* Posts by MAF

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How big is the UK space industry? It hauled in £14.8bn for 2016/2017 – report

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Re: Space Brexit?

Yep - let's chuck it out of an airlock...

A Delta IV Heavy heads for space at last while New Horizons' fumes OK for 'future missions'

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Joke

Abbreviation

Musk's rocketeers - surely we can abbreviate this further.

I propose Musk-eteers...

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

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Joke

Scotty mis-quote

Ye canna change the laws of the State...

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'

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Happy

Re: Like many laws, a smokescreen for dominance

$2500 ? That's Trump change...

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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And Reese-Mogg is a Robot in a man suit - strange times...

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

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I miss the Register recipes

I'll just leave this here and retreat to a safe distance (Probably China or Australia)

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/curried-brussels-sprouts-chickpeas-sweet-potatoes

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

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Clarke time

I'm sure they'll let us know about any Black monoliths they find

Waiter, what's this? SpaceX delivery delayed for a day by moldy food

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Re: It's not really about the mice.

Mind you they're not doing that well with bacteria...

https://futurism.com/antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-international-space-station

Basically, human microbiota tend to accumulate in human habitats

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

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Latest advice

If you think that you're about to be murdered - is to shout (loudly) Ok Google, Alexa, Cortana - record this?

Third Soyuz does not explode while auditors resume poking around NASA's big rocket SLS

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Good to hear.

Slightly irreverent question with all this focus on rocketry blowing up - Do NASA, ESA or SpaceX ever do launches on Nov 5th? Asking for some other Guy :-)

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: A logical choice...

For the £50 NOT? ;-)

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Re: "Tell my my dear, do you collect chocolate paper?"

Or had it switched for a jumbo bar of Choc ex-lax...

Now Europe wants a four-million-quid AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints

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Electric sheep

Separate queue for suspected replicants?

SpaceX dodges lightning while storms keep Japan earthbound

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Happy

Re: It's not...?

It's not like teaching ANYTHING to politicians. FTFY

2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

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Re: To a point, Lord Copper...

According to this Ziff-D post you get Publisher but only for Windows (Macs need not apply)

https://www.zdnet.com/article/which-apps-are-in-office-365-plus-answers-to-other-popular-google-searches/

HTH

NASA eggheads draw up blueprints for spotting, surviving asteroid hits

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Obligatory film reference

Just need to rotate Hercules and Peter the Great 180 degrees and we'll have plenty of nuke to destroy any pesky space-rock

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Expert opinion

David Davis - Expert from the Ministry of shooting oneself in the foot.

British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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Whoever hatched that idea failed to ovoid getting egg on their face...?

UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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Re: Alternatives

"It ain't like dusting crops Boy!"

MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

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Coat

El Reg units

That's almost 15 DUP votes in tax revenue

Detox from your weekend kebabs with a healthy storage golubtsy

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Re: Ahem:

https://www.thespruce.com/russian-stuffed-cabbage-recipe-golubtsi-1137311

'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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FAIL

A potential problem with this trial...

The lorries will be driven by human drivers. Said drivers are at risk of reduced livelihood/jobs if it proves to be a success (and let's face it any sign of success and the bright spark who came up with it will push for use off major roads too).

Why ever would they not do their very darnedest to banjax the trial?

Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

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Joke

Re: We have to consider the human costs

They could become telephone sanitisers, account executives, hair dressers, tired TV producers, insurance salesmen, personnel officers, security guards, public relations executives and management consultants.

At least until the mutant star-goat arrives....

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Re: Yup

And you also have the added benefit of sharing bacteria and viruses with the lowest common denominator of hygiene of those who used it before you...

Last FalconStor CEO survived just six weeks before being replaced

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El Reg unit for tenure

Well thats 4.2 Scaramuccis i.e. 42 days

She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base

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Happy

Re: Fine photo

Did he use a drone?

If Anonymous 'pwnd' the Daily Stormer, they did a spectacularly awful job

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Sorry El REg they didn't host it - I checked the beeb site and found the GD statement:

"The domain is no longer at GoDaddy and we don't host the site," the Arizona-based company tweeted at 17:51 BST.

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To be fair to El Reg, GoDaddy DO supply web hosting as well (for those who want a one-stop shop.

Agree that further journalistic investigation required to determine hosting company if different.

GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

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Re: Looks like the Russian investment is paying off

No - surely you zest...

Confessions of an ebook eater

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Forgot Packt

Packtpub are quite good for e-books too plus they give away a free e-book each day (i.e. you wind up visiting their site frequently :-) )

https://www.packtpub.com/packt/offers/free-learning

Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash

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Re: Existing system?

Gives a whole new meaning to One-day Rush....

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Existing system?

Can't they just use Amazon like everyone else?

:-)

LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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Joke

Wall needed?

Quick build a wall around it!

Oh sorry, you said NEW Mexico....

Going shopping for a BSOD? We've found 'em in store at M&S

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Paris Hilton

Re: Not for sale

Try Fleabay: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Timex-Personal-Computer-Sinclair-1000-16k-RAM-Module-Manuals-/252637396528?hash=item3ad25cbe30:g:9wEAAOSwHMJYKzaT

NASA trying to rein in next-generation super-heavy lifter costs

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Mushroom

Haven't we been here before?

The budget for the Space Shuttle was cut by Congress forcing them to use the SRBs for the launch vehicle and we know how that ended (two Shuttles lost, two crews lost, fleet grounded leaving Russia the only way that astronauts could get to the ISS).

Here's an idea: Make a Congressman a member of the first crewed launch and let's see how they deal with a controlled explosion (hopefully) that has gone to the lowest bidder....

UK minister promises science budget won't be messed with after Brexit

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Why UK science is heavily dependent upon EU funding

This is the question that no one has asked. The reason being that over the decades UK governments have pared back funding (e.g. MAFF & DEFRA funded research). To keep going, organisations went out for EU grants (and in many cases were extremely successful) and a high % of their funding came from this source. This is why removal could be so damaging.

It will still be possible to get funding from EU still but we have to be partnered by an EU state i.e. passive rather than active applicants....

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FAIL

Bus time!

Please paint this on a bus and drive it around London to show how iron-clad this promise is....

Meet the slimeballs who are openly sabotaging Virgin Media

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Childcatcher

Teutonic approach

We go for the German compound word approach like Ultra-Ultrafast Broadband.

There's a similar problem in Biology when someone announced Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)....

Just what Europe needs – another bungled exit: Mars lander goes AWOL

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Unhappy

Re: Shame

And to dig deeper holes to look for existing microbial life on Mars.

However I think that the plan was to use the drill on the rover not the entire lander :-(

NHS patients must be taught to share their data, says EU lobby group

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Big Brother

Anonymising - aye there's the rub...

With more and more large public data sets it becomes more possible to re-identify people.

You have to trust the data repository to ensure that this does not happen...

https://datafloq.com/read/re-identifying-anonymous-people-with-big-data/228

Chinese 'nauts blast off for month-long space station scouting mission

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Mushroom

Re: It's a significant achievement

I have to agree that the OSS operation Paperclip that nabbed 1500 scientists & engineers was better than Operation Osoaviakhim which took >2000 at gunpoint to the Soviet Union.

Some didn't like the Nazis but some were members of the Nazi Party and the SS like von Braun.

Pretty much Hobsons choice for them all - pick a side or pick your firing squad. :-(

Fireball icon for outcome of early launches.

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Re: It's a significant achievement

I think the US had the prior IP-theft sometime around the end of WW2 (Nazi scientists and all that).

Stones & glass houses and all that.

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It's a significant achievement

"China to 'deeply and broadly' go where some have gone before"

A tad condescending aren't we? Not doubt you're comparing their efforts to the UK launched and manned space station - thought so....

Pound falling, Marmite off the shelves – what the UK needs right now is ... an AI ethics board

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It's a particularly good business model. They are paid by the brewers to take it (the dead yeast) away (Not allowed to pollute waterways) it is lysed and then made into Marmite which they sell = profit both ways!

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Joke

Re: Slightly off topic but...

Hence the term 'material costs'

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Re: Slightly off topic but...

Indeed this is the point that Tesco were making although if I were them I wouldn't live in a glass house....

Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

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Re: What problem?

Useful NASA article here

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/real-martians-how-to-protect-astronauts-from-space-radiation-on-mars

Or you could ask AManFromMars....

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Model organisms

Mice & rats are not men (or women). They are a useful biological model organism but they differ in oh so many ways.

This is why we have long-term human habitation on the ISS with a battery of tests and it will take time to build a body of data that is statistically reliable.

Space will NEVER be totally safe (It's not that safe on Earth for that matter) but it will be as safe

as we can make it.

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Coat

Re: What problem?

When the radiation hits the metal, you get secondary and more energetic radiation.

Then your troubles REALLY start

Lead-lined coat - maybe?

Actually, yes, Samsung, you do have to pay Apple $120m

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Taxes?

Is that before or after taxes?

Here is an idea if you win a court battle on patents, you don't see a nickel of it unless you've paid your taxes...

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