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Sergey Brin's 'test-tube burger' cooked, eaten, declared meat-like

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Wasn't he talking about a steak?

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Who's the shill from the national quorn marketing board?

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Village-swallowing MUDCANO was no accident, say boffins

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How old is fracking? And how many mud volcanoes had it caused in that time?

To save you the effort: more than 50 years, and one. Maybe.

Time and time again you people claim x y or z means fracking is the devil, but it always turns out to be so much over emotional hyperbole with no basis in fact.

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Lasers to carry 622 Mbps Earth-Moon link

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Re: when's BT going to fix my phone then?

It would probably get more results than ringing BT...

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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Re: One thing I do remember from Unreal..

The bit I remember is right at the start, when your'e crawling through the ship and get into an air vent. You spot a figure up ahead but it scarpers just as you see it. Then later you get to a door and hear people on the other side trying to open it.

Then they die horribly.

I think it gave me a few uncomfortable nights that one...

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

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@AC Re: Different people respond to different things

"when was the last time you had an examiner call you a fucking idiot?"

Personally I've never had it happen, but I saw it happen to other people when I was at university. And I will be frank, they deserved it.

(not the AC for the record, just a guy who was smart enough to not be called a fucking idiot)

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Pirate Bay bod and pals bag $100k to craft NSA-proof mobe yammer app

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Hey anon, question for you: do you have curtains? Or blinds, or whatever?

Why? What are you trying to hide with them? You must surely be trying to hide _something_, otherwise you wouldn't have them, right? I mean only people with something to hide will actually close their curtains...

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

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Not so crazy. You'd need as much if not more fuel to carry the extra weight of the lifting and control surfaces, it would dramatically increase the cost of each launch and it would introduce a lot more potential failure points. This way is cheaper, simpler and I'd wager a lot more reliable.

It's not "just" a soft landing either. Bringing back the early rocket stages for refurbishing and reuse will slash the cost of launches.

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Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

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Re: Remember when?

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.

I know XKCD is an instant "avoid" for some but I think this one might be relevant.

http://xkcd.com/1227/

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

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Re: Nothing to contribute

The competition was rigged.

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Google says it paid TOO MUCH tax, wants $83.5m refund

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@AC Re: Governments moral right to the money?

He wouldn't be "forced" to do anything.THere are two ways this can play out.

1) the libertarian utopia where everything is paid for via subscription to private entities. No taxes, but you want to travel long-distance (basically anything involving a car) you'd have to pay a toll. And so on and so forth.

2 Shift everything back to sales tax, like it USED to be before they implemented the ridiculous and intrusive income taxes. Sales taxes are a tax on consumption and inherently fair as everyone pays proportionate to their spending power. You can even band it if you like, set tax rates to vary depending on the retail cost of the items in question and set a zero rate on food, which would probably please quite a lot of people.

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Korean doctors: Smartphones really ARE doing your head in

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Re: Cobblers

I think the bigger issue is that the left-brain logic/right-brain creativity paradigm has been demonstrated to be complete and utter donkey droppings.

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Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for 'tricking' artists with petition

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"You don't hear grocery stores complain they have to pay for the food they sell. "

Of course not. They just force the price down on the quiet.

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Ferocious fungus imperils future of British gin and tonic

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Re: Botanist

That's on average though. A lot of people wouldn't have even drunk the stuff, which means that you'd have a relatively small number of people drinking a very large amount of gin.

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Top Norks bone up on Hitler

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Re: Let's overlook our natural prejudices

Yes, actually. If I was the role-model for these loonies they'd do a lot less dictating and a lot more lounging around in front of a computer. The world, I feel, would be a much better place.

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Re: Mein Kampf is many things...

I tried a Hershey bar in the states. It was gritty, tasteless plastic rubbish.

Tried one again recently because there's an American import thing down the road from me (that apparently Tesco feels the need to compete with). It wasn't half bad. Still felt a bit like plastic, but they'd done something to change the recipe so it doesn't taste like arse.

I also had a twinkie a while back. I really don't understand why they were so popular.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?

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Ah now you're moving the goalposts aren't you? You said there's no support for wacom on tablet PCs when there is (and that support is via the wacom driver, which only the most esoteric and ancient of distros won't have), so now it's not support for wacom per se but for a subset of input methods that make use of pen technologies in general.

So rather than saying "no support for wacom on a tablet PC" what you should really say is "no unified handwriting recognition input method" which is a rather different kettle of fish. In addition, rather than being unusable as you initially claimed, a tablet PC with any major distro installed is likely to be very useful. It just doesn't quite do what you want out of the box.

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Erm... yes, there is. Ubuntu on the Surface Pro only has a problem recognising the right-click button on the pen, and I'd be inclined to believe that the same could be said of any other slate or windows 8 tablet.

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Re: PPI flawed as ever but hey it was all Appley

Could you repeat that in English please?

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Considering how popular the third-party stylus market is with the iPad I really wonder why there's all this angry hate about it. Perhaps it's because they're stuck with silly capacitive things whereas anyone with a proper digitiser-enabled tablet gets something far superior?

Ooh, stylus envy...

@AC: "Someone like me" is a significant enough proportion of the population for Samsung to not only consider this a good idea, but for them to make a fair bit of cash implementing it. Guess I'm not that far from the middle of the bell curve after all eh?

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If it was *just* a stylus I'd agree, but it's a wacom digitiser as well. Very, VERY handy for someone like me who likes to sit about and doodle in the off-times. You can also use most older wacom pens with it (the one for my old cintiq works perfectly).

Incidentally, recommended app for anyone with a Note: Layer Paint. It's a relatively simple but practical art program, very cheap and better than any of the alternatives I've tried up to now. Far better brush engine than Sketchbook Pro, you aren't limited in your canvas size and naturally it works with the pressure-sensitivity of the digitiser as well.

Samsung (and another tablet that has a digitiser) are so far ahead of Apple on this that it's almost laughable when the fanbois try to belittle a feature like this. Of course it's a "step backwards" to have a superior additional interface!

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Offensive, iconoclastic internet trolls will NOT be prosecuted, says DPP

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Re: where's the line?

About 30kg higher.

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Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

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Re: Agree on pre-degree IT exams @Graham Dawson

O levels were phased out in the early 80s - before I was even in senior school - and brick laying is a highly skilled profession that I doubt one in 20 of the people who post here could do to any degree of competence.

If you're going to mock, be smart about it.

What are they teaching kids in schools these days eh?

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Re: Agree on pre-degree IT exams

I don't know what college you went to but I did Design Tech and Software Development (writing Pascal oddly enough) at Hyde Clarendon and that put me in pretty good stead for a great many future endeavours. Of course that was in the 90s, when A Levels still meant something and were actually hard. So hard that I got an E in both subjects.

The work I turned in for them would get me an A* today. It was good work, but the expectations were that much higher back then.

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Boffins find evidence Atlantic Ocean has started closing

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Re: I Blame the EU

Nah. Global warming.

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Scientists investigate 'dark lightning' threat to aircraft passengers

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Re: Enter Otto von Chriek:

Quiet! You'll scare the Land Eels!

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

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@frank ly

So, on top of Godzilla, the poor Japanese will now have to contend with the legendary Soup Dragon.

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Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

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Re: Does anyone make a bluetooth handset?

I was wondering the same thing. According to google there are some possibilities out there, though they don't seem to have any dialling options.

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Re: Sounds promising

Why yes, it almost guarantees it will be so.

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Chinese 'nauts prep for next coupling in Heaven, clear way for new station

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Re: Look at da pwetty lights

"anyone have actual knowledge?"

Most of us don't, but that's never stopped anyone here before.

<- The one with the blue streak on the sleeves thanks

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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

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Re: Canadians

And real bacon.

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Boffins build gesture recognition using WiFi

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Re: Two weak spots

Um... yes there is. It's called Radar and it's over 100 years old. Use of radio waves to track objects? What does a router emit? Oh look there's your answer!

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Steelie Neelie: Crack down on wicked ISPs so we can Skype

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The commission is the executive and primary legislative branch of the EU's government, it seems fair to mention that they're appointed given how much power they wield and how little control and oversight we, the peoples of Europe, have over their activities. It's hardly frothing.

Comparing that to a journalist's "unelected" position isn't even apples and walnuts, never mind oranges.

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Snappers binned, mobe-armed hacks drafted at Chicago paper

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Re: Real photos in line with the text...

Almost all the content of the newspapers is cribbed from AP and Reuters these days. Often they don't even bother changing the text, they just stick a byline on it and pretend.

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Asus boasts of Haswell fondleslab threesome to get Acer hot under collar

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One thing I'd like...

The ability to pop the tablet off that keyboard dock and still use the keyboard with the android environment, either with a cable or by turning the keyboard into a dumb bluetooth thing. Sometimes it's nice to be able to spread things out, you know?

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Ex-Microsoft man plans brand of consumer marijuana 'fine cigars'

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Re: I'm not sure what the rules will be

And that's why everyone grows their own tomatoes.

OH WAIT

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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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Re: So in summary..

Fanboy's tantrum? The author's article history makes it pretty clear where he stands on Linux, the GPL and open source in general and he is no fanboy. I really rather suspect you haven't read the article at all.

And how do you define "recently" anyway?

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Kinky? You're mentally healthier than 'vanilla' bonkers

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Re: Found an explanation

Given that higher intelligence tends to correlate with a higher instance of autism spectrum disorders and a higher chance of displaying particular classes of mental illness such as schizophrenia and - if you count it as a mental illness - sociopathy, I'd say no, it's not likely at all.

Of course education and intelligence don't correlate all that well these days. You only have to look at the prevalence of poorly researched statistical metastudies that "prove" everything is bad for you and good for you in quick succession to see that. Perhaps it depends how you define education.

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Revealed: Google's plan to float BLIMP NETWORK over Africa, Asia

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Re: Is this before or after

Starvation in africa isn't caused by a lack of food. The majority of the continent is so fertile that you can find something to eat all year round without really trying.

The problem is surviving the disease and war endemic to vast swathes of the continent long enough to eat your lunch. Zimbabwe used to be the breadbasket of Africa until it was torn apart by an authoritarian madman. The most fertile piece of ground on earth reduced to starvation.

Even in the north of the continent food grows quite easily. The perpetual ethiopian famine was caused by the wars with eritrea and somalia. It's hard to grow food to survive when infantry battalions keep yomping over your field and dropping landmines everywhere. There would be little starvation in africa were it not for the dictators and warlords that we prop up with all that feel-good foreign aid we keep sending.

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Oi, butterfingers! Drop your mobe in a pint? Hope it's not an iPhone

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Re: Thought I had seen every Fandroid excuse why not to buy iPhone

Hear that whooshing sound? That's the point going right over your head.

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Hey, you, dev. What do you mean, storage is BORING?

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Re: Torvalds is bored by storage

Nobody can be 100% right. If more people realised this then there would be far less idiocy in the world.

On the other hand that would be very boring...

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Stand by for PURPLE KETCHUP as boffins breed SUPER TOMATOES

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Re: Boffin: Good news everyone...

You made the tomato purple? Why not Zoidberg!

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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Jaunting?

The Stars My Destination did it first. :D

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'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test

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The plans for nuclear weapons are available on the internet, the materials are generally easily sourced and you can manufacture a crude but functional nuke for next to nothing.

... provided you have access to some uranium.

Sit and think about it for a moment and you'll realise that freedom of information doesn't automatically translate into threat.

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Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming

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Re: Proof?

The scientific consensus held that the sun orbited the earth, ulcers were caused by excess stomach acid, plate tectonics was a silly myth and that piltdown man was the genuine article.

Consensus is a good predictor of a group of people agreeing on something. Any relation to truth and reality are entirely coincidental.

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Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

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Re: HS1/HS2 link not HS capable

It's more likely that they'd want a direct freight link from the continent to Liverpool. At the moment it' cheaper to take freight across the north sea to Hull, drive it along the M62 and re-load it at Liverpool for transport across the atlantic than it is to sail around the country, but it would be cheaper still to load it on a train somewhere and freight it up to Manchester for transshipment via a local train or trucks to Liverpool.

Just consider it from the strategic perspective of the EU as a whole and the economic reasoning becomes blindingly clear.

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There may not be an economic case at the national level, but at the European level there's certainly a political dimension to HS2. It links the major UK cities into the european rail network. The whole project is built to a continental loading gauge and will be running continental freight as well as passenger services. This is because it's all part of the ongoing process of transport integration across the EU.

In that light there might be a better economic argument to be made than "it'll get us to London a bit faster". Better-integrated transportation links within the EU can be argued to have a very positive potential economic impact, though of course the primary drive of everything the EU does is "ever closer union"... perhaps that's why our politicians are so leery about giving credit where it's due.

And of course transportation policy is an EU exclusive competence anyway. HS2 would likely go ahead no matter what.

You may think this is a good thing, you may think this is a bad thing. What annoys me is that our alleged betters in Westminster feel the need to lie to us about the source of it all. They take credit for things they haven't done- oh wait, they're politicians, that's all they ever do anyway...

tl;dr an economic case can be made if you realise that HS2 has an EU dimension; it's the EU wot done it anyway. Why won't talk about either of these things?

Incidentally, it's worth noting that travelling first-class off-peak with Virgin is only £15 more expensive than standard class and you get free food and booze for that, plus access to the first-class lounge in Euston and all the free hot chocolate you can consume while you wait for your train to finally turn up after all the delays. No mortgage required.

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Acorn founder: SIXTH WAVE of tech will wash away Apple, Intel

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Re: "the incumbent always misses the next wave"

Canals had 100% of the bulk transportation market for a very long time. Didn't stop the railways eating their lunch. And the railways had almost the entire long-distance and bulk transport market overland for about a century in Europe and the US, but that didn't stop the car and the aeroplane eating *their* lunch.

When a clearly superior technology arrives (and we're not talking about competing similar technologies like VHS or Beta, which were essentially the same thing - this is video tape vs DVD), it will eventually dominate even when an incumbent uses force (either directly or via influence over the state) to try and prevent it.

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Who is Samsung trying to kid? There will NEVER be a 5G network

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Re: There will never......

Point of order, the phrase was "the sun never sets on the British Empire". It had no temporal quality; it was a statement of the fact that the empire spanned the entire globe, and therefore had sun shining on some part of it all the time.

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'Hotmail, since you changed to Outlook, you've been a massive pr**k'

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Re: Android is not a saviour

Likewise. Maemo was a great thing, but it suffered the problem Nokia always seems to suffer: every time they have a great thing they shoot it and re-invent it a week later.

If you could say nothing else good about Elop you could say this: he forced them to dopt a platform and stick with it. It may not be the best (personally I think windows phone is shite but others obviously disagree) but at least they're being consistent now. Consistency is what Nokia needed to supply, rather than Maemo turning to Meego-but-it's-really-still-maemo-underneath turning to Meego with a different packaging system turning to Meltemi or whatever they were doing next...

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