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454 posts • joined 23 Oct 2007

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FIFTEEN whole dollars on offer for cranky Pentium 4 buyers

unitron
Boffin

Wasn't Intel the reason...

...that there was an x86 architecture in the first place?

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

unitron
Coat

So that's what they're calling it now?

"There are even regular events where gamers get naked and twiddle their controllers..."

Mine's the grimy one with the tissues in the pocket.

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NTT thinks it's defined the PERFECT AMPERE with a cunning trap

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Childcatcher

Perfect Ampere

I think I saw one of their albums in a remainder bin back in the '70s.

The icon has no connection to this post, I just want to know who that is and why they're being used as an icon. I guessing it's sort of a UK-centric thing.

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

unitron

Serious Games Institute....

...was obviously originally intended to be a band name or album title.

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unitron
Holmes

Re: nothing new here

That was CBS that cancelled all of those shows, not for ideological reasons, but financial ones.

Those shows brought in plenty of eyeballs, but the eyeballs were either too young or, mostly, too old to fall into the demographic they wanted to attract.

And the reason they wanted to attract that demographic was because they could charge more money for ads to advertisers wanting to reach that demographic because, out of the total available pool of advertisers, more of them wanted that demographic, therefore supply and demand.

If the big three carmakers and big food companies and makeup companies and all the others primarily selling to young to early middle aged singles or marrieds with children were competing to buy the ad slot, you could sell it for more than if only a handful of denture cream and laxative companies were.

Could also have gone with pedant, (statistical) boffin, or "that's mine with the copy of Ad Age in the pocket", but "explanation of elementary advertising strategy" works as well.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

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Boffin

Re: OTT ?

Unfortunately it doesn't mean "going all out", it's just a new name for Set Top Boxes that you get from someone other than your cable company in order to feed your TV with something you get over the internet.

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Remember the Aereo streaming TV service? Wasn't it COOL? Well, it's pretty much dead now

unitron

Re: They won't quit

After the Supreme Court said they were essentially a cable company, Aereo tried to do what cable companies do, retransmit and pay a fee to those whose signal they were retransmitting.

The broadcasters refused the deal.

Or rather, the companies that own the broadcast networks and a bunch of other non-broadcast channels they want bundled in with the broadcast stuff refused to only let Aereo pay them for, and only offer to customers, just the broadcast stuff.

In other words, the broadcasters are really trying to stick it to cord cutters who, because of geography or the rules of the buildings in which they live, cannot access the free over the air signals which they want, and which are all that they want.

If the broadcasters could figure out a legal way to do the same thing to people who get great over the air reception, they'd do that as well.

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US Senate's net neutrality warrior to Comcast: Remind us how much you hate web fast lanes

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Holmes

"She also noted...

...that it was unusual for the senator to target Comcast alone out of all the ISPs."

If the TWC merger goes through, it's going to Goliath (Comcast) and the 7 or so Dwarves, so he's just working the percentages.

In order to see that, one doesn't have to be, etc., etc.

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Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody

unitron
Alien

Didn't Futurama already do that character...

...under the name of Zapp Brannigan?

When you try to do comic books without pictures you run the risk of turning out Ayn Rand novels.

Closest icon I could find to poor, long suffering Kif.

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'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'

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Coat

I expected it to be...

...about actually using water cooling for server racks, kind of like they used to do when mainframes were vacuum tube and about the size and heat output of railway locomotives.

But what I want to know now is how a guy from Kentucky/Vegas got turned on to barbecue from the right side of The Old North State, where we use a vinegar based sauce and save the tomatoes for salads or sandwiches.

I wonder if he's also a beach music fan.

Mine's the one with the bag of hush puppy mix in the pocket.

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Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy

unitron

Re: incorrect value in register

Things just aren't the same around here since the departure of The Moderatrix.

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

unitron
Headmaster

Re: @TonyJ and "less data"

Considering that data are what you get when you take a datum and add another one or more of them, shouldn't that be fewer data, and not less?

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Official: Turing's Bombe BETTER than a Concorde plane

unitron
Coat

So somebody really did...

"The fully functional replica that’s on display at Bletchley Park was reconstructed by a group of enthusiasts over a period of 13 years."

...set us up the Bombe.

Mine's the one with all your base in the pockets.

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Icahn and I DID: eBay volte-faces, spins PayPal into separate biz

unitron
Headmaster

Re: Get it, but don't get it.

The companies don't own themselves (at least not yet), corporations which are not currently public still have shares outstanding which are owned by people (although in this case other corporations *do* count as people, my friend), and going public is a way for those people to turn those shares into actual money.

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The Schmidt hits the clan: Google chief mauls publishers' 'abuse of dominance' claims

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Holmes

I do believe I've found the problem

" (after all we built Google for users, not websites) "

They did it the wrong way round--they need to create a search engine that lets a website find the users/readers/customers it wishes to have.

You want someone who's ready to buy that latest model Acme Widget right now, not someone who's daydreaming or window shopping, and certainly not that annoying old coot looking for original parts and service information for a model that hasn't been produced since 1947.

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Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen

unitron
Holmes

Re: Franchised stores

If someone could just barely come up with the capital to buy the franchise and open the store, then they almost certainly are going to be running it themselves (sweat equity of a sort) rather than have the extra expense of paying a manager.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

unitron
Alien

So bestiality...

...'twixt human and lizardly alien is perfectly acceptable, but only if it's heterosexual bestiality?

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Feds salute plucky human ROBOT-FIGHTERS

unitron
Terminator

Re: Fond Memories

I was just about to ask (with tongue firmly in cheek) if one of these robot fighters was named Magnus.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

unitron
Headmaster

Re: Human Nature

So you're saying we should be intolerant of intolerance?

How would that work, exactly?

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Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline

unitron

They aren't very big on redundancy...

...and routing around damage.

A few years ago my entire county was out, internet and cable, because of a single cut cable two counties over.

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Hey FCC, Comcast-TWC merger is bad news for Netflix, says Netflix

unitron

If we can't keep content and carriage separate...

...then why can't NetFlix buy TWC?

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

unitron
Flame

"If it's on Fox, it'll be canceled after 3 episodes..."

But of course if it's on FOX those won't be Episodes 1, 2, and 3 shown in that order

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Holmes

Re: The simple answer is usually the obvious one

The solution to finding them, of course, is to be looking for something entirely else.

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unitron
Boffin

Re: Arapaho used Left-hand Screws?

"Seriously, 0.02%? That seems awfully high to me. Several orders of magnitude too high."

Not once you include right-side wheel lugs on old Chrysler products.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

unitron
Coat

Re: Churnalism

"Could be worse - I once wrote a pastiche of a Tom Clancy novel about a middle easter country having WMDs.

I posted it on my blog but I hope nobody read it and took it seriously"

I think they gave it to Powell as part of his UN talking points, but otherwise no harm done.

Mine's the one with the aluminum tubing sticking out.

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unitron
Headmaster

Re: Ball Ox

He only *knew* what the effect of his actions would be if he *knew* that the press would swallow it hook, line, and sinker, rather than actually do their jobs and verify before publishing, and that investors would accept whatever they published as gospel rather than doing any checking into it themselves.

Granted that's a pretty safe bet these days, especially the press part.

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Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!

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Paris Hilton

Re: I'm worried about this

Wouldn't that be more like "The Geckos came in Outer Space" and "Penetration of the Geckos"?

(and since this story really is all about sex, where is the Paris Hilton angle?)

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

unitron
Headmaster

Re: "Has anyone put anything in your luggage without your knowledge?"

The lawyers for the convenience store would probably be quick to point out that it's actually "7-Eleven", not 7-11, or 7/11.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

unitron
Boffin

The TV I want...

...has circuitry that inverts the volume ratio of spoken dialog to background music* and sound effects, and automatically knows to leave it off for older material and on for new stuff, but knows about exceptions to the new stuff such as USA's "Burn Notice".

Bring out one of those and we'll start re-arranging the furniture and taking a crowbar to the wallet.

*especially when it's a cut from an album they want to sell you.

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unitron
WTF?

Re: During the meanwhile ...

He talks about the "telly" and you respond "Only in America ..."?

Is that some of that hipster irony they tell me the kids are talking about these days?

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

unitron
Boffin

"... We are operating at the limits of physics,"...

One wonders if perhaps Ms. Perdomo is operating at the limit of her understanding of physics.

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Presto! After Supreme Court loss, Aereo says it's a cable company now

unitron
Headmaster

Apparently they honestly thought....

...that they weren't a cable company.

Then the Supreme Court told them they were, as they were handing a favorable ruling to the other party.

So now that they've reconciled themselves to the reality that they're a cable company, the other party, which won because SCOTUS said they're a cable company, wants to argue that they aren't a cable company.

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Revealed: SECRET DNA TEST SCANDAL at UN IP agency

unitron

The scary part is...

"Who, of his own free will, would put Wolfowitz and Cheney back in the news, even the front pages? Who resurrected Ahmed Chalabi?"

...some of that actually makes sense.

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Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

unitron
Headmaster

Re: Hate to spoil the snarky paranoia...

Guam may be part of the US, but the arrest took place in the supposedly independent and sovereign Maldives.

If you were in Mexico, would you want Russia to be able to arrest you and put you on a plane to Cuba with you, and perhaps the government of Mexico, having no say in the matter?

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Joke

Re: Unacceptable

"Apple have long hated the 3rd party aftermarket. If there's money in it, it has to go to Apple..."

Who do they think they are, a TiVo-hating cable company or the pre-80s breakup AT&T?

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unitron
Boffin

Re: Unacceptable

"...though I'm willing to bet that the soldering has a lot more to do with lowering the cost of manufacture than some grand plan to force people to upgrade sooner."

Or perhaps with lowering support costs as they won't have to deal with people screwing up adding RAM (Yes, it's not that hard, therefore you really don't want to have to expend support on the kind of folks who would screw it up).

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

unitron

Is that Neil Young...

...looking ever so jihadi-chic in pre Labor Day white accessorized with khaki suicide vest?

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

unitron
Terminator

At first I thought...

...perhaps it was an offer to reveal to the terminally ill how GoT turns out (at least in the books), and then make sure you don't get to spoil it for anyone else prior to your sudden and assisted demise.

I mean there's got to be people out there who were fairly young and healthy when they started reading the series almost two decades ago who have since taken a turn for the worse and are thinking "Hurry up, George, I'm not going to last forever", not to mention that Martin's no spring chicken himself these days, so I'm stuck hoping that he lasts long enough to churn out books 6 and 7 and that I'm around long enough for the paperback release of both (gotta complete the set).

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SpaceX billionaire claims Air Force official 'likely' made job-for-spy-sat-contract deal

unitron
Boffin

If only someone had thought...

...to couple the axle of that revolving door to a generator shaft--free electricity for all!

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John Chambers sold millions of shares on first day of Cisco Live!

unitron

I wouldn't want to invest long term in a company run by someone stupid enough to keep all of their money tied up long term in just the stock of that company.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

unitron

Re: Overly Harsh

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Re: Overly Harsh

Actually I hope JarJar is in the new movie - being horribly tortured, and then sliced to bits with a light-saber. A touch of the Game of Thrones sensibility would really improve Star Wars."

STAR WARS: Game of Clones

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unitron
Headmaster

Re: "swashing a buckle"

I defer to the recognized authority on the subject--Ogden Nash

" Today, I am a swashbuckler – would anybody like me to buckle any swashes?"

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Comcast exec says wired broadband customers should pay-as-they-go

unitron
Boffin

"You keep using that word"

Last time I checked, bandwidth was an instantaneous measurement, i,e, maximum usable frequency range.

Does the power company talk about limiting customers to 120 or 240 Volts per month?

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Anonymous: Why we're PICKETING Glenn Greenwald's book tour

unitron
Headmaster

How anonymous will they be able to remain...

...walking a picket line?

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

unitron
Boffin

Is there one of those "somebody's law" things...

...or theorem, or postulate, or hypothesis, or whatever, that says that on-screen crap and icon sizes will multiply to offset any increase in affordability of bigger video monitors?

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unitron

Re: still no top left double click to close

Blame Microsoft.

They did a study/poll/whatever and asked people if the X close box should stay on the left or move to the right.

Half the people said leave it where it was, half said they didn't care, so when Windows 95 came out they moved it over where it's easy to hit when you're actually going for the maximize or minimize button.

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unitron

Re: Navigation buttons locked to address bar

"...by clicking the new hamburger menu icon on the far right..."

I thought that was the air intake slits.

The exhaust port is around in the back, right?

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EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

unitron
FAIL

You might be able to buy at £4.26 and sell at £4.24, though.

(but not for long)

Let me guess, you lose £0.02 on each individual trade but you make it up on volume, right?

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

unitron
Headmaster

Re: @ BlueGreen

"...when a big company is crashing secretly and its senior managers are shoring up its share price by lying through their teeth while they get their money the hell out..."

is pretty much the definition of insider trading. The insiders have information unavailable to the general public (the company is in bad shape financially and is lying about it to the public) and they are financially benefiting from that knowledge.

Something that "...would tip off the market and therefore the public and allow ordinary people to lose less money..." would be whistleblowing on that insider trading.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

unitron

So a TV with an HDMI input is considered ancient now?

Where does the time go?

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