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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

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Re: Who is Tom ...

The emphasis should be on "actor".

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Already done.

The show is called Person Of Interest and it has been running for several seasons.

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Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer

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Re: If apple had such great mouse designers...

Apple obviously hired some really bad mouse designers as well.

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Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio

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Meh

GAME?

The Call Of Duty games are pretty much barely-interactive immersive movies anyway.

Unless of course the film will be based on the multiplayer experience... Good grief, please no.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Gimp

Revert

They could always change it back to "Mosaic".

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Re: New browser names:

10) "the thing"

(True story.)

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Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

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Unhappy

Re: My phone (Sony Z2) does 120fps at 1080p just fine. :P

It won't after the next firmware update.

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

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Re: Q from the US

"no home user really needs this kind of speed"...

I suppose it depends on ones definition of "need" but I recently bought and installed the new Wolfenstein game via Steam and that was a 40 or 50 gigabyte download - an inconceivable figure not so long ago. That wasn't too painful on our 40Mb connection but these things just keep getting bigger.

Weirdly enough we're on Virgin and I'm pretty sure our connection has been throttled to 40Mb - our peak download speeds were much faster when we got connected a year back.

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Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN

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Fauna.

I once found a slug in the office. We put it outside.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Re: For £3.5m

They could spend the £6.5m surplus on a film about midget porn.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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Re: Patent This!

That's a nice idea but the screen would need a ridiculously high refresh/update speed.

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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@returnmyjedi

Agreed. Sort it out Reg, it isn't rocket science.

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Golf bloke to Richard Branson: Get on board the future bus, where there's 'NO WEATHER'

Horridbloke

Re: Mirror, mirror...

The trying-on-outfits-virtually-via-pseudo-mirror idea featured in an episode of the short-lived Max Headroom US scifi "drama" from the late eighties. (If you missed it, the show was based on the original Twenty minutes into the future Channel 4 production and looks horribly dated nowdays.)

I suppose that counts as prior art should anyone try patenting the idea.

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Drone-assisted Swiss construct virtual 3D castle

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Re: Ultra Realistic 3D Games

Google Earth Deathmatch perhaps?

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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His facebook page is still up...

... and there are photos of him trying to look gangsta.

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

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Gimp

Re: Really?

If all phones have a kill switch you won't have to buy another one, because the existing one won't be nicked. In addition your car window won't need replacing the one time you accidentally leave your phone on display in your car and you'll be saved a night in A&E when a bad person doesn't decide to take your phone off you by force.

I've had both those experiences - through matters other than phones - and don't recommend them.

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People will happily run malware if paid ONE CENT – new study

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FAIL

Re: Already infected, why not make money?

How about legal ramifications? I can't help thinking anyone knowingly offering their machine up to a dubious-looking botnet for reward is an accessory to any crimes committed via said botnet.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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Re: This might be the first time a machine has passed it

Estate agents fail the Turing Test every working day of their lives. They also invoke the "uncanny valley". I was talking to an EA the other month and become convinced she was animatronic.

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Facial recognition tech convicts man in Chicago robbery case

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Odd match...

Looking at those two pictures I have an uncomfortable feeling they were matched based on him leaning his head a bit to the side in each.

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My my, Intel, that's one speedy NVMe flash card you have there

Horridbloke

Re: They fail to "read-only" mode.

... except when they don't.

I had a Samsung 840 pro fail utterly and without warning on me three months after purchase. Nothing I tried it with even recognised there was a storage device there.

(I was pleasantly surprised when the backup successfully restored and the replacement has been good so far.)

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

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Re: I think it's a lenticular display

There were a number of android slabs boasting lenticular displays for sale at Bangkok's Pantip Plaza when I visited a couple of years ago. Those displays weren't great, but there's been time to improve that part of the equation and I can see Amazon using that with online 3d film or game delivery to draw more people into their ecosystem.

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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Boffin

Re: No need to be so special, Apple

<PEDANT>

Don't lump all those "far east" languages together...The Korean Hangul alphabet is small and reasonably phonetic.

</PEDANT>

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Google Glass? Feh. Behold Dyson's 2001 pocket 'puter techno specs with own 'Siri'

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Stop

Re: well very few products are competely new designs?

The story I heard about the Sega VR product was it got cancelled due to medical concerns that it would mess up kids' eyesight - if true then Sega did the right thing.

I read this on the internet somewhere, so it must be true...

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Privacy International probes GCHQ's mouse fetish

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Re: Churchillian feint

Agreed, the whole thing smells of either misdirection or intimidation.

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

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Mushroom

Re: Macho

.... and John Wayne (playing an elite extinguisher of oil well fires, can't be bothered to track down the title.)

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Internet rejoices over Star Wars, um, clapboard pic

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Will Simon Pegg be in it?

Because everything is better with Simon Pegg.

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Internet of Stuff: Cleaner washing, more milk ... fewer COW FARTS?

Horridbloke

Re: animal's natural diet

The animal doesn't really have a natural diet, because it isn't a natural animal. The domestic breeds used to produce beef or milk are a long way removed from the beasts our ancestors first decided to corral and use.

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Zombie Nortel grabs Cisco by the neck, again

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WTF?

We got a patent troll letter once

The claim referred to some esoteric SCSI thing that had nothing whatsoever to do with our business or products, so we told them to **** off. That was the last we heard from them.

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Say CHEESE: Samsung files patent for transparent camera

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Re: Transparent display?

It's potentially useful when photographing fast-moving subjects such as martial arts bouts. My current digital compact takes the shot almost immediately when I press the button, however the display on the back of it lags by about half a second. It's therefore not possible to watch the bout through the display because by the time you see something happening the moment has passed. The current workaround is to not look at the display, keep things reasonably wide-angle and hope the camera is pointing in the right direction.

(In theory an SLR is better, however that can suffer from being TOO fast - I found I had to slow myself down to grab the perfect glove-in-face moment.)

I don't claim to be any sort of photography expert, but this transparency gimmick seems weirdly suited to this problem.

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

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Sensing moisture...

Could this be an ultra sophisticated next generation means of voiding the warranty?

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Forget superstars, this HYPERGIANT star is 1,300 times the size of OUR SUN

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How big?

Well I know what I'll be doing on Universe Sandbox later.

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Finally! Some actual, novel tech: Apple patent to revive geriatric gear

Horridbloke

Re: talk louder for Siri to hear you

Siri would then mutter darkly about those funny-looking coloured phones that have just moved in.

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

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Re: OMG lolkatz

I thought it was called the Enternet.

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Japanese boffins build 'earring PC' for hands-free computing

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Gurn-operated computing

I think some of the customers in my local Asda are already using this.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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Re: Funny thing is

I once got a "Welcome to the Isle of Man" roaming text whilst in Wales (Amlwch to be exact).

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

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IT'S CHEEEEEAAAAAP!!!!!

"Much of the widely-alleged benefit of offshoring sounds like a typical tunnel-vision fantasy of a stereotypical accountant."

Bingo. I while ago I worked at a UK software outfit that had been bought up by US dot-com lunatics. At one point there were several IT professionals from India visiting the officers on six-month stints and supposedly learning the ropes. The phrase "Don't worry, you're not training up your replacements" was uttered numerous times. A development office was opened in India, the folks there got access to our CM system and the fun really started.

I'm sure there are lots of educated, capable and very well motivated technical types in India, but the people we were asked to work with were about as good as a random UK-born chav would be if plonked into a development role and expected to produce with no pertinent training. Of course there were language problems to contend with as well. I had the impression the US overlords had travelled to India and hired the cheapest people they could find there.

This was all a bit ironic considering the cash the people stateside were burning on nice offices and perks, but given they didn't respect the engineering function I suppose it made sense.

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Bangable poster firm Novalia makes printed 'leccy keyboard

Horridbloke

Re: @fibbles

"Tried that as a student project"

Well done on at least trying it.

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

Horridbloke

Re: Somebody put it far better than I could...

Err, I don't think anyone is suggesting Stephen Fry is an idiot.

He's famous primarily for having a lovely voice and the veneer of cosy authority the BBC and advertisers go for. He's done very well on it and that level of success doesn't come without a good dollop of initiative and drive but why should anyone take any more notice of him than, say, Keith Chegwin?

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Somebody put it far better than I could...

Stephen Fry: a stupid person's idea of a clever person.

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Bottom falls out of Nokia's network rump

Horridbloke

Perhaps...

... they could start making toothbrushes.

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Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

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Too tasteful...

I want a USB backup device embedded in an life-size Elvis statue.

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A private Dell makes sense. Doesn't mean it'll work, though

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Reminds me of another company...

This "handling" of their suppliers.... Are Dell the Tesco of IT?

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Apple prepping 4K resolution 12.9-inch MaxiPad – report

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Re: Seems a bit pointless

I see some "jaggies" on my Nexus 7's much smaller 1920*1080 display, even though my eyesight is past its peak. The main offender is Google Earth and it could probably be addressed via antialiasing, however it could be addressed even better by upping the physical resolution. I bet the average user would benefit from increased text clarity, even though they might not conciously notice the difference. So yes, 4k on a relatively massive 12" tablet makes sense.

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

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@Peter Gathercole

Thanks for that. I really enjoyed the Ghost In the Shell tv series a decade ago and I've just watched that offending advert. I don't think I've ever seen anything miss the point so badly before.

Oh, and cheers for the heads-ups about the new GITS...

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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

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@TechRenegade

I just downvoted you for complaining about downvotes.

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PUNISHMENT gluttons: The Dr Who monsters that come back for more

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Re: The Master

I thought portraying The Master as Tony Blair (the whole "Harold Saxon" thing) was quite inspired.

(Certainly better than the "General Belgrano" allusion in one of the Christmas specials.)

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LG's curvy Flex phablet and its self-healing bottom escapes Korea

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Re: “self-healing” bottom

The spice isn't the problem, the squid-and-spring-onion pancakes can be though.

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If your bosses tell you you're 'in it together', don't EVER believe them

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If your employer considers you a resource...

... then they can't reasonably demand you don't.

X hours per week, Y days notice when resigning, and don't do anything to the IT that they can come after you for.

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Right royal rumpus over remote-control 'RoboRoach'

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Re: Cockroaches have a long and proud history...

This isn't scientific experimentation though. At best it's a demonstration of a biological process but that seems pretty tenuous to me. It looks like an attempted commercialisation of some of the experiments towards insect-based surveillance that were reported a few years back, but really it's a new expensive way of being a dick with a smartphone.

Who is going to perform the operation?

A kid? Probably not given the need for some money, a smart phone, a steady hand and a concentration span.

A teacher? I doubt this would pass muster from an ethics perspective for school teaching in the UK.

An adult outside of the teaching system? Well anyone who might be interested in this is probably already slow-poisoning their family and neighbours.

Perhaps some researchers somewhere would benefit from this ready-made kit?

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

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Re: BOFFINS

"I don't think the rest of us should have to Google words..."

Yeah, save us from ever having to learn anything..

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