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Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'

A. Coatsworth
Happy

Enlightenment

Didn't know Enlightenment desktop manager was still alive. I can take a look at Bodhi for his fact alone... I loved that manager, running over slackware, in the college network

Ah, memories

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Official: Pastafarian strainer titfer is religious headgear

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Re: What an arse

If only, mr. Code Monkey, if only...

But in my experience there is a minority of atheist than can be as annoying and fanatic as the very well known minority of annoying and fanatic god-botherers.

I think the down votes in your post exemplify this...

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BOFH vs PFY: There can be only one (on the exes chit)

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Happy

Re: Out-BOFH

The BOFH was outBOFH'd by an outsider a couple of years ago... that episode and the subsequent, swift revenge are probably my favorite articles ever.

Of course, the PFY still has too much to learn before he can attempt something so bold, although it's unlikely that he lives until the time he gets enough experience

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Google turning us into forgetful morons, warn boffins

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Pint

As professor Jones famously said...

"I wrote them down (...) so that I wouldn't HAVE to remember" I agree completely with him

Oh, and yes, I knew where on the Internet I could find the quote, so I checked it because I didn't remember it verbatim.

Beer because... that's another great way to damage my memory

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Space shuttle Endeavour: 'An incredible ship'

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Unhappy

A title

I recently found an old Reader's Digest magazine from 1981, that included an article about the "newest guest in space": The Columbia.

It is saddening, in today's context, reading about all the hope these birds brought back in the day: frequent flights, cheap sending of goods to orbit... it *was* the future. And now, 30 years later we have taken several steps backwards.

Here's hoping that Musk, Chang-Diaz, Allen, and the rest of private investors succeed. I don't want to think that the best days of space exploration and discovery are already in the past.

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Reg hack applauds asinine augmentation

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Pint

Ballmer was the first thing I thought...

... until I read the bootnote.

In that case I think Británica could be an interesting name for her (no offense intended)

Congrats to the proud family... ¡Salud!

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Nintendo game roll-out pace plunges

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Right on the money

I really love my Wii, but with this drought I've found myself playing more and more GC games I didn't have the chance to try when they first came out, and revisiting old (N64, SNES...) games via virtual console.

Not the ideal scenario, perhaps, but it gives a way to keep the Wii alive until (if?) new games arrive.

Hopefully Nintendo has used all the time and truckloads of money it got from the Wii to really polish the Wii2... In the meantime, I'll be playing MarioRPG and Metal Gear Solid

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Lindsay Lohan ditches her surname

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Pint

Re: Not bad

You can get the best of the two worlds: Largely Inebriated Newspage Dares Sending Airplanes Yonder.

Previous PARIS coverage gives plenty of support for that affirmation!

Cheers

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EA dubs Nintendo Wii a 'legacy platform'

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Grenade

To be fair...

"rehashes of tired old franchises" sounds very much like EA's marketing strategy...

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Anti-religious campaigners smack down census Jedis

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Dead Vulture

Jedi is too cliché

The religion of choice in this case should be, of course, Cthulhu Cultist!

Tombstone as, in strange eons, even El Reg may die...

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Phantom Menace to be released in 3D next Feb

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Coat

"crimes against the treasured memories of the 1970s and 80s"

Is there any way to turn that into a real law? maybe spamming your local representative/congressman/etc until he or she feeds up and processes the idea...

So many incoming atrocities would stop before they arrive to theaters and so many people would end up, and rightly so, in jail (I'm looking at you, Michale Bay)

... one can dream, right?

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Ten... fantasy swords you wish you owned

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Unhappy

No Master Sword?

Link will have something to say about this oversight.

... or maybe not...

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Nintendo celebrates Legend of Zelda silver anniversary

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Joke

OH BOY!

the king's voice... I can't get it out of my head!

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Apple refuses frozen iPhone repair

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FAIL

re: Californian conditions

It's off topic , but it makes almost throw up in anger every time a page tries to look smart and changes UI or language display based on location, even though I clearly indicated I want the default homepage. Google is probably one of the biggest offenders, but by no means the only one.

Given that I use a vpn that connects to servers in France and Germany, seemly at random, this is a big annoyance.

FAIL-that's what that behavior is.

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THE TRUTH on the Californian NASA POISON ALIENS

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WTF?

What's the deal with the RANDOM CAPITALIZATION?

There are at least 5 ARTICLES with weird CAPITALIZATION in their titles, in the RSS Feed. I don't know about the fellow readers, but I find it FREAKING ANNOYING (and harder to write, mind you)

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Hey kids, wanna build your own Vulture 1?

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are you...?

Are you transferring your super secret technology to Iran? teh horror... TEH HORROR!!!1oneone

On a more serious note, it's nice to see how this experiment sparked, or at least feed, this sense of discovery around the world. In particular, love the Oz idea (Codename KYLIE? that's genius!)

Let's see how Vulture II fares against its worldwide competitors...

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Toshiba AC100 Android smartbook

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FAIL

Annnnd we have a winner!

I don't see anything taking the Rusty Dodo award from this poor thing's hands... which is a shame, because it doesn't look half bad

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Oz journo pokes PARIS

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Unhappy

Lohan?

Not bad, but to be frank I hoped the patron saint for VULTURE II to be that unnamed EEE PC girl.

http://regmedia.co.uk/2007/06/06/asus_eeepc_2.jpg

oh, well...

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Top Ten Retro PC Games

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Grenade

Nothing beats

a banana bomb delivered by a careful jetpack flyby

...oh, the joys of overkill

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Enormous Paleozoic flesh-eaters created in lab

A. Coatsworth
Coat

Two dragonflies with one stone

"There is no such thing as dragonfly chow. As juveniles they need to hunt live prey and in fact undergraduate students... "

When I read that I thought they had found a way to curb the number of unemployed grads in the next years and at the same time keep your horrible Paleozoic monsters alive...

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PARIS in 89,000 ft climax

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Pint

<Title>

You put a playmobil figure, in a paper plane, at the edge of space and got it back ... I don't know why, but I find that idea at the same time ridiculous and utterly amazing. It surely put a silly smile in my face today.

Hopefully Vulture II will overcome the insulation issues and give us footage of the wild ride our Playmonauta enjoyed.

¡Salud!

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Vulture 1 sprouts wings and a tail

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Pint

Problem is...

I think he and the other bloke, Rui, are bieng paid in Brandy and Rioja... not sure if that's a good or bad thing, though

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RIM boss joins queue to kick Jobs

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Unhappy

So, who coined the phrase...

"Reality Distortion Field", referring to Apple?

I honestly thought it was an El Reg creation, but it seems it's even bigger than that...

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Spanish fascist decries Franco Eurovision slur

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Headmaster

RE: He's dead, Jim.

That's not necessarily true. In this context, "viva" would be better translated as "hail" or any other salutation formula.

You can say "VIVA..." just anything, alive or not: a place (¡Viva España!), a date (¡Viva el 15 de setiembre!), an event (¡Viva la Revolución!) a sports team, a person, etc, etc.

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Distressed cock whipped out of wheelie bin

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Troll

RE: And the IT angle is?

>>"Presumably the opportunity to put the word "cock" in a headline..."

You said it as if it is a bad thing to do...

I for one welcome our cock-pulling poultry-saving overlords (or ladies)

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Duke Nukem Forever demo'd on video

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Coat

The Mayans had it right!

If the news that Duke Nukem Forever is being actually launched are not a certain sign that the End is Nigh(tm), it don't know what they are...

In any case, I'm getting ready to chew bubblegum and kick ass, at least for the short time we have left

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Star Wars set for 3D rehash

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Coat

3D??

I don't think we have the technology to get more than *one* dimension out of the characters present the second trilogy, let alone 3...

But when all is said and done, Lucas will be a little bit richer, I guess that's all that matters

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GOG.com returns with site redesign

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Happy

Ditto here

Had never heard of the site before this stunt, but now they probably won a new customer.

If I can get my hands on Duke Nukem 3D, that is...

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Holiday snaps? Er, no - criminal porn

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Re: Food for thought

You don't browse /b/ by accident... in the very unlikely event you reached that place without knowing beforehand, you would be getting the hell out of there shocked, scared and probably mentally scarred 5 seconds later.

If you go there, you know what you're looking for.

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Google tests 'streaming' search engine

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Big Brother

Share

You could try the well known Scroogle Scraper (http://www.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/scraper.htm) which is just an anonimized Google query.

Ixquick (http://ixquick.com/) it's another pretty decent option. Their results aren't half bad for most queries.

No "evil Google" icon and no hope of getting one, but the Big Brother will work...

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Life on Earth gets wiped out every 27 million years, say boffins

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Coat

Re: whats more intresting

The previous intelligent species survived the massive extinction in their cities in Antarctic and deep under the Pacific Ocean... And they are still there, waiting for the right time to take back the Earth.

Mine's the one with the Necro...*Tekeli-li* *Tekeli-li*

ARRGGGHHH!!!

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One third of Brits are gamers

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Go

Gamers? pffft!

it all is nicely explained here:

http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=282

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Horse-headed human trots through Street View

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Troll

@Ms Bee Re: Some

I think you forgot this, so I'll put it here for adnim:

ODFO!

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Apple iOS4 upgrade adds multitasking, folders... and pain

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FAIL

@ Juan

"My phone was unaffected. Therefore the problem clearly does not exist"

that's some nice, scientific train of thought there...

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Drinking coffee offers no real benefit, say eggheads

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Re: Coffee

I think the problem is the awful oil by-products that are sold as "coffee" over there...

I have always known that coffee doesn't have any real effect (at least on me) but it doesn't stop me from drinking a nice freshly brewed cup whenever I have the time (maybe 2, 3 a day). Why? because the coffee you can get over here, in a certain Latin American country, is absolutely delicious.

There are different brands, with different roasts and ground process, and trying them is not too far from comparing different wines or beers.

Instant coffee, on the other hand, is an insult and its creators should be processed as criminals against humanity

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Israelis build floating electric hover platform

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Pint

Re: Thethered machine...

Probably the idea of this machine is help searching for the Dead Sea Scrolls... they only have 5 years left to finish the project and as far as I know they are way behind schedule...

Glass because... that's no beer, it's Tang!

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Google screws Scroogle

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Unhappy

go go gadget javascript!

the interface is nice, I like the privacy settings and the results (for just a small sample of searches I ran) look ok... but why, oh why, in the name of Cthulhu does it need javascript to work? It's probably th only search engine I've seen that doesn't work over NoScript.

Well, at least including it in Mozilla's search bar bypasses that issue, but still...

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Apple prices up iPad for UK

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Jobs Horns

Re: Cars

As far as I know both the Mondeo and a BMW 3 (for example) can use the same roads, run on the same fuel, transport the same number of passengers and basically perform the same task (with a difference of luxury and speed)

can the iPad navigate the same web pages as the netbook? connect with the same (ubiquitous) portable devices? work on the same files?

Thinking about it, what *can* it do? besides making my wallet $500 lighter, of course...

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Green Berets to get Judge Dredd computer smart-rifle

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Troll

Here's your lunch, troll

A computer-guided shell, shot out of a BFG that sounds like a comic character's weapon... and you´re still asking the angle? It's only missing a Paris reference!

Enjoy your meal!

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

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Go

It is here:

_www.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/scraper.htm

Just the results: no sidebars, no top bars, no ads, no automatic suggestions and no F*CKING LOCAL VERSIONS (I hate them. I tried to enter google.com, not google.we-are-watching-and-guessing-where-you-are)

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Turk unwraps doner kebab robot

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Coat

A sweat donor?

Now, that's one mental image I could live without...

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Segway + motorbike = futuristic dorkmobile

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Thumb Down

Thank you, ma'am

Thanks for putting an end to that nonsense

Never thought the PC patrol would find us here at El Reg...

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Telegraph trips over the Large Hardon Collider

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Joke

Where's the IT angle?

Oh, I see... it was on a web page, also the LHC

So, where's the Paris angle?

... "Large hardon", that should cover it...

I declare this the most complete article in the history of El Reg

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Blighty gives Street View the bum's rush

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I salute you

From Loch Ness Stig to the Shetland welcome to the brave Mooners, I salute brave defenders o' the Islands you for letting Google knew what you think about them :)

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BOFH: The PFY Chronicles part 2

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Pint

so he's not dead...

He's in New Zealand since February!

Yay! I'll drink for that

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Mutated genetic supertrout developed in lab

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Flame

v--- Here is the torch

I'll get the pitchforks. The rest of the lynching mob should be here any minute now. Get ready to be soaked in boiling tar

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Top exorcist says Satan at work in Vatican

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Coat

@IT?

Do you have any idea of how many daemons roam the Linux systems?

Probably the Exorcist Association is planing an all-out assault against Ubuntu and its unholy brethren

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SeaWorld killer killer whale must die, Bible insists

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Dead Vulture

here's the catch...

It wouldn't kill a fellow intelligent being, but have no problems with those beings -barely bigger than a seal- who misunderstood their place in the food chain.

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Google 'personalizes' one in five searches

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Big Brother

I'm replying to a comment... shouldn't this field be auto filled?

Why, in the unholy name of Cthulu, would I want to run a search for content from my social circle?

If I wanted information from them, I'd ask them directly! The idea behind a web search is getting information I can not get *otherwise* FFS...

</rant>

Big Brother because... HE knows...

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Old PS3s locked out of PlayStation Network

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FAIL

It is not just PSN

It's interesting that everybody is focusing on the PSN outtage when the problem is much worse than that. I saw it live on a friend's PS3, which wasn't connected to Internet in any way... at 6 pm here (exactly midnight GMT) it threw up the infamous 8001050F error an locked us out of RE5. It also borked the trophies for all games, reseted the system date to 12/31 1999 and turned Marvel vs Capcom and Bionic Commando from full versions to demo (Not sure, but the error may have also killed my friend's cat and pissed on the fridge)

As speculated, the error might be in the way the PS3 handles leap years... and if that is the case, I sincerely hope someone will be losing his job at Sony *today* This is just embarrassing

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