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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

Shonko Kid
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Re: Compulsory voting ...

Wonder no more: http://notavote.co.uk/

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Shonko Kid
Mushroom

"has been entirely produced by men."

Just wait until she finds out "Why it was even born"

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

Shonko Kid
FAIL

Fiat 500?

The original Twingo was a great little runaround, great fun to drive and very practical. The Twingo II was even more fun, as it had sportier engine options, and lost little of the practicality. With this, it would appear that Renault have given up on the whole idea of Twingo, and decided to make Fiat 500s, or as the article notes, Smart Forfours.

As someone who has owned both previous iterations of the Twingo, I think I'll be passing on this, even as a first car for the kids, I'd just buy an 2nd hand, original Twingo.

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Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone

Shonko Kid
Mushroom

"Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie"

That fact alone means that there is a special circle of Hell, reserved just for him.

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New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone

Shonko Kid
Boffin

WAP Push

Every phone that does MMS does exactly that.

At the time, with texts costing ~10p a go, WAP over SMS offered very little in the way of advantage over WAP over dialup, except for small data transfers where connectivity might be intermittant, such fire-and-forget packets used in Push messaging

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Microsoft ropes in Opera Mini as default Nokia dumbphone browser

Shonko Kid
Devil

"Opera was the first company to introduce a proxy-based mobile browser"

IIRC, No, they weren't. Indeed this was the whole premise of WAP proxies. They just stuck at it long enough for it to fly.

My memory of those days is hazy at best, but ISTR at least two, non-WAP, companies offering a similar solution, before Opera-mini was launched. Names escape me though.

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

Shonko Kid
Boffin

" + the surname Thorpe."

a 'thorpe' is an old word meaning field, probably of norse origin, common in and around Yorkshire place names. AFAIK the reasoning behind the name octothorpe was that it 'looked' like a village surrounded by 8 fields.

Obviously the surname Thorpe has the same roots, equivalent to the surname Field(s).

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Massive news in the micro-world: a hexaquark particle

Shonko Kid
Boffin

Neutron decay

"neutrons (which need the warm embrace of an atom to last longer than 15 minutes)"

More likely they still decay, but the free electron is quickly bound to a nearby proton, turning it into a neutron. From the outside it would appear that the neutron is stable.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

Shonko Kid
Joke

"remove human error"

Reminds me of an old CompSci proverb; To err is human, to completely fuck something up requires a computer.

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

Shonko Kid
Boffin

Re: Whats the matter?

That the product is an electron/positron pair suggests to me that rather than converting the photons into e-/e+ pairs, it could be that it's interacting with a virtual e-/e+ pair and giving them enough energy to overcome their attractive nature, so instead of instantly annihilating again, they fly off on separate paths, having absorbed the photon(s), a sort of analogue to Hawking Radiation. Be interesting to see the outcome of this experiment. And I wonder if there are similar interactions that thoeretically exists, or if it's only photons->e-/e+ - ie could sufficiently energetic photons produce muon/anti-muon pairs?

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

Shonko Kid
WTF?

Introducing...

the iWeigh, the world's first game changing set of bathroom scales.

A whole new product sector for them.

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

Shonko Kid
Boffin

Wake me when we pass 1000dpi

At that point, if you can get the light coming out of them to be coherent you can start to produce holographic displays.

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

Shonko Kid
Holmes

Re: Uhm,,,

Quick, file both those ideas as additional patents!

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

Shonko Kid
Facepalm

"Even following very heavy media promotion"

First I've EVER heard of it.

PR money well spent then eh?

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Another day, another nasty Android vuln

Shonko Kid
Linux

Bricked??

"...to brick the target ... the user's only option would be to completely wipe the device via a boot loader recovery."

So not bricked at all then. If it were bricked, even the bootloader would be broken.

If it is just causing a crash during bootup, then it may even be possible to uninstall the offending app via ADB in between reboots, if you timed it right.

Amusing bug though.

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Microsoft was 'willing' to buy WhatsApp says Bill Gates

Shonko Kid
FAIL

Has Bill gone senile?

“Microsoft was willing to buy it, too,”

Why? What for? it's just a moderately popular messaging system, Microsoft have had about a dozen of those. Could they not find someone in their 100 000 strong workforce to work out why it was popular and MSN messenger wasn't? Really?!?

I'll give them a hint - iPhone.

“I don't know if it was for $19 billion, but the company's extremely valuable.”

No, no it's not. It was extremely expensive for Facebook, but Zuck's got way more money than sense, that doesn't make it valuable.

If Microsoft tried really hard, they could roll their own WhatsApp a thousand times over, and probably make it better, and afford to run it at a loss so that it was free for ever, and hook it into Live, but that would require the guy at the top having some sense of vision for a product, or someone in their organisation not being a cow-towing yes-man lacky sucking up to their immediate boss. Oh well.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

Shonko Kid
Linux

"Most people who use email use it from a browser; i.e. the web"

True, quite a few people do use the web as their interface to email, but email messages are still routed over the internet using SMTP, which incidentally, is what your average spambot talks.

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

Shonko Kid
Facepalm

Shoe's on the other foot now eh?

"If we don't pay high salary + bonus, we risk losing talent"

So, Barclays must them be tacictly admitting that they hope to be employing the shittest contractors they can find. I really hope that works out well for them.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

Shonko Kid
Pirate

Business case

This is something that has perpelexed me for years, is why this form factor has seemingly been abandoned. I know a fair few people who would jump at the chance to own a modern take on this, yet all we get are ever increasing sized touch screens.

You could (and I know people who have) write a book on a Series 5, but I doubt anyone will ever write a novel on a Galaxy Note.

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Shonko Kid
Linux

Re: Psion 5mx

The screen is the real problem, if you'd still be happy with the original screen (and it wasn't that bad) then it's not too hard a job to fit any of a number of off-the-shelf boards into the case (minus many of the cumbersome external connectors they have) A bit of soldering to wire the screen to some GPIO pins... then comes the fun bit, writing the software for it all!

If you want a colour screen, then all bets are off, as nothing has the same aspect ratio of the original, so you're talking compromise or new case, which of course won't have the killer hinge or proper keyboard.

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Shonko Kid
Unhappy

Re: Psion Revo...

Yeah, the Revo, not a bad little device. Of course ironic it was missed off the list, as it was the Revo successor ('Odin' ISTR) that finally burnt Psion out of the PDA market, and concentrating on warehousing applications, where of course, WinCE was a tick box that had to be checked.

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Shonko Kid

Re: Ah the mightly psion

The real end (apart from the doomed Motorola project circa 1999) I think was the simple fact that the Series 5mx was just _too_ good. They were built to last, did everything you'd need, and get a months use out of a couple of AAs. At the time Wifi was nowhere, certainly nowhere you'd be able to embed into something that ran on duracells, and putting a colour screen on it would've been Gameboy vs Lynx all over again.

Psion had released their own 'Use your Illusion' - it'd never be bettered, might as well pack up and go home.

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Shonko Kid
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Stripped down EPOC

"EPOC had become Symbian and had much of its functionality stripped out so it could fit into smartphones"

That's not an entirely fair comment, if you look at the initial Symbian smartphones, the Ericsson R380 and the Nokia 9210 pretty much all of the functionality that was on the 5mx was there. Of course, by the time it got to the Nokia 7650 and the SEMC P900 the functionality was there, it had just been wrapped in a much simpler UI. To say that Symbian was EPOC cut down to fit into a phone is just bad research.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

Shonko Kid
FAIL

Making devices earlier wouldn't have made any difference

Their pitch of having the 'Windows Experience' on your phone was also their curse - everyone still remembered what that was like, not to mention their reputation for predatory practices when it can to partnerships. OEMs and consumers alike wouldn't have given them any more leeway if they had released their own devices sooner, and let's not forget that at the time, with the generous subsidies they reportedly got, Compaq was a defacto PocketPC/WinCE/WinMo OEM for them.

Ironically, having garnered some plaudits for the Windows Phone UI, they then nearly slaughtered the old cash cow by sticking to the old 'single unified windows experience' mantra, and ramming it down PC user's throats.

Yes Ballmer, Microsoft may have been a two-trick pony, but you shot them both.

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Crack Euro banker team to probe whether virtual currencies should be regulated

Shonko Kid
Pirate

Clearly they are assets, and not money

I'm no financial whizz (I'm not typing this from a luxury yacht moored in Monaco) but it's pretty obvious that Bitcoin and similar are more like intangible assets such as shares traded on a stock market than hard cash, but they have the aim of being as liquid as actual money. Money, I think, has to be backed by a bank with a tangible asset, which Bitcoin certainly isn't.

Of course I doubt that'll have any bearing on any prospective regulation, although the desire for regulation seems to stem from the fact that Bitcoin has served it's purpose too well (being an independent, open form of currency - or easily tradable asset if you will) and can be used for illicit trading, rather than because it caught on, bubbled, and burst, losing some people some money.

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

Shonko Kid
Trollface

A whole new sport

Presumably the calls the lags make will actually be monitored, or at least more so than those from the overseas sweatshops, then if we provoke the cold-calling-nuisances into fits of rage, will they get extra porridge?

There's only one way to find out...

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Dashboard Siri! Take me to the airport! NO, NOT the RUNWAY! Argh!

Shonko Kid
Mushroom

This is great!

I can't wait for the time when cars are judged by how many apps they have, rather than their functionality as an actual car.

Be great for the insurance companies, they can start refusing claims with 'You're just driving it wrong'

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

Shonko Kid
Boffin

That's a lot of kerosene

Given the large surface area, the fact that these will generally operate above the cloud ceiling, and solar panels can now be made with lightweight plastic substrates, has anyone looked at making these things solar, or at least hybrid?

I mean, sure it'll add to the cost, but in for a penny...

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Mens sana in fibro sano: Virgin Media network-level smut filters are ON

Shonko Kid
Holmes

Re: An age rating on every web page?

Easy. It's R18 for everything. Job done.

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

Shonko Kid
Alien

Re: Rolex?

Wasn't one of the Seiko's he had one of the TV watches they did?

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

Shonko Kid
Mushroom

This is just the beginning...

Very soon, we'll see this sort of attack being raised to racial hatred, when, in the not too distant future, over-liberal, hippy, Google funded states like California seek to classify pretentious, latte-drinking, tech-wearing, cyborg-wannabes as a racial minority.

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Loki, LC3 and Pandora: The great Sinclair might-have-beens

Shonko Kid
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One would have been enough

What strikes me is that there was no lack of brilliant design and innovation at Sinclair in the 80s, but they seem to have stumbled because of the inability to bring just one of these designs to market - it may have been a very different story than the Amtrash slow decline we got.

Some of that seems to have been down to trying to over innovate, never sticking to a single plan, and some of it seems to have been Sinclair's dogged insistance on marketising failed technological experiments - the flat tube, the micro drive, wafer scale. While the FTV-1 is a thing of beauty, not just industrial design, but in terms of technical design, you only have to use it to see it as a technological dead end.

And just looking at that picture of the Microdrive takes me back. I would have (and still would) totally buy a games console that looked like that!

That said, the Z88 was a true marvel, I used mine to death. A real shame it never lead to commercial success.

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

Shonko Kid
Holmes

" were tucked in with junkmail "

It's almost as if they didn't want you to opt out.

Perhaps they should put the forms in a locked filing cabinet, in the disused basement, with the 'beware of the leopard' sign....?

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Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

Shonko Kid
Joke

Go for the double

An app that lets you share photos of beautiful things with your friends... iCandy

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

Shonko Kid
Mushroom

"people are recovering data off of them 30 years later!"

True, microdrive cartridges did tend to fall into two categories, those that would last about a week of usage, and those that would see out the heat death of the universe. The problem was that if you bought a box of ten of them, you'd likely only get one that was in the latter category, and it wouldn't be the one that you'd saved that important file on!

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You're fired: Lord Sugar offloads faded PC builder Viglen to XMA

Shonko Kid
WTF?

It does look like someone has photoshopped Sid's face onto a scuba diver!

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Jokesters develop new cryptocurrency using Kanye West's FACE

Shonko Kid
Joke

Tails you win

I hear they were going to use a Donkey's rear for the tails side, but user testing showed no one could tell heads from tails.

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Shonko Kid
Trollface

"he really isn't someone we want to piss off"

Errr, why? He sounds like exactly the sort of person that'd be fun to piss off, for the lulz.

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BlackBerry sues American Idol host's company for 'blatant' patent infringement

Shonko Kid
Joke

Typo?

Not sure I'd be confident using a keyboard called typo...

What if when naming the device, he used it to send the message to the marketroids, but he wanted to go with the altogether cooler name 'typr' but got it wrong?

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Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

Shonko Kid
FAIL

..implemented this week

Wow, that took longer than I thought. Either it was harder than I expected to bypass, or no one considered it was even a challenge!

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China's Jade Rabbit takes great hop for mankind

Shonko Kid
Joke

They've sent a Jade Rabbit to the moon?

Have they got some secret intel that leads them to suspect that the female clangers are overly frustrated?

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Microsoft releases wonderfully loopy experimental GIF-jiggler

Shonko Kid
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Giraffics Interchange Format???

Either way, that's pretty cool

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

Shonko Kid
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The best one?

Can I vote all of them? I don't think it's a question you can actually answer, as the article shows, everyone has their particular favourite. But I think the strength of the show, and to the credit of the writers and actors, is that each has added a fresh facet to the character in a believable way,

Perhaps easier questions such as; which one have you seen enough of? and which would you have liked to have seen more? are the ones to ask, certainly for the purpose of trying to put them into some sort of popularity order.

Certainly the latest vignette has firmly put McGann into the 'would like to have seen more of' category. I remember after seeing the TV movie that I was a bit disappointed, probably due to _that_ kiss and they'd killed off my then 2nd fav, McCoy - not generally liked, but I enjoyed his dark, casual, genocide ;-)

That said, I think Tom Baker just _was_ The Doctor.

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

Shonko Kid
Facepalm

Could it be..

that the thing about Dark Matter - it's main distinguishing feature - is it's black. And the thing about space, your basic space colour, is black. So how are you supposed to see it?

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'With free Mavericks, we are turning the industry ON ITS EAR'

Shonko Kid
Gimp

exactly

I want to be able to 'object furiously' to pr0n on FaceBork

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LIVE, my beauty, LIVE! Nokia revives dead phone with LIGHTNING powered Frankencharger

Shonko Kid
Happy

+1 for saving me from looking like a pedantic nerd :-)

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Stylus counsel: The rise and fall of the Apple Newton MessagePad

Shonko Kid
Linux

Re: It just didnt quite fit in your pocket

"I still think anyone who can put 4 cores and a larger screen* into a Psion5 clamshell is onto a winner."

To be honest, even just getting having the Psion 5 with modern networking options (Wifi/BT/3G) would be a winner. Who needs to fap on about screen size and number of CPU cores?

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TV's goggle gaggle: EVERYBODY'S first with something at consumer tech feast

Shonko Kid

Flatter, Squarer screen?

I must be old, as I remember TVs being pitched based on their flatness..

I, for one, welcome the return of our curvy overlords.

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New! Yahoo! logo! shows! Marissa! Meyer's! personal! touch!

Shonko Kid
Facepalm

Which is louder

The sound of whalesong, or the sound of the fiddlers.

Either way, that purple TOTALLY says they've fixed all there problems, and are set on a course of world domination.

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

Shonko Kid
WTF?

Almost 100x in each category as one of the first commercial ARM based computers

Acorn A305 - 8MHz ARM2, 512KB RAM, and 720KB discs (though 40MB Hard drive was an option) - And you can wear it on your wrist, instead of it taking serious desk space. How far we've come eh?

But, I can't see this flying without at least a week's usage between charges. That must surely be the usable minimum?!?

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