* Posts by D@v3

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Re: anyway to speed it up?

maybe chuck a couple of tons of TNT in it?

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Industry infighting means mobile users face long delays on UK trains

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RE: mobile signal on tube

no thanks

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Re: @Jake

you are correct, "the taking of human life is not funny".

In this case however, no life was taken, and it was funny

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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Re: British politics in a nutshell

http://www.votenone.org.uk/protest_votes_count.html

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Re: New Political Party...?

http://www.votenone.org.uk/protest_votes_count.html

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

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+1 specifically for

"ease of use and immediacy of a nice pocket sketchbook and a favourite drawing pen."

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Magnets

If I remember correctly, high temperatures can have an unpleasant effect on magnets.

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Segway bought by former patent spat adversary Ninebot

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segway

I remember the first time i saw one, it was bombing through town (late in the evening) i was quite impressed.

I also remember the second time i saw one in the wild, i was almost knocked down by some 'person' doing about 15mph down a pavement barely wide enough for a single pedestrian, i was far from impressed.

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Selfie sticks BANNED by Apple: No hipster tools' tools allowed at WWDC

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could this be a clue as to the next apple harware release?

The iStick?

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Re: Here's an Idea...

That sounds dangerously like common sense sir.

We'll have none of that round here, thank you very much!

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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Re: I suppose @eSeM

i dunno, the 5-8 days i get out of mine is ok (for me at least)

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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definitive evidence of something, and contact with it, are not the same thing.

Just saying.

Other than that, best of luck to them.

I personally believe that if there is anything out there (which i'm pretty sure there must be) then it wont be too long before we find it, even if we never actually make any kind of 'contact' with it due to the inconvenient distances involved.

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

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can't see this working

so what's going to happen?

A few weeks before the next launch (iPhone7 maybe) a small queue starts to form.

Friendly iStaff comes out and explains to them the joys of staying at home and ordering online.

Person who somehow can afford to be in line for an iThing without needing to do anything so tedious as go to work for a couple of weeks explains to the friendly iStaff that they are well aware of the online ordering, but would much rather be the 'first' person to get one.

Stays put.

Queue develops behind them.

Repeat with each new addition (to either the queue, or the iPortfolio)

The thing is, i can kind of understand from Apples point of view that they don't like having to turn people away on the afternoon of a launch due to low stock levels as a result of a crowd of oiks picking them all up as soon as the shop opens. I just can't see this tactic working, short of the iStaff going out to the queue and flat out saying, "we will not have any stock for you" which kind of defeats the point of having a shop in the first place.

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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Luminous Tampons

Worryingly, I actually saw that story elsewhere a couple of days ago, and in fact, if you look at the time stamp for the reg article..... (31 Mar 2015 at 16:56)

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Megaphone

seems like a pretty serious problem

and if i were affected, i'd be pretty annoyed.

Almost as annoyed as I am with the continuation of this bloody (x)gate nonsense.

The Watergate scandal that this all started with had NOTHING TO DO WITH WATER OR GATES !!!

For Christ's sake !

(sorry)

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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

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UK Channel 4

Doesn't show cricket, hasn't done for a while. We get the highlights of some matches on 5, and some IPL stuff way down the freeview guide (ITV4 I think). You want full coverage, you have to go to sky.

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Windows 10 will finally drop in 'summer' says Microsoft

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they are just using the same time estimation algorithm that they use for file transfers

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Re: Summer has a special meaning in the NorthWest

Sounds like summer in the parts of the UK (where you're lucky) in other parts it is 'that nice couple of days that are grouped together and fall sometime between the middle of may and the end of august'

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

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Re: Gitmo

It's funny how 'waterboarding at Guantanamo Bay' sounds like fun, unless you know what it really means

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Tell us, do you enjoy the thought of BT-EE's sweaty fourplay?

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BT Mobile

At work we have been with BT mobile for some time (running off Vodaphone signal) with the merger, although we are staying with BT, we are 'switching' to EE, which means changing all the SIM's in our mobile devices, which i can tell you, is a massive pain in the arse.

You'd think you could rely on people finding that their device (either mobile or tablet) has stopped functioning and bringing it in to be fixed but nooooooooooooo. It all kicked off a couple of weeks ago and we have a growing pile of SIM's from people that have ignored their (often requested) switch over date, meaning that we have a growing group of people with either mobile phones or 3g tablets (and in some cases both) that they can't (or more likely just don't) use.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: "He annoyed English teachers"

I was put onto Pratchett by an English Teacher, not my own, a friend who just happened to to go on to become one, and I am glad that I was.

Now, where did I leave my frog pills.....

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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Re: A different Freak?

would appear that Safari on iOS 8.1.3 is vulnerable

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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Re: calling about your accident

I had one of those a few weeks back. I decided to play the "it must have been a very serious accident that induced amnesia because I can't remember it" card. Managed to string them along for a few minutes with questions like, "was I hurt" "am I going to be ok" "do my family know about this" before they gave up and hung up on me.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Aeropress

was just about to say the same myself. Also, like you say, have one in my desk draw at work, and one in the kitchen at home, rarely make coffee any other way these days.

On the crema debate, sometimes i get it, sometimes i don't, seems to vary with coffee type, and how much time I want to spend making the cup. I seem to get it (some) on my first cup of the day, but not with subsequent cups, but I don't really care as the coffee itself is far superior to any other 'coffee' I have ever had

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

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obligitory

http://xkcd.com/691/

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Damn Flash!

i thought youTube was supposed to be fixed to not require flash?

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Re: I am intrested

from my experience of being a v1 kickstarter. i did have issues with my original hardware. they sent me a new one, no problems since.

They have some of the best after sales customer service i have experienced. Might take a while to get things done, because of the massive volumes they are dealing with, but it gets done.

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

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Ah! Audi

Audi - Drive like they are the only ones on their roads

BMW - Drive like they own the roads, and are disgusted to find any commoners using them and getting in their way

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Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

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Re: Judging from their track records

I was thinking along the lines of the iTV that we were promised (by all the rumour merchants) a few years ago

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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Re: Taylor Swift?

and what's with all the italics

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Hear that sound? It's the Windows XP PC bubble popping

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upgrade from XP -> 7

I'm sure that we can't be the only place that found for a lot of users, a bit more RAM was all that was needed to breath enough life into their existing machines to support an XP -> 7 upgrade. Hence, anyone planning on selling us a load of new pc's to cover that upgrade would have missed out.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Re: Monday 25th Jan?

round these parts, it's Monday 26th already. where does the time go...

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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Re: ROBOTS!!!!!

and at least one of them is a nuclear powered, laser wielding monster

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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+1 for the comment

That was mostly what I did too (don't think I ever made it out of liberty city). Shame I can't give you another +1 for the pic.

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Toshiba tosses out uber-slim THREE TERABYTE HDD

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bet these ain't gonna be cheap

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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not just the screen to worry about

as has been mentioned, bandwidth to provide all this (somewhat fictional) 4k content is also a big issue. Another one that I discovered this weekend is (potentially) compatibility with the rest of your kit. I was mildly curious about why the HD logo was not 'active' while watching something from amazon prime (labelled in description as HD), watching on TV screen, connected to AV box via HDMI, which also has my PC HDMI'd into to to provide the stream.

Hovered over the greyed out logo and was given a message about an HDCP problem. Now I just have to work out what is the week link in that chain (For now, I'm going to assume it's the PC).

Fact is, the video still looked fine, and it must have been that way for some time, it was only curiosity that led me to find what I thought was HD, was not. I can imagine that there could be quite a few cases where people have a nice new 4k screen, and just assume that everything they watch is going to be 4k

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'Open' SIMs, brain chips and Google's Nest: What to expect in wireless in 2015

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2015?

For an article headed

"What to expect in wireless in 2015

We look at events that will shape the industry this year"

There seemed to be an awful lot about last year.

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

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thumbs up, specifically for

"There isn't a snowball's chance in hell that I'll use my European provider's data plan when I'm in the US, at $DEITY only knows how many €€ per GB"

As someone who likes to travel in my off time, having wi-fi in the hotel means i can still get internet access to look up local details, places to go things to see, without having to carve out my internal organs as payment for roaming charges to the telcos.

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Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year

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2 year release cycle

What I'm hoping for is that they will release a 6s this year, as in 6small. Then next year a 7 and 7+ (or maybe 7L ?) Then the year after a 7s. That way, they can keep selling the large phones to those who want them, every other year at the end of their 2 year contracts, and similarly, those who brought a 5s and might be starting to think about upgrading in a few months but don't want to supersize still have an apple upgrade option, and will do again in 24 months time.

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German minister fingered as hacker 'steals' her thumbprint from a PHOTO

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useable print

I did wonder that myself.

The article states "was able to use to unlock an iPhone", but then goes on to say

"The key question, however, is whether the thumbprint matches Minister von der Leyen's actual digit – and she's unlikely to offer herself up to check."

Which leads me to believe (perhaps incorrectly) that to test it, he used the fake print to set the touchID pattern on his phone, and to also unlock it 'proving' it works, or (very unlikely) that he asked her if he could borrow her phone for a few seconds.

Which (to me at least) only proves that he was able to fabricate a pattern that would be accepted by the sensor, when placed over a finger (to provide the previously mentioned heat/pulse), not, that he has been able to clone someone's prints from a photo.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: What? Have these people learned nothing?

Yes, we have learned absolutely nothing. Nuclear power hasn't developed at all since the days of Chernobyl. There have been no improvements, what so ever. Every new plant we build will be guaranteed sooner or later to explode in a nice big mushroomy cloud.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Re: It'll all end in tears...

..probably already has

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Keep up El Reg

I'm sure I have already seen this next week

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Aged star could give us clues to HOT TEEN's behaviour

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....Over time....

It does make me chuckle when I read things like that. No doubt, it is interesting to find an example of what our solar system _may_ have been like 4.someodd billion years ago, but the idea that we will be watching it over time to see how it develops, what are they going to do, leave a note on the telescope saying "check back at these co-ordinates in 500,000 years, this is what it looked like in 2014 (pic.jpg)"

considering A) how long the human race has been around, are we even likely to still be looking skyward in 500K years?

and B) given the speed that things move on a cosmological time scale, even if we were able to check back in 5M years, would we really notice much change?

I'm not saying we shouldn't bother, far from it, I'm just saying we should be realistic with our expectations

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Microsoft BEATS Apple, Google ... to accepting limited Bitcoin payments

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Bitcoin is better than currency in that you don't have to be physically in the same place

Because I regularly find myself driving to one of the many Amazon shops, so I can do all my online shopping, physically, in the same place....

Or going to one of the local Netflix kiosks each month to hand over a bag of pennies for my subscription....

I could go on, but you get the point, and I'm off home

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Your data: Stolen through PIXELS

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@badvok (without attaching [...] anything else)

" and install an off-the-shelf HDMI recording device and an Arduino keyboard".

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Confused about 5G? So are we, say carriers

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so we'll have a nice incomplete deployment of 4g to add to our incomplete deployment of 3g? I guess that if we give it a few years, we will be able to add to the collection an incomplete deployment of 5g, when 6g gets announced to fix all the problems with 5g (which in turn will be fixing the problems with 4g).

As an aside, i thought the whole thing about 4g was that LTE was Long Term Evolution, and that 5g was unlikely to be a 'thing' for quite some time, because they would be able to work on and improve 4g for the foreseeable future. Or is, (as i expect is the case) the whole 5g thing just marketing bollocks to squeeze more money from us mugs?

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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“It will be illegal...

Well that's ok then isn't it, because we all know that no big data mining firm would ever dream of breaking a law

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Fahrenheit

Apparently, they still work in miles so it's not all that surprising that they don't mix their measurement systems.

Anyway, to hell with that. Congratulations on a successful launch

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Quantum computing is so powerful it takes two years to understand what happened

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quantum awareness

as long as it wasn't a side effect of the quantum computer getting bored with such a measly problem, and deciding to solve something a little trickier in it's spare time

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