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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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Re: Zero compression

It's got a pretty picture on it! oh...but you already ruined the look trying to get to those hidden tracks.

To be fair, if they've been halfway sensible about it, the "label" track will be etched onto printed/coloured vinyl. Same stuff that gets used to make records where the entire face is a 12" round picture.

Though as for whether sticking a track so far toward the spindle that anything outside of a professional DJ deck won't be able to play it is sensible or not, I leave for the reader to decide.

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Re: Too Good to Be True?

Somebody didn't really use a tiny needle to scratch all those interference fringes into the master, did they?

Apparently they can be done.

I remember reading about them before Youtube came along, but I could never get a sharp enough needle nor be patient enough to make anything useful. That and old CD jewel cases aren't really the best for the task. Nice that the guy who made the site put that video up to demonstrate how it works more clearly.

I think there's some debate as to whether these are "real" holograms because you don't use a laser to make them; but since they are the same sort of etched-pattern affair that credit card holograms use, just on a larger scale, I don't see why they aren't.

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Re: Vinyl-fetish hipsters don't have a point

Ah see, some headphones leak a hell of a lot more than others. I have a set of cans that I have for indoor use that I'd never bother with on the bus, partly because they are ridiculously huge, and partly because they seem to double as loudspeakers.

These days there is an EU-enforced limit on the volume of anything you can plug headphones into (which some manufacturers have a magic-hack way around). Generally if your ears are ringing after listening, that's a cue that the sound was too loud. It's still unlikely though, that you're going to be seeing many 18-30 year olds with burst ear drums due to loud headphones.

However, my hearing still goes up to a good 5, 6 or more KHz higher than other people my age and younger, with some teenagers not able to perceive the range of audio that I can. Of course, some have better ears, generally young children, but I still consider myself either damned lucky or just sensible.

Though it is a bit annoying to walk past one of the local curry houses when they've decided to turn the anti-chav "ultrasonic" blasters on. Affects teenagers only? My pasty white arse it does.

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Re: "Side A plays from the inside out"

JAMin does.

Looks nice. Just a shame it's part of JACK. A more fiddly audio set-up I have yet to encounter. "Professional Quality" quite possibly, but also in the same way that 3D Studio Max requires a degree-level education to get past "render a sphere with a texture", and Cisco's IOS generally shouldn't be attempted by anybody who still possesses a shred of sanity.

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Re: Vinyl-fetish hipsters don't have a point

Anyone else remember being able to hear the CRT scan sound from CRT TVs?

Oh yes. I have frankly amazing hearing for my age, so I can tell if a CRT has been fired up in the next room. Or even, three feet from my face as the case is right now. Probably has something to do with me not habitually playing headphones at full blast or cranking the amp volume up to 12 in my younger days.

And yes, it's an AOC 5glr, TCO '99 compliant as an indicator of age. It works.

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Also one cannot skin-up on a MP3.

I hope you were using the record sleeve, and not the vinyl itself.

Though if you were using the vinyl, I would like to smoke your stylus.

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Re: "Side A plays from the inside out"

Audacity does indeed have such an option.

Effects->Equalization.

Select the "RIAA" curve from the little drop-down menu.

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Re: Thats got to be a wind up

Ah, but do they have a 16RPM option?

I miss the 16RPM option.

(Edited to add "RPM", because I'm sure some jokers will come up with some kind of pun based on barely-legal or pedobear)

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There was me thinking you stick a record on and let it play.

This.

The Monty Python example can just about be forgiven because they're as mad as a box of frogs. However, I don't expect to buy a record and then have to play Where's Wally to hear the damned music.

I'm also wondering how the auto-lift record players are going to cope with the inside-out track or the one "hidden" in the centre label. In fact I don't wonder: They won't cope with it. Well done, I guess we all have to go out and buy either a shit USB vinyl player or a stupendously expensive set of Technics or Stantons just to play the record?

How about just make it work?

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There's a warmth to the sound from vinyl you just can't recreate with CD's or MP3's

Record amps/pre-amps have an RIAA-declared standard set of filters that produce the sound you're looking for. Without that, vinyl would, and does, sound bloody awful.

However what vinyl does allow, which CDs don't, is the ability to cue up by grabbing the medium itself and spinning it about a bit. It's something that's kept vinyl alive even up until today amongst the DJ crowd, though these days it tends more toward time-coded vinyl than buying a separate slab for each EP, LP or single.

Lovely user interface, but I won't pretend it has "better quality", any more than valves have "better quality" than transistors.

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Oh aye, a mobe grumble-flick player? No – it's a 'droid ransomware nasty

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I've always thought that people that allow the "install from any location" option on their droids were a bunch of wankers.

ISWYDT

Shame two other people (at the time of writing) didn't.

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Pretty much accounts for 98% of the users. They do after all have an Android phone as well.

Sigh.

Don't look at the man behind the curtain.

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How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'

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Re: It should be noted...

Microsoft don't inspect your email normally. Only Google do that all the time - and target adverts at you based on the content...

Woo, so some algorithm spots the word "baling twine" and I spend the next two weeks getting Amazon adverts for baling twine via Google's Adwords partners. This is a problem?

So much more invasive than someone manually poring over your emails. Seriously, if you think they aren't all at the Big Data game, you're blind. Google are just up front and honest about it, and seem to get all the bad press and smear campaigns, too.

If you want to worry about Google's advertbots analyzing keywords, then do also worry about Microsoft, Apple, Valve, Oracle, RIM, Amazon, Yahoo, in fact just about any company with any kind of online presence and probably most of those that still exist without one.

Your data is worth money. Business is about money. Microsoft. Apple, Oracle, RIM, Valve, Amazon, Yahoo, Facebook... all businesses. All with access to masses of customer and other user data. All with access to a resource that can positively impact their bottom line. Do the math.

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Re: misreading history ?

was not going to happen as it was simply not possible.

I'm no chip designer, but I'd have figured anybody with an ounce of sense could have figured out this was marketing bullshit to promote their expensive new IA64 chips.

But yes, AMD64, and the rest is history.

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Re: It should be noted...

And you get to walk round with the free Google dick in your arse at all times,

As opposed to Apple's giant boner, or Microsoft giving you the email-inspection shafting and not even having the courtesy to give you a reach-around?

And you pay good money for those options.

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ZTE Open C, the Firefox OS mobe you'll almost want, now on eBay

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The LG Optimus 2X was the first dual-core phone to market, released in early 2011.

So high-end 2011 specs, only without the high-end 2011 pricing. I see no problem here?

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Re: Won't wow?

One problem for Firefox and ZTE is that the Motorola G already hit that price on a lot of plans

Thing is, I already have the perfect rolling monthly plan for me (as in, unlimited-means-unlimited data and tethering allowed). I want a phone, and you're never going to up-sell me to another contract.

Take that 24 month ball and chain away, and the SIM-free Moto G, while a nice price, is very much not as cheap and very much a sealed unit. No battery, no SD, no sale.

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Won't wow?

In a number of ways (CPU, internal storage most notably), this cheap and cheerful phone is better than the Xperia Arc S that I got just three years ago, for £300. The screen's not quite as shiny, I bet the camera is nowhere near as good, but for well under a hundred nicker after conversion, who cares?

If it has the usual required functions of an SD Card, portable access point/tethering, and a half decent (removable) battery, then colour me interested. I'll keep the old droids around for the apps and games, but this thing I'd happily use as a phone, so long as it works nicely.

In fact I imagine a lot of people won't give a damn so long as it works like a phone.

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

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Re: Microwave is non-ionizing radiation.

And at that distance and power output, the microwave energy being absorbed by your metallic undies will be getting converted into heat and frying your gonads quite effectively.

And yes, yes I've been hit by a practical joker who wanted me to pick up an illegally-powerful 27MHz FM CB antenna, with the rig still live unbeknownst to me. Then he keyed the thing up. Most unpleasant.

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Microwave is non-ionizing radiation.

This means that the stuff does not play smash-it-with-a-baseball-bat with your DNA. Unless water molecules rotating can cause cancer, you're going to protect approximately jack, and shit.

But I suppose some suckers will buy it.

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Ninten-DON'T: Wii U bomb blows Mario Kart giant off track – but new console promised

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Re: Nintendo pissed on their most avid customers

They won't sue you for copyright violation, however they will go after the video site (presumably Youtube) and rob you of every bit of advert income you might have gotten. Same effect, really. Why do a Let's Play of the latest Mario Kart and get nothing from it, when you can do a Let's Play of Jebediah Kerman's latest mission to Jool's moons and all you need to do is say that the game is "© Squad" somewhere in your video?

Stupid Nintendo.

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Re: Sony lost more.

At least Nintendo are still making traditional Japanese console games.

Honestly, asides the occasional crackpot title like Parodius, why is this a good thing?

And Parodius was/is made by Konami anyway. Probably one of the better side-scrolling shooters of the 16 bit and early 32 bit era. Not a Nintendo product.

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Isn't Beats Audio just a funky way of saying...

..."I don't know how to use a graphic equaliser"?

Match made in heaven, I suppose.

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Copyright minister: Those missing TWO copyright exceptions? We're still on track

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Blank media/player taxes.

Well that obviously means that people in the countries affected by such taxes can copy as much as they like because they already paid for it, amirite?

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Traffic light vulns leave doors wide open to Italian Job-style hacks

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Re: Proper Disguise

Orange high vis: £2.50

1000V insulated electrician's gloves: £3.50

Causing a 96 car pile-up: Priceless.

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ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)

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Computer time

Would this kind of thing be feasible for a BOINC project? True, the inter-node latency is going to be terrible, but terrible is better than "none until the nice guys with the warehouse-size computers let us play with their toys".

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Re: Good stuff

Maybe if he lets you sell it when you're bored with it.

Otherwise, no thanks. My copy, my license, my property. To give away or throw in a bonfire if I so choose. Not yours, Mr "I hate Second Hand Games" Braben.

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Carphone Warehouse, Dixons embroiled in £3.7bn merger rumour

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DSGi used to have a phone-shop brand.

They sold The Link off to O2 a while ago when I was still wearing the purple shirt for PC World (I know, mea culpa and all that). Seems almost ironic that a phone shop brand should be buying DSGi.

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NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

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Re: Please share my medical details, far and wide.

And this is exactly why opt-in is just fine, and opt-out is bullshit covering up for the seemingly obvious conclusion that the Chums in Westminster want to sell everyone's privacy down the river.

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Surely if it were so beneficial....

...people would be happy to opt in?

Funny thing is I already opted out of this shite once, and then they wanted another opt out.

I OPTED OUT ALREADY, YOU FUCKING USELESS DICKWIPES.

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Silk Road dealer 'SuperTrips' faces 40 years for DVD drug imports

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Re: Boring Green Psyx Blowhard Boring Green Blowhard RegMidnight 40.... @Plump & Bleaty

http://iantyrrell.wordpress.com/alcohol-prohibition-in-the-usa/

http://www2.potsdam.edu/alcohol/Controversies/1091124904_6.html

http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-157.html

...but I'm sure ethanol is the only drug these lessons apply to. Yep. Sure. Honest.

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Re: 40 years in prison

Sure, but you lose the right to complain when your bus driver ploughs the bus into the back of a big rig at full speed because he was too busy watching unicorns fart rainbows.

Because tripping out in the comfort of your own home is exactly the same as shooting up in the driver's seat of a multiple-ton death machine.

Seriously, why do we have drink-driving laws?

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Re: RegMidnight 40 years in prison

Apart from anything else, unlike narcotics and despite your assertion, I'm pretty sure it isn't physiologically addictive. The addiction is psychological only.

Alcohol is incredibly, and physically, addictive. So much so that extreme addicts cannot just stop. They have to come down first, otherwise the shock to the system can kill.

I have known people who are in that boat. It's not a pretty place to be.

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Re: Blowhard Boring Green Blowhard RegMidnight 40 years in prison...

The WoD has always included more than men with sticks,

Reefer Madness? Talk To Frank? "This Is Your Brain On Drugs"? Yeah, "education". Followed by getting the utter shit kicked out of you.

So if drug use is declining in the UK, where we are pretty full-on with the WoD...

http://www.ukdpc.org.uk/publication/are-criminal-justice-interventions-working/

These are people being paid to research ways to reduce illegal drug use. Funnily, they seem to think that being a sadistic cunt doesn't work either.

It obviously escaped your attention that the UK Government, off the back of a mandate from the majority...

On a what? Oh please don't make me laugh by mentioning the ABC classification system.

... set the classifications (A,B and C) for illegal 'recreational' drugs, not me.

Oh. You just did. You mentioned the same system that puts marijuana in the same class as amphetamines. Which considers sniffing glue and sleeping pill abuse to be less dangerous than cannabis, and completely fails to include alcohol in there anywhere.

This is the same system which had the ol' mowie wowie dropped to a class C for a little while, until Rupert "Arsehole" Murdoch and the Sun ran a FUD campaign. An independant report recommended that cannabis be decriminalised. The Sun went all full fucking retard. Cannabis went back up to a class B, and that's not FUD? Same publication that still has limited circulation in Liverpool 20-odd years after the Hillsborough disaster, due to their bullshit about Liverpool FC fans. "SOME FANS URINATED ON POLICE OFFICERS" indeed. You think they've changed?

Anybody who has done any actual study into it knows that the UK's drug classification system is a politically motivated fucking joke. Anybody apart from you, it would seem.

While we're at it: http://abolition.e2bn.org/campaign.html

The abolitionist movement for slavery was not as straightforward as you like to think. While a "majority" in government may have voted against it (more for geopolitical than humanitarian reasons), this was not necessarily what everybody else thought. I'm sure you probably think that in the US, it was "The South" who was for slavery and "The North" that was against. Sorry. Wasn't the case.

So thanks for making my point for me there, even if you do seem to think that democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner.

LOL, it was you and your fellow sheeple that introduced the idea that drink and cigs were so bad that the damage of drugs could be ignored...

Where? Where did I say that the damage of drugs could be ignored? You think that because I'm not a sadist that I haven't seen people fuck up? Mostly on alcohol, but also on things like amphetamines, and heroin. None on marijuana, funnily enough.

If it really was about "education", then I'd probably be helping! As it is, as long as drug policy is "hit them with a stick", then fuck drug policy.

He can swap notes on knowing drugs with the other inmates he meets in the prison showers.

Keep showing everyone how much of a bloody-minded sadist you are. How bloody-minded and sadistic most of the hard-line anti-everything-except-alcohol-because-I-like-getting-drunk crowd are.

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Re: Boring Green Blowhard RegMidnight 40 years in prison @Plump & Bleaty

As I have already posted, the Home Office figure for the total cost of drug-related crime is £15bn, so about 35% more than that of drink.

And bear in mind that "drug related crime" includes the use of the bloody stuff. Oh and the sadistic punishments and imprisonments. All the stuff that wouldn't exist if your war was ended, and all the stuff that would exist tenfold for alcohol if the US govt had got its way circa the 1930s.

But you keep on cherry picking.

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Re: Boring Green Blowhard RegMidnight 40 years in prison @Plump & Bleaty

here in pro-Drug War Britian with our 'antiquated' and 'non-liberal' laws, there has been a drop in drug use every year since a peak in about 2004.

You mean this publication right here which seems to show a drop in drug use going back far further than 2004, and having precious little to do with being a sadistic motherfucker and smacking people over the head with a stick, and more to do with societal attitudes toward hard drug use?

That publication?

Yeah, amazing how evidence works. Sorry, but everywhere you look, your war is either being lost, or it's the wrong damned side to be on. Funny how societal disapproval works a shitload better than your sadistic approach to things. Also note that quite a lot of people consider casual cannabis use to be acceptable. I guess not everyone has been taken in by the bullshit and convinced that everything is "DRUGZ".

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Re: Blowhard Boring Green RegMidnight 40 years in prison @Plump & Bleaty

See? Straight into the 'drink and fags are worse' schpiel.

Because they are.

But you just said alcohol and tobacco are so bad that you would want to stop them

Where? It would certainly be a sensible idea not to take up tobacco as it's bloody addictive and bloody harmful, but where did I mention "wanting to stop" them? Thanks, but I don't want to expand your war even further. It's just not worth it.

And, as you obviously failed to notice, our democratically elected politicians maintain the laws on illegal drugs because they are supported by the majority of the electorate, so it is you and your drug-addled chums that are in the minority.

When slavery was abolished, only a minority of people supported it.

A majority voted to ban gay marriage in California.

In neither case did the baying mob get what they wanted. Sometimes, the minority needs protecting from the tyranny of the majority. Like now. A free country is far more than an X on a ballot paper. Just because it's the best out of a bunch of bad ways of choosing which bastards tell everyone else what to do, doesn't mean that mob rule is suitable for everything.

Ultimately, your war is futile and costing more than it saves, in human life and money. There is no logic to it. However, it does give a few authoritarians a nice erection I'm sure.

Wow, that doesn't sound like the ringing endorsement of the virtues of hard drugs you insist it is!

Where am I endorsing hard drugs?

Oh, and 72% of the organised crime in Holland is still drug-related.

Because. It. Is. Illegal.

Really Matt, learn to stick 2 and 2 together and come up with 4, instead of -1.

Or maybe Switzerland, which tried a crackdown, then gave in to liberal pressure and started treatment including not just methadone but professionally administered heroin. The result has been that heroin abuse has hit a steady population of long-term addicts, whilst other drug abuse has seen a steady increase in Switzerland over the last thirteen years.

Background Heroin-assisted treatment has been found to be effective for people with severe opioid dependence who are not interested in or do poorly on methadone maintenance.

Aims: To study heroin-assisted treatment in people on methadone who continue intravenous heroin and in those who are heroin dependent but currently not in treatment.

Method: In an open-label multicentre randomised controlled trial, 1015 people with heroin dependence received a variable dose of injectable heroin (n=515) or oral methadone (n=500) for 12 months. Two response criteria, improvement of physical and/or mental health and decrease in illicit drug use, were evaluated in an intent-to-treat analysis.

Results: Retention was higher in the heroin (67.2%) than in the methadone group (40.0%) and the heroin group showed a significantly greater response on both primary outcome measures. More serious adverse events were found in the heroin group, and were mainly associated with intravenous use.

Conclusions: Heroin-assisted treatment is more effective for people with opioid dependence who continue intravenous heroin while on methadone maintenance or who are not enrolled in treatment. Despite a higher risk, it should be considered for treatment resistance under medical supervision.

--Christian Haasen, MD, Uwe Verthein, PhD, Peter Degkwitz, PhD and others (2007) Heroin-assisted treatment for opioid dependence [online] Available at http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/191/1/55 [last accessed: April 2014]

Indeed, the public were so alarmed that the Swiss government could not pass a law to decriminalise cannabis in 2004.

Which just shows you what a bunch of FUD can do. You're also guilty of lumping everything together under the umbrella term "DRUGZ" yet again. Fine, so long as you include ethanol in that.

But I thought you were arguing FOR the drug dealers?

Where?

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Re: Boring Green RegMidnight 40 years in prison @Plump & Bleaty

If we're going on anecdotes, I've seen too many people trashed by the effects of ethanol. But, that's just damned inconvenient for your argument, isn't it?

Never mind that unless you want to turn the world into North Korea, you will not, ever, in a million years stamp out recreational use of drugs. Hell, I bet even the Norks have a problem in that regard.

So keep waging that war. We all love a good war. Especially when it has a total positive benefit of around the square root of fuck all and a massive cost economically and socially. Meanwhile, those few countries that have liberalised their laws, that do not punish, torture and/or kill you for what you choose to put in your body, continue to see drops in the usage of hard drugs. In fact, drops in the usage of all recreational drugs.

But that's just damned inconvenient for the sadistic psychopaths who want a good excuse to fuck someone over, isn't it?

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Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

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Re: So be proud

Because twice the area and population of Wales is still pretty small?

I'm sure there's American duck-call entrepeneurs who have back gardens bigger than Wales. Or perhaps Denmark.

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Source code for world's first MUD, Essex Uni's MUD1, recovered

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I feel so spoiled.

When I was playing games in uni, it was either on a half decent PC, or courtesy of a hacked-up Playstation with "TOOL" written across the side.

They did have a "Games Club" there, but it seemed to be mostly obsessed with CoD. I'd just bring Kerbal Space Program in on a USB pen and play with that.

Inbetween doing proper work, of course.

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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Re: storm in a tea-cup

The thing is, the vast majority of users couldn't give a toss about a "pure" Android experience and will still end up going where ever the marketing dollars are spent which is with Samsung and Apple.

They'll start giving a toss in 2-3 years, when their cheapo no-name is still running the same ROM, and a Silver or Nexus device has just gotten the very latest Android version (with some new suitably widely-advertised feature) as an OTA update.

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"There's more and more resemblance to Microsoft in the way it controls the PC experience every day. Best of luck [in the premium space], Google have won."

So what you're saying is that if I grab copies of Windows and splatter them everywhere, buggering about with the source, the UI and default apps and not even asking Microsoft about it nor giving them a penny, the worst they are going to do is... refuse me the right to put a "Designed for Windows 95" sticker on the box?

Don't be silly.

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LOHAN spaceplane's budget minicam punches well above its weight

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Re: Sir

Mostly, yes. However, I can't imagine that the wind will be 0mph, as it's going to be slipping past the balloon as well as pushing it.

One way to find out, isn't there?

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Vladimir Putin says internet is a 'CIA project'

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Re: Actually, Putin is making perfect sense!!

and (thankfully, non-pornographic) cat videos!!

Obviously never heard of FurAffinity, e621 or Weasyl.

How have I heard of them?

....I'll just get me coat.

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So long, 'invincible dreamers': Google+ daddy Gundotra resigns

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@ Trevor_Pott

A truly awe-inspiring and inspired post. Superlative prose of a formidable verbosity, to wit; fucking epicness.

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Microsoft's naughty Cortana NOT ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN

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Re: Escapes me how there IS any such thing as protection of anyone

Such communities HAVE no legitimate power in the first place.

Yes, yes they do. Your idealism in no way matches the reality here.

Nothing to do with "consent of the governed". Everything to do with them having fucking big guns. That's their legitimacy, and you challenge it at your grave peril. There is nothing, at all, that you or anybody else will ever be able to do about it.

So yes, privacy is very important. Critically important in any society where the people in it wish to at least have a pretence of any kind of individual freedom.

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Re: How long before..

Will they spiral out of control or will they run out of things to say and just be quiet...

I've done this with IRC chatterbots based on Bucket and MegaHAL. It takes a while, but eventually they seem to "learn" whatever they are going to learn from each other and reach some kind of equilibrium with the same messages going back and forth.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 owners hit by fatal camera error problem

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You know these things are made in batches, right?

Maybe it's a faulty batch? As opposed to, you know, a faulty design decision.

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Re: first 10 days is when most fail

You think the problems with Maps and "you're holding it wrong" are worse than a camera that COMPLETELY fails?

A camera is a nonessential function on a phone, unlike the phone antenna.

No excuses. It's a fuck up that needs fixing. However, even without a camera, you can still make calls. Something you couldn't do on the iFlaw if so much as a pinkie finger got in the way.

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