* Posts by M Gale

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

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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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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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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

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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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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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Re: Sir

I'm wondering, if there's going to be another test flight, how feasible it would be to stick a ginormous tailfin on one side of the payload and a counterweight (perhaps just a long pole) on the other? See if the weathervane effect can be used?

If it works, it might even be useful to make sure LOHAN fires into the wind.

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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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Re: What do you do at a party ?

G+ is more like a rave busting into the warehouse up the street, then people claiming that the entire village is having a party.

Do Not Want, and thanks to the continued attempts to try and herd me into it, Will Never Want.

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Re: Oh goody.

2+2=4, motherfuckers.

Guess that means I'm wrong.

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Re: Oh goody.

ERM yes you do.

And you don't need your real name. Call yourself "John Smith", and Google Minus has no fucking idea how to verify that. Yes, you do need a Minus account in order to leave Youtube comments, even on your own fucking videos in your own fucking channel, or to rate or review Android apps.

Are you seriously claiming the Google Minus bullshit on Youtube has stopped even one iota of one percent of the "lameness" in Youtube comments? Or that it has stopped any of the fake, idiotic or just downright wrong reviews on the Play Store? Open your eyes.

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Oh goody.

Let's hope whoever comes in next isn't so much of a dick about trying to shoe-horn everybody onto Google Fucking Minus just to rate an Android app or leave a comment on your own fucking Youtube video.

How's that integration going at getting rid of the Youtube trolls? Or the fake app ratings? Or any-fucking-thing?

Door. Don't let it smack you in the arse.

(now a happy Vimeo/DailyMotion user)

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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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So far, so SOPA: Web campaigners to protest world's biggest ever free trade deal

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Re: I'm surprised.

I have a job, a family, a mortgage and two paid for automobiles.

So it's true.

Sufficiently advanced parody or satire really is indistinguishable from the real thing.

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I'm surprised.

9 posts in and not a single shout of "fucking freetards".

Well let me be the first to say you're all fucking freetards, you only want to steal stuff, I bet none of you want to pay for a thing, try getting out of your mummy's basement and finding out what Real WorkTM is.

And clean your teeth. Brush your hair. Wash behind those ears, young man, you're a disgrace!

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Microsoft's 'evil open source' man on life as HP's top cloud-wrangler

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And from Microsoft's attitude...

...they still do think OSS is evil. They just realise they can turn it into closed-source-by-patent.

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Apple patent pokes at holographic iPhone screen

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Re: @M Gale

Don't you know it, sweetie.

Kisskiss.

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The fingerprint sensor that also works with nipples and knob-ends?

That fingerprint sensor?

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Sega Hologram?

Granted it doesn't have the user tracking, but it does have everything else.

Anybody old enough to have been in an arcade when these machines were doing the rounds will remember the weird eye-bending pop-up effect it achieves. Neat to look at, but your eyes will hate you if you try to put your hand through the apparent image.

Also the same effect as seen in a bunch of executive toys where you stick an object between two curved mirrors, and the object appears to float in the middle of an aperture at the top of the toy.

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FCC: We're GUTTED people think we'd gut net neutrality

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Re: Old saying

Or the other variation:

Don't shit on my cupcake and tell me it's frosting.

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Mmmm, double-dipped wires.

Must be extra thick.

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Shut up, Siri, I'm watching telly! iOS 7.1 code reveals new role for Apple's PA

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Re: iWatch?

FYI: That's not an English accent. Posh, well spoken, occasionally has English-like inflections, definitely sarcastic, but certainly not English.

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Or maybe...

...it's an internal "reserved" number for whatever odd prototypes the fruit merchant is playing with, and will never have anything to do with any finished product?

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SAVE THE EARTH... give all your iThings back to us, begs Apple

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Re: Solar panels should face south, not east or west as shown in the ad.

This of course, assumes the panels are not tracking the sun.

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Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor

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Re: If I were MS, I would be much bolder and replace icons with tiles.

I'm just being pedantic though.

Yes, yes you are. Goes with the territory I guess.

Have a +1 anyway, because you're not wrong.

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Re: If I were MS, I would be much bolder and replace icons with tiles.

9/10 -- Obvious, but you got plenty of bites, so congratulations!

After coming out with this spectacular fail, despite various screenshots of dynamic, interactive widgets that pre-date Microsoft's shitty flat, limited "tile" things by years:

why an app icon should be static?

...I'm inclined to believe you. Obvious troll is becoming very obvious.

never change children toys, they hate changes, they need to repeat the same thing over and over...

Exceedingly, unequivocally obvious.

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Sat comms kit riddled with backdoors for hackers – researcher

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Re: In Praise of Backdoors which be Heavenly Portals to Some and Dark Web Money Pits for Others

I think I need more drugs. Or maybe less. The Martian is beginning to make sense again. +1 and all that.

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Boffins claim machines now beat humans at face-matching

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More simply: GaussianFace normalises each pic into a 150x120 pixel image, and uses five landmarks – two eyes, the nose, and the corners of the mouth – as the basis for the image transform. It then creates 25 x 25 overlapping tiles in the image, and captures a vector of each patch.

This sounds very much like a tweaked version of Eigenfaces.

Hey, if it works, hats off to them. After doing the Computer Vision and AI option back in uni, I'd best describe the algorithms involved in facial recognition as "bloody complex".

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