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Coke? Windows 8 is Microsoft's 'Vista moment'. Again

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Let's take Business Categories for $400

"The new user and out-of-box experiences which are missing end customers' expectations are being reevaluated and crowsdsourced in an inclusive way (with the opinion of all actors being on the table) so that divisive perceptions can be managed, unaligned expectations improved and the multi-focused user interface adjusted to the customers' needs and wants, thus clarifying the overly aggressive interpretations of trade partners and evaluators about this company's rollout of its latest, vastly improved iteration of its flagship product."

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Cray descends to midrange HPC shops with baby XC30 supers

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"America, what a country! This is precisely how the phone company charges us for the internet that our tax dollars paid to create in the first place."

Not really. What's important for "the Internet" is not the glued-together packet-exchanging network from DARPA that found some success in universities - but the infrastructure underneath the pavement. The latter was built via a circuitous route involving state-granted privileges, sweetheart deals, a telecoms bubble and outright abuse of dominant positions in the marketplace. So one may argue that fleecing, gouging, larcency and pension scheme draining are involved, but tax dollars? Not so much.

What we have got here is bog-standard "industrial policy" whereby companies get some orders from tax-and-spend state outfits to do R&D. Not exactly capitalism, but then again, at least it's not a 5-trillion dollar war on stuff for the benefit of the well-connected ones.

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First, the bad news: EA bags Star Wars games rights

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C3P0 as used car salesman?

> Great initial films

Only because he didn't actually have free reign.

He's been quite in character all the way to the tubes.

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Senate passes Marketplace Fairness Act by wide margin

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Everyone shall be equally robbed!

It's fair - because otherwise who will fill the trough we are feeding from?

MUAHAHAHA, Suckers!

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Watchdog: Y'know what Bitcoin really needs? A REGULATOR!

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Nazis everywhere

This is why we can't have nice things.

Go back to your inflating fiat currencies, f*ggots!

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Don't bake your Raspberry Pi - now you can WATER COOL it

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Re: Obviously

Or Kool Aid?

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Google hit by building automation security FAIL

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I saw that in the movie "Fair Game". I was only watching it for Cindy Crawford, honest!

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Redmond probes new IE 8 vulnerability

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Re: Why don't they just throw in the towel?

Truth is boring.

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Next Tidbinbilla deep space antenna ready for hoist

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Nice, but...

"Planned, approved and budgeted before America decided to threaten to blow its economic brains out via the fiscal sequester process"

I dunno.... that's like saying a foaming junkie spasming in the hall decided to kill himself by refusing that one last little pill.

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Platform clouds: The hot battle for developers' hearts and minds

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Re: Development Tools for the next quarter century...?

Scala. And LISP or Scheme or Clojure. LISP is always good.

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Russian geologist claims finding chunks of Tunguska Event invader

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Re: Weak in history?

I don't do criticism from ACs

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Re: "collapsing black hole"?

That was in Larry Niven's "Borderland of Sol" ... a good read and I think the first "real sci-fi" I read during a school holiday at my grandparent's house (I remember reading it several times until I understood what was actually going on). Niven had not yet gotten the memo about Hawking Radiation though.

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Re: Nonsense, it was a UFO crashing

> I read it in an Erich von Däniken book so it must be true.

I actually have that in a book "Sci-Fi writing by Soviet Authors", so not particularly Däniken.

It might also have been Putin going back in time.

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Weak in history?

Russians were somewhat distracted by a World War, a revolution, and a civil war

Not to mention the attempt to swallow up the newly created Poland and to have the Red Army bring the Revolution to Berlin and Rome by way of invasion. Luckily it all went pear-shaped in front of Warshaw (with no help from the Entente Powers or the League of Nations, btw). Probably the reason Nazis looked at the Bolsheviks with some trepidation and Stalin was fucknasty on the Poles during the re-re-invasion.

He was only able to publish one paper on it before the Nazi's invaded

That would be "reneged on their treaty and decided not to stay on their side of ex-Poland"

And then...

Dubbed the "whale", "boat", and "dental crown" for their shapes

GET OUT OF HERE, STALKER!

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Peak Apple: Yet ANOTHER supplier reports drop in demand

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> Apple negotiating better prices etc. etc.

How? By kidnapping the CEO's daughter and threatening to bludgeoning her to death with rounded corners??

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Star Trek: The original computer game

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Re: And just think...

I distinctly remember nastygrams flying back in the 90's about the non-permitted use of "Star Trek" on the Internets, and fans wailing and gnashing their teeths...

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Lies!

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Re: Something's wrong...

There is a new film?

Well, I hope Mr. Plinkett has not yet died in his wheelchair and will say something about that.

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Re: Listings printed in magazines.

Back then these were called "secretaries" and they had amazing hair-dos!

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Never played it but I got a flashback to "4K computing on passive LCDs" .... urrrrhhh!

Also:

"Super Star Trek’s debut in Creative Computing - Click for larger image"

The face when it's a .jpg, not .png

It's difficult to decipher those characters, it has nothing to do with age.

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Anonymity ZUCKS: Facebook's Instagram to switch on face tagging

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Re: "... taking shots of their shoes ..."

Your jokes are in dire need of update

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Dept o' Labor says US created more jobs than it thought this spring

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Re: Chinese dollars

Very correct.

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Greenspan Times Are Here Again

There is some frothing in the housing market...

It appears that the Fed’s zero-interest-rate and QE policies have finally achieved its insane goal of re-igniting a housing bubble.

The Case-Schiller 20-City Index shows that housing prices increased by 1.2 percent in February and 9.3 percent year-over-year. All cities included in the index experienced substantial gains, which have been driven by staggeringly large increases in the bottom tier of the market. In Phoenix housing prices rose by 23 percent over the past year, but by 39 percent in the bottom third of the housing market. Las Vegas home prices were up by 17.6 percent in the past year while prices for houses in the bottom tier rose by 34.2 percent, and at an annual rate of 56.2 percent in the last three months. In Atlanta, bottom-tier home prices rose 36 percent year-over-year and at an annual rate of 70 percent in the past three months.

In light of the current data, Dean Baker, one of the few left-of-center economists to issue an early warning about the last housing bubble, sees signs of a renewed housing bubble on the horizon:

"This rapid increase in house prices should be prompting serious concern among regulators. At the moment, it is not driving the economy in the same way as the housing bubble did in the last decade. Construction is still at very low levels, so a plunge in prices could not have impact on the economy through this channel. While saving rates are again low, possibly due in part to increasing home equity, it is likely that the data are somewhat distorted by the large dividend payouts of the fourth quarter. If the saving rate remains below 3.0 percent into the second half of the year (the post-World War II average is more than 8.0 percent) then this would suggest that inflated house prices are playing a role. If that is the case, a decline in house prices would lead to another hit to consumption.

However the main reason that the rapid run-up in prices in the bottom tier should be a cause for a concern is that moderate-income homebuyers may again take a big hit if these prices plunge in a correction."

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Look ma, no plugins! Streaming web video with just JavaScript

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Re: Application Virtualization...

Not sure this would work. Compression will be lossy and you might well have to look into the future to find out how to compress the stuff. Expect jumping mousepointers and blurry text, not to mention the 2 x 150ms round-trip delay inserted into your cybernetic loop.

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Re: Codec Shmodec

To the Reg commentariat section, maybe?

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App gap flap: New York's e-cabbies FOILED AGAIN

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But...those inspections, they cost! And it's a good investment, dude. Credit is easy, too.

Your face when a NYC taxi license ACTUALLY sets you back 1'000'000 USD:

Taken for a Ride

Don't tell me this biz isn't "regulated" for the Politicians and the Mafia.

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Re: De Ja Vu?

Then the driver wouldn't contract with Uber, right?

"If the cab operators really wanted embrace change"

Did you read the article?

The "syndicates of vested interests" do not DO change.

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Re: Foreign.

"from people with foreign-looking names"

What's that? Sorry, mate, native indjuns only. You sound a bit irish to me.

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Plans for fully 3D-printed gun go online next week

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Keep calm and carry on hysterizing!

> Given that you could do the same thing with a cnc milling machine

But this one pushes the buffoonic buttons of democrats in far more efficient manner. Now they can show they are caring because 3D PRINTERS WILL MAKE SURE THERE WILL BE DEAD CHILDREN EVERYWHERE. Now there is something to ban again.

Anyway, wasn't there a movie with Clint Eastwood about plastic gun building to kill the prez?

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Suspected Chinese NASA spy smuggled smut not state secrets

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Don't give them ideas.

Seeing how pr0nz are involved, the Good Republican Congressman's arterial tension must already gone dangerously close to levels afflicting red-faced prussian schoolmasters.

"but this was dismissed on the proviso that he leave the country within 48 hours"

"Leave town. Tonight. Now. And when you are gone, you stay gone. Or you be gone."

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AMD reveals potent parallel processing breakthrough

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Re: And don't forget the MASSIVE security failure.

I read this article and first thing that came to mind was 'Fat Agnus'!

This has nothing to do with Gabe Nevell!

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Less "unified memory" than 1 CPU (with no memory-management unit, hence the need to save often, save early and the kludge of patching up executables when loading them into memory) plus off-CPU video hardware that could access the lower 512K with DMA.

All very nice, but not exactly on the level with 2013.

The problem is that backward-looking enhances things. Do you remember the beautiful workbench? Then you look at it for real and you know ... it was nice then but it sure ain't now.

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Re: And don't forget the MASSIVE security failure.

Anyone who remembers the Guru Meditation, Press Left Mouse Button To Continue?

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Anticitizen#1

DHS is too busy burning through all the beeellions of dosh setting up random Overwatch Checkpoints and training at the range with up to 2 bullets fired for each US citizen yearly.

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Scramjet X-51 finally goes to HYPER SPEED above Pacific

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Why more Weimar?

"The palmy days of War On Stuff budget bulge are over for the US military"

I didn't hear about Eisenhower being back in the presidential seat. I think the debtmonetization express is going to roll to ultimate wreckage whatever happens.

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NASA boffins: Space 'scope JUST missed dead Cold War spy sat

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Re: Solar sail? Ion drive?

What's wrong with trusty

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopropellant_rocket

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Re: Cosmos 1805

They always were a bit bolshy.

Hands up if anyone remembers the flap about Kosmos 954 coming down for a visit with a nuclear pile still sticking in its backside....

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Re: Panic.

KEEP CALM AND KEEP FIRING THRUSTERS!

Yours truthfully,

Cmdr Koenig.

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Fraudster gets ten years after selling fake 'ionic charge' bomb detectors

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Collateral Bomb Obligation!

"I think, deliberately, McCormick targeted troubled countries, countries that were trying to recover from conflict, and perhaps hadn't got an established law enforcement and government structure and I think he exploited that"

You can also target countries with a fully established law enforcement and government structure that is so overweight that cronyism and f*cktardism (not to mention economic dogma picked up serial socialistic interventions) are the only things still greasing the wheels.

Go ahaead, make some money, young man!

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Research explodes myth that older programmers are obsolete

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"The mean age of the sample base was just over 29"

Which might well mean that about half of the code base contains the programmer's equivalent of valleyspeak and Dunning-Kruger faggotry.

Always wondered why bugs accumulate, design errors proliferate and the stuff is constantly falling over itself?

Yep.

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Not cool, Adobe: Give the Ninite guys a job, not the middle finger

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Re: Fireworks Anyone

Not needed.

You only need to REMOVE THE PRIVILEGE of being able to tell others what to with one's product, in particular, throw it through a scrubber.

But then Andrew Orlowski will start miaowing in the dark. I suppose.

Anyway, Flash is not dead yet? Pity!

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Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

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Re: What?

But if the proton is NOT STABLE, then El Reg is actually RIGHT!

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Re: I happen to have experience transporting radioactive material across international borders.

...except if the tritium caused a brain tumor?

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Re: About "time"

> I bet the battery doesn't last 1000 years though.

The electronics won't last even 30.

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Re: Cesium is not radioactive

> Mr. Smith should stop doing drugs while writing for The Register.

Well, Agents need to keep themselves occupied while on watch duty in the Matrix, so a little whimsicality is expected.

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Red faces as Pentagon leases Chinese satellite

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Because "the military" is "capitalism" that "maximises profits"?

Uh. Okay.

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

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Congressmen, please keep it to d*ck-sucking, m'kay?

Retarded how "lawmakers" seem to be expert in anything, now telling military on how to do their job.

I thought their role was to fund the military-industrial complex with money they don't have to push stuff the armed forces don't need and be absent due to a BBQ when the president starts yet another war?

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Is it me or did cloud marketing suddenly get really weird?

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Re: Three characters sum up the cloud - E2E

You just mad 'coz it's styling on you.

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Red Hat renames JBoss application server as WildFly

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Re: Brilliant strategy

> but it could never really beat (for example) Tomcat

I seriously hope you are trolling.

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