* Posts by Nazar

26 posts • joined 24 Apr 2008

... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...

Nazar
Pint

Re: If they had a time machine...

>especially given Islam was one of the most well documented historical religious movements.

I have to disagree as many sources suggest that Mohammed and the first couple Khalifs and even Mecca were all fictitious as accounts of these historic figures and places are very uncommon outside of Islamic oral traditions. Traditions, I might add, that many Islamic scholars disagree over.

An example is that the first non-Islamic historic reference to Mohammed is found on a Jerusalem coin, minted in ~ 720CE, almost 90 years after Mohammed died in 632CE.

Consider that Jerusalem was held by the Byzantine Empire (ex Romans + Greeks) before capture by Arabs (or Islamic forces led by the first Khalifa as the oral tradition tells it) in 637CE, there are very little accounts from Greek/Roman/Byzantine bloggers of organised Islamic traditions at the time (i.e. there are no recorded accounts visible Islamic traditions like communal Friday prayers etc).

Okay, so they didn't blog back then but historical bureaucratic documents were produced by Jerusalem's governors, tax collectors, Greek merchants and scribes... none of which attribute Islamic behaviours to the conquering Arabs.

Pint, as I am a Real Ale enjoying apostate.

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Ten... Apple iPad Mini alternatives

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Stop

Avoid Sony

I'd recommend steering away from Sony tablets. I invested in a Sony Tablet S, which by all accounts had a shelf life of a few months. No word from Sony on JB updates.

Normally this isn't an issue but the modding community is steering clear of at least the Tablet S as there are no ROMs for this model (only a rooting) despite it being out for about six months. You can't even do a nand backup.

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eBay invites mystic wrath over ban on spells, potions and lotions

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Good!

intangible mystic items from its site = SCAMs

Ebay also needs to tackle the dearth of cheap/dangerous/knockoff/broken goods that litter its site.

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Office 15 steals OVERLARGE font, design vision from Windows PHO

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WinPho Popular?

>But the Windows Phone isn't popular because of the typography, or even the tiles: it's popular because (like the iPhone) it makes a subset of very common tasks available and easy to access.

I was under the impression that WInPho is hugely unpopular, to the extend that WinMob 6.5 units are still outselling WinPho7

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Facebook fails webmail tests

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Teh Title

>Microsoft's Windows Live Hotmail came out in top spot with an 83 per cent score

Stopped reading after this line....

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Want an untracked Android? Here’s how

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Alert

Same for other smartphones..

@tempemeaty Apple and Microsoft have demonstrated the same functionality for their respective devices using far more whimsical reasons. Not sure about RIM though...

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So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

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Newer Sci Fi Books

I for one would like to see more modern books being converted into movies - not too sure what the current obsession of converting 60s scifi into movies is.

Dark Night Trilogy or Mindstar Trilogy (would be cheaper to make) by Robert F Hamilton is pretty good.

Greg Bear has done a few good books that would do brilliant film conversions: Anvil of Stars, Eon, Moving Mars...

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Council busts breast milk ice cream parlour

Nazar
Happy

Re: Hepatitis

+1 for "stormtroopers".

Lucky I wasn't reading this early in the morning with a nice cup of coffee hovering over my keyboard!

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Apple shrinks Mac Mini price

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Only 50?

>Apple has knocked 50 quid off the price of the Mac Mini.

Hmm... knocking £500 would be more like it....

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XP? Thanks for the memories

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Stop

Windows 7 vs Virtualised MicroXP

Sorry.. I am too much in love with MicroXP (boots up to around 40MB and around 1GB install). I have about a dozen Virtualbox machines catering for my Windows development needs on my Linux metal box.

Windows 7? No thanks!

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Great white sharks menace Blighty

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Oh Noeezz

>traditional hunting grounds off the coast of Amity in search of European flesh.

Splutter!!1 Damn! Soaked my keyboard in coffee! Again!!

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.NET for Android prepares to get probed

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Performance issues?

I was under the impression that Mono's performance lags considerably when compared to Microsoft's VM.

Will Android handsets have the required CPU power to offer a good user experience? I am thinking of the lower end 500/600Mhz handsets.

TBH, I'd rather invest in learning Scala for Android. I'm in my third week of writing my first Android app (coming to Java from Ruby and Delphi) and boy is Java verbose!!

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So long then, Windows 2000

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@Pirate Dave - Windows Explorer

@PirateDave - Google for Directory Opus. Windows Explorer like it should be done....

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Apple revamps Mac Mini as skinny HDMI box

Nazar
Grenade

Acer Revo FTW for < 1/3 Price

>Would your Acer Revos have the build quality and quietness of the mini though (-in addition to HDMI, FW800 and mini-DP)?

The Acer Revo is whisper quiet (too quiet... the only way I can tell it is on is by its LED). The ION GPU spits at 720p and 1080p H264 videos. XBMC runs flawlessly on it allowing me to watch all manner of video formats and containers... this includes SSA/ASS subtitled anime in all their 720p glory.

Yes, includes HDMI (and VGA out), four USB ports and a couple of eSTATA connectors.... all for about 179 inclusive VAT (obviously for the non Windows version).

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'Minimalist, whimsical' Google search given Bing-like overhaul

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Stop

I hates it! My Precious!!

I don't like the layout.. feels weird having the links on the left and the search results shifted to the right... my old codger eyes now overshoot the the left as soon as I hit the Search button (via the Enter key)

I do, however, like the Timeline view... Wonder wheel? Meh...

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Virgin Media deletes customers

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Stop

Premium Storage Costs?

"... this, saying it merely aimed to spruce its records. "

O'Rly?

As if storage and hard drive costs weren't at an all time low....

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Guinness to hit three quid a pint

Nazar
Pint

DIY

Its time you got the following:

30 Litre bucket with lid

King Keg 5 gallon Pressure Barrel (top or bottom tap)

EDME Irish Stout kit

1KG Beer enhancer (Spray dried malt, dextrose meritose)

Two weeks

to produce 40 pints of lovely stout. The first batch comes out at £2 a pint. Subsequent batches cost 38 pence a pint.

The above should definitely appeal to all the pc system builders amongst us. The wife can attest that the produced product is, "some of the best stout I've had".

http://www.wineworks.co.uk are recommended for supplies

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LHC smashes Tevatron record: Humanity enters the unknown

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20 years into the future...

Might explain the dream I had last night where I saw myself 20 years in the future....

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Dell refunds PC user for rejecting Windows

Nazar
Gates Horns

Did this over a year ago....

I did this with Dell over a year ago with my (then) shiny XPS 1330 laptop.

I received a refund for Vista + MS Works = £120. I sent them a nice letter with a lovely coloyr A4 (glossy) printed photo of me clicking the "reject license" option and another photo with the laptop running Kubuntu 3.5.

Shortly after that incident (don't think it was related), Dell started offering preloaded Ubuntu XPS 1330 laptops.... but with inferior specs: the Vista version would have much high hardware specs than the Ubuntu lappy for the same price. The reasoning was that my example would no longer be refunded as a non-windows option was available.

Sadly, AFAIK, this is no longer the case and Dell (AFAIK) is back to Windows only oferrings (at least on the home/soho offerings).

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Large Hadron boffin arrested on terrorism suspicion

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FAIL

Space and Time

Tag: Flashforward (not the fraked up tv series, which took a good book and ballsed it up beyond recognition).

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Microsoft: Don't rush to download Windows 7 RC

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Flame

MS Shills

For all you MS Shills that keep harping on how W7 is faster than XP. Stop it. It is questionably faster that Vista but that is it.

Benchmarks: http://gizmodo.com/5233098/windows-7-release-candidate-1-vs-vista-first-benchmarks

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Mankind to detect alien life 'by 2025'

Nazar
Pirate

2025 == Mad Max

2025? Who would care by then?

1. There will be no fuel left for the common man/woman

2. All those feral kids, tanked up on cider and armed with knives, will all be adults...

3. Adults from 2 will have feral kids 2.0

3. Big Brother^W^W The government will never tell us. If it would then how as none of us would afford running a radio, let alone a PC or television!

The less I think about the future the happier I am...

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Handheld games console three-way shoot-out

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DS Lite Game on Page 5?

Out of interest... what is the game on the DS Lite on page 5?

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Did the width move for you, darling?

Nazar
Pirate

Arrr!!

Arr!! Fixed width is fer soft, sea swabbing bilge rats! Ye be making th biggest mistake of ye lives! Be ye damned to Davy Jones' Locker fer hiternity ye lubbers.

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French firm intros remix-friendly music format

Nazar
Heart

Mod Trackers!!!

This very much reminds me of mod trackers from the late 80s for all of us who broke our cherries on Amigas and the much derided STs (yes I had one).

I remember most mod tracker groups went the way of the MP3 in the early 90s.

So we've come full circle then....

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'We could wake up smarter' - Ballmer hints at Win XP reprieve

Nazar
Linux

Ubuntu over Vista

Today sees the release of Ubuntu 8.04.

Balmer. Do us a favour and discontinue ALL XP sales ahead of end of the June deadline. Infact, do it tomorrow!

MS... all your desktop are belong to us.

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