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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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Unikitty sez

"Think PAWSitive thoughts!"

What an awesome movie!

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Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?

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Joke

Re: maybe

Instead of thinking "better batteries" would should be working on "wireless power". Sure it's less efficient, but there's plenty of it about. We waste ~40% on transmission line losses, what's another 10% to jump the last few feet? No downtime to recharge, no diminished functionality due to low power, no complicated power management code/circuitry. I'm sure some bright spark will figure out how to make transmission coils out of carbon nanotubes that can be woven into carpeting or something, if we just throw some more money at the problem.

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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Re: Seriously how often *do* people replace their TV's?

"But basically you need to take care when buying stuff as there is so much cheap junk out there it is silly."

+1. Still using my first DVD player, which I got in 2001. I don't mind paying top dollar for high-end components, as they tend to last and work well. Still using my Carver amp and B&O turntable I bought in college too. I also like to listen to my Hallicrafters SX-101, but I didn't buy that new...

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Is Apple about unleash a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5C? O2 'leak' suggests: Yes

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"How's that gonna work in 8GB for 7.2/8?"

It won't. You'll buy a new phone, because you are fanboi. Resistance is futile, your cash will be assimilated.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: complete misnomer

ITYM complete mis-noser.

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Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

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Re: So what they have..

Which is exactly why we don't declare it. We just observe it.

Personally, I favor a trap-and-release program, like the one we have at the local gun club.

"PULL!"

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Wireless power groups join forces: One spec to rule them all

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So instead of simply buying a cheap cable, I can spend 3-4x more for a charging pad that will eat more desk space, just to save myself the exhausting labor of plugging in a cable? Sign me up!

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El Reg talks beer and binaries with a boffin named Boffin

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America's gone from pathetic swill to amazing varieties of all different styles of beer in the last twenty or thirty years, I'm sure Chile will have no trouble developing some amazing brews.

And let's not forget that the country most synonymous with wine (France) is pretty much a no-show in the beer world. Perhaps it's simply a matter of focus.

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

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Re: In the UK?!

"Cadbury's chocolate bars contain GPS trackers"

Gastric positioning system? Who knew!

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Boffins build electronic tongue that can distinguish between BEERS

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Re: When US Microbreweries learn to make proper beer

You've got it backwards -- lager yeasts are bottom-fermenting (yeast tends to "drop out" or sink to the bottom at lagering temperatures). Ale yeasts are the ones that produce the big head of krausen in the vats.

And doesn't Harveys use their own private strain of yeast?

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Re: American beer?

Where do you live, Utah? Non-mainstream craft brews are available at any reputable establishment and easily obtainable at most standard beer outlets (grocery/convenience stores, mega-marts, etc). Just about every state has at least one or two regional breweries, and most of the big names (Boston Brewing [Sam Adams], Anchor, Dogfish Head, Stone and Sierra Nevada, to name just a few) have large distribution networks. Take a trip to even a smallish city (pop 100K+) and I'm sure you'll find several places that sell a variety of non-BMC (Bud/Miller/Coors) brews.

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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Trollface

Re: Dream? Nightmare more like.

Oxygen-free Litz wire, of course, drawn from virgin copper (although you can get "audio annealed" recycled copper, in a pinch). Wound widdershins along the signal path for best signal propagation.

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Gmail falls offline, rest of Google struggles on: NO! Not error code 93!

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Re: Just the social aspects?

That would be technically blue papers, surely.

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You've got $60k: So, 2013 sporty Corvette, or a year of AWS's new I2 beast?

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Re: I can't help but wonder...

Got my Aeron the same way -- failed startup, selling to the (rented) walls. Picked up the Aeron for $200, Wish I would have bought their server rack as well (pair of quad-CPU IBM POWER systems, IIRC), but they were running AIX (spit!) and I didn't want to spend an indeterminate amount of time trying to make them palatable.

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California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

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New sport

Hmmm, after a few beers (probably Bud Lite, sorry CAMRA), I dare say a chukker of scooter polo might seem to be a good idea. Infinitely more interesting than golf, and probably no more divots than usual. Wonder if those batteries have a quick-charge capability, although you probably can't do much in only three minutes. Maybe some quick disconnects for full battery changes?

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Wait, that's no moon 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC

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Re: On the other hand

| I'd say it's an LCD display with a built in PC.

So, kind of like a SPARCstation ELC, but with an LCD display, then?

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NSA-proof Euro cloud gang: Cool idea, bro... until it turns into MARKET-EATING beast

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Re: Or the Eurowhingers could just write better software.

> How is Europe going to build a "more" secure system when they don't build the chips or write the software?

Er, I think that's rather the point. What's stopping companies in the EU from building chips and writing software? If EU IT security is really an issue, I would think that any EU companies that can claim to be "US influence free" would have a marketable edge.

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Gadget world's metals irreplaceable, say boffins

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Re: Magnesium?

I don't think they've made magnesium wheels for twenty years or more. Something about them being unquenchable if they catch fire. Plus, they're a b!tch to keep shiny -- much more effort than your typical chav would care to expend.

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Inside Intel's secret super-chips: If you've got the millions, it's got the magic

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Can't they do this now?

I remember the old VAX-11s used to have a writable control store that would let customers insert their own microcode for their own instructions. And IIRC IBM created a 370-on-a-card using a custom-microprogrammed 68K. Doesn't Intel have some provision for adding or modifying instructions on the x86 chips?

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Cash-strapped students hungrily eye up old, unloved racks

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Re: Ebay it

There's a company over in Hong Kong selling quad-CPU (AMD Opteron 8356) boxes.for under $1500. 16 cores, 2.3GHz, 16GB with a 500GB drive. Upgrade the memory to 64GB and you might have something to show. Only a single PCIe (x16) slot, though. 4 GbE ports, but since all your CPUs are on the same board you shouldn't need that much bandwidth.

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Surface 2 and iPad Air: Prepare to meet YOUR DOOM under a 'Landfill Android' AVALANCHE

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Re: ipad2 upgrades

Ah, the old iPhone 3G strategy -- give the OS more features until the older devices can't run it. By the time I was able to upgrade my 3G, it had become quicker to walk outside to check the weather than wait for the app to launch and connect.

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Whodathunkit? Media barons slit own throats in anti-freetard crackdowns

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Re: View from the other side.

Won't SOMEBODY think of the pirates?

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US parents proclaim 811 'Messiahs'

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Re: Ironic possibility

"A boy named "Prince" with a familly name of Albert could be amusing."

Would his nickname be "Pierce", then?

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Samsung touching up ROUNDED, CURVY plastic enhanced MODEL

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Re: Another day

Yes, that's the real reason they hate the 5C -- too many choices, and there's no way to distinguish which are the 1337 ones! Thank heavens for the 5S, and the shortage of gold ones.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Haven't you ever worked in desktop support

Indeed. I've found that simply approaching misbehaving hardware with a screwdriver (or, in extreme circumstances, a soldering iron) will often result in a spontaneous return to proper function. It also seems to help to exclaim in a loud voice that you have no idea what the problem is, but you're sure you can fix it.

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The life of Pi: Intel to give away Arduino-friendly 'Galileo' tiny-puter

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ISTR I paid about US$10 for an MSP430 development board. It's only sixteen bits at 16MHz, but it idles on 1 uA and has 16K of Flash and an 8-channel 10-bit ADC. Also sports a decent compliment of analog and digital I/O pins, and I've had no trouble using Arduino accessories with it. It won't run Linux, but it's chump change, so even if you just play with it for a couple of evenings and wind up sticking it in the back of a drawer it's still worth it.

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Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

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"dually elected officials"

That's right -- elected by the people and by the special interests they serve.

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Amazon yoinks Dora and SpongeBob from Netflix for MEELLLIONS

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Re: LoveFilm vs Netflix

IIRC, Netflix runs on AWS, so there's no capacity/bandwidth difference between them and LoveFilm. Unless, of course, Netflix has some additional QoS-enhancing voodoo code running atop AWS, which is certainly likely.

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Movie review: Star Trek Into Darkness

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Re: I might have thought this was a good review until I got to this bit:

| This whole "the ship nearly gets destroyed" pish is part of what killed off the TNG movies. Another couple of films and they would have run out of letters for the 1701!

Yeah, I started referring to it as the "USS Kenny"...

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We've done it - we've gone and made LONG-LIFE BEER

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Re: I will never understand...

It's like hot sauce -- some people think Tabasco is too hot, some aren't happy unless they sweat profusely from the first bite.

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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Re: What about Iran's internet firewall?

The great persian firewall only prevents you from looking at fluffy cat pictures. This cuts down on approximately 40% of all intarweb traffic...

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Facebook tries to stop its staff using iPhones in 'dogfood' push

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Re: Can you blame them?

Funny, that's exactly why I ditched my iPhone. Was great out of the box, then did a minor release update and noticed it was a bit slower, then the update to the next major release pretty much crippled it. Finally got to the point where it was quicker to scoop the GPS off the floor of the car, plug it in and let it figure out where I was than to use the phone. Shame, really, as I liked the phone but I wasn't going to be forced into a mandatory biannual upgrade cycle.

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Feds charge US firm with smuggling illegal military tech to Russia

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Re: China exporting tech to the US

Yeah, the US imports so much Chinese-designed tech, it's shameful. Don't think Intel will ever recover after those Loongson CPUs flooded the market. And thank goodness Foxconn was there to design the iPhone circuitry or I'd probably be stuck with a Motorola or something. Something running Aliyun, anyway, since it crushed the Android market. Maybe I'll pick one up cheap on Alibaba, now that eBay's virtually wiped out. Hopefully I'll get one that matches my new Shenzhen TV!

(Note: Chinese tech <> Chinese manufacturing)

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Ten backpacks for tech-heads

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Re: No Timbuk2?

I'm still rocking a 10+yo Dee Dawg messenger bag. None of your fancy padded backs or a gazillion little pockets to search through when you can't remember which one has your change/notepad/pen/commuter pass. Just a big honkin' waterproof bag with a proper strap. No mesh, no elastic, no apologies and no prisoners. I have a sleeve for my laptop and a pencil case for fiddly bits. My power brick has its own rubbery band thing, and any other cables just get coiled up and tossed in. Works a treat, and since I'm only about twenty years from retirement I don't imagine I'll ever have to replace it.

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Apple begs ex-Google bods to fix crap maps app

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FAIL

$85K????

That's barely-passable wages here on the Least Coast. I imagine in Mt. View/Palo Alto that's sleep-in-your-car money (and not a terribly decent car, at that)!

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iPhone 5 tops benchmark chart

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Re: iphone 5 benchmark

Hell, give it three months and the first software update will take it to its knees!

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Apple weighs in on AntiSec's alleged FBI hack

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Re: post-upgrade performance

Same story here -- iPhone 3G, pretty sweet kit originally, after the iOS4 upgrade it was so up-to-date it was useless -- dog slow, with spontaneous restarts. Binned it as soon as my contract was up, did *not* replace it with another fruit-phone.

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NASA funds sexy, stealthy, sideways supersonic flying wing

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Why does transition have to mean rotation? Why can't you simply have another (possibly bigger) set of engines pointed to the side? Then transition is simply a matter of throttling back (and possibly stowing) the low-speed engines and throttling up the mains. Or you could do a ducted-thrust thing, if you can get the intakes worked out. Just take off at a right angle to your intended heading, then kick it supersonic on the correct course once you're clear.

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Former Gov.UK sweetheart Logica evaporates after CGI swills it down

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Seems odd...

Seems strange that they'd drop the brand. Has Logica become "tainted" in recent years? I had friends who worked there back in the '80s and it was a well-known company even then, can't imagine why they'd just walk away from that kind of brand recognition.

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Pasce Minirig micro speaker

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"Avoides temptation to overdo the bass"?

More like "lacks the surface area". Although 15W in a package that size is pretty impressive. I assume it's a Class D amp? They're pretty, but also pretty pricey. I think I'll stick with my old boom-box that I modified to hold my MP3 player in the cassette door -- it's got bigger speakers and a handle. I'd rather that than hauling around a bag full of bits and cables.

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Vintage alien tech crash-lands in field

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Re: Fools!

You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

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SUPERCOMPUTER vs your computer in bang-for-buck battle

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FAIL

What, no phone?

I'm disappointed you didn't benchmark a contemporary phone. I think any of the latest dual-core models would put up a respectable showing.

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Ten... gaming mice

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Unhappy

Re: Madcat RAT 7

I had one go wonky too -- about one month in, it suddenly started shooting the cursor to the far left side of my desktop at random intervals, and would spuriously deny it knew anything about a Y axis. Sometimes unplugging and replugging it would help, but not always. After three days I unplugged it for good and took it back. I've have gotten another one, but they were out so I just went back to my old Logitech. I'm tempted to try another one, but the blush is off that particular rose, and I suspect the price will keep me away.

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Secret high-security Chinese shipments point to iPad 3 exports

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Re:4S?

Nah, it'll be a 3S instead of a 4. Only incremental improvements, don't'cha know.

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Russian supply ship heads for ISS, space garbage crashes into Pacific

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@Richard Boyce

Yeah, just what we need -- more junk floating around in LEO.

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HP hawks huge 132in 'tablet'

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Coat

Z800 workstation?

And here I thought Zilog never pushed the Z800 into production...

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Wheels fall off Aviva Insurance's website for 5 hours

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Interesting....

Just interviewed a chap this morning whose CV listed Aviva, claimed he developed their presentation tier and web services. Wasn't too keen on him to start with, think I'll just bin that 14-page resume he sent...

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Samsung SSD 830

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Re: reliability

Samsung lists the MTBF for the 830 series drives at 1,500,000 hours. I don't know where they're getting that number from, but it's way out of line with the lifetimes I've observed. Everyone I know with an SSD just budgets for a replacement drive every 14-18 months, and keeps good backups.

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Larger Kindle Fire coming soon, say moles

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Like it or not...

Most customers will judge the Fire against the iPad and will find the Fire significantly cheaper. When you're hungry and all you've got is a pocketful of change, a $2 hot dog looks better than a $5 sandwich.

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B&N fans fondleslab flames following Kindle Fire

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WTF?

All those specs and no ship date?

The Kindle Fire is supposed to ship on the 15th, when's this thingie supposed to materialize? Are we supposed to pre-order for a mid-December delivery? And who'd be dumb enough to do that?

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