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1530 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

iPad owners 'considerably richer than yow'

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Also humble. And they never lie.

Ever.

Nope.

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@Andrew James

You do when the class warfarists turn up the rhetoric. Everyone who earns more than the national average wage is a rich bastard who should be eaten - unless you're the right sort of rich bastard (such as a union boss or a "campaigner") or you show "solidarity". Or something.

I know I'm working class. I work... except today, because my stomach is dancing around my guts and annoying the hell out of me. And I don't earn a wage when I don't work. :|

I think I lost my point somewhere.

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Met Office wants better supercomputer to predict EXTREME weather

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Actually I'd say its bad rep is due to the fact that it has a proven track record of getting long-term and even short-term predictions blisteringly wrong. This is nothing to do with the amount of computing power available, but everything to do with the models they use to make their predictions, models based on assumptions that are (as their track record shows) demonstrably wrong.

Which presumably means they're really just trying to get a prestige project to justify their budget in the face of continuing government cuts.

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Squirrelled away: seeds survive 30,000-year winter

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http://imgur.com/s3eaZ

Scrat!

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Google tightens its Wallet after PIN reset goof

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Re: @AC

That's right AC, I'm a complete blithering idiot who writes down an easily memorable number and lets people steal my card after standing creepily close to me.

You think I'm an idiot? Bite me.

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Re: Re: So if someone gets your "Wallet", they can spend your "money".

Yet somehow, when my chip and pin card was nicked a few years back, the crims were able to buy a baker's dozen of mobile phone without haviing the pin.

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Apple files patent for simplified iPhone media sharing

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Re: Re: prior art?

With my n900 I have not only sent things to people whilst on the phone to them, I've SSH'd in to their server to fix things, e-mailed them details and told them to check and respond, all from the same little device.

Hey apple. Keep up will ya?

In comparison to that particular scenario my current android phone feels quite limited.

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Life at Googleplex REVEALED in hot pics

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Re: So - what do the El Reg offices look like?

A pub.

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RIM's apps revolution swings on Blackberry 10

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Halliburton going Apple? I'm surprised they didn't mutually annihilate.

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Canute wasn't trying to hold back the tide, he was trying to prove to his councillors and people that he *couldn't* hold back the tide. They wanted to declare him divine, he didn't want to be a god so he sat on the beach and let the water come past him as proof that he couldn't hold it back.

It annoys me when people get it wrong. I can understand why people get it wrong (it's such a great metaphor that I can even forgive it sometimes) but it annoys me, nonetheless.

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Space: 1999 returning to TV?

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Technically speaking, because of their relative size and mass, they both orbit the sun around a barycentre that happens to sit fairly close to the earth's centre of gravity. The moon is relatively enormous as moons go; it's more than fair to call earth/luna a twin planetary system rather than a planet with a moon.

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Music fans not welcome in RIAA-backed .music

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I thought it was pain in'th ears, e?

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New driver-snooping satnav could push down UK insurance premiums

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Steve Renouf, what makes you believe they're talking about a blind corner? There are plenty of corners that can be safely driven at a speed appropriate to the road conditions and the tolerances of the car without the risk of hitting someone, as the corner is not blocking your line of sight. Such corners would easily topple a Smart (or that ugly, top-heavy range rooney everyone seems to be driving nowadays) but which could easily and safely be navigated at much higher speed by other cars.

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Revealed: Apple's plea for fairness in mobile patent war

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"If you're going to play tha game, let's not forget the Newton. Which was manufactured by..."

Hanna Ayscough?

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Avast false alarm hits Steam's weekend gamers

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No. No they didn't.

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Dead gamer sat unnoticed for nine hours in net cafe

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All right, Reg, back to the Fresh Start Club...

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Cosmic rays blamed for Phobos-Grunt fiasco

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I think it was called The Rock That Wouldn't Quit

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Drink diet pop all the time? Look forward to VASCULAR DEATH

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Metastudy trash.

Start with a largish number of people in your study, begin whittling and compartmenting them by gender, race, age, physical health and so forth until you've whittled them down into tiny, tiny boxes and an apparent correlation appears. Blow the correlation up to claim it's significant, publish your study implying the initial number of participants is the only number that matters, claim a big grant and walk away laughing. Repeat next year and find the opposite conclusion. Fame and fortune await.

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Angry Birds boss: Piracy helps us 'get more business'

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mccp got here first with the essential argument, but let me expand a little by re-using an argument I made a little while back.

Consider your favourite purveyor of cakes and sweets. You visit, look around at a particular cake and think that it would be rather tasty. Then you notice the price and think that, whilst it looks tasty, it's just too expensive. You realise that you could make it yourself so you go home and do just that, trying to make it look like the cake you saw. You're quite pleased with the result.

A month later you're arrested for cake piracy because you caused the cake shop to lose a sale by not buying the cake and making your own instead. You're fined for the potential losses the cake shop suffered in addition, as you shared the cake with some friends.

Ok the analogy isn't perfect but it should demonstrate the complete idiocy of the "lost sales" argument. Lost sales are a fallacy: if the means of duplication didn't exist, those sales still wouldn't have been made, because the price is beyond the means of people who resort to piracy. If cake ingredients were banned then the cake still wouldn't be sold because it's priced at a level the market can't bear - and if it's priced so high nobody buys it, then it's actually worthless.

The solution is actually quite simple: reduce the price. They probably don't have to go too low to generate much greater sales. They might even turn a bigger profit.

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Millions face Megaupload data deletion by Thursday

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*Allegedly* illegal. They need to prove it's actually illegal before they do anything else.

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Soul Calibur V

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I think you may be imagining it. She's no Bridget.

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Sexy Girls Puzzle: Android Trojan or eager ad-slinger?

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Hey! I resemble that remark!

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New Earth-observing satellite snaps 'blue marble' shot

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It's a wide-angle lens attempting to capture the entire hemisphere from a relatively low orbit, of course it looks distorted.

Idiot.

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Starship Voyager dumped into skip

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Mike, tealights are used in my household in the little oil burner I crafted for the wife. I've not really see the point of them anywhere else, but apparently they're quite good for keeping certain kinds of food warm.

Other than that I don't allow candles except for special occasions because they're a fire hazard in a flat with two kitties hanging about.

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"What is the difference between a 'throw' and a 'blanket'?"

About thirty quid.

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Annihilator, what is its "correct price"? Goods are priced at a level the market can bear. There is no "correct price", there is only the price a buyer is willing to pay.

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Try a 'shroom before ruling on chill pills, boffin tells gov

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Actually sport is a cure for some people. The natural production of endorphins during physical exertion can have a very positive emotional effect... it's just that the people most likely to benefit are usually suffering the sort of depression that destroys their ability to motivate themselves to act on such things.

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Plus is king now: Google shutters more products

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iSee® what you did there.

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King of the Mountain View.

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E. coli turns seaweed into ethanol

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On the other hand, the seas would be a gigantic dirty martini. Add a few million olives and, hey presto, you can party like it's the end of the world.

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Android Tablet

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You can't pull the screen off and turn it sideways to make reading easier.

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'Why would I make any more Star Wars movies?'

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You don't have to be a celebrity chef to know when food tastes like shit. Likewise movies. I've achieved a lot of things that I've wanted to achieve in my life (including what I consider to be the perfect low heat chilli) but I've never made a movie. Does that disqualify me from saying that George Lucas has produced a very large amount of crap over the years?

It's obvious that he had a great writing team around him on the first three movies. He didn't write more than spec scripts. People told him when his ideas were stupid and made him change them. On the latter three movies he was in complete creative control. He had nobody to say "That's a stupid idea George" and it really, really shows. Oh how it shows...

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Iranian gov mouthpiece Press TV finally gets taken off the air in the UK

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WTF?

Funny, I object to the BBC for pretty much the opposite reason. What's going on here?

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It embraced it, it extended it. Next step is...

And no, we aren't any better, or any safer from censorship here, despite $FAVOURITE_BROADCAST_NETWORK being able to air here. If I've learned anything on my travels it's that most allegedly free nations exercise a great deal of ideologically-motivated censorship and many media organisations engage in a great deal of equally-motivated self-censorship. It's just that the targets are a little different depending on each nation's culture and recent history.

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NASA shuts off Voyager 1's central heating

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Neither. V'ger was yoyager 6. It didn't exist in real life.

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SOPA is dead. Are you happy now?

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Innocent UNLESS proven guilty.

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NT daddy turns his hand to Xbox

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can't install XBMC on the current 360 releases or I'd have it on there right now and never need to have my main box doubling up as a media centre.

Nice idea though...

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Facebook litters Timeline with apps

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Muphry's Law.

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Boffins quarrel over ridding world of leap seconds

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DST doesn't affect farmers in the slightest anyway, they all get up at godawful in the morning and go to bed and fuckmeit'sdark in the evening no matter what the clock says. DOn't blame the farmers, blame the politicians who wanted to have a long afternoon in the stranger's bar.

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Daylight savings was invented by people who thought you could take time off the start of the day, tag it on the end and have a longer day. IT IS AN ABOMINATION UNTO NUGGAN.

However leap seconds and suchlike are a necessary evil, otherwise you end up with calendar year slowly drifting through the siderial year. Not adding a leap second will very, very, very slowly cauyse havoc with calendars and lead to some future generation having to reset the calendar to make it match the siderial year again, as with the Gregorian to Julian calendars. Our descendants in the year 28822 will rue the day we stopped adding leap seconds.

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Pirate Bay dropping torrents after magnetic attraction

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I don't know how they work but, apparently, lobster sticks to magnet.

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Billions of potentially populated planets in the galaxy

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Again, "in the image of God" doesn't refer to physical appearance.

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David Icke wrote the bible?

Oh but to be serious, the bible isn't a metaphor. It contains a great deal of metaphor (neatly buggering up the still annoyingly popular "metaphor was only invented in the last 400 years" belief that I keep seeing EVERYWHERE), but it isn't one in total. It's a collection of sociological and historical documents charting the evolution of a set of religious beliefs over approximately 3000 years. Once understood in a correct historical context - and when parts are understood within the context of other parts - it becomes much less obtuse and much more readable.

Well, not readable... but at least understandable. Frankly, the sheer number of misconceptions people have about scripture still stagger me. I' often staggered by how much of it I completely misread.

And now back to Arkham City. Batman keeps dying for my sins, poor chap.

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"And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."

And if you think "made in God's image" means "looks like a monkey" you're really not thinking very hard. This may be remarkably demonstrative.

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Profs call for harsh taxes on sweet carbonated beverages

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Of course they aren't. Diet drinks contain nasty chemicals that are known to the state of california to cause cancer and brain disease and all sorts of other nasty things, including hydroxilic acid and oxidane, not to mnetion carbonic acid. They release dangerous amounts of CO2 as well - a typical can contains CO2 at levels that would suffocate an adult male in minutes if they were in a room with the same percentage of the stuff in the air.

Besides, you really think they'd let a little thing like a drink not containing the thing they're taxing prevent them from taxing it?

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Duff Russian Mars probe spotted flying in reverse

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Simples.

The ship is in orbit. It doesn't turn as it orbits in order to maintain the position of the panels. If it had been the right way around it would have had those panels facing towards the sun. As it stands, they're facing away from the sun and, since the ship doesn't turn, they aren't going to face the sun. Ever.

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HSBC pinpoints branches with sub-atomic accuracy

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Utter cock-up? It's better than the showers of shite RBS and Natwest foist on people.

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Study finds piracy withering against legal alternatives

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Yet anther etc, piracy on the high seas doesn't *have* any jurisdictional issues. If a suitably capable vessel comes across another vessel being seized on the high eas they're entirely within their rights to act to prevent it, no matter where either vessel is flagged and then dispose of the malefactors however they wish. The reason te navy are releasing captures pirates isn't jurisdictional but legal; if they are brought back to the UK for trial they'll be able to claim all sorts of rights under the human rights act and get away with their piracy essentially scot-free so, because of that, there's no benefit in bringing them to trial and they may as well just be released.

That said, you're right, there's no link between physical piracy and copyng music.

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David Cameron gets custom prime-ministering iPad app

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That won't last forever. When the inevitable split with the lib dems happens, Cameron won't have Clegg to stand on.

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