* Posts by Loyal Commenter

2339 posts • joined 20 Jul 2010

Stick glue on a drone. Fly it into a flower. World hunger solved, bee-lieve

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Re: Good Freekin' Lord...

Ah yes, the Haber process. I'm not sure that the process developed for mass production of ammonia, for the use in munitions, is the right way to go about controlling population growth though.

If you accept that a planet of finite size cannot support an infinite population, then you have to accept that there is an upper limit for population. On the other hand, if you have developed a way to fit an infinite amount of mass into a finite space, then can I have a trip in your TARDIS please?

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Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)

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I'd say it's actually the opposite. The stuff sold for vaping generally contains known compounds, most if not all of which will be chemically stable under the conditions they are exposed to (evaporation), compared to the cocktail of combustion products generated from burning tobacco, paper, and various treatment agents and pesticides, which will mostly be chemically unstable reactive species such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides which are very definitely harmful.

From a given vaping 'mix', it would be trivially easy to pass the products through a gas chromatograph / mas spectrometer and isolate and identify all the compounds in it. Since cigarettes will vary from one cigarette to another, and the combustion products will vary from drag to drag depending on how hard the smoker inhales, and how far down the cigarette they have smoked (not to mention inhaling gas/petrol fumes from their lighter when they light the thing), it is similarly impossible to characterise all the chemicals breathed in from smoking a cigarette.

Now, I'm not saying that vaping is good for you, but to say it is going to be anywhere close to as harmful as smoking burning shredded chemically treated leaves wrapped up in paper is total nonsense.

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Juno how to adjust a broken Jupiter probe's orbit?

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Re: Minimising delta-V - The kids are using bi-elliptic transfers...

+1 for the IMB reference...

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Fry: Oh, man, this is great! Hey, as long as you don't make me smell Uranus.

Leela: I don't get it.

Farnsworth: I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all..

Fry: Oh. What's it called now?

Farnsworth: Urectum.

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

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Re: Holy crap!

I remember those old Epson LQ series dot matrix printers. I think the one I had was the LQ-400. They were a seriously well engineered piece of kit, unlike modern printers which are on the whole made from flimsy plastic parts.

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

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With a moronic and clichéd comment like that, it's genuinely impossible to tell if you are a bot.

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Re: Absolutley Brilliant

They could have The Doctor regenerate into Clarkson, be immediately killed by falling masonry, and then regenerate again.

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Ed Byrne. Who wouldn't love a sweary stoner Irish doctor?

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Re: Gary Newman?

Gary Oldman

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Protest against Trump's US travel ban leaves ‪PasswordsCon‬ in limbo

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Re: What a twat

You appear to be unable to distinguish between someone who has demonstrably committed a criminal offence* and someone who happens to come from one of a number of countries, despite not having demonstrably committed any offence, on the grounds that other people from the same country might be terrorists.

This is like another country banning US citizens from entering their borders because they might be crazed paedophile psycho clowns. You know, just like John Wayne Gacy.

*whether or not the act should be regarded as such is a matter for another discussion.

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"Virtue Signalling"

Is this the new idiot's buzzword, like 'alt. right', 'liberal elite', 'alternative facts', 'so called experts' et al, used to try to shut down people who don't agree with you, without having to have a real argument to back you up?

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IETF 'reviewing' US event plans in the face of Trump's travel ban

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Re: an anti-intellectual and racist presidency?

The Aussies blocked the same set of immigrants who are trapped on a bunch of islands off the coast of Australia because they (Australia) recognized the threat posed by immigrants from these countries.

I don't see the world up in arms over it.

Maybe you just weren't paying attention to all the people saying Australia's immigration policy is racist and discriminatory?

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: I thought Arrival was decent.

...or the plot, "Bad guys go back in time to try to kill good guys but fail. Party on dude / I'll be back."

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'I AM TWEETING TRUTH TO POWER: AND YOU CAN'T STOP MY FACTS, MR PRESIDENT!'

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Re: Yawn

So uninterested, you just had to go to the comments section and post your fascinating thoughts on the matter?

"So sad."

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President Trump tweets from insecure Android, security boffins roll eyes

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Re: Sean Spicer too

Nice Lovecraft reference there in the comments...

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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

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Re: All Apple needs to do...

...In China

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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Shut up Wesley.

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All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

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Re: Vodafone are far cheaper

AFAIK, Vodafone are a BT reseller. They may be cheaper, but if you have a fault on your line be prepared for no end of buck-passing between Voda and BT about whose responsibility it actually is to fix it.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Re: Muddling through

Ah, the only thing worse than a Daily Mail reader is someone who believes the crap they read on the internet.

Like the widely reported 40-60% rise in reported hate crime after the referendum vote? Based on figures from official sources, such as the police.

Perhaps some rudimentary fact-checking of your assertions would make you look less wrong.

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As usual, Ms May is right in there with the misinformation from the start

"Her logic, she said, was that UK had voted overwhelmingly to end open borders"

This is simply not true.

Firstly, the UK voted in a referendum by 51.9% to 48.1% to 'leave the EU'. This is hardly 'overwhelming', especially when you consider the turnout, and those who were ineligible to vote.

Secondly, 'leaving the EU' is not 'ending open borders'. People voted 'out' for a myriad of reasons, only one of which was having open borders with the rest of Europe.

Furthermore, it is worth reiterating that the referendum was non-binding, by design. In the briefing paper that all MPs received before the vote to have the referendum, this was explicitly pointed out, along with a proviso that if any vote were to be binding then it would need a 'supermajority' of 66% of the vote (and a minimum turnout) in order to be binding.

It is in the job description of every MP to read and understand the briefing papers on commons votes before voting on them, so none can claim to not know this, and actually be doing the job they are paid for.

The briefing paper for the referendum bill can be found here.

Section 5 explicitly states:

[the bill] does not contain any requirement for the UK Government to implement the results of the referendum, nor set a time limit by which a vote to leave the EU should be implemented. Instead, this is a type of referendum known as pre-legislative or consultative, which enables the electorate to voice an opinion which then influences the Government in its policy decisions.

Section 6 discusses thresholds in referendums, and what would be expected if the referendum were to be binding (which it isn't).

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Putting the 'Port' in Portal: Old-school fan brings game to Apple II

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I won't be impressed...

Until the whole thing can be powered by a potato

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Europe mulls treating robots legally as people ... but with kill switches

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Re: Legal persons, not natural persons

I can see a rather massive flaw with this:

When you sue a company as a legal entity, and win damages, that company pays up.

If your autonomous car runs you over and you sue it, does the car write you a cheque?

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Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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Re: Chinese now?

so is the VPN endpoint in Washington or Beijing?

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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whose boss looks like the honey monster

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Re: Right man for the job

"Dance for me little puppet man"

(in best Russian accent)

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Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

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Re: Mathematical inexactitude

They mean 5%

No, they want you to think it's 5%, but they mean 7-8%, possibly 9%

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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Cliffs of Moher

...made famous as the 'Cliffs of Insanity' in The Princess Bride...

I'm sure there's plenty of lost opportunity for some better quotes there.

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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Re: Time for The Reg to up sticks...

I can suggest Switzerland: Beautiful views. Clean air. Wonderful infrastructure, and certainly no shortage of beer. Oh, and considerably less idiotic legislation than you are likely to find anywhere else in Europe.

Switzerland, where you can get fined for flushing your toilet after a certain hour at night, or putting your recycling in the wrong coloured bin...

Sorry to break it to you, but idiotic legislation is everywhere, and most of the examples you will have heard about of bad EU legislation are fictitious (such as the bollocks Boris Johnson made up about bananas).

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Black horse blacks out: Lloyds Bank website goes down

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'Couldn't tell you if we knew'

...sounds like the sort of reason you'd give if you'd been ordered by the spooks not to tell on them...

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Re: Useful?

Pretty much exactly this.

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When I had a series of crashes and random reboots on my home PC a year or so ago, the BSOD it kicked out gave me enough of a hint (googling the error code, etc.) to go and run memtest86 to verify the problem - a DIMM module with an intermittent fault. Thankfully Corsair do a lifetime warranty on them.

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Why the UK is unlikely to get an adequacy determination post Brexit

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Re: How on Earth did the Supremes come up with that interpretation???

Instead of breaking up

Let's start some kissing and making up

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Re: Who cares?

But being part of the ECHR does not require a country to be in the EU. And the Brexit vote was specifically about the EU, not any of the other European institutions we are members of, most (all?) of which don't require EU membership as a precondition.

This is true, but it is her stated intention to make it a manifesto commitment to withdraw from the ECHR. Personally, this scares me. A lot.

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Web-exposed MongoDB installs wiped by bitcoin ransoming script scum

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Nice picture of Sedlec Ossuary.

...been to Kutna Hora?

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Astroboffins glimpse sighting of ultra-rare circular galaxy

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Re: Space is awesome - Up vote for excellent use of a double negative.

ie all the time in East Anglia , eg "No, they haven't got nothing" ('hint got narthin' as it is pronounced)

So, do yor farr keep a dickie bor? Enquiring minds demand to know.

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Re: odds not that odd

Take a look at the asteroid belt, or the rings of Saturn. Gravity is good at making rings.

Take a look at Jupiter, the trojan asteroids, and Saturn's shepherd moons for why gravity alone isn't what makes rings stable. If we saw a galaxy like this with whatever the galactic-scale equivalent of a shepherd moon would be, the only thing which would fit the bill is a supermassive black hole. We know these exist a the centre of most, if not all, galaxies (including our own), but ring formation a-la-Saturn would require another in orbit close to the ring (or more likely a pair, one inside and one outside). Supermassive black holes, despite their name, do tend to be somewhat conspicuous, even when not actively consuming matter, due to their gravitational lensing effect. On this scale, too, they would probably have to be moving at a relativistic speed to keep a ring stable.

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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"For more than 50 years, Kérastase has pioneered luxury hair care that's at the forefront of scientific research"

Lets see those peer-reviewed papers then...

Seriously though, I think it's about time the scientific community had a trans-national body that exists purely as a legal entity representing scientists that can sue weasely advertising fuckers for misrepresentation.

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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No basic income without basic accommodation

The two parts of the picture that nobody seems to be putting together are that UBI has to go hand-in-hand with universal basic housing - in other words a nationwide program of building state-sponsored social housing.

You'll hear cries of wails about how housing prices will crash. So what? If the value of the house you are lucky enough to currently own halves, it doesn't affect you, because the nominal value of that property lies only in its sale value, which, if you sold it, you would then have to spend to buy another house. The ONLY people which this would adversely affect are those who own multiple properties and rent them out for pure profit. This is also the reason this won't change; because these people happen to be our current lot of elected representatives, and they are doing quite nicely out of everybody else's slow decline into poverty, thank you very much.

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Re: Can't you find a different forum?

Nobody's forcing you to read the article. Is your life really so comfortable that you have nothing better to do than complain about the content of a news site because it wanders outside of your narrow frame of reference?

If so, I'd suggest that maybe you should pay more tax...

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Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

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Re: Now if someone were to film Ian Banks culture novels

Iain Banks!!!

Iain M Banks...

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CIA: Russia hacked election. Trump: I don't believe it! FAKE NEWS!

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Nooooooooooooo!

Don't wake Sheeple!

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DDoS script kiddies are also... actual kiddies, Europol arrests reveal

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Re: "Cut off from the full intelligence picture"

Hehe, touched a nerve

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"Cut off from the full intelligence picture"

I've not yet heard a better description of the fanatical 'brexit' loonies.

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Re: Back in September

if you think because we've exited the common market you have to run away crying

A couple of things I feel I have to correct you on here:

Firstly, we've not actually left the EU (yet), despite all the bullshit and bluster, and secondly, when we do 'leave', it won't necessarily involve leaving the common market, because:

a) Most people don't want that (they still want to be able to buy EU goods without tariffs and import duty on them)

b) It would be a fucking stupid thing to do - not so much economic suicide as a full-on economic murder-suicide where the analogy would be taking out your entire family before blowing up the house with yourself in it.

If you think leaving the EU won't involve leaving all the institutions of the EU (such as Europol), then you're like the crazy ex-partner who dumps you then keeps turning up to eat the food in your fridge, take a bath in your house and use your internet. In this eventuality, I'd fully expect the institutions of the EU to do the metaphorical equivalent of getting a restraining order and changing the locks to keep you out.

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Remember that amazing video of the whale leaping out the gym floor and splashing down? Yeah, it was BS

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...and if you were not in any way prone to motion sickness induced by the latency that set-up would entail, unlike the rest of the human race.

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The way I read it was, "syntax error".

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Re: Vaporware

Personally I have viewed Magic Leap as the Half-Life 2: Episode 3 of the VR world

With the obvious difference that HL3 is actually technically possible.

It's probably more like Duke Nukem Forever; it'll turn up 10 years late and deliver on few or none of the promises it made, after the technology around it has moved on, and get the response it deserves - a resounding "meh".

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SHIFT + F10, Linux gets you Windows 10's cleartext BitLocker key

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Re: What bug?

We are at war with EurasiaEurope, we have always been at war with EurasiaEurope.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: Don't worry: it won't affect the bad guys

How about compared to deaths directly caused by government policies? *cough* IDS *cough*

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Re: Canaries

Even the Stasi didn't spy on everyone.

Having visited the Stasi museum in East Berlin, you'd be surprised at how many people they did spy on, and how many people they had on their payroll doing it (IIRC, it was in the hundreds of thousands). It could be argued that the unwieldy nature of this sort of paranoia was what caused the Soviet Union to collapse.

Those who fail to learn the lessons from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them, and all that...

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