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Facebook's Oculus unveils 360-degree VR head tracking Crescent Bay prototype

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Re: headphones

The homebrew NASA ones that they use for some of the ISS EVA training have a huge 4lb counterweight on the back of the head. They look seriously uncomfortable.

Actually, if you look at it, it seems "the electronics" is basically a cell-phone on the front. It's rounded like one. It's probably a lot lighter than the NASA gear.

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Re: The Glorious Age of VR Waifus, Begun it Has!

Have you *seen* this game? It's creepy as hell! You're in this young girl's bedroom, and she's constantly covering herself trying to keep you from peeking at her boobs or up her very short skirt.

it was only a 30 second video that I saw, but it completely creeped me out.

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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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It has lots of issues

I tried used G+ as an alternative to Fecesbook, and it has lots of problems. For example, I have my monitor in portrait, and it often can't understand that my layout is taller than it is wide. I'll have 4 columns, of which I can only see 2-1/2 w/o scrolling horizontally.

Another real irritation is when I click my G+ bookmark and 70% of the time get a "here's lots of people you might want to add to your circles!" dialog which won't go away after repeated clicking. This means I can't actually get to my G+ content when I have a couple minutes to waste during a compile or something.

When you actually write a post, it'll see random links or site names, and decide to add all sorts of hashtags, images, previews, summaries, and other annotations. Half the time if you delete these annotations, it deletes the post.

I finally had to say fuck it, it's too much effort for something I didn't want to use anyway.

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Ex-basketball star CUFFED on suspicion of stealing Apple gear worth $14k

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What part of "repeatedly stealing" do you not understand? Sometimes you have to use the larger size mallets before people understand. I know a couple people like this, that don't understand shoplifting is theft. I'll bet she's been in jail for "plain shoplifting" quite a few times.

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A spin of roulette in the sporty Ford Fiesta Black

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I certainly wouldn't buy anything American made/designed

I'd trust that engine to last about 20 minutes past the warranty period, if I was lucky.

I wouldn't trust the rest of the kit that far, especially that dash. I'd think those buttons would last about 2 months in the Florida heat before they stopped working. The screens usually last about a month and a half before they start warping or going rainbow.

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Oh you crazy Frenchies. Iliad won't take no for an answer from T-Mob US

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They send me a text for the bill reminder, another text saying they submitted the payment request, and yet a third text saying they got the money.

However, given my $31/mo T-Mobile bill is less than 1/3 of my $98/mo Verizon bill (after corporate discount!) and I have triple the data cap, plus tethering, plus unlimited texting as opposed to NO texting... I'm not complaining too much.

I hope the Huns tell the Frogs to sod off. (Did I get my "Jeremy Clarkson" right?)

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Buying memory in the iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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Re: Sigh! ...Industry issue... not an Apple one...

But on the positive side, the latest model of Moto G has an SD card slot.

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Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time

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"GADGET computes gravitational forces with a hierarchical tree algorithm"

So this is part of Kerbal Space Program 0.25 then...? (I'll get my spacesuit)

And apparently the Wikipedia article is basically a copy&paste of the organization page. Nice. Not surprised.

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Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

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Re: Haters gonna Hate

It's not cool to criticize Acrobat?? Really? When the hell did that happen?

> Mozilla making this the default handler for the mime-type

Can't be worse than GIMP trying to be the default handler for EVERYTHING including PDFs.

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India's MOM Mars mission makes final course correction

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Nah, the people here in the South are just plain stupid. I've seen them leave a grocery store with a $300 roll of lottery tickets after paying for their groceries with food stamps.

You can't fix stupid.

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Microsoft staff brace for next round of layoffs – expected Thursday

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Re: So why is Microsoft firing so many people?

Dear MalagaBay:

UN-altered REPRODUCTION and DISSEMINATION of this IMPORTANT Information is ENCOURAGED, ESPECIALLY to COMPUTER BULLETIN BOARDS

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Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter

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How do you think you get the little "verified by twitter" flag?

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: Chicken and Egg

I'll be harmed because the cable monopoly will use it as an excuse to drastically raise cable prices. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt, with HD where they did exactly that.

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Re: ...and then you show them

Actually, no. I don't want it. I'm sure it'll be another reason to charge more for cable, just like Time Wanker charged more for HD.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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"should be able to keep their crews alive for 210 days if disaster strikes"

No, this is wrong. The capsules can stay docked 210 days (7 months) to ISS w/o an issue, ready to undock in an emergency. Soyuz can only do 180 days (6 months) at the moment.

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And in case anybody's confused like I was, the Boeing CST-100 capsule is completely different from the Lockeed-Martin Orion capsule that's also been approved for development as part of SLS.

There's no commonality between the two and they're built by completely different companies.

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I have a feeling SpaceX might embarrass Boeing.

They've got a system that has been able to get to ISS and back. They've got to demo pad abort (scheduled for November) - demo altitude abort (January) and have a NASA astronaut command a flight to ISS, and they're certified.

In contrast, Boeing hasn't even reached orbit.

I wonder if Boeing is in the usual cost overrun/schedule slip mindset, and if they are, they're in for a rude awakening.

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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Story?

From what I've heard, there's absolutely no story, no background, and no real reason to run around shooting things other than "for the hell of it" - is this so?

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Let XKCD's Randall Munroe satisfy your curiosity in this excerpt from his book, What If

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Excerpt?

Really? Is it that hard to link to what-if.xkcd.com??

And FYI, for the idiots that bought an electronic edition of a website, the hardback copy has a few interesting design easter eggs. (not that I really care, the money goes to Randall either way, I just hate seeing Amazon or B&N get a large chunk.)

There's one Unicode typo I did notice...

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Bloat-free, unlocked Moto X to be dubbed 'Pure Edition', says report

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If it's like my Moto G, then no, there's still a bit of Motorola crap floating around the OS, like MotoCare, Motorola Device Management, and Motorola Assist Framework. It's more like pissing in the pool instead of Motoblur where the yellow stream goes right in the face.

If I'm careful to keep mobile data off when I'm home on wi-fi, the battery lasts about 2.5 days. Seriously though, why the hell does it keep mobile data powered up when I'm on wi-fi? Grump.

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T-Mobile US goes gaga for Wi-Fi calling, AT&T to launch in 2015

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"Everybody that buys a mobile share value plan gets unlimited talk and text. So we don't have this burning desire for the need of coverage or for other reason to go aggressively after Wi-Fi"

Translation: it doesn't make us any more money so we don't give a shit about developing new features.

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SHINY NEW GADGETS! No, we're not joking, here's a load of them

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Re: Just wondering

I'd think the less than stellar performance of Sony action cams in anything less than a full sunny day would be more of a worry. Most "action cam" audio is engine or wind noise anyway.

GoPro turns out a decent product with no rolling shutter problems and really good video without having to spend all day dicking with the camera. That's why they're the big name and everyone is playing catch up. A lot of the action cam stuff doesn't handle the action well, or just doesn't put out as good video. They're cheaper but it shows.

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

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I am amused by "the_first_20_years_of_the_smartphone_wrars" though - I guess it's Friday at the pub after all! Cheers!

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Re: And I say there screwed by Symbian

This explains a lot of the WTFs in the N770-N900 tablets. They had a Debian port, but to upgrade the phone, you flashed the entire rom and never used the apt functionality, not even for small bug patches. They basically never really took advantage of Linux, other than it was an OS they could grab for free that worked.

I see Hildon and a lot of the weird code names that got thrown around are apparently from Symbian, so that's where that came from. That also explains the drunkard's-walk "roadmaps" I saw, which made original Apple Maps look like something from National Geographic. It also explains their stance towards open source. They had to deal with it because they'd had no choice but to use Linux, but corporate sure as hell didn't like it. Most of the actual N770 developers loved open source and the philosophy.

Nokia. Awesome hardware. Shit software.

That seems to be a standard in this industry... I can't think of an example where a company gets both hardware & software right, except maybe for IBM in its System 360 golden years. I'd love to hear counterexamples.

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

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Re: Only an apology?

> What is this reflex reaction of some people to go "someone made a mistake - I am entitled to money!"

Because that's about the only way to stop the f*ckers from doing it again. Hit them in the wallet and get some people fired.

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Satellite weather forecast: Cloudy with a chance of p0wnage

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Re: Business as usual

And the CEO of Home Depot goes "eh, they'll get used to it [the hacks]"

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T-Mobile US lobs sueball at Huawei: Claims Chinese giant stole robot tech

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Would be terrible

I wonder if Huawei had small devices with cameras to spy with... oh wait...

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Doubts cast over FBI 'leaky CAPTCHA' Silk Road rapture

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Re: Yes, but do you believe them?

And also the cops use the Harris "stingray" fake cell towers and lie about it.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: humdinger ?

Ahem.

http://partiallyclips.com/2004/09/02/man-in-hat/

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Is there life on Mars? Cloud-gazing Curiosity accused of lacking scientific focus

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Political mistake

There is a natural tension between "we need to get to Mt. Sharp before the rover dies/we run out of funding/because it's our target" and stopping for science. Plus as you'd expect, the rover drivers want to DRIVE.

However what was REALLY bad was that NONE of the chief project scientists bothered to show up to the mission extension committee to argue for the rover, giving the committee the distinct impression they were literally "phoning it in" and they felt they were too big to get canceled.

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Want to buy a Woz-made Apple I? If you need to ask the price, you can't afford it

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"verified to be in working condition"

OTOH, you gotta tip your hat to Woz for that... when your handmade board is still working THIRTY EIGHT years down the road.

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Judge: Google class action 'usual suspects' cash-fling 'smells'

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Re: Hang on, this is a bit spurious

And this is why I have RefControl installed in Firefox, with the default set to "don't send a referer header"

Very few sites use it, other than certain wiki pages to control linking to images, and certain other folk who are stupid enough to use it for security and don't seem to think it can be forged.

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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Re: Hung so much?

Ah! Novell. Home of fsckwit sloppy coders. I worked at a large university, with a couple thousand users per server. Syscon would take forever pulling up the list of users.

We had "superset" - the senior Novell dev group - one day because we were so large, and one of them hit the user list "Please Wait" and exclaimed "Oh no, that user sort is a linear sort!"

Never has the icon been so appropriate.

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Internet of Things: Major players agree on goals, but little else

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It has to go through the cloud!

Every damn IoT thing I've seen so far in the local builder's stores MUST go through the manufacturer's cloud to function, for no good reason whatsoever other than to provide them with marketing information. I'm talking about things like door locks, lights, thermostats, garage door openers, security cams, etc.

And no, I am not giving them the info, much less opening my firewall for all these bastards.

My wifi thermostat is so useful I went through the pain of writing an app to talk to it locally, but there's nothing else I can think of that would be as useful, so far.

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Snooptastic US CELL TOWERS pose man-in-the-middle THREAT

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Re: military tech... again...

Yup, that "previous employer" is Harris and at least in Florida we're trying to flush them out in cases where Stingray has been used but the cops don't want to, errrr, cop to using it.

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Toshiba makes play to replace NFC with own speedy short range tech

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This is the worst case of "not invented here" I've seen outside of IBM and Kodak.

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Claimed Home Depot credit card hack could be biggest retail breach yet

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Re: What's the retail value of a eternal life...that second chance?

Well it's not the mark-of-the-beast, it's just we've seen the shit you guys have taken over the banks saying "oh chip&pin is completely invulnerable, it can repel bullets with its eyeballs, you must have told people your pin, therefore it's your fault and we're not refunding anything"

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Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

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Ha. Except for predetermined keep-out areas like airports and the White House, drones will deal with obstacles the same way people would... "oops, there's a building, don't run into it." I don't have a pre-mapped view of the local mall, but I still manage to not run into anything.

As for running into seagulls, you'll find they give obnoxiously-buzzing RC kit a fairly wide berth, and it's rather a challenge to run into them.

For landing areas, for the first delivery I'm sure they'll have an operator go "hm, big back yard, it can land [click] there" or [click] "rejected: no landing zone detected" (That's no different than today, where if your subdivision is new enough it doesn't show up on Google Maps, you don't get Fed-Ex or UPS deliveries)

All that said, power lines are a horrible danger that's hard to detect and avoid. Just ask your local helicopter pilot. However, they move a lot faster and have a lot more inertia than a small drone, so perhaps some sort of electromagnetic field detector may work, if a vision system isn't up to the job.

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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An R-Pi is nice because I can be lazy and code things in Python, instead of having to drop down to C or Java and bum out every cycle I can.

It's small enough to be cheap but big enough to get the job done.

I'd have used an Ardunio except wi-fi shields were $85 when I priced them. Oh and it's got a stupid name that I can't spell.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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Aw yeah, I remember my crappy Sony Mavica that did 320x480 to floppy disk. And my Epson MX-80 with Graftrax PLUS. And my TRS-80. Man... none of those technologies went anywhere.

I have color prints of Kerbals from Kerbal Space Program that Shapeways printed. They're in full color and I have no idea how they're done, but the color is really impressive.

I'd like to make some complex brackets but I don't have the CAD skills, and doing iterations at Shapeways is too slow and too expensive.

There some things that need to happen:

1. Printers need to be cheaper. Getting there.

2. We need color. It makes a huge difference for anything other than a pure structural part. I can't paint worth a damn.

3. We need metal. When we do make the structural parts, they need to last more than 20 minutes without snapping.

4. We need some way of making items other than drawing them from scratch in CAD. That's an artistic talent very very few people have. Current 3D digitizers need to get an order of magnitude better, and digitizing things is always going to run into IP issues.

There's one application right now that I'm surprised no one's captured:

You know all those blokes that make Airfix Spitfires? No? Because the kit's been discontinued? How about those guys that make motorcycle kits? No? Because too few people buy them to make motorcycle kits a thing? Imagine if you could print the kits. Most kits are flimsy monochrome plastic anyways. It'd be like e-books, a company'd never need to discontinue a kit because they no longer take up space in a warehouse. And if you could do them in color, you'd get the jackanapes like me that like models but can't paint.

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Tea in the US South

Boil 1/2 gallon water. Add 6 cups sugar. Add ice. Serve.

I use a Breville Tea Maker and apparently in the US, Breville *is* Sage from the looks of http://www.brevilleusa.com/beverages/kettles-tea-makers.html I thought I recognized that button design.

This one has a magnetic gizmo that lowers and raises the basket of tea leaves automatically. It's completely silent and a little eerie.

It does pretty well given the completely shit selection of non-bagged tea we have here.

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

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Re: how does the merger impact broadband consumer choice

Comcast and TWC actually FINALLY compete here in Orlando. It was a long time coming.

A merger would kill that.

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Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline

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Thanks El Reg

The Yahoo! story had basically the entire continental US out, which I knew wasn't true because I'm a customer in central Florida.

A beer for Kelly.

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Cleversafe CEO: We would tell you about the 8TB drive, but...

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Hm. I don't know why they don't go back to the full-height standard and fill them with a buttload of platters. This would help latency as well as capacity.

My rather plain-jane case has a dozen full-height-capable bays in the front, for absolutely no reason. Might as well put some of them to use.

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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Man, it was a shite weekend for space...

Between this, the SpaceX test Falcon going boom, and the 2 navsats in the wrong orbit, it's pretty rough.

I'm crossing my fingers for Rosetta.

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Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery

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Re: @Lost all faith...

You can't just place a power widget on the screen showing the gps/bluetooth/wifi state?

Oh that's right, iPhones don't have widgets...

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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Re: 23 Years

Eh, most people just are not that bright, and need major hand-holding to do the most basic of tasks on their computer, like copying files. So they can't handle Linux as a daily runner.

For me, when I fix something on Linux, it *STAYS* *FIXED* unlike Windows or Apple where the problem may pop back up a couple weeks later. That's enough payoff to put in the time to learn things.

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Breakthroughs

Are rare. IBM's big breakthrough was the 360 architecture, where they had the idea you could sell software that ran on a whole price range of models, not just a single one-off model.

Apple's was making a phone smart, with a form factor and design that appealed to everyone.

You can make it nicer, with better features, but since the shiny bit has worn off, people will be going "meh, it's just another iPhone"

This is why people are doing smart-watches. They want to capture that breakthrough moment, but since it's mostly derivative and not a true breakthrough, it's already flopping, even before most of them hit the market.

And when was the last Google Glass story? It was a while ago, huh?

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You, El Reg and a doctor walk into a Monopoly Pubcrawl chinwag

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You, El Reg and a doctor...

Doctor who???

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Shit plastic

Both the lenses and the reflectors are ALREADY cheap plastic. At least here in the US, headlights are behind thin plastic lenses that cloud solid in about 6 weeks. You can polish them, but it still only lasts a month or two at most.

You can look at any parking lot to see 90% of the cars have near-useless headlight lenses.

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