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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

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Re: Wrong, but not ridiculous?

I don't think I would want to ride so close behind a vehicle that I'm in its slipstream.

I know people do, and there is a phrase that describes them perfectly: Wannabe Roadkill.

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Re: Facepalm...

"There is this little thing called "Stop-Start" just thought I'd let you all know :)"

You know I wonder about the whole stop-start thing. Sure you might spend a little less in fuel, but doesn't stopping and re-cranking the engine every couple of minutes cause extra stress to the parts? As soon as the thing stops, the oil starts flowing back into the sump unless you have some kind of sticky MagnatecTM-like addition to it.

Then you get that lovely metal-on-metal contact until it starts flowing again.

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Re: Facepalm...

"3. I would rather pay a few pounds extra for fuel than have to spend a thousand on a new bike and all that safety gear your nanny government would force me to wear."

Where are you buying your bikes? Halfords or Harrods?

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Microsoft Surface Pro will land in UK in WEEKS*

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Re: An injection moulded magnesium chassis?

You mean like buying a device where the case is made entirely of flammable metal?

If this were a car design, the first exploding chassis would be a recall. When the first Surface explodes in a brilliant white flare, will there be a redesign?

Or are you saying that lithium batteries do not periodically go pop? Like a lot more often than the LHC destroys the earth?

But hey, let's throw petrol on the fire. That'll help.

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Re: An injection moulded magnesium chassis?

There is still a massive difference between melting a hole in a can (been there, done that) and causing magnesium to start going off.

For one, the aluminium stops reacting when you take the heat source away.

Seriously, what the fuck do people teach kids in science class these days? How the fuck is THIS anything whatsoever like the puny non-self-sustaining glow you get from a thin aluminium can while hitting it with a fucking blowtorch?

I say again, encasing lithium in magnesium is a disaster waiting to happen.

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Re: An injection moulded magnesium chassis?

Aluminium *melts*.

Magnesium *burns*.

There is a difference. And no, I'm not on about grinding metal up into fine particles either.

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Re: A very expensive mobile computing solution

(otherwise I'd choose 7 of 9 or maybe a three)

Oh, I think anybody would choose 7 of 9. At least, any hetero male and perhaps a few scissor sisters too.

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Re: DO NOT BUY - Unavoidable limited life

"Any component has a limited life."

And on many laptops, the fan can be replaced.

On most tablets, there is no fan.

Fans tend to be the first thing to go.

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Re: An injection moulded magnesium chassis?

There's distinctly more chance of a lithium fire causing a magnesium fire than there is of a couple of protons causing planetary annihalation.

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Re: An injection moulded magnesium chassis?

Yeah, I'd still rather chance a battery fire with an aluminium case over a magnesium one any day. Neither would be preferable, but at least you don't have the added extra chance of a second sun being born in your living room.

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Re: A very expensive mobile computing solution

Actually the S/P is equipped like most Notebooks/Ultrabooks that come with an SSD. If you want more than a 128GB SSD there are not that many choiced left. You either go "spinning metal"(1) or you go well above 1000€ even for a notebook and there are few COTS units available.

Question is, do you really need SSD? Wouldn't a flash cache + spinning metal give you a load of the advantages and some actual storage space? Not that any buyers will have the option of finding out.

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Re: @M Gale

Wow, that's remarkably ignorant, check out the size of the boost library and platform SDKs

1.59GB for v1.51.0 of a framework that contains so many millions of lines of code that it makes your average Linux kernel look tiny. If you're stupid enough to link to every single library, then no wonder your code is bloated. I'm using Boost right now. What's your point? Asides to prove that 80GB really isn't enough?

Unless you're recording media, video at that, how do you (permanently) use up 80GB in a few minutes?

GB != Gb. I could fill up 10GB (or 80Gb) in a few minutes while copying 5-10 films over. Or maybe 2 films, Boost, a couple of other frameworks (hello, 961 megabytes of Ogre) and a compiler. Let's say Code::Blocks, because the full MSVC is just a weeny bit on the huge side and #pragma once can kiss my bell end.

Even with 80GB free, that's a big chunk of space gone and I'm only just started.

Yeah, cause that's *exactly* the work process of a software developer...

You make it seem like that.

M Gale = Eadon?

I disagree with you, therefore I'm Eadon.

On top of being a shill for Google, that's the best accusation yet.

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Re: DO NOT BUY - Unavoidable limited life

Fans have a limited life - they must be replaceable in any sane computer design.

Or at the very least, they must make the awful grinding noise fixable by thumping the thing when it's warmed up.

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Re: An injection moulded magnesium chassis?

A standard Bic lighter will burn at somewhere between 420C and 800C. A windproof or "jet" lighter will go to a thousand-and-odd with the maximum temperature of a butane flame being about 1970C.

So instead of some nasty bastard putting a ciggy mark or a hole in your laptop, they get to cause a metal fire that will practically burn itself through the floor. That's if the battery doesn't explode on you. If Microsoft ever get to make enough units for the miniscule chance of a battery failure to rear its head and go "oh hai statistics", you're going to end up with a hell of a lot more than some warped plastic and and a nasty smell.

Incidentally, magnesium flames are rather blindingly brilliant.

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Re: Price

But do you need a full PC in a tablet?

Well that might be nice, but you just told me that it's not a full PC in a tablet.

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Re: A very expensive mobile computing solution

And I have a terabyte on this machine that's getting dangerously full after two years. Your point is what?

I also have laptops, and I'm constantly fighting with the Available Space issue. But then, I do think it appropriate that a hard drive is a good place to put, oh I don't know.. films, music, all that kind of stuff that you might want to use a media consumption device like the Surface for.

80GB? It might last me a few weeks. 80Gb? Probably a few minutes. I know plenty of less-technical people who also bought cheap computers with small (funnily enough, around the 120GB mark) drives, and they are also fighting for free space because these are people that actually use their computers for stuff. They don't just sit in the corner looking pretty and occasionally get switched on to edit a text file.

Now you as a software developer can probably make do on 80GB. It's not like a bunch of C++ source code for a project really takes up all that much space. However, saying "it's not meant for that" when Microsoft are trying to tell us all that the Surface is "everything at once" is disingenious at best.

The Surface Pro is sold as a premium product. Priced as a premium product.

And specced like a toy.

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Re: A very expensive mobile computing solution

"You possibly don't realise how much space 80Gb is..."

I've worked with computers that have winchester hard drives. 10MB of double-height 5.25" fun with a worm gear powering the read/write head and separate ribbon cables for address and data. 10MB is an enormous amount if the only thing you work with is early 1980s software and text files.

And 80GB is a tiny amount if you are working with modern software and images.

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Re: Gosh

"The Surface Pro is custom moulded Magnesium and is incredibly strong."

Mixing flammable metal with lithium batteries. Sounds like a good idea to me.

And magnesium's less flammable relatives seem to be either poisonous, irritant, or laxative. Again, what could possibly go wrong?

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Virgin Mobile coughs to choking its customers

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Re: 3 and Tethering

For the £25pcm One plan on a rolling monthly deal, you can use your unlimited data for whatever you want.

Just like it should be. Why the hell should 50MB direct to a phone mean anything different to 50MB dished out to a portable access point?

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Oracle trowels more plaster over flawed Java browser plugin

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And when Oracle manage to sort their certificates out so I know what I'm downloading, I might download it.

Until then, browser plugin disabled.

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Canonical announces Mir display server to replace X Windows

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Oh FFS

I see this as "You will have Unity whether you like it or not. And no cheating by apt-getting Gnome or KDE."

Perhaps time to seek a different Linux until Canonical figure out what the fuck they are doing.

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SpaceX Dragon eventually snared by ISS

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Re: It's never embarrassing to fix a problem.

Pah, Components! American components. Russian components.

All made in Taiwan!

Now *CLONK* THIS is how we *CLONK* FIX problems on *CLONK* RUSSIAN space station *CLONK* because I *CLONK* want to go home *CLONK* and I *CLONK* DON'T want to *CLONK* STAY here *CLONK* ANY MORE!

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Sony: Can't beat Apple and Samsung, so let's be the Other Guy

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Re: Seems Sony will never get forgiven

Unfortunately Sony is married to Sony BMG, which is not a tech company and has a tendency to repetatively do stupid things.

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Re: Fool me thrice...

"The proprietary memory card/charger thing was always annoying too, at least one of these has been ditched"

Not sure about newer Sony-only phones, but my old SE Arc S uses standard Micro USB (which fits annoyingly loosely) and Micro SD (which fits more snugly but is hidden under the battery).

Does get a bit toasty when it's busy though.

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Re: I have to say....

[2] Something I'd like to see in smartphone reviews - How easy is it to de-Twatterise and un-Faceb0rk the thing?

From 4.x onward you can disable bundled crapware. You just can't uninstall it, so it still sits there taking up space.

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US gov cash slash threatens manned trips to asteroids and Mars

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Re: Nasa is hamstrung by bureaucrasy

There's a reason every nut and bolt in a NASA project is double, triple and quadruple checked before being signed off by umpteen different groups to say it's fit for purpose.

Keeping a controlled explosion under control while it farts things into orbit without blowing up is a really big reason. I'll bet SpaceX don't just stick a dragon and a falcon on a stick and light the blue touchpaper either.

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Ubuntu 13.04 beta touts search privacy - before it hooks in eBay, IMDb etc

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Re: Shouldn't be needed

Eh. I've willingly installed a Gnome panel widget that's the equivalent of Mac's Finder. Type in a word. It searches your documents. Then other files, then Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia online dictionaries and a bunch of other search services (or no search services) in whatever order you desire. I think it also has a calculator option, though it's been a while.

Though having it all on by default is a bit of a pain.

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Re: Of the things I'd like to see in the next...

gnome-system-monitor does that quite well, though I'm not sure what the Unity equivalent would be. Maybe gnome-system-monitor.

Or a combination of the ps and kill commands, if you're a command-line junkie.

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Japanese govt: Use operator-run app stores, not Google Play

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Re: Follow the money--the google certainly does

Every single PLC on the planet is governed by rules that dictate they be bastards. I don't hugely trust Google either, but they still make the biggest phone OS on the planet and.they are distinctly unbastardly about letting you have a copy. Source too, if you like.

Now, about the lack of a post-install permission denial... Get your shit in order Google, before someone else does it for you.

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That Firefox OS mobe: The sorta phone left behind after a mugging

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAALRIGHTY THEN!

Cracks me up how android users want to tout garbage things like that as a selling point...

Yep, real funny how I can plug my phone into someone's telly and be watching films and youtube with them all night.

Well, we were watching Jim Carrey.

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Re: Graph with *3* lines on it

"Not for any sane definition of "adequately".

I had a 600mhz ARM11-powered ZTE Racer that performed quite adequately as a smartphone. It had maps, it had youtube, it was responsive, and the phone quality was good. Angry Birds ran jerkily, it had a resistive screen and 320x240 resolution, but at the time it was about 10% of the price of the iPhone and a good deal cheaper than the high end droids.

You don't buy a Netbook to play Crysis then complain that it's inadequate.

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Re: Graph with *3* lines on it

So WP8 will run fluidly on a single core ARM11 then?

Because Android seems to manage that just fine these days, unless you're still on Eclair, Donut or Cupcake.

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Re: Graph with *3* lines on it

It'll run on a single core ARM11 well enough to use smoothly?

Funny, because I'm sure WP8 minimum specs are dual core plus all sorts of other rather not-budget restrictions.

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Router crash downs CloudFlare services

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Re: I think someone meant to do that.

Well, IPv4 uses 16 bits to store the packet length. Basically, 65,536 combinations or 0-65,535. IPv6 has the same limit unless the "Jumbo Packet" option is turned on, in which case the packet can be up to 4GB in size.*

So basically, it was an IPv6 attack with the Jumbo Packet option turned on. Why routers will even process a ping that's a Jumbo Packet, I don't know.

*Wikipedia is your friend. Even if it isn't an academic source.

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Brit biz stops coked-up moist pocketstrokers ruining your pub lunch

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Re: Been looking for a waterproof phone for a couple of years

I wouldn't call them ugly.

Maybe "well hung".

Well, if it had more than an 800mhz CPU. Okay.. maybe "built like a brick shithouse".

Yeah, that's more like it.

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"But at least your hydrophobic mobile will thank you the next time you spill your pint over it"

Apple are planning to rig the water sensors directly up to Siri's brain?

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Take that, freetards: First music sales uptick in over a decade

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Re: Music Industry

"Without the 'biz, we would never have heard of Elvis, or Fleetwood Mac or even Haydn"

The question is, would we care?

"filmed on a mobile phone"

I think you're trying to imply that it's impossible for an amateur band to buy an hour or two of studio time and an engineer for the duration.

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Re: blip?

Of course there's value in ripping. Only the RIAA and MPAA want you to think that a backup copy means buying another copy. Or that removing DRM is inherently wrong.

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Euro watchdog bares teeth at Microsoft over browser gaffe

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Re: EU lost the plot

If it was impossible for anybody except Google to make an Android compatible OS, then maybe they'd get hit.

The only vendor lock Google have is the Play Store. Not exactly insurmountable.

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Prepare for 'post-crypto world', warns godfather of encryption

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Steganography

Because if you think you have the message, you probably won't bother digging any further.

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So much noise on WinMob, but Microsoft's silent on lovely WinPhone

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Re: "This is a platform loved by reviewers and respected by analysts" - and yet...

My problem with the iPad wasn't that it was an iPad. It was that I was expecting something more like a Mac and less like a games console.

Maybe at £500 I was being optimistic about something like that coming from Apple.

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Re: I'm not suprised

It is an optimal communication device, not a dumb app launcher like iOS and Android.

I'd suggest you've never used Android's widgets. You know, those things that Microsoft ripped off, limited to blocky squares and called "tiles"?

You want the mail icon to show you how many unread mails? It does that.

You want your contacts all on a home page of their own complete with pictures? Not hard.

Perhaps a media player with its controls on the widget?

A flashlight app that works by tapping the widget rather than launching an app?

Social networking widgets? Device hardware toggle widgets? Calender widgets? Map widgets? Browser widgets? Widgets for things you'd never have even thought of?

All there, you just need to look for them. I suggest long-pressing the home screen and selecting "widgets". Or just selecting "widgets" from the top of the app drawer on an ICS or greater tablet. The phone manufacturer has likely included some. The Play Store has a load more.

And Beautiful Widgets is rather nice.

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Browser makers open local storage hole in HTML5

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Re: Cookie Size

The article might say "cookie", but last time I tried writing a "cookie filler" page, the end result was that the cookie got as utterly huge as I had patience to wait for, but the web browser then failed at subsequent efforts to read any page from that site.

HTML5 local storage definitely ain't no 2kb text file.

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German boffins turn ALCOHOL into hydrogen at low temp

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Re: So..

Once you have a fuel cell with enough kilowattage, you'll find electric motors are damned potent things. More potent than internal combustion (even a big V8) for less weight, and torque all the way from 0RPM up to max. Problem is a 50kw+ PEM fuel cell is rather pricey right now.

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Colombian boffins reconstruct flight path of Russian meteor

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Angel

Hi.

We see you, and you're still a psychopathic fuck.

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US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'

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Meanwhile in the UK, we get Rebecca Loos wanking a pig. Yes, really.

Caution: Contains corkscrew dong. And bloody hell, that little bugger's productive.

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Ruby 2.0.0 adds syntax sparkle, boosts performance

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It's probably fashionable to throw rotten tomatoes at me now, but I do quite like that little language. Simple to get to grips with, but with enough capacity to be brainbendingly wierd if you want it to be, and enough syntactic sugar to be oh awesomely sweet in places.

The only problem it ever had is it's not the fastest interpreted language in the world. Faster than BASIC but not by all that much. 1.9.x improved that. Let's see what 2.x does!

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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Crash barriers have a nasty habit of coming apart and sending high speed girders through the windscreen.

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Review: Britain's 4G smartphones

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Re: Not until the competition is out......

Friend of mine was trying to tell me how shit my phone is and how his contract is awesome because his iToy was "free" from EE and he'll be getting a "free" 4G upgrade soon.

I did the math and pointed out that buying a sim-free phone and going for a rolling monthly contract meant that after the first 12 months I have already spent less than him, and with each passing month I spend even less than he does, for more-or-less the same type of phone plan. In fact I could buy a new phone outright every couple of years and still pay less than he does.

He didn't like that.

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