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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: economic growth would cease

And looking at recent economic history, one could wonder if it hasn't already happened anyway, or at least begun to...

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Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery

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Long range weather forecast

suggesting tablet and mobile phone storage capacity could increase

Will be interesting to see how this pans out with certain manufacturers and suppliers who would rather you paid for rental of cloud storage instead, and don't give that much local storage even now and make that non-expandable...

Even though it can be done it'll be interesting to see if market and user pressure means that it will be done, and we go back more to a local storage solution rather than a cloud/streaming one.

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You'll go APE for our new Gorilla Glass 4, Corning reckons

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Re: Fnarr Fnarr

Aren't things that can survive a heavy pounding on the thick end of the drop, but if you snip or damage the tail end then the stress is released instantly and the while thing basically explodes in a shower of fragments?

So unless they're very careful in the design they may end up with "sweet spots" that if struck during a fall or impact will make the whole screen catastrophically and explosively shatter rather than just crack as most current phones seem to do (at least whenever I see some of the higher end phones people are using in day to day life, I'd swear more often than not the screens are cracked to some degree).

Hmm, yup - http://youtu.be/6V2eCFsDkK0

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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Re: @Jin 59

And it also means if you press the browser back button you end up at the second Google page rather than the original search, which promptly sends you back to the original page that you just left rather than back to the search results page.

It's one of the most fecking annoying parts of using Google for searching unless you consciously open your selection in a new tab and so keep the original search results page available in the original tab.

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Re: And...

Hows that different to any other ISP?

They got caught doing it?

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Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP

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Re: backronym error?

Nah, it's just that the service (or lack of it) was taking the P...

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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

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Why hello there officer...

But with a top speed of just 111mph...

Just? Why would this be an a detractor, unless you happened to be on the correct bits of a German autobahn, a tame race-track or you simply don't have a particular attachment to your driving license?

Especially as I'm not sure that the petrol/diesel equivalent version would be able to do much more if similarly floored. Given the size of the car it'd probably end up as an urban run-about anyway for many, which makes the whole speed question moot anyway.

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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They may be rocket scientists...

...but one does have to wonder why they were trying to drill into the surface with a hammer?

Or are certain rules concerning tools and their applications universal to all people, tasks and locations?

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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Re: I wonder

And probably full of schoolkids and other random passengers...

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It’s PAYBACK time as HUMANS send a PROBE up ALIEN body

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Re: Bouncy bouncy

Well it would certainly explain the reported bad smell that the comet has, based on the analysis and all the various hydrocarbons and such...

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: I want it

The other question is what will happen a few years down the line when the game isn't so new, has been superceded by the next shiny thing and perhaps isn't quite as profitable as it was? Maybe those servers would be better used for supporting a different game, or perhaps Frontier itself isn't doing quite so well?

So the game that people have been anticipating and wanting for many years now is calling out in vain to servers that either are reduced and so overloaded, or just don't respond at all, and the game basically no longer works at all.

If the offline mode is there then at least you still have a game you can play, albeit by yourself rather than as an immersive and interactive one with fellow Commanders, but this does seem to be rather a large shift in the longer-term functionality of the game. Just as well there are options like Oolite and Space Engine around to cover those bases more than adequately.

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

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Re: Never give up

Have to agree, plus also the restraint from going all-out to fix things now, given that the comet is heading sun-ward and so the game (or at least the shadowing) and the amount of sunlight available will change as it goes.

So whilst it's in shade and drained now, in a while it may well end up in sunlight and charge again and so become available for more work and communications. Of course the risk here is that the comet and the lander both may not survive longer-term if that heating causes the comet itself to become more unstable and/or break-up, but I guess those are the rules of the game.

But what they've achieved so far has been amazing, anything else additionally is a wonderful bonus. Top boffinry all round.

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Google DoubleClick goes TITSUP. ENJOY your AD-FREE WORLD!

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Re: Fixed?

I must admit that was my first thought, whether "fixed" should apply to the period when the servers were down or the period afterwards when they were back up...

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Return of the disk drive bigness? Not for poor old, busted WD

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Can be simple supply and demand - if people know supply may be restricted then some "stock up", hence more demand and so more profit.

Of course this is not mutually exclusive with prices rising due to restricted supply also causing profit to rise, but that depends on the honour and ethics of the vendor. And that point is left as a personal judgement...

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Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth

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Re: A new market for SpaceX?

I'm wondering more if this might shed some light on the X-37B's secret mission?

2 years enough for some decent maturing of product?

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DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides

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Re: Ha!

Quite - I was exposed to one the other day and suddenly found I'd lost half a day of my life...

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Re: Nuclear

Heat sinks and radiators (as in household ones) do most of their work via convection of and conduction with the air around them. The thermal radiation part is present (as they are at temperatures above absolute zero), but it's relatively weak in comparison (compare how hot a conventional light bulb filament gets compared to the glass around it for example).

In space as there's (almost) a complete vacuum, there's (almost) nothing to conduct heat away, and radiation only strongly comes into play when you get to such a high temperature that things start giving off significant electromagnetic radiation in the form of infra-red and visible light (ie glowing red/white hot). And by that point you've probably got other issues to worry about with your spaceship melting.

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Re: Nuclear

I wonder if the cooling required for nuclear reactors could involve the void?

I would doubt it - cooling is the transfer of heat energy from the hot thing into something colder, and whilst space certainly qualifies as colder, it is rather lacking in the critical "something" to transfer into in any useful amounts. Hence why the ideal thermal insulator is a vacuum, such as in flasks etc.

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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Yup, the Knight Automated Roving Robot.

Somehow I think I could have mis-spent my youth more productively, as I knew that without having to look it up...

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Watch live! NASA video streams Orionid meteor shower – or go outside and look yourself

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Forecast

Looking at the forecast, I think all I'd see is a cloudy rain shower...

Will stick to NASA streaming rather than water streaming. Bloody hurricane remnants.

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: The end ?!

There I would have to agree, but then again after Colin Baker it would have been hard to go further downhill and be any worse. I envy your precious little seeing of him...

And sadly, at least in terms of written character, Capaldi is giving me horrible flashbacks of what they tried to do with CB. A frustrating shame given quite what PC is capable of as an actor if given writing that's up to the job.

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Kirk?

Is it just me, or did he start channeling Captain Kirk a bit too much when he was trapped in the TARDIS though when the life support went on the blink? The slow and emphatic delivery (and randomly placed emphasis) to tell us all about it was just pure Shatner...

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COMET barrels towards Mars, machines of humanity race for cover

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That was similar to my initial thought - looks like Mars is about to open up a big gob along that fault-line running horizontally across it and swallow the thing...

Cosmic Pac-Man anyone?

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#Help. There's a STRANGER in my Twitter timeline

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"But there are times when you might miss out on Tweets we think you’d enjoy."

"But there are times when you might miss out on Tweets we think you’d enjoy."

<translation>And here's a message from our sponsors...</translation>

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Re: @James51

Or a cross between OneNote and the NSA's inbox...

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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Re: Hogwart's Express

The two are basically expanding to become one station anyway, so it's easy to accept.

And for those who wish, you can actually have your photo taken at a little "Platform 9 3/4" thing at King's Cross. Admittedly it's not in the movie location, but it is signposted and reasonably well run. It's half a trolly plus a few props stuck on the wall between the bookshop and the ticket office/info bit, although with a few members of staff to run it and take photographs that you can buy.

A bit of fun, and probably quite profitable given what they charge for the pics (my kids did it a few weeks back) plus there's a small Harry Potter shop there too (slightly confusingly with another bookshop outlet between it and the photo area).

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Power

Nice to hear that they've moved the power connector from the bottom to the top.

Got two of the original ones at home (for my daughters), and the one thing that I don't like about them is they have the power micro-USB at the bottom (when used in landscape orientation). So if you're using it propped up in a case to watch a movie (for example), you can't easily have it plugged in at the same time as the connector is sticking out the bottom.

Indeed that micro-USB is the one thing that actually failed on the thing (ended up so the only way to charge it was to wedge the connector in and prop it in place with a pen), although to be fair one call to Tesco customer services had them pick up the faulty one and drop off a replacement within a few days (and it could have been the next day if I'd wanted, but I had to spend a little while with ADB to back-up what was on it first so I could easily transfer everything).

Have to say my old tablet (Nexus 7 2012) is starting to show its age a bit, so might ponder one of these myself perhaps.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Dang varmint

Misread it at first as Vamoosh, and now have the mental image of Yosemite Sam in a cycle helmet and six-shooters on this here iron (ok, more likely steel or aluminium) horse.

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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Re: CTRL-C

OK, next time I walk into a room of users, I will ask for a show of hands:

I would say just ask if any of them know what a command prompt (or a terminal window) actually is, but I get the feeling the answer would be depressing.

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

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Re: Nice Review

Come on, you've missed a trick here. Work out how many NAS boxes (or indeed storage media of your choice) you can fit into the boot, and then you can calculate the data transfer rate between two offices or similar locations and so give us a proper IT angle on all this as well as a car review.

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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Re: version 8?

All hail Bel-Shamharoth, sender of 7a...

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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Retro

Kinda ironically symmetric that you're now going to need to use a retro version of iOS to play retro games...

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

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I can do it on my HTC 8X running WP8.0 (no sign any updates sadly :( ). If I plug it into my Win7 laptop via USB it pops up under Windows Explorer, where I can access folders for documents, music, pictures, ringtones and videos. It's not as open access as Android is, although that may in part be down to how it's set up (it's my corporate workphone).

There is a Windows program that you can download and install for the PC, but it's utterly useless and doesn't give much additional functionality than going directly in via explorer, other than a bit of hand-holding.

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Ingredient found in TASTY BEER is GOOD for your BRAIN

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Re: GAZZA'S been researching this for years...

Well it does say the flavinoids are also found in red plonk...

That said I'm sure they were also the enemy in some of the space shoot 'em ups I played when I was mis-spending my youth.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: So what is new in Windows 10?

Personally I'd say the highlight is that they've vaguely listened to what people were complaining about and what they wanted.

It looks like a step in the right direction, although whether it's too little and too late is another question, as is if they can manage to botch the "One Windows" concept again by giving us "features" in places where they have no place in being. There sadly I do not hold out much hope.

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HOT WET ALIEN world discovered in constellation Cygnus

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That's lucky for us because it means clouds didn't block our view of water molecules.

Just as well, or else they'd be reaching for their Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulators.

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

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I'm currently helping beta-test a new OS version for a NAS box from a well-known vendor which is BusyBox based, and we had a report from another tester overnight indicating that it too was vulnerable (at least if I'm interpreting his report correctly - I'm not a Unix guru but the test code is repeated in some of the posts below so I think it is the same item).

So running busybox might not mitigate things quite so well, unfortunately. But I can see it's going to be worth checking myself tonight to confirm.

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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

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Re: Reverse Engineer

Hey, don't knock percussive maintenance!

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That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!

Hail Skroob!

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Re: Reverse Engineer

But surely, in the words of the Haynes manual, "reassembly is a reversal of disassembly" ;)

From observational experience, it depends on how many excess pieces you have left afterwards...

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Re: Where are the crims?

Telly Denial of Service

Or more worryingly have your TV only able to play cheap and tacky "reality" TV, Cash in the Attic and such daytime-TV fodder at all times.

A bit like waterboarding, but without the refreshment...

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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Patriotic?

an especially patriotic version of the Evoque, which inspired by the colours of the Union Flag. It will come in Firenze Red, Fuji White, Loire Blue, Santorini Black and Corris Grey

Sounds very patriotic, with colours named for Italian, Japanese, French and Greek places! OK I give you Corris is Welsh, but the others aren't exactly part of the Union, unless the British Empire has a major resurgence planned...

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Bracelet could protect user herds from lurking PREDATORS

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Handcuffs?

Am I missing something, or wouldn't you need one of these on each wrist, at which point you end up looking like you've just partially broken out of a pair of handcuffs?

If it's going to sense/trace movement to confirm and correlate inputs to actions, then both wrists/hands would need to be tracked, especially if a touchscreen is also being used (rarer I know at the moment, but would still be needed). I know rodents are normally operated single-handedly, but typing is a two-handed experience for most people.

And also one wonders how it differentiates actions that the valid person who should be using the terminal may make when they are sat at it but are not related to inputs? Or are they now not allowed to drink coffee or pick their noses?

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: Nirvana

Hint: If using proper cables, the side with the USB logo on it goes upwards. This even works in the dark by touch.

Indeed, unless some fool's installed the (micro-)USB socket upside down, like on my Nook, and iirc herself's Moto-G.

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Re: Good cables are better

Do your Thunderbird cables have gold plated connectors?

Are those for Lady Penelope?

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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Can't be pirated?

If it can be played aloud then it can be sampled, and if it can be sampled it can be recorded.

Perhaps not to the same quality as the original, and not with all the fancy stuff, but it's still the songs in the end.

That said given the reaction to the recent give-away, maybe it's something of a moot point in their case when some people don't want their outpourings even for free..

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Plucky Playmonaut parties as LOHAN hits Kickstarter goal

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Re: Not sure about the one in the bikini ...

I dunno, the one on the left looks more like a younger Mary Berry to me, complete with bomber jacket.

I need to get out more...

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Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

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Re: Prior Art

That episode (or at least them doing it) was what sprang to mind when I read the article too, although my Google-Fu hadn't got as detailed as yours in finding it again. So have an upvote for saving me the trouble.

Making furniture and other stuff from car parts has been around for years even aside from that, although I guess the pedigree of some of the stuff in the article lifts it above that somewhat (and does something similar to the price). Certainly the chair is nice though.

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Knee Jerk Off

The average PC is probably more pissed off that on his salary he can't afford the iStuff himself...

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