* Posts by KittenHuffer

366 posts • joined 10 Dec 2018


The results are in: Science says the Solar System's magnetic heliosphere looks like a deflated croissant

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Re: Magnetic as motion

You are MfM and I claim my £5!

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Re: Aren't we lucky!

So am I right to assume ..... That's no moon!

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Re: Aren't we lucky!

For a planet to be inside a heliosphere it needs to be near (or preferably in orbit around) a star. So orphan planets are out of luck, but ALL of the exoplanets that we've found so far qualify.

Planets without a (or with a weak) magnetic field will slowly have their atmosphere stripped by the solar wind. So planets without a significant magnetic field either end up with little to no atmosphere (e.g. Mars) or have a deep, thick, boiling, crushing atmosphere (e.g. Venus) that will take billions of years to strip away.

So if you look for an atmosphere that's thick enough, but not too thick, and is gonna be around long enough for life to evolve then the heliosphere and magnetic field can pretty much be assumed.

I am of course discounting extremophiles, the likes of which we might just find living on Mars or in the clouds of Venus. But that's because we've not been able to find them on Mars or Venus, which are both in our own backyard. If there are extremophiles living on an exoplanet we have zero chance of finding them from here with our present (or near future) technology.

So many stars, so little time: Machine learning helps astroboffins spot the most oxygen-starved galaxy yet

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Before following that link ......

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911, I wanna report a robbery. Hundreds of thousands of stars stolen from a cluster. I think it was the Milky Way

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Re: Light years not a measure of distance

Your new theory should explain everything else that the old theory explained, it should also explain something that the old theory did not explain, and then should predict something that can then be tested.

I'm prepared to wait on the third item, but please outline how your wonderful new theory handles the first two requirements. If you're unable to do that then please stop typing such drivel into the comments sections of science stories.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a charred white dwarf star blasted across our galaxy by an ancient semi-supernova

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I reckon ...

... that one of Johnny Fartpants ancestors happened to be visiting the system, and had a 'little' accident!

Google employs people to invent colours – and they think their work improves your wellbeing

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Re: Give me puce, any day.

Nah, what you really want is the Takischitt colour chart!!!


I actually had one of these on my bedroom wall in my youth!

CEO of motherboard maker MSI dies after plunging from headquarters' seventh-floor

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I'm sure they were in their right place ..... right behind him!

Cereal Killer Cafe enters hipster heaven, heads online: Coronavirus blamed for shutters being pulled down

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Please tell me .....

..... that somebody named Dexter was involved with them closing down! Please let it be so!

Remember that black hole just 1,000 light years from Earth? Scientists queue up to say it may not exist after all

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Paris Hilton

I feel an overwhelming urge to quote Holly!

Well, the thing about a black hole - its main distinguishing feature - is it's black. And the thing about space, the colour of space, your basic space colour, is black. So how are you supposed to see them?

And before anyone mentions it .... Yes! This is a copy & paste from my post for the last black hole story. But it actually fits better here!

Because she also has an IQ of 6000 --------------->


Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth

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Re: There's a rat in mi kitchen...

As a general rule I believe the larger the scorpion the less 'dangerous' it is. It's the small ones that you have to be really wary of.

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Re: Almost mouse free

Been there .... had that! Ours was living in the inaccessible bits of the kitchen cabinets. It finally got fried when it decided to explorer the washing machine.

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Re: chewed wires

The caster wheels for chairs are easy (and relatively cheap) to replace.

I figured this several months ago whilst battling HR for a chair that could be raised an extra inch to give me a comfortable working position. Unfortunately the monolithic HR department I was dealing with couldn't understand that someone wanted something that had never been asked for before, and which didn't fit their policies.

I had reached the point of reading the UK Gov document on seating at w**k (https://www.hse.gov.uk/pUbns/priced/hsg57.pdf) and listing all of the places where their policy fell short, when I discovered that larger than normal casters were easily available. I decided that rather than having a months long battle with a bunch of useless box-tickers (all while suffering aches and pains from a chair that wasn't high enough) that I'd buy a set of oversize caster and fit them to my chair during the quiet hours.

Looking back now I wonder why I let them off so easily. I think that when I'm back w**king in the orifice I'll bring it up again and see what I can do about forcing them to change their policies.

Detroit cops cuffed, threw a dad misidentified by facial recognition in jail. Now the ACLU's demanding action

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Re: "the guard didn’t witness the crime personally, was relying on CCTV footage......

You forgot "walking in a loud shirt in a built-up area during the hours of darkness" and "walking around with an offensive wife"!

Grav wave boffins are unsure if they just spotted the smallest black hole or the biggest neutron star seen yet

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I feel an overwhelming urge to quote Holly!

Well, the thing about a black hole - its main distinguishing feature - is it's black. And the thing about space, the colour of space, your basic space colour, is black. So how are you supposed to see them?

'Work pressure' sees Maze ransomware gang demand payoff from wrong company

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Tell me about your mother .....

I can tell that your resentment has been building for some time. Perhaps we can think of a way to bridge your differences, and tunnel to a solution where you lay a foundation of understanding.

Borrowing her couch for you to lie on ------>

No Wiggle room: Two weeks after angry bike shop customers report mystery orders on their accounts, firm confirms payment cards delinked

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Re: There is no breach

Please forward me your login and password to your bank and I will get those virtual card numbers sorted for you!

Bloke rolls up to KFC drive-thru riding horse-drawn cart only to be told: Neigh

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Don't you know they're dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle - Ian Fleming

Trump's Make Space Great Again video pulled after former 'naut says: Nope

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Re: That's a cheap-ass looking hat he's hawking.

Yeah, I'd prefer to go for 'Make America Grate Again'!

Astroboffins peering back in time with Hubble find stars may have been flickering into life even earlier than thought

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Re: Unhelpful sugestion

That would actually be quite interesting if it is true, as our current understanding of physics is that it would not have been the case. It would mean that there is something new for us to learn.

IIRC currently we believe that by the time (almost) all of the anti-matter had been eliminated, and the energy level had dropped far enough for an atomic nucleus to form, that the density/pressure had dropped to a level that Hydrogen (and a little Helium and Lithium) would be the only atoms to form.

It was only in the heart of the Population III stars that the density/pressure rose high enough to start making heavier elements.

As I say it would be quite interesting as it would require new physics, but is probably very unlikely for the same reason.

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Re: We're special

You are not even wrong - Wolfgang Pauli

Nice wallpaper you've got there. It would be a shame if it bricked your phone

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Re: Almost...

To misquote Churchill - Android is the worst smart phone OS, except for all the others.

COVID-19 sparks new wearables to push the pandemic away

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Re: Antisocial distancing

Does the hat have a sign on it saying "If you can smell my farts you're too close!"?

And wouldn't this hat be dangerous around naked flames?!? -------------->

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite

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Re: Petty or Pedant?

The stories I've seen is that it dates back to WW2 and was originally for providing a waterproof seal on ammo cases, and was named 'duck tape' by the squaddies that used it.

Does anyone have conclusive proof that this is, or is not, so?

AT&T tracked its own sales bods using GPS, secretly charged them $135 a month to do so, lawsuit claims

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Re: Telekom

The other thing to consider for Leftpondians is that most of them suffer a virtual monopoly when it comes to telecom companies. Those AT&T customers probably don't have a viable alternative that they can go to, so AT&T can't be punished for this sort of behaviour by customers voting with their feet.

Worried about the magnetic North Pole sprinting towards Russia? Don't be, boffins say, it'll be back sooner or later

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Isn't it obvious?!?

Russia sucks! And America blows!

Australians can demand visitors to their homes run contact-tracing app

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The response to a bug hunting program in Australia would be completely overwhelming ....... Oh! You meant software bugs!

Probably better that they meant software bugs cos lots of people hunting RL bugs over there would probably cause a death toll far greater than COVID-19!

Mad dash for webcams with surge in videoconferencing has turned out rather nicely for Logitech

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Re: Man, I miss being able to see...

Photos, videos & links or it didn't happen!

CEO of AI surveillance upstart Banjo walks the plank after white supremacist past sinks contracts

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My thoughts were along the same lines as well. How long before a person can be forgiven for past actions? How long before they are rehabilitated?

The way he is being treated it seems that the answer is never. In which case wouldn't it just be kinder to euthanise all people convicted of crimes above a certain level, as this would be better than the cruel and unusual punishment of hanging the crime around their necks for the rest of their lives.

'We're changing shift, and no one can log on!' It was at this moment our hero knew server-lugging chap had screwed up

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Re: Labels people, and read them!

People also get shirty if you start sticking labels on their shirts!

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Re: And this is why the Aussies are on top of it

Fewer! - Stannis Baratheon

There's a black hole lurking within 1,000 light years of Earth – and you can see stars circling it with the naked eye

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Swirly thing alert!!!!

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Re: Side track for a mo'

And that pile of BS was meant to say what exactly?

That sounded way too much like some stoner conversations I remember from my misspent youth!

Quick Q: Er, why is the Moon emitting carbon? And does this mean it wasn't formed from Theia hitting Earth?

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That's like goldy! Or silvery! But is made of iron!

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Certainly cheesy enough!

So you've set up MFA and solved the Elvish riddle, but some still think passwords alone are secure enough

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Re: ... tens of thousands across the world were using such Fort Knox-style gems

They might have just done a dictionary attack on their own users to get an idea of what percentage were vulnerable to such an attack. I know that if I were in such a business it would be something I would at least suggest to manglement.

California’s privacy warriors are back – and this time they want to take their fight all the way to the ballot box

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I really hope this happens, and that the Usual Suspects are forced into being more open and honest about what they have on you and what they use it for. If it does happen then it'll be the thin end of the wedge, and other States/Countries will be able to say that they want what California are getting.

It won't destroy their business model cos so many will not care, but those of us that do will be able to go to the Usual Suspects every few months and tell them to delete everything that they have on us.

Singapore to require smartphone check-ins at all businesses and will log visitors' national identity numbers

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Re: oh, id checks, welcome back!

They'll also know who you're having an affair with. And more amusingly, from the biometrics they'll know that your partner was faking it!

Where were you in drought season? Interstellar comet 2I/Borisov dumped 230 million litres of water as it whizzed through Solar System

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"Some shine, comet rain"


Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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Re: Pointless

I thought Pointless was where we got our Osman measurement from!

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This is seriously going to mess up my whitespace codebase!!!!

Damn! The extra spaces I put in for comic effect got taken out! Guess that shows where The Reg falls in this debate!

Singapore's corona-crushing superhero squad grounded by football fans

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Are you sure it's not the US?

Thinking that MAWA means "Make America Weak Again"?

I'm sure there are other W words that could fit in there, but I'm too polite to type them out!

I'm sure the commentards will have great fun coming up with plenty of alternatives.

Baby, I swear it's déjà vu: TalkTalk customers unable to opt out of ISP's ad-jacking DNS – just like six years ago

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Re: to LOL or not to LOL

I don't know, I thought that was quite a goof answer!

COVID-19 is pretty nasty but maybe this is taking social distancing too far? Universe may not be expanding equally in all directions

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Re: This needs a bigger better study

Huh? I didn't consider the homogeneous aspect. I saw that they were claiming a different Hubble constant for different areas of the Universe. Doesn't fit with a flat Universe, and there is plenty of evidence of that.

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Re: Lets play 'suppose'

Your number 1 supposition is flawed.

Particles with mass are affected by the Higgs field, particles without mass are not. The mechanism of motion of both is different.

Please correct this flaw in your argument and then see how this affects the rest of your post.

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This needs a bigger better study

There is a phrase coined by Carl Sagan that "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence". And since the current cosmological thinking (and prevailing evidence) is that the Universe is flat to within 0.5% then this claim needs to be supported by some pretty extraordinary exidence, which doesn't appear to be there yet.

Summary of the current cosmological thinking:


If the Universe wasn't expanding evenly then that would suggest that it isn't flat (to within 0.5%) and I would have expected this to show up in the analysis of the CMB.

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I 'Upped' you cos I thought it was funny, NOT because I agree with you.

You should have used a joke icon cos I'm sure there will be those that 'Down' you cos they think you're serious!

Upstart Americans brandish alligators at the almighty Reg Standards Soviet

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In that case I shall Swallow my pride and apologise for throwing that Coconut of a joke too high for you!

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Re: I err on the side of caution.

Isn't 3 miles a bit excessive?!?

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Are you sure? I thought the species question was always African or European?



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