* Posts by Frogmelon

64 posts • joined 8 Feb 2013

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Re: GPL

You mean the copy of the license, clearly written in black on the black paper included in the box?

NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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In a startling new development - zombie satellite discovered to be running Coinhive, mining cryptocurrency for script kiddies :D

How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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<cough> Vega+ <cough>

HPE CEO Meg Whitman QUITS, MAN! Neri to replace chief exec in Feb

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"Mr Zorg..."

"Fire one million!!"

"Yes, Mr Zorg..."

Bought a GTX 970? Congrats, Nvidia owes you thirty bucks

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Re: And for us non-Americans?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34402483

UK consumers have been able to file class action suits for a while. :)

British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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As Ren and Stimpy once declared, "Happy Happy Joy Joy!" :)

Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent for torrent-excluding search engine

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"That's Tron... He fights for the users!" :p

Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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Vans are awesome. Especially the ones with the terry towelling inner, the natural gum sole and the triple stitching. Great skate shoes.

Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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Trees, fractals, lightning, pachinko..

'scuse me while I go and contemplate the oneness of Li-ION batteries with the universe.

EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass

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Gorgonzolagate

Here's a hypothetical situation:

Farmer Giles and Farmer Jones both supply a 3rd party chain of shops with cheese "Cheese 4 U". "Cheese 4 U" sells cheese from multiple farmers. Farmers Giles and Jones also have their own chains of farm cheese shops, from which they sell their own cheese exclusively. Competition in the cheese market is healthy.

Both farmers open up a channel of communication: "Hey, if we both agree to stop supplying our competitor with cheese, they'll have no choice but to close, and we can carve up their cheese re-selling business between us."

"Hey, that does sound like a great idea. Isn't it anti-competitive though?"

"Don't worry. We'll pull the plug on cheese supply first, then give it a couple of months and you can pull your supply of cheese. You can state that due to certain factors (obviously contributed to by our cessation of cheese supply, but you be creative there) you're also ceasing cheese supply to the company.

It'll have no choice but to go belly up and we can move in for the kill!! The high-street cheese market will be ours for the taking and we can get rid of our competitor in the cheese supply market."

"What about the competition watchdog?"

"Don't worry about them, this will totally go under the radar. Nobody likes them anyway! It's a fool-proof plan! Do you fancy some cheese-on-toast?"

:)

Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

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Proof then that clingfilm (and/or filler foam) is an absolute necessity in future space exploration for fixing hull breaches from micrometeorites, clumsy Jedi Knights etc.

And if it looks like your space craft is doomed to vaccuum, head off to the galley immediately and totally wrap yourself up in clingfilm.

Just be careful if you've been eating beans or onions.

Boffins attempt to prove the universe is just a hologram

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I hope they can eliminate the noise from my friend Brian's curry-powered bottom burps.

US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: Infinite monkeys

""So if an infinite number of monkeys did manage to type out a brand new Shakespeare play, Shakespeare would lose out on all the royalties? How fair is that?"

He doesn't get any, on the grounds of being dead."

Everyone knows Shakespeare is only being dead for tax purposes.

Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low

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Wouldn't the ability to hive off and hide certain properties of a particle under a proverbial quantum carpet (at least for a short time) be great for developing anti-gravity, FTL travel, ignoring inertia to prevent pilot squish during extreme changes in vector etc.?

Reality would have to catch up eventually (hopefully with a dose of amnesia) as you recombined the force with the particle, but by then it would be too late and your hypothetical interstellar spaceship would already be at Alpha Centauri...

Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

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So powerful that even thought cannot escape their embrace...

TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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I would expect that after examining the blueprints for Truecrypt the auditors will find a small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port.

It'll be two metres wide, but it'll lead directly to the main reactor!

For a new name I'd suggest "Heidi"..something.. as Truecrypt is designed to, er, Heidi stuff.

FCC headman Wheeler calls for an 'open internet' – but what the %$#@! does he mean?

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"Open", Gangnam Style :p

All men are part of a PURE GENETIC ELITE, says geno-science bloke

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"Darling, pass me the red ochre will you?"

"That's it! I warned you before! You've ALWAYS got to be the one with the red ochre in his hand.

I turn away to make sure the kids are ok, and then when I look back you've jumped up and drawn another antelope, or a mammoth.

I wish you'd just make up your mind and put the red ochre down on the stone where it belongs!"

What did you see, Elder Galaxies? What made you age so quickly?

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Maybe towards the beginning of a universe time runs faster. As the universe expands time slows down, like the spring of a watch. Or maybe it's not a given that time runs at the same speed throughout the universe, and those galaxies are contained in a bubble where time intrinsically moves at a different rate?

Or perhaps that area of the universe is a cold spot where matter froze out of the soup earlier than the rest of the universe.

Dark matter killed the dinosaurs, boffins suggest

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Re: A fudge to make our current best physics models work?

Once the elusive "mochaccino" particle is found, the chocolatists will have no choice but to take their theory back to the nearest cafe.

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I think that dark matter causes global warming.

Or maybe global warming causes dark matter.

Or something.

Better late than never: Monster 15-core Xeon chips let loose by Intel

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Can this play Doom?

Amateurs find the 'HOLY GRAIL' supernova – right on our doorstep

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Re: No neutrinos?

"You need a light year's thickness of lead to have a reasonable chance of stopping a particular neutrino."

Thus, if neutrinos do not materialise, it proves that there must indeed be a light-year's thickness of lead between the exploding star and us.

"How can this be?" I hear you cry. "We cannot detect such a large amount of lead, therefore it cannot exist!"

That's why I've just invented "Dark Lead" (tm).

It doesn't interact with anything apart from neutrinos, is totally invisible, and isn't very good for use as lead flashing as the rain tends to run straight through it, ruining ceilings and carpets.

Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

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Our company switched from Dell to Acer quite a few years back, for one particular batch of purchases.

We got stung quite badly on that one.

The initial prices were good. We had a couple of DOA machines.. we could cope with that.

However: We soon found out that the machines were running hot and power hungry CPU's. Not too bad in and of itself, but the machines started dying like flies down the line due to the totally inadequate ventilation of the pc's. At least that's what we think it was, mostly. Maybe the motherboards were just sub-par.

The ones that still worked were hampered by slow hard drives, slow non-Intel chipsets and slow onboard graphics.

The failure rate swung it for us though.

We've steered well clear of Acer ever since we bought that batch.

Perhaps other companies and corporations also have memories as long as ours :)

Jokesters develop new cryptocurrency using Kanye West's face

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Bitcoin may be dodgy, but Dogecoin is definitely doge.

Many crypto.

Such doge.

Wow.

Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

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Re: Oculus Rift.

Nvidia NV1 through NV6, the astounding (for the time) 3Dfx, and other early, if sub-par, 3D graphics "accelerators" say hi :)

eBay chairman: 'Don't make payback a bitch for Anonymous hackers'

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So. Leniency for hackers disrupting Paypal.

Meanwhile if you're a decent seller on Ebay with a few anonymous low scores due to buyers' "opinions" you'll probably be shown the door and banned permanently with not much leniency shown at all.

GG Ebay/Paypal.

Creepy US spy agency flings WORLD SLURPING OCTOPUS into orbit

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All your information are belong to us.

Samsung prepping smartphone with curvy three-sided display

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Re: Three-sided?

Toblerphone? :p

Forget invisible kittens, now TANKS draped in INVISIBILITY CLOAK

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Has anyone looked at animal rights issues concerned with covering tanks with hundreds and hundreds of invisible kittens, and the usage of said kittens in a live combat environment?

Yes, the kittens may make the tank invisible. However, I don't think enough research has been carried out into the difference in protective capabilities between invisible kittens and other forms of ablative armour.

HUMANS all come FROM AFRICA: HERPES does not lie

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Just because a population stayed behind, it doesn't mean to say that they are any less evolved.

The populations that migrated out and the populations that stayed behind may have responded to evolutionary pressures and mutations in some ways that would be similar while in other ways uniquely different.

If there was no pressure to evolve, then perhaps you could argue differently, but I think we can agree that over the last tens of thousands of years there's been plenty of pressure for humanity to evolve, wherever the population has been located.

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I don't mean to disparage the accomplishment of humans migrating out of Africa, but I noticed the line about humans "managing" to cross the Sahara.

Given that the Sahara turned to desert in very recent history, it perhaps would not have been the barrier to migration 60-100,000 years ago that we see today.

NASA's Jupiter probe wakes up after unexpected snooze

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Re: "in proper measurements..."

Not if the sheep was retrofitted with warp nacelles and a deflector shield.

Rumoured rain can't dampen sun-racers' spirits

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Or possibly also take advantage of the rainwater to generate a current from a galvanic reaction :)

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What they need are solar panels that will also convert the kinetic energy from raindrops into energy to charge the battery. Waste not, want not.

Boffins have constructed a new LIGHT SABRE. Their skills are complete

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LOL

Maybe that's what dark matter is... frozen light :p

David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

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In effect, human behaviour, possibly affected by programming in the genes responding to external favourable stimuli, is making a deliberate push for faster evolution where it is advantageous to do so.

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In the past, genetic bottlenecks caused by asteroid strikes, volcano eruptions etc were one reason for radical species radiation.

If one poster here is correct and the more affluent/intelligent in the population are having less kids, then won't this then create a "voluntary" genetic bottleneck caused by human behaviour in this particular section of the human species?

Taking this to the theoretical conclusion, if this carries on then you should see *more* radical mutations, evolution and species radiation in the section of the human race that are having less children, compared with the section of the human race that are breeding like rabbits, where I would imagine there would be more homogenity in the population over the long term?

BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

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Re: Ninth Doctor?

What if the John Hurt incarnation is revealed to be the big "Bad Wolf"?

It would explain the rough beardy look, and possibly resolve arcs-within-arcs going back to the very start of the resurrected series :)

Just a thought.

Google: Cloud users have 'no legitimate expectation of privacy'

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I think there's a massive difference between a third-party whose function is as a conduit of said information, rather than a third-party who acts for and on-behalf-of the intended recipient of the same information.

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Re: Shock and horror

The pixies live on server farms.

The data is transferred onto the farm. The pixies job is to tend the farm, distributing the more fertile data to areas of the farm where it's needed.

The pixie dust grows on the fertile data, harvested when ripe, and then used to power the spam filters :)

Gov: Half of new tech spending must be made with SME suppliers

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So: spend less public money buying equipment in bulk straight from the manufacturer, or plough the money into an SME reseller to meet government targets and spend an extra, say.. 20% of public money on the markup.

1,100 haiku heading to Mars on next NASA mission

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Hatsune Miku,

English on sixth birthday sings,

Worth an article?

Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

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The Xbox has an external power supply for this reason:

The Leprechauns who make the power supply work are sensitive to the radiation emitted from the Kryptonite inside the console. Hence, MS had to locate the Leprechaun Power Generation unit outside the console.

The leprechauns can enter the console by climbing down the power cable, but they have to wear special hazmat suits and can only withstand the environment for a few minutes at a time.

Leprechaun Power Generation units can also be found in some modern cars. These are the cars fuelled by "LPG".

:)

Brit Skylon spaceplane moves closer to lift-off

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Though I guess they both look similar to V1 Doodlebugs...

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Has anyone noticed the similarity in shape between this and the spaceships in the 1950's classic science fiction film "When Worlds Collide" (and films of similar ilk).

Whenever I see pictures of this thing, I have flashbacks to when I saw the film as a five-year-old on TV, as the people desperately raced to escape planet Earth as imminent doom threatened :)

Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

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Perhaps the initial building blocks of this other solar system were simply different enough to cause this? Maybe a lack of heavier elements?

What's the composition of the star? If the ratio of heavy to light elements is significantly different from our own star, then this could be a clue?

South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

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"I hope that the negotiations between the Trade Federation and the Naboo are proceeding as I have foreseen..."

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