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Intel plucks power from TV signals

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Old invention

By Nikola Tesla. Hello prior art!

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Microsoft SKUs Windows 7 clarity

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Linux

Heh

Market spin as always. I walked away a long time ago.

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Japan gets 3D phone

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Coat

Wooo

It's purple! It better get some looser shorts if it wants to have a family.

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EU funds Antipodes-in-90-mins rocketliner concept

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First commenter is right

"The bad news is, the ship isn't realistically expected in service until 2075."

No wonder it looks sad.

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Boffins: Blue light kills MRSA 'superbugs'

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Alien

@ A.Coward

You mean this?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Blu-Ray-Laser-Phaser!/

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Interesting

This should be most interesting for advances in inexpensive medical laser equipment.

With solid state lasers one could create a compact, portable device for medical purposes as described in the article.

Dr.McCoy is watching

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AOL lays off 10 per cent, freezes pay

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AOL?

FFS, die already.

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Business Objects pioneer embraces open source BI

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Paris Hilton

<title>

Liautaud? funny way of pronouncing leotard.

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Microsoft's Automatic Update - the way to browser competition?

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We went over this

In the previous article. now move along, nothing to see here

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Memo to Microsoft: Enough with the SKUed Windows

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SKU it out the window

There are just far too many. Two at most is what they should move to, on the desktop field a consumer and a business model, both with the same features, but different support packages.

As for the server field, they could trim down the crap there as well, and it would serve them well indeed in the future.

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Mayor Boris backs McKinnon in extradition fight

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Now there,

Is finally some common sense.

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EC will force users to pick a Windows browser, says Microsoft

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Because I say so. Bitch.

What a load of willies!

It's the anti-Linux ad campaign tactic all over again. Yawn.

Oh you wanted to stir up a discussion about how the hell you should be able to install shit without a browser?

How about Microsoft just, for once, follows common sense and brings pack the pre-install package manager they ditched all those years ago? Does anyone even remember that thing? Yes, it still looks the same as it does in Windows 2000 and XP, but you can only access it -after- the lot has been installed, not before.

So how about it, common sense right? bring back the package manager and bring it up to par with the rest of the more intelligible tools out there available in other systems. You've had quite enough time to ogle them all over and copy the tech for yourself by now.

No need for no steenkin' browser to download anything if you have a package manager. No! end of story, they could have done this years ago, it's called innovation! But guess who took the ball when you dropped it?

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Microsoft nobbled ‘Vista-Capable’ for Intel

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Wot?

I'm with Tony here, the 915 chipset runs Compiz-Fusion fine, too.

And the whole experience is a lot more snappy than Vista Basic.

Perhaps Windows 7 will be climbing the curve, rather than walking behind it as is usual with Windows nowadays.

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Holy f**k, Microsoft covers up ‘undesired’ words

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Ha ha! dangly parts

Who here was reminded of the revenge scene on Bruce Allmighty?

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The netbook newbie's guide to Linux

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@Colin Millar

I think you are missing the point, but anyway. Good luck Mr.Millar, perhaps another day.

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@Colin Millar

"I wish the majority of the Linux community would stop being so bloody precious and really run and 'open' community."

Who exactly? don't judge the book by it's cover please.

"However Wortel's - http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm - is part of the problem - not part of the solution"

And which problem would that be? you're not telling, following the closed source Redmond model that is about as bloody precious as it gets :p

Either way, it was only an example. I would not be surprised if a complete 180 degree to that page exists elsewhere online. This is the Internet, after all.

On a more serious note however, you said there is a need for a reliable source of information as a starting point, and in reply to that I will hand you an example, two places:

http://www.linuxquestions.org

http://www.mandrivausers.org

Linux Questions being the more general forum, Mandriva Users being, of course, Mandriva specific.

There are also specific forums for Ubuntu, OpenSuSe, Fedora, Redhat, Gentoo, Debian.. you get the idea. It's really not any different in comparison to Windows in that respect, there are endless amounts of places for your choice of OS/Program.

Do mind however, that coherence, reliability, detail and most of all usability is determined by the individual. So if you find resources lacking, lend a hand will you? Thanks.

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@Fraser

Touché on the details, but hey, any pessimist will find something to gripe about any day of the week.

Point of the whole silly debate always going on is every bloody time something Linux comes up, everyone starts comparing apples and oranges again, and they shouldn't - plain and simple. An apple is an apple, an orange is an orange, it's not going to change.

I work with, and support both Windows and Linux. Heck i'll do Mac support too, what does it matter in the end? none of those camps gain or lose anything if you use one or leave one or go to the other completely, or whatever.

Personally I think Torvalds will be the last person on earth to care!

Do you really think Torvalds, Jobs or Ballmer care about which side you choose? what's in it for them if and when you do?

You'll have to answer that one carefully if you do not want to sound like you are nitpicking, you already made one mistake commenting about gain.

Thing is, when it comes to support, it does help if a person in need of help for any OS and it's tools/apps asks politely and doesn't get impatient shortly after asking :p

Us volunteers are only human after all, too.

Learning takes patience, and time, and those are two things people don't seem to have anymore.

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Unhappy

First things first

My condolances, I am sorry to see a great mind leave this world, your friend will be missed Mr.Bidmead.

Now as for the rest of you lot, yes you the complainers!

http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

Linux IS NOT Windows, get used to that fact already! sheesh, it has been 17 years already!

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Microsoft leaks cloudy OS name

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Strata?

How about 'astro-turf'

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Wireless-data LED lamps to replace lightbulbs - US profs

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@Eddie Edwards

"Calm down" By Eddie Edwards Posted Tuesday 7th October 2008 11:37 GMT

To transmit useful amounts of data the LEDs will need to flicker at more than 100,000Hz. You can't discern that.

In fact many LEDs flicker; it's called Pulse-Width Modulation and it's used to dim them. Generally this occurs at over 1kHz and is also impossible to discern. Look at the pulsing LED on a Mac when it's asleep. Do you see flicker?

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YES I CAN discern. and yes I have seen the bloody flashing light on Macs.

Why? because no manufacturer is doing the PWM properly nor the same, and *no* LED tech we have today can handle that high modulation, they are TOO SLOW! they would never light up.

Not so 'general' now is it?

Have you seen the cars that have PWM driven LED brake lights? haven't? they produce a string of red flashes when they race past you on the highway. Their lights also 'vibrate' (if you can call it that) violently when you're pulled up behind these people's cars. Very restless!

That's science for you right there, the electronics speed versus light speed versus physical velocity. The electronics can't keep up with the light speed and physical speed.

How else can you tell? look past something, but AT something, do you understand me? you will see it when you do it right, the same string of flashes.

Then there's the third way, move your eyes rapidly from left to right while facing the light. Seeing it flicker yet? no? then you're doing it wrong, try again.

I have a PWM driven LED flashlight. You can clearly see why it is PWM if you shake/swing it around a bit, the same string of flashes again.

Is it annoying to look at? Yes! will it cause some people serious trouble? Yes!

Is it bad for your health? did you still have to ask? ever heard of biorhythm?

Is it annoying the hell out of us people sitting at the office trying to work, getting super headaches just because nobody else is seeing those lights in the ceiling flicker like a crazy meth addict and your coworkers see no need to replace said lights because *they* can't see it?

What of the women among us whom are able to see more colours than the rest of us thanks to a rare natural occurrence in their eyes, causing them to be able to see more? Is your wife extremely good at picking colour combinations, will she tell you with certainty something is pthalo-red when all you can see is a dumbed red?

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Hubble transmissions cease as computer fails

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Nice uptime

18 years up in orbit around earth in a punishing atmosphere isn't bad at all, and they are wise to delay bringing up the spares in HUBBLE until they are good and ready for take-off to send in the replacements, before a bad reboot loses them valuable data onboard. Plain common sense at work :)

Well done HUBBLE!

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Ballmer on banking crisis: No one is safe

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Meanwhile, on isle 4 of Tesco

The friendly voice on the intercom announces, "*ding* Now at the Ladies' department; Knickers are down today."

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Elvis has left the border: ePassport faking guide unleashed

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There are some problems with your comment: A title is required

"Governments' security experts aren't dummies and they aren't going to make those mistakes."

Haha! shut up foo'!

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Byron Review's internet enforcer goes into action

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Coat

Cobblers

The safety starts at home, with the parents teaching their kids the rights and wrongs.

Oh wait..

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Facebook - The Movie! Exclusive storyboard peek

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Friday!

Thanks guys, good work :)

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Dell Inspiron 910 mini-laptop to be a hardware hacker's dream?

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No lights?

That's the first I would hack back in there, then

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Aussie school trials use of gadgets in exams

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Sure

Let them use the 'tools' (iPod as a tool? that's a different discussion however) available, with proper guidance. This would teach the young ones how to use the available resources more responsibly.

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Logic-gate 'supermolecules' play noughts & crosses

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Hmm..

Will AMD or Intel be the first to employ this tech in future processors? ;)

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