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1539 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

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Re: school days

It is grammatically incorrect, but not illiterate. Illiterate implies a lack of ability to read or write. Since he's apparently capable of both, he's not illiterate. Just wrong.

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

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Re: Why did it take them so long to start

They expend those millions looking for the craft so that they can determine what exactly brought the plane down. You can say pilot error was "most likely" but you can't know that's what brought it down.

There are plenty of instances in which pilot error was assumed to be the cause of a plan crash, only for the subsequent investigation to discover extremely dangerous flaws in the aircraft design, or in operating procedures, or flight operation manuals, or any number of other things.

The possibility that there are planes flying around with potentially fatal design flaws is why they keep looking until all options are exhausted.

Even if it turns out to be pilot error, the money wasn't wasted. They can then understand why the pilots made their mistakes and mitigate that in future with improved training.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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This is going to birth more copycats than any of you can conceive.

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That's no plane wreck, that's a Google Wi-Fi balloon

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Re: Compensation?

Ok, late as it is, I'm going to explain this to my downvoter because apparently they don't understand money.

There is a pool of tax money extracted from the general population, corporations and so on, from which a small amount is taken to pay for this service. That money is taken and paid no matter what.

Assume Google don't offer to pay directly. The tax money - which includes taxes that Google paid already - is used to pay for the costs of this excursion. Google theoretically pays indirectly for the outcome.

Now we take the reality: google offer to pay directly. Their money pays directly for the whole thing. Lets assume they then write it off at 100%. In this scenario the amount of money sloshing around hasn't changed. All that has changed is that google directly pays the emergency services rather than paying that money into the general tax pool, from which the services are subsequently paid.

Either way, google pays.

The only way to see this as a net loss is to assume that the government deserves the tax money that google hypothetically wrote off, which is such a bloody stupid assumption that I don't even know where to begin.

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Re: Compensation?

Google. Google are paying for it.

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Chap builds rotary dial mobile phone

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Re: Simply wonderful

There are dozens already.

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'Hashtag' added to the OED – but # isn't a hash, pound, nor number sign

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Re: Pound sign

In Unicode it's referred to as the Number Sign.

Just thought that worth mentioning.

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Re: Oxford’s destruction of English continues unabashed

Quite so. English is a living and evolving language, and as long as it remains free of that awful urge to artificial limitation, it shall remain a living language. Oh Homer is probably the sort that would be complaining about Thug, Curry and Doolally entering the language in the late 19th century.

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S is for SMACKDOWN: Samsung takes Galaxy Tab slab war fruit-side

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Re: Yawn

And a thousand elephants!

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Japan's DOCOMO suggests wearable SIM cards

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Why bluetooth? Surely this would be the ideal use-case for NFC?

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

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Re: Gentlemen NEVER discuss a lady's age

That's just the thing, there are almost never any creationists arguing their side on these articles, just lots and lots of whining about creationists.

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For the love of...

Every time an article like this comes up all the comments go right for the same tired old clichés about creationists. I get it. You don't like them. Well done. Now go and have an original thought for once instead of just rehashing the same boring rubbish and crap "jokes". Or better yet, talk about the thing in the article. You know, the science? The actual interesting stuff?

All this blathering gets old, guys. It gets really, really old.

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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

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Re: will ignore the do-not-track mechanism in browsers including Internet Explorer

How is that anti-MS? If anything the phrasing of the sentence implies sympathy with Microsoft against facebook's blatant ignoring of the do-not-track feature.

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Re: Doesn't hide the major problems with Uber, though...

All their drivers are licensed. They just hook punters up with cab companies.

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Re: Niven has this one covered

Not comedy; satire. The very best satire is nearly indistinguishable from the thing it is satirising.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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@Ledswinger Re: Thoughts

I have plenty of negative things to say about electric cars. Their silence, however, is not something I would complain about.

Besides, an IC car travelling under 30 is virtually silent from the front until it gets quite close. You'll hear the road noise before the engine. Maybe all cars should have some sort of artificial noise-maker fitted to them? Perhaps something that can be activated by the driver...

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@dogged Re: What?

That's because the new Mini countryman shares a platform with the BMW X1, which is indeed bigger than most jeeps.

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Massive news in the micro-world: a hexaquark particle

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@dan1980

Obviously he just put the wrong spin on it.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Re: The man is correct

Of course learning Latin in particular sets a pretty good foundation for learning most of the Romance languages. My wife studied Latin to the Swedish equivalent of sixth-form level, and now she tells me that her perception of the Romance languages is as essentially dialects of Latin, which makes it pretty easy for her to switch between them in conversations. It's quite scary when she does.

It also sets a very solid foundation for general language skills, even if does sometimes lead to needless pedantry about the splitting of infinitives...

Or, to look at it another way, your objection to learning programming to GCSE level could also easily apply to the other core subjects. Not everyone needs to learn French. Not everyone needs to learn chemistry. Not everyone needs to learn physics. They do anyway, because it's a general education. Specialisation happens afterwards.

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

Graham Dawson
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So you pay a fortune to enjoy the same fate as nearly every single character in his books? At the rate he's killing them off, there won't be anyone left to kill the winner.

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YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

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Re: Sync?

Given the average is about 1 to 2 times a week, 4 times would be loads, yes.

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

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Re: Article correction

Or maybe No, Stop Asking.

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London officials declare cabbie-bothering Uber is legal – for now

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Re: Does Uber use journey GPS data to determine fares?

The wording of that is a little spongy. Are they calculating the fare based on the predicted distance at the start of the journey, or are they calculating it based on how far the car travels?

The latter would be a taximeter. The former wouldn't.

Based on what I've read, Uber drivers do the former.

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

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As long as he buys shares in more than one basket maker it's all fine.

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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Three, actually.

Android tablets are all over the place in "computer shops" now. And what does Android run on? Oh, is it something Finnish and open-saucy?

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NASA preps flying saucer ballocket flight

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Re: Hmmm

Well that isn't going to happen. If they want to be bought out they should develop a simple messenger app backed on to, I don't know, a website where you can make playmobil reconstructions, and market it as the next big thing to 15 year-olds wanting to send pictures of their naughty bits to one another.

They'll never get there experimenting with novel technologies. It just gets in the way, you know?

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: Cloud Wars!

Shortly afterwards they dived through the ceiling of a marketroid meeting and were nearly crushed under the weight of complete and utter advertising.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Re: Some one else needs to be charged ...

More to the point, isn't chlorine a poison? And there's far, far more of that in the water than of this chap's pizzle.

It's all a communist plot I tell you, Mandrake!

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IBM accidentally invents new class of polymers

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Re: Terry Pratchett gets the patent though...

There's a lot of fascinating stuff in those books. I shouldn't be surprised really - Bringing two of writing's greatest minds and smashing them together between a single hardcover was bound to produce something spectacular.

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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Ah but the thing is, when you're writing you don't want to be distracted by petty things like spelling and grammar. That's something you worry about when you're editing afterwards (before you send it to the editor for ritual dismemberment).

Writing and editing are fundamentally different modes of thought. When you're writing you don't want to be interrupted, and the squiggly red lines and things are all distractions that interrupt the flow of your thoughts.

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Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS

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Re: I wonder if...

In four years SpaceX will be well into the general commercial market anyway. They're using the ISS trips to test Dragon for eventual use in their own plans for Mars - the government money is just gravy.

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Oracle vs Google redux: Appeals court says APIs CAN TOO be copyrighted

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Re: Copyrights protection for real code vs patents of trivial ideas - what is more evil?

The difference there was that Microsoft licensed the java trademarks and IP to create their own VM with the Java name attached to it. They were contractually obliged to implement the full spec. When they didn't implement the spec properly and left it broken, they were in breach of that contract, and Sun sued over improper use of trademarks and copyrights for the actual substance of the machine.

Not the API.

Google didn't enter a license agreement with Sun/Oracle. Instead they created their own Virtual Machine called Dalvik, which implements a subset of the Java API. They don't use the Java trademarks.

In Microsoft's case, they breached contract. In Google's case there was no contract to breach. The situation isn't even remotely comparable.

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Re: Probably the death knell of the "industry"

They did, and in the end the settled out of court, presumably because Spotify realised it couldn't afford to match MoS's legal budget.

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Re: Probably the death knell of the "industry"

What subtleties? An API is a list of function names. It's a set of ingredients for making application soup.

Lists aren't granted copyright protection.

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Watch out, Yahoo! EFF looses BADGER on sites that ignore Do Not Track

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Re: @ h4rm0ny GOOD.

That's Muphry's Law: if you correct someone else's spelling or comment on it in any way, you will make a typo yourself.

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SpaceX touts latest gear: new module, rocket demo

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Watch it while listening to the Thunderbirds theme.

In fact here's a convenient mashup! http://youtubedoubler.com/ckCG

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BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust

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Re: This:

I rarely listen to the radio these days - since Wogan quit the morning show I've really not had much interest (which says plenty about me, I suppose) but sometimes, just sometimes, I end up listening to the Jeremy Vine show and I always regret it. You can usually work out what the BBC's editorial line is on a subject by which of his guests he decides to argue with.

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FCC seeks $48K fine from mobile phone-jamming driver

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Re: Yo, Jason!

Ok, so all these cars with built-in mobile telephony for their nav and streaming media and whatnot, all those people using properly secure phones or tablets as GPS, or hands-free, or passengers using their devices, or all those GPS devices that use the same frequencies to provide live updates for traffic information...

These are all just collateral damage, I suppose.

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

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Firefox has had one-click bookmarking (through a star no less) for ages. I realise there's a lot of chrome-like things going on here, but try not to get over-excited.

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No longer a 'hobby', Apple TV rakes in ONE BEEELLION DOLLARS

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Re: something tells me..

UK billion vs US billion (which is a milliard, or short billion).

We even speak mathematics differently...

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Dragon capsule arrives at space station for Easter Sunday delivery

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The lb, the kilo, and all such things are measures of mass first and foremost. Weight is the meadurement of the force gravity applies to mass.

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A premium smartie lump: Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition

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That's rather tempting.

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Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS

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Re: I thought Space-X were supposed to be making space flight cheaper...

The reason the space shuttle cost so much was because it was operationally crippled by requirements imposed on it by the US military. They wanted cross-range capability and cargo return abilities that the shuttle never actually ended up using.

Basically, government meddling and "big bang" project implementation. The entire thing was an experimental vehicle that wasn't expected to stay in use for as long as it did.

Musk's plan is to introduce re-usability incrementally, which is a much more sensible option. He's already brought the cost of space flight down significantly. Being able to return and re-use the stage engines will bring that cost down even further.

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Re: I thought Space-X were supposed to be making space flight cheaper...

No no no no, you miss the point entirely. Those legs are to hold on to the sky hooks so they can reduce the amount of fuel they need to get into orbit.

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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I have an N810 lying around, but there's no support for the thing. At all. Even the community support has gone up in smoke.

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Icahn, but Iwont: Carl the investor pest ends war with eBay

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Re: So...

Neither nor. He's in the business of destroying things for personal gain.

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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Re: @article author: reading comprehension FAIL

From the spec itself*:

"A user agent may allow the user to override an element's autofill field name, e.g. to change it from "off" to "on" to allow values to be remembered and prefilled despite the page author's objections, or to always "off", never remembering values. However, user agents should not allow users to trivially override the autofill field name from "off" to "on" or other values, as there are significant security implications for the user if all values are always remembered, regardless of the site's preferences."

In other words, google are following the spec to the letter on this one.

*source http://www.w3.org/TR/html51/forms.html#attr-fe-autocomplete

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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Re: Just to be on the safe side...

HAAANNNN!!!

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Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT

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Re: Frustration makes people angry

Also cold.

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: @Def - So, let me get this right...

Should systemd be filing the kernel debug log with garbage? No.

Are Linux and co discussing a rate limiter on the kernel debug log? Yes! And even with the very draconian limits they tested, only one program actually hit them. Guess which.

Go read the full thread. It's enlightening - it's also clear that, far from simply shouting, Linus was very restrained and entirely justified in every statement he made.

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