* Posts by Alphabet Soup 1

20 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

A once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity: NASA bids emotional farewell to its cocky, hardworking RC science car on Mars

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Thanks Opportunity!

... and as always, XKCD is right on the money:


iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Re: Does anyone remember ...

Or Apple Records? Obviously they didn't "think different" back then.

Tailored Swift – coming soon to a cloud near you

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Namespace error

Clicked on this to read about OpenStack's widely-used scalable object storage component 'Swift" - does the cloud have room for two Swifts?

Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Christmas greetings

In the middle 60's my dad received a christmas card from an RAF colleague which had a picture of a Vulcan on the front, bomb-bay doors open showing a Blue Steel air-launched nuclear missile.

Inside the card was the message "Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Men".

The Airfix kit was the biggest piece of plastic I owned for many years.

LICKED: Behold my TOAD-PROOF ERECTION, boasts Aussie boffin

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I've never licked one but I have tasted the toxin. On a warm Queensland summer evening I go out and skewer toads with a garden fork (I can get 20 a night) and once one squirted toxin onto my face and lips. Obviously I spat it out in hurry but I can confirm that it tastes bitter and that it made me feel ill. No hallucinogenic effects, just nausea. Cane toads are horrible things, they eat any animals smaller than themselves and kill most things that try to eat them.

The fence only works in areas where water is limiting - around Brisbane there is currently loads of water around. I guess it'll work better than golf clubs, toads are so tough that I suspect one of the ways they've spread so quickly around Australia is that they're being driven with a 1-wood 150 yards at a time.

Bird of HEY.... that's MY DRONE! Hawk attacks geek's quadcopter in nature v machine clash

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Re: ROTM @Voland's right hand

Agree about the Sulphur Crests, what's interesting about these things is that they can be taught to talk, whistle, sing and laugh so they can make pretty much any noise they choose. They just prefer to squawk. We get them every morning too.

Not quite in the same league as quadcopter drone but my son's RC pterodactyl gets attacked by our thuggish flocks of Noisy Miners.

Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

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Loved it. Less keen on the after-effects: putting my head on the pillow in bed after an evening playing and still seeing those falling blocks ...

The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Close the gap

No suggestions; just to note that this is a damn fine thing to do.

Good on yer!

Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

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Not wasps, wasp

Just one builds the nest; she then stings a spider and bites its legs off so it can't run away. It's then placed into the nest with an egg and provides a fresh food source for junior wasp. They're a fact of life here in Brizzie; I have had them make nests inside my desktop when I've been stupid enough to leave it with the case open.

Nature is a mother.

Meet قلب, the programming language that uses Arabic script

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Re: Come back APL

There are three things a man must do before his life is done.

Write two lines in APL - and make the buggers run.

(anyone else remember Stan Kelly-Bootle's "Devil's DP Dictionary"?)

Classic game 'Elite' returns … on Kickstarter

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Re: Big disappointment

If you want a Single Player version, check out Oolite.

As for me - this might just provide the impetus I need for me to make the jump to multi-player games.

(Still waiting for the Antique Code Show on Elite ...)

Dell PowerEdgies built like Marilyn Monroe

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I'm disappointed

I was hoping that the vibration dampening mechanism on the disk might be jello on springs.

Farting death camels must die to save the world!

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Eating camel

Roos are great eating but having eaten camel I reckon they pretty much taste how they look -

there used to be a camel-trekking place near Alice Springs that had the tagline "book early and get a good-looking one!".

While we're on the subject; a few years ago there were estimated to be more feral pigs than humans here in Australia.

Time this had another airing:


Here comes the zettabyte, says Cisco

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Re: Unsurprising

Cisco's version is clearer; the increase between 2014 and 2015 is projected to be greater than the total generated in 2010.

Brits unleash world's hottest chilli pepper

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Johnny Cash as in "Ring of fire"?

Linux gets jiggy with more filesystems in 2.6.34 kernel release

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Re: Very, very useful filesystems...

Damn right.

Obviously not for many home users, but given that Lustre's future has become somewhat clouded under Snoracle, Ceph might be a way to go. However, the question remains as to whether Ceph is a mature enough product ...

US word czars unfriend shovel-ready toxic assets

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... and from the Reg's own discussion pages ...


It still makes me shudder when I give the "thumbs up" to someone's post.

Aussie Sex Party in evangelist head-to-head

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Where do you guys find this stuff?

I'm in the Queensland Bible Belt and this is the first I've read about it., nothing in the Aussie press.

Incidentally Beltane kicks off down under at sunrise 1st November - that'll be about 5am until we can convince the cows to vote for daylight saving.

Why teachers fear Callum, Chelsea, Connor and Crystal

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Little Bobby Tables

Can't let Christoph's observation slip through, it deserves even more exposure ...


Mars projected to collide with Earth

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If Cole Porter's right ...

... it'll happen next July.

What a swell party this is!

(OK, leaving now, I'm on my way to the cloakroom)


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