* Posts by D@v3

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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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DEAD STEVE JOBS accuses Real Networks of 'hacking' iPods

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Re: I may have misunderstood, i was referring to this

"forcing users to buy solely from iTunes"

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Really?

I've been using iPods, and itunes for (what seems like) a very long time (first one was the one with a firewire connector and four buttons round the wheel) and have never had any problems either putting non itunes purchased music on it, or on any other device for that matter.

My impression has always been, of course they want you to use itunes to buy your music, but if you don't no problem, hence why they allow you to rip cd's into itunes.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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got some whisky stones for christmas lat year

they're crap

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

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Re: So does this affect Amazon Prime Members?

Won't be renewing my prime next year, not because of this, but due to the general poor quality of the 'next day' delivery.

More than once (this weekend included) I have been tracking a package, waiting inside for the delivery, only to see the status change to 'failed' despite no-one trying to make a delivery. Also, seeing it changed to 'delivered and signed' when no attempt has been made, only to find that it has been delivered next door. Thankfully I have honest neighbours (at least on one side)

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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it might be the quick pint i had a lunch, but

"Well off the top of my head I'd say it was something like a 78 per cent chance."

"So 78 per cent?"

"No, LIKE 78 per cent. So it could be 7 or 8 or 78 per cent. It's hard to tell with all these calls."

made me laugh, out loud.

So glad i have a quiet afternoon ahead of me.

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Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

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Roku3

Picked up from Amazon on the lightning deal earlier this week. Nice little unit. Slight shame that Amazon video isn't available, but Netfilx is, and it has USB support for videos from 'other sources'.

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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Re: Who?

tacky? maybe. Cheap? Unlikely.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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Re: ISIS Quantum Computer

To be stored, in the Daaaaaaaanger Zooone!

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Re: A free speaker worth £199

also worth noting that you only get the speaker on 8GB or 20GB a month contracts, also, (perhaps tellingly) the speaker itself is not listed in the Kitsound area of the Accessories corner of the site, me thinks they have a few out back that need getting rid of (maybe that had been purchased and returned?)

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El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle

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Re: Inclined to agree relating to

ShityLink.

I find Royal Mail to be pretty good (however living round the corner from the sorting office has it's advantages), and even Yodel (seem to) have improved recently, but "Those c*nts in the green and yellow vans" well, says it all really.

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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10/12

Apparently, I didn't answer the question about twitter, didn't know the one about the Facebook uni (guessed Stanford, Harvard seemed too obvious)

Would have been slightly less, had I not read the article, didn't know the one about Mosaic, also had no idea who the woman was. In my defence, not because she is a woman, but because she works for facebook. I also would probably not recognise the higher ups from many other tech firms.

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YIKES: Combination of LIVING WOMAN and MACHINE sighted in NYC

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orientation

This isn't the first wrist based device that seems to have the screen (or at least the content there on) facing the wrong way. To me, that looks like you're going to have to be contorting your hand, to be able to read what's on it.

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

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persistance

How long to these 'similarities' last after the marathon snog session? How likely is it that you will be sharing your previous partner, with your next?

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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not sure how many i got

I recognised the images, didn't know the name of the phones, never mind.

We did have a communicator pass through our office recently. I really, really wanted to find a valid use for it, but just couldn't

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Technics SL-1210's

I remember a few years back, a DJ friend of mine dropped one of his down some stairs. Not a scratch on it, still worked perfectly. Try finding pretty much any other hardware that would survive that kind of abuse. (especially one with moving parts)

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

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Re: "moon landing"

yeah, but, when you're broadcasting from a sound stage, it's bound to be easier.

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

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a real mans watch

I'm saving up for a real watch. The Omicron Spymaster, with knockout gas and a garrote

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Re: $150 for a watch strap?

if you're talking difference between the 'sport' and 'standard' versions, then there is also the addition of a sapphire screen, which probably bumps up the price a bit

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Re: Rockets

yeah, but it's hardly brain surgery

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Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service

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box vs stick

anyone know what the box gives you that the stick doesn't?

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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smart watch usage

The thing is, all, smart watches, regardless of how small, light, user friendly or whatever, need 2 hands to actually do anything on them, at all (apart from read the time)

I can do a fair amount on my phone one handed, it is only occasionally that I need to hold it in one hand, and operate it with the other, but you try performing any 'smart' function, on any of these watches with one hand, and your going to have a hard time.

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Re: smart watch as a pocket watch

err, smartphone maybe (just stick it on a lanyard) thing is, still needs charging daily....

(I might have missed the joke, if so, I already have my coat, just need to finish my pint and I'll be gone)

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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brilliant article

I grew up in Kingston in the 90's after my family moved there are the end of the 80's.

I am slightly ashamed to say I had no idea about this fairly significant piece of what is fairly recent history, of what (until recently) is my home town. Reading about areas that I know (many summer evenings spent in Canbury gardens) and having a lot of the names of places make sense has been a revelation.

This is why I read the Reg.

Thanks.

(might have to hop on my bicycle this weekend and have a look around with newly opened eyes)

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Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries

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Re: Textonym

The thing with "textonyms" is that now everyone* is using smartphones with full qwerty keyboards, it no longer holds true.

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PANTS on FIRE? Too late for you. But others will benefit from singed trouser phone alert

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which is great

unless your device has a non removable battery, like both of the devices mentioned in the opening of the article....

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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everyday sadism?

I would be a fan, but the mrs only allows it at the weekend

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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Nintendo

I wonder if the bean counters at nintendo have any idea how much money they could rake in if they ported a load of games iOS (maybe they do and dont want to give apple 30% of it..)

I can't be the only person that grew up on a steady diet of ever 'improving' game boys, that now, doesn't have the inclination for a dedicated hand held console, and less and less time for the one parked under the tv, but would gladly throw a few quid here and there for iphone ports of my old favourites to play on the bus, or train, or whatever...

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UPGRADE your CHILDREN with KANO: All you need in one box

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Re: Got one

was more that i liked the sound of the Kano project, so helped with the funding, the hardware was a bonus.

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Got one

Through the kickstarter. (with a nice bright orange t-shirt)

Great little all in one box (minus display)

Just need to get working on it, and find a long term project to use it for.

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

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Re: Swype

iOS8 has that now (for a small charge)

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

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if your worried the iphone you're buying might be stolen,

then it probably is

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

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Re: 7 doesnt support touch

errr, yes it does. quite well actually.

we have a deployment of Dell Lattitude XT laptops with swively screens. Came loaded with vista, which was upgraded to XP almost instantly (which had some touch suuport) and was then then re-upgraded to 7 as soon as that became available.

Not sure about multi-touch, but the handwriting recognition is pretty decent, and really the most useful touch feature that I have found on a device with a built in keyboard and mouse

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HOT WET ALIEN world discovered in constellation Cygnus

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Re: Pictures of dinosaurs?

Me. With my time machine.

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Puppet-wearing devs: There's now an app (or two) for that

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dissapointed

here's me thinking that Puppetconf was going to be like ComicCon, but with Muppets.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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46% of how many users?

I find percentages not all that much use when comparing things that are not of exactly equal value.

Without knowing how many users that 46% represents, compared to the previous 49%, doesn't mean much.

If the overall user base has increased from (for example) 100 people, to 200 people, then that 46% (of 200) is significantly more actual bodies, than the 49% (of 100)

(yes, of course there is the possibility that there has been an overall decrease in users, in which case the percentages are equally meaningless)

Also, it seems that every year I read these stories of it taking people hours to update iOS, and then finding that they have lost half their stuff, and the battery is crap and the Wi-Fi doesn't work, where as every year, it takes me half an hour to download, back up and update, and everything works fine. I can't be the only one, right?

Saying that though, I am the only person I know that doesn't passionately hate iTunes.

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Register journo battles Sydney iPHONE queue, FONDLES BIG 'UN

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Re: I didn't read the article

queuing up for the re-education centre

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Apple NFC

What i want to know (if a little off topic) is will the NFC in the new iPhones do anything other than the iPay stuff?

Useful things like tap to pair Bluetooth speakers, use of RFID tags, that sort of thing,

As far as i can tell, nothing of that sort has been mentioned, and it wouldn't surprise me if it was iPay only, but that would be a bit like including a Bluetooth stack and limiting it to hands free kits only.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Re: Stop listing the price on contract

Much like amazon's Fire phone. "From Free on 2 year contract*"

*$80pm.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: So, for people like me that still get good use out of theirs

I'm fairly sure that real world shops that do sell them (like my local supermarket), will still sell them, until they have no more to sell (at which point they will get no more stock from apple).

They won't just put the ones they do have in a box and throw them in a river.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: 5s is still an option

for now, but probably only another year or so. Go to the Apple web store, and they have 4 iphones for sale, 5c, 5s, 6, 6+.

Next year when the 6s and 6s+ (massive speculation here) what's to say that the 5c and 5s won't drop off that list.

While this might seem like a long time, for people who already own one, it means that their next phone is either going to be larger, or not an iPhone, which for a lot of people (that are deep inside the walled garden) isn't a great choice.

I have a 5s, and I like the size. I'm not so keen on being 'forced' to upsize, just to stay with apple.

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