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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Re: 24 fps

The only time, I've heard of a complaint about lack of interlace is that the iTunes versions of restored Doctor Who episodes lack the VidFire treatment.

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Re: "Never noticed the problem"

" US TV dominates broadcasting."

Though quite possibly a European user might prefer local-generated content, it being more in tune with their culture / language for a start.

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

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"millions he earned "

I think some figure 'accumulated' might be a better phrase.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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use in tanks

Just to get a handle on the output (bhp and torque) of a Meteor consider this:

It was also used on the post-war Conqueror tank which weighed 65 tons and could still manage 30+ mph on the flat.

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Re: Roy Batty?

Brilliant storysetting - in a few words "attack ships" "c-beam" and "Tannhäuser Gate" you get the setting. Tell-don't-show wonderfully done.

Always liked the phrase Tannhäuser Gate - mind you it did make a return in Gunbuster!, (there was an anime with an epic ending) which may have coloured my memory.

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Businessman takes Google to High Court to block online abuse from search results

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I suppose he could have sent them a screenshot of a google search.

I tried it myself just now. Someone's put a facebook page together and got it to the top somehow.

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ESA's spaceplane cleared for lift-off in February 2015

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Re: "land on conventional runways"

I give you the opening scenes of Six Million Dollar Man.....

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Pitchfork-wielding villagers hunt hairy shapeshifters in One Night Ultimate Werewolf

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Re: Looks fun

I think reviewing King of Tokyo or Castle Panic (or any of the Panic clan) might be more family friendly.

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"Do you like accusing others of lying? How about making up stories yourself, with the hope that nobody catches you out? "

Certainly for the first bit, "The Resistance" fits, see Wil Wheaton's TableTop on youtube. He's joined by some actresses (no idea what they've been in ) so perhaps that helped make it interesting.

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For a Mafia"/gangster type game, I recommend "Cash n Guns". very little thinking required.

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Apple Fanboi? Stand by to get Beats Music LIKE IT OR NOT

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Re: You'll NEVER FORGET about Dr Dre NOW

I had a quick check. beetroot sales in UK (2010) about 19,000 tonnes. UK Sugar beet crop about 7.5 million tonnes.

So I'd hazard a guess beetroot (raw, boiled, or pickled) below 1% of total beet "consumed" in UK.

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

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correction time?

"Virgin Media argued that viewersVirgin Media were getting a raw deal in Blighty"

Companies may argue that consumers (usually not their customers) are being ill done by. But they aren't doing it for the benefit of the consumers.

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Rare Stegosaurus skeleton moves into plush London pad

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I wonder where they will put it

The dinosaur area hasn't really changed in about 15 years. Perhaps they'll use the opportunity for a refresh.

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

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Re: So does this mean

" then you could use £240 to buy around 20-30 books, aka 2-3 a month on average. I could just about squeeze by on that (I can finish a standard paperback in around 1-2 weeks)."

[cough] Public library [cough]

(it's one of the things you get from your council tax. if you're choosy £240 would pay for reserving 400 books, or get about 40 on interlibrary loan, )

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Re: the numbers

I was surprised to find it so easily (assumed someone would want payment)

2011 Nokia - 14th (Microsoft 3rd)

2012 Nokia - 19th (Microsoft 5th)

2013 Nokia - 57th (Microsoft 5th)

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the numbers

"2000 to 2009 Nokia was the world's fifth biggest brand on Interbrand's rankings "

Where was it from 2009 to 2013?

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Re: implausible

just noticed a "typo" in my post. it meant to write "skilful enough to deal with the clerical work produced by humans."

If it was left only to machines, there'd be little problem.

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implausible

"that repetitive processing and clerical work is most likely to be performed by machine"

I bet it's a long while before machines are skilful enough to deal with the clerical work performed by humans.

I'll wager the authors of the study have never dealt with real-life paperwork in genuine offices: orders faxed through on the wonk, delivery notes torn in half rather than along the perforations... A nation of shopkeepers and small businesses will stymie the rise of the machine with dry inkjet nozzles and sellotape and writing outside the boxes.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Re: Too Simples

"the Mistress-Master simply, ..., decides she didn't really mean it after all & hands the threat of doom over to the Doctor to [do] with as he wishes"

The ultimate way to get to the Doctor, give him the power over all. A power that would corrupt anyone. No matter where (or when) you took your army there would be one more injustice to stamp out. And in doing so everyone would be denied free will and it would make a tyrant of the Doctor. It's an upscaled version of the do-you-kill-the-young-Hitler scenario. (previously referenced in Genesis of the Daleks - "Do I have that right?")

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It pains me to say this (naaah)

"So now Danny is a Cyberman, but somehow, he’s held on to his emotions. This is never properly explained"

Bollocks it was. Pay attention. He was last seen hesitating over the delete button. And his inhibitor isn't switched on. Don't know why they needed both but it's there before you

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We must SMASH the Democratic Deadlock with MINDFUL EVIDENCE

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I think it was meant in the jocular. Though Betejeman was obviously an anarchist as he included in his writings threats to bomb at least one British town centre.

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It's the WORST game ever, just pulled from a desert DUMP ... now ET can be yours for $500

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Ditto, found the explanation and fixes interesting, though the code was all greek to me.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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3D barrel with pretend rifling

If that can't imparts spin to the bullet then is effectively a short barrelled smoothbore?

Close to a sawn-off?

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Anson ? Beatty surely

"There seems to be something wrong with our bloody shipsprotestors to-day,"

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

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" trojanise " !

Not even a bloody word.

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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

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"Big Vlad "

I thought he was one of the shorter "statesmen" of our age.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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Re: Great article

"they're all very keen on getting satellites into orbit with spaceplanes, and certainly believe it's doable"

Skylon or SpaceShipTwo (or Three), or A N Other.

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Pro-democracy Hong Kong sites DDoS'd with Chinese cyber-toolkit

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There's a phrase I'm trying to remember

Something like "motive, means, opportunity"

Wait! Is that a duck (Mandarin not Cantonese style) I hear?

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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So far - part way through - a free Netflix month, I've saved a fortune on Lego-based entertainment.

And I've watched enough ST:TNG to understand why I don't remember most of them from the first time around.

And watched the first and second series of Suits. which I did enjoy.

At the moment off work ill, I'm passing the time with The Eleventh Hour.

for £6 a month it's not bad value but I don't think I'd be missing out if I cancel before the first month is out.

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Re: A rock and a hard place

"So, what have rights holders lost? If I use get_iplayer to record the Afternoon Play from Radio 4 to listen to later , how have I deprived the rights holder of any revenue? It is not like there's a market for CDs for such things "

http://www.digitalaudiobooks.co.uk/authors/bbc-audiobooks/

http://www.bbcshop.com/audio/icat/audio

or even as an example http://www.amazon.co.uk/Diary-Samuel-Pepys-full-cast-dramatisation/dp/1910281425

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ICANN, ICAN'T, IWON'T: uWHAT? How the internet is actually run

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Re: UDI

"balkanisation " - not normally a word associated with good things.

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

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Re: At last, a good one

Looks like I misread. In the Forest of the Night appears to have been the last one recorded, and Listen and Time Heist were in the production block before Robot of Sherwood.

Sorry for the duff gen.

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Re: At last, a good one

In times past some have been recorded out of sequence but not so far as I can find out in this case.

his predecessor Matt Smith's introductory episode 11th Hour was in the third production block of that season/series

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"Machine Man from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis than ever before."

isn't the Maria robot called Maschinenmensch, with mensch translating as 'man' as in mankind rather than 'man' as in not-woman?

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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Re: To eternity and beyond...

X-15. Mothership launched X-plane managed, from 1959-1968, 198 powered test flights with one fatality.

Joe Walker crossed the edge of space (100 km up) in July 1963 which - though not as high as the Mercury missions - makes him 7th American in space.

(Walker was killed when his chase plane collided with the XB-70 Mach 3 bomber - a publicity shot too far as it turned out)

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Re: Bah!

In did but "as big as the smallest submarines (excluding one-man ones) during WWII" wouldn't make much of a tagline

Surcouf is a bit of an outlier - but comparing to other more mainstream designs at the large end of the displacements. (bit of rounding on values)

Thames (or River class) British "fleet" design mid-1930s 2,700 tons 345 ft

Type C3 Japanese, cargo type 3,600 tons, 360 ft

Type XIV German resupply type 1,900 tons 220 ft

'Gato' class US "fleet" 2,400 tons, 310 ft

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The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

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"Credit/charge/debit/bank cards and checks/cheques, albeit commonly accepted, are by no means standard"

They are standardized. Just not always accepted.

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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Re: I think the American broadcast was edited...

Well

Earth forget all the Cybermen invasions including the Antarctic one in 1986

The Loch Ness monster menacing the Thames

The RAF putting down a Krynoid in leafy Surrey

That time with the strange killer smog in London

its happened a lot since 1963.

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Fandom reaction - splitting

Going by Gallifreybase, this one proviokes a similar reaction to Rings of Akhetan. The voting curve isn't a single peak but has more in common with Cisco's logo.

Thematically, there's a tie-in with the Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe with its sparkly vegetation-based lifeforce.

Personally, not one of the stand-outs of the series but may have more meaning once the end of the series is reached. The seasons's themes have been 'choices', 'sacrifice', and 'lies' so this story may have partly been to round off/fill-in some elements as an intro to the finale.

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Breaking records: Google exec in terrifying SKY PLUNGE DRAMA

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Re: Brilliant, but...

might help if you wanted to build up more data on how to bail out at (a really high) altitude.

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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Re: Brilliant

see also Octave Chanute.

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First floatplane?

Try

Henri Fabre's Hydravion , France 1910

followed by

Voisin brothers' Canard, France 1911

The Wrights gave the first controllable aircraft but France was where powered aviation got going thereafter. With a lot of cross-Channel activity by British aviators.

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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"Chinese food is basically 3-4 dishes and comes in funny paper boxes"

Nope, comes in foil containers with card lids. Or plastic containers

(If you exclude paper bags of sweet and sour balls, or a spring roll. )

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: Titsup

" Then, it is usually termed "Down""

But not safe. (he said, forcing in a Blakes 7 reference)

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Re: Titsup

I though aircraft went "unserviceable"

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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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a thought

"...27 November is Thanksgiving, the largest public holiday in the United States. Bigger than Christmas"

Is this possibly an illustration of how the US is different from the rest of the world that celebrates Christmas where though national/foundation holidays are important they generally take second place.

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ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

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Re: Where's me 12-bore?

"Git orrf moi land airspace" ?

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: Are they killing more people in Dr Who now or am I just being more observant?

More deaths than recently perhaps, but not than in the classic period.

Personally I'm wondering if the new series can manage a Horror of Fang Rock type body count (100% of supporting cast) or a Terror of the Vervoids (total sentient species wipe out)

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Re: The Register is becoming a bit of a killjoy

Not necessarily killjoy, comes across as more unrepresentative of the broader opinion .

It strikes me that the three of them are similar in outlook on the series.

To paraphrase Perkins from MotOE - "can we get another reviewer?"

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: A NEW HUDL2 HAS ONLY 9.25 GB AVAILABLE TO USE NOT THE 16GB TESCO CLAIM??

You want the Consumers Association not a scurrilous tech news site. www.which.co.uk is thataway -->

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