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879 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

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Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara has sent subpoenas

If I were Karpeles, I think I'd be less worried about the US sending subpoenas and more about what (or who) some of the less reputable and legal people with money in MtGox might be sending his way if their money has gone AWOL...

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LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

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Re: Read it. Now!

There's a link to it in one of the articles above.

Or for the more lazy, click here (pdf file).

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Unfortunately I have to (very) occasionally at work (semiconductor manufacturing - it's a chamber cleaning gas). The key trick is to keep it as a gas, as if it liquidies in the pipework whilst flowing then if the pipework changes direction, the liquid flow quite probably won't and will eat straight through. Might explain why it's banned in many of our customer sites, and indeed in several European countries iirc.

It's a fun job being a semiconductor process engineer - every chemical you work with is either toxic, carcinogenic, flammable, asphyxiant, explosive and/or water.

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A lesson learned?

When you shake the bottle, don't forget to put the bloody cap on or it'll get VERY VERY sticky, VERY VERY quickly.

There speaks the voice of experience (and regret)?

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

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Re: No wonder Americans are scared

Typical, I read this after my mid-afternoon snack break of a cup of coffee and a banana.

This is also starting to look like we may need a whole new measurement scale of scientific scaremongering, ranging from a Reg all the way up to a Daily Mail by way of a BBC and an al-Jazeera?

By the way, according to the BBC the Fukushima town hall received ~1000 BED's worth of radiation in the two weeks following the accident (about 1/4 of the dose from a mammogram and 1/70th of the dose from a CT scan, from the table in the article).

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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Re: Meh

The only problem I have with the postal versions is with the DVD box-sets, as they count each disc as a single rental. Hence for a normal box (4-6 discs or so) you can't just rent the whole thing at once, you've got at least a couple of days gap in the middle whilst the first pair go back and the second arrive (presuming your subscription is for enough discs to cover what you need).

I was going to go for the upper level of the subscription, but ended up with the lower one (2 discs a month, one at a time) to drip-feed the recent cinema releases. And for the box-sets, my local library (and it's sister libraries in the area) have quite a reasonable stock of box sets which can be rented for a week for £2 (last weekend was a Boardwalk Empire weekend).

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Samsung Gear splurge skews smartwatch market Google’s way

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Yet SA judges that Firefox warrants an entry of its own in the table, but that Pebble does not.

Pebble says it had sent out more than 190,000 smartwatches by 6 November 2013.

But didn't send any of those 190,000 out as freebies to SA perhaps?

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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R2D2 - the Sith Years

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Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

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Re: "Next week, I’m going to the office in a pink-and-blue jumpsuit."

I must admit, I was trying to decide whether Dabbsy was having an 80's flashback episode and trying to be either Anneka or Clive James.

I'm going with the latter, as the mental image of the jumpsuit is too much to entertain.

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Re: Those Sun Pillows look brilliant!

There are worse pillow examples than that sun one (one for lonely on this day of love and profit maybe?).

Also had a banking spam recently which kinda gave itself away by greeting me as "Dear Barclays costumer" - obviously thought I was going to dress up in a stripey jumper and mask to hand over my swag bag?

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IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

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Yikes!

Yikes! A zombie robot bunny! On the moon! Someone call the Daily Sport, quick!

And mechanical abnormality? Pah, it's just a flesh, I mean chassis, wound...

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So cool it 2.4 gigahertz: BATTERY-FREE comms for international band

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DNA

For example, you could build something where when you press the black button and a little sign lights up saying "Do press this button again".

Has someone been partaking of some Douglas Adams lately?

Entirely understandable if true, if slightly misquoted.

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Qipp debuts 'Clippy for your STUFF' app

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Re: Great

No, that'd be on your knees milking someone elses snake...

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WHEEE... CRUNCH! iPad Mini tops list of most breakable slabs, mobes

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Re: Wrist Tether ?

Being able to put the thing away in your pocket without either a Houdini act or tying yourself to your trousers?

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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In a crowded place

So the cop walks into Times Square or a similarly crowded area, and the system either overloads and melts, or just spams his vision enough to be useless at best, and a safety issue at worst?

Plus I didn't think Google Glass came in a mirrored shades version yet? Or will that be a special police sunglasses edition?

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

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As the video below shows, Taranis is an impressive-looking creation.

It was confusingly appropriate I think that when I clicked on the video to watch it, after a few seconds it ended up overlaid with a Google advert for a Ford Transit van?

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DARPA hands IBM £3.4m to develop SELF DESTRUCTING CHIPS

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Re: Self-destruct helicopters?

You realise you missed the perfect opportunity there to use this icon? ----->

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I wonder if they come with a warranty

And a built-in trigger that fires the shattering mechanism off 2 days after it expires?

Oh, and

“The commercial off-the-shelf electronics made for everyday purchases are durable and last nearly forever,”

Is this a new military definition of "forever" that equates to more than the few years that civilian kit seems to achieve before going tits-up? Or is it just that military kit these days is so old that it was made at a time when they hadn't dreamed up built-in obsolescence to keep sales up year on year?

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Duracell powers into cloud storage market

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Re: Perhaps ..

And why don't the servers have copper coloured tops?

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Robowagons roll! US Army tests all-drone supply unit

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We got ourselves a convoy?

"Breaker 1 9, this here's the Robot Duck"?

Doesn't quite have the same ring to it...

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

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Re: Awful to type on

Indeed, and the rather odd "strap on" joysticks that you could get which worked (for want of a better word) by mechanically transferring the movement into pressing/holding those keys...

Ah the memories of playing "Track and Field" and "Hypersports" until the Q key died...

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Cryptocurrencies now being pooped out by cartoon cat

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Re: Crazy frog

Aren't they all rather silly coins?

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

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Re: Antiblocking tools ?

I just loved the way that when I first opened the article, the unfortunately now-obligatory AdChoices ad dumped on the middle of the page was for "Hotspot Shield", with a banner headline about using it to bypass blocks on sites.

Stunningly appropriate and amusing given their usual ability to display utterly irrelevant and random ads.

Was a nice little way to end a rather dull Wednesday at work...

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

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Re: Oh!

NSA + MPAA = A SAMPAN

Conclusive proof we're all being spied on by the Chinese?

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Contradiction in terms?

...because he wore a Google Glass headset...

The bloke, who wishes to remain anonymous...

Aren't those two points mutually exclusive?

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Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'

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So it's a jam doughnut?

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Mission to Mars

Hang on - on Mars donuts just materialise?

I'm on the wrong planet!

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

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Re: Oh god - I can't get rid of this image

Could be funny though, if the man gets to see the woman's glass view and see's that she's doing the online shopping, playing Candy Crush or something similar at the time too.

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WTF?

"We asked ourselves: 'How can we make sex more awesome with Google Glass?"

You can't help but envisage this being said by someone with more knowledge of the theory (and theoretical research from certain mags/DVDs/websites) than actual practical "hands-on" knowledge?

Aside from that, I'm unsure whether the article would merit more from a "Joke Alert" icon than the "WTF?" one, as the latter is equally appropriate to the thinking described...

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SPAM supposedly spotted leaving the fridge

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A good excuse for a midnight snack?

However, Vulture South is not, as our peers seem to be, lying awake at night over the refrigerator spambot

Good to hear that your new years resolutions are holding, and you're not taking the excuse for a midnight snack in the name of researching what the device is doing...

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Cybercrooks slide fingers into TELLIES+FRIDGES, spam splurge ensues

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Re: I don't need to friggin internet controlled fridge

You waste beer-space on food? That's what take-away is for!

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Re: My Talky Toaster ....

Hmm I misread that as Nigella.

Gives a whole new meaning to gastoporn...

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A certain irony?

So if I have an internet-enabled oven, it could be serving me up spam?

How ironically full-circle...

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Apple fanbois make it 'official', hook up with Internet of Fridges Things

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DIY?

which has nothing to do with the defunct British DIY chain.

Umm, they were a furniture store, not a DIY one?

I think MFI stood for Mullard Furniture Industries, although they also used "more furniture ideas" as an alternative in advertising slogans too.

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Intel shutters BRAND NEW chip factory as PC market storm rages

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Re: Its a mess on Intel "et al's" own making...

It's less that there's been no major developments, but more that a few years ago PCs reached the power level that is sufficient for most users. A 3-5 year old PC will be plenty powerful enough for 80-90% of people, who just want web/email rather than something like cutting edge gaming, video editting or similar more demanding applications.

Hence some new "killer feature" was needed, where the tablets and phones (and mixtures thereof) stepped in with their mobility and portability (and "all in one" nature with something you're probably carrying anyway). So PCs have gone from "need to upgrade to do more things" to "need to upgrade as the old one's broken" which is always a much longer cycle.

The problem is of course that the business model and the driving requirements for a desktop (or even laptop) PC is different from a tablet one. So it's less Intel vs AMD than the "old school" (including both of them) vs the newer custom-designed stuff like ARM based kit. Intel are trying the new market with the old mindset, which doesn't fit and so isn't working (look at the business model behind the new Quark processor - technically good but absolutely sunkin its Edison format by the price and what's not on the die that you also need to bolt onto it). They're getting there, but it's a slow evolution without guarantees that they'll get there alive.

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

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Re: Rolling of eyes

Given the periodic stories that turn up in the news media, it's also "do as we say, not do as we do".

Although to be fair the list should be extended to add encryption of sensitive data (or storing it in a suitable place which is safe and under your control) and not leaving devices in compromised positions (such as laptops and phones left in taxis or on Starbucks tables unattended to be nicked).

And it comes within two articles in the main page of an article about WinXP and HMRC/govt and hacking/security after the end of XP support...

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Hopefuls rattle tin for customisable snap together 3D printer

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Re: Wake Me Up

Or at least when they work out a problem that this kind of thing makes a cost-efficient solution for.

And preferably one that's every-day for Joe Public, and doesn't involve caveats like being in space.

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Intel and Asus put the dual boot in, offer 2-in-1 lapslab WinDroid

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Re: At different times...?

Umm, I'd have to ask how is this new (at least the AMD bit of it)? Or is it just the version of Bluestacks and/or the hardware are optimised for one another, or a special hardware button to run the thing?

Bluestacks has been around for a while now, I have had it running on my Win7 laptop at home for a fair while. Works quite well (allowing for the lack of touch and gyroscopes etc on the laptop, but that's not bluestacks fault), although does seem to be somewhat resource-hungry.

A quick search from it via your engine of choice will turn up download links (http://bluestacks.com/‎ if I remember correctly, can't check as at work) and I think there are versions for Windows and OSX.

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Thought the toilet camera was weird? Try actual thumb flash drives from tech's supershow

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Re: Thumbs up!

So it's basically a weeble drive, for those of an older generation (who may be trying to keep their ideas a little more pure, not that I disagree with any of the other thoughts about what else it looks like ;) ).

Still not sure on the cost-effectiveness of the Sandisk thing, when you can get a wifi-share/hotspot/battery/usb connection thing for £30 from Ravpower and a few others into which you can also plug a full-sized (or micro with adaptor) SD card for much greater flexibility and usage for lower price (and they work great - got one for Christmas along with SD card and a WD passport 2TB drive forming a fully portable NAS/SMB drive that fits in a case about the size of a deck of playing cards).

Also agreed though that the Imation thumb-drive looks nice.

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Re: 3D

You forgot the laser eye surgery required for the percentage of the population where that's the limiting factor on how things look anyway...

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Re: 4K Streaming?

Amen to that, plus I've bought and re-bought enough of my movie/TV collection in the various formats over the years to want to do it again in 4K format. And of course a lot of the stuff will either never be available in that format anyway, or would be so messed about with that the higher definition would probably show up more imperfections etc and make the whole thing look worse.

That said I'm old enough that my eyes would probably struggle to notice the difference anyway, at least without Amazon-sponsored laser surgery... ;)

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Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

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Re: Achieved?

Apps for the apparently imminent tidal wave of smart watches?

So then we can have smartwatch apps that are to telling the time what smartphone apps are to making phone calls?

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So, which people you read about in The Register got gongs in the Honours list?

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Nah, ever since the days when Brian Clough got his, it's been "old big 'ead"

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Glassholes, snapt**ts, #blabbergasms, selfies and PRISM: The Reg's review of 2013

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Making a monkey out of it?

Microsoft was a serial offender with its son-of-Hotmail Outloook.com sinking

Or just going ape when things broke, in a very Pratchett stylie?

oook?

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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Re: Quadrophenia!

I was thinking Google Rocker or Apple Rocker, but very much along the same lines, so have an upvote instead :)

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

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Re: Vladimir Plouzhnikov

@Dave 126 - what' d'ya mean used to?

I'm still lumbered with one (a crappy C2 which has come very close to being chucked at walls or through windows on several occasions), although it's micro-USB. Still can't charge through the bloody thing though (just like it's predecessor, and the one before that - in fact almost every damn Nokia dumbphone work has saddled me with over the years!).

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Re: Not only but also

Sounds like my last few company Nokia dumbphones (as I'm too much of a minion to yet warrant a smartphone - I only work for a company that produces micro-chip making equipment, so nothing too high-tech or useful for us). All have had mini- or micro-USB ports, but can you charge them that way?

No way Jose - you have to use the other little hole in the bottom (or top in the most recent brick) solely for charging, and make sure that you don't stick it in the headphone socket by mistake. And of course they even changed the connector on that power connector to a shorter/thinner one a couple of phones back, so it's another stack of chargers that are useless unless you go buy yet another adaptor...

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Re: That all depends

I just note that this is for charging, and not for data transfer.

So there's nothing to stop anyone requiring fancy and expensive cabling to get data on and off devices via a cable, with a cheap and cheerful cable working for just charging the device.

I've already got a cable on my desk that's 4-way (Nokia, micro-USB, mini-USB and some form of Apple) that works fine for charging (at least the first three do - I don't own any Apple gear to require the latter). Doesn't do any data connection though, but it sounds like this legislation might just produce a similar non-data power cable with one end that fits all.

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ZX Spectrum REVIVED as Bluetooth keyboard

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Re: Photo

I was also thinking it doesn't look like any speccie 48K I've ever owned, but given it's a prototype maybe we can forgive it for now. But did seem strange to be sold as a speccie keyboard when it's clearly not a 48K squishboard (which I guess people wouldn't want to use for more than a few nostalgic minutes), although it does bear a passing resemblance to a Speccie 128K or a +2/+3 (give or take the card reader slot at the top).

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