* Posts by Rafael #872397

85 posts • joined 10 Feb 2017


Do you want to be an astronaut when you grow up? Yeah, you and 12,000 others: NASA flooded with folks hoping to visit Moon, Mars

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Re: That degree...

They can send Dolph Lundgren. Or Brian May.

After 16 years of hype, graphene finally delivers on its promise – with a cosmetic face mask

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Re: The fact is graphene is in a similar position to that of lasers 60 years ago

Or radium 100 years ago...

The Wristwatch of the Long Now: When your MTBF is two centuries

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Physics won't change.. Maths won't change.. Humans won't change...

One of these things is not like the others!

Come to Five Guys, where the software is as fresh as the burgers... or maybe not

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Re: "Apophasis"

I think he was the villain in "X-Men: Return of the Last of X-Men Revenge of the Future"..

Low code? Low usage, more like: Add G Suite's App Maker to the Google graveyard, it's switching off next year

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Re: For an advertising company...

Actually they've also killed some not-so-obscure ones... hangouts/google+orkut? Pikasa?

South American nations open fire on ICANN for 'illegal and unjust' sale of .amazon to zillionaire Jeff Bezos

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With the unicode sorcery they used at RegEx match open tags except XHTML self-contained tags they could even use the logo with a->z arrow as the TLD. Who types URLs nowadays anyway?

Two astronauts conduct a successful spacewalk, world+dog lose minds

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world+dog lose minds

Great news, interesting read, all this, but can we please avoid the "[world||world+dog|world+cat|everyone|ahypotheticalbutimpossibletoquantifylargesegmentofanyrealorimaginarypopulation] lose minds" and "break the internet" cliches?

You are not a tabloid.

Eco-activists arrested by Brit cops after threatening to close Heathrow with drones

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Re: ...they stated with a monumental lack of self-awareness. ¹

I had to check the calendar to see if today is Monty Python Appreciation Day* and this group was celebrating with a sketch (EVERYBODY EXPECTS the Heathrow Drone Liberation Commando), but no, it seems they were really planning to do it!

* every day for some of us

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

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Astronomers are more mature...

..and use sextractor without issues.

Stop sniggering at the back!

Dry patch? Have you considered peppering your flirts with emojis?

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Re: Why can't we use emojis when...

And don't call us Shirley. We're a different demographic.

If at first you don't succeed, Fold? Nope. Samsung redesigns bendy screen for fresh launch in September

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"apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed"

Add an easily removable protective film OVER the protection layer with something like "OK, you can remove this, but please don't remove the next one under it".

If this does not work, consider adding more easily removable protective film layers, and so on.

Pull up your SoCs: Samsung smartphones to get AMD Radeon graphics

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Dare On?

Dear, No!

A mobe with obnoxious teen karaoke app TikTok built in?! Wow, thanks ByteDance, sign us up

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Why not?

Twitter Peek was also a huge success!

Time to reformat the old wallet and embiggen your smartmobe: The 1TB microSD is here

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Ugh, the names.

Extreme. Extreme Pro. Extreme Ultra.

Extreme Extra. Extreme Expert. Extreme Extreme. Extreme Galaxy Pro.

Extreme Egg Bacon Sausage Spam.

Lovely Extreme! Wonderful Extreme!

The peelable, foldable phone has become the great white whale of tech

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Black Helicopters

Re: Next!

The flying car.

Microsoft flings the Windows Calculator source at GitHub

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Working on that now!

I'll add "paste results to Facebook" and "click here to pay monthly fees" buttons.

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

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Nobody cards me anymore :-(

Official science: Massive asteroids are so difficult to destroy, Bruce Willis wouldn't stand a chance

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Re: Of course not, you need the whole team

Shirley you mean Robert Duvall?

Spooky! Solar System's Planet NINE could be discovered in the next NINE years (plus one to six), say astroboffins

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Re: Planet 9 is not believed to be on the elliptic plane that the orbits of other planets follow.

Nah, it wasn't discovered because it is flat and on it side, being very narrow from our point of view.

Eggheads want YOU to name Jupiter's five newly found moons ‒ and yeah, not so fast with Moony McMoonface

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Re: Screw Your Rules

Moony McMoonface won't be allowed. ... But it's not the name of one of Jupiter's or Zeus' lovers or spawn.

How do you know? That guy was a horn dog!

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Feh! Visicalc rules.

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Re: Header pic

Damn -- I was reading this at home and my 14-year old kid came to see what was so funny. And started laughing. He already though about studying engineering, this just added to his resolve.

Thanks are in order, I guess?

As netizens, devs scream bloody murder over Chrome ad-block block, Googlers insist: It's not set in stone (yet)

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Re: "Not set in stone yet"

You're right -- I recall that there were three stones with 15 commandments but one of those broke.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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Re: old 70's song

I see your Player and raise you Leslie, Kelly & John Ford Coley's "Come Back to Me":

Do you think of me. Do you feel the cold? Or is somebody keeping you warm. Like I used to do?

I wish that you knew that I want you back here in my arms.

And if this foolishness ends... Do you think you could love me again?

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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Computer Archaeology

I work in the CS department of a university in a large, coffee-and-samba oriented country that shall remain unnamed.

Some of the grad students used to have a large metal cabinet as a divisor in their shared office. Besides being festooned with stickers and year-old notes nobody had they keys for it -- they just assumed it was a convenient piece of metal used to hid their screens from others' views.

When we changed offices we had to move it, and nobody claimed ownership. Being curious and irresponsible, I decided to apply the adequate amount of force to open the doors. Inside there were a bunch of SCSI cables and terminators, 8mm tape drives for a backup driver, a huge box of SIMMs (total amount of memory: < 2gb), random pieces of SUN gear, lots of ZIP disks and drives and a box of 8-inch floppy disks.

Shame on me, I kept it all. The 8-inch floppy disks are a funny conversation starter (hey, babe, want to see my 8-incher) and also a embarrassing conversation stopper (either "huh...." or "how old are you again?")

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Re: The silver lining

And in at least two Simpsons' episodes?

Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Re: Nothing like trashing a product

Ah. El Reg Commentards. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Worship the Holy Potato! Give thanks for it's Mighty Deliciousity!


Not a big fan of the vegetable, but a sucker for pseudo-religious fake frenzy.

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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Re: You're making the common mistake of thinking others think like you do.


Data apocalypse is coming unless you buy AI, declares AI biz

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Re: Can someone explain exactly what is "Intelligent" about these A.I. Systems?

They're organic, and gluten-free. Lot's of fiber on those AI, yessir. And DevOps!

Microsoft bids adieu to inky fingers with whiteboard app

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Re:But how will Office 365 facilitate this beveration?

You'ved misspelered 'bomination.

Facebook, Google, Microsoft scolded for tricking people into spilling their private info

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Re: They missed the real bad-guys

The real bad guys are those who design complex forms with the buttons "Submit" and "Cancel" very close to each other. Click "Cancel" by mistake and then you have to enter everything again.

Won't somebody think about the children and the fat-fingered users such as myself?

Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

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..charging without ever removing the phone from your pocket...

Comin' up next on The Violence Channel: An all-new "Ow, My Balls!"

Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/processor/month

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Re: Thank god we migrated...

Yeah, what could possibly go wrong?

Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

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...has graciously put aside his well-documented disdain of cryptocurrencies...

So, either "promote us or we cut your salary" or "we will pay more to do that"?

Picard would never do this!

(run for cover)

Machine learning for dummies: You needn't go back to uni to use it

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This is no doubt a noble calling, but is it what industry actually needs?

I guess most of the professors and researchers ("the noble calling") are not really concerned about what the industry actually needs.

Weird, huh?

There are plenty of blogs, videos, tutorials, relentlessly advertised conferences that seems to happen all the time (cough cough) that will teach "just what the industry needs", with different levels of abstraction/details/dumbing down/uselessness caused by choosing a single language or platform which API already changed in two months. Pick one, or several. And let academia do what academia ought to be doing: expanding the frontiers.

Agile development exposed as techie superstition

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Re: Agile is b*llocks. Any non-idiot knows this.

Utter brilliant; I'll definitely be ripping off your comment and will randomly throwing it into polite conversation.

Great idea!

Nice sermon, Reverend, but 'using the cloud' is nothing more than putting your balls in someone else's vice and hoping they know which way to twist the handle.


Microsoft reckons devs would like an AI Clippy to help them write code

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Re: #Nostalgia

This is more than 10 years old and it still deserves a chuckle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUvcYP859fg

Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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@The Oncoming Scorn

You have at this moment 42 upvotes. I cannot dare to add another, so here's something else:

One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

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effectively flooding their databases with garbage

From what I see in FaceBook and Twitter, it is working already!

There's more to blockchain than dodgy cryptocurrencies

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There's more to blockchain than dodgy cryptocurrencies

There are CryptoKitties.

Google powers up latest app it'll cancel in two years: Hangouts Chat

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Re: "Hangouts chat"

diversity-providing people -- thanks!

Look out, Wiki-geeks. Now Google trains AI to write Wikipedia articles

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It’s impossible to read and keep up with everything.

Why would we want to keep up with everything? I used to read at least the headers of several online news sites, then noticed that except for op-eds most are copied from each other. Same with cats' memes.

You dopes! US state's pot dealer database pwned after security goes up in smoke

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Re: Serves them right

Dude. Mellow out, like. Duuuuuuuuude!

It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

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Aw, come ON!


South Wales cops crow about facial recognition arrests on social media

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Suspect was armed and dangerous

Watch out, he has a Nokia on his pocket!

Boffins foresee most software written by machines in 2040

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Re: In 20 years' time it'll be 20 years in the future too.

I predict that in 20 years' time whoever is making money out of predictions will still be making money out of predictions.

AI taught to beat Sudoku puzzles. Now how about a time machine to 2005?

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Re: Product of the AI hype

@Cowboy Bob: awesome! Have an upvote.



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