* Posts by Semtex451

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Never thought we'd ever utter these words, but... can anyone recommend a spin doctor for NASA?

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Re: Doofuses!

Shurley it is effectively pulling mass to the centre?

Relative mass at the centre is increasing as the surface is venting, shedding mass. The body is losing total mass but from the surface only.

Increasingly over time, the body's mass is becoming relatively higher at the centre of the mass, as the surface sheds volatiles decreasing both mass and density at the surface.

Think of it as a spinning top whose external most edge is becoming a deepening layer of sponge, effectively pulling mass to the centre.

Or am i having a stroke?

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Re: Doofuses!

I suspect generation Z boffins are all on weed.

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Re: Doofuses!

“That was when we came up with this idea that it had to be accelerating.”

Also, I miss the days when a boffin sounded like a boffin and used words like 'postulated'

But perhaps I'm stuck in 1950's sci-fi land

Science says death metal fans delightful and intelligent people, great at dinner parties

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"most of the people who are happy all the time".. are idiots

FTFY

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Re: Context please.

"weeding out the genes for being an unmitigated jerk"

Looking around, I'd say something went very wrong with that plan.

Snivilisation

Boffins discover new dust clouds in the Solar System, Mercury has a surprisingly filthy ring

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Re: How very Kerbal

At some point all fields need to re-examine things with a fresh pair of eyes

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You realise you've just asked at least two more questions, right?

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"People thought that Mercury, is too small and too close to the Sun to capture a dust ring"

So it hasn't been there since the formation of Mercury? Ah Mercury formed elsewhere and got knocked /pulled in to where it is, and has since captured this dust, right?

Raiding party! UK's ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits

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OK ICO please deal with the ones I get from Manchester & Glasgow next

Strewth! Apoplectic Aussies threaten to blast noisy Google delivery drones out of the sky

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Re: Bonython?

It could be the term that Google use when they get their own way

Product. Reselling. Lives. Computacenter sales fly due to product, not services

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That'll be the 120% mark up.

'What's up, Skip?' asks paraglider – before 'roo beats the snot out of him

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Childcatcher

I just hope they're around when our alien overlords land

Hapless engineers leave UK cable landing station gate open, couple of journos waltz right in

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Bogdan the Church Spire Tourist <excellent btw> can knacker the nation's comms with a handful of plastic explosive...

Or 20 minutes with an axe?

Canada has lunar dreams as Germany worries about what lies beneath

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SuperMarioNation or somesuch

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Re: As controllers unclenched their sphincters,

Agreed I got suspicious at the use of the word "penetrometer", but everyone knows how advanced the Germans are in this particular field

Two in five 'AI startups' essentially have no AI, mega-survey of nearly 3,000 upstarts finds

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So 3 in 5 'AI Startups' do have AI?

Odd coz I thought we had all agreed that AI didn't exist?

Hurrah for Apollo 9: It has been 50 years since 'nauts first took a Lunar Module out for a spin

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It has been 50 years and look at how far we've come since then

The infamous AI gaydar study was repeated – and, no, code can't tell if you're straight or not just from your face

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Hello? - Are we not good enough at judging books by covers that we need an algorithm for this?

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The question is.... WHY?!?!

On a side note, if I had been made to write this article I would be handing in my notice about now.

Armor Games admits all its users' deets slurped in database mega-hack as site moves to repair chink

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Re: * cough *

How would they know, yet or otherwise?

Prodigy dancer and vocalist Keith Flint found dead aged 49

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Sorry you had to check out early Flinty

Sniff the love: Subaru's SUVs overwhelmed by scent of hair shampoo, recalls 2.2 million cars

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Paris Hilton

Tea Tree Oil

Along with beer, Tea tree oil will give you moobs (oestogenic)

Icon - coz I now have cleavage :(

Danger mouse! Potent rodents 'see' infrared after eyeballs injected with nanoparticles

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"Two by two - hands of blue"

MPs tear 'naive' British Army a new one over Capita recruitment farce

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Re: Spotted the problem?

Personally I'm a fan of the word 'fettle'

What's in a name? Quite a bit when it's the most hated abbreviation of 2018 (GDPR, of course)

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Coat

They ought to have changed it to Brexit PR & Media

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

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Does he not have a point?

"The property as we identified it at the hearing is in two parts. One is the computer equipment itself and the other is the data you can take on it."

So take the drives out or return them wiped?

Lawyers' secure email network goes down, firm says it'll take 2 weeks to restore

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Alright I'll bite.

It's AI is judgemental?

No, um... Its wig is at the cleaners?

Awful sorry.

It holds you in contempt?

I withdraw, Symon is the obvious candidate

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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"A return to iOS is equally unlikely, at least at current prices "

Yes but there is an outside possibility that by September it will dawn on Apple that 4 figure prices for a phone is just STUPID

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

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Re: Look it's really quite simple.

"We've reached peak something"

We'll know if its also Peak Apple in September when we find out if they've learned anything at all.

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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Holmes

Re: Nudist restaurants

"It'll be back to dinner jackets before long".

And I for one can't wait.

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

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Go

FRBs happen because the FSM has gas.

Reg Standards Bureau introduces the Devon fatberg as coastal town menaced by oily blob

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Look out for jars of Devon goose fat next Christmas

Sorry, Samsung. Seems nobody is immune to peak smartphone

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It's unfortunate.

This will comfort Apple in the warm blanket of complacency and they will not learn anything.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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Exactly, Europop isn't going anywhere, as opposed to Britpop which is going places.

see what I did there?

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Sadly Brexit in no way distances us from irredeemably crap pop aimed at pre-teen girls.

(Sorry, but its an excellent line-- icon for Mr.Currie)

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No, remember the trinity for irredeemably crap pop:

"You can't dance, you can't sing, and you look awful.....You'll go a long way"

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Pint

Another theory

If I wanted to build a second runway but was kiboshed by HM Govt....

It might be tempting to demonstrate the benefits.

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is: 1. More ad revenue, and 2. Good PR. Lots of love – Mark, aged 34½

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I'm not convinced that (the majority of) FBs target audience will ever actually care about their data, photos or personal information. FB know this.

In their 'minds', the more people that see them as successful, glamourous and in tune (sic) the better.

Introducing 'Happy Quit', where Chinese smokers are text-spammed into nicotine abstinence

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One presumes the 'Happy' part comes after you have quit and are no longer being annoyed

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"Relax, it's some neat Photoshop work – the baby is not actually smoking"

So just the doting parent then, fine.

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)

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@Phil O'Sophical

Upvote 10 pack for you Sir.

I would only change "centrally-controlled union" to 'Franco-German controlled Socialist Federation'

Otherwise perfect.

It's beginning to look a lot like multi-threaded CPUs, everywhere you go... Arm teases SMT Cortex-A65AE car brains

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Nice to see all the hardened security features burnt-in

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

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Thanks for the close-up of the image in question...

I can plainly see Trump but where is the image of the turd?

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

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Upvote just for reminding me to revise Rogers Profanisaurus definitions

Careful with this latest Microsoft release – tug too hard on the threads and it tends to unravel

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Look whenever I have my Apple jumper on

EVERYTHING JUST WORKS SO WELL

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'Exclusive swag' up for grabs as GitLab flings bug bounty scheme open to world+dog

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Have you been good?

It's not too late to ask Santa

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Dunno why they're so unpopular these days

When I was a kid I'd've given my left arm for one, or a curly wurly.

Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle

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Re: Not Found ....

Dat'll be da Guinness ;\

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Re: Misleading title

It is.

Its the FSM's noodly tendrils, I've been saying this all day.

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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Righto Ta.

I thought it might be a Professor of Astronomy or an efficient company that make suits, perhaps.

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