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* Posts by mafro

19 posts • joined 27 Feb 2008

Amateur balloonists hit record 40,575m above East Anglia

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Pint

"I much prefer Australian beer"

This young man just lost all scientific credibility with that statement.

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NY chef offers mam cheese canapes

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Stop

Cooking With Cum

http://www.lulu.com/content/4956212

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Microsoft boots modders off Xbox Live

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Heart

Console Banned

This happened to one of my mates.. He reckons he probably managed to play a copied version of Forza before the release date - doh.

Banning users is never going to be an effective course of action - they'll just go buy another Xbox and mod that one too. Unless M$ think a banned user would go out and spend hundreds of pounds on all the games they previously had for free?

And then you could always keep your banned Xbox for copied games, and have a legit Xbox to play MW2 on Live.. Very few games are actually worth playing on Live - CoD being one of the games that is ONLY worth playing on Live.

And such a small proportion of users actually do the modding that the industry as a whole doesn't lose any significant amount of revenue on sales.

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Top drug boffin renews criticism of cannabis policy

mafro
Coffee/keyboard

"no more dangerous than riding a horse"

What an excellent comparison.

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Botnet caught red handed stealing from Google

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Pint

@adnim

"I check every IP address windoze connects to and inside each packet that passes that I haven't initiated"

Well you my friend certainly aren't going to have a problem. But those souls whose Hotmail accounts have a password of 123456 are the botnet's target.

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Machine rebellion begins: Killer robot destroyed by US jet

mafro
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Clippy?

Keyboard: coffee. Bravo Bilgepipe, bravo.

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Florida cops cage 'Dracula'

mafro

And the yanks still bang on about..

English bad teeth.

That's what'll happen without a nationalised health service! (Although in his case, I doubt that would help either.)

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Man remanded for extreme porn offences

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Black Helicopters

Wanky Gov

"Apart from many are traffiked women forced to do these acts...."

Yes but arresting the consumer for viewing it clearly won't prevent women being forced (if true) to do it again.

Much like the UKs flawed approach to "the war on drugs" for the last 30 years.

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'No more CCTV', cries top CCTV cop

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IT Angle

Rafa

Is it me or does that 'Big Brother' icon look like Rafa Benitez?

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Cats mix baby 'cry' with purr to score dinner

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Welcome

Damn The Scientists

All us cat owners will know the truth of this. As it happens I concur with jake above..

Our cat tends to take this idea to the extreme (and I have no idea where he learnt to do it.. Certainly not from a baby). His hungry meow is long (like 10-15 secs) and the most strangled un-cute cat-has-eaten-anthrax noise you've ever heard.

It's hilarious. We starve him just so we can hear it more often.

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Last.fm co-founders pack up record boxes

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Pirate

Arrington

Not the first time Mr Arrington has made something up (eh Ted?)..

Good tech reporting (El Reg being the first stop, of course):

http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2009/02/riaa-denies-rumors-that-lastfm-turned-over-data.ars

Read "Example One: 'TechCrunch Are Full Of Shit'"

http://al3x.net/2009/03/03/towards-better-technology-journalism.html

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Plague of web bugs descend on British sites

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Flame

This reminds me of an xkcd cartoon..

Which you've all seen a million times on thedailywtf.

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Firefox devs ask navels when to curtail Mac OS support

mafro

Under The Hood

I've been running OSX 10.5 for a long time. The simple fact is that Apple changed a lot of stuff under the hood with the last OS update - lot of spanky new APIs that make it easier to build applications. Less code to write/support = better software.

I'm assuming they will have to write/support a fair amount more code to get 10.4 supported fully with all the new FF3.5 features, so from a technical viewpoint it makes sense. All the quotes in the article come from technical guys, and the paragraph above is essentially what they're getting at.

It's the price of progress people. How many vendors are gonna be supporting 20 year old XP APIs in the next decade? Ouch.

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Hadron boffins: Our meddling will not destroy universe

mafro

Brilliant

"It ought to be called strangelet gazpacho, really; that would avoid confusion."

That was a coffee-keyboard interaction moment for me.

Additionally, something I read over on boingboing this morning.. Mr Doctorow was informed of this, by one of their physicists:

"Look, it's a 10^-19 chance [of total world destruction], and you've got a 10^-11 chance of suddenly evaporating while shaving."

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Amazon opens (American) video streaming shop

mafro

Sod The Yanks

And bloody video - when are Amazon gonna bring the MP3 Download Service to the EU??

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Wünderbra! German policewomen take 'Action Brassiere'

mafro
Paris Hilton

Mostly unrelated..

But still amusing. I remember a mate of mine showing me a German copy of FHM featuring her Highness Paris Hilton sitting in a Humvee with her retarded little dog. The caption? "Paris Hilton mit hotdog in dein Hummer".

That became a catch phrase for many years afterwards..

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Sumerians cracked world's oldest joke

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Coat

I got one..

A woman goes into a pub and asks the barman for double-entendre. So he gave her one...

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The iPhone's love/hate relationship with hackers

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Everyone seems to be missing the point

I'm pretty fed up of developers whining about the ADC program taking so long to accept everybody. The comments by Chad H above are absolutely right.. Apple aren't too bothered about your complaints (like so many times past) because they know you'll still come when they open the door.

Anyway, the point of the article is to highlight the 2 separate developer models which will/have emerged. I haven't jail broken my iPod since I didn't really see the need yet, but as soon as the apps start to mature (and crash less) then I probably will.

As an aside, I have entered the developer program (and half written an app) but am waiting for Jobs' approval.

I'd like to see someone hack the code signing - then jail broken is definitely the future.

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iPhone SDK won't be here in February after all

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Boffin

SDK?

Rumours about Apple aside, iTunes updated itself yesterday and now I notice on TUAW that there's a new firmware update for iPhone/iPod Touch. Both these updates will be needed to support the SDK..

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