* Posts by allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

5920 posts • joined 20 Oct 2015

How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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Re: Tubes

Popular misconception. It's tubas, actually.

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Re: It may be Wednesday...

Oh, you and your weird time zones...

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Juno's July fly-by gave NASA a close-up of the Great Red Spot

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Deploy the monoliths.

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Re: JUNO,

"In space, no one can hear you cha-cha-cha!"

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Trump to NASA: Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon

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"No bucks, no Buck Rogers."

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Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture

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Re: Having traveled through Coventry on a couple occasions.

You are Charles, Prince of Wales, and I claim my £5!

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Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph

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Re: Reminds Me Of That Time...

Brilliant!

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SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

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Re: ZBLAN is reckoned to be the a product that could be made at profit in space

If anything, you could sell optical fiber cables made in spaaace to the hifi nuts at a good cut.

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Oracle's Safra Catz joins Mickey Mouse board

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I like the picture by Viviana Vinciguerra

I like the picture, and would like to see more illustrations by El Reg's own graphic designer(s)? to accompany the articles.

Also, there is nothing wrong with beer money.

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AI researcher pulls best Blue Steel in Yves Saint Laurent fragrance ad

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AI has become a tad overhyped?

That's a bit of an understatement, isn't it.

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Looking through walls, now easier than ever

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Re: tin foil underwear

Tin foil underwear - these guys have it. And an EMP blaster to short out unwanted electronics.

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Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips

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Will this result in more and better easter eggs in Tesla cars?

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Re: Nothing to worry then

"his empire could come crashing down"

He'll just bulild another one. With Blackjack, and hookers.

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YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven

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But, but, but... the likes!!!

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Los Angeles police tell drivers not to trust navigation apps as wildfires engulf area

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And another thing for the autonomous car AI to learn.

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Watchkeeper drones cost taxpayers ONE BEEELLION POUNDS

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Re: Application

Sure.

But (quoted from the linked article): "The aircraft, which suffered a similar mishap last August, had completed a series of test flights on Friday and was moored near its hanger when it broke free."

You'd think they would have asked a boy scout how to make proper knots or something like that after the first mishap.

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Jingle bells, IBM tells more staff it is D-day ♫

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That was very interesting, thanks for the link!

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Uber says 2.7 MEEELLION(ish) UK users affected by hack

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Re: You actually believe them?

No.

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Guilty: NSA bloke who took home exploits at the heart of Kaspersky antivirus slurp row

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Well, all I can say is: I never had problems like these when I was working with FORTRAN77 and punchcards.

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Re: 67? / literally past the retirement age

Currently, for far too many people in the US "retirement age" equals the day they drop dead.

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User dialled his PC into a permanent state of 'Brown Alert'

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Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

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Re: Life imitating art?

Brilliant. I didn't understand half of what was being said, but brilliant.

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ML fails: Loyalty prediction? Not really. And bonus prediction? Oh dear

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I think I'm more of a disrupter than a detracter.

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You live in the right galaxy: Milky Way to eat Small Magellanic Cloud even sooner

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Well, there goes the neighbourhood.

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'Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again'

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'Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again'

Added boni: better privacy, less manipulation. What's not to like?

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2001: A Stob Odyssey

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Doctor Chandra has gone a light green colour, and Mrs Chandra has gone purple. They are both shouting a lot.

Me: Wish I could hear.

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Doctor Chandra: Why don't you take a stress pill and think things over, dear?

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Facebook bends to pressure, opens German center to löschen abuse, gets yelled at by spies

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"The center [...] will be operated by the Competence Call Center (CCC)."

Interesting search results ahead!

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Military test centre for frikkin' laser cannon opens in Hampshire

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It's called Dragonfire - so why isn't the test centre somewhere in Wales?

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Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

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Well, it does make a change from death by Powerpoint.

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Vanity, thy name is: M1SCO company car reg plates for sale

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Re: Depressing place to work?

"Just lie down in front of them and life won't be bothering you much longer."

Klaus will see to that. *

* Its about workplace safety, so how can it be NSFW?

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Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams

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Re: DNA

I would have loved to read another Dirk Gently story. Or five.

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Re: Doctor Who's 17th season

Aww, come on - it's all about les relations internationales. Also, we want to be cool and hip and whatnot. (I think the kids say disruptive these days.)

Anyway: Good news, everyone!

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Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

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I'll wait with the calculations re cost of Diesel truck vs electric truck until relieable specifications are known; and ideally data from real-life test drives. So far: nice pictures, insufficient data.

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Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

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The 'Computer Sanity System' as so it's called is a big red emergency button that attaches to your computer that can run various tasks when pressed. USD 10.95.

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Re: Plugged 110V kit into 240V supply

Sort of. I was using a "portable" PC, a knockoff of the Compac cooler box, 486, plasma VGA display, you know the one I mean. I was using it at three different sites. One day during packing/transport/unpacking the switch on the PSU must have slided from the "230V" setting to the "110V" setting. Loud bang & magic smoke... Only I was using that machine for my engineering thesis at the time. Took a couple of allnighters to get back on schedule... Been checking the settings of switches ever since.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners

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Re: Harry who?

The series is great for non-native speakers to learn/improve upon their English. Especially if you combine the printed books with the audio books* - read it and hear a good pronounciation at the same time. It starts at an easy level and advances step by step.

The story is quite enjoyable as well, although the last book has a vibe of "just get it done and get it over with". YMMV.

Anyway, I plan to use the method for learning Italian next year (as addition to a proper language course). Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale. I know the story, so I won't get lost, and I don't mind reading it again.

* With all due respect to Jim Dale - it's got to be the Stephen Fry version.

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A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

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I still miss SuperBase.

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BOFH: The trouble with, er, windows installs

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It is also both sustainable and more friendly to the environment, in more than one way. See? Going Green can be fun if you do it right.

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This is peak AI: Bot to guest edit Radio 4's Today programme

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Will it also have a guest spot at The Archers?

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'Water on Mars' re-classified as just 'sand on Mars'

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Re: Water on Mars turns out to be damp squib

Wooosh...

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I'd like to see some data on the sand's properties. Not any type of sand can be used to mix concrete. The properties you want the concrete to have and the type of cement that is available are also vital factors. (Fun fact: Saudi Arabia has to import sand to make some types of concrete.)

Being able to build concrete structures on Mars would help longtime Mars missions, from landing pads to crew shelters etc.

Ideally Mars could have types of sand that cas cement-like properties, like puzzolani. The Romans used that for structures like the foundations of the Coliseum or the cupola of the Pantheon - 2,000 years ago.

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Sorry 'strange physics' fans, IceCube finds the Standard Model stands

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... or the PFY messing something up, and not admitting it.

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Re: Roughly the kinetic energy of a flying Mosquito?

(In fake Australian accent:) "There is nothing more dangerous than a wounded Mosquito."

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Apple quietly wheels out 'Voxelnet' driverless car tech paper

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Re: "Odyssey"

This is how it's going to be, more or less. Cars as a service. And don't think you'll be able to use them to go wherever you want whenever you want. You won't even get near the places where you're not wanted. Like places you can't afford.

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'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

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Re: Unprofessional bollocks

My irritation was very real.

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Once more unto the breach: El Reg has a go at crisis management

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Some of the software I use features a "Panic Button" to click on.

Would that be helpful in any way in the event?

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Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

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Re: Why cats?

"If BAE plays silly buggers then do what we did in WW2 and subcontract the build of everything bar the engines to furniture makers."

Add a silly name, and you've got yourself a sweet deal with IKEA.

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Budget 2017: How to make a downbeat forecast sound better. Say 'tech' a lot?

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Budget: further details & analysis here.

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From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

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It's a fidget spinner. It's a smeggin' fidget spinner!

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

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"I've said for many years that the next leader of HPE should come from within the company, and Antonio is exactly the type of leader I had in mind," Whitman told financial analysts on a conference call today, adding that the board of directors had approved the handover of power."

Interesting. I've said for many years that the next leader of HPE should be someone with a fucking clue.

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