliant!

Surely not? Bad guys wouldn't lie on an official government form, would they? That would be naughty and disingenuous!

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Meh

People don't hate adverts, just awful adverts...

Like the dreadful autoplay video ads for Microsoft cloud that assault my eyes almost every time I load a page on here (also something in red, possibly Linksys? Looks a bit like a youtube frame). Granted they don't have sound on the autoplay, but the swirly, whirly, wooshing is really irritating, like getting capsaicin in your eye or other sensitive areas, but without the subsequent adrenaline or endorphine rush!

Yes, I know I could adblock them into oblivion, but I like coming to the Reg to read stuff so I'd like them to keep getting paid. It'd be nice if it was a bit less invasive to my eyeballs.

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New satellites could cause catastrophic space junk collisions

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Dr Hugh Lewis...

And the news? (about space junk)

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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Or possibly "Help once, forever deal with someone else's problems" ?

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Gordon Ramsay's in-laws admit plot to hack sweary celeb chef's biz

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Re: His in-laws?

If I remember correctly his (alleged?) infidelity probably already did! (I may be wrong about that...)

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ICO fines 11 big charities over dirty data donor-squeezing deeds

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Don't fine the charity...

Make the managing director (or whatever the relevant title is) personally financially responsible for such things and then they might be a bit more circumspect in what they permit or encourage their staff / volunteers to do.

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Teenagers think Doritos are cooler than Apple

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Re: Ugh

I think that's the same marketing company as the 'World Series', right?

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Re: Oreos

Kind of like the circular offspring of a bourbon and a custard cream?

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Pong, anyone? How about Pong on a vintage oscilloscope?

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Valves

Just a quick reminder that the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park are always on the lookout for working valves to keep their rebuilt Tunny / Bombe / Bedstead going a bit longer.

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

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Change documentation

Surely there would have had to be full documentation of the changes they wanted to implement which would need to be reviewed and agreed at a local level, and then a senior change board, before the design for the changes could be architected, again to be approved at 3 separate levels and then the developers could look to implement... Oh, is your two week placement over already? never mind, we can take your good start and progress it from here!

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Forget robot overlords, humankind will get finished off by IoT

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Pavements

Frankly I'm astounded that the pavements are in a good enough condition to permit the plucky little delivery-bot to progress - how well can they really handle the reality of broken slabs, uneven kerbs and half-drunk McDonald's 'milk' shakes? Never mind the constant barrage of buggies etc.

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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

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Re: Curiosity's Landing

It appears from Mars reconnaissance photos that Beagle 2 actually did land pretty much as planned, but that it then failed to open fully to expose the solar cells and allow the science-bits to exit the landing module.

and the skycrane for Curiosity was the rocket propelled platform that slowed the descent, then winched curiosity down close to the surface before releasing then hurling itself several hundred yards away to avoid contaminating the area around Curiosity with nasty toxic rocket fuel.

You may have known all that already and I missed the tone of your post, but I'll finish by stating how utterly stunned and impressed I am by the latest reuse and landing from SpaceX - long may it continue.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Liposuction waste

Sounds like a great idea to me (with no technical / legal consideration) - frankly I'm willing to let them have some of my spare in exchange for a few examples of the new currency they produce with it! Everyone wins, right?

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Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

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Re: surely purgatory, not limbo !?

I keep seeing that and wondering what kind of cup is being brought...

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Happy

steady now!

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Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

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Alternative approach

As occasionally practiced in our house - when you get a drip running down the outside of the bottle you apply your tongue to said drip and thus lose nothing, except perhaps a little class!

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Beijing deploys facial scanners to counter public toilet abuse

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Re: _

Just maybe remember to take your own sponge... Or at least don't get hold of the wrong end of the stick!

(coat please - the one with the etymological dictionary in the inside pocket, no sorry, the other inside pocket!)

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What went up, Musk come down again: SpaceX to blast sat into orbit with used rocket

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Re: Launch delayed...

And now successful. Still amazed by the fact we can do stuff like this, and get the pictures of it effectively in real-time. Beers or whatever their preferences are all round. I'll even let them off for the presenter's "super-awesome" description of launching a first stage the old fashioned way, sans-recovery.

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Launch delayed...

The Echostar 23 launch scrubbed 05:34UTC due to wind speed - hopefully Thursday launch window now...

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Polls? How very 2016. Now Google Street View AI scanner can predict how people will vote

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Alternative test?

How about painting the Russian flag on one side of the car and the Mexican flag on the other and see which side gets shot at more?

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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 ....

So scoldog1/AC which one of you took the dried frog pills this time?

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US Air Force terminates Predator drones. Now you will fear the Reaper

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Re: Reassure me

"You, speeding in the black Audi, pull over to the side of the road and await ground patrol! You have 10 seconds to comply..."

I was going to use the joke icon, but I'm not convinced it is just a joke these days!

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Re: living on the Left Coast

How about now? Can you verify it now?

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SpaceX blasts back into the rocket trucking business

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Re: Credit where credit is due

It's the first from Canaveral (actually KSC this time)

Took me a moment of "Kerbal Space Centre?, Doh!"

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Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

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Re: IPv6 usage soaring?

Interesting that that Google graph linked to by le.zap has a 7 day cycle on the %age - peaks every Saturday, slight slip to Sunday then a drop off through the rest of the week until the following Saturday...

Suggests there's more IPv6 via home providers than commercial internet connections perhaps?

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Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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Ironic

The only ironic thing about that song is that all the things she listed were unfortunate circumstances or coincidences but not really irony...

<edit> beaten to it! </edit>

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Euro bloc blocks streaming vid geoblocks

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2018?

So we'll have the capacity for maybe 3 months, then it'll get taken away from us in an attempt to make Britain great again...

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Revealed: 'Suicide bomber Barbie' and other TSA quack science that cost $1.5 billion

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Re: Unusual behaviour

exactly - as a British person, if I don't know you, please don't engage me in conversation at random - to me that's an obvious sign of malicious intent!

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To Hull with the crap town naysayers: UK Culture City's got some amazing... telecoms

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Re: Graduate of CS @ Hull Uni Here

'Happy' nights drinking snakebite? Maybe the night, but certainly not the next day!

I say this as someone who studied at Loughborough where the famed local beverage was 'Purple Nasty' - snakebite and black(currant).

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2017 is already fail: Let’s try a Chinese reboot

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Re: Nothing changes

At least that seems more accurate than Faceache's continual stream of notifications wherein 'Friend X is going to an event near you today'. Said event being at least a 2 hour drive away... or maybe that's just a cultural thing?

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Kylie withdraws from Kylie trademark fight, leaving Kylie to profit from… existing?

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Re: Sorry

Not just you - I was only aware of the pop-pipestrelle as bearing that name as an individual - I am aware that there are a substantial number of namesakes born subsequent to 1984 who owe their nomination to said lady. Who this other entity is I have no idea, nor do I have any desire to expand my knowledge in that direction from the inklings I perceive.

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

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Also: keep at it, SpaceX! This is almost boring...

Sufficiently 'boring' that I managed to miss it happening completely, until now! Nice smooth looking landing from the youtube recording, great work those techs & engineers etc.

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Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

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Re: Read the additional interview material in Good Omens

A PINT of scumble???!!

I pity your liver, kidneys, teeth and skull at the end of that! Don't fancy the eventual hangover from being that knurd either!

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How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it

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Re: the code was updated to check if rttMAX was equal to or less than zero

Well that really was some Vociferous Time Wasting to post essentially the same thing twice, no?

(Sorry, just noticed the coincidence of handle and minor error - Mine's the hi-vis one with the reflective strips for the dark winter days).

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Bluetooth-enabled safe lock popped after attackers win PINs

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Bluetooth lock reasons...

Ummm... Err.....

About the only thing that comes to mind is to have a box you can open remotely to allow people (e.g. delivery people) to put stuff in - but then you need to be nearby anyway for the bluetooth to reach, or at least have a bluetooth transmitter nearby on the other end of a network connection.

All of which could be achieved more simply with a standard hasp lock which you leave unlocked so the delivery person can open it, put stuff in and then lock it.

But then why do I need remote central locking on my car? At least that doesn't transmit the same code each time (I hope!)

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Amazon's first live drone delivery flew last week in Cambridge, UK

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Nauseous

From the smaltzy voice-over, not the swooping video footage.

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SpaceX delays manned Dragon capsule launch

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Safety first

I'm glad they're willing to take the time to properly figure out what went wrong, and hopefully no dubious cover-ups / management overruling engineering decisions, but I really want to see them / someone get on with the space exploration thing!

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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How many people

I wonder how many people who watch this film will be

"Unsubscribe from all the social medias now!!!"

and how many will be

"Phew - glad I don't live in that reality"

funny, we don't usually get helicopters around here at this time of day...

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Reality can be as sad as fiction.

back in the days of my childhood the computer would frquently request that I 'PRESS A KEY' and for the first couple of years I would diligently press the 'A' key. It worked every time though, unlike a system much later on which would request that I press any key - which apparently didn't include the top left key marked 'ESC' ...

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Re: Bless....

Was asked the other day, as part of a Display Screen Equipment assessment, whether the keys on my keyboard were all legibly marked. My immediate response was 'yes', followed by actually looking and realising some of the home row, a shift key and the arrow keys are somewhat worn. It was suggested that I should get the keyboard swapped for a nice new one with clear markings on it (which won't be a 'nice' keyboard like my current one). I persuaded them it wasn't necessary for now, but I may need to break out the letraset transfers to preserve my otherwise perfectly functional keyboard from the office 'elfensaftee patrol...

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Pandora's box?

Now that there's huge outrage about the animal content of plastic fivers, are we going to see a rash of 'news' stories about stuff that people have been using for years suddenly being discovered to also contain animal by-products?

How do vegans / principle-based veggies feel about clothing made from wool, or stuff like hand-cream which contains lanolin?

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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

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Consumer benefits?

I still haven't seen the compelling argument for how smart meters will benefit the consumer.

"You'll be able to see your meter readings online" - if I'm bothered about seeing my meter readings it isn't exactly a chore to open the cabinet and read the numbers.

"You can monitor your electricity use more easily" - well, as we don't tend to leave the oven and a bunch of fan heaters running 24/7 just in case we need them, seeing pretty graphs of energy consumption isn't going to suddenly enable me to use less.

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ESA: Sorry about Schiaparelli, can we have another €400 mill?

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Re: syntactical question (@Francis Boyle)

That would explain it - as others have said above, I only ever hear of the agency being referred to as "EEE-SAH" so it sounds a little odd when I read the articles to hear (in my head) "the EEE-SAH" just as it would be odd to hear "the NAH-SAH", but if the author is hearing "the EEE-ESS-AY" when they write it that makes more sense.

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syntactical question

I've noticed in recent months that space articles on El Reg refer to 'the ESA' but not 'the NASA'.

Is it a Reg editorial decision, a request from the agency itself or just a random quirk of journalistic style?

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You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

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Gym subscription model

Surely you charge an initial £200 set up fee and then £70 per month for a minimum 24 months, for the basic software package and then if you want to do anything fancy (like run a report or send a mailing) you need to upgrade your subscription to £100 a month, oh and your minimum contract term just renewed to 24 months from now...

(icon is the only weight lifting I try to do repeatedly)

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