* Posts by Richard Wharram

1154 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008

Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

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I shouldn't need to know

...but I need to know.

Was it a boy or girl doggie? Was he the active partner? Had the dog been trained with treats? Did he use protection?

I shouldn't need to know. But I do.

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Brit boffins brew up blight-resistant FRANKENSPUD

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@Neil Barnes

Terminator Seeds scary stuff or just a myth?

http://theconversation.com/terminator-seeds-will-not-usher-in-an-agricultural-judgement-day-21686

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Re: Non-GM blight resistant spuds already available

Well we'll see which methods work best in the coming years. What's the harm in other options?

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VMware, Google, team up to target corporate Chrome OS adopters

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Re: Thin clients?

I suppose you also get the laptop format and can pay consumer prices for cheap laptops.

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Thin clients?

Presumably the reason to choose Chrome workstations over Wyse terminals would be the promise that over time you'd hope some apps would be ported to web apps or SaaS therefore meaning you wouldn't have as much need for virtualised app servers? Otherwise there wouldn't be a lot of difference.

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SkyMapper turns up oldest star ever found

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What type of star is it?

Presumably some kind of red dwarf judging by the age?

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

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Corporates

I can't see it going down too well with most IT Security teams. Assuming the Windows bit goes on your corporate network, the Android bit probably won't be allowed and will be relegated to the public network. Yet they are connected and share files? I can see Security minds boggling right now.

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Lenovo reveals convertible Chromebook

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Pics? Specs?

How can I post that the resolution is too low unless you tell me it?

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Time travellers outsmart the NSA

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Re: No psychics either

That's kinda the point. You can see how well they did at predicting last year.

(The answer is BADLY if you can't be arsed to look.)

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Re: No psychics either

Here's what psychics predicted for 2013:

http://paranormal.about.com/od/prophetsandprophecies/tp/Psychic-Predictions-For-2013.htm

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No psychics either

Unless they are keeping their real predictions off the interwebz cos of spooky reasons...

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Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

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Is there a version with vPro?

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Acer C720 Chromebook with Haswell battery boosting goodness

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Re: Has potential ...

Peppermint 4 vote. Can't see any reason it wouldn't work.

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Mandatory comment on the resolution

It's too low sorry.

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US Department of Justice details Kim Dotcom evidence

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Just a note of caution

I know I'll get down voted for this because no one ever reads comments on this subjects and just votes against the DoJ and RIAA... buuuuut, I think some of you really dont understand how Mega operated. It was designed to make money from the distribution of copyrighted material. That's the only way most people would pay for the service. Megavideo could not have made people pay unless there was something they wanted behind the link sites it enabled. And yes, I do understand that YouTube has done ok from a similar thing.

Make all the points about this case you want EXCEPT trying to claim that copyright infringement was just an incidental misuse of the service. Honestly. My 5 year old tells better fibs :)

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Fees shakeup: Freephone numbers will actually BE free – Ofcom

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+1 for Giffgaff

Been using mine for endless conference calls on 0800 and 0808 for years. Hasn't cost me a penny.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Re: Big Trak

Undoubtably. Also, didn't everyone try to find the trailer as displayed on the cover? Everyone in my school thought it existed and one or two (lying shits) claimed to have found it.

Much like the raft to the island on Jet Set Willy.

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

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Peppermint 4

Seriously, did you actually try it?

Never mind the SSB gimmicks. It's a quite attractive, extremely quick Linux distribution that is very well suited to netbooks. Much better than standard Ubuntu. Nothing worth commenting on in that?

There's even special combination download packs like the office productivity one.

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Moto G: Google's KitKat bruiser could knock out, bury Landfill Android

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Re: £99 From Tesco .....

Tried it?

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Re: Here is my proper review

Did you buy a Tesco one and unlock it? I don't know where else they're available from off-contract.

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Want to reach out and touch your Chromebook? How does $299 grab you?

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Linux drivers for the touchscreen?

Will it work with a standard distro? Anyone know?

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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No GPS?

Then no sale. This would be perfect for a satnav. Imagine attaching it to your windscreen. Who needs an outside view when the satnav is telling you what to do?

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UK defamation law reforms take effect from start of 2014

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Re: Doesn't seem to be much different

Actually it is quite a bit different. You'd be surprised at how fucked up the old law was.

Google for libel reform and bca vs simon singh.

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

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Re: On the basis of yesterday

Just buy a copy of Chimes of Midnight.

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Post-Profit Prophet RUSSELL BRAND is the HUMBLE CHRIST of STARTUPS

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Nobhead

Brand seems to be under the misapprehension that profit can only be gained by ripping someone else off so he'll get a U on his Economics for a start.

As for the idea that we should all be working for the benefit of a benign, central bureaucracy, whilst abandoning the pretense of democracy; err no ta mate.

Was he bunking off school when they did Animal Farm?

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Canadian teens cuffed over alleged Snapchat child sex pics ring

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Re: Child porn charges???

"if they are doing this now, what are they going to be doing later in life?"

Looking at girls their age like every other man? Guess what, there was a time when I was horny for 14 year old girls. That was WHEN I WAS 14! I've got older now so I don't. That is normal!

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Child porn charges???

How is that justified? That will be on their criminal record despite them being the same age as the girls?

Whereas if they'd just actually, you know, had sex, then they'd just have had a quiet word about emotions and contraception.

Fucking stupid. Sure, what they did was wrong but child porn charges are totally inappropriate.

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

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We had one at school

It really did feel like a 'proper' computer. Not like the Beebs.

I coded some BASIC games on it but nothing as good as the surprisingly good Space Invaders clone.

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Brit boffin brews INSTANT HANGOVER RELIEF

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But does it taste like ethanol?

Ethanol is a key pert of what makes booze taste nice. If these molecules do not impart the same flavour then the drinks they go in won't be booze-replacements at all. They'll be brand new drinks that make you a bit fuzzy-headed.

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McDonalds ponders in-store 3D printing for Happy Meal toys

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Not a chance

3D printers below the £100,000 mark take hours to print a toy that is vastly inferior to the toys that McDs give out now. No chance this is anywhere near the horizon.

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Child protection group's creep-catcher passes Turing Test

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Isn't it possible

...that they were just interested in the CGI? Who's actually done anything wrong here?

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Microsoft buys all electricity from Texas wind farm

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Inevitable question

When the wind isn't blowing they do what?

Buy from the grid adding to the the variability of the grid demand and thereby pushing up prices for everyone else?

Brill.

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'Only NUCLEAR power can SAVE HUMANITY', say Global Warming high priests

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Good call.

Now we sit back and wait for the loons who think that running a grid is a ridiculously old-fashioned thing to do to pipe up.

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Ding-dong, Cthulu calling: Infogrames’ 1992 Alone in the Dark

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Re: Pickman

No, I meant Pickman + Model.

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Pickman

Nice choice on the title :)

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Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

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Not much of a future

Only 3 billion years? Blimey. Poor diddums planet.

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Gasp! Twitter displays pictures in main feed as IPO looms

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Clients?

Meh. Tweetlogix still works fine. Can't remember the last time I used the website or official client.

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Surface 2 and iPad Air: Prepare to meet YOUR DOOM under a 'Landfill Android' AVALANCHE

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Re: A quick correction

You can get a Hudl for less than £59. I used £45 quid's worth of vouchers which they doubled up and got it for £29 of real money. That's why they're selling. They're no iPad but for a few quid you can buy one and not worry about the kids covering it in snot.

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Not so Saucy after all: Ubuntu reveals Mirless Salamander... and what, no Britney?

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LVM!!

The installer supports LVM now. Excellent.

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Will install tonight on the Thinkpad

Will give me something to do at the mother-in-law's :(

I had a point to make sorry, my Thinkpad also has an AMD card and I'm hoping it will improve things.

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

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"Unfortunately the powers that lead the powers that be have made a decision and it's quite mad, but they refuse to look at alternate options, and actively rubbish any attempt to counter climate change issues by anything other then reducing CO2 output."

That's not even the problem. They are crippling our ability to keep the lights on and to afford our electricity without even making any difference to CO2 output.

That's the crazy thing.

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You didn't need the denier stance

Just accepting that AGW is real and that we want to reduce CO2 emission these policies are still a fail. They are not reducing CO2 emissions.

Using gas to replace coal would be a nice quick win on CO2 whilst realistic long-term options are invested in (nuclear). The current policy is counter-productive.

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RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

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Would make a nice Linux machine but...

1360x768 res?

When mid-range phones have better res than a laptop it's a fail.

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Dutch oven overcooked in World Solar Challenge

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Re: @Richard Wharram RE: "vapor-driven vessel of low-countries origin"

I'm at work, so just to be on the safe side I'm not clicking that.

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Dutch oven?

I can't work out how you justify putting it in the title but well done for at least making the effort to keep working the Profanisaurus into mainstream media.

You need to keep an eye out for a story involving a water-borne, vapor-driven vessel of low-countries origin whose forward-motion is impaired so moves in a stern-first fashion.

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British support for fracking largely unmoved by knowledge of downsides

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Just maybe

The public are concerned about their gas prices and think this might be a better way of dealing with it than a price-freeze?

(yes - i know it was actually drilling for oil)

(yes - i know there's all kinds of research which says that it won't reduce prices)

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Apple tackles iPhone lock-up cockup with iOS 7.0.2

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Hacked?

It was fooled not hacked. And there was an article. Go search.

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

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Re: Intermittency of Solar

Like amusing displays of millions of twitching frogs' legs. Who hasn't dreamt of the day when that would become reality?

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Re: Intermittency of Solar

Easier to mitigate against than wind certainly (in the right countries).

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Re: WTF......

Indeed. You'd need an order of magnitude or two's more wind turbines than oil rigs to produce anything useful.

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